I had a few moments yesterday, while watching the amazing win by the Auburn Tigers, to finish up a pair of socks that I started about 4-5 years ago (July 2009 to be exact). No kidding, this pair of socks … Continue reading
I haven’t said much about the kids moving back to Auburn, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been enjoying them immensely. We have been able to see William play soccer (and score 8 goals on his own), watch Luke … Continue reading
Ok, the universe is back in sync and all is well. The sleeves have been reset and the shirt for the really nifty blog post will be revealed tomorrow. For now, here is the Auburn T-shirt quilt top I finished … Continue reading
Haven’t posted in quite a while. Been busy as usual. See above for just a few of the things I have been up to.
First, let me just share a video of what we experienced this last week. See those white dots? Those are Hail Softballs!! This storm totaled at least one of our cars, took out both front windshields and completely obliterated the … Continue reading
My Thanksgiving post for this year is a hodge podge of things that may or may not be related. Speaking of relations, my father, stepmother, and step-niece came for a visit from Dallas for the holiday. I am so thankful that they took the time and energy to make the 15 hour trek out here to see our home and visit with us for a couple of days.
They are from Dallas and, as far as sports go, they are Cowboys fans (more or less). While they were here, we were able to expose them to the finer points of SEC football and what being a “fan” really means. Saturday, we watched the Auburn/Alabama game in which the Tigers were slaughtered and then the entire coaching staff was fired. Yes, college football can be brutal. We talked about many things, but since it was rivalry week, we spent a lot of time talking about college teams and various rivalries.
Now, if you are a college football fan, you will know what is wrong with this picture. However, this picture means so much to me because they were thinking about us and took the time to stop and take a photo for us that they thought would best commemorate the day. They remembered that my two favorite teams are Texas and Auburn. Never-mind whether they got the two schools mixed up, I LOVE this photo! Thanks Dad and Shirley!
This photo was taken at church. Scott was introduced in the church newsletter for his new position as the business administrator and they used this photo. I really like it!
Finally, here is Ebby enjoying the remnants of the holiday ham. She is never spoiled
Not much else to report here, except that I have three dress orders and loads of Christmas gifts to finish up in the next three weeks. We are hoping to cut our own tree this year. Stay tuned to see how that goes…
This week, we found out that a friend is having a baby girl. So, I made a little welcome gift for her. I have also put this outfit on the Etsy shop, for anyone who is interested.
Having leftover scraps, I made a shirt for this week’s game.
Then, there is this that I actually made several months ago as a present for my daughter in law. Today is her birthday and so now I can reveal it.
That is about it for now…just wanted to throw these up there for historical record and to make note that I am still alive over here.
Today, I took a break from my latest order (a white smocked baptismal dress) to have some fun with some machine embroidery. Fall is almost here and that means college football madness is right around the corner. I needed to create a few birthday gifts, so here is what I accomplished today.
The absolute best part is that the shirts were under $10 each. Using this machine is SO much fun!! I have to be careful or I will be spending all my time playing with this craft!! What do you think?
This week was filled with learning all the new ways to use the iPad 2, renewing my use of some older networking tools, cooking pastries and candy, showing Flat Stanley around town, and getting psyched up about the start of the actual Sock Madness 5 competition.
The iPad 2 is SO much more useful to me than the generation one was. With the camera feature, I am able to journal everyday about anything and everything, then include photos with my entries in the journal. The video feature is amazing, and the ability to use Facetime is super fantastic. I can pretty much do anything computer related on this device I can think of, except text messaging and phone calling, which are actually cellular activities anyway. If I could do those two things on my iPad 2, I would totally ditch my phone!
This week was slow at work (everyone is on Spring Break), so I was able to attempt the Facebook thing again. It is a little more understandable, but still confusing. I think the problem I have is that I am not “friends” with a lot of the people on there. I have no desire to connect with blasts from the past, or keep up with people who cross my path from time to time. Getting past the “friend” label and what it means to me compared to what it means on Facebook is probably my biggest hangup about using it. But, in an effort to keep up with my son and his family, I am giving it a go.
Our grandson. William, sent his friend Flat Stanley to us for an adventure. Scott and I took him into town for the tour of the Auburn sites and then he took a ride on the John Deere back at the farm.
The kitchen adventure began this week with the creation of St. Patrick’s Day candies for the people Scott works with at the church. I used some new candy molds I bought recently with green, yellow, and chocolate melting wafers for the candy. This is the easiest candy to make, takes the least amount of time, and produces an impressive result because of the candy molds. The tall ones in the box have pretzels as their “lollipop” sticks and the round ones are chocolate covered mint flavored Oreos.
The cooking continued with the frying of rosettes, something that I have always wanted to do, but just never made time for. I grew up eating these light, airy pastries and have had a rosette iron in the drawer for years. I just never made them before.
The third “candy” item I made this week was chocolate caramels. These are so delicious, but I think I could have let them boil a tiny bit longer, as they are softer than I would have liked. Oh well, this is why I am making these things in the first place, practice.
Finally, March Madness started this week and it has been fantastic! So many close games and with the job I now have I am able to watch all the games! Not only can I watch them from my television, but I can also catch every game on my iPad 2. Yes, I am a geek. Friday I went with Scott to Best Buy and while we were walking around the store, I fired up my MiFi and the iPad 2, and watched the live feed of the game on NCAA.com. Oh yes, I did! It was really funny.
Back at home, while waiting for Sock Madness 5 to start, I started on a surprise gift for the new baby.
The official name of the team that I was placed on for Sock Madness is “Sock Madness and the Sock of Secrets.” It is a take on Harry Potter, of course, and I like it so much better than the other three team names. Now, the ultimate madness is that I am just waiting (and constantly checking my email) for the round 2 pattern to be released! AAAAHHHH….
This week I present to you my rendition of Angels in the Snow, a tatting pattern by Miranda Rensberger, aka Tatting Fool.
This pattern is very easy to follow and I completed it in under a week. The thread is Lizbeth, but I don’t know the colourway. The thread was sent to me in the mail as a sample spool from Barbara at Handy Hands Tatting. I like the thread a lot, but am not too keen on this colourway.
This week we also attended our last Auburn basketball game of the season. In many respects, I am glad that this season is in the books. The team was less than stellar this year and even though I have come to expect that, albeit almost enjoy it for the lower turnout it produces, it would have been nice to see them win a few more games. One of the highlights of the season was Scott finally winning the Chik-fil-a chicken strips giveaway. He tried every game to text for the win and finally did it. However, the thing I will probably remember the most about the games is the faithful devotion of Goggle Guy.
Yes, we dubbed him Goggle Guy early in the season and he made it to all the games, save one or two. Always front and center with his goggles on and his awesome pompom ready for action, he was a sight to look forward to. If you know him or see him next year, tell him there are folks in the scholarship section that look forward to seeing him support the team. I’m no expert, but I truly believe if Auburn Basketball had more student fans like Goggle Guy they would probably be contenders for the SEC title. The lack of student fervor for basketball at Auburn is pathetic. The new arena deserves better.
Quote for the week:
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you fail to focus on your goals. (Anonymous)