Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Get ' Er Done - or the Fab 4 - or 5 (as the case may be!) list

On the left hand sidebar I have a list - I call the Get 'Er Done or Fab 4 (or 5) list.  Judy L. got me started on this - and it's ALL her fault!  :P

Seriously - I was puttering along - about like usual - getting a lot of not much done - and she came up with this list.  I put the list up - and did not a lot of much - until maybe October when I suddenly woke up - and figured out WHY!

It was like eating a roast!  I was trying to scarf down the whole thing at once - instead of taking small slices and eating one bite at a time!  And like someone who has taken too many bites at once - it was about to do me in!

OK - so - what to do about it?  Discard the list?  Nyet!  The list is a really GOOD thing - it is a FOCUS ON ME list - and this ADHD mama here likes and desperately needs that!  So - maybe it is the items I'm posting?  Hmmm.  Maybe!

And maybe it is also the humongous amount I'm posting for each thing?  I admit - I really want it ALL done - YESTERDAY!  Only that ain't likely to happen!  Nor even for it to happen today!  But maybe - just maybe - I can focus on one little tiny chunk of whatever today!

Only - that's not enough to keep me going!  Not unless... gasp!  What about if I DETAIL my FAB 5 list?  And check it weekly?  Just list ONE thing at a time!  One LITTLE thing I know I can do - even in my sleep!

Of course - I REALLY find it hard to limit it all to 4 - which is why the list has expanded at times to 5 or even 6 - mostly because I also find it hard to make a choice in the matter!

And I can work on ANY one or more than one I want to!

Of course there are those items that get shuffled off to Buffalo - and, honestly, those items - either their time (according to one fellow Stashbuster) is just not yet!  OR (according to another person) the item is something in which I have lost interest - OR it is something that I truly do not want to do - in which case, either FIND someone else who DOES want it and GIFT that person with the item - OR abandon the original pattern and do something else with it! OR figure out what parts you DO like and get back to those and re-purpose the blocks!  with the rest becoming either new items for backing or some such!

In other words, it ain't writ in GOLD, girl!  Change it around so it WILL work.  Your TIME is set in stone - figure it out and get busy, girl!  Time's a-wastin'!

Currently  on my list.....

1. Celtic Solstice, Step 5
2. Baby Quilt #1 - quilt (walking foot)
3. Back to Square One - re-do Step 4
4. Samplers - Mail first block

That's MY FAB 4 or Get 'Er DONE list - what's yours????

Monday, December 30, 2013

Oops! LAST week's finishes and progress............

Last week - finished were:

Snow people table runner (needs quilting!)

Celtic Solstice (step 3)

Celtic Solstice Step 4
 And ALMOST finished at class was:

Runnermania - Cinnamon Sticks!
(Only a few more pieces to go!)

Design Wall for Week 52


Bits and pieces this week - a little Celtic Solstice, a bit heavy on machine quilting (mostly walking foot) - and will hold the binding out for this week, anyway!  Finishing last bits of a table runner for the holidays (early for next year! :oP )  and adding on a long needed border to bring a quilt up to size!

As always - go see Judy Laquidara's Patchwork place for a BUNCH of blogs featuring different quilts!

Patchwork Times design wall Monday

 Hurricane Sandy

Yellow Brick Road

Baby Quilt 1

Leader Ender - Bowdacious

Flannel Santa  - renamed Snow people (NOT flannel) -
 (only NO santa's present - only snow people!  Geesh I need glasses!)
Which became.....


Celtic Solstice - Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, Now Step 5
Friday begin step 6
Step 5 SO far.....


Christmas Fabric - wonder what I will do with this!
I want to finish ALL Christmas/winter fabrics!


Cinnamon Sticks table runner
(needs only a few more pieces added - then quilt!)


Scrap Basket Blues still needs the extra border

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Goals for WB 12-29-13

I do truly hate it when I delete everything I want to carry over BEFORE I can do a copy paste on a new week!  Urgh!

Fortunately in a moment of absurd obsessiveness, I decided to PRINT OUT (novel thought, that!) the OLD goal post last week in the insane hope I would finish everything on there (I DID finish those items indicated - then read the rest of the time!  Was great!!!!)

I have as of yet to get new pix.  The days we have had snow - have been overcast - so difficult to see decorations!  Will try though!

GO AND DO
  • DONE Post Office
  • DONE Library (books and DVDs return)
  • Half DONE!! Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 5!!!
HOUSE - 
    • ZONE 1
      • Front porch
        • Zone - 
          • DONE Front door care
          • DONE Front porch, welcome mat
        • DONE WHB on Fri
      • Side Porch 
        • Zone
          • Zone - 
            • DONE Front door care
            • Front porch, welcome mat
      • Entrance - Tuesday  
        • Zone - 
          • DONE Major pick up race- any and all stuff that doesn't belong in there.  Pick up and put away! 
        • DONE WHB on Fri
        • Back Stairs - also Tuesday
          •  DONE WHB
        • Dining Area - Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
          • Zone - 
            • DONE Walls and windows (insides)
          •  DONE WHB 
      • ZONE 2 - 
        • Kitchen
          •  DONE WHB on Fri - 
          • DONE DW - having PROBLEMS!
        • ZONE 3 
          • Bath
              • DONE WHB on Fri
              • Laundry Room
                • DONE WHB on Fri
              • Sewing Room
                • DONE WHB on Fri
              • Study 
                • DONE WHB on Fri
            • ZONE 4 
              • BR - 
                • DONE WHB on Fri
            • ZONE 5 
              • LR - 
                • Zone 
                  • DONE Sofa Diving (for all the things that sink into the cushions - like MONEY!)
                  • DONE Dust knicknacks (remove that inch or so dust!)
                • DONE WHB 
            GARDEN - 

