Friday, October 30, 2015

what's been going on...october

Well, we've been practicing some carpentry skills in our church. We ordered up a medium dumpster.  Lee Caflisch told me it would hold 10 pickup trucks full.  That sounded like a lot, but I knew we were starting the process with two big, bad couches, so a medium it was.  There were 4 people first, then the 5th joined in.  Trip after trip.  If it got picked up, there needed to be a good reason for it to stay.  Leftover this, canned potato flakes from the 90's or before.  Broken parts and lost pieces, out they go.  Mostly empty containers, pop cans that have started to leak, out out out!
By the end of the clean up, we had a heap of stuff in that dumpster.  I called Lee and he said we were on the list, and probably would be picked up the next day.  Neat and tidy, that parking lot was for our Saturday event.

 Then we took off to pick up a few supplies.  Some tiles to lay down on bare cement to give us a clean base to set on.
With 18" tiles, this part was pretty quick and easy..
 Add to this, tools that fit the job.  See those snips?  Yep.  I bought them at Ernie Hinsdale's auction.  They are shape and wonderful.  Cut those peel and stick tiles like a hot knife through butter.  A good tape measure and a square, and we were in business.
This bad wall needs to we'll find something to cover it up with.

 Those pipes sticking out of the wall, lead to more than our crew wanted to deal with, so a base cabinet was installed over and around these pipes.  Out of sight, neat and clean.

We got the cabinet fitted and then covered the back wall, put a board along the top edge, decided we needed a bit of quarter round since old basement walls are NEVER square.  But, as long as we had the paint, and had painted KILZ on the other wall the last work day, we moved ahead with the priming of the new wall.  Some other fixture deals were located at a screaming deal and now it's just a matter of quarter round and blue paint and vacuuming and cleaning a carpet and attending to some lighting issues,  then moving in and setting up and moving toward a better space to learn and grow closer to God.  Why not join us??

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Yarn Along in October

"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us!~" Ginny at Small Things 

Trying to yarn along again, but the bigger problem is the project.  I am traveling to Boston and back on a train and decided this was the perfect time to work on the green Juliete vest.  Affectionately being referred to previously as the 4, 5, or 7 year vest, it has been renamed the Vest From Hell.  It is all out of wack again with the numbers and the patterns and the dang yarn overs.  It is time to rip it back to the place where it was last correct.  That would be a year ago and all the lace bottom ago.  My friend said, DON'T do anything drastic.  I assured her it was wonky enough in the repeated design being off kilter, that I would not wear it.  I said she could rip it back for me and I'd start the design again.  So instead, on my way back home, I'm gonna drag out the soft baby blanket yarn and try a little blanket.   Just as a soft diversion to the nasty vest feeling that I'm having.  I even locked the green vest up in the suitcase, so as not to temp me into trying to fix it...for the third or fourth time....this trip.  Do you ever have those projects that just torment you??  I even went back to ravelry to see if there had been some sort of change made to the pattern that I wasn't aware of sine the original purchase.  None reported.  But lots of lovely vest came off other needles.  I will not be beat!!

 This project for now... and hoping to have a picture of progress by next week.
 My view today.  The autumn leaves are gorgeous today!!  I've several more hours of daylight to enjoy them, too.
I did finish a good book.  I'm pretty deep into Christian Fiction these days.  Can't seem to keep going in so many books, where the language is bad.  And I tend to be a happy ending person.  So this one fit the bill.

 Link over to Ginny's page and see what the others are up to....lots of inspiration to be found there.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Make Boston

We got on a train....haven't done that in a long time....a couple of sight-seeing train trips....a real long trip from Moscow to Kazan...then Kazan back to Moscow... but it's been a long time.... and we rode for quite a while...and when we were done, we were in BOSTON!!
I didn't really mind this mode of transportation.  I'd be better at it next time, knowing what I have to work with.   This trip involved a belated birthday gift of watching the Boston Bruins play hockey on their home ice.  And a walking tour of the Freedom Trail today.  Unfortunately, that also resulted in a manly migraine.  Not on the schedule, but better this evening, then tomorrow on the train.
And our walking tour ended here, in the place that I wanted to visit again...thanks for including them.

Robert McCloskey's Make Way For Ducklings in the Boston Common....

Catching up a Bit...

Guest room- update.

