Wednesday, November 19, 2014

last weekend pics -- before the next weekend shows up

We began our weekend super early. My son was in a soccer tournament here in town and we had a 7:30 game. 7:30 a.m. Which meant get to the field by 7 and leave the house by 6:45. Not really when we typically wake up at any time of the week, let alone a Saturday. And to make it even better, the temperature for that first game was around 25 degrees or so.

I took no pictures for that game or the next one later in the morning. It was really too cold to take my real camera, and it's super hard to get a decent picture in a game with a phone. Especially wearing gloves. The guys played hard but were outmatched, especially in the first game.

After that, the rest of the weekend got brighter. We headed to the end of the season soccer team party that evening. We all had a blast--especially the kids. Isaac brought home lots of ideas for ways to remodel our house.

We headed home late and awoke the next morning to snow that came down more and more as the day went on. Enough that we got a snow day three day weekend! I went to work in the morning but came home for lunch and stayed to play in the snow with the kids before it all melted away.

He was a little grumpy about the lack of snow at this point. I just loved that we had snow AND fall leaves.

doing her best to sled

Looking forward to the weekend ahead and the holiday next week--and the 60 degree temps again!

Friday, November 14, 2014

more Oklahoma Summer--November quilt 2

the first one
My cousin bought the first of these quilts and then sent me a text later. Her daughter LOVED the quilt--could I make another and in time for Christmas? It was a scrap quilt so first I had to survey what I had left. It looked pretty close so I said yes.

After piecing that last quilt, this one FLEW through the machine. Scrappy improv is the best. Today I tied the strings, finished the binding, and washed it. Unlike when I finished the first one, it is decidedly NOT summer so I stuck with indoor shots. The sun is out, but it's about 30 degrees out there.
Some of the fabrics are the same but I did get to add a few new ones in from some recent quilts.

So a Christmas gift is ready. Not one on my list of course, but it will help fund some of those.
Now I'm off to go cook a turkey I bought last Monday on impulse, since the per pound prices are way better than any other meat in the store. That should make the house feel (and smell) warm and cozy, just in time for weekend weather craziness (and a soccer tournament just to make sure we don't miss it).

Monday, November 3, 2014

Laney's Twin--a November quilt

According to the hoards of people leaving voicemail on my home phone, I am supposed to vote tomorrow so I have been doing a bit of cramming. I've found a few surprises (and disappointments) in all my choices but decided to take a break to post the latest quilt.

This one is the twin sized of the same quilt I made for Laney back in July.
It's folded over the top a bit to fit (and hang without falling).
I stuck with this name because if you know Laney, you know that she is the middle sibling between two sets of twins. Now she has one, and she can boss it around all she wants.

Up next in my quilt world is a quilt like this one for my cousin's daughter so they won't have to fight over it.

And another try at a quilt for my son, this time lots of blue:
I've finished 20 blocks and have 25 more laid out on this flannel board. They won't be in these spots once I sew them up. I just needed a place to lay out all of the strips and see how many I had. I need 88 blocks to finish it so I have a way to go. I'm aiming to finish by Christmas. My daughter also reminded me that I haven't been working on her butterfly quilt so maybe they will both get one for Christmas.

And I just realized, as I sat here thinking of what other quilts I could work on, that it is NOVEMBER. I need to work on these! Yikes!

Monday, October 27, 2014


I am learning that I don't do well with goodbyes. I knew this really, but when they stack up on me like now, it is difficult to deal with them. They are all starting to meld together in my brain into one blubbery mess.
First there was one of my close co-worker and friend, who retired.

Then my grandpa passed away in August.

A few weeks ago I learned that another close friend and co-worker would  be leaving, along with his family, for a new job. This Sunday will be their last at our church.

And last week my dear sweet friend Sue passed away after a two year fight with cancer.

Tonight I read this post, which also talks about dealing with loss and the struggle of her week. She ended with Isaiah 61:1-3. I usually read this in light of Jesus reading it (at least the first part) in the temple, and that this is something that we who are his disciples should also be doing.  But as I read the full text tonight, and her followup comments, I realized that sometimes we have to let Jesus do this for us. It's not always about the others. Sometimes the brokenhearted is me.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.”

Saturday, October 25, 2014

field trip

Well, I went to work for one day and one hour the next and then headed off for a field trip. Last year I realized how many pictures I had of Isaac and his classmates because I was able to go on so many of the field trips. My schedule is a little less flexible now, but I was able to go to Orr Family Farm this week with my daughter's class. They have done a great job of rebuilding since the May 20th tornado--they were in the direct path.

We enjoyed a beautiful fall day with her friends. Yeah field trips!

Monday, October 20, 2014

a bit of traveling time

After fall break, I went to work one day then headed out the door again, this time to a conference. In Austin. It took a lot for me to go there and I left sick but I did it. And yes, I got sick. I have traveled internationally and was fine, but I go to Texas and get sick. Shannon reminded me that the Boz said something about that burnt orange. I just don't have that kind of immunity! Just kidding . . . sort of.

The conference was No Need Among You and was hosted by Texas Community Christian Development Network and Mission Waco. My job involves working with a group that is from Texas, and they invited me to attend since the seminars fit my job well.

A shot of the river by my hotel, great for walking (or running if I had brought shoes for that):

I took my camera but mostly took photos with my phone because it is a bit awkward to take pics in church with a full sized camera while you're supposed to be paying attention. By the end of the first day I figured out the phone was less obtrusive:

Brandon Hatmaker, evening speaker

Jesus Said Love, leading worship
It was an all inclusive conference, so they fed us all our meals. This saved us time and money--but I did find a little time to sample some other food.

I learned tons and will be working all year (if not longer) to apply some of it to my own work in Norman.

As the only person there from Oklahoma, I was the brunt of a few jokes the first morning but it actually helped me--I had an instant icebreaker. It was a friendly loving serving group of people, and I loved learning from them. I may even drag a few of them up the interstate to share what they know up here.

I made it home in time to be a marriage witness for a longtime friend, another chance to share in life and community with the people God brings to my life:

 Excited now to be home for awhile, for a little down time before the holidays. I've got quilts to make!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall break

Our fall break this year began with a cross country meet in Shawnee. . .

In this meet, all of the junior high boys raced together, then high school. He was the fourth finisher for his school this time. He looks surrounded by 8th graders in this picture. I think three of the first four finishers for Norman were 6th graders.

The next day we headed to Osage Hills State Park for some weekend camping--in the rain. It wasn't as much rain as projected but we did get to finish a hike in a downpour.
This is a lousy picture but the kids had great fun sliding around in their sleeping bag on the slanted floor of our tent.

 Grace made this little fairyland assembly thing.

And then posed on this awesome tree with our camp area in the background. She LOVED that we had a forest for a backyard.

On Saturday we drove nearby to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.  As an added bonus, it was much warmer in the car AND we got perfect radio reception of the OU Texas game. And saw a lot of these guys--

 sad little donkey

The rest of our time was spent eating or hiking around looking for deer and waterfalls and whatever else we could find.

one of the babies

and the mama. We saw them a lot.
It was a pretty area and quite peaceful. I'm not sure if it gets crowded in the summer, but it was perfect while we were there. That may have something to do with the temperature and the football game too. We had our pick of camp sites and the kids had lots of room to roam and run around, another huge plus. It was a fun, mostly restful weekend with the family in my favorite spot--outside.