Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two more quilted and last four ready to quilt

Tonight I quilted two more of the lap quilts and pin basted the remaining four.  I had to piece the batting for the last two, but that wasn't a big deal.  With any luck I will be able to get the four quilted tomorrow after work.  Then I can start on the bindings.  Just going to machine bind them all, that's the easiest and fastest for me.  If I had more time, I could have done more intricate designs and such, but maybe next year.

Still have a mess with that online retailer.  Today I got ahold of a Senior Executive Resolution Specialist at their corporate headquarters.  She is at least staying in communication with me, via email, and has attempted to resolve the issue.  She is not having much success at this time, but the thing that is helping me to sleep tonight is that she has mentioned making accommodations if any overdraft fees are incurred because of this issue.  That is one of my main worries, so it meant a lot.  The problem should not be happening.  I made purchases and the retailer is debiting my account for up to three times for each purchase.  The debits don't all stick around, because some are what they call 'memo posted', but while they are there, my account has to have the money to cover them or it will be overdrawn.  This is nerve racking, to say the least.  Let's hope tomorrow is a better day on that front.

There is a display of 140 Nativity Scenes from around the world on display in Springfield at the Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse this weekend.  I'm going to take my dad and stepmother.  Haven't told them where we are going, just that we are going someplace they will like.  Dad may or may not go, depending on if he gets a deer on Thursday.  I hope he gets one so he can go with.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Progress again

Here's my progress so far.  Six tops have been quilted and are waiting for binding.  In this picture the other six tops are just matched up with backings and I was ironing the backings.  I finished ironing and even had time to pin baste two more tops and wind bobbins for them.  They are ready to roll tomorrow.  I AM SO INTO THIS!!!!! 

Just a side note, do you see those scissors on the table?  Those are a very good pair of Wiss shears that I bought when my kids were babies and I was into making their clothes and shirts for my husband.  That pair of shears cost quite a bit of money back then, and probably still does today.  I actually think I paid about $50 for them 20 years ago.  And I still don't think I have ever told my husband how much they cost....  I don't use them for anything but fabric.  They have endured the years well.  Just a good example of if you buy quality, it lasts.  Wish I could always AFFORD to buy quality....

Made some Polish sausage and fried potatoes for dinner.  I had some leftover meatloaf and fried potatoes.  Made Nick a quesadilla.

Random thought:  Ev has often commented that he wished our walls were drywall instead of plaster because it would be easier to put some insulation in this house (which is desperately needs, by the way).  As I sit here writing this, I look over at the wall of my room, with it's plaster bumps and texture and drips and yes, even some tiny plaster cracks near the baseboard.  And I think that a plaster wall is 'warmer' than drywall.  It's got character.  Each plaster wall is different.  They just don't make them like they used to.  I also like it because it's more soundproof.  That's important when two people in the same house are on different shifts.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber frustration and lap quilt progress

Oh, I should so learn not to crow...  I was telling everyone how I had made all these online purchases and that I was so tickled things would be delivered right to my door.  Just a few clicks of the mouse and my holiday shopping was well on it's way to being finished.  Than I looked at my online bank statement.

The major retailer that I had made four purchases online with in the last few days was showing not four but six debits from my bank account.  Sandwiched smack dab in the middle of the legitimate and authorized debits were two identical debits made two minutes apart.  This is so not good.  Called the retailer and spent 50, yes 50, minutes on the phone with them and really did not accomplish much other than getting extremely aggravated.  Called the bank and got even more aggravated when, after explaining my situation, the gal informs me that there isn't much they can do until they look at the video.  Huh?  What video?  The video of who used my card to make those purchases....  Uh, they were online purchases, I repeat.  She babbles on some more and in an exasperated voice again tells me they have to look at the video of who used my card.  Three times, I tell her there will be NO video because they were ONLINE purchases and ONLINE debits.  When she again mentions watching the video, I got a little bit (okay, I raised my voice) upset and she puts me through to her supervisor.  Long story short, my debit card is now on restricted use until we find out what's going on.  Not happy about it, but had to do it because if I didn't and more debits came through, I would be liable for them.

