Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The rumors online are pointing to a cutoff date of at least 10/14/05, but not as late as 10/17/05. No one seems to be sure about 10/15 and 10/16, but those dates fell on a weekend in 2005, so there are probably only a few applications on those dates.
Our log in date (LID) is 10/26/05. This means that THERE IS A CHANCE WE COULD BE IN THE NEXT BATCH!!!! If the rumors of getting to at least 10/14/05 are true, there's a shot. In another week or so, the rumor sites will do an analysis of the number of matched families this month and project a target for next month. I think we'll be on the cusp...if we miss it, it will only be by a few days. If we make it, we'll just make it.
I really think the next 4-6 weeks could be the toughest part of the wait for me. It's the not knowing that will be torture. Add to that the uncertainty around the release of the next batch because of Chinese New Years. There is likely to be at least a one week delay, possibly two.
Will post more tomorrow if the rumors about the cutoff date are verified!
- Life is a patchwork of events and we all live this adventure.
- The star at night guides us along our path in life.
- Flowers along this path bring us joy and are a celebration of new life.
- The heart is the center of a loving home, one with great love to give.
What a beautiful contribution to the quilt! Thank you so much!
The first square is from my friend from church, W.P. and her family--husband B, son A, and daughter A. W. is another member of a close group of supportive friends. Thanks for all of you support over the years!
The next two squares are from another FLC member, E.M. and her husband B. E is apparently the seamstress in her family, and the dog print is some fabric left from some material used to decorate the room of her grandsons (also FLC members). The yellow floral fabric is leftover from some curtains she made for an office in a church where she pastored in CT. E is a retired pastor. She is also a knitter, and EJ remembers her as the nice lady who taught her to knit at the church knitting group. EJ picked it up much quicker than I did!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
She also sent this square, which is one that was used to make E's baby quilt!
Finally, here are the fabrics from daughters I (kindergarten) and R (age 2). I. picked her favorite Disney princess, Belle from Beauty and Beast, and R picked the same princess print that E selected. Thank you so