Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
These quilts were both made with panels. There are lots of ways to use printed panels when making quilts and they make up quickly.
One more day of summer vacation. Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow.
I still have 2 more quilts I am supposed to do, but don't think I will even get started on either. That's ok. There's lots of time once school starts. Sewing is very relaxing.
Friday, August 15, 2014
After going in to the doctor and having her tell me that I shouldn't be taking so much headache medicine, I stopped taking any pain meds last Saturday. It's been 6 days since I've taking anything for the headache and I'm still having them every day. So, I'm not sure how long they can claim these are rebound headaches from taking too much medicine, but I'm determined to stick it out and see just how long I can go without having to take something.
I find that when I'm out doing stuff, I can distract myself and then get to the point where I just have to come home and sit for a couple of hours before I can get up and get going again. Not really practical when I have to teach, but for these last few days of summer, it's been working. That's one of the reasons I haven't been quilting as much. I just haven't felt as well. When I'm on medicine, I have more energy to get stuff done.
I'm not sure there is a good solution to the problem.
I watched a 45 minute lecture on chronic headache today on youtube and the doctor talked about all the latest theories about people who have headaches more than 15 days a month. I'm tempted to try botox again, seems like there are other injection sites besides the forehead that might work better, like the back of the neck and temples. I'm working with the headache clinic Nurse Practitioner now to figure out if there's anything else I can try.
Going in to school today and seeing all of the incoming freshmen students got me a little excited because they are all so small. I forget just how little these guys are at the beginning of the year. By the end of the year, they have grown up so much and have turned into the typical teenagers where they know everything about everything, but at the beginning of the year, they are still cute and funny and a joy to be around.
I'm excited for the new teachers. Once again, we have a whole crew of new faces this year. I'm not exactly sure why such a huge turnover at our school, but the past 5 years or so, we've had a large amount of teachers leave and there have been a whole bunch of new names to learn. They moved our parking spaces because we are getting a new library, and those of us 'old timers' got the best spots. I'm way up there in seniority and got one of the closest spaces. It pays to stick around I guess!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Taking a donated quilt top and making it a finished quilt is fun and stress free. If the thread breaks a million times, or the foot makes a hole in the top, there are lots of ways to fix it. But, what if that happens to some else's quilt top? What do you do?
A friend brought this quilt top over to me to quilt for her. She asked how much I charged and I said nothing. Besides the tax issues of charging someone, there's the unneeded stress that goes into making sure the quilt is perfect. I love quilting and always want it to be fun.
This is the first of the two quilts she asked me to do (well, I made the offer to quilt something for her and she happened to have two finished and ready to go so I said bring them both!). Normally she sends them down to a friend to quilt, but rather than pay shipping both ways, makes sense to bring them to me. More money for more fabric and batting. I think I will even try and get her to start binding quilts for us. Win, win, win!
See, you sucker them in with the offer of free quilting, but is anything in life really free? Hey, I will quilt for you and when you pick up your quilt, oh, wait, here's 10 more quilts that need binding, do you mind? They are so happy to have their quilts done, they don't notice the extra quilts they are taking home. Then, they feel guilty and just have to do the binding.
I'm a sneaky one aren't I? And you thought I was just being nice :)
I wonder how many other 'friends' I can offer FREE quilting to? That is before they figure out it's all a scam and I lose all my friends.
Do you want to be my friend? I have a pile of quilts waiting. Come to think of it, I haven't heard from my binding buddies in a couple of weeks. I wonder if they went into Witness Protection or something...
Monday, August 11, 2014
(this is for the other twin)
I went through a period of depression caused by some medicine the doctors gave me for my migraines. It was horrible. The feeling of hopelessness and just not caring about anything was so overwhelming. Just not having the desire or energy to get up off the couch was so heavy. Luckily I was able to stop taking the medicine and come out of it pretty quickly, but for someone whose own body is making too many or not enough chemicals and who is fighting against their own brain and to get to a point that death seems like the best option makes me so sad.
I hope that out of this tragedy, some light can be shed on the horrible state of the mental health institution in this country. Too many people I know who have sought help for mental health issues are either put on a waiting list or told there isn't help available because their problem isn't big enough yet.
It's sad that you can get surgery quicker than you can get in to see a psychiatrist because you are thinking of committing suicide. And heaven forbid a parent tries to get help for a child who is over 18. Sorry, but they are now adults and you no longer have a say in their lives.
One of the places I love to donate quilts is A Mother's Hope. They give quilts and hope to mothers who suffer from Postpartum depression.
If you have a desire to make a difference in the life of someone who needs to know that there are people out there who care, they can use quilts all year. They don't have to be really big and you can make them as girly as you like. A note of encouragement is always welcome too.
You never know what someone is going through, so even if you don't have time to make a quilt, just taking the time to smile at someone or buying them a donut or cup of coffee (or tea for me please!) or just a minute to say 'thanks' can mean the world to someone going through a really rough time in their life.
(especially a teacher who has to go back to work soon :)
Saturday, August 9, 2014
I got my son some brand new Puma tennis shoes for $5.50 and a pair of shiny black shoes for his band performances for $8.00.
Even at the regular price of $11, these shoes are a steal. If you are looking for clothes for your kids, try the local thrift shops first. My daughters are experts at finding great stuff, lots of it still has the price tags on it. People love to buy clothes they never wear.