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The Month Flew By…

Well, I can hardly believe that nearly a month has gone by since I posted on this blog. Hope you’re not disappointed in me!Let’s see…what’s happened since then? Well, last weekend, we adopted two–yep, TWO–golden retriever puppies! We went for one and ended up with two (long story)…here’s a picture of Bruce at Seneca Lake on a very rare sunny day!

Bruce with (Cap’n) Morgan (left), Mia (right), and Maddie

They’ve been very good, actually…they sleep from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.  They will run to the door and scratch it to go out–and they’re only 9 weeks old.  I think that’s a good sign.  They spent some time Saturday afternoon by themselves in their crate as we attended my niece’s graduation party here in Horseheads.  My niece, Korryn, along with my brother, Ken and sister-in-law Kathy live in southern Maryland.

Korryn Paige Whited

I start my three-day work week next week…and Travis graduates from high school on Saturday (if he passes Physics!)  Brad will be heading to Florida to visit a friend who”s birthday is the same as his–they both turn 21 this Friday!  I couldn’t believe he would be going away for his 21st birthday but he told me that he hasn’t missed sharing his birthday with Justin since 8th grade….I casually reminded him that I was there at his birth and every year since!

I”m looking forward to getting back to my sewing–I have done a smidge of cross-stitch, and I’ve worked a bit on organizing my stash.  I’ll post more pictures soon.   By this time last year, we had spent a huge amount of time at Seneca Lake.  The rain just won’t go away!  I’m hoping we’ll get up there this weekend.  Bruce’s friend, John, is planning a party for Bruce this Saturday late afternoon…and, of course, Father’s Day is Sunday.   What a busy summer ahead!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hoping your day is everything you’re wishing for! We had a “Spend the Day with Someone You Love…Your Co-Workers!” party today at lunch hour–SO MANY DESSERTS! too much food, but oh so good!

I don’t expect much tonight…Travis is working, not sure what’s on Brad’s agenda, and my poor husband has a stomach flu!  As we’ve been together nearly 28 years, we don’t do a lot for Valentine’s Day anymore, just a card for each other and a nice dinner sometime other than a holiday!

It was a very weird weekend…lots of ups and downs! We’re mid-way through the phases of the moon–new moon was February 2nd and full moon is February 18th–so that wasn’t it! (I blame everything weird on the phases of the moon!)

Bruce went to Fulton for a Vintage Snowmobile Show (The Great Whiteout) and boy! was it ever! (They display restored snowmobiles from the 60s, 70s & 80s, sort of like a classic car show).  It snowed so much that he couldn’t keep it off the sleds.  He was a bit disappointed but he came home with lots of trophies! So, all in all, not a bad day, just cold and blustery! (A little bit of UPs and DOWNs)

I went to brunch with an old friend of mine at the local Hilton (an UP for the weekend!)–just as we were sitting there finishing up, an elderly lady drove into the side of my Tahoe SUV, then drove off! Long story short, I ran through the parking lot and down the road and got her license plate number (I couldn’t catch her!). She also hit the only nearby car. The police tracked her down and got insurance information. No one was hurt, fortunately, but it was very interesting! Lost a lot of quilting time that day, dealing with the police and the insurance company.

Nevertheless, I did work the rest of the day trying to finish up my New Year’s Eve Mystery Quilt–and spent part of Sunday, too! I had to cut the borders three times because I kept cutting them incorrectly…ugh! (Definitely a DOWN for the weekend!)

I am never too sure when it’s a Mystery Quilt project what it will look like when it’s done, but I think I’m going to like this one. I used all Jo Morton fabrics: gold, red, black, sage green, navy and maroon. It’s going to be a twin-size, so maybe I’ll repaint my quilt room and keep it there; I’ll post pictures later this week.

Bruce had made plans to go snowmobiling on Sunday with some friends, riding just locally on Connecticut Hill (Again, an UP for the weekend!)  He only got about 8 miles and the sled broke, so he was home early (and again, a DOWN for the weekend!)  That was okay, he needed the rest, and he spent most of the day dozing on the couch.  It had been a long week.  That gave me some time to do laundry and work on my quilt.  I also baked cookies for home and for work and made a casserole for the boys.

