Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Catch Up Day - Sort of...

It's Tuesday, the day I try to get caught up with things (housework, quilting, etc.), but I haven't been too successful today. I started by trying to clean up some of the junk I've saved on my computer, thinking it would help it run faster and allow me to wait a little longer before I have to upgrade. I'll tell you what, I have duplicate files (just named them differently), duplicate pictures (saved in two or more separate files - why, I don't know) and lots of stuff that I can't for the life of me remember why it was important enough to keep in the first place.

Anyway, I was moving along pretty well until I got to the pictures of Quinn. I had taken some pictures this past weekend while they were here but I hadn't really looked a them. They are pretty cute. The weather was beautiful and we spent quite a bit of time outside. Quinn loved her lawn mower and swing!

Of course it was sunny outside, so she had to have shades! What 13 month-old doesn't like sunglasses?

I did do some sewing this weekend. In my previous post, I told you that my friend Rachel digitized some letters for me. Of course, I finished all five blankets and forgot to take a picture before I took them to the lady who wanted them. DUH!!!!

I also started AND finished a quilt top called Fiesta. The pattern is by Michele Scott and I found it in the July, 2008 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. Of course I changed the construction technique because I didn't read the instructions correctly and I made a cutting mistake. Also I changed the pattern so that the quilt would be 72" x 72" rather then the original 59" x 71". I didn't really want it to be square, but I did want the design to be symetrical, which is wasn't orignally. I was going to make it bigger, but since I was using stash and I didn't have enough of a couple of the fabrics I decided square was better than buying more! I am in the process of layering the quilt, so I don't have a picture right now. I PROMISE to post one as soon as the quilting is done.
Maybe I'll get more done next Tuesday.............

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Birthdays and shows, but no sewing

I'm finally posting again, after what, 2 weeks?

Jack, Lynn and I went to Cincinnati 2 weeks ago and visited Nikki, Zach and Quinn. We had a great time and the weather was fabulous.

On Saturday we all went to the Cirque Dreams, Jungle Fantasy and it was great! I can't imagine how anyone can be that flexible or talented. If you ever get a chance to see them, you really must go. There were contortionists, trapeze artists, acrobats, jump ropers, etc. I would be hard-pressed to tell you my favorite part of the show.

Check out their website: http://www.cirqueproductions.com

Quinn really enjoyed it. We were all surprised that she was so engrossed in the show that she didn't fuss at all and was dancing to the music. She fell asleep during the last 5 minutes or so, but I think that is amazing considering she hadn't taken a nap.

Saturday was Zach's birthday and Nikki bought him a grill. We got him some utensils and a grilling cookbook and some seasonings. Since we had gone to the 2PM show, Zach grilled dinner for us all and it was really good. We didn't celebrate Quinn's birthday yet, even though it was on the 9th. Nikki and Zach want to have a picnic/party at the park so no one has to try to have a ton of people at their house. It is also perfect for the kids because of the playground equipment, tennis courts, etc. Even though it will be almost a month after her birthday, the party is May 2nd. We figured that Quinn wouldn't care. Afterall, she's only 1!

Jack and I went to the Indians home opener last Friday afternoon. Lynn was there with some friends, but we weren't sitting close. It was cold and rainy and there was a rain delay. We all left after about an hour and half delay. Jack and I stopped to get something to eat and when we got in the car around 9:15, they had resumed play. I couldn't believe it. The rain delay was almost 4 hours long! I'm a big baseball fan and so far it looks like it is going to be a challenge to really enjoy watching Cleveland this year. I know, it's early!

I haven't had much time to sew. I've been busy at work and I was sick over Easter weekend. YUCK! It is driving me crazy to not be sewing. I've been trying to sneak in a few minutes here and there, but even that hasn't happened much the last coouple of weeks. I'm hoping for this weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures then also.

My friend Rachel digitized some letters for me and I have to see if I can save it to a USB stick and transfer it to my machine. I think I'll try that tomorrow morning before I get busy with the thirty other things on my list. Thanks Rachel! That was fast.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Short and Sweet

Jack, Lynn and I will be leaving in a couple of hours to visit Nikki, Zach and Quinn in Cincinnati so I thought I would provide a brief update before we go.

Nikki made the move two weeks ago and they seem to be settling in pretty well. We are taking a couple of forgotten items, or things that wouldn't fit in the car with us and they will be here in about 3 weeks so that should take care of everything. I'm going to try to "accidentally" bring something home with me that they really need so I have to make and "emergency" trip next week. Do you think I could do it and have no one figure out my plan? Anyway, it will be good to see them all.

Saturday is Zach's birthday and we are all going to see the Cirque Dreams, Jungle Fantasy. It should be fun and I'll let you know when I return.

Jack is doing much better. He did end up with another stent, which is what I kind of expected. He had some trouble during the procedure. There was a problem with the blood flow and he suffered a minor heart attack, but there doesn't appear to have been any lasting damage to the heart. He continued to have chest pains for a few days, but that has subsided. Also, now that we have his medications figured out, he is MUCH better - no more headache, dizziness or nausea. He took a walk yesterday and really enjoyed it.

I'm sure I will have pictures from this weekend so I'll try to post soon after I return.

Have a great weekend, everyone!