On a better subject, I machine quilted two more of the lap quilts tonight and ironed the remaining six tops.  This makes five of the lap quilts quilted, one basted, and six tops pressed.  Going to shoot for quilting the other one tomorrow and basting a few more tops.  Gotta keep going on them!  Time is getting short!

Raining and sleeting outside, and the wind is howling!  Guess Old Man Winter is making his entrance in a grand way.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Very productive day

I got a lot done on the lap quilts today.  I managed to machine quilt three of the twelve and pin baste three more.  I also wound the bobbins for the three that are basted, so all I need to do is just sit down and sew!  I like that a lot!

I have a list of the names of the people they will be going to.  Thinking that I might put their names on the backs of the quilts, since they are nursing home residents, and all.  Don't know if I will have time to do a sewn label, but maybe just putting their name in permanent pen on the binding might be enough.  I'm thinking that all of the lap quilts might be bound with white muslin, just so that I can do it all quickly.  Starting to get tight on time with them.

Still not feeling up to par.  Hoping this doesn't go into my chest.  Entire family has it now.  Yuck.

Baked a turkey today.  Used it to make those good sandwiches.  Johanna was here for a while and ate a couple, too.  She's getting over a broken heart right now, poor baby. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My first quilt

Bonnie Hunter at quiltville has asked us to reminisce about our first quilts.  I didn't have to go far to take a picture of my very first quilt.  It is still in use, under two more recent quilts, on my bed.

It looks white in this picture, but that's because of repeated washings over its 30 year lifespan.  I made this when I was 17, between my senior year of high school and first year of college.  My grandmother on my dad's side helped me to make it.  It was very simple in design, just squares put together in a fairly random pattern.  I remember I drew a grid of squares and colored them in with different markers to represent four different fabrics.  I bought the material at Zayre (anyone remember that store?).  There were two fabrics that were printed with blue flowers, one with red flowers, and one with yellow flowers.  They were tiny flowers and even had a speck of green in with them.  When I got the fabrics home, I remember my step dad saying they looked like underwear fabrics!  Haha.  I bet he don't remember saying that, though!

The year was 1982 and the rotary cutter hadn't been invented yet, so like so many others, I used a pencil and a yardstick to draw on the back of the material, then cut each square out with scissors.  What a painstaking job that was!  I used a polyester batting and a light blue sheet for the backing.  Thinking I was really cool, I used two different colors of quilting thread.  I used blue in the squares that had blue flowers in them and white in the other squares.  And to be different, I quilted a diamond in the squares and along either side of the seam line of each block.  A LOT of the stitching has come out, but it's held together pretty good for the most part.  My grandmother actually finished the quilting for me when I had to start college and didn't have a lot of time, but when I got it back, it didn't get a binding on it.  I let it sit on my cedar chest and age nicely for a couple years.  Then I decided it would look really nice with lace, of all things, around the edges.  I bought some eyelet lace and proceeded to put it on the quilt.  Called it done and started using it on my bed!

After that first quilt, which by the way I decided to do on a pure whim, there would be more. I had just said, I'm going to make a quilt, and then did it.  Marriage and babies came a few years down the road and I didn't get back to quilting until 1994.  Then, I made 19 'quilts' one fall to give to family members.  I used different things, from flannel sheets, to purchased flannel, to make tied quilts, again with polyester batting, that I didn't bind, but did 'envelope' style.  With the scraps of flannel I made a backing for a top that I made from 29 pairs of my husbands old jeans, along with some thrift store jeans.  That quilt was also tied.  My son used that one until the backing completely shredded.  I have the top still, and think about making another back for him someday, since he loved that quilt to death.  It was soooo heavy, I had to take it to the laudromat to the industrial size machines to wash it!

