October 31, 2008

Weirdness

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Happy Halloween!!!!!! It’s noon and I’ve already eaten about a year’s worth of candy.  I feel a little sick……

Remember when you were a kid and you were so mad that you had to go trick or treating with you jacket on and you were mad about it because it totally messed up the costume?  Well that’s not really an issue anymore for us.  It’s in the 80’s here and will continue to be that way for the next week or so.  I think the low at night is about 60.  I don’t have any kids young enough to trick or treat but I’m just saying.  Very weird weather.

And on the subject of weird, we had an earthquake last night.

We live in TEXAS.

We didn’t feel it here were I live but it was centered about 30 miles away from here.  It was a small one but still….an earthquake….in Texas.  Now that’s weird.

We’re closing on the house today.  Hooray!!!!  I don’t really know what I’m hooraying about because I just got a call and they need, guess what, more money.  Of course they do!  Don’t we all need more money and I guess if all I had to do was make a call to get some, I would do it too.  No worries, we expected that kind of call anway.

Gotta run and make some sack lunches for the girls.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween 🙂

October 29, 2008

Darning Foot

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I’ve decided to get a darning foot for my sewing machine and start machine quilting but here’s my problem.  Do I have to order one from the Singer website or is there any place, like Joanns, that sells them?  I bought my machine from Wal-Mart…..Singer Simplicity….so are the feet pretty much standard?  I know there is a difference between low shank and high shank but other than that, are there any differences?  I’m all about instant gratification and would love to be able to purchase from a store rather than order online and wait.  Let me know if you have any insight for me please.

October 27, 2008

Book reviews

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:36 pm by sillydreamer

Boys are napping, realtor just left with some lookers and laundry is caught up for the moment so all is well in my world.  On to the books……

“Not Just the Levees Broke” by Phyllis Montana-Leblanc

After Katrina, Spike Lee went to New Orleans to do a documentary and Phyllis was one of the people he interviewed.  He said it was clear to him that she was the dominant voice in the piece and from that, this book was born.

While reading this book I had the same anger flare ups as I did when I watched all this unfolding on the TV.  I can’t imagine what these people actually had to endure and I can’t believe that it took so long for them to get help.  It makes me angry just blogging about it now.  I haven’t researched this and I can’t remember hearing anything but were there every any criminal charges filed against the people responsible for the levee inspections?  If not, why?  Not one single person died from the hurricane, they died when the levees broke (according to the book).  Why after all this time are there no houses or apartments for these people to go back to?  Over the summer we actually drove through New Orleans and from the parts we saw, it was a sad sight.  They still have buildings just boarded up.  Hello?  Can we fix them or can we tear them down?   I’m so glad this book was written to give people a perspective from  someone who was there and had lived through it.  I hope this book helped her to heal and I think she’s very brave to have shared her story. 

After the Fire” by Robin Gaby Fisher

This book is the story of two young men, Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, who were critically burned in the fire at the freshman dorm at Seton Hall University in January 2000.  I cried through most of this book but as sad and heartbreaking as it was, it was uplifting and empowering to see the strength and courage these two boys have shown to recover mentally and physically from this.  The power of love, friends and family can carry you through just about anything and that was message I got from their story. 
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And that’s it for the book reviews.  I’ve got two more waiting for me in my nightstand 🙂

Happy Monday

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Ahhhh, I finally had some relaxing down time and that’s just what I needed.  The past week or so I have been an absolute ball of nerves.  It’s not just one particular incident but I think the whole buying, selling, moving hoopla was getting the best of me.

On Thursday I got a call for a showing on the house.  The time frame was 1:00 to 3:30 so I rushed around and picked up which wasn’t bad at all.  Hubby was home and he didn’t want to be here while they were showing it and neither did I, so we loaded the boys up and ran a few errands.  Thank the heavens above the baby is a good car rider and pretty much slept the whole time.  We get home and find out from our agent later that the people were a  no show.  They got busy at work and couldn’t make it.  Our agent wasn’t happy and let the other agent know which made me feel good.  It’s just one of those things you have to deal with so what can you do?

Friday was our school’s homecoming so I got off early (at 2:00!) for that.  My job is pretty much stress free these days but it was nice to just have that time to chill with my kids and sit outside on a gorgeous day.That’s when my nerves began to unwind a little.  After the parade the no shows from the day before did actually make this showing so that was good.  We found something to do for an hour and a half so everything worked out just fine.

Went to the football game Friday evening.   The drill team performed before the game so by half time we were out of there lol.

Hubby worked so Saturday I ventured out to the grocery store and then quilted and read the rest of the day.

Same thing on Sunday and that was heavenly.  I finished two books which I will write about later and am just about done with the quilt.  We didn’t have any showings on the house but that’s ok.

We finally have an executed contract and a letter giving the ok for a short sale on the new house so we are cruising right along.  The lender thinks we might could close on Friday but we’ll see.  We got a copy of the homeowner’s association rules and that was….interesting.  We’ve never had to deal with that before but it will be alright.  From the looks of it, there are a few rules that are overlooked and that’s fine by me considering we have 3 cars and a 2 car garage and you’re supposed to park in your garage at night.  There are many houses that don’t do that so we’re going to go along with that 🙂

Gotta run….I can’t wait to share my two books with you later.  They were both really good!

