Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Snowed In

I've been snow bound here in my "little cabin in the woods " for 11 days now and no end in sight. This is the most snow we've had in many years and I wish it would go away. We're going to have a White Christmas that's for sure. John (DH) has been calling for weather reports daily as he is due to come home Christmas Day for his two months off the ship. He's in Portland where they too are having record snowfall while his big 4WD truck sits here at home in the driveway. On the way home his last visit the starter went out, it rained buckets and he couldn't get it fixed. It's now ready for this winter driving via a tow to the local Ford Dealer.

I'm surviving thanks to my brother who delivered a care pkg of M & M's, (Marlboro and Miller) and picked up the quilt my sister had me quilt. Another care pkg arrived via my Bil and sis of coffee, kitty food and a few other supplies as they needed to pick up yet another quilt I had quilted for her. Both Xmas presents for her Son and GS. Aren't family great. Its not that I'm afraid to drive in this weather, it's the other drivers on the road up here on the side of a mountain that worry me.

While being cooped up I finally finished handquilting this top. It's a kit quilt from years gone by and was completely embroidered when I found it in my MIL's attic. It's all washed up and ready to put on my bed come spring.

this is my first attempt at doing a large quilt. It's not fancy just big meander with curly cues in the red center blocks. I'm still in the learning process but with several more tops in the wings will have good practice.
As the year comes to an end we all think of our goals for the coming year. This year I hope to complete all my goals while not making big unrealistic demands on myself. Last year my goal was to finish all my UFO's which I never accomplished as life took on a life of its own. Instead I did a lot of cleaning out and getting rid of those I no longer wanted to do.
My goals for 2009:
Organize my sewing room to be more user friendly and clutter free.
Machine 7 of the 8 tops I have in a tote.
Hand quilt an antique wedding ring top.
Only start one new quilt for a friend.
Use up my stash for backings.
A fabric Diet only batting.
If I manage these then I can always add something else. I want to have a feeling of accomplishment as next year comes to an end rather than feeling there were way to many things left to do.
I'm thankful for:
Family that makes sure I'm taken care of when DH is on the ship.
For care pkgs during this snow storm.
All the wonderful friends I've met over the net.
Having electricity, so many have been without in this cold weather.
My wood stove that keeps me warm and toasty.


Annie said...

Oh my , Dona, you have as much snow as we do here in Maine. I've been seeing on the news all the snow/travel problems on the tv news for your area. Sure looks like a mess. Did your dh make it home safely? I am so thankful I no longer have that anxious wait for my dh to arrive home from sea, then the long trip to the airport to find his flight delayed/canceled or him not on the the flight he was scheduled for.

Good luck with your goals for the coming year. Wishing you the best for 2009!

: )

YankeeQuilter said...

Yikes,,, I hope some of the warmer weather has come your way in the past few days! Good luck with your 2009 list...