Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I know, October is almost half over, and I should have reminded you sooner... but maybe I forgot to remind myself!  I made my appointment in September. 
I went out to the internet and did a search for artwork for Breast Cancer Awareness.  I think we're all aware, but sometimes we think it might apply to everyone else, not ourselves.
Seriously ladies -- if you haven't done this yet, this is a good reminder that you should be making an appointment to get your annual mammogram!!
I love the humorous ones most!  This one tickled me...

Self exams are extremely important.  Your doctor only sees you annually or a couple times a year, maybe less, but you know how you 'feel' every since day.
This is how you do it...

And this is a reminder of what cancer cannot do:

Just do it...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


I think I've posted about our cat before... a year and a half ago we took Miss A and Miss E to the local shelter and picked out a nice kitty for them to love on while at our house.  They have a dog at theirs.

She's pretty calm for the most part, witness the above photo.  She is very vocal, especially around dinner time, and she will run around a bit in the evenings, getting the kinks out so to speak.

The other evening we were sitting and watching the nine o'clock news and she suddenly took off like she was shot out of a cannon!  She was down in the basement and back up and running around like crazy.  Then she calmly walked into the living room and dropped a mouse on the carpeting.  She poked at it a bit, then picked it up again and dropped it a second time.

I guess it didn't move, but DH sure did!  I was knitting, so I kind of saw things out of the corner of my eye, but he said in a loud voice "Oh my God, is that a REAL mouse??"  and a few other comments not fit for this blog.

I guess at first he thought it was her toy mouse, but then he noticed its tail was not the fuzzy cord and there was no label!  He jumped up and went to the broom closet.

She was poking at it again when he brought in the broom and dustpan to pick it up and toss it in the trash.  Personally I'm kind of proud that she's a good mouser!  And also a bit appalled that we have mice in our house!  In our basement!!  With my sewing stuff!!!

Go, Miss Kitty!!  Earn your keep, and terrorize the local mouse population to your hearts content!

Scream on...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I'm Rushing As Fast As I Can!!

Goodness, gracious, sakes alive!!  Sometimes I hate September...

Here's what has happened in the two weeks since I posted last:
  • My daughter got engaged (second time for both, this one's a keeper IMHO)
  • My granddaughter bought a dress for Homecoming that needed inspection and luckily NO ALTERATIONS!  But it came from CHINA - and took so long to get here we were completely stressed out.
  • I went to Charlotte, NC, for a work meeting.  Connections through Chicago were horrible and I missed the homeward bound one completely.  That trip is a story for another post!
  • Corporate year end flew up on me like nobody's business.  I'm still burning the midnight oil there.
  • Two meetings were held to discuss the accounting for the Church's dedicated funds, for which I am the accountant.  With a new Pastor there was a lot to go over, but I think we've got it now.
  • DH and I celebrated 46 years of marriage with a lovely dinner out.  We were home by 7:30 but it seemed later because it's getting dark outside so early now!

Check out the tiles in the ladies' bathroom!

  • I had two doctor appointments, a dentist appointment, and did labs (blood and other stuff), three of which happened THIS WEEK!  Ugh!
  • I had my first pneumonia vaccine.  Boy, that made me feel kinda old... 
  • I need to schedule a shopping trip for shoes because, well SHOES.  This was prompted by the running through the airport in Chicago and the resulting achy feet.
  • Next week I'll be in Chicago for a major conference of Wastewater Engineers.  Fun, fun, fun!!  I am going by train this time.  That's at least 90 minutes of reading time each way!
  • I shopped at Mary Jo's Cloth Store in Charlotte NC.  What an experience!  I was standing in the checkout line when I saw this:
Maybe in North Carolina... but our Midwestern fabric shops rarely sell grits!!

The ladies at Mary Jo's were still hand writing the cutting slips, and they tear the fabric.  It reminded me of the old days when they used to do that at Joann Fabrics and Mary Lester.  Ah nostalgia!

I have dinner scheduled with my friends who used to work with me at Joann's.  It's Red Lobster Endless Shrimp days...

Gotta run, and I mean RUN.  I'm late for everything!

Rock on...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Skating Toward Year End...

