This time they aren't out of town, but it's almost as if they are. Knowing my husband needed to get right to sleep when he got home from work last night (he works 2nd shift) I didn't go to bed at the same time, I knew we'd talk too much and keep him up too long. I stayed up until 3am, watching a movie, putting borders on my table runner and beginning the marking and playing on the computer. I LOVE those kind of nights. When we first bought this house, my husband worked 3rd shift and I didn't work so I'd stay up until the wee hours every night.
My men (husband along with 20 and 13 year old sons) left early this morning to go sit in a cold, blustery field for the day. This will be repeated for the next 3 days or until they fill their tags (2 each) whichever comes first.
I look at these days rather like the ones when they are away. I do the things that need to be done, but spend as much time quilting as I can. I finished the topper for my sewing room, now I'm working on a table runner for our dining room table. I'm marking it now and will baste it right away so I can begin the quilting. I'm hoping to get a really good jump on it this weekend. This one has "Merry Christmas" appliqued on it and I'm having so much fun with these "message" toppers that I think I'll do a Happy New Year one and maybe even figure out one for each season. Right now a series of smaller projects sounds like fun, though I'll also be pulling out another bigger quilt to work on. I have one in mind, I just have to figure out what box it's in!
Ruthie received birthday money from her grandma, so I took her shopping while Rachel got her hair cut. Here she is with the set of wooden puzzles I found for her. We're always on the lookout for things that are fun but will help teach her, since she will need more help along the way. She also loves anything with buttons and noise, so it will be a noisy Christmas in our house!
Since I had to move the TV out of my sewing room and back to the family room, I've been rearranging a few things, keeping in mind that soon our Christmas decorations will be coming out. My little DVD player is once again set up so I can watch/listen to movies while I sew and I moved the little fountain that I bought with birthday money into the dining room, it now sits atop my treadle and it's actually a really nice spot for it. I think that the lights show up better than any place I've had it before.Also on today's agenda is making soup and possibly homemade rolls. I love to make soup and today is a day when everyone will be eating at different times, so it's a perfect meal for that. I can take my time and putter with it this afternoon so it won't really feel like I've spent much time cooking at all. I think I'll make a batch of cookie dough, too, we are out of chocolate chip cookies and they will be good to put in the lunches that my husband and sons are taking out with them.
I'm ready to mark the outer border of my table runner, so I'd better get to it if I want much quilting to be done today. I'll need to go to bed at a decent time tonight as tomorrow afternoon is my quilting bee and I need to do a short job with my husband before that (he's leaving his hunting spot for a few hours to do a couple of jobs he couldn't cover) so I don't want to feel too tired tomorrow. I'm hoping for another late night tomorrow night and know that even if they fill their tags early that my men will be very busy processing their gain.