Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Screeching In

Just popping my head in on the way by the computer. I'm finding myself even busier without the kids here, I guess because there's nothing to interrupt me when they're gone. I do miss them awfully bad, though. I kept expecting them to come home last night. Sam even got a little bit of overtime today, so he's gone later than usual too.

Yesterday I got my house back in order, sweeping, vacuuming, washing tubs and toilets, doing laundry. In the afternoon, Wes and I walked down to the mechanic's garage to pick up the car, which was at least a couple of miles; it took us 45 minutes! It was a beautiful afternoon, though, and a nice walk. I thought as we were walking and I was getting tired, how glad I was that I could walk that far and only get slightly tired. I think often of my mother and her battle with diabetes, and how weak she was during the last 6 years of her life. How blessed I am that my own diabetes has not progressed to the point that I am unable to take care of myself and family, and I can still exercise vigorously and take a long walk with my husband. Praise the Lord!

Last night I made a skirt (the one that falls just below the knee - I made it a tiny bit longer). I'm not real good at taking my measurements and making alterations as I go, and now it's too big (a good problem, but still a problem). I'm going to work on it some more tonight to see if I can get this one to fit well enough to wear, then I'll make changes to the pattern before I make another one. I like the look of this skirt, and it's one of the easiest I've ever made. I had hopes of making several this week, but I'm running out of time.

Wes and I went to the US to do our grocery shopping today. It was a nice, leisurely day, unlike our usual shopping days. We just got home a couple of hours ago, ate, and now I'm ready to start working on that skirt again. So I'll end with that. Hope you're all having a great week! I don't know when I'll post again; there's still so much I want to do this week, plus we have church here tomorrow night. See ya later!


  1. So glad you're enjoying your week!

  2. I would like to see that skirt, I'm in a skirt making mood too. :0)

    Glad you had fun shopping!

  3. Hi Susan,
    I am working on a skirt too. I am glad you see you are feeling better.

  4. Susan,
    I would love if you could let me know the kind of things that you cannot buy and bring back to Canada. With our new van and better gas mileage we are thinking about making a once a month trip to Omak for big shopping, but I was under the impression they were real picky at the border. Any info would be a big help. You can email me

    You have been such a blessing to me, I can't wait to meet you someday. Please thank your husband for talking to my hubby on the phone about the taxes. We are in the process of filing now, I sent off for my ITN and now we are just waiting. That will be a tremendous blessing when it starts, we will also get 11 month back pay, WOW!!!

    Thanks for everything!!
    God Bless

  5. I want to see the skirt,too! Good for you for getting so much done. How are you feeling these days?

  6. Hello,

    I got such a kick out of you going to the US for groceries. That sounds so unusual LOL. I bet a lot of folks close to the border do that too.

    Take Care,


  7. That skirts sounds neat. I'm not an all skirts wearer like you guys not being IFB lol. But you guys & others on fat people message boards making skirts gave me the idea to try it myself.

    So I got the material to make 2 skirts which has the elastic waist sewed in already so all you do is sew it up the side. And I also got dress matierial like that with smoking on the top to make a sundress where all you do is sew it u0p the sides & add spaghetti straps. And I'd wear a jacket over it when I wear it to church. No pattern, easy right. Yeah sure lol. I was gonna use my mooms sewing machine to sew them on. I got my mom to help me with them since I'm not a sewer other than buttons, hems & handsewing some seams up that come loose. Well her antique sewing machine goofed up in the bobbin & she had to get a repairman to fix it. It got fixed so she was able to finish them off. So it was more my mom making them than me but it was a family project.

    Right now we are on our annual 2 weeks trip to Mikes sisters in Ohio. On the way up we stop off at Hawks Nest State Park in WV for a coupla days & also Huntington, WV. As it's too far to stop to there all in one day & we have to stay overnite on the way back too. Well they have an IFB station up there. We've been listening to it some & they have been playing the Sword of The Lord conference on there. It's pretty good so far. I heard some hillbilly IFB preachers on there. Neat accents. Anyway you can get this station over the internet. Their site is:

    Figured you folks might be interested... :)

  8. Hi, everybody! Just popping in to close the comments on my giveaway post and to answer those from this post.

    Mrs C - I have enjoyed this week! My kiddos come home today, for which I'm thankful!

    Tori - if I ever get back around to finishing it, I'll take a picture of it. I hope to get to it a bit this afternoon.

    Elizabeth - I am feeling better, thank you! Can't wait to see your skirt.

    Jessica - I will e-mail you as soon as I can. I'm glad we were able to help you guys out with some info, and we will definitely have to meet sometime!

    Cheryl, I am feeling much better than just a couple of weeks ago. My blood sugar levels are evening out, which helps my energy to be more consistent.

    Trixie, I have a post planned, hopefully for the weekend, that explains why we go and gives some examples of the savings - and a bit of justification for driving two hours to buy groceries! LOL

    Cheryl, I hope you enjoy your vacation! We're getting ready to take one in August. Thanks so much for the addy for the radio station; I'll be checking that out. And I know what you mean by "hillbilly preachers" - I just have to laugh now at the accents, because I've been away from them for so long. I can tell where someone is from when I hear them on the news, for example, just by their accent, and I usually guess right! ;)

  9. So glad you *screeched* in. ;o)

    In response to your request ~ of course, dear friend, feel free to use it.

    I love your skirt pattern, very feminine. I know what you mean about *fitting* garments. Sometimes I end up running all new seams to bring it in. It's like sewing the skirt twice - lol!

  10. Jodi, thanks for letting me use your devotional! If you have any handy tips for fitting a pattern, be sure to pass them on - I sure don't do it very well! LOL And they make it look so easy in the books.

  11. Thanks for the good wishes on our trip. We are having a good time here. We start back home Wed & finnly get home Mon nite.

    Sunday before this past one we went to the strangest church service I had ever been to. We went with Mikes sister & her family to their church which is a good church & normally has good preaching. Well the preacher was out of town so instead of trucking in another preach to fill in like our church would they had their VBS program as the Sunday am service. That was strange but it got even stranger later. At our church the VBS program is at nite & not instead of the morning worship. The kids did some fine singing etc & several folks gave some good testimonies. But then they had some loud rock music stuff played. I like the 50's, 60'd & 70's stuff but this later rock stuff is just horrible stuff & a bunch of noise & certainly not appropriate for Sunday worship. It gets worse from there. Finally acoupla young folks got up on stage the podiam or whatever & began doing this horrible rap music. I couldn't make out what they were singing but it sounded like we be rapping for Jesus or some such. I was so shocked & startled. That is certainly not appropriate for a Sunday church service! Guess I am too used to hearing the old hymns sung in our church lol. I hate rap music anyway lol. Later that nite, I picked up on our nephews tv a good Baptist preach or Bakersfield California who was really good. I thibnk his program was called Todays Walk & I got mroe out of his show than I did the church service. Mikes sister & her hubby & duahgter & her hubby all agreed with us about the church service. What is this world coming to????

    Yesterday we went to the black church that is next door to Mikes sisters. It is a Baptist church & it was a wonderful service. Old hymns, good preaching and the preach & his wife & congregation were so nice. probably about 12 people including the preacher & his wife & a deacon. I got the impression from the way they talked some of the members were out of town & some were sick. I really enjoyed it...

    It was nice to read about your camp adventures. May God bless your ministries...


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