Wednesday, June 25, 2008


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I grabbed some scraps and sewed them together. The whole time, I was thinking about the house I just looked at, and whether or not to submit an offer. Sew, snip, clip, iron, sew again. Mindless, or so I believed.

When I was ready to machine quilt it, I held it up and behold, it was the shape of a little house. Hence the decision to quilt the yellow and red like a roof, and the bottom differently.

Today, I called my realtor and submitted what I think is a good offer. She thinks so too. Hopefully the bank agrees.

Monday, June 23, 2008


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You can't see in the picture, but around the kitchen walls there is black shiney tiles, and enough room for eating in.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


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I contacted my buyer to see if she in fact received the item and here is her response:

Sent by ***b on June 21, 2008:

The apron arrived and I LOVE IT. I loved the picture when I saw it, but it is even more beautiful in person. It is a great addition to my collection.
Thanks so much- L*******

AWWW Garsh!! This made my day. People, like myself, are super busy. We don't take time to gush when things go really well, but we are more inclined to air our feelings of disappointment. So, maybe I will be sure to say a positive comment when someone's efforts turn out "just" expected... pretty ok. Even "just fine" takes effort, thought, concern.

On a different subject: I have caught a summer cold. AND also, I am doing WW Core for a while. The knees hurt some days. Maybe I can hold off on replacements for another 15 years if I keep my weight in check.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Congratulations Tiffany.

Today she graduates from Norwich Free Academy.
Tiffany has told me she is more scared than excited about starting college at Three Rivers in the fall. I know for a fact she will sweep everyone off their feet. You see, she did me on October 5th, 1989, and continues to do so on a dialy basis.
Despite the lost credit card, and the messy bedroom and occasional darkish mood. Because Tiffany is one of the smartest, kindest, most intuitive and creative people I will ever have the honor of knowing. I couldn't be more proud of this girl, my girl, Tiffany Rafaelle Roman.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

baby quilt top finished

I am really REALLY upset.

After spending money on an open toed quilting foot for my Janome machine, and setting it up, then practicing a while...

... the machine quilting had to be ripped out half a dozen times. I was trying to follow a growing swirl shaped pattern from the centrs of the pinwheels, from the middle of the motif broading outward..

and EVERY. STINKING! TIME! there was something wrong. The tension. The starting stitches were far too small. The ending stitched were a mess, with a big tangle of nasty bobbin string on the back side.

So, yes, I actually did practice for a while on some small samples, and it went pretty well. Of course since it was smaller it was much easier to control. But I am horrible at hand/eye coordination. Also, I have trouble controling the pressure with the foot control .

In order for me to make anything resembeling a quilt, I am gonna need a whole lot more practice.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


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I've said it before, so don't mind me please if I repeat myself and say I will miss this apartment when I finally do buy a house.

Things to do like swimming in the pool across the street with the kids, sometimes for hours. We talk, float, get a cold drink from the Coke vending machine. there is a bath house, and we can use the restrooms or showers with confidence 'cuz they are kept clean. Sometimes I sneak in white wine in a thermos container. We sit around the pool and soak up the rays or read or snooze a bit. I'm so proud of the kids, they are happy, and we are usually being silly and relaxed and people just enjoy watching us.

Or just gazing out the windows on a sunny day at well maintained grounds with the red cardinals and purple trees, these things feel so much like home now. Walking just across the street to
the Shop Rite, or the bank or pharmacy is sometimes done in our slippers.

I have great neighbors in this building, and we all get along well while minding our own business. No one has ever so much as asked to borrow an egg in the 4 years I've been here.

So, I am thinking very hard about moving. Once I give up this apartment I will not get it back. Frankly, if the rent doesn't go up much each year, I could honestly be happy to live here another 7 years, and then go into a 55+ retirement community.

Otis Library, in it's new and beautifully improved digs is 2 miles from here. Across the street from Otis is the YMCA with a pool and recently updated fitness machines. There's a fantastic resturant called The Red House, a dunkin' donuts, and a pawn shop downtown, also. And the post office is there.

Hmm indeed.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

love hate relationship w/soup of the day

So.... this past Sunday I just decided (blithely) to 'try' that Sacred Heart Diet for one week.

We will have veggies, we will have fruit. Yay! Heck, even at least 3 bananas one of the days. Double Yay! We will have a baked potato and butter, and eventually we will have large portions of BEEF. Yuuuuum for my tum..... How bad can it be?

This is how bad: You want it so bad, then you eat it and you can't stand to look at it again for a while, then you want it and then you can't stand to look at it... etc. etc.

All I can say is the last time I felt this way about anything, I was in my 20's, dyed my hair blond, and disco WASN'T dead yet.

*After one week, I am down 11 lbs. Mostly all water, but heck I feel lighter, and better. Two days off and I'm doin' it again..... and....I don't 'disco' anymore. Haven't for years. Just had to clarify.

What's the story?

During the past 46 years, I've lived in Connecticut. I've traveled up and around the U.S. and to Puerto Rico, and loved every minute. I've had 4 children who are now fantastically talented adult artists and comedians. I've been married and then divorced and then engaged and then single and finally *big sigh* content. I've grown into a darn good nurse, cook, seamstress, and Mom.

Maybe one of these days I'll get this 'writing' thing down, too.

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