Sunday, September 28, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
just a couple weeks ago my granny went to be with the Lord. she passed away quickly on a Sunday afternoon. unfortunately as my father and mother made plans to travel the 8 hrs. to be with family, make arrangements, and say goodbye, i came to the realization that i would be unable to attend. with a newborn and a 5 year-old and without the aid of dh (his work made it impossible for him to take the time to go with me) i simply couldn't make the journey.
so i said goodbye from home.
no, it wasn't the same, but the Lord was here with me reminding me of his love and grace - even as my heart was there.
upon his return, my dad and i sat down to talk and he presented me with a very special gift. a thimble. her thimble.
the thimble isn't much to look at - but oh if it could talk! to tell of the stitches it helped create! you see, my granny sewed. she sewed as an occupation, she sewed out of necessity, and she sewed in the name of love. this precious thimble is rusted and tarnished. it has 5 holes in the top where her needle pierced the metal from use. and it is so tiny - what fit on her nimble middle finger snugly hugs my pinkie.
my dad kept that thimble close in his pocket all week. when he began to miss her, he slipped it on his pinkie and felt close to his mom. that thimble stayed with him until he brought it home to me - and i will cherish it always.
i do have a quilt she stitched by hand, just for me. in fact, she and her sister - my aunt orlean, were the reason i began quilting. they showed me the fun and creativity that can be sewn into a quilt and i can never thank them enough for introducing me to my favorite creative pass time. my father also returned with bag filled with just some of the fabric scraps that granny had set aside for quilting. she also had begun a quilt for my niece, her great-granddaughter. i will finish that quilt, and i will see to it that her fabric scraps find their way into quilts for years to come.
i love you granny, and i will see you again.
Monday, July 28, 2008
big brother is happy, but there has been a little bit of regression as of late. mainly because not only is little brother home now, but dad is also back in football season at work and is, therefore, not home. bad timing, i know, but hey... what are ya gonna do. he is working through it like a champ and we are making every attempt to help him feel included and remind him of the special big guy that he is. big brother is so helpful, and he really loves the little guy.
Monday, June 30, 2008
thankfully, all of the furniture came from big brother, so bedding and decor items, clothing and bb necessities have been our largest expenses.
if i have the time, i am hoping to finish his monkey quilt. i haven't been able to do this as of yet because i simply cannot physically handle basting the quilt together! oh well, when i feel i can i will, he has several wonderful blankets and quilts to use in the meantime, including the one pictured on the rocking chair in the top picture gifted to him at a recent shower.
my c-section has been set up for sat., a week early, but little guy is measuring large and in charge just like his brother so induction is out. although, if i go on my own, who knows? so with a lot of help from family and friends, we are ready! until then, i can sit in this calming room and rock and picture my new little one....can't wait to meet him!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
ok, um, well, my kid doesn't eat cake! turns out, he would rather have a banana than a slice of mommy's made with love giant elmo head cake. don't take me wrong, i'm not complaining, i just had to find uses for my cake skills at other venues.
i have done a couple for pay, but graduation clearly gave me an annual opportunity to drive myself into a pastry frenzy trying to concoct the perfect multi-tiered cake that would not only be large enough to feed 200 people (yup, that many!) but would also provide the strongest flexing of my creative muscles.
this year i had no real grad responsibilities because i am no longer the director, but with the pregnancy i had to really reign myself in.
i went with a three-layered square cake. found the bottom two pans on ebay and squared off a rectangle for the top.
to make icing easier and reduce crumbs, i did a light crumb-layer of icing, then made a large batch of marshmallow fondant to cover all three layers.
i love marshmallow fondant for so many reasons. first, it is CHEAP! all three layers cost me one bag of powdered sugar and a bag of mini-marshmallows....compared to the $12 for a box of wilton fondant. also, it tastes a lot better. i can't tell you how many people will peel the other off a cake slice, but this stuff gets eaten.the other great thing about fondant is that you can color it and roll it out like play dough to decorate.
once at school, i put the layers together, added the stars around the base and on the sides of each layer, and titled the top.
all in all, a very successful and yummy piece of work. and best of all, when i make the cake i don't eat it...having spent the previous 2 days with my whole house smelling all cakeish.
i'll post pics from the ceremony later this week. it was quite precious.
oh, and i didn't cry, lol!
