weeks 19 & 20

Oh the weather outside is frightful….

It’s just mid November and would you believe that we already have foot of snow? And we are getting into the single digits at night? We often have snow by Thanksgiving, but it’s not that common to have this much snow 2 weeks before hand! It’s a good thing this baby is due come the end of March/early April, and we may be purchasing a new house at that point as well, for it will (should?) keep my mind of the probably-almost-guaranteed-long-Winter that is before us. Not too mention the rest of life that always keeps me busy….

These past 2 weeks have been good ones. My energy levels are s.l.o.w.l.y. rising, which obviously is a help. We have completed all of our school each day (most of you don’t get the significance of that statement!), I feel like I’m getting a good handle on the house cleaning, and I’m all caught up on the laundry. In fact, today (Sunday) there actually wasn’t enough laundry to warrant a full load. That rarely happens! (Actually, if I combined everyone’s clothes, there would have been. But I don’t wash the girls clothes with the boys clothes with our clothes. I’m not sure why, I just don’t.) I realize that these things don’t sound all that worthy-to-talk-about information, but to a mama of many who has been sick and not feeling well for the last few months, these things are huge!

My apologies for sounding so crazy with my last pregnancy post. I’m usually not so flighty, and perhaps I wasn’t, but it was something I wanted to get off my chest and admit. I really don’t think I’m having twins and all of this stuff is most likely due to my age and this is my 10th pregnancy ( my 9th one past 6 weeks, for I miscarried our very first child). We will find out for sure on the 28th (my birthday!) with the ultra sound. I’ll be 22 weeks by that time, which they say is just on the threshold of being to far along. I was supposed to have it this Wednesday, November 19, but the time and day just wasn’t going to work, so I moved it to the next available day. My mother’s going to watch the children so Adam and I can go together for a bit of a date. He hasn’t been to an ultrasound since I was pregnant with Isaac (2004), so it will be nice for him to come along. We’ll get to see together whether his assurance that we are having a girl is correct and if the other predictions of me having twins is correct, as well. Either way, getting to see our baby is the best birthday gift ever!

There is certainly no hiding the fact that I’m pregnant now. Not that I was attempting to, it’s just nice to finally be in the stage where there’s not guess work involved. :) Even my young children are noticing that “Mommy, you’re tummy is getting big”.

Yes, yes it is. I suppose it comes with the territory. ;)

The baby car seat that we bought for Samuel is less than 2 years old, so it’s just fine to use. The only thing “wrong” with it was the cover was grey and lime….

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not really girly colors.So I used the original cover and canopy to use as a pattern (so we can use it again for another boy) and made another cover.

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I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

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Esp. the canopy. The sides should really be wider then I made them and keeps the canopy from folding out as far as the original one does. But I think it makes it look like an English buggy canopy, so it was a very happy accident!

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I have several other things on my “to make for baby” list, things like crib and bassinet sheets, baby gowns,  bibs, a hooded towel, and other things I can’t quite remember now, but I know they’re on my list. I’m planning on taking the month of December and do (almost) just baby sewing.

I’m looking forward to it!

I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday!

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T’was the night before…. and it’s my turn!!

I have really been enjoying all the fabulous and creative ideas that have been shared this week by so many talented ladies! I am quite honored to be along with them, opening up my “idea box” and showing a glimpse of what’s inside. I hope you all have found some ideas to help spear head your creativity this year. It’s not too late, either! Remember, these are quick and easy ideas so you could wait ‘till the last minute if you really wanted to…. but I wouldn’t recommend it! Winking smile

The wonderful Pat, who blogs at Life in the Scrappatch, sent me some beautiful items, all in my favorite color combo! I’m not sure how she new that, or maybe she really likes them too…either way, I’m super happy with them!

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The pouch is a wonderful size to put small goodies in. It “snaps” shut, like it has one of those snap bracelets at the top like I had in middle school (oh goodness, did I just date myself there!). There is no need for a snap or zipper, for it closes itself once you let go. That’s nice and handy! To the right is what looks like a coaster, but it’s actually a tool to help get those pesky jar lids open. And it works great! On the other side of it is the rubber mat kind-of material (like what people use in the bottom of their sinks for no slippage).

