Cooking, Sewing, Working, Traveling, Gardening and Pondering

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

~Winston Churchill~

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

10 tasks in 10 days - ROFLMAO

Yeah ok so really? I thought I could do all this in 10 days...I crack myself up.

But here is my progress.

So the list is now 0

2) filing
3) organize home office better
4) hang US flag for the 4th holiday
7) start on the penny rug
8) sew up the pillowcases
9) sew up the apron for my sister in law.

so I'm only half way through in 6 days and only 4 days left to do all of the above.

this is one tough challenge when you work a full time job, and have to support a demanding husband and prepare for company.

Notes below on the 10 items:

1) try a new recipe - yes - homemade lemonade
2) filing - ugh - partially done.
3) organize my home office better - hahahahahaha i'm so funny
4) re-work my side garden - yes
5) add new annuals to the front the flower beds - yes and mulch too
6) hang the US flag on the house - have deteremined the location in the garage of its wearabouts.
7) Decide and start the July table runner for the Christmas in July event - idea forming for a penny rug
8) make the pillowcases I bought that fabric for :O - no progress at all
9) finally sew up the apron for my sister in law before she gets here on Friday - hahahahaha
10) finish up the "Monday" dish towel stitching project. - finished it last night as a matter of fact.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

10 Tasks in 10 Days

Wow what a great idea to get motivate! love this.

Here are my 10 tasks

1) try a new recipe
2) filing - ugh
3) organize my home office better
4) re-work my side garden
5) add new annuals to the front the flower beds
6) hang the US flag on the house
7) Decide and start the July table runner for the Christmas in July event
8) make the pillowcases I bought that fabric for :O
9) finally sew up the apron for my sister in law before she gets here on Friday
10) finish up the "Monday" dish towel stitching project.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Christmas in June?

Sort of -- over at Amanda' blog she's hosting the Christmas in July. I finally made the snowflake and snowman garland from a pattern I bought two years ago. I'm very happy with it and think I'll make the other one now in the pattern :). I love the traditional red and greens for christmas with the homemade feel to things. Not to glitzy, not to rustic - just kind of homey.

What do you think?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fun and Games

Today didn't start out well but I hope it finishes great. I overslept...not a good thing because it wasn't by a small amount but by hours...My excuse - work I've been traveling for a the last week and didn't sleep much the last 3 days and when I finally got in my own bed I was done.

Anyway here I am and I'm blogging because Shawnee is doing a fun almost treasure hunt giveaway! I would love to win this, but know it can go to anyone of the wonderful swappers in the Cupcakes, Cherries and ME swap - to see what I'm talking about check it out here.

Anyway, I'm off to do physical therapy on this ol' shoulder of mine and mail off some packages for the other swap I am in.

Friday, June 11, 2010

View from SFO Int'l terminal

As I sit at a slightly sticky highboy table in the Firewood Cafe of the San Francisco international terminal, I see concrete and lots of it. I see the free way packed full of cars this Friday afternoon. The hills in the distance are hazy and brown dotted with green swaying trees.

On my table lay an empty lipgloss box from what I got a Sephora here in the airport, a half full beer and an half eaten personal margarita pizza.

Yesterday, I met my sister here at the airport and we drove to Manteca, CA to visit our grandmother. Three weeks ago she was in a car accident and at 90 years old, any accident is a big deal. Her sternum was broken and she is in some pain.

We spent last evening sitting on the floor of my aunt's house with my cousins and their kids laughing and talking and enjoying time together.

Today, we too my grandmother and aunt to the Mangy Moose for breakfast and have a wonderful experience. Good food and a fun around the table teasing each other. I feel very blessed to have this live and this experience.

I'm pondering a doing a spirtual retreat to an Ashram to detox my system and center myself and hope that I am able to work this in soon.

The view is full of sunshine and I wish I were home or outside.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

100 things about me.

I got this from Piper Paradise's Blog and thought it would be fun.

