Monday, November 23, 2015

100 Days Of Happy - Part 6

In case your not really counting here, this post will be 60 days of things that have made me happy. How awesome is that? Sometimes it is easier to focus on the bad things around us, and I know that I struggle with doing that as well. But focusing on things that make me happy, really helps keep me in a happier frame of mine. I'm running late which seems to be my normal these days, but I figure better late than never.

11/11/15 - Day 51 - Freedom. Today is Veteran's Day and I'm so happy to live in a country where I am free to do and be as I want. I am also very very thankful for all the men and women to serve to protect me and my rights.

11/12/15 - Day 52 - Bee Blocks Done. Well partially done. I finished my blocks for The Stash Bee and they are lots of fun and very colorful. I've not done a star like this before, but it was really easy with the half square triangles. I can't wait to see how my fellow bee mate makes these into a finished quilt.

11/13/15 - Day 53 - Old Friends. Today I attended the retirement party for an old friend. I got to see lots of old co-workers and friends. It was great to spend time catching up and seeing everyone. And I've very excited for my friend as she moves to the next step in her life.

11/14/15 - Day 54 - Buy One Get One Free Frappuccinos. Ok I love my frappuccinos, and luckily they don't come in one of those evil red cups...insert laughter here...I could care less about red cups. But I do love a good deal and mix that with my favorite drink and I'm a happy girl.

11/15/15 - Day 55 - Progress on the Tree Skirt. I've been working away, I have all the blocks pieced and now need to cut them down.  That scares me just a little, because if I mess up I'm in trouble. But I'm happy to be making progress.

11/16/15 - Day 56 - Finished Bee Blocks. I finished the blocks for my second bee, The Bee Hive. I even got all the fabric cut and the label made to go with them. I just need to get them into the envelope and make a trip to the post office (which I hope happens by Friday).

11/17/15 - Day 57 - Sewing Room TV. We changed our plan with Verizon which meant I had to get new equipment. With the craziness of work I hadn't had a chance to get everything installed. But decided today was the day. After doing the family room/office, I called Sharla and asked if she used the TV in her room. She doesn't. With her eyesight she prefers to watch things on her ipad. So I did a little re-arranging and now I have a TV (with a cable box and roku box) in my sewing room. This means I can watch TV or Netflix.  Yeah!!!!

11/18/15 - Day 58 - Fabric in the Mail.  Sssshhhh don't tell Sharla, but I bought more fabric. I just couldn't resist the Massdrop of Alison Glass's Abacus fabric. I am in serious love with her fabrics and have a real weakness for low volume, so how could I resist.  It is so pretty and makes me so happy.

11/19/15 - Day 59 - Two Cups of Coffee. And not any old coffee but homemade by Sharla coffee which is the best. I could have drank 3 or 4 of these, they were so good. I love a good cup of hot coffee on a cool morning. Unfortunately we've been running late this week and Sharla hasn't been able to make us coffee, so we've had to settle for McD's coffee. Today was different, lucky me!!

11/20/15 - Day 60 - Bee Blocks Packaged. I had really hoped to get to the post office today, but that just wasn't possible. But I did my blocks all packaged up to be sent. The plan is to get to the post office on Monday, which will still be a week earlier than I have on other months.

So another 10 days of happy gone, but not forgotten. I am having fun picking something from everyday that has made me happy. I'm trying to get better at photographing them, but I'm not sure I will ever be 100% on that.  I'm off to start writing my next ten days worth of happy, because I've had lots to smile about this weekend.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

100 Days of Happy - Part 5

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date, ok maybe I'm just late posting my 100 Days of Happy. Not because I haven't had things to be happy about, but because I've been very very busy. I can say this week has been crazy busy. I am looking forward to a less busy week next week. I'm not sure it will be less busy, but I can hope.  But now is the time for next 10 days of happy.  And I even though I've been busy, I've had lots of reasons to be happy.

11/01/15 - Day 41 - Homemade Mac N Cheese. I love mac and cheese in just about any form. I'll even take the blue box if that is all that is available. But I love homemade mac n cheese, where Sharla grates the cheese (and mixes sharp/med/mild cheddar) and cooks the mac in tomato juice. It is total comfort food for me. And Sharla made it!!! I love her!!!!  The photo below is a bowl of the left overs because I didn't take the time to photograph the big pan, I was took anxious to get to eating it.

11/02/15 - Day 42 - Lunch with Old Friends. I had lunch with a couple of old friends, not that  they are old, just that we've known each other a long time. It was fun to catch up with them. I worked with both for years, and I miss seeing them during the week at work. So it was a great time. Love you Linda and Tina.

