Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday Thoughts

We had a good Bible study tonight - it was nice to get away and sit down without feeling blah too much and talk with adults.

So much to do around the house...

So much to do at school...

I think I want to go to bed...

Sorry. Not a thrilling entry. I'll do better later!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Oh, yeah - the blog

Sorry I haven't been around much. This week was not a good one - had some, um, medical issues that have worn me out. But the medicine the doc put me on has finally started kicking in, so I'm feeling better.

See y'all soon!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Running out of steam...

Ok, I did two rotations of cleaning, but I am getting tired and I'm in pain (for other unmentionable reasons.) So, I'm calling it quits for now and going to take a rest.

My alma mater (and Shelina's) is playing OSU today in the NCAA. We'll have to see how they do...

As promised, some pictures...

Our neighbor's house: (because the front of ours is surrounded by junk)

My killer kitty: what a funny pic!

An over-all view of the promised quilt top:


Still closer: (this pic doesn't show the hand sewing that I did to attach each leaf to the muslin top - it took a long time but was fun)

Okey dokey, I think that's it for now. Going to take a nap...


Well, actually it's Saturday day, but I remember the song from a long time ago.

It is 9:15 AM on Saturday morning. I have spent one hour cleaning (1/2 hr. downstairs, 1/2 hr. upstairs) and 1/2 hr. on school work. I am now on my 1/2 hr. break. This is my plan for the rest of the day. I want to make some headway in this place!

We had a surprise snowfall yesterday. About five inches of snow is on the ground now, but it's melting quickly so that's good. It is beautiful to look at. On my next 1/2 hr. break, I will take a picture and post it. I know you are so excited about that.

I also found my quilt top that I started 13 years ago. I will post a picture of it as well. Because I have used it as a tablecloth, it has some spots on it, but I could add some more leaves. But then there's that whole adding-a-backing and quilting it. Did I mentioned I don't have a sewing maching? Unless it's downstairs in that mess. I used to have one...

Until next time...

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Boy, I don't hang out here often, do I? Things have been busy and spending too much time on this computer is part of the problem. I do, however, need to make posting more a part of my routine. It's like therapy - but cheaper!

Our ladies' Bible study book is focusing on cleansing this week. I have a lot of cleansing to do - inside and out. Inside and outside my house. Inside and outside myself. But cleansing takes time. I plan on trying to do some house cleaning Saturday and I think I can make it some soul-searching time too. Me and God got some talking to do.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Shrimp and Stuff

We had our annual "shrimp feed" for our ham radio club tonight. About 33 people showed up and we ate lots of food. As I sat and talked with the couple sitting across from me, with J sitting next to me poking me, I realized how old I was feeling in the crowd. Everyone else was older, except for one member. R and I are the youngest around mostly and J. was the youngest there tonight at age 11. I gotta find some young folks to hang out with!

Which brings me to tomorrow. We have signing choir after church tomorrow, and it is basically a group of teenaged girls learning sign language through worship songs. So they keep me feeling young.

I am looking forward to the warm up so we can get out and go geocaching! I miss tromping through the woods.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Random Thoughts

I haven't posted much this week - it's been busy.

I have a lot of jeans now for my quilt project. I am going to take Mrs. Goodneedle's and Shelina's word for it and not try to hand quilt a jean quilt. I think we're just going to do a personalized jean blanket and have it sewn on a machine for us. We'll see how it goes! We will probably use puffy paints for the kids to decorate their own block. With my luck, I'll hate to part with the quilt and end up buying it back myself at the auction!

We're doing D.'s bday party tomorrow - swimming and male overnight at a hotel. I'll bring J home with me. I decided that it was DAD's turn to do the overnighter thing this year. Although the 3:00 AM Denny's run was kind of fun.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Is anyone else...

tired? I know I am. Of course, it's 10:21 PM and I should be in bed, so I only have myself to blame.

Shelina made a post about her blue jean quilt and she has inspired me. I think the kids who come to my classroom at school are going to work on one for the school auction in May. Handmade items always go well, and when they're made by the kids - that's even better! I think I will have them bring in old clothes that mean something to them and we'll add them to the quilt. Here are directions for the quilt: Denim Circles. I am not a quilter, but we can do some hand quilting on this and I may be able to get some parent helpers.

One way I got some old blue jeans is through freecycle. This is a great way to get rid of your own clutter and perhaps get things you need.

Church was really good today. The sermon was about trials and temptations and how they grow our faith - IF we let them.

Tomorrow, I am going to be at school all day but not in my classroom. I will actually get to do some observations and maybe help some kids out and teachers.

Well, I think I'm rambling so I better get to bed before I forget to put the links in. Good night!

Saturday, March 3, 2007


Sometimes don't you wish...
  • you could do EVERYTHING YOUR WAY and it turn out just fine?
  • you could stay at home all day and crochet/quilt/whatever and not feel guilty about it?
  • you could forgive AND forget all the bad things people have done to you?
  • you could forgive AND forget all the bad things YOU'VE done?
  • you could eat a gallon of ice cream and not gain an ounce?
  • Florida wasn't so far away and Hawaii was in your back yard?
  • everyone would do things the right way (YOUR WAY)?
Sometimes I do...

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Seventeen Years Ago...

Where were you seventeen years ago? I know where I was - laying in a hospital in Cincinnati waiting for D to be born (of course, we didn't know he was a he at that time - we wanted a surprise.)

I had already been in the hospital for two days - being two weeks overdue. Pitocin was experimental then, and they tried it. Nothing doing, no how. He was comfy and hanging out in the womb. Finally after two days of monitoring and trying, they decided to stop and scheduled a C-Section for the morning of March 2nd. When they decided that, they unplugged all the machines that were monitoring the baby - the heart monitor, the contractions. No more beeps and blips. Everything fell silent and R went home for the night.

I remember how absolutely quiet it was and I called the nurse three times during the night: "Are you sure he's okay? I haven't felt him moving." She reassured me for a bit and then went off.

I had gotten used to hearing his heartbeat. Used to him being close and knowing he was okay. He certainly wasn't going any where soon.

How times have changed! Although D stays at home most days, he is in his own world - as it should be for 17 year olds. I just sometimes miss those moments - feeling the flutter as he kicked against my bladder, hearing that heartbeat. Sometimes I get teary-eyed. And then that huge 17-year-old will come and sit next to me, put his head on my shoulder, and say, "I love you, Mom." And I remember. And I am so thankful for this boy.