Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I have been studying up on my codes and dispositions, along with reading these 2 three ring binders. Gotta be prepared! But hopefully tomorrow I will get some sewing or reading done!

Don't forget to stop by mom's blog for her October giveaway. I love what she has in store for the winner!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Can I go back to work now?

I think I need to go back to work to take it easy for a day. It was a busy fun weekend.

Friday night I worked the concession stand at the Varsity football game for the Cross Country. All the profit goes to our boosters for the kids so it was a good cause. Except that it was raining and freezing all night! We completely sold out of hot chocolate and were deemed the best group to work the stand with by the lady that runs it. We cheered every time someone ordered something and all had our respective duties. It was a lot of fun! One of the moms said she was never doing it again, but the rest of us are probably going to do it next year (except the parents whose students are graduating).

Then yesterday I went to the grocery store and Kohl's to look for pants and shirts for my new job. I have to have navy pants and plain white button up shirts. Not as easy as one would think! First not to many navy pants out there, then shirts I had to buy boys because juniors and women's just don't come plain. Then I went to get black shoes - what was I thinking! I wear a 2.5 and they have to be black work boot type shoes (chunky, round toe)...not so much. They are ordering me a pair but that could take 6 weeks so in the mean time I am going to try to dye a pair of dark brown ones.

After the grocery store I came home and did a few things, then it was time to get ready for our 4-H clubs Halloween party. The neighbor girl and J decided to get ready at our house. They are best friends and went as "goth/punk/?" kids. Not really sure what exactly they were supposed to be. J would have made a good vampire after we got his make-up on. I did black on his eyes like Amber had and he had black lips, purple and black hair. They looked good together. I went as the Ultimate Ohio State Fan in all OSU! Very comfy in my pajama pants.

J and Amber

The Kids and I

Check out these awesome cupcakes made by our Advisor!!

J and his friend Bailey

Then today we went to Columbus with another family so the boys could run in a state meet for Cross Country. It was cold and windy. The boys did about their average time and we were happy with it since they haven't really run in two weeks. Also, J's leg is still bothering him a bit. After the run we went out to lunch with Rich's brother, his wife and two girls. There were 6 adults and 8 kids. So we put all the kids at one table and all the adults at one table. It was fun! Now we are home and I am going to do some studying for work and maybe some sewing since I haven't done any all week, but we will see about that. My eyes are bothering me today (sleeping in contacts = not good) and I may just blog read, read and study!

J, his time says 15:50.8

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”

Scarlett and Rhett - need I say more?
Ok, I love Gone With The Wind, one of my favorites, I read it every year or so. And I love Scarlett and Rhett. They fight constantly and it is almost like a contest to see who can make who more miserable. But I just love them.
Laura Ingles Wilder and Alonzo Wilder - ah, young love. I had a secret crush on him.
Bella and Edward - Twilight series...I wish I knew a hot vampire!
Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli (stephanie and Ranger) - Ok, Morelli just seems hot and Ranger is such a mystery man. Again, wish I had one of those in my life!
And on to quilting news....
This is my first tree skirt. The colors in the picture are really bad. I mean really bad. But you get the idea. I think I am going to add another border in blue, but maybe not. It took really no time at all to complete and I really like it. On to more Christmas Tree Skirts. I am also pondering some ornament possibilities. I want to make as much as I possibly can for Xmas presents.

I also stopped by the PD tonight to pick up my paperwork and my training manual. Its a big three ring binder, actually two of them. I don't need to have them memorized by the 2nd but I do need to review, jot questions etc. I am getting nervous, and excited. And I have to say that I am over the attitude that I am getting where I am at right now. But looking ahead to my training schedule - guess who's working Xmas day and New years day? Yep, looks like me. But that is okay because its Holiday pay and time and half! I'll take it!

Tomorrow night I am working the concession stand for CC at the last football game. Saturday is our 4-H club's Halloween party and then Sunday we will be in Columbus. Hopefully I will get to post sometime this weekend, if not, then I will be back next week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Winners and Migraines

Sorry everyone that I didn't post the winner last night. I have this killer migraine that just won't go away and I kinda crashed when I got home!

