Sunday, September 30, 2012

Found time on a rainy Saturday...

Sometimes changed plans can open up a window of productivity! My plans for the weekend changed and I got a free afternoon and evening We decided to hang our wedding picture over our bed but it looked so dull against the white wall. So after testing a pretty blue grey for weeks we got it finished yesterday during the rain. I also had been searching for just the right sized bed skirt. It had to have a 21" drop and split corners to fit our bed. I would love to know more about the history of this bed. It once was a rope bed, then was spliced and enlarged to fit a double mattress. We then bought special rails so it could fit my queen sized Sleep Number mattress. It still sits high so we will have to be careful in about six months when I hope there are some Saturday morning tickle/snuggle sessions.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Design help please

It's time to buy furniture for the quilt studio. This corner where the tv is will be like a family room. We have finally found a sectional that doesn't completely swallow you up when you sit on it. The manufacturer is in N Wilkesboro so if we order this weekend we take advantage of Salem Creeks sale prices and should have it in time for Thanksgiving.

The sectional will almost make a U while will help define this space. The braided rug is moving into the cabin under the kitchen table.

I auditioned several colors but think I am leaning towards red. This green wasn't bad either. There are some samples below. The red that looks like courderoy? Is soon soft and should wear well but it looked a little orange under our lights. The other red is a better shade and looks quilted but more expensive. I told her I was going for whimsical since this big room has so much going on and she suggested the fish print for some pillows.

So what do you think? I plan on changing up with quilts of course too as the seasons change that's why I think the fabric should be a solid.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What a nice suprise

The ski club surprised me with a lifetime membership at tonight's meeting. Like the quilt guild this club has given me some of my closest friends (including my husband). Look at the attention to detail on my certificate......a patchwork border and the statement that I am---the very fabric of the club-----

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Praying for Meme

We have a 21 year old in our church that has been battling ovarian cancer now for almost four years. Her bright smile and sweet spirit would almost lead you to believe she is not sick most of the time. But the last few weeks have been extremely tough. They found out this fourth round of chemo is not having the results the doctors had hoped and she is in a lot of pain.

We watched our cat Banjo struggling with an abscess last night that had been drained. He was still trying to get over the effects of sedation and just wouldn't settle down. I started to tear up thinking about Meme's parents. How totally helpless you must feel watching your child in pain. So yes Meme needs our prayers....but I won't forget Sharon and David either.

This link was set up by her cousin and tells you more about her. Go Postal and I will be going to Zip Line on Sunday Sep 29th for a fundraiser for her at Sanders Ridge in Boonville.

And I will be getting my toenails painted teal in her honor. September is teal toes month for ovarian cancer awareness.

So come on my praying me lift up Meme and her family for strength during this battle!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dossier to China (DTC)

We were notified today that our dossier has been translated, bound, and is on its way to China. Once there a representative from our agency will hand deliver it to China's Children's Welfare office where we will wait for the next big milestone.....our Log In Date (LID). Once we have a LID a child referral shouldn't take too long.... Keep Go Postal, I, and toddler Brendle in your prayers as now it's becoming a reality!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sewing skills!

So glad Mom made me learned to sew. Not to mention how that blossomed into a love of quilting and all the cherished friendships I have with quilters....I just got a pair of Gap Khakis for Go Postal for $10 because they had a small opening in the seam. Cha Ching!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering those who serve

I tease a lot about moving to the country but it's really a nice place to call home. Take this event on Sunday evening....the local volunteer fire department has an open house and blood drive in memory of 9/11. The blood mobile had more donors than they could handle and our friends and neighbors enjoyed a bluegrass band and hot dogs. I know a lot of city folk might not think this sounds fun but it was. And gave us a chance to Thank our local (all volunteer) group of firefighters that stand ready to serve us whenever the call might come.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back to real life

We are missing some dates on one form in our dossier and my renter is not happy....welcome home. But for a few days Go Postal and I were far away from daily life and even did without phones or the Internet for about 48 hours.

Key West and the Dry Tortugas were such a contrast. The weather was perfect. I got to drive all the way down highway 1 with the top down on our rented Mustang. We toured the Hemingway home and the "Little White House" and caught the sunset at Mallory square.....along with some of the acts like Catman who has trained housecats to jump through hoops on fire.

The trip to Fort Jefferson was about three hours by Ferry but we had very smooth waters. Once there we got a prime campsite looking out to the water. Thankfully no rats were seen but there were hermit crabs skittering around everywhere. The only thing missing is a fresh water source so if we ever went back for more than one night we would have to take a lot more provisions to make it comfortable. We sat along the top of the fort wall to watch the Sunset. There were only about 6 other campers.

We put our new snorkel gear to use on the Dry Tortugas, there was coral and all kinds of fish to see along the moat walls and old pilings. We also took an excursion at John Pennekamp underwater State Park to see another coral reef.

I didn't make it to all the famous bars only one quick stop into the Green Parrott where GP saw a guitar signed by SRV, Santana, Clapton and other blues legends. We brought a glass home from there for our collection.

I will upload more pics when I get the photos off my big camera....for now the real world is calling.