Monday, August 27, 2012

Some DIY of mine

I know, I know...it's been more than a year since I posted.  But really...who reads my blog anyway!?!?!   I've moved,  and now am Lease/Purchasing a beautiful 4 bedroom-2 bath brick home on a 3/4 acre lot.  It needs work...LOTS of work...but what home doesn't really?
Anyway...I just wanted to show off my DIY project.   This dresser was bought when I was expecting my Noah, who is now ELEVEN!   It cost me $5 and has been in constant use since we bought it.  It has been storing some craft supplies for about 5 years now...and I decided last week to have at it.


 I used some OOPS paint that I paid $5 for a gallon...and the drawer pulls I made from stuff I had around here.  The top pulls are actually mini balls of chunky yarn.  WHICH...my cat promptly tore off and made off with...so they will have to be replaced with something less attractive to the creep! LOL!  The second pulls are made of some large beads I had.  The third are actually small sections of a pincushion and the bottom pulls are spools of thread.  Since I sew, crochet, knit, embroider, scrapbook, make jewelry and am addicted to pincushions...I thought this was a cute representation.








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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'm Horrified

That Casey Maria Anthony was found NOT guilty.   I can't believe this....


That poor baby...those who know the truth will rot in the 5th circle of Hell I'm sure.  

Friday, January 14, 2011

ugh. sick of snow

I know I've been AOL...but it's tough to focus on posting on a blog when the kids are SO INCREDIBLY BORED!!!   Trying to play with them, dance with them, get them involved in cleaning up this disaster area! LOL!   Not working well tho.  
I promise, I have a few ideas for posts and will get to them, one hopefully this weekend.  I'm designing a new pattern for a leather thimble and I hope it turns out.  I'm having issues with the blunt end of the needle finding the same hole in my middle finger over and over again.  My finger is really sore, a bit swollen and hot!   I'm diabetic so have to be very careful about such things...and it is hard to sew with a bulbous finger!
I made a few pincushions the other night, I'm quite pleased with them.  Will have pics...soon.

More later...Noah is banging his head on the wall...and he gets those lumps from head boo boos!  SO, gotta scoot.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

another year gets going ramblings

So, here we are, 6 days into the New Year!  Christmas decorations are put away, at least for the most part, Chris is back to work, the boys are back to school and my house is quiet during the day.  That is, unless I crank up the tunes.  Last month, as a gift to each other, Chris and I found a deal on Craigslist for a 5 disc dvd/cd home theater system.  Our old one died about a year ago and movies just aren't the same without it now.  Especially those movies that are so soft spoken you have to sit on top of the tv to hear.
So I've been dusting off my CD collection.   Yesterday was Rhett Atkins, Kenny Chesney, Barry Manilow and Ricky Van Shelton,  today, I'm still unsure of.   I have the Today show on now, and later we have an endocrinology appointment for Noah.  His first since his diagnosis and hospitalization.  Then, tomorrow Chris has a floating holiday which means ALONE TIME!!!  We are really looking forward to a quiet house, just the 2 of us.  Maybe we'll do lunch somewhere, maybe eat peanut butter and jelly while watching an old movie marathon...but will probably get those things done you just can't do with kids underfoot.   Like removal of 2 tons of toys from their closet!!!!
I'm slowly but surely getting my sewing/craft room in order.   I need some shelves for the walls and a couple poster frames to add some storage and prettify the walls.   I really don't know why rentals come in this NASTY baby poo colored flatter than flat paint.  The paint washes off the walls within seconds, so we have pale patches everywhere...we are seriously contemplating painting here...which will come out of our security deposit if we don't stay more than 2 years...but I think it will be worth it.  2 boys can wreck a wall in no time flat.  It doesn't seem they ever walk down the hall without dragging their hand along.
So...I'm trying to lose weight.  I figure if I keep blogging about this, it'll keep me honest...but seriously, who am I kidding.   Chris is a night time muncher...and is turning me into one too.   I can't help it, he starts with the chips and doritos...and I'm done for.   Altho usually a handful is all I take.  Last night tho was potato skins.   With oodles of melted cheese, bacon bits, salsa and low fat sour cream.   MMMM....they were very tasty, but a bit heavy for 9:15 in the evening.  Especially when I hit the hay around 10:30.
Does anyone have any suggestions for crunchy, tasty snacks for the evening?  I'd love to hear about them.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Encouraged

