Sunday, July 30, 2017

Raising Eddie...

Our grandson, Eddie, came to live with us in October 2014.  Needless to say, after raising three girls (two were twins), raising a boy is quite an adventure.  It gets easier every day though.  This summer our greatest accomplishment was potty training.  I know boys take a little longer, but for a while I wasn't sure if he would ever get it.  But I love him to death, and wouldn't want him anywhere else.

I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Building with Aunt Abby


Breakfast out with Nana

Diggers at School

Sheep at the Fair

Digging with Aunt Beth

Friday, July 21, 2017

On quilt shows...

I visited Quilt Odyssey yesterday.  This is the first time in about three years; life just got in the way for a while (well last year I was recovering from surgery).

the extent of my show purchases
I drove 1.5 hours there, breezed through the quilts and the vendors mall, and drove 1.5 hours back home.  I bought two patterns and saw the quilts made by one of my favorite designers, Bonnie Hunter.  I didn't take any pictures of her quilts as the signs said not to.  But when I got home, I noticed on Facebook that people had taken pictures of her quilts.  Oh well, a missed opportunity because I did the right thing.  I'll just have to wait for the book to come out.

I'm starting to wonder about why I got to quilt shows.  Many of the quilts are artsy and fancy and they aren't me.  I don't stop and look at each quilt; I look at the ones that interest me.  Those happen to be the ones that are more traditional, especially the ones with lots of little pieces.

And, when it comes to the vendors mall...well I already have so much stuff in my little sewing room (only 10x10) that I am actually trying to get ride of stuff!! Why would I buy more???

If I have the opportunity to go a show that is different or I have never been to, I will take the opportunity to go.  Sisters, Oregon is on the top of my list.  But I feel like, instead of taking up 8 hours of my day going to a show that really isn't any different, content-wise, than the last time I was there, I should have stayed home and made better use of my time.

That is all,


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!