Thursday, August 30, 2012


This is not my first time.

But the internet has changed so much in 4 years that I really began to worry about how to share this information.  Facebook, the logical 2012 answer to "how to tell anyone anything" just didn't seem like the right venue for news so personal and monumental.  (but of course I have to link this post on FB for fear that my family will revolt otherwise..)
No, instead I wanted to share this my way, in the comfort of my own blog.

Here he is, baby #2. 

Due January 2013.  Insomnia explained.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Catch the moment

This morning George got up early (I had a good night sleep, thank goodness), and was feeling creative I guess.  He said he wanted to paint.

Why not?  7:30 in the morning?  I didn't have to go to work, what else should we have been doing? So he painted.

He made a picture of Thumper's family in their burrow from the book "Thumper and his Sisters"

photo borrowed from here:
We read the book a few nights ago and I was really happy to see him want to draw/paint a picture of something, because most of his recent artwork is more on the abstract side.

This is still pretty abstract, but when he points out what each shape is supposed to be, it's pretty easy to follow.  I'm happy that he can express himself and that I was patient and open to the idea of an early morning art session.  Hell, I'm most creative in the early morning, I shouldn't be surprised that he is too. 
When do you feel most creative?

Saturday, August 25, 2012


So I've been having a bit of insomnia lately.. a bit more often than I'd like actually. Two or three nights a week I find myself up from 3-6 a.m. or thereabouts.
Makes me wish I had maintainted that twitter account a bit better and had friends to talk to at this hour, but then again, I really wish I were sleeping.
I think I know the reasons behind this crazy messed up sleeping pattern, and I'll be ready to share most of them in the next few weeks, but for now let's just call it "stress", ok?
This has been one intense, full, and hectic year.  One in which my life has grown and changed in so  many ways, but this blog which has been my daily companion for 6 years now, has gone by the wayside.  I feel.. disconnected. 
So out of the loop.
And I miss it.  I miss it on nights like tonight when I'm up with time to kill, reading blogs and seeing what everyone else is making and doing.  Now I've been doing plenty of making and doing myself, none of which I can show you because no one appreciates a 4am photo shoot, right?  But I'll show you this..

My latest impulse buy (thank you Joann's sale emails), a 40 yard roll of Warm & Natural.
And it's not just sitting there either, I've been cutting off this roll left and right.  Things are getting quilted, things are getting done.
But life moves too fast to blog about it all. 

The new semester is starting next week, and I've been trying hard to prep ahead of schedule this time around so I can avoid late night lesson planning (which never really goes as well as I'd hope in class the next day) and give myself some breathing room (maybe even blogging room) in the new weekly routine that's about to work itself out.  I've got 6 classes at 2 different universities this year.  All ESL, mostly writing and grammar, with a fair amount of accent reduction thrown in.  (Lesly, if you're up in the middle of the night and want to chat about teaching stress-attracting suffixes, lmk!)
I'm really looking forward to school, and fall, but mostly to the end of this chaotic summer that I've had.  I'm just not a summer person and I realize this more and more as I get older.  Is anybody else looking forward to putting this hot muggy season behind us?

I think I sleep better with cooler weather too.  Well, I know I sleep better under a quilt anyway.

Monday, August 6, 2012

It's been a long time

Guess what's finished and on its way to the long armer?

I worked on this top for a little more than 2 years, and I. Love. It.
Just a teaser shot for now, thanks for your patience...

Travel Quilt #6 and some public crafting

I have been working steadily on Travel Quilt #6 since last fall and it is growing.  I got a chance to piece a few units while I was in Manha...