12, oops now 11 days of freedom…..52 weeks!

DH has left for his annual convention and from San Diego is flying to South Carolina to visit our middle and youngest daughter along with her husband and our dear sweet granddaughter. 

I have such a long list of things to get done, but cannot push myself too hard because of my fibromyalgia.  The fibromyalgia, by the way, has been better in the past month or so, I think due to the dreaded word……EXERCISE!  Yes I have regularly been on my treadmill 45 minutes a day along with stretching.  This along with my vitamin/supplement regimen and prescription meds have enabled me to feel much better and do a little more around the house and outside of the house.

Yesterday I sewed all day on my youngest daughter’s quilt, which of course, I am not sure is as cute as I would like.  I am this way on most new quilts so I just need to continue and usually at some point I start to like it and by the end don’t want to give the quilt away (but I do). 

Here is my list:

  1. Paint kitchen cabinets.
  2. Put garden to bed for the winter.
  3. Clean and prepare guest room for guests the last weekend of the month.
  4. Clean bird poop off the north side of the house.
  5. Finish youngest daughter’s quilt top, start another?
  6. Lose 20 pounds…..okay okay I know I cannot do that.  But I would like to maybe lose 2?

Okay those are the big projects.  I have lots of smaller projects too. Like clean and organize the entire house!  Seriously I am trying to get back on track that started in January following Laura over at http://orgjunkie.com/

Head over and read the posts, the comments and the accomplishments.  It is inspiring.  Sometimes, however, life just gets in the way.  In my case, after coming home from visiting oldest daughter DH and I had our 35th high school reunion.  We were in the same graduating class and we had the very best time ever.  I think the older we get, the more fun it is to reconnect with our old friends.

 

Then I finally talked my 82-year-old mother into redecorating.  That involved 2 weeks of furniture shopping, carpet and paint shopping and helping get it finished.

Here is the before:

Notice the 25 year old ugly brown carpet and the early 80s style couch.

During:

New carpet and pain, DH hanging curtains that were dry cleaned. I’m trying to figure out how to ditch DH’s favorite grey cotton knit shirts while he is gone….I hate those things!  That is his post-work outfit he puts on every day when he gets home.

and after:

Updated and beautiful.  Really it is.  Not sure the pictures do it justice. 

I also finished this:

which has been a monkey on my back.  I was just not excited about this quilt for great-nephew, but apparently he was when my sister took it down to the Bay Area last week.

I also found this:

and was so excited to see this:

I was so excited to see one of my favorite bloggers had arrived at my local nursery.  Imagine my disappointment when I found out they were talking about bulbs!

I did have a small organizing project in that I had to make space for the several items DH brought home for our anniversary.  I made the mistake of cruising Pier One with him one day and he went back and bought every single thing I picked up and said “This is cute”.  It did not mean I wanted it…..but I know he had fun doing it and I acted like I wanted them all.  This took some rearranging and adding back a glass shelf into our dining room cabinet.  I also had to reposition and clean out doggy treat area.  Let’s face it I don’t need an entire shelf for one dog’s treats!

Here is the before:

Behind the door:

No wonder Landon is a little chubby!

Here is the after:

The two right bottom shelves were my gifts which were a teapot and 2 matching cups and next row 6 pastel individual quiche/dessert dishes and a darling measuring cup set that look like cups!

So okay back on the wagon I go!

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About Allysgrandma
Passionate homemaker after 35 years of working and raising daughters! Finally time for my first love (other than DH who I met when I was 12)....sewing and quilting.

3 Responses to 12, oops now 11 days of freedom…..52 weeks!

  1. Becky L. says:

    You have a long list. I am working on painting and getting some calendars done. That will keep me busy for the next few weeks! Take care!

  2. minervasgardenwriter says:

    You have certainly been busy. I have much respect for anyone who can do all the work of putting a beautiful quilt together–that is not part of my skill set, because I’m not patient enough to work on such a big sewing project, but I do admire those who do so!

    I spent the last 3 days of beautiful weather working out in the garden–picking the last of the veggis, covering salad greens beds with hoops and plastic to hopefully keep them alive during the winter, discovering and removing 3 gigantic blackberries that had taken hold in some shrubs and trees–never ending, weeding–never ending, planting and fertilizing bulbs, and rejuvenation pruning of two big, old evergreen and montana clematis vines that were terribly overgrown. I still have a few projects left to do, but the weather isn’t cold enough yet to drag the dahlia tubers and stuff like that inside yet.

    Take care!

    Athena at Minerva’s Garden

  3. Sarah says:

    I have a great idea about hubby’s shorts (mine has an eerily similar pair). He wears them a lot less now because I bought him another bottom that I like and it’s very comfortable for him! Or maybe you could wear them while painting the kitchen cabinets and accidentally ruin them?

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