Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quilt of Valor and new migraine treatment

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article1379677.html
Here's a link to an article about a new migraine treatment my doctor is letting me try.  I read about it on Facebook.  It's for eye drops used to treat glaucoma.  They are beta blockers and reduce blood pressure in the eye/brain which helps some migraine sufferers and work quickly once you get the migraine because you put the drops into the eye where the migraine is (behind the eye) and it goes right to the problem and BAM, blood vessels shrink, problem solved.  The ophthalmologists found it by accident when some of their patients noticed their migraines got better after using the eye drops for their other issues.  My doctor says it can't hurt so why not try it out.  Too bad I didn't have it yesterday when I had a doozy of a migraine!  I ordered it online to be shipped to me in the mail.  Just didn't figure I would get to the pharmacy within the week and I've been having fewer migraines during the week.  Of course yesterday had a lot of stress at school.
I did get this really nice Quilt of Valor quilted a couple days ago.  I had planned to get a couple done this weekend.  The ladies who are doing the binding want to get them done before the holidays are here and I'm just not doing my part.  I think I have 8 to get done.  Slow and steady gets them done.  Not even loading them on the frame really isn't working.  I seem to do better when I have more migraines.  Funny how that works.  Yesterday I got another one loaded and almost finished when I was feeling horrible.  I find distracting myself helps me feel better.  Just sitting around on the couch and I'm wanting to die.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

stop

wow, with all the stuff going on at work this week, I really needed to read this today.  I'm always trying to rescue people and when they don't do things the way I know :) are the best, I judge them.  They complain they are having troubles and I give them the "I told you so" lecture because my way is always the right way because I'm so much older and wiser but sometimes people just need to learn the hard way.  These aren't the teenagers I'm talking about.  These are my co-workers I'm dealing with.  I got in three arguments this week.  It's not fun being in conflict with people.  Especially when you have to work so closely with them and share everything.  But knowing that I don't have to control everything will help me to focus on the things I do have to control.  And keep my nose in my own business.  And give me more time to quilt!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy quilts

 These quilts are happy little things and will really brighten a couple of little kids' day I hope.
While I am not getting as much time to quilt due to 20% extra work load this year, I am trying to quilt as often as I can.  We are still working on quilts for the people of the town of Weed.  Many of the people who lost everything in the fires there are trying to rebuild their homes.  We were told they are no longer accepting items for them, but my friend asked if they would still like handmade quilts and the church there was so excited for the quilts for the families.  We will keep working on them as long as we can.  I'm hoping to be finished with this project by the end of the year.

Monday, October 13, 2014

twin quilts

 I got two quilts quilted this weekend.  That is a miracle in itself.  Things just move slower now that school is in full swing.
 It's cool because they are twins.  Which meant I loaded the backing fabric and was able to just pop them on the frame one after another.  That's most likely why both got done.  Plus, I was procrastinating from grading lab books.  I'm just so lazy!  I have six books done and 23 more to go.  Ugh.  Why do they take so long and why did I wait so long to start them?
I figured they would be a quick grade, but now that I'm reading them, they just don't make any sense.  Maybe I need some warm, home made cookies.  Everything is better with home made cookies.  Surely that would make the grading go faster.  You see how I justify wasting my time on the weekends?  I even cleaned my kitchen counter tops.  You know I'm desperate to not grade something if I choose cleaning over grading!   My helper Alyssa would be so disappointed in me for procrastinating so much.  She is so good at getting things done and I've learned so much from her helping me.  She can grade a stack of papers like nobody's business.  She just starts and in minutes it is done.  She doesn't let anything distract her.  Oh, look, fabric :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dresses in Rwanda

 My friend made some special dresses that were sent over with the quilts to Rwanda last summer.  I just got these pictures of the girls wearing them.  I'm not feeling especially well today, but pictures like these make me want to get off the couch and work on something.  I have a whole list of things to be working on and there are so many more people who need a comforting hug.  I'm not sure why I am getting migraines every weekend.  Maybe because of all of the stress from the week just builds up and I can finally relax on the weekend.  My body finally says, take a break!  But, since school has started, every Saturday and Sunday I've had some pretty bad migraines every Saturday and Sunday.  Luckily, every week day I've felt really good.  I'm counting my blessings because I've been really busy during the week.  Maybe I need to be busier on the weekends too.  Maybe the cure for migraines is to be extra busy?

