Monday, August 29, 2011

Computer Woes

Last week was supposed to be a good one for me. I mean, it's not every week a gal turns 6-0. But very quickly the week went "south" in the proverbial hand basket.

And to top it all off, my internet connection is broken. Badly broken. So they're coming out this Saturday to see if they can't work through what the problem is that keeps happening.

So I'll be back this weekend with updates on the saga of life in my little world!

I tell you, there's never a dull moment!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Penny's New BFF

Meet Teeny.

She's gorgeous. She looks just like my Daisy.

I want her but I'd have to fight Jane for her.

She was difficult to photo also, but at least she didn't run away. She had eyes only for Jane, follows her around everywhere, and wanted to be picked up here.

Skippy -- well, he's not quite sure about this whole "sister" thing. He's a good boy, though, so they'll do fine.

He's just hoping Penny doesn't come over any time soon. He told me he just won't be able to handle TWO of them!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gettin' the Groove Back

All I can say is -- WOW, thank you all so very much for your kind comments. I got up this morning thinking I was going to answer every single one of them and quickly got overwhelmed. Just know that I appreciate you, and hope to get to know each of you better! You all are truly remarkable! I mean that!

I got a haircut and color this morning a/k/a the dip and clip. Had a ton of errands to run, but must have fazed out because the next thing I knew I was back home. Oh, well, will just have to do those tomorrow.

But sitting at the hair salon while Kathy worked her magic, I started thinking about a new project. Okay, I know, I have tons of UFOs going, and definitely want to work on the Brrrrr Winter next up, but something was bouncing around in my almost empty head.


The book is "Summer Gatherings" by Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles of Primitive Gatherings fame. The fabric is an old Judy Rothermel line called Colonial Christmas. I'm not sure exactly how old it is but I'd say five years, probably more than that. I ran across the fabric while Kathie had me rummaging around in the Civil War stash a few months ago.

When I bought the book, I went ahead and picked up the 1.250" triangle paper because I was immediately drawn to the quilt. I figured sooner or later I'd find the perfect fabric for it. I think I've done that.

So this quilt will enable me to place a few check marks on my to-do list.

* Make a Christmas quilt every year
* Make more quilts using Civil War fabrics
* Use that stash!!

Well, *you know who* didn't think too much of it. In fact, she wouldn't even pose by the fabric. I grabbed this shot just as she was about to make her get-away. She looks so fat there. The camera must really add ten pounds. :) But, no, she's nice and trim. I haven't weighed her lately, but I'd say 10.5 lbs. Right where she should be for a two and a half year old doxie.

Such a woosie!

Oh, oh, speaking of doxies, I'm going to Jane's this afternoon. We're all going out to dinner. And I get to meet the newest member of their family - a black and tan doxie! She was given to them by someone who couldn't care for her any more. Jane said she's about eight years old. Her name is Teeny, but they've been calling her Penny! LOL. We decided that she should be Peeny Weeny! I can't wait to meet her. Penny will have to meet her, though, another time. Don't want to overwhelm poor Skippy with two little black and tan hellions today! I'm taking my camera. I'm SURE she'll be easier to photograph than *you know who*!!

I feel really good today. Next week will be another bear week, but I've decided to quit looking at the big picture, just take it a week at a time.

Small goals are more easily attainable, aren't they?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Testing, testing ....

Just peeking my head around the door to see if it gets shot off!

Just kidding. Really I am.

I've had 41 emails (I counted) asking what was in the boxes a couple of posts back.

There was some Panier de Fleurs and some American Banner Rose.

Looks like I have a patriotic thing going on here. Love those colors. I also picked up some Moda Bella solids in three different shades of gray. I resisted gray for a good while, but now I'm solidly sold on it - pun intended.

The next most frequently asked question was if I was coming back to blog. The answer -- yes. I'll be somewhat infrequent for another couple of months. I'll tell you about it after that. Then you'll see why things have been the way they are. The last twelve months have been unsettling, but I think I may be seeing that light that everyone tells me shines at the end of tunnels.

And in *all* of my spare time, I've been getting organized in my sewing room. Here very shortly I'm going to need a weekend of just sewing mindlessly to unwind a bit.

Now here's where I need to say something, and I hope this will be taken in the spirit in which it is meant.

It's my blog. I don't care who thinks I buy too much fabric. I don't care who feels the need to criticize me in comments. If you don't like me or what I have to say, even what I stand for, then move on. Your fingers are not Velcroed to the LA Quilter button.

I'm going to leave comment moderation on, which is a royal pain in the patooty for me and I'm sure for those who leave comments. It's a necessity while I'm away from computers for so much of the day. Please bear with me on that.

I'm baffled on why I'm such a "large target" for nasty commenters. I think I know why, but it's really just conjecture on my part. The whys are not important any more to me. I was able to find out who a couple of those folks are through the wonders of technology. One surprise; a couple not so much so. Again, that's not important to me any more now that I know. I've moved on.

I've said this before -- and it bears repeating -- I live in a tiny world. I'm out in Corporate America all day, and then I come home to my condo and my dog. The peacefulness of my little world at home is a much needed counter-balance. I'm going to be 60 years old soon. My body is worn out and my mind is tired. Pure joy is playing in my quilting room. It may be sewing, or cutting, or just petting fabric, but it relaxes my mind and soothes my soul. I only hope that someday soon I'll get to spend more time doing that.

So to sum all of this up, from this point forward any crashers into my tiny world will be rejected. I welcome and cherish the friends I have made through five years of blogging, and I hope to get to know more of you over the next five.

So ... happy thoughts. Kind thoughts. That can only lead to better things.

Saturday, August 06, 2011


The winner of a $50 gift certificate to spend at the Fat Quarter Shop is

Ann-Mari at All the way over in Norway.

Please email me and I'll get the gift certificate off to you. Have fun shopping.

Thank you, everyone. See you on the flip side.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

You know what?

I'm done.

Anonymous said...
More crap that you don't need and will never make and will end up giving away to help the stash report??
Am I close?
4:48 AM

I'm sick and tired of being a punching bag for unhappy, viscious and mean people, those who feel better about their miserable lives when they leave nasty, anonymous comments to others.

I'm sick and tired of being judged by someone who knows nothing about me.

Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror?

Do you feel righteous now?

I hope so. I hope you'll go about your day knowing you made an impact on someone today.

I'm going to leave the "contest" up on the last post because I honor my commitments. So leave a comment for a gift certificate drawing. You can be as nasty as you want to be. I don't care any more.

I'm done.

No more stash reports. No more talking about new fabrics. No more give-aways.

When I get to sew, I'll post about it.

Other than that, I'm done.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Any Guesses?

I'm opening these boxes Saturday morning.

Any guesses?