            • Garden Design
            • Seed inventory
            • Seeds ready to order
              STUDIES - 
              • RELIGION
                • Chanukkah
                  • WORKING ON IT Finish lap book
              • SCIENCE
                • World of Plants (WOP)
                • Coloring Book (college level) (CB)
              • THE EARTH
                • Working on it TOL - Narrative
              • EXERCISE
                • DONE Yoga wk 1 (Sun, Tues, Thurs) Yoga wk 2 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
                  • DONE S
                  • DONE M
              • MATH
                • DONE 73
                • DONE 74
              • RUSSIAN
                • Lesson 20
                  • DONE M
                  • DONE T
              • CREATIVE WRITING
                • Writing Strands 
                  • DONE 12-3
                  • DONE 12-4
              • LIFE SKILLS
              • MUSIC
                • hold
              • ART
                • hold
              KITCHEN
              • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                • DONE tomato soup
                • DONE Cream of Cauliflower soup
              • BREAD
                • DONE Challah
              • DESSERT FOR SHABBAT
              • DONE MAKE MENUES for the week (do Monday)
              QUILT
              • DONE STASH REPORT (do Sunday)
              • DONE DESIGN WALL (do Monday)
                • PIECE 
                  • Half done! Celtic Solstice - Step 5

                Menues for WB 12-29-13 - week52

                SUNDAY
                B:Turkey sausage, cheese omelet with mushrooms, toast, tea
                L:Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup (an excellent go to meal!)
                D:leftovers

                MONDAY
                B:Rolled oats, raisins and apples, maple syrup
                L:Cream of Cauliflower Soup, toast, salad
                D:Halibut Marengo, baked potato, broccoli, green salad

                TUESDAY
                B:Waffles
                L:Tuna Salad sandwich
                D:Black eyed peas, hoe cakes, greens and turkey

                WEDNESDAY
                B:Poached eggs with black pepper, toast, hash browns
                L:Smashin' Pumpkin Soup, salad, whole wheat rolls
                D:chicken stroganoff, baby carrots, green beans

                THURSDAY
                B:Kasha
                L:Texas One Dish
                D:cube steaks with blue cheese


                FRIDAY
                B:Popovers
                L:lo lunch
                D:Parmesan Drumsticks, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli, brown rice

                SATURDAY
                B:Apple fritters
                L:Really Easy Mixed Bean chili, green salad, corn
                D:Mustard glazed salmon, brown rice, baked acorn squash, broccoli

                SUNDAY
                B:Hard boiled eggs and toast in a cup, t. sausage
                L:lo lunch
                D:leftovers

                Hoppin' John Soup

                Stash Report for 12-29-13 Week 52! Good and bad news!!!

                Well, there is good news and bad news!

                The good news is that I will NOT be visiting the quilt shop this week!

                The BAD news is that I am STILL in the hole!  Although if I had FINISHED the Orange Crush quilt I would not only be out of the hole - but in the POSITIVE!

                It's disgusting!

                Nevertheless.....

                Used This Week:0 yard
                Used This Month: 0 yard for December
                Used Year to Date: 26.138

                Added This Week: 2.0 yards
                Added This Month: 3.625 yards for December
                Added Year to Date: 44.548 yards   

                Net Used for 2013:  -18.410 yards in the hole!  Aargh!  I'm going the WRONG WAY!!!!!

                Monday, December 23, 2013

                Design Wall for Monday, Week 51 -

                This is Step 2 of Celtic Solstice - which I did complete last week!
                THIS week I have 4 patches (which I may have completed - and which only need pressing and proofing!)
                and to finish up step 3 - all pieces of which have been cut and 100 HSTs have been sewn together!

                I still want to get this cute fabric set up - probably as a table runner with something in the border going around it!

                ALSO have some other Christmas fabrics - which I would seriously like to work on (Pfefferneuse?  or Peppermint twist - which I DO want to do - just haven't completed 2 oldies yet!)

                Re oldies - I've re-joined the UFO challenge on Stashbusters - and found that while LAST year  I listed all I had - and had 64 UFOs and even though I finished up several quilts - I have a GAIN or another 14 quilts!  :(

                NOT listed are the Christmas table runner begun today - nor the Holy Toledo Quilt.  So I may work on those and see if I can get them finished! IF I get done with the above stuff!

                OR

                I can get a couple of oldies and goodies worked on  and READY to be finished in the new year - which is very possible!  Hmmm!  Have to think on this Monday while I finish up the Step 3!

                REGARDLESS - I will have next Wednesday and Thursday to quilt -  with my dd!  which is great!  Not all day (she is also a writer and has some stuff to do there - as I do as well!




                Sunday, December 22, 2013

                Menues for WB 12-22-13

                Some (quite a few) of these menues are from this last week - some aren't!  some were just plain

                SUNDAY
                B: Biscuits and gravy, tea
                L:Hot cheese sandwich, tomato soup
                D:leftovers

                MONDAY
                B: Rolled oats and apples, brown sugar, butter, tea
                L:loaded baked potato and cheese soup
                D:Asian Orange Salmon, baked potatoes, steamed kale, carrots

                TUESDAY
                B:Apple fritters, tea
                L:vegetable salad, soup - 
                D:Texas One Dish, baked sweet potato, spinach salad

                WEDNESDAY
                B:T. sausage, fried eggs and cracked black pepper, toast, preserves
                L:grilled cheese sandwich or cheese spread sandwich
                D:Smashin' Pumpkin Soup, spinach salad, whole grain rolls

