Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Day In Tacoma

This morning I had time to help Cherry out. Then came back home and played a few games before having to leave for Tacoma.

Patrick and I left around 10:30 am and it took us less then an hour to get up there, but then when we drove through town. Trying to find the place we were headed for took awhile. The instructions that Patrick got off the internet was a little off. At least Patrick knew the area where we needed to go.

I took my embroidery to work on. I was able to get the greenery done on the flowers that I had done.

I have a few more to do, and then this is done.

I had my appointment and talked with the doctor for about 45 mins. We had to stop and do a blood test because my doctors office might have sent it, but it was there. So, I told her I was willing to have another blood test taken. I'll find out in a couple days when and where I'll have my biopsy on my thyroid. Should be interesting and I'm okay with all this.

Then we went to "Spaghetti Factory" just downtown in Tacoma. We had a very good lunch. I got a sandwich and Patrick got the spaghetti. I brought home half my sandwich.

The trip home was interesting to say the least. There was construction on the way out of downtown Tacoma, then it was going about 40 MPH for the next half hour. By the time we reach Olympia, there was a car accident being cleared up. So, it was going slow for about a mile. We finally made it home about 4:30 pm.

Bowling was coming up, so there really wasn't time to do much. I'll just have to wait till tomorrow

I bowled a 179, 178, 226, which helped me go up a pin on my average. I'm not at 176 average for Wednesdays. Not so lucky on Sundays. We took all 4 games. So, we may tie with the team that took 1st place from us last week. The team we bowled had 2 blind. The other 2 were high bowlers, but we all pulled it out and won by 4 pins the first game, 20 pins the second, and a lot more the 3rd game.

Life is good, things are going great. I'm still hoping for some good luck. Time to get back to being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Actually Sewed Today! -

Yep, that's what I said - I sewed today!

First thing this morning went to visit with Cherrill. After all that was done, I came home and heated up the room downstairs.

I had an idea of what I wanted to do. I cut the fabric's for the project bags. I didn't use a pattern - not for me. I can't seem to understand patterns and it's easier for me to do things as I go. So, I wanted to use the vinyl for the insides. I wanted to make Katt a couple bags, and decided I would practice on her piece. It's the fabric that she made her pants out of when she was in 5th grade.

I could not believe how HARD it was to make this one! The vinyl would stick together when I tried to turn it. It was really hard to work with. But now, in thinking, I would use the vinyl but not do the "french seam" on the inside. That would make it easier to work with. I may do that yet.

So, the second bag I used the fabric as a lining instead. I hope she like them.

Now that I figured out what I wanted and how to do it, I was ready to use the fabrics I bought the other day. I cut the fabric so that I could get the most out of the fabrics. I cut 2 small bags and 1 big bag out of both fabrics.

About that time I got a text from Patrick saying he wanted fresh bread instead of grilled cheese for supper tonight with soup. So, I went up and got the bread going.

It turned out great! Fresh bread for supper was awesome!

While that was going on, I worked on getting the zippers going.

I ordered the zipper parts on Amazon. There are 26 or 46 zipper pieces from a 10 yard strip of zip. I will say, it took me a good 15 mins to try and figure out how to do this!! I thought I had it a couple times and it wouldn't zip up. I thought at times that the zipper part was broke, but then as I got it going, I realized how to do it. It went a LOT faster once I figured it out. No instructions, so I'm feeling pretty good that I could figure it out!

The zipper wasn't fun at first, but now I've got it! I thought I took a photo of the two I did finish, and I have 4 more to go. I like the way they turned out. Patrick came home and said he liked the vinyl in the bags better. Now that I'm sitting here, I'll probably go ahead and try to do 2 with the vinyl. I just won't do the french seam on them. I actually like the look of the french seam better, but I'll do what I can.

I made some cinnamon twists for dessert. Called the neighbor and told him to come get some bread. I told him I had a surprise for him too. I was going to give him one but Patrick didn't want to give them up! He's looking at the one for breakfast! Who knows I may get to it first! lol

So, to my surprise, I didn't have too much trouble doing the bags. OH, YEA, I did break 2 needles in the process! I didn't get tense, I just replaced them. If it had been any other day, I would have put the new needle in and walked away! I was in the mood to make these, and they are quick as well as easy.
At first I thought it would be quicker than it was, but then realized it was me, and nothing is that quick! I'm not looking forward to the shows on tonight, so may go back down and work on more. I have decided I'll put 2 together for gifts. Katt's gift will go out with her stocking after I pick it up on Thursday. I'll wrap the others up and have them ready for the BE party Monday. I'll keep one set aside for the quilt group party on the 28th. Hopefully I'll be able to go.

