Monday, April 20, 2015

So Much Going On!

It has been a very busy week!

So much has happened and so many pictures were taken.

I'm working out details for several new updates that include:
*A trip to Eleanor's Quilt Shop
*The twin's 12th birthday
*The Princess's first prom
and,
*A trip to visit with Gram after her heart surgery

Lots of fun.
Lots of planning.
Lots of chaos.

Stay tuned for more details and pictures!

I also have some random spring flower pictures...just for the "pretty".

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Great Day at the Lake

Today was absolutely gorgeous!

I took the twins & the Princess to Rock Lake to visit with Mom and Dad. They did some fishing and I did some spinning. 

I'm finally getting to the end of the Buckhannon Fiber and getting anxious to clean the Jacob fleece from last year. But, that's wool for another day. 

So, here are some pictures from our day at the Lake...




Well, I guess I only thought about taking pictures of the kids. Anyway, it was a great day 70*, sunny with a light breeze and we had a surprise visit from Uncle Tony & Aunt Mar! 

Maybe an update on the Mountaineer Baby Quilt tomorrow. 

Until then, just keep spinning!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cleveland Clinic

We've been here since Wednesday and everything is going great!
Mom C is done with her surgery and doing well. They are removing the chest tube now. They took the breathing tube out sooner than expected and after visiting this morning we will be headed back home. 
It's been a great trip with Darren's brother and SIL visiting from California, but today we go our separate ways. 
Here are a few pictures of our adventures. 
Uncle Rick introduces us to sushi...
Freddy doing his japaneseing. 
Mere checking out the art at the clinic. 


I even found some wool!
Locked out in the rain on the rooftop pavilion. 
Waiting room past time. Can't beat Starbucks & yarn!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Productive Procrastination?

I'm good with that!

I was a good girl & folded all 3 baskets of clothes first. I even swapped clothes to the dryer and started a load in the washer. 

Then, I packed up my Farmer's Market socks and went to soccer practice with my boys. 


Early tomorrow we leave for a whirlwind trip to Kentucky to get "The Boy" and bring him home for Easter. That should end up being about 12 hours in the car. 

Thursday, we grab "The Princess" after school and head to Stonewall Resort to meet "The Clan". It's been 10 years, but my in-laws will finally have all 3 of their children and all 7 grandchildren for the weekend. I should have some great pictures to share on Monday!

So, that means, there is still laundry to be washed, dried, folded and packed. Bathing suits need to be found. Food needs to be organized; kitchen needs cleaned; yarn stuff needs sorted and packed...wish I could take my spinning wheel (I've decided to name her Betty...but more about that later.) Hubs will probably choke me if I even suggest the wheel, so I'll just pack a few different knitting projects. 

Saturday we go straight to camp. It's pretty rustic, but it's one of our favorite places. Then, off to the in-laws later that night. Everyone will go out to eat for Easter dinner, and "The Boy" and I will go back to Kentucky since he has classes on Monday. 

All next week will be spent packing, driving and waiting in Cleveland as Gram has heart valve surgery. 

So, what do you want to see? I should have pretty good internet access to post lots of pictures! 

Have a great Easter! I just hope I get to relax a little by the pool & enjoy some quiet time with a glass or two of a good West Virginia wine. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baby Quilt Update

I was able to get a little more work in on the Mountaineer Baby Quilt.

Here's an update in pictures...





Baby steps. It just needs to be finished before the end of May. Hopefully more progress this weekend. 

I am making progress on my Andrea Poncho since I can drag it along to practices and group activities. 


Off we go...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Memorial

It's funny how a person can be a part of your life for a very short amount time and yet have such a profound impact on who you are. 

My husband's mentor and one of his dearest friends passed away last night.

This man was a reminder of my own Grandpa. 
He was ornery. 
He was gentle. 
He was full of stories. 
I told him once how much I enjoyed spending time with him...that he brought back so many memories of my own Grandpa and I was so glad that my kids had an opportunity to know such an amazing person. 

Our lives have been forever altered. He has given my husband great joy in creating and building knives. He opened the door to another world & he will never be forgotten. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Diary of a Mountaineer Baby Quilt

**Linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River**


Here are some of the details (and my random thoughts) about this project.

Fabrics were purchased at Classic Quilt Shop on March 18. I needed 1/4 yard pieces, but I bought 1/3 yard instead so I could add a little to the stash (now that I'm getting it organized). I also bought a variegated yellow spool of  Mettler thread and a pattern by Eleanor Burns. 
Mettler thread: poly sheen multi #9925
pattern: Zig A Zag Quilt
Cost: $76.30


I decided to use my rescued Kenmore. 
To get her ready, I changed the needle to a new Schmetz Universal 80/12. I tested the 1/4 inch seam. It was perfect on the first try so I marked it with a piece of painter's tape. 

Thoughts:
2 sets of strips (that's 8 seams) is too much for this old girl. The foot pedal was getting pretty hot. That got me thinking about a name...I've decided on Sandy. She's a very light tan with some little dings on her throat and with the hot foot pedal, she just got me thinking about the beach. Of course, I'm always thinking about the beach...but Sandy she is. 


Well, I'm off to do some pressing. I'll see you in a bit!