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


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.


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.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

OOps. and other happenings

So, Sorry to have disappeared for a bit, my laptop had an unfortunate run in that involved a terrier, a cat and a large glass of water. Lets just say, I'm SUPER happy I took out accidental coverage on my warranty!
So, I can't update as often because the desktop is in the craftroom that I don't get to spend enough time in. I've been taking my projects out to the kitchen or living room so I can keep an eye on things, kids and pets.
I'm currently finishing up a contour and regular pressing ham and pressing roll so I can get nicer seams on my projects. They go together easily enough...but getting the sawdust to fill those little corners and crannies is a pain! I sprinkled some lavendar oil in the sawdust a week or so ago and it smells SOOOO nice now.
I'll post pics when I can. We are heading up to the park with the kiddies later, the sun finally came out. Gonna be a beautiful week, but warmer and warmer every day. Since Noah doesn't sweat at all and I over do it I would rather spend the 65 degree day out than the 80+ degree ones.

Anyway...all is well...kids are good, we are good...and happy.

I'm thankful for all my family, friends and blessings.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hannah is HOME!!!

Praise God she is doing great, toddling around and back to her beautiful sweet self. The surgeon cleaned out the wound, irrigated it well and inserted a drain which has to remain for 3 days total. They are still wanting an MRI to figure out why this happened because of the area being so difficult to reach (her buttcrack)
Mommy and daughter are home, recovering from the hospital routine.

Thank you all for the prayers and kind words. She is so precious and I know her mommy was petrified. It really stinks being so far from them.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Thank you Lord!!

My Hannah is safely out of surgery and doing alright. She was a bit loopy but is more herself now. They did the procedure right in the ER with mommy present and everything. They are running a culture but the pediatrician had already ran one so those results will be in probably Monday. She will be discharged tomorrow with MEGA Antibiotics.

Thank you for all the prayers. My sweet baby girl was SO worried about HER baby girl...and what a way for Hannahs daddy to spend his birthday!


So, I know that to worry is a waste. I know to trust in the Lord with all my heart...but my Hannah is getting ready for surgery right now and I'm so SO worried. She has an abcess in her little booty crack, over her tail bone and they are running a culture to see if it is MRSA. I get MRSA infections all the time and they are NO FUN! Mine are usually left open tho and hers is going to be cleaned and sutured shut, probably because of the area.

Anyway...any extra prayers anyone has would be so greatly appreciated. I'm waitin on news. 700+ miles away from her and my baby girl. This is too much for a 1 year old.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Well, I'm here.

And while I promise myself, and anyone who wants to follow this, that I will post regularly and share my thoughts and daily happenings, I usually fail! LOL!

So, a tad about me and my lifes goings ons.

I'm married to my soul mate, Chris. In August we will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. We have 7 children. 2 girls followed by 5 boys. Our older kids are...well...older! 18-27 years old. Our 2 youngest are 5 and 7. We also have 4 beautiful granddaughters, 3 of whom are older than our youngest 2 boys! See what kind of ride you are in for here?

I love crafting of all sorts. I scrapbook, sew, embroider by hand (want to learn to use my machine but I'm afraid! LOL) , quilt, crochet, loom knit, dabble in photography, cook, bake, garden and whatever else I can find to try out. I'm fairly decent at sewing, made a couple prom dresses and they turned out gorgeous, tho they did turn me off taffeta and tulle @@
I adore roses and grow them well, tho have none at the moment due to the 20something trees in the yard blocking out the sun they adore.

We live in Clarksville, TN now. I do love it here...but really REALLY miss Mount Sterling, Kentucky. My DH and I were born, raised, married and raised our 5 oldest in Roseville, Michigan but the economic situation forced us to abandon our home there and move to Kentucky. I quickly adapted (about 3 days) and discovered that I am a country girl at heart. I loved watching the cows and horses in the farmers field across from our house. The smell of fresh mown hay and fresh turned soil was the predominant fragrance no matter where in town you were, even the WalMart parking lot. The stars...billions and billions of stars there for the looking.

There are many things to love about our present home tho. We have deer, single and pairs and herds that wander thru our yard. Wild turkeys entertain us almost daily. The birds are so very colorful and the squirrels love playing in the front yard just to make our terrier a nervous yapping wreck.

I don't miss Michigan. Roseville has turned to a concrete jungle and the only time you smell something good is when your neighbor does a load of laundry.

yes, I'm a country girl. A regular old Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, June Cleaver type. Minus the skirts and ultra tidy appearance and million dollar mansion of course. But Hey....I'm only human.

More later...