Saturday, November 28, 2009

More retreat....

a few of my projects from the retreat. Keep in mind that some are gifts so only a peek!

I am determined to use and enjoy my new placemats! I did use them on American Thanksgiving when I made a quick festive meal with store bought roasted chicken from Super store and some of the fixings. We usually don't celebrate American Thanksgiving since Gerry isn't home, but he was this time, what a treat! We also went see Phil Calloway and The Cats and Fiddles concert at church, it was great! Comedy and music in the same evening and a killer dessert to boot, can't beat that!

AAhhh the quilt retreat....

November 28th.....It is hard to believe the quilt retreat was last weekend. What a great time. I left on Friday morning and got back on Sunday afternoon. There were 19 wonderful, funny and inspiring ladies to spend the weekend with. Everyone working on their own projects, how fun it is to see and watch the progression from fabric to finished projects.

I took small projects this time and do have a quilt planned for our queen sized bed in blue and white, but will get to that after Christmas. I finished everything that I took and made a few extra table runners as well, with the help of a piece of Debbie's green material

The condo's we stay in are so nice, I got the princess room, which means a room to myself with a full bathroom. Debbie and I are the first and last, meaning we are one of the first ones up to quilt in the morning and the last to go home. This time we even took some hand sewing to the condo, which was about midnight. I doubt that either of us ever sew at midnight at home!

I really have to mention the food....oh my goodness....the food. Everything was soooo good. We all brought goodies, like we needed that too! Not only did I come home with projects done, inspired to do more, but also in need of a diet! I LOVE RETREAT!!!! The next one is in February....can't wait

I love my quilting friends, they are so special to me. It is such a blessing to have such wonderful people in my life. Until next time, my love to you all~Terri~

Saturday, November 7, 2009

HELP... I have the lazies!

Oh dear, I have the dreaded lazies. I don't know quite what happens, but suddenly I am very happy doing nothing much or nothing at all. The whole day goes by and I come up with a big fat nothing accomplished. It isn't like I don't have things to do, the list might scare you and certainly scares me so much that I won't even pick up a pen and paper. I don't even feel much like going out, which in some ways is good since I feel like I am avoiding the h1n1 bug this way. But enough is enough, I just can't continue on this path of do nothing.

~So this morning my inside voice said, "why don't you go on that beautiful treadmill, only 15 minutes, it won't kill you." So I did. And now I need to make a chart for every day and want to try to go on the treadmill 4 days a week

~Then my inside voice said, "why don't you finish up that small sewing project you have going, remember, you love to sew, especially nice soft flannel baby things." I did finish up my project, and have packaged it and it is ready to go. Now I think I need to make a sewing list since our fall quilting retreat is right around the corner. And guess who is first on the "make a quilt for" list this! I found a pattern and bought some lovely blue fabric. The last, well really the first quilt I made was started when I was pregnant with Amanda (1986). I left it for years, everything was done with templates, hand sewn and hand quilted, yep it took a very long time. It has been on our bed for 12 years and is showing its age and the folly of mixing cotton and poly fabrics together, a big no no these days. I am excited about having something new on our bed.

~Then my inside voice said, "just clean out the fridge already, you can't even fit the new groceries in and it will make you feel so much better." I do feel better, the fridge is clean and the groceries fit!

~Then lastly my inside voice said "why don't you get started on wrapping the gifts for the doorprizes for the upcoming ladies Christmas tea". So off to Dollar Rama, one of my favorite places to spend a dollar or two, picked up some cute Christmas things to put on the packages. I have tape, and will use up some of my last years Christmas wrap, (which means I will get some lovely new stuff) and put the tv on and wrap those gifts.

I hope to begin next week with a better plan, treadmill, eating better, doing more and getting out before the winter snow traps me inside. I hope the lazies aren't contagious, if they are just sit down and listen to your inside voice, it has some great ideas and the lazies will run away.
Until next time, my love to you all~Terri

Monday, November 2, 2009

hello new stove!

It's HERE!! A pretty exciting day at our place when the new stove arrived. It fits in perfectly. The first thing I made was a cake to see how it would do. Lo and behold, no more mountian cakes, it was perfect. I just have to get used to it being slower to warm up, especially the oven. I think the part I like the most is how easy it is to clean up, man I hated to clean those burners! I have made cookies and everything turns out just like it should. Yippee!!
Wow, nice and sparkling new, and no burners to clean and they all work, self cleaning oven and looks and works great, I love it!!

1984 and beyond to 2009 a new stove

The man of the day, taking out the old stove, boy is it ever heavy!

wrestling the stove out of the house.

Good bye old stove, thanks for all the many holiday dinners, zillions of cookies and mountian cakes! (cakes with a lump in the middle)