Thursday, December 29, 2016

start to finish

Disclaimer: I did not finish this project in one day. In all honesty, I did not exactly do it start to finish.

In the midst of my semi-organized chaos called a sewing room and calendar filled with holiday events, I've actually both started and finished a project. Yes. That is so spectacularly amazing that it bears repeating: I've both started AND finished a project.

Sometime this fall (maybe November) I bought the needed materials for a bench cushion. The kitchen table we acquired from Bobby's aunt came with a bench seat that needed a very deep cleaning. We had guests over for supper one night and the kid sitting at one end kept saying "I'm sticking to my chair!"  Not long after that, a friend gave me a lecture at our house, and I was sitting in that same spot. When it came time to get up and go to the firing range, my pants were stuck to the seat. It's only that end of the bench that does it. I've cleaned and scrubbed it again, but I'm afraid only sanding and restaining the bench will solve the problem. And that's not something I want to do. After online shopping for bench cushions and seeing there wasn't one the size I needed and custom ordering was so expensive, we headed to JoAnns the next time there was a sale. My goal was to have it completed before my family came for the wedding, but that didn't happen. But I did finally get it done this week. I measured and cut one evening, then ironed (adhesive strips) and sewed (hand sewed the ends) the next evening.

It's a very small red check. My 13 yr old niece saw the fabric when visiting and said it looked like something from an old farm. I'll take that as a complement. :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Top 10 Reasons Why a Quilter who has a room full of fabric and patterns Would Buy a Quilt Kit

  1. It was on sale.
  2. No, not on sale - on CLEARANCE.
  3. It's a queen size.
  4. Incredible color selection.
  5. The pattern is traditional with a modern twist.
  6. It looks really cool.
  7. Anyone who sees it will think it is AWESOME.
  8. Even my husband agreed it was a great price.
  9. 65% OFF!
  10. Who needs a reason to buy fabric?!
I think I may need intervention here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

and it's over

As of 11am today, the holiday festivities are over. The last of the family that has been rotating through since December 10th has finally left. The wedding was great. Having my family here was wonderful. I feel as if my birthday and Christmas have been celebrated for quite some time. And having Bobby's family come and visit and have get togethers immediately afterward was nice. A small part of me would like to have a few more days to enjoy the decorations and Christmas music before jumping back into the craziness of life, but the other part of me wants to starting putting things away and prepping for the new year.

Despite predictions from the road crew that our road would be paved by Christmas, it's still not completed. Personally, I think there's still some work to be done before they start paving. I'm not thrilled with the steepness of our driveway now, nor that our driveway now comes out in the middle of a turn lane. The landscaping has been done on the border of our property and the school. Not thrilled that someone chose pine trees (enough of those pollen creating creatures already!) as one of the trees, but overall I am pleased with the placement and planting. Not sure someone thought out the reality of placing an oak tree where they did. Within ten years it will be extended to our yard, but we'll deal with that when the time comes, provided we're still here.  The large oak tree in our yard that the school purchased and said would be gone is still standing, though I expect they'll lop half the limbs off in a few years as its limbs will soon be hanging over the turn lane in the road. I think I'd rather they go ahead and cut it down than chop pieces of it off like that.

Today is my parents' 54th anniversary. Mom says it saddens here that when people find out how long she's been married they act shocked. That used to be common. And today is also the anniversary for a college roommate - except her husband died the week of Thanksgiving. I simply cannot imagine being a Mom to a senior in high school and losing your soul mate a few days before the holiday season begins. The thought of losing a spouse at any time is absolutely horrible. But losing one around the holidays just seems extra cruel.

And the holiday loss didn't stop there. My older sister spent a week before Christmas break (and her daughter's wedding) counseling students and organizing counselors as her charter school dealt with the disappearance of an 8th grader. She was found murdered, along with her mother. Her step-father and his brother are in jail without bond awaiting trial.

Then my cousin Gary, in his 50's, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack. So my Dad was here for the wedding while his family gathered in AL for the funeral.

Meanwhile Bobby's friend and friend's wife, both whom have cancer, are learning a new normal as the wife returns home from what seems like 2 months in the hospital/rehab. She's now taking radiation 4x a week while he does his weekly maintenance appointments. And the list goes on and on....

Perhaps that is why my soul is ready to return to its busyness. It helps distract a little from the heartache surrounding me and gives me a reminder that life does not stop. People are lamenting on facebook today about how rough 2016 has been because of the number of entertainers who have died. And I'm thinking "So?"  I know that sounds calloused, but those people have never been in their home for a conversation, never eaten a meal with them, never posted on their blog or Facebook page, never sent them a text, and yet they're carrying on as if the world has ended. The reality is, nothing in their life is going to change one bit because of that person's death, whereas the people who are actually close to them whom they can help and impact are all but ignored while they mourn the life of a person they don't truly know.

And that's my rant for today.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

a good busy

Well, I still have one more tree to put up. I'm not fighting with our outdoor nativity since our yard is in a state of upheaval (official as of this morning). And then there's the mess/clean-up that comes with dragging things out of closets. And then the official clean-up. I still don't know when my parents are coming for next week-end's wedding. I've about decided it's okay if nothing in the house is clean except the kitchen and their bedroom/bathroom.

I spent the day working on bills, running some errands for tomorrow night's kids' caroling activity, shopping for an elderly friend. My plans for the evening had been to do a little cleaning and laundry, but that quickly changed. Bobby's cousin has been in the hospital for the last week. Tonight his wife, who is also a little person, had a massive heart attack. So their 17 yr old daughter is at the hospital with her boyfriend while her Mom is in cardiac intensive care and her Dad is in a different wing of the hospital with a contagious infection, awaiting discharge to rehab. The 91 yr old aunt is currently home alone. There's a lot of backstory and subplots in this scenario. Prayers for wisdom would be appreciated.

Meanwhile, I have 4 roosters I need to rehome. Fried chicken anyone?

Monday, December 5, 2016


And as if 2016 has not been a whirlwind enough, this month is here and racing by. I want time to slow down.

My camera battery went out over Thanksgiving. I've not only not charged it since I've gotten home, I've also not taken any more pictures.

Good things:
1. We had our first service in our new church building. It was exciting, overwhelming, and amazing.
2. Bobby's nephew helped me get the entertainment center put together.
3. The television is installed, and I think I may have figured out how to make the DVD player work.
4. Almost half of my Christmas decorations are up.

The Bah-Humbug moments:
1. Realizing my family won't have any time to relax or enjoy Christmas time at my house. ("Bob's Bed-n-Breakfast" as my brother-in-law calls it will open once again for a niece's wedding.)
2. Recognizing that with this upcoming birthday, my child-bearing years are almost over.
3. Having our house rattle and shake half the day as work on the road begins in front of our house. They've not tackled our yard yet, but if not this week, definitely next.
4. Praying for my sister and brother-in-law today as they assisted with a memorial service for an 8th grade girl at the charter school where my sister teaches. After a week of searching, the remains of the girl and her Mom were found. My sis came home from an emotionally trying day to find the news revealing autopsy reports and the girl's stepdad being charged. A horrible reminder of how broken our world is.

So tomorrow I hope to finish with the decorating and commence with the cleaning...