Wednesday, December 29, 2010
One day, one friend asked another,
"How is it that you are always so happy?
You have so much energy,
and you never seem to get down."
With her eyes smiling, she said,
"I know the Secret!"
"What secret is that?"
To which she replied,
"I'll tell you all about it,
but you have to promise to
share the Secret with others."
"The Secret is this:
I have learned there is little I can do
in my life that will make me truly happy.
I must depend on God to make
me happy and to meet my needs.
When a need arises in my life,
I have to trust God to supply
according to HIS riches.
I have learned most of the time
I don't need half of what I think I do.
Since I learned that 'Secret', I am happy."
We can't depend on people to make us happy.
Only GOD in His infinite wisdom can do that.
He has never let me down.
And now I pass the Secret on to you!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I have bought it several accessories, I did not want it to be lonely. I have about 7 cartridges for it so far, and some extra cutting mats, and blades.
Then of course I need paper so I have something to play with. The week between Christmas and New Year's I plan to play with my new toy.
I have played some already, as I made name tags for all the Christmas presents with it so far.
At least I think I am ready, have all the presents wrapped, all the decorations up, only have one more kind of cookie to bake, all the cards are out except 3, have to locate addresses..
Tomorrow, will do that last batch of cookies and clean the house for Christmas, write up the Christmas dinner menu, and see what I can make ahead.
If everything works out...I will have Wednesday and Thursday to just chill out and relax....will see how that works out.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I don't think I am ready quite yet....but I don't suppose that matters much, time will not wait for me to get ready.
Where did the year go, it seems like it was just spring and I was looking forward to all the things I would get done while it was nice and warm out, and here it is almost time to snow.
It is another one of those things, that will be finding a new home. I am cleaning and getting rid of all the things that either no longer fit in with my decor, or I am tired of looking at, or I will never use.
Sometimes all the things we keep get to be too suffocating and we have to downsize, or the things just take over our life.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
I just got a navy blue fabric for the background and made borders on all the blocks that were an odd size. When all the blocks were the same size I sewed them together, with the navy background they sort of look like they are floating. I had enough blocks to make 2 quilts... This one is almost twin sized.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Every year it seems like there is more and more to do...The list just gets longers and longer..This year I decided if I ever do finish the list, there will always be another one in it's place. When my kids were small I never had a list....Martha Steward definitly did not live at my house, she would have had heart failure! No one got sick from a "lived in" house, my kids had fun, we were spontaneous.
If I got the urge to go somewhere a day, we went, if the kids, (when they were little), wanted Mommy to play in the sandbox with them I did!
Then they grew up and had their own families, and somewhere the list arrived... I had more time when they were babies..
.Well this year I decided if I died tomorrow the list would not matter, someone else would be finishing it.
So this year I BURNED THE LIST!!
I have had a fun summer. I decided I wanted to work on my gardens, so I did. Can actually recognize some of my neighbors. In years past I was in the house all summer working my way though that list!
Today I am going to sit and read a book for the afternoon....This is so much fun, I should have thought of it years ago.....
They wanted to "level" the hill for us, but I told them no, I had plans for it.
I think the neighbors are getting a bit impatient waiting to see what I am gong to do with this mess.....they watched me start the raking...so many pine needles, I know the dirt is under there somewhere......
Have plans for that eventually. The neighbors are still guessing what we are up to. Their corners have all been sodded by the city, only ours still looks like this.........................
I am still deciding what to put on that stump....any ideas would be appreciated.
When I get the dirt in and the planting done will take another picture so you can see what it looks like done.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sit in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and your back supported by the chair. Put your hands above your head and grasp one hand with the other, now without leaving the chair reach for the ceiling, stretch as if you are going to touch it. Then with your arms still up let your hands separate and stretching up wiggle your fingers and open your hands as if you were trying to see how wide you can spread your fingers.
While your hands are up slowly turn your head first one way then the other very slowly as if you are trying to touch your chin to your shoulders. Lower your hands to your lap, lift your shoulders as if trying to touch them to your ears, roll them slowly back and down, then again forward and down. Then putting one hand at a time up curve it and stretch as if trying to touch the opposite shoulder with your fingers over your head. Do this once an hour and say goodbye to those back pains you get from too much sitting and not enough moving around...it doesn't hurt to get up and move around now and then either....