I took a break again for a short time, maybe a year, but then got into quilting full swing.  By then rotary cutters had come onto the scene and I remember getting my first one and how totally thrilled I was with it!  Many years and many quilts later, I'm still loving it and hope to continue quilting until I can't do it anymore.  I still use the 1980 model Kenmore I got for Christmas that year from my maternal grandparents.  I also use a variety of other machines, that I have collected over the years.  That machine, and the Kenmore my grandmother had that I inherited are my two favorites  I hope to one day have a longarm machine.

So, that's my story!  Check out the other stories on Bonnie's blog:

Donna's frogs

My friend, Donna, has been working on this top off and on for quite a while now.  The frogs are pieced and the dragonflies are appliqued.  She brought it over today to baste.  Donna is going to hand quilt it for a special little boy in her life.  I hope he knows how lucky he is!

I pressed four more of the lap quilt tops and backs.   Cut them to size.  Need to get moving on them, but I have been roadblocked with another sinus infection or cold, not sure which it is.  It's really working on me good, though.  Ugh.  I hate that, I have four days off and two are spent traveling and the other two that I had planned on using to quilt like a mad woman, I can barely crawl up the steps.

So call me crazy, but I'm going to bake a turkey tomorrow.  When you don't have thanksgiving at home, there aren't any leftovers.  When there aren't any leftovers, there aren't any grilled turkey, blue cheese, and grilled red onion sandwiches.  I intend to cook the bird early in the morning and make the sandwiches for lunch AND dinner.  If anyone complains, tough patootie.  I seriously doubt there will be any complaints....

Bought the cat a scratching post yesterday.  Hope this will curb her desire to scratch my furniture.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Back home

Just got home from Mom's.  Had a real nice Thanksgiving visit.  Ate lots of turkey and pumpkin pie.  But, I don't have any turkey leftovers....  I'm thinking I might bake a turkey bird tomorrow or Sunday.  Maybe.

Going to try and get more of the lap quilts pinned today.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy turkey day

I'm up early and getting everyone moving here.  Going to see family today and have to start moving early!  Hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Eve

Just in case I don't get online tomorrow, I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.  What are you thankful for?  You don't need to tell me, just remind yourself every now and then how lucky you are to have the things you are thankful for on this day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So cute!

How can you not just love these little bottles?  I'm not a Coca Cola drinker, Diet Pepsi is my soda choice when I drink soda, but these bottles get me every time.

Ironed two tops and two backs, then pin basted two of the lap quilts.  I'm going to start with the preprinted panels.

Rainy day

I would so much rather be home sewing than at work....  It's a rainy day here and the perfect weather for sewing in my pajamas.  Sigh.  Instead, I'm at work, which isn't a bad thing because I'm grateful to have a job.  I am going to go to Wal Mart at lunch to pick up some more batting.  Tonight I would like to get at least two lap quilts basted, maybe more.  I'm thinking I'll bring them down to the kitchen and baste them on top of the deep freeze. 

Getting ready for Thanksgiving.  I'm not cooking at my house, but I am going to take some of my quick breads to dinner.

On a personal note, I have to say that making these lap quilts is really a good thing for me right now.  Things have been in quite an upheaval with one of the kids and having a way to get away from that by working on this project has been a Godsend.  There have been times in the past when things at home, with the kids, or other 'just life' stuff have gotten me down and I have turned inward and not done any quilting.  Maybe it is a form of depression, but not so bad that it ever was debilitating, thankfully.  This time, I saw it coming and decided I was NOT going to let it go in that direction, instead I was going to use the quilting as my therapy.  And do you know what?  It worked.  It worked very well, in fact.  I accomplished more than I thought I could (even just to this point, I know that I have more to do yet!), and as I sewed, I was able to put things into perspective and work through them, then move forward.  I am truly blessed.

Monday, November 21, 2011

11 and 12

Whew!  Okay, all 12 lap quilt tops are complete.  Going to take a deep breath and then jump into the quilting!  I think I'm going to start with the pre-printed panels.  I have some pink material that will make a nice backing for the panels.  I do need to get to Wal Mart and pick up more batting.

