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Friday, January 14, 2011

Just a few things...

First, I want to thank each of you who shared words of encouragement with me over the last few days in response to my "no inspiration" post.  They were heard and taken to heart - many thanks!  This post then will be just a few miscellaneous try and get back in the swing of things.

Remember my post about rediscovering puzzles?  Well, here is the first one we tackled as a family.  It's 1,000 pieces and has very interesting puzzle pieces (shapes).  We loved this puzzle, but are trying a few that are smaller for a while before we try another 1,000 piece one.  Love how this puzzle depicts a grandfather teaching his grandsons how to fix a tractor...and the faithful dog just hanging out while they work.

My sewing area was a bit disorganized and tossed about following Christmas - due to making quilts and blankets, so I spent a bit of time re-organizing this space last week. 

Before photo #1

Before photo #2

Now all the fabric is where it should be so I can find it when I want to get into another project.  The fabric to the left of my machine is Heather's scrap quilt top and backing.  It's the next unfinished project on the list.  But first, I have to wait until my machine is fixed - something is funny with the tension and must be adjusted.  Once it's done and I get it back, I will get working on Heather's quilt.  I have to cut out the backing, have it quilted, and then complete the binding.  Once it's done, both she and her sister will have their own scrap quilts that they each designed.  See Julie's finished scrap quilt here.

Tidy sewing area...ahhhh....

My birthday was this past Monday and it was a wonderful day!  My parents drove down to visit and take us to lunch (enjoyed a yummy omelet at Bob Evans), my husband took 1/2 day off (even though it is tax season!), and I received heartfelt gifts from my sweet family.  My parents gave me a new book about how to make scrap quilts, some fabric, and some triangle templates.  Can't wait to get my sewing machine back!  They even made a detour on their regular route to pick up one of my favorite cakes of all time from Kennedy's Bakery in Cambridge (Ohio).  It's this sinfully delicious pineapple cake with bits of pineapple baked into the cake and creamy frosting with coconut on top.  Yum!

Why does it say Happy Birthday Monk you say?  My cheeks reminded my Dad of a chipmunk when I was little, so he called me "Monk" - short for "Chipmunk Cheeks".  And yes, he's the only one who can get away with that other than my Momma. 

My hubby brought me a bouquet of beautiful red roses!  He even included a beautiful yellow rose with red edges for my Momma who celebrated her birthday four days before mine.

Julie made me slippers on her loom!  They're so adorable and will fit perfectly once she makes a few adjustments.  I will try to get a decent photo on here of them soon.  Heather learned how to play Happy Birthday on the piano the day before my birthday - all while I was at the grocery store!  She played it beautifully for both my Momma (Gloria) and me on Monday.  My Mom (Chris) told me there is a surprise waiting for me for my birthday at my favorite quilt shop - I plan to get up there today!  My Sis Kimmie sent me a beautiful scarf and comfy jammies too!  I felt blessed and loved by my family in a special way that day.  I know they always love me and treat me wonderfully, but that day was just... special.

In case you're wondering - yes, I have two moms - my birth mom and my adoptive mom.  My Mom, Christine, blessed me by giving me up for adoption (infant) and my Momma, Gloria, raised me along with my Dad, Larry.  Christine found me seven years ago this July and at that time I was introduced to my birth family!  It's been an interesting seven years!  But that is a story for an entirely new post...someday.

Heather has been busy drawing again and this is her latest masterpiece.  Isn't it sweet?  Notice the drawing of me is the largest...hmmm...not sure what to make of that. (hee hee).  I happen to think she is very talented!  I might have to switch out my avatar for a bit!  No, just kidding, but wouldn't that be interesting? 

Other than these highlights, I am in the midst once again of trying to make adjustments to our curriculum for the remainder of the year.  Math-u-See just took a tiresome turn into "frustrating" and our history is not what I want for the girls at present.  Looking at Saxon for math and Story of the World for history.  Does anyone have any thoughts on what you use for these subjects?

Well, all my best to you today!


Karen said...

I love that puzzle! I might even need to track one down like that. It's almost like a picture of real life for us. My father-in-law, (my in-laws live 2 houses down from us) has antique tractors. And, my boys have been raised getting rides on those tractors, watching Grandpa fix them, and going to tractor pulls.

I'm a little jealous of your sewing area. I need an area like that for my scrapbooking! (which I get around to about once or twice a year because I don't have anywhere that I can keep it out.)

And, happy belated birthday! I hope this is a truly blessed year for you.

And, I'm glad you found some writing inspiration! It's always good to read your posts!

Susan said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for stopping by! I'm so thankful for my sewing area - I used to use the dining room table and have to pack it up each night. My hubby offered to give up his workbench area and made this for me. It's definitely easier now to get some projects done.

You're so kind Karen - thank you!

Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom) said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day and your family sure made it special for you.

That puzzle looks amazing. We need to get started on some:)

Love that picture your daughter drew, she is really talented :)

Lisa Caupp said...

I use Saxon for Meredith and love it. We have also used Story of the World the past two years and it is amazing! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Susan said...

Thank you Melissa! I appreciate your kind words about Heather's ability - we think she's quite talented and hope she continues with it.

Lisa - great to see you!! Yes, we are considering Saxon now and have ordered Story of the World - can't wait until it gets here!

Thanks Ladies, for stopping by!

Alison said...

Your sewing room looks great. I have a few areas to tiddy up, I just cant't seem to get away from reading blogs!!!
Your pictures are great, I liked reading your updates.

Susan said...

Hi Alison,
Thank you for stopping by! I understand what you mean about reading other blogs - I catch myself doing that sometimes when I should be working. :)

Janet said...

Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. What a wonderful sewing/craft room.

Susan said...

Thank you Janet! Yes, my family made my day very special. :)

Debbie Dillon said...

Hi there! I love your very organized spaces, and especially love the puzzle! They are SO fun, aren't they? I rediscovered puzzles a couple years ago with a Thomas Kinkaid one that is still unfinished :( Glad you're feeling better. Hope you have a great weekend - be blessed :)

Susan said...

Hi Debbie,
Thank you! I'm currently working on a puzzle of a mountain scene with flowers in a meadow below the mountains. I'm down to the flowers and it's getting rough. :)

We actually started a Thomas Kinkaid puzzle and it was just too hard! We will have to try it another time for sure.

Blessings to you too!

Jenny said...

Love puzzles, our family has not put one together for some time now. It might be time to pull one out.

When I was homeschooling, I found that saxon math was the best program to fallow and use. My children were actually ahead of the other students when we put them back into public school.

Happy Be-lated Birthday. I found your blog via blogfrog.

Susan said...

Hi Jenny,
Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you for the tip on Saxon - it's one we are looking at.

Thanks too for the b-day wishes!


Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Hi Susan,
We love puzzles here! I recently posted about one! Happy belated bday~that cake looks incredible!! Glad you are still blogging! I do find it easier to blog when I try to keep it very short~not sure if that will help you or not! have an awesome week! hugs, Cathy