Monday, June 27, 2011

Poor Chewie!

This is Chewie when he arrived here in February. Just groomed in SD.

 This is Chewie today. Poor guy! His Mimi (bad BAD mimi) took too long to find him a groomer. He needed to be shaved to get rid of all the mats. We have a saying in our house that the difference between a good haircut and a bad hair cut is about 3 days. In Chewie's case..I would say more like a month! He does not seem to be mad at me...AND its hot outside, so he should be a good deal cooler.
Buddy looks GOOD! he is very soft and only needed a trim around the eyes.

Rally got his body shaved. He looks good too! Rookie is sniffing all the dogs to see what kind of body spray they favor! Rookie stayed home and seemed to enjoy being the only dog for a couple of hours. Poor Chewie!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Have you ever had a day that just went ...GOOD? That was my yesterday! No summer baseball (almost done..will miss it..but not daily!). We have not had a working ice maker in over a year. Now, I have done just fine with ice trays. BUT, my husband replaced go. Called someone, he looked at it , said it was go. My husband told someone 'we are getting on just fine with ice trays', BUT I was the only one dealing with them. Hey, the fridge has an ice maker..and its just sitting there staring at me MOCKING ME! (Its AZ in the summer...and 'hello, I'm Beth and I'm an ice  hog'). I looked up 'ice maker not getting water' and found a solution. Finally DH and I were on the same page, so we tried it. Long story short: original company was called (and we were told the 1st technician no longer works for that company! Interesting!), they sent someone out with in HOURS..and we have ICE! Ah, what a lovely sound: Can you hear it? The drop of the ice! (ok, ok..I TOLD you..its Arizona in the summer! Yesterday was around 112!)

Then, in the afternoon, DH went to hit golf balls and I went to pick our son and his friend up at said friends house. My mini van has a power door that has not worked in TWO years. We just muscle the thing open and shut. SO, since we had no ice YET (it does take a LITTLE while to make), I stopped at Circle K (convienince store) so the boys could get a cold drink. While I waited..just for kicks, I pushed the 'lock power door' button and then the power door WORKS! I thought I was going to fall out of the van. I thought said son would fall over on the broiling hot concrete!

All this, AND I organized a bit in the closet. Now I can sit down to tie my shoes. Ahh....the wonderment of a chair and ice!

this is what I did today:

My friend brought her daughter over. She wanted to quilt a small panel baby quilt. So, we loaded it up..and off she went. She did a great job, and we had a good time.

This is what I'm working on today for me. My friend wanted feathers she gets! I'm done with the blocks (not in THIS picture, but on the quilt), so I will try to work on the borders tonight It has been a fun quilt to work on!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

summer meals

woke with 5 male teens  in the house...

3 full batches of pancakes (with chocolate chips)
3 servings of sausage
1 serving of bacon
pitcher of OJ

for lunch:

16 hotdogs ( got one)
2 cans of baked beans
1 pound of strawberries
various drinks

I'm already worn out...and I'm NOT doing the dishes

Monday, June 13, 2011

update on 'batting strip' bag

OK, so I got called out by my friend QuilterC. She saw my bag when I was on vacation. When she looked on my blog, she could not find here goes:

You can find info on how to make the strips here. I will show you how to put them together. I kinda morphed the pattern and made it my own for what I wanted. I may be able to get pictures of the other bags made by my Lunch Bunch group next time we meet. That is IF I remember my camera! (it always seems to get left at home...sigh...)
Here the strips have been zigzagged together. I think the picture will enlarge if you click on it.  Try to sew them opposite ways to keep the section from warping too much. You can see I'm blocking that section. I pin into my ironing table, spray some water on or steam it flat. When you are done blocking, you can cut this into sections for a bag or purse.

Here is a picture of the finished bag. I sewed another strip over the cut edges and then zigzaged the sections together. I was able to finagle the bag to be able to sew all the way down the side.
 I did the bottom of each side by hand.

