Sunday, July 17, 2011

all by myself

What do you do when  you are  home alone? This weekend Sports Guy had a soccer tournament in San Diego.I begged off and let Pilot Man play parent..for the WHOLE weekend! About this time of the summer, I'm tired of being on call for everyone and everything. I'm ready to change my  name to Agnes and move to Timbuktu. I love my family..I do..but they think I should wash every piece of clothing and make every morsel that goes in ...and wash every dish. Now..to HONEST..its not really my husband. He is very self reliant...its..the other person who lives here. He is LEARNING to be self reliant! He is not there YET! lolol So what do you do?


I:
-eat whatever I like. Sometimes even junk food ALL DAY LONG. Do I pay the price? Sometimes, but I usually only get to  have the house to myself once a yr..
-stay up late to sew. Ok, by about 11pm I can barely drag myself to the bedroom..but HEY, I didn't HAVE to go to bed, I CHOSE to go to bed!
-go see a friend. This time I got to go to my Long Arm chapter meeting with a friend. They had a yearly 'garage' sale for quilty things that people were done with. I got a few patterns, a book and 3 pantographs. I didn't spend a whole lot, but I had a great time. Once in a while I like to be around people that speak 'long arm quilting'!

I don't;

-feel like I have to clean the whole house, wash all the dogs and cars and generally be TOTALLY productive. HEY! This IS my vacation! When we went to Colorado? I cooked every evening meal except one..and did most of the dishes! When I go to see my parents next week, what does Mom want help with? COOKING. I don't mind..I really dont..but ONCE in a while, I'm tired of deciding what to make! Buying it all...cooking it all..cleaning it all up. Time to have a class : 'Dishwashing 101'!

Saying all that, I DID get some things done.
  -I repaired 2 dresser drawers and may glue a 3rd.
  - got clothing ready to go thru when Sports Guy returns ( I am not allowed to get rid of it with out permission!)
  -almost done with a customer quilt
 - cleared some things out of Sports Guy's room that belong to me (it used to be the guest room and never really got cleared out...as he never REALLY moved in there..just started sleeping in there..morphing it into his own room..never really figured out how that happened! lolol)


and I'm getting ready to
  -caulk a sink and a tub
  -clear off a hallway dresser and dust it off


Then I'm DONE for the day. Its been a good productive restful day! Oh, and if you were wondering? Sports Guy's team made it to the finals! Figures..if I was there we would be on our way home by now! ROTLF


I need ideas for next year! How do you spend alone time? Do tell!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

reading

I love to read, but have not done much this summer. I seem to be a reading ADDICT! When I start a book, the whole HOUSE could fall down around my ears. No laundry gets done, no food gets cooked ,cleaned up after OR bought. I do read now and then..but no stacks of books from the library. They just CALL to me...and sometimes they say things that are not nice! One of my coffee friends  lent me a book.  He reads ALOT..Mostly Nora Roberts from what I can tell.. I brought this one home and it took me a few days to read it.. I actually slept...cooked...and did normal things before I was finished reading it. One passage near the beginning made me laugh SO hard, I almost fell off my chair. Dogs and kids had to come into the room to see WHAT was so funny..



Here is that excerpt;




From Sister's Choice by Emilie Richards (go look for it...its a good summer read!)


Inside, Kendra admired the personal touches that Jamie had added to the cabin. "I love those place mats. Did you bring them with you, or did you find them here?"

Jamie hoped the praise was real and not just her sister's way of apologizing for her early arrival. "They're great, aren't they? I found them in a shop in Strasburg. They're denim strips, hand woven on a loom. I wish I had time to work with my hands. I've always wanted to do something. Knit, crochet, paint."

"Be careful what you wish for, and keep your voice down."

Jamie turned. "What? Who's listening?"

Kendra lowered her voice. "They're everywhere."

"Are you nuts? Who's everywhere?"

Kendra lowered her voice even more. " The quilters."

"Quilters?"

"Now you've gone and done it. They'll be here momentarily. Bolt the doors."

Jamie was relieved to see this more playful side of her sister. "Explain youreslf."

"I'm afraid you'll find out soon enought. Let's just say that if you ever had a yen to learn how to quilt, you're in the right place. Toms Brook is crawling with them."

"Does that have anything to do with the old quilts in your house?'

"I collect, they quilt,although I'll confess, they've taught me a little. Call it survival."

"I'll keep my eyes open."

"They'll sniff you out." ......



We are in TROUBLE now! Our SECRET is out! Muahahahahahahaha! Keep those ears out...You just NEVER know when you can HOOK a new quilter. I even got a new customer at the baseball game a week or so ago. My husband just thinks its an obsession...little does HE know!

Monday, July 11, 2011

ANOTHER busy week? Really?
















Oh dear...here I go again! I was envisioning a week of actually catching UP on the laundry...sleeping till SEVEN..WOW! Who was I kidding? Those kind of weeks just sneak up on me...I cannot PLAN them. If I TRY to plan them, God just laughs at me. Oh..and gives me ANOTHER hugely busy week.

