Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday December 14, 2008 started with me taking calls for the company I work for. I was already working when the clock turned over at midnight to a new day. I finished my shift at 1:30 a.m. and layed down for a nap before I had to go deliver the papers. At 3:30 a.m. the alarm went off and I got up and headed out in the chilly morning to deliver the Sunday newspaper to 189 customers. I finished at 6:15 a.m. and went home to take another nap before heading to Sunday School.

When I got up at 8:30 a.m. it was to two children who did not feel well so we decided to go to Sunday School only this morning. My Sunday School was great as always with a very timely lesson on America being similar to Sampson and the people of his culture. We are letting sin creep in our lives through materialism, morals, music, movies, etc and accepting it so that we no longer stand apart. We also have lots of great fellowship in our class. After Sunday School we came home and all went back to bed for another nap.

The children and I got up right before the General got home from work. When he came in we spent some time sitting and discussing our day. Then the General wanted to get some things cleared out of the basement and off the verendah since tomorrow the garbage collection runs. We spent some time doing that and they continued when I had to go to work at 5 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m. I got my first break and went out to join the family for supper. Then it was back to the telephone. I also worked on knitting between calls. Earlier this week I had addressed Christmas cards between calls. This job is not taxing and working at home allows me time to see more of my family than if I had to commute. I also can work on small things when I am not taking calls. And my family pops in and out to talk to me between calls. At 9:15 p.m. when I got my second break everyone except the General was in bed. I straightened up the kitchen, set-up the General's coffee for the next morning, and packed his lunch for tomorrow's work while on this longer break. At midnight, the end of the this day by the clock, I got my last break and went out to a very quiet house with all snug in their beds. My day didn't end for another hour and one-half.

The day wasn't too bad. I would prefer to get my sleep in one straight stretch, but I make it.

Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I have worked the past several nights on embroidering stockings for some friends. I embroidered 7 for them. She picked a really cute theme, all the girls in the family got red stockings with their names embroidered in red and the boys got green with their names embroidered in green. It's been hard sewing between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., but I have got some things accomplished. This too shall pass.

Sew Long for Now!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I guess I should title this post something like making it or I'm still alive. I have been working so much these past few weeks that I have had no time for sewing or posting. It really bothers me, but I know that there is an end in sight. At the end of December I will no longer be delivering newspapers. After breaking the sliding door's handle on the van twice in a month the General told me to put in my resignation from the paper route. He said it was just too much for me to be doing. I really wanted to try to pay off some debt as quick as possible, but I didn't argue because I am exhausted to say the least. I miss sewing. I ended up with tons of ideas of gifts to make for Christmas, but no time to do any. I have had calls from customers to sew for them and have had to turn them down. Captain Kitty and I did go to Joann's today and buy material to make her a dress for the vintage ball. We are using a pattern from Sense and Sensibility. We have to start on it next week so hopefully I will be able to get back into sewing and posting.

Sew Long for Now!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I finally finished piecing the table topper. I wasn't quite happy with the way it turned out though. I had some problem with some of the material having more stretch in it, even though it was all 100% cotton. I continually ripped it apart trying to get everything lined up, I just wish a couple of places would have lined up better. Now I have to pick up some batting and then layer it and machine quilt it. Wonder if I can get that done by next Thursday?

Sew Long for Now!

Monday, November 17, 2008

I finally finished knitting a pair of hand warmers I saw the pattern for on Simple Green Frugal blog. They were easy to knit. I think I should have added a couple of stitches because the part around the top is a bit tight and hard to type in. Now, if I can get my brother's table topper done by Thanksgiving.

Sew Long for Now!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I wanted to participate in the day in my life this month to show that life does not always go smooth and sometimes we have to do different things for a season. Right now my life is not in the place either my husband nor I want it to be. We are both committed to doing what we have to and get our life straight and back where we want it to be.

A few years ago some bad financial descisions were made. They snowballed out of control until 20 months ago I had to take on a part-time job. It was the first time in 14 years I had worked outside the home. As things got worse I took on a second part-time job. This summer we hit rock bottom and we cut everything down to the bare bones. God truly blessed us and has given us opportunity to work and fix things. It's hard though. Sometimes I get sad. I know though that I am not in this alone. God is watching over me and my family is all working together to get our life back on the path we should be. I just want to encourage other women that sometimes we go through periods we have to do things we don't want to, but to keep striving and have a goal. Keep praying and God will bless your efforts.

