Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weekend Tidbits

Friday night was the annual Run with the Bucks fundraiser for the Buckeye Education Foundation. The boys are both running Cross country this coming year and they both ran at the event. T was supposed to umpire, but he ended up getting rained out. They both did pretty good running a 25:55 for T, and a 28:10 for J. Rich and I watched and cheered, just like at CC. It was fun and next year we will do it again! One little kid (under 10 easily) came in 3rd in the entire race! His time was like 21 or 22 something. I was also surprised how many "older" cc runners the boys both beat, not just girls, but boys too!

T crossing the finish line

J crossnig the finish line

Yesterday I didn't do a whole lot, baseball game in the morning got rained out, they pushed it back and T umped in the afternoon. I worked on my Batik and Black quilt a little and read a book. I did make a quick trip (ok, they are never quick) to the library and picked up a few more books. Right now I am reading the Quiet Game by Greg Iles and really liking it. I have read a few and really like them.

Last night I did walk 4 miles with the neighbors. Tonight we are going to go for 6! We need to up it since we are not all that tired when we get back. So we shall see how this goes!

This afternoon I made a journal cover, but since I already have a journal I decided to adapt it to fit my Bible. You always see people with bible covers but mine is pretty now!



It was really easy to make (once I figured out the measurements right!) and went together in no time! Plus I can stick things I need to keep in the inside pockets part. And I like the brown and blue material. Sorry the picture didn't come out great color wise, but you get the idea!

I am off to do some blog reading before Rich gets home from work and then see what he has in store for today. He has been playing alot of online poker lately. So that is my guess as to what his plan is! And probably homemade pizza for dinner!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May Finish!

Finally! Some sewing has gotten done!!! I am very happy to finally find some time to do some sewing! I finished the star quilt along from last year that Crazy Mom quilts put on. This is Rich's least favorite quilt. He doesn't like the colors of it. Oh well, tomorrow I will wash it so it is nice and crinkly! Then I hope to work on my batik/black quilt.

And check out these old spools I was given! The prices on them range from 15 cents to 40 cents. There are brands I have never heard of before! Very cool!

Last night in baseball we played Columbia and lost, we play the same team tomorrow night and I hope we win. Our record is 3-3 right now. Tonight is a CC meeting, 4-H and T is supposed to ump a game tonight. Tomorrow night is also Hippology. Very busy, and only 7 more days of school left!!

The neighbor and I have also been walking 4 miles a day, but its pouring rain right now so we are not going to get to walk today. Off to enjoy the cool air that the rain brought, do some blog reading and get kids started on homework!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

1st horse show of the year

Today Rich and I took J to the first horse show of the year (for us anyway!). He did a great job. He got a first in Pleasure and a second in Horsemanship.

Our friend Rick, riding Neno...J's favorite!

We also have new kitties from Momma cat. They are so stinking cute! Rich says no we are not keeping them, and I just say ok honey!

My favorite one!

No sewing, a little bit of reading Mudbound.

Waiting for BIL's GF so we can order pizza, J and I are STARVING!
Tomorrow, another show...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Second First Time

What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?
Gone with the Wind, no doubt about it. That is one of my all time favorite books and I read about every other year. But no time is nearly as good as the first time. I want to go back and read the wonderful story again for the first time! To meet Scarlett and Rhett for the first time, and to experience Mammy for the first wonderful that would be!
Tonight is Hippology and Baseball. I, of course, am going to hippology where we will be working on senior problems and studying the internal, fun! Hope everyone has a great night!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weed Killing - Kylie Style

Can I come in?


I'll get it - watch me get it!

Don't worry, it's salt water!

Today I have been spending some time outside. The weather here is absolutely gorgeous. So I did some weed killing with the sprayer. This morning I worked on quilting my star quilt from Crazy Mom's quilt along last year.

This afternoon will be reading, quilting, working in the flower beds and blog reading. I am going to start reading Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife. I finished All the Way Home by Wendi Corsi Staub last night and once again had no idea who did it!

The neighbor lady and I have also been walking every night we can. Its nice to walk with someone out here, not only for company but incase something happens. We walk our "block" which is equal to 4 miles!