Boy, what fun we're having this week!  Two weeks and one day to Fiscal Year End at work and I'm running as fast as I can!!
There have been some light moments though... my friend Tony's daughter got married recently.  Someone found him this shirt to wear. I nearly snorted tea out through my nose when I saw it!

Here are a few recently completed projects, some of which have helped maintain my tenuous hold on sanity while the office is screaming around me.

This first one is a panel surrounded by some borders, made for the wall of the Little Lams Academy nursery room.  We all thought this was so adorably appropriate!


This is a blue "Yellow Brick Road", or a "Blue Brick Road" if you prefer.  I got it sewn together and now it just needs layering and quilting.  It's about a dozen miscellaneous left-over fat quarters from my blue bin, which NEVER seems to get any emptier!

I started this skinny quilt for the foot of my bed about two years ago.  The quilt on my bed is blue and white, this one is to cover our feet with one extra layer when the Wisconsin winter starts.  Next week, by the look of thing!  (It's nice today but the evening temps have been in the 60's and upper 50's recently!)

This one is called My Favorite Donation Strip Quilt, pattern compliments of Patched Works in Elm Grove WI.  It's easy to sew, easy to cut, looks great either planned or with scrappy interior strips and one repeated edge strip, and you can make extra blocks and make it bigger, but this one is about 45x54.

This quilt...ah, this quilt has been the bane of my summer!  A lady in our church guild bought a half jelly roll in browns, and once it was sewn together it was long and skinny and not what she thought it would be.  Dare I remind you that I once said there are no ugly fabrics, just ugly combos?  Well I think I proved myself wrong (again). 

I'm not much of a brown person, and certainly not these browns!  I tried cutting the quilt into smaller sections, then I found some complementary browns in our church stash, and tried large blocks of those to supplement.  I hated it.  I un-sewed and rearranged.  I still think I hate it, but I hate it less than I originally did.  I originally thought I'd do some applique but lost interest.  I thought I did a better job of laying out the blocks too, but there that one fabric is, lined up like soldiers!

A couple of weeks ago I went to the farmers' market for vegetables, and evidently I bought a duck!!

Carry on and sew to keep calm!

Monday, September 11, 2017

September, the Whole Month and the 11th

September is a month that has always been a big one for my family.  DH and I were married in September, and this year will celebrate our 46th anniversary.  If I did the math correctly...

Our son will celebrate his 45th birthday.  Which is odd considering I'm only 40 years old!  (I had to add a year since Miss A can add -- I used to claim 39 but she's on to me now.)  Happy birthday Kevin!

Two of my brothers have September birthdays.  Happy birthday on the 4th to Chet and on the 6th to Tom.

Middle school!!
The kids go back to school in earnest, and I love back to school shopping!  Especially the school supplies.  These days the schools have the kids preorder their supplies and they all come in a big package so you don't have to run all over town to get the right size box of crayons or a particular kind of notebook.  You may just need to go for a few special things.  I always buy myself a new box of crayons or colored pencils for the house, and for me! 

My mom showed us how to do these
crayon doodles (this one used markers)
and the grands and I do them now.
Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays - no big meal to prepare, a lot of lazing around the house or the park.  DD and her family go to a local fair, and I take extra vacation days to make it a long weekend.

I'm remembering where I was on Sept. 11, 2001.  I was in Indianapolis with a rental car and no hotel room when the news came that all the airports were closing down.  The people in our office there went a little off the rails and everyone left except me and two other people.  I will never forget that only Louis asked whether I had a place to stay, and invited me to dinner at his home.  Thank you so much Louis, your kindness meant a lot that day.

My company closes its fiscal year on the last Friday in September.  THAT I am not looking forward to... but there are three weeks to go so I guess it will be here before you know it.  I've been preaching for the past two and a half months:  get your invoices submitted, get the purchase orders done, get your expense sheets in.  Then suddenly this week someone said to me "holy cow, there are only three weeks left until the end of the year! Process this quick!!"

To quote a famous movie line, "No sh*t, Sherlock!"

On top of that, this year I have to take three days out of the center of that three weeks to attend a leadership meeting in Charlotte, NC.  That's good news and bad news.  Good news because we've never been invited to that before, us support staff, so we always felt left out and unimportant.  Bad news because we've never been invited before and we always had three days where we were not being interrupted by last minute requests and we could actually get work done!