Friday I got up at 3:30. It was hard to get up as I had just gone to bed at 11:30. I pushed myself to get dressed and washed my face with cold water to wake myself up. Captain Kitty was helping with the paper routes today so I got her up and we were off.

It was drizziling. Thankfully, it didn't rain hard until after we got home at 7:00. I ate some breakfast and went back to bed.

At 10 a.m. I woke up and could not go back to sleep. Our little bee keeper was already up. I got dressed (again) and ran out to Sam's. I needed to pick up the General's prescription and a few items. When I got hom CK was also up. We ate lunch and I had to work on some paper work for the routes before starting my other job. We don't do school work on Fridays because that is one of the General's days off. Right now though he has taken on a part-time job in addition to his regular job and he was at work this day. The children now help do the housework I can't get done during the week on Fridays. I have such great children!

Before I went to my full-time job the General called and our eldest ask him if he would come pick him up from college to come home for the night. The General ask me what I thought. I told him it would be great! Then I walked the long commute to my full-time job, down the hall to my sewing room/office.

I love my new job. I work from home for a company taking calls and putting in orders on the computer for customers. I get to walk out of my "office" and join my family during the evening for my breaks and supper. It is an upbeat job and I just find it fun.

When my eldest got home he came in and hugged me and then the boys went off to work on the truck that had some broken parts.
During my supper break we all got to eat together and then our eldest went out to the movies with some friends. The youngest two went off to watch a movie. The General was watching some other show. I went back to work.
At 10:30 I got off work and went out to spend some time with the General and unwind before going to bed. Everyone else had already gone to bed. At 11:30 I went back to bed to repeat the day again tomorrow.
Pictures courtesy of our little bee keeper because I didn't have time to take any.

Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I haven't fallen off the planet. I have just taken a full-time job and am still delivering my two paper routes. I have been working 12 or more hours 5 days a week and 3 or more two days a week. At the end of November I will be giving up one paper route and then hopefully by the end of December I will give up the second one. I have squeezed a little sewing in some of my days. I am almost finished piecing my table topper for my brother. I have also been knitting a little. I have so many sewing projects running through my mind. I can't wait to find time to do them. I try to read a few of my favorite blogs every day, but some days I just don't even make it to my e-mail. The good thing is the new job is at home. I work taking calls for a company out of my sewing room. I will love not having to leave the house and being able to be around still for my family. Hopefully, I will have pictures to share this weekend!
Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I have been altering pants for a customer. I don't know if I do it "by the book." I taught myself how to by taking things apart paying attention to how they were made. I thought some one else might be able to use the technique I use if they have never been taught.

The first thing I do is to have the person try on the pants and then pin them with safety pins holding the fabric where it needs taking in. I put as many safety pins in as needed to check the fit on the rear and front and the hang of the legs. I saw a tailor and a home dec designer both pin on the outside of things on tv shows, that's what gave me the idea.

Next, I turn the garmet inside out and mark the fabric where the safety pin is. I mark both sides of the fabric. Then I remove the safety pins. By the way, the reason I use safety pins is that you don't have to worry about the person getting stuck when taking the garmet off. You also don't have to worry about the pins falling out and not knowing where you pinned after the person has left. The next step is to take apart any waistband and the hem. The two pairs of pants I have been altering have drawstring waistbands with elastic in the back. I took a seam ripper and took apart the waistband a few inches on both sides of the seam. I then took the elastic and pulled it out of the seam. I used a safety pin and attached it to the pull string to keep it from sliding in the casing and getting lost. I took the seam ripper and took out the hem. I did this on both legs.

Once I have marked the position the safety pins were in with chalk and removed any thing blocking me making a straight seam up the side I pin the two layers together with straight pins and take a ruler and mark my sewing line down the length of the pants. Then I sew from top to bottom, with this pair remembering to hold the pull string out of the way so it will not get caught in the seam. After I check the seam I take the pants to the serger and serge 1/4 inch away from the straight sewn seam. This cuts off the excess that needs to be removed and finishes the edge for a more professional look. If you don't have a serger you could either pink the edge or cut off the excess to within 1/2 inch of the seam and then do a 1/4 inch zigzag.