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Decided it needed something so I got a piece of gold lame. Pinned solvy stabilizer on the top and bottom of the lame, took a marker and drew leaf shapes on the solvy and with gold thread, satin stitched the edges of the leaves and put in the veining. This was sewn on my sewing machine.
Then I removed the solvy and with more gold thread sewed the leaves to the blouse, both on the front and the back.
Now I want to make a pair of black crepe pants to go with it and I will have another winter outfit to wear...
Have to see what else is lurking in my closet that I have not worn for a while.....
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Now I only have a couple more projects to finish and I am going to work only on the Christmas Presents. I want to have them all done by the end of September...that is what I want to happen, we will see if that is what really happens.......Life always have a way of interfering with my plans.
Friday, August 6, 2010
I have 2 pens sitting under this one because it was not quite dry when I took the picture. This bug is now sitting at my son's house, I am still painting the one for my garden.
Maybe I will paint a few more, need to use up those blocks. That will eliminate one more thing that is just sitting around taking up space.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
experts in their fields.
Every human being is a living encyclopedia of ideas, insights, facts,
experiences, and opinions.
If we are wise, we will keep our eyes and ears open and learn
from everyone around us.
We never know when that one bit of information
we learned will be just the thing we need.................
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Now there is no saying how long it will stay this clean...probably till I start another project....and then it will be a mess again.
A creative mind does not waste time cleaning unless forced to by not being able to find the one thing I need.....
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The next project was going to be the rock garden, but again it will be put off for a while...got a surprise free load of pea gravel...
I had no idea how many shovel fulls of pea gravel were in a yard and a half of pea gravel....well I do now, after shoveling it into the trucks! So the next project is to rake up all the mulch in the perennial garden and shovel the pea gravel out of the trucks and into a wheel barrow and over to the perennial garden.
That should take a bit of time, especially if it keeps raining...
Sew much for getting any sewing done for a while......
Monday, June 28, 2010
She has come up with the system of cleaning one room a day....makes sense now that I sit and think about it. Focusing on only one room means you can do a complete clean of that room...cleaning a little in each room, and nothing looks like you really cleaned anything.
So my new plan for the rest of the summer is to follow her rule. Of course she has 2 children to help her...I just have the cat, and he is not the least bit interested.......
So I will spend one hour a day on one specific room....the rest of the house will be a mess for that first week, but after a week I should have the main floor looking really nice....
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I used a schlep bag pattern I found on line..only changed the block size to 7 inches. she is a short person and the bigger bag would be too hard for her to handle.
The bag is reversible, with the inside seams finished off in a "rag" finish. I serged the top edge.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
After the past few days this looks like such a good idea...It has been so hot an humid, that everything just sticks to everything else...
Impossible to sew, fabric sticks to itself and me.....
Then to make matters worse, it is still raining....the mosquitoes have been hatching like mad....Ahhhhh yes, Summer has arrived! All winter everyone has waited for summer.....now all this heat makes you want to stick your head in the freezer!
I guess I kind of let my sewing/craft room get a bit out of hand. So I have spent the last 3 days working on straightening things up a bit...I honestly could not find a thing!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Here is how we got around that one year. About 4 months before the actual "vacation" we planned what we wanted to do on the vacation, places we wanted to see, checked the times things were open, what days the attractions were closed. Got maps to everything...Everyday was planned out. I wrote everything down... I also added a few alternative activities for those things that somehow don't seem to work out as planned.
Then I started the preparations. I told family and friends when we were going on the "vacation". But did not tell them where....
I found one friend, who was in contact with several of my family members, and could be trusted with the assignment I had for her. I gave her a rundown of the plans.
Then I cleaned the entire house from top to bottom. Set up timers on the lights....mowed the lawn...get the "vacation" clothes all together, made sure everything we would need was washed.
Took the phone off the hook, to make sure that it could not be heard ringing from outside the house.
Now for the actual vacation...
After everything was in place...we spent a very relaxing vacation at home!