October 22, 2008

Happy Hump Day

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 2:18 pm by sillydreamer

I really thought today was Tuesday so I’m a little pumped figuring out that it’s Wednesday already!  Where has this week gone?  Actually I think it’s been about a week since I even updated so time has flown.  We’ve been super busy so I guess that explains it.

We rented a storage unit and cleared out a lot of things from this house that we aren’t using.  That took up the majority of the week-end.  I can’t remember when I’ve been so pooped from two days off!  It’s also a big reminder that I have got to start exercising and build some upper body strength but I don’t want to dwell on that right now.  After packing and cleaning, we got this house up for sale.  Now just imagine the stress of keeping it neat as a pin 24/7.   It’s made even more grey hairs for me and I don’t have the time to get that taken care of.   I’m just trying to keep my eye on prize of closing on the other house and eventually, someday, getting settled in over there.

October 16, 2008

Just words

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“I’m so sorry for your loss.”

Those words sound so empty and hollow but what else can you say to someone at a visitation?  I would have rather ran up and down the aisles screaming,”this sucks and I’m so mad” but that’s hardly appropriate or comforting to the family.  But dammit, 20 year old little girls shouldn’t die in car wrecks, parents should not bury their children and freshman and senior boys shouldn’t have to stand in a receiving line and thank people for coming to see them since their sister passed away.  It just sucks!

My heart goes out to this family in every way possible.  Their daughter was away at Texas A & M and was killed in a car accident on Sunday afternoon.   Let me tell you, grief is a tangible thing.  I felt it rolling off her Mother in waves when I hugged her.  I’m just so sad for her and can’t even begin to imagine how she feels.   I know she has a wonderful support system of family and friends and she’s going to need it.  I’ve said a million prayers for them and if you are praying kind, could you also do the same?

October 10, 2008

Progress

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:55 pm by sillydreamer

I have just spent the last 15 minutes browsing back through my old posts and boy was it enlightening.  First of all because I used to actually write longer posts about things going on in my life.  I guess I must have bored myself silly because I don’t do a lot of that anymore lol.  It was also enlightening to see that back just over a year ago is when I started learning how to quilt and 15 months later I  have completed 9 quilts!  That’s amazing to me.  By no means am I claiming to be great at it but with every quilt I have learned something new and isn’t that what life is supposed to be about?  I’m happy to have found something that gives me joy and challenges me.  I’m so thankful that there are so many fantastic quilters out there that share their work online because that inspires me to try new things too.  I only have two quilting friends in my real life so blog land is a blessing to me.   I hope everyone enjoys their week-end.  We are headed down to an out of town football game but other than that, no plans for me.  No complaints because no plans equals lots of quilting time 🙂

October 9, 2008

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:20 pm by sillydreamer

I just love this time of year!  Because we are in Texas, we don’t get the beautiful changing of leaves colors but we do get some cool morning temps and for that I am grateful!  After the brutal summers we endure, it’s the least Mother Nature can do for us, don’t you think?  I love that early morning chill and even the afternoons are nice too.  I’ll take mid 80’s anyday 🙂

I’ve been busy, busy quilting my blanket.  I would say another week or so and I will be done.  I already have my next project swirling in my head.  What in the world did we do before we had internet?  I get my best inspiration from browsing other people’s blog and looking at what they have created.  It really gets my juices flowing!

My boys will be here soon so I need to get a few things done before they arrive.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!!

October 7, 2008

Reminder to myself

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It’s all ok,
just breathe.
Don’t be negative, just rise above.
Focus
think
breathe.

Concentrate on one thing,
go with it.
Breathe
Let it all melt away.
Focus
Center
What matters most?
Let go of the rest
and breathe.

October 2, 2008

My Apologies

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I’ve been terrible at updating my own blog and even worse at commenting on the ones I do read.  For shame!  For those of you that check your stats, if you see that I’ve read yours and didn’t comment, it’s usually because as I’m reading, I get called away from the computer for one of a thousand reasons but I’m trying to do better.

Ok, so I did finish the book “Stolen Innocence” that I mentioned in an earlier post.  In my head I had all those things I was going to say about it but those words don’t come out as nicely put together when I go to type them.  I swear I have developed ADD in my old age  because I can’t seem to stay on task. 

Religion fascinates me and it’s something that I struggle with myself.  From 6th grade until 12th I attended a Baptist church every time the doors were open so I know all about what Baptists believe.  According to them, you only go to heaven if you are “saved”.  According to some other religions you will only go to heaven if you are a member of their faith.  See the confusion there?

In this book, Ms. Walls was taught as a member of the Fundamentalist Mormons (FLDS) a man can only achieve the highest level of heaven if he has at least three wives and women can’t get to heaven at all unless they are married and need to be one of at least three wives to also reach the highest level with her husband and sister wives.  Anything the Prophet says is the same as if God is saying it and by disobeying the Prophet, you are disobeying God.  Talk about complete control over people!  I’m so happy this young woman had the courage to go out on her own and tell the world about what is really going on. 

As a society I think we are so afraid to discuss religious beliefs because we don’t want to offend anyone and I certainly am not trying to offend any religion here but wrong is wrong, and marrying off a 14 year old girl in the name of God is wrong.  As I said myself, I struggle with exactly what I do believe but I do know that God (or whatever higher power out there) does not want that for any child.  

And in the infamous words of Mr Gump, “that’s all I have to say about that.”  LOL!