                THURSDAY
                B:Bulghur wheat
                L:lo casserole
                D:Crock Frijoles, brown rice, a little cheddar cheese, salad

                FRIDAY
                B:Pancakes
                L:lo lunch
                D:Chicken and Artichoke Casserole, kale, butternut squash, brown rice

                SATURDAY
                B:Doughnuts
                L:Really easy mixed bean chili, green salad
                D:homemade Pizza

                SUNDAY
                B:Cheese Omelet with mushrooms
                L:lo - chili? 
                D:leftovers

                Goals for WB Sunday, 12-22-13


                GO AND DO
                • DONE Post Office
                • NOT DONE - still 3 toned! Supposedly blond (brown), Dark brown and (gasp!) GRAY! Hair
                • DONE Library (books and DVDs return)
                • DONE Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 4!!!!
                • DONE Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 3!!!!
                • Half DONE!! Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 5!!!
                • DONE Runnermania class meeting
                HOUSE - 
                  • ZONE 1
                    • Front porch
                      • DONE WHB on Fri
                    • Entrance - Tuesday  
                      • DONE WHB on Fri
                    • Back Stairs - also Tuesday
                      • DONE WHB
                    • Dining Area - Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
                      • DONE WHB 
                  • ZONE 2 - 
                    • Kitchen
                      • DONE WHB on Fri - DW - having PROBLEMS!
                    • ZONE 3 
                      • Bath
                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                      • Laundry Room
                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                      • Sewing Room
                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                      • Study 
                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                    • ZONE 4 
                      • BR - 
                        • Zone
                          • DONE Toss any trash
                          • DONE Hang up stuff
                          • DONE Bust the dust!
                          • DONE Fluff the pillows, change the sheets
                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                        • DONE Sheet change on Fri
                    • ZONE 5 
                      • LR - 
                        • DONE WHB 
                    GARDEN - 
                    STUDIES - 
                      KITCHEN
                      • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                        • DONE  Loaded baked potato and cheese soup
                      • BREAD
                        • DONE whole wheat bread 
                        • DONE Challah
                        • DONE coffeecake
                      • DONE MAKE MENUES for the week (do Monday)
                      QUILT
                      • DONE STASH REPORT (do Sunday)
                      • DONE DESIGN WALL (do Monday)
                      • PIECE 
                        • DONE Runnermania
                        • DONE Celtic Solstice - Step 3
                        • DONE Celtic Solstice - Step 4

                      Stash Report for Week 51 - 12-22-13

                      12-22-13 -Week 51 - 

                      As much sewing as I did this week, one would think I would have a ton of stuff to report!  Nyet!  I worked on Celtic Solstice almost exclusively - and STILL am a week behind!  The Added is for the 8 FQ I got through the mail from my secret sis and forgot to declare LAST week!  AM getting worried though - I WAS #32 on the Stashbuster UFO challenge - and KNOW I am much closer to the unenviable #1 position than that!  So I HAVE to do some finishing up of things!  Who knows - maybe I will get the CS mystery all caught up this week!

                      Used This Week:0 yard
                      Used This Month: 0 yard for December
                      Used Year to Date: 26.138

                      Added This Week: 2.0 yards
                      Added This Month: 3.625 yards for December
                      Added Year to Date: 44.548 yards   

                      Net Used for 2013: -18.410 yards in the hole!  

                      Aargh!  I'm going the WRONG WAY!!!!!

                      Friday, December 20, 2013

                      It's Friday! Knitting yarns and tails!

                       Not a lot of much has been done (except for Celtic Solstice! - only a week behind now!)

                      I did want to post what I am working on (VERRRRRRRY slowly!) as regards knitting!  I WAS working on the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief - and on my own could actually get the 3rd row completed!  All 6 stitches worth (it takes only 2 stitches - knit - per row on the first three!)  It was the 4th row that was my FIRST downfall!

                      Judy L. was kind enough to explain how to do the next row - and then I THOUGHT I could figure out the rest on my own.  I probably could - but after struggling through the 8th row - I decided that it was definitely beyond where I was at the moment!  So I decided to UFO it for a while - at least until I felt better about my abilities (or non-abilities at least as regards coordination and knitting!)

                      Looking around for another knitting project - I found EASY knitted cowl!  http://sarahclements.com/2011/03/27/knitting/free-knitting-pattern-easy-cowl/

                      The word EASY is what drew me!  And I think I have enough yarn!  Probably enough to do 6 or 7 easy cowls if that's what I want to do!  I DO have to get a different pair of needles though, drat it! which means either a visit to the yarn shop, or a visit to an online yarn shop - either way, I start drooling when I hit the store/site!!!!  Still I will be good!  Honest! (NO yarn, NO other patterns, NO classes which almost always get me in trouble! ONLY the knitting needles!)

                      So - no pix yet - BUT a referral to the pattern I think I will do (EASY still draws me at this point!  So does BEGINNER!)

                      Please visit Judy's blog for more about What's on the Needles!
                       http://www.patchworktimes.com/2013/12/20/on-the-needles-december-20-2013/

                      Monday, December 16, 2013

                      LAST week! - a week of unfinishes and oops!


                      The oops came from having to sew, unsew, re-sew, re-unsew (because I made the SAME mistake all over again!!!!! TWICE!)

                      AARGH!  It was also a week of running around and standing in lines.... LONG lines! and then discovering that apparently I can't read - so more running around and standing in long lines again (like I enjoy long lines????)

                      Anyway - that's done! AND I picked up more kitty food today (I forgot about this last week when I was standing in the long lines!) - so hopefully I'm set!  Hopefully!