I think on the tops made with the six inch squares I might just quilt a wavy line in about the middle of the squares from end to end.  That will be a nice quick way to get them done.  I am also considering just doing a loopy loop all over them.  I need the practice on that kind of quilting and this is a good opportunity to get it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Number ten

It looks a lot like number 7, because it's from the same charm pack selection.  The border is a darker green.

I have 11 and 12 assembled into rows, ready to be sewn together.  Just ran out of umpf.  They are both like the one in the previous post that was six inch squares alternating with miscellaneous six inch squares.  Sure feel like I accomplished a lot this weekend in the sewing room.  I could have finished more, but had some other things going on.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Number eight and number nine

Here are two more lap quilt tops I finished.  The top one is half solid cream and half mix and match six inch squares I had in my stash.  I do like the way it turned out and may make another top like it.  The other top is the second double slice I did, this time using the browns and greens.  I like it a lot, too.  My friend Donna likes it and says she is going to have to make one in pinks. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Five miles, no more mouse

Walked five miles again today.  Again, not all at once, but at least I'm moving.  It's not my favorite thing to do, but after I do it, I feel good.

The mouse went belly up today.  Guess he found some poison.  They were teasing me at work with him.  Ugh.  He's probably not the only rodent in that building.  And some of them even walk upright...

Back to quilting.  My friend Donna came over tonight.  I showed her how to make the Double Slice block.  I also had it written down with little pictures to help her visualize in case she forgets.  Donna makes one quilt at a time, so she won't be making this block any time real soon because she is working on a quilt right now.

I did rough cut pieces for the green and brown Double Slice lap quilt.  Plan to work on that tomorrow morning if I can.  We have photos tomorrow at the church for the church directory.  The appointment for my happy little hive is at 10:30, then my dad wants a big group photo for the directory also.  That pic is at 2.  Ugh.

I really wanted to go up to Springfield today for the gran opening sale at the new Joann's store.  I didn't do it, though.  Talked myself out of 1. spending the gas money, 2. taking the time (takes an hour one way to get there), 3. buying fabric I don't need, and 4. driving home in the dark.  But I really really wanted to go....

So as plagued with nosebleeds as I was, ever since I started using the vaporizer every night, along with the saline nasal spray, I have not had a nosebleed.  What a pleasant change.  I hope this continues to help and that they leave for good eventually.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Five miles, one mouse, and one fox

Here's what I accomplished today.  I put together 64 of the charm pack squares into a top 8 squares by 8 squares.  I ran out of steam before I put the border on, but you can see the material I'm going to use for a border next to the top in the second pic.

I feel pretty good about the fact that I walked 5 miles today.  Not all at once, but 5 miles, nonetheless. 

We have a mouse at work.  Have I ever mentioned that I. Hate. Mice?

On one of my walks today, during my break at work, I saw a fox out in one of the fields.  I don't think I have ever really seen a fox like that out in the open before.  Barb was walking with me and she said it looked like it might have been a momma fox by the way she was acting.  She was trying to get our attention and lead us away from an area that quite possibly could have been her den with pups in it.  She was a very pretty animal, a gorgeous copper red with a dark tail.  I thought she was quite big for a fox and really had to watch her closely to be convinced she wasn't a cat.  She was in the middle of a field and when she moved, you could really tell that she was not a cat, just by the way she flitted about.  It was certainly a gift to see such a beautiful animal today.

I haven't cut the material for the Double Slice in brown and green yet, but it's ready for me.  I wanted to do something quick tonight, and since the charm pack squares were all ready cut, they fit the bill.  I found out that the deadline is December 11th for me to get these lap quilts done.  I'm certainly challenging myself here!

