Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day

We spent the first half of the day laboring.... Seemed appropriate, though not much fun! I got a lot of stuff cleared up downstairs, and stashed appropriately, or better yet, in "the freighter" to be carted off to Salvation Army tomorrow. The last thing we'll load tomorrow is a big old TV. The van will be full at that point. And still, we have too much "stuff". The decluttering continues.

Since the Kitchen Kabinet Adventure of 2008 is over now, we can start picking out counter tops and appliances. Everything in the kitchen is in need of repair or replacement. The sink pipe leaks. (I wrapped the pipe with seran wrap and duct tape to hold us over - and I'll have you know, that solution has worked for several years!) The stove top ignition broke and we light it with a lighter. No biggie - it works!! The oven is variable in temperature. And the microwave which works.....

(most of the time.......)

Oopsie! The handle came off in my hand a few days ago, and I rigged a pull with duct tape. I think I could get through just about anything, if I had duct tape and WD40. :)

This afternoon, Michael decided the day deserved a dessert!

He mixed up a cheesecake and did the dishes too! Yay! (It is yummy!)

I spent the late afternoon in my sewing room. I worked on another block for the Saturday Sampler.....

And, yes. I changed one of the colors... on purpose! "Quilter's choice" is a phrase I hear often, so this is what I will call it. I felt this combination showed the actual pattern of this block a bit more clearly.... in retrospect, I might have even changed it more, going with a gold substitution, but this is fine!

And then, since I've been working on a lot of the Saturday Sampler, which is rather challenging, I decided to give my brain a rest. I finished putting together the simple squares for the charm quilt for my niece. It was supposed to be a high school graduation gift.....

She starts her second year of college any day now! Sigh! It was supposed to be a surprise too, but maybe she can look forward to it if she happens to see it here. I'm headed for M&L's tomorrow to pick up some white-on-white for general use, but I think I will get some black for the ladybug quilt sashing, some yellow for a narrow first border (if you click the picture, the center of each daisy is yellow), and some red for the next border (picking up the red from the ladybugs), and more black for a binding.... How does that sound? Suggestions anyone?

Anyway, it may be late, but I am making progress on my UFOs, so that counts for something! :)

We finished the day with quick grilled chicken breasts and grilled squash from our garden, and fresh sliced tomatoes from the garden too! Yummy and easy!!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day!


Yvette said...

Did I see a trip to M&L's is planned for today? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Have fun my friend.

Karene said...

I can vouch for the "yummy" veggies. I LOVE THEM !!!


Jackie said...

Your finds at M&L's looked sensational! Wiffie checked out the blog, and loves the colors of the blocks!