Getting Ready for Visitors

Today is the first day since the new sewing room was “finished”, that I didn’t go out and sew.  All day I kept thinking I’d get out there at least for a few minutes and never did.  Vince did paint the doors after he got home so hopefully very soon I’ll get door knobs installed.

Tomorrow Chad and Nicole arrive for a few days . . too few but I’m thankful for any days I get with them.  This will be their first trip here and I’m thinking they’re going to start looking for jobs in Texas!  Maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part but Nicole doesn’t like cold weather and Chad wants to be farther south.  He hasn’t said it but I know he wants to be closer to his mom too!  🙂

Bright and early this morning I had to be at the hospital to have pre-op done for a little surgery I have to have next week.  I have a ganglion cyst that’s messing up my knuckle.  I was surprised that I have to go to the hospital and be put to sleep to have it fixed but . . it is what it is.  I was even more surprised when they told me how much we owe after what the insurance will pay.  Every dollar now is compared to how many acres of fencing we could have done.   I figure fixing my finger would have fenced at least 3 acres of land!  🙂

Once I finished giving blood, getting x-rayed, checking the old ticker, I went to the post office and then the grocery store and came home and started cooking food that we’ll eat while Chad and Nicole are here.

That’s a buttermilk pie and the “barf cake“, Chad’s favorites!  Nicole requested homemade macaroni and cheese and I’ll make that while they’re here.  She also wanted us to make s’mores so I bought the stuff to make that.  We’re currently not under a burn ban so we should be able to build a fire in the fire pit and enjoy our s’mores.

Pork was roasted for carnitas.

Chili was made.

The pork was pulled off the bone and shredded.  One container of liquid and one container of pork will go into the freezer for later use.  The other will be made into carnitas to be served with goat cheese polenta while they’re here.  I’m sure using my share of goat cheese these days, aren’t I?

My work in the kitchen is done.  There’s a good chance I will be able to finish my green BFF socks tonight!

Quilt Names

Designing quilts is easy, writing the instructions isn’t terribly difficult. Piecing is fun, quilting is a blast. Naming them is impossible for me. Today I was designing the quilt for the February QOV and I cannot come up with a name for it. I have Pandora playing on the computer and thought I’d listen to the words of the songs for a possible quilt name. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far . . and I don’t think any of these are good choices!  And this list took me all day.  My guess is that I need to add some different channels if I want to come up with quilt names.

Red Neck
White Socks
Blue Ribbon Beer
You’re Going to be Sorry You Were Ever Born
My Boyfriend’s Back
Hey Paula
I Want To Marry You
A Pair of Jeans that Fit Just Right

Good thing I was sewing while I was listening, huh?

How do you all come up with names for your quilts?

Rolling Along Blocks are Done!

Yesterday I finished the blocks for my Rolling Along top and I love it!  But, I love all of the quilts I make!  🙂

I think my plan is to sew the blocks into rows and then pack it all up, with the border strips and stick it in the “Retreat” box and work on this at the retreat next month.  Sewing rows together and sewing borders on is pretty mindless .. I can do it and talk . . not that *I* will be talking much but, you never know . .

The border bundle is made.  The strips are all sewn together and cut the right sizes for the borders with the sides for border #1 on top, then the top and bottom borders for border #1, then the same for borders #2 and #3.  The binding is made so this one won’t be finished in  January but it will be finished, along with the February QOV by the end of February so I’ll stay on target for my 12 QOVs in 2012.

The next instructions for Rolling Along will be posted tomorrow.

Anyone get a QOV done in January?