Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Good news! If you forgot to get graham crackers yesterday for a cheesecake crust and are too agoraphobic to brave the Commissary today, Ritz crackers make a perfectly tasty crust.
On the crafty front, I recently acquired a darning foot and practiced free motion quilting on a couple potholders. Free motion quilting is lots of fun. Crazy, holy-crap-we-are-all-over-the-place fun. The fall colors quilt top is done, and I would love to quilt it with leaf shapes (which will probably be more of a meander with vague leafy hints). At least for now I can loose the dangerously beat up (and hideous) snowman potholders.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

11 years

Happy anniversary Lawyerguy!
You still make my heart go pitter pat every time I see you, even now when it is just on Messenger.
I will see you soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I can has mood swings?

Today while on the webcam with Lawyerguy he told me a friend in the Pentagon (I know, WEIRD) called him to say that his new orders just cleared, and next summer we are PCSing to Kadena AFB in Okinawa.
Since then I have accomplished absolutely nothing.
I am really really really excited; years ago Lawyerguy and I spent a summer in Japan on a study abroad trip and I loved the country. I think about it all the time. My kid has grown up on a steady diet of onigiri and My Neighbor Totoro (um, not that he is eating Totoro. That came out weird.) My sister took Monkey on the Finding Nemo ride at Epcot 3 or 4 times, just so I could run out to the Japan area. I was actually thinking about how much I would like to go back yesterday.

But just between you and me, I have a bit of a stomach ache. When my dad responded to my news with "Oh no!" it didn't help.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quilt decisions

Home from my trip and life is back to as normal as it ever is. My big event today is deciding which color sashing to do on my fall colors quilt. Opinions?

The pattern on the dark might be a little too linear. But it is so beautiful, and the colors make you want to snuggle under it with a cup of tea and a good book, and listen to the leaves blow.

The light, leafy print looks better than it photographed here. The scattering of leaves is subtle and is thematically perfect. Instead of reminding you of quiet nights inside, it makes you think of walking outside under a bright sky, white from clouds covering the blue and acting as a giant diffuser.

Then there is the option of combining the two, with small squares of one color where all the corners meet to add interest. But which should be the main color? Once again I am so busy seeing both sides of an argument that I am unable to make a decision.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


The amphibian, not the knitting type.
A girl can only sit in front of Netflicks watching Red Dwarf and knitting a sweater for so long. Plus, visitors are coming soon and my ratty looking ironing board lives in the guest room.
I followed no particular pattern or tutorial; it's an ironing board cover, not rocket science. The fabric was from my stash too, so I get to feel all wholesome about that. The real question is why did I have 2+ yards of poison arrow frog fabric sitting around?

Saturday, November 01, 2008


No trick or treating for us last night; we got dressed up after dinner and when asked if he wanted to go get candy, Monkey replied "No thanks!"
Really? You don't want to go next door and get a treat?
So we stayed in and watched My Neighbor Totoro for the millionth time, and I painted Chibi Totoro in Monkey's bedroom, to go with Chu Totoro who sits on top of his closet.