Archive for July, 2012

This year we got a vacation

July 28, 2012

It was two years since our last vacation. That meant I hadn’t seen my mother and siblings in that long. The situation with work and moving my mother-in-law down here kept getting in the way so it was nice to have a chance to get away.

Our first getaway was to Branson. This was a first for us. Jim’s uncle let us use his timeshare for a week. I couldn’t imagine being in a place for that long without it being at a relatives but we managed to do it.  We went to craft malls, several shows and tried out different restaurants.

Our second trip was to Wisconsin to see my family by way of Minnesota. We spent about two weeks there. We went to an Amish store and bought bulk foods  and visited with a rug weaver. It got me feeling like getting my loom going. We brought my mother back here and she spent almost two weeks here. I tried finding things for her to do. I took her rughooking with me one day and took her to a sewing class to learn how to make a coiled basket. She started a quilt top and seemed to have a good time.

About a week ago, we all piled in the van to go to a wedding in Omaha. The next day it was back in the van for Wisconsin to take her back home. It is a long trip so we tried to find interesting stops to break up the trip.

We finally got home on Thursday. It was an all day trip with stops in Mineral Point and Madison. I need to find an inexpensive way to break up this trip as doing the trip in just one day takes a big toll. I think we covered 7 states in our travels so far this summer which seems like more than enough. 🙂

 Lewis and Clark Visitor Center in Nebraska City, NE

The basket Mom sewed in the class we took.

The wild flower prairie at Mom’s.

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I need a plan for fall

July 28, 2012

At this point, I have had no responses to the job applications I submitted for jobs. I feel a little remorse for not staying at the last place but emphasis is on the “little”. I do need to do something though to keep myself employable and to generate some income. I imagine I will sub locally but I can’t take a steady diet of that so need to work out what I can do creatively.

1. I have a chip carved plate to finish.

2. I have to finish a hooked rug pattern of Christmas star.

3. I have a small mat to finish of the manger.

4. I have Christmas quilt to finish.

5. I have a carved Jesus to finish.

6. I want to paint the portrait of Heather and Scott I have sketched out.

7. I have some baby blankets to finish.

8. I want to sew some baby bibs.

9. I need to finish the Christmas dish towels I have started.

10. I have a sheep mat to finish up.

11. I want to weave off the warp I have on the big loom.

12. I have a hummingbird to finish carving.

13. I have a watercolor class scheduled for the fall.

14. I have a bunny rug to bind.

15. I have to learn to use my circular sock machine.

I have many projects started that need finishing. Now if I can find the balance and energy to get them done.