No motel expense...we ate out almost everyday...visited those sites that we had always said someday we should go see, slept late, watched movies, DID NO WORK! that was part of the plan. We never heard the phone ring so we not tempted to answer it...My "trusted" friend was in charge of keeping track of family and friends, and if any emergency came up she would tell me...I had nothing to worry about.
We took no pictures....told everyone we forgot the camera, and just spent our vacation wandering around...which was true..we did wander around, but never too far that we did not sleep in our own bed every night. There was no schedule...if we wanted a nap in the afternoon, we took one, or if we wanted to watch a movie we did.. The one thing we were careful not to do was visit an attraction in the city we live in...Did not want to run into anyone... and we were lucky we never did.
Our fun vacation cost less than half of what it would have had we done the "normal" vacation thing and driven to a destination and spent the time staying in Motels.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I often wondered why they are called "bald" eagles. They have all those nice white feathers on their heads. I heard somewhere that it takes 2 years after they are born to get those nice white feathers.
We always knew when he was in his/her tree, as there would be a line of boats sitting in the water while people took pictures.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Where does all this stuff come from....It seems like it was just Christmas and the house was all company clean...
What I really need to do is take a week off from everything else and just start from one end of the house and put everything back in it's place and pitch all the stuff that is no longer needed or was never needed in the first place. And just work my way to the other end of the house. I am thinking big rummage sale for all the still usable stuff that we are never going to use.
How does all this stuff accumulate? It is like it breeds while we sleep.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
But that is not a reality...So tomorrow the best idea would be to just stay in the house with the air purifiers on and just look outside at the day.
BUT no such luck....I have to go to the bank, and then get a hair cut, and do a bit more running around....
Well I suppose it could be worse, we could get a foot of snow! At least I do not have to shovel anything. The pollen will be better soon, at least I hope it will..
Need to go find something to put on my sore eyes...........................................
Monday, May 24, 2010
My latest project, adult bibs. So handy really. I messed one up and so it has become mine. It is not this pretty color, but a light green. I have found out that most everything comes out of a terry towel in the wash... so color is really not all that important. Though I probably would not want to have one in white.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
My former sewing assistant. Tygger - a Maine Coon/Red Tabby mix
When he held down those stray pattern pieces they never got away. His paws were 1-1/2 inches across. He was 30 pounds of love all wrapped up in a Maine Coon cat. A Maine Coon cat, is really a dog masquerading as a cat. He came when you whistled, and loved to play fetch... He also loved to swim, and a wonderful day for him was when I filled the bathtub full of water and put towels down on the floor and let him splash....
We have to redo our bathroom floor as the tile is coming up, because of water adventures. But there is no way I would have not let him enjoy himself, he loved it so much, and he also loved to sit on the other chair in my sewing room and critique my work.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
After looking at Mother's Day cards in the stores, I decided I really did not like many of them. they either have an ok picture and a so so verse, or the whole thing is just not what I want to say. So this year I decided to make a fabric post card instead. I was going to make two, but you know how it is, I ran out of time. So in the end I did end up buying one too.
But this one, I decided should have a Spring theme, so it could fit more than just one day. I put little iron on crystals in the centers of the daisy's, though it does not show up all that well on the picture. Just seemed to make the card sparkle a bit more.
What I would like to do is find enough time to make my Christmas cards this year...not sure if that will happen or not.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I had a wonderful day. I kept reminding myself that I was intentionally not doing any work today..It would all be there tomorrow waiting for me, it would not run away and I could get to it then.
After I got home and had supper and watched a bit of television, I sat and caught up reading the 2 weeks of newspapers that I have not had time to read.....again not doing any real work.
Now tomorrow, well technically it is already tomorrow as it is a few minutes past midnight, I will get up and do all the work, that was there this morning...one day does not make any difference at all........
Except that I had a day to do nothing but relax and enjoy the day......
Monday, May 3, 2010
Now to just be able to keep this going, and finish the rest of my projects by the deadline I have set for them...
I had to run an errand, and when I came back, I could not believe how big my dining room looked with that 30 x 60 inch table gone. Now I just have to put away the boxes of fabric, and finish sewing the projects I have cut out.
Then next on my list will be straightening the sewing/craft room.
Of course it will only get messy again as soon as I start another project, but I should be able to locate a few things that have gone missing since before Christmas.
