Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Holiday

We had a wonderful meal at Mike and Donna's, then went to Kevin and Naureen's for dessert. By then, Ben and Manda had been up about a day and a half, so we didn'tstay long. Since their flight had been at 0600, and they had to be at the airport by o430 or so, and it's an hour or so from their apartments, they never really went tobed Wednesday night. We all lazed around on Friday, til they went to Steph's for the evening.
This is an Origami bag, made from a tutorial on the HGTV message boards. It's about 6 inches tall, and uses a focus fabric and a coordinating fabric. It was really easy to make.
]This is the bag with the drawstrings pulled. Ribbon can be used, but it gets slippery and the bag doesn't stay closed, they tell me. So I made the fabric drawstrings.
This is looking down into the bag. Manda gets this one, and it might be a camera bag. She and Ben put their orders in for smaller ones, to hold their dice for their role-playing games. They both pulled fabric for their bags. Ralph wants one for a camera bag, but doesn't care which fabric I use.
Monday morning we got up at 0445, for a 0530 Rapid Rover pickup. Ben and Manda are pretending to be awake.
Manda got her eyes open- Ben was still trying. It was such a nice visit, and the 4 days went by so fast! But they'll be back in 18 days for Christmas! And Heather and Ed, Eddie and Julianna will also be up. Heather has to work Christmas Eve, so they're leaving the 23rd, and Manda and Ben will head to Nebraska on the 24th. We'll do Christmas on the 2o, 21 or 22- we haven't decided yet.

And tomorrow is December 1!


This is so funny! I did this entire post, with pictures, and published it. Unfortunately, it showed up on Ben's blog! I was looking at it, trying to figure out why the format was different. Then I realized that it didn't say South Jersey Quilter across the top, but said Transmissions from the Outside! (That'll teach you to not log out, Ben!) Ralph had to cut and paste my words, and I had to redo the pix. It was so funny that I had to call Manda and tell her!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving is almost here!

I'm home from work, with four days off to look forward to! It'll be busy, with Thanksgiving, and Manda and Ben coming home. We're going to my brother Mike and sister in law Donna's for dinner, then off to nephew Kevin and niece in law Naureen's for dessert.

I'm most thankful for Ralph. Two years ago he had a sudden onset horrible headache, which turned out to be a benign brain tumor. The neurosurgeon removed the tumor thru his nose- he didn't even have to shave off his mustache! And he was home 48 hours postop! It was a scary time for all of us.

I'm thankful for the Moms, Mary Jane and Florence, who are always there for me. I'm thankful for my three beautiful daughters, who are all so different and yet so alike. I'm thankful for my wonderful son in law- I never worry about my daughter's safety or well being, because Ed is such terrific husband for her. I'm thankful for my future son in law. It's so hard to have Manda so far away, and I'm glad Ben is there for and with her. And both the guys are just great guys!

I'm thankful for my brothers and my brother in law. Thanks to the brothers, I have the best three sisters in law that a person can have!

I have plenty of nephews and nieces, and they're all wonderful! And friends, those that I see all the time, and those that wander in and out of my life. And granddogs- now there's 3 of them!

And of course, Eddie and Julianna! The cutest of the cute, the loviest of the lovies!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Suzy Homemaker on Speed

That's what I feel like today! Toast was curled up on the couch, staying out of the way and looking cute.
Before I got started with the cleaning, I went to Target to do some Christmas shopping, and get some cleaning supplies. Ralph, Toast and Miss Millie were relaxing together.
Millie gets very upset if you try to move when she is laying on you! I went through the fridge and tossed everything that was expired. Some of it was very expired! Then I scrubbed the shelves, and even the front of the fridge. I moved to the pantry closet, known as the Black Hole, and shelf by shelf, got rid of expired things. Same with the lazy susan cabinet. Scrubbed the stovetop, countertops, sinks, and microwave. Ralph did his part, taking out the trash and recycleables, and vaccuuming the kitchen floor. He even made dinner!
It's getting dark entirely too early these days, and we have another month til the Solstice! After our sloppy joe's dinner, I changed the sheets on our bed. I still have laundry to do, change and wash the sheets in the guest room, and both bathrooms to clean. And somewhere along the way I have to make a food shopping list and go shopping!

I managed to finish the snugglie's for Sam and Lou, and I have to deliver them this week. Can't have cold friends! This week we have full days Monday and Tuesday, and a half day on Wednesday, which is great. And Manda and Ben arrive Thanksgiving morning- the first time Manda has been home for Turkey Day since 1998!

And B101 has started playing Christmas music 24/7! I had the radio on all day while I was cleaning.

And so it goes!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Ides of November

They say time goes by faster as you get older. "They" are sure right! I can't believe it's mid-November already! And dark before 5 pm!

I've been a real bum today. Got up at 0630 and felt like I had the flu- warm, nausea, ick. Went back to bed til 0930, and felt much better. Took the dog out, fed the horde, checked the computer, and went back to bed!

