Tuesday, February 4, 2014

snow days

hello all, we had some "snow" here...in reality it was more like 2 days of ice - sleet and freezing rain, and now I know the difference (thank you fonda, for getting me to look it up)...

we ended up with campus closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday...and Friday morning, but that was not really a big deal for me, as there are no lab classes on Friday.  on Monday afternoon, school was announced to be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Early College High School students (all the K-12 schools in Brunswick County)...we were supposed to have a test on Tuesday - grrrr...oh, well.  so BCC ended up closed as well and then I went out to clean off the car on Wednesday - not too bad, but very cold, so...it took about 20 minutes to clear my car of all the ice - car on and me actively scraping the ice (about 1/2 - 3/4 inch with some "snow" between the layers).  it was thicker on the ground - and it was THICK! when I step on the ice and it doesn't even "think" about cracking, it was thick...and to add to that: it was COLD! especially for *here* but the cats were inside and we had enough propane and we took advantage of Monday to do our (regular, I swear!) grocery shopping.  so because the car was clear, it allowed me to go out on Saturday to the local coffee shop and get coffee and grade some labs that I had been procrastinating in grading...

the students were not happy to come back to the exam, but they (mostly) did OK, at least the ones that took it yesterday - we shall see about the ones that took it today...and I will post about that later. 

that being said, we may be heading up to ohio again soon, fonda's sister is not doing well and is currently in the hospital -  stage IV lung cancer.  we found out about it on NYEve, and didn't realize how far along she was in the illness...no one knew until she called cathy in the middle of the night and was "talking crazy" - apparently she is having some "sundowner" kind of dementia and wakes up not knowing where she is and is not cooperating/combative (in the hospital) and so she has been restrained and then not known why...it is not a good situation, and we are just having to wait and see....no fun...

enough for now - and the battery of my laptop is about 20%, so I need to finish up and power-down.  peace to you-all.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

new quilt update...

this is the last picture to end the mystery quilt from new-years day : ) this is with borders and I think it complements the quilt nicely - I really like the "cheddar" or what fonda calls "orange" final size was 81.5" X 70" - a short twin-size : )

Thursday, January 2, 2014

my most recent quilt-top

this was done through a mystery quilt challenge - apparently more then 1500 people did the quilt.

my chosen fabric... I chose to do it in a "scrappy" format...

I messed up with the cutting - cutting the "darks" in squares and the "lights" in rectangles, instead of the other way around : )

then I got to make some cool one-seam flying geese (too cool method that I am gonna keep in my repertoire)!  the only "bad" part was that there were 120 of these puppies and then I had to iron all of them : /   I then had to wait to get the next clue...I wasn't sure how it was going to go together

then the next clue, we had to put 4 together in sets - 30 sets : )

then the long-bits were put together...the blue-green bits were mom-fabric...the yellow is also called "cheddar" haha...

then...how were they put together? the double columns are put with the sets of flying geese, in alternate ways - 1/2 of the geese went up and half down - and then arranged as so:

of course, it ended up being 5 squares by 6 (there were 30 sets)...I really like it, I rearranged the light/dark bits of the columns because I mixed up in the original cutting as stated above...I think it would not be as striking if the blue was the ribbon and the yellow was the broken ribbon, but I am not sure - I think it would look good either way : )

I had a good time and it was neat to see other people's color-combos

this is the main thing I did over break...weird, I know...oh well...I had thought to have done more sewing...I did make blocks for another quilt, but it needs a bit more and I ran out of one of the colors - so now I need to find some dark calico fabric to make the missing blocks - I need about 1/2 yard to make it OK - I gotta ask fonda for some assistance in the color-choice.

there is another one that I have been working on for a while - but I am kinda stopped until I get some time to sit down with it and process with it a bit...it is a variety of 5.5" blocks that I am making...so far, I have ~30 blocks and my goal is ~100.  time will see - I have a "map" of blocks that I wanna do and these flying geese have given me an idea for how to do one of the blocks...we shall see : )

there is another one that is very small (baby-blanket-size) and now I need to figure out a backing for it...

enough for now...there are other things going on in our world, but I am not going to discuss them now...maybe later...for now - happy new year and...


Monday, December 2, 2013


here it is a few months later and I tried to go up the light with my sister and my nephew (they came in October for fall-break)...didn't happen, again.  but we had a great time playing around SE NC : ) 

thanksgiving was not as hard as in the past, but still...we hid at home and didn't answer the phone. I felt a little bad, but really didn't want to talk.  no one really knows what thanksgiving was like for us when mom was alive and the drifty-ness of not having that anymore.  we plan to arrange our own new traditions - similar to what we did with mom, but not yet.  we need to be more settled and less feeling like we are in a temporary situation.  *I* am not ready yet.

so now, classes are almost over for the semester...here it is December 2 and classes are over on the 16th...time flies

frustrated on the job search...but I will not give up.

on another note

we have a half-cat - he is really the neighbor's but she will not let her cats inside because of her leather couch.  he is a yellow-tabby kitten and he is very sweet, and we feel bad that he is outside on really cold nights...the neighbor knows that he sometimes hangs out in our house and has come looking for him on occasion.  don't know what we will do if he gets hit by a car or attacked by a another animal...been thinking about spending the $$ to get him checked out to be sure our kitties remain healthy, too.
ok, enough complaining for now...