                      Library stuff is up to date - so far! at least until the end of the week! and I have my current supply of audio tapes ready to go.  which all things considered will probably run out tonight!

                      Today - I'm working on all the stuff I didn't get done last week!  Even if I did have Open Sew!

                      first on the list is the poor house!  Is it neglected?  Let's say that if the dust mice get any larger, I will put ears on them and call them rabbits!  At least the dishwasher is working - knock on wood!  So is my washing machine, even if I will be enjoying wrinkled shirts (TG for sweatshirts to go over the top!)

                      QOV and Celtic Solstice part 2 are on the schedule - as is the house - and paying my bills (already done! ugh!).  I will probably visit the post office tomorrow mid day. Maybe! Or not!

                      Tonight is a slice and dice night!  Possibly reds - although I may be focusing on a different color - a stashbuster co-member is calling the colors!  Got a lot sliced and diced last week in the reds (although not all!)


                      Finishes for week before last!

                      Oops!  Forgot to post pix of the finishes!

                      Dec 4 I began - and finished Lynn's Infinity Scarf


                      Infinity Scarf - I tried it on to show it as how it would be worn.
                      Lynn looks a lot better in it!

                      Santa Block Swap! and the Holiday wreath that goes with it!

                      Celtic Solstice
                      Star points - all of them - completed - Step 1
                      Now working on step 2!

                      Design Wall for Week 50 - 12-16-13 - aka as Oops week!

                      LAST week - finished were:

                       Santa blocks

                       Wreath blocks
                      Both of these were for swaps!


                      Worked on - Celtic Solstice, step 2.  
                      Worked on, and worked on, and worked on!  
                      MOST - not all are done!!!!  Sooooooooooooo 



                      For THIS week:


                      Finish Celtic Solstice Step 2 (probably today!)

                      Work on Celtic Solstice Step 3 (today and/or tomorrow)

                      Do SOMETHING card tableish for these - table toppers - 
                      maybe as borders around a medallion type print!

                      Cute flannel type fabric - could ALMOST be a table runner -
                      although more of a row-by-row than a medallion - this and the above - probably Wednesday!

                      Scrap Basket Blues - QOV -
                      Needs another border - am adding TODAY!
                      Two inches too short otherwise!
                      THEN will need quilting!

                      Back to Square One.
                      In this case - Am back to Step 4  - will be probably re-cutting the pieces!
                      Urgh!!!! Tues or Wed!

                      Bow-da-cious - my Leader Ender project -
                      Wendy and I have been swapping blocks!
                      And since I lost count... - I'm starting to put these together into block units!
                      Hurricane Sandy quilt -
                      will definitely be quilting on this one - Tuesday evening

                      Yellow Brick Road -
                      this I''m hopeful of trying a FMQ foot quilting - ummm - probably Thurs or Fri eve.

                      Don't forget to visit Judy L's blog for more Design Wall pix and projects
                      http://www.patchworktimes.com/2013/12/16/design-wall-monday-december-16-2013/

                      Sunday, December 15, 2013

                      Menues for WB 12-15-13


                      SUNDAY
                      B:Poached eggs with black pepper, toast, hash browns, tea
                      L:barbecue beef sandwich
                      D:Baked Rigatoni, spinach salad

                      MONDAY
                      B:corn meal mush cereal, tea
                      L:Vegetable soup
                      D:Great Greek Pasta, green salad, baby carrots

                      TUESDAY
                      B: Fried mush, maple syrup, tea
                      L:Tossed salad, Chicken noodle soup
                      D:Texas One Dish, baked sweet potato, spinach salad

                      WEDNESDAY
                      B: Spanish eggs, toast, tea
                      L:cheese sandwich
                      D:Smashin' Pumpkin Soup, spinach salad, whole grain rolls

                      THURSDAY
                      B: Rolled oats and apples, brown sugar, butter, tea
                      L:lo casserole
                      D:Crock Frijoles, brown rice, a little cheddar cheese, salad

                      FRIDAY
                      B: Apple fritters, tea
                      L:lo lunch menu
                      D:Asian Orange Salmon, baked potatoes, steamed kale, carrots

                      SATURDAY
                      B: apple cinnamon coffeecake, tea
                      L:Chicken and Artichoke Casserole, kale, butternut squash, brown rice
                      D:Tuna salad with egg/dill, apple kugel

                      SUNDAY
                      B: Biscuits and gravy, tea
                      L:Hot cheese sandwich, tomato soup
                      D:leftovers




                      Halibut Marengo, baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, green salad

