Thursday, December 30, 2010

deep end

Over the holiday I've been trying to take a break, ha! I so wanted to be spending time with the boys, ha! Unless I'm willing to go hang outside in the cold, play wii, or just drive them where they want to go, they really aren't all that interested in hanging out with mom. It's quite sad, for me.This transition of them growing up is hitting me hard.
Although if they are growing up and don't need my time as they once did, then I have time to sew. That is exactly what I have been doing. I'm at it again. I'm using the phone book to piece blocks together. It's working quite wonderfully. I'm following Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville on her mystery RollRollCottonBall. She said to "dig deep", I really hope she meant that.

Personally I think my emotions went off the deep end. Be prepared if your one of my friends from this phone book to listen to me whine about the boys, and how hard it is to find something we all share. You may not see it from this picture but my tissue box has been close by.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Sometimes part of the season is just slowing down and enjoying all of the sights and sounds. This is probably one of hardest things for me. But I'm trying. It may help that my family took a walk at our local state park. Each year the state park puts on a beautiful light show, done by volunteer's. Drawing many out into the cold, even this group.

But not to worry there is a small spot kept warm by 4-H'rs. There is cookies and cocoa, and always good company.

This is the first year that our oldest had a someone to walk the trail with. He is no longer my baby, in about two weeks he turns 16. How did that happen? My husband told me I could not stalk behind. So I just stayed close to him instead, as our other son wanted me to buy one of every cookie! Thank goodness my glasses fogged up and I put them on top of my head. So it was like having blinders on/off in regards to cookies.

Check out the cool knitted hat. It's an adapted design from my dear friend Marie Grace Designs. I could go on but that's another post.

Standing in front of all the lights, one still feels the wonder of the season. Until we talk again, May your holiday season be peaceful, safe, and spent in the company of those you love. Blessings all around, friends!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wine and Cheese

I finally feel as if I can rejoice and be part of the holiday season. My finals are over for this semester and I did well. So for a few weeks I can indulge on all the things I love.

I'll pass on the wine and keep the cheese. Love Babybell cheese! Fantastic snack to keep energized for the last minute sewing. I hope to spend some quality time there, the boys have 1 and 1/2 days of school. So I have approx the same amount to sew, sew, sew. Wish me luck!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Linda at Stray stitch's posted this little get to know one another. She has been a wonderful blogging friend who has been sweet and helpful with getting me up and going.When she asked, I jumped.

Who Are You & Who Am I
Copy and paste, and then answer the questions, and tell me you did so I can learn about you, too!

1. Sweet or Salty? Sweet! No doubt it. I like sugar.

2. Dresses or Jeans? Jeans is what I wear most of the time. But during the summer I love my dresses. And there is no better pick me up to wear a dress.

3. House or Apartment? House- I like to have my space. Not to mention I wouldn't live without the opportunity to play in the dirt.

4. Shop Online or Offline? Both- for each there is a good reason.

5. DVDs or Downloads? Once again both- probably because we have children. It's wonderful when they go upstairs to watch the movie for the hundredth time, and I don't have to. Funny thing is even from another room I find myself singing along.

6. Cocktails or Juice? More often juice- I would love an occasional drink. I suffer from migraine's and too often I would pay for having a drink.

7. Chocolate or Strawberry? add ice-cream and we'll call it all good.

8. Laptop or PC? laptop-probably because the laptop is mine for school purposes, and has all my favorite stuff marked. Or the fact that the teenager who lives in my house takes control of the PC.

9. Magazines or Newspapers? Newspaper

10. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook-although I try to avoid it to a certain extent. There is such a thing as knowing too much information about a friend. And at times it feels as if I'm peeping or someone else is.

11. CDs or MP3s? I-pod's -everyone in my house has one. We use them here and there and everywhere. The special one even uses his ipod touch to communicate when he's not understood.http://http//
We are embarrassing technology.

12. Kids or Pets? Both- the kids are easier to clean up after though.

13. Cookies or Cupcakes? Cookies- love them!

14. Walk or Run? Walk!

15. Breakfast in Bed or Breakfast Out? How about breakfast in- Most days of the week my hubby leaves the house for work, before the rest of us are out of bed. So on weekends, he makes big breakfasts. I think that I'll keep him.

16. Market or Supermarket? You'll hear me whine about both. Probably because it seems like I'm forever there. Have I told you I have teenage boys?

17. Sourdough or Grainy? Sourdough- with Nutella. That's my kind of breakfast, snack, whatever.

18. Heels or Flats? Flats. No real reason to torture your feet.

19. Late nights or Not? Occasionally-I prefer early mornings in stead.Mornings is when I'm the most productive.

20. Coffee or Tea? Coffee- in the morning, Tea- anytime.

Well, do you think you might know me a little better now? How about you? Will you share your choices with us? If you do would you let me know? I'd love to have you be my blog neighbor. (I grew up on Mr. Rodger's Neighboorhood. I'll be signing that song all day.)


I was at Lowes last weekend and meet a woman I didn't know. We had a conversation about amaryllis's. How she had one the year that her father passed away. How she hasn't had one since. I listened, and we both walked away with one. Probably never to meet or know one another again. But I'm glad I was there.

Before we say our goodbye today I want to share my own little peeve, and that is that we (society) doesn't socialize anymore. We don't say hello, or talk to a stranger in the store. When at college I see people right next to each other using technology to talk, to one another. Umm hello, your right next to the person. It's amazing what you can learn about one another, if you just open up with a Hello. Try it sometime, you might make a new friend!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I'm having trouble focusing. What to do? Where to start? What is my timeline? Who needs what when?

My body says "maybe I should just stay here and recoup a bit." Pajama's would be great attire today. I sent the boys off on the school bus, the house is quiet. One day I'll follow up on this idea, but not today.

Today is the first day that I have had in a while that I don't have to travel from home unless I want to. The biggest trip for me is hopefully to the grocery store at some point. But you will not find this as my attire. I may be young but I hold some dignity to at least go to the store dressed.

My house says that someone should handle some of this...boring!

I want to do something for me. Something that doesn't have to be done under deadline, or necessity. I want to hide away in my own world. I have soooo many inspirational idea's that I want to get to. Maybe they will come to life today.

So I am spending some time here... I am much nicer than this guy... so long as you bring me cookies and allow me to keep sewing!

My mind is here and there. Today would not be the day to sit and have tea and company with me. I'm twitching, and moving and doing. But I'm not entirely sure where I end up or if I'll have anything accomplished for it. But I'm trying!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas season

It really is December 7th, already! The holiday season is here. I even have my tree up. Maybe I'm not as behind as I feel.
And it is finally decorated. It sat for a week with only lights. Each ornament on the tree is very important. Some our from our grandmother and the glitter is coming off. But I love them. There are some from our first Christmas tree. All of the little things the boys have made at school over the years. I'm thinking about making a special Christmas scrapbook that I could save all of the little things they have made to keep them a bit longer. They are getting a little worn in the box. But that's a whole other post. I'll keep you updated.

These ornaments came from my brother. Creativity must run in the family.

I haven't had much time for creativity lately. Finals are next week, so I'm cramming! Then I have a break until mid January. There is one thing I am hoping to have finished before the holiday, I just need to sew in my ends. These are my donation to a family in need, they are little doll dresses. Hopefully a little girl will need a new dress for her doll before having a tea party.

Sometimes you don't have to go big, sometimes you just need to be there for one another.