But we have a winner(s)! J and I got a lot of great useless information.
The winner is Terry and second place is Carol in Sweden. Please email me your addresses and I will send your goodies out right away!

We decided to pick the winner out of a hat since we had so many great responses but J's favorite was from Paula who told us "Cab fare from New York City to Los Angeles....$8,325 (not including tip.) ". Thank you to all of you who participated and I am sorry that I can not give everyone a prize for their great information!

Besides being miserable with this migraine I have been working on Christmas Tree Skirts. They are going to look great and I really like how the first one is turning out. I almost have the top done, it should be done tonight and then I will start on the second one. I am hoping to get at least 3 out of the mess of Christmas fabric that I have and then I will just have to back, quilt and bind them, which should take no time at all.

I also found out that I finally got a job! I am going to be a 911 dispatcher for our little city of Medina. The good news is that they pay well, pay my retirement, pay me to NOT have health insurance and there is very little chance of lay off! The bad news: swing shift! My first shift will be mostly nights and while I am in training my shift will change every three weeks. But then it will probably be mostly afternoons after that. Every 12 weeks we work a weekend shift and then the next 12 you work a weekday shift. I am just glad that I got a job. I have been working on applying for this job since June and am glad it will finally be over and I can get out of the temporary agency and not have to worry about where my next paycheck is coming from.

So I am off to take more Tylenol (all I am allowed to take!) and try more heated dry rice or maybe Vicks on my head. Anyone have any other suggestions, I would gladly take them!

Hopefully pics of the xmas tree skirts by the weekend!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Don't Forget!

The drawing for my giveaway is tomorrow night. Probably after I get home from book club so that will be around 8:30. Enter HERE!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I don't cook

I am not the cook in our house, never have been. Rich does 90% of the cooking and it works just fine for us. He likes to cook, and I do the cleaning up. I can cook, I just don't. But every now and then I do make something and one of my "specialties" is home made beef stew. It is definately my favorite cold weather food and I have to say that I make a pretty good one. I learned how to make it from my mom, and its not like its hard. Brown the meat, and throw it all in the crock-pot. So this is our dinner tonight and probably tomorrow.


Rich usually adds rice or peas to his and sometimes I add green beans to mine. He hates green beans, and I hate peas so we each make it our "own" after its cooked. Just works better that way. The boys sometimes eat it and sometimes don't.

And of course, I haven't gotten anything done that I wanted to get done. I went to my mom's to give her her birthday present and was there for a little bit and then went to Target to get my prescriptions and some other necessities. State is on in half an hour so I will be snuggled down in the couch with Rich once the game starts. Then later tonight, sewing on my Xmas tree skirts. But they should go pretty fast so that will be good!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Full Moon and Tree Skirts

Lately it seems that we have been doing more running around than usual. I know that this is not necessarily true, but that is how I feel. And I am tired, which I am sure does not help any! There was a full moon on Tuesday night, maybe that is part of my problem. Plus this week has been super weird at work with weird questions and weird people.

But I did get the back of J's quilt sewn together so now I can get it basted and start quilting it. He wants it meandered so that will be easy enough to do. I am hoping to get it basted tomorrow and mostly quilted on Sunday.

I am also working with the Christmas fabric from last year to make tree skirts for my mom and I. This is the pile of fabrics that I have. I was making a patchwork type for both of us, but then my mom read Crazy Mom Quilts and really likes her log cabin one so I will have to see what I can do with this fabric (if I can make it work without buying more!). I think I can so that is also on this weekend's agenda.

The boys will be at their mom's for the weekend and it will be mostly just Rich and I. We don't really have anything planned except of course sewing, cleaning, and watching OSU for me, and he has to work.

Don't forget to post for my giveaway!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Mom!!!
Stop by her blog to wish her a Happy Birthday!

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Big Read

I found this on this blog:

"The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six."Here’s what you are supposed to do:

Look at the list and bold those we have read.

Italicize those we intend to read.