I like to tuck my serger threads under when I put the waistband and hem back in. On this pair I tucked in under and sewed over it when I re-attached the elastic to the side seam in the waistband. Next I sewed the waistband back down where I had taken the seaming out to sew the side up. Last I put the hem back in the pants.

That gives you a pair of altered pants that look like they came from the store that way. On this pair I took one inch out at the waist on each side and two inches starting at the hips down the legs on each side.

Sew Long for Now!

Monday, October 27, 2008

On Friday I had to deliver 1745 papers. It was a special promotion. It took us 8 hours. I was suppose to deliver 1945. They called me Thursday night to say they lowered my amount by 200 papers. That was great, but I was still soar and tired afterwards. I did not get anything else except supper done on Friday.

I did work on some sewing on Sunday after church. I sewed out a design I had digitized for some one and started piecing the table topper. I am quite far and hope to get it finished this week. I had a call this morning from the digitize customer and she wants some changes and I have three pair of pants to alter for some one. These are all things I do in my spare time. I still have a household to run and lessons to do with the children plus deliver the papers everyday. Life is so rich and full.

Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yesterday I pressed out my pairs of strips that I had sewn together. Today I finished sewing the sets together. I have five sets of 8 strips. Tomorrow I hope to cut the triangles out and begin to piece together the topper. I worked on digitizing a design today. Tomorrow I hope to sew it out and see if it needs any tweeking. I also need to hem a pair of my daughter's jeans and alter two pair of pants and hem one for a customer.

Sew Long for Now!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I was going to write about my sewing yesterday. I came online and was reading through some of my favorite blogs when I came to Ann's post today at Holy Experience. Ann and I have been cyber friends before she or I started blogging. We are part of a wonderful group of homeschool Momma's who have been e-mailing each other for many years. I love this group of women who I have never met in real life. Ann is the person who introduced me to blogging. She writes some of the greatest posts you could ever read. Her post today though reminded me of a conversation I had with my daughter in the early morning today.

I started delivering the papers over a year ago because of financial struggles. My husband was already working one full-time job and one part-time job. He couldn't do much more. I didn't want to go back to a full time office job and he didn't want me to go back to work. We settled on paper delivery because it is only a couple of hours a day and it pays good. It leaves me free to homeschool, keep up the home, and still sew. There are down sides to delivering papers, one being that you never get a day off. It's seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our children help me. The take turns and it makes the delivery go faster, plus I am never by myself. That's my explaination of it, but at times I see God had another reason for me and the children to do this job.

I have gotten to know my children better during these early morning hours. They have talked to me about things we don't have or make time for during the daylight. Even though my children have always spent 24 hours a day with me because we homeschool, during the day you have so many other things to focus on that you don't often just sit and talk. Also, something about the dark emboldens us to talk about things we might not in the glaring light of day. This I see as truly a blessing from God. Back to my purpose and why Ann's post today made me cry.

Yesterday was a very stressful day at our home. Things didn't go smoothly, we were all tired, we had a lot of places to be and had to run around a lot. The General and I ended up cranky. We got into an arguement. The General and I have been married for 22 years. We don't argue a lot. Like once every year maybe. During the paper delivery our daughter told me she didn't like us arguing. I thought about telling her neither did I. I thought about telling her it was wrong. I told her neither of these two. Instead I told her that it was good for her to see us argue some. I told her I wanted her to have realistic expectations of the relationship her and her future spouse would have. Realistically, people don't always agree. Realistically, sometimes we take out our stress on those who don't deserve it. I told her she needed to know that it was ok to sometimes not get along, but what you do after that is what mattered. We talked about the details of this and what God teaches so freely and easily in that early morning dark.

The General and I apologized to each other and went to bed as happily married as ever. I can see what Ann so beautifully spoke of living out in our home. The Master told us never to let the sun go down on our anger. As disciples we had to live that out in our home yesterday. Our disciples watched us following the Master. Oh, what a beautiful life I live!

Sew Long for Now!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I should be at church, the papers were late again and I was late getting home. Sigh, this is becoming a typical thing with them. Especially, Sundays and then I can't make it to church.

