Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chapter 35, Thank God Friday is over

I am so glad it is Saturday. Yesterday was super stressful. Someone called in a bomb threat to our district at 8:15. At 8:30 an announcement came over the intercom for all students to exit the building. I grabbed my purse, but we all thought it was a fire drill. After standing in our lines outside for about 5 minutes they had us move all the kids to the football field. We had them out there for almost 2 hours. Most of them did not have sweaters or coats (we had just started DSTP's) they did pretty good. once we got the last ones off with their parents, or onto the buses we were told we could go. But most people had left their keys in the building. I was one of the lucky ones so I went home. I am not sure how long it was before they could go in and get their keys. I do know that they had to do the same thing at all our schools in Laurel. Oh well.
Oh, I forgot to write about what my Prince Charming did. He took me on a shopping spree! I was on my way home from work, and he told me to meet him at Boscov's. (one of my favorite stores!) He had gone out to surprise me by buying me a box of chocolates, but instead decided to surprise me with a spree. He had already picked out a new crock pot, and a mattress pad. I then got to add a dutch oven, spice rack, large frying pan, and a couple of new outfits. All things I have wanted. He then took me out to the movies and dinner. I am so spoiled. Even though times are tough, he makes sure to spoil me when he can. What more could any woman ask for? I am so lucky to have Anthony and the kids in my life.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chapter 34, DPN's are a pain in the rear end

Okay, after 7, yes 7 tries, I finally got all my stitches on the needles, and began to knit in the round. by the time i went to bed last night I was thinking nasty thoughts about knitting and decided maybe I did not want to learn how to knit socks. but things are going better this morning. I have done 6 whole rounds, still have the right amount of stitches. While I was casting on (over and over again) last night, a certain fluffy butted baby snuck into my chair to claim the afghan. (see pictures above.) I have two Afghans on my chair, both knit by my Aunt Bonnie. for some reason, Reesie loves the afghans. He tries to snuggle with them all the time. I have tried giving him towels and other blankies, but he wants those two afghans. Obviously so do I, so we have an ongoing battle over who they belong to. Usually we are able to kind of reach a compromise, as I have them and he curls up on my lap so he gets to use them too. He knows he is not allowed in the chair unless I am sitting there, and he knows that he is not allowed on the Afghans. We can see how well he listens. sighs. Soon I am going to start sorting my floss and thread for my crazy quilting and embroidery. (that is one of tonight's goal's) and work some more on getting Aunt Marie's quilt traced over. I am hoping to get it started this week. I will try and get some pictures of the pattern I created.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chapter 33, I hate double pointed needles

Okay, so maybe I don't hate them, but am having a devil of a time figuring out how to cast on and then join and knit in the round. I will attempt it again tonight once Anthony goes to work. I am also going to begin tracing "The Year of the Wiener" blocks. I still have two baby blocks to finish, (well really one and a half) but I really want to get the wiener quilt done by November.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Chapter 32, socks

I am ready to try knitting socks. I finished the gray hole (aka the sweater for me) or at least almost finished. I needs to be sewn up on the sides. So last night Anthony took me to one of my favorite yarn and needlework stores, Sea Needles, and I bought a simple sock pattern, a set of double pointed needles, and two skeins of sport weight sock yarn. (okay and I bought 18 skeins of thread for my embroidery/crazy quilting, and a sampler cross stitch pattern) I am planning to try casting my socks on tonight. I am also hoping to get some of Aunt Marie's "year of the wiener" transferred to squares this weekend. Anthony works nights, so it will help keep me busy. I really miss him when he works nights, but he prefers to work nights. sighs.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chapter 31, the blue square

Well, I did it. I finished sewing up my blue crazy quilt square. I worry that it will not be good enough, but Anthony and Christine both tell me it is fine, so I will let it go and know that it will come back beautiful. I am still nervous about working on the squares of others, but excited too. I hope to learn a lot with this swap.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Chapter 30, the four inch squares

Well, I cut my base square for the Blue crazy square round robin. I Got my letter last night, I am in the cobalt group. LOL I love cobalt blue!!!! but after cutting my square, and a the base squares for my "the year of the wiener" quilt, I had 12 4 inch squares of muslin left over. So what to do with them? Actually I had 14, but I used 2 to practice on, so that leaves 12. I was thinking of doing a "red work" mini quilt of people I love, only doing each person in a different color. But now it is deciding who I want to put in my mini quilt. Hmmm not as easy as it seams. I guess I could combine people and special events. Not sure. Okay lets work on my list.
1. Anthony 2. Nicholas 3. Amanda 4. Dad 5. Grandma 6. My Mom 7. Bonnie 8. Marie
9. Jocko 10. Me 11. Anthony and I together, 12. personal info, I guess. I just can't figure out what to do with the last two squares. I don't want to get into the cousins, so what to do with the last two squares. will have to think about it some. and start to hunt down pictures.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Chapter 29 the snow day

well, we finally got it, snow. The were predicting it, but that has happened before. then I got the call last night, that there was no school today! I am really hoping this stretches into two snow days! I love the snow. Of course I don't have to go out in it, or drive. I get to sit and snuggle under my afghan and look at it through the window. The doggies seemed to enjoy it. LOL Reesie went bouncing off into it, until it hit is belly, then he quickly came back up to the porch, and no prefers to view the snow from the warmth and safety of my arms. (preferable while we are wrapped in an afghan or a jacket LOL) Misha thought it was wonderful and rolled and played in it. Chester tried to catch it, and jumped up. He looked so cute. Although I will welcome spring, as I long to grow things, (okay so I long to grow morning glories and tomatoes, but might add a few other things this year) I am enjoying the moment right now. If only I weren't sick and had my sewing room set up, today would be perfect.