Rich has been mowing down the pasture and we have been busy doing yard work. THat is about it in our world, what's going on in yours?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Horse Judging

On Saturday I took J and 3 other "hippology" kids down to Carrollton for a horse judging practice. All four of them are new to the Judging team and were excited to be able to attend their first judging experience. We have met with the judging coach two previous times, but this was the first time the four of them were going to actually get to judge a show and see how they did. They also have to give what are called oral reasons. These reasons are why you placed the class the way you did. This is something that they will have to do at the state competition in July and were nervous about.

All four of them did an incredible job. There were two other girls there that were on the team last year and well, not that I want to brag but my four hippology kids had no problems getting up and talking to show participants and stating their oral reasons. They did wonderful! They each judged a class and they each gave reasons for a different class than the one they judged.
The coach was very impressed with their knowledge and their ability to speak in public as they did. The other two girls were very quiet and seemed unsure.

I am very proud of all four of them and can't wait to see how they continue to do at future shows!

Yesterday we sold hot dogs at TSC for a fundraiser and did not do as well as we wanted. It was a rather slow day and many people were not buying. So now I have 60 hotdogs in my freezer that didn't get sold.

Today I cleaned the house really good and Rich did some brushhogging. Then we had dinner and I am heading to book club in about an hour. Rich and T went to T's ball game and I am taking J to run the cross country course while I am at book club. We read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" for this month. It is a series of letters written after WWII and is a bit of a love story, but not a romance. Now I am reading "Revenge of the Spellmans" by Lisa Lutz and I love these, they are quite hilarious!

Tomorrow I will do some sewing. I haven't done any since last week Wednesday or Thursday!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Not Bon Jovi...

Thursday night J had a choir concert and T had a ball game. So I went to the choir concert and then left there to go to the game. They did a lot of great songs that choir concert such as the Curly Shuffle. They always try to make the last one of the year a little more fun and not as serious.

Here are a couple of pictures from the game.

T batting

Tyler and T

I am off to sell hotdogs at TSC for a 4-H funraiser. I will post later about the judging show the kids did yesterday!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Moons and Mail

Sundays' Full Moon

It was a fairly busy weekend here.
I took the boys to the ortho on Saturday morning and then we stopped at the library. Came home, cleaned stalls and did yard work, went to T's game and froze! Then Sunday I went to church and then did some yard work, rode, went to town with Rich to get a new weed eater and then did more yard work and made dinner.
I did receive a couple of giveaway prizes in the mail this weekend and I am very excited! The first came on Saturday from Iva over at Plain And Fancy. It is great Mary Englebert Fabric and a mini set of Make-up brushes. Thanks so much Iva! I have no idea what I will make but I do love it!

The second package came from Paula at A Latte Quilts and is a great book called "Quilts from Lavender Hill Farm" and I already know which one I am going to make first. She also included a Starbucks gift card! Yummy! Thanks Paula!!

yes the picture is rotated...sorry!

In other news, we have a game tonight and I am sure it will be cold. I have been working on getting the backing together for the Star Quilt Along that Crazy Mom Quilts did last year. You can see the finished top here. And in looking at my blog roll I have a lot of catching up to do! So I guess I will be here for a while reading! Hope everyone is having a great week!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Last night T got back from his 8th grade trip to Philladelphia. He took the camera but didn't take any pictures! They had a really good time and his favorite part of the trip was Gettysburg. They toured the battlefields etc. They went to the constitution center, the USS New Jersey, saw the Liberty Bell and "ran up the steps of the Art Museum" just like in Rocky. They had a dance at the hotel on Thursday night and overall had a really good time. And I learned that Mt Dew and Poweraide mix well, and make you really hyper. I have to say that I like the fact that for the most part the boys talk to us about pretty much everything.

While he was gone, life continued as normal here. Hippology on Thursday, chores etc continued. I have been fairly productive with quilting and reading lately. I finished "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" on Thursday, quick read, but wow, what an ending and then read "Postcards from Berlin" (Not about the war!) on Friday. Today I am starting another book about Auschweitz.

I also finished up the top for this quilt...

and have been working on some black/batik blocks and a pieced backing for another quilt.

