Archive for July, 2008

I knew this was coming

Chesty has to have surgery on his knee tomorrow. With ten weeks of restricted activity and a significant cost it’s a good thing I love him so much! They were going to keep him this afternoon but Keith has been out of town and gets home tonight. He’ll want to cuddle some with Chesty before his surgery so I brought him home and we’ll take him back at 7AM tomorrow.

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Working on top # 3

I’m in the process of quilting my aunt’s top and thought I’d share a photo. The pantograph is Lush Leaves from Willow Leaf Studio. I’m still fighting with the vibration on my machine but made ANOTHER adjustment to the front wheels after the first row of this quilt and it’s definitely better – almost back to normal I think – I may tinker with it some more after this quilt is done.

All the laundry is done, my sewing room is back to normal, and I’m even getting 3 quilts washed and dried that were completed before my travels this past month.

Since I got a late start, I’m going to stop and get my exercise in – a walk to the grocery store to pick up something for dinner – and then work later tonight. Good thing Keith is out of town.

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Weight-loss Wednesday

I’ve had several emails and comments that others are also on Weight Watchers or trying to lose weight. Since Pam suggested we support and encourage each other, I thought I’d try to use Mr. Linky like JudyL does for our Stashbusting reports but it messed up my template and I deleted it.

I think I’ll go the low tech way and add links in my sidebar to anyone who wants to join in. Email me your blog address if you want to play along.

I’ll start today with my goal which is very modest – I want to lose 10 pounds so I don’t have to buy all new pants in a larger size. I’ll try to accomplish this by doing the following:

  1. Joining WW online and using the Flex Plan
  2. Trying to exercise – walk or bike – 30 minutes to 1 hour a minimum of 5 days per week
  3. Drink 64 oz of water each day
  4. Update the results here on my blog on a weekly basis.

Now, I have to get to work on my Aunt Nancy’s top if I want to meet my other goal of 10 tops quilted by August 31.


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Back on track

Since I already had this small HeartStrings top from St. Mary’s Peace by Piece Quilters downstairs ready to load, I started with it this morning. Quilting flowers from the Pajama Quilter DVD made quick work of it AND the backing was large enough to add another small top too. You can click on the photos to see a larger view.
This HeartStrings top was pieced by Deb in Arizona and I thought the Bubbles pantograph added a touch of whimsy to these cats. Both of these tops were small BUT they still count toward my goal of quilting 10 tops before the end of August. Tomorrow, I’ll load and start quilting one of my Aunt’s tops.
I also managed to do a 45 minute walk – to Target and back where I purchased a scale to replace the one broken during our move AND two of these water bottles. I signed up with Weight Watchers online and one of my challenges is drinking enough water. I can put one Crystal Light on-the-go packet in these and I’ll need to empty both of them each day.

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Time for setting goals

My company is gone and I’ve got no travel planned until the end of August so it’s time to set some quilting and personal goals.

  1. Laundry – I’ve got tons of towels and sheets to wash
  2. Convert my sewing room back from a guest room
  3. Re-join Weight Watchers (the online version only)
  4. Walk or bike 30 minutes – 1 hour daily
  5. Put backing on 2 postcards and finish the edges
  6. Quilt a minimum of 10 tops between now and the end of August (more would be great)
  7. Piecing and binding to be done as I can fit them in but quilting will my main focus through August.

It was windy standing on the Stone Arch Bridge so this isn’t a great photo but the reason I didn’t share it earlier this week was due more to my chubbiness. Between seeing Ann who has lost the weight she’d gained over the last several years and reaching the point that I need to either lose some weight or buy all new pants, I’ve decided it’s time to lose weight(again).

I also wanted to thank all of you who have written to ask how Chesty is doing. He’s still limping so we have an appointment for a surgical consult at the University Vet Hospital on Thursday morning.

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Postcards

More work on postcards today. Our theme for our August postcard exchange is Heat so here’s my almost finished postcard. I still have to put the back on and stitch the edges but I’m happy with the results. Ann also finished another postcard with ribbon embroidery and beading but I didn’t get a photo. My inspiration – the book Points of View - Landscape Quilts to Stitch and Embellish.
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The Mississippi River

Moving to Minneapolis, one thing that excited me was actually seeing the Mississippi River for the first time. Mom also looked forward to seeing it on her visit so this afternoon we walked out on the Stone Arch Bridge and stood in the middle of the river (well, actually above the river). An unexpected bonus was watching a large group of kayaks go through the dam at St. Anthony Falls.

We also worked on postcards today. I chose a pattern and fused mine for our August family exchange. Ann worked on beading her sunflower center – this is her first attempt at ribbon embroidery.
Mom finished up her poinsettias and has started beading her centers too. This is also her first attempt at ribbon embroidery. In fact, Mom prefers machine work and said that she didn’t think she’d be able to do this when we started. As usual she managed to do a very nice job.

We went to Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary’s and finished off the night with a spectacular fireworks display which we watched from our balcony.

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Mall of America and Postcards

I’m not much for shopping but I had fun anyway – the girls and I went to the Mall of America this afternoon. I’ve been there 3 times in the year and a half we’ve been here and each time was was to take visitors.

Now Ann and Mom are trying some ribbon embroidery on postcards and Sarah is beading. Postcards make the perfect project for trying new techniques. The glass of wine in the middle of the photo – that’s mine!



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UGH!

Chesty’s limping again even with very restricted activity. I’m going to see how he does tomorrow but it looks like we’re going to have to have a surgical consult.

When was the last time this blog saw some quilting content?? I think I had TOO much travel this past month. and I’m going nuts waiting to get back to work but I refuse to *wish* away my time with Mom, Ann, and Sarah who arrived today. It’s so wonderful to have them visiting me.


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Housework

I’m just stopping in to say how much I hate housework! Cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping – I hate it all and unfortunately that’s how I’m spending my days BUT it will be worth it because I’m getting ready for a visit from my Mom, sister, and niece tomorrow. They’re traveling from Maryland and Virginia to visit me here in Minneapolis and I can’t wait!

Because whatever arrhythmia I’m having is acting up, I’m having to take frequent breaks and am spending that time sorting through the 820 photos I took on the Alaska trip. That’s not as impressive as it sounds because I typically take 2-5 photos of any one scene trying to get the perfect photograph so I have LOTS of sorting to do.

I mentioned that we traveled not only with our sons and DIL but Keith’s brother’s family. We have such a great time with them and miss living close by. They’re in Florida and while 9 of our 19 years of marriage were spent living in South Florida near them, we moved away for the second time 6 years ago.

Keith and Craig
From left to right – William, Mary, Samantha, Andrew, and Craig
And yes for anyone who might have picked up on it – we have TWO Mary Johnson’s in the family!
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