Sunday, April 22, 2018

A Good Day For Stitching

I woke up in pain. I couldn't believe how hard it was to get out of bed.

I got going on the laundry and even started a puzzle. I tried to stay moving to keep my back moving. I also enjoyed watching a few shows on my DVR.

I was ale to get this much one last night. So, today I was able to get even more done. 

The good news is that I am almost done with March's piece and can get started on April. Don't know if I can get April done before I get the May piece. I can hope! I really like the way this is coming out. I was able to roll this piece as well. 

We had bowling today. I didn't bowl, I just watched. I need to get my back in shape for bowling on Wednesday when we bowl for the championship. Our team only won one game. They had a hard time for the first 2 games. Dan (my son's best friend) bought me a beer. I couldn't believe it. Then he wanted me to drink a shot, which I told him NO. I told him I didn't want to get sick. He was trying to get me a little tipsy! lol The beer was okay, but not something I drink. It was good to have fun with him. 

Life is good. I'm still keeping up with being Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hello Saturday!

Today is Saturday....big surprise there! I let Patrick sleep in today.

We did our usual trip to the casino. We brought home more money then we took, so it was a good trip. Then headed to Safeway to get some hamburger for hamburgers tonight. Patrick cooked on the grill. So, happy we have a grill! I love it when we can cook on the grill. Saves on clean up too! lol

I spend the afternoon working on the table runner mom Wiltzius made. I was able to get it done!!

Yep!! Cross off another UFO! I'm done with it. It turned out pretty good. Most of it was already done by mom, so I really didn't have a lot to do. 

Then I pulled out my cross stitch and worked on that!

I was able to get a few more stitches in on this one. I'm liking it so far. I would like to get started on April's since May is right around the corner. I enjoyed "Finding Your Roots" today while I was working on this. I'm hopping to get the bird done tonight - the bird is started on the right side where the thread is. Love my magnifying glass that's able to help me do better stitching.

Sandy went to "Acorns and Threads" today. She picked me up some Annie's Keeper pieces. I needed some. I also need to get ready for Seminar! I have a list of classes I'm going to take and I'm looking forward to it.

Life is good, and I'm enjoying each day! It's hard knowing my dad's no longer with us, but I can deal with it. He wanted me to move on. So, I am, and I'm Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Day Of Quilting With Friends

Today I was up - or at least worked at getting up. My back was killing me all night. Had Patrick put some rub on my back before he left this morning. He left me his back brace and I put that on as well. Can't believe how bad my back got! Just for walking and bowling on Wednesday. I'm hoping it gets better by Sunday.

Went to moms and I found 3 cars already there - and I arrived at 9:30 am! Sure enough there were thee of them there. I ended up on the couch. Wasn't easy quilting on my quilt there, but most of mom's quilters don't like giving up their chairs. So, I had to sit straight and try to quilt with my back hurting.

Martha - who worked with my dad - came to our meeting. She'd been away for about 2 years. She decided she'd start coming back (had heart surgery and isn't doing good). When she came in, I gave her a hug and started getting teary eyed. She game mom a hug and they both cried. Then I found out, her oldest son (my age), passed away on Wednesday. He was a truck driver and was filling up the truck when he "keeled over." She wasn't sure where though. Guess this isn't going to be a good year.

I was surprised by the end of the day how much I actually got done. The quilting is coming along great. I think I'm about 1/8 to 1/4th done. It's simple quilting, and it doesn't look too bad.

Patrick came over to the house after work. He helped mom with the paperwork she had to do. Then we had supper. After supper we came home.

Who knows, Katt's quilt might actually get done by Christmas! I decided that when I have quilting at the groups, I'm going to quilt on this. Every little bit helps. Katt might even be surprised at what I've been doing. May enjoy surprising her! Can't wait.

Life is life. Things happen. AND we keep moving on. Like dad always told me, "life goes on, even if we don't."

On a happier note - did any of you get a lot of quilting done today? Enjoy quilting with friend? Would love to hear about it.

Best wishes and Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Enjoyed Volunteering Today!

This morning I was up and out the door early. I arrived at moms around 9:00 am, to find her back in bed. She had a rough night and was napping before I arrived. Then we went into the living room, where she fell asleep again till about 11 am. That's when her neighbor came in to see her. We needed to get moving but there were a few things that we need to do first.

I took the dog for a walk. Then we headed over to "Reborn" thrift shop. They sell really good clothing. They are pretty much new clothes at a discount price. All the procedures go to the church. The church uses some of the money for the day care. I found a shirt that I really liked. It doesn't look like anyone ever wore it. We worked the counter till about 4 pm. I got a kick out of the gals not knowing how to use the credit card on the phone. I asked that when I got there, so it was easy to learn. I was just happy to be able to use it and I taught mom and the other gal how to use it. They wanted to know if I wanted to help out again, and I said yes.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home. Mom was falling asleep so, wanted to get her home.

I got home. Then I pulled out the table runner and started working on quilting the areas that mom didn't get.

She did the quilting in "the ditch." Not my favorite part of quilting, but I'm actually enjoying this. 

I like the pattern and she did an awesome job of piecing!!

May finish it by the weekend!!

Let's keep going and stay Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wow, The Day Just Went Fast!

This morning I up and enjoying another day by myself. I couldn't believe how fast the morning went! I was playing a few games, sending emails, and getting a few things done. Before I knew it, it was noon!

