Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Time Marches On

Sometimes I wonder where the days go. Yesterday was one of those days that's busy, yet I really didn't get all that much accomplished. My walk was split in two, an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, which broke up the day even more (though was quite enjoyable.) I had practice in the evening and came home to most of our kids, plus a couple of extras, watching the Cubs game and they had saved me a seat. Usually when the kids have friends over I make myself scarce and just check in with them occasionally, but with new romances left and right in our house we have young people who want to get to know us (and vice versa) and want the chance to make good impressions.

I hand quilted for a bit, but this outer border is giving me fits. It's so hard to see the markings that I really need to re-mark it but I'm having trouble with the white pencils that I'm finding in my sewing room. They are NOT wanting to mark the fabric well enough and the one that I normally use seems to have gone AWOL.

I do have a wonderful little zip pouch that I keep my marking pencils and sharpeners in, but, in an effort to organize my sewing room, I put it somewhere for safekeeping. Particularly safe for the pencils it seems because if I cannot use them, they will remain intact!

I'm babysitting this afternoon and will have to get dinner ready while he's here. Tonight is the last Awana night and it's Awards Night so I will be packing up Ruthie right after dinner to go watch Lucas receive his awards.

And, of course, there are sinkloads of dishes (I do dishes at least 3 times a day,) a couple of loads of laundry to be done, the ever present straightening and picking up and assorted kids demands (one of the more pleasant distractions of the day!)

I'm having trouble coming up with a plan for the day so I guess that means it's a "wing it" day. I know what chores have to be done and will do those as time and energy permit. In and among the chores will be finishing the next set of pincushion tops (35 of them.) Ideally I'd like to see them ready to stuff by the end of the day, but with all else we have going on I don't know if that will happen. I think I'll run out of sand before this set is done as well, so a bag of white sand will be on my list for shopping tomorrow. I LOVE pincushions and have some more patterns for them, perhaps a bucket full of sand waiting to be used will motivate me (I store my sand in a 5 gallon bucket courtesy of my husband, who empties them of cleaning solutions on a regular basis!)

I'll also do some handquilting on the next topper. And try to find the marking pencil that will mark so I can see the lines! I'm anxious to get this quilt done now, and I really need to get quilting on the album quilt as well.

I'm not getting anything done sitting here, so off I go.
Happy Quilting!
Sue and Ruthie


Mrs. Sew and Sew said...

Sue, Ruthie is so precious. I read your blog daily and enjoy it immensely. Thank you for always sharing Ruthie with us. I love those beautiful eyes. Enjoy your day my friend. God bless. Karen

Winona said...

Sue, I completely agree with Karen! I just love the pictures you share of Ruthie. What a doll. I just want to reach through the monitor and give her a big hug!LOL Thank you for sharing your sweet girl with us.
Blessings, Winona