Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I've finally finished the last customer quilts of the year...
And I've attended the staff Christmas party for work. Now, here's a dilemma...when you're asked to bring a dessert to the work meeting, and you work for Weight Watchers, what do you bring? I settled on these little Snickers pies from the Hungry Girl website, which were quite easy to make. Take a regular size Snickers bar and cut it into 10 pieces. Put each one in a phyllo cup...
The Christmas tree is up (but not decorated), the cards are mailed, the gifts are wrapped...so now I get some time to play in my sewing room. If I don't come back in a few days, send chocolate!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The Thanksgiving holiday around here was fun. After the high school football game in the morning, I met my son and the boss at Ott's Tavern. It was the first time Andrew had been home since he turned 21, so it was our turn to take him out and buy him a beer. Life certainly feels different when you can go drinking with your kids! Afterwards, we headed to my parents' house for a delicious dinner of Crown Roast of Pork and all the trimmings. On Friday I cooked a turkey...what fun is Thanksgiving if you don't have leftovers? I didn't get the camera out all weekend...I'm just not a good blogger!
During the week I had painted my laundry room cabinets black...wish I could find the before pictures...these cabinets were hideous. Now that the doors are back on, with new hardware, I can't believe I waited almost 10 years to paint them...what was I thinking?
I've been doing a lot of customer quilting...here's a sneak peek of the quilt on the machine now. This one should be done in a day or two, then I'll only have two more customer quilts to quilt before Christmas. After that I will quilt the quilt that I'm giving as a Christmas gift. Why do I have a feeling that I'll be binding it on Christmas Eve?
About 2 weeks ago I spent a day at the hospital, having a biopsy and other procedures done. Yesterday I found out that everything is fine...no cancer, no tumors...and that with the proper medications, I'll be fine. Now that the stress is relieved, I'm looking forward to the holidays. I feel like I just received the best gift I could be given...anything else this Christmas will just be icing on the cake!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm still waiting for my test results. The nurse said they haven't come in yet and I've decided to put it out of mind for the holiday, after all, don't they say that no news is good news? Things have settled down at my daughter's school as well. It turned out that a student bought a starter pistol, at school, from two other students. He was talking about it with a friend on the bus and a girl overheard them and reported it. The friend took the pistol and threw it in a lake near his home. All four boys were taken into custody and the pistol was recovered from the lake. We're all thankful that it wasn't something more serious!
Thank you for all of your kind comments and emails! Enjoy the holiday...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Last night, while still waiting for results I put them together into this...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Grace, my 14 year old, had to do an English project on a short story and she chose "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. As an aspiring film director (she attends a technical high school and her major will hopefully be Television and Digital Media Production - we'll find out if she was accepted this week), she thought it might be fun to make a stop motion movie...using Legos! She is quite proud of her first attempt...and I have to say, so am I. I could never do something like this!
I'm still sewing...pictures later!
Friday, November 07, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sometimes the quilt design is so striking that it needs the simplest quilting. This quilt was so intricately pieced that a simple swirl design in a pale blue thread was all it needed.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friends of mine had flown in from distant places to spend a few days in Lancaster, then in Philadelphia. I couldn't join them in Lancaster, so we made plans to get together and do a quick tour of the historic sites in Philly. The weather was horrendous and it poured all day, so I didn't take many pictures, but did get one of the Liberty Bell. We also saw Carpenters' Hall, Independence Hall, Washington Square, Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross house...all the important places!
It was a great day spent catching up with some of my favorite people...
Sunday, October 26, 2008
After spending time in the museum, I went downstairs and spent some time (and money!) in the Old Country Store. I made a few additions to my Jo Morton collection of fabrics...now to find the time to play with them!
It was a wonderfully relaxing trip which was good, because the time since I came home has been insanely busy. Between working and quilting for customers, we had a few events come up unexpectedly.
On Wednesday morning, my son participated in a forum discussing the Amethyst Initiative at Rowan University. Two students were chosen to discuss the pros and cons of the Initiative and Andrew was on the pro side, arguing that there should be a discussion on whether the drinking age should be lowered. I was incredibly proud of him as he was the only speaker with a dissenting view and the other speakers were rough on him. He was fully prepared with statistics supporting his view and all of the other speakers congratulated him on his strong argument and his willingness to be the lone supporter. He did a great job.
Another unplanned surprise came in the form of a desperate call (while we were at Andrew's forum) from Ellen saying she was horribly homesick and could she PLEASE come home for the weekend. So Thursday afternoon I was heading to the Philadelphia airport to pick her up. It was wonderful to have her home and she looked so much happier when I dropped her off at the airport this afternoon. And I had one more fun event this weekend...but that will be in my next post!
Monday, October 20, 2008
After spending some time in the museum, I drove to the Rockvale outlets. After coming out of them empty handed, I found a Starbucks so I could refuel, then headed to Intercourse and my hotel room above Village Quilts at Kitchen Kettle Village. This is a relatively new place...the room I stayed in has only been used for about a year. If you ever come to the Lancaster area, I'd highly recommend staying in one of the Kitchen Kettle Villages Lodgings. They are comfortable, beautifully appointed and reasonable. They also give you metal travel mugs, free breakfast at the Kling House restaurant, which was delicious, a little basket of crackers, jams and chocolate, coffee, tea...everything you need to enjoy your stay.There are handmade quilts on every bed...
And on the walls too! In that armoire is a television on which I watched The Phillies win the NLCS!!! Go Phils!
And of course, beautiful scenery everywhere you look...
Did I mention how relaxing this trip was? More tomorrow...
Monday, October 13, 2008
On Sunday morning, Ellen met us at the hotel and we wandered down to The Cheesecake Factory for breakfast. It was another gorgeous day and we sat outside and enjoyed the weather and the company for a long time. But then it was time to head back to Jersey, so we dropped Ellen at her dorm and stopped long enough for one last picture...
It was a great weekend!