The pinwheel is an adorable key chain of her own creation and then there are the extras she included. A mini charm pack of Simply Style from V. & Co., a spool of lovely blue Aurifil thread, and a pair of cute green scissors.

The “book” on the left is actually a tea holder! I am a serious tea drinker and this is a wonderful things for me to have, for now I can travel around with my favorite tea!

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And wouldn’t you know it… she already included my favorite teas! Lemon zinger and black tea. Thank you so much Pat!!

Pat is posting the links of all these goodies on her blog, so go and visit her if you are interested.

On Monday, you’ll see the goodies that I sent to Bea Lee of Beaquilter. I had quite a bit of fun deciding on what I would make and then actually making them! (I’ll give you a hint: the gifts weren’t just for her! Winking smile)

Below are some ideas that I have done in the past, or I’m doing for this Christmas, that go along with the theme of this blog hop perfectly!

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This is a potholder/trivet size project that folds the fabric in a unique way and the tutorial can be found on the here on the Moda Bake Shop.

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This is another mini wall hanging that uses fabric origami for the middle star. The tutorial is also found here on the Moda Bake Shop.

I know that almost all of the ideas within this blog hop are for those who are handy with needle and thread, which is great, but what if you don’t sew? Don’t despair, for I have ideas for you, too!

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This is an easy idea for that hard-to-buy-for teen boy in your life. Simply tape some favorite candy around their favorite drink, then wrap some dollar bills around the candy (we held them in place with paper clips).

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For the teen girl in your life, how about filling a jar with items one needs for “doing their nails” and then wrapping it up in a scarf she can use? Pretty and practical!

Give a jar full of hot chocolate essentials to warm your loved one. One of my boys did this for their Christmas person this year and the only change we did was he wanted to added the green mints to the jar as well as the red mints. We also bought a nice winter-themed mug from Goodwill to go along with this gift. He’s 8 and did this all himself! (we used 1/2 a bag of each the green and red mints, mini marsh mellows, and a box of 6 packets of Nestle hot chocolate, all stored in individual sandwich bags) My apologies for not having my own photo. We wrapped the gift before I remembered to take a picture!

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Sometimes we come across cards that speak directly to us that were either given by someone to you or they are for someone from you. You can keep them forever, and make them special keepsake gifts, by putting them in a frame. It not only allows people to appreciate the saying or the picture, but it’s a nice and easy way to add to the décor of your/their home.

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Old windows can be found just about anywhere, esp. when a house is being remodeled. You can use them as picture frames, putting in them such things as a person’s favorite scripture, or pressed flowers, or a child’s artwork. They can add quite the personality and a bit of vintage to your décor.

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A seamstress/quilter can never have enough pin cushions! These little pots were found at the dollar store and with a bit of fabric, poly stuffing and hot glue, a cute little pin cushion is created!

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Last, but not least, if using paint and some sand paper is more your style, this is a cute easy project. Take a scrap board of whatever dimensions you want and paint it with primer, then your base coat  (in the case above, I used dark brown). Next, on contact paper or a blank Avery peel-and-stick sheet, print out the words “keep the change” in your desired font and cut them out. Stick them onto your board where you want them to be. Carefully paint your board with your top coat (I used a brownish cream). It’s okay if your top coat peels the letters a little bit. Once your top coat is dry, peel off your letters and sand in various places to give it that “vintage” look (places like the corners, along the edges, and lightly over the letters). Finally, buying a hose clamp from the hardware store, screw that onto your board and insert your jar (I used an old pickle jar).  And Viola! A lovely bit of décor to keep your loose change in (or as I use it, for the various coins that come through my washing machine!).

So there you have it, a plethora of ideas to get your creative juices flowing this Christmas! Giving gifts that are handmade do take more time, but they add such a unique flavor and they tend to make the recipient feel more special with the time it took to make such an item.

Please visit all these other talented ladies to see what they have to share along with me today!

Deonn at Quiltscapes

Elizabeth at Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Patty at A Stitch in Time

Kris at Krislovesfabric

Pat at Life in the Scarpatch

Jennifer at The Days Dewings (That’s ME!!)

“It’s better to give then to receive”

Today is day 2 of T’was the night… blog hop that’s is going on for the next 2 weeks. Did you miss yesterday’s post? Well, go on and check them out. I’ll wait…

Weren’t they great ideas?! Today is just as good, so lets get to it!

