Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I first saw this quote a week ago in Reader's Digest, then again a couple of days ago on Pat Sloan's blog, with everything that has been going on in my life this year I am definitely trying to life my life as though everything is a miracle. I have always tried to look on the positive side of things but sometimes that is difficult. This has been a difficult year for me. I had surgery in June, my dad died in September, and my mom is having surgery next week for ovarian cancer. Luckily I have the time that I can take off to be with her. The surgery will be next Monday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN. I plan on leaving this Saturday, and will have to see how things go after the surgery. Hopefully I will be able to come back the following week, but I will have to play it by ear. My mom is in her late 70's, and it is major surgery. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. With everything I have to do this week I don't know how much blogging I will be able to get done. I really don't know what my computer access will be while I am with her. I think that most hospitals and hotels now have wireless access or computers that you can use. I hope so!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is a really busy week at school. We started our book fair today and are in the middle of our school retrofit. (lots of new equipment, including new phones that none of us are quite sure how to work. Projectors should be installed later this week.) I am hopeful that the worst is over.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The jacket sewing was on top of the yard work that I did. It was such a gorgeous day yesterday that I worked out in the yard most of the morning. We have three maple trees that have decided to lose their leaves at different times. Two down one to go. I also did some work in our little garden. I pulled up the pepper plants and the tomato vines. The tomato vines were still loaded with green tomatoes. I guess I will take them to school tomorrow. I am over both tomatoes and peppers. We had enough that I was able to can almost 40 quarts of tomatoes and have put numerous bags of peppers in the freezer. I will be glad this winter, but it is very time consuming.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I can't wait to get the blocks sew together and quilted. I am going to see if my mom will hand quilt them for me. There are still some embellishments that will have to go on after it is quilted. I hope that this weekend I can get the blocks sew together and the border on. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
After doing some errands that just couldn't be put off any longer, I got home and started sewing. I made a pair of pants, all except hemming them. That hopefully will get done tonight. I did my Pat Sloan Good Book Club blocks of the month. Then I got out a project from the summer called Firecrackers. I want to get it finished before I start anything else. I am trying to finish one old project before starting a new one.
I also did some reading over the weekend. We have started a book club at my school, and our first selection is Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. It is a very interesting book. I am anxious to hear what everyone thinks about it.
Friday, October 10, 2008
3/4 cup cake flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet
12 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). If it does not have a removable bottom, line a 9 inch tube pan with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, cocoa and 3/4 cup of the sugar. Set aside. Measure 3 tablespoons of the flour mixture and toss with the grated chocolate.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at low speed, beat egg whites until foamy. Increase mixer speed to medium, stir in cream of tartar and salt, and continue to beat until egg whites form soft peaks. Gradually mix in the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in the vanilla and lemon juice.
Gently fold the flour mixture into the beaten egg whites, then fold in the grated chocolate, stirring just until no white streaks remain.
Gently scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Smooth the surface of the batter and tap the pan lightly to remove any air bubbles. Bake in center of the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until the surface springs back when touched. Cool completely, and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving, if desired.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
On Saturday I spent the afternoon at Spa Sydell. My wonderful husband thought I needed a treat, so he purchased me an afternoon there. It was wonderful. I felt like a noodle when I left, a noodle with really soft skin and wonderful feeling hands. I didn't do any yard work this weekend because I didn't want to ruin my manicure.
Since I didn't want to do yard work, I spent the evening sewing. I had gotten a couple of months behind on my Good Book Club blocks. I did the blocks for August and September. My goal was to complete the year's worth of blocks without
purchasing any fabric. I had some scraps of a turquoise batik that I was using, but unfortunately I have used all that I had. I am going to have to try to locate a batik that is similar to it. I am pleased with the way the blocks are turning out.
After an afternoon of sewing, I watched part of the UGA game, Go Dawgs!!! Ended up switching over to Pride and Prejudice and staying up until almost 1:00 watching that. It was a good movie, one I had not seen before. I have never read that book, now I feel the need to read the book and compare the book to the movie.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
It has been very difficult for me. My dad was 82, would have been 83 in three weeks. It has taken me the last week just to feel like I am caught up both at work and at home. I have been extremely busy which has helped a great deal. I don't think that I could stand being idle now.
I hope in the next few days to get back to sewing and doing some things for myself. I did go to to my friend Sharon's garage sale last week. I felt just like I was at a quilt shop. I managed to get some great buys. I bought two kits, one is for Wear Warm Clothes from County Threads, I have had my eye on that for a long time on their website. I guess patience pays off. It was a great buy.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have managed to do some sewing, not alot. I completed a pair of pants and a top that I had been working on for weeks. They were both very easy. The pants were from an Indygo Junction pattern. I love the way it fits. (I have an earlier post showing the pattern.) The top was a Very Easy Vogue pattern. I was anxious to finish them since the pants were a very lightweight black linen and the top was a white linen.
I also completed some pillow cases for the Conkerr Cancer program. This is a program that provides pillowcases for children with cancer. I was really excited to find out about this program. I have tons of extra fabric and it is for a great cause. The pillowcases can be dropped off at several of the local quilt shops. Check out the link below.
