My friend, Deb, at Mountain Musings, began her latest blog post similarly today! I told her I needed to do the same, since my blogging has been very sporadic recently, to say the least. Even my daughter said to me this afternoon, "Mom, you haven't blogged in a week and a half!" So I guess I should at least be a reasonably decent blogger and come by to say "Hello" every now and then.
I haven't been absent from the computer world. I've been reading blogs, especially quilt blogs (thanks, Deb!), and checking in on Facebook every day, but I just haven't had the blogging oomph. If you're a blogger, you probably know what I mean. And life has been busy.
The last time I blogged, my husband was loopy and my parents celebrated their 28th anniversary. Wes had his tooth pulled two weeks ago by an oral surgeon. The roots were curved down under his tooth, firmly wrapping themselves around his gum. Once the tooth was out and he came out of the effects of the pain killers, he was fine and back to his old self again.
The weekend of my parents' anniversary, my dad experienced some symptoms of extremely high blood pressure. They were severe enough that he thought it might be smart to slide on in to the emergency room, and tests showed that he had suffered a mini-stroke, sometimes called a warning stroke. Praise the Lord, he didn't suffer any damage at all, and now he's able to take steps to manage his blood pressure. He said the nurse told him that over 80% of people who have a mini-stroke have a major stroke within one year. Those are usually the ones who shrug off the symptoms my dad had as just "one of those things" and don't get checked out. I just can't effectively say how relieved I am that Daddy went to the ER and is on the road to recovery! We take our loved ones always being there for granted, you know?
I've been working on my craft area, decluttering and organizing it so I can see what supplies I have and hopefully get new ideas and fresh inspiration. I started this as a challenge with Org Junkie, but I sooooo flopped in that 28 days! I can't believe how much scrapbook paper I had in there! Just tonight I finished thinning down that collection and organizing it. The best thing I did was designate photo storage boxes for my cardstock scraps and scrapbook paper scraps. They were everywhere, and I had been trying everything I could think of to store them and remember to use them. Now I have them in boxes right next to my craft desk, and I can look through them easily for what I need, and I can also just throw more scraps in them. When the boxes get full, no more scraps go in. Hopefully this will stop me from cutting into fresh papers until I need to, too.
The other project I've been working on is my Road to Spring Quilt-Along. I have my top done and I. love. it. However, it is not a quilt yet, as a quilt should actually be . . . .ummm . . . quilted! The hangup is my sewing machine: I don't have a darning foot, which makes free-motion quilting possible. So I have plans to get the foot tomorrow at a sewing center in Vancouver when I go for a doctor's appointment. Another problem is that I've never even tried free-motion quilting. So I need to make a little practice quilt sandwich and kind of get the feel for it before I try it on my quilt. I think I'll love quilting once I learn these basics. Today I ordered two charm packs from Green Fairy Quilts, and I'm getting a Turnover for free. I can't wait till they get here, and I've been over at Moda Bake Shop checking out their recipes using charm squares and turnovers, trying to figure out what to try first. I thought I had a picture of my quilt top, but now I can't find it. I'll find it soon or take another one. It's late.
And so I will quit for now. Have a great week (what's left of it!), and I'll try not to be so long between posts anymore!