Carol at Just let me Quilt shared with us an amazingly coordinated set of sewing accessories, plus a matching mag to hold them on in! Talk about inspiring!

Theresa at Bumbleberry Cottage  showed us a very beautiful pin cushion and thread catcher. She does amazing work! And her dolls… you should go check those  out! Fabulous!!

Next up we have Heather at A Reformed Heath’n who shared with us a quick, easy little bag, perfect for housing all those goodies to be given out at parties. No need to use those ugly plastic ones when you have these you could easily make!

 

We’ll find Nancy at Coeur d’Alene who, besides having a gorgeous website,  showed us some simple, yet elegant dryer satchels with the lovely smell of lavender. Aren’t they sweet?

Over at Amy’s Sew Incredibly Crazy, she showcases a very adorable addition to your décor: a crocheted reindeer! I don’t crochet, but seeing this little guy sure makes me wish I did. Just adorable!!

Margie at Threading my Needles reminds us just how easy, and needed!!, those crocheted potholder really are. My MIL has made all of us some and we’re asking for more! You just can’t have enough!!

 

Now we have Dorian at Ridge Top Quilts shares with us the many different bags of various sizes and shapes that she has made. She also has reminded me that I really want to make up some of those fabulous Sew Together Bags. I will, one of these days!

 

Just a reminder: I am highlighting the items that are easy and fairly quick to make that each lady has shared with us. These are not the gifts that they made or received. To see those, please visit their individual blogs. You won’t be disappointed!

Are you ready for Christmas?

Well, are you? I know several people who buy the majority of their Christmas shopping during Black Friday (I have one word for them: WHY??? Winking smile), but I think there is a growing desire within people to give hand made gifts. If you fall into this enlarging category, do I have some great news for you!

 (For those who don’t know what a blog hop is, let me explain: it’s a group of bloggers who publish posts within a specific time period about a certain topic. On each blog, the links are displayed for you, the reader, to “hop on over” and see what the other bloggers have to say and share.) You see that adorable mouse on the left side of my page? It’s the “ T’was the night before…” blog hop and I’m participating! It is hosted by the always charming Mdm Samm, who is the blog queen extraordinaire! There seems to always be a different blog hop that she’s hosting and creating. It’s a lot of fun to follow along with her never-ending energy! I’ve never been involved in a blog hop before, I’ve only watched from the side lines. Usually because I’ve thought that you had to use a certain kind of fabric or buy a certain book or …. you get the idea. I’m not interested in being involved with something only to make me spend more money. But this time was different. (Aside from quilting in general. Ahem.)

The rules are simple: for the next 2 weeks, there are 56 extremely talented ladies who are ready to showcase easy and quick gifts that can be made within hours of beginning. While quilts are nice and very useful, they aren’t always the best idea if you’re crunched for time. And who doesn’t procrastinate at least a little bit?

As if having a plethora of quick and easy ideas aren’t fun enough, an added bit of fun has been included in this special blog hop. Each of us who are participating were to make such gifts that can be made within a few hours and then send them as actual gifts to the next participant on the list. It was so fun to come up with ideas! (for example: below is the list of ladies for today. CeLynn made and sent a gift to Cori, who made and sent a gift to Marlene, etc. etc.)Then each of us are to showcase other items that we have made in the past or for this season.

Would you like to see what our first 6 ladies have to show? Click on the link or the pictures to go to each blog. They also provide the links to the patterns (if applicable), so go visit them if you like what you see. I’m not showing you what each lady received as a gift, for you need to go see their beautiful presents for yourself!

CeLynn at CeLynn’s Sunflower Patch, who showed us many different ideas for quick gifts. One of them was this awesome tool roll!

Cori at Creativity Amongst Chaos, who showed us some adorable baskets/bags that are simple and easy to make. I’ve made this pattern before and it truly is and easy pattern! ( as a side note, I totally get that blog name!!)

Marlene at Stitching by the Lake (who is also the coordinator and cheerleader for this hop. Thank you for all of your hard work, Marlene!), showed us an adorable hand towel that can be easily machine appliqued. She showed so many other fabulous ideas, but I picked this one because I’m going to use this idea for my MIL, who adores chickens and roosters! Thanks for the idea, Marlene!

Marian at Seams to be Sew showed us some amazing examples of free standing lace designs. They take longer than a few hours, but they are beautiful!

