Archive for March, 2008

Blog reading and commenting

I’ve never done a poll before but I’m curious whether most of my readers come directly to this site or use a blog reader service like bloglines.

I use bloglines myself and usually only visit the actual blogs when I want to make a comment. I cut down my bloglines subscriptions a while ago, intending to use the blog rings to get around to the blogs I like to check on once or twice a month – that hasn’t happened.

Right now, I have about 45 feeds in my bloglines, when someone comments on my blog – I click on their profile and visit their blog if they have one, and try to occasionally get around the blog rings I belong to….but I still feel like I’m missing things.

Please take my poll and let me know how you manage to balance the desire to read the blogs that interest you AND still control the amount of time you spend on the computer.


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Winter is not over yet

They’re calling for 6-8 inches of snow today – believe it or not – I’m still enjoying it.

It may not look like it – but I’m making progress. This small 8×10 den is my biggest challenge with the move. We’re having the movers do our packing but other than a couple boxes in the longarm room and a couple boxes in my bedroom – this is the only room I feel a need to pack up myself. Since many of the files will stay in storage boxes, it makes sense to sort them now.

The painters come to the townhouse tomorrow at 7AM so I’m going to walk over now to put post-it notes on all the walls so they won’t get *confused* at which colors go where. Hopefully, I can get a haircut on the way over – no appointment but they can usually fit me in.

I love walking in the snow!

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It’s Sunday again

I am happy to say that the townhouse has been scrubbed from top to bottom and all the cooties from the previous owners are gone. It’s sparkling clean and I used a ton of Pine Sol so it smells clean too (does anything smell cleaner than Pine Sol?).

We also had a chance to take a short bike ride late this afternoon – I managed to not hurt myself. We even rode across the Mississippi on a bridge without a bike lane and I didn’t even panic about riding in traffic.

I don’t have much progress or stashbusting to report this week but here goes:

  • 3 postcards made – all from stash :)
  • I pulled fabric for my Wonky Tree quilt that I’m making in Tonya’s online class and started making trees – all that fabric is from stash also.
  • No fabric purchased.

I think I’m going to go make a couple more trees and then start packing up my desk and files tonight. I slept late this morning so I know I won’t be able to go to bed early.

I’ll just warn regular readers of my blog that there won’t be much quilt related content for the next 3-4 weeks. I hope to be back to my usual quilty content by the end of April.


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I’m so tired

We’re back at the apartment – our sleepover was fun but this cold is keeping me from sleeping. We spent all morning cleaning and then walked to a local bike shop – we’d decided we couldn’t live right on The Grand Rounds in Minneapolis (50 miles of bike and walking trails) without bikes.

I haven’t been on a bike in years and almost killed myself in the short stretch we had to ride on a busy road coming back from the bike shop. Luckily we made it safely to the bike path and from the townhouse – we can ride for miles on the trails without going on the roads at all.
We have more cleaning to do tomorrow but we’re hoping to get a bike ride in too.

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Sleepover!

We’ll be at the townhouse *camping* out for a night or two. See you when we get home!

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I couldn’t sleep

I just had to see how this would look. I used card stock for the back and it’s different but I like the combination of fabric on the front and paper on the back. I think I’ll make 2-3 of these to use the other garden charms.


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Progess!

I’ve finalized the arrangements for having the townhouse painted – they should be able to do it next week and then I ran out to Sears and bought a washing machine and a dryer. I wanted the sexy ones in a bright color but in the end the ones that are going to work best for us are kind of boring….and white.

I ran into Joann’s to pick up some index cards – I want to try some card stock backings for my postcards and I found these cute gardening tools. This is the idea I’m going to try for my April postcard for our family exchange.

Finally, I just had to make more trees – my forest is growing!


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No progress today

No sleep last night and my cold seems worse so I didn’t accomplish much today. Tomorrow I meet with the painters to get an estimate for the new townhouse.

Deb decided we need to get back to doing a family quilt project. We’ve decided to do a postcard exchange and there are 7 of us participating. We’ll each make one card and get one card each month. I dug into my blue buttons again and made this one this afternoon while I was writing some instructions for Mom and I’m sending it to her. Since our first deadline is April 25th I might make mine before packing up the postcard stash.

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avoidance? denial?

I had my sewing room clean 2 weeks ago – ready to be packed up even. Then I just had to make a log cabin quilt from my scrap bins (still only 2/3 assembled) and made a big mess.

Yesterday instead of assembling the rest of the blocks, I pulled fabric and started making my wonky trees. A couple more trees were made tonight and if that wasn’t enough I had to pull out my postcard stuff. These button flowers are from the book Fabric Leftovers and the background fabric was hand dyed by Deb. While I’m not completely happy with this first attempt, they are cute and I’ll try them again. After the move. Tomorrow I get serious about cleaning up and packing what I can.

It’s 1AM now and I’m going to bed – to read. I’m too stressed to sleep.

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I couldn’t resist – a couple more trees!

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