*Star the books we LOVE.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling**

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee**

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman**

10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcot*

12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger*

19. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch - George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell**

22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald**

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck **

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis*

34. Emma - Jane Austen

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis*

37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden*

40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne*

41. Animal Farm - George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50. Atonement - Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52. Dune - Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen

55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold*

65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding

69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72. Dracula - Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett*

74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses - James Joyce

76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal - Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80. Possession - AS Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker*

84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte's Web - EB White**

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94. Watership Down - Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl*

100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

37 out of 100 read - just over a quarter....need to get reading!

By the way, if you don't know any useless info you can still participate in my giveaway - we just need some new info!

Balloons, Bags, and a Giveaway

Yesterday this hot air balloon was flying over our property. This is the second one I have seen this weekend. And they were not the same ones. It was a beautiful weekend for something like this and hopefully some day Rich and I can take a hot air balloon ride. It was looking like it was thinking of landing in our pasture.

Luckily the balloon did not land in our pasture, and it didn't seem to bother the horses too much.

I did get out and ride the last several days. It is so pretty out and has been the perfect weather for riding!

Last night I put the finishing touches on the pincushion. I am pretty happy with the way it came out and then I made this bag from the same book the pincushion came from. The material for the bag is Summer In The City by Urban Chicks. I think the line is about a year old. THe lining is a plaid from the same line.

J and I have this game we play called "Did you know". We try to see what totally useless information we can stump the other person with. Example: Did you know that more people are killed by donkeys than airplanes?? or Did you know that a pearl will melt in vinegar?? so...where is this going?

Now, for what you have all been waiting for. I am at post 107. So in honor of missing post 100 and being at 107, a giveaway. But you have to come up with a totally useless piece of information and post it. Then J will pick the winner next Monday, the 20th. So hunt up that useless info and leave a comment. Who knows what we might learn! Oh, and the winner will win a bag like above, filled with ???.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday Sunshine

It is an absolutely beautiful Saturday afternoon here in NE Ohio. The sun is shining and its warm - was 75 for a high and tomorrow is supposed to be 78! That is not normal NE Ohio weather, but I will gladly take it! I actually got outside and did some weeding in the flower beds and we got the grass cut for probably the final time. This is my single pumpkin with 5 of my 11 little pumpkins. What a bummer year!

Last night was Jr High night at the High School football game. The JR high players, cheerleaders and band members get to go out on the field and hang with their respective groups. So J was able to play in the band. He plays the trumpet; and they played the fight song and the jaws theme in the spirit tunnel and then played a song, Smoke on the Water, at half time with the band. Our band is REALLY small, like 50 people maybe. I think the cross country team is bigger than the band. Yeah, its really sad, and you can't hear them and they don't play anything good! Here is a picture of J during the spirit tunnel.

Then today was PAC (pioneer athletic conference) meet. Our teams placed 1st in all the races. J, unfortunately, did not race. His ankle is just not feeling better and after being on it last night and running on it in practice etc he just couldn't do it. He was pretty upset about it, but he does still have the state race in two weeks so we are going to take it easy a few days and plan on that.

The park where the meet was at was just beautiful, and has a great trail riding path (HINT HINT DAD!). These are two pictures I took this morning of the park and the trees starting to change.

No sewing has been going on, just too busy. But I did finish my number one favorite book of the year so far. It is called The Necklace by Cherly Jarvis. It is a true story of 13 women who buy a diamond necklace together and share it. It talks about how each felt about the necklace, the group and how they changed their lives because of the necklace. Very good, I would definately recommend it to anyone. It was a quick read, but really shows how material things are not that important and its more about the lessons learned!

Here I come!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Check Out...

...mom's giveaway here

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What's new?

....Not much. The kids are in school, Rich and I are both working, and it is raining. There you have it. In fact this is what Rich is doing tonight (and last night, and probably tomorrow night!).

But he did fix the chair tonight. The screws came out of it so it leaned very badly to one side. Its much better now.

Last night I took T to the library to return some books, and of course pick up more!

I found this book just looking so lonely sitting on the shelf:

I made this pincushion last night from the book. Its not done yet, I still have to put the seam thread on and sew it shut but you get the idea. There i also a great bag in the book that I think I am going to have to try to make!

Tonight I put the border on J's quilt and cut and ironed the binding. Now I just have to cut the backing, sew it togehter, baste the quilt, quilt it and sew the binding. Then comes the dreaded hand sewing the binding.

