Monday, August 31, 2009
Please raise your hand if you're good at applying binding and have some tips to share with the rest of us bound up sewers...
If you've raised your hand for either statement, please stay after class. You've got some "splainin' to do!" (Name the TV show).
I love the look of matching binding, it adds so much character to a project. But honestly, who can tell me why one time, it's a snap to apply and then another, so very difficult?
If your hand is in the air, wildly waving at me, please stay after class; you've got some splainin' to do!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Dad, dancing a jig to the table...don't spill that wine, Mister!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Jason used to sing "Cinderelli" to annoy his little boy, Jonathan. And Jonathan would indignantly set his Daddy straight, telling him how to pronounce "Cinderella" correctly. It was very funny and we had a blast driving our baby insane. Does that make us bad parents?
Today, I was Cinderelli. After I kissed the dudes goodbye, sending them on their way, I got to cracking. I started the laundry, made a homemade Beef Goulash by 10:30 am, cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed, more laundry, picked up, cleaned toilets and sinks, washed the floor and wrestled a zipper that I worked on for two hours last night and today, completed it in 2.43 minutes.
Tomorrow? Grandma and Pa, Granny and Papa are coming over to celebrate Pa's birthday. I think I'll cook. And because it's a special occasion, I'll be sure to wear my glass slippers.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This is where you clap for me...clap, clap, clap.
You may remember when, just a few days ago, I swore off buying any new fabric until I used up what is in my extensive stash.
I lied. I lied, lied, lied. Sorry about that.
Sometimes, one hears the sound of a distant fabric shop, calling your name and you must jump in your 4-Runner and drive like the wind. Searching, searching for the source of that faint calling. (It doesn't hurt to have the GPS turned on...why get lost?) And then...through the doors of a charming little shop you enter and you find yourself swept away by all the possibilities. Really.
So I bought only three fat quarters...and...a...pattern. But I swear, I spent less than $17. I promise. The Fall patterns spoke to my Yankee heart, with their pretty shades of orange, green, brown and I just had to rescue the pretties from their boring life on the shelf. They were just that pretty, I couldn't pass them up. They're from the Moda line, by Sandy Gervais, entitled "Gobble, Gobble." (Pattern #17478).
So I did. I gobbled them up!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
And then, the long-awaited, much anticipated package arrived at my door. Feast your eyes on our senior:
This is just a tease...I want my parents to see the photos up close and personal. Jason and I need to select which poses we want and then pay for it all. I don't know how we're supposed to select only a few, 'cause I want them all! See the color of my baby's hair, in the lower left corner? It's beautiful hair, especially when he lets it grow out...all curly and strawberry-blonde. I had a dream just the other night and in it, he had those curls. I miss those curls...it's a joy and yet, so difficult watching our son grow up.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Unless it's too pretty to pass up.
Unless it's too on-sale to leave it be.
Or it's given to me. Yeah, that happens all the time!
If we win the lottery this weekend, maybe we'll just buy a lovely fabric shop. And my husband can spend his days sewing straight seams and cutting fabric for me.
I decided not to post the other photo I have of fabric all over the cutting table. It's just too much to comprehend all at once. And now that my mom has high-speed internet, she may just peek at this and be mortified that I would share my fabric mess with all of you. Not that I'm ashamed...I know what your sewing rooms look like!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
He said I couldn't, because I'd put it up on my blog.
(It's the first day of the last year of school~he's a senior).
I told him that I wouldn't post it, I just wanted a photo of him in his uniform.
He said that I was lying, I'd say something like, "My baby's first day of school."
I told him that I wouldn't do that!
I didn't get the photo. But I did find this one.
It's my baby-pirate. He loved being a pirate. Long before pirates were cool.
Before Johnny Depp was a pirate.
So my question is this: was he right, did I lie? Or is this just a mother's prerogative?
If it is a lie, I'm not too worried about it.
