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Itchy Feet

I like change.  (Well, some change).  I like to try new things until I figure out that I’ve finally found the right thing that feels best for me.

For example, Mark and I have been married for almost 13 years and have lived in 6 houses.  Three of those have been right here in Traer, which is quite a feat.  We kept looking for the best thing for us, and we seem to have found it.  For now.  Because I’m not moving again for a million years.  Or maybe we’ll move tomorrow.  Who knows.

How about cars:  in 9 years I went through 6 cars.  Ridiculous, I know.  But then we got my Accord, and I’ve been driving it for almost 5 years and I haven’t once thought that I really needed to change.  With previous cars it happened within about a year.

And now:  website/blog locations.


I know. It’s the ultimate in vanity to have my own name as my domain, but it’s part of a larger plan for world domination.  I hope you’ll come join me.  All of my old posts are already over there.  In time the look and style will be changing, but for now, I think you’ll find it’s remarkably familiar.  For now.

I’ll maintain this blog for archival purposes, but will be closing comments.  When you get there, you can pretty easily (I hope!) subscribe to the feed of the new blog so you can keep track of me in your favorite Feed Reader (like Google Reader!).  I hope you’ll also take a few minutes to update your Blogrolls or link lists on your own websites to point to my new location.  And if you link to me in your posts, please use the new website address.

And if you do follow me, and you post a comment, I’ll enter you in a drawing for a small present.

Thank you.

Suzanne aka Easily Distracted Girl


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Cold toes

I ran home to deal with lunch, and my toes haven’t warmed up yet from the excursion.

The boys came home from school yesterday absolutely convinced that they would have today off.  A winter storm was bearing down on us, and it looked to be a doozy.

They weren’t wrong:  school is closed today.  Thankfully, though, we didn’t get pounded as much as we could have.  It started with a layer of ice, and ended with a dusting of snow.  And wind — lots of wind, blowing that snow around.

I don’t envy the people that have to make decisions about schooling closings or delays.  No matter what a superintendent decides, someone will likely disagree.  Last year we ended up with more than 20 days of delays/early dismissals/closures.  We had a late start last week, but this is the first day off.

Today’s snow day points out a flaw in this whole  move-the-business-out-of-the-house-thing:

I have to actually LEAVE the house and venture out into the cold.  Meaning a new level of complaints that you might hear from me as the winter grinds on.  And it’s not even technically winter yet!

You wouldn’t know it from my postings of late, but I have actually been quilting and knitting.  I haven’t posted about much of it, though, because most of the quilting has been for customers (and has either been super simple and not really worthy of posting or has been of items that I shouldn’t share because they are for gifts).

I did actually take a picture of a quilt yesterday, and am working on a tutorial based on said quilt.  I’m going to make you go somewhere else to see it, though, because I’m in the process of mentally restructuring my usage of my blogs.

For quilting and knitting projects, I’m going to start posting at the shop blog:


This blog will remain here at this location for the time being, but will be more of the everything-else-besides-quilting-and-knitting type posts.

At least, that’s my plan.  I hope you’ll go over there and take a look and add that blog to your blog reader.  If you are only here for the fiber-related postings, you can go over there and not have to read about my kids or the weather.

Though, I can’t promise I won’t occasionally mention the weather over there.

I joked about it the other day, but I really am thinking about renaming this blog.  Any suggestions?

I think my toes have finally warmed back up after venturing out for lunch, so I’d best get to work!


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Blogroll, again

OK, it’s gone from my sidebar because I didn’t like how long it made the page, especially with this new theme and the fact that comments displayed below the end of the sidebar.

So, I realized (duh) an easy way to cut and paste it into a page, the link is up at there at the top of the blog, right underneath the photo and title — the whole list is there for you to peruse and link from at your leisure.



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WordPress has been upgrading their backend user interface tdoay and whoa…..it’s different….I bet there are going to be more than a few people that hate it. I’m just playing with inserting some pictures, I don’t think I ever managed to show off my finished Blooming Nine Patch. Uploading the pictures was good, not sure about this gallery thing they’ve stuck in here. We’ll see…..



Pictures full size individually….