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
- a new coat of paint
- window topper
- new light fixture (with ceiling fan)
- dresser (from big brother's room)
- rocker & crib (from storage)
- extra shelf/rod in closet
- misc. decor items.
yummy moda fabric was discovered when visiting a local shop during this years shop hop. at about $12 a yard, the prequilted was pricey, but being a sucker for pretty things, home it came.
when visiting, cousin t. picked out some pick and chocolate fabric from moda and while we contemplated sewing them together in cousinly joy, magazine reading, spa visits, and girl talk won out instead. so, being as how i love her so much i offered to throw a bag together for her while doing one for myself. can u believe? the brave gal actually left the fabric with me.
the pattern was well-written and fairly easy, although the zipper was a little tricky. hint, unzip the bag partially before finishing your final seam 'cause you feel a little ridiculous trying to turn the bag inside out when you can't get the zipper undone from the inside.....not that im speaking from experience or anything, but you know its bad when your 5-year-old comes in and asks, "mommy, why are you fighting with the bag?"
anywho, mine will be used as my "hey im in labor lets get to the hospital" bag, while hers, hopefully, will be soon packed to accompany her back to see me soon! LOL! more importantly, i know it will give her a smile when she opens the usps box on monday.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
#2: tomatoes are planted! i also drafted hubby into helping me put together and stuff my new earth boxes. i ordered the kits knowing that a full garden would be out this year. now, we gotzta have our tomatoes, folks, and our neighbors have had a tremendous result from their earth boxes, so i figured, what the hey?they are a little pricey, but you get everything in the kit including soil, lime (for tomatoes), and fertilizer....in other words, all but the veggies. the boxes are obviously reusable, with refill kits being less than $20, so i am looking forward to seeing if my investment pays off. honestly, these two boxes and supports cost about the same as what i spent last year prepping my garden soil and purchasing fencing to keep the local crunching critters out.
dd picked out a cherry and roma plant (his favorites!), dh requested a better boy, and i picked out 2 early girls and a golden. so far, they have been very low maintenance. it took about an hour to get them both together and planted. there is a planting guide included, very clear instructions, and once you plant all you need to do from then on is water daily - no fertilizing! yippee!
best part? i can skip the lifeguard this year 'cause the boxes have an overflow drain! i cannot over water the plants. before you question your counting skills, i do have one little early girl who couldn't make it in the box, so she is eagerly awaiting a new home in an extra large pot i had left over.
#3: got zucchini planted! now, dd and i absolutely LOVE zucchini. we fry it, bake it, stuff it, and eat it raw! so, when scaling down the garden this year they were a MUST! but where to put them? well, these little guys ended up planted along my front sidewalk. a little goofy, i know, but the blooms are so pretty and i will be able to do watering and fertilizing much easier this way. edible lawn art....yum!
the deer gang are the most courageous and rude of our crunching critters and with about 8-10 of them spotted this year in our back woods, it qualifies as an epidemic rampant in our area. thus explaining the soap shards scattered around the pant. the boogers will walk right up my sidewalk to enjoy the buffet that they are convinced i planted for their enjoyment. and before you ask, the dog is scared of them so she is no real help. i tried just about everything, but after mourning the overnight beheading of my lovely petunias this year, i got a great tip and discovered that a little irish spring is all it takes to protect my petunias, zucchini, roses, and anything else they may want to munch. the scent confuses and confounds their delicate pallet, so the leave the plant alone.
hmmm. i sure hope the soap doesn't seep into the zucchini....how embarrassing to serve some for a special dinner and have all your guests foaming at the mouth...lol!
well, at least we will have irish-fresh breath!
#4: planted my rose bush. i put this pink pretty on the front corner of the front porch so she can happily climb the corner post for years to come. i love roses, they remind me of my gramma pauline. she had such a gift for growing these beauties. this is my first attempt. we shall see.....
well, my friends, i pray you all had a great weekend and that you and your loved ones had some peaceful time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those in our armed forces who protect our freedom every day. i continue to ask for your prayers for my brother (in-law) maj. jeff stevenson, as he serves overseas.