Yesterday I didn't get any sewing done. I did get a lot of help in my sewing room. When we moved it, we were in a hurry and then right after that the friend brought me all that stash. It was a mess. The General helped me clean it out yesterday. He cut down one of the table I had and rebuilt it 3 foot shorter. That really helped because then I got to T it to the other table. He and the little bee keeper helped me move 11 of the big rubber maid containers into the storage area in the basement. The General cut out some holes in my shelving unit on the wall next to the computer and ran the wires neatly through them and under the table to my sewing machine. It looks so much neater. I still have 5 huge rubbermaid containers in the room, 4 are in the closet and one is in the corner. The room looks so much better. I felt like I was trying to work in a storage shed. It saps my creativity to be in a mess. Now, I just need to find a system of rearranging all the containers of stash and supply so I will be able to find things and use them.

I have a big five drawer file cabnet. I need to clean it out and put all my patterns in it. I have them spread out everywhere. That will be one of my first projects. Hah, what am I saying. I promised to clean off all the bookshelves months ago and purge my books. I promised last spring to clean out the photos and put them in albums and print the ones I haven't for the last 5 years or so. Don't even ask about my kitchen. I rearranged it last year and everyone hates where I put things so I need to redo that mess. Will I ever get things caught up? Probably not, but I have no excuse for every being bored!

Sew Long for Now!

Friday, October 17, 2008

I awoke to rain this morning. I didn't know it was suppose to rain. The rain is needed, but it was a little wet on the paper routes. We also were suppose cover the grill, lawn mower, and tiller back up yesterday and it never got done. Now, they are a little wet.

The General bought me some new toys last night. He bought me a new computer monitor, 22 inch. Wow, I love this monitor. Our old monitor was a hand me down from churh when they upgraded a few years ago. It was a huge 13 inch. I have tons of space on the desk top with this flat screen model. He also bought me a wireless key board and mouse. Our old key board and mouse were hand me downs from a friend's brother. We have a habit here of taking people's discards and using them until they can be used no more. I hate to see things thrown out and I hate waste. Not very often do I have some thing new. It is sort of exciting.

I spent some time yesterday finally working on my brother's tap topper. I cut out all the strips and began sewing them together. The last of my company left yesterday. Today Captain Kitty goes to fall retreat with our church's youth group. With just the General and little bee keeper here this weekend I should be able to get some sewing in.

Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My day started at 3 a.m. I got up to deliver the papers. It was a beautiful autumn morning, not too hot nor too cold. The sky was clear and the stars sparkled brilliantly. The moon was something worth getting up this early to see. It was so big and round and close down on the horizon. As a matter of fact it was so beautiful that when I got home I ran into the house to get my camera to capture a picture of it. By the time I came out it had sunk behind the mountains though. I really need to remember to keep the camera with me on the paper routes!

My in-laws and sister-in-law have been visiting with us since last week. With all the excitement I have been going to bed late so this morning I decided to take a nap when I got home from the paper routes. I had been asleep about an hour when the phone rang. It was a customer wanting to send me a file to digitize for them. I got up to check my e-mail, but the file wasn't there. I called her back and we made arrangements for her to come over after lunch and bring me a hard copy.

I spent the morning visiting with my in-laws and sister-in-law. This was the last day my in-laws are here. They leave Wednesday on the way to visit my mother-in-law's sister in North Carolina before heading back to Kansas.

The afternoon I listened to the children practice their instruments while I did some mending that had been piling up. The General came home from work and soon after I left to take the little bee keeper to his piano lessons. While he was at lessons I ran to the store to get some buns and potato salad for supper. My mother-in-law insisted upon store bought potato salad. She isn't into cooking from scratch or any frugal ideas. She flat out refused to use a coupon I gave her the other day for a product she was buying. I love her, but I don't understand her reasons for some of the things she does.

When I came home the General was cooking hamburgers on the grill. I sat on the back verendah and visited with everyone while he did this.

Our little bee keeper had built a fort out of some branches that had to be cut down off the fence. He ask me to come check out this cool neat place to play.

When the hamburgers got near ready I went in and helped Capt. Kitty set the table. Right when we set down to eat the customer finally showed up with the hard copy for me to digitize. I spoke with her a few minutes and when I came back to the table there was a card at my place. My in-laws gave me a birthday card early since they would be back at home on my birthday. My birthday is exactly fourteen days from the 14th.