Life is good, I'm not freaking out about sewing yet. How long this will last is another question. Hopefully I get them done before I get bored of sewing. I was thinking - yea, I know, not smart! - about using my embroidery to make some for the bowlers next year at Christmas time. We'll see how far that gets me! I'm still getting closer to being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Okay, Think I'm Done With Cleaning!

This morning I got a call from Cherry that she didn't need me. So, I heated up the downstairs and went down to clean.....

This is were I started today. I cleaned out the cabinets on the other side of this counter. I really didn't want to but I did. I know I needed to and I was hoping among hope that there wasn't another project in there I completely forgot about. The good news is that there wasn't, but there was my basket blocks, and a quilt pattern with all the fabrics that I want to use for it. PLUS there was the Christmas quilt that mom made. The one that I bought all the fabric and patterns as a BOM. It's all there in one box as well. So, they both went back in the cabinet. I did go through some books and added them to the box.

This is where the box was before I started.

And this is what I added. The box is HUGE and when I told Patrick it was ready to go, he went down and came back up to say it was too big and heavy to carry. So, we'll get a couple smaller boxes and fill those up. Amazing at how much I'm getting rid of. But then again, it feels good to have less. I'm one of those people that less is more. I don't want to keep stuff I won't use. Plus if we move, I'll at least have a head start. AND I'm now ready to call it quits when it comes to cleaning more down there. I found things to finish, and will do that too.

By the time I was done, my room looked better. It felt better as well. I'm happy with what I've done. Who knows, I'll probably add more later. I still have the big drawer that has scraps. I need to cut them up into squares. I may do that yet!

I came back up and worked on the computer to get a few more names added to the family tree. I worked on my genealogy but this time worked on Patrick's side of the family.

Then I did my flosstube video. I posted it. I really didn't have the time to review my video and will probably regret it. But I haven't put one out there for 2 months.

After supper, Patrick and I worked on the sugar cookies. Patrick helped with the decorations as well as cutting them. We got them done. Patrick got all the cookies together and put them in a dish for his pot luck tomorrow.

Then I had to write my Christmas letter for everyone. We haven't done that in a couple years, so I'm sending it to Patrick to review tomorrow at work. He'll change it all up and I'm okay with that.

I'm hoping to get a few stitches in on quilting or cross stitch. May be quilting tonight since I did the cross stitch Saturday.....who knows.....we'll see how it goes.

Life is good, Life is life. I'm still dreaming of being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

WOW, What A Day!

This morning I woke to find Patrick was on the couch. I guess I was snoring again last night. I have been having issues with my allergies, and I can't take anything for it, unless appositely (?) necessary! So, I'm trying not to take any meds.

I got ready to go bowling! Since Virginia lost her brother, Teresa's husband was in the hospital, and Kim wanted to go shopping - I drove myself down to Longview. It was a quick trip down there. I took my gifts for everyone. Wasn't sure who was going to be there, since two were having issues. Virginia and Kim where together when I got there. Teresa didn't come to the alley. Sara always drives herself where we need to be. We all exchanged gifts.

Ended up with this much stuff! I got a popcorn maker that goes in the microwave from Kim. Got a book and a few other things from Sara. Way too much to mention them all! It was awesome.

My first ball was a strike so I went and picked this gift! It's a meatloaf kinda bowl with all the goodies in it. AND Chocolate!

We had a pot luck too boot! The food was so good! I had to have more chicken! I try not to, but I did.

Okay, now for the fun part - my bowling - I bowled a 179, 187 - awesome! It was looking great - so I thought! Then I bowled a 117!!! No way, YES WAY, a 117!! Put that right in the trash! Lowest game in a very very long time. I bowled Barb, but she wasn't there, she went to a party. I'll give her crap on Wednesday night!

