Thursday, March 31, 2011

Not so much Sun & Fun

Tuesday Hubby headed out for his annual pilgrimage to the Sun & Fun Fly-in and Air Show in Lakeland, FA. It's a huge event...thousands of planes, pilots camping out, exhibits, air plane stuff for sale, demonstrations of new products, air shows....a flying enthusiast dream! They had a tornado there today. About 50 planes were tossed around & torn up, tents collasped & blown away, more than 70 people taken to hospitals. I was totally oblivious to all of this...was completely absorbed in sharing a manicure/pedicure date with Durham Daughter who came by this afternoon on her way to Charleston. She got a call from him, saying he was fine...we didn't have a clue what he was talking about. I'd have been freaking out if we'd heard the news on the radio or television. Thankful Hubby and his plane are alright. He & 3 guys parked near him (complete strangers) were able to get off of the airfield and found a hotel room. What a story he will have to tell! I'm so glad it has a happy ending. He needs to come home now!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mama 911

4:15 am phone call from college daughter

Stomach virus? flu? food poisoning?... nasty stuff!

E-mailed for a sub & sent lesson plans

5am dash thru Wal-Mart for soup, crackers, jello, ginger ale (thankfully no one there I knew)

Driving south in the dark, pouring down rain...dangerous combination for me

Lots of Mama-lovin' and head rubbing, she will survive

'Mothering' always makes me feel good.

(especially now that they are grown up & think they don't need me so much)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hourglass or Fruit?

From age 10 to about 25, I made almost all of my clothes, everything from suits to wedding dress. When my girls were little, I made most of their clothes, including hundreds of hand-smocked outfits. After having children, there just not enough time to sew for myself and them (they were so much cuter!) and my changed figure was a bit challenging to 'fit'. I guess gaining 60 lbs. during first pregnancy and 40 during second will do that to a body. Today I decided to make myself a skirt and am sorely disappointed with the results. Evidently, I forgot that selecting a pattern based on the pictures is sort of like taking a photo into your stylist for a new hair cut ... it usually doesn't end up looking the same.

First of all, as mentioned, my figure is a problem. My husband would say the problem is that I eat too much, don't exercise enough and have no willpower. Whatever! Let's talk about figures, well, actually body proportions. Remember 36-24-36? that perfect Barbie doll figure...the hourglass shape they say we are suppose to have. Well, it ain't happening for the majority of us. So in reality what we should really try for is a well proportioned in which the bust and hips are the same measurement and the waist is 9" - 12" smaller. Yeah, good luck with that one too if you've even been pregnant, are over 50 or enjoy life even a little bit. If we aren't hourglasses, then we are some kind of fruit: apple, pear or banana....banana?!?!?! that means rectangle shaped...waist is less than 7" smaller than bust/hips. That would be me...a big ole' banana! Looking at 'Susie' (my 'twin' dress form) is much like having your picture taken, but somehow much more personal...a life-sized banana shape me right in my face!...Oh, my! I haven't added the 10 (alright, 15!) winter pounds to Susie and although the skirt looks alright on her...not so much on me. She needs some fluff! Anyway, back to sewing...most patterns are designed to fit hourglasses and as talented a seamstress as I am...I'm terrible at altering patterns...totally different skill. I should have learned.

Second, I picked the wrong fabric (pique) which the pattern suggested, but it's too stiff. It just doesn't 'drape' and the hem pokes out, which isn't at all flattering to us bananas! Oh, well, the sewing was fun!

Happy weekend, y'all!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I wish

....weekends were longer.
Sundays are the best, so relaxing. We were shameful heathens and skipped church. We met Hanna & Josh for lunch and I made a couple of CuTees for the boys. It's time to do the ironing for the week or maybe nap read a little.

I already dread hearing that alarm at 5:15 am!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


It was a totally perfect Spring day here...sunshine, warm! Spent most of the day outdoors cleaning furniture, blowing off the basement carport and drive ways, pulled a few weeds (very few, hate yard work!) and enjoyed the hammock for about an hour...such a nice day!
Did a tiny bit of work in the basement...isn't Jack's carrot shirt cute?!?! I also did a little closet cleaning & reorganizing. 'Empty nest' around here also means empty closets...I love just switching cloths from one closet to another. To date, not having much luck shedding the winter pounds, hopefully this beautiful weather and wardrobe change will be my motivation.
Time for my movie date....happy weekend!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rainy days & Sundays

Rainy days & Sundays don't always get me down. Matter of fact on this rainy Sunday I almost get caught up. Hope your upcoming week is full of sunshine.

Child's Tote, Market Tote and Key Fob

Saturday, March 5, 2011

In a flash....

Fortunately this week went by in a flash, however it's not going down in history as one of our best.

Hubby's birthday was Tuesday...had all intentions of posting about how wonderful he is and how lucky I am that he is in my life but the week was full of distractions.

  • I had a meeting Monday afternoon
  • My car was in the shop
  • I had open house on Tuesday night
  • Hubby had a car issue too, we actually shared a ride on Wed., which was sort of nice except for those extra hours that I stayed at school until he picked me up
  • We had taxes done on Tuesday and even though we paid the highest possible withholding all year, we still owe our rotten, greedy, wasteful government mega $$...very disheartening...makes me really re-think this whole be responsible, hard work, have a job & run a business, pay your bills, save & invest to get ahead American dream stuff!
  • Durham daughter and dog came home last night, she's gone on to SC, I'm dog sitting and sewing
  • messed up two t-shirts this morning, can we say too tired?
  • it's gloomy outside and my mood matches the weather ... tomorrow is another day, gotta get better! pleezeeeeee