After supper we all sat around visiting until time for me to go to bed. Everyone else was staying up to watch Dirty Jobs.

So I said goodnight to everyone, even Casey my in-laws cute dog. The General came down to tuck me in and say good night and I fell asleep after a lovely day.

Sew Long for Now!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The day started with a dreary look (this picture is looking out back at my folks house, but it is what it looked like this morning here.) I took my serger in and I had some how broke some rod or something. They fixed it while I was at piano lessons with the little bee keeper. He told me it needed to be maintenanced and new cutters put on, but he fixed it because he knew I needed it right now. How sweet. As soon as I save up the funds I will be putting it in for a servicing.

I finished the formal dress hem, edging the shawl, and moving the straps on the dress. I am taking a week off from sewing for others. My in-laws are due here today from Kansas and I haven't seen them in a year so I want to spend time visiting. I don't know if I can take a week off from sewing, but I may. When they come to visit we usually run around so much there isn't much time.

Oh, for those people who have been worrying about the economic troubles and such some good news from our neck of the woods. Gas was $2.89 at station in our area this morning. Yes, I never thought I would see gas under $3 again in my life time. I saw in the Wall Street Journal that Walmart and Target are having a toy price war. Some toy sets have been marked down to $10. The Little Bee Keeper got excited over that, he hopes it some he has been wanting and saving for. Now if I can just get Bernina to reduce the price of that new sewing machine they are coming out with that I want!

Sew Long for Now!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I haven't been very faithful about writing, sorry. Life has been a bit hectic here. Our van, that I use for the paper route, had to have new brakes. My husband replaced them. The day he finished that the power steering started acting funny, something called the raconpion went out. He spent the weekend replacing that. Sunday morning I got up to a kitchen floor covered in water. The frig was leaking. We had just cleaned the coils last spring, but we spent Sunday afternoon cleaning them again hoping that would solve the problem without an expensive fix. So far it has held up! Today I was trying to put a rolled serge hem around a piece of shear fabric for a lady to use as a shawl over a formal dress and my serger's upper looper tension wasn't working. I got the piece finished by holding the thread where it comes off the cone between my fingers to simulate tension while serging the edge of the material. This afternoon when I take our little bee keeper to piano lessons I am going to stop by my favorite sewing machine dealer and have them look at it. I called this morning and it may be just something stuck in there preventing it from working right, if not my baby will be at the doctors being fixed.

The above picture is of a wall hanging a lady is giving to her parents as an anniversary present. It is beautiful up close. The flowers are applicaid on by needle turn. No, I didn't do it! I wish. The stitches are so tiny and perfect! I embroidered the verse on the bottom for her.

I was going to show a picture of the material I picked out to make the table topper for my brother, but the cat seems to have claimed it as his bed. He looks so cute, don't trust that innocent look. He loved to chew up paper. I have to chase him out if I am not here or else he chews up patterns, directions, books, you name it.

This looks like a wonderful idea-laze away the afternoon in a sunny spot-ah that would be the life!

Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The bridesmaid dress fit perfect! I was so happy. I put a lot of work into altering the pattern. This morning I embroidered two shirts and picked out fabric for a quilted table cover for my next to oldest brother.

It's a cloudy day here, but we are going to spend the afternoon in the park. We all need a day out.

Above is a picture of one of hankerchiefs I received. This is all hand done. It is the most beautiful delicate thing.

Oh, salsa making ends up not being finished after all. So many men have ask for salsa at work that my husband ask me to make some more. This afternoon when I get home I will be making hot salsa. He wants another batch of mild also. The only problem I am running into is finding tomatoes. Ours have about puttered out and it doesn't seem to have been the best year for tomatoes here.

Sew Long for Now!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Besides the obvious fact it needs pressing, the bridesmaid dress is finished.

It took me over 14 hours to complete. It looked deceivingly simple to make. Since it was a formal I hand stitched the hem, the lining down, and the zipper to the lining. I hope she will be happy when she picks it up today.

I also finished the embroidery on the pants. The only customer work I have left to do is embroidery two shirts, if you don't count that digitizing I have for a friend.

I really need to get to work on my brother's quilt and Christmas gifts. My in-laws and my sister-in-law are coming next week for a visit. When they are here I do not get much done. I love having them though!

