Saturday, May 30, 2015

Time Is Creeping

OK I know that time does not creep. My great grandmother used to say that the older you got the faster time seemed to pass by.  I am right there too. I cannot believe it has been almost a week since I last posted.

First of all I hope everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.  We were super busy.
Saturday we took the kids because the youngest daughter and her SO were working.  The oldest boy was in trouble so he was supposed to work at pulling weeds.  I figure after about 6 hours of work he maybe accomplished about 1 hour of actual work.  He still owes grandma about 4 more hours of work for his punishment.   DH took the daughter's minivan and put 4 new tires on it, mounting and balance, and also a new spare tire.  Then while the kids were playing, DH tilled the garden, and the kids all helped spread cow manure.  We told them what it was, but they did not believe us.
This is the area of the garden where the minions helped spread manure.  After DH planted he spread straw we had left over from our holiday decorations in the garden to try to keep the weeds down.   Also the bunnies seem to love our squash so DH put up rabbit fencing.  He says it will keep the honest bunnies out.  Unfortunately we have one bunny who is obviously not honest and one of DH squash plants is now missing. 

Sunday DH and I planted the tomatoes, then ran to the nursery to purchase some zucchini, yellow squash, poblano peppers, some hot hungarian (there were no jalepenos) and a ghost pepper, the nursery was pretty well picked over when it came to veggies.  I did get a couple of herbs, and a few flowers to make a pot for the porch.

Of course we had an overcast day with really strong winds, and my poor little tomato plants were suffering so I used skewers and garden twist ties to prop them up. We planted green bean seeds, and sunflowers. We could not get the garden tilled down enough to plant corn.  Maybe next year.  We also could not find any cauliflower which really bummed DH out.
My poor little tomatoes staked with a skewer and gardening ties. 

 DH squash with their straw mulch. 
Monday, the youngest asked if we would take the kids so she and her SO could have a free day to do something fun.  Of course we said yes.  It is good for them to come and play outside.  We played hard, and had a very long day.
driving tractors (for pretend)

Hiding in the bucket
Here are two out, the other one is on the other side of the room.  Even the dog was passed out!

Tuesday morning I had to wake Finn up so we could take his brother to the bus stop, and do some errands.  We got lucky and found some 1 gallon tomatoes on sale for $1.99 so I got some slicing tomatoes, since we just planted Romas.  My days are very long watching  the kids, I usually do not get home until well past 8pm.  So Finn and I did the grocery shopping for my house, went to the park, had lunch out, and got home with plenty of time to spare for a nap.
My big tomatoes

Wednesday on the way to watch the kids my emergency brake light came on.  I pulled to the side of the freeway and called DH.  He asked me if my brake pedal was soft.  It wasn't so he told me maybe my emergency brake needed to be fixed, but by the time I got close to the kid's house if I had to brake hard, it was going all the way to the floor. Somehow I had broken a brake line.  DH took a half day of vacation and came to retrieve my SUV to fix it. On the way he stopped at a local farm stand and he was thrilled to find 8 cauliflower plants, which he promptly purchased.  And planted when he got home. 
A couple of DH Cauliflower plants

I do not get a whole lot of time for sewing or even being on the internet.  I also end up coming close to my maximum data then DH is frowning at me. I finally remembered to ask the daughter for her password so I can use her Wifi on my phone when I am watching the kids.

I finally figured out my tension problem and have been working on my quilting.  I still have a needle skip for 3-4 stitches occasionally but not enough to take all the stitching out and mess with the machine tension.

Restart after changing bobbins
I have done a little bit of hand work this week.

I finished the letter 'V' in the redwork words of wisdom.

I have sewn some hexies,and some yoyos.  I think I need to figure out a pattern for my hexie flowers, and my yoyos. I am running out of hexie mylar templates, so they are going to need to either start to go together, or I am going to have to puchase more templates since you leave them in until you are ready to put them all together.  
A couple of partial flowers. 

Hexies ready to be made into a flower

My tiny yoyos

I had to restart my owl stocking cuff.  Somewhere I got really far off, not too sure where, and I cannot seem to figure out where to take out. :(  Also I had put my water bottle in the bag with the piece and the pattern and it bled on my piece.  I was afraid it would not come out so I started again.  I since then have put my pattern in a plastic sleeve to protect it. 

I am really enjoying babysitting the kids.  I am sure there are days they are not thrilled with me, but the time sure seems to be flying by.  Recently there was a news story that grandparents that watch their grandchildren have a smaller likelihood of developing dementia, and have better memory and cognition.  I guess that is a good thing right? 

Does time seem to creep upon you too? 


  1. Love all the grandkid photos. Glad that DH found his cauliflower. Mike and I still need to buy tomato plants. Hopefully we're not out of time!

  2. Time does creep, I agree; my Grand'mere used to say "Every year the 4th of July gets closer to Christmas!!" My son Jeff came with the girls and my DIL today and they had a little "late" birthday party for me--cake and all! I got a little herb garden in a planter--it'll be just perfect for our new garden spot. Jeff and I went to see Mom for a little visit --they had just given her a nice cream massage...that made me feel good.
    hugs and good luck with those sneaky hearing about your gardens....Julierose

  3. It flat when you are retired, brands will tire you out, when I keep Tucker I don't even feel like sewing

  4. This thing refuses to write grands

  5. What a super Grandma you are! The kids will have such great memories as they grow older. Loved all the photo's.

  6. Woww you have been busy. It's a wonder you have time to sew, let alone blog after all that playing with the grandies.

  7. You've been really busy as usual! I'd rather hang out with the Monkey Boys than sew, but they sure wear me out and time does creep away when I'm with them. Love it though!

  8. I hope the dementia thing is true. :0)
    I love the before and after picture of the boys.


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