~I’m just waiting on the storm~

This winter has been the most mild that I can remember. I am not complaining, it has been just a wonderful season so far. I’ve got the beginnings of spring fever, I was out pulling weeds and debris this afternoon. I have the rose splinters to prove it. Why do I never remember to put on my gloves? So far, the Japanese Spiraea is blooming, the quince has buds, daffodils are up, with buds, and I saw a purple periwinkle bloom. Seriously, weird.

But, the “storm” is coming. So they say. I can’t seem to get anything done, I am just stuck in the wait mode. Ugh. So very unpleasant.

Why am I so nervous about storms, well, take a look for yourself. This is what happened last February 24th…

Thank God we were all fine. It was not until June 28th that we were able to move back home. Anyway. That night I was just about to get into the shower, you see that tree.. eeeeee – yeah, scary.  I need to take a shower now, but I’m kind of stuck in I’m watching the weatherman mode.

Lord, help me through these storms. I’m just a little scared.

~it could have been a really bad day~

I am happy to report that at 41 years of age, I had a defining moment. Not to brag on myself, well, maybe just a little.  I had a real life grown up moment. I think Oprah calls it a defining moment, or an Ah – ha moment. Whatever it was, it was good!

My children for some unknown reason have a big problem with organization and cleaning up after themselves. They can take a clean and organized room and 2 weeks later, it is trashed. Like bad. I mean with all kinds of junk just everywhere. It is bad, bad, bad.  Somewhere along the way, they discovered short cuts to cleaning. Somehow it involves throwing things in corners, under beds and in closets.  Basically anywhere that your eye does not see from the door.

Yesterday I was walking by and I had to go in, into the room. OH MY.  One thing led to the  other and the vastness of the disarray overtook me.  Normally I would get mad, possibly involving a major freak out. Several garbage bags, dust pan, and I would just attack the mess. Cleaning it up could take a long time, lots of tears, anger, hurt feelings. You know, basically not a good situation. Not good for me, to get so angry, to lash out and make my child feel bad about herself. Harsh words never make a child feel good, they don’t even make an adult feel good.  Throwing away a child’s belonging’s never makes them feel good. To them it is a treasure or a special memory.

I wanted this moment to not go bad. I did not want to hurt my child, I did not want to make her feel bad. Maybe all the years of watching Dr. Phil and Oprah, Hoarders and what not kicked in.  I don’t know. Maybe because my first child is almost 17 and the anger trip never worked well for her, and somewhere in my brain it clicked. A ha! Let us work together to fix this and let’s learn from this. Yes, this would be a new way. No accusing words, no lash out’s. Let’s just work together.

 

We rolled up our sleeves. I stayed so calm, really, calm. We separated into piles of  keep, donate, and memory box.  We sorted, swept, dusted.  Amazing. It worked. From my 8 years old I  had teamwork and a great attitude. We knocked it out in a few hours and I washed every last piece of her clothing and bedding. It felt good. She feels good. Her room is clean, she knows where everything is and was happy to find things she thought she had lost.

 

My husband kept waiting for me to “let out my anger” at something else, something small. But guess what? It never did. Really I had a grown up moment. I am so proud.

Not to toot my own horn, but really, it could have been a really bad day. Instead it was a great day! For the both of us.

The hardest thing about being a full-time working mom and a mom is finding the balance between the two. You never quite feel good enough at either one.  It is hard to let go of the guilty feelings we carry and keep in our mind.  I hope one day I feel good enough at both of my “jobs” until then I will just keep doing the best I can and pray it will be good enough. That my kids will not remember me a an angry stressed out tired shrew, but a mom that really loves them and more importantly whose actions show them they loved.

~Home begins in the kitchen~

~home made latte~

When we left our home in February due to the unfortunate tree incident, I had no idea how long we would be gone. I was in a state of numbing shock. When I went to my home, post tree-fall, I just wandered around the kitchen lost. I wanted to clean, but it was almost pointless. There were holes in the ceiling, it was constantly raining, constantly saturating the whole place. The insurance company told us we would be “packed” out.   Well, as far as I was concerned they could just throw it all out. It was a total loss in my mind.  I really detached myself from my home. I think it was a coping mechanism because my house was so broken, it was just so sad.  We took the items from the fridge, freezer, our coffeepot and a few spices. Duh… what was I thinking?? I was so lost without my “things.”  I did not want to become too comfortable at our rental home, all I wanted was to go home, so we made do. Now that we are back and mostly unpacked when I am in my kitchen I feel that I am HOME.  It brings me great joy to be back home, in the kitchen.  I could not be happier.

~fresh tomato’s on the sill, yes, it’s Summertime~

~fried egg sandwich on home-made english muffin bread, yep.

~~ tomato, avocado, mozzarella salad with zucchini fritters, yes please.

I love to cook, love to eat.  I feel a little behind on the season, but I am catching up as fast as I  can.  I am going to try to savor these last few months of summer and enjoy each fresh prepared meal I make.

~ a little roasted chickpea snack, yum.

:: All recipes can be found on my Pinterest, under “Yummy Food to Make” ::

~What’s going on~

 

Well, I am not sure if you all have seen it on the news.. but Memphis is in a major flood situation. It is quite grim indeed. Thankfully our home, well, our rental home is fine. Our real home  is fine also, but there are so many that are not.   I tell you, it  is tough to watch and to wait. The river should crest on May 11th at about 48 feet. The record was set in 1937 at 48.7 feet.  The mighty Mississippi is quite powerful.  People around town keep saying the river is going do what the river wants to do. Indeed.

