Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trying to remember how to do this....

It's been a year.... again.  I think Facebook has taken over the space I dedicated to my blog.  Facebook is so much easier; just a snippet here and there instead of really thinking about what I want to say.  I'm not sure if anyone really follows my blog anymore.  But is that really the point?  Do I blog for me or for the rest of the world?

Anyway, I'm sitting here watching the world wake up.  Hubby is driving to Philly to get Daughter #3 and bring her home.  She was a film/video major at Drexel with dreams of being a production designer and winning an Oscar.  Well to do that she will have to move to LA or NYC; and to do that she will need to come home, work at whatever job she can find, and save some money.

Meanwhile, Daughter #2 has been living with us this summer.  She is the Master Carpenter at Totem Pole Playhouse and is kept very busy. We have a small house; a 1950s ranch with two bedrooms on the main floor and a bedroom that was created from one end of the attic. So the two of them will be squished together for a while.

We still have Eddie with us.  He turned four last week.  This October it will be three years since he came to live here, and while it has been a major adjustment in our lives, we know it is for the best.  He is a pistol; raising a boy is much different than raising girls.

As you may recall I am a teacher of Social Studies in our local middle school.  Summer break is more than half over; we go back on August 14.  Our district decided that we must all be Google Certified so taking the test was a must and with the help of our librarian, I passed.  Not sure how much of this stuff I will ever used, but I jumped the hurdle and it is done.  I have to start working on building a unit around the Constitution.  It is amazing what people don't know about the most important document in our nation.

I have also been sewing.  I don't do a lot of intense piecing during the school year  - my mind is not on it. I had three quilt tops that had been 'talking' to me for a few years.  One was ready to get quilted and two needed borders.  Thankfully I have accomplished this goal.  The cheddar bowtie is quilted; I need to piece the backing for the other.

I am still working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden.  I have learned that if I piece an entire row together, and then attach it to the main body, it will go together faster.  Of course, man-handling it is an interesting exercise but I make it work.

So now I have attempted to blog again.  We will see what happens, don't hold your breath.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

To cabinet or not to cabinet....

To cabinet or not to cabinet...

I have a few vintage machines (ok more than a few); and cabinets for four of them. I want to take some time and figure out which machine fit which cabinets and see if I can relieve myself of some of the cabinets.

I am himming and hawing over whether or not to bring a couple of cabinets into the sewing room and get rid of my horn cabinet... or just take the machines out of the cabinets and set on top of the horn cabinet.

No comments are necessary... just my daily musing.

Thanks for listening :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Meet Abby

This is Abby, named for my daughter.  She  found it in Williamsburg last summer in a cabinet and brought her home to me.  I'm just getting around to setting her up.

I had forgotten how quiet these old machines are.

Have a good day!

Giving it that old college try...

Jump Start....

They say that the third time is the charm.  So here we go, again.  I've tried to jumpstart my blog the last two years and have failed miserably.  My only excuse is when the school year starts, my time becomes limited.  I have 150 followers that are waiting, I hope, to hear from me.

So what have I been doing?

Our grandson is still living with us.  It will be two years this October, but he is a sweetie and we wouldn't have it any other way.

He loves being with his Grandpa - and watching Might Machines on Netflix is a definite must do activity.

I had a hysterectomy on May 31 and recovery is going very well.  It is amazing how far medicine has come.  Robotic surgery is amazing.

Sewing is happening.  My current project is Hawk's Nest by Bonnie Hunter from her book Scraps and Shirttails II.  Like I need another project... but it is fun to dig out fabrics and cut.  For this project I need 942 half square triangles; amazingly I had 1300  bonus triangles in a drawer so the bulk of this project is already completed.

Hopefully I can make this jump start work.  I have enjoyed blogging in the past.  Sometimes I think Facebook has taken over the place blogging held in many peoples' lives.

Have a great day!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Three down...

Three days down, approximately 177 to go.

Pennsylvania mandates at least 180 school days. I have no idea what is on our calendar.  I figure it doesn't matter.. why worry... I have to be there anyway.

We will just take it one day at at time.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The party's over.... almost

Somehow Charlie Brown always gets it right.  My summer is slowly coming to an end.  Our local school districts decided to start earlier this year, August 17, to allow for more teaching days before the testing season in April.

Personally I am not sure it will make much difference.  If a child, and/or his or her  parents, do not value education and do not feel the need to apply themselves to the task, the scores on the test are not going to reflect the desired change.  I would like to think that I am a good teacher, that I do my job well.  The time I put into what I deliver to my kids is necessary to help them toward the goal of success.  

But in the end, I have to realize that much of the success comes from the choices they make.  

So here I go, spending time in my room before school starts, getting it ready, unpacking, rearranging, thinking about how I want to start my year.

There will still be sewing time, just not as much.   I have a backing to piece for Mickey Mouse.  Yesterday I was able to pull a bolt out that I just had to buy, not knowing what it would be fore, and it is now the backing.  Nothing like going through eight yards of fabric in one fell swoop.  I also started cutting down some scraps with my Accuquilt Studio cutter.  By the way... the dies are sharp.

Take care of yourselves and make it a great day!

Monday, July 27, 2015

I've already messed up

So, my blog header says "daily" musings.... what was I thinking?

Let's play catch up.  I am busy working on a quilt for my grandson's daycare teacher.  I have two borders left to put on it and then I must piece the backing.  Have to schedule a time with Miss Donna to get it on the Long Arm.

It is also time for me to bit the bullet and head into school a couple of days a week to get ready for the year.  The districts in our area have decided to start on August 19, to allow for more days before testing in the spring.  Sorry, but for some kids (and their parents) who don't value education, adding more days isn't going to make a bit of difference.  Plus, mother nature will most like throw us a whammy.

My daughter, Abby, is home from her internship in Williamsburg.  She was a lead carpenter with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.  She found, and brought home, a Singer 301 in a cabinet for me.  It needs a power cord, but I found one for a decent price.

Finally, our local fair was last week.  I honestly don't like to go into the fair.  The dust and crowd is not my thing.  The food has gotten so expensive and, let's face it, it isn't the best food for you.  But, Eddie had a blast seeing the animals and construction equipment displayed by local businesses.  Nana's and Grandpa's do what they need to do.

Time to get my butt moving.  Have a great day!