Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Starbucks Recap

I stopped in at Starbucks on my way home last night because I was so worried about some other store out there who might have our order.  Turns out, our order was there.  They looked in the wrong book.  I had forgotten that they had my phone number.  No one called.  Nobody loves me.........

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bosses Day 2012

Today is the Hallmark Holiday--Bosses Day.  Our sunshine person made arrangements to get coffee and pastries from Starbucks for the vice prinicipals and the big guy himself, our esteemed principal and fearless leader!  A call was made ahead--as in last week.  We made sure we all knew which Starbucks it was since there are about 10 in this area.  All very important because the sunshine person was going to be gone today.

I got up 30 minutes early.  This is huge for me.  I value every little drop of sleep I get.  I left the house 30 minutes early.  Now, I live ten minutes away from work and about eight minutes away from the Starbucks that is on the way to my work.  I left the house at 6:40am to be at work at 7:30am and I barely made it! 

I get to Starbucks and there is no order for the traveling box with 3 pastries.  We had placed two orders--identical.  So, I get to wait while they make coffee and more coffee.....
The cashier was so sweet.  I wanted the stars for my free coffees and so I put the money on my Starbucks card and then paid for it off my card.  Daria charged me individually for the pastries so I could get more stars.  I got enough stars for a free drink.  Love her!

Overall, everyone was happy to have their treat. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Macy's Window Display

On Saturday, I met up with my circle of stitching friends at Kim's house.  Her house is just too cute.  It is always decorated with the season.  Now it is fall and Halloween.  I was sitting on the couch in the livingroom admiring the decor and talking to Kim's husband about these pieces of granite my husband has and how they could make a cute walking path up the side of the driveway.  When I said how much I loved the life sized witch and how the skeletons outside were me and my husband (one is holding a beer and one is holding a Smirnof Ice--me!), Kim's hisband said he was living in Macy's window display.
What a unique way to put it.  There is stuff everywhere, but it creates a whole look.  Macy's should hire Kim!  Go to her blog and look for the post on Friday, October 12, 2012.  It is labeled Spooky.

On Friday I was doing a bit of embriodery and cutting out pieces of the quilt I am working on--Mindy's Quilt by Melinda Bula.  On Saturday, I met up with my stitching friends and we made gingerbread men for a diplay.  We had a wonderful time.  I really look forward to these days.  Fun, food, laughter.  It has it all for me!  We had these pomegranite margaritas.  Had I been at home and able to nap, I wold have had more.  And I would ahve blended them.  It comes in a bottle already made.  All you have to do is pour....Yumm.

I made a fabulous dessert.  A layered chocolate thing with cream cheese and whipped cream.  Each of us had a small piece because it is very rich, except for Sandy who doesn't care for dessert.  I had at least 2/3rds of the 13x9--inch baking dish left. It was gone last night.  My husband and sin just love it and their friends had a few pieces.  I was totally craving it and it is so rich that you need more than just the three of us eating it!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Last night was my monthly Thimbleberries meeting.   In January, Pam told us we were going to do a kind of a mystery.  We were to make a total of 120 flying geese in only Thimbleberries fabrics.  We would turn them in monthly--15 glying geese at a time.  Then in October, we would get something to make--a pattern, there was mention of fabric.  I made my geese and finished my 120 in August.  Last night was the final reveal.  Pam had a pattern for flying geese in vertical lines with sashing and a border.  She actaully made a quilt using the Flying Dutchman pattern.  Hers were in pinks and browns.  The real surprise was the 2 3/4 yards of fabric we were given.  For Free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that I have seen Pam's I wish I had stuck with two colors, except that  I don't have that many Thimbleberries stashed a my house.  So, mine will be very scrappy.  I choose a blue for the sashing and a dark maroon/wine color for the border.