I’ve been slowly working on my Bama Bound quilt.  I finally have the top done.

Sorry, the lighting is bad! I’ve always wanted to make  a zig zag quilt. I used Crazy Mom’s tutorial found here. I am not going to lie, you have to pay attention when you make this! It was really fun though and it was so cool to see the zig zag’s come together.

I can’t wait to quilt it.  I’m also working on this cute little bunny pattern. Love it so far!

I worked on it a little each evening while watching my shows.  I quickly sewed it all together this morning, however,  I sewed the head on backward. I think.  It will be fine though. I am working on the dress now and it is slow going becasue I am using a teeny tiny yarn.

Thankfully the rain that came this morning quickly passed, now I am listening to the girls play outside.

It’s shaping up to be a fine weekend. How about you, how is your weekend going??

~Something worth blogging about~

It seems as if I have had nothing to say. I don’t want to complain about the tree that fell on our house, how hard it has been to be displaced. It has been challenging at times, however, our problems completely pale in lieu of what is happening in the world around us.

That being said, I finally found something wonderful to share with you~

So pretty!! Denyse Schmidt fabrics’  are here in Memphis at JoAnn’s. Shut the door, can you believe it? I almost fell out when I saw them! I just didn’t think they would have them, but hot dog they did! So excited.

Seriously.

The lady at the cutting counter kept going on about how lovely this fabric was, I kept going on about Denyse Schmidt, she had no clue. No matter, I told her this was a huge thing that had occurred and she just said ok.

I am making a quilt. I brought my sewing machine to our rental house.  The last foot on my machine was my walking foot, it was still in place from the Single Girl Quilt Shams.   I had to buy some feet. I had to buy a mat and lots of little things that I had at my house and are now tucked away in storage. Funny how many little bits and bobs you need when you sit down to sew. I finally had the creative stirring and it is making  me happy. I am ready to cut and piece and sew away. Wish me luck!

Fabric: New Denyse Schmidt line from JoAnn’s.

Quilt pattern:   Ollieberry Ice Cream Quilt Pattern from Posie Gets Cozy one of my favorite blogs I visit.

~Single Girl Shams~

 

 

 

I finished the Single Girl pillows! Yay! I love them.

LOVE them!

Not perfect though.. see the little pucker?? Darn it.

 

From a far, it’s all good though.  When I wash them it won’t be obvious at all. Got to love linen for the crinkle factor.

I particularly love the backs. I did not have enough linen to make the backs, however, I really do like the brown duck I used from my stash. It seems to match the couch perfectly. Now if I can just keep everyone off of it…. fat chance! Funny how one little new thing makes the kids want to lounge, the cats want to climb and bathe, and nap.  Funny indeed.

 

~Sharing and Joining~

Doesn’t this just seem right? I am going to participate and I am really excited.
Heather of  Beauty that Moves is leading this wonderful workshop. I have followed Beauty that Moves for a long time.  Heather has a wonderful “voice”, fantastic recipes and I know this will be a wonderful experience.  

** photo from Heather’s blog Beauty that Moves **

Not only do I want to do this, but I need to do this.  Just wanted to share!!

~Dusting off the old blog~

After months of  being absent I am creeping back to blogland.  Look what it took to get me out from my shell.. The Single Girl Quilt Along .  There is even Single Girl Support Group  on Flickr to help inspire you and walk you through each step.  I am really excited about this!   The Single Girl Quilt has been on my list to make for forever and this quiltalong will help to move me along. 

The pattern came in the mail earlier in the week and I’ve been itching to get started ever since.   This is big because I have  not sewed anything at all since early December.  We had some major family issues right before Christmas and unfortunately it knocked me back a bit. Thankfully we are in a better place right now.

Last night I began to trace the templates and then pulled some scraps together, the next thing you know I had a quilt block.

 I have green on my mind most likely because I can’t stop thinking about spring.. so I dug up as many green scraps as I could find.  I thought it would look lovely with my favorite linen.

My question now is do I make a sham or keep going and try to go for a baby quilt?? I can’t decide but the wheels are turning.  I need to go through my scraps again.. I love being able to use what I have.

And finding inspiration where you least expect it…

As we continue to turn toward  the light I begin to feel myself awaken.  I love this time of year. Sometimes it feels good to be brand new.

I hope to be back soon with a little more progress.

~What I am loving right now~

~I have had making shopping bags on my list FOREVER and a day. I love
this so much, I know I am going to do this for sure. I like the idea to of using the bags for gift wrap.

~ How cute is this??    Here is a cute little flower to go with the headband  Oh me. Seriously cute!

*so hard to get a good picture, trust me it is cuter in person then this. Plus I am having a bad hair day!!*

~ Then there is this.. how cute!   I think my feet need  a pair of these! My gir

ls do too!  

I am a little overwhelmed with the holidays being so close.. working.. eek. Just not a lot of time, but I think little projects are much more doable.

I always say I am starting in July, but I promise it just never happens. Every year it is the same thing. Sometimes I think I just do better when I am under pressure, yes, it is my own pressure, but you know what I mean… don’t you??

What are you into this year, are you working on anything special? Fast??? Would love some links!!  Especially for teacher’s!