Saturday, February 28, 2009

Unfortunately, Shasta

There is a new Meme going around where you search for your name with unfortunately in front of it to see what kinds of things are being said:

"Unfortunately, Shasta" turns out to be very interesting, since it can be a person's name, a pet's name, and a place name. There were plenty. Here is a sampling.

Unfortunately, Shasta's offense went south after that due to a combination of missed shots and turnovers.

Unfortunately Shasta county's program is Shoo the Homeless, footwear not included.

Unfortunately, Shasta was plagued for many, many years by forest fires that swept by here and destroyed the town many times.

Unfortunately Shasta died Tuesday morning April 1, 2008 around 4am in her sleep.

But, unfortunately Shasta is a long distance away from the Sierras.

Unfortunately Shasta Dam, built in the 1940s, disrupted the winter run's game plan.

Unfortunately Shasta is not feeling well suffering from a migraine.

Unfortunately, Shasta lives way far away right now.

Unfortunately, Shasta remains as much a mystery to the readers as she is to Abby.

Yeah unfortunately Shasta isnt gonna have a whole lot of usable shorline by mid summer.

unfortunately shasta doesnt defend herself at all... Rio takes her house and kicks her out and is just generally a bully... but a cute bully. ...

Unfortunately, Shasta has a money tournament on that date.

Unfortunately Shasta was completly hidden by clouds.

Unfortunately shasta is working & misses the next 2 home games. :-)

Unfortunately, Shasta’s younger brother had been killed.

Unfortunately, Shasta’s brother Dylan is still missing.

Unfortunately, Shasta said the unmotivated fans at UH are more numerous than they should be.

Unfortunately, Shasta Lake is 95+ feet down right now and the inlet where we stay is pretty much dry.

Unfortunately, Shasta. You are a good example of why people shouldn't use japanese is an english story. It was absolutely horrible to read that sentence you ...

Unfortunately, Shasta had left her purse at High Finance, so after breakfasting we headed back there to get it.

Unfortunately, Shasta has aquired a taste for them, and if the kids leave them laying about, she chews on them like candy.

Unfortunately, Shasta didn't realize that the place can be reserved, so we got kicked out a little early.

Unfortunately, Shasta didn’t have a great deal of sense about her and was constantly moving around the tree.

Unfortunately, Shasta was about 2 weeks from having her puppies, most of which did not survive, because of her loyalty to me.

Unfortunately, Shasta doesnt get to go to the theater that often with two little kiddies

But unfortunately, Shasta who has a record of jumping to conclusions, thought we actually opened the fizzing soda cans and fizzed them on her,

Friday, February 27, 2009


I haven't had time to do any quilting lately, but I do try to to take some breaks and read some blogs from time to time. So many tempting projects, especially the simple quilts - surely I could whip one of those pretty quickly. Yes, I do know my track record, and I do know that even simple quilts take me a long time to make.

I also read the stash reports, and was gloating that I haven't made any fabric purchases in 2009. Then I read an email that Hancocks of Paducah had a sale on their precut fabrics. For the regular price of one jelly roll, I could get the jelly roll and two or three charm packs as well. So I carefully chose my purchases to maximize my return on my shipping costs, and whipped out my credit card before everyone else took all my goodies. I'm waiting for the Fedex truck now. :)

The order confirmation said something about back ordered stuff being canceled. I hope that is not the case, because the jelly roll was on back order, and it was the thing I wanted in the first place. I'll impatiently wait to see what happens before I start my rant.

Today, I got an email from them that shipping is free if you buy $50 worth of stuff. Sigh. But by now I suppose there would be more stuff on back order.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


I found this tag on Sweet P's blog, and since I wanted to talk about this book anyway, it seemed appropriate.

Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 2 to 5 sentences, along with these rules.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual book. Pick the CLOSEST!
6. Tag five other people to do the same!

Look at me. I've found time to read! I took it in to work one day thinking I might find time to read it during a lunch break that I might get someday. The coworkers thought I was crazy reading a book like this. But my blog readers know that my reading selection is very eclectic.

I got all excited because the fifth sentence is intriguing: "If you think something fishy is going on here, you're right." The next two sentences take away the mystery.

But the reason they [the Inuit - indigenous people of the subarctic] don't need to evolve the lighter skin necessary to ensure sufficient vitamin D production is refreshingly simple. Their diet is full of fatty fish -- which just happens to be one of the only foods in nature that is chock-full of vitamin D.

I'm not done with it, but it is interesting how certain illnesses go hand in hand with certain survival mechanisms.