We laugh when we talk about the guest room.  Andrea's room.  It's been painted -  three walls.  The fourth wall is partly painted.  We (I) had the creative idea to use the pallet slats to cover the wall, while leaving a part of Andrea's awesome chalkboard wall showing.  I'd had a bit of a slowdown on the pallet collection, then when I started to get them hauled in, I needed a bit of sawing to get the slats loose.  My brother expressed concern over the amount of pieces of wood (the number of pallets) and the number of holes to put them on the wall and the project got axed.  It is a cool look.  But I'm open to plan B or plan C.  I got onto pinterest and put in focal wall and got some wild ideas.  But the one I'm going with right now, is a wallpaper of books pages.  I have a book I wanted to use.  And Scott got a gift certificate to the local used bookstore, East Branch.  So, after my friend and I had visited for a while, I dragged Jocelyn to the shop, and we found a few more treasures.

I've had the flooring for a week.  You need to order this stuff and it takes a bit to come is, but it came earlier than I had hoped.  And it is supposed to acclimate to the room for a day or two.  And I had put off the floor thinking I'd do the pallets first, but with the pallets off the list, I started the laminate floor.  Yeah.  Last time, didn't I tell you to remind me to get some great knee pads before I did this again.  I like to do these projects.  But they remind me that I don't use these muscles as much as you'd think.  And a spend a few days being still and lame.  But the joy of looking at my completed projects outweighs the aches.  I have the last row to put in and also the thresholds.  And then I had to do other stuff and to go.  But they are on my list when I get back.  Probably Thursday nite. But what is done, looks really, really good.

More good stuff to come....

Scrap & Sew Celebrates 25 times - silver hair and golden hearts

Can you really believe when Scrap & Sew was dreamed up 13 years ago, that we would still be getting together 25 times later??  We've adapted to changing interests... and we're doing OK.  We book a spring and a fall gathering each year.  I'm in charge, so I get to pick the weekend, but we all love to be together, so we make a special effort to hit a weekend when that can happen for most of us.

We pose and pass cameras and phones to the people at the front desk, and they happily snap our photo, to be posted for future memories to be jogged back to this weekend...
Sometimes we have closed eyes, and moving hands, and all kinds of other things, which we go into here (Sue Henry), but we usually end up with a couple of really good pics that capture the mood...

Bringing back the chairs and checking out our pictures...
Sometimes we need to rearrange the furniture a little bit..but we put it back when we're done.  And we laugh and laugh and much as we possibly can...cuz we have to make it last until next spring, this special time together...

Renee showing what her picture looked like...
 We like to rub it in a bit that Judy is our Senior member...but not by much.  But we do appreciate her input.  You know, she DOES have a lot of experience to draw from ....heeheehee...

 Willowe was making huge marks on her To-Do list... yeah, we ignored her after awhile.  Darn overachiever!!

 Cheryl got quite a bit going here, even tho she was sitting across from Kathy...I think her machine was smoking for a while!!  and she had that big smile on her face... I get more enjoyment out of what others get done sometimes, than what I get done myself.  Cheryl has a senior graduating this year, and a graduation gift of special fabrics is her priority right now...
 Such concentration. Such dedication... such encouragement from the chair behind.  Renee was in and out this time.  Her dad has had HOSPICE set up and she was one duty two different chunks of time for Ernie.  He likes Southern Gospel music, so we could here her humming along with her recordings from time to time.

 Sue was suffering from de-PRESS-ion.  Yep, she was sewing little pieces together and then pressing the daylights out of them.  If her pieces had been bigger, I think she would have completed 2 quilts...and probably knit a purse, too.  We are so glad when Sue can join us.  We love her mom, Martha, too. 

 Renee is going to be a grandma for the first time.  Actually, as I'm posting these a bit late, that baby has already arrived...but not when I took this, so Renee was busy knitting tiny booties for Caroline.
 Stephanie was deep in thought.  She had several variety of projects that she brought along.  Thinking projects take concentration.  That's difficult on Saturday night.  That's when you bring out the mindless projects...and just visit.
 Judy likes to show and tell old pictures sometimes.  She is into her family history with her mom.  They visit relatives and get pictures to copy and add to their collection...  and she keeps a book of her grandkids...I believe they number eleven.  She used to be a hooker at our weekends.  She does lovely wool rug hooking, but sometimes it is bulky.  Or we wreck her concentration.  Either way, Scrapbooking is her activity of choice with us these days... And keeping Lucinda in line over there in their corner...
Extra hugs for Lucinda this time....lots of picture sorting and putting them in chronological order for future scraps.  We are all missing her hubby, Eric, these days.  He would always stop to check in on us.  And bring whatever she forgot.  Which wasn't very much, since Lucinda is a spreadsheet, organized wild woman!!