I spent some time at work last week during my lunch hours cross-stitching my “Houses of Hawk Run Hollow” by Carriage House Samplings. It’s very detailed so it’s easier for me to make those little x’s in the daylight, in my nice spot at the end of the hallway. Here’s a shot of Block 1 and part of Block 2 and what it will look like when it’s completed:

Block 1 & 2, Houses of Hawk Run Hollow

Completed Houses of Hawk Run Hollow, Carriage House Samplings

Once that’s completed, I’d like to tackle “Shores of Hawk Run Hollow”.  What do you think?

Shores of Hawk Run Hollow, Carriage House Samplings

I think I can, I think I can, I think…..!

I think I can, I think I can–catch up….I’m still catching up on my blog posts!  Seems my nights get away from me too easily!  One more personal post, then I’ll get back to my projects and how those are coming along….

Bruce was gone from December 29th through January 11th on his trip through the Upper Mid-West, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan.  It would be the first New Year’s Eve that we had not been together in 28 years!  We were invited to our friends’ home at Lodi Point on Seneca Lake…..just beautiful there!  A casual get-together with old friends….I asked my mother-in-law, Bertie, (age 84) to go along with me.  At first she was excited to be going somewhere on New Year’s Eve, but then she found every excuse to not go.  I finally called her that day and said “Get your &%# in gear, I’ll be there at 5:45 to pick you up! You’re going!”  She was in shock, I think, but she got ready and had the best time!  My friend, Diane–her mom stays with her at Lodi Point–and the ladies had a great time visiting.  Here’s a picture of the two of them:

Bertie (84) & Pauline (88) - New Year's Eve 2011

Happy Belated New Year, Everyone!

Busy Holidays, Part Two

So…the week before Christmas, I decided to strip all the wallpaper off my kitchen walls and repaint.  Nuts, you say?  I agree!  But the boys were home, and their friends were home, and I needed the help.  So, a couple of pizzas and a 30-pack of beer later, and the wallpaper was down…and the kitchen was partially painted.

My Son, Travis, Doing a little Painting

The wallpaper had been up for about twelve years, so it was DEFINITELY time….they weren’t as neat as I would have liked…but you can’t be picky when you’re desperate!

My Disaster of a Kitchen!

So we have about 2/3 of the kitchen painted before Christmas.  It was fine….just a low-key day with just us, and Bruce’s family came over later in the day for coffee and dessert.  I thought I would only have my Irish Tree up but finally I was able to get the boys to help me put my small tree up in the living room.  Seems it gets harder every year to get them to help me, but I’m not ready to give up yet.  Next year, I vow to put it up right after Thanksgiving!  No Excuses!  (and no painting…..hee-hee)

So here’s my Irish Tree and the kitchen (the part that’s painted)–just a little touch up is needed–and here’s a cabinet I snagged for $25 plus a can of paint and a bit of hardware from Lowe’s.  I like it in the eating area…kind of going for a sage and black theme, I guess.

My Irish Tree (and, yes, it stays up all year round!)

Painted Kitchen Walls

New (Old) Spoon Carved Eastlake Washstand

The Holiday Seasons were BUSY!

Yes, it was a very busy time….my husband, Bruce, has a vintage snowmobile race team in the upper mid west–three drivers that maintain the snowmobiles as well as drive (about 90 mph around an ice oval track!)  Our driver, Dave, resides in MN; Jared is in MI; and Josh is in WI.  It’s an exciting time….Bruce went to MN in mid-December for a race, then left on the 29th for races in MN & WI.  The Wisconsin race, Derby Track in Eagle River, is the “Daytona” of the snowmobile circuit.  The sleds they race are pretty close to 30 years old or more, thereby “Vintage”.  I don’t always go because (1) it’s a long time to be away (14 days!) (2) I can’t miss that much work (3) I’d miss the boys and (4) I’d rather be home quilting (or doing anything else!)  They ended up receiving four 3rd place finishes and two 4th place finishes–out of over 1000 entries!  I was very very proud of them….I’ll be going to see them race in Boonville NY the end of this month…stay tuned for the results!  Here’s a photo of Dave leading one of the snowmobile races–

Dave Neuman, #54, Clark Motorsports Racing

Second night…Class Reunion

On our second evening at the class reunion, we took a dinner cruise on the Seneca Legacy.  I didn’t take my husband this time as I figured he’d get bored…..left him home at the lake with the dogs.  As you can probably see by the photo, it was very nice and I had a wonderful time seeing my old friends again….our plan is to do this again in five years–in the Bahamas–and I will take my husband then!  (smile)

Me (back left corner) with friends, Mike, Laura and Ben