At the last track meet a friend of ours gave us a CD of all the pictures they had taken over the Cross Country Season. Here are two of my favorite pics. And for those of you who don't know Steve Prefontaine is a famous deceased CC runner that is our coaches idol. They watch is movie at the start of every season!

It's a little wet out!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mill Stream Park

Tonight T is the base umpire for a "G" game down at Old Liverpool School.

Down the street from the old school is Mill Stream Park. Its about a half mile down there, so I walked down to the park from the school and walked a total of 3 miles tonight. It is called Mill Stream Park because the stream runs along the East and North sides of the park.

Mill Stream

The park from the East end, looking West

I got back to the game as it was starting and I sat and read a book till it was just about over. Then Rich came so I left to do chores! I did do some sewing today, but just a little and nothing that I can show. Now I am going to do some blog reading and read my book...
Tomorrow there is nothing going on so I would like to sew most of the day and it is supposed to rain which will make me not feel guilty for sewing instead of weeding!
Have a great night!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Busy Day!


Its been a busy day today! We got up this morning and had breakfast, then we decided that we were going to get some work done.

The garden

We got out the roto-tiller and I roto-tilled the entire garden. Rich cut some branches down and then I went to get plants while he tried to weed eat. Then we made dinner, there was a track meet tonight (the last one) and then we planted the garden. We planted 1 1/2 rows of beans, 1/2 row of green onions, 1 row of blue pumpkins, 1 row of miniture pumpkins, 2 rows of regular pumpkins, and 3 rows of corn. We have room for 5 more rows of corn, but we need to get more corn. Its a weird garden in that we don't plant cucumbers and such, but that is because I am usually the only one who eats them. I do have 6 tomato plants that need to be put in next week.

I went to the meet and then I came home and rode my horse. Now I am ready to settle in for some blogging and reading!

Kylie Jane

Sunday, May 3, 2009


One of my all time favorite bloggers is having a giveway in conjunction with the Sewn Launch Party! So click on the image to be directed to Daisy Quilts blog and her giveaway!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

More Reading, Less Sewing

The past few weeks I have been doing more reading than sewing. Not really sure why, maybe just my mood, the weather, who knows. I can take a book outside and sit on the swing, can't do that with my sewing machine! LOL!
And lately I have been into alot of stories about the concentration and labor camps of WWII. Don't ask me why, I am just finding it interesting! I haven't really read anything BAD yet that has made me cry horribly or give me nightmares (although I did dream about Colorforms last night!?!? - don't know what that is about!)

It started with the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a fiction about a girl whose father will not join the Nazi party and is sent off to fight. She steals books and her father teaches her to read and there is much more to the story, but I don't want to spoil it.

Then I read Sala's Gift; My Mother's Holocaust Story by Ann Kirschner. Her mother has a triple bypass and decides its time to share her story of her life in a labor camp for 5 years during the war. It is a NF and was very eye opening!

Then a nice light read to break it up! Nice to Come Home To by Rebecca Flowers. Its a chic book, about a girl who finds herself single and alone when she is 36 and should be pregnant and happily married. The story involves her sister and a soon to be divorced guy John. Nice light easy read!

Then back to the war. The Long Walk Home: The True story of a trek to Freedom. Non-fiction, by Slavomir Rawicz. The year is 1941 and he is imprisoned in a labor camp about 1000 miles from the arctic circle in Siberia. He and 6 other prisoners escape and head south through Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and over the Himalayas into British India. The journey is over 4000 miles, and takes over 12 months. How they survive is amazing and unbelievable! I really enjoyed this book and would definately recommend it.

And I just put this book on the hold list at the library and I can't wait till I get it!!!

I love the Elm Creek Quilters and so wish that they were real and I could be part of them!

Hopefully more as the week progresses on some quilts! I mowed the front law today and now I am going to do some sewing, then I think I will either head to T's first umpiring game of the year or I will ride or both...we shall see!!! Oh and stop by Plain and Fancy. She is a newer blogger and recently did a giveaway with only 3 participants! Say Hi!

Hope everyone has a good weekend! And hopefully we don't get more rain!