Well, I finally got a comment. thanks Cath ;)

Today is the last day of 2010. It has been a good year, and a bad year.
On the one hand...Chris got a great job, with great people so life isn't so scary anymore, but that meant leaving behind some of the best neighbors we've ever had, a giant home with oodles of yard to play in, deer and all sorts of wildlife in our yard every day, a great doctor for the kids and one of the best libraries I've ever seen.
We have a nice home here in East Ridge, life on the side of a mountain is....different. Being from Michigan, when I see 1/4" of snow, I don't give it a second thought. But here....well, that same 1/4" of snow causes massive pileups on the freeways and too many slip and falls to count (my sweet Chris being one of them!)
We do have a great pediatrician here, and the nurse practitioner at the office thinks out loud...which may have saved my Noah's life. See, she was seeing him for thrush...and I commented on how he must be getting ready for potty training because he really goes a LOT when he goes...but sometimes he goes alot...too often. She said she wanted to do some blood work and get a urine specimen to check for sugar....rather offhandedly. When he didn't go there at the office, she sent us home with a couple pucs (sticky bags to collect urine on children). Next morning, he was pretty miserable and kinda lethargic, which is huge for him because he is ALWAYS on the go. I don't know why it popped into my head, but I'm so grateful it did. Check his sugar! I did, and initially thought my meter was broken. I did it again and checked the manual of my meter. It was too high for the meter to read!
So...he was officially diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, adding another condition to his large list. My poor fellow.

Earlier in the year, right around the time we were moving, I heard from a dear friend about a family who suffered the greatest shocking loss of their lives. Their beautiful 8 year old daughter, who was born with Down syndrome, had a heart defect necessitating open heart surgery and beat Leukemia suddenly, and without warning, stopped breathing, her little heart stopped and she was gone!
I was asked to make a memory quilt, and although it took me much longer than I would have liked, it was finished and under her Christmas tree for her first Christmas without her beautiful Carly. I was so incredibly honored to be entrusted with the project...as difficult as it was having to constantly think about their loss and the fact that it could happen to anyone of us at anytime!

The year also brought with it the news from my son that he is bi-sexual and needed a home for himself and his boyfriend Jordan. He seemed shocked that we didn't hesitate to offer up my sewing/craft room for them and accepted them both. See, he doesn't have children, and although I've always told him that people are not disposable, meaning you just cut them out of your life if they do something you don't approve of or like...but he gets it now. My kids have always been my whole life. I'm really all about family.
Some things have happened over the past 3 + years that have hurt me more deeply than I ever thought I could be hurt...but I'm looking past that.
This New Year that is upon us will be brighter, better and more loving than any we've ever known....I just know it!

Happy New Year everyone!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hello? Hello, hello, hello

Is there anybody out there? It kinda sorta feels as if I'm talking to myself here. I mean...NOT ONE COMMENT? Come on folks. Show me some love.

thought for the day

Today is the tomorrow we dreamed of yesterday.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!!

This morning, we woke to Simon telling us..."Guess what? It's Christmas!!!" LOL. So we got up, tried to wake Noah, who was having none of that! LOL! and started coffee and cocoa. Simon proceeded to open his gifts very slowly and carefully, center stage and loving all the attention. He is very impressed with Santas choice and ours as well. Then, when Noah woke, Simon "helped" him open his gifts.
Then we took a good look outside. Now, we knew it was supposed to snow, but OH MY GOSH!

See, we live just 5 miles or so off the TN/GA border. East Ridge TN. We have 4 1/2 inches of snow in our yard, with Chattanooga proper having 6+ inches!

A veritable Winter Wonderland in TN on Jesus' birthday!


So Simon went outside with his brother and Jordan and when they froze, he made Daddy take him out, and he made is very first snowman! Complete with cowboy hat, coal eyes and buttons, and a carrot for a nose.
Merry Christmas everyone.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

PLEASE HELP US HELP ABBOTT!

Please, watch this video and then give. Give whatever teeny amount you can afford. Every CENT helps. Please do not let this be Abbott's fate!



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Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm a Christmas Warrior!!!

