Monday, December 28, 2009
But we now have a computer... and I'm ready to reconnect to the cyber world.
Our Christmas was fun this year. Albeit, we didn't go anywhere, and a few of us were either sick, or recovering from what we have dubbed "the sickness." But it was nice. Quietly enjoying the celebration of the birth of our Lord.
Soon I will have pictures up of our Christmas, and current sewing projects.
So keep watching, more will be coming, and thanks for your patience!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
|I am still computer-less. Join me on another computer rampage...|
Remeber my last rampage? About the process of buying a computer? Now here's my new one about replacing a computer...
First, I called my insurance agent. Who told me to take it to a "computer place" and make sure it was ruined. (Because clearly, I am an idiot, and can't tell when my computer no longer functions at all...)
The first place I take it wants $45 to look at it... not to fix it... to decide if it needs fixed. (Which, as I have already pointed out... I know it cannot be...) So I leave that place...
I find... perfect computer guy in cuba (that is cuba, ny; not cuba the country...) who will give me a free estimate and mail me a paper estimate to give to my insurance agent right away, so I don't even have to wait till I can manage to get back down to cuba... That was three weeks ago... And he has supposedly mailed me two estimates... wonder if when I get down there to pick up my dead laptop, if he'll tell me he mailed that too... seems likely doesn't it??
So now I am off to call my insurance agent, plead my case, and hopefully end up with a check in a few weeks in order to buy new computer...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
My laptop is officially dead.
Good bye laptop.
I left it plugged in during a lightning storm a week or two ago.
Thus my non-existance on blogger.
So I must claim it on my insurance and go insearch of a new computer.
It's been a rough few weeks.
We also buried a fellow fireman on Monday. I didn't know him personally, but my husband and all my fellow firemen in the company did. (I haven't been a member long...) So for me, the saddest part was seeing the men who I consider to be some of the strongest guys ever, literally break down infront of me. It makes me consider... if something happens to my husband... will they be as strong as I would need them to be for me??? This fireman left behind a wife and toddler son... in case him dying in a tragic accident wasn't sad enough...
In other news...
My brother Tim is a Marine stationed over in California. He is waiting deployment to Afganistan sometime in September. He was bit by an awful dog in the K-9 unit this week.
Like I said...
It's been a rough week.
I have been sewing though...
Just no pix yet.
Anyways, you probably won't be hearing from me for another two weeks as I am headed off to work at a camp. I'm gunna be the camp nurse. Hopefully this will give me a reprieve and some distance to these last few weeks.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
In other news... I have been sewing like a mad woman. I got the top done to my Old red barn quilt along. But I shouldn't say it's done, because I feel like it's missing something, I haven't decided yet.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Here is the quilt I did for a fundraiser for the CYC. I machine pieced it, and just finished hand quilting it. I love the way it turned out.
I read the book: A Bride in the Bargain. It was great. (Yes, I am a hopeless romantic.)
Here are a few purchases I made before my time started:
Friday, June 5, 2009
Unfortunately as I soon found out... it wasn't the pizzelle maker, becuase my Cuisinart press (which I have successfully used several times) gave me the same results.
It was evidently a loose nut infront the maker!
After messing with several ideas, I finally added some more flour to the batter...
Batta-Bing! Success!At the early hour of 10:30 pm!
So now I just have to clean out the new press... and try again another day...
Thursday, June 4, 2009
You click on the moving palmleaves behind the mannequin in the
red flag shirt.
A parrot starts flying accross the screen.
You click on the parrots head.
You get $75 off a $100 purchase.
You must refresh the screen for more chances.
I can't get the stupid parrot.
Let me know if you get it!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The "No Extras for a Month" Challenge!
1. You must start between now and June 15th.
2. To enter you must comment on this post by the 15th of June. Leave your name, email address, blog (if you have one), and when you are starting your challenge.