1. I just turned 39 *gulp*
2. I am married to a man I met at a bar years ago
3. I travel a lot for work
4. I had a chance to work in Switzerland.
5. I broke my arm snowmobiling on christmas eve 1999
6. I regret not talking to my mom more
7. I have 2 mini dachshunds
8. I would have 1 more if my husband would allow
9. I am a multitasker
10. I LOVE laughing with my dear friends
11. I used to work in the oil and gas industry
12. I went to school for marketing and supply chain management
13. I lived away from my family since I was 18
14. I traveled to Rio, Caratagena, Vegas within 4 weeks of each other this year
15. I went on a sabbatical in 2004 by myself
16. I miss my mom a lot.
17. I enjoy cooking for my husband.
18. I never thought I would get to travel this much.
19. I love knowing my husband is out there in this world with me.
20. I am an avid reader
21. I LOVE spending time with the people who are important to me.
22. I am a fan of Carmel, CA.
23. I like a hot cup of tea before bed
24. We don’t have family near us in California.
25. I like plan girl's weekends!
26. I love to cook
27. I like to read cooking blogs.
28. I enjoy trying new recipes and challenging my skills.
29. I could eat chips and salsa everyday all day!
30. I see a oral facial pain specialists for my TMJ
31. I am very stubborn
32. I don’t make friends easily
33. I have a ton of acquaintances but only a handful of close friends
34. I like setting up meetups for the LB Womens Social Meet Up Group
35. I had a hard time liking myself
36. I long to see my brothers more often.
37. I hate my brown eyes
38. I love moving. I would move every couple of years if we could
39. I enjoy sewing
40. I learned to sew from my mom, aunt and grandma.
41. I participate in many apron swaps
42. I follow only 10 blogs often
43. I LOVE reading blogs
44. I love hearing other peoples’ stories
45. I don't ask enough questions.
46. I love how my husband looks at me when he's happy.
47. I talk too much.
48. I don't always sleep through the night.
49. I wanted to be a space archeologist when I was a kid.
50. I love to take classes to learn something new.
51. I enjoy gardening.
52. I LOVE harvesting something I grew.
53. I was baptized at 12 years old.
54. I miss going to church.
55. I want my dogs to do earthdog but I can't find the time.
56. I say nightly prayers
57. I can't believe I'm a grown up.
58. I worry about my husbands job being so dangerous
59. I dread a phone call or a visit from anyone at my husbands work.
60. I need to call my father.
61. I hate filing
62. I am not the laundress my husband would like me to be.
63. I am a junkie for mindless tv
64. I liked Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a kid
65. I love accessories but am unsure how to wear them most of the time
66. I love ballet flats
67. I want our dogs to behave better
68. I don’t really understand who my father is as a person.
69. My mom passed away before she knew my husband
70. I hope to never divorce
71. I am addicted to Facebook
72. I love having someone to cook for
73. I love having my little wiener dogs under foot
74. I seeing other peoples vacation pictures
75. I enjoy working out
76. I always longed to have my own house.
77. I vowed myself to have happier thoughts.
78. We live on a tree lined street.
79. I lived in Seattle and miss it the most of anywhere else I've lived
80. I regret not perfecting my sewing craft more
81. I am short
82. I wish I was healthier
83. I hate being away from all our friends
84. I enjoy movies on a rainy day
85. I have been to 18 countries
86. My husband is 8 years older than me.
87. I love making lists
88. I love buying fabric
89. I hate waking up and seeing a sink full of dishes
90. I pack my husband a lunch not very often.
91. I enjoy gardening. but wish i was home more to keep it tended
92. I have been bitten by a dog.
93. I went to the Merchant Marine Academy but didn't stay to finish
94. I am ok with clutter but hate dirty
95. I like Colorado Bulldogs, thanks to my husband
96. I am thankful to God for so many things.
97. I drive a mini cooper S.
98. I hope to move again to a nice place with pine trees and a lake
99. I have kept this blog for myself.
100. I want to retire to a mountain cabin

Old Jeans Cut out for Apron

what I should be doing - more upcycling!

Friday, June 4, 2010

I wish I could remember where....

I found the fabric for these two aprons...they'd be great for this swap I'm doing. I sent these to my BFF and her daughter last year and they are from Mary Engelbreit fabric....somewhere deep in my mind is the store.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


So it's taken me a few weeks to fully recover from the last few months of crazy travel and work. But guess what? I am back out on the road next week. Small trip up north to San Francisco and then a day visiting my grandma. Fly back home and leave the next day for Switzerland for 4 days. Hopefully, back home in time for my husbands 3rd degree ceremony.

All that aside, there's a great give away over at Paper Trunk - take a look see the excitement, leave a post!