I'm sponsoring Abbott, a boy with Down syndrome in an orphanage in Russia. All proceeds from the sale of the following items will go toward his adoption fund. PLEASE help us get him into a forever home! I'm taking best offers on everything here. Please, be generous. This little man needs every cent.

http://reecesrainbow.org/abbott-3g

Super soft and cozy baby ear flap hat. Stretchy and has a cute tassle on top.



This is a baby blanket. Really more of a shawl with it's open weave, the bonnet comes with. The color is blue with a strand of hinted pink, so it is neutral. Stroller size.



This is a very thick, soft and cozy blue and white stroller size blanket. Perfect for covering the carseat too!


Beanie cap for a girl 8-12 years old. Soft and warm.

a toboggan style boys hat, very colorful and warm. Size 8-12 years.


VERY thick and toasty warm ear flap hat for a baby girl, 6-24 months. Bright pink with strands of orange, purple and yellow. VERY cute!


Ski hat for boys, double strand so it is nice and thick. Boys size 4-10 years.


UBER thick and toasty scarf. FUN pompoms on the ends and extra long! Matching hat is up for grabs too.


Matching jester style hat. Size 12 years to adult.


Nice and warm stocking style hat for girls. 12 and up~!

Super soft and thick lime green beanie. 12 years to adult. Flower can be removed.


Cozy raggy quilt for a baby girl. Done in all cotton flannel, this will get softer every time it is washed.



Noahs Ark quilt or wall hanging. Satin edged in blue and reversible.



Waffle weave long scarf. Perfect for any age. Very stretchy and warm. Matching hat for girls to women size.



And lets not forget our Furr Babies!! This is super thick and stretchy, made for a lady pup. Waffle weave gives lots of wiggle room for your little lady 12-20 pounds.


Little boys stocking type hat. Warm and cozy. Perfect for that baby boy in your life. Small.




Long hat. Warm and unisex colors, dark blue, maroon and off white. Fits my 20 year old great!



Another festive coat for your fur girl! Same size (12-20 lbs as the other but in a plainer weave. Bright Red and white. Perfect for this time of year!



Please feel free to spread the word. I'm a Christmas Warrior for Abbott. He is a boy with DS who is currently in Russia. He is very at risk for being institutionalized and needs our prayers to help him find a forever family. Everything you see here is for sale with ALL proceeds going to his adoption fund. I haven't figured in shipping charges so you will have to add that cost. Please, help me help him!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's Official

We are moving to the southeast end of Tennessee. Chris starts his new job June 14. We are busy looking for a place to live. We like the rural type and don't want to be looking into a neighbors house when we look out our windows. I really love the mountains and hope to find a place where we can watch the sun rise or set over the Smokies.
The kids are out of school May 24th so this makes it nice so we can move and be settled into a new home before daddy leaves for the day.
We've been trying to prepare Simon for this...he is such a creature of habit tho. School will start up again beginning of August so we are gonna spend evenings and weekends exploring our new neighborhood and all of the Chattanooga area.
Christopher wants to remain here...but needs to buy a car first. He has a possible lead to a decent one for $450 from a friends dad...so we've been trying to get him some odd jobs so he can get it.

In other news, I cannot BELIEVE that Danas wedding is so quickly approaching! I'm fighting the pounds but since being diagnosed with diabetes a month ago have lost 10 lbs just by avoiding carbs and "white". I want to lose another 35-40 pounds before the wedding in September, so we started a morning walking routine and strive for 10,000 steps a day. I'm going to add some strength training in this week. Shouldn't be too difficult since I have all this packing and sorting and organizing to do for the move...right?

Ok...all for now...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Please help spread the word.

I know I don't have many followers, but just in case any of you can help I'm posting this for a member of the DS community.


Alessandra is a 6 1/2 year old girl with Down syndrome. She is
one of the sweetest and funniest little girls that you could ever meet. Last
Monday, March 22nd, 2010, we were told that Alessandra has malignant non
germinoma (or mixed) cell brain tumors. These make up only 2-3% of all
pediatric brain tumors so they are quite rare. They are curable though!
Although our neuro-oncologist has treated several patients with these kinds
of tumors, in his 20+ years at several leading cancer centers, he has never
treated a child with Down syndrome.

We are desperate to find other families, doctors, or anyone who has come
across a case like this or similar so that we can know how other children
with DS have responded to treatment. There are a couple variables that are
unknown that we don't want to take our chances on and we know that if we
look hard enough - there are other people out there who have gone through
this or treated someone who has. Thank you for helping us look!

