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Random Tuesday

The cat pic should be a dead give away- I got nothing.

Well, actually I have a lot- problem is an overall lack of energy.

So here’s a *really* quick update.

We had the 1st meeting of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild!  We had some wonderful energetic women volunteer to be a part of the Executive Board- I’m so excited to see what’s going to happen with this group!

I sold my quilting machine & am in the process of purchasing a new one!!!

I’m doing a major organization/clear-out/decluttering in my studio before the new quilting machine arrives.

I’m now the Communications Chairperson at our church & we’re working on some great social media plans!

Despite the record heat & drought conditions, our little garden is producing tomatoes faster than we can eat them- looks like we’ll try to can tomato sauce again- hopefully it goes better than last time!

I started taking a Cyclates class at my local YMCA.  It’s 30 minutes spinning & 30 minutes Pilates.  Super fun & it’s my new favorite class!

I finished the book “Quiet“.  This is a must read for everyone!  Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, this book has great insight into who introverts are & why they’re that way.  Go to your library NOW & check it out!

& that’s gonna be it for today- I’m taking 2 days to rest & recover from life recently, so I’m gonna go get back to that!

See you in a bit!

Random Monday

– J & I went to Michigan this weekend & we passed the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile on the way…
– I learned there are actually roads in Detroit called “Ford Road” & “Pontiac Trail.”  This is something a Southerner has to see to believe…
– I was reminded again of the fact that Michigan drivers drive fast.  Highway driving was wonderful this weekend!
– Big cities (well, cities larger than Omaha) have wonderful stores like Ikea & REI.  Btw, Ikea cinnamon rolls are amazing….
– In prepping for this trip last week was pure insanity.  Thank God I have a dear husband who doesn’t mind running out to Walmart at 10pm on the night before we have to drive 12 hours to buy me more Velcro so I can finish a walker bag for his grandmother….
– Here is said walker bag:

– I also managed to finish & mail a baby quilt for J’s cousin last week.  Pics to come….
– I also finished another grommet bag…
– I also taught the quilted table runner class.  The students pieces are beautiful!  Pics to come also….
– Needless to say, just sitting & sipping my coffee this morning felt like heaven….
– On the road, we listened to Quiet (the book about introverts) & Bossypants by Tina Fey.  Both were great & we need to finish them as well.  We paused & talked too much about the books so 24 hours in the car wasn’t nearly enough time to finish 12 hours of audio…
– Now we’re home & settling back into the routine.  I love the fresh start feeling I get the first days back from a trip…..
– One of my first goals is to tackle my studio.  It’s in serious need of some cleaning.  Or at least just straightening….

Welcome to Sickville…

Hi! *cough*

So the horrific pollen/allergy situation around here finally caught up with me & all I want is sleep, buttered toast, & hot water with lemon & honey.

I’ve been trolling Pinterest for all sorts of home remedies, but that cinnamon/honey concoction tasted so nasty, I think I’ll just stay to sleep & advil.

Still have some quilting deadlines to meet shortly, so I don’t get to take too much of a break.

Can’t wait to show you how my longarm guild challenge piece turned out!  Just need to make a hanging sleeve & attach the label- nice & easy hand work I can do on the couch thankfully.

Alrighty, time to crawl back in bed for a morning nap……

Thoughts on Thursday

Some randomness for your Thursday!  Here we go!
– How the heck did it get to be Thursday so quickly?
– I loaded a UFO on the frame this week:

-Seedlings for the 2012 garden have started sprouting!  As of this morning, we have 6!  These are either romaine lettuce, or spinach. (Didn’t have enough milk jugs, so I just planted the two together.)

– I’ve been expanding my presence on Etsy, check out my first treasury!  Sewing for the Modern Baby.
– On the reading front I’ve been living in an Ann Rinaldi world.  Yes they are young adult books, but they are also written well.  And there’s the historical aspect.  I’ve always enjoyed her books.
– Darla (the Scientific Quilter), is hosting a March-a-long– sew 15 minutes a day.  I think I shall be participating!!
– Last week J & I went to a celebrity chef event where we saw Rick Bayless demonstrate 3 dishes!  It was awesome & we’ve been cooking Mexican food all week.
– It’s amazingly beautiful here today.  50s & sunny & just jaw droppingly wonderful.  I wish I could just move the longarm outside for a day!

Ok, must get back to the longarm!  UFOs don’t finish themselves!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Pesky Foggy Glasses (& How I Conquered Them)

Today is Monday, so today I was busy mending and getting some yard work done (it was 65 degrees!!!). While emptying the dishwasher, I noticed our horrible foggy glasses.

Does this happen to anyone else? Does this happen *anywhere* else? *sigh*

No matter what I do to clean the dishwasher, nothing comes out clean.

I was nearly tempted to throw away all our glasses & get a new, matching set from Target. But then I reminded myself that’s not fiscally responsible.