Wendy at why-knot-kwilt proved that just because one moves to Italy, doesn’t mean there not time to sew! She made an adorable wall hanging for her gift, go check it out! And she shared with us the lovely view from her new home. Compared to the very white (and very deep!) view from my home, this looks absolutely delightful, Wendy!

And we have Mary Pat, found at Quilting Quietly, who showed us that adding some color to your table is quite easy, and so elegant! Each of her placemats are different, making for a gorgeous table setting! This one is my favorite, but go check out the other ones she made…they are just as colorful and fun.

That’s it for today’s lineup. Please visit these ladies and see their creative ideas. You’re bound to find something that will work for you! Don’t forget to come back on Friday, for that’s my day!

week 18

Sometimes thing just don’t add up.

I’m going to do something “wacky” and talk mostly about my pregnancy. I know, it’s a weird thing to do for a pregnant woman to do, but I can be wild like that. Winking smile

There have been things from the very beginning that are just…. out of place. Now I know that every pregnancy is different, for I’ve had 8 of them and non of them have been the same. Similar, but not the same. However, this one takes the cake. Seriously, from the get go it has been one-of-a-kind.

Let me explain.

Some time in July, I walked into my husband’s kitchen while he was cooking meat. I just about threw up because of the smell. He’s a good cook, don’t get me wrong. I just couldn’t handle the smell of the cooking meat. I mentioned that and he immediately said, “You’re pregnant. And it’s a girl.” He has reasons to say this, for I have a very sensitive sense of smell while I’m pregnant and it’s at a greater scale when it’s a girl. Once he was able to convince me, I got a blood test and I am indeed pregnant. It was at the same time that “morning sickness” started in earnest. I’ve had it before, but nothing compared to this time. I never did get physically sick, but I sure wanted to! And the exhaustion was incredible. Yes, I’m a busy mama, but still… this was ridiculous! By noon, I just had to take a nap, for my eyes wouldn’t stay open any longer. And this was every day! Then, to top things off, a baby bump showed up. Now please understand, I am a tall woman but not skinny. I’m a little on the fat side of life, so baby bumps don’t just “show up” with women like me. They take time to emerge.

All of this was between the positive blood test and the ultra sound. By the time that date arrived, I’m really thinking that I’m about 10 – 12 weeks along. I hadn’t had any cycle since I was 6 weeks postpartum with Samuel, so I had no idea how far along I was. Going on the many different symptoms that I was already having, I thought I was a good amount along.

I was wrong.

I was only 6 weeks along at the ultrasound. What?! Only 6 weeks? Are you sure??… Yep, I even had to hold my breath so the tech could get the heart beat. That means that I was barely 3 weeks along when I had the blood test. Only 3 weeks! I have never, ever had any pregnancy symptoms start that early, let alone the ones I was experiencing. It just doesn’t add up.

So I’m at the 8 weeks mark and my nausea, coupled with the exhaustion, is not getting better. It’s getting worse. And now I have a cold, one that would stay with me for many more weeks. I’m eating healthy (I have a unique metabolic condition, so eating healthy is much different than it is for most people), so I know my cold is not due to that. I’m miserable and there’s nothing I can do about it.

The baby bump is getting bigger, making it very obvious to everyone that I’m pregnant. My varicose veins have reared their ugly, painful heads and making it hurt to walk. These are things I have suffered before, but never this early. Oh goodie. And my appetite is decreasing, for I’m finding I’m getting full sooner and not able to eat as much as I used to. To anyone who has been pregnant before knows that this is part of things, but certainly not in the 1st trimester! It just doesn’t add up.

Now I’m at the 12 week mile stone, ending the 1st trimester and starting the 2nd. Thankfully, the nausea is almost gone and my cold is starting to disappear. Thank you Lord! Physically, I look like I’m closer to 20 weeks than 12. My varicose veins are really bulging and I’ve lost a total of 18 pounds. And yet my bra is fitting kind-a tightly around my rib cage, leaving a red mark at night. These aren’t new, for I’ve worn them since I was 4 months along with Samuel, so they are nice and comfy, being perfectly stretched out. Winking smile So there is no reason that they should be fitting a bit tight around my rib cage. And certainly not at 12 weeks.