Questions we have:
1. The chemo being recommended to us is a mixture of Carboplatin, Etoposide
amd G-CSF for half of her chemo cycles and Ifosfamide, Etoposide and G-CSF
for the other half. Etoposide can have a side effect of leukemia. Children
with DS have a 50% higher rate then typical kids of getting leukemia. Should
we give her Etoposide?

2. Radiation - we are getting conflicting recommendations about giving
children with DS radiation. That are prone for early onset alzheimer's
disease and doctors are not sure how radiation will effect her cognitive
abilities in the future. It might accelerate the on set.

Here are the facts -
2 to possibly 3 large tumors in her head
1 in the superseller region of the brain that has completely wiped out her
pituitary gland and its functions, has grown into her cavernous sinuses and
is compressing lightly on her optic nerve although there doesn't look to be
any damage to her sight yet.

1 or 2 in her pineal region of her brain. It's either one tumor with an
extension or two separate tumors.
Beta HCG levels of nearly 8000
AFP levels of 10
No tumors found on the spinal MRI
CSF levels of 1500

We don't need to find someone who matches exactly because there may not be
anyone out there. We would love to find anyone who has had, known or treated
a child with Down syndrome who had a brain tumor even if the outcome was not
successful. Anything and everything we learn may help us help our daughter.
Please email tashamalla@hotmail.com.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

feeling poopy

Yeah...so...headcolds STINK! I rarely get them, maybe 1 every 2 or 3 years...but when I do, they knock my back on my butt! I'm on the tail-end of this one, and it could be over ANY time now!

Simon...this poor kid has had quite a bad way of things. December had him down with pneumonia. Then January brought H1N1 to his puny little self. February socked him with Strep throat. He lost a few pounds, and stays so dark under his eyes, but is full of fire and rottenness...God bless little boys!

Noah has this recurring sinus infection. His little face is so red and chapped anyway because of the excema but now his nose has joined in. He looks like a little elf. He remains a sunny beam in our days tho. Nothing keeps this kid down for very long.

Chris is busy with his studies. He is in the second month of a 10 month course for Computer Tech. He is doing well, tho he had a hard time getting back into study mode after 30 years of no school.

I'm getting ready to post up a TON of new items on my Etsy...so check me out! I have discovered I LOVE beading, and adding beads to my crochet work. And with Prom and Wedding season fast approaching, I'm hoping my items fly!

All for now.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Monday Mingles....a day late

OK...my friend Kim just invited me to join this group...so I'm jumping in a day late.

Here are this week's questions:


1. Someone tells you that you have the whole day off and gives you $1,000 to do as you please. What do you do?

Go to the nearest camera store. Remember tissues for drool.


2. Who would play you in a Lifetime movie about yourself?

Julia Roberts of course!!!! LOL!

3. We're in the technology age. What is your favorite technological innovation? What one do you think is just useless?

The interweb is my fave...the most useless...probably the Pedipaw! I mean really....Get a Dremel if you are really serious people!

4. What is your favorite funny childhood memory?

Holiday baking with my mom...my mom and grandma broke out in spontaneous Jitterbug dancing in the middle of the kitchen! Hilarious!

5. What is/was your favorite Kool-Aid/Jello flavor? One you hated?

Orange...both kook aid and jello. Orange is EVIL!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

OK....I know...I FAIL!!!

I really do think about this place every day...but somehow...I just can't seem to get into a rhythm to post!

Anyway...The quilts are all done and in the mail. The babies are already here and doing well at home with mommy. For her shower, I couldn't finish the big quilts in time so I made her some NICU quilts for the babies...






















I really enjoyed making them. They went together pretty easily and after quilting and washing, look heirloom with all the bunches and tucks. She was thrilled with them.
But NOW! The big ones are on the way to her. I mailed them out this morning. I'm really happy with the way they came out too. And kinda proud of myself...The airplane quilt was from a pattern I found online. The Trains and Cars I had to create. My first from scratch quilts! Here they are. Please let me know what you think! I proudly present to you....Planes, Trains and Automobiles!!!






Sunday, September 13, 2009

I haven't forgotten

To update...life just keeps getting in the way! LOL!! So...to keep you all busy, and entertained, while I update my life...here! Try this random survey...and pass it on.

