Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This might be hard...
1. I can write with my toes - yes they are that long! and really small feet - size 2 1/2 in kids
2. I do not eat ANYTHING that is remotely related to tomatoes
3. I'm scared of the dark
4. I am very very very afraid of bats
5. I played the clarinet in school
6. I don't eat cake, unless its ice cream cake.
7. Some day I want to visit Australia, and swim with the dolphins.
Ok, now I get to tag people:
- Melissa at Corn Bread and Beans
- Krissi at JNJ Mom
- Mary at The Closet Quilter
- Renee at My Quilted World
and whoever else wants to play!
Monday, September 29, 2008
...a skirt, shirt and scarf!
Ok, the pic doesn't do it justice, but for my first "real" sewing of clothes, I am pretty impressed with myself! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It actually went together pretty easily. Of course, I didn't really follow the directions, but hey, it worked! Will I do this on a regular basis - ummm - NO! But for Alyssa, maybe!
Otherwise, today was work, and out to lunch for a co-worker who is leaving! We went to a very yummy mexican restraunt. It was also a no punch lunch so we got paid for it! WOO HOO!! The day was pretty hectic at work. Our system went down right in the middle of our busiest in take times and then again in the afternoon, but we survived. Otherwise, I am off to get kiddos to bed and get ready for tomorrow before I settle down for the night with my book. Hope everyone had a great evening!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Rich helping set up the tent - it was broke,
they had to duct tape it!
Buckeye Parents tailgaiting
Looking out over the course
Coming over the first hill
The kids, Amanda, T, Amber and J
Lost in the corn!
Today, I have cleaned the house, and now I am going to blog read and work on Alyssa's costume. I tried to go out to get my horse so I could ride, but he wouldn't come in so maybe later tonight he will! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
And, did you like it? Did it stretch your boundaries? Did you shut it with a shudder the instant you were done? Did it make you think? Have nightmares? Kick off a new obsession?
On that note, one book that I read that was unusual for me was "Sense and Sensabiltiy". I hated this book. Sorry all you Austen fans out there, but I just could not read it. It put me to sleep, I would shudder every time I went to pick it up. Unfortunately, it was for a book club, and while I finished it, I will never read it again!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday T had a double header baseball game, which they won both games. It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball, not too hot! Rich's parents came up to see some other family so his Dad and I went to the game and met Rich there since he had to work. Rich's step-mom was visiting family and picked Dad up at the game later. Here's a picture of T batting:
Then after the game I came home to work on the pirate costume for Alyssa. I have actually got the skirt cut out and mostly together, along with the scarf. I need to hem the scarf and skirt along with putting the elastic waist on the skirt. I may actually get the hang of this by the time I am done. I am waiting to do the shirt last and it is going to be the hardest. Who knows, maybe I will get some wild inspiration to make myself some clothes - yeah right! But at least there are no bindings!
Tonight I am taking J to the local rec center to run in the pool with cross country. So I will sit in the parking lot and read while he swims. Then I will come home and probably not get to work on the costume since it will be about 8:30 before we get home. But tomorrow I will definately have to get some work done on it before I go to 4-H. This is the fabric for the costume; I love the glittery spiders!
This picture was taken at the games on Saturday. J has a pet bunny that is just so calm! He was in the cage with her and I just thought - "Look, J in a cage! Perfect!"
Till tomorrow - with hopefully some pictures of completed costume parts!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This morning was CC at Cloverleaf. J ran a pretty good race, but not his personal record/best. It wasn't really that tough of a course, so I am not sure why we didn't run a better time than 15:46, but we didn't. Oh well, there is next week. And really, he is loving it so who cares! As long as he is enjoying it and doing his best, I don't care! He was 130 out of 228. So that's pretty good! This is his first year and has never really done a sport like this (only horse showing) so this is a whole new world!
It was a really great day, and fun day! I took tons of pictures for the 4-H club of different things, and just in general had fun! I love the zoo. My neighbor and I are now planning a trip to the botanical gardens and to a corn maze with the kids.
Also, Carol at What's happening with Carol, gave me this awesome award! That's so great! I always think that no one reads my blog or cares so its cool to know that people do. Thanks Carol!! I have to pick 7 people to pass it on to, so I will do that tomorrow!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So after I did a few things around here I did finish up the surprise, but its a surprise so I wonder where it is going?? Picture to be posted later of the finished product, once I know the person likes it!