I've got my second load of laundry on, and Toast is lounging on the couch. I just finished Linda Howard's new book, "Ice". It was short, more of a novelet, but I enjoyed it. I just started the new JD Robb, "Kindred in Death".

Yesterday I went to a new quilt shop, Atlantic County Quilts, in Hammonton. I was very impressed. Nice large, well lit space, a good sized classroom, pleasant people working there. They promise to offer lots of classes in varying skill levels, which is good. I bought two kits there, one for a wintery tablerunner, and one for a holiday/winter wallhanging.

I finished up the stack of criss cross coasters I've been working on. Some for each of the girls, and even some for me! I managed to get into the sewing room every night this week! Having off Wednesday for Veterans Day made it so much easier to get thru the week! This week is a full week for staff- the kids have a half day Wednesday. And next week we have school Monday, Tuesday, and a half day for all on Wednesday. I truly love November!

And the beat goes on!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day

We live in the land of the free, because of the brave.

There are a lot of Veterans in my family. Ralph's Dad, Rocco, was a Marine in WWII. Ed's Dad Ed was also a Marine, as was Sam's husband Lou. My grandfather, dad and Ralph were all Navy. My cousin George is retired Army. Jay's brother and Bonk are currently in the service and have been overseas. My friend Jean's son Jim is Navy SeaBees and has been overseas and is going again. One of our security officers at work, Mr. R. is Army Reserves.

My family has been fortunate that no one has been killed in action. One of our town's families had a 20 year old KIA early in this war. and the entire town mourned with them.

"If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you're reading this in English, thank a soldier."

To al the Veterans, thank you.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, Monday

Miss Millie wanted to have a quiet weekend curled up in a blanket on the floor. Toast couldn't figure out why Millie didn't want Toast to cuddle.
Steph and Whiskey came to visit. Whiskey wanted to investigate Miss Millie, and got smacked by her. She didn't want to be friendes.
Later, Toast snuggled in a blanket on the couch.
I finished Heather's table runner. It was a quilt as you go, and is reversible. This is the winter side. It's 22 x 44 inches.
Here's a closeup of the blocks on the winter side.
This is the fall side. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Here's a closeup of the blocks of the ball side. Each block finished at 7 inches square. I used the pattern from Reversible Quilts by Sharon Pederson. One of the first quilts I made, Autumn Garden for my mom, is the same pattern, but with bigger blocks. And I made a queen sized one called Winter Forest for Steph from this pattern.

It was so nice having the 4 days off! I felt like I got a lot done, including taking a car load to Goodwill, of mostly Steph's discarded but still like new clothes and shoes. And this week we're off Wednesday for Veteran's Day.

Steph pointed out that there are only 2+ weeks til Thanksgiving, and Manda and Ben are coming for that long weekend, so the whole house has to be raked out- I mean cleaned. And before it can be cleaned, it has to be decluttered. That means Ralph has to take all his tools out of the dining room and put them away! Since he has the entire basement and garage to house said tools, I don't think that's unreasonable.

Toast is still here, and Steph and Whiskey are still getting to know each other. Steph's goal is to take Toast home the week after Thanksgiving.

And the beat goes on!


Friday, November 6, 2009

November is here!

Trying to take pictures of these two was so funny! Toast would sit real nice, but Whiskey wanted to help me or run around. This was the night that we babysat Whiskey. I think Toast was happy when he went home- he kept jumping on the couch and landing on her!
Little Mike graduated from Motorcycle Repair Institute in Orlando, and he's home. Of course there was a party, and Big Mike toasted him. Mikey says he's never leaving home again, which makes Jake very happy.
Grandmom Terri got him this great cake!
We're all happy that he's home, and Donna says she's never going to Florida again, til it's time to take her grandchildren to Disney.
This was my favorite quilt at the Berry Baskets quilt show. The card said the quilter got the pattern at a Western Washington Shop Hop, so I came home and googled "Sage Country Christmas Tree quilt" which gave me the designer's website. That led me to her distributors, so I called one, and the pattern is now on my kitchen table!
This is a kit that I bought. A center panel, with borders. I took a picture, so I know how to put it together.

We were off Tuesday for Elec. Day, so I celebrated and went to the dentist. We were off yesterday and today for NJEA Convention. Yesterday Steph and I went to Christmas Tree Shoppe and got some good buys, then to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Today I'm going to lunch with Ralph and his mom, then they're going to the movies and I'm coming home to quilt!

I have all the square made-18- for Heather's table runner. I have to square them up, and put the binding on. It's a quilt as you go, and is fall on one side, and winter on the other.

Novemeber birthdays! Kevin is 35 today! We also have Joseph turning 23, and sisters in law Donna and Morgan both have birthdays. And Manda and Ben got their plane tickets- they'll fly out of Houston at 0600 on Thanksgiving morning, and leave early Monday morning.

And the beat goes on!