Thursday, December 18, 2014

You'd Better Watch Out

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house....Santa's elves are keeping a very close eye on Tucker.

And while he could climb on the big box or use the ladder, Tucker has made the conscious decision to leave the tree alone.

Santa is quite pleased.

(As we hear from Richard Branson's Necker Island retreat, where the jolly fat man has been resting up for the big night)

Hmm...maybe he promised Tucker he'd take him along when he returns on the 26th if he could make it through the season without destroying a single decoration.......

Saturday, December 13, 2014


The last consecutive date of the century.  Let's hope that it's the last of many more things, chief among them....
  • the sore throat I've had for the past 4 days
  • the 6" needle I had guided by ultrasound into my knee on Thursday

Only 12 days until Christmas. There's still trees to decorate, cookies to bake, shopping to do, cards to send, and I'm not of a mind to do any of those things. There's nothing worse than being under the weather at the busiest time of the year.

At least I managed to do something fun today--it didn't require a lot of movement or exertion, it was a rather sedentary project.

Hopefully tomorrow I can work on Bonnie Hunter's mystery, and maybe even decorate that poor bare tree that's been naked for a couple of weeks now.

What I'd really like to do is sleep through the night and wake up in the morning and be able to swallow without it feeling like I spent the night eating broken glass.

Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Grand Illusion Begins

A lot has been going on to keep me away from the blog.  A trip to sunny Florida
that included a stop at my favorite quilt shop
The Quilt Place. The shop with thousands of bolts of fabric (even I couldn't put a dent in that inventory). 

An early Family Thanksgiving
followed a couple of weeks later by the regular Thanksgiving. 

Trying to get motivated to begin on the holiday decorating.
Right now there's 4 bare trees up with no plan to get started.  I've got a slight issue with my knee that's putting a damper on multiple trips up and down stairs to gather materials.

Fortunately Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt project kicked off on Black Friday so I looked at it as a means to give my arthritic knee a break and parked my butt in front of my machine and over 3 days and approximately 6 (or was it 7?) sappy Hallmark Christmas movies I was able to knock out Part 1. 
I was even able to furl the intersecting seams on 100 blocks. 
280 HST's. Thank you to whoever it was that invented Thangles!

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