Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm so far behind, I'll never get caught up

Being behind seems to be the story of my life. There are so many things I need to do, like organize my quilting studio, and taking everything out of the linen closet and putting it back in neatly so I can shut the door. Now my dryer decides to get done right when I'm involved with something else.

EVQG had their Christmas dinner about a month ago. It was good, mainly because it was catered. So, all we had to do was show up and eat. Ahhh, that is good. I don't enjoy all the cooking that the Holidays involve. I do enough of that all through the year.

I think we had a smaller gathering than usual. I noticed quite a few missing faces. Our exchange this year was food fabric and either food or an ingredient and a recipe to go with the fabric. I took grape fabric, grapes and a recipe for Waldorf Salad. I received cherry fabric and a recipe for cherry, choc. chip cookies and the cookies. They were delicious! This was one of my favorite exchanges, along with the sock exchange we did a few years ago.

We finally got around to putting up a little tree, only about two foot tall. It gave the sun room a Christmassy feel. Of course it has been down a long time now.

Our Christmas day did not go as planned. Our 3:00 dinner turned out to be 8:00 p.m. The power went out at 2:00, right when I was planning to start on the last minute things too cook, like potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls. It never came back on til 7:00 p.m. ! It had gotten so late that we'd gotten out the oil lamps and the propane camp stove and I was cooking the potatoes on it when the power came back on.

Dora's boyfriend had a birthday in December. She baked him a cake. Actually two cakes, a chocolate cake and a red velvet cake. She then cut the two cakes in half and put half of each together for a half and half cake. Joe likes red velvet and Dora likes chocolate.

We forgot to take a picture until she was boxing it up to take to his party. Some of their friends got together at Side Lines. At least this time the camera didn't get stolen. Or I guess it didn't. She hasn't said anything about it, so I assume the camera is still in her possession. She used jell icing to draw bats and took an over the hill candle and scraped off the writing and wrote "Joey Von Zombie King of the Undead" on it. She didn't know where to put the candle, I suggested the "butt crack". Well that is what it looks like where the two halves of the cake are put together. There is a little gap there and the frosting dips down.

Then right before Christmas this arrived!

Seven large, heavy boxes. It seems I got myself into a little trouble on e-bay. Well I just couldn't help myself. There it was, just 3 hrs. to go and this 1995 APQS Ultimate II quilting system starting at $1500. So I put in a bid, thinking their were others waiting to the last minute to bid on it. There was another system that was being bid on. I figured some of those bidders would bid on mine when they go out bid on the other one. Well, that didn't happen, no one else bid on it and I got it for the minimum bid. I was in sock! Of course I've recovered from my sock and am currently in the process of quilting my 5th quilt on it.


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