Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sometimes you have to start something new

I made a bunch of these little socks a few years ago. They are really fun to make. So last night whilst taking a break from the barn raising squares, I made this one. I see more of them in my future.

The boys are already gone with gma and gpa to the vacation house. They put the next Gregor the Overlander book in the cd player and were off.

The topic for tomorrow is dyslexia and Tuesday is better customer service - some lady is coming from Culver's to speak to us (just in case you were wondering what my agenda is for the beginning of the week). Customer service for teachers? Remember I work for a CESA, the agency sells my low incidence spec. ed. services to school districts for a fee.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ahh, Saturday

The boys were gone all week and leave again tomorrow. I've been doing some "professional development" for work. Ask me anything about children living in poverty, bullying, or visualizing/verbalizing AND I can give you an answer. While I enjoy learning something new and having a few extra days to play with if I have snow days, I was ready for them to come home yesterday. I think that I will probably be ready for them to come home again on Friday.

Yesterday one of Ian's friends called 5 minutes after he got home. Ian just looked at me when I said," Maybe you can see him tomorrow". Today they sit on the couch playing Wii. I like his friend,. so I don't mind him being here, but what about me??

To be truthful, I am having a bit of anxiety about work. I am getting a few new students in districts that I haven't been in a while. It probably won't be as bad as I am envisioning it, but sometimes change is scary.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rookie Mistake

I decided to take my spinning wheel for a whirl this afternoon. We sat out on the deck with the sun shining and the breeze blowing. I was really getting the hang of drafting again. Soon I had 3 bobbins full of spun fiber. I thought I had more bobbins like 4 or 5 total so the spinning part was going full blast. No need to worry.

While I was spinning, I had decided that I was going to try my hand at plying next. I was having fiber dreams of creating more yarn this week during the evenings. So I sat and read the instructions for the lazy kate and found that I needed an empty bobbin. I searched my craft room - no more bobbins.

I really need to read all of the instructions before I start new projects. I guess that I will have to wait to ply it until I go buy a few more bobbins.

Ahhh. I guess it is back to the barn raising squares (23 and counting) and quilting.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Front...

The "mood" front had moved on. This morning we made a quick trip to JoAnn Fabrics to get some minkie for the back of an alien quilt (not one of the 2 projects that I left on the table). We were scouting the polar fleece when I heard Ian say," I've found the softest stuff in the whole store". Wow, did he ever. I promptly put the canary yellow fleece/minkie in the cart. Then we perused the store.
It seems like I have been saying "no" to the boys a lot today. They have been asking for stuff... to go out for dinner.... to the grocery store for lunchables.... You name it they have asked for it and I have said "no". Today I said yes to some of those black velvet maker posters and they are working on them right now. Enjoying every minute.

Have a good afternoon, I'm off to do some machine quilting.

Monday, August 9, 2010

One of those days...

Birdseed Sunflower growing through the deck

I'm having one of those days. You may know the kind. It's a day when I feel like doing something, ANYTHING and nothing is exciting. I've cleaned the house, made lunch, watched some Disney movie. If I eat any more Rollos, I'm going to have a different problem.

I went downstairs and put fabric and yarn away in my craft room. I thought that something might inspire me. It didn't. I did get my feather weight fixed though. It no longer has a tension problem. The table is cleared of all but 2 quilting projects (the most current). It's the first time no extra fabric or yarn is waiting in line to be used.

Am I bored? Not really, well maybe just a little, but not really, maybe...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What have you been up to?

The other day when I took the boys to get hair cuts, the stylist asked what we have been up to.

That seems to be a question we have been asked a lot lately. It's not like we have dropped off the earth or anything, but mostly we have been doing lots of summer stuff. Stuff most people wouldn't find terribly interesting.

Our A.C. has been working intermittently, so it has been lots of pool time and library trips. We had a picnic at the park one day and on another day went to visit friends we haven't seen in a while. Kal had a birthday and fortunately for us, the A.C. worked long enough for us to make a birthday cake.

On the crafting front, I got some new needles to work on my barn raising afghan. I've started a quilt with mermaids on it (pictures soon) and have been knitting pot scrubbies for the church festival - I can honestly say that I am tired of those scrubbies...

Not much summer left for me - one more week, then it is back to work. So I'm out to enjoy what is left of it.