Tuesday, June 20, 2017


A little more sewing...
Kinda hard to see 
but the last "white" round of each block
is a cute confetti-ish print
I got at an unfriendly quilt shop in Myrtle Beach.
Maybe she was having a bad day but sheesh.
Love the fabric selection though :)
Pink blocks tomorrow!

Please check back next Tuesday to see
what a week's worth of TLC can do
to help this $3.00 clearance cutie:
Pretty scraggly and sad.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


A finish
Ready for a picnic!
or a drive down Route 66 pulling a vintage teardrop camper.
(dreaming) only after paying off credit cards
and getting hardwood floors.

A start
The third pattern in Quilts from the Quiltmaker's Gift
good old Log Cabin.
One and a half inch strips mean I'm using up tons of small scraps.
My goal is two blocks each day.

Saw this idea on Facebook, showed my BFF
and when I got home, he'd already brought me three pallets.
Harvested broccoli three times
and the flowers are taking over :)

How's your summer going?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Still enjoying summer...
Spent Saturday in Richmond, KY at our state Special Olympic games.
Colton participated in bowling and track this year.
Such a sweet day! Makes you count your blessings.

Sunday was my dad's 76th birthday.
Celebrated with potato salad and lemon cake.

Finished Intention Inspired's 30 Days of Brave challenge this morning.
My goal was to finish the school year strong.
It's easy to skip Writer's Workshop and turn on the TV at the end of the school year.
I tried to keep working instead of phoning it in.
Colton had a few bad days.
Change and end-of-the-year madness was a little too much for him.
Restarting the challenge tomorrow
with a goal of trying cool stuff we haven't ever done.
You get a motivational email each morning with a focus word.
They are fun to read and keep in mind.
Go check it out!

Saturday, May 27, 2017


If you can make it through Winter with only three snow days
then you can enjoy a bonus week of Summer!
A whole week off before June!
Made a Productivity Tracker for my Summer sewing:
Started counting from last Friday: Eighty days of Summer!
In the shape of a quilt (use your imagination)
Latest project:
Fifty-five 10 x 5.5 rectangles
Wanted to do all blues, but added reds, grays and denim.
Even a couple pieces of hoarded Route 66 fabric
purchased in Arizona ON Route 66!
Sorted by color
with sashing on right.
Can't wait to play with these.
Happy Weekend!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Thursday was our last day of school!
Friday we worked in our rooms. Lots of decluttering.
Lunch out with friends.
Track practice.
Came home and finished this:
King's Hiway from The Quiltmaker's Gift.
While sewing on the binding
broke a needle, bent a needle, the thread started shredding
had to walk away from it.
 broke another one,
 then finally put a needle in that worked perfectly!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


End of the school year,
Twelve days to go!
things fall by the wayside...
mostly sewing and blogging.
Apparently it happens every year around this time :)
I haven't posted on May 2 since 2011
I sewed some that day too.
Decided I'm gonna do both this evening!

After a warm, summer-ish weekend, it's cool and windy this week.
Made Beef Noodle soup and Red Lobster biscuits last night,
warmed some up this evening with biscuits and Amish Christmas jelly.

 Testing week at school. 
First-grade has it easy.
I made the mistake of telling an upper-grade teacher friend
that we'd had a fun day.
Big mistake.
They are stressed.
Hope your week is going well!

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Started out like gangbusters
made a habit tracker
tried to leave an encouraging comment
on each of my welcome wagon slicer's posts
then I got sick :( and I never get sick
then jury duty
which lasted over a week
still had lesson plans to write
and stuff to arrange for each day
find after-school care for Colton
So thankful for family and friends that step up to help.
Jury Duty makes you tired in a weird way.
too much thinking and sitting
too much fast food
Our judge was my former husband's attorney in our divorce.
Our courtroom is small
the jury sits five feet away from the plaintiffs
met some nice people
caught up with a friend from college
but I'm so thankful for this weekend.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Last Wednesday, I didn't feel like stopping at Walmart after picking Colton up at his daddy's house. Weird. I love Walmart.
That night, I could NOT get warm. Had to convince myself it would take less than a minute to get an Ibuprofen and be back under the covers.
Thursday, dragged through school.
Friday, dragged through school even worse.
Saturday, laid around.
Sunday, laid around.
Monday, dragged through school but started perking up.
Tuesday, little better but not great.
Wednesday, little better, still not great.
Today, jury duty! Imagine being thankful for jury duty. I get to speak to grown-ups during the day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


We had an excellent Teacher Academy today. 
After school, no less. 
Tossed some balloons around, 
lined up according to our years of experience- kind of bittersweet- 
and according to our favorite time of the day. Playtime!

Please watch this wonderful video when you get a chance. I'm gonna check it out again soon.

2016 Weekly menus, the difference between want and went
No March 8, 2015 Slice
2014 Embarrassing Walmart story
2013 Our Writer's Workshop routine

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


No March 6 Slice in 2017, 2016 or 2015
(Try again next year)
Links to 2014 Using this favorite format with a twist!
and 2013 Yet another snow day

Yesterday, I got an email that our Book Study homework is due Wednesday.
Today, I'm reading two chapters of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Yesterday, I walked over 9,000 steps,
Today, I walked over 12,000.

Yesterday, I ate zero veggies.
Today, I ate two veggies.

Yesterday, I had my feelings hurt by an unnecessary comment. I wondered if I was being overly sensitive, maybe it was just teasing. I also wondered if the person is kind of a jerk with an occasional mean streak. I reminded said person that I always try to build up and encourage them, but seriously considered all evening if I need this person in my life on a regular basis.
Today, he apologized on his own, out of the blue. Sincerely. I thanked him but still feel a little leery.

No March 7 2016 Slice but... 2015 Still snowed in
2014 A snowy/Spring outdoor recess
2013 Planning to use this again this week.