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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Tale of SOMEONE and the OTHER ONE

SOMEONE decided we might need some new toys.  The OTHER ONE agreed that sounded like something fun.

So, on Saturday we made another trip to Lafayette, LA to Pack & Paddle to test drive sit-on-top kayaks.


Meet Ben.


Ben brought lots of “toys” for us to check out.103_0155

Meet Bo.  Bo assisted us with the demo…


in this swampy section of Lake Martin, complete with an alligator. (CHOOT ‘EM!… obviously I have been watching too much Swamp People!)


We looked, we paddled, we pedaled. 


These 2  twelve-foot, sit-on-top kayaks just really wanted to come home with us, so we obliged them.  The camo  boat is SOMEONE’S, and the olive boat (complete with a pedal system) is the OTHER ONE’S.

Sunday after church we loaded up and went to a local lake.  SOMEONE got wet trying to get into his kayak.  The OTHER ONE almost got wet, but managed to park herself in the kayak without going into the drink.


This is the view from the OTHER ONE’S kayak… the fish weren’t biting, so I took some time to snap a few photos.  Note the pedals… this is almost like riding a bike, and the kayak really SCOOTS across the water.  There is a little lever that controls the rudder so you can steer.  It is really NEAT!


Here is SOMEONE, fishing and having fun.  (Actually, he was picking out a back-lash, but you get the idea.)


The tower you see is the spillway to the lake… really neat, huh!  Yes, it really DOES look like a castle.

SOMEONE told the OTHER ONE that the sunscreen was in the back of the truck.  The OTHER ONE told SOMEONE that it was not needed because it was very cloudy.  An hour later when the clouds left, the OTHER ONE was wishing she had applied sunscreen.  The OTHER ONE’S legs are now COOKED.

Although the fish were not biting much, we did manage to catch a few small bass.  We released them for another day.  It was 100 degrees with a heat index of 105.  We did not care.  SOMEONE and the OTHER ONE just HAD to go play with the new toys. 

And then SOMEONE and the OTHER ONE played and enjoyed themselves greatly… especially the OTHER ONE, who now has her OWN boat and can go where she wants to on the lake!

We are planning another trip later in the week… umm THIS time, the OTHER ONE suggested to SOMEONE that we go very early in the morning, and quit when it gets miserably hot.  Sounds like a plan! 


Friday, July 15, 2011

A Short List

1.  Retreat was WONDERFUL!

2.  I’m tired.

3.  I finished making 2 quilt tops… the green 4-patch posey for my bed and the t-shirt quilt (pictures later).

4.  Company is coming.

5.  No time for blogging.

6.  We are going out tonight.

7.  As in, “I don’t have to cook” going out.

8.  Tomorrow will be a busy day, also.

9.  You probably won’t have any pictures or posts from me until Sunday afternoon.

10.  How will you manage without me?  I’m sure you will do just fine!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Broken Promises

So sorry but a post before I leave for retreat with pictures and dialogue is NOT going to happen.  It is after 10PM and I still have not packed the first stitch of clothing.  The quilting stuff is about ready to load, but that is it.

Since I will be pulling out very early in the morning, you won’t hear from me then, either.

(OK, Alicia… I don’t want to hear anything back from you about my failure to follow through on the promised post.  I’ll just say, “You know me very well, my friend!”  HAHA!)

Got to run… much to do still.  I’ll “see” you all sometime after the weekend.  I hope you all have as much fun as I am going to have!!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Are You Sick Of It?

I am too!  Sick of looking at that same post over and over.  I promise I DO have other things to write about, and I even have pictures (trapped inside my camera at this point in time), but no time to get it all working together right now.

Why am I so busy?

I am trying to get all of my ducks in a row to go to quilt retreat in Cold Spring, TX.  We leave early Monday morning, and return late Thursday afternoon.  I am taking 3 projects to work on, and I am desperately trying to get all of the cutting done before I go so I can walk in the door and let the sewing marathon begin!

I am working on… the green 4-patch posey.  This is for my bed, and I desperately need a new quilt on there!  The one we are currently using is a “Mile A Minute” quilt done in 2004 right after I got the long arm.  I am so ready for something new in there!  The blocks are all made, the setting design is decided upon, and the strips for sashing and cornerstones are cut.  Even though it is king-size, I think this will be a quick project.

The second project is to complete all of the first 4 parts of a series quilt in McCalls Quilting called “America the Beautiful”.  Most of parts 1 and 2, and all of part 3 are done.  Part 4 just came out last week, so I have been working on cutting out and bagging up the blocks I need to complete.  I think this is a 6 part series so I am on the down-hill slide!

The third project is a t-shirt quilt.  I have not even begun working on that, but I am hoping to get the interfacing ironed onto all the shirts and the blocks cut before I leave, so I won’t have to haul all of that bulky t-shirt mess with me.

My 4th project (back-up in case I run out of other stuff to do), is knitting on the rainbow socks (August socks!).  I have one of them made but the heel is a little too large so I will rip out the heel and redo it.  That is the neat thing about the Cat Bourdhi method… even after the leg is done, I can rip out and re-knit just  the heel without disturbing the rest of the sock! I LOVE this method of sock knitting.

And in amongst all of that craziness, I got a wild hair to make a new quilt to take with me for my bed.  It was quilted on Monday, binding applied, and I am almost through with the hemming.  And then tonight I got another wild hair to make a matching pillowcase from the left-over fabrics.  It is DONE!  I’ll have pictures of these tomorrow, I hope.

WHEW!  No WONDER I am so tired!

I promise pictures and a new subject matter before I leave on Monday… PROMISE!


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