A Little Bit About Me


1. What time did you get up this morning? 9 am (YAY for Sundays!)

2. How do you like your steak? medium well

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Firewall....I know...that was forever ago right?

4. What is your favorite TV show? Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, The Closer, Army Wives, and I'm really REALLY looking forward to Jay Lenos new show!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Near the mountains, warm weather, with all my kids and grands living close by.

6. What did you have for breakfast today? Nothing yet, but will be having a fruit smoothie soon.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? I couldn't choose...so I guess American...I love it all!

8. What foods do you dislike? fried mushrooms, spinach, snails and oysters (never really tried, but ICK!)

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Probably Golden Corral or Ryans, the kids really eat well there!

10. Favorite dressing? Raspberry Vinaigrette especially the kind they serve at BDs Mongolian BBQ

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Buick LeSabre, DHs car.

12. What are your favorite clothes? Capris/shorts and cotton shirt

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Africa

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Full. Definately full.

15. Where would you want to retire? Retire? Who can retire?

16. Favorite time of day? Early morning

17. Where were you born? Michigan

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Detroit Red Wings Hockey baby!!!

19. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning I guess

20. Do you have any pets? We have 2 furbabies, Jinkies and Zelda, our cat and dog...but they are really like our kids.

21. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Nothing yet...just wish God would send a big Neon Arrow, maybe in the form of a call from Dell with good news!!!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A mom and a veterinarian

27. What is your best childhood memory? Summers spent camping and at the beach with my mom, sibs and grandparents. Good times.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? BOTH definately BOTH

29. Are you married? yes 28 years now!

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yep.

31. Been in a car accident? Yep.

32. Any pet peeves? Folks who flick their cigarettes out the car window. People who don't pick up after their dog at the park. People who don't watch their kids or care that they are a nuisance. A Dh who can't close a cupboard or drawer...sometimes it looks like a scene from The Sixth Sense in my kitchen, more...lots more.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Extra cheese, sausage, mushrooms, peppers...or sometimes a BLT pizza. GOOD eatin!

34. Favorite Flower? Roses

35. Favorite ice cream? Butter Pecan

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Depends on my mood. Fazollis, Chick Fil A, Zaxbys, Arbys...

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None

38. From whom did you get your last email? Probably an automated one from freecycle or a message board.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I don't do Credit cards.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Not really

41. Like your job? I'm a stay at home mom... best job in the WORLD!

42. Broccoli? yes, I love it!

43. What was your favorite vacation? Whispering Winds resort, with all my kids, sitting on the beach looking at Lake Huron...beautiful!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Chris, our 28th anniversary couple weeks ago.

45. What are you listening to right now? The boys singing with the Backyardigans.

46. What is your favorite color? Purple and yellow

47. How many tattoos do you have? none

48. Coffee Drinker? Totally...McD's has the BESTEST!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!

May all the fireworks be bright, may all the mosquitos stay far from you. May all your hotdogs be delish.

Have fun, celebrate our great nation...and be safe. God Bless.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Been Busy!!

Sorry it's been so long, but I've been busy being sick and then made this quilt for a dear friend who is like my daughter. She is having triplet boys!!! We are SOOO excited. Her doc has her off work already and no standing for any length of time like doing dishes or cooking...soon she will probably be on complete bed rest, she is at 20 weeks (I think) and everyone is doing great so far.

Anyway... I figured I'd do something like Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Especially since her first son Mason had a Sailboat theme!
This is the first of the 3 quilts (actually it is just the top so far) I'm doing along with all the bibs, burprags and wipes I can make. I'm also gonna do some fleece buntings and some sleepsacks...but I have time for those. I want to make sure the quilts are done and at her shower come July 19.

You like???





















Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ever wish that videos actually went with the songs?

Well, here someone made the song go with the video. I looked around, there are many others, but none as funny as this one.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

OOps

OK, seriously now...where is the month going?!

Let's see....where to start. I got my laptop replacement...a very nice Gateway. Worked great that first night...then, the touchpad only worked when it felt like it. Then, the cursor would eat letters and scramble its way across the text going from right to left. VERY weird. Then, the browser window I was working in would suddenly get small, then big again.
Finally, I called them up when the entire window flipped to sideways...and the screen doesn't turn!
The guy at the replacement place...seneca...was horribly rude to me. Cutting me off, not listening, and treating me like a child. A very small and confused child. Finally I had enough when he informed me that I had to pay shipping! See, THEY send me a screwed up machine...I have to fight for some decent customer service and get treated like doo doo...then I have to PAY them to send me another.
I called and reported the guys rudeness...unfortunately, nothing I can do about the shipping charges. I will be chatting with Circuit City customer service tho. THEY took my money for the protection plan, and a replacement was supposed to cost me NOTHING. UGH!

