Monday, October 15, 2012

Missionary Quilt

Chad leaves on Wednesday. I am so excited for him! But I am a procrastinator. He got all his things purchased, but I promised him luggage and still haven't gone to get it. Considering he has to pack tomorrow at the latest, I should put that on today's to-do list. Probably. I have known since July that he is going to a fairly chilly place, but didn't put two and two together until last week.He was told to ship his bedding stuff straight to the mission home and I was thinking "Oh, I'll just send the blanket that he has on his bed right now." Obviously I wasn't actually thinking, because he always has to put extra blankets on his bed in the winter because his quilt is so thin. So last week it finally penetrated my brain that his current bedding would not do, not at all. So I made him a new quilt.

     This is a surprise to him and he won't see it until he opens up his box in South Dakota. The little scripture quote is Jeremiah 16:16. I wrote the whole thing in a square with a fabric marker, but it's a little hard to read in the photo. When I asked what scripture Chad would want on a missionary plaque, this was his immediate response. He didn't even have to think about it a single second. Which, when I read it, it made me laugh. I guess hunting and fishing will always be in that boy's blood in some form. Anyway, when he gets it, he will know he is loved. And he will be warm.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cabin Weekend

I look forward to this weekend for months. We try to head to the cabin for conference weekend. We don't get television reception there because it is too remote, but the radio in the truck picks up conference just fine. Here's what is awesome about conference at the cabin: everything.
No telephone reception, not even cell phones= no one can call and disturb the family.
Remote location= not too many things to get distracted with. (Okay, I know I'm not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, but it sounds too stuffy to say "with which to get distracted".)
The colors of autumn are fabulous the first weekend of October=go for a hike between sessions.
Lots of food= people sit and visit more than they otherwise would.
Most of the time we don't get to go as early as we would like and we have to leave way too soon, but those are good things. A good family activity should always leave you wanting more. This is close to the last weekend that Chad will be home before heading off on his mission. I want it to be something for him to hold onto for a couple of years.

And to start the weekend off with a BYU football game... Could life get any better?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Awesome Tech Support

You know how sometimes you get on a website and go to the part that says "contact us", and you email them and you hear back three months later and maybe never? Today was NOT that day. I screwed up and downloaded a digitized design for my quilting machine, but I downloaded for the wrong brand of machine. So of course my machine wouldn't read the flash drive. After I figured out why it wouldn't work, I contacted the company, via email. I was pretty sure I wouldn't hear from them for a while and the quilt for my client was on the machine and ready to be worked on.  Within an hour, they had answered my email, AND sent me the correct download for my machine. I did my happy dance right then and there. Can you believe it?!! An answer in less than an hour!!! (I can't use too many exclamation points!!!) The name of this amazing company: Anne Bright. I love their designs and now I love Susan too. She was the wizard that fixed my mess up. Hooray for Anne!!! Pictures of the quilts tomorrow.

Where did September go?

I finished up the last wedding dress for the season  the first part of August. I really thought I would just stock up on baby quilts while I was waiting for the Christmas rush to start. I should stop making plans like that. I did bottle a lot of peaches and apricots. There are BAGS of dehydrated pears. Pickles are in progress as I type. However, the stack of baby quilts for sale isn't really big enough to be called a stack. I seem to sell them before I have much of a stock. I do have a few new ones for sale, though. Pictures are posted. The cream/lavender stars quilt is silk; The other two are cotton.

The autumn is glorious here and quilting and canning belong to the autumn. Could life be any better?