Solano Winds concert

 The concert was last night and the quilt was a big hit.  It sold for $300.  Wow!  I guess I will have to make my son his own quilt because I couldn't afford to buy it back for him.  The concert was fantastic!
My favorite song was a tribute to our military.  They played a combination of theme songs from every branch of the military and had one member from each branch on stage.  You can barely see them on the front left of the stage.  The guy from the army was about 90 years old and in a wheel chair.  He stood up and saluted during his portion of the song.  It was just so adorable and the whole song made me so proud to be an American I cried during the whole song.  If a member of the audience also served in that branch of the military, they would stand at attention for that part of the song and we would all clap.  It was just so great.  I love living in this area of the country and serving the Air Force kids.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quilt for community band auction

 I started this quilt on Saturday afternoon.  I got it all cut out and started sewing it together.  I had all the blocks sewn by Saturday night.  It's a Take 5 pattern that I cut with my Accuquilt Studio fabric cutter.  Sunday I had a really bad migraine and managed to get the rest of the sewing done and got the quilt on the machine.  It took a couple of hours to quilt.
I started the binding yesterday morning and finished it up last night after a very long day.  I am a BTSA mentor for a new teacher and we had a meeting last night.  I made this awesome embroidery for the back as a label.  I ordered the custom embroidery design from a lady online who was able to make it for me in just a couple of hours.  I stitched it out on my Brother PE 770 machine.

The quilt will be auctioned off on Friday and I plan to bid on it.  My son really likes it.  If I don't win it back, I will have to make another one.  The backing fabric was a purchased sheet from Savers, the local thrift store.  And the quilting is a music theme.  I love the colors and the quilting the best.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

motivation from a 3 year old

I've created a monster in my adopted daughter Jenny.  She is making quilt tops like crazy now and I'm not doing very well in keeping up with her.  She keeps bringing me fabric to cut and buying more and more and gets so excited to get the JoAnn coupons in the mail.  She brought me this quilt top several weeks ago and I just haven't had the energy to quilt it for her.  It is for the sister of the owl quilt.

Well, she came over yesterday to drop off more fabric to cut and told me that the little three year old was asking about this quilt.  She said, "Jonny, why are you taking so slow on the quilt?"  She told her sister that she would share her owl quilt with her until Jonny got her quilt finished for her.  The little one is just over a year old, so doesn't understand that her quilt is taking a long time to get done or that I'm really tired when I get home from work and that I have really bad migraines on the weekend.

The three year old just knows that her sister needs a quilt and that 'Jonny' is really slow.  I mean, they went to pick out the fabrics together and hers got done really fast.  So, when I'm supposed to be working on a quilt for my son's community band to auction off on Friday, I decided I had better get this one on the machine and get it done so a little 3 year old wouldn't have to wait any longer.  Who knows, maybe she will be a quilter one day too.

Friday, October 3, 2014

the final guinea pig

My oldest daughter started doing 4H when she was about 10.  She is now 24.  We have had guinea pigs that whole time.  There was a time when we had about 40 at once.  She raised the long hair breeds and showed them at lots of different guinea pig shows around the area.  It was really fun watching the babies being born and finding homes for them.

Yesterday our final guinea pig died of old age.  I don't think I will get another to replace her.  My oldest got her when she was in college and passed her on to her sister when she couldn't bring her back to school.  My younger daughter couldn't take her to college last year and she got passed on to me.  My little guy was supposed to take care of her, but you know how those things go.  Mom is usually the one to make sure they get fed and cleaned and given some attention.

Another chapter closes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

school pictures

This is the first year we've been given school pictures in about 10 years.  I'm wearing one of my favorite t shirts given to me by a fellow teacher.  I have a huge funny t shirt collection and don't ever wear the same shirt twice in the same year.

And yes, my hair just grows like that.  I don't do anything to make it curl like that.  The kids say it looks like Top Ramen.  I've had people ask to pet it before.  Weird huh?  I got it from my mom's mom.  I tell the kids I got it from being electrocuted by a pig fence when I was about 5.  They pretty much believe anything I tell them.  Even that I'm 25 :)