More ideas

So I have three charm packs of 5" squares that are in spring-y colors.  I just bought them through the mail, with the intention of participating in a challenge, but I've changed my mind about doing that.  What I thought I would do now is just put the squares together in rows of 8 to make a lap quilt.  I'm not quite sure how many squares are in the charm packs.  Each one will take 64 squares.  If I don't have enough squares to make two, which is what I would like to do, I think it would look nice alternating print squares and a constant, some pretty solid or even muslin.

I also have quite a few 6" squares cut, all miscellaneous fabrics, that would work out nicely for another lap quilt or two.  Those could be done in rows of 7, so I would only need 49 for each lap quilt.  Hoping that I have enough to do two that way, and again, I could always use half miscellaneous prints and half of a constant, such as a muslin, square.

As of now, I'm feeling pretty confident that I will be able to get 12 tops completed.  Getting them basted and quilted and bound - well, let's just see how things progress!  I have been wanting to make these using mostly stash materials and batting.  My stockpile of batting has decreased quite a bit, so that is an area that I'm sure I'll have to purchase things.  Normally I work with all cotton batting, making all my scraps all cotton, and pretty much a no brainer that they are all the same fiber content.  Well, it has become increasingly difficult to find the all cotton batting at a reasonable price, so yesterday I broke down and purchased an 80/20 bagged batt in a crib size.  With a little piecing, I MIGHT be able to get enough from one bag for two lap quilts.  It will be close, but even if I don't have quite enough, I think I will be able to get three from two bags at least.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

6 tops done

I finished the pink Double Slice top tonight and picked out fabric for a double slice done in brown and green for a man.  I'm really challenging myself to get these 12 lap quilts done.  And I think I can do it!  If I just get 2 more tops made and then slice up that back I will be satisfied, but I'm shooting for making 6 more tops and not slicing up that back.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Block bonanza

The top photo is one of the panels that I found late last night to use for the lap quilts.  The bottom photo is the layout of 16 Double Slice blocks to make another top.  I picked out the fabrics and cut and sewed the blocks tonight.  I still need to sew the blocks together, but this was enough for one night.  If I feel like doing something in the morning before work, I might sew the rows together.  If not, it will be ready tomorrow night to quickly sew together.

This Double Slice block was mentioned on Stashbusters.  I found a video on YouTube from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It was a real easy block and I'll probably make more than one top from it.

10 p.m. ideas

Last night, after putting those two tops together I was already in bed and remembered something.  I had made a back for my daughter's signature quilt that she didn't like.  It was pieced with all different Amish style solids.  I got to thinking that I could cut that into four different pieces to make lap quilts.  Well, when I went digging for it, I found something even better!  I found a piece of material that had three panels on it, each about the right size for a lap quilt.  They are springy type colors with flowers on them and will make nice lap quilts for three ladies.  So now I have five that are for sure ready to be basted and quilted, which is quite a big jump into this adventure.  I'm pretty sure I'll be able to put 12 together now.

I have not decided if I want to cut that pieced back up or not.  Going to see how things progress.  There's been a lot of talk on Stashbusters about the Double slice pattern.  I might give that a shot for a couple quickie tops.  It would only take 16 squares to make a lap quilt.

I stopped at the thrift shop on my lunch hour and found some material that will work well for backings.  Not that I needed any more material, but this called out to me.  And it was only a buck for each piece, so that didn't hurt....  One piece is a narrow maroon stripe that will work well as a back for the man's quilt pictured in the previous post.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's a start

I know these aren't the best pics, but here are two quick tops I put together from blocks and partially put together pieces.  The purple and white was from a block lotto that I participated in many years ago and won 9 blocks from.  This was enough to make the top just shy of 36 inches square, so I added a 2" border all the way around.  The second was a partially assembled group of blocks I rescued at the thrift store.  They really didn't make any sense, the way they had begun to be assembled, so I really didn't try to make any sense of it and just put them together in a way that was pleasing to my eye.  The blocks were around 10 inches square, so this top finished around 40x40.  Because of the colors, I think this could be one of the men's quilts.

