Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hello Again

So here I am--back after several months. We finally got all the remodeling done, had a garage sale and got rid of multitudes of stuff. Just about the time we thought we could finally relax and get a couple weeks of vacation in before the start of the school year, my father in law fell and broke his hip. He had surgery to repair it and we thought things were moving along. He was going to have to go to the nursing home for a few months to get back on his feet and whatnot. Long story short, he has had a history or heart problems and was an insulin dependent diabetic, and died from heart failure about a week after the surgery to repair his hip. He did not have a will, so we got the whole probate thing started. Work has really been busy as we are slowly moving towards the new common core standards that have been adopted by 46 of the fifty states already. This has included lots of meetings, training, and time on the computer. We are one of the lucky states that received a waiver on the NCLB legislation, so that is good.

Another reason I have not had a lot of time to devote to anything besides running here and there is the boy decided that he wanted to play football, after he had already committed to soccer. Some mornings I left the house at 6:45 am and got home at 9:45 pm. After our first two games he fell and broke his wrist. He still had to attend practice and games, and was finally cleared to play in the last football game of the season. I am just tired.

Here are some pics of my attempts at quilting. The first is the one I just finished. The pic is being very polite as it was not exactly the vision of perfection. I did take it to have it machine quilted today and the owner of the quilt shop was nice enough to give me some pointers. They sounded very helpful and I can't wait to try them out.

This quilt is one of two that made for my husband and son. They are both K-state fans and I tried to incorporate the school fabrics I found with other purple prints. I think the pattern is called a railroad pattern of some type.

I have also been stitching and I am working on the Hawk's Run Christmas pattern. I am hoping that life slows down some and I get to spend some time sitting on my end of the couch stitching. Lately, my NOOK has become my best friend for all the time I spend waiting to pick up and wait.

Happy Stitching to All and to All a Goodnight

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

...and so are the Days of My Life

Well,here we are again. My bathroom should be finished tomorrow, do you know what I am going to do the minute the carpenters, plumbers and others are out of the way??? I am going to stand in front of the mirror and take my picture like all of the teenagers do, then I am going to put it on facebook! Then I am going to take a bubble bath! Since I have last been here....

We have finished baseball.
We have finished another quilt to take to the quilter.
We have cleaned out the cabinets right outside the bathroom.
Washed curtains.
Did some painting here and there, still have to paint my bedroom (boo/hiss.
Threw away a bunch of junk.
Started sorting stuff out for a rummage sale.
And I went where no mother should have to go... the dreaded kid's room. Lots of rummage sale materials there! No trash man will be out work in our area anytime soon!

So now aside from painting the aforementioned bedroom and having the aforementioned rummage sale and cleaning out many more cubby holes in this house, garage, and shed, and getting carpet on the first floor of the house we should be done with the remodeling inside. There is still a couple of things outside, but those won't be in my space.

So here is the stocking I just finished for a little fella named Sawyer. He is now three and 1/2 months old. Hopefully this will get to him before his first Christmas. Now you all know that I love the Shepherd's Bush designs, more than my luggage (quick can you name the movie?), and have made countless numbers of these stockings. But I must say this poor shepherd must have some problem with his breeding stock, because all of the sheep on the bottom just have three legs! What's up with that?

This is my Prairie Schooler that took me forever to finish.

This is my new project. Can you figure out what it is?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Has Anyone Seen My Mojo? quilting mojo, my stitching mojo, my housecleaning mojo??? I lost it all about two months ago and I am just starting to find it again. What have I been doing? Well, let's see--I became the mother of a teenager, survived my son's first year of middle school, finished out my teaching year, am currently in the middle of house remodeling project that seems never ending. We got new tile in the kitchen/utility area in January. We are currently getting a new bathroom upstairs, new windows on the first floor, new carpet. That has been keeping me occupied because I don't like living in an uproar, so remodeling isn't really my cup of tea. Not to mention Sunday our air quit. It was so hot in this house yesterday I thought I would croak, the dog really thought she would croak. When she wasn't barking her fool head off, she was lying around panting. But all is well, the new bathroom walls are ready for me to paint, so the carpenters can move on the next stage. The air conditioner is fixed, and for the moment I am happy!

This being the mother of a teenager isn't quite what it is cracked up to be, just so you know. First, we got a cell phone for Christmas. I don't have anything against communicating with others, I just don't think you need to be doing it at 11:15 at night. Then there is the girl thing. I really don't think he is that interested in having a girlfriend, but there is a girl wanting to be his girlfriend. She is a very personable, cute, sweet, blonde, but...
I am definitely not ready for that. And, ofcourse, the neverending "I don't know," the kid apparently doesn't know anything about anything. Drives me crazy I tell you! He has his first baseball game of the season Friday night, a doubleheader. Now I must confess as much as I hate those metal bleachers, I sure have missed going to ballgames. He did go out for track this spring that was okay, but track meets are more of a hurry up and wait sort of affair.