Until April Fools Day....

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

There comes a time, when the youngest in your family is in need of Senior pictures.  And he's a bit... oh, I don't know....not your typical local boy who wants it done in 5 minutes....I told him to get some ideas, so he went to PINTEREST...
  And he sent the the pins to the lady who was going to take the pictures... and she came with 2 daughters, who also had their own pinterest pins....and hours later....yes, quite a few hours later, he came home with an abundance of pictures to choose from.... some on the golf course...
 some in the hallway going up to the pool....along the stone wall...and thne again, maybe just right there on the steps, while the mom holds up a shirt to block out the extra light coming in the window...

And maybe right in the construction area, if the wall is the backdrop you need to get the look that you really, really think might be wonderful...or whatever word this generation using for wonderful...while trying not to fall into holes that are being dug....
And then, there is an over the shoulder shot, taken on a back road, and you realize, yet again, that this year will pass by soooooo fast.  The last chick is getting ready to leave the nest.  Today, we left him at a college for an overnight visit.... we are getting to the place of picking which road to take...not an easy task.  But, you've gotta trust that he will find his way...there's only so much you can do for them.
 And besides - he cleans up pretty good.  Enjoying our last senior year in this house....

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Senior day at Wolfpack football...

Today was Senior Day  for the football team.  It is the same school that I attended, but in my day, we had 60 kids in a class.  Not big at all, but bigger than now.  It is sort of a funny thing, but we are the corner of the state and the county.  Our closest schools, pretty equal distance apart, were always the ones we wanted to beat the most.  Our high school rivals.  As our numbers have decreased, it has been harder for us to fill team rosters in sports that take many people.  We have been slowly joining forces, sport by sport.  A few years ago we joined JV football with Sherman, the next year, it was the Varsity team.  The JV from Panama join Sherman-Clymer last year, too.  This is the first year the Varsity Team has been a three school effort.  We are CSP Wolfpack.  When we have enough kids to have our own teams (basketball, volleyball, etc) we are the Pirates of Clymer, the Sherman Wildcats and the Panama Panthers, the same as we've been since the 1930's or so.... but when we play football, run track and cross country, play golf...we are the Wolfpack.  It's working out OK in our house.  Some others are not so keen on it.  But it's our last football season.  We have sweatshirts that say CLYMER PIRATES FOOTBALL....and SC FOOTBALL...and now CSP FOOTBALL.  Probably all collectors' items... Our football players wear digital camo now...pretty neat.
We have the only Clymer senior, there is one Sherman senior, and 8 Panama seniors.  In a season of 7 games, we get 4 home games.  Clymer gets 2 home games, Sherman got senior day today, and Panama will get Homecoming in  couple of weeks.  It's rather weird.  We are a town that really gets behind our teams, like the other 2 towns.  To share the games, and to stand on the enemy side with the rest of your home team parents and fans is an adjustment.  But I'm getting over it.  My player is making new friends, learning how to adjust to this change, and entertaining new parents and coaches!  Probably not a bad skill to practice your senior year, getting ready to go out into the world.

Senior Mom, Tiffany Goldberg, gave the senior moms all digital camo hankies.  I thought, heck, I'm an old hand at problem.  As you can see, I made good use of mine.
Here they go!  And after a loss at Clymer the first week, it was good to record a W on this weeks game!!

my front door...

Remember how I told you I had spiffed up my front door??  Here's a peek at it!

 And my mom decided that she wanted to get rid of her back yard perennial garden.  Would I check out some Blue Spruce for her??  She wants to plant two trees and then the birds will still have someplace to land when they are eating the bags of food they talk her into feeding them every year.  My dad likes the birds, too.  He buys seeds and feeders.  But my dad spends more time in the living room, and my mom likes to read and puzzle in the winter by the back windows, close to the feeders, and the two new blue spruce trees we delivered, dug holes for, and planted yesterday... thanks, Stan's Garden Center...for dropping off the trees when you delivered the bear on the rock that we saw when we went looking for trees.  He's pretty cute.  Scott was golfing last weekend, and a bear crossed the 17th hole when he was playing.  Some others saw it, too.  A little boy tried to get his dad to drive the cart closer...he won't eat our cart, Dad! 
 There he sits.  My mom said she hoped he wasn't too close to the road.  Someone might take him... If someone can lift that bear on that rock, I'm not messing with them... Hoping we don't have to worry about it.  I missed the delivery.
Have a good night....

