Sunday, December 30, 2007
(ignore the glare)
Art of Late!
I got a new journal for Christmas and some tube watercolor paints. Never had tube watercolors before, but they are wonderful! I've done 2 entries as you can see right above this wording. This one at the very top is some scraps from my quilt -I finally sewed it together today!!!!! Wow, its been how many months- like 9 since I started it. Now I need to press it and then I need to add some flowers so I can stitch the 3 layers together throughout the middle of the quilt. I could do the edges ok, but not in the middle section. Anyhow- I am so happy to have done the edges-its actually usuable now- that I journaled today. The British flag photo is a working photo of the front of the travel journal I am putting together to take to London in Feb. with me. I am using a large board book and I am coloring the pages before I go, and of course doing the cover. I did that before we went to Ireland and it worked out great.
Art and my Dryer
Anyhow, Dave and Katie took off to visit his mom this morning- and they didn't ask me to go. First I thought I'd drive down to Absolutely Everything, but I know I'd buy tons of supplies and soend more cash than I really should right now, but then I saw my quilt pieces laying on my blanket chest- needing to be sewn together, and since it was just me and cats- and I could work in peace (well minus Leo wanting to crawl around on it)- so I did. Talk about happy. And the $22.49 part that fixed my dryer..yahoo! I know I need to go buy a new washer and dryer- but since I had to buy a new computer and my furniture is coming soon (I hope) and we had to put a new pump on the water system...I will wait until later in the spring for those purchases. I can afford $22.49 right now. Finally the pile of dirty clothes and towels is shrinking to an anthill size from a whole mountain range.
On the List
So still need to clean out the bathoom cabinet to put some stuff away and still want to take down the holiday decorations- can't believe a week ago we were heading into the Christmas home stretch- seems so long ago for some reason...need to learn how to crochet too- weird I can't do that since I knit- and I'm a really good knitter too. More snow due tonight, and I want to finish up some more photos in my Ireland books project, the Amazing Race is on shortly and I am into that show,and that's about it for tonight.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Also have been watching some DVD's, yesterday I scrapped some more Dublin photos (I either have take fewer good photos or restrain myself and not put so many into the books...either way...I'm horrible at restraint), been doing some cleaning/decluttering in small shots, still staring at my quilt to finish-which I just need to jump in and do. Talking about going to see National Treasure 2 today since I really want to see that also. Of course we had a major cat fight the other night- was ready to declaw Leo, and tonight we have the big game- win Pats and get a record for an undefeated regular season. Still have 3 more days after today and not sure what I will do with them...and it is hard to believe its almost 2008 and almost end of first semester at school too. And almost London in another 8 weeks. Wow. That's a lot.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Highlights of 2007: (not in any order)
1- going to Ireland and Philly
2-new dept. head at work
3-Katie getting her liscense
4-Dave finishing out back lawn and getting the rest of the house painted- now its all 1 color- our new choice, sage green
5-getting published 3 times
6-my art projects -they make me happy
7-my museum of the month project (made every month but June, Sept and October- but with some months being more than 1 museum-think I'll do it again in 08.) was a great successful and fun project
8-spending some great family time and having some great laughs
9-my lake job this past summer -1 morning a week, lots of reading time, a little play money
10-my investments are almost back to orirginal investment
11- having good friends and good times-always a positive
and...as I think of them I'll add to this list...because there's always more...
NOW WE LOOK AHEAD, JUST BARELY, BUT ITS A THOUGHT
For next year- want to do more Museum of the Month-lets see how successful I can be year 2 and my big idea, send out 1 submission a month. Think I can do it? I don't know. Maybe 1 every 2 months so it doesn't get to be too stressful and stops being fun. Something to ponder. Something to play with.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I want a day to play and relax.
My dryer died and I am stuck with a wet load of bath sheets and a load of wet jeans.
I need to go to Maine today to visit my in-laws.
Tomorrow I need to go to Mass. to visit my family.
Why does everyone feel they need to see us at Christmas?
I don't get that. But then I'm a cold fish who doesn't want to be alone, but just be with Dave and Katie.
What I really want is a down day.
People here seem to think you should work right up through the 24th but still send cards, buy gifts and wrap them, have a wonderful meal, bake lots of treats, remember everyone on the planet...
I am cranky down deep- never mind my sinuses are killing me and when that happens my jaws, neck and shoulders always get so stiff and sore.