Now, I am still not saying that I will get 12 lap quilts finished before the deadline, which is the second weekend in December.  However, I feel that I can at least work on the tops with pieces I may have around here that could use a good home.  And if I happen to get the tops finished, what fun I will have machine quilting them!  Going to give the old Kenmore a good oiling here in the next day or two!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trees one or trees two?

Okay, one line of trees or two?  I'm making a wall hanging and it's kind of hard to see because I put the piece on top of my white ironing surface, but the trunks have a white background between them.  Nick suggested making the top row with blue triangles to look like stars, but make the triangles in between the trees on the bottom row white like the snow on the ground.  Going to make a strip of trees like that and lay it out and see what I like.

So, like many parents of just barely adult children, I now have both of my kids back living at home.  This is a good thing for all concerned, but will take a little getting used to again.

Took Ivy for a walk tonight.  No one was up for going with me, so we just took a short walk.  It's been unseasonably warm today, so taking advantage of the warmer weather as long as we can.

Made a nice big dinner tonight.  Cooked a beef roast in the dutch oven on top of the stove, baked some scalloped potatoes, had salad and applesauce, oh and sauerkraut!  It was a pretty good meal.  I baked a batch of bread in jars again today.  This was an experimental batch.  It has peaches in it.  Half is just plain peaches and the other also has nuts in it.  I think it's a keeper.  I'm starting to wonder about some kind of savory bread in jars that might be good.  I should look for a good base recipe to work with.  Just not tonight.  Didn't get much sleep last night, so I'm about ready to drop.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Well, as finished as it's going to get from me right now, anyway!  I quilted this top for my step mother to give to my nephew, her grandson.  I think it might be a little too feminine, but I'm not telling her that!  She said at the time she asked me to quilt it that she wanted to put points on it.  I have made it very clear that I am not going to do points, but if she wants binding on it, I'll do that.  So there's a chance the quilt is going to come back to me for binding, and that's okay, but for now, it's out of my sewing room and that's a good thing.

Something not so good....the dog with a mouth attached, aka Ivy, had a snack tonight when I went to church.  She got ahold of my Nook and ate the cover off of it!  Luckily, the Nook was not damaged and the cover was just one that I had made, but she came pretty close to being on my naughty list. 

Call me crazy, but I'm actually considering making 12 lap robes within the next 4 weeks.  Not committed to anything (although maybe I should be committed...) but our church gives care packages to church members in the nursing home.  This year, that number is 12, 10 women and 2 men.  I don't know if I'm going to attempt this or not.  Just tossing it around right now, but if I'm going to do it I need to start, like tomorrow....

Almost done

Yesterday was a very productive day.  I have almost completed the quilting on the baby quilt top I've been working on that my step mother asked me to quilt for my nephew.  I will get a picture of it up soon. 

I'll be glad when it's done, because I have a few of my own projects in mind that I want to work on.  I haven't decided if I'm going to start the new Bonnie Hunter mystery or not, but that's coming up this next week, I think.

Besides quilting, yesterday I baked another batch of banana nut bread in the jars and froze it.  Got almost all of my laundry done.  The cat had to go to the vet, just for shots.  And for dinner I made a big pot of beef stew.  It was a very productive day.

Oh, speaking of that bread in a jar, since I know I'll be making more batches of it, I took five large ziploc bags, the one gallon size, and put the dry ingredients in them, all measured out.  Now, when I want to bake a batch of the bread, I just need to mix up the wet ingredients and I have everything all measured out and ready to go.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A bit of progress

I'm making some progress on the baby quilt.  Yesterday I worked on it for an hour and got a good bit of quilting done.  Looking forward to a three day weekend to get even more done.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Three by me

I'm just thinking about the quilts on my bed and they are three by me.  My first quilt I ever made with my grandmother is on the bed, along with the quilt I made for my husband and now the most recent one I finished, the 36 patch.  love it!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

20 minutes

It took 20 minutes to hide the rest of the thread tails in the quilt I'm quilting now.  I am ready to begin more quilting on it, this time without the tedious work of hiding thread tails.  I'm overlapping or backstitching the rest.

