Oy!

Most of you who know me are aware that I have been looking forward to retirement for some time now.  I have only a year and a half to go and some days it seems as though it will never get here.  Today was one of those days.  I have two secretaries who work for our department.  They work together in the big department office, but there is no wall that separates them, so they are together all day.  Add to that our approaching commencement ceremony, the fact that one has three teen-age sons, that they are both menopausal, and watch out!!  Both were near tears today.  I spoke to each one in turn, but while I was with one, the other was sure I was plotting to fire her.  Then add to that my family’s bickering with each other, the fact that my back has been crumbling miserably over the past few weeks, and I just wanted to run screaming into the night. 

I think things were pretty much smoothed over by the time I left today.  I’ve never been so happy to come home to “garbage night” in my life.  Normally I hate putting out the trash and recyclables, but it actually felt a bit theraputic this evening.  One more day in the salt mines and then I’m off for a quilting retreat at Silver Falls State Park.  I’ll take lots of pictures.  It’s one of the most beautiful places to be.

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Where does the time go?

I find it hard to believe that I haven’t posted since May 1st.  Well, not all that hard to believe, I guess.  I’ve been busy.  Working all day, quilting most of the night, or all night, as I did Saturday night.  I wanted to get a huge custom quilt done and resolved not to go to bed until it was finished.  I finished it at 6:00 a.m.  I delivered it to my customer at 7:00 a.m. and came home to get some sleep.  The quilt was huge – 110 x 115″ – made by a tiny lady (I doubt that she’s even 5′ tall), but fortunately, she’s an excellent piecer and the quilt behaved well as I finished.  The biggest problem was all the thread changes.  There were five different colors.  I think from now on, I’ll use a monofilament when I have so many different colors that need to be attended to.  The designs on this quilt are not my own — the customer wanted it done the same way that Ronda did a similar quilt for a local shop owner.  While the quilting is obviously not exactly the same, I did my best to copy (with Ronda’s permission).  Today I need to do a simpler quilt.  I think an all over or just something easy.  I hope to take it to my customer at our quilting retreat this weekend at Silver Falls.  Here are some photos of the Dove in the Window.

May Day! May Day!

Sorry – I just couldn’t resist.  It seems that’s what my life feels like recently.  Getting back from a two-week vacation will do that to you.  Just when you get settled down on the back deck with your sisters and the sewing machine and a glass of wine and cheese and crackers, you find you have to be back in the office, back to quilting (and you’re late with delivery), back to handing your weight loss surgery support meetings, and then you have to bake for and attend the opening of the gallery where your quilt will hang with the others from the international challenge.  Plus, my nephew and his wife want to come to visit this weekend.  I haven’t even finished unpacking and doing laundry — there’s no way I could let them in the front door of my house.  It is MAY DAY indeed!