Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Prayers Needed

My friend Heather is having surgery tomorrow at 10:30am. Could you all send up a quick little prayer to be with her and her surgeons tomorrow and that all will go well.

Tonight I am headed to my guild sewing night. Since the Library is closed for furlough for the holidays we are meeting at Ladybug's Quilts. Now to figure out what I am taking. I need to mark my New Year's project. I need to cut some more on my Margarita's at Midnight. I am mostly at a point that I need to sew. I have cut 4 tops lately but I don't want to pack my machine tonight. Hmmmm.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Where Has The Time Gone?

Only 3 days left of this year! Thank you God!!! I know I am not the only one who feels that way. Also only 362 days until Christmas! WOW so soon?

So we are recovering from our holiday celebrations, the decorations will come down on Tuesday, my next day off. And toys will be sorted, some have to go to make room for the ones Santa left. Can you say TRAIN SET!!!

I am prepping for my New Year's Day Quiltathon. I have for many years spent New Year's Day by going to the R Lily Sale, coming home to pre wash my fabric and then cutting and completing a quilt top that day. Nothing hard, usually squares and stripe piecing. This year my plan is a little different. I am going to miss going to R Lily, which I have missed greatly all year. I have to work in the morning but I still plan on sewing. I am actually spending this week cutting 3 quilt tops to be worked on New Year's Day. I am hoping to be productive.

I am still thinking up some Resolutions that I might keep and that will fit in with my life. I am excited to be apart of Judy's Stash Busting. My goal is 104 yards, only 2 yards a week. My progress will be charted on my Stash & Scrap Blog. I am also excited to be apart of the Black and White Quilt Challenge. I have some big sewing plans this year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Easy Way...

I still have a few things left to buy before tomorrow night. Of course I can't do things the easy way and delegate, NO ONE will answer the phone or call me back, MOM and Scott! The kicker is everywhere I need to go is in opposite directions!

I need to hit Target, out north. I need the mall, center of town. I need the movie theatre, Down town. The pharmacy, East side. If I was lucky the quilt shop in Manteca. Oh and I need to figure out what kind of dessert I am making for tomorrow and hit a grocery store, yeah I just left the one I was working at today.

I was hoping I could get my mom to go to the theatre and Scott to go to Target. NO!!! No one in my family will answer the phone! So I am off like a prom dress.

Maybe I will hit JoAnn's since I am going that way. Sees is at the mall. And Starbucks is next to the theatre. And if I am lucky the store by the pharmacy will be grilling Tri Tip and I can get a sandwich for lunch. I might as well get something for me while I am out.

Monday, December 22, 2008

2.33 Days and Counting

So we now have very little time until Christmas morning. I have officially finished the Christmas cards!!! I have made 110 cards and have mailed 108, I am still waiting for 2 addresses. I am thrilled that is done!

As for my gifts, I have given up on making the grocery bags this year. They will work with next years theme and I have plenty of time to make them, 367 days. I still have to buy 1 gift card, I didn't feel like walking in the rain this weekend to do it. I have 1 scrapbook page to make, Piece O'Cake! Baking to start, I am bringing butter to room temp now. And just a few packages to wrap.

Honestly all I want to do is sew something fun for me!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Version Of Freecycle

Okay I am searching for an issue of McCall's Quick Quilts September 2008. This is the cover:

I am wanting to make a quilt in it called Pesto Presto.

This is where FreeCycle comes in. If you have a copy of the magazine and would be willing to send it to me I will trade you something. Would you like a Cafe Apron? A Glam Bag? Nickle Squares? ect. I am sure we can work something out.

I am making the plea to my readers because I am having issues with paying $4.99 plus $5.95 for shipping or $2.47 plus $7 for shipping. If you would like to help me out leave me a comment PLEASE!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are You Ready???

With Christmas just a week away are you ready for it? I am not. I am feeling better about getting done though.

Today I finished another purse and 2 pillow cases. I still have 12 Grocery bags to sew. Then my sewing will be done.

