This is My "Real" Blog: June 2010

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Well, I'm not always right. . . .

For the past year or so, Edison has been in charge of filling the bird feeders outside our kitchen windows. He has grown increasingly tired of filling the blue feeder that hold standard birdseed. It needs to be filled about every 3-4 days.

His theory? Squirrels.

I balked. I told him that because we have the small area of woods behind the house, the birds were just naturally drawn to the feeders. I figured they were especially hungry.

Turns out I was wrong.

He was right.

This next picture - or the actions that preceded and followed it - made Caroline laugh hysterically.

Yeah, he was slipping down, and nearly fell on his head. Serves him right. Silly birdseed thief.

In other news. . . . my goodness, there's lots more "other news." Which is a natural by-product of lengthy blog gaps. My apologies. It's been a very busy summer so far. Here's some of the evidence:

Over the past six years, I have become known for crocheting baby quilts for new babies in our family. . . our church. . . our friends. I've enjoyed it -- and have made some really cute blankets. But, I was feeling compelled to use some of the yards and yards (and yards) of fabric that I've accumulated over the years -- to make baby quilts. They can be very simple designs, which is the way I quilt. (Convenient, isn't it?)

So, a few months ago, I cut TONS of five-inch squares. Quilters call them "charm squares" and you can buy bundles of 40 of them from quilt shops. They're usually coordinated by a line of fabrics -- some are really gorgeous -- others, not so much.

But for a "fabriholic" like me, cutting charm squares from my "stash" was a more economical way to use up the resources I've been hoarding (I hate that word) over the years. What did I come up with?

This. . . .

A friend had her baby boy about four weeks early (two weeks ago). I had just started piecing his quilt when he was born. I still haven't completed the quilt -- the top is made, and the "sandwich" is assembled. I just need to quilt and bind it. (No small order)

Here's the project in its current state -- sandwiches, unpinned, not-yet-quilted, and unbound:

Of course, it's hanging on my ironing board -- and the ironing board cover doesn't coordinate. (If I was Martha Stewart -- it would certainly match, wouldn't it?) I'll include a photo when it's finished. Hopefully -- later this week!

In other happenings. . . .

Last weekend, we attended the wedding of a young couple that we've come to know through church. Their family has become very special to our family -- and we love opportunities to spend time with them out on the "mountaintop" where they reside.

Jenny & Jonathan had a beautiful wedding. It was hot outside -- but most of the festivities took place inside.

(Seriously -- that is the view from our friends' front porch - behind them! Truly beautiful!!!)

Before we went inside, we wanted to take a picture with Caroline and her buddy Riley, who is the niece of the bride. The girls share that "little something extra" that not only makes them all the more precious to us -- but it has bound our two (extended) families together in a very special, unique way.

But, there's more!!

And if that wasn't enough. . . .our social calendar was full this weekend, too! Our friend, Kelly, celebrated her 40th birthday -- only she didn't know we were going to celebrate, until she got to her parents' house. Caroline had never really participated in a "surprise" party before. So, explaining the concept both before, and during the party was a bit tricky.

But, Kelly had a good time -- and when it came time to open her presents, she had help.

Why the uproarious laughter? Well, let's just say that something Kelly and Edison laughingly tease each other about is her love of the Twilight series, and his disdain for it. Bath and Body Works has a new fragrance called 'Twlight Woods' and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to remind her of their love/hate relationship with each other.

Of course, she had to show her appreciation to Edison in her own way. . . .

Yeah, that's the guest of honor trying to give Edison a big kiss. And her husband trying to get a photo, too!

Awkward? Absolutely.
Hilarious? Yep.

Of course, cake is always good.

One of the neatest parts of the party last night was meeting Kim and Baby Addy - Addy was born with Down syndrome a few months ago, and we've been praying for her since her birth. She had to have heart surgery (same hospital and surgeon as Caroline) and suffered some trauma after the surgery. She was not only at the party -- she was another one of the guests of honor. My friends, meet Addy. . .

In Conclusion. . . .
As I seemingly always do, I apologize for the delay between posts. I have good intentions, but we all know about pavers and roads and good intentions. We are experiencing a busy but thoroughly blessed summer. We have all stayed relatively healthy, happy, and busy.

Every time we move toward the garage, Edison begs to drive -- and I'm getting more and more comfortable with him behind the wheel. I even let him drive home from church this morning -- and we had Caroline in the car. Heck, she's his biggest fan. . . .

A couple weeks ago, while riding with him the first time - I told him to slow down. Caroline had other ideas -- she started yelling, "Go faster! Go faster!" from the backseat. (Shakes head in despair)

Mark and I are planning a mini-getaway next month -- since we didn't take our anniversary trip to the coast, or on a cruise, we're going to hang out in Birmingham, AL for a few days. He's going to a baseball convention and my buddy "Lois" is going to join me for a couple days of sewing, laughing, and shopping. We met last year -- and had a blast!!

Okie dokie -- it's 11:42 p.m., and although I should go to be before midnight, I'm going to spend a few minutes doing some hand-sewing. Just to get a few more projects done.

Good night!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

65. . . will that do?

Kindergarten Program - Little Miss Thing. . . .

Pointing out that her mommy, daddy, and grandma had arrived. . . .

A random shot captured by my mother-in-law. . .

A new family member arrived yesterday. My birthday present was a new light-weight computerized sewing machine. He's real sweet. . . a good "next step" machine for me. . .

Here's what he's done so far. . . .I see many more projects in our collective future. . . .

If it's true*. . .I've got a 4,935 credit to my name.

*A picture is worth a thousand words. . . .

Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Have you given up on me yet?
You should.
Please don't.
I am coming back.
I promise.

Of course, you'll have to drag me away from the TV -- especially when "Jerseylicious" is on. I cannot believe I've gotten "snarled" into a reality show.

It consumes my attention - when it's on the air.

Cannot explain it.

I'm addicted.