Thursday, December 8, 2011

How Many Days Until Christmas?

Christmas is coming really fast.  Seems to come faster every year.  But, remember back in August, when I had pneumonia and had nothing but time on my hands?  For 7 weeks?  When I declared 'Christmas in August'?  When I thought I had gotten a lot done.  

Well!  Here it is, 17 days before Christmas and I have a ton of stuff to do!  How can that be?  I'm in the middle of two projects...and I need to start another.  Then, there is the one project (sorry, coworkers) that I decided could be put off until right after Christmas.  

I'm just happy that I am not giving all handmade gifts this year.

Even though it's been over a week since I last posted, I have not accomplished that much.  However, I did manage to finish up the bee blocks I had waiting...these are string blocks made into half square triangle blocks.  For Jill in my Aqua and Red Bee.  After making these, I know a string block quilt is in my future.

Here's a sneak peek at something I have been working on...

Tag is good.  His Aunt Julie takes him walking, which he rather enjoys.  No fun stories of late.  Sorry.

I've been reading...on my Kindle.  I once said, "but I like the physical act of reading...holding the book, turning the page..."  Not so much anymore!  I am in love with my Kindle!!!  And, did you the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself.  Of how many books to read this year.  I knew reading one book each week would not be difficult, so I set the goal at 80 books.  That works out to about 1.5 books each week.  Every week.  There was a period this summer (pneumonia August) when I read 15 books in 30 days.  That's a bit unusual for me.  However, it helped me get to where I am now...within 3 books of reaching my goal.  Not sure if you've noticed, but there is a widget on the sidebar, showing thumbnails of all the books I've read this year.  I'm pretty excited about this.  I am sure I've read 80 or more books in a year before, but keeping track makes it seem like a huge deal! 

Also.  I've been stitching on my snow days block 10.  I only have this block and one other to finish.  woohoo!  I wasn't going to stitch on it at all in December, but I decided that I still need something to do when I'm watching tv.  And, there isn't anything else to stitch on right now.   

ohyeah...and then there was the giveaway I was going to have.  hmmmm...will think about that and get it going.


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."Jeremiah 29:11


Farm Girl said...

I had seen that widgit on your sidebar and I didn't know if that was ones you wanted to read or what.
Glad you cleared that up, good job.
You would think that as long as I have been sick I would have read lots too, I think I read less when I am sick.
I am so behind on projects too.
Well, I have worked all day long so hopefully that will help me sleep at night now. :)
I like your aqua and blue. I always enjoy seeing your quilts.
I enjoyed your update. How is your
Winter quilt going?
Have a lovely Friday,

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

My goodness woman, you are a busy bee! Many projects...more on the back burner...and a reading goal! I'm glad you're liking your Kindle. I recently finished Cutting for Stone and loved it. I just passed it onto my son. He and I share books often, and I love that! Love the quilt projects as never fail to impress me with the quilting skills!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Jacque ~
Oh, how I wish I had time to read, but I am one of those people that when I start a book and like it, I will do N-O-T-H-I-N-G until it is done. No discipline whatsoever, so I stick with magazines. Maybe when I retire...sigh.
Hugs :)

WoolenSails said...

I can't believe how fast it came this year, I thought I had plenty of time but not anymore, lol. I read at night in bed, so I like my real books since I fall asleep on them;)


moosecraft said...

Mmmm... those lilac hill fabrics are dreamy! Zippy red and turquoise block too! When will the quilts be showcased all put together? Like I've said before... that's a lot of reading! And having the thumbnails posted all together makes it looks like even MORE reading! lol! Kindle was made for you! :-) Snow Days, snow days, snow days... I'm stitchin' too!

Jody said...

Love you Auntie and love the work you do!! Have you had the idea of making quilted sleeves for Ipad's and such too? :)

Anonymous said...

HI there,
Love the quilts you are working on of course and I got to show off the quilts for the kids here to Jessica.
She loved them!!

I am in need of a sleeve that maybe could have a snap overlap closure of some kind for my Garmin GPS but you do NOT have to do that before xmas.
It measures 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

If I get anything in the new year I am considering an iPad2 so I can do everything on it. I have kindle on my iphone which is nice when I travel or am sitting in a waiting room. :)

Love you, Joyce

Tammy Burks said...

Keep meaning to stop by and say how much I love the red and turquoise combination!