What I’m Working On….

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The Pineapple Crazy blocks have continued here at my house.  I am so proud of myself and a little disappointed all once.  I’ve valiantly been trying and trying to get the colds and sickness in the childcare to not spread but last week…I got it.  UGH.  I’ve been doing load after load of laundry along with LOTS of hand washing and sanitizing but the bug got me.  That left me sick and disappointed.  But being I was not feeling the best, night after childcare was over, I just sat and sewed.  I really didn’t have any ambition to tackle any new projects around here.

As an end result I ended up with lots of sewing time…..and that means I exceeded my goal of doing 10 blocks last week and got 13 done.  I had thought that 10 was an ambitious goal.  Having 13 done really made me happy.

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I decided it was time to stop and take an inventory on how many blocks I have completed.  So far at this house I have made the 13 this week and 29 from the previous weeks.  That brings my total up to 42 over the last couple weeks.

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I dug around and found the blocks that I had made and were in my UFO pile.  I had 65 there.

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That brings my total up to 109 blocks.  I need 224 for the center.  UGH.  That’s many more blocks.  If I get three blocks done this week then I’ll be half way done to having the center finished…WHAT?? Only half way done?!??!  I’ve been working on this for a long time.  Next week my goal is seven blocks….I have some things going on this week on a couple of the nights so I’m not expecting to have as much quilting time.  At least the 7 blocks will put me over the half way part for the center…we won’t talk about how many blocks I need for the outside.

I’m still enjoying making the blocks….I’m not bored yet.  I am getting anxious to be sewing on other projects…not because I’m bored with this…just because other things are getting tempting.

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Galena, Illinois

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A post from Kelli–

When Jason and I got engaged, I knew that there were going to be some major stipulations on when we could get married.  Because he farms, he said there would be no weddings in April or May for planting or September through November for harvest.  I didn’t want to get married in the summer because I hate being hot and sweaty and hot and sweaty in tulle is another horrible thing I hope none of you have to experience.  I also knew that many of the winter months, specifically December through February, would be out because much of my family is from Minnesota and Iowa winter weather isn’t always the most conducive to traveling.  This left March.  I also knew that I didn’t want to wait forever and a day to get married, so it was determined that we were getting married that coming March–Did I mention we got engaged in October?  We had 5 months to plan.

When we actually picked the date, I had no idea that I would be going back to school, but it just so happened that the date we picked, March 15th was the Saturday after spring break at the school that I was attending.  Wahooo!  That gave me a week before the wedding to pull everything together and it worked out perfectly!  Because I had to go back to school however, we weren’t able to go on a honeymoon.

I really wasn’t too upset because I didn’t want to go anywhere big or fly on a plane (I’m a wimp).  We just said that we’d do something later on….which didn’t really happen.  And then we found out about our new house, and then we moved, and then I started nursing school, so I didn’t really think anything would happen. You can imagine my surprise when Jason told me that he planned on taking a few days off the March when I was on spring break and we were going to go somewhere.

After a little bit of looking around and planning, we decided that we could go to Galena, Illinois.  It’s about two and a half hours from our house and has tons of little shops and antique type stores.  Far enough away that we were “going away”  but not to far that we’d have to spend a whole day just driving.

Wednesday evening, we set off  and started on our way.  We stopped at Texas Roadhouse in Dubuque per Jason’s request and then got to our hotel in Galena.  Thursday we just strolled the downtown and hit up a few antique stores.  On Friday we packed up and headed home with a few stops on the way.  It was really nice to get away and do something that really had no purpose.  I figured it out and in the 7 years that we have been together, there has been only one day that Jason stayed home and didn’t go to the farm at all.  There have been a handful of days (3 that I can think of) that he hasn’t gone to the farm because we have been at a wedding, but he almost always has to do chores in the morning before we leave to go somewhere or has to go do something when we get back.

One of the things that I picked up when I was in Galena was this little ceramic “shot glass.”  I don’t know if it was meant to be a shot glass, but I’m adding it to my collection to remember the wonderful time we had!

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If you’re looking for a little get away…Galena is really nice.

I’m hoping next year we might be able to get away again.

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