Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath,because she only had a few,it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for Removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ' old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Thank you to Karen for sending this to me. It brought back so many good memories. I dont remember my grandma without her apron handy.Mostly it was on but if not it wasnt far away. She even warmed chicks and one time I remember her moving a garden snake by holding it in the pocket.I loved this thank you again!
It is a whopping -23 out right now and my car wont start.So boarder boy is going to miss German. As he crawled back into bed I think I saw a smile. He hates getting up in the morning. All this cold weather though means that I cant work. Still having heater problems. Today being super Tuesday means I get to clean house but after I am done I get to play. I kind of hope tomorrow is this cold too!
Wonderful hubby left for Valdez at 6 this morning. The refinery Petro Star had a fire Sunday night and over half(?) burned down. Thank heavens no one was hurt.But of course there is some major work to be done and he has equipment that needs to be pulled out and replaced. He is one of 12 that get to go into the refinery today so he can assess.
I will give you a sneak peak at what youngest daughter and I are playing with today.
We started yesterday and it is GREAT busy work for a little girl that cant go outside and play.I actually think I need one!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
So wonderful hubby packed me into the car and took me to the doctors. If you can belive this though we dont have ONE walk in clinic anymore! I had to wait until 1 o clock fo an appointment. Then of course you wait another hour or so beofre you can even see a doctor.By then I had a full blown migrane.
The wonderful doctor now my hero took one look at me with my hair on end and still wearing jammies and said wow you must really be feeling bad today.Lol. Hubby found great humor in this. He did give me a perscription but he also had a nurse come in and give me a couple injections in the nether regions. Shes all appologetic about it and keeps saying shes sorry its goona hurt. I couldnt of cared less. I will tell you that about a minute later when the pain started to lift I wanted to kiss her.
Then the doctor comes back in and tells wonderful hubby that I am going to get really tired so just put me to bed and let me slepp.Wow that was an understatement! I slept from the second I got in the truck to just a few minutes ago! I wonder if I can get those shots in a six pack?
I do feel 100% better. The sinus infection is still there but I have stuff to take care of that now and I can deal.
I have to warn you.There are a LOT of photos.These are all the ones that I have been taking this last week but forgetting to post. I am trying really hard to get some things done before my official count for next year. After I work for a couple hours today I am going to play some more and see what else I can get done. I am so happy I feel like playing again!
JODY recognize what this is? hehehehehe. I have almost all my blocks done. Then I can start putting them together.Jody and I are making two quilts each. That way we will have matching quilts. We started these like 4 years ago. My first thangle kit ready to be quilted!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I ran across these. They were taken last year at the North Slope. Sunset in July at 4:45. Must of been on the camera from one of the work trips.
Friday, December 19, 2008
My business name.Yall thought I was talking about something else huh? Nope, its my business name. When I picked the name Storm At Sea it was totally because I had like ten minutes to come up with something.It didnt ring bells and their is no attatchment. So with the whole move looming over our heads I am thinking it may be a good time...Its not like I am nationally known or anything.Just locally.Not really for my quilting either, more for getting in trouble.
So what do yall thing? I could totally change my business name to something else.Like Lafonda...Sorry bad Napolean Dynamite flashback....Really I was thinking that Turtle Trax might be good.Minot ND just happens to be at the base of the turtle mountains. (really how cool is that!)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
It took me a few years to realize in -60 ther arent thick enough walls! I was young and being from cali well, I have stories on how stupid I was.Lol. I truly thought you moved into a place and called all the utility companies to turn everything on. Septic, well, power lines dug, Antenna????? Dont you just flip a switch????
Here is the latest Little man photo! I was so excited to see his eyes open.He is also on the quilt I made him! I know yall are probably thinking oh yay another baby picture. I meant to put this at the end so you could gloss over it but again my picture moving thingy is not cooperating...... Please excuse the demon eyes. Wonderful hubby took this last night with my camera phone. Evidently my computer will fix red eyes but not demon eyes. This is one of my bff's Melinda. She is such a sweet little thing. She is my cruise partner. For as little as she is this girl can pack away the food. On our last cruise I was all trying to eat dainty like until I noticed she had ordered like two dinners and 3 deserts! I was ecstatic. We had a 25th anniversary party to go to last night. We were so happy to see chocolate covered frozen cheesecake on a stick! Yuuuuuum.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This is what I found in my sewing room this morning! Only a child of a quilter or seamstress can find a way to express this without paper.Lol
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Well I guess I will be counting the days until the 6th.That is when the rest of us fly to my fav. cuz.s house to play with the baby and we will meet them there.
