"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Friday, October 29, 2010


I worked on another ornament, last night and for awhile this afternoon.  It turned out a lot better than the first one.  The learning curve is steep but not high.
 I also made some decorated stick pins. 
 Evelyn is just so pretty, I think...
 Oh, those feet!!
This was the first day of the season that I wore a sweatshirt.  Even though I have out my autumn lap quilts, most of the past few days have been too chilly to be comfortable out on the patio for more than a few minutes with my first cup of coffee.  Daylight Savings ending will go a long way towards opening up that little bit of time between waking up and Husband having to start work - hopefully, the weather will stay warm enough to have a few more days/weeks of coffee with him on the patio.  Not really counting on it, though - the seasons change quickly, this time of year. 
I spent several hours out in the barn a couple of days ago, folding fabric.  My tall workbench is perfect for that sort of thing and I used my 6 X 24 inch ruler to fold them a uniform size.  I also moved most of my fabric from my sewing room to the barn, leaving primarily fat quarters and fabric directly related to projects I'm working on.

I was sitting at the computer, today, when it occurred to me that I don't have a job.  I don't work.   Okay, so I haven't worked in a year but this was the first time that I self identified myself as a housewife/homemaker/bum.  For years, I have snuck in a little time here and there to work on a quilt.  It always was shoe horned in between going to work, sleeping, and preparing to go to work.  These days, however, I get up in the morning and make curtains.  Or think about working on an ornament "in the morning."  Suddenly, my time is my own.    I am not having to grab bits and pieces of life.  I am losing the dread that I am going to have to go back to practice law.  I'm not saying I won't get a job at some point (I like having pocket money) but I sure am not motivated to do it, right now. 

Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


Florida Farm Girl said...

Its wonderful to know your time is your own. As time passes, however, you'll wonder how you ever got anything done when you worked!!! I haven't worked since DH and I got married and I don't miss it a lick, but I sure do miss the paycheck!! Having your own money does have something going for it, but not enough for me go head back to work --- at least not yet!!!

I so admire your morning coffee time. We've gotten away from our ritual of coffee or wine on the porch of the garden house. Maybe we can get back to it now.

Penny said...

FFG, it is easier in the summer to have that drink because it is warmer and the days are longer. You have such a great porch, I can't believe you aren't out there all the time!

Thearica said...

Penny...you deserve what you have now...you have worked hard for lots of years and now sit back, relax, and reap the joys of being your own boss. :)

Florida Farm Girl said...

Yes, the porch is where we usually go. In fact, I'm going to make it a point to go out there tomorrow morning!! There's been so much going on lately that we've neglected that little ritual and I miss it.