11/03/15 - Day 43 - Lunch with an Old Friend. Yes it must be old friend week. I had lunch with another old friend today. She retires at the beginning of next month and I look forward to having long lunches with her in the future. But we had a good time and got caught up on each other's lives. Love you Phyllis.

11/04/15 - Day 44 - Soup. It wasn't homemade soup, but it was good. I love chicken tortilla soup, and yesterday was so crazy that we just stopped and got some so we didn't have to cook. Warm soup on a chilly night, now that makes me happy.  It also makes me sleepy, I fell asleep in my chair, but only for a short time.

11/05/15 - Day 45 - Fabric Folding. It has been crazy at work for the last two weeks and I've had to work even on my off days. Add to that I'm so tired by the time work is done, I've not gotten much sewing done.  But I took some time and folded and put away some recent fabric purchase.  It wasn't a lot, but it felt nice to pet fabric again. If I could make a living at folding fabric I would be a very happy girl.

11/06/15 - Day 46 - Sunshine in the Morning. It has been as rainy week and when I walked out this morning the sun was shining and I was happy. Don't get me wrong, I like rain too, but after several days of clouds the sun peeking out is a nice thing.

11/07/15 - Day 47 - Hollywood. He is a crazy dog and will scare anyone away from my front door, but he is also the biggest baby in the world. Since we got Marley he hasn't gotten to snuggle with me at bedtime like he used to do. So tonight I let me snuggle me for about an hour before I kicked him out and closed the door.  I would let him stay in the room with us, but he doesn't like to be behind closed doors.

11/08/15 - Day 48 - Progress on Tree Skirt. I have started piecing the tree skirt and although it isn't going fast, it is moving and that makes me happy. It may even get me in the Christmas spirit early. I'm loving the fabrics on this one.

11/09/15 - Day 49 - Clean Pantry. Sharla took off today because we both had doctor's appointments, then we ran errands and went grocery shopping. When we got home she started a big batch of pasta sauce and I went to put the groceries away. I was just sick of our pantry. It needed a major clean out, and I do mean major. I think Cole took 7 trash bags our for me, and I found things that went out of date in 2007, yes 2007.  It isn't organized, but it is clean and that makes me happy (and very very tired). No pictures, because it is still messy, but at least I can see what is there and I know things aren't out of date.

11/10/15 - Day 50 - More Tree Skirt Progress. I got more of the tree skirt done. I will admit the next step scares me because I have to cut these pieces. I'm scared but I will do it...someday...ok maybe this weekend.

Ok that is it for now.  I will try to be more on time next time, but I'm not swearing to anything. I hope you are finding things to be happy about every day!!!

Friday, November 6, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - November Goals

Well as always I have a long list of to dos and a short amount a time to get them done. But I figure even the littlest things completed are still something off of the list.  I am behind on my QAL/BOMs and I really want to get caught up this month but that isn't my number one goal.  As per my norm, the first item is my main goal and the rest are listed to keep me on track more than anything.

1. Trey and Jessica's Tree Skirt. I have to have this done by Thanksgiving. I've actually started the cutting and hope to get started sewing this week.  I don't want to be binding it on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.

2. Bee Blocks.  This month I have the rainbow star flower block for the Stash Bee and the home-base block for the Bee Hive.  Both look to be fun blocks and hopefully I will finish them a little earlier this month.

3. Midnight Mystery QAL. I'm behind so I need to do both October's and November's blocks. Totally doable if I can get some dedicated sewing time.

4. Turning 20 BOM. I'm three blocks behind and still have one more for this month.  Hopefully I will get caught up.  I saw a picture of the finished quilt on Facebook and it is nothing like I was expecting, but still pretty cool.

5. Sharla's Box Trot Quilt. It is staying on the list until it is done.

6. Memory Quilts.  Same thing, can't take them off until I complete them.

7. Callie's and Beau's Wedding Quilt. It will move up the list once I complete the tree skirt.

8. Revamp sewing room.  I've moved around some of the furniture, now I need to work on fabric storage. Ok I need to work on finishing some quilts to get rid of the fabric.

9. Marley's Block. I need to make one more Dog Gone Cute block to represent Marley.

10. Quilt something else. I would like to get 2 to 3 things quilted this month, the tree skirt, box trot and at least one more thing.  I'm not picky on what it is, just want to complete something.

Yes it is a long list and no I won't get it all done. But for me it is more about setting priorities than anything, and I've set my top priority at the tree skirt!!!!  I'm linking up with Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs and Shannon of Fiber of All Sorts.