Friday, January 12, 2018

2017 went out with a Pop and 2018 arrived

I was able to be off the whole week of Christmas but it went too fast. Didn't really get a lot accomplished during that time but did spend time with my family. Poor David spent the time fighting a sinus infection or cold. Not sure which but it's still making him miserable. In fact he's still fighting it but not as bad. I've just been trying to stay away from everyone here at the office that was sick before Christmas and David at home. I don't want to be sick. NO NO NO. 

To end 2017, Saturday the 30th we had a date night and were able to take in a music event at Main Street Crossing in Tomball. 
One of my favorite Texas Rockabilly's Jesse Dayton was opening for a Reverend Horton Heat. We knew we wanted to see Jesse so we got tickets and in the process we found another artist we like. Reverend Horton and Jesse rocked those guitars. The Reverend Horton had some great stories and songs. Great evening.

Nice way to end the Music year.

For New Years Eve we went by the farm to make sure the water was turned off to the tanks and then on to Groesbeck, TX to hang with the Harper's.  It was freezing outside.
A balmy 27 with a wind chill factor around 15. 
I pulled out a hat that my sister Barb bought for David while she was on tour in Afghanistan. All the men there wore them. It kept my head nice and toasty as long as it didn't blow off with the strong winds.

Of the 4 sorority sisters that were always together 

during college it was just me and Sheryl that night. 
Gigi and Tim were out of town and Kathy and Mark had to take care of their animals because of the freezing temps. So the wine was all ours. Okay so maybe we shared some with Sheryl's daughter in law and future daughter in law.
This was a new wine from Fiesta that came in mine and Pamela's wine club shipment. Pretty tasty.  Didn't take long to polish it off.

David and I didn't stay till midnight since we weren't sure what the roads would be like. It was sleeting on us on the way up and we wanted to take it slow and easy on the way back home which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Thankfully the Road Gods were with us and the roads were dry. 
Some how we ended up in stair step order for our picture. Thanks to Richard Sheryl's son for taking. Ross and Sheryl on the outside with David and I in the middle.
Great friends and conversation to end the year.

Pamela was going to come up with us to
Groesbeck but we were gonna get back to late so she stayed home to feed the dogs and then went to her long time friends house to bring in the New year. 
She was a smart girl and stayed the night at Marlaina and Josh's instead of being on the roads after midnight with all the other drunks. To be honest she might have had her share of adult beverage and didn't need to be driving.

My nephew Zachariah recently sent a picture on snapchat commenting on the weather in my hometown Trenton, Missouri. Wow! That's not gray in his beard, that's frost.
I don't miss that kind of cold at all. 

David headed to the farm last Saturday 1/5 and said "Why don't you go hang out with Pam for the day" mmm maybe, well okay.. Of Course I didn't remembered that there was a reunion luncheon  for WTS, the company I worked for many moons ago. Didn't cross my mind until I saw a post of all my former co-workers. Geez. But I did go up to hang out with Pamela. We drove up to the farm and took David some lunch and on our way up we texted my friend Sheryl to see if maybe she'd want to meet us at a new winery we found called the Dancing Bee.

Love that name. 

Unfortunately Sheryl couldn't make it so after hanging out with David for a while and checking out where we think we'll build the house Pamela I headed out to find the Dancing Bee Winery on our own. It's part of the Walker Honey Farm. It's located on 190 between Rodgers and Temple. They have a patio to sit on and enjoy your wine but it was a little too chilly to sit outside that day and if you're hungry they have a food truck to order from. They said their pizza was awesome.  Maybe next time we'll have some wine and pizza..  After the wine tasting Pamela got a glass of their sangria. I abstained and just looked around the shop. It was very tasty.  Can you see the dancing bee on the glass?

Well we definitely liked the place and our hostess was 
Dang it I forgot her name.She was funny, informative and cute. 
Maybe it was Kara. 
with a K I think. Anyway the other gals there were really nice too. 
Pamela posted on FB about us being at the winery and my brother-in-law came back with "I think you girls have a drinking problem"
to which I reply something to this effect.
People say I got a drinkin' problem
But I got no problem drinkin' at all
 from Midland Country song
We have no problem we just enjoy our wine when we can.
We hated to live but it was time to head back to Pam's and meet David for dinner.

