Friday, October 31, 2008

One tidy spot

My cleaning has been sporadic these last few days. I think I have ADD. Of course, it could be that I don't have a place for everything that I have. You know..."a place for everything and everything in it's place". This old hutch has scratches and dings, but it's one thing I remember from my grandma's house. It probably was never an expensive piece and sometimes I think of painting it.
Anyway, the latest theme for my hutch has been the blue stuff. Soon it will be time to put out the Christmas dishes.

Trick or Treat

Since I don't have any neighbors and don't live in town, these little dolls were my only visitors tonight. Aren't grandchildren beautiful? Little Riley took his train costume off and was going to stay at grandma's. I love that he wants to spend time here. McClellan called to say trick or treat for me. Often times he signs, which doesn't translate well over the phone.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's in the Mail

I've been gathering some 4" fabric squares for Christina. Jeannie from her church is going to help her and some other budding seamstresses an I-Spy quilt. It's hard to know where to stop, but I decided when I went to the fabric shop to look for "bug material" that I had gone far enough. So, today they went into the mail.

I got to meet Jeannie, Karen, and Ginny last week when I stayed with Christina while Matt was gone to Ohio for the week. The older ladies meet with the young mom's weekly for chatting and planning and mentoring. My grandchildren are lucky to have those stand-in grandma's.

Wednesday's Woes

I started the day with a list of things to accomplish. I am a professed "piler" and I wanted to clear a few surfaces as I am having sorority at my house next week. Well, I've had muscle spasms in my back for 4 days, so today I decided this was the day to see the chiro. I wasn't going to get better on my own. That took an hour I hadn't planned on. Then, my daughter pointed out that the month was nearly over and I hadn't got my tags and taxes. So.. there was a trip to the courthouse and a $445 expenditure.

Oh, I also took some stuff out to my booth at the antique mall and remembered that I had a coupon for $10 at Famous Footwear that would soon expire, so I shopped for a new pair of athletic shoes. On the way home, I stopped at the grocery for a couple of non-necessities. One of my friends from church was just getting a booth set up to give flu shots for county health, so I stopped for that and updated my tetanus while I was at it.

I did manage to clean off my china hutch and dust a side table. Tomorrow I have Granny Camp- the slower version of boot camp and Whatever- a quilting group at church, so the morning is blown. I really should mow behind the shop just one more time, too.

Maybe I'll just head on over to Finding My Knitch and make her Buttermilk Pie. It sounds delicious.

I hope your day was more productive than mine.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

October 26, 2008

Things I am thankful for today:
I have healthy grandchildren
My children are good parents
That I have a home
That my old van still keeps running
Being invited out for lunch
Visiting with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law
I have a job to go to tomorrow
I was able to see my mother this yesterday

Things I need to work on:
Eating without thinking
Stressing about things that I can’t change
Spending too much time on the computer

Goal for Tomorrow
get ready for the plumber on Tuesday
focus on the positive

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Philippians 4:8

I belong to a service group at church. When asked what the original group wanted to call themselves, one lady answered " Whatever". So, that's what we are called. Mainly we make quilts from donated materials for each newly baptized child and each high school graduate. Some go to the foster care program.They are very basic, hand-tied quilts. Baby quilts are made from 48- 6" squares. I stepped into the job of cutter (because no on wanted to use the rotary cutter) and by default, designer. Lately,I've been trying to break out of the box regarding color. I'm trying to be more bold. By that I mean use more that 2 fabrics for a top.I wish the colors showed better in the pictures.It's difficult to stay matchy-matchy when you can only work with what's in the cupboard. We are having a craft bazaar this weekend and these are some that I have created.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Verity's Baptism

The last weekend in September, Verity Christianna was baptized. I took my mother and my mother-in-law with me. I had hoped to get pictures of all 4 grandkids together, but they didn't get the memo. We had a nice visit.
Here are pictures of the girls, Mariell and Verity ...

and the boys sharing an ice cream sandwich.....(Tonganoxie has an ice cream truck that drives around the neighborhood ringing a bell.)

and the cake that my son made. The messes he made in my kitchen growing up sure paid off. It was pretty and it tasted good. Real men do cook. His dad set the standard there.
My oldest grandson and his parents had to be out of their house for a few days, so they spent the weekend with me. I really enjoyed it. He left his parents in bed and came upstairs to sit on my lap while I ate my breakfast in the mornings. He requested waffles for his breakfast, but eggs and toast seem to suffice.

A few weeks ago, I picked up a doll and bottle at a garage sale. Both of my grandsons have new baby sisters and I thought it would be a logical addition to grandma's toys. I remembered a doll cradle that I had won in a raffle. As you can see, Riley was a little confused how it should work.