Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Four Days

Sure didn't feel like getting out of bed this morning after four days of being able to sleep in. SIGH! Finding it awfully hard to get motivated as well.

Let's pep things up a bit by re-capping the last four days:

FRIDAY: Ah, Friday.......got up at normal time to get Miss Andrea off to school. Instead of going back to bed, I ate breakfast at a leisurely pace, did my morning reading and headed to the sewing room. By 2 pm, I had a lap-sized quilt pieced - Mt Hood- from the first Nickel Quilts book. Then headed to Waynesville/Fabric Shack. Unfortunately (fortunately for my wallet), they didn't have the Thimbleberries fabric I initially wanted. Picked up a few pieces of fabric for a fall-inspired quilt and then drove to Joann's for a few bits and bobs. Found a neat book on continuous line quilting for 30 percent off.

When Andrea and her buddies were at the football game, Michael and I drove to Frisch's for coffee and dessert. Ahem, his idea of dessert was a Big Boy. Nice little change of pace for just the two of us.

SATURDAY: Miss Andrea joined me for breakfast at IHOP then on to Best Friends' Open House. Signed up for Stash Pot Pie and purchased the "naked men" fabric Andrea wanted to make pillow cases for her buddies for Christmas. I'd like to make these Saturday morning breakfasts with just Andrea a regular thing - maybe once a month. With just the two of us, she opens up a lot more. As much as it's possible, I'd like to know what's going on with this particular 16-year-old. She's showing an interest in sewing, which I'd like to encourage.

After the open house, we drove back to Mason for Penney's, the bird seed store, Joann's (again), and Pet Smart. Phew!

The only sewing I got done was a small table runner and a new cover for my wallet.

SUNDAY: Church was lovely, but the music was a bit "off" The leadership team has struggled with the music portion of the service ever since the assistant minister who lead that area left our church for another opportunity. But, I do love singing in church since nobody notices how poorly I sound!

What to do in the sewing room? I purchased a Moda/Kansas Troubles jelly roll at last year's shop hop. Looked at the various jelly roll patterns I had and decided to use Twisted Strip that I picked up at the quilt show in Columbus. I had the top pieced by noon on Monday.

MONDAY: I slept in the latest of the four days since a big thunderstorm rolled through the area around 6 am. Rainy mornings are just made for sleeping in. Once I finished the Twisted Strip, I focused on sewing up more Labor Day Madness stars from Nickel quilts. They're very nice, but sewing one star from start to finish involves a lot of cutting. I need to remember that by piecing these combination units, I'm actually doing two quilt tops at once.

Michael and I took Andrea and her two buddies out for lunch at Steak N Shake, the bank and filled up the car with petrol. Whoa! Do we know how to get excitement or what?

In between all the sewing, running around, I read a lot. I'm 3/4 of the way done with "World Without End" by Stephen Follet. Linda convinced me to read "Pillars of the Earth" and the book I've almost finished is the sequel.

All in all, I got most everything done that I wanted with the exception of housework, but that doesn't count! Hey, I did bake a cake on Saturday night using zucchini. Michael won't eat it though.

Michael news: We got a notice from our congressman's office that Social Security needs his national insurance number from England. We mailed the request for that to England on Friday. We've also asked Michael's ex to try to find it. Their insurance number isn't used as commonly as our social security numbers are. Health-wise, Michael is about the same. He is definitely not using his oxygen when he needs it and that troubles me. One of my mother's friends passed away yesterday from the same lung condition that ails Michael - another reminder of what we're dealing with. Poor Michael - even making the bed sends him into a coughing spasm.



jillquilts said...

Wow!!! You guys sure know how to paint the town red, huh? :-D

It sounds like you had a great weekend! I'm so glad that you got to spend it with your family!

Gina said...

You had a busy weekend.

try and make your breakfast date with Andrea a regular thing if you can. I try and do the same thing with Gemma, Pizza Hut for tea once a month. It's amazing how much they open up in a situation like that

Love and hugs GIna xxx

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Sounds like you managed to fit a lot into four days. Remember that I'm thinking and praying for you and your family! Don't sweat the housework...I'm not...giggle!

Regina said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pillars of the Earth and have read it and reread it many times, but could not get through the sequel. I will never look at old architecture the same way again!