                      Goals set for Week 50 - 12-15-13



                      GO AND DO
                      • DONE Post Office
                      • DONE Dr office???? call and check - am thinking this appt was cancelled!!!
                      • DONE Library (books and DVDs return)
                      • DONE Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 2!!!!
                      • Working on it Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 3!!!!
                      • DONE Visit Tea shop with Lynn
                      • DONE Landlord meeting and dinner
                      HOUSE - 
                        • ZONE 1
                          • Front porch
                            • DONE WHB on Fri
                          • Entrance - Tuesday  
                            • DONE WHB on Fri
                          • Side Porch - also Monday
                          • Back Stairs - also Tuesday
                          • Dining Area - Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
                            • Zone - 
                              • Ceiling and doors
                              • windows
                              • pantry and shelving
                              • floor
                            • WHB 
                        • ZONE 2 - 
                          • Kitchen
                            • Zone
                              • DONE Trashcan
                              • DONE Countertops
                              • DONE Sink and faucets
                              • DONE Big appliances
                              • DONE Broom and mop
                            • DONE WHB on Fri
                          • ZONE 3 
                            • Bath
                              • Zone
                                • DONE Clean around toilet area
                                • DONE Trash can
                                • DONE Med cabinet (except mine is in the kitchen)
                                • DONE Bathroom sink
                                • DONE Mop the floor and mop boards
                              • DONE WHB on Fri
                            • OTHER
                              • Zone
                                • DONE 5 minutes around the house - throw away and recycle
                                • DONE 5 minutes gather up for donate/give away
                                • DONE 5 minutes put away 
                                • DONE 5 minutes throw away (again!)
                                • DONE 27 fling boogie!
                            • Laundry Room
                              • DONE Zone
                              • DONE WHB on Fri
                            • Sewing Room
                              • DONE - WORKING ON SCRAPS NOW! Zone
                              • DONE WHB on Fri
                            • Study 
                              • DONE Zone
                              • DONE WHB on Fri
                          • ZONE 4 
                            • BR - 
                              • DONE WHB on Fri
                              • DONE Sheet change on Fri
                          • ZONE 5 
                            • LR - 
                              • Zone 5
                                • DONE WHB 
                          GARDEN - there is SNOW out there! Covered all my leaves nicely!
                          STUDIES - 
                          • RELIGION
                          • SCIENCE
                          • THE EARTH - Work on mini booklets and catch up (am working on setting up lapbooks now)
                          • MATH
                          • LIFE SKILLS
                          • CREATIVE WRITING 
                          • RUSSIAN
                            KITCHEN
                            • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                              • DONE Beef vegetable (along with homemade beef barbecue)
                            • DONE MAKE MENUES for the week (do Monday)
                            QUILT
                            • DONE STASH REPORT (do Sunday)
                            • DONE DESIGN WALL (do Monday)
                            • PIECE 
                              • DONE Celtic Solstice - Step 2
                              • Working on it Celtic Solstice - Step 3
                              • Working on it Celtic Solstice - Step 4
                            • SWAPS
                            • SEWING
                            • KNITTING (Friday!!!)

                            Stash Report for Week 50 - 12-15-13


                            12-15-13 -Week 50 -   I were a baaaaaaaaaaaaad girl!   and I haven't improved any!  I went to the fabric shop - ostensibly to get some really neat fabric for my secret sis!  Immediately picked up 3 FQ and asked questions about them - but no, they wouldn't work for my secret sis.  I tried to put them back - truly I did!  But they just wouldn't go!  So I let them be, figuring that I would put them back before I left the store!  Then I got the goodies for my secret sis that I had figured on - and fell in love with those too!!!!  But I resisted, I did!  It is just that when it came to the final figuring for the $$$ - I truly could NOT put the 3 FQ back - as though I HAD to have something I was buying just for me!  soooooooooo.....
                            ALSO added this week - 1 FQ + 5/8 yard for a 3.5 inch border to finish up that QOV (now to find someone to QUILT it!)(the ones purchased for Secret sis I'm not counting - something in, same thing out THAT day!)

                            Used This Week:0 yard
                            Used This Month: 0 yard for December
                            Used Year to Date: 26.138

                            Added This Week: 1.625 yards
                            Added This Month: 1.625 yards for December
                            Added Year to Date: 42.548 yards   

                            Net Used for 2013: -16.827 = (-14.785  yards) + (-1.625 yards) = -16.410 yards in the hole!

                            Don't forget to visit Judy L's Stash Report for Week 50
                            http://www.patchworktimes.com/2013/12/15/stash-report-week-50-2013/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PatchworkTimes+%28Patchwork+Times+by+Judy+Laquidara%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

                            Saturday, December 14, 2013

                            On the needles - knitting (with a bit of sewing thrown in!)

                            Sigh!!!!

                            I was contemplating working on the Brass and Steam kerchief http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-age-of-brass-and-steam-kerchief yesterday and had asked Judy some questions - which helped a LOT!  Unfortunately after encountering the increase 1 stitch to the right (M1R) - and getting my yarn twisted all around, I decided to put this one on hold until I can knit better and go do something that I am ABLE to do!

                            Sooooooooooo - to that end http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beginners-easy-cowl Sarah's easy Beginner Cowl may be right up my alley - at least for the moment and enough so that I can actually get something DONE without having to take it apart every other stitch!!!! (Of course that can happen with this one too, but that's a whole other story!)  I am still strongly interested in finishing the B&S Kerchief and will, but think I need to build up some success first!

                            That being said I was busy a good part of yesterday - fighting crowds at Barnes and Noble to get some Angel Tree gifts for a little one.  Walmart had books which were quite nice, but not quite what I was looking for when it came to an 8 yo girl!  So to Barnes and Noble I went - and thoroughly enjoyed myself!  I WAS good, however and didn't buy any books for me - which seriously was a major struggle, as my family can testify! (I'm a book-a-holic from the word go!)

                            By the time I got home, fixed my lunch, packed my bags it was time to head Open Sew - which I did! Open Sew projects included working on Celtic Solstice, buying fabric (UH OH!!!!!) for an additional border! and my knitting project (which I didn't touch since no one there knits!)  So - I worked on Step 2 of the Celtic Solstice!

                            Pictures will be added later!




                            Sad News

                            Lynn's grampa is seriously ill and in the hospital.  things are NOT looking good and the family has been called together (yesterday).  Any and all prayers for the grampa are certainly appreciated.  Currently he is on medication to relieve his suffering.

                            This is so sad - he has been such a lovely vibrant man for at least as long as I've known him (2 years) and I know his family love him dearly.

                            Monday, December 09, 2013

                            Design Wall for Week 49 - Monday, 12-09-13

                            Bow-da-cious quilt
                            I'm working on the "connector" pieces now!