I need to make 72 more Christmas cards, address 110 cards and mail them. The Goal is to have them out in the last pick up Saturday.

Then to start the baking!

I only have 2 gifts to buy, my dad (the hardest one) and a big girl mattress/box spring for Delaney. We are converting her toddler bed to a full size. Man I love Life Time furniture!

So what do you have left? What have you given up on? How much more shopping do you need to do?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Doll

In light of recent events, I thought Iwould post some humor about Christmas on my blog. I received the following e-mail from my mom.

This is an article submitted to a 1999 Louisville Sentinel contest to find out who had the wildest Christmas dinners. It won first prize.

As a joke, my brother Jay used to hang a pair of panty hose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them.

What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because every Christmas morning, although Jay's kids' stockings overflowed, his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty.

One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and went in search of an inflatable love doll. They don't sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown.

If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go. you'll only confuse yourself. I was there an hour saying things like, 'What does this do?' 'You're kidding me!' 'Who would buy that?' Finally, I made it to the inflatable doll section.

I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll that could also substitute as a passenger in my truck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour.

Finding what I wanted was difficult. 'Love Dolls' come in many different models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I settled for 'Lovable Louise.' She was at the bottom of the price scale.

To call Louise a 'doll' took a huge leap of imagination.

On Christmas Eve and with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life.

My sister-in-law was in on the plan and let me in during the wee morning hours. Long after Santa had come and gone, I filled the dangling pantyhose with Louise's pliant legs and bottom. I also ate some cookies and drank what remained of a glass of milk on a nearby tray. I went home, and giggled for a couple of hours.

The next morning my brother called to say that Santa had been to his house and left a present that had made him VERY happy, but had left the dog confused. She would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark some more.

We all agreed that Louise should remain in her pantyhose so the rest of the family could admire her when they came over for the traditional Christmas dinner.

My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door. 'What the hell is that?' she asked.

My brother quickly explained, 'It's a doll.'

'Who would play with something like that?' Granny snapped.

I kept my mouth shut.

'Where are her clothes?' Granny continued.

'Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran,' Jay said, to steer her into the dining room. But Granny was relentless.

'Why doesn't she have any teeth?'

Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no one wanted to ride in the back of the ambulance saying, 'Hang on Granny, hang on!'

My grandfather, a delightful old man with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and said, ' Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?' I told him she was Jay's friend.

A few minutes later I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting. It was then that we realized this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home.

The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died, who was dying, and who should be killed, when suddenly Louise made a noise like my father in the bathroom in the morning. Then she lurched from the mantel, flew around the room twice, and fell in a heap in front of the sofa. The cat screamed. I passed cranberry sauce through my nose, and Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

My brother fell back over his chair and wet his pants.

Granny threw down her napkin, stomped out of the room, and sat in the car.

It was indeed a Christmas to treasure and remember. Later in my brother's garage, we conducted a thorough examination to decide the cause of Louise's collapse. We discovered that Louise had suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh.

Fortunately, thanks to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health.

I can't wait until next Christmas.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Services for Liz-EDIT

At this time this is all the information I have. As I receive more I will gladly share it with you.

Thursday afternoon there will be a viewing at the Deegan Funeral Home in Escalon from 2pm to 5pm. It will be closed casket. I don't remember the time, it should be in the paper Tuesday.

Friday at 10 am is the service again closed casket at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Escalon on 120. Manteca Quilters will be sitting together. If you have a wearable art piece Jacket or vest please wear it. Quilters are also helping provide food for after the service. If you would like to contribe something they are still needing salads, desserts, and sides.

At this time I do have an address to send cards to. I will work on getting it for those who would like it. Please e-mail me if you would like me to forward you the address, I will not post others personal information on my blog. dyline24@hotmail.com

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Full Weekend!

Friday brought Ang to our door. I got to spend the afternoon shopping and talking with her. We thought about going out Friday night but as 9pm neared we were too tired to get ready to go. So off to bed we went.

