Saturday, June 28, 2014
Rhonda inspired me to clean out the fridge and freezers. Thanks Rhonda :)
Just a happy, happy day all around today. A few more should have been done a long time ago projects are complete. I even put my feet up in the afternoon to take some time off to read my "The One Year Bible for Women" book during the day (I will share more on this book later). I have been so down for so long with all that has happened the past few month's that a Happy, Happy day was just what I needed.
I have given up on a To Do list for awhile. Just flying by the seat of my pants and hoping for the best :) I really don't need a To Do list to remind me of what needs to be done. One look around our home and something is always screaming "Do Me, Do Me" :)
Today is my meals on wheels day for Elijah and his family. It will be a happy sad day in the kitchen. Happy and blessed that we have enough to share with this sweet sweet family. So sad that Elijah is in this nasty fight. There will be lots of tears going into this meal :( It still feels like a dream that Elijah has cancer...how can this be? Elijah and his family needs prays, they need laughter, they need normal. It's hard to be normal when we are around any of them. We all just want to fall to our knees and cry out why, oh why do little children have to suffer. OK, here come the tears, it's time to get this show on the road.
If you would like to join in as Prayer Warrior for Elijah just click on his name :)
Friday, June 27, 2014
I didn't get far on quilting the beach quilt before DD#1 called to see if I could watch the toddlers for a few hours. Heck ya!! We braved the heat and mosquito's for some outdoor play before a storm started coming up. It turned out to be one of those nasty storms, wind, hail, thunder, lighting. Karsyn quickly told Mason man (she boss's him around all of the time) get Nanny's quilt we gots to hide from the "Funder storm" Of course Karsyn was being Karsyn, she peeked out at one point asking for snacks under their "Funder quilt".
I can think of no better way to get off track on my To Do list than hanging out with one or more of the toddlers. While having them every day is more than I can handle for too many days the every once in a while days are sooo fun :) After they left for the day I picked up the house. I was DONE.
If I can stay on task today I think I can knock the beach quilt out pretty quick doing some meandering FMQ. That along with the back pantry is on the Goal list for today. I hope to come up with and additional Teen quilt before our Linus project meeting next month. I know I have more than enough fabric in my stash to put together a girl quilt. Time will be the only hang up. Time seems to be the hang up with everything in life :)
One of the desk areas I got under control was the charity files. I have just been shoving receipts willy nilly here and there. There might still be some receipts in the disaster area (sewing room) but for the most part I think I have a handle on things. Funny thing about fabric is it's so easy to buy but it sure takes a whole lot of time to use it up. I know because I have the receipts to show I have bought a WHOLE lot of fabric. blush
Onward to the tasks of the day!!!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
My desk is back in order, for now :)
I feel like a heavy load is slowly coming off my shoulders. They only things that seemed to be getting done for way too long has been keeping the family in the middle of the road and sewing for charity. It's hard to believe how far behind I have gotten. Rather than freaking out I am taking it one day at a time. Rome wasn't built in a day after all.
Once I get to set down tonight I will come up with the next plan of attack. The list is very, very long. Maybe the sewing room, OH MY or one of the spare rooms that has turned into a charity store room. So many options to pick from.
With any luck I can get back on the sewing machine by the weekend to work on two more charity projects I need to have complete by the end of the month. I can't remember ever chasing my tail as much as I have been the past tow months. Fingers crossed that we don't have any pop up surprises for a long, long while!!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tyler's main job was to help out with Blake, oh how he loves babies :)
I was planning ahead on the meal front yesterday knowing we would be busy moving mulch before Sunday dinner. Yesterday was also my turn for meals on wheels for my buddy. By 9:00 AM I had Lasagna ready to throw the oven for our meal, herb chicken in the cock pot, and all of the sides cooked and tucked in the fridge for my buddy. It's just too stinkin hot to cook in the late afternoon :)
DD#1 called not long after that informing me the big boys wanted to start early to try and beat the heat of the afternoon. Works for me!! Everybody had their belly's full, covered in sweat, and out the door by 2:00. A afternoon shower and a long nap was on all of our must do list's. What a wonderful day! It would have taken me a month or longer to do what we all accomplish in just a few but very hot hours. LOVE THAT!!