I've had a sore throat lately, and am hoping that this book isn't one that is frequently picked up by people who are already sick, sharing their germs with me. I think my sore throat started before I started reading the book, and it probably has to do with allergies or talking more than I am used to, so hopefully I'm not the one sharing any germs with the next reader.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Hello blog reader, and Happy Vaentine's Day. Thanks for coming back.

Things are slowing down a bit at work, and I have the weekend off - the first of the year. To celebrate, I let myself wake up without an alarm clock. Let my body tell me how much sleep it needs. It appears that I need 12 hours of sleep! It was very refreshing.

Then I got up and started thinking about all the things I wanted to do. Cleaning is high on the list, as is making the ATCs for the birthday swap. Return some unread library books. While the library is open, for a change. Maybe make a quilt or two. Just kidding about that one. I'm not that out of it.

Then I remembered, that I have a lot of work to do for my other job.

I guess I don't have the weekend free after all. That's all right, it is fun, and I get to make my own schedule.

Hope yours is a good one.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Before Christmas, my mother asked me what I wanted. I couldn't think of a thing, having recently splurged at the office supply and drug stores. But I knew I had to be prepared, so when my sister called, I gave her a big list. I figured she could choose among the items, and share the rest of the ideas with the others, or simply leave them for me. So I was very happily surprised when she had gotten me almost everything on my list. That snow shovel has come in very handy lately.

She has gotten new carpeting recently, and is rearranging her furniture to redecorate her house. I went over to see it, and lo and behold she had gotten me the remaining item on my list - a lamp for my nightstand. My bedroom has been the only room in the house that was never officially decorated when I moved in. Sure I had purchased bedroom furniture, but I am still using the curtains that the former owner had in there. The rest of the stuff in there is for practicality - I needed storage space for the quilting supplies, and my daughter was no longer using a particular shelf, so it moved into my room. The bedroom tends to be the last room I clean when I am cleaning, and since it serves as storage for the quilting supplies, it tends to get quite cluttered, and dusty.

The lamp in my room was an old desk lamp that is an ugly battleship gray. It is also a desk lamp that takes up a lot of space. The fluorescent light has recently not been turning off properly. I would reach over to push the button to turn it on, and before my hand even touches anything, the light will start flickering.

I made the switch, and that little table lamp has transformed my room. It was chosen to match the furniture. The lighting is soft and pretty. So I am cleaning out my room, and doing my own little remodel. It is going to be a slow process - 15 minutes a day probably, but the nightstand and the corner look really nice. The downstairs areas are having to wait so hopefully the visitors can get the clean vibe from the bedroom and look at the downstairs accordingly!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Block of the Month

Beth Ferrier has designed a new quilt for this year's block of the month program. This year's is called Now and Forever.

Even if you don't want to make the whole quilt - it always has piecing and applique - I still recommend that you make the blocks using her directions. You'll learn new nifty ways to make the blocks and hopefully you can incorporate her techniques into other quilts that you make. Each block is available until the 15th of the month, and then the next block is up. So be sure to download it every month. If you miss downloading a month, you can substitute another block or purchase the old one from Beth.

I've done a couple of her quilts - Moondance and Lillibet's Garden. They are both wonderful quilts, even though I haven't finished them yet. I'm slow on the applique parts.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


I'm still alive and well and wondering what I got myself into when taking this job. There are long hours, and the pace is fast, but I've been told that it does slow down eventually.

This morning, while I was still in bed, I made myself a list of things I needed to do - laundry, dishes, putting plastic up on the windows, etc. This job has been expensive for me - the plastic is not up on the windows and we had several storms and below zero weather already. About $25 of my CVS Care Bucks expired, and I have been eating out a bunch, because I haven't had any time to go grocery shopping. If I do this job again next year, I will have a bigger wardrobe to start so I don't have to do laundry as often, and I will go on a big grocery shopping expedition beforehand. I might have to sleep all week before, so I have a reserve of sleep. :)

Anyway, I eventually dragged myself out of bed and got ready for the day. I made the coffee and turned on the computer while I was waiting for it to brew. There was an email from my LQS talking about the SuperBowl sale. I had known about it earlier, but I had forgotten. I quickly called my Mom and the two of us trekked off to the shop. Well it isn't a long trek, since the shop is in the neighborhood. She had never been there. It was crowded, but we got to look at lots of beautiful quilts and touch lots of wonderful fabric. I didn't buy much - the kit I wanted she wanted too so I let her have it, even though I bought the book.

It was really nice to be able to do something fun for a change. Now I guess I have to rush around doing my chores and get ready for the next workweek!