not what you'd expect

well, we spend time planning our day, week, holiday, etc... and you know what?  it just doesn't always turn out the way we think it will.  sometimes it is better... and sometimes it is not.  profound, huh?  well, the last few weeks were not as i had planned.  the week prior to thanksgiving, we had a small (ok, moderate +) family emergency.  my son had an accident up in new york, and we left town the next day to be with him.  the nurse assured me (when she called me from the trauma center, yup) that he was alright.  they were going to do x-rays, and mri's, and whatever other tests they needed to do.  "he is ok, and he wanted me to call you.  he thought you would 'freak out'.  oh, they did bring him in on a helicopter, too. but he is alright."  just what a momma wants to hear, right?  he is an amazing kid (not that he is really a 'kid' anymore... he is 23 now... but he is MY kid!)  he is in his third year at west point (aka the united states military academy).   we made our way up there the next morning and arrived 9.5 hours later.  he was ok.  he was in pain.  he was on pain meds.  he was my boy.  i love him, what can i say?  10 days later and 2 hospitals (one civilian & one military) we are back home and he is back in his dorm/barracks.  he has an amazing God watching over him.  he has a broken shoulder blade.  we have been told many times over the past week and a half... the shoulder blade is one of the hardest bones in the body to break.  it will heal on its own while all the muscles around it hold it in place.  just have to put up with the pain for a little while.  he has some nerve damage to his brachial plexus.  it is affecting his finger movement.  he has a lot of physical therapy to do.  and he has to be patient.  we are praying for a total recovery.  this may not come for months.  but, we know already how blessed he has been.  we are greeting the future with a smile and open arms.  bring it on.

Me and my boy, Tone, in September while he waited to go skydiving... he is an adventurous soul.  


good busyness

the last week has been a busy one.  a good busyness.  so much was going on around here.  this year i was the banquet chairperson for an amazing ministry called Young Life.  it is an international ministry that reaches out to high school kids right where they are.  they don't have to come looking for Jesus, he is right there in the leaders who show up to help kids, encourage them, cheer them on, be their friends.  i could go on and on, but check out the website to find out more. we have an annual fundraising banquet to cover the cost of the ministry in our area for the new year.  ours was monday.  about 100 folks attended, and we raised a good portion of the budget.

the theme was 'all hands on deck' so we decorated with nautical stuff (thanks to some good friends who came up with the table and banquet decor! great job cathy & andrea!)

and in the middle of preparing for the banquet... we had to do a little work on my 'new' ride.  so, with my husband teaching me, we removed the by-pass tubing which carries the antifreeze to cool the engine (at least that is what I think).  in the process, i was able to get the best picture yet of my truck...

what can i say?  there is just nothing i dislike about that picture.  but... maybe i should move on to what else i have been working on...

quiltin' on the baby quilt.  this has taken a back burner while prepping for the banquet. but... now i am back on track.  i hope.  i think.


my 'new' ride

every since i can remember i have loved old trucks.  pick-up trucks.  i can't remember how many times i have seen an old truck and thought how awesome it was.  well....  just last week, my husband saw an old truck along his route to work and stopped to check it out.  it is a 1964 Ford F-100 white pickup truck.  sure there is a little rust.  there are a few things that need to be fixed up.  but, seriously, what after 46 years of use doesn't need a little work.  did i mention that my husband was also built, i mean born in 1964?  that is neither here or there.  what is amazing, is that phil, the love of my life, the man of my dreams, let me buy that ole truck!!  so now, here is my new ride.

i got to drive it around today.  went to the store and got some groceries.  it is just fun.  what can i say, weird, i know.

it has a lot of knobs... but not alot of bells and whistles...

now, if you are thinking that is the air conditioner knob... think again.  it just opens a vent on the dashboard and lets air flow through when the truck is in motion.

remember when we only had am radio?  come on, i know some of you do.  my favorite station as a kid was WROV in roanoke, virginia.

little look inside.  time to take my husband out to eat for being such a great guy.  he deserves it even without the new old truck.


on the go early

friday. the beginning of the weekend.  yay!  but first, i had to get up before the sun, send my son off to school, and hit the road to an early morning appointment for a mammogram.  i hadn't been to this location before.  they treat you right... nice robe, choices of hot tea, comfy furniture, and relaxing music... it was like when someone tries to sweet talk ya before they drop the real news.  it's not so bad.  i survived and would encourage all women to have a mammogram done routinely.  and try to find a lovely place like i did.  you might as well enjoy yourself, right?

progress was made on the quilt...

i did take a break in the middle of the day to help my son a little bit.  he wanted to make cupcakes for his girlfriend for her birthday.  so, he found a recipe online and then made them from scratch.  no box mixes here!

he filled the mini cupcake tins with 2/3 of batter, then colored the rest pink and piped it into the center of the plain batter.  they turned out great!  not bad for a 16-year old guy, huh?


biscuit quest

i have had the desire to make some fluffy delicious biscuits.  if you grow up in the south (virginia for me) then you grow up eating biscuits.  that's just the way it is.  and ya love them, too.  smothered in sausage gravy, mmmmm.  anyway...  i have made biscuits, but they are just never like i want.  they are good, but not nearly as light and fluffy as they need to be.  so, i am going on a biscuit quest.  well, a biscuit recipe quest, really, to find the perfect biscuit.  today i made biscuits from a recipe i found in better homes & garden magazine.  here are the ingredients:

They turned out better than my previous ones.  these were tasty, but still not as light as i would like.  here is the recipe if you would like to give it a try.  i worked hard to not overwork the dough.  this might be a skill i need to work on as well.  they were nice and golden brown.  i think i will toast some for breakfast tomorrow.  with butter and honey.  is it morning yet??

yesterday i put all my pieces together for the baby quilt.  my daughter helped me while she was home.  thank goodness, because it was a little confusing.  there are so many colors and patterns going on.  but i love they way it is looking.

today i have started sewing all the blocks together.  it is really coming together nicely!  i will be quilting in no time.   and (this has nothing to do with quilting) they are calling for snow flakes tomorrow!  yikes! better get my son some sweatshirts since he has out grown last years.  i think he is going to be kinda chilly going to school.


lots of pieces...

on saturday, i finished getting all the fabric i needed for the new baby quilt from sew to speak.  it is the sweetest little fabric store around.  the quilt is going to be so cute... i hope. :-)  here is the inspiration fabric which is from 'boys will be boys' by david walker.

how cute is that?  so, the quilt is made of 48 - 8" blocks and 48  6.25" circles...

sew the circles to the squares,

 then cut all the squares into quarters...

now, trim the extra material under the circle so that you don't have the patterns showing through... all my extra little pieces...

my dog, cooper, likes to sit on the steps just above where i am working.  it's a cute face to look up to when i am sewing or painting.

i found the instructions for this quilt on cluck, cluck, sew in the tutorial section (i loooove this site, by the way).  the quilt is called raw edge circle quilt.  my next step is to take all the quarters, put them back into mixed squares, and sew them back together.  hopefully, i will have a full morning to work on that tomorrow.  look for an update tomorrow.