Lots of running around this morning to get errands done hopefully before the heat builds up. Then...hours of organizing the desk, paying bills, filing, shredding, you know the drill. I feel like I can finally see a light at the end of this crazy 2 month tunnel of sickness and death's. We almost made it a whole week without any major emergency's before Friday when my friend got sick. This week NOBODY better have any problems enough is enough!!
Off to town I go, so much to do in one day :)
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Karsyn was the hit of the neighborhood yesterday in her new "Frozen" cape
Our girls are so funny!!! After just a few hours together yesterday they were both ready to pack up and leave as "It's just to loud and crazy over here" HAAA Try keeping them all at the same time and we will talk. They wonder why I look like something the dog drug in at the end of a day with all these blessings :)
I had planned on taking the weekend off. Even thought about maybe taking a short trip to the mountains to get away from the heat and just relax with my new book. OK so that didn't happen. Taking the weekend off to just be home...Not happening :) While the gang was all here yesterday a DEAR friend called. She had been having tummy troubles the night before, since things were getting worse in the morning she broke down and went to the Dr. An hour later she called back that the Dr was sending her to ER for some test as he didn't like what he was seeing. Her tummy troubles had nothing to do with the salsa she ate, it was her appendix!!
I am headed up to the hospital this morning to do the morning shift. I am a morning person unlike most of our friends, we plan on tag teaming her until she is out of the hospital so she will have someone around to make sure she is getting the care she needs. It's always something :) SOOO thankful she didn't put off seeing the Dr or things could have been much worse.
Here is a really COOL site for friends and family who want to help loved ones who are recovering at home!! Take them a Meal Someone set this up for our sweet little buddy Elijah, it's WONDERFUL!!! Instead of having to coordinate meals for the family with people you may not have in common they can just log into the site, pick a day that's best for them to bring in a meal, and they can even view the calender to see what others have already taken to them. LOVE THIS!!!
Just as soon as I find out Ms. D's food restrictions and her possible release date from the hospital I will be setting one of the Take them a Meal sites up for her.
Time for a shower and get this day started
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Some dresses with appliques.
Some just plain
Others with lace
and a whole bunch with ribbon
28 pillowcase dresses in small, medium, and large are DONE!! I will make that self imposed deadline of Friday as the mail date!! Yippee
I am sew glad that the pillowcase dress job is complete!! I really was worried something would come up this week which would have put me so behind to get these dresses in the mail to the sweet lady who I promised them too. YAAAA for no problems this week!
Tomorrow will be a nice slow day. Pay some bills (ugh), a few errands, clean up the desk and some files, then maybe, just maybe I can work on Karsyn's cape.
I am calling it a day early tonight as I was up at 6:00AM working on the dresses. I can't wait to crawl under those covers with my book.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
And a few from outer space.
I am ready for these Haiti dresses to be DONE!! The printed pillowcases look so much better than the plain ones that I am trying to dress up a little. Note to self only buy printed pillowcases next year!
I set a goal of having them in the mail by Friday. Not sure if I will make that self imposed deadline or not as it's slow going now that I am adding appliques to the plain ones :( I had thought about adding a lace ruffle to the bottom of the ones for little girls but the lace isn't on sale this week. Maybe when the new sales come out today I can add some, otherwise I am going with what I have on hand :)
Next up for the sewing machine is a "Frozen" cape for Karsyn. She has the costume and shoes but MUST have a cape. Kara wanted a new bird house to paint.Woohoo they were on sale for.72 cents this week. She loves bird's!!! She will spend hours trying to sneak up on birds so she can put them in the bird houses to live. It's so fun to watch the little girls playing together and interacting with their very different personalities.
With the temperatures in the high 90's this week I can think of nothing better to do than enjoy the AC while sewing away. Summer is here for sure.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
I figure I am not the only one who's stash runneth over. How would you like to share some of your lovely fabric with someone who could really use the help?
