Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Enjoyed dinner at Ursula's Wine Bar tonight with Debbie,Nancy and Gail. Good wine, good food, and the best company. Tuesday nights they have wine specials, so we like to go then. A very comfortable little restaurant. While dining, we watched across the street as the line grew at the Cup and Cone, longtime famous local ice cream stand. Even in the chilly air, folks were lined up 10 or more deep! Everyone is glad to see it reopen after the winter closing.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Finished Brita's socks, and just in time since she is coming for a visit this weekend. And I started in on a new pair with Plymouth Yarn Sara Superwash wool, worsted weight in a nice tweedy tan color. Nancy found this yarn for me when she was on a shopping trip in Wisconsin and now I realize I haven't paid her for it! Maybe I can pay her in socks! Maybe that's why she brought me 4 skeins, which is definitely more than I need for 1 pair!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
So many stars! 56 in fact! Got the borders on yesterday and now working on quilting, I am on a deadline to get this finished to display at the store by Sunday. It will be offered as a class come summer. It is the 1800 Haussmann collection, fabric and pattern by Sharon Evans Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics. I will have to do a little research on the history, they are great reproductions of that era. Again, draped over the couch, what can I say!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I have been cooped up inside for most of the day, Bob was gone at work and I was on my machine. I am working on a flag quilt for Nancy, making good progress. But I realized that maybe you aren't familiar with a longarm machine (why would you be if you aren't a quilter?) so here are some additional pictures just to show what the contraption looks like. The quilt layers are each rolled onto the long rollers (the table is 14') and held taut by a sprocket system while I steer the machine and stitch across the fabric layers. The machine rests on rollers and channels that allow 360 degree maneuverablity. As the exposed area is stitched, I stop and advance the rollers until the whole thing is quilted. And that's all there is to it!
Friday, April 18, 2008
I actually am rejoicing in the fact that I have been able to lose some weight recently, and it feels so good to fit into my pants again! I always hate to tell people if I do something like a diet because then I feel the pressure to carry through, and any woman my age can tell you that losing weight just isn't what it used to be! So January 1 I signed up for Weight Watchers online, inspired by Brita and Ben's success. And slowly but surely I have seen the scale numbers drift downward. This is no Incredible Shrinking Pam, but it does make a difference in a lot of things. I feel more physically energetic and able to move around easier, and happy that I can wear some flattering clothes. Not at my goal yet, but it is within sight. Plus, this has nudged me in the direction of looking more closely at the food that I buy, and I have found some good stuff for my lactose intolerance, too. Tofutti sour cream and cream cheese that tastes very close to the real thing, fake cheddar cheese that is vegetable based and tastes OK on a sandwich, soy ice cream, soy yogurt and Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean patties as a meat substitute. And right now I am baking a portion of Amy's frozen lasagna that is dairy free, so I am excited to see what that tastes like. I baked the black bean patties, crumbled them and added them to a lettuce salad with low fat ranch dressing and it was delicious! Some of this has rubbed off on Bob, and he has made good use of the treadmill we bought in January, so he has lightened up as well. Looking good!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
My very part-time job in the Neuro/Trauma ICU has been a challenge, to put it nicely. My shifts there are almost always very busy, I can fill 12 hours up very easily with taking care of my 1 or 2 patients. Add on top of that a change in everything I have done for the last 30 or so years, and it gets complicated. Our hospital converted to an electronic medical record on April 1 (no joke here). Now, I am no stranger to a computer, as evidenced by the fact that you are reading this, and I am not afraid to try new things. And I had 3 8-hour classes on the new system, which seems like it should be more than adequate. But when faced with integrating this total change into my normally fully occupied day, it was very discouraging. I know it is a very good system, and totally what needs to be done, and something I have looked forward to because Bob has been working on portions of it for 3 years. But when I found myself in tears after my first shift I was pretty worried about my ability to succeed. However, yesterday's shift was an improvement (i.e., no tears) and I did indeed sign up for 2 more!
Last weekend we (Stitchin' Trips) hosted a 4 day quilting retreat at Lutherpoint for our quilting group, the Ham Lake Piecemakers. It is located near Siren, WI, about 60 or so miles from here. Our group totalled 27 happy women, brimming with creativity and enthusiasm and friendship. Some beautiful items resulted from our time away, everything from tote bags to garments to art quilts to embroidery to knitting to quilts large and small.
I have been working to rearrange my schedule and committments to allow more time for my quilting, and I am looking at several quilt tops that are lined up for me to work on. I am thrilled that I have friends that are trusting me with their quilts, and I am going directly from this keyboard to my machine, Emma, to complete my own project and start on the next. Today is a day off from all my other jobs, so I have some quality time. Hope you have the same!