I am hypoglycemic, which means that my blood sugar is always low. This is something that I have had to deal with since I was in high school, so I’m accustomed to controlling it with my diet. It is something that has always been present in each of my pregnancies. But I have never had to fight it like I am with this one. No matter what I eat, I can’t keep it up. I know what to eat and when, so I’m not a novice at this. It just doesn’t add up.

So here I am at this moment, at 18 weeks. I look like I’m 6 months along. Remember, I’m a tall fat lady. Tall fat ladies don’t look 6 months pregnant until they’re 6 months along. And sometimes, not even then. (When I was 6 months pregnant with my first child, I didn’t even look pregnant, let alone 6 months along!) I have always carried my babies more in the middle and have never had one of those basketball-in-your-shirt kind of bellies. I still don’t, but it’s real close. The varicose veins are seriously a problem now, just rubbing against my other leg as I walk is painful. My appetite hasn’t returned and I have lost 25 pounds (losing weight is very normal for me, but not this much).

I’m not as exhausted as I was, but that “2nd trimester energy boost” has yet to make an appearance. Of course, being only 18 weeks, there is still time for it to join this party. I just hope it’s not too tardy. Smile You know that feeling you get in your groin area at the latter end of pregnancy, where the baby is pushing a spot within your pelvic bone and it hurts? Esp. when you walk? I’ve been experiencing that sensation for about a week now. At 38 weeks, that feeling makes sense. But 18 weeks? It just doesn’t add up.

So, your guess is as good as mine. I know what some of you many be thinking: Jennifer, you’re having twins. I have had some people approach me to tell me that, that they thinking I am indeed pregnant with twins. The thought has occurred to me, but then I go back to my 6 weeks ultrasound. There was only one baby on the screen. Yes, I know that it’s possible for a 2nd baby to not be seen when they are so small, but….. I don’t know. Twins don’t run in my family, yet I’m in the age time frame when they say twins are more likely to happen then when you’re younger. And I never did have a cycle, so I suppose it’s possible that ovulation was a bit different this time. My husband says I’m over-reacting and that I say that “this pregnancy is so different from the last one” each time. Perhaps I do. But I really mean it this time. Winking smile

Am I over-reacting? Am I reacting at all or just stating facts? I don’t know. Either way, I have my 21 week ultrasound on the 19th and we’ll see then. Most likely, it’s not twins and I’m just “old mother Hubbard” (minus the shoe and whipping ones children. ) Smile with tongue out

That’s about it for me this week. You all keep warm (we are due to have 3 – 6 inches this Friday. Yay!!!) and I’ll type at you later.

weeks 16 & 17

On the 18th, we had our 4th annual community hay ride (which the Mission we work with puts on and together. So basically, our whole family. Smile). It was a beautiful day, a bit windy, but very comfortable compared to the snow we had for the hay ride last year! We didn’t have as many people show up as we have had before, but it was still enjoyable for those who did come. It was an all day affair, so I was quite tired when we finally got home late in the evening.

Last Saturday my father-in-law butchered his turkeys that he has been raising for Thanksgiving. He did them this early since the closer we get to the actual day of Thanksgiving, the colder it gets. And, if you have even butchered an animal before, it’s….. messy. You really want that mess outside. Winking smileHe had 6 turkeys, 2 toms and 4 hens. The 2 toms weighed in at 30 lbs and 27.5 lbs, with the ladies ranging from 22 to 17 lbs. Not too bad for being only 19 weeks old!

We are s.l.o.w.l.y getting our house ready to sell in the Spring (Lord willing). I am so grateful that 2 Summers ago (2013) my mother and I repainted the majority of the upstairs and our porch. I had no idea why it was so important to me that we get it done, but it really was. Samuel was due in early August and there was something within me pushing to get things done before his birth. The hallway and stairs were the only things that didn’t get finished, but it was done soon after wards. And the washroom and the downstairs bedroom (where my sewing room is) was done last November/December (the dinning room, living room, kitchen, and downstairs bathroom has already been done recently). Now I understand! I think the Lord knew that this move was/is coming, He knew my mother was going to be living with us for that Summer and was available to help, He knew that this last Summer was so crazy with business that there was no way any painting and/or remodeling was going to happen, and He knew that this pregnancy was going to tax my energy levels, leaving me nothing extra to do all of that now, so He gave me that internal “push” to get things done. I am so grateful for His leading!! Since all of those things have been done within the last 3 years or so, there’s not much to do except for the touching up of walls, replacing small things here and there, and the general up-keep of a home. Some of that won’t be done until we are all moved out, but 5 or 6 months is plenty of time for the other things. Fingers crossed

I have been praying that the Lord keeps sending us business through our slow season (Winter) so that we can save even more money for purchasing this other property (the required 20% down), the well and septic work that will need to be done, and the remodeling of the shop into a commercial kitchen. And He has been! People are calling each week and our schedule is filling up. Praise God!!

