Tuesday, November 30, 2010

lunch with Rhett

I had lunch at school with Rhett just before Thanksgiving break.  Sorry to say, I forgot to take my camera.  However, there was a mom sitting at our table, and she graciously took our picture and emailed it to me.  Thanks, Jordan's mom!

Elise joined us for the lunch, but you can tell her attention was occupied elsewhere.  With all the kids, there was so much to see!

Great day...lunch with 2 of my 4 grandkids!  Thanks for inviting me, Rhett.  :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me....la la la la la

Another year has slipped away.  No, that's not right.  Another year I've been blessed to enjoy everyday to the fullest.  Great kids and grandkids.  Retirement (that was a biggie!).  Time with my brothers and sisters. Time with friends.

Looking forward to see what all being 61 has to offer!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ah, a mystery...and a turkey...and some quilting

I got out this weekend with long-time friends Karen and Monica and went to dinner and a mystery theater to see Web of Mystery.  This was the first time I'd been to this community theater production, and I'm sure I'll go back for another one.  It was a nice small venue, maybe seating 60-75 people.   Very affordable evening, $11 well spent for a couple hours entertainment.  Now I want to check out some of the groups closer to home.

Karen and Monica and I were co-workers quite a few years ago.  As life happens, they moved on to other positions, and I stayed in my "other position" that took me through to retirement.  They're a few years younger than me, but the age difference hasn't mattered.  We still get together at least 3-4 times a year to keep up with what's happening. 

Here's Monica.
And here's Karen (she's the baby of the group):

I picked up a turkey Sunday for Thanksgiving dinner.  It's not every year that I cook one, so I made a call to the turkey hot line.  When I mentioned it to Elizabeth, she got a bit of a laugh out of it.   She was surprised that 1) there's a turkey hot line, 2) that I knew about it, and 3) that I called!  Hey, it takes a smart woman to know when to call for help!

And, last but not least, here's my quilting update.  I did this little snoman wall hanging, and didn't realize till after the binding was on that it was a bit wonky at the top border.  The first picture is kind of propped on the couch and you may not be able to tell, but I could.  I stewed about it for a few days, back and forth on whether I should rip it and redo.  Well, I finally did, and it didn't take all that terribly long...and I feel a lot better about it, so it was worth it.  


I know, it may not be a noticeable difference, but, sometimes its just a matter of doing something you need to do.  :)

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Count your blessings, you may be surprised at how many you have.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

been busy this week

Been busy this week.  Little Elise is really getting around now, hence Grams is really getting around!  No complaints though,  I'm enjoying the time with her.

My wall hangings that I've been working on are almost finished.  Just need to bind one, then attach the hanging sleeves.   There is one that I'm considering doing some frog stitching on (rip it, rip it), and may do that today, but all in all, I'm at a good point.  A few other little things to finish, but it's all coming together.

Here's where I am so far.  Now this first one looks pretty wonky, but it's propped on the couch.  The others are laying flat.

There's a dresden plate pattern too, but it's not ready for a picture.

I wish I could say they were perfect, but, sigh, they're not.  Kind of like me maybe???

And, on another note, today is sister Sue's birthday.  She's Karen to a lot of the world, but as I understand it, Dad called her Suzy Q when she was a baby, so she's Sue to a lot of the family.   Happy birthday, sis!

And . . . this is my 200th post in bloggerland.  Who knew I had so much to say???

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nice day today

I spent the day today with a few friends, working on sewing/quilting projects.  Linda and Kay and I have gotten together a few times now, about once a month.  It started because Linda asked me to show her and Kay how to make a t-shirt quilt.  They were so enthused, and we all had a good time, so we got together again the next month, then again today.  And Carolyn joined us today, working on her first sewing project in years.  It's funny how life takes us full circle...we took the "home ec" classes in junior high and high school, sewed a few things here and there, usually filling a need.  Then the time comes, often after many years of not picking up a needle, when we're back at it again.  There's a difference now though...this is because we enjoy it, and enjoy the process.  To start with a thought and see it through to a tangible object that we can touch and say "I made that"...priceless.

As part of our day, we had a little pot luck lunch.  I fixed tortilla soup, and the others brought the makings for tostadas, some cheese and crackers, and a cake.  Yummo!

Shifting gears a bit, I got my November package from my secret sister.  Since my birthday is this month (its on the 28th, same as Shawkl) she included a nice little custom made wall hanging.  Suits me just perfect...a little wagon loaded with flowers, and in shades of purples on a cream background.  Since the room that my computer is in has a bit of a garden theme (other than the crib and toys for the grandkids), it will fit in quite nicely.  The identity mystery will come to a close with next month's package.

By the way, Shawkl is having a 7 day giveaway, that's coming to a close soon.  Hop on over and see what she has to say.  I met her this summer at a little retreat I went to outside of Houston.  A very nice and talented lady, so willing to share her knowledge.