This is not a vacation weekend- this is a weekend of extra work.
Yesterday I had to shop, but I still need a few things like to go to the meat market and get a roast for Tuesday dinner.
I want to stay home and watch Christmas movies.
I want Christmas to be fun again.
I think people have forgotten about what Christmas is and society needs to stop asking so much of us.
I am not enjoying this, no matter how much I try to get myself in a good mood.
And I'm TIRED too.
Right now I say- get this done with. But I'm not sure I really deep down mean this.
But thanks for listening and letting me unload a bit.
Of course, if I just got up and did somethign rather trying to get my act together here...rather than dwelling and complaining...
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wish I could say I made these cookies today- but I made them a week ago. Hopefully will get to do some baking this weekend- along with getting a few last minute gifts , cards went out Thursday- 99% of my needed gifts got wrapped yesterday during our snow storm (just a few gifts left to wrap), need to get groceries and want to relax and have fun! The holiday rush and stress is kind of crazy as we all think we need to do all these things to have the perfect holiday.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Its been a wild couple of day since Wednesday's post about my day in Manchester. Thursday we went to the Boston Museum of Science on our annual semester field trip with the Biology kids. Our principal didn't want us to go as we were suppose to get SNOW (again) but we said it wasn't going to start till 4 and if we left early we'd be back- well, we did leave early (after having the museum to ourselves practically) but the snow moved in early and it took us almost 3 hours to get back to Portsmouth instead of the usual 1 hour. The roads were terrible!!!!!!!! That's an understatment. Dave picked me up in Portsmouth as I left my car at a friend's since he had the truck with 4 wheel drive, and traffic never got over 20 miles an hour and it took us almost 3 hours to get back home- now it was 7:30.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
10 years ago I was....37, mom of a 6 year old, still teaching at the high school, wishing for another baby and mad my hubby was in a different place with that situation
7 years ago I was...adopting my puppy Harley, we still had Winnie, is this when I was in grad school for the second time? at UNH?
6 years ago I was...on trip to San deigo with the family, poor Winnie got sick and passed away (miss that Win Bins still to day so much), adopted Emmie the cat
5 years ago I was...thinking my addition was going to get finished, took a trip to Quebec, hmmm, pretty sad I can't remember much more, did we move into the new school that year? what a blur it all becomes
4 years ago I was..on a vacation to the wild west with my favorite family people,
3 years ago I was...we went to DC on vacation, Katie started middle school and got her braces, I loved watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, got my first art published, still was teaching at my present job, my Dad passed away from his heart/lung issues, the Red Sox won the world series and broke the curse, and I went to Atlanta to National Science Teachers Convention,did I got to NC to visit Ina that summer?, taking lots of art classes
2 years ago I was...adopting my cattie-man Leo, went to Italy and did a family fun trip to Disney World in the fall, did I got to Dallas for National Science Teacher's convention?????, taking art classes, was driving a subaru outback
1 year ago I was...on a trip to Chicago, on a trip to Vegas, Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon, was still getting published, got my VW, had a daughter who started high school, got her braces off, Dave had his kidney surgery
Time becomes a blur without a reference point, and its hard to get that point often....plus life -my life- is many little things, not big things (which can be a good thing I guess) but sooo rich and full of wonderful gifts that I don't neccesarily stop to put them on a calendar.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Its Leo hiding under the hottub deck, appalled there is snow outside. Oh his poor cold little paws.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
What else is going to break? We order our furniture last month and that is due in in 2-4 weeks- then the injection tank went on the water system, and then the computer...which Dave and I both played around with to try to salvage it for another few months...
Love this 17 inch screen though! No flashing either and having to manipulate the cord to try to get it to stop.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Yesterday was fun. Besides the museum of fun to see people we haven't seen in a couple of years. Went to Pearl paints and Cambridge and Dave got me a couple of holiday gifts, and then went out for Thai food- now none of this is a favorite thing for Dave but he had a good day and put up with it all. Its was great holiday treat.
Rest of the weekend was fun too- got our tree- will post photos later once they come off the camera- and put it up- was freezing Saturday- high of 16 with bitter winds- but we chopped our tree like good sports- and FRiday was the big buzz in Rochester when someone took some hostages at the Hilary Clinton Campaign headquarters in Rochester...at least that ended well...
will post more later- Mom's on the telephone.