Wednesday, June 29, 2011

State of my backside

Oh how I wish my daughters and their spouses were slugs! Instead they are driven, determined young people.

I have be fiddle faddling around with the same 10 lbs for a year now. It is annoying and I've been looking for inspiration....ANYWHERE!! S0, we all made goals for the month of June. This was all my stupid idea. I said that I wanted to lose 10 lbs for the umpteenth time. Serena and Chris-A made goals too. Aviva and Chris-S didn't. Serena held to hers and about 10 days ago asked us how we were doing. WHOOPS! I had forgotten about it!!

After discussion, Chris-A and I made a deal for our goals....little did I know he planned on sticking to it!! LOL!! He is giving me a run for my money! But....if all goes well over the next two days, I will have attained my goal!! WHOOHOO! (don't get too excited as I had gained that 10 lbs).

For July it seems we all have goals, DH not included as he is healing! My goal is 4 days a week at the gym.....Chris-A dittoed my muscles already hurt! Aviva has a gym goal, Serena and Chris-S have the same goal.

The way I see it the month of June goes to Serena for inspiring us...uhm and making us feel bad that we weren't working towards our goals. I am hoping that the month of July will go to me and that Chris-A will poop out with the gym! It's not easy for me to go toe to toe with him...he's almost half my age!

The unknowns here though are the rest of the family....they may just surprise us and be the winners! Any way you look at it we will (hopefully) all be winners by the end of July.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Family photos

In December we had family photos taken. We are just getting around to doing something with them. Thought I'd share here too. ( I can't find that I've already posted these....if I have, forgive my aged brain and bear with me!)

The entire crew....

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DH and I. I LOVE this photo as getting DH to smile is like pulling teeth. This is as close as we've ever gotten!

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DH can't do anything serious and he was squeezing the stuffing out of me! I do like how it made my waist look so small though!!!

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Serena and her husband
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Too bad they aren't in love huh?

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Aviva and her (now) husband.

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The photographer was awesome! She manages to catch moments. Doesn't this look like a Calvin Klein commercial?

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Love this! The guys MUST appear tough and crusty!

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DH loves his girls and they love him. This picture brought tears to my eyes.
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If you are so bored out of your mind and have nothing better to do, we have 50 some odd shots from this photo shoot! Have at it!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Design wall Monday

edit********I always forget(URGHHH!) to tell everyone to hop on over to Judy's blog and check out all of the other design walls!!!!!

A little late but I'm here...

So my machine is going to the spa....for a minimum of one week. The tech said that they are running at 10 days however, I send my machine to Austin. I live almost 4 hours away. After Friday, I won't be able to pick it up for at least 3 weeks.....sigh....... Let's keep our fingers crossed he is able to finish it before I get there on Friday!

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On the plus side of no machine, I have to work on other things. goal of the summer is to get my fabric scraps
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and drawers under control. No machine will allow me to do just that. I am working on the chuppah scraps I didn't finish. Next I'm going to attack the drawers of strips in sizes I'll never use. I'm going to take them down to the sizes I will use and then....USE them!

On a TOTALLY unrelated note....I think my heart rate monitor needs a new battery.....

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or maybe I DO! LOL!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

UFO Challenge-a finish

I may not be quite on track, but I have finished one UFO for each month of this year!!! Here is my latest finish. It counts for May.

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I began this last year for DH. I had found both Cleveland Cavalier and Cleveland Browns fabric. This one is finished just in time for basketball season to be over!! LOL!! Oh well. Hopefully, I will finish the football quilt that is identical to this one, only with the Browns, before football season begins!!!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Minkee Monday

I have had this unfinished quilt on the floor behind my sewing machine for weeks waiting for a binding......Ms. Minkee made herself a little nest!

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Minkee Monday

I think it's funny how she finds that most obscure places to sleep!

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Design Wall

I've really been working on ...well, everything! I have this locker hooking rug that is over a year old. I began this rug as a demo for our quilting group. I originally started the pattern with one thing in mind, and then decided that I didn't like it. I changed my idea to just blocks of color. I don't particularly care for the finished product but it will be just fine in my classroom at school. I can't wait to see if it's durable.

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I made it totally out of T-shirts, It is a great recycle project! The bits of color among each block are the logos, pictures and wording on the T-shirts.

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I am allllmost done. The problem is that I am unable to work on it for more then a few minutes at a time.

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I have some serious shoulder issues that really, really flare when I work on this rug. I am determined to finish it so I do it in small bits. I find it very upsetting that I cannot locker hook any longer. Luckily I have this and this and this to enjoy. Unfortunately, I also have tons of supplies to do more rugs!!

It's so much fun to pop over to Judy's blog and see what all the bloggers are working on this week!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

What to do

A 6 hour workshop [for school] with an hour and half lunch! Absurd! What's any self repecting quilter to do with all that time? Mark fabric! Keeps me calm enough to try to forget the 1 1/2 hr lunch!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Back in position!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Have project will travel!

Always have a project ready to go! I'm working my star struck quilt from the Bonnie Hunter workshop. I need to draw lines on a bazillion squares. Its great work to do while during in a hospital room!

I am loving working on this super easy quilt. It goes together so quickly! I have decided to make it queen or king sized. I haven't finished cutting my strip sets so the size will depend on that. I've already assembled 200 quarter blocks and 6 full blocks. For me, working this quickly is a big deal.

I don't think I'll be sewing before Dan comes home. To frivolous to sure and sew right now. Besides don't want to. I sleep just fine, for days and days on end, when he travels but can't sleep when he is literally only one mile away! Same with sewing. Soooo.... I'll suit and mark my bazillion squares and be ready to go as soon as he comes home!

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Friday, June 10, 2011


It seems the surgeon didn't look at the CAT scan......till today! (only the ER doc looked) It may not be a micro tear after all! He is started on liquids which is fab! If it isn't diverticulitis and is what they now think, recovery will be a matter of , well, recovering! He'll have to have additional testing but allowing him to put something in his system is a BIG clue that the surgeon is probably right. Sure hope they have all their ducks in a row now!!! He is happily drinking his first cup of water since Weds!


Never a great thing to be able to take a photo like this. DH woke me up Weds night at2am writhing in pain. Many hours later he was admitted to the hospital with a diverticulitis micro tear. In other words a hole where there ought not be a hole. He has been and will remain in the hospital. He is healing but the treatment for this is resting the colon and antibiotics. Only way to do that is through IV meds and nutrition. Hopefully by Mon he will be able to go home. In the meantime I'll quietly do handwork in this chair while he sleeps through the hard hitting pain meds.

Thank goodness for modern medicine.

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

So much fun!

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Thursday and Friday of last week I went to see Bonnie Hunter in Houston at the Kingwood Guild. It was absolutely what I needed! I've read everything on her site, followed her for years, cut my fabric into strips....but somehow, never "got" it. Listening to her made a light bulb go off in my head. It was as if she was saying to me "Marla! JUST do it! Just go out and do what you want! Just use your stuff! Stop being paralysed! FORGET the quilt police!" It was as if a huge weight was lifted off of me. My GF took a picture of Bonnie and me but I need her to send it to me.

Let me tell you what a trooper she was. The church we were meeting in had no A/C. She carried on as if it was nothing. We were dying of heat and not even moving around and talking.

It was utterly miserable!

I need to take a picture of my star struck blocks ( the workshop project). Right now I am busy sewing, sewing and limiting my computer time.

Thursday, June 02, 2011


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