Saturday, July 21, 2007

Catching up

Well it's been almost a month since I last posted. So much for posting weekly. I suppose I'm posting "weakly". So what has been happening? My dh and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary this month. We went out for Chinese - without the kids. He got me the most beautiful necklace. It's heart shaped and there are two roses on it. They are separate at the top but joined at the bottom. That's us - separate but joined.

Ryan had his placement testing and orientation for college two days after our anniversary so while we were in California we went to a movie. We saw Live Free or Die Hard. The Die Hard movies are my guilty pleasure. We very seldom go to a movie theater so it was a real treat. We stayed in a hotel that was supposed to have a 24 hour heated pool but it closed at 10 PM and it was cold so our thoughts of swimming half the night were not realized.

On the remodeling front Rodger is really cooking along. The kitchen is close to being finished. He put up shelves close to the ceiling for my collection of houses (like Cats Meow except most of them are Hometowne Collectibles). And he's putting up paneling that looks like brick. He pulled down the decorative wood that was above the sink and now I can hang a curtain there. He has a little bit more paneling to do and then he needs to do something with the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and finish up the trim. And painting. We'll paint after everything else is done. He's really pushing because it's almost football season and then everything will come to a dead stop until football season is over.

As for quilting I finally finished up the quilt I was making for my friend Julie. She got it and loves it and that makes me very happy :0) Now I'm doing some swap stuff. The QWHT group I'm on is doing a round robin. We did a row by row earlier in the year and it went so well that we decided to do this too. My row by row is gorgeous and I can't wait to finish it up. Right now I'm doing the handquilting on the quilt I made with the fabric the kids gave me for Mother's Day. I'm generally an "in the ditch" quilter but I'm doing flowers and butterflies on this one. I had done some hearts and a wreath design on a wallhanging and I really like how it looks so I wanted to do something more along those lines.

And speaking of QWHT I finally met the two ladies who live close to me. We have talked and talked and talked about getting together. But when Frances decided to move from VA to RI we decided we better stop talking and actually do something. So we met in Gaithersburg - Frances and Deborah and me. But Frances had a little surprise planned. Marilyn (another lady from our group who lives in IN) was there too! I've met Marilyn before but it was a real surprise to see her there. We had lunch at Panera and then went to Capital Quilts. We did a little shopping and all got a Capital Quilts pin to commemorate our trip. Then we went back to Panera and had chocolate!

I guess that's about it for today. Hopefully it won't be three weeks before I make on again.