Hurry back…………

These dear friends just left after a wonderful visit.  I will miss the chatter and laughter in my house.  It certainly was an eventful week. 

The fun part:  We went to the theater, out to eat, and shopping. 

The problem part:  My refrigerator stopped working, my hair dryer also stopped working, one of the husbands had a medical emergency, a mother of a dear friend died, and a knitting project had to be torn out twice.  Then we discovered that the designated driver did not have her license with her!  

Each problem found a solution, we had each other for company, and there was plenty of laughter.

Yes, we watched some of the royal wedding, gathered around two separate TVs in our PJs.  

I shed a few tears as they pulled out of the driveway, but can look forward to October when they will be back.  We are planning to do at least one craft day in the fall even though two of the gals do not do crafts.  They will bring their electronic devices to surf the Internet and play angry birds while we craft.

And in the mean time, three of us have decided to do a monthly postcard swap.  I’m forcing myself to be creative as I belong to a monthly artist’s trading card group, monthly writing group, and now a monthly postcard trading group.

Now it is back to my normal routine, and finishing up the end of the goodies.

Absolutely Free

A young man, in a uniform shirt with the name AMP and Guardian Protection,  just came to my front door.  He asked me if I knew about the recent break-ins in my neighborhood and proceeded to tell me about four or five homes within a few blocks that had break-ins.  Then he told me that even though my house was not technically on the corner, it was the first house facing the street and therefore he could install an alarm system in my home completely free of charge if I would display a small sign in my front yard.

I am old enough to bristle at the “absolutely free of charge” phrase because in my experience there is always a catch.  He kept assuring me that there was no catch.  Hmmmmm.

He went on and on.  I listened politely for a while, then told him I had company coming – which is true.  I told him I would be glad to read whatever literature he might want to leave, and that I would look up this company and his “deal” on the Internet.

First of all, I do not appreciate him using scare tactics with the stories of local break-ins.  I read the local newspaper every day and there has been no news of local break-ins.  Secondly, the two houses behind me are occupied by local policemen.  Thirdly, I don’t think a Guardian Protection sign is going to stop criminals from deciding to break into my house.  They would be sorely disappointed in what they would find in my house anyway.  I have no jewelry other than cheap costume jewelry.  I have no big fancy TVs, just small cheap ones I bought at Wal-Mart.  I do not keep money in my home nor on my person.  All my furniture is inexpensive or hand-me-downs.  There simply is nothing worth stealing, except fabric and that is slowly getting depleted.

Does anyone out there in blogland know about Guardian Protection and their “free systems”?  I am very skeptical.


 Happy Easter from me and my blue bunny. 
 (Little quilt made by my friend, Aline)
Our church had a beautiful service this morning preceded by a scrumptious breakfast.
And the our wonderful pastor sent everyone home with a daffodil plant.


Pictures of me

Do you like pictures of yourself?  Well, I don’t like pictures of myself.  When I smile, my eyes are slits.  When I don’t smile I either have 62 chins or a mean look.  

Today I got my hair cut and asked my hairdresser to take a picture of me.  I knew she would keep snapping until we got a good picture, but it sure was a challenge.  None of the pictures are stellar, but of all the pictures we took I picked out these three.

My hair is cut off on the top one and my eyes are slits on the bottom one, but believe it or not, they are the best.  Sigh.  So I chose the middle one for my profile picture.  What do you think?

Ever changing…….

Today I discovered that my niece has a blog – Mustard Seed – and I was disappointed that I could not post a comment to her blog.  Why?  Because my blog (Soaring On Wings) that I have used for years was created when I had a non-google account. In order to leave a comment I needed to use a Google account (this blog) which has been a more personal account about food/weight struggles.  Hmmmm.  What to do.

Well, I made the BIG decision to change this blog to include everything – my quilting, stitching, knitting, AND my personal life and thoughts.  I’m going to try and import all the postings from my old blog.  Wish me luck!

* Later – Successful ! ! ! !   All my posts are now in one spot.  Now I have to inform my family and friends of the change.  And I will post a notice on my OLD blog to come over here. *

A little of this, a little of that……..

While listening to Car Talk and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on public radio this morning I did a little red work.  This afternoon I spent some time on my Book Store counted cross-stitch.  It doesn’t look like I made much progress but you didn’t see all the stitching I did on the tree to the left of the house and then discovered I had missed a whole section so had to take my stitching out.  Three steps forward, two back.  Then tonight I worked on my knitting.  It was a day of making little bits of progress on three projects.  

It was a good Saturday.

Book Store

Are you the type of person who works on one project until it’s done?  Oh how I wish I could stay that focused.  Not only do I not finish projects that I start, I don’t even stick to the same craft.  Right now I am working on four zillion quilts, several knitting pieces, some red work, some yo-yo’s and I have picked up one of my many counted cross-stitch projects again.  Eventually I finish most of the projects, but because I go back and forth between projects and crafts, it seems like I seldom finish anything.  All this does not take into account the reading I do and the writing, and did I mention I like to sleep?

Here is the counted cross-stitch project I picked up the other day.  I’m really enjoying getting back to some stitching.  This little Book Store piece will fit nicely in my home.  Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite retail therapy is going to a book store!

Quilt top done

Finished this colorful quilt top today. 
 (Pattern name – Hometown Parade, designer Avis Shirer, in, June 2008 issue.)

Also started working on Yo-Yo’s for another quilt I plan to make.  I decided that I want to use white for the background.  This will be a hand project for the most part – a good project for taking on my vacation this year.

When I go on vacation I always take three or four books, a few hand sewing projects, some counted cross-stitch and at least one knitting project.  Now ask me how much I get done!  I’m ALWAYS optimistic.