Just in case you were wondering THIS is what 50 pink flamingos look like in a big box!
Meet Tango.I dogsat her today. She comes and visits me quite often. Her owner is one of boarder boys friends so Tango and I have bonded. She is worse then a little kid though. Her owner took boarder boy to his German lessons for me as I had customers coming. He didnt do to well at sneaking out of the house and she busted him.So then until he came back she tried her hardest to convince me that she should be let out to go find him....
O.K. I think I am going back to bed for a nap before I have customers come for pick ups. And yes 1 drop off.UGH.........Well maybe I better check woot one more time.........
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I would like to thank a BBF of mine in Cali.YOU know who you are and YOU know what you did! Its horrible! I havent bought anything but I am obsessed with the Woot of the day. Today ofcourse is a wootoff. That means as soon as they sell out of an item they change to a new one. Most of the items arent really of use to me but there have been a couple I would have liked. UNFORTUNATLY they do not ship to Alaska. What is up with that? So by the time I get my mothers address typed in and then my billing address typed in the item is sold out!
Argh. Thanks BFF remind me to return the favour and teach you to quilt!
We lost power for a few hours yesterday. Boarder boy about put me in a straight jacket. That poor boy is very dependent on electricity. He finally found something to entertain him. He found that if he poked holes in the big 4 wick candle that we had going on the counter that the wax would create a river down the counter top. He then could create dams and divert it whichever way he wanted.
You know what? I let him. It was sooooooooooo much easier then listening to the complaining.
My new camera came in the mail yesterday.Woooohoooooo! I can now take some pictures of projects I got done. I completed my first pair of slippers so now I am ready to make the pair that I will send to my swap partner.Ü I looooove them. I may be making a few more of them.So easy. Dont you love fast projects that give you instant gratification?
I also can take a picture of my fancy schmancy apron I got from Kristen J. She did a fabulous job and even sent me a shiny glitzy headband! Ooooh lala. I just cant wait for my camera battery to charge.Hopefully the power stay on.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I was so hoping to play this week. But now I will be working all day Monday and Wednesday. So far it looks like I may MAY get Thursday off. But I am not holding my breath. So much for working on slippers today.
The sort of slumber party went off with a bang! It was actually quite a blast. I even heard little girls say they didnt want to go home. Wow that is a huge compliment in my book. I dont even want to be here half the time and they loved it here! We sang high school music karoake on the wii and then dance dance revolution. I am a clumsy oaf on that but I did actually do some singing. I have been told by my youngest not to quit quilting however so I guess there will be no future career. I have pictures I will share later right now I am ready to crash.
But before I go just because I know yall are dying to see my little man Ü. I guess these posts should start coming with a warning sign!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I know why she was running. She didnt attach the borders or get her backing ready. So I called her and gave her a quote for all of the above. I hear a gulp and then can you please fit me in?????? Sure, I can, I really dont need to sleep this week. I can do that next week. Ü
This is the back of one of mine. I took the picture with my camera phone since I STILL dont have my new camera in. I used wool batting and am so much in love with wool that I want a whole bolt of it! This was just an all over free hand. It looks messy but its not really. I am binding it and then it will be the one that moves the turtle next!
This is the mess on my sewing table right now. Whenever I walk by I try and cut another slipper piece out. I want so badly to sit down and work on them but well, its that whole customer thing again. I have learned one thing. There was a reason that I got rid of all the minkee I had and ONLY use it for backings! Its is sooooooooooooo messy!
ooooooh I hear the timer of the oven going off. A Dutch Apple Pie. Dont cha just love Mrs. Smiths? Yuuuuuum.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tices coming home Pic. All of a sudden nothing else mattered. Look at my beautiful little sugar bear. Cant you just see he is dreaming about snuggling with his favorite cuz, me! Oooooh I am so in love with this little guy. It hit me. If I get caught up on work I can spend more time sewing for him! So I kicked into high gear and got a lot done.Woo Hoo. I should be caught up and maybe a head by Friday.
