Friday, June 22, 2012

My quilt is back!

I went to quilting for the first time Wednesday in what has to be nearly two months.  I'm so out of the swing of things, but Mama Spark brought my Christmas tree quilt for me back from the quilter!  It's so cute I can hardly stand it.  It needs to be washed badly since it is nearly all white and has picked up dirt along the way so I'd really like to start binding it this weekend!

I had snowflakes put on it!  There are 5 or 6 different kinds.  So cute!  Mama spark cut my binding strips on the bias for me on Wednesday and I have those all sewed together and pressed, ready to be put on :)

Last weekend we went up north to DH's Grandpa's cabin and spent the weekend all by ourselves.  It was fantastic and just what we needed.  We hauled our jet ski's up with us and along the drive Richard says "That jet ski doesn't look like it's riding right."  Well he's not the boat person really in our relationship so I nearly climbed on top of him to look through the side mirror.  No, it was not riding correctly.  "You can pull over and we can look at it, or at least slow down so it's not bouncing so much."  "No, lets just keep going."  OK- my stomach is not so sure about this but whatever, they are his toys anyways.  We get there two hours after we have this conversation and what do we find?  One of the boards holding up the oddly writing jet ski completely snapped in half.  Crap.

The next morning we went to the hardware store in town and bought supplies to replace the broken one and by my insistence, his friend.  Luckily it was a fast fix since we really just had to carpet 2x4's and re-bolt them to the trailer AND we did it without any hostility.  Though I might have thrown in a "I told you not to drive so fast" when we got to the cabin the night before.. No biggie..

We are off to have a date night this evening!  I hope you all had a lovely week!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I've been gone for so long!

{Warning: this is photo intense!}

Life is finally calming down for me again.  It was a super busy, crazy, stressful time and I am happy that it has finally come to a close for me {or at least the end is in sight}.  The last few weeks I have been organizing and attending memorial/funeral services for my Grandma and helping my family go through her belongings and sell them.  There was a memorial where she was living and then the following week we had the funeral in Lansing with her family and where she requested to be buried.  We made food for a luncheon afterwards and when I went to use the ladies room, this was in the first stall:

No joke ya'll
It was very interesting and humorous in light of the situation.  I went to the next stall and it was a normal toilet. Thank goodness. 

Afterwards we began the long process of sorting and cleaning and sorting and moving and sorting and selling.  There was a LOT of sorting.  We found quite a few neat things and I never knew that she liked to sew so much.  This is the first thing I found and fell head over heels in love with:

My precious.
I couldn't even get over this darling sugar and creamer set.  I still want to squeeze it because it is so cute.  Ugh, it is just a cuteness overload.  Next we sorted through a box of my Grandma's crystal.  This decanter was in it and surprisingly I got it.  I think it's because our house still has relatively nothing in it since we have moved in so there is lots of room for it.

There was very little furniture but this came along with us.  It was apparently her WIP chest.  I found a few embroidery blocks that I am going to turn into baby quilts for my sister and I when the time comes.  My favorite it the hippo :)  First I need to finish a couple of the blocks, so I will need to learn how to do it better.

 I picked up last night where my Grandma left off on the clown patterns and I found that it was strangely relaxing.  I have been really enjoying it though I am awful at it.

Richard also had his exam last month so I finally have a husband again.  It has been marvelous this past weekend {this is the first weekend that I have been home since my Grandma was in the hospital}. The garden bed in our front yard had paver bricks lining it which was super annoying.  Any time you got remotely close to the stack, the bricks would fall over into the grass because they knew it would make me angry.  I conned DH into buying 2/3 of a pallet of landscaping bricks and we did this yesterday morning!

Finished front yard

WIP back garden bed
 Replacing the bricks in the front took about 3 hours with both of us working on it.  We stopped at noon because it was getting really hot outside.  This morning I started working on the garden bed in the back yard.  No joke, this took me an hour.  I had to pull out one of those black edging things, cut away grass, and then refill and level each hole.  I only got 6 done until I retreated inside.  Later on we are going to go out on Lake St Clair and ride the jet skiis.  Richard has been waiting for it for a while now :)

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  Stay cool!