I have passed 100 posts so I am going to have a giveaway for 109. yeah, I just have to be weird. I was thinking of going with 113...hmmm....maybe...ok, keep an eye out and it will be a contest that you have to participate in to win, not just leave a comment....wonder what it will be!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Great Giveaway

Check out this giveway I found here!

And the pattern for the fabric baskets can be found here.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Busy, Busy

It has been a fairly busy weekend since Thursday.

Friday I worked and then came home and just chilled out. Ok, so Friday night wasn't busy, but I think I needed it. We have had lines out the door at work with people wanting assistance. Everyone says it is crazy and that they haven't seen lines like this in a LONG time! Our line in the morning was out the door all morning! So I chilled out on Friday night, reading and watching mindless TV while Rich took the kids to the football game.

Then Saturday I cleaned most of the day. Trying to get some "fall cleaning" done. So it was really a deeper cleaning than I usually do! While I was cleaning I pulled a liner out a Longaberger basket that Rich's ex-wife gave me during one of our "good" times - they aren't very often, and I found a $100.00 bill! WOO HOO!! yeah me! Then Saturday night we pretty much hung out - just Rich and I. We watched State play (they won!) and did nothing in general. The house is very clean though, with the exception of my sewing area (See picture!)

And today was a very productive day (mostly!). I went to see my friend Holly who is waiting on a heart. She has an artificial heart in right now so she is hooked up to that machine and then is hooked up to a breathing machine. No talking because of the trach tube, but she is hoping this week to get the kind she will be able to talk with, and to be relisted on the transplant list. She was taken off of it when they were trying to stabalize her and her artificial heart. She now has to also get stronger (6 weeks in ICU!) before they relist her. But she is doing really good and is fighting. I know she is frustrated, but it will be worth it in the end! I also managed to get lost twice up there. No one told me that only one parking garage was open on Sundays - yes, I go to the clinic often, but not usually on Sundays, and the open garage is not one I even know where it is!!!! I am usually a patient in the hospital if I am there on a Sunday. Then the exit to the highway was closed. It was just horrible! And of course, Rich was not answering his phone.

Then I went to Kohl's to get Rich a birthday present, his birthday was the first. I know, I am late, but he understood. And then went to JoAnn's to pick up the material for J's quilt. I spent part of that $100 on it so it worked out well. And yeah, it could have been spent on other things, but I really want to get this done for J'. He has been so patient and the material was on sale for $2.99. So I picked up the following:

The cowboy print is the border and binding

I am not a pink person, but I like this for some reason.

Dragonflies. Just had to have it, there like frogs, just have to have them!

And lastly the two baskets that I made last night and tonight. They were super easy to make and went together really fast. One or both are going to Mary. Its up to her which one (or both) she wants.

Now I am off to make the coffee and read before bed. I have an appointment at 7:00 am before work tomorrow morning so it will early to bed. And hopefully in the next 3 weeks I will have a permanent job!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Quilting Horoscope

And I think it fits!

This is from The Quilters Horoscope by Pauline Rogers

Taurus - April 21 to May 20
Taurus is the quilter who always finishes a project, as they are persistent and determined. When attending workshops or using a pattern they will follow every instruction to the letter. They can be greedy when it comes to their stash, as they know the value of material. They save every bit of scrap. However, they are warmhearted and loving to such a degree that they have given away nearly every quilt they have ever made. They are gifted artists, excelling at sewing, patchwork and quilting. The stitching in their quilts is of such high quality that their quilts will endure for eons.

In other news, tonight was the last jr high cross country meet before districts. J ran a 15:23 WITH a sprained ankle. He wanted to run and was determined to do so, and he did! Very happy with his time. It is also homecoming weekend, and we missed the parade, but oh well, what can you do!

We have spirit!

J, running hard

It is also getting cold here. 42 when I left the house this morning and is supposed to be 39 tonight. We were so cold at the meet, the poor kids I am sure had it worse. J wasn't going to wear his underarmour, but I packed it anyway and he was certianly glad I did! Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to start another project. I definately want to make a fabric basket and have some other things I want to do! But I am off to snuggle up in bed and hopefully get warm!

CC, exploring Robin's truck