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I'm a wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother. I try to be creative - sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. I'm my own worst critic! I'm self taught in a lot of my crafts, but have taken quilting classes and most recently a beginner's rug hooking class. I enjoy both crafts tremendously. I'd like to learn to be a better gardener.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Fall...er...almost Winter!

It's been a while since I've been on here.  I have been one busy bee!  Since my last post we went to Tennessee to visit family.  Then came home and started working in the yard until hubby's back went out.  Then road trips with my friends.  Found a wonderful new quilt shop in Sandusky Ohio called Mabel and Ethel's.  They sell a lot of civil war fabric and some wool!  Yay!

I've also been working on my Jane Harris sampler.  Then when other projects come up that gets put to the side.  So tiny progress being made until after Christmas.  The Halloween cross stitch on my blog is one that I finished in a weekend.  I framed it and gave it to my daughter.

I've been working on a baby quilt for my granddaughter and it needs to be completed by this Sunday for her baby shower.  I am almost done.  It turned out bigger than I anticipated so I've been hand quilting a little each day.  Now I'm quilting the sashing and the border and it will be done!  Whew!  But my hands are not liking me!  It done and baby shower over because I need to start my Christmas gifts.  Gulp!  But at least I have everything I need for what I'm going to make.  Thank goodness I'm retired or I'd be in big trouble.

Speaking of Christmas gifts...  In July I cut fabric for what I had planned the Christmas gifts to be, then had to finish some quilts for our guild's quilt show in October.  So the original Christmas gifts got put to the side.  So, they will now be for next year.

Here are some of the quilts that I entered in the show:

Our guild doesn't award ribbons which I am thankful for.  I need to sharpen my skills on hand quilting.  There were some really nice quilts and, of course, I didn't take my camera.

So, I've been retired for a year and two months now.  The first year was the hardest.  Too many things came up that I wasn't aware would happen once retired - such as my "retired" prescription plan sucked!  I pay more for my prescriptions now - especially at the beginning of the year when there are all those deductibles.  Sigh...  Then my hubby qualified for Medicare so that was fun trying to figure all of that out and which supplemental plan to purchase and which rx plan to use and so on.  And now here we are back to that time of year of open enrollment.  Also, I didn't plan for my sister to die and that was totally unexpected (she is younger than me but has had several strokes and a 5 by-pass heart surgery).  Then after we got home from the memorial my brother ended up having a 5 by-pass heart surgery - he is also younger than me.  After he got home from the hospital by dad ended up having a slight heart attack!  Too much at one time.  I started feeling like maybe I should go back to work...but I quickly talked myself out of it!  LOL!  Then the holidays came and went and for some reason - even though I had more time to prepare - I was not as prepared as I usually am for the holidays.

I have come to the conclusion that I need a routine.  I'm too out of sorts, off track, out of sync - whatever way you want to describe it.  I didn't routinely clean my house each week, I didn't routinely pull weeds in my gardens - I was just kind of out of it.  So my plan this year is to get back on track, come up with a plan to clean my house room by room and then keep up with it.  My craft will always be a work in progress - I clean it, then I start a new project and then it's a mess again so I clean it again and - you get the picture.  I'm sure you all have that problem. Ok, maybe not all but a good majority of you do.

I have always been wanting to get back to rug hooking.  I had sincerely thought that maybe it just wasn't for me.  And then what would I do with all that I make?  Then I realized that the reason I've been dragging my feet rug hooking is that the patterns I picked out were not really what I was aiming for.  I realized this when I went to my friend's son's graduation party and saw how she had incorporated her rugs, mats, etc into her decor and that's when I knew I had been picking the wrong patterns.  So I will attempt to finish those that I've started, get help with the binding, and then move on to the things I want to decorate my home with.

Well, enough about me... what's up with you!?!

Thanks for stopping by!


1 comment:

  1. Well Char, it's nice hearing from you. No wonder you are out of sort, with all that has been happening in your family. Your little cross stitch is delightful.

    Making the transition to retirement takes getting use to all by itself.
    There are things we can't change and things we can change.
    Getting older is one thing we can't change but we can slow down a little.

    I'm finding that it takes me longer to do the things that I used to do quickly and I tire more easily. I don't hook as much as I use to simply because I can't seem to find enough time as I have some big projects that need to be address with the house and I'm only focusing on one at a time.

    I've successfully gotten rid of all my ceramics molds and paints, glazed and supplies and now that huge project is done with. I was ready to bring them all to the dump, thousands dollars worth of it. Luckily I found one couple who would take them off my hands. Now my basement is finally cleared of ceramic molds and paints, etc. A big load off my mind.

    Now I'm clipping the neglected fir hedge and I when I start to get tired I stop and resume at the next opportunity. I clipped it last year and finished on November 28th and it was so tall. I took some pictures of the size of the tops I cut off. They grew taller than my ladder. It grew a lot during the summer again as we got so much rain this past summer.

    It's suppose to rain tomorrow so I'll have to wait. At least, I'm ahead of last year by almost a month.

    I sure hope that you'll have a good week and that you get a handle on getting one room organized at a time. I like to start by the smallest room. The bathroom, lol....