Sunday, November 29, 2009

November Just A Minute

It's the 29th again, so time to play Just a Minute...

Listening... to the Glee soundtrack A LOT. Gosh, it makes me happy!

Praising... my boss, for being understanding during my recent bout with migraines. He was wonderful about encouraging me to take care of myself and stay home if needed.

Watching... the end of new episodes of shows until January or February. But, the good news is Love, Actually is on tv a bunch!

Reading... Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally. I love the message and get inspired each time I read bits of it.

Cooking... a Thanksgiving turkey, cheesy potatoes, sweet potatoes and other deliciousness for family and friends. And, today Mom and I made turkey noodle soup with the leftovers. Yum!

Writing... a bit, although not as much as I'd like. I'm in need of writing curriculum and would like to be working on some personal development stuff.

Sewing... a quilt top for a friend.
Loving... life. Because it offers so much!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I Love Trees

A day at Morris Arboretum with Mom.
Sunny and unseasonably warm weather.
The ability to walk slowly, sit a little and relax.
Life is wonderful, isn't it?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gratitude Wednesday

It's another Gratitude Wednesday, and just one day before the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. This week, I am grateful for so much....

spending time with my mother for the holiday
the ability to provide a home for myself
my creativity
my headaches being slightly more manageable than they were
the little love seat in my office... for afternoons when the headache catches up with me
the ability to put good food on the table
excellent neighbors, including Brooke who brought me soup when I was under the weather
the love in my life
hand lotion, as it gets colder and my hands feel dry (simple but wonderful!)
the ability to laugh at even the smallest of things
life, the verb.

What are you celebrating today?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Prep

This weekend I did a bit of preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday. I love the idea of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. I love the idea of people coming together to break bread and celebrate. I love the foods I have but once a year, like my mother's sweet potatoes.

This year, I'm having a fuller table. My mom is coming to town on Tuesday. My friends Dorthe and Robyn are coming for dinner. Robyn's father is also coming. I'm grateful for all of these loved ones gathering together, knowing dinner will be filled with laughter and friendship.

On Saturday, I went shopping at TJMaxx. I got a couple of things for the centerpiece, which will be small so we can fit all of the food on the table. I also got some Christmas gifts - woohoo, I'm almost done with my shopping!

And, I made a trip to Wegmans to get all of my groceries. Although it is a bit of a drive from my apartment, they have the best produce in the area. I now I have a 12 pound "young, fresh turkey" in my fridge. (It sounds so cougar-like.) I also made some applesauce that may or may not make it to Thursday! I have one more day to accomplish the laundry and cleaning before my mom comes.

Today, I was able to carve out a little time to work on my friend's Christmas quilt. I made about 5 mistakes while sewing pieces together so the seam ripper was highly utilized! But, I'm genuinely loving how things are coming together and I think she'll really love the final product.

A wonderful weekend leading into a wonderful week....

Friday, November 20, 2009

So Much Fabric, So Little Time

Amy just got back from Japan and I have to say, is a horrible temptress. I just almost spent $60 in her shop on adorable fabrics. Seriously, I had to close down the tab. And then I opened fabricworm. Oy! Really, what was I thinking??? I somehow managed to walk away. However, I'm pretty confident that paypal credit is doomed by weekend's end.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Handspun Beauty

I've been remiss, due to not feeling well, in blogging about this wonderful yarn I won from Becky's recent contest. It's handspun baby alpaca loveliness! Aren't I the luckiest? Now, to find the perfect pattern to compliment it....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another Etsy Item

I haven't been an overwhelmingly productive crafter lately due to being under the weather. (By the way, did I ever tell you about the psychic who told me my father was under the weather? This was in college. My father died when I was 14. So, in a sense, he was right. The phrase "under the weather" always makes me think of that.) However, last night I finished up this baby set. I promised to have it done by the middle of the week and I like to keep my word.

My friend Allie was looking for a gift for a friend of her's. She needed something green and yellow to go with the theme of the baby's room. I was happy to order some new flannel so I could oblige the request. The items tied together on the left are a stroller blanket, a burp cloth and a bib. I threw in a small patchwork cloth. Allie is pregnant so she can either gift it with the set or keep it for herself. Tomorrow, it gets mailed out!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

T-shirt Quilt

I'm hoping to take this pile home, along with a few other shirts, and make a small-ish t-shirt quilt for one of the students I've worked with for two years. I think it would be meaningful to her and relatively speaking, an easy gift. I'm waiting on a few other shirts but hoping I can use the winter break time off to get a start on this. She's done with her office at the end of January. Although the quilt most likely won't be done then, it would be nice to have made a good start of it....

See, my brain is thinking creatively even if my hands are not!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Seeking the Positive

In general, I tend to be all about the silver lining. I believe everything in life has some positive, which we can see if we try. And, I also try to focus on the positive in my life within this blog. I believe positivity breeds positivity....

