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November round of 24 Day Challenge.

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November round of 24 Day Challenge.

Time for my last round of the 24 Day Challenge for 2015. I am looking to this one more then most.  I am going to use the blogs a place to keep acceptable to stay on track. There is something about knowing how awesome I am going to feel during the most crazy time of the season for me.  The holiday shopping and parties and family gatherings.  Doing this as a mother to three kids who are in to everything.

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April Showers… wait. May Showers.

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My poor yard is needing a good mowing. I seem to only get bits done at a time… Now I have a few different heights trying to mow it for the last three weeks! I think I am going to get a goat or 3 just to keep it down!

I love to mow, I never have minded the sticky grass, dust and heat while I am mowing. Mind you when it gets colder in the fall its Ranger Rabbits job!  I just wish I could get all 4 acres done at once! I had to stop last night as I needed a mower with 4×4 as I kept sliding and getting stuck, thinking I would get my parents bigger mower to finish up. I hear rain as soon as I wake up and its was UGH my yard still did not finish mowing it dang rain.

Also my garden as been worked up but I don’t have the 1st plant in it.. I am going to have to break the top crust I am sure when and if I get to a garden. I hate not to have one but at this point I wonder if it is worth trying. 

My Pfaff…

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I want to really love her, yet I find my self very angry when I set down to sew. There is always something that is not right and I have to fiddle with. It all seems bobbin issues. I don’t know why but that is what my gut is telling me.

It makes a brief grinding sound after I power it on and when I start taking the first few stitches, then nothing until then I turn it off and back on. Then I really don’t dig the drop in bobbin, I have always used a bobbin case.

Yesterday I kept getting a motor locked issues wait until this goes away to sew type thing, But It never would pick up and sew. I think Ok I will take it back to my Pfaff Dealer and let her look, but 1st I run it by mom.. yeah mom who knows everything about machines in my eyes. Of course it sews … so I did not take it in but drove out and the lady keeps telling me I am threading it wrong. That I need to make sure my presser food is up.. Yea lady I know this I DO know a little about machines, and they are NOT like my Embroidery machine. I am no closer to getting to why its being funky

I have falling back in love with my Singer Featherweight in the mean time other then it wanting to unthread, its doing everything I need. Since I have been on a quilting kick.

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AQS Paducah

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It’s pretty much in the back yard, but it’s not something I do every year. After a year or two of not going I get the itch to go. So yesterday we loaded up the truck and started the two hour drive.  It was Mom, Aunt , Sis and I in the driver seat.

You know it’s going to be a day when you get to the Interstate 24 and it’s pretty much on freaking lane from the time you get on to the time you get there. I have not ever seen so much paving and on and off work zones! So an easy fast 2 hour drive turns in to one lane suck behind a man that only drove 45. Yes I could have gotten off and going back roads but that is also a gamble too. It would have started as a nice 4 line then turn in to a horrible road.

I pull up in to Paducah in a way that I never get in while that was pretty nice, not dealing with so much traffic and I parked in a insurance lot and paid a good bit but it was worth every penny it was across the street and you had real restrooms they let you use with water and coffee!

We get in line to pay, and that drags on for EVER. It always surprises me as I stand in line and people watch. I am a minority here, I do have *some* gray but I am 30 years younger then most of the ladies. I am not wearing Red Hat or some other old lady gaudy git up.. no I so not want to wear over quilted and embroidered  outfits. At this point I looked at my sister and say smack me if I do something like that. 

We pay to get in to the show, as we walk in I am beat up with in a 100 feet down the 1st isle either by a HUGE bag that has no place on a trade show, or a jazzy running over me, or a cane smack to keep me from getting to close to a table she wanted to go to.. Wow what rude people. You could not stir them with their canes! 

I did get to get my pork chop from Patti’s … I love this place and they had a mobile truck at the show. OUCH for the $6 sandwich but I love them and the old blue hairs pretty much could not chew it!

After lunch they needed to go nap I guess as it was time for me to really go look at Long Arm quilting machines.. wee… by the time I had played with many I know what I want, and my sister knows what she wants… yep as sister go we don’t want the same one. We are not ready to buy so we  have a while to hash it out.  We did agree the machine we wanted to love we really did not want at all. 

The best part of the day was stopping by my friends booth Purple Daisies.  She and her mom are just awesome at pretty much everything. One day I will make it to see her more then a moment while she is so busy.

Over all its was good AFER lunch, I found the quilting machine I want and there was NOT very  many modern quilting outlets/vendors. I found that disappointing. I am not all about browns and calico prints… *yack*

Will I go back next year, it’s too soon to tell. I can tell you I will not start from home and drive home I will stop at our lake house and do it up over a few days vs cramming it in one!

Spring is here

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Spring is here

The last few days have been so crazy. It’s time to plant and play! So my life is on hold for a few weeks.

The brother who runs our family farm calls on mom and I to be gopher girls. Go got this go for that get this and that don’t forget this. I have been doing this since I got my first 3 wheeler years ago! And it’s the one job I do love with my hart. I am a county gal!

Middle monster is a baseball freak, and to get him in a no scary aka teach them the right way I am driving a lot…and watching a lot of baseball! Not that I mind….but the 30 mins drive one way 3 times a week is getting old

The biggest is in to trap and .22 rifles so that more going but I really love shot guns and rifles…

Poor little monster is left out. But that’s ok for now but the bigger kids were doing things ..