Today I had to work a full day (voluntarily) so that there was enough coverage. I worked 8:00 to 4:30 with about a half hour lunch. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that Nate gets this job he wants so that hopefully I can move right into his position and score a full time with benefits position! Because I worked I missed J's cross country meet tonight, He ran a 16:44 and the kid we are trying to beat ran an 17:14. I guess this course has a lot of hills and everyone was slower. That's fine. Now on to Saturday's meet at Cloverleaf! Then Rich took T to a baseball game in Green (I think) or maybe it was Green Park. I don't know - somewhere! So I am home by myself tonight.
Then I came home and checked out my garden. My corn is definately fallen over. The pumpkins though are looking great!
Corn on the side
Then I played with CC for a few minutes, tried to get Bob to play, fed the cows some corn and rode my horse. Here are a few more pictures.
CC chasing the lounge whip
Steak and Patty
CC and Bob
I think after I catch up on all my blog reading I am going to work on some (gasp!) bindings! (gasp!). Yes, I hate bindings, but I have a few to do and then I will also probably work on Alyssa's costume. I really need to get going on that and get it done and in the mail!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Today we woke up to more rain! This is what our little crick that runs through our front yard looked like. Its even higher now, but I didn't take another picture.
J had a cross country meet in Galion today so we drove down there through the downpours. Just when you thought it was going to let up, it rained harder! He had to be at the school by about 5:45 this morning so it has been a long day! We left here about 6:30 and actually got there about the time the bus got there (actually about 5 minutes ahead of the bus). I guess the bus got lost. There were only two pavillions in the entire park which was Armann park in Galion. Our coach went down last night and stayed at a bed and breakfast, then went to the park at 5:30 this morning to get us the pavillion.
The Armann ReservationThen J races at 9:00. Just after his race goes off there is a tornado warning. Well, they didn't stop the race, but delayed the next race. Everyone kept telling us to get back to the pavillion etc and I was like I am NOT leaving my kid out here! They wanted to put the kids back on the buses, but our team decided that we were not going to do that. We figured we could take all the kids down the hill toward the resavior and while we would have to worry about a flood it would still be safer. Then we found that we could get under the bridge and there was a concrete area that would be safer for them. Needless to say, we didn't need it, the tornado never came.
J did very well today. He ran a 2.3 mile course in 15:18. He keeps improving so that is all we want. He came in 46 out of 94, got a ribbon and was SO happy! It continued to rain on and off till about 11:30ish and then it stopped raining, but got really humid. The team had a picnic and watched all the races for our kids. Rich and I headed home around 3:00 and J rode the bus. We were going to come home earlier with him if he didn't feel good and it kept raining, but he got much better as the day went on and it stopped so we let him stay. He has been fighting a head cold since Thursday and we didn't want him to get sicker.
Dad, wrapping J's ankle
Warm up/stretch with Coach Connie
I almost have my "surprise" quilted and should be able to finish it up today or tomorrow. Ohio State plays USC tonight so I will be watching at 8:00 pm. Tomorrow T has baseball (depending on the weather) in North Canton. Then it will be back to work on Monday. Hopefully I will have some quilty pictures by then! Off to blog read and quilt!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
So, feeling my way to a question here … Terrorists aren’t just movie villains any more. Do real-world catastrophes such as 9/11 (and the bombs in Madrid, and the ones in London, and the war in Darfur, and … really, all the human-driven, mass loss-of-life events) affect what you choose to read? Personally, I used to enjoy reading Tom Clancy, but haven’t been able to stomach his fight-terrorist kinds of books since.
And, does the reality of that kind of heartless, vicious attack–which happen on smaller scales ALL the time–change the way you feel about villains in the books you read? Are they scarier? Or more two-dimensional and cookie-cutter in the face of the things you see on the news?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I actually have had some time today to make some thing and get some things going in the quilting world! I went and picked up the pattern for Alyssa's pirate costume the other day and today I went and picked up the material. I forgot to take a picture of the material, but its really cool and I will try to remember to get a picture tomorrow. If anyone has any suggestions on how to sew from a pattern (clothes) then I would gladly take them. I have never made anything like this so it will be a new experience!
Then I came home and turned this:
Yeah, my first one is not NEARLY as good as Crazy Mom's but hey, I am trying. I figured I would make one to see how it worked out for me and I suppose IF I had ACTUALLY followed the directions instead of just reading them through real quick it would have come out better. Now I know for the next one!
And then I cut out this:
Wonder what it's for - but I can't tell you because its a surprise!!
Tomorrow not much will get done I am sure. We have a quad Cross Country meet in Wellington so we have to leave as soon as Rich gets home. We didn't get home from the Buckeye meet till about 7 and that is right around the corner so I am sure it will be at least that late tomorrow! The good news is there are only 6 races. JR High all run together!