Friday, September 6, 2013

well...you know...

stuff happens : ) 

my sister pointed out that it had been a long time since I had posted...I didn't realize how long! it has been since may! wow, how time flies...summer was too long, but too short.  my dad came to visit and we had a really good time.  we went to oak island and visited the light house http://www.oakislandlighthouse.org/ it is a really nice light and they give free tours (donations accepted, of course) with some advance notice and all wearing close-toed shoes.

this is the oak island light (not taken that day)

this is an "arty" photos with all the clouds and a bit of rain (taken that day)
dad with my umbrella (not grey skies to the north (left of dad) - we weren't sure we would be able to go up, but it stopped raining and there was no lightning - so we were able to go...

this is a colonial tunicate (some species are called "sea squirts").  it looks like a rotten orange, but it really is an animal, I swear! haha

this is what the inside of the lighthouse looked like : )
looking up
this is the inside of the lighthouse - looking down from the second level (there is an elevator, but it is for the use of light-maintenance only, not people!)...this is as far as *I* went - I just couldn't stand stopping on the stairs - it is "ship stairs" not a spiral stair...I decided that I had gone far enough (there is a total of 127 steps, I think. I forgot the real number)...dad bravely continued on : )
there was one other person who wimped out but we were both OK with doing so...better to say you should not go than to get to the top and say that you cannot get back down! haha

this is dad from two levels further on - peace-out dad! 
the view from the top, looking west (ocean to the left, sound to the right) (photo by dad-kleber)

the view to the east, the mouth of the cape fear river - looking at bald head island and out into the Atlantic ocean beyond (photo by dad-kleber)

and dad (from the ground) looking down : ) 
we really had a good time doing this and I can't wait for my sister and her son to come and let me try again : ) - I may still wimp-out, but I will try again!

OK - enough for now - more later : ) enjoy the pictures

Sunday, May 5, 2013

tomorrow is the last day...

of the semester...sigh.  and I am still waiting to hear from 3 places about work in the fall - and I am assuming that no news is bad news for me...good news for someone else, but not for me.  I had such big hopes and it has been very frustrating doing this job-search thing for all the time I have been doing it.  I want it to end...but I guess I will continue to search. 

what do these people want? I have no clue as to what they are looking for.  do they want me to be more-better than I am? I can work on that.  I certainly hope that it is not that I am fat, though I understand that it might cause them some consternation of health-issues...but I am healthy, able-bodied and capable, my weight should make no difference, but I am afraid that the last place I interviewed it might have been an issue - I am not sure if the assumptions were because it was a rainy day or because they did not think I could walk the distance without having an issue.  I can and did walk around, up/down stairs, etc.  I didn't have a problem...except for the stupid sweat/hot-flash stuff...frustrating because I had no control over the sweating, even if I had been in an a/c bubble I would have been sweating - grrr...oh, well.  they will never tell me if that is the issue because they are supposed to be non-discriminatory (eye-roll)...oh well. 

ok - just needed to vent a bit...I know it will happen someday, but I wish it would happen more soon.

getting ready to quilt and craft and prep for fall at BCC...summer...


Friday, April 5, 2013

almost the end of the semester!

holy cow!  i can't believe that the semester is almost over...there are only about four weeks left...i have been applying to some more places - still aiming for teaching - i had two interviews at two different NY community colleges last week and an interview for a NC 4-year college next week.  we shall see what happens...if all else fails, i guess i still have my pt time...i expect to hear from the NY schools anytime, but who knows...

i have been really wound up with school and applying for jobs - so i have not been creative recently, but i have plans : )...fonda has gotten some new paper and i have plans for some fabric... i am trying to figure out if i am gonna do it all by hand or partially by machine (knowing some will have to be done by hand) - a variety of 5" blocks. 

we have many birds to the feeders (mostly sunflower seed and then some thistle and a block of suet) - cardinals, chickadee, tufted titmouse, some kind of sparrow (field?), goldfinches (only here in the winter!), mourning doves, red bellied woodpecker(s), juncos, i saw a piliated woodpecker (BIG!), i know there are some warblers around (like yellow rumped warbler)...there has been at least one opossum around - i had to re-install the squirrel guard to reduce the thieving by them.  i am sure there are more, but i have not remembered them now...we are going to have to buy more sunflower seed soon...

and we had to replace the lawn mower which stopped working in the middle of the last mowing of the season last year - i will have to start mowing soon (this weekend?) new-to-us = $60...we shall see how it works : )

and some random photos : )
me and wren march 2013

sera-toes march 2013
egret at school february 2013
moon-set photo from driveway march 2013

that is all about there has been recently - now for - Peace.

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