So, I took the afternoon and pulled out Judie's table runner. I got the binder done and started to work on the quilting. Patrick wanted me to quilt the area that she didn't get done. I'm going to check with mom to see if she has the thread I need to finish it.

I'll keep working on it. I'm hoping to get it done by Friday. 

Then it was time for bowling. I bowled pretty good. I bowled a 173, 182, 157 and we won 1 game. The other team was really good and kicked our butt. We only lost by about 15-30 pins each time. 
Patrick didn't bowl as good as he usually does but he still beat me by about 25 pins. ugh. 

Life is good, and I'm still keeping Happy Quilting/Happy Stitches!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

It Was A "My Day" Day

Yep, today was my day! I got up when I felt like it, I did what I felt like. It was awesome!

It started out with a visit with Cherrill. That was about an hour. We talked about this and that. I came back home and started working on vacuuming, laundry (which got started but never did get finished), as well as a few other things.

After that got started, I turned the fireplace on downstairs. Yep, the fireplace was on!

It poured rain for a good hour. It was cold out side for awhile, so the fireplace was nice to have on down there. 

Back to cleaning up the downstairs!

A mess! But it needed to be done. I kept "piling" on the counter while dad was in the hospital. Good excuse! Truthfully, I have a bad habit of "piling on" my stuff. The end table next to my chair is just as bad sometimes. 

I cleaned the top up, and found my mother-in-law's table runner that needed the border done. I even cut a few pieces of fabric for zipper bags that I'm going to make. I'll try and sell a couple of them at the Seminar. I really need to sit down and do that. At least I have the fabric cut for it. Just need to take an afternoon and do it. 

So, my sewing table got more stuff on it after I cut the fabrics. At least it all right there. I need to find a box to put the parts of the quilting machine in, and put that out in the garage, till I'm ready to start quilting. I really don't think I want to do that right now. I have plenty of stuff I need to do right now. I did take a few things and get them ready to take to mom. Those can be sold at the quilt show next week. 

At least the counter is cleaned up. I have a few 9 patches that are my scrap quilt pieces. I need to put all that together as well. I'll try and work on that this year. Time will tell. 

Brought back the box of QOV fabrics. Mom did a lot of 4 patches and 9 patches, so I need to take them out and see what I can come up with for a quilt. I'll work on it one of these days. 

I have a cool view out my window, and had to go and take a few pictures of the spring blooms. 

Plenty of tulips coming up. 

Then I came in the house and worked on mom's table runner. 

So I started working on the binding. 

She had the binding coming from the back. I started stitching it down and realized she only had 2/3 of it quilted. I asked Patrick if he wanted me to finish with the quilting, and he said yes. I was surprised, I was willing to just let it be the way she left it. So, when the binding is done, I'll go around and try to match what she did for the quilting. She did a lot of "in the ditch" quilting and I really don't do that. But this will be a first for me. She used 3 different colors for quilting. So, I'm going to have to try and match her work. It will be interesting, but at least I can get one thing done and off my "to do" list. 

Tomorrow is another day for "ME." I will enjoy it while I can. Then Thursday and Friday is at moms. Thursday I will be helping her at "Reborn" which is a thrift shop that the church has. I love selling stuff, so I will enjoy that. My volunteer with them more if everything goes well. 

As time goes by, I'm doing good. I'm still crying off and on, and I'm still getting teary eyed when I talk about dad. But as he always told me, "Life goes on." Which means he's telling me to keep living and I will. 

How was your day? Did you get a "Me" day or was it one of those days everyone else had for you to do? 

We can all keep working on our stuff, and be very Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Spent The Morning With Mom

This morning I was up and out the door to see mom. She asked me yesterday if I would come over, so I decided I would.

Stopped and got both of us a Vanilla Chai tea. Then headed to moms. Got there to find her deep in the kitchen pantry cleaning it out.

I helped mom pull out all her stuff. It was packed! We got it down to this. I had to scrub all the shelves, and even try to get the spills off the walls. Bleach works great - on most stuff. I didn't get a chance to get all the wall spills out but did the best I could. This was an all morning project. 

Mom was saying it makes her feel better to open that and not see it packed and full. We throw out a lot of stuff that was years old. Mom couldn't reach the top shelf. Dad didn't get much off the top shelf either. So, the food up there was old. We ended up with 3 garbage bags full of trash. Mom's really been cleaning her house since dad passed. It's almost as if she wants the house to look like it did when I was growing up in the military. Good enough for company and no piles out anywhere. Will be interesting to see how much cleaning she's going to get done. 

Came home and worked on laundry. Then I got back into my genealogy. I have been getting a lot of names done. I found I had one of my family members hooked to the wrong "John Wineland" as I have about 9 of them. Half of them I don't have married to anyone, so it could be anyone of those. I'll keep working on it. 

Now it's time to get back to cross stitching. I won't be going to see mom till Thursday, so the next two days I'll work on my stuff downstairs. I need to see what I can do with the blocks mom got done on the QOV fabrics. She cut more blocks out and will sew on those later. I'm amazed at what all she got done for me. I'm not so good at that. It's something I'll have to work on. 

Tomorrow is another will be fun to see what tomorrow brings! What are your plans for tomorrow?

Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

A Good Day For Stitching

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