Inserted as Gallery…

Interesting……..the functionality is all there, it’s just…different, so look around, don’t get frustrated, you’ll find it.  Promise!


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Switching servers means that my blog looked like it disappeared for awhile. It took me until this morning to realize that the reason I couldn’t get my blog address to point to the right place was because I wasn’t checking one tiny little box. Oops.

So those of you that might have been looking at really old posts from 2006, my apologies. Hopefully you’ve come back to make sure I’m really actually still here.

The fact that I did switch servers means that (a) I’m getting more junk mail, which, oddly enough is OK with me, because it also means that (b) I was finally able to get the password reminder e-mail from Ringsurf. I just knew that my previous host had been treating those as spam. The fact that I had gotten it means that (c) I have FINALLY fixed the MQResource webring. Phew. I should have switched my web/e-mail provider long ago.

(And darn it, I was so annoyed when I did get the password reminder e-mail. Now that I see it, I remember choosing the password that I did, but it is completely different than any of my other passwords, and I never would have remembered on my own that that is what it was.)

In other news: this is the 30th of November!!! That means that technically, I can publish this entry and I will have posted every single day in November as a part of NaBloPoMo. Hopefully most of you found most of my posts this month at least somewhat interesting and didn’t groan too badly thinking “Oh, dear heavens, what is she blathering about today.”

I’ve seen some bloggers that have participated that have been strugglign for the last week or so. I’ll have to be honest, I’ve felt pretty invigorated by the process. I have enjoyed the challenge of trying to post something daily, I think it’s been a good exercise in discipline for me.

I don’t know exactly what will happen in December. I’m hoping the commitment I’ve made to November will carry over to a new project that I’m starting tomorrow. I’m keeping it a surprise until the project actually starts, then I’ll tell you all about it.

I did do something interesting and related to art/craft last night, and will post later today. Right now, though, it’s time to go get the slugs out of bed and get our day started. Unfortunately, the slugs like to get out of bed as much as their Mama does (which isn’t very much), so it takes awhile to get them going.



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Seriously annoyed

Excuse me as I rant (and apologize) for a moment about something:

The MQResource blog ring is broken, and has been, and I can’t do a @#$% thing about it at the moment and I’m seriously annoyed about it.

I apologize to all of you that are members (or want to be members, but can’t because I can’t activate your membership).

I have sent an e-mail to tech support, but have gotten no response.

I can NOT log in, and I can’t explain the situation.  I try to have them e-mail me my password, but I never get the @#$% e-mails.  That’s a separate rant:  my e-mail provider thinks it is protecting me from spam and has a filter on my e-mail such that I don’t even get the opportunity to say YES!  I want that e-mail!  Yes!  That’s a valid e-mail.  @#$%@#$%@#$%

So, at this point, I’m not sure what to do, other than to abandon the existing ring and start over.  I am NOT impressed with Ringsurf, but quite frankly wasn’t impressed by the other Ring websites that exist.  I’m not sure what to do, and I apologize profusely to anyone that has tried to surf our Ring, or tried to join it.

I’ll let you know in a day or two what I’m going to do about it.


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Interesting search terms

I think it’s fascinating to see what search terms sometimes lead people to my blog.

Some I understand, some, though, make me scratch my head, and I feel compelled to go to Google to figure out what post they ended up at.

Like this one, from this morning:

Where to find tulle in Houston

I’m really sorry to the person that visited my blog via that particular search string, because clearly I have no idea where you can find tulle in Houston.  I hope you found a source.

(And for the record, the post that that search phrase brought them to was my post about my journal quilt that went to Houston.  It had a layer of tulle).

Yesterday, this phrase had me laughing a bit:

are piano recitals really important

Again, I’m pretty sure my blog didn’t help with the answer, but for the record, I would have to say that yes, I think piano recitals are very important.  I think it’s important for kids to take the time and effort to work on a particular piece of music enough that it is suitable for public performance.  I know that I’m not teaching concert pianists, but I think it’s important for the kids to have a chance to show their friends and family the fruits of their labor.

Better get cracking, more quilting to do!  Quilts to bind!  Messes to clean up!


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