I am finally feeling so much better! I am still tired, as to be expected with a Mama of 8, but I’m sleeping better. The cold symptoms have all but disappeared and I am beginning to feel some-what “normal” again (keeping in mind that normal is relative! Winking smile). I am still fighting my blood sugar a lot, which is fairly common for me during pregnancy ( I am hypoglycemic, meaning my blood sugar is always on the low side.), yet I’m having more problems with this then I have before. There is nothing I can do about it, just keep eating right and on time. The good new is, I always pass the glucose test!

I have been feeling baby more and more. I always have liked that feeling. That is, until they get under my ribs. Then, not so much. Crying faceI have moments in my days that I almost forget that I’m pregnant, then it hits me that I’m less than 3 weeks away from the half way point. Whoa!! The first 12 weeks just crawled by, now it’s going faster and faster. It’s a good thing, I suppose. With regular life as a family of 10, with a business that keeps getting business (thank you Lord!!), school each week, and a impending move on the horizon (with the remodeling of the shop into a commercial kitchen along with it), and with the holidays so quickly approaching …. it’s going to be the end of March before I know it!

Never fear, I’m not complaining!!

my very own swoon

I rarely buy quilt patterns. Why should I, when there is so much that’s free out there? And I sure do love free! Yet there are times when even I make and exception. Enter, the “Swoon”.

I’m not sure what it is about this pattern, but I really, really like it. I bought it with the expectation that I would make a quilt for my mother and for our bed. I happened to have birthday money at the time, so I bought half of the fabric that I would need for each quilt (then supplemented from my own stash).

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I cut all the blocks out at once, storing them in plastic baggies so I wouldn’t get things lost and confused, and proceeded to make 2 blocks at a time: 1 for me, 1 for her, 1 for me, 1 for her, etc.

Then I looked at the calendar and realized that I didn’t have enough time to work on both quilts and still get my mother’s quilt all done by the time she came to visit. So I put ours aside and worked on my mother’s. I finished that one just in time, and she loved it!

And….. then it sat. And sat. And sat some more. I s.l.o.w.l.y. worked on it, doing a bit here, and a bit there. I’m not sure why I lost interest in it, for I still really like the pattern. It just seemed like other stuff got in the way and …. well, whatever. At some point I bit the bullet, sashed all of the blocks, laid them out on my bed (to get a good idea of where to place what), and sewed them together. Good job! I told myself, Now on to the basting!

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Yeah. I hate basting. And this is a king sized quilt (I added 3 more blocks then the original patterns calls for). Yet I made myself drag it take it to a place where I had the room to do the deed (not at my house) and I spray basted it. Which was fine, since I could reach the middle of the tables to pin it anyways. Yet, I didn’t count on one thing: not quilting it right away. I’m not sure how long it sat on my shelf, waiting to be quilted, but it was long enough that the spray had become useless and I ended up pinning some of it anyway.

At the beginning of September (yes, this September), I told myself that it would be all quilted by the end of the month. No excuses!! So I got it under the machine and started quilting it. I had decided long ago to quilt it in a cross hatch pattern, so at least I had no questions about what I was going to do. It was at this point that my machine started skipping stitches and doing other stupid stuff. But I persevered, figured out what was going on with the machine, and finally finished the cross hatch in one direction.

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It was at this point that I said, “Looks good! I’m done!”, to which my husband replied, “Are you sure you’re doing to be happy not doing what you’ve envisioned?” I told him that if it really bothered my, I could always quilt going the other way, even after it’s bound. The quilting that was already done was enough to stabilized it, so the other direction was only for aesthetic reasons.

Plus I really needed to be done!

So, by the end of September, it was not only quilted, but bound and on our bed! Yay!!