3. The idea is this: no buying anything you don't need for one whole month. No extra coffees out, (trust me, this will be the most painful to me.) no 'but it was too great of a sale to pass it up', no 'but I could use it for something useful...' none of that stuff. No sewing supplies or fabric (The second most painful...) No extras. Period.
4. If you crumble... you buy something that you realize you didn't need... you still will be entered to win! Because we are a forgiving blog!! And we are only human... but if you can't sleep at night because your conscience won't let you - maybe you should gift away whatever you purchased...
5. All entries will be thrown into a hat and winner will be drawn and announced on July 18th.
6. Take some time to realize the differences between wants and needs... and you will see how much you spend on things you really don't need.
The prize is...
A $25 Old Navy gift card!!! Yeah!!!
So get entered! And keep us posted on how you do!
(And if someone knows how to make a button or tag or something for this giveaway, and can explain in lay-mans terms how to do that... I would love to make one for you all to put on your blogs...)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I think last night spurred me into writing all this on my blog... I had a dream last night about a man, and it wasn't my husband. And I couldn't believe it! Never ever have I dreamed about loving someone other than my husband. And the dream wasn't awful, I was just hanging out and going places and evidently being in love with someone else. I was appauled that anything like that could enter my mind, even in my sleep. I couldn't shake the dream even when I woke up, and it is still with me now. And that dream made me realize, I have to refocus myself. I have to look again to my Lord, to guide me and to again become My Magnificent Obsession. "Magnificent Obsession" is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman, and I have been listening to it alot today. For my mind, even in sleep, to think of being in love with someone other than Nick, really scares me. It makes me think I am treading on dangerous ground. Especially since my husband has become such an amazing Christian, and is and has always been extemely loving and devoted to me, much more than I deserve. Dreaming that dream shakes me to my core...
So I leave you with this: a song that really defines where I am by Casting Crowns "Somewhere in the Middle"
So I have posted some of the lyrics to that song:
"Somewhere between the wrong and the right
Somewhere between the darkness and the light
Somewhere between who I was and who You're making me
Somewhere in the middle you'll find me.
Fearless warriors in a picket fence, wreckless abandon wrapped in common sense,
Deep water faith in the shallow end and we are caught in the middle
With eyes wide open to the differences: the God we want and the God who is,
But will we trade our dreams for His, or are we caught in the middle?
Somewhere between a whisper and a roar
Somewhere between the altar and the door
Somewhere between contented peace and always wanting more
Somewhere in the middle you'll find me."
So that's my confession today... I am a Christian, just a weak one...
Does this change the kind of person or who I am in your eyes??
I am looking forward to your comments.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Boy, I hope I have better things to blog about in the coming days...
Thursday, May 21, 2009
But, I do have lots of sewing planned... I want to make a new bed spread/quilt for the girl who is staying with us, and then I want to make a quilt for my brother Tim. So hopefully very soon, I will have some wips (work in progress) to show you.
Blake's quilt will be backed and put together hopefully next week. I am not planning any sewing for this weekend due to the fact that the two children staying with us have both Friday and Monday off - it's just going to be too busy.
Thanks for following along, as I go through this crazy ride we call life...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Brother (4 yrs old): "Bethy, Beth... Bethy BETH BETH!"
Me: "What?" (I'm slow to answer becuase I know his response is going to hurt my head.)
Brother: "Joey is pretending to be a horse, and he's not a horse."
Me: "So. Thats the idea of pretend."
Brother: "Well, ummm... he's not very good at, even pretending. You should tell him to stop."
Me: "No. Leave him alone."
Brother: "Okay, but he's gunna hurt himself."
Me: "Hello Advil..."
Ahem, anyways... I only really am making this post to get entered into a contest to win a tote! Thankyou for pointing it out isk8jewel! So... here's my shout out:
Over at justanotherhangup.blogspot.com, there are some wonderful amazing totes! And she is giving one away! And even if you don't win, she has a coole etsy shop where you can get one! Awesome huh?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
So, you have to be a special little baby to get a quilt with my favorite fabric in it! I really like to hoard it! But it doesn't keep anyone warm sitting on a shelf!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I am driven to think of inspirational moms in my life, including my very own. Who do so much, they are completely amazing and help me to want to do more.
