Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday evening

I'm finally getting the hang of posting pix from other than easy share! This was at David and Juliette's wedding reception. Ralph, me, Ed, Heather, Manda and Ben in the back, and Steph and Dan in front. We had a really nice time- it was at a  B&B in W. Va. 

New grandpop Mike says baby Joseph is shaped like a bowling ball and opens one eye like Popeye! 

We got a couple of inches of snow Friday night, and it's been cold enough that there hasn't been a lot of melting going on. But by Wednesday it's supposed to be back up in the 50's! 

Sandra, one of my internet group, has gotten me hooked on the TV show Castle. TNT runs reruns of it Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and I've been DVRing them. It's quite addicting. 

I'm working on a ruffly scarf from sashay yarn. Kinda sorta crocheted, and easy enough to make. 

I'm in between sewing projects, have to figure out what I want to make next. Ralph has the closet of the guest room ripped apart, removing the damaged sheetrock, and a lot of my stash bins are in the dining room. The dining room looked like an actual dining room for about five minutes. 

And tomorrow is Monday again.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Babies and more babies!

Joseph holding Joseph. Look at the head of hair the kid has! Such a cutie.

And Manda and Ben have gone public with their announcement of Baby Briles!
2013 looks like the Year of the Baby! Niece Britt is also having a baby boy this summer, and Kyle and Danielle (best man and groomswoman from Manda and Ben's wedding) are having a baby boy next month.
We're all thrilled about all these babies coming!

And it's COLD! 19 this morning, with a windchill of 5! January is showing it's teeth!


Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Birth Day!

Welcome to Joseph Michael Oehrl, born today shortly after midnight. He weighed in at 8 lbs, 9 oz, and his proud grandparents are walking on air.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Halfway thru January!

I have a bunch of blogs that I read regularly, and enjoy. Some of these women just quilt up a storm, and they make me feel like such a slacker. But then I stop to think. The most prolific quilters (and bloggers) are not employed outside the home, which means they have the time to quilt, not to mention blog every day with lots of pictures. 

I'm jealous of their time, but not their lives. They do a lot of community service, which I don't do. But as I've always told my children, you can have time, or you can have money. You can't have both. So for now I'll settle for money (not a huge amount, but enough to get by), and enjoy the knowledge that I'm contributing to a pension and social security, so I won't be eating cat food when I'm an old lady. 

My mojo is doing well! I bound a quilt that has been hanging around for quite a while. It's a belated retirement gift for a friend, and once it's given I'll try to post a pic. I have my wonderful new camera, and I have to sit down with Ralph and try to figure out how to post to here. It can't be that hard- I hope. 

I've been an active participant on the HGTV message boards for years- since July 2003, which is when I started learning to quilt. Every Friday I start a thread called Sew & Tell, where people tell us what they've finished, and what they're working on, and post pictures. Two weeks ago I started posting a companion thread called What are your crafty/quilty goals this week. It's turned out to be very popular, with people posting goals, then coming back and telling the rest of us if they met the goals. 

After a week of unseasonably warm temps, the weather is now rainy and chilly and raw. January reminding us who's boss here. 

And the beat goes on!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A new year just begun

I have been thru a whole saga with my glasses. At the end of the summer, my eyes were bothering me. I went to my usual eye doc, and he was on vacation and I saw his young associate. Long story short, I'm on my 4th set of lenses, and my eyes still hurt. I went there tonight, and the latest set that just came in made my right eye blurry. They had me see the eye doc, and in two minutes he figured out that there had been a transposition in the original order! He assures me that the order that goes out tomorrow will be correct, and he will have them put a rush on it. The moral is, don't see associates, stick with the doc that you know. 

I got a letter from Aetna that they are no longer affiliated with Kennedy, the hospital that I go to for everything, and where I planned to get my other knee done! And my ortho only operates out of Kennedy! Aetna states that they are still negotiating with Kennedy, so hopefully they'll resolve their issues. 

We have birthdays in January- nephew Jim, great nephew Zachary, and my late friend Linda. The anniversary of Linda's passing is also in January. 

Tomorrow is Heather and Ed's 11th anniversary! They are so good together, and such good parents to Eddie and Julianna. 

Mom Mary Jane, Steph and Dan have all been sick for over a week. Mom is going to the doctor tomorrow to see if it's viral or if she needs meds. 

When Sam passed, I kept all her jeans, about 15 pairs. They've been sitting in a pile on the laundry room table for 14 months, and this week I finally sat and cut them up the side seams and around the center seams, which gave me a big pile. Now I'm cutting up the jeans into 6 inch squares. Eventually when I need a denim quilt, I'll have the denim ready. And a stack or two of 6 inch squares will take up a lot less room that a stack of jeans. 

It's cold! It was 25 when I was on the way to work this morning, and only went up to maybe 35. 

And so starts 2013!