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Today- chore day

I have errands to do...but I'm trying not to.  I need to get on a roll.  If I leave the house, I'll lose all the momentum I had going.  I did go for lunch...deliver a monthly packet of goodies to a client, and enjoy lunch at Pine Junction, then back to the list.  Day is winding down and now I look at my list and smile.  I made it to Yaples with my sewing machine for a lube and oil change.  With 1.5 minutes to spare.  I knew if I didn't hurry up and get it there, I'd be scrambling to have it for Scrap and Sew in October.  I also found out once that lots of occasion sewers get their machines out for Halloween costumes and have problems, so that is a busy time to drop you machine.  She said 2 weeks, but I'm thinking it'll be quicker.  I have the space of time now to do stuff.  I have to MAKE the time, and now's as good as any.
On my errand list was a stop at Lowe's.  I was talking with my mom the other day about trashing the shop vac and still not having one.  She loves her shop vac and said if her's quit today, she'd go and buy one today.  Well, I like a shop vac, but I'm not quite that intense, but looking around at several things, I decided that using my house canister sweeper for them was NOT the best plan of attack, so I put a shop vac and an extra filter in my cart.  I spent a lot of time poking around the trees and shrubs looking for a couple of Blue Spruce trees.  I located some babies, but I've found that if you plant something too small, you can run over it with the mower and not even feel the bump.  Passed them up and keep looking.  Got a gallon of that purple ceiling paint.  I like purple when it's wet, then white when it's dry.  Better when you are high up on a ladder.  I don't enjoy high up as much as did 10-20 years ago.   Got a half dozen wall paint strips and a sample of laminate flooring.  I'm ready to kick this project into gear.
Grabbed a Mum when I picked up the 2 gallons of milk at my next stop.  Looking for end of season deals where ever I went.  Pretty much gone, I think.
At home I looked at the list that I had been crossing stuff off today.  The big kitchen window got washed, as it wasn't as hot as it's been the past week or so.  And now it sparkles.  The refrig is also sparkling.  I'm always amazed by the stuff that comes out of there when I think it's under control.  Who opens 3 separate blocks of cream cheese to use a couple of tablespoons out of each.  Blue and fuzzy...totally gross.  Blue sour cream.  Who put this stuff in my frig when I wasn't looking???
I have an evergreen garland around my front door all the time and switch out the lights.  They were blue, so I pulled it all down and unwound the blues and bagged them.  Then hosed off the cobwebs and bird nest grass and wrapped it around with orange lights.  Hung back up and I'm ready for fall.  Pulled the summer flowers out of my grapevine wreath and put the fall silks in their place.  Tonight I dropped a new fall welcome mat in front of the door and added the mum beside.
I'm tired, but feeling like I got a bunch done today.  I still have quite a few things on my list, but there's always tomorrow.
I was watching Caddyshack, but guess I've had enough entertainment tonight.
Are you a list-maker, crosser-outer??  Or do you get a lot done by just going with the flow??

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yarn Along Sept 9

Here it is!  Another Yarn along post!  Amazing, I know...

