Miss Pam tagged me earlier this week for the seven random things post. I've lost count of who all has tagged me for this in the past year or so, but I'm tired of feeling guilty about ignoring them so I'm giving it my version of a 'go' here today. Here's seven random things currently or recently going on in my life or thoughts going on in my head.
Does anyone remember about 25 years ago when the Wilton cakes started up? I just knew that if you had the right pans and tools anyone could do it! Ummm, I was wrong. My first attempt was so frustrating that I never did try again, but it was the lesson I continue to go back to when disregarding the importance of practice and experience over 'having the right tools'. I thought that since I now have a Bernina freemotion machine quilting would be a breeze, and I would produce professional results. Ummm, wrong again!
Luckily I mainly just 'stitched in the ditch' and didn't try to do an all-over pattern. I do like my borders. I really liked the inner border Freddy used on hers, but that fabric is no longer available, so I recreated it by making a black strip and then added individually cut circles of color. Here's the fabric label I put on the back, which also shows the really awful job I did machine quilting.
It really IS harder than it seems it should be. The good news is that I am signed up for a machine quilting class later this month with the local and very talented Pat Durbin.
2. This is the current view from my kitchen window into the backyard
The contractor has done all he can do before the permit gets approved (hopefully this week) and then it'll be full speed ahead on building me a 15x20 ft studio. Awesome! Who needs lawn anyway? ;-)
3. Miss Mia the Cat recently figured out how to do her two favorite things; lay on her back and watch me here on the computer; at the same time
Clever girl, huh?
4. Hooked on Phonics really does work. When recently told that my grandson Caleb was pretty much the only one in first grade not reading well I bought the program (pre-K to 2nd grade)on ebay. I pick him up after school on M-W-F and he reads for 30-40 minutes. Within a very short time he has just about caught up. He actually enjoys reading time now. I couldn't be happier~
5. I've joined the neighborhood church. I'm really feeling aware lately of how much of my acquaintances and friendships are online and when the electricity goes out...well; you know what I mean. I figure being around others who want to thank God for their many blessings is a good start toward becoming a part of the community. :-)
6. This week marks the two year quitiversary for me and those nasty stinky gross cigarettes. After two full years I finally feel pretty safe saying "I quit!" yay for me. :-)
7. Have you ever heard the term helicopter parents? I've been observing this hovering behavior more and more these past few years, but only just recently heard that label. Here I thought I was the only one concerned about our children losing their ability to be creative and independent thinkers and do-ers, yet it's a coined phrase in wikipedia. It makes me sad! I'm worried about our society's future. I'm worried that only people who are plummeting toward 50 say things like I'm worried about our society's future ;-)