Monday, March 29, 2021

{Post 1,747} Where Am I and What Am I Doing Here?

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. So much is going on in my life. My quilting business has been going great guns, and I’ve never advertised or even looked for work. I guess it’s one of those things that is somewhat unusual. So when someone is pleased and hears about another person looking for someone to machine quilt or them, they naturally tell them about my service. I thought things would slow down after the holidays, but it’s the opposite. Three new customers (heretofore complete strangers) have given me 7 quilts to machine quilt and some to do finishing sewing on. Plus, I have at least 7 quilt tops of my own to quilt. 

In the meantime, my daughter’s in-laws have both had coronavirus and been hospitalized recently. Her FIL is still in the hospital. So my SIL went to care for them and will be back Wednesday. They asked me to come be with my daughter while he is gone. So I’ve pulled up stakes in one day and have been here for three days now. 

When I travel, I usually take a handwork project. I didn’t have much time to plan, so I brought this UFO that I started in 2008. I wish it was a bit bigger, and that is why (I think) I’ve never been excited about finishing it. Plus I don’t have a room where I’m dying to use it anymore. I can find a place for it in our home though. So I have spent a few hours on this. Mostly I’ve tried to be available for whatever my daughter needs and to visit with her when she wants. Here is my project. The border is completely unquilted. You can see the texture from the hand quilting in the photo.. The arrow is pointing to a red row with green on both sides...all three rows are unquilted.

Here are two of the reasons I’m take care of the mama of these two little ones (20 months and 2 months). Don’t be taken in by the cuteness—they run the place!

Have I told you about my freezer meal ministry? I’ll have to go back to read and check. One of my friends that lives here near my daughter fell and broke her hip and wrist and has had surgery on both. Whew! Talk about big changes in a day! Her family has dietary restrictions (no dairy or gluten), so I had to be selective about meals. Today I assembled Easy Sausage Gumbo, Easy Chicken Taco Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, White Chicken Chili, and Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki. They are assembled into a gallon-sized freezer bags and laid flat to freeze. When one wants to cook them, they go into the frig the day before to soften up a bit, then cook in a slow cooker for varying times. The meals taste fresh because they are all fresh ingredients and freshly cooked. The nice thing is that the recipient can decide when they want to make them,, and they take up minimal space in the freezer until then. I will be assembling some for my daughter before I go as well.

That’s about it for now. I am awful about taking pictures.