Thursday, April 30
I finally finished quilting this sampler that has been in the UFO pile for a few years. It sure feels good to get some of these done. As I mentioned a few weeks back, I have been cleaning my quilting closet and in doing so, found "several", well, many UFO projects that are in various stages of completion, from blocks to this one that was being quilted when I got discouraged because of thread problems. I had started it with rayon thread and I was doing each section or color with a different thread. The result was not good, so I frog stitched it out and started over. The only part I didn't have to re-quilt was the light background. My sister-in-law loves teals and so I thought this one should have her name on it. I still have to put a label on it before we go to Montana and deliver it. How's everyone else doing on that stack of UFOs? Any confessions as to how many are in your stash??? Carline
Friday, April 24
I have been busy trying to finish up some UFO's I found in the closet while cleaning it up. I found this sampler from who knows when and it was even partially quilted. I had been using rayon thread and was having trouble with it, so I folded it up and forgot it for a couple of years. I was using a different color of thread in each of the blocks and borders and whatever gave me those ideas, both thread and color, I'll never know. I ripped out most of the not too cool, machine quilting and started again. I was able to save a great deal of it but some was very poor quality and when I went to different thread, it improved greatly. I think I will take this to my sister-in-law or her daughter when we go to Montana next month. It feels so good to get some of these things finished. I will hand sew the binding this weekend and post a picture of the entire thing.
We are also trying to get our vegetable garden in. HRH has been tilling and planting what we can, peas and potatoes for now. My dad always said not to plant tender plants until after Mother's day and every year HRH listens to me, goes ahead and plants and then we lose the plants. This year, he thinks we will wait a while to plant. He won't admit, I may be right but I listened to my dad because he was a horticulturist, had a garden to die for that fed most of the neighborhood and I think he could plant Popsicle sticks and grow popsicles! We shall see how it goes. I'm not much of a gardener because I hate seeing worms, they freak me out. I don't know why but I've always been that way. I plant in pots where there's no fear of seeing one.
What have you all been up to?? Show off those projects. Carline
Tuesday, April 14
I took Maggie to get clipped yesterday and since she's "friends" with the groomers' dog, Nigel, it was suggested that I bring her for the day and let them play while I ran errands. Well, I did and when I picked her up in the afternoon, she was just pooped! It tells me that she's not getting enough exercise since I had to go back to work. (well, neither am I) Maggie even went to bed early. She usually stays up until the last one of us goes to bed, but I looked in the bedroom and she was in her bed before 8:00 PM! So tonight after work, I came in, changed my shoes and took her to the park. I am vowing to do that every night I get home early enough. It's amazing how you just skip one night then it becomes a week, then a month, then you're fat! Hummm! Is that how it happened? Yup, just like that.
Saturday, April 11
Tacky as always, I know. I just get real bummed out about holidays that mean a lot in the Christian world, like Christmas and Easter, being corrupted to the point that the average person has no idea what it's really all about. This starts working on me as all of the decorations and candy start appearing in the isles of the stores. Now, I like the chocolate as much as the next gal, especially the coconut eggs, but we need to keep perspective here!
Jesus Christ died on a Cross to save us, he was resurrected and appeared to his disciples. This was and is life changing! He bridges the difference between what we can do and can't do. He paid the difference and continues to do so. For this we need to acknowledge him and his sacrifice for us. We need to live lives worthy of this gift.
OK, I'm off my soapbox for a while. I just had to stand up there and say what I needed to say. Let's try to have fun on the holidays like this, but remember what they are really about, teach our children and grandchildren the real meaning before it is completely lost in this scary 'ol world.
Have a wonderful Easter! Carline
Thursday, April 2
I read these quotes from Maya Angelou and thought they should be shared. They are priceless.
A woman should Have... enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to...
A woman should have.... something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.
A woman should have... a youth she's content to leave behind.
A woman should have... a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.
A woman should have... a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
A woman should have... one friend who always makes her laugh.. and one who lets her cry.
A woman should have... a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family.
A woman should have... eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored.
A woman should have... a feeling of control over her destiny.
Every woman should know... how to fall in love without losing herself.
Every woman should know... how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship.
Every woman should know... when to try harder and when to walk away.
Every woman should know... that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips or the nature of her parents.
Every woman should know... that her childhood may not have been perfect... but it's over.
Every woman should know... what she would and wouldn't do for love or more
Every woman should know... how to live alone.. even if she doesn't like it
Every woman should know... whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally.
Every woman should know... where to go..... be it to her best friend's kitchen table or a charming Inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing.
Every woman should know... What she can and can't accomplish in a day, a month and a year.
What would you add to this list?