Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Miscellaneous Stuff

I'm up late tonight because I've been working on the wool version of my new cherries "Little Adventure" pattern, and I'm afraid I haven't really thought of anything to chat about in particular, so I figured I'd just mention a few somewhat unrelated things that haven't seemed to fit in recent posts.

Bonnie of Institches wrote to me the other day to let me know she'd finished making her Spring! quilt from my pattern. I'm always tremendously tickled to see "my" quilts made by fellow quilters! She did a really lovely version of different colored tulips using what looks like hand dyed/marbled fabrics, and her bunny looks truly life-like. The fabrics I was using to demonstrate the steps in the class I taught are very similar, and seeing Bonnie's quilt makes me really want to get my pieces back out and finish it up, but I don't have any time right now. If you click HERE you can see Bonnie's quilt--and while you're over there, click on her sidebar post title "Animals--Real and Not" to see the cutest bunny she made--and finally clothed. Bonnie's obviously a very talented lady!

Last week, there was a change at work and my Girl Boss was reassigned to another secretary. In turn, I was given Girl Boss 2, so I still have two "work kids," but the stress and work load is less than it was. Seriously, it's SO much better now! Boy Boss and Girl Boss 2 are both hard workers and maybe I'm being too optimistic too early, but so far I've stayed busy but not frantically stressed out and on the verge of panic as I had been for what seemed like waaaaaay too long. Now if I could just get rid of these darn allergies, I'm sure I'd be blissfully happy!

When Hubby lost his job in February, we had to make some financial adjustments and arrangements and postpone the landscaping we had planned for our front yard, but our plans are starting to come together, so we may be able to get back on track and get that yard done soon. Hubby and Soccer Son are still working on turning Soccer Son's former bedroom into an office for us, but things are progressing there too.

Oh, and remember my jury duty? There was a story about it in the newspaper the next day, so I was able to learn a little bit more about the case and the crime. Turned out the defendant had already been convicted and was sentenced to something like 46 years in prison but the conviction was overturned on appeal because of failure to properly instruct the jury. So this was to be his second trial. On that second day of jury selection, he entered a plea to a slightly lesser charge, which means he'll serve something like 42 years in prison but will be eligible for parole in 38 years. Doesn't seem like much of a difference to me--either way, this kid's going to be older than me by the time he gets out. It's sad all around--sad for the 18-year-old kid who was shot and killed--who, by the way, wasn't involved in any gangs and appears to have been an innocent bystander--but also sad for the kid who's now serving at least 38 years in prison for a really stupid thing he did when he was 16 years old. Such a waste.

Well, that's all the news that comes to mind tonight, but then again, it's late and I'm sure my mind isn't working as well as it could be! I'm glad you found time to stop in and visit with me!


Yvonne said...

Good Morning to you.....I get to be first this morning. :) Happy to hear things are coming together.

Bonnie said...

Hi Kim: Thanks for the kind comments about my Spring! and of course, my bunny. FYI all the colored fabrics are hand dyed -- either by me or by a professional. I was really lucky to have two fabrics so close in color for the bunny.

You must have been up really late because your blog is dated Wed and honestly, it is Wed. morning here on the East Coast! Glad to hear things moving along for you and yours. Less stress at work means more fun stuff at home and on your blog! Bonnie in the Poconos...

Judy said...

Good news on the lower work stress! Hope it continues that way! Good thing you missed that trial, seems like a huge waste of a lot of lives.

Mumzie said...

Hi Kim,
I like your new blog background! Hugs, Mumzie

Greenmare said...

I'm not navigating blog land as well as I would like with my left hand only skills, so I'm trying to catch up again. I LOVE your cherries, so bright and happy!! Hope your mom is getting better and her hip is healing up fine

Gran said...

I love your "housekeeping" blogs too! I am glad to hear that things have lightened up at the office. Working "frantic" all day long takes a toll on one.
Hugs :0)

Carol said...

Can't wait to see your Cherry quilt done in wool!

Amanda said...

I agree that less stress seems like it is a good thing for you right now, especially with hubby losing his job and all. Life is hard, and stress at work just makes it more complicated. I'm glad you like your new bosses.

I agree with you about the kid. It's sad about the stupid choices they make.

Ok. I'm catching up on your posts.
I'm headed off to read the next one!