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2 1/5 YEARS. That’s what this quilt took to be made. But it’s done. It’s done!!

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

week 15

Cold  cold GO AWAY!!

The virus, that is. Not the temperature. I figured out that I have had one cold or another for the past 6 weeks. Ugh! Aside from the hacking, the sore throat, and the blowing-of-the-nose, my week was finally a good one overall. I still didn’t have a ton of energy, but I successfully managed to get several things done. And that sure makes things easier.

Baby’s heart was nice and strong! I’m measuring just as I should at 15 weeks and my next scheduled time to see Dr. B will be in 6 weeks, when we do the organ scan. Adam is absolutely sure that we are having a girl, so he sees no reason to look for the gender. Or even think of a boys name. Talk about confidence! I must say, though, that he has been correct 7 out of 8 times, so I suppose he has good reasons to be.  Open-mouthed smile

I’m still struggling with what I can eat and what I can’t. I have what’s called fructose malabsorbtion. It’s a fancy name for people who can’t eat foods that are high in fructose/fructans (foods like apples, watermelon, stone fruits, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, wheat, etc. You know, the good stuff.) and lactose (dairy products). These “no no” foods cause many different problems within me, things like IBS, fybromyalgia, headaches, mouth and nose sores, etc. In other words, it’s quite worth it to me to avoid those foods! Plus, I’m hypoglycemic (constant low blood sugar) and for whatever reason, I’m really fighting my blood sugar like crazy. As long as I eat regularly, well balance meals I’m okay for the most part.

I mentioned that we were scheduled to tour a house on Wednesday, which we did. If the shop had water and sewer already hooked up to it, then we would be making an offer on it right now. As it is, though, the septic tank would have to be replaced with a larger one (according the “the specs”, it’s not even large enough for our family size.) and we might have to dig another well just for the shops use. Either way, there just isn’t enough time before the snow flies to do all that digging work. So we are going to wait until spring (March or April) to make an offer. The realtor and owner know this, for we have been very honest about things with them and they know that we do, indeed, want the property, and hopefully the property doesn’t sell before that. Plus, this just gives us some more time to save more money, seeing that we will have the added expense of a septic/well upgrade. My mother asked “can you really save that much over the winter (for winter is historically our slow time)?” My response? “If God can speak this world into existence, then He can certainly send us an unusually high amount of business over the winter. Nothing is impossibly with Him. This is in His hands, not ours, and if He is desiring us to move, then He knows all that needs to be saved and do to accomplish it. I’m not worried.” In my heart, I really believe that this is the right direction for us (of course, I reserve the right to be wrong.  Winking smile).

For now, we are waiting, saving what we can, and praying for the right result in the end, whatever those results may be.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I’ve lost 20 pounds since mid July. I’m not trying to, but this is common for me during early pregnancy. Around 6 months I start gaining stuff back, but I’ve always been about 5 – 10 pounds less at the time of birth then I was at the beginning. I’m not complaining though, for I have more then enough to lose! Smile with tongue out

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This pregnancy is really kicking my bootie!! With everyone else, by this time I was feeling so much better. I had energy, my appetite was back, and I was well on my way to being “normal” again. Not so this time. While I don’t have the round-the-clock nausea anymore, I still don’t feel good. I’m not sleeping good at nights, so I’m sure that has something to do with it. I suppose it is to be expected: this is my 9th baby after all and I am almost 35. But still…. knowing the reasons doesn’t make life any easier. The scary thing is: I’m just 14 weeks! Heaven knows what things will be like at 34 weeks…. yikes!!

Okay, moving on…

We didn’t get a whole lot of school done last week (see above), so I’m hoping that this week is different. It’s a hit and miss kind of thing, with each day being drastically different from the one before. At least I start off the week thinking good thoughts, right? Yesterday was a really great day. I felt fine and we did everything we needed to. Here’s to a good day today!

We are house hunting. Not that it’s much of a hunt, for we don’t have much money and properties are ridiculously high around here. For example: a 2 acre piece of land, with nothing on it, is going for $15,000. Stupid.

