Wednesday, March 5, 2014

California Dreamin'


Working on these blocks from Jaybird Quilts' Toes in the Sand is helping me move on from the winter doldrums.  Each block is named for a California beach, and I can only dream about what it would be like to be on one of them right now.  Since the pattern calls for making two of each block, this will be a large quilt.  It's intended to be a wedding gift, but more on that later!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Long Winter's Nap

As you can see, we've been up to our chairs in snow this winter.  This photo was taken after the great ice storm of  '14 when we lost power for 44 hours.  Fortunately, we have a gas fireplace that kept us toasty for the duration, but I discovered that I get quite cranky when I've been without coffee for 72 hours. Not much on an inconvenience, really, when we knew people who were without power for five days.

We've had snow on the ground since December which is quite unusual for us in the Philadelphia area.  As a result, my morale and motivation have taken quite a hit the last month.  I've hardly been at the sewing machine despite needing to keep going on the paper piecing class I'm taking.  I've been working away at those bottles of beer (stitching only--I hardly ever drink the stuff!!) and am up to 62 (of 99) completed.  I didn't make the deadline for the Smalls SAL in February.  In other words, very little to show for my time.  I did, however, watch all the episodes of House of Cards Season 2.

And I didn't even mention the technology h*ll that went on around here for a week or so.  All prompted by my husband wanting a keyboard for his iPad.  Great gadget, except that it wouldn't make the Bluetooth connection in our house.  I took it back to the store and the connection was made in seconds.  Then, I dropped my beloved classic Nook (or as the B&N saleswoman said, the one from 2009) and cracked the screen. I decided to get a Nook Glowlight since I already have a tablet and I really like the e-ink display.  But it was not love at first use with this new e-reader and less so when I couldn't get it to connect to the internet in the house.  Again, it connected in seconds when I used the free wi-fi at the library.  (Yeah, I know, ironic that I took my e-reader to the library to get it to work).  All of which forced me to come to grips with the fact that our wireless router is really outdated and inadequate.  I already knew that since I couldn't get my printer to function wirelessly.   And because when all the kids are home running their laptops and smartphones, somebody (usually me) is always getting kicked off the internet connection.   So another trip was made to the big box electronics store, a purchase was made and now all is right in our little wireless network.  Now, if I can just get my husband to stop asking me questions about how to use the new iPhone he got last week, I should have a lot more time to stitch.