Saturday was a pancake breakfast with Santa for my niece's class fund raiser. Delaney had a blast. She even got within touching distance of Santa without screaming like a loon. We are waiting pictures from Other Mom, Linda. I still needed to make 2 pairs of Christmas PJ's for the Train trip in the afternoon. Ang headed to Truckee to go to ski school training thing. I head to H's house to drop off the rest of the PJ's. At 3pm we head out for Old Sacramento to ride on the Polar Express! We had a wonderful evening with the Waddle and Mompean families on the train ride and pizza dinner. As we left Pizza me and Scott stopped at Evangeline's to do a little shopping and head over to Ikea. We soon learned that Ikea closes at 8pm EVERYDAY we arrived at 8:11pm. Guess I am making another trip.

Sunday has been spent may ways. First the internet, blog surfing and e-mailing. Second I made my niece Nikole's Christmas gift. Now I will be working on Christmas Cards and then back to some sewing.

Today is also the celebration of my friend Heather's birth! Happy Birthday Heather!!! We will be getting together later in the month to celebrate just the girls today she is celebrating with her family.

As you can tell I have no pictures. I did take a camera with me this weekend but it was dead. Of course I didn't take the Kodak that I could buy 2 AA's for I took the dead Sony that needed to be charged! So as I get pictures from the friends of the curse I will post them for you.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sad Day

A fellow quilter/blogger has past away. Liz Faria of Liz's Ramblings has past away today. I believe she has been crowned the queen of UFO's. She made wonderful quilts and hosted and amazing blog. She will be truly missed.

Services will be next week. If you would like more information please contact me. dyline24@hotmail.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Birthday DAVE!!!

Today is Dave's Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I met Dave 12 years ago when I lived in Long Beach. He has been a great friend. Dave and his wife Liz have since move to the Dallas area. I decided I would love to take Dave and his new family to dinner for his birthday but he just lives to far from Stockton. So I went to dinner for Dave's birthday by myself. I had to think what would Dave really like to have for his birthday dinner. So here it is...

That's right I went to the Stockton In-N-Out for dinner. IT was way good too!!! And smelled even better. Love you Dave! Hope you had the best birthday ever with your kids! dy

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Curse and A Blessing

I got to say it can be a curse and a blessing to have friends. I have some amazing friends who know my talents and my weakness, encourage me, support me, help me, and listen to me. WOW what great qualities to have in a friend. It is truly a blessing to have them in my life. Without them I would not have tried new adventures.

The curse comes with them knowing my talents. This coming weekend we are all headed to Old Sacramento to ride on the train. We were sitting around coffee last week talking what pj's the kids will be wearing. One of them pipes up and says "Dianah will probably whip something cute up for Delaney." CRAP!!! I was going to run to Costco and great her a Carter's sleeper. Now what?!?

This past weekend I was at JoAnn's and Christmas flannel was on sale $1.99 per a yard. DOUBLE CRAP!!! For the two of you Delaney will have Christmas flannel pj's made by mom this weekend.

Now here is the catch in this I know your talents too! So Sunday morning I will be checking both your blogs for pictures from the train ride. We all know that 1) I most likely wont remember to bring my Easy Share Kodak, 2) if I do bring it I will maybe only take 1 or 2 pictures, 3) they will be trapped in the camera for a while and 4) between the two of you and your husbands you will have beautiful cameras and will be clicking away! And speaking of your talents I really would love a new winter blog header maybe with a family photo.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Quiltathon With Judy

So I have kinda been doing the Quiltathon with Judy. I actually have just been sewing and making 2 trips to JoAnn's.

I have finished a swing purse and 2 aprons. I have cut out a quilt block for a sampler I am working on and have pre-washed some cheap flannel for Poop some PJ's for next weekends train ride.

I am still hoping to get part of the PJ's cut out tonight and work on another purse. I only have an hour until bed time though. I promise pictures tomorrow of what got done and some new stuff on etsy.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

For Scott

To participate just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done. Let me know if you participated by leaving a comment!

Happy discoveries!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a preying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisioning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served in a Soup Kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Time Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in Person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee