Saturday, November 19, 2011

What a good hubby!

When we got up, the first thing hubby asked was where the motion sensor light was. We have had it for more than 2 years, and it was supposed to go up at our old house. He put it up this morning at our new house!! Another thing to cross off the honey-do list.

And that's not all!

I tweaked my back, and my dear hubby weed wacked the front yard for me.

And he gave me half of his Hershey bar!

Love that man!

Cathy B

Thursday, November 17, 2011


You know, when we lived in northern Minnesota I only had yard work for 3 months of the year. Here in SE Arizona, there is yard work of some sort 12 months of the year.

Good thing I like yard work. It is exercise that changes frequently, and I feel in touch with my roots. (In touch with my roots! I crack me up!)

In 2.5 week we are hosting a luncheon for a bunch of friends and a visiting minister and his family. The inside of the house is pretty good, except for putting up new curtains in the livingroom. (Waiting on hubby to help me put up the rods.) The front yard, however, looks like a very successful weed farm. At least my neighbors are mostly in the same situation.

During and after the monsoon season, the weeds went crazy and I had major fibromyalgia pain. Not a good combo! The weeds are winning! At least they have mostly stopped growing, as the weather is a little cooler.

Today I started spending 15 minutes a day weeding and trimming bushes. That should get a lot done. On the day before the luncheon hubby will go wacky with the weed wacker and rake everything up for me. Yay!

In the midst of this, our son sent back the Lone Star king size quilt he has had for about 10 years. He 'borrowed' off of my bed when he moved out on his own. The front is perfect, but the backing is torn and 'rotted'. I thought it was good fabric, but I guess not. I was going to just put a new backing on it and quilt over the old quilting (wreaths of leaves and roses), but the backing is all wonky, too. Much as I don't want to, I think I may take out all the quilting and treat it as a new quilt top, sandwiching and having it quilted. (I can't quilt big quilts anymore, my shoulders won't take it.)

Sigh. It has been loved for many years. It deserves to be lovely again.

Cathy B

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I've been blog hopping.....

and as I have been blog hopping, I have noticed a trend. People are overbusy and overstressed. Many bloggers are so overwhelmed by life that it leaks over into their bloggy live. They don't blog as much as they used to, and some posts seem like a burden.

This seems to be boiling up to a massive information overload, where we can't keep up and don't really WANT to keep up.

What do we do?

I think it all goes back to Thoreau. Simplify, simplify.

Do you really NEED to know what is happening on each blog, by each designer? I don't think so. I have a lot of blogs I follow, but I don't read all of them every day. There is no need. I have a life to live!

Simplifying makes the blogs I do read more enjoyable, not a burden. And I don't feel compelled to post on my blog every day.

Just sayin'.

Cathy B

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Finally some pictures!

I just took pictures of a couple of projects. They are taken with my phone camera, and are not very great.

First is the Indian Star block I am using for the 100 HSTs I got in the Pickle Road yahoo group swap. I only had one of the fabrics that were in the swap blocks. Amazing, huh? I made tons more of the HSTs, so I have enough for a small quilt. In the pic you can also see the lime green I am using for the sashing.

I also have posted a photo showing the fabrics I am using for the purple commission quilt I am working on. These are pieces for the pieced border. I will try to post a pic of the actual quilt top tomorrow when I can put it on my bed and use the good camera.

Have a quilty night!

Cathy B

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm hopeless in the face of fabric!

I did a HST (squares made with 2 triangles) swap on the Pickle Road yahoo group, and got my 100 pieces back this week. I am supposed to be working on a commissioned quilt, but the HST's got to me! I found Indian Star on Quilterscache, which would allow me to use them without re-sizing a block. Soooooo....

I took today as a Pajama Day. I am sewing in my pjs all day (until we go out tonight!) I had to make a lot more HSTs, but it is so much fun! I will post a pic when hubby gets back with the camera.


Cathy B