                            Holiday card table cloths
                            Maybe as borders?  Hmmmm!
                            Want to use this fabric UP!

                            Flannel Snowman!
                            May combine and do with something else  warm and snuggly!

                            QOV - Scrap basket Blues -
                            STILL waiting patiently for it's border and to be sent off to be quilted!

                            Holy Toledo quilt blocks
                            This is the week for sewing into rows!
                            Woohoo!

                            Sunday, December 08, 2013

                            Menues for WB Sunday, 12-08-13

                            I truly do need to take some pictures of meals as cooked
                            and file in my recipe picture folder!
                            Above are sweet potato waffles - which has NOTHING to do with this week's menu!
                            Oops!

                            SUNDAY
                            B:Eggs golden rod on biscuits
                            L:turkey rice chowder
                            D:leftovers (check the freezer!)

                            MONDAY
                            B:Corn meal mush, milk, sugar
                            L:Crock Pea soup, salad, rolls
                            D:Halibut or other fish Marengo, baked potato, broccoli, big green salad

                            TUESDAY
                            B:Fried Corn meal mush, syrup
                            L:tossed salad with everything on it
                            D:Crock frijoles, brown rice, grated cheddar and cilantro, salad

                            WEDNESDAY
                            B:Cheese omelet with mushrooms, green onion, toast and jelly on side
                            L:Fish sandwich
                            D:Chicken and Artichoke casserole, kale, butternut squash, brown rice

                            THURSDAY
                            B:Kasha, yogurt, brown sugar, butter
                            L:casserole - pizza or mystery casserole in freezer
                            D:Baked Rigatoni, spinach salad

                            FRIDAY
                            B:French toast, fruit topping?, syrup?
                            L:Red beans and rice on tortillas with cheese/sour cream on top
                            D:Asian Orange Salmon, baked potatoes, kale, carrots

                            SATURDAY
                            B: Doughnuts
                            L:Crock beef sandwiches, cole slaw
                            D:Smashing Pumpkin Soup, salad, rolls

                            SUNDAY
                            B: Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, toast
                            L:Texas One dish, spinach salad
                            D:leftovers



                            Goals for WB Sunday, 12-08-13

                            GO AND DO
                            • Post Office
                              • DONE Mail Secret Sister gift
                              • DONE Mail Xmas swap to Carol
                              • DONE Mail Netflix
                            • DONE Library (books and DVDs return)
                            • WORKING ON IT Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 2!!!!
                            • DONE Open Sew
                            HOUSE - 
                              • ZONE 1
                                • Front porch
                                  • DONE WHB on Fri
                                • Entrance - Tuesday  
                                  • DONE WHB on Fri
                                • Side Porch - also Monday
                                • Back Stairs - also Tuesday
                                  • DONE WHB
                                • Dining Area - Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
                              • ZONE 2 - 
                                • Kitchen
                                • ZONE 3 
                                  • Bath
                                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                                  • Laundry Room
                                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                                  • Sewing Room
                                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                                  • Study 
                                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                                • ZONE 4 
                                  • BR - 
                                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                                    • DONE Sheet change on Fri
                                • ZONE 5 
                                  • LR - 
                                    • Zone 5
                                      • DONE WHB 
                                GARDEN
                                • CLEAR - all main areas 
                                • For 15 daily RAKE the lawn - and pour leaves into cordoned off side garden (which has virtually no top soil!) - unless, of course, there is snow - in which case forget the whole thing!
                                • SHOVEL if snow
                                • FERTILIZE
                                • OTHER
                                • INVENTORY seeds
                                  • Make out seed order lists
                                STUDIES - 
                                  KITCHEN
                                  • DONE SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                                  • PIE (fillings can be frozen)
                                  • BREAD
                                    • DONE whole wheat bread 
                                  • DONE MAKE MENUES for the week (do Monday)
                                  QUILT
                                  • DONE STASH REPORT (do Sunday)
                                  • DONE DESIGN WALL (do Monday)
                                  • SLICE AND DICE DAY (Monday) - need 1.5" and 2.5" squares for Bow-dacious!
                                    • DONE Reds
                                  • MACHINE QUILT DAY - some every day this week and next!
                                  • Bonnie Hunter re-play quilt cam day (Wednesday)
                                    • DONE Start at the beginning of quilt cams again - My sister blocks
                                  • PIECE 
                                    • Working on it! Celtic Solstice - Step 2
                                  • SWAPS
                                    • DONE Send Secret Sister Swap
                                    • DONE Send Christmas Block Swap
                                  • SEWING
                                  • KNITTING (Friday!!!)
                                    • worked on it - this will be a UFO at this point.  Switching to a cowl Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

                                  Stash Report for Week 49, Sunday, 12-08-13


                                  12-08-13 -Week 49 -  Not a lot of much done this week- until Yesterday - when I finished up my last 20 of Clue 1 (Celtic Solstice).  Made decision to re-do 6, 5, 4 - and re-cut as needed (definitely!) for Back 2 Square One.  Went to Infinity scarf class - and really hesitated over this one - made an infinity scarf - just not sure whether or not to include that yardage - it IS part of my overall stash - just not the quilting stash!  so - not totally sure on this!  Used was 1 2/3 yard for the scarf with enough left over for a drape-y type blouse for me!  Scarf is for my dil IF she wants it! (Hmm - I also forgot to post picture of it as well!)  

                                  Still - not counting that for this week - still not sure I should and easy enough to add later if need be!