Sew Long for Now!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Yesterday this skirt was attached to the bodice, basted. The customer came over for a fitting. I needed to let it out at the waist about an inch. I took out the basting and let out the side seams. Now, after I press it, I will attach the skirt permenantly to the bodice. It fit great at the bust and hips. I was so happy. I need to put in the zipper, adjust the straps and hem it. It's a simple looking dress, but it has taken many hours to adjust the measurements and put the details together. She leaves for the wedding next Thursday.

I have two pair of pants to embroidery before next week also. Two shirts to embroider also. That's ok I am taking a week or two off from sewing for others coming up because my in-laws are coming for a visit.

Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The wonderful lady who blessed me with so much sewing supplies the last couple of weeks brought over some more this past weekend. Among the buttons and trim I found a bag full of antique hankerchiefs and napkins. She cut things like this up to use as trim on her dolls. Some of them are in disrepair because of being stored in a black garbage bag, but I can't cut them up or throw them out. I have begun to clean them up. I have been hand washing them to clean them of dirt. So far I have washed over 50 and there are more. I hung them out to dry and next I want to press them. I am going to store them in acid free tissue paper until I decide what to do with them. One beautiful one with dogwoods on has so many holes I just don't know what to do. It is so sad to see such lovely textiles in that shape. I just love them all.

I am still working on the bridesmaid dress. I put the bodice together with the lining and worked on altering the skirt of the dress. Today I am going to put the skirt together and then fit in on the bodice. I may try to put in the zipper. I need to get the customer over for a fitting this week.

Autumn and Spring are times of the year when I get so many ideas. My head is whirling around with projects I want to do. I wish I had more time to do them all. Life is so full.

Sew Long for Now!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I got the boning added to the bodice liner yesterday. It wasn't too hard. I also added button holes to the liner because the customer ask for removable straps. I finished the straps the other day and finished adding the buttons to them yesterday. When she come for a fitting I will make sure the buttons are in the right place.

Sew Long for Now!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The bridesmaid dress is coming along. I put the bodice together yesterday. I went to Joann's later in the day and bought the boning and a zipper.

The little bee keeper took some pictures yesterday of the buckwheat in bloom. He said the bees were loving it.

Of course he had to take more pictures of the bees. Fall is coming and they are busy getting ready for the cold weather.

I did make another batch of salsa yesterday. Hopefully my last of the season. It makes your eyes water and nose run having it simmering and then I get habenero on my hands and under my nails and it takes days to wear off. Soap just doesn't remove it. I shouldn't complain though. I have been blessed by the sell of it this summer.

Sew Long for Now!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I began cutting out the material for the bridesmaid dress yesterday. The customer who brought me the material and pattern did not have any experience with buying patterns and I found that the bust was 5 inches too big. This is a sleeveless dress. I altered the pattern and so far I have altered out 3 inches. I need to get rid of another two. It has 3 seams on each side, six seams to subtract equally from, so I will take .50 off of two seams and .25 off of four seams and that should make 2 inches. Then I will be able to cut the inner lining the right size the first time I cut it out. This dress also has boning and I have never put boning in a dress I made. I have worked around it altering dresses. I pray it is not too complicated to deal with. Besides the bridesmaid dress I have two pairs of pants to embroidery and a table topper I want to do for my brother.

Oh, and it's Wednesday. I am suppose to be making salsa today. I hope I have enough tomatoes to do a batch. By the way I am a little burnt out on making salsa.

Sew Long for Now!

Monday, September 15, 2008

On the 14th of the month I participate in "a day in my life." I enjoy reading others day and find it fun to compare with women all over the world.