"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~" Ginny at Small Things

I spent a little time this long weekend working on math and knitting.  Green vest knitting.  I figured out close enough where my extra stitches were and I got a row across and then a back again.  Now I've got the life line back in and I'm ready to go again.  WOW!  That lifeline really was.  Makes you think about people with no hope - what do you do when you've got no life line??  I have family, friends, church family and GOD.  That's enough lifeline to get me through the days and nights.  Not always easy, knitting this life together, but it's OK, and for the most part, I think I'm right where I'm supposed to matter how frustrated, confused, or just plain crazy it is...
But, because it's taken me too long to get straightened back out, knitting, I mean,  the green vest did not come to work with me today.  Instead I grabbed the cotton dishcloth I was working on.  I've taken to doing YO's and K2T rows on my dishcloths, after my mom said she didn't really like cotton knitted dishcloths, because they got stinky before they got dry.  So I put more air in mine and I'm seeing how that works out.  And if it's a total bust, it will still wash some dishes.  I don't have to wear it and advertise my booboo's.   I also have a project bag with the brown alpaca shawl floating around.  Mindless knitting project.  It's needed right now.  I put some more stuff to right in my creative spot downstairs, and came across the Christmas stocking started a few years ago...which reminded me I really want to knit some more warm socks... I should have kept that up, because now I'll have to REMEMBER.... but the project room is coming together and I'm thinking if I get the scrapbook corner in any kind of order, I'll be ahead of the game.  Which just reminded me that I forgot to bring my sewing machine along to drop it off for an oil change and tune up.  Drats!!  Maybe I'll just have to bring it back tomorrow.
And for Reading, I'm still doing the Fannie Flagg book.  But I've been writing down other Yarn Along books and there's a couple I've looked up on the Library Kindle spot.  I had a small pile of unopened magazines that I worked through this weekend.  Country Living had some paint colors I kind of like and I've got a girl's room that needs converted to a guest room so that there is a place to sleep when kids come home.
How about you?  What's on your needles, hooks, reading tables and nightstand??

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A historic Day

Today was a historic day.  After many, many. many years, I took a picture of my last first day of school.  I'll still have college first days, but I won't be there.  My first first day of school for my family was 1994. and now, 22 years later, I'm closing the door on this part of life...
 The picture at the front door - a classic pose.  I take a big shot and a closer up one.
 Senior year- this little boy that came to us from Russia at 3 1/2 years old and finishing up his high school years.  He said yes he DID brush his teeth, always  one of the things to check before picture time.  No picture of the school bus, cuz this boy has been working and bought his own car last year and he needs to get home after football practice..
So he puts stuff into his car and drives away... ready to start the beginning of the end.  And although you say it, I don't think they ever fully realize how different life will be; how they should truly embrace this year and the time you spend just being with people you may never be with again.  After my 35th class reunion this year, we vowed to get together more often.  These people that we used to spend hours with, every day.  There's a bit of a feeling, as we age, to touch back to where we came from and who we have missed over the years.  How about you??  Are you having Back-to-school experiences or memories this fall??

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Yarn Along - sept 2015

Hey Friends!  It's been so long!!  I think sometimes I've just dried up.  I'm not taking the time to write in the mornings and that seemed to be the key before...

Joining Ginny at Small Things... and the rest today...
"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"

First, I'll share a bit of my looooong read.  The Daughters of Harwood House.  I started this on vacation in Michigan in July.  AND I took a couple of other books.  I think this was one of my Christmas books that just hadn't gotten a it has sand and iced tea and cookie crumbs and lake water and sweat and miles and miles on it.  But it is done and it has passed into the hands of a friend who just might read it before it snows.  It was a good book, and I did enjoy it, just short on time.  It was 954 pages, I believe.  Three stories in one.  First lays the groundwork on how the family in England landed on hard times and then each daughter has her tale of selling herself into a term of servanthood and the story unfolds for each.  I would read this again.  This will sound whimpy, but it did get heavy some nights when you are looking for a comfortable reading-in-bed position and how to prop it.
    So, after spending my summer with this book, I was strightening out a few other spots and I found a Fannie Flagg book that a friend had loaned me.  I like Fannie Flagg, but I couldn't remember if I had read this one or not... Back in my days of visiting with Nancy McIntosh at the Ripley Library, she got me onto a few Fannie Flagg books.  I was just reading a post somewhere last night about going on a Book Binge, where you find an author you like and read everything they wrote...or ripping through a series.  So now I've started Welcome To The World, Baby Girl and it's not feeling familiar to me, so I'm thinking it's a fresh read for me.
    And, after spending not-enough time figuring out where I've messed up my green vest, I've pulled out the alpaca shawl yarn and tossed that in the traveling bag.  It's just a terribly simple crescent shawl and it's mindless and I'm adding some rows of purl here and there.  I had started something else with the brown, then unraveled and started this.  I think it came off and undid itself when I wasn't looking..  There's also some cotton going into a dishcloth.  I've been making some holier cuz my mom doesn't like the regulars - says they don't dry fast and get stinky.  So I'm knitting a few rows and the edges then doing a bunch of K2T and YO along the rows to give it AIR!

 See all the strings in that green vest?  I'm not practiced with patterns, so I'm afraid to rip it back and since my lifeline got tugged, it's not the useful tool it was before.  RATS!  Maybe this weekend...I might have to skip a few hands of cards at the campground to get myself straightened back out.
THIS should have posted yesterday, but life happened and I SO want to get back in the groove of posting, so better late than never...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Losing...and winning...