                                  Used This Week:0 yard
                                  Used This Month: 0 yard for December
                                  Used Year to Date: 26.138


                                  Added This Week: 0 yards
                                  Added This Month: 0 yards for December
                                  Added Year to Date: 40.923 yards   

                                  Net Used for 2013: -16.827 = -14.785  yards 

                                  Saturday, December 07, 2013

                                  Oops! Get it Done report!!!! (aka the Fab 4.... uh, 6!) for November



                                  I've gotten several things done.....

                                  Chanukkah tablecloth and napkins are DONE!  

                                  Thanksgiving table runner flimsy is DONE! Unused - but done (we had Thanksgiving dinner elsewhere!)

                                  Improv placemats - while not done - are being worked on - I'm on the second one - and am VERY SLOW!!!!

                                  Back to Square One - also very slow - mostly because I keep having to use the seam ripper! - am on step 7 (FINALLY!) - no picture yet!

                                  Christmas swap will go out Tuesday - will post done when I have it in the mail!

                                  On my list now - Improv placemats (finish 2nd placemat; that poor baby quilt #1 to be quilted, Thanksgiving table runner to be quilted (also walking foot), Back to Square One (step 7), Samplers - Mail the blocks!, and Holy Toledo quilt - sew blocks into rows!

                                  Monday, December 02, 2013

                                  Design Wall for Week 48 - 12-02-13

                                  Honestly, it's mostly bits of odds and ends this week!  those many without pictures (battery dead on my camera!) will have NEW pictures posted when I get the battery - and in the case of the unfinished - that will be posted when I am finished!

                                  Scrap Basket Blues - needs one more border all around to make width requirement. 

                                  Wendy's QOV

                                  Also this week - and is done - no picture yet tho - Celtic Solstice - Step 1!
                                  AND Back to Square One - step 6 - will be working on 7, 8, 9

                                  Christmas Blocks - will post them when I get a picture of them as well

                                  Improv placemats - I want to finish the second one (hand applique)

                                  and I want to do some machine quilting (walking foot!)

                                  DID do the Thanksgiving Table runner - no picture yet tho!  Will post that this week when I get new batteries!

                                  Sunday, December 01, 2013

                                  Menues for Week Beginning 12-01-13


                                  SUNDAY
                                  B:Omelet with mushrooms, mole peppers, cheese
                                  L:Cottage cheese, PBJ on whole wheat
                                  D:Irish lamb stew (from leftovers!)

                                  MONDAY
                                  B:Bulghur wheat with brown sugar, butter, yogurt
                                  L:Corn Chowder
                                  D:Red beans and rice, salad

                                  TUESDAY
                                  B:Apple fritters
                                  L:lo salad, cabbage soup with dill, sour cream
                                  D:Stuffed quesadillas, salad

                                  WEDNESDAY
                                  B:Fried eggs, toast and jelly
                                  L:tuna salad
                                  D:corn chowder

                                  THURSDAY
                                  B:couscous, brown sugar, butter
                                  L:fried egg sandwich
                                  D:Baked lasagna (meatless), salad - making this at Nathan's

                                  FRIDAY
                                  B:Pancakes with maple syrup
                                  L:turkey vegetable soup
                                  D:Asian orange salmon, baked potatoes, greens, carrots

                                  SATURDAY
                                  B:Apple Coffeecake
                                  L:Crock beef sandwich, coleslaw, carrots
                                  D:Chicken salad - grinders, salad

                                  SUNDAY
                                  B:Eggs golden rod on biscuits
                                  L:turkey rice chowder
                                  D:leftovers