So I soaked them for 1 hour in hot soapy water. Nothing. So I went to the Internet to research how to clean these pesky glasses. After combining several tips, this is what I came up with:

– take a large pot, fill with water (but allow enough water for the displacement of glasses)
– add 1 cup of vinegar (vinegar is a frugal homemakers best friend. We should all store vats of this stuff)
– bring to a boil. I didn’t wait for a rolling boil (not that much patience), but there were small bubbles coming up for about 3-5 minutes
– remove water bath from heat
– using tongs, carefully immerse 2-3 glasses. They should be fully immersed in the water.
– set timer for 20 minutes
– using tongs, remove glasses from bath, hand wash & dry
– repeat until all glasses are clean!

Have any doubts this works?
Here’s a before & after pic:

It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Random Thought Thursday!

– It’s a pajama quilting day in the studio!

–  Rizzo says “hi”, but would like to go back to his nap.  Being interrupted by me to take photos of him is tiresome- it’s a tough life around here.

– I made the most amazing rolls this week!  Used the bread machine just to make the dough- then formed them into rolls & baked in oven at 350 for ~30 minutes.

– They are even better the next day when you make them into a sandwich with a cooked egg.

– A dear friend gave me some quilting magazines this week.  I now have a severe case of ADD.

– I’m soooo close to being finished with the Batik BOM quilt top.  One more solid day of sewing & I could have that sucker assembled.

– This week I successfully drove to my friend’s farm in Iowa.  This may seem small, but it’s quite a feat in my book, as something always seems to happen to me out there- I get stuck in mud, I get lost, my GPS goes out- it’s never good!

– I’m working on a new quilt design for the MQS Fabric Challenge.  The creative juices are flowing!  So many ideas, so little paper to scribble them onto- I wish I could just take a snapshot of what’s in my head & put that on Pinterest.  Would save so much time.

Ok, enough randomness for today!  Must get back to sewing!

Thoughts on a Thursday

– Not sure where this week went, but I know some of the loss can be blamed on Anne of Avonlea & Anne of the Island.

Kale can apparently be harvested when there’s snow on the ground & is a hearty winter green.  Then why is it associated more with Southerners & not Northerners?

– When the average temperature has been 20 higher than normal, waking up to find the weather at a seasonal normal of 10 degrees makes the house very chilly.  No amount of green tea can keep you warm.

– My sister’s MIL is correct, bagged tea does successfully last for 2 uses.  I wonder what else I can learn from the woman that survived the dust bowl in the Texas panhandle.

– Kale really isn’t very strong when cooked down to nothing & added to soup.  Must keep this in mind for other soups.

– I own a lot of purple & pink thread.  Very strange.

– There is great joy to be found in knitting socks.

– Soup & bread are magical.  They can transform a chilly house into a warm & cozy dwelling.  I swear the aroma alone can make the house warmer.

Boxes, Pinterest & Generation Q


Picture lots & lots of boxes.

Helping my sister move (that’s the “working” part of this vacation).  So my days are full of boxes, tape & packing paper.

So no sewing for me.  And just a little knitting before I fall asleep (not knitting the doomed project I posted earlier, but another project I’ll write about when I’m not dosing off).

In the meantime though, I discovered this great website I thought you all should know about!!

It’s free, user friendly & I still can’t get over how much fun it is to move around the furniture, testing new layouts.  It’s like a quilting design wall!

Also, some of you might know I’m a huge Pinterest fan.  Generation Q Magazine did a great article explaning how it works.  They also quoted me at the end!  So read it, sign up for Pinterest, & check out Generation Q.  They are a new quilting group & I’m excited about their energy & perspective.  Grandma’s quilts not allowed here!

Have fun playing with these new sites!  I’ll be here with boxes, movers & other fun things I can’t wait to discover!

Sha-Recipes Holiday Swap

I co-moderate a recipe swap group on Ravelry & Kelliebelle hosted a holiday swap for us!
My secret partner was Cheryl & I got a great big snowflake dish cloth, 4×6 recipe cards (very nice & much needed!), 2 kinds of chai tea, 2 kinds of apple cider mix, a crinkle cutter & a recipe for Holiday Pumpkin Bread!
This is always a great swap & I can’t wait til we do this again!

Random List

1. I’ve gotten into a nice routine of cleaning everyday- which should help me manage the place.
2. Potted some african violets over the weekend, so now the bedroom seems a little more finished.
3. Finished 1 Maeve sock & now at the gusset increases on the second one. Would really like to finish this tomorrow, most likely won’t be until Thursday.
4. Currently reading “Cards on the Table” by Agatha Christie. One from my Booksfree queue. I really enjoy reading her novels. Very entertaining even 80 + years later. Maybe tonight I will find out who the killer is…..

Also, it was someone mentioned they wanted to see more pics. Here’s one I took at the Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria: