Archive for July 18th, 2007

Reading blogs

Three posts in one day!

Some of my longarm quilting buddies are starting to blog on WordPress, and some of the people that were reading their old blogs at other places have commented about trying to remember to visit the new blogs.  I wanted to post and make a suggestion that the best way to keep up on the many blogs that you might be interested in is with an RSS reader.

Yes, I can hear you all saying “Huh?  What the heck is that?”

An RSS Reader is a piece of software that automatically checks all of the blogs that you want to keep track of and presents the new posts to you in one place.  If you want to comment, you can click on the blog post and be taken directly to the blog you were reading.

I used to use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com) but have recently switched to Google Reader (http://reader.google.com) .  Both are very easy to use.  Another one to try is http://www.blogarithm.com — that site will actually send you a daily e-mail with links to any blogs that have been updated.  These are just a few of the sites that are available.  There are also RSS readers that you can download to your computer, but I don’t have any experience with those.  You do have to create accounts at these places, but the sites are pretty easy to use.  When you find a blog you keep track of, you just highlight the web address of the site, enter it into the appropriate “add subscription” place in your reader of choice and…voila!  Easy peasy….

And to my friends and acquaintances that have recently moved their blogs to WordPress, I say welcome!  Add me to your blogroll, and I’ll add you to mine!




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Football Equipment

Yes,  football equipment.

The boys are playing football this fall, and we had to go have them officially weighed and pick up their equipment tonight.

Mark took some pictures of them, the jersey was his from high school.

When I first looked at them I laughed right at loud and said something to Mark about Joe’s picture being funny.  Then I realized that it was actually Will.  Once they are all suited up, I’ll only be able to tell htem apart by the green sticker on Will’s helmet.



I’m pretty sure they are too little for this.  But I suspect I’ll think that even when they are grown up and wanting to do crazy things.

The shoulder pads they have on are actually ours — well, Mark had a set from when he was little and one of the boys got a set for Christmas one year.  We weren’t able to get the official ones tonight:  they had run out of their size.  But — that means that the sets they do get will be brand-new!  The jerseys they wear for the games will only be given to them right before a game, and taken away (to be washed by a team “mom,” — or Dad I suppose…) directly after the game.

Helmets — check

Pants — check

Pads — check

Mouthguard and chinstrap — check and check

Mom’s sanity — ummm……..

I’m not sure they really realize what it is going to be like to be hit on the football field.  I’m wondering how long their excitement will be sustained once it makes contact with another player…..

Quilt content

In between trips to the pool, numerous phone calls trying to straighten out an issue with a shipment (why couldn’t it be easy?  why??),  and various other adventures of the week) I have been doing a fair amount of sewing this week. I’d go take a picture, but it’s all the way on the other side of the house, and the light isn’t very good, and….yes, I’m lazy right now.  Maybe tomorrow.

Response to some comments

Vicki asked about the neat garage.  As my Mom (her name is Mary Ann, by the way) stated, my husband is VERY neat and VERY organized.  Poor man.  He’s married to me (some day I’ll have to blog about the sermon the pastor gave at our wedding:  it was titled “The Odd Couple.”  I was mortified).   The amazing thing about the garage is that it is Mark’s workshop right now, too.  It is extremely neat, but it is also PACKED with his tools and stuff.  I don’t mean packed like he’s a packrat and it is full of junk.  And darn it, he knows exactly where everything is out there.

Ronda wondered about my height:  I think it is either 5’10″or 5’11”.  It’s funny, I don’t really THINK of myself as tall, even though I KNOW  I am tall.  It’s a body image thing I guess.  Mark is 6’4″.  Our boys have feet like puppy dogs.  They are 8 years old and the next shoe size for them will be the smallest men’s size — they will soon outgrow the “youth” styles, and of course — the “youth” pricing….anybody want to donate to the Earley Boy Shoe Fund?

Well, it’s getting on toward my bedtime and I still have a few things to do, so good night for now!


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New Sock Day #2

Shortly after getting up this morning, I needed to go down to the basement for a minute.  On the way I happened to get a flash fo something odd through the garage door window, and add to back up for another look.


What’s that I see???

Yippee!!!!  It’s my NEW SOCKS!!!!


Thanks Mom!!!!

She started these awhile back, but ran out of yarn as she was nearing the toe of the 2nd sock.  I had asked her to make them longer than the first pair (i.e. further up on my leg, the foot part did not need to be any more huge than it already was…).  Apparently my gargantuan feet needed more sock yarn than she had initially calculate.  So far she’s been very polite about not making fun of how big my feet are.

I had gotten an e-mail from her last week that she’d been to the yarn store and picked up something that she’d be using to finish the one, and to expect a surprise in my garage some morning.  She drops things off on her way to work occasionally.  Apparently she got to scare the bejeebers out of Mark this morning when she stopped by.

Can you even tell that one sock’s toe is different yarn?  I didn’t really even notice at first, and quite frankly, I don’t even care!  They are sooooo soft….

I’ll probably be wearing shoes and socks tomorrow (as opposed to flip-flops…) and when I do, I’ll be sure to make sure everyone notices my stripy socks.

Mom had some socks for my Grandma with her the other day (very pretty pink) and asked Will if he’d like a pair like that.

“Oh no!” he said. “Well, maybe if they were camouflage colored socks.”



p.s.  And yes, some camouflage colored sock yarn is now on order…..

p.p.s. I was so excited to get a notice from Amazon.com that I’d be receiving my copy of the new Harry Potter on Saturday (the release date).  And then I remember I’m going to be out of town all weekend!!! Ack!  I’ll have to wait until Monday to read it!  Ack!  LOL…

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