As I've told you, lately I've been waylaid by a string of migraines, coming on a daily basis. The medication prescribed be the doctor was good for dismissing the headache that day; however it came back again the next. This Saturday, I emailed my doctor regarding the on-going pain. It has been cutting into my efficiency at work and my love for life. My doctor, bless her heart, emailed me on Sunday. After two email exchanges, I'm on the way to trying a new prescription and hopefully combating this pain. I'm so impressed, and deeply grateful, by the Sunday exchange with my doctor.

Between working and headache pain, this weekend was a bit of a wash. Although I managed to varnish some el cheapo Ikea frames (love 'em) not much else was done. Sewing primarily took a backseat, as did socializing with friends. I'm hoping since I have to depart work early today to handle some Comcast shenanigans, to squeeze a wee bit of crafting in this afternoon.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Flea Market Finds....

On Sunday, I got to visit my favorite Buffalo flea market again. Since it was a gorgeous day - 60 degrees in Buffalo in November!! - there were a lot of vendors there hoping to clear out their stock before the winter.

I was able to purchase this little step ladder for $6. It was originally marked at $16 and then marked down to $8. As I'm looking at it, trying to figure out where in my apartment could become a home, the vendor walked up and said I could have it for $6. I am still not sure it has found its right home, but for now it is in the bedroom. I'm glad I didn't walk away... I think I would have regretted it.

I also got this orange crate. It's a pretty simply one with no markings on the side. It was marked at $3 and the vendor tried to give me this one and another one for this price. When I wouldn't take the second one, he gave me a dollar back! Again, not sure this is the final home. Or its final color. I am contemplating sanding it and painting it a light green.

And, I bought a Christmas present. One of the vendors was selling (somewhat) vintage pins for a variety of baseball teams. My boss is a big Phillies fan so this will make its way to him for the holidays. It's just perfect!

My mom got an AWESOME sideboard for her dining room for only $20. It is a gorgeous piece (I should have taken a picture). I will admit I kind of strongly encouraged her to purchase it. But I know she doesn't regret it!

And, we bought a large milk jug for a family friend's umbrella and cane. He served in WWII and this was a Veteran's Day/you're good people gift. My mom is going to re-paint it for him, as he is out of town currently.

Altogether, I spent $23 and my mom spent $25! Fantastic outing!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gratitude Wednesday

I'm again celebrating Gratitude Wednesday. On this Veteran's Day, I'm grateful for the men and women who have served or are serving the United States. Thank you for all you do to protect and defend.

On a smaller scale:
  • I'm grateful to my doctors for taking me seriously with regards to this on-going migraine. I'm home again today, hoping a solution is around the corner.
  • I'm grateful for the rain cleaning the dead bugs off my windshield.
  • I'm grateful for a little dog that likes to snuggle when I'm not feeling well.
  • I'm grateful for a fridge stocked with food... ziti, English muffins, apples, Lean Pockets.... all of these will get me through the week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

And Another Thing....

Tomorrow is Gratitude Wednesday.... I hope you'll participate!

Wow It's Been Awhile, Hasn't it?

Hello again! Sorry for an extended absence. I've been burdened by a migraine for the past six days or so. Luckily, I was able to get into my doctors office today and had a doctor that took me seriously and spent time evaluating what was going on. After a bit of blood work, I was off to the pharmacy. I'm hoping this is movement towards a close solution.

In that time, I also traveled to Buffalo for a friend's wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and I'm so pleased for her. She's found a good life mate. And, she was an absolutely gorgeous bride!

While in Buffalo, I also visited the flea market (good to be shown later), spent some quality time with Mom, made an emergency vet visit for an abscess on Rosy and ate some great foods. It was a full weekend to say the least!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Angel Power?

On Saturday night, my friends and I had girls night in at one of our home's. We also had Arts and Crafts night #1 and painted little canvases. My friend Dorthe did a sketch and we all painted our own angel. All of our angels came out quite different, as you can see above. My angel is below. She will eventually have a place in the large space above my couch, once I find her some friends to hang there.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Revised Turkey

Tom got a body, legs and new eyes. He's happier and so am I.

Gearing Up for Turkey Day

I made this little guy, Tom, last night. He's not perfect and hangs a bit crooked. I'll probably change his eyes if I make him again. But he's a good little turkey to welcome people to my apartment.

ETA: I've been looking at him more and I'm not totally happy. I might try to give him more of a body tonight.

Happy November!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Ducks Like Privacy Too

How was your Halloween? Mine was busy... banking, loads of laundry, cooking and a get together with my girlfriends. Really, it was perfect! I also did a spot of sewing and managed to finish this project.My shower has one of those L-shaped bars at the top and the end has been open since I moved in. The only thing that has bothered me about it is that everyone who uses the bathroom knows what shampoo I use. (Really, the lack of privacy....) So I bought some fabric, shower curtain hooks and a plastic liner.
And, now my shower is hidden!