Archive for May, 2008

You have these project, I know you do.

The ones that don’t ever get finished and when you come across them make you think, What Was I THINKING???

for someone long and skinny?

This ill-begotten afghan is at least 10 years old.  It’s crochet.  I think I have the book it came out of on my shelf somewhere should I ever want to refresh my memory on the pattern.  I think it involved a lo tof treble crochets.

gotta have a closeup

The yarn is 98% acryclic, 2% poly.  The texture of the yarn and the bobbles actually feel pretty nice, but oh dear lord, what was I thinking?

Right now it measures 18 by 86.    I think the idea was to make it big enough to cover my 6’4″ husband. Smother him is more like it.  Even with just this much done, the darn thing is quite heavy.  I’d hate for him to be suffocated by it.

I remember having to go back and purchase additional yarn once I realized how much it would take to actually make it this size.  I think there are as many as 4 skeins already used and there are ELEVEN more skeins in the tub.

Eleven. More.

I can’t decide if I should shove this back in the tub and back under the shelf (out of side, out of mind…) or if I need to figure out what to do with it.  Any suggestions?

Any suggestions that don’t include finishing it?




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Weather report, May 30

What?!?!?  You thought this blog was about QUILTING?

We have gotten FOUR and ONE HALF inches of rain in the last 24 hours.

Needless to say, Wolf Creek is out again.  These pictures are all taken from right outside my back door, looking west.  I shouldn’t be able to see ANY water, let alone all of this:

And the mud.  Look at how muddy that field is.  Yuck.

It’s hard to see at this size, but just about smack dab in the middle of this last picture is the tops of the fence that separates the pasture from the field.  Pasture, field:  not supposed to be lake bed.

At least it isn’t snow.

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I went to put some lotion on my hands and realized that I was only wearing my mother’s ring. In the morning, I can’t always get my wedding ring on, so I often slip it on my pinky. I remembered picking up both rings, but had absolutely no recollection of anything regarding the rings after that.

There were almost tears, but I decided not to panic until I retraced my steps.

Apparently my wedding ring had slipped off when I was throwing clothes in the washer, as it tumbled out when I opened up the washer and started digging through the wet clothes.

With that disaster averted, I think I need a drink. Or a nap. The rest of the day should be all downhill.

I also think, looking at the photograph of my ring, that it is past due time to get it cleaned and buffed. Yikes.

I will say, that my day will be getting much brighter and more fun, as I’m expecting a fellow longarm quilter to visit me for several hours this afternoon! I even cleaned my longarm table off, brushed out the tracks and cleaned the wheels in honor of her visit.

In the meantime, though, while I wait? I think I’ll go lie down and recover from almost losing my ring.


p.s.  Lynn?  You don’t need to say “I told you so.”  I could already hearing you saying it during my search.

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Bribery works

As a parent, I know I will occasionally need to bribe my kids (on occasion) in order to get them to do something.  It is a trick I try not to overuse, because I know it will backfire on me.  But sometimes, “eat your supper or you won’t get dessert” is the way to go.

Lately, I’ve resorted to bribing myself to get some work done on the computer.

Admittedly, it’s an odd sort of bribery, as my reward is actually “work” — just of a different sort:

It all started a couple of days ago when I saw an antique Scrappy Double Irish Chain on one of the blogs I read.  I can’t remember which one right now, or I’d link.

I thought “Ooooo…pretty….”

And then I wandered into my sewing room and discovered that I had a big hunk of a white background fabric I could use.

And then pulled out the bin of 1.5 inch scrap strips and started digging.  I was going to go completely scrappy, but then I thought it would be fun to go with scrappy BLUES.  Well, I didn’t have enough precut strips, so I had to dig through my (neatly) folded stash to find more blues.

And then I started cutting.  Ironically, I managed to miscut the white fabric, cutting a bazillion more 3.5 inch strips than I needed, but I didn’t figure this out until after I had pulled out some other white fabric with which to make up what I needed in the 1.5 inch strips.

And then I’ve been sewing.  And sewing.  And sewing.  It’s my reward, see, for getting stuff done on the computer.

Here are the blocks I have finished.  It’s a terrible picture, but the lighting in there is not conducive to good picture-taking.

Did I mention the strips are 1.5 inch cut?  Which means the blocks finish at 5 inches.  Am I weird, or what?

I have enough cut to make 169 blocks, which will only wind up being 65 inches square.    I’m having delusions about this possibly ending up as the background for applique.  Or not.  We’ll see.

It’s nice mindless sewing, which is what this quilter needs.

Just don’t tell my kids that I probably spend more time on my “reward” than I’m supposed to.  “Just one more strip set….and then I’ll go back to work…”


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Four wheels

It’s an older 4-wheeler, purchased used.  Runs great (I’m told).  The boys took the Magic Erasers and a bucket of water out to work on cleaning it up.  We’ll be headed to the store this weekend to purchase helmets and “other stuff.”  They will be required to help with oil changes and other maintenance.  And won’t be allowed to ride it without adult supervision.

Including today?  Only 4 more days of school.  Friday is Track and Field Day.  Monday is….what do you do on a Monday that is the last day of school?  Watch movies?

And then?  It’s time for baseball, swimming lessons, and a family road trip.  We’ve decided to DRIVE to Florida.  Yup.  Even with gas prices so high, it’s cheaper than flying the 4 of us, plus we’ll get to be more flexible, and will do some additional sight-seeing on the way to and from.

And now?  Time for me to get to work.

Have a great Wednesday!


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Today should have been…

The last day of school.

Remember this winter when I was whining about the weather all the time?  The result was 7 days tacked on to the end of the school year.  I’m not ready for the school year to be over in a little over a week, and can’t really imagine what it would be like if today had been the last day.

I’m not ready for 4th graders!  Where does the time go?  And why is it going faster all the time?

thank goodness the weather is finally nice

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spoke too soon

Just checked on the printer.  I had checked the COLLATE box, but apparently even though I *thought* I had checked the “Print on Both Sides” box, I hadn’t.

Thankfully, it was only on the 3rd copy and was waiting for me to load it back up with paper.


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