Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I'm now seeing a podiatrist and have learned that I have 3 neuroma (3 pinched nerves in each foot) and my arches are falling. So now I have orthodic inserts in my new shoes, joy! I'm also seeing a chiropractor, my bones and muscles are not too terribly bad, just a few adjustments. I'm basically really tight in my mid back from all the sewing!
I'm going to make this a simple entry today, I will have to upload pictures later!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I'm also ready to paint more rooms in my home! My friend's husband is going to paint our foyer for us, it is a 2 story foyer. They need the money so I don't mind helping them out at all. They are a great family! Speaking of painting, there are other rooms that need to be painted. Chris' room is ready and so is his bathroom. That will probably be first on my list, then paint the stairwell to the basement. My plan is while my friend's husband is painting the foyer, I can paint the hallway that comes off the foyer. That would be nice to have that all done at once!
Quilting: not much going on in the quilt world for me. I did manage to finish 2 quilt tops that I gave away and a friend's quilt. I have about 10 quilts now that need to go on the machine, I'm glad I have no deadlines for those quilts! This Saturday, my quilting group is coming over. We are going to head over to the Village Quilt Shoppe for the quilt show, then come back here for lunch and head down to the basement for a day of sewing! Some of us are going to begin piecing a "weaver fever" quilt. Yep, starting another project when I have not finished the other one....that would be Steve's quilt that should have been finish over a year ago...oops! I get distracted very easily.
My weeks are so busy right now. Monday is the middle school level co-op, every other Tuesday is Meadows co-op, Tuesday night I host a women's bible study here, Wednesday is the high school co-op, afterwards we all rush out of the house to head for church. There we have youth praise band practice and bible study classes. Man when Thursday gets here I am absolutely exhuasted! I look forward to sitting in my bed wrapped up in blankets, door closed and I watch Grey's Anatomy! I noticed in the last show that they have Meredith in bed...she is pregnant...you could tell. Funny. oh well that is Hollywood.
Today though, after our Meadows group, I am taking my son Chris to the doctor. He has lost 40lbs in about 3 months. I've noticed that he is tiring very easily, some days he is so pale. I'm hoping it is because he grew. He is already over 6ft, but he looks like he could be almost 6'3" now! Praying there is nothing wrong with him and that it was only a growth spurt.
Last night I hosted a Premier Jewelry party. I had a blast and made a new friend at church. She is the rep. for PJewelry. Glenda is her name, and she is so nice! Learned a lot about her last night, I really like her!
Well, I have to get moving now, time to go get my day moving.
~till next time....taking it one~stitch~at~a~time Nancy
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We have started our new school year with a bang! I'm hosting a middle school level history, science, literature and writing class, and a high school level here in my home.
I have not been able to piece (quilt) very often these days due to home schooling. I'm going through withdrawals so I decided to have all my quilting buddies over on Saturday! I can't wait to see everyone! We clear out my family room and set up tables for everyone to sew at. There will be about 8 of us, it is going to be a blast!!!
Back to homeschooling, I'm a little disappointed in 2 of my high school students. They have been in this writing class for 2 years and their first essay for this year was extremely poor. I will be sending their essays back home for them to rework. I was impressed with the others' though! Very good content! Way to go kids! I think this group is going to be a blast! I have 3 girls too...a little distracting for those boys though...the girls are cute.
That is all for now....
Monday, July 27, 2009
Chris and Steve were gone for a week to Vanderbilt, Michigan. Our church's youth took our VBS program there. I missed my two boys! I'm glad they are home! And I heard nothing but great reports on how well both boys were and how helpful they are! While Chris and Steve were gone we painted John's bedroom. It was a brick red color, we could not stand it any longer...it is not a nice soothing camel brown color. His room looks fantastic!! Now to just get Chris's room done!!!
The drama is still continueing in other areas, but I will not post them on my blog, that is not a nice thing to do. I will pray that all works out.
Speaking of prayer, Bonnie and her family are on their way to Baylor Hospital in Houston, TX. Pray Pray Pray for Bonnie!! I know the Lord can heal her!
School is going to be starting soon. I need to get busy and start planning.
I also need to work out in my yard, it looks horrible! The flowers have gotten way to big! I can't move them though until September! Lots of work ahead!
Summer feels as if it is almost over and yet at the same time it feels that it has just gotten started!! *sniff sniff* I need more time, but don't we all!! I need to piece another quilt! I feel it in my bones! LOL... Time to get moving off the computer!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Last night I finally finished a friend's quilt. Took me forever, but it is done! YEAH! 1 down and 9 more to go...joy.
I discovered last night that these strange little bug bites on my hand and elbow, well they are not bug bites, it is poison ivy...great! So far I only have two spots, lets hope that it will stay that way and go away!