Proverbs 31 talks about a virtuous woman who is worth more than rubies. It talks about how this woman works late and gets up early, buys and sells, makes profits, makes her husband proud... and it says her children rise up and sing her praises. Wow. What a challenge to me! Am I a good enough mom that my children will tell people what a great mom I am? It definately makes me want to put more effort in... to watch my tongue, to be more patient, to be more loving.
So... in other news...
Mondays are my day off from children. I take my two sons, and my two brothers that I watch during the week to a babysitters house. Then I do what I need to: shop, bank, clean house, visit with friends. Whatever. But from 9-5, it's my time. Tomorrow I have a meeting with a fundraising comittee for a non-profit group that I do accounting for. Then, after grabbing some weekly groceries I plan on tackling an infestation in my house: stacks. I have stacks everywhere... of mail, coupons, books, photos, papers... stuff. It really is getting rediculous. I am pretty sure when I turn the lights off in any given room that those stacks even get together and multiply... those dirty naughty stacks. And I am ready to sort and throw away and put away. It's hard to take care of stacks when the kids are around. The kids like to interrupt the progress... then all I end up with is a stack that is all spread out wherever I am doing my sorting. Then no doubt... my husband is sure to walk in and drop stuff and add to the spread out papers creating... you got it... lots of baby stacks. Unbeliveable! So it is time...
This spring is going to be a time of change in my house... what I have let go I am taking back and taking charge of again... neatness and control shall reign... I hope!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Yes, stupid me, updates... so knowing my computer had all the updates, I went online anyways and checked... and indeed... no new updates for my computer, much less for my driver. (whatever that is...)
So... back to Best Buy I go... over to the Geek Squad hang out... they took one look at what my mouse was doing and said I had a bad touch pad and needed to exchange it for a new computer. So I brought home my third computer. Set up my third computer. Made sure it worked. Then went online, and called Best Buy public relations. Unfortunately, between when I left Best Buy in Hamburg, and when I called the public relations department, I am pretty sure that complete-idiot geek put in for a transfer and was now working for public relations. Our conversation went somewhat like this:
Me: I was at Best Buy three times, and I am on computer number three because you sales people don't know what they are selling, and your geeks don't know a computer from a book.
Complete Idiot: You've owned 8 of our computers? You've read about us in books? You are an awesome customer!
(It went on like that for at least 10 min.)
Anyways... I just advise never purchasing from them... ever.
Friday, May 1, 2009
So, I finished my blue and yellow baby quilt, and it's a good thing it's leaving my house because I'm not in the least bit thrilled with it. The only thing I like is the backing fabric, which I must get more of because it is so darn cute! But the stippling looks awful, the tension was off, I quilted in a blue thread which was a huge mistake... yada yada. But I will do more, and get used to working with this machine.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
So here it is folks! The long awaited baby lock! I know, doesn't look like much. But I can tell you after running it once, I love it more than my singer already! I'm really excited to start quilting on it.
So last night, after picking it up, I waited till my kiddos were sleeping, and decided to work on a quilt for a friend that I had all cut out and ready to go.
But as much as I tried to lay these blocks out so that they looked cute, I couldn't do it. I stared at it forever! Now, it was getting late, my contacts getting dry, so I had no choice but to go choose different material to work on. After a few trips upstairs and back down without waking the sleeping monsters, I managed to decide to work on this next photo:
Now, this I decided on because I have been wanting to make some quilts for a local hospital, and figured it would give me practice on my machine and it was going for a good cause. I don't have my 1/4" foot for the machine yet, so I was playing with that. I'm still scant I think, but it will still workout. They are just squares, not a huge deal.
So, kids are napping now, I'm off to work on it some more, planning on trying some freemotion on it tonite if I get this top done!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I made it to match the colors of their kitchen. I'm really liking how it turned out. I may have to make one in blue and yellow for myself!