Archive for January, 2008


It’s snowing at my house.  We get snow a maximum of twice a year at my house and it usually lasts for about two hours.  I came home from work tonight and made dinner.  During dinner J asked why I didn’t tell him it’s snowing.  I thought he might just be kidding me.  We finished dinner and went out to play.

There were some of the biggest snowflakes I have ever seen.  J brought out spoons and some snow cone syrup and we had real snow cones.  What a special treat!

Hope woke up this morning with pink eye again.  We thought she would be able to go back to school tomorrow, but with the snow I think she might end up with a snow day tomorrow.  Her school tends to be very careful when they decide about keeping them out.  There have been a lot of days that I thought she should be able to go to school no problem and the school thought it was too icy.  School was closed yesterday because it was icy in the morning.  It was clear by 10:30, but they had already closed it for the day.

Purple quilt update  – I have pieced all but two squares.  I originally planned to make it 4 squares wide and 5 squares long with 8 inch blocks and a 2 inch sashing.  After laying it out, I thought it might be too small, so I went with 5 wide and 6 long.  Any thoughts on how wide the sashing should be?  This will be the first quilt I have sashed and I do not want it to look small, but I also do not want it to be overpowering.


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Are you seriously kidding me?

This has been one of those weeks.  You know the one where you lean on the scripture that reminds us God will never give us more than we can handle.  Hope has been having these fevers in the evenings where her face gets really pink and breaks out in hives.  Her pediatrician says he thinks it’s a virus and there is nothing we can do other than give her tylenol and benadryl to keep her comfortable.  This on top of the pink eye which did not get better with round one of antibiotics, but seems much better now with round two.  J got a horrible migraine and spent two days down for the count.  Last night was Hope’s last day on the second set of antibiotics and I was so glad to be done with eye puss.

I normally don’t work on Saturdays, but because things have been so crazy here I missed some time this week and decided to go into the office today and make up some time.  I was getting ready to go and Hope came out to tell me she thought Emily had pink eye.  I took a look and guess what – her eye is all red and has yellow crap coming out of it.  Phone call to the nurse – No I do not want antibiotic #1, it’s not effective on this strain.  Yes I do know what I am talking about I used to be a physicians assistant and she needs to have the other antibiotic.  I don’t care if you don’t have a standing order for it call the doctor on call and get a new order!  I can hold again if you would like or you could call me back.  I know they call me names when I hang up, but please can you just do your job for once.  I can only imagine what kind of care they would get if I just accepted their answer.

OK.  Sorry to vent to you all.  I am thankful that I have relatively healthy daughters and that we have insurance to cover the visits and antibiotics.  J and I make a great team and we have a couple of great kids.  This is one of those days that I am thankful that God does not give us more than we can handle and that I have someone special to handle it with.

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My purple quilt is really coming along. I planned to make it scrappy, but I can see some dominate fabrics showing. I will incorporate more fabrics as I do the next blocks because I am almost out of the ones in the pics. I have only been quilting a short while and this is the first sampler type I have done. I am having a ball putting this one together.


This will not be the final layout, but you get the idea of where I am going. Don’t you love my design wall? I love having a metal front door. Note the super cute marbles holding up the pieces. 🙂

This is one of my favorite blocks yet. I love the way the pattern comes out with the smaller blocks.

I found the green fabric with the purple flowers as a shop about 9 hours away and they only had a 10 inch remnant remaining. I fell in love and bought it just for this quilt. I love the way the green acts as an accent now.

Sorry it took so long without pics. I finally figured out a way to get pics up on photobucket with my laptop being broken. I can not reach the USB ports on the loaner computer my husband is graciously sharing with me, so I have not been able to upload from my camera. Then it hit me there is another perfectly good computer sitting across the room from me with USB ports on the front. J hates it when I use his computer, but he was sleeping and I think he just likes to complain. I no more than turn the computer on and log into Photobucket than he wakes up and comes out to see me on his computer. To which I hear (of course), “why are you on my computer when yours is also on and just sitting there?”

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What does love mean?

You’ve probably seen this before, but its so good!

“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”
— Phyllis Diller

“A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine.”
— Anonymous

Slow down for THREE minutes to read this.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds,

“What does love mean?”

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore., so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.   That’s love.”
Rebecca- age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
Karl – age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
Chrissy – age 6

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
Terri – age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.  They look gross when they kiss”
Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,”
Nikka – age 6 (We need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”
Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared.  I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that.  I wasn’t scared anymore.”
Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.”
Clare – age 6

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Elaine-age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt.”
Chris – age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”
Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
Lauren – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image)
Karen – age 7

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it.  But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget.”
Jessica – age 8

And the final one — Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.  Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.  When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

“Nothing, I just helped him cry”

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Purple Quilt

I have been collecting purple and lavender fabric for a while to make myself a small quilt.  I started cutting and piecing this weekend.  I am making a very simple sampler that I designed myself.  I am excited to be starting on it.

I spent the afternoon with Hope at the Dr’s office again.  The pink eye has still not cleared up and she now has a fever and hives on her face.  She has new antibiotics and we should be turning the corner very soon.  She has been such a trooper.  It breaks my heart to not be able to fix it.

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Thankful Thursday

Yesterday the girls both saw the dentist.  Checkups went well.  No cavities and no work needed until the next visit in 6 months.   When J went to pick Hope up from school they said she has an eye that looks sore.  He got her outside and looked at her in the light and low and behold it’s pink eye. So, after the trip to the dentist we made a trip to the pediatrician’s office for antibiotics.  The stuff is very contagious, so I spent a good part of the day disinfecting the common surfaces in the house.  My house smells like bleach now.  Yuck!   Here’s my list for this week….

1. Disinfectants

2. Antibiotics

3. A washer & dryer in my own apartment

4. A boss that understands when I need the day off to deal with goopy eyes.
5.  A husband that is going to spend the day dealing with goopy eyes and cranky kids.

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McTeacher Night

Tonight we stopped by McDonalds after work to pick up dinner.  It was a special fundraiser for Hope’s school.  It was super crazy in there.  The restaurant was packed!  I was glad we were able to go.  The girls enjoy going and seeing the teachers working at McDonalds.  Last year Hope told me it was good for them because if they decided not to be teachers anymore they would have something else they could do instead.  I love the way she thinks sometimes.

Tomorrow one of my coworkers and I will be reorganizing the storage area at work in the morning and then the girls both have dentist appointments in the afternoon.  It will be Emmy’s first appointment.  She sometimes does not like to let her pediatrician look in her mouth, so hopefully this will go OK.

J  got me the best present the other day.  It’s a keychain that is a digital picture album.  It holds about 100 pictures.  What a special present to get.

Things are slowly progressing on the creative front since Christmas.  I have just not felt the creative juices flowing.  I got this  book for Christmas.  I have drawn out a couple of plans for a quilt and a seasonal wall hanging, but have not gotten any of the squares printed yet.  I was able to get some excellent deals at JoAnn’s on clearance holiday and fall fabrics for the seasonal quilts.  This weekend is a three day weekend so hopefully I will be able to get some serious quilting time in.

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