Bea over at Bea's Hive is in the midst of a family tragedy, she needs our help. Her Granddaughter is extremely ill, last word I have had is she is still in critical condition and in a coma. Bea is of course lost in worry over her Granddaughter's condition. She would like to make a quilt to wrap her in love and prayers during her recovery.
Here is how we can all help :) If each of us made a small donation from our fabric stash of bright happy fabric Bea will be on her way to making that quilt for her Granddaughter. Bea has requested we pre-cut the fabric as she herself is confined to a wheelchair most of the time making cutting very difficult.
I can't think of a better way to spend a few minutes this Sunday than helping this young girl and her grandmother. If you could spare some happy bright fabric please e-mail her at .
Bea Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org for her address.
I thank all of you for your help in playing a small part of this young girls healing.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Break time!! Need to come up with a plan to get the pillowcase dresses done lickety split. I am thinking an applique to the bottom of the dresses might do the trick, possibly a ruffle on the bottom as well? With all that is going on around here there is not time to waste :)
This afternoon I will be taking Tyler and possibly Elijah to see "How to Train a Dragon 2" Elijah is still having a lot of pain from his feeding tube surgery this past week, along with the pain from the cancer in his neck...he is just not up to moving around too much right now :( If he can't join us today we are going to give tomorrow a try. Hopefully an additional day of rest will get him back on his feet :).
Off to shop from home for a few appliques that will add a touch of cuteness to these dresses
Friday, June 13, 2014
How can it be that this little guy is already two weeks old!!!
I am meeting DD#3 this morning to help out with the kiddo's while Tater Tot has his 2 week check up. After that it's any ones guess as to how the day will go :) Kara may or may not spend the day. She has been all over the place as to what she wants to do since her little brother has joined the family. DD#3 may or may not want to spend the day hanging out at our house as she too seems to be trying to adjust with two little ones. I had her kiddo's yesterday morning while Mommy had a follow up EKG, her appointment with the cardiologist was scheduled for July. We were so hoping that the whole heart event was a thing of the past but after getting the results back the Dr wants to see her again before then :( She looks great, she feels great, but her heart is just not getting back to where it should be. Prayers for a FULL healing, inside and out
I have finished all I can do with DD#1 and getting her classroom in shape for the fall other than a few sewing projects she wants done for next school year. She and hubby will be out of town for a short 10th Anniversary getaway over the weekend. Since hubby's folks are down for the week I will be the backup if they need an extra pair of hands.
DD#2 is at Liberty University this weekend working on her Masters. I can be of NO HELP to her! Ha
There might be a chance I will have a weekend alone....What to do, what to do?
I was going to post photo's of the options I have to choose from to work on over the weekend but.... my camera battery is dead. THANKFULLY!!
The past month has been so crazy. Each and every room in our home needs some serious TLC. Our banking and budget if you can even call it a budget any more needs some major work. The sewing room, kitchen, and laundry room have been taken over by fabric. The TON of wood mulch is sitting in the driveway waiting for me. The garden, oh my.
It's hard to decide where to put my energy for the next three days as there is just so much to catch up on. What I really want to do is wave a magic wand at it all then pack a bag for the mountains. :)
On a brighter note Elijah is home from the hospital after his surgery for his feeding tube. He has also finished his first week of radiation and is doing well. If anyone would like to follow along with his battle to beat this nasty stuff please join in on his FB page at Prayers for Elijah.
It's time to drag my depressed, tired old body out of this bed and do something! Hope everyone has a great weekend
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Yesterday was delivery day for so many different things! First off a project Linus meeting in the afternoon to drop off these 7 quilts along with many crochet blankets that had been dropped off to me. I hate, hate, hate driving in the city!! It took 2 and 1/2 hours to get to the meeting :( Once there I was so stressed out I bought a bag of chocolate covered peanuts for the drive home :) I had already let the coordinator know I wouldn't be staying for the meeting/sewing evening as I needed to be home before dark. Left the house at 3:00pm arrived back home at 8:00pm. grrrr
Last but not least DD#2 gave one of the teachers at her school a "Quilt of Valor" for his service after 9/11 in the Iraq war. He served two deployments after being called up by the National Guard. Her Seniors were pretty impressed two weeks ago when our congressman came to school to award him a medal for his service. It was fun to play a small part in helping these young adults thank one of the many men who are giving so much to keep us safe and free!!
