A short visit

This visit seemed to fly by and I can’t believe I’m heading home in the morning. I’m ready to see Keith and Finn but we could have used more time. 

Today we worked on prepping a kit quilt for Mom, or at least we worked on the first section. It’s pretty complicated …. appliqué …. and I had spent time reading though the pattern yesterday so it was time to get it started. The appliqué will be pieced in three large blocks and then Mom will add sashing and borders. 

Maureen helped trace the pattern onto template plastic and then fusible web. The appliqué was not reversed for using with fusible web so that was an extra step for us. She did NOT want her photo taken. 

Mom gave me a smile… I have a whole series of photos of her at the ironing board!

Maureen didn’t mind having her photo taken with Curt that evening after she’d fixed her hair!

Gifting quilts

We had a great day, Mom and I worked a bit in the sewing room getting labels ready and then Mom and Maureen sewed labels and I embroidered some names on stockings Mom made last year. After dinner, we gave Curt and Kevin the quilts we’d made for them. They’re for Christmas but it was nice of Mom to give them early so I could be here too. 

Kevin and his Bear quiilt

Curt and his Fish quilt

I’m sorry I missed seeing everyone that was here on Saturday for Mom’s birthday but I’m enjoying our visit!

I made it to VA

My travel day did not go as planned, my flight was diverted from Charlottesville to Washington Dulles and I had to drive through a snowstorm to get to my sister’s house (2 hours from the airport) but I arrived safely … and just 4 hours late! I’ve only flown through Dulles a couple times but the airport was pretty easy to get around. 


 I had an eye exam the other day – my first in years and decided to see if it would work for me.

Because I had lasik, I don’t need correction for my distance vision so I’m just wearing one contact in my non-dominant eye. 

So far, not so great. I’d love to be able to do without my reading glasses but my vision isn’t quiet sharp enough and my distance vision is less clear too which is expected. I’ve read it can take up to a couple months to adjust so I’m going to give it a fair trial and I have an appointment when I get home and maybe the correction will need some tweaking – we’ll see. 

Have you tried it? Did it work for you?


Believe it or not, I did actually straighten up some this week but you can’t tell! I am tired of the clutter and I need to get it sorted before Mom comes to visit in January – it will drive her nuts to have to work surrounded by my mess. Maybe I can just clean up this side of the room and let her work here!!

But no, i think I need to get my desk cleaned up too!

I got everything packed in two suitcases … I almost forgot Mom’s labels and her kits but I remembered in time and I think I have everything I’m supposed to bring with me. I even managed to make dinner – I think of it as an adult Mac and Cheese and Keith had 3 helpings so it must have been good. 

I didn’t sleep at all last night so I slept very late this morning … I have to get up at 4am for my flight and I don’t know how much luck I’m going to have sleeping so I’ll knit on my blanket a while and then at least try to rest a little. 

Happy Birthday!

Two of my favorite people have birthdays today …. Happy Birthday to Mom 

And Happy 1st Birthday to Mo!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to celebrate with either of them today but I’ll see Mom tomorrow and Mo will be here to visit me at Christmas so I’ll see her soon. Love them both SOOO much!

Everything but sewing

The last few days I’ve been doing everything but spending my time sewing … still doing a lot of napping – my cold is improving but it’s not even close to being gone. Quality time is being spent with Finn while I knit or read. We spent 3 hours on the porch last night (I had a new book by a favorite author) and tonight we’ve been upstairs knitting another hat. 

I’ve manage to get a couple walks in … 3 miles today, 2.5 miles yesterday. Loads of laundry done, unpacking done, some organization in the sewing room done. My walk this evening was to our little village which is all decorated for Christmas. 

I printed photos for ornaments 

I even ironed some money for Christmas cards and since I’m not motivated to go to the bank for nice new money, pressing the wrinkled money from my wallet works just as well!