My day started at 3:30 a.m. when I awoke to the alarm clock and got up and ready to deliver the Sunday paper. I deliver papers 7 days a week, but Sundays are harder than the rest in our area. We lovingly refer to them as catalogs they are so big and full of ads. One of the children always go with me to help and today was Captain Kitty's turn. We picked up our papers at the distribution center and began to deliver them when I noticed the van was making a funny noise. It continued to make a funny noise and a strange vibration. I was thinking what do I do? I know that if you drive a vehicle when somethings wrong it can often make a worse problem and cause more in cost to fix so I continued until about 5:30 a.m. when I called the General. He had to go to work so I waited as long as I thought I could to wake him up. I explained to him the problem and he told me to come home and switch cars. My paper routes are near enough my house that it didn't take too much time, but it did cause a delay so I had to flag my routes (call in and ask for extra time in case a customer complained.) We finished about 7:40 and headed to Sheetz. On Sundays who ever helps me gets to get a milkshake on the way home. I noticed Sheetz still had a blank sign where they usually display their gas prices, so while paying for the shake I ask the lady when they thought they would get gas in. She said they didn't know, they were in a line for a truck. A lot of stations in town were completely out of gas due to people trying to fill up before they price went up from the problems associated with the hurricane. They began raising their prices Friday, some as much as $1.50 a gallon more.

When I got home I took a shower and got dressed to go to church. Sunday mornings can be a little hectic due to trying to hurry home from delivering the papers and get together myself and the children to go to church. We got ready and headed off to Sunday School. I had a lot of little errands to run at church. I brought three head of red cabbage and gave to a friend in Sunday School, I brought a web address I had been promising to e-mail another friend in Sunday School and kept forgetting, I paid another friend in Sunday School for a pizza kit my husband purchased from her son for a band booster fund raiser, and I took a purse I finished on Saturday to another friend who ask me to make one for her.

I thought the purse turned out cute. She wanted it shades of black. The inside is lined with pockets also.

Our Sunday School lesson was similar to our sermon this morning. Every fall our church does a session where everyone studies the same thing. We are doing a series called "Live Like You Were Dieing." The message was on priorities in your life. After church I came home and decided to take a short nap because I was going to stay up later than usual tonight. So after lunch Captain Kitty and I took a nap while our little bee keeper played on the x-box. I got up 1/2 hour before the General was due home and decided to check my e-mail and due a little surfing on the net. I had a message from our oldest son so I called him and about that time the General came home. The General had drove the van and said it was something in the fuel system causing the problem. He had stopped by the store on the way home and picked up a new fuel filter and air filter and went to changing it while I talked to our oldest. Then I gave him the phone and I drove the van around the block to check it out while he talked a while. The van was still doing it a little, but not like early this morning. We decided we had gotten some bad gas somewhere and I would just drive it until I ran that tank dry and then put some gas treatment in with the next fill-up.

When I came in I fixed supper, hot wings and chicken burgers so we could eat before our church meetings that evening. After supper the General and I headed off to our small home group meeting. The children stayed home. They could have gone to the church for a meeting, but they go to church several more times in a week and wanted to have a night of rest. With the school year started they have activities every night of the week right now and they need some time to just goof off. The General and I go on Sunday night because it is the only "church" time he gets during the week. Our small group is studying the same thing as Sunday School and church so we split into men and women and did the study. Afterwards they do a bit of socializing, but we usually leave pretty quickly because I have to go to bed.

When we got home I had a hard time going to sleep because of being all keyed up from the study and so it took me to 9:30 to get to sleep. Today I got up at 3 a.m. so I am going to be tired today!

Sew Long for Now!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Good morning. Yesterday was one of those busy, yet peaceful days. Have you ever had the kind that was filled with things to do, yet everything went smoothly on and you seemed to get things accomplished? I had planned to quilt the outside layer of the purse I am making. I also got the inside pockets made and attached. I didn't cut out the bridesmaid dress, but I did get 10 thank you cards made, wrote a note in each, and sent them on their way.

While working in the sewing room it struck me as cute that the cat's new favorite place to lie is on my cutting table. He looks so comfy there.

The house work and lessons with the children seemed to go so smoothly yesterday. I got some of my ironing and laundry done. The stairwell between floors got cleaned. The salsa was made and ready for the General to take to work today. We got all the lessons done for both children and didn't skip a thing. I even had time to work on sorting my coupons since getting the trading card holders to put them in. It will take me a few days more to get that in order.

Today I am looking forward to my sister, my niece, and my great nephew visiting on their way home from Pennsylvania. Captain Kitty begins singing school today and our little bee keeper has 4-H. At our home today is the last day of the week before the weekend. The General's days off are Friday and Saturday so we work on a different schedule than most. I look forward to having him here tomorrow and the different routine that brings.

Sew Long for Now!