He hadn't left the farm as we came back by so we stopped and we decided to meet at Sodolak's in Bryan on Hwy 21 for dinner.  Can you say Yummy? I ordered Fried Pork Chops. I haven't had fried pork chops since I was a kid and that was a long time ago. Holy cow they were huge plus with 2 sides. I should have taken a picture but I was hungry and the idea of taking a picture went bye bye. I ate one chop and took the other one home along with part of my loaded mashed taters. I finished off my okra though. Then the worst part was when I left Pamela's Sunday morning I forgot my left overs. Uggh so Pamela had a nice lunch or dinner on me.  
This week started off with me feeling bad. It wasn't a cold or the flu but I definitely was in a funk. I set me up a doctors appointment for Friday but now I'm feeling better. Oh well may go anyway just to make sure.
So this is it for now. I'll be on more adventures this coming weekend.

Until next Blog... 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Quilting UFO's review

2017 UFO recap 
I'm definitely doing better than I used too.  I was lucky to finish even 1 project Prior to 2015 I did a lot of buying but had very little to show for it. But not anymore. YAY!
Trying a new way of identifying the status of my projects. Stole this method from fellow blogger Bea at Beaquilter.  Trying to make it easier to keep up with and read.
  • If in red I've worked on recently
  • If crossed thru it's complete! 
  • need 1 more handmade item from a FB post. Finished 4 of 5  -- it's called procrastination Sorry Lauren Rose. She has long forgotten by now that I even owe her something but that's okay.

  • baby quilt for Heathers Baby - at the quilter ready for binding 
    I had hoped to be done with this earlier and put in the mail but instead I nursed a cold but Heather finally got Logan's quilt on 2/7. My first finish for 2017

  • make a valence for guest room   actually I just resized the valence from the Glenway for the Lake Stone house. Won't be putting a valence up at the rent house.
  • curtains for Mini Mansion @ the Rockin K  temporary simple burlap that I had in my stash
  • Round Robin medallion 5 rounds in total  
    •  round robin begins  this was the hand off of the medal to the person who will sew on the first border  
    • 11/3/16 round 1 complete can't show pictures for this until the final hand off when I get my completed quilt top back. Off to a good start  Total of 5 rounds. 6th will be getting our tops back.
    • 2/1/17 round 2 Yahoo finished my border for handoff with 48 hours to spare. Hand off 2/5 and now to start border for next handoff  Wish I could show all the pictures of the medallions so far. I'm impressed with what everyone has done. I'm dying to see what mine looks like but like the rest of the group I have to wait until all boards are on for the final reveal.
    • 3/13/17 Round 3 finished 4 days before handoff but it wasn't without frustration.
    • 7/8/17 Round 4 finish and on the road to the final hand off and reveal. Can't wait
    • 09-24-17  THE BIG REVEALL !!! OMG  My
      medallion is a quilt top now. The medallion left my hands in September 2016 and until today 9/24/17 I had no idea what it looked like.
  • Now all I need to do is add a couple more borders to make it fit a queen size bed and get it quilted.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Thanks to Mary Jane, Margie, Denise, Donna Marie and Mildred The Reluctant Round Robin chicks.

  • baby quilt for Brenda Willey/Ashley Sparks  I think I succeeded in making Brenda happy. Made for her first grandbaby.. Olivia Kate.
  • baby quilt for my step Father's great grandbaby Penelope 
  • This was made from left over fabric plus a couple new fabrics. Lola joined in the photo fun. Hope she enjoys it.
  • baby quilt for Dava Dthis one is slow going. Donna Marie and I are working on it ... between our work and life. 11/12/17 working on the binding and label.  All done and Dava Loved it. She wanted to keep it for herself instead of the baby. That's okay. She can do whatever she likes but maybe she'll share with baby Dean. LOL. Quilted by Donna Moore @ Donna's Lavender Nest.  
Can you see the star quilted in the state of Texas quilting?
 A new star wars fan was born in Texas.