I was going to go with Kim to "Big Lots" but she was taking too long to get moving and it was already 2 pm. So, I headed back home.

Cooked my veggies for supper. Patrick had spare ribs in the crock pot! That is something he NEVER does! He doesn't like using the crock pot, so that was a shock to me! Food was awesome!

Then we headed to the bowling alley where I bowled a 168, 182, 156 - a lot better than this morning but still not my best. For some reason Wednesday's seem to work out better for me. We bowled Kim's team today!

Today was a busy day, a fun day, and a very spirited day! The holidays are coming and I love being with good friend like the ones today.  It wasn't a day of stitching - but that will come again.

With the holidays here, we can all try to be Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

An Interesting Day But A Good Day

Today started out with playing on my tablet. Then after Patrick got up, we were off to the casino. It was busier than it usually is. We actually did really good. We won more than we've won all year. So, we were doing good.

Then we headed to moms to help her with her TV. She had new equipment for the TV. Comcast gave them new equipment and mom wanted Patrick to help her. He had it set up in 30 mins till there was a problem. He called Comcast to see why it wasn't working. After a total of 1 1/2 hours over there, it was all set and working. The second TV was the one that messed it all up. They fixed it.

Came home and it was supper time. I worked a little on my cross stitch.

I was able to get about 100 stitches in. Not a lot.

Then I was having to do cookies. I made the sugar cookies and put the dough in the refrigerator. Then I mad Spritz cookies and they are done and ready to go. I love baking but it took me a little bit to get in the mood to cook. Just something about having to be in the mood to make things.

Got the email that our quilt group isn't doing the party this week. They will be doing it on the 28th. I have plenty of time to make something for that. May have to do another needle case.

Today was busy, interesting, and fun. Had a good day all in all. I'm going to work more on the cross stitch. I might not get any done tomorrow, with bowling in the morning and later in the evening. I have to remember to take my gifts tomorrow morning.

Life is good. We're all having fun and Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Friday, December 8, 2017

It Was A MY Day!

This morning I was up a little later than usual. I behaved by not playing games and going to Cherrills before 9 am. I stayed and had tea with her. I came home at 10:30 am and couldn't believe it!! I try not to be there longer than an hour, but it was almost 2 hours! I couldn't believe I wasted that much time talking!! I don't chat that much!

Once I got home, I went downstairs and turned the fireplace on. Then I got started on my cleaning!

I re-organized the quilt tops. The ones on the bottom has some quilt tops that are ready to quilt. 

Even found this one in my stash. It's started with quilting. I FOUND ANOTHER UFO!! Not what I wanted. Okay, now I have about 4 quilts tops that are ready to quilt. Most are small, but they still need to be done. UGH. So, AFTER the Black and White is done, I'll start chucking them out. I will try and get a few of these done. 

Next was going through this mess! 

As if we don't have enough fabric! I did get rid of a few. Not enough! I did organize it better. Funny how I was only able to get this done before calling it quits. I figured if I do a little at a time, it will be less painful!

Not a major chance, but it was a change. I didn't touch that bottom right side, because that has the fabric I've saved for my next Hawaiian quilt. I have enough for 3 more quilts. BUT I haven't designed another one yet. I need to finish a few more things before I do that. That fabric sticking out was $100! But it's hand dyed and for a Hawaiian quilt. The bottom left is all my white fabrics that I have. 

I was enjoying the heat down there, since it's been so cold lately. 

So, my counter was looking pretty bad. It's still looking sad, but the pile in the back was put into the cabinet with the other tops I have done. I was able to get rid of  few things and it's looking better than this right now. Still needs more cleaning. 

At about 1:30 pm I called it good and got back to working on my cross stitch. I have her arms almost done. I got about 300 stitches in - most of them was the over 1 stitches. I had to take one of my stitches out because I had the wrong color in the "spot." I took that out and am ready to get working on the face and hands. I'm hoping this will get more done tomorrow. I'm really loving this piece. I can't wait to get it done at this rate. 

Patrick came home and we went to the movies after supper. We say the "Growing Up" - I think that's the name of it. It had Tommy Lee Jones in it. It was pretty good but I was surprised at the ending. I expected something different and it finished weird to me. But it was a good movie so can't complain. 

Now it's time to finish things up and get my exercise done. Once that's done then it will be time to call it a night. 

