Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Saturday Night

WHAT a week. It didn’t start off well – my mom’s next-door neighbor’s house was broken into. In the middle of the day. Broad daylight. For the THIRD TIME. Which of course makes my mother rather nervous. I spent all day Tuesday at her house, just hanging out and basting a quilt. When she moved in 18 years ago, folks didn’t even lock their doors during the day….it was a lovely neighborhood. I wish my mom would get a dog. If you’re a praying person, I’d appreciate prayers for her safety.

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Thursday, I went for a meeting with a work assessment guy. I’ll be going to a facility daily for 2 weeks, where they have me in a simulated work environment, to see how I do. I have an awful lot of restrictions – actually, he said I have them ALL, lol – like no reaching, lifting, walking, standing. I’ll be doing clerical work. I only hope there’s not much using the mouse – I have a bad mouse shoulder. We’ll see how I do, see if there’s anything they can do to make it a more friendly environment for my body, and then I’ll start sending out resumes. Oh boy! After 18 years of staying home, it’s making me a bit nervous.

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Are you wondering what these pictures are? Well, I'm not going to tell you. It's a secret. *G* You'll find out in 3 posts!

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Jenny from Elefantz has been having a November Trims Challenge. She used some Moda cotton tape from a jelly roll to hang her Garden Stitcheries on, and I liked it so much I copied it. I had been trying to find clothesline to use, but when I saw hers, I knew that would work MUCH better. I love it. I'm still going to look for some smaller clothes pins.

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Boy I have a lot of holes in my wall. You know what I'd love? A picture hanging system - where the wire runs all along the top of the wall, near the ceiling, and then you hang wires from that to hang your pictures from. I LOVE those. I'm pretty changeable about furniture and pictures, and that would let me change my mind without putting so many holes in the wall. For now I'll just cover as many as I can with little quilts.

Well, I'd better get back to my secret project - enjoy your Sunday!

31 comments:

sewtakeahike said...

Horray! You don't need to search for clothesline anymore!! haha. in the middle of winter. ya think that has anything to do with the lack of it?? Love that snippets line, that's an awesome idea to use the clothes as a binding. I think I might have to copy you now! I'm finishing up a quilt and had no idea what I would bind it with. Don't be surprised if it's on my rose quilt on my blog in a couple days!

SewLindAnn said...

I love the colors I've seen so far on your quilt. I think I'm going to dream about orange and lite blue tonight.

Niki :-) said...

Wow, the break in sounds scary. I was always (and still am) afraid of someone coming into my home. Here in AZ there are so many home invasions. I don't ever answer my door unless I know the person. It's getting scary everywhere now. Love the quilt you're working on, or whatever that looks like LOL. Can't wait 2 find out!

Mary said...

Hi Allie - I am sorry to hear about your Mom's neighbor. It is such a shame how neighborhoods sometime change and not for the better. I will keep your Mom and her neighbor in my prayers (and you too with the job prospects being not so hot these days). I know the right thing will come along though - it always does. Can't wait to see your secret project and really think hanging your stitcheries from the cotton tape is adorable.

jan said...

I can understand your mother's concern! I will keep her in my thoughts and pray for her safety!

The mystery project looks very interesting! Can't wait to see more of it!

When we were at San Simeon this summer, I saw the picture hanging wire system for the first time. I asked the guide about it and she explained it. I had never heard of it before, but I think it is a grea idea!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I can also remember the time when doors were not locked...but now..I do hope your mum stays safe Allie...love your sneak peaks...can't wait to see this one..and like I said there is a job just around the corner for you Allie..

Jan said...

I have my fingers crossed for your Mum's continuing safety Allie - I can understand how nervous she must be feeling, and how she must be lamenting the change from days gone by. Love your sneak peaks, and all those little quilts strung across the wall. What is that lovely little redwork one? It looks so cute and old-fashioned.

Patricia said...

So, so pretty, Allie. I love the "clothesline".

Of course, I will remember your mom in my prayers. (((Hugs)))

And hugs for the job search, too. God knows your limitations and how cool it will be when you are able to reveal His strength and His joy in your life through those limitations. Will be praying for you, too!!!

XOXOXOX

Dorothy said...

The cotton tape clothes line looks great. Love all the little blocks and stitcheries hanging on your wall!
Good luck with your work assessment, and try not to get too stressed out. You're right though, going back to work after a number of years is scary but you soon settle back into the groove.

Valerie said...

