Wednesday, March 16, 2022

I Like Thursday #197

 It has been a very busy, messy, and emotional two weeks.  Moving rooms, the Ukraine, remembrances, and frankly I was just plain t i r e d.  I am in a much better place, the sun is warming up the earth, and it is time for my 197th I Like Thursday post!  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things to like/love to share for the week. 

This was my mantra for the past two weeks!  

A couple of weeks ago I shared that the ceiling in my bedroom had started to crack all the way around the outside walls, then a few days later it started to crack across the center of the room.  I wanted to move back into the master bedroom but Jeff had made it into my sewing room when the great aunt and uncle lived here and after he died it became a catch all.  

Master bedroom looking into the sitting room.

Master bedroom and the quilter, and the mess.

Master bedroom sitting room.

Yes I know it looks like an episode of hoarders, and frankly a lot of my house looks like that at times with everything that had went on after Jeff's death.  It is slowly getting better, and you work on it like you eat an elephant.  One bite at a time. 

I am proud to say that I took one car load of things and donated to Salvation Army this week though.

In the meantime I moved to sleep in another bedroom which has an antique bed.  My kids laughed at me when I complained the bed is too high, it is too short, it is too narrow and it made my knees hurt since it has a memory foam mattress on it.  

I also felt claustrophobic. The room is only about 2 feet longer than the bed.  The color of the room is the same for the walls and the ceiling, and the floor is just a shade darker so I felt like I was in a cave.  

The quilter is gone.  We had to cut it apart to get it out of the house, and that took a couple of days by itself.  But my bedroom is moved.  


I have a couple of book cases full of fabric to move yet, and a dresser, but a little at a time, especially since how the upstairs is laid out moving things involves 3 point turns for a lack of a better way to put it.  Out the door, across the hall at a 45 degree angle, through the door to that bedroom.  A 45 degree turn in the other direction to get into the hallway fully, down the hall 4 feet, another 45 degree turn into another bedroom, straighten up, then across the hall into the master bedroom.  

While doing all that moving I did find some treasures.  Boxes of HST that are already squared, which I moved into my shoe boxes which are  a tad bigger than strawberry boxes. 

I also squeezed a little sewing in.  I finished 2 more ribbon star blocks so I have 10 finally.

I saw a cute pattern for a bunny and had to make it.

I think I am going to make it into a pillow.  I actually have borders cut out already even!

I shared that I had purchase Jen Kingwell's newest book  Quilt Recipes.  I like the book, but a couple of the quilts need templates to make, and so I purchased the template sets.  The template for a quilt called Wensledale arrived the other day.  I also have a template set for a quilt called Winki Stars. 

If and when I ever retire and have more time to sew I will have a lot to keep me busy.

I received an awesome squishy package from Dawn of Relaxing Robin.  Cute patterns, a Square in a Square paper piecing template, and some lovely fabrics from a layer cake.

I will say that even though I was off for a few days I didn't venture out other than to run to the dairy to get milk.  While I was out I saw this Packard, hopefully heading for a restoration. <3

 I did try a couple of recipes which are lowfat, or low sugar.  

I love the Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds but I don't need the added sugar and calories.  I found a recipe and tried it and it isn't too bad.  I found the recipe on TikTok.

I also made Reuben Egg rolls in the air fryer.  They were very good too!  

I found many recipes and used this one from Spend With Pennies.  

Of course I have read many books the past few weeks.  

Lately if possible I like to read several of the books in a series.  Most of the books I have read when I can get them from the library are the Elly Griffiths'-Ruth Galloway series.

Thanks for stopping by, and now please go visit the other I Like Thursday posts at Not Afraid of Color.


  1. Love the new bedroom! I love your blocks! Wishing you a safe and happy day! Hugs!

  2. Nice new bedroom - just take your time and enjoy the going
    through of things so you will make good choices.. We all have
    so much more than we need don't we... Sigh..
    May your day be filled with things you enjoy doing and
    slowly the mountains will go down... who knows what surprises you may encounter..

    1. Mary Lou thank you so much for the sweet comments. I like going through things slowly, but sometimes getting rid of things is so very hard.

  3. I'm sorry you've had such a hard two weeks. I wondered where you were last Thurs. Have you figured out what the issue is with the cracks in your old bedroom. If you're going to sell the house, that will need to be fixed. Here's hoping the next few weeks will be better with spring on the way. Of course, that means more outside tasks to attend to. It never ends, does it?

  4. Tackling any big task one bite at a time is good advice! I love your bunny block - so cute. Looks like you have lots of fun quilting plans. And yum on the Shamrock Shake!

  5. Your bunny is adorable. And you my friend are amazing and strong. Here's hoping you get more play time

  6. Hi Colette! WOWEE! You had a very productive week with all that moving things around. The bonus is finding some surprises along the way, like your box of HSTs. I, too, hope that old Packard is heading for restoration. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. I've been cleaning out a lot of clutter since I retired. I've noticed though that you have to be in the mood or else it just doesn't work. You've done a great job! Love your bunny and star blocks too!

  8. That's a lot of moving around! I like your ribbon star blocks. That bunny is really cool. Those egg rolls look yummy!

  9. Hey Siouxzq! Your photos could be of our house. Not hoarders are we, yet. Both the Husband and I inherited our parents’ stuff, me 6 years ago, him 18 years ago. The pandemic lockdown got us to finally being addressing all the elephants. I love elephants. Take care. P.S. I love your bunny. So cute.

  10. Oh my goodness, you have a lot of work on your hands, Colette. But as you say, one step at a time and try not to get overwhelmed. I'm happy you uncovered some great stuff. THat is like a treasure hunt. I will love seeing what you stitch with Jen's latest book. Some great designs in it. Also have to say that bunny is just the cutest!


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