Tomorrow we are hoping to have a "relaxing" day after the casino. I need it!! But we first have to stop at the folks for Patrick to help mom out. Sunday I'm bowling in Longview and then at night. So, this weekend has been labeled a busy one. I'm not looking forward to the constant going. 

At least today was a day I ca say I was Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Another Planned Day That DIDN'T Happen........

Okay, how many times have I said - I shouldn't bother planning my days?! Well, today was one of those days. I've been going non-stop all week. I wanted to enjoy the day to myself and then go get my message. That's what I wanted to do.....did it happen?! NOPE.

I went to Cherrill's to help her out. Left shortly after getting there, because I was a little behind anyway. Came home and figured I had a couple hours before going to my message around 12:30 pm. I was okay with that. It was only 9:30 am, so I was just about ready to go downstairs and start on my stuff again.....

Phone Rang! It was mom. She asked if I had quilting today, said, "no, why?" Well, she needed me to come over and help with her Remote control. She said, I didn't have to come over today, but could come over tomorrow then. NOPE! I told her I had my message therapy at 12:30, and would be over before to help her out. UGH

Decided to leave at 10:30 am because I know mom. She usually has something else for me as well. I took back her star top that she started to make for David S., an old neighbor. She decided she will finish it and have it quilted for him. I said, "good idea." I tried to fix the remote for her netflix and that wasn't going to happen. The Remove was the wrong one! I called Comcast to have them get another one, but the guy that was supposed to be helping, couldn't figure it out and put in a "ticket." So, he's supposed to call back in 1 hours. No Such Luck! Didn't happen.

Now, while I was there, mom had me check on something else. She was going through some of her stuff as well, and had a pile she was going to give to the quilt show. Then asked me if I wanted any of it, and my answer was, "no, thank you." I then left for my message.

Just before I am leaving, realized I forgot the check book!! So, mom wrote a check for my co-pay. I couldn't believe it, but she insisted. I asked my therapist to send me a bill for the rest of what I owe. After message was over - 1:30 pm, I headed home. I was going to stop and get a few gift cards, but I didn't have lunch, so I decided to just come home and get lunch. I can get the gift cards later.

Got home, and my cell phone rang........I went to "ignore" it and it blocked up!  I could not shut if off, nor could I change pages. UGH!! I plugged it in, NOTHING! So, I called Patrick and asked if I needed to take it apart and put my sim card back in.....he said to just leave it and he'd take care of it. I did.

I had to make a couple phone calls - of course! The cell phone wasn't working and I wouldn't need it otherwise! So, I took the landline phone and made my first call. That started making peeping noises. Hung it up, then got the other phone and called the other least I thought I did. DEAD! I checked the phone I used first - DEAD! I had to go downstairs and get the phone from down there! It was half full! So, then I could make my phone call. Now we are looking at 3:30 pm!

I decided I needed to bake some stuff for Christmas cookies. So, I did a Chocolate Oats Bar. It luckily came out! But wait!! I had to bake Patrick's fries! Oh, crap! Dinner was going to be late. Big deal...not really.

Got dinner done, had laundry going, and then I realized I needed to get the bills out for our water group. New neighbors so had to add them to the billing. After fixing my lists, printing the bills, and even getting them ready to mail! YEA! That is done.

Now it's almost 8 pm and I haven't done one thing I had planned to do today. Not one thing! I haven't touched my quilt or my cross stitch in three days - WITHDRAWAL! I'm looking at my piles and thinking I need to clean up my station around my chair. UGH - MORE CLEANING!  Oh, well.

It's been a weird day. I have all day to myself tomorrow - except for going  to Cherrill's. I have been waiting for this day for a long time! I'm hoping, praying, hoping - there won't be something that someone can find for me to do! I want to hide all day tomorrow. Patrick asked me what I had planned for tomorrow, and I said, "why??"  He laughed and said, "just wondering." Okay, so, I told him, "I am going to take the day to myself." Then he said, "Make sure you don't answer the phone." Oh, how I hope I can be so lucky!

Life is good, Life is comical, and Life is life. I'm dreaming of being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

A Day In Tacoma

This morning I had time to help Cherry out. Then came back home and played a few games before having to leave for Tacoma. Patrick and I le...