                                  Goals for WB 12-01-13


                                  GO AND DO
                                  • DONE Post Office
                                  • DONE Library (books and DVDs return)
                                  • DONE Call Vet for Widget - Keep at 4 cc MAX 2 x daily
                                  • Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt Step 2!!!!
                                  • DONE Class for Infinity Scarf
                                  • DONE Vegetarian Lasagna night - Nathan and Lynn
                                  HOUSE - 
                                    • ZONE 1
                                      • Front porch - Monday
                                        • DONE Zone - esp clean around front door
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                      • Entrance - Tuesday  
                                        • Zone - esp hot spots!
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                        • Friday - lights
                                      • Side Porch - also Monday
                                        • Zone - and esp clean around side door
                                          • Declutter - super fling
                                        • WHB 
                                      • Back Stairs - also Tuesday
                                        • Zone
                                        • WHB
                                      • Dining Area - Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
                                        • Zone - 
                                          • DONE ALL  hotspots on Tuesday
                                          • DONEWalls and windows - Wednesday
                                          • Put away stuff - straighten pantry - Thursday
                                          • WHB on Fri
                                          • Lights, fixtures - Friday
                                    • ZONE 2 - 
                                      • Kitchen
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                    • ZONE 3 
                                      • Bath
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                      • Laundry Room
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                      • Sewing Room
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                      • Study
                                        • Home office area - 5 minute room rescue
                                          • DONE S
                                          • DONE M
                                          • DONE T
                                          • DONE W
                                          • R
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                    • ZONE 4 
                                      • BR - 
                                        • WHB on Fri
                                        • Sheet change on Fri
                                    • ZONE 5 
                                      • LR - 
                                        • Zone 5
                                          • DONEDust tops of stuff -  door jambs, curtains, molding, and cobweb patrol
                                          • DONE Dust decorative items
                                          • DONEDetailed vacuuming session
                                        • WHB 
                                    GARDEN
                                    • CLEAR - all main areas 
                                    • For 15 daily RAKE the lawn - and pour leaves into cordoned off side garden (which has virtually no top soil!)
                                    • FERTILIZE
                                    • OTHER
                                    • INVENTORY seeds
                                      • Make out seed order lists
                                    STUDIES - 
                                    • RELIGION
                                      • Rosh Hodesh
                                        • DONE Lapbook for Rosh Hodesh
                                      • Chanukkah - 
                                        • DONEread and notes - This is My God - p. 101-108
                                        •  read and notes - 40 Things, p. 89-95
                                        • read and notes - 40 Things, 96-105
                                        • read and notes - How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household - p. 374-386
                                        • read and notes - The Jewish Woman and Her Home - p. 219-231
                                        • read and notes - Jewish Holidays and Festivals - p. 87-104
                                        • Lapbook for Chanukkah
                                        • Plan for next holy day - 10th of Tevet
                                    • SCIENCE
                                      • WOP (World of plants)
                                        • DONE WOP 3 - graphic organizer
                                        • DONE WOP 3 lab 3-1
                                        • DONE WOP Plant ID
                                        • DONE WOP 3 lab 3-2
                                      • CB (Coloring book - college level)
                                        • DONE CB 8
                                        • CB 9
                                    • THE EARTH
                                      • Thread of Life (TOL)
                                        • Work on mini booklets and catch up (am working on setting up lapbooks now)
                                          • LOE 
                                            • DONE Intro
                                            • DONE 10-22 - Infin variety
                                            • DONE 23-34 - Infin variety contd
                                          • EH - 
                                            • Time Analogy - 36-40
                                            • Assessment - 44 - 47
                                            • Pangaea and continental drift - 48-53
                                            • Sea-Floor Spreading Art - 54
                                            • Cupcake Geology (just for pure fun!) - 55-59
                                            • Ring of Fire - 60-62
                                            • Faults - 63-67
                                            • Seismograph - 68-70
                                            • Volcanic Eruptions - 71-75
                                            • Ancient legends about Volcanoes - 76 - 79
                                            • Folded Mountains and landscape art - 80 - 84
                                            • Assessment - 85-88
                                          • TOL - Diversity, Continuity, and Change
                                            • Time and the Rocks- 18-34
                                            • Darwin - 34-53
                                            • Force and Shape of Evolution - 54-71
                                            • Shifting Continents - 72-78\
                                            • Shifting continents contd - 78-90
                                      • Nova 
                                        • DONE Origins - Earth Is Born
                                        • DONE Origins - How Life Began
                                    • MATH
                                      • DONE 70
                                      • DONE 71
                                      • DONE 72
                                      • 73
                                      • 74
                                      • 75
                                      • 76
                                      • 77
                                    • LIFE SKILLS
                                      • Tasks
                                        • Zone 1
                                        • Paperwork
                                          • Organize Yourself (OY) - Chap 8 - calendars - p. 35-37
                                          • Getting Organized (GO) - calendars - p. 19-20
                                          • Flylady - online - calendars
                                          • Totally Organized (TO) - calendars - 15-18
                                        • DONE Menues
                                        • WHB
                                        • Financial
                                      • YOGA
                                        • Week 1
                                          • DONE S
                                          • DONE T
                                          • DONE W
                                          • R
                                          • F
                                    • CREATIVE WRITING 
                                      • DONE 12-3
                                      • DONE 12-4
                                      • 12-5
                                      • 12-6
                                      • 12-7
                                      • 12-8
                                      • 12-9
                                    • RUSSIAN
                                      • Lesson 19
                                        • DONE M (and review lesson 5)
                                        • DONE T (and review lesson 5)
                                        • DONE W (and review lesson 6)
                                        • DONE R (and review lesson 6)
                                        • F (and review lesson 6)
                                      KITCHEN
                                      • DEHYDRATE
                                        • collards/ cole greens
                                      • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                                        • DONETurkey soup (from turkey carcass!)
                                        • DONE Corn Chowder (from turkey soup and leftovers!)
                                        • DONE Sweet sour Cabbage soup 
                                        • DONE Lamb stew (made from leftovers!)
                                      • PIE (fillings can be frozen)
                                        • Sweet potato pie 
                                      • BREAD
                                        • DONE whole wheat bread 
                                        • Challah
                                        • coffeecake
                                      • DONE MAKE MENUES for the week (do Monday)
                                      QUILT
                                      • DONE STASH REPORT (do Sunday)
                                      • DONE and scheduled for Monday DESIGN WALL (do Monday)
                                      • SLICE AND DICE DAY (Monday) - need 1.5" and 2.5" squares for Bow-dacious!
                                        • DONEWhites and neutrals
                                      • MACHINE QUILT DAY - some every day this week and next!
                                        • DONEBaby quilt #1 - finish and bind
                                        • DONERunnermania - thanksgiving Table Runner - and binding
                                        • Hurricane Sandy quilt
                                      • Bonnie Hunter re-play quilt cam day (Wednesday)
                                        • Start at the beginning of quilt cams again - My sister blocks
                                      • PIECE 
                                        • Wendy's QOV
                                        • Scrap Basket Blues - another border
                                        • DONE Infinity Scarf Workshop
                                        • Improv placemats - #2
                                        • DONE Celtic Solstice - Step 1
                                        • Bow-da-cious - LE
                                        • B2S1 - re-cut and re-do step 4
                                        • B2S1 - re-cut and re-do step 5
                                        • Back to Square One - Step 7
                                        • Back to Square One - Step 8, 
                                        • Back to Square One - Step 9
                                        • Back to Square One - Step 10
                                        • Back to Square One - Step 11
                                      • SWAPS
                                        • Secret Sister Swap
                                        • Sampler blocks (eons old)
                                        • Christmas Block Swap
                                      • SEWING
                                      • KNITTING (Friday!!!)
                                        • Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

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