Pilot Man took Sports Guy and his buddy to the All Star Fan Fest in downtown Phoenix. Someone with a brain scheduled it INSIDE at the Phoenix Convention Center. PM had to get tickets on StubHub as they were sold out at MLB.com. We considered going to the Home Run Derby..or the All Star Game, but those too had sold out. When we looked, prices were too much..and PM is not home till too late to go. Saturday afternoon, Sports Guy gets a call from a friend (Little League and high school teammate). They had purchased a package deal for ALL the events, but had two tickets left over. Did we want them? After a bit of basic math..we said YES! I punted on the Fan Fest (SG went again today and gave my ticket to ANOTHER friend..who was THRILLED to go as I was NOT THRILLED to go) and the Future game/Celebrity Softball game last night. I will meet up with them this afternoon.

Did I say I have been up since around 2AM? Its thunderstorm season here in Desert land...I did doze a bit on and off..but I"m betting that very little REM sleep was to be had. There IS a nap before I head to the Home Run Derby.

 Need more?  Yesterday AF Girl (our pilot daughter) called. She had a swollen gland just below her ear. Its sore, even with out touching, and especially when she chews.  Called the flight doc this am and they tested her. She has MONO. She is due to deploy a week from today. She is NOT HAPPY...not tired, no sore throat, no fever...just this DANG swollen gland. And the worst part? for me? there is NOTHING I can do for her. I cannot send her a plane ticket to come home. (not sure she should fly as she is contagious at least for a bit). She said she MAY be able to go anyway, wearing a mask.

I think I'm ready for that nap now... Then I may need to quilt something!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

grrrr!

OK...what is UP with Google!? I  am already signed in to Google Reader. I directly sign on to a blog to comment. I have to RE-ENTER my password and then it STILL sees me as 'anonymous'? THEN..when I sign on AGAIN, it never gives me the security word, so have to back for the 4th or 5th time to enter THAT. SHEESH...I'm about to not comment anymore! Too much work!

What a WEEK!

Usually I am pretty busy with other people's activities..mainly Sports Guy. But, high school summer baseball is over and he is only practicing soccer for a tourmament in a week and indoor soccer. All of that is in the evening. SO, I decided to do something for ME. About this time in the summer, I have had enought of being at everyones beck and call. Kids show up to spend the night I dont' know about, there are extra people at the dinner table I don't even KNOW...you get the picture. On Tuesday I sewed star blocks from Moda Fabrics 'Just One Star' project'. We were well on our way to 3 tops using 90 blocks total. Not bad for a few hours.

Wednesday found swimmers at my house! I have not done ANY swimming this summer (and you ask 'why NOT in that heat, woman?" ...good question!) I have a friend who has 3 children. I have been saying for the past two summers, I was going to have them over to swim. I never did..this is not right! So, I put my foot down..and let her pick the day. Wednesday was it. We had a blast ...after I laid down my one hard and fast rule: NO DIVING ... its a play pool..only about 5 1/2 feet in the middle. They can have plenty of fun with out diving.  When we came in, everyone got dried off. I had set up my 2 Featherweights and my friend set up her machine. She had never taken it out of the box. Not threaded it, not wound a bobbin..NADA. I started the boys with lined paper and no thread...off they went. (Boys like to make the machine GO..they think they are driving!) Mom did the same, after we learned how to thread it and wind a bobbin. Back to the boys...now they are making small string blocks with used Color catchers. I think they liked it. Little sister picked out pink beads for a bracelet. When the big ones were done for the day , she got to try out the lined paper too. BOY did she go to town! lolol I hope to have them help me make a string QOV. I told the boys, after those blocks are done, if they don't want to sew, its ok. I think everyone should at least know how to use a machine even if they don't use it alot.

Thursday I caught my breath..I was POOPED from Wed. Oh..and I quilted all day like  demon on this:


My Lunch Bunch group gave our favorite 90 yr old member 90 charm squares for her birthday last summer. She also recieved a book. We thought she would piece it and we would quilt it, but she really isn't piecing much anymore. One of the other members made this. I don't know the name,but I LOVE it! I quilted it...MADLY! I had to take another quilt off the frame to put this on. I had planned on everyone in the group to help a BIT on the binding. They did not cooperate..so its not done. Her birthday is in Aug, so we will have it done for that.


Today is for catching up. I will be finishing a few small things on the quilt that got RIPPED off the frame (not literally! I think my friend just had heart failure! her quilt! RIPPED! lolol), Laundry (everyday..but  more on Saturday..I can dry after 1pm...rates don't go up till Monday!) and hopefully loading the next quilt. My men are at the All Star Fan Fest. I think they kinda wanted to go to some of the other festivities, but they are SO PRICEY. By the time they decided they wanted to go, all the tickets were sold out at MLB. On Stub Hub etc, they START at over $200 a ticket. I can see all I want from my recliner! lolol


All my STUFF from sewing at Lunch Bunch and show and tell

Featherweights, foot pedals and extention cords!



A left over doll house and pool toys (alas, this one hit the floor and one of the DOGS nibbled on it! The rest have been dried out and put away for next week)


I think I'm STILL pooped!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Big day!

From this :
(dear old sweet '01 Sienna...it got great gas mileage and was a workhorse!)

To this:
(Sweet NEW 2012 Kia Sorrento. Not the color I would have picked, BUT it has a light interior. In Arizona, a dark interior is a deal breaker for me! The exterior color will grow on me..and they dont make it in a PRETTY blue!). I still even have a third row of seats that fold into the floor when not in use. Great for those last 2 kids who need a ride home from school. I just CANNOT leave them in the heat!