  • *Texas Flag quilt for myself- red and white section ready, work on blue blocks for me! Finished blue section while at retreat in September but I need to get the star made and appliqued on. It's not completely finished but it is quilted. I just need to finish the binding.
  • Nickies Tshirt quilt   hope to work on this one too during retreat. didn't happen. want to finish this one before 2018 is over.
  • Added another project but finished it. I was asked to make
    something for a friend/co-worker who was retiring. So I made a signature block.... She loves birds and is a great quilter....  She can make it a pillow or a wall hanging.
Quilt retreat was in September and I already knew what I wanted to work on but that didn't go totally as planned with the moving, one sick retreater who I got really worried about and called an ambulance for. Spent a couple hours at the hospital until her husband could get there. All ended well. She had a bad case of vertigo. Crazy thing there is another of my retreaters couldn't make it because she had spent time in the hospital a week before for vertigo and the ladies are school hood friends. What are the odds.  Plus I only stayed for 3 days instead of the whole week but that's okay. Things happen.
  • Sheryl's Crown Royal quilt
  • Mom's flannel quilt - pieced, just need to add applique
  •  Mom's western fleece quilt
  • Allan's quilt - fabric bought
  • Phi Mu auction quilt for 2018 - fabric bought
  • Hobo Quilt - picking out fabric
  • Bible Quilt - fabric bought, 1 block made
  • Special Quilt for a special grandma (JLK)
Pamela's projects for me
·    #1 t-shirt quilt - my first and I'll work on more at retreat - 3/31 95% done completed June 2017  

  • still need to get a good picture of this quilt. Hoping that I can go to A&M and take one on Campus  Didn't make it to the campus but did get a better picture. and check out the quilting by Betty at TShirt Quilts of Texas 

#2 black/white/teal quilt

  •  #3 kit we bought in Missouri a several years ago  
  • Open a pattern I bought and and make it  I keep trying to do this but I get side tracked and find something else to make.  I used my Boomerang Pattern by Jaybird for Dava's quilt.  Maybe I can open another one before the year is out or sometime in 2018.
Goal for 2018 - sew up lots of my stash and clear out some quilting magazines. I don't care to move them to our final destination at the Rockin K.  Whoever told me as a quilter you needed a stash obviously never had to move all that stash. I know my movers will greatly appreciate me if I do.

Ongoing projects
  •  postcards
  • bookmarks
  •  mug rugs
I have a new format for my 2018 UFO's that I'll share in 2018.

Until then .... Quilting is a scrap of happiness

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 is almost over

Forgot to share this picture before....
This picture of a local church after Harvey hit. Look closely at the billboard. So appropriate for the days that followed.

And I forgot to share the best anniversary present ever.. My husband is the best..... Eh.... It's a lock to our new storage bin. LOL  Moving into a smaller rent house means we needed a storage been to store some of our belongings in.  David is so kind and thoughtful. What can I say?!

A few weeks ago David called Lilley a Pillow Princess because she does like to rest her head on a pillow periodically.  But her baby Sophie loves her pillows totally all the time. So who is the pillow princess?
 I rest my case.  LOL

David has been working hard at the Mini Mansion trying to get the electrical wiring done and get an air conditioner set so we could spend the night there next summer and give him a place to 
get away from the heat when he's up there working.  
Can I just say that Chip Gaines from Fixer Upper has nothing on David. LOL

When we were packing up I told David we should get rid of
this wine cabinet because it's not going to fit in the rent house and I can't think of a place for it in either floor plan we have to choose from.
Pamela was there and goes "I'll take it off your hands. It's fit perfect in my dining room" LOL oh really. So it was going to go to Pamela's place but first she wanted to get it painted by a place called Shabby Chic in Tomball. They painted her china hutch, dresser and night stands.
They do an awesome job. So for part of her Christmas present we had it painted for her. It turned out great. Can I have it back? LOL
It now sits in her dining room.

David's brother  Gary and his wife Lynn hosted Christmas this year. They hosted a crowd of us but it was a great time. This picture was taken after Lynn's dad left unfortunately. Everyone was present this year except Pamela who had to work back in Bryan.  We even sang Happy Birthday to David. He's a Christmas baby. 
This is a picture of Gary and Lynn with their kids.
A great celebration. Good food and great family time.

Being in the rent house this year I didn't decorate real big but I did put out our stockings and 

Pamela loaned us her 4' tree she used when she was in an apartment.  Yeah it worked.

Love this ornament that David's sister Glenda and her husband Thomas gave David..... 
Now my Dad would have had a problem with the green. LOL He was a Massey Ferguson kind of guy.

All these ornaments are new this year to represent the next phase of our life. Thanks to our friend/realtor Barbara for one and Pamela for our new Aggie ornament. The other's I picked up at Round Top Collection or Pier 1.
Also while out shopping for Christmas I couldn't stop myself from buying something for me now to decorate with.... 2 pillows.....

 I love old red trucks..

Pamela came home on the 27th to celebrate Christmas with us and we took David out to eat for his birthday and we took some selfies.

It was a great day

We're so silly. We even convinced David to take one.
2017 is on it's way out and can't wait to see what 2018 will bring.

Until the next blog.... Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. Jane Howard