Not much else is happening, my son Chris bought himself a used 1997 Honda Civic on Monday. oh this makes 11 vehicles at my home...I think my husband needs to sell and get rid of some! Chris is very proud of himself, he saved for a year! We are proud of him too.
Time to get myself into my Bible study then on to working on a quilt.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Yesterday, I worked a little on the quilt that I am designing and then decided to work on the longarm machine. My friend Dawn dropped off her Weaver Fever quilt she made. Blues and yellows! Love it! I'm almost finished with it, it is taking a little longer than I anticipated, but I am almost finished with it. Dawn took all my scrap batting home and is making me large batting pieces for my quilts. We are bartering services....she is piecing my batting scraps into large pieces and I am quilting for her. Once I finish my own 24 quilts then I will send them to "Aunt" Chris for binding...I like exchanging services!
My son Chris has found a car that he wants to purchase. Hopefully one day this week we can go look at it. I hope we can do this before it gets sold to someone else, it is a really nice Honda Accord...nothing like a foreign vehicle in your driveway! lol...well time for me to go work on my Bible study. I love sitting outside on my backporch reading!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The rest of my morning will be filled with just straighting up the house to prepare for our Sunday School bbq that is this evening. Not much house work to do, just basic stuff. I enjoy having everyone over.
This past Thursday we had a meeting with our homeschool co-op and drama group moms. The church that sponsors us, allows us to use their building is having some financial problems. They are an itsy bitsy church and we want to help them raise money to help pay for the new roof and to pay the heat bills. Winter is brutal to the heat bills! I hope all goes well with this and our fund raiser ideas do well for the church. I think it is absolutely wonderful what that church does for us, and it is not even my church, but I want to help! The fact that they open the doors to us, all denominations is absolutely fantastic!
Dawn came over yesterday and she took home all of my batting scraps. She is going to match them up and make the scraps into large battings for me!! I think this is going to be great! I have had those bags and bins of scrap batting for years, now I need to do something about it. In exchange for her doing this for me, I'm going to quilt her weaver fever quilt!
One more thought, it is time to start planning for the fall semester. Yep, I can't believe it, but before I know what will hit me fall will be here! If I don't plan for the lessons starting in July then I will not be ready for September! If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail! I don't want that hanging over me!
Well, time to get to moving with this morning's chores and of course eat breakfast.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Camelot is on! Our summer project, Camelot! I can't believe we are going to put on another play before school starts back up again. I have to start lesson plans asap so that I have time to breathe after the play. That will be the entire month of August. I will have a month off between play and school. I'm so thankful that my boys can work alone for about 75% of the subjects. To save money this year, I'm going to write out my own lessons, bringing in lots of resources that I already have. Today I must run some errands before I get started back on the longarm machine. I also need to call some of the kids' friends so that I can get some help in moving rocks out of a large flowerbed. I'm calling it a rock party! How clever! I will feed the kids that come over and help. That is all for now....
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This is Steve's quilt. I had made him a quilt almost identical to this one over the summer 2008. After I finished the twin size version, we decided to get him a queen size bed...needless to say the quilt did not fit his bed. I'm trying to finish the quilt now, but I was just not motivated enough to work on it yesterday...so it is on my wall still, along with a friend's quilt on the longarm machine. I need to finish these projects!! the little white squares...that is just batting, I use batting pinned to my wall for my design wall. I did work on the quilt for just a short bit yesterday, I added red and brown 1 1/2 inch squares to cover up all those white spots! Steve's room is painted that lighter color green.
Till next time....
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
The play, Fiddler on the Roof, was an amazing success! So many of the audience members came up to ask me if Joe (he played Tevhe the Poppa) was going to pursue acting as a career. I told them all no, this was just a way for him to go end his senior year of high school with a bang! And that he did! He was fantastic!! He surprised his mom and dad with his acting!! The audience loved him and the entire cast!
Steve's role of Mendel was fantastic! I loved the bottle dance!! And the scene at the cart when he is trying to get the Rabbi's cream! If the audience only knew that Tevye and Mendel were brothers and to see the action going on between the two of them! I loved it!! Chris played Sasha. He learned to play the mandolin for the play and he did it exceptionally well!! I'm so proud of all my sons!!
My sister, Renee flew in from South Carolina to see the play. I felt so bad for her, because I was so busy that I did not get to spend enough time with her. I love it when she comes up here!! I have such a wonderful time with her. She spoils my kids too, so they love it when Aunt Nay-Nay is coming up for a visit! She takes them all out to eat and buys them starbucks!! LOL Well, that is all for now. Tonight we have to go pick up the sets from the school/theater. UGH! I hope it is not another late night!
