Sunday, August 11, 2013

My last days at CWC

 As many of you know I accepted a new job.  My last day at work at CWC is Tuesday.  Here's a picture of me at my desk taken with my ipod.


 To show you how important my dork sisters are to me I took this picture of the BB behind my desk filled with my favorite cards received from my dork sisters.

This is the inside of my door.  I keep my door open so the big bear helps people see from WAY down the hall if I am in or not.  Otherwise, the door blends into the wall behind it and one  can not tell if my door is open or not.  The snowman was made by DS#2, the folded paper above it is something DS#3 wrote/drew and the "40's" are a poster co-workers made to decorate my room on my birthday this year.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Basket and Garden


I made this basket for my knitting.  I love it!

                                                               The garden 2013.

                                                I just mounded the potatoes today!



                                                                 My herb garden

                                                       Son #3's zucchini garden

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Newborn sweater

 
Here's a picture of the sweater I made for a co-worker's newborn baby.  The baby weighed over 8 pounds at birth so the sweater will not fit much longer!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My 40th Birthday!

Lordy, Lordy look who is 40!!
 Here we are the Sunday before my birthday at TGIF, my favorite spot!


 Awww, what a cute kid!

I had an awesome few days this week.
First, on Wednesday, I received a bouquet of flowers from my Womb Buddy.  I was so touched!  It really made my day.
Then on Thursday I had a lunch date with the medical director.  When we got to the restaurant there were 10 of my co-workers there for a surprise party!  How did they ever know?  Was it the fact that I kept saying almost every day, "I hope someone plans a surprise party for me"?  Hmmm...
I was really honored to have so many people come and celebrate with me.  My boss went to a bakery and had little cheesecake cupcakes made for me that she passed out after lunch.  What a treat!
When I got home that day I had a card from my grandmother.  In the card she included a photo of her from when she was eight and a portrait of her mother and father.  Could things get any better??
I was flying high.  My girlfriend from HS, Emily, sent me a musical card of Indiana Jones that cracked me up.  She and I would go and see the Indy movies together.


Friday, the day of my birthday I went to work for a few hours to give my co-workers a chance to wish me a happy birthday!  
Two CNAs from one of the buildings tip-toed up to my office door shortly after I arrived.  I heard them whispering, "She can't be here already!" They couldn't believe I was in already for the day.  I was  shoo-ed out off my office so they could decorate it.  They put up 4 birthday posters in my office and took a cookie.
As I went to building 5 to pick up an individual there was another poster on the outside of the door of the stairwell....with a tiara attached!
When I walked in she was standing there next to my guy wishing me a happy birthday.
I was whisked into the bathroom to put on the tiara while unknown to me one the CNA's went to the next apartment holding a balloon and some muffins for the resident and me to eat!
Aaron, one of the housekeepers talks to me frequently about the yummy food he makes, specifically, his fried chicken.  Throughout the week I kept saying, "mmmm! I'd love to have some of that fried chicken!"  Thursday he asked, "wing or thigh?" I responded, "breast".
Sure enough, Friday morning, I got a hot piece (breast) of fried chicken for my birthday!
He probably starts work around 4-5 am and he told me he made the fried chicken that morning.  Wow!
I tell you it was the best fried chicken I think I ever had!

I passed out almost 15 dozen cookies in the morning and received many birthday wishes along the way.  It was a great way to spend the morning!
Then Joel and I spent the rest of the day together.  We started off by going to the Sow's Ear in Verona for coffee/soda and to play Scrabble.  We had a grand time except for the really loud annoying women who didn't know how not to shout their conversation.
After about 2 hours we left and went to Joann Fabrics so I could get some thread and flannel.
Then we stopped at Half-priced books before going to The Prime Quarter.
The above photo is of Joel grilling our steaks.

And here we are together at our table.  Awww, aren't we cute?


Here I am with my cake with 40 candles. EGADS!





My Womb Buddy sent me flowers!


A friend on Ravelry sent me some flannel to make this baby blanket!


Here's a close up (below)








Here's another I made with some fabric I bought at Joann's.  I am contemplating putting it up for sale on Etsy.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Quote from my boys

-"When Sophie dies where are we going to plant her?" February 2013, age 5
 (last march we "planted" our last bird under one of our pine trees)

-Mom to DS3, "How was I so lucky to get you as my son?"
DS3,"From your belly....button!" February 11, 2013, age 5

From DS1 and 2, 2007, while I was PG with DS3:
DS1 is crying in his bed, Mom comes to him and asks him what's wrong.  He states he doesn't know how the baby will come out.  DS2 pipes up, "duh, through Mom's belly button!"

DS2 when learning about different genders:  Mom is at the computer, DS2 comes bounding up to her and says, "I have a penis"
Mom: "yes"
DS2: "Dad has a penis"
Mom: "yes"
DS2: "Isaac has a penis"
Mom: "yes"
DS2:"But you don't have a penis"
Mom: "No, I have a vagina"
DS2:"Okay" and leaves.

If and when I think of more I will post them.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Queen Size Quilt for Mom and Dad


This is the queen size quilt I made for my parents' 47th wedding anniversary.  It started off as such an easy and small project.  I realized I got over my head quite quickly as it grew.  I have a very small sewing machine pictured here

 
 
It is a step up from a toy sewing machine.  But here's the thing.  It suits my needs.  I don't plan to get into sewing, goodness!  everyone knows I have too many hobbies as it is (: So, this is it.  It can go forward and backward and has 8 stitches.  What else do I need?  Well, a light would be nice and that little cutting blade at the back to cut the threads would be too. 
I had a hard time keeping the little machine (it weighs only 5 pounds) on the table once the blanket was massive enough.  Obiviously I wouldn't be able to do the quilting on this machine and I do not like the look of tie quilts so I bit the bullet and had it professionally quilted.  I think that was the right choice.
 
Here's the backside:

Not too bad for my first real quilt!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Lumberjill Karen


We heat part of our house with a wood stove.  That means throughout the year we need to get some trees and split them.  Hubby has done all of the chopping....up until this year.  Last year he taught me how to chop wood and I've been a busy beaver ever since!  Here's a picture of two trees that were already felled that he got a forest products permit.


This is a picture of my maal leaning against a section I chopped in half.  This wood is oak which should be really hard to split.  It had been down for about a year so it was super dry which made it feel like pine.


I started stacking the wood in front of the compost pile.  I soon moved it when I realized I wouldn't be able to stack it very high.


 Here's the pile after I had been chopping for awhile.  A little progress was made!



 The small pile back by the long logs is the stack that son #2 chopped.


 Here's son #1's pile.



Above and below:  This is what I accomplished on this day.









And this is what I have chopped so far in 2012! Pretty impressive, eh?