Friday, January 31, 2020

Day 31 of 2020

Fireball and I had a very late lunch at home. 
We started movie night at 6:00 in the den. 
The movie is over and 
we are not hungry. 
There is no reason for dinner. 
Post-movie popcorn will tide us over until breakfast. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Day 30 of 2020

I'm still having trouble with decisions. 
Why is this so hard?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Day 29 of 2020

Now that the cards are done, 
I took the opportunity to flip through a few of my favorite magazines 
that had gone unopened and piling up since before the holidays.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Day 28 of 2020

I was going to caption this 
with something about eating a toad in the morning 
until I realized that I had actually gone to the grocery in the morning 
and started this procrastinated job in the afternoon. 
It then did take me all afternoon, 
but now the job is done 
and I'll make a trip to the post office tomorrow 
for stamps and to get these in the mail box. 

While researching the origin of the saying about the toad or frog, 
I came upon an article that gave the argument 
that any one of multiple sources,
 multiple versions, 
and multiple meanings may have been the original.  
In the end I decided to not use it as originally planned.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Day 27 of 2020

Today's baby step was loading the batting. 
While I was there I laid the quilt over the rails. 
This does not mean I loaded it.  
Baby steps. 
I did take an extra step today and started to pull thread colors 
that I may want to use in the different colored sections of this quilt. 

For those wondering, here is a post on the quilt top with a full picture.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Day 26 of 2020

This many tulips at the end of January in Indiana can only mean one thing. 
We're visiting the Home Show today. 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Day 25 of 2020

Obviously it's another show. 
Does anyone recognize this set? 
Let's do a "Where am I?" with the question "What show did we see?"

Friday, January 24, 2020

Day 24 of 2020

This sweatshirt is Fireball's. 
It's a hand-me-down. 
I wish I had taken a before picture, but I forgot.
Believe me when I tell you that this 'V" opening in the front
 is a huge improvement from its previous condition. 
A former owner cut it down the front and then proceeded to try to tame the edges
 by turning them under and putting globs of glue all over it. 
The glue was all over the back side and the front. 
There was also lots of weird zigzag stitching,
 including the odd spot resulting in the small tuck at the bottom. 
How uncomfortable and unattractive! 
I have no idea how Fireball could stand to wear it. 
So this long story ends with me trimming out some of the larger chunks of glue 
and then stitching some t-shirt ribbing I had on hand 
that actually matched the color over the rest of the slashed and glued edge. 
Fireball owns a second sweatshirt that has suffered a similar, 
but even more troublesome, neckline fate. 
I'll show you the results of that when I attempt it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Day 21 of 2020

We still have a couple meals from the last meal prep, 
but I'm already looking for the next one to do. 
If this Chicken Parmesan Bake is part of it, I think I've found a winner.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Day 18 of 2020

I changed the dishes to the black, white, gray and all the blues a couple weeks ago
 to give it a frostier feel to match the season. 
The weather will certainly be mirroring this tomorrow
 with temps that will not get above the teens.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Day 17 of 2020

After a couple delays, I have finally received our 2019 holiday cards. 
Since Fireball has a rare Saturday workday tomorrow, 
I will be addressing envelopes and prepping another week of meals.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Day 16 of 2020

The new appliance delivery and installation was early and quick. 
My normal laundry day is Monday so I've done five loads today to catch up. 
So far everything has turned out well.
It occurred to me as I put this quilt back in its place on the wall,
covering the breaker box seen in yesterday's photo,
 that I don't think I have ever posted it. 
The quilt that hung here previously was pretty and hand quilted,
 but I am enjoying the cheeriness and pop of color this one provides.

Edit:  I did find a picture of this quilt from 2017 when it was still on the machine
 and I had just finished the quilting. You can see it here.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Day 15 of 2020

If I start in the middle of this story it goes like this. 
Our new washer and dryer will be delivered tomorrow. 
Today we moved the dryer out of the room 
and moved the washer away from its spot.  
I did not take a picture
 of the twenty years worth of gunk and dust on the floor and walls.  
You're welcome.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Day 13 of 2020

Christmas gift.
It cooked five pounds of chicken in twenty minutes.
That is very helpful for weekly meal prep.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Day 12 of 2020

If you'll remember the other day I mentioned my crochet project
 and my need to schedule time for completion. 
I completed my first one (yarmulke) today 
with the exception of weaving in ends and blocking, of course, 
and now have forty-nine to go. 
Since these need to be done by fall, 
my plan is to finish them by late summer 
so I don't have any opportunity to go into panic mode. 
After I verify size, I will be aiming to complete seven each month, 
a doable goal as I'm sure they will go faster with each one I make.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

Day 10 of 2020

When you meet a longtime friend for the first time in a long time, 
and you go to The Cheesecake Factory, 
of course you have cheesecake.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Day 9 of 2020

I have a very important crochet project
 which hasn't really gotten off the ground yet. 
I need to figure out a way to schedule time to work on it.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Day 8 of 2020

Road congestion was quite an issue everywhere I drove today. 
I'm not sure exactly what they are doing here
 but they are making it hard for me to get home, just ahead over that hill. 
But if I have to be stuck, it's nice to be stuck on such a pretty day.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Day 7 of 2020

Not my work.
This sweet Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
 was show and tell at tonight's quilt meeting. 
The quilt top is antique and the quilting just finished by one of my group's members.  
The only thing left is for her to bind it. 
Her business is quilting for others but this one is for herself.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Day 6 of 2020

Last week I did my first week of grocery shopping
 and then prepping those foods for a week of meals.  
It went well so I am buying groceries today so I can prep meals for week two. 
My hope is that more home cooked meals that don't require decisions every day 
will result in healthier us. 
I don't usually come down this aisle but I did need to pick up some frozen corn.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020

Day 3 of 2020

Mentally I'm ready to take the Christmas stuff down, 
but I'm not actually able to do that yet,
as other things must take priority, 
so I will appreciate my favorite things until I am able.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Day 2 of 2020

This year I am making working with fabric a priority, 
something that has been lacking the last couple years. 
Over the last two days I have measured a few quilt tops in preparation
 for finding fabrics for backings and selected a few. 
I've washed the fabric for one backing, and pressed at least three. 
Tomorrow I intend to piece at least one of these into a ready-to-use backing.
I feel that my goals will be easier to reach if I break them down into smaller goals. 
Any progress, no matter how small, is better than no progress.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Day 1 of 2020

It's a new decade.  It's a new year.  It's a new month. 
It's a new day.