Friday, November 28, 2008

Finished Wall Hanging

I finished it today. I'm quite pleased with the end product.
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This year for Thanksgiving we decided to help serve a meal at our church. They advertised for a few weeks that we would deliver meals to people who weren't able to get out, or they could come to the church to eat or take home a meal for the holiday. This was a joint effort of all the churches in our community. We boxed almost 200 hundred meals for delivery. I don't know how many folks came to the church to eat, but there were quite a few. We got to eat after we were done serving, and I have to say, the food was great!

Somehow, though I missed having my girls for the holiday, I felt like this was one of my favorite Thanksgivings.

Dr. House

Do you watch the show "House"? I like to once in awhile. He's a little edgy, and it's interesting to see all the things he tries before he really gets the diagnosis correct.

Anyway.. over the weekend, Mike was taking a book off the shelf, a pretty good sized hardback book, and he dropped it on his foot. I had a feeling that he broke at least one toe, so, later he took off his socks and sure enough, the middle toe was swollen and purple. Looks like he will lose his toenail.

He hobbles around like Dr. House. I even got out a cane for him!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Funny conversations

Today at work we were talking about the funny things that have happened over the years in the office. I said I sure wished I'd kept them written down, they might make an interesting book. The thing is though, sometimes you have to know the people and personalities involved to really see the humor in it all.

Anyway.. it's fun to laugh at work isn't it?! It's the best part of the day when that happens. There are so many folks out there that don't have jobs and things to brighten their day. I'm feeling pretty fortunate.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Christmas Project

I've wanted to do a Christmas wall hanging for awhile, and I found this pattern in a clearance pile at a quilt store in Marion Indiana, I think it was called "SewBiz".

While I thought I was following the directions, I realized that I messed it up at one point. But, since I can't explain how, I guess you will either be able to see it.. or it doesn't matter. I kind of like how it turned out regardless, so, I'm not about to rip it apart to 'fix' it.

For those that don't sew, it's called a "Log Cabin" pattern.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

The big question is..

Hubby is laid off his job. If I were out of work do you know the place I would go? If you don't, you haven't been reading this blog for long! Haha.. Erin.. you know where I would be don't you?? Especially since I have enough air miles on my cc to go for free.. so the big question is this...

I wonder why Mike doesn't fly to Hawaii for a few weeks and enjoy the warm weather?? I know I would.

Baby it's cold outside...

It's only November, and it feels more like it's January. I know the global analysts all say we are experiencing global warming, so, I would like to ask.. why is it 15-20 degrees below the normal temp for this time of year? No, I don't want to diminish the importance of the subject to those who believe it to be true, but, sitting here in Northern Indiana, it's a little hard to buy into right now. I see the photos and news clips on tv, but, I wasn't there 100years ago.. what do I know for sure?? There were no movie cameras and photos were all black and white. They can make all the claims they want to, but, I know from first hand experience that the news media does not always get all the facts right.

Monday, November 17, 2008

First Snow

We had our first snow accumulation today. And even though I am not ready for winter, I missed most of the fall because of our move, I really enjoyed watching it fall. So fresh and white and it makes the air feel so clean and crisp. Kind of like a gift after losing all the colorful leaves. I was watching out the patio door while cooking dinner tonight, and decided to take a few photos. I really like how this one turned out. You can see the flakes falling down ever so gently.

Louie wasn't particulary impressed with it though. Guess it was a little cold on his precious paws!

Sunday, November 9, 2008



It's past time to begin thinking about Christmas projects, but, I've been in a "slump" of late, and hadn't started anything for the season. Today, I decided it was time to sew. I found this cute little pattern on Eleanor Burns website. I have alot of christmas fabric scraps so, I made one. I did enlarge the stocking by 1" all the way around. It was very easy, it only took about 2 hours start to finish, including taking the photo.
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Sunday, November 2, 2008


There are a few observations I made as we were moving all our things from one house to the other that I thought I would share.

1. Nothing goes as planned. We said we would give ourselves 3 weeks to move. It's now been 5, I think, and we still have stuff in the garage at the old house.

2. The first thing I noticed in this house was the water pressure is weak. To say the least. It takes a good 30 minutes to fill a small bathtub.

3. You will find things that you don't remember having, forgot where you put them, or thought you threw away years ago.

4. If you are a pack rat, KNOCK IT OFF! You will regret it. How can one family of 2 people and 3 cats have so much to box up??

5. I bought a brand new Maytag range. Don't believe it when the tv commercials say that the Maytag repairman is bored. He's been to my house 2 times already. My brand new oven didn't heat up beyond 260 degrees.

6. The cable/internet/phone guy came to hook up the cable and internet. And although, the customer service person said they would hook all three things up at the same time, the guy couldn't or wouldn't hook up the phone. Just one more day I had to leave work early for a service person who says they will be at our house between 8:00 am and 5 pm. Thank goodness for flexibility at work.

7. The phone was hooked up, only to not work for 3 more days. Here we go again....

8. They reset the phone, and it work for one day. I've about given up on the phone. Now I know why people have given up their land lines.

9. Halloween in town is different than Halloween in the country. In the country, you might have 5-10 little kids, who you know all the parents and they have told you in advance that they will be bringing their kids by for candy. In town, every kid in a a 20 block radius comes to your house even though they don't know you. We handed out candy to over 100 goblins, princesses, various animals, jedi, spiderman, batman, etc before I ran out. Next year, I'll be more prepared. It was kind of fun though.

10. Over all, it's been a good thing. Lot's of hard work, but, hopefully worth the effort. When we were doing this, I should have written things down that I wanted to write about as I know there were many more observations than this. Somehow, now that we are pretty much finished, they don't seem as important or life changing as they did at the time.