Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Once upon a time I thought I could keep up with my blog.  That sure was silly, wasn't it?

It served a good purpose in the beginning, and I really felt the warmth of the people who stopped by to read and comment.  Then life just closed in on me: health ups and downs (mine and Lou's), work, organizing the wedding, living through the wedding.

Many people view the fall season as a "shutting down" time when we pull into ourselves and our homes in preparation for the winter to come.  Being Jewish, and celebrating the new year in the fall, has always given me a sense of renewal and expectation of things to come.  I am hoping that I can extend that sense to my blog.

I have gotten some of my sewing set up in the downstairs and welcomed it back into use by making Sarah a new Halloween costume.  I think she is tired of being Madeleine or Minnie Mouse..... This year, she will be Lt. Uhura from the original Star Trek series.  The pattern was ordered online, and after two days of frustration with the arm fitting, I finally just changed it to a set-in sleeve rather than the "cut in one" the pattern called for.  It looked and fit a lot better, and then I saw that in the original series the Lt.'s dress is a set-in sleeve!  Of course, my procrastination gene was in full force, so though Sarah was home for six weeks, I didn't finish it until the night before she left.  Of course, I have no pictures of it, either.  She will take some and send them.  I did order the official insignia and sleeve braiding, and sent along a mini-phaser as I think someone might try and "borrow permanently" the full size phaser I got her for Chanukah last year.

So, both my children enjoy science fiction among their many interests.

To update, the sewing project on the table right now is a wedding present quilt that still needs some stars added.  At least the wedding was only last July, so I am not that far behind on it. :)  There will be some crocheting in the very near future as two babies arrive in November and one in January.  Then I will want to think about holiday crafting.  It's a good thing I only work part time....

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Back in the Saddle, so to speak

Yesterday the grackles arrived to feed at the deck rail.  This is a true sign that spring is on it's way.  Another sign is that I finally ordered an electric shovel to match my snow blower, and that is a definite sign that no more snow will fall.  But, I will be ready for next year!

I have given up on getting my downstairs sewing area set up in the near future and have spread myself throughout the dining room.  Of course, this means my husband, the saint, will be eating and watering his plants around my two or three or more projects going on at the moment.

Tomorrow I will start on finishing up the blocks from the last Bee Balm round.  I know many of the participants have finished their quilts, but I'm hoping my blocks to them can be used as pillows, mug rugs or something.  I never realized so much time would be devoted to dealing with the wedding long distance and I really fell off the wagon on this round.  But, the women involved are wonderful, and I love reading their blogs and catching up with my online friends.

As I work on their blocks, I will continue the wedding present quilt for Ash.  My friend at work's daughter is marrying on July 5th, and though in the Indian culture one does not give gifts to the bridal couple, in the Jewish culture we do.  As we live in the melting pot of America, we each will have to bend a little to respect each other's traditions.  I will not embarrass Ash by giving her the quilt in front of a lot of people, and hopefully she will understand that it is something I "have" to do.

I'm also hoping to start on the spring challenge from 15 minutes play.  I need to get into play-after nearly a year without a hospitalization, Louis ended up in GW Hospital overnight.  He's fine, we're dealing, and I'm done stress eating, I hope.....

Another hope I have for this spring is to regularly write on my blog.  I'm not that interesting per say, but at least my kids will know what I'm thinking about!