I am so sorry about your Moms neighbor. That is so sad. And yes, I will pray for her. Evidently I have a lot of catching up to do. I have been so busy with work this week I haven't even got to read blogs. I am going to try to catch up today. P.S. Whatever you are making is gonna be pretty. I can't wait to see it all.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I'll definitely be keeping your Mom in our prayers. If the neighbor's house has been hit 3 times, it almost sounds like it is someone who knows them, so hopefully, they would leave your Mom alone.

Are you going to work full-time or part-time? That will be a change after 18 years at home.

Your quilt is looking great so far!

Linda said...

Love your little line of mini quilts. Prayers for your mum's safety and peace.

Karen said...

That is a cute way to hang the little stitcheries.
I can remember growing up in a house where the doors weren't locked. People can't do that any more.

Terry said...

So sorry to hear about the burglaries in your mom's neighborhood! I can only imagine how scary that must be! Love the new clothesline! :0)

Mary-Kay said...

I hope your mom doesn't get broken into but 3 times at one house sounds fishy to me. Like someone else said they must know the people and what they have in their house. How small are the clothespins that you have? I have some small ones you could have. I'm not using them and I'm trying to get rid of stuff that I'm not using anymore.

Shasta said...

That ribbon idea is inspired! I am definitely going tohave to use that once I make enough quilts for my quilt wall.
Good luck with your job assessment.
As for the break ins, how awful. Bad news happens in threes, so hopefully that is it for the neighborhood. Hope they catch the bad guy - hate to say it, but it's probably someone the neighbor knows and trusts.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Isn't it a shame what this world is coming to. My 92 year old mother lives with me, but I still worry during the day when I have to be away from the house. Not so much about her but about these break-ins. And it doesn't matter what kind of neighborhood you live in. My prayers are with you and your mother.

Serena said...

I will be sending prayers for your mom and her neighbor as well as you in your job search.

My mom stayed at home for 22 years and reentered the workforce when I was 18. She's now been employed with the state of TN for a little over 7 years. Mom, who is sitting next to me, said she interviewed for many jobs that seemed ridiculous but refused to take NO for an answer!

We both are wishing you the best of luck!! I can't wait to behold the secret project too!!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Allie, I'm so sorry to hear your mother is worried about her situation. I will say a prayer for her safekeeping and peace of mind.

Good luck with re-entering the work place. I hope you will find just the right job with a nice boss!

Shari said...

What a difficult time for your mum. So hard when neighbourhoods change... we can only do what we can for personal security and leave the rest to God... although that is sometimes so hard to do and we worry! The neighbour must be thinking of moving...

Love how you displayed all your little quilts... and that sneak peak looks interesting!!

Dolores said...

I love all your work hanging up. It is so inspiring. Good luck with the job assessment.

Lauranie said...

You know, those little yipper dogs are perfect companions for grandmothers!! My granny pampered her little pooch to no end, and that dog LOVED her!! Down here on Saturdays, Pet Smart has "adoptions" set up, where they bring rescued dogs to the store and you pay a little for the spade/neutered fee and off you go with your new friend. You could trick your mom into "running to the store with me" and happen upon some sweet little cuddlies that need a home!! :D
I am so excited about your "surprise"!! It looks wonderful! Hope you had a nice weekend...ya know if you were on FB you could see what I have been up to ALL LAST WEEK!! :) Guess I will just have to email pics to you!! xo

Rebekah said...

I hope that your mother stays safe and that her house isn't harmed. That is so scary!


Love your quilt hanging line. I agree that a photo hanging system would be a great solution for constant changes in wall hangings!

Jennifer said...

so many secrets!! I'll share mine friday!!! Can't wait to see yours!

Carrie P. said...

Praying for you mom, for sure.
I love your little display of quilts. The one with the running dog is sweet. Is that a pattern you came up with?
Looking forward to seeing your secret revealed.
Oh, I would be a bit nervous about going back to work too but you can do it!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Praying for our Mom and neighbors safety. Can't wait to see your surprise ;-)

Michelle said...

I'm praying for your Mom too.

I can't wait to see what you finished.

Allie said...

I'm so sorry for the bad week! I'll pray for your Mom.
Your projects look like fun, I can't wait to really see.
The clothesline looks so fun!

Diane said...

Lov'n the snippets! what size clothes pins are you looking for? I may have a source.

Cheryl said...

Can't wait for three posts!!! Will keep your mother in my prayers! Love the way you have hung your stitcheries...think I will borrow the idea :-) !

Tanya said...

Lord please be with Allie's mother and give her the peace that You promise. Protect her from all evel and guard over her heart and her house. Thank You for her safety and please spread Your assurance to the neighbor also. In Jesus name, Amen

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