I have bought so many seam ripper because I keep losing them. After the clean I should have over a dozen or so, maybe closer to 2 dozen, not to mention other tools that are probably buried in the piles.
Friday, April 30, 2010
If things keep up like this, I will reach my goal of having everything finished that I have on my list for the next couple weeks.
I just need to stay focused. And I need to make a list every night of the stuff I want to complete the next day.
I find that lists are so helpful. If frees up my mind to get a lot more done, as I know exactly what I have done and what I still need to do. Otherwise I get bogged down with something and other things just get forgotten. I tend to flit from one thing to another and never seem to complete a task. I once left a load of laundry in the dryer, till the next week.
With a list I know that I have put a load in the washer or dryer, and I can see that it needs to be removed.
The only time my list gets messed up is when someone else wants me to help them with their list... Then I have to learn to sometimes say no...
Saying no is not all that easy, especially if it is a good friend.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I am always doing something, you know the minute you sit down, a task you should really be doing pops into your head, and you are no longer relaxing.
Oh you can continue to sit where you are, but relax............... no because now you are feeling guilty for just sitting there doing nothing.
Well today, I sat and watched TV for a whole hour....had no choice, a small project, not being done by me, was taking longer than it should have, and I had nothing to do but watch TV till it was finished.
It felt so good to just sit, with not a care in the world. I could not do anything if I had wanted to. I was in someone else's house.
Now I have to learn to just take time for just me....no guilt for just relaxing...all those things will still be there later, and if I don't get to them for a while it will not be the end of the world. If I do not finish them in my lifetime, they will be there for someone else to do....
I need to be a kid again and just relax and have fun.......
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I have been getting something done, if not the cleaning. I am making dog toys.
I found a nice cookie cutter in the shape of a dog bone, and thought I really am not into dog bone shaped cookies. I don't think Mr. Kilmouski would be to impressed by them either. So I enlarged the cutter to make toys.
Come Christmas there are going to be some happy dogs around. I still have a few more to stuff. But that is a project for in front of the TV at night.
If I am not doing something, then I keep thinking there is something I should be doing, I could clean the dining room...but the more I think about it the less I really want to do it...It will get done as soon as someone says they are coming over! Then it is amazing how fast I can get this house whipped into shape...I just need to be motivated.
It is not that it needs to be actually cleaned, as in washing surfaces. It is more like I have to put things back where they belong. I remember when when I used to yell at my kids for this very thing.
But the problem with doing that is you never really finish a task, like I started in the dining room, and went to put something in the desk. The desk is a real mess so I stopped what I was doing in the dining room and cleaned out the desk.
Now when someone comes to visit, they are never going to see the inside of my now clean desk, they are going to see my messy dining room and wonder why it looks like it does.
While putting stuff in the pantry that had been vacationing on my kitchen counters, I resisted the urge to straighten the pantry....It was difficult...but I could spend a few hours there, taking everything out and neatly arranging it all back in...and again no one is going to see the inside of my pantry.
Our church has a rent a kid program, and I am so tempted....but then they would see the state my house is in, and that is what I am trying to avoid.
How can a house get so cluttered in such a short time...just leave one thing laying around and it is like it multiplies into a big mess.
Oh well there is only so much I can get done in a day....and my dining room is still a mess!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Went to a quilt show in the morning...There were not as many vendors there as in the past, and no one was handing out "little gadgets" as they have other years. I guess the economy has put an end to that practice.
Spent the rest of the day going to rummage sales.....I have a list of stuff I need, and just look for those items. Did not find anything on my list today. The only thing I got was a book....can never pass up a book at a good price.
Tomorrow I plan to do absolutely nothing, except catch up on my reading, and maybe have an afternoon nap....
Have not had a day where I have done nothing in a long time.....so it is time to do just that....just a day to relax.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
This is what it is supposed to look like outside....
Birds working on their nests and leaves on the trees, and warm weather...So what did I see this morning when I got up.....a frosting of white snow on everything. It did not last that long, the snow I mean, but the temperature never did get up to 40 degrees.
I think, spring was here a few days last week and now we are back into winter.
So since it was too chilly to want to go outside, I spent the day inside sewing. Got pretty much done considering I was on the computer a bit more than I had originally wanted to be.