Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ideas

I need to put my thinking cap on.  I would like to be able to make and sell some quilty items.  I just don't know what to do.  Seems like the one idea I had really wasn't going over very well.  Then a couple other ideas I had were being done already, and by lots of people.  Sooooo, here I am trying to figure out what to do.  Any suggestions?

The items would need to be something not too time consuming and that I could make a profit on.

Fun in the A.M.

This morning I did a small amount of sewing.  About 20 minutes worth.  I went from this:

To this:
And finally to this:
I didn't get all the sets sewn into 16 patch blocks, but they were flying through the machine at warp speed!  Once they get to that stage, where the strip sets have been cut into strips of four they really go quickly.

And if anyone is counting, it's only 49 days until we go to Paducah!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kids vs. Ducks

My mother used to have this sign hanging in the kitchen.  It said "Having children is like being pecked to death by a duck".  I believe it is true.

Even though I had the entire day to sew yesterday, I did not get upstairs to do anything.  When I'm upset or nervous, I cook and bake.  And this entire weekend I was a cooking and baking fool.

I don't want to go into it too much, buy my son had an incident that resulted in a 3 a.m. phone call Friday night/Saturday morning.  He's okay, with a few bumps and gurgles, but they will be okay eventually.

I will say this, we all have angels watching over us and prayer is really important.  I heard the comment that "we have to pray because we really are in control of nothing".  And if you think about it, it's true.

My opinion.  If it's not yours, it's a free country.  And if you have kids, tell them you love them.  Right now.  Just because.

Share a Chair


A rare moment of peace between the species...

Had a day off work yesterday because of bad weather.  We got several inches of snow again.  The forecast is for more snow and ice tomorrow, too.

Over the weekend I finished up several pairs of blocks for the 16 patch swap.  There are 15 finished pair now, which was the original amount we were shooting for.  I have 4 more pair in the works.

Did a lot of cooking and baking over the past few days.  The best thing I made was a roast in the crock pot.  The recipe came from the internet.  It was called "Mississippi Roast" and here's the recipe:

3 lb beef roast
1/4 cup water
1 packet dry ranch seasoning mix, 1 oz
1 packet dry au jus seasoning mix, 1 oz
6 T butter or margarine
6 pepperoncini

Place water and roast in crock pot.  Sprinkle dry ranch seasoning over roast, then sprinkle dry au jus seasoning over roast.  Dot with slices of butter.  Arrange pepperoncini around sides of roast.  Cook on low 6-8 hours.

We had this as a roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.  You could shred it and put it on buns.  It was very good!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Next


Who is next in line for the water bowl?  Love it!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Functional Replacement



Since I have been spoiling myself lately by having a pot of tea in the evening when I get home from work, I needed to replace the kitty cat teapot.  Sandy and I went to lunch yesterday and on our way back to the office we had a few minutes so we stopped at the antique mall.  I found this cute teapot for under $4!  It's not real big, which is perfect for me.  I thought it was cute.  My favorite side is the one with the plums on it.

Went to Wal Mart today and bought some more chamomile tea, too.  I like that in the evenings because it doesn't keep me up all night.

And Then There Were Five


Last night I boiled six eggs.  I had it in my mind to make egg salad in the morning before work.  After peeling the eggs, I turned around to throw the shells away.  Guess what happened?  Addy was quick and quiet in her pursuit of an egg.  She was trotting into the front room with that egg before I could say egg salad.  Egg thieving dog!

No sewing last night.  It's still bitter cold.  I think the air temp is something like 10 right now.  Brrrr!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ode on a Kitty Teapot


Oh my kitty teapot
How you made me smile
With your cute little eyes
And grin wide as a mile

The mousy you held
Closely in your paws
Pink little nose
And mouth open for a cause.

The tea that you held
Stayed nice and warm
Particularly in
A winter snow storm.

Alas!  We have a dog
She is just a sweet pup
And now I make my tea
Instead by the cup

(My apologies to Mr. Keats)

Pickin' and Grinnin'


This morning before I went to work I went upstairs and picked out some fabrics for a few more 16 patch blocks.  I think these will work well together, as pairs.

We have snow again.  Woke up to about an inch on the ground and it's continuing to snow, although it is supposed to taper off soon.  I honestly take what the weather predictors say with a grain of salt because so many times we get more than they called for or nothing at all.

Chomping at the bit to get that tee shirt quilt off the frame.  It has just been too cold to be in the basement for any length of time.  This weekend I may just bite the bullet and do it anyway.  Put on my gloves and a couple pair of socks and a hat.  I'll look silly but no one will see me but Ev and the dog... haha.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Car Aggravation

Well, the car drama is not over.  When we picked up the car Saturday, after getting the alternator replaced, on the way home the check engine light came on.  Didn't get too upset because this has happened before.  Sometimes when they work on the car they might bump into a wire or a hose, and then that light would go on and I'd have to take it back.  Every time it had amounted to nothing.

Not this time.  This time it's got a vacuum leak that will cost over $1,200 to repair.  I am NOT a happy camper.  Had they found this before the alternator was fixed, I doubt we would have spent the $400 on the alternator.

At this point we don't know what we are going to do.  We don't want to spend that amount of money on a car that age and with all those miles on it.  We also don't want a car payment.

The mechanic said that without making the repair it would steadily get lower gas mileage and eventually start to run rough.  Right now, I can deal with that.

We may be going car shopping soon.