So there you have it, that is what I have been up to. Hopefully real soon I will have some stitching pictures, some quilt pictures, some new bathroom pictures etc. to show you. But in the meantime, here is some new teenager pictures. This time next year we will probably be taking driver's ed....can't believe it!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

My First Quilt

Here is a picture of the first quilt I have made. I can't take full credit for it as my mom helped me quite a bit on it, but I think it turned out pretty good. As luck would have it the little guy I made this for made his appeareance in the world the same day the quilter called and said that it was ready to be picked up. I now have to get started on the little fella's stocking. His name is Sawyer and he is quite a little cutie.

Not a lot is going on here. We are getting ready for spring break and starting to do some remodeling on our house. We have some of it done already. We have the tile in the utility area and kitchen down. We are redoing the bathroom and putting new windows in the entire house. Hopefully that will help the outer appearance and with the heating and cooling bills somewhat. It is odd we haven't don't a thing to this house since moving in and our valuation went up $12,000 this year. I only we could sell it for what it is taxed at, we would have it made.

School is rolling along. I can't believe that the fourth nine weeks is coming up here in a bit. Time has really flown this year!

Sorry for short post! Not a lot has been going on around here.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Framed Pieces

So it look as if I have been away for quite some time. I don't know where the time goes for me, but obviously it has been flying by. I recently had two pieces framed and added to my walls at home. They are hanging in my kitchen, but after looking at them hanging there for the past four days I have come to the conclusion that I might need to paint the kitchen so the stitching will match better.

I haven't made much progress on my latest stitching project. It seems as if something is always in the way. Dan went to NH to help his aunt celebrate her 90th birthday earlier in the month, at the same time he was gone we were getting tile in our kitchen and utility area, so the entire house was in disarray while he was gone. Then I just couldn't seem to get in the mood to stitch anything. I have been reading a lot here lately. Last weekend, of course we had the super bowl and, well I treat that as some sort of national holiday. So Saturday, Jonathon and I went to Tulsa and ran around. We went to the Silver Needle's super bowl sale, and SAMS. I got some great new stash and Jonathon got himself a new Patriots t-shirt. And at SAM's let's just say that should we have a monumental blizzard, or aramgeddon we are prepared. Sunday was a day of cleaning and cooking in preparation for the big game, so it was a no stitchin day, then Monday was back to work and Dan was off again to a school in Grand Island, Nebraska. I had conferences two nights last week, a doctor's appointment, and I had to run to Hobby Lobby to get my stitching picked up. Now we are bumping up against the NCLB testing and my kiddos start this Wednesday and test until Friday. This year 91.7% of them have to pass the test or we will be "on improvement". So right now my hands are itchy and swollen, and I am thinking it is my usual outbreak of State Assessment hives. This time of year I usually get them on the soles of my feet, in my hair, and on the palms of my hands. Needless to say it is hard to stitch while on a steady diet of Benadryl. And what the heck happened to winter?

So there you have it, your update from the funny farm.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A New Year, A New Start

Greetings, to all the blog readers out there in blog land. A new year brings new cross stitch starts, right? Here is the cross-stitch I am currently working on, it is another Prairie Schooler design. I like it because it is simple and fast. I have several patterns kitted up and put together for the new year.

I don't actually have any resolutions for the new year other than I am going to try and do what I enjoy and take care of myself. I have found that I have been in the middle of a lot of drama this past year, friend wise. Most of it deals with their kids and my kid and I am frankly sick of it all. Funny thing about all of this is that our kids are not even friends, but it seems we just keep getting drug into stuff. So I have decided that I am going to do the things I enjoy and be me. I teach middle school all day and I do not really have time for it with my friends. She said, he said types of situations are starting to really get in my way and I have to find some peace for myself.

We had a wonderful Christmas at our house. I think everyone went out their way to find thoughtful gifts for one another and everyone was happy. Our Christmas day plans were to have my mom and Dan's dad for lunch. However, at the last minute Dan's sister and two boys came to town, and his brother and his family weren't leaving until after lunch, so our dinner crowd was about double the size we planned on, but I think everyone had a great time. Lots of food, visiting and pictures. That is what the holidays are about right?

I have embarked into another hobby and although I am enjoying it quite a bit, I am not as proficient at it as I would like to be. It is quilting. The first quilt took much ripping out, but in the end I felt that it turned out very cute, even though it was just a simple nine patch quilt. It is at the quilter's now being quilted. I have another one started, but I am taking this one slowly, so that I will not repeat the mistakes on the first quilt. Any way that is the hope.

We are home today because the boy is not feeling well. I really needed a mental health day myself. So we have been hanging out- watching television, reading and whatnot. I can't believe I am actually enjoying these books I am reading, but I do like them--The Brides of Amish Country series. They are so unlike most of the books I read. I am either reading nonfiction, something about teaching, or reading a book to see if it is fit for my students to read.