Noah saw the dentist...she said that it isn't unusual for kids to get a second row of teeth and the one the second tooth is replacing should fall out on its own in a couple/few months. If not, see her and she will pull it. Hmm. You'd think after 7 kids, 5 of whom have lost all their baby teeth and a few of them have their wisdom teeth...I'd know that. Nope! Shows me that there is always something to learn.

Simon keeps us laughing. He has horrible allergies and keeps getting styes in his eyes. So last week I had had enough of his sorry looking self looking like we punched him in the eye and tackled him to put some eyedrops in. He fought like a wet cat and finally, huffing and puffing, I was successful. I then told him he could put some drops in my eyes too, so he would feel better. I know, I know...I should have let him go first...but it didn't come to me that way.
So, I sit on the floor and lean my head back on the sofa while Daddy helps Simon drip the Visine in my eyes. Afterward, I gave a big sigh and thanked him profusely, raving about what a big boy he is and how much better my eyes felt (they really did!). Simon leans over and looks me in the face and all poker faced and serious says: "Mom, do you have itchy allergy eyes?" I thought I was going to lay an egg! 5 years old and he is ALWAYS coming up with stuff like this.

All for now. My dishwasher is on the fritz and I'm frazzled from washing all the dishes and pans. I hate handwashing. Gonna go sit and sew and be with my little men before they hit the hay.

Night!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy June Everyone!

Noah started his summer program today. Daddy dropped him off and said he had to fight the urge to go back and grab him back up. No familiar faces there and we get icky in the stomach in situations like that. It sucks to HAVE to trust someone, but to be so darn afraid of trusting. I SO wish Noah could talk!
In other news...

A few minutes ago, I was standing in the kitchen ironing my shirt and heard Zelda growling. Now, blowing leaves have been known to threaten our well being (according to Zelda anyways) so I didn't pay much mind. After a few minutes tho, I turned to tell her to quiet down...and there, standing about 20 feet from the side living room door/window, was a gorgeous doe. Munching on the leaves and honeysuckle along the drive. So awesome. We watched her for several minutes, laughing at her ears pricking up at each bark from Zel. Then she scampered off across the street.

I heard from the repair place about my laptop. It is being replaced. It will be a refurbished Gateway...marginally better than the Acer I had with double the harddrive and 3X the memory...but Gateways have issues. Hopefully I will get lucky and it will be a fine machine.

I want to get outside and take some pics today...but the temps are headed to the 90's. And I don't do well in the heat! I also want to get some pics of the Pincushion I finished made from some leftover fabric from my sewing room set I made myself in April. It was my first journey into the land of hexagons...and while the side seams are a bit wonky...I love it. Nice a big and stuffed just right. If I ever finish cleaning my craft/sewing room, I will get a picture of the entire ensemble!

All for now...just wanted to let ya'll know I'm still kickin here in Tennessee!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So yesterday, I was browsing the local FreeCycle and found someone giving away a sewing cabinet. I just recently bought one (that came with a bonus sewing machine that runs beautifully!) but it was the wrong size opening for my moms Kenmore. So I go pick it up, and it is PERFECT! I had to drill a hole in it for the attaching screw because the others were in the wrong place, but whoopie!!! So, now I have 4 sewing machines. 2 Kenmores and 2 Brothers. 3 of them can embroider, the latest addition is super heavy duty, all metal and can sew leather! I must reorganize my sewing/craft room so I can get one of them out of the living room.

And today is just a gorgeous day! Started out in the upper 30's (YIKES) which set a record for us in TN, and the temp is climbing, supposed to hit 77 degrees! I smell a barbeque in my future!

And thanks to my friends at CAP, I've become addicted to hexagons! I sat last night with 2 tank tops I made myself that are way too small and cut out probably 100 hexies. We are hoping to go up to MI to visit family in June and this will be my take a long project for the 12 hour trip.

All for now, may add more later.