Here are some pictures of the inside.

large pocket for my laptop. I wish I had made this a bit larger. Its a bit of a tight fit. Velcro to hold it closed for support.

Another smaller pocket on the opposite side for my Bamboo Fun pen tablet. This pocket has 2 smaller pockets on top. One fits a Kindle and the other is for cords and chargers.

Velcro tabs to hold laptop charger.

Cute handles cut off an ugly straw bag purchased at GoodWill for $3.99.
Hey! good handles are hard to come by!

I hope this spurs you on to make your own bag. I enjoyed using up some of my scrap batting! I used 20 strips from a Bali Pop. If you look at the picture of the hand sewing on the bottom of the side panel, you can see about 6 scrappy strips. When I found out I needed a few more for a bottom, I was stingy and didnt' want to use up any more  batik strips. I scrounged around my scrap bins and found some fairly ugly green strips for the bottom. They will just get dirty anyway! Hope you liked seeing my bag. And now I'm off the hook with QC! 

Sunday, June 05, 2011


No blog posts could mean a couple of things:

I have done nothing I think is blogworthy (is that one word or two? lol)
I"m so busy I have not seen the computer in DAYS
I'm out of town with no internet access (GASP)

I'm on vacation with my family. Yep..thats the one!

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we drove to Southern California for Sports Guy to play in a soccer tournament. We were short it was kind of a tough weekend to swallow. One win, and 2 losses. Just so you know we only had one substitute. That means the whole team had to run the whole game...we usually have 4 or 5. One game, one of the boys had a no subs. The last game , Sports Guy had to sit out due to 2 yellow cards on the previous day = a red card. He had to sit. It was not easy for him.

As soon as we returned home, I did a laundry marathon...and turned around the next morning and headed for the airport. Sports guy and I flew to Denver...met up with Pilot Grl (our AF DD) who drove down from Rapid City. We spent the night there and the next day the kiddos headed for 6 Flags. I met up with an online buddy I had not seen in low these many years. We didn't  have as much time as we would have liked, but got to visit..and that was the best. We also hit a quilt shop (HER decision....hehehehehe). All I left with is two heat transfer patterns. (not showing them yet..they may be used for gifts). Then we all met up, hit an AF base close by for food. Pilot Grl packed her cooler and off we went up into the mts. AH COOL! There is still TONS of snow up on the mountain...much to Student Man's (that is the middle kid...just about to start nursing school..) distress... He is a snowboarder...and to HIM...all that snow is going to waste! Student Man and DH drove up and played golf on the way. Not sure we can jam 4 people, 4 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in DH"s car. Time for me to get a new vehicle that DH will be willing to drive on vacation. It needs enough room for all of THAT...AND my Featherweight!

We are staying in Breckenridge. Just off the main street in walking distance. Here are just 2 pictures of what we see walking down and back from the condo. Yesterday the whole clan, minus me, went to play golf. (THAT is when I missed the Featherweight!) I walked down to main street and there were people and dogs everywhere! Oh how I missed my furry boys! I even got to pet TWO Westies. HEAVEN! lolol

There is a nice quilt shop on Main Street. I visited once..and got a bluebonnet fabric for my Mom. Then yesterday i went back again for show and tell (Pilot Grl brought her quilt with the seashell border for me to bury threads) and bought another fab...OK OK..You can have pictures! Gee...I didnt 'know quilters could be so pushy! :::;grin::::

 this one has rescue trucks all over..but in a small stripe..with the word 'rescue' intersperced. sorry its blurry. On sale. :-D

bluebonnet one for Mom. No clue what I will do with it tho.

I'm still amazed that out of all the fabric stores and all the fabric I have seen, there is still fabric I have NEVER seen! Lovely!

ok., That is all for now. I did major clothing damage and quilting fabric damage in California. With the rapid turn around, I didn't have time to take any pictures. Stand by for that update when I get home and wade thru the MOUNDS of laundry. ...Oh..and by the time we get home? We will be up to our ears in shed dog hair too! oh joy!

Saturday, June 04, 2011