Saturday, 30 January 2010
At least the weather looks clear for driving!
Friday, 29 January 2010
I've spent the first part of this week sick in bed, and so have not been nearly as productive as I would have liked to be -- indeed need to be - this week. Monday I head back to Tennessee for another semester of college, so before then I must finish my recital dress (all but the hand-sewing), tie up other loose ends and projects, and -- oh, dreaded word! -- pack.
I've a few things to show you, though, completed in the past few weeks; a shirt, a pair of jeans-turned-skirt, and my brother's birthday present.
Firstly the shirt. It's a nice, basic, button-down shirt pattern, from McCalls. Six buttons, a collar, cuffs - pretty normal.
The only unusual things about it are 1) that I didn't have to alter the bust darts AT ALL and 2) even though the pattern called for 2 1/2 yards of fabric, I squeaked it out of just under 2 yards. I'll admit I was pretty proud of myself.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Well, that's not the only reason I like long weekends, of course! But I did get some good shots :)
Friday, 15 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
For some reason I always find it harder to "be good" on Sundays than any other day of the week. I'm not sure why this is, though I keep thinking about it - maybe if I find out why I'll be able to fix it. I've thought of two reasons: one is just that perhaps Satan chooses to be more active on the Lord's Day than during the rest of the week. This one feels like a bit of a cop-out or an excuse though; as if I'm blaming my own sin on Satan and therefore it's not my problem. Which isn't what I want to do.
The other reason I've thought of is simply that there's less structure, and more "lazy" time. Put that way, this one sounds wrong too. After all Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest - we're not supposed to work. (And maybe there's my problem... I never do completely rest on Sundays, I always have a project I'm working on, whether sewing or writing or something outside. Maybe I need to focus on really resting?) But though the morning is always the same - wake up, eat breakfast, go to church and Sunday school, come home - the afternoon sort of falls apart. Sunday dinner is supposed to be at lunch time but usually happens around 3 PM... we sit at the table for hours, and if I do get around to any of my projects it's late, most of the day is gone, and I have no structure or time schedule to plan around. Then things tend to go the way today went, which is to say, not well at all.
(I started out upset already because Kate rearranged our bedroom while I was at school, and I couldn't find my slippers I'd left under the bed this summer.) We didn't get up from dinner until past 4 this afternoon. I was going to cut out a shirt I'm working on designing, using the S&S Regency pattern as a base, so I went upstairs to get the pattern. It wasn't in the box I thought it ought to be in. I asked my mother and sister... no ideas. I searched Mum's sewing basket... ransacked my own boxes... went through my sister's things. No luck. Finally I returned to the closet and started digging through the clutter on the floor -- to find the pattern exactly where it was supposed to be, in a crate with other patterns, which had been so obscured by my sister's belongings that I hadn't even seen it the first time I looked.
Then I went downstairs, annoyed with my sister, and found that my parents had gone out to take a walk on which I had been counting on joining them, without telling me they were going. And I lost my temper, and scolded my sister for making a mess in the closet, and stormed about my lost walk, and banged things around, and generally made a scene and felt pretty sorry for myself. Then I went in the bathroom and cried miserable, selfish, angry tears. I'm not proud of my outburst - I'm glad my sister was the only witness, and I'm sorry I inflicted it on her.
But then when I was calming down and praying for forgiveness, I started wondering why these meltdowns always seem to happen on Sundays. And I haven't any ideas, really - is it the prospect of a new week? But I'm looking forward to this week. Is it just that my guard is down because I've been to church and ought to be feeling righteous? Is it just a coincidence? I've no idea. All I know is, most of my major temper flares, and most of my huge emotional melt-downs, seem to happen on Sundays.
And so I reach my conclusion - which is not really a conclusion at all, except that I'll be praying for added strength and patience and wisdom on Sundays. And if any of you feel so led to pray for me, I would appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
May you all have a blessed Sabbath! Tomorrow I should have some more sewing photos to show you, and maybe a sneak peek at my recital dress!
Friday, 8 January 2010
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Lest you think, though, that it's all bright crystal and glimmering candlesticks, let me show you the pot we cooked the pork and sauerkraut in. It, um, overflowed a bit in the oven...
Well, I have gone on long enough. I hope no one thinks it too strange that I post so much about food! But it's one of my great interests... I love cooking and photographing food, as well as eating it, and there are so many great opportunities for fabulous meals during this holiday season!
Friday, 1 January 2010
Well, there are a few days of Christmas left but I thought I'd put up my "Christmas" post since it is officially the new year now!
We spent Christmas, as we often do, in Pennsylvania with my grandfather. The day itself was smooth and uneventful - a leisurely morning, gifts opened, and then a lovely dinner which we all pitched in to put together. In my family, gifts are usually fairly small and inexpensive - we don't have much (although I know we are blessed far beyond what we deserve and beyond what many have, and for that I am grateful!) but what we have is given with love, and that for me is better than whatever material gain there may be.
Later in the week we visited my aunt and uncle, and also saw my cousins and their families. I have to show you this picture of my little brother and our cousin's daughter - she just adores David, and has ever since she was tiny.
Wednesday we drove home; a trip which ought to have taken twelve hours turned into a seventeen hour odyssey, and everyone was tired and exhausted by the time we got home. (A portion of interstate 80 in PA was shut down due to a tanker which split in half and spilled toxic chemicals... this caused a huge traffic backup.) The darkness and the red taillights made for some interesting photographic opportunities, though!
And today, in preparation for the New Year's Eve party to which we always go, I made an enormous Apple Cake and a huge plate of brownies. Then, because I couldn't help myself, I took pictures!
Happy New Year to all of my readers! I hope 2010 is good for you; and I hope you were as blessed in 2009 as I was. It was a rough year in many, many ways; tough courses in school, hard lessons regarding matters of the heart, the death of several dear friends and family members. But I have so many sweet memories of friends and family, and have been taught so many necessary and valuable lessons through all of this. God knew what he was doing - and he knows what he's going to do with 2010, as well!
Love to you all,