Almost forgot the last of the deliveries. Elijah's Aunt Julie is always the go to Aunt for all things snack related at ballparks or any outings where kids are involved. She has been right by her sisters side from the second Elijah was diagnosed with cancer, going so far as to take and extended emergency leave of absence from her teaching job. I was surprised when Elijah was in the hospital the first time with his diagnosis of cancer that he didn't receive a hand made pillowcase. I quickly whipped one up for him then got busy working on more when I have found the time. I gave Aunt Julie a nice stock of handmade pillow cases for her Aunt Julie snack bag to pass out at the hospital to any of the boys or girls they meet on the cancer ward. I sent a note to our local ConKerr coordinator this morning asking why the children's hospital didn't have any pillowcases as it seems I have donated a whole HECK of a lot of them this past year :)
So that was my day, the morning with my nose at the sewing machine the afternoon stuck in the car and the evening....siting on the sofa with AJ the beagle as thunderstorms rolled through. I thought the day might just end with NO new problems but....we were hit with a hail storm!! I haven't been out to see if there was any damage yet this morning. Oh please let the new roof be OK!!!
Off to DD#1 school today to help her move and set up her classroom for next year. We will be doing the grunt work today, organizing her supplies, books and all for the next school year. Decorating and fluffing the classroom nest will be done before school starts back in August. As long as I don't have to spend hours in the durn car it should be an OK day :)
Monday, June 9, 2014
Do you ever have days that you just want to throw up your hands and say I give up? I am there.....I came in the door and called it a day. I am feeling a little energy coming back by late this afternoon but I am still not up to tackling much of anything.
Piles of fabric, piles of wood mulch...it can all wait :)
I had a little talk with God on the way home from the hospital. I couldn't help but smile as we had our chat. Buddy I know you don't give us more than we can handle. I know you will give me the strength to do what must be done. I know you are right beside me in case I stumble but.....If you testing my faith forget it!! I am with you all the way just as you are with me :)
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Yesterday I hit the end of my emotional rope :( For far to long I have been running on overdrive trying to keep up with all the life, death, birth, and illness situations that have come into our lives the past few months.
After doing some morning shopping for Elijah and his family my motor began to slow down finally to shut down all together. Everything seemed to be just silly and dumb. I logged on to FB to see what was up in our little world and began to get angry. Elijah has cancer.......I don't want to see posts of stupid stuff. Off the PC went, I will check out the news. Elijah has cancer....I don't give a rats ...who wins a dumb horse race. I just couldn't lift myself up from the funk.
After a long talk with our Lord I fell asleep. Three hour naps is not something I do!! But the energy just wouldn't come back, the tears won't stop. Having some cuddle time with just Tater Tot, DD#3 and I couldn't even lift my spirits.
Before heading to bed I received a message from a fiend I haven't seen in what seems like forever. We use to visit often at scrapbook crops and our local store, exchanging ideas, supplies, and plans for the next albums on our gotta do list.
She wanted to thank me for sharing Elijah's story, his FB page, and his donation page. Her ladies prayer group and her entire church had all joined in on Elijah's prayer page. They were on fire for a little boy they have never meet, they were taking in every kind word from strangers sharing their love and prayers for this little boy. They were excited to see what Gods healing hand and the blessings little Elijah would be sharing with so many strangers. They were inspired by the out pouring of love and support Elijah and his family were receiving.
Elijah is just a little boy, he is a little boy with cancer. The kind words of a friend I haven't seen in too long woke me up.
Today I will use the gifts God gave to to do what I can. I will be cutting that pillow fabric like a wild woman. I will be sewing my brains out. When Elijah and his family enters the hospital Wednesday to have his feeding tube and chest port surgically place he will be going with a pile of pillowcases to share with others in the children's cancer ward. He will be waking up wrapped in the comfort of a new quilt signed by his 3rd grade class. He will be strengthened with the love and prayers of thousands of people who have never even meet him :)