I picked up two quilts from the quilter, they are ready for the binding. It is all cut and ready for me to sew on. One of the quilts is for my dear husband's birthday the other will be a donation quilt for Relay for Life. Every year the school I work at holds a silent auction. I am donating a lap quilt for it. I also have out my Firecrackers quilt to finish. It seems like there is always something to finish up.
Hope everyone has a reat Labor Day weekend.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
After think about this for the week, I have come to the conclusion that everybody needs wishes. I don't have 20 but I have a start on them.
I wish to:
1. To visit Alaska again, my DH and I went 6 years ago and have often talked about going back.
2. To rescue a puppy/dog from the pound and give it a home.
3. To get better at saying no. (and start putting myself first, at least for some things.)
4. To spend more time with my parents.
5. To move out of a 1960's brick ranch into a two story house with a huge porch.
6. To perfect my hand quilting stitch.
7. To hike the AT. (at least part of it)
My plan is to revist this list frequently, to make these wishes come true and add others as needed.
Monday, August 4, 2008
It was back to school time today, and I really didn't want to get up this morning. My husband must have known my true feelings, since he forgot to change the time on the alarm clock since the power had been out on Saturday night. He work me up at 6:30 this morning!! ( I usually get up at 6:00 on school days.) Needless to say I was rushing around trying to get dressed. Thankfully, I had gotten my clothes out the night before. I am not a morning person, and I need all of the help that I can get in the mornings.
Once I got to school and started seeing everyone, it wasn't too hard to get back in the swing of things. I felt like I had so much to do, that I didn't know where to start. I finally got my "to do" list going and and organized and ready for whatever tomorrow brings.
There probably won't be a lot of sewing at my house this week. I would like to finish the "Firecrackers" quilt I started at Sisters last month.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I also managed to get the binding sewn on a small lap quilt yesterday. (In case you can't tell red is my favorite color.) I purchased the fabric last year while on our local shop hop with my friends Becky, Gretchen, Pat, and Debbie. I am getting some of my fabric put together and out of my stash. I have two other tops that I need to get the binding on.
I also completed my stash pot pie blocks. It has taken me two days to decide how to lay the blocks out. I have never done a quilt on point before, so it has taken me a while to get it together.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
My husband has been wonderful during this difficult time. He is making sure that I don't try to do too much to soon, which I would probably do if he weren't here.
Hope to post some pics of my stitchery later in the week.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
You can basically say that our kitchen is finished. There have been some issues with the floor. When the contractors moved the refrigerator back they scratched the new floor that they had just installed. Needless to say we weren't too happy about that. We are trying to get that taken care of. I really do like everything. I don't know how it happened but I ended up with less space and a kitchen is definitely a place you don't want that to happen. I ended up putting several boxes of things up in the attic. I hope I don't need them any time soon. I still need to get a small breakfast table and chairs for the eating area. I looks empty with out a table. I guess I will worry about that later.
Monday, June 9, 2008
At least that is three things I can say are no longer in my stash. Now I can get back to work on the Orange Crush Mystery quilt, that I am so far behind on.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.Okay, seems easy. Here goes:
1. What was I doing ten years ago? Oh, boy, I had to think about this one. Ten years ago I had just completed my first year as a media specialist. It was a great year, I was out of the classroom and had a job that I truly enjoyed going to each day. I was celebrating my 1 year wedding anniversary, yes I was a late bloomer. We also moved into a new house that year. Now that I am thinking about it, it was a really busy summer for me.
2. What are 5 things on my to do list for today? Some days I have many of the same things on my to do list, which is really boring. Today my list included laundry, packing for a long weekend trip, going to the library, going to the grocery store and UGH stopping to fill my car with gas. (definitely not something I enjoyed doing since I drive an SUV.)
3. Snacks I enjoy. If you know me, you know I am not a tremendous snacker. Potato chips are probably my favorite snacks. Wavy Lays to be exact. I bought some at the grocery store today. I usually won't turn down too many snacks that contain chocolate. I love a good chocolate chip cookie.
4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire. That is an easy one, travel. I love to travel. I would have to quit my job, which I love; but given the chance I would travel as much as possible. I enjoy traveling out west and there are numerous places I would love to see. After finishing my tour of the west and southwest, I would start on Europe. To ease my guilt over quitting my job I would donate a library full of new books to the school.
5 Peeps I would like to know more about. I would love to know more about Sister Superior Pat. I think that everyone else I know has already been tagged.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
The new kitchen is one reason I haven't completed the May block for the Good Book Cafe. The title is perfect, "Kitchen Counter". Hopefully I will get the block finished and the new counters about the same time.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
PIGS IN A BLANKET
1 pkg. little franks1 pkg. Pillsbury crescent rolls
Cut each section of roll dough into 4 pieces. Wrap one around each frank. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 10 minutes. Stick with a toothpick and serve.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
After many hours of hard work, (the hardest part was deciding what to call my blog) I have finally gotten around to creating my blog. The process has really been a lot of fun. One thing that I have found is that you can spend a lot of time on this. Hopefully, each posting will be a little easier. I don't know how some people can blog each day. Oh, well maybe this summer when I am not working. My goal is to post at least once a week, more would be great but, for now I don't know how realistic that would be.