Just in time for Saturday I have lost my sanity day. (more to come on that later)
ALSO big big BIG hugs to Jan. I am so sorry about Favorite dog. Too many loved pets lately. Too many. I had to give all my puppys a squeeze. I even hugged the cat from hell.Since the above mentioned man I am still irritated at isnt here to do it.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Right before I left the house last evening though my oldest brings me in the mail. The second part to my secret stitcher gift. WOW! First thought was How in the heck does this lady know me so well! Then I got all weepy. I cant tell you what this little guy meant to me at that time. Hardest thing in the world for me not to be with my favorite cuz. I immediately put him on and havent taken him off. He is so wonderful and I really really love him. Thank you for spoiling me beyond belief!
Now look at this little man! He is just the sweetest thing I have seen! I am counting down the days till I can go love on him. Wonderful hubby being the guy I love so much snuck into my email last night and emailed fav. cuz.Here is his email.
Amy, The most wonderful, hope all is well
This is Jerry, hey remember when we get there I get to hold the baby first, cuz bec is staying longer than I.
oh ya you look pretty in all the pic's
He really cracks me up sometimes! Atleast this time I dont have to appologise to anyone. This man has a habit of playing in my email. He responds to people and they will think it is me. Oh the stories I could tell, or Jody could tell. Hehehe
I keep forgetting to tell Yall I actually will be moving the turtle again this week! I dont think I am going to get ALL my UFOs completed but thats ok I already bought myself a present. I am however going to recount on Jan 1 and start ALL over. This should be scary. Hopefully not as scary as last count but still scary!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tice was born at 3:30 p.m. (alaska time) today. It was rough and I have been a basket case ALL day. My favorite cuz went into labor at 3:30 a.m. By about 3 today becuse of some complications they had to get her in and get him out. All is well now though. I cant wait to talk to her tomorrow after she has had a good nights sleep.I will post a pic of our sweetie as soon as I get it!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I really did. But what I wound up doing was buying a wallet on Donney&Bourkes sale page.Then I visited Jans page so I had to go buy the new fiesta ware chocolate color. Oy vey. I STILL dont have a secret stitcher gift!
Jan this pics for you! This is my youngest with her (Now this is in her words not mine) demented baby! At least its smiling!
Ok my mojo was SO blown yesterday I carried it over to today. I only accomplished a nap today. Jan you asked what was in my coffee. Well normally I think its just that I am hyper. I mean hyper. I drive my poor wonderful hubby nuts with how much I bounce. Today however I think he slipped me something to calm me down. I have sat on my butt ALL day.Well except for the nap.Ü
Tomorrow it is back to work. I am again going to try and get a head so that the upcoming rush does not kill me.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
So instead I am wandering around the internet getting into trouble. Am I paying bills? Or doing something constructive? Nope. I am looking at crafts that I totally dont need to do but I am going to do.Ü.I have now added to my ever growing list a wool journal cover. I love the ones Betz White has listed on her ETSY shop. I need a wool journal cover to house my ever growing list right?
I have also added to my list sleep masks for the upcoming mock slumber party for youngest daughter and a dog quilt for my oldest daughters dog. Yes seriously. I saw the cutest one but forgot to bookmark it. I will find it again and then post it.Someday. I really need a grandchild.I mean really really need one. I made a few more hooter hiders for the gift closet today. I actually found material with the cutest owls! I thought that would be fitting.Ü. I also made a couple more wool cup pin cushions and pondered the slippers for the slipper swap I am in. I am trying really really hard to not buy anything. That is hard as I have decided I not only want but NEED and dress form! If I made clothing again I could justify this but the honest horrid truth is that I want one to put my aprons on! I am sick. very sick.
I would love to share a picture with yall but skater boy who is for the winter to be dubbed boarder boy has his camera with him.He is snowboarding up at Alyeska and Oldest dughter has hers with her. She is at a hockey game. So I guess I am going to go find more things on the internet to add to my list............
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