I have a plan but ….

I’m not getting a lot done today, Chesty’s not feeling well and I’ve been playing mom/nurse but I did draft a small half square triangle quilt and cut my squares. It’s going to be a small quilt and I’ll quilt it here in FL on my regular sewing machine.

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If he’s feeling better later I might start sewing some tonight.

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Bound

This little HeartStrings quilt was assembled at a WI/MN sew in from Marianne’s blocks and now it’s quilted and bound.

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Assembled

I never get tired of these Quick Strippies although you might because they were the easiest thing to kit up when I was preparing for the move so in addition to the two I assembled this week, I’ve got more coming.

I was going to free motion quilt this one on my sewing machine but I’ve been wanting to try some Big Stitch quilting and even packed a Tumbler quilt to try it on but I might practice on this smaller one first because the stitching is really going to show on the tumbler.

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What I’m reading

Kathy asked what I’ve been reading and while I’ve been bad about keeping up a list … The latest ones have been

The WWI series by Anne Perry – all 5 books. The first one was a little slow but then I got into the characters.

Matthew Reavley, a British intelligence officer, and the Reavley family, in London, England, in the World War I series:

No Graves as Yet (2003)
Shoulder the Sky (2004)
Angels in the Gloom (2005)
At Some Disputed Barricade (2007)
We Shall Not Sleep (2007)

Also the latest Louse Penny and Nevada Barr books. I read both authors as soon as a new book comes out.

I also read all the books in the series by Ariana Franklin — I’ll warn you that I was disappointed when I went to look for a 5th book. She’d died so there were no more :(

Adelia (Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar of Salerno), a “doctor for the dead” working for King Henry II in 12th century England:
Mistress of the Art of Death (2007)
The Serpent’s Tale (2008)
Grave Goods (2009)
A Murderous Procession (2010)

I’ve mentioned the site Stop you’re Killing Me before. My friend Cecile sent me the link years ago and I love being able to see all the books in a series, in order! From the website:

Stop, You’re Killing Me! is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. We list over 4500 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 51,000 titles), both series (5200+) and non-series. Use the alphabetical author and character links above or the special indexes in the left column. And it’s perfectly fine with us if you print our pages for your private use, especially for a trip to your local library or bookstore.

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So Jealous

Keith had to travel to Atlanta for business so guess who he gets to spend time with today?

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Do you read?

I always joke to Keith that reading is as necessary as eating to me. I was looking up something in my Amazon account and decided I’d count how many books I’d read since the beginning of June and I counted 28 …. Plus I’ve listened to 3-4 audiobooks during that time (and managed a complicated three state move). Seriously, I always have my Kindle with me and not a day goes by that I don’t read some – during meals, traveling, waiting for appointments, by the pool, at night when I can’t sleep … I can squeeze in a lot of reading during my typical day.

My favorite topics are mysteries, followed by history and historical fiction, I like medical fiction, and I love books that are set in different countries or teach me about different cultures (I to travel whether via a book or car, train, or plane!)

I’ve mentioned the Overdrive app before that allows me to borrow books from the library … I usually just get my audiobooks via Overdrive because I share my library with my Mom (I gave her her Kindle and keep it on my account) but you can borrow ebooks too.

I know some of you don’t like ebooks but the day I got my first Kindle I was sold. I carry my entire library with me in a device about the size of a paperback, I never have to worry about running out of reading material, and as my eyes get tired … I just increase the size of my font and keep reading. I still buy physical books too but mostly cooking, travel, quilting, knitting and other craft books.

I’m lucky that I have leisure time to enjoy reading but even when I worked full time and was raising the boys, there were many nights I stayed up very late reading.

Don’t ever hesitate to tell me if you’re reading a great book. I always check out recommendations even though I don’t always read them.

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The debate is over

After several months of debate, we finally decided to go ahead and get a 2nd car. For 8 years we’ve shared the one (a 10 year old Avalon) but between me wanting to be able to drive to GA when I want to and stay as long as I want, and the Avalon getting some age on it, we decided we might as well go ahead and buy it now.

We decided on a Subaru Outback both for the cargo space and durability and because I don’t like SUV’s (too big). It’s actually considered a wagon … Never thought I’d get Keith to agree to a wagon but he’s the one that suggested the Outback as a possibility after evaluating one for their sales force.

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I can’t wait to take it on a road trip next week to GA!

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Why don’t I do this more?!

It’s been about month since I’ve sat outside by the pool and read here at home (we did spend a day by the pool at the Ritz in GA). I’m not sure why I don’t get out here more but after getting some work done and straightening up I decided today was the perfect opportunity.

(You probably won’t ever see a bathing suit photo of me but I don’t mind showing my toes!)

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I’m reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. How about you?!

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Ready to bind

In addition to pin basting this small tumbler from the Maine sew-in, I trimmed and got the binding on the HeartStrings top I quilted yesterday. It’s all ready for hand stitching and with Keith coming home today, the sewing stuff has all been cleared from the living room.

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The tumbler top was pieced by Barb from tumblers cut and brought to the sew in by Brenda, Jackie, and Rebecca. They’ve got me anxious to get to GA and cut some to bring back here.

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Finished

Chesty and I had a quiet evening and I sat and bound this small HeartStrings top — SaraF recognized it as one she sent me to finish and donate. I’m glad she let me know, I was feeling bad about not remembering!!

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Is it crazy that I’m having fun quilting these on my regular sewing machine?! I have no desire to try a larger top but these small ones are fun and even though slooow seems to be in right now, I admit I’m motivated by finishes. Finished tops, finished quilts.

Patting myself on the back for another finish and thanking Stephanie for egging me on!

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