On top of that is the annual Wastewater Conference that happens during the week of year end close this year.  UGH!

Hoping this is me next month:

Rock on...

Friday, September 8, 2017

I Read It On The Internet!

It must be true, right?  I read it on the internet!!

The other day I was having a conversation with Miss A, aged 10, and she was going on about aliens.  She said they must be real, because she saw a couple of videos on YouTube.

Well, that was a conversation that was just not going anywhere, and I let her jabber until she got tired, and then I said "there are no such things as aliens" and she said "Yes, there are Gramma, I saw it on the internet!"


But seriously, this got me thinking about what a lot of people believe, and believe strongly, even adamantly!  And where do they get these ideas?  Well, it used to be across the back fence, the old Rumor Mill.  Then it was email... remember the guy in Nigeria who had a million dollars for you, if you just send him your credit card number? 

Now it's news in an instant, whether it's true or not.  Someone's opinion becomes a thing on Facebook or Instagram or whatever and suddenly there's a protest group on Wisconsin Avenue throwing rocks at a State building or something!

My rule of thumb is:  Trust, but verify.


If you see articles like "Human Remains Found in a Hot Dog Plant" or "Dogs Are Serving Coffee at Starbucks", you would think twice before you believe it.  I have un-followed a couple of people from FB because they're always getting upset about stuff that turns out not to be true. I don't need extra drama in my life!

But here's the thing, people can post anything they want on some sites, and nobody says "hey, that's not real".  Because if you DID, a million OTHER people would hate on them for disagreeing! 


It's silly.  This week, someone made a comment on a social media platform about a certain fabric precut set -- just a general comment that the precut sets they had purchased had not been of very good quality.  Immediately, a couple dozen people started bashing the precuts and said they would NEVER buy them because they're always JUNK.

Well, if I were the manufacturer of fabric precuts, I would take exception to that!  And truly, there are some very good ones out there that do a great job and do not need the bad publicity from the one or three people who got bad sets and hated them.  (In this case it's true, you're only as good as your 'cutter'...)

But what kind of set me off was that someone chimed in with a remark to the tune of  'suck it up, buttercup, you got it cheap so get over it'.

That was a little mean.  People say things they wouldn't say in person because it's so easy to hit that "post" button if you don't see the sad face of the person on the  other end of the comment.

I like precuts.  I buy them at my local quilt shop.  I buy them on line.  I try to get them on sale, but if I like them, I buy them.  I have and will continue to buy quality fabric.  You get what you pay for.  That must be true, because I read it on the internet!

Rock on...


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Quiet House

It's SO quiet here this morning.  It isn't usually this quiet.  The girls are at school and DH has gone for his weekly coffee jaunt to a local restaurant with the guys across the street.

No one is mowing their lawns because rain is in the forecast.  The TV is off, as is the radio.

The cat is sleeping on the back of the couch.  No one is walking dogs or riding bikes down our short street.

It's kind of spooky! (But in a nice way.)  I was just taking a minute to think about the people in Texas again.  It looks so bad on TV, what must it be like up close and personal?  I can't imagine losing everything in a few minutes like that.  Those people who lost so much probably never imagined it either.

We are so lucky in this country to have so much, and then to lose it all is so hard.  I also was thinking about those in the tsunami a few years back who didn't have that much and lost it all.  It probably wasn't any easier for them. 

And yet they're just things.  If we have family and they are safe, we can get more things.  God has His eye on those in Texas and elsewhere who are hurting.  I trust Him that He has a plan.  Maybe it's to make us reach out to help our fellow humans, to exercise our generosity muscles and our loving kindness genes.

Be generous and kind but if you're going to donate and help make sure you give to legitimate agencies with good reputations, because the same human impulses to goodness are out there in the less than good, who could take this opportunity to take advantage.

The Bible teaches us to give generously to all who ask in the name of goodness.  I believe that those who use situations like Harvey to take advantage have a special circle in hell just waiting for them.

So my friends in the storm's path, my prayers are with you this quiet, contemplative morning.

Stay calm and carry on...