Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Post #636

There is so much I want to update about that the post number seemed the best way to cover it all...

This has been a great past week or so. I realize now that I didn't take a single picture of all the festivities. It's not that I've been distracted. I can usually manage to...SQUIRREL!! My son, Benjamin, took a picture of this little rascal in our side yard recently. A post w/o a picture is quite boring, so here you go...
If you haven't seen the movie Up, you won't understand that little joke. I have had a million things going on at once this past week getting ready for Thanksgiving, having some very special company, and then recovering.

I hate to admit it, but doing regular exercise has been the best thing I've done in a very long time. It's been over two weeks that I've gone to the Y six days a week. I am sleeping so much better, and can stand for longer periods of time w/o my legs aching. I really put that to the test on Thursday. My husband and 5 of the kids went to GA to celebrate with his dad and extended family. I stayed here with the 2 youngest and had 2 very special young men join us for meals and a cooking extravaganza. I roasted two turkeys, baked a ham, made two batches of home made cookies, two congealed salads, sweet potato casserole, apple pie, pumpkin pie bars, a peanut butter pie, a caramel pecan cheesecake pie, and several gallons of tea. I also made breakfast, lunch, and supper for the 5 of us here. I had dishpan hands all the way up to my elbows!

Emily's boyfriend and his parents arrived here about two the next morning. We had a great day of fellowship with them on Friday then went to hear Messiah performed by Emily's college chorale. Inspiring!!

I have squeezed in some sewing here and there. Steve's mom showed me how to end a line of quilting w/o tying a knot. I have adapted it to starting a row of quilting the same way. I gave it some test tugs, and it really holds. Keep learning!!

I have a few new projects to share. Meanwhile, I'm making table runners for some very special ladies in my life. Will show pictures of those after they are distributed.

Must head off to bed...I've been very consistent at the YMCA, and 5:30 AM comes mighty early.

~Joan



5 comments:

julieQ said...

Wow! You are amazing...wonderful job, and I know your family just loved all that delicious food. Over on my blog...you started me going on my circle quilt again!

Leeanne said...

Wow you have been a busy Gal!
I have posted a photo of a quilt I finished for a customer and thought you might like to see it as it is made with your fav fabric......Thimbleberries...so pop over for a look in between all the other million things you do.

snippetsandyarns said...

We just watched Up last week for the first time - it is SUCH a fun movie! But I was not prepared for the opening sequence to be so emotional. That part caught me a bit off guard!

~ Meagan

Elaine Adair said...

Encouraging to hear about the value of the ex. program. When/if I retire, I'm heading to the Y, first thing - cannot squeeze it in now. My 'thing' is to keep hydrated and have found my life so much more pleasant when I keep lots of water in this bod! You really worked a LOT!!!

Elizabeth said...

So, how DO you end/start your quilting without a knot?! Maybe I'll just have to get Kila to show me when we go visit the new niece sometime next spring/summer. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the Bryan family again!