I'll gladly head to confession.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Having strolled through the streets of Paris all morning and in need of a cool drink, I spied the perfect cafe.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
And the pirate! It makes me wonder how long our sweet B.B. would tolerate being in a costume...I'm thinking about 3 seconds. That would make the $28 investment worthwhile! Check the costumes out here. I don't think we spent that much on Jonathan's Halloween costumes. Did I just say Halloween? Yup, it'll be here before we know it.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Oh help me, these babies are just too adorable! If you like the costumes, you can visit Chasing Fireflies for more fantastic children's costumes. These, I just had to share with you!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
"The Commissioner shall specify the benefits to be made available under Exchange participating health benefits plans during each plan year, consistent with subtitle C of title I and this section." pg 84, Sec 203
Apparently, Uncle Sam will mandate all benefit packages for private plans be in the Government Health Care exchange. Again, Uncle Sam is telling me what to do...shoo, Uncle Sam! Get off my porch! Go smoke a cigarette and chill out!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
If you live in the Jacksonville area, please consider participating in the Run For Their Lives 5k. And no, you don't have to run. You can power walk, walk, stroll, or if you're like me, crawl. Just kidding. My 85 year-old mother-in-law and I walk this route several times a week and it's quite enjoyable.
Proceeds of this event will benefit the crisis pregnancy centers of Jacksonville and please, it's important that all understand the importance of these centers. I volunteer at a local center and we see young girls, young women and older women who are in need of not only information, but a kind word, patient understanding. These are your daughters, even your sons, who come to us because they just don't know what to do, where to turn. It is by the grace of God that we are able to sit and converse with each client, hoping to find our way through the wall that many hide behind. We try to ask questions that will get a young woman and often, a young man, thinking. We provide information and resources to those who need it, along with free pregnancy tests. Homeless women who have been abused, young women who are in less than ideal relationships, young men who have impregnated a girlfriend...we speak to them all with the intention of empowering them to choose not what is easy, but what is right. Volunteering at the center has been both a blessing and a privilege in my life.
So please, visit Run For Their Lives to register online or for more information. Or, you can download the entrance form here. And if you can't make it the day of the run, there's a donation button right here. Please consider helping these beautiful babies and their mothers and fathers.
And I'll see you on Saturday, September 5th...if you see a woman crawling, please don't run over her. It's me and if you would, just jump over me. Thank you.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I've decided to talk a little bit about the proposed Universal Health Care Bill on my blog, not to debate politics, rather, just point out some issues in the bill which concern me. I can't promise that I won't use a little humor, but please, don't be offended if I insert a little wink. It is my belief that we should all take a look at the bill in order to frame an informed opinion. Over on the right sidebar of this blog, you'll see the universal medical emblem which links directly to the bill. When I comment on a portion of the bill, I'll include the page number along with the line number, so that you can check it out for yourself. I'll be posting these gems periodically, or as my blood pressure rises. Don't know which will occur more often.
"The government will have real-time access to individuals' finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued." Pg 58
OK, so the government can go in and take my money, willy-nilly. And if they take too much, I'm sure it'll be much faster dealing with Washington bureaucrats to credit the discrepancy...probably even faster than it is dealing with the bank! And the national ID card...it did work for the Nazi's in WWII.
**See, a little sarcasm following the fact. I like to keep things light around here.
It's a party! And as usual, I think I'm going to be a little late! Not matter, this is worth it! There's a beautiful, new book out called, Blogging for Bliss, by Tina Frey. Little Artsy Mama is hosting the cyber- party and she's made some delicious looking cupcakes...mmmm. In the book, Tina offers tips on how to create a blog, how to make it aesthetically pleasing and how to drive traffic to your little spot on the immense web. She's included over 50 bloggers, to inspire you and show you how her tips can help you create a fantastic blog. To join the party, click here. To visit Tina's beautiful blog, click here. And once I buy the book, we'll have a real-time blog renovation, right here! Down with the old, up with the new!
Gotta run and get ready for the party!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
And where, then, will it all end? Perhaps the government will tell parents where their children will go to school. Perhaps we'll be "placed" in careers, selected by Washington. It sounds far-fetched, but is it really? We're being shoved into "energy-efficient" vehicles, we're going to be told how warm or cold we can keep our homes... and it won't stop there.
As far as my health, I certainly don't ever want to put it on hold for months on end...ask our Canadian neighbors or British friends. For those who can afford it, they seek treatment in the States, so that they can begin effective treatments immediately rather than waiting 3 to 6 months in their own country.
Just remember one thing: nothing's free. I'd rather pay for my own health care, rather than pay ever-higher taxes , all the while jumping through hoops for Washington.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
So if you come to my door for a cup of coffee and a visit, you had better stop and pick up two javas(one for you, one for me) and be prepared to work! Sparks will be flying!