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Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Extra Hour

Thanks to everyone for sharing what they did with their extra hour! From what I can hear....the extra hour is a good thing! :-) Though... sometimes I wish we'd just stay on the daylight savings time. Yes, it is a bit more difficult to wake up before the sun rises... but, I really do miss the little bit of daylight I had during my commute home from work. Now, when I get home, it feels almost like 9:00 p.m. (when it's only 5:30 p.m.)...dinner in your pajamas, anyone? lol!

So, here was the big thing I did during my "extra hour".... Hubby and I drove to a friend's house to pick up a Singer 15-91. This was gifted to us by our friend's mother (who had it gifted to her by her mother-in-law).

This Singer and it's table are in super nice condition! She also included some different feet and the original manual. It is electric and also has a "knee bar" for starting and stopping with your knee! And here I thought a "knee control" was a function only recently offered on "modern and new" machines! lol! I don't know too much about this particular model, so I've been researching online. My plans are to clean, detail and oil her up before I try to sew on her... though I've been told "she does work"! :-)

Well... I've got a meatloaf and scalloped potatoes baking in the oven right now... sure does smell divine!!! This meal is going to be a great belly warmer on this cold and windy Saturday...

Until next time...stay healthy & keep on smiling!


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Autumn Leaves and Ponderings

The Autumn colors in central Jersey are very vivid this year...everything stayed green until late October...and then it seemed like they all changed overnight on Halloween...a trick, or a treat? lol! Today was splendid! Temps only in the upper 50's (F) with brilliant blue skies and tons of wind. So many leaves fell and collected on the ground...very pretty...but, difficult to find where the road ends and the yard begins? ;-)

Wool and Cats
When we first brought Berwyn home, he took a liking to a small hooked rug I had on the living room floor. He would sleep on it. That was it. Until he got his confidence up... and then he started rolling it into a ball and chewing on it. He also started to pull large pieces of wool out of baskets and run through the house with them....eventually finding a place to play with and chew on it. And now, since all of my wool is in a closet for safe keeping... he sometimes sits and longingly stares at the closet door... waiting for it to be opened... so he can sneak in and steal a piece of wool and run away with it!

So. I ask my wool and cat fanatics out there... will he outgrow this? Or, do I need to find a new hobby? ;-)

Time Management
Today was one of those Saturdays that involved waking up to an early alarm clock. And once the coffee kicked in and the sun came up... I was off and running and getting things done (and crossed off my list)! Most of it was around the house... laundry... tossing out a few more things... organizing... getting warmer blankets and clothes out of storage from the attic...

And then it dawned on me...that what I really need to do is actually schedule in some time each day for stitching! Even if it's only a half hour a day... it will be a half hour closer to actually finishing some of the projects I have here. And yeesh...so I still have projects here!!!

BOM's and Auto Ships
I've signed on to quite  few of these over the years. And, most of them just managed to collect into piles...that eventually made it into boxes...that eventually I lost interest in...and then eventually got sold on eBay. It's a vicious cycle. So. This year, I made a promise to myself that I would actually only sign on to a BOM or auto ship if I was truly going to complete each monthly (or quarterly) packet in the month (or quarter) it arrived. And so I signed on for two BOM's (both Fig Tree quilts) and one auto ship (the quarterly Box of Figs). And while I do like the projects...I've done a horrible job at completing each shipment in a timely manner. And, because these kind of become the ONLY projects I work on throughout the year...my stash has not decreased in size at all this year. So... looking ahead to making 2019 a create from stash year! :-)

Take a peak at the most recent box Box of Figs shipment...cute Holiday bags...lovely fabrics, felt and thread to complete a stocking runner...and some pretty pads for making lists...

It's all lovely! And, I hope to stitch this runner up for this Christmas!!! :-)

Extra Hour

Sure. That extra hour technically happens in the middle of the night when we are sleeping. So we assume we use that hour for rest, right? Well...what if I get out of bed and hour earlier than I normally would on a Sunday...and take a ride just east of my house...and find something superbly interesting!!!

Tomorrow I will be doing just that!

Check back soon to see what I find...


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Finally Fall

I awoke this morning to a brisk 45 degrees (F)....and the high temp of the day is 56 degrees (F). A nice relaxing Sunday to read, watch football, bake cookies, daydream...

...and play with our kitten, Berwyn! It's approaching two months since we brought him home...and he's done a fine job of making himself comfortable! He has toys in every room of the house...along with quilts and blankets in piles here and there. Now that it is getting cooler out...he has even more energy to play...and likes to look for a nice warm lap to nap in...

...so this is my view while I'm at my table reading...first is the grooming...

...which is then followed by a nap...

...and then some "let me help you make the bed"...

...followed by "Mmmm...that sure was a tasty little bug"...

And even though I had to hide all my yarn and rug hooking wool in the closets (under lock and key)... I do believe he is the BEST cat EVER!!! :-)

So. Those are some reasons why there was very little quilting or rug hooking happening since my last post...in fact, it was only just today (while Berwyn was napping), that I had a chance to make a little Halloween wreath...

The orange twig wreath and sparkly green spiders were 60% off at Michael's. All I did was weave a web using some yarn I had in stash... and "Voila!" a kooky Halloween wreath for the front door...total cost was just under $10. I may re-do the web next year...and will most likely use some black sewing thread to better steady the spiders....but for now, I'm going to enjoy it as is since Halloween is only two weeks away! :-)

Until next time...stay healthy & keep on smiling!


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