Friday, May 8, 2009
I will write more later!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
It appears that no quilting will be done my me between now and after the show. I am just way to busy. I'm getting excited too because my sister is flying in just to see the boys! I think this is fantastic that she is doing this. My husband's parents are driving in from Florida to see the show, that is one LONG trip, they live way down in Marco Island!!
Today is Kate's birthday! Beautiful wonderful Kate is now 23!! What a beautiful person she is. I hope she has a wonderful day today.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
this morning I began making up our reading list for next year...our school year. I can't believe I do this every year! I plan so far ahead, but as they say, "those who fail to plan, plan to fail"!! I cannot fail my family's home school!
So far I have to use: Sonlight's IG 7 (www.sonlight.com) and Tapestry of Grace yr 2(www.tapestryofgrace.com)! Teaching the Classics Worldview Supplement (www.centerforlit.com), IEW's High School Essay Intensive and Elegant Essay (www.writing-edu.com). Math, it is a given, we only use Teaching Textbooks (www.teachingtextbooks.com) Science, I thought I had science as a given also, but as things are turning out, I had to purchase bju's biology (www.bjupress.com) for Chris this year. The other boys are using Apologia's science. John struggled this year with General Science, so I had to allow him to take a break from it. Instead he is reading "It Couldn't Just Happen".
Time to get moving, time to go play with fabric!!
Today is come over and sew day! This group is rather small this time, many cannot attend, but that is ok we are still sewing. We will be sewing in my sewing room located in the basement. I already have my project ready to go, well for the most part.
Presently, I'm listening to Beth Moore online study: http://lproof.org We are in I Peter. I need to get back into the Word, deeper! Next week we are starting a new study, unfortunately I can't remember the entire title of the book, something about being a wallflower...wallflower, I am not, but there is a message for me!
till next time,
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I have added some pictures. The double delight and a log cabin. The log cabin is just blocks up on the design wall, I have not put them together yet. This is going to go to my neice Steph. Ok, enough for today...till later y'all!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I put the quilt away from the frustration and not being able to see a completed top any time in the near future. I've picked the quilt up again and put it on my UFO list. When I was rumaging through the bag labeled "Shakespeare in the Park" I realized I had finished more blocks than I had thought. I had 20 of the Snail's Trail blocks finished. hmmm, now that was inspiring, maybe just maybe I can finish this quilt. Still take my time, but finish it this year. I think I can do this. I separated the blocks out into little workable/doable sections. I don't get as overwhelmed this way. I also have to do that with the Double Delight quilt from Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilts from January www.quiltville.com I will take all year to work on both of these quilt.
I've uploaded my progress of Shakespeare in the Park, including a picture of the book and a picture of what the completed quilt show look like. Except I went with a different color pallete.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I need to get busy and plan graduation, open house, buy his high school ring (which I must add that he wants the Eagle Scout ring), pictures, and cap & gown. Along with planning all of this we are preparing for Fiddler on the Roof. I'm so proud of Joe for landing the lead role of the father!
I also need to contact my friends at church who want to learn how to sew. I'm going to have to host a workshop day for everyone to come and learn the terms, and how to sew certain blocks. I can't wait to get this quilting ministry off the ground!
Speaking of sewing, last night I finished quilting my neighbors gift quilt. The gift is because Steve, the husband, came over and used his snow blower on our driveway several times this winter! Even though we have 4-wheel drive vehicles, friends were getting stuck in our driveway! It is not fun trying to get our friends out of 18inches of snow!
Back to homeschooling. I have several textbooks that it is time to get rid of. All of my boys are past the elementary years, so it is time to say good bye to those books that I have been holding on to..you know the "just incase I need it". And while I am at it, I think I will attack this computer room and clean it up! It is such a mess.
Oh, I learned an interesting piece of news this morning. Detroit public schools offers an incentive to the students that show up to school today! Do you wanna know why? Because today is the day they take a head count...the school gets $7,000.00 per student that shows up today! What?! They offer the students, actually it is a bribe, cd's, dvds and such to come today! What is wrong with that picture?! Does anyone else get upset by this? I don't even use 1/7th of that amount to buy textbooks for my kids! I realize that this also pays salaries, textbooks and such..but are other school districts around the USA getting that much money per student? let's ponder this thought for a while.....
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
My boys, my 4 wonderful boys are all getting the cold bug that is running rapid around these parts! I'm giving them a day of rest so they can be well for the rest of the week.
Tomorrow is Steve's 15th birthday. That means their ages will go: 17, 16, 15 and 12! Talk about stair steps!
I have no pictures to post today, no quilting as of yet. Today I must clean my house! I can't stand the filth any longer.
Till tomorrow...good day!