Friends come and go... Life gets busy.  We have kids at different ages and in different activities.  Some move away and some drift away.  But this friend has been around a long, long time.  He was a year younger than me, but I remember him from Sunday school class.  And since I'm very small town, I've really known him forever. Last week, my friend Eric, was supposed to come home from a Pittsburgh hospital, where there was no more they could do for him.  Instead he went home to God and his new, expanded, heavenly family.

There were so many memories with this man.  For a while, we were related.  We went to the same church and we were involved in Youth Fellowship there with the teens.  He and his wife, much longer than us, for 19 years, I believe.  That's a lot of young lives to touch.  Eric was a piano player.  Not always the easiest to sing with, as he sometimes would get a wild hair and take off on his own, leaving us looking puzzled at our music.
He was special, but aren't we all?  To someone?  So we are sad at what we are losing, but if we follow our faith, and put it in God, are we really winning?  Hard to see that through the tears sometimes, but it is.
We have all worn green wrist bands stamped NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE!  So true... 
Happy Birthday in Heaven, dear friend.  Eat Aunt Luella's cake tops, sing with so many of your family and friends and smile, once again.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Kyle's Quilt

here is my scout quilt.  My nephew graduated this June from high school.  He achieved the honor of Eagle Scout and we used that theme to celebrate in his quilt.  Thrown here on the rack, you don't get the full view of all of these patches, but there are a mess of them.  His dad, a scout leader, helped a lot to be fully involved in all the various events around their council.  The large piece is in row three of the quilt.  It is a background of eagles, with his name appliqued on it.  It also has the arrow from his order of the arrow sash.  I'm not a scouty person.  I was a brownie for a few years and I was a leader for several with different aged girls over the years.  We just never had a very active scout group and my boys were not really involved past cub scouts.  But, I learned some things while trying to figure out how to put this thing together.  My offer to my needle-challenged sister was if there were some ideas for his quilt, to let me know.  She brought me the display board and said do whatever you want with I pondered, and started, then set it aside when I realized the other grad party was before this one...then I started and it all went pretty well.
Since this family is scouty, many of their friends and party guests are also scouty.  There was a lot of looking and conversation around this quilt.  And I was happy for that.  Not for me.  But for the boy who spent so much of his growing-up time doing scout things.  Here's hoping it holds up to the years of wear and tear that a grad quilt can be subject to.  And much congratulations on a job well done, and a new phase of life just begun.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Graduation 2015

This past couple of weeks, I've been working in my not-yet-completed work room on some grad gifts.  This is the quilt gifted last night to my niece, Christy.  The family tends to be Pittsburgh sports fans, so when the black and white prints needed a POP of color, the quilt store lady pulled out this bright yellow fun fabric and I said WHY NOT??  It turned out pretty good.  And the added benefit is that I believe that could spill most anything on it and not even have it show much.  Important asset for a college girl.

I am stalling now and need to get back to my boy scout quilt...need to be much further than I am by bedtime... and still a grad party and a baseball game to go to...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sally McMullin

Saturday, I drove over to our local Catholic church for a memorial service.  It was for my former cheerleading advisor and later neighbor, and always 'Coach Mac's wife, Sally'.  She had kids around my age in school and we all grew up together.  There are still places in America where that is done and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Sally could be a tough cookie if she needed to be, because remember, 'to whom much is given, much is expected'.  And also, she was married to the Football Coach, and he was much the same.  We learned a lot more than cheerleading from Sally.  So as not to be confused, we were not competition cheerleaders, doing huge climbing mounts and acrobatics, but for the late 70's, we put it together pretty well.  She taught us to get along, she taught us rules are for being followed, no matter who you are or what your name is, she taught us that good brownies could fix a lot of things in life. She taught us that having friends to walk with every day, for 30 years is a wonderful thing.  She had a love of reading and was a big Library Friend.  She was feisty and she was Irish.
Sally had lovely gardens overflowing in perennials and she was glad to share the flowers and the plants with friends.  The flowers at the service were from her gardens.  They weren't showy, braggy gardens.  They were the kind that you walked past and often just had to stop and look at, or walk closer to and sniff deeply.  The kind that just draw you in like a swing on a porch, not a STAY OFF THE GRASS kind of place.