I hope I have time to put a garden out!

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Mother?

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Today we start week two of spring break.. or as the boys would say “let’s ask mom a million questions she has no clue about.”

Mother can I wear this Turkey Hunting as he is pretty much camo’ed out.

Mother can I eat spaghetti o’s with hot sauce (yep he’s mine)

Mother can you play plants vs zombies?

Mother what do you see me playing with most this week.

Mother why does dogs eat bubbles? But don’t like Bubble baths? (she is a beagle and they are just strange)

Boys go out side and play. Why Mother is nice inside and we are vampires we will burn…(yet they had garlic bread with spaghetti O’s )

Mother, Who invented the car?

Mother how do you say Aluminum like British say it?

Mother C is eating bubbles.

Mother W is blinding me with bubbles.

Mother can we be the Stig when we grow up?

This is just as small sample of what I have heard today…. but the most annoying thing is Mother.. I can do mom, mommy, mum or heck they even call me by my given name and it would not bother me as much as Mother!

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I really have a thing for this show.  I need this needle gauge, and this cookie cutter .. I could exterminate a few cookies!

The kids would LOVE this neckless They go around saying this to me if I don’t answer them in the time they think.

I really do enjoy the old and new versions of this and my kids just roll their eyes as I put one on Netflix, but hey what is a person to do when they only have game shows on TV and taken off all soaps.

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I love anything hexagon, I have a quilt , Grandmothers Garden that was worked on by two great grandmothers and a grandmother. Both sides of my family worked on it, and its the one of the OMG we have to get before XYZ happens to the house. I love that quilt so much. One day I will pull it out of the trunk to show blogland but as of today its too dang cold! What is up with it being 32 at the end of March, I am ready to get out side and in the dirt.

So I am looking on pintrest and I found a kit by I Hart Tula Pink,  went to the site , ordered and have been hooked 2013-02-23 11.47.04 2013-03-04 17.16.41 2013-03-23 12.44.28

I have been taking knitting to baseball and I know what has happened but I just don’t have the mojo I once had so this little hexi fits my bill , the Ranger Rabbit is not happy that I stole a tool box , but I am looking for something funky and cute but not found it yet.

Being a Good Mother.

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If I see one more gooey pink eyed child I might implode and stab my self.  I do love the little humans that are housing that goop, but man after a few school nurse calls and a few days home I am ready for the heathen’s to get better! aka back in school!

I will not ever say we passed the worst of it, when the flu was in full force it was “My kids never get sick” and I was so smug… yep it bit me in the arse. Baby heathen was the 1st to come in with it.  His classmates 4 of 15 had it, dirty little kindergartners! So that landed him a few days at home with mom. Being a good brother he gave it to the Middle Heathen, he does not do sick as well as the others.. when he is sick he is SICK even with this gooey pink eye.

I can tell today he is on the upswing. Mother why does the Pope? Mother how is the White House still standing? Mother what is up with this music  Mother… Mother.. he only uses Mother when he is asking a question. I am glad it is nothing major that is wrong with my Heathens but really I do love their school time. It gives me a bit to recoup and get ready for the on slot of questions they seem to think of. 

The other think is I am missing my weekly grown up knitting in public at our local Starbucks! Knitting, Coffee and some of my best friends I have. How I miss the today! I really need that coffee and knitting time after being cooped up in this house since last Wednesday! Yes that right there with out the sick Heathens makes me a good mother.

Ranger Rabbit does not get this at all. I am the Mother I should be happy not to have a “job” out side of the house and get the freedom to stay at home and take care of the Heathens and I do I really love this set up, yet being stuck in this house with the fear that I will infect myself with Pink Eye makes me a tad like a long tail cat in a room full rockers. 

Maybe I can set middle heathen up with a movie or a game and I slink off to my room and knit or spin but I doubt it as he seem to always be close going Mother why, who ,how, what is, can I. 

How I sew.

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The Tilted Quilt meet My Machine Linky Party

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I have two machines right now a Pfaff Ambition 1.5 I have played with her for a bit but nothing to say how much performance, I learned on a Pfaff 1222E and that is what I wanted yet they are going for much more then I wanted to spend on a 30 year old machine.

The other is my Singer Featherweight, she is a dream to sew on I adore the vintage look of her and knowing that with only one stitch I am not having to remember any settings the next time I have to set down.

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I also have 7 embroidery heads. A 6 head and a single head, I will tell anyone who asks I am by far more at ease with my massive 6 head machine vs anything.

My Embroidery is housed in a 40×60 shop that I told my dad years ago I was going to take over. Pre sewing or embroidery even!  I have a few random sewing machines housed there but I don’t use them or have photos to show right now. The singer pretty much lives in my house because its so small and I live in a oh so small house with kids, pets and a big man child. Image

Buying bobbins like this has spoiled me! I hate winding bobbins, I love just to pop in a new one.

If I could have any machine today I would love to have a Long Arm Machine, I don’t see it this year though unless I sell of something.

When the Girl goes off to Collage in a few years… 3… yeah her room is MINE 😛 poor boys will still have to share, I really do want my own space IN my house, there is nothing that puts a damper on anything that you leave the house at 1 am to drive a mile to sew!