I'm going home now to look at my flying geese.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Opps, I fell asleep

The board meeting for my guild was held tonight.  I wanted to go and discuss problems I am having with the block-of-the-month.  I called Donna and said I was attending.  I told my son the meeting was at 6pm--the reason I brought home sandwiches for dinner.  I was reading in the living room and all seemed fine.  I must have fallen asleep because I dropped the book and woke up.  It was so quiet, then I heard my son behind me.   

     "Oh, Mom.  You are still here.  I thought you would be gone by now." 
     "Why?  I don't have to be anywhere until 6pm."
     "Mom, it is 5:55 right now."

No!  I was out the door so fast.  Thank God I was only a few minutes away and I had been to Donna's before because I was seriously late.  All the lights were with me and I avoided all the construction.  I just missed a few minutes and later confessed.

Good news:  we had a quilt luncheon 2 weeks ago and the guild made $2700.00 after all the expenses were figured out.  Hurrah!

Good news:  we finished early enough that I was able to have coffee with Leah to discuss her husband and mine.  Yesterday I found out that men can be pigs--even if you are famous and smart.  Albert Einstein leaves his first wife and then marries (his cousin) three months later.  Really, even in the early 1900's there had to be some standard of mourning.  It only took him three months to find another.  Idiot.

Bad news:  I haven't found my quilt blocks yet that I want to work on.  They are here somewhere.

Bad news:  my light is out in the dining room.  My husband tells me that the Ott light just isn't doing it for him, so tomorrow I will go buy some light bulbs.  

Last but never least:  read Kim's blog, kimsbigquiltingadventure.  She sprayed her daughter's pepper spray and I can feel it all the way over here (a 10 minute car ride away).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My lunch tote

I was having a difficult afternoon.  There was a screw up at the library that was making me a bit irritated and stopping in there today was the last thing I had in mind.  It was 100 degrees today and I hate driving in the heat.  I had groceries (hamburger and cheese) in the car.  Very annoying all of it.

Just so you can appreciate my irritation, our library system has been taken over by a bunch of Nazi's.  Rules change all the time and no one tells you about the change until it really affects you.  Posting a sheet of paper that I never saw is not reasonable.  You can definitely see that the library is closed on October 11th for some training (How to Screw Over the Taxpayers most likely), but why tell us that you will be charged $1.00 for "reshelving" a book you came to pick up, but was gone because you have to pick your books up in 7 days now, not 14.  I totally take issue with this reshelving fee because I feel like I have paid my taxes and that pays for the library services that have gone down hill anyway.  To now pay them again to shelve the book seems really unreasonable to me.   I have to admit that I have been carrying a grudge about the library.  Totally not like me.  A couple of years ago, I noticed that the books were sitting on carts waiting to be shelved and no one was doing it.  It is busy work, but I thought they were over whelmed with other library tasks and I asked to come in and volunteer one day a week to just shelve books.  They turned me down.  I had a library minor in college.  I know the Dewey Decimal System.  I was going to do it for free!  On no.  They had students who would do that.  No thank you I was told.  Okay, my feelings were hurt.  I have not been happy with them ever since, but I really like to read.  So, I tolerate them.

While I was waiting in line (behind someone who ironically was volunteering to work there and was told no), Frances, one of the real librarians, noticed my lunch tote.  It is a yellow lemon pattern with black and white trim.  The inside is red with white dots.  We had a lovely conversation about how it looked so Mary Englebreit.  No lecture about how I could use the self-check out (hate it--tried it several times but it won't accept my card), no lecture about returning books in the book return (I had one to return inside and they hate that), just a lovely conversation.  It was only marred by the woman who wanted me to give up my card for a new card with a key chain thing (I don't put them on my keys).  I have a special card that signifies my place with Friends of the Library.  I would have to change numbers (I have mine memorized).   Wait--I am going back to my lovely conversation with Frances.  She is always pleasant......

Reading:  A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay.  Also wrote Sarah's Key (was a movie last summer).  Not as disturbing as Sarah's Key, but surprising.

Next project to work on is Mindy's quilt.  Not sure where it is at the moment, but it's crept into my head so I will go looking for it tomorrow......