Still running the vaporizer and all that good stuff.  The nasal spray is just saline, so no worries about using it.  Last night I slept like a rock.  Went to bed at 8:30 and didn't get up until 6:30.  I think that really helped. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

A vaporizor, lip balm, and nasal spray

Yeah, those things are my three best friends right now.  ugh.  I'm desperate to keep from getting more nosebleeds and two of those things help. 

I did get upstairs before work and made two more tissue holders.  Mine is now the same material as my Nook cover and the other one I made for a coworker.

I've named the three squirrels.  They are Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Glen Frey, although I'm not sure I should be naming a squirrel "frey" because it's pronounced the same as "fry" but I'll take my chances...  haha.  The way I figure it, Joe was the instigator with the pumpkin, kinda the ringleader of the group.  Don was right there with him, waiting his turn, and Glen was more laid back, keeping lookout.

Here's the damage, day one, and then day two:

I've been told I need a hobby...hahaha.  All my quilty friends know I have one, thank you, but now I've added squirrel watching to my resume.  The three amigo's cleaned up that mess of seeds, by the way.  And they knocked the pumpkin down onto the porch floor, where they have more privacy in the corner to dive in and out of the pumpkin!

If you didn't guess by now, one of my favorite groups is the Eagles...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Crazy squirrels

Over the warm months this year there have been quite a few squirrels in our neighborhood.  I have watched three in particular that looked to be from the same litter grow.  They were scrawny little things earlier in the Summer, but they have developed nicely into mostly grown animals.  I have begun putting corn on the porch for them. 

During Halloween, we had a pumpkin up on the porch.  It didn't get carved, but looked nice sitting there.  Well, I guess those three squirrels got a notion that there might be something interesting in that pumpkin, or maybe I wasn't putting out enough corn and they thought they needed to send a message.  The first day I noticed that there were gouges in the pumpkin.  They grew steadily deeper over the course of a few days until those squirrels chewed a hole the size of a baseball in that pumpkin!  It was hilarious to see just a tail sticking out and one of them inside it. 

So this winter I think I'm going to have to keep adding to the squirrel's diet, maybe putting a few apples or something else out when the snow flies, just to keep those three little stinkers around. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lazy day

I am totally being lazy this weekend.  It's not that I don't have things to do, I just don't feel like doing them!  I am sure it's because I've got this lousy cold, and I'll be back to normal soon.  Just taking it easy, sleeping a lot and vegging out on the couch.  I haven't even cooked dinner for the last two nights!  And that, my friends, is extremely unusual for me.  Tomorrow I will have to go to the grocery store at some point, though, because the cupboard is bare.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tissue holder instructions

Any questions, just ask! :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wakey wakey in the wee hours

Ugh.  Three a.m. and I was awake.  Again.  Drank some tea and took some meds to help my sore throat and sinus, but then couldn't fall back asleep.  So here it is, not even 9 and I'm ready to go to bed.  And that's just what I'm going to do.  zzzzzzz

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


That's how I felt most of the day.  Woke up with an earache early in the morning hours and it didn't go away for a while.  Hope I'm not getting the flu or something, but I think it was probably just sinus.  At least I hope that's all it is.

Sewed a tissue holder for a friend at work this morning.  Last night I made another batch of banana nut bread. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hot chocolate

My darling son took a trip to the gas station tonight and brought me back a hot chocolate.  It's the season for it, I guess.  Pretty soon it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas.  Went to church tonight for All Saint's Day.  Tomorrow is All Soul's Day.

Didn't sew tonight, but I did stop at the dollar store and pick up some more of the tissue packs so I can make more of the little covers for them.  I gave all of them away that I made, even the one I had in my own purse, so I have to whip up a few more.

I need to get back to that baby quilt and get all those thread tails hid so I can move forward with the quilting.