Sally was a cancer survivor and a wonderful support and encouragement to Elaine during her battle.  It was the return of cancer that took her this May, while in Pittsburgh in the midst of bone marrow transplant procedures. 

I lived kittycorner behind Sally for several years.  Those where some of my early running years and then my busy new mom years.  Sally was always friendly and helpful, a good mentor for young women.  One thing in particular that I remembered was when Sally was talking about her hubby of 50+ years.  Howard tended to be a bit superstitious.  Lucky pants, lucky socks, lucky penny in your shoe.  One thing that Howard was on the look out for, was a penny lying heads up.  That was lucky and never to be ignored.  She told me that she would put pennies down, heads up for Howard to find.  So as I got out of my car at the church, I grabbed a few pennies from the cup holder.  I carried them in rolled up in my hankie, these three pennies.  I hugged Howard and the girls and cried, as is one of my spiritual gifts (gift of tears), then found my place beside another woman.  In the course of the service and up and down and dabbing tears, I managed to drop some of my pennies several times.  I was supposed to leave home around 12 to meet friends for an arranged date.  It was almost over as 12:10 and we rose to do a song, and I sneaked out the back.  I stopped at the doorway, and laid all three pennies- yes, I'd managed to end up with the three pennies again- on the carpet on the way out the door...face up.  I figured, this was going to be one of the toughest days Howard had ever had, and a little help from Sally's pennies couldn't hurt.  Don't know if he saw them.  Don't know if someone else picked them up.  A few people saw me do it, but don't know if they knew why.  Don't even know if Howard ever knew Sally was doing it.  But I knew... and I smiled all the way home.

 (No, I didn't stop to take a photo.  I put some down and took a picture today-just for effect )

 When I got in the car and headed home, the radio was playing a Jeremy Camp song:

....But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we'll hold on to you always
 and oh yeah....I knew it was going to be OK...

Sally and the girls.....we haven't aged a bit!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The continuing Saga of the workroom/ aka the STUDIO

I know it's been a long while since I promised to post the after pictures of the room.  Perhaps you haven't seen them because it really isn't done yet.  But projects needed worked on, so this morning I took a few updated pictures.  So you can see that I'm not just making this up.
 This is my shelf wall.  I'd like to show you 16 feet of countertop/workspace, but most of it is covered in projects and supplies.  That is NOT what the initial plan was, but hey, life happened.  I have grouped things in a way that just might make sense.  And things that were put way away, are more visible.  Hoping this leads to using things I have and finding things I have and working with things I have to add to with stuff I buy and keep it from looking so bad and cluttered and crazy as before.
 This is life from the other end.  The dresser is waiting for two things.  The daughter moving to Cleveland will be also moving most of the stuff in her bedroom.  So, this dresser from my childhood is going into that room to greet the guests that stay there.  I won't show you her room because it's too scary.  After all, don't most people who wish to paint and stain and poly a 6 drawer dresser, empty the drawers onto their floor and then just dig around in the pile??  Naw....I didn't think's that kind of we'll just stay out of there.

But part of this shot is to show the large amount of floor space that I didn't have before.  Space to throw quilt blocks out and arrange and leave them for a bit and not be in anyone's way but mine.  So you can throw a pile of Tshirts there to figure out how to cut them for the best Tshirt quilt ever.  To even give the daughter's Tshirt quilt a run for the prize.  Hers just needs a bit more work, but it's close.  Better remind her to put the last row together and get it done.  It won't be 87 degrees forever, you know...
 Using the crated fabric idea to keep neat stacks of fabric grouped together.  Also tried to put most of the UFO's together.  My friend, Kevin, and I were talking about UFO's today at a quilt show.  He's really a good car guy, but when your wife is a quilter, you learn things.  He said he's too much of a perfectionist to be a quilter and then he showed me some things that would bother him.  Yeah, it would make him crazy.

 And this??  This is my next deadline.  It's a graduation quilt for my nephew, who is also an Eagle Scout.  It's years of event patches.  They need appliqued to the tan fabric, part of which is an official Boy Scout Shirt.  Gotta make some progress on this tomorrow night.  Don't you like the pocket blocks??

And here are the shelves for my rolling cutting table.  Waiting for my top to be glued together and brought back home from shop.  School is soon over, so the top must come home.  I'll finish it here.  So keep watching here and hopefully, there will be more progress to show.
Thinking my bed is sounding pretty good right now....