Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last Days of Spring

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21st - which sounds just about right when you take a look around these parts. The mountains are slowly turning green and we've had another brief snow fall this last weekend. We didn't mind so much.Summer break on the other hand has begun. This year a little early for us, bringing with it a quick visit from grandparents, a few stitches for my husband and a case of roseola for my 14 year old (how weird is that).We've had a great time playing hooky from all of our responsibilities - even planting the garden. The addition of a new bike at our house hasn't helped much either. So while summer hasn't officially started, our lazy summer days have. If you drive by and our lawn needs to be mowed or our weeds need to be pulled - feel free, we're probably off on a bike ride.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Quick Baby Gift

Whenever I need a quick go to baby gift, I love giving a receiving blanket. Sometimes, usually for the cute girly blankets, I crochet around the edges. Other times, I sew a binding on. They are uber easy. Just take two pieces of flannel about 36" square, place them wrong sides together, then add a binding. No need to quilt or tie, the flannel holds itself together somehow. They are a nice size, light weight and yet not too light and they go together quickly. The binding is cut at 2 1/2" or 2 1/4" whichever you feel like and which ever one pops into your mind when you are cutting the fabric. This binding was pieced together with some scraps I had laying around. When I have skinny scraps left over, I cut them into 2 1/2" strips and throw them in the binding bin. When it comes time to piece together a binding the pieces are already cut.
Looks like I forgot to clip a thread :) . What is your go to baby gift?

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Sunday Drive

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking." — Sherlock Holmes, 1896Thinking about buying another bike...dreaming about buying two.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

BOM's Gone Wild

You know how it is...you get on board for a block of the month. Then before long, you are up to your ears in quilt blocks wondering how you got here and if you will ever finish.

For me, it all started in January this year with a cute little Nativity wall quilt.Of course I had to make the block out of scraps first...and as long as I was making a block out of scraps, I could make two blocks out of scraps so in the end I would have a throw quilt rather than just a wall quilt.Then as long as I was making the Nativity quilt, I could change up the colors and make a different quilt to give away at Christmas.You know what I mean?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Out of the Loop

I've been so out of the loop. I would apologize for not blogging, but that's what blogging is all about right - not obligation :)It all started when we decided to switch my daughter over to a charter school. We were going to do this next year, but once I checked into it further and found that they had openings, we went ahead and made the change. She was excited about the change and loves the new school, but there has been an adjustment period. The work is more challenging, which is perfect for her, but not the norm. She was used to getting all of her work done in a few minutes along with some of the other kids, then reading,drawing or goofing around until the rest of the class finished. Now she's working on things at her own speed and is coming home tired. It's sort of like that first week of school after summer.

Then there is the whole teenager missing assignments at the end of the term thing going on, plus it's bike season. On top of everything, we've had a scare with dear sweet Tomaso. For some reason we bought different food for him which ended up throwing him for a loop. After being sick and not keeping anything down for nearly a week, we finally ended up at the vet. Tests were done. Money was spent. Silent prayers were whispered. Then we did the waiting game. Food allergy? Diabetes? Liver Disease? The results came back and they were able to rule out diabetes but not the liver disease.

They advised hospitalization for 2-4 days which would run about $200-$400. I love him to death - but he's a cat. $200-$400 on top of the $120 that we had already spent? Plus hospitalization would not cure a liver disease. We opted for meds at home.
It's amazing how much your pets become a part of your family and pulls on your heart strings. Each time he had another bought of vomiting, we wondered if he would live or die. Each member of our family made our peace with it and we've each spent extra time visiting with him. It was a tough week. He is about 80% better and our hopes are up.
Life is precious - even if it is just a cat :)