We live in the city (our “city” has a bit less than 2,000 people, so I use that word loosely) and while our house is large enough for our ever-growing family, houses our commercial kitchen just fine, we’d like to not live in town. We want the privacy that out-of-town living can give you. Plus, with many children of all ages, it’s just better off all around if they have SPACE!!! And we can have chickens…. Winking smile

We are going to tour a possible property on Wednesday, (a 3 bdr, 2 bath house, on 15 acres, that already has a large shop insulated,  electrified, phoned, and fueled. That’s huge for us!! ). It’s 10 minutes away from where we are now, which is perfect for the small radius we need to stay in. We know that the building doesn’t have water and the septic isn’t large enough even for our family. Baste on the rough figures I could find on-line and the amount of water we go through a month (baste on our water bill), a new septic will cost between $6,000 – $10,000. That doesn’t leave any room for the down payment and renovation on the building itself. The realtor said that the seller would give us a credit towards the cost of a new septic system (she apparently really wants to sell), but still, even if we do take $10,000 off the asking price, we have to come up with the money for the new system…. I don’t know.

I have being praying about moving for so many years and while I’m excited that we finally have gotten to the place where we can seriously look, I’m still praying for patience. I’m hopeful this will work for us, yet I don’t know the will of God and what He has planned for us, so I don’t want to get my hopes up just yet. But I do know that God will work it out if this is what He wants.

And I’m good with that.

I see Dr. B on Wednesday and we should be able to hear the heart beat this time. I love that part!!

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Do you ever feel like life takes you by storm and you are helpless to do anything about it? Even when those storms aren’t bad, or bring hard things, it can still be difficult to catch your breath. Well, that’s exactly how I feel. Life has been good. Life has been busy. Yet, I feel like I can’t keep up! Just like a wood pecker, he pecks and pecks away at the tree, and never seems to get anywhere. Or to anything. Yet he must, for he’s still alive….

(this picture was taken from our porch, with the wood pecker in a tree across the street)

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We have been very busy this Summer with functions and the county meal attendance increasing greatly. This has been a good thing, for as the Fall slows down (please?), we have a good back up in the bank for the high heating bills come snow time. Plus, it means that our business is growing, at least word-of-mouth wise, and that is always a good thing for a self-employed family to know.

We have been in school now for 2 full months and while we’re not quite as far as I had hoped we would be, I’m satisfied with what we are doing. I’m still tweaking the schedule, for I’m not sure we’ll ever find that “perfect one”. I suppose I never have spoke about what we’re doing this year. I plan on doing a 2 month school review here shortly, so I’ll go into depth of what we’re using, how they are going, and what I’m thinking of changing.

I’m 14 weeks along now and while I’m finally out of that nausea-all-day-long trip, I’m still not feeling so great (hence the self-seen behind-ness in school). I’m not sleeping very well at night, which doesn’t leave me with much energy for the day. Around 1 pm, I’m finding that I need to take a nap. I hate that!

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Most people don’t believe me that I’m only 14 weeks along, for I’m  quite a bit bigger than that. But I suppose that’s to be expected, seeing that this is my 9th child.

I’m still keeping myself sane with my sewing. I am accused often of sewing and quilting being the only things I’m really interested in. While it is a hobby of mine, and something I have tried to make into a business, it’s not the only  thing I’m interested in. I love doing things with my family, I love to decorate, I enjoy being outdoors (although I’m not really an athletic person), I love all crafting in general (from using a glue gun to a needle, I enjoy it all!), I enjoy baking….. No one is so 1 dimensional that they don’t have several interests. I will attempt to do a better job at being more “rounded” in my writings.

With that said, here is a fun little contest that I’m entering. Every now and then, Stitched in Color holds a contest for people to make a “fabric bundle” in the designated theme. This time, the theme is “Folksy Fall”. The words “folksy” can conjure up so many different images for each individual, doesn’t it? Below you can get a feel of what “folksy” means to me. What does it make you think of?

The rules of the contest are as follows:

Carefully craft your mosaic of 12 fabrics from among the offerings at The Intrepid Thread.  Choose fabrics to express your interpretation of Folksy Fall.  Your collection of fabrics can be pretty, funky, dramatic or totally playful.  Just make sure to include a variety of colors complimented by some rich fall neutrals – browns, grays or navy blue.

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This is my first interpretation. It’s a calm, soothing palette.

And this is my second. It’s a bit more funky then I usually do, but I’m totally enjoying those owls! I’m not sure which 1 I like best. What do you think?