I also went back to the police station today for my interview with the detective. I seriously will not be happy if I don't get this job! I had to fill out 38 pages of questions that were like have you done this, have you done that, what's the worst thing you have ever got caught doing, what is the worst thing that you have done and not got caught...you get the idea. The detective, who went to school with Rich, and is now a Buckeye parent, thought it was pretty funny that I answered yes to the question asking if you have ever taken morphine, codine etc. And then of course you had to explain why you took it and I, of course, put surgery down. He was like "that's not quite what we meant, but at least you were honest!"
That's about all happening here....Till next time!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
On SecondThen I went down to check out the garden and do chores. Very exciting news in the garden area:
Our First Mini Pumpkins
Our first larger pumpkin!
My lone green bean plantThis is the quilt project on right now. This is going to be a table runner for my Grandma. She likes getting things that we make for her and she has been so great to us this year with helping out! I will post a completed picture as soon as I can.
Tomorrow its back to work for me and school for the kids. This was Rich's weekend to work so he is off tomorrow and will be back to work on Tuesday. But I am sure he will be busy around here. It rained on Friday so he couldn't do anything he had planned on doing when he was off then.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
J and Matt, warming upToday was the Tiffin Carnival. Races starting at 8 am and going to 5 pm! There were over 3000 kids and I have no idea how many schools! There were 4 that were wearing orange like our Bucks! Our fastest JR High Boy and HS Boy both did not win. They ALWAYS win, that is how big this event is!!
Starting Line, HS boys cheering them on!J beat his personal best by about 30 seconds! He ran a 15:11. Great job! His personal best before that was somewhere around a 15:45. I don't remember the exact time. So we are happy with that! He did beat T's girlfriend by 37 seconds the other day so we are VERY happy about that! Sometimes she is a little bossy with J.
1 mile mark
Next week a dad and I are planning on painting our hair orange. We also decided we are going to make parent shirts that are along the lines of the MC priceless commercials. They will go something like this:
Pay to Play $295
Watching my kid run hard
We haven't decided on the exact details, and the season is half over but we definately want to make up something like that if not for this year then next year! And we came up with a new slogan for our team. We are the Buckeye Bucks so our new slogan is "Fear the Deer". The kids love it, we all stand on the side of the course and cheer and started yelling it. Now they all are yelling it to each other! It was a great day!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
So I am at the police department yesterday interviewing for a job. Well, actually I was observing because I am trying to get a dispatch job at our local police department. It is 5:15 and J's race should be just about finishing up, and I should be able to leave in about 15 minutes. A police officer comes in to get something and then leaves. I am watching the screen and I think "she seems awfully close to my truck". Yep, she hit it! It's not bad damage wise, and it certainly wasn't my fault. I have a police report number etc but they told me to call my insurance guy. Guess I wasn't as focused as I should have been since the Sargent didn't take my name or number (not like they don't have it!) and he told me to call my insurance agent. So I do, and he tells me even though they said they are going to pay for it all they will probably pay for is my deductible! Wonderful! We have no money to spare and I certainly think it is going to cost more than $250 since it will have to be painted where that little black mark is. Still - shouldn't they have to pay for the whole thing? A civilian on private property would have too!!! Ok, enough of my soap box.
Not much quilting has been done this week. Its been busy with CC and interviews for the job. Plus my sewing machine was acting up a little. The tension was on 0 and it was still loose. I did look online though and found this little screw on the bobbin case that needed a little turn (half turn actually) and it fixed it right up so back to that tonight. I am working on some fall table runner/mini quilts.
I am also reading a book called "The Sleeping Doll" by Jeffery Deaver. He writes Lincoln Rhyme mysteries. I have only read one of his Lincoln Rhyme books but it was really good and this one is too. Its about a man who committed a Charles Manson style murder, but in the end you find out who really did it! 583 pages and I have 40 to go! After this one I will be onto Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell. I also have to read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen for my LBC on the 18th. This weekend CC is in Tiffin, and we have baseball both days in Canton! Guess I won't be seeing much of Rich or doing much sewing!
Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.
Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?
Monday, September 1, 2008
This weekend, we went to Cross Country on Saturday. Yesterday was spent at home. I cleaned the house really good while Rich and the boys worked outside. Rich played in an online poker tournament yesterday and while he did that I worked on my current project. I turned these and a jelly roll into these:
Then I made these:
Can anyone guess what they are? Bookmarks. Rich was like "What is it?", and of course J knew immediately what they were! (He doesn't even read, but he knew!) LOL!
Today I am going to work on finishing up my project, maybe start on Alyssa's quilt and I will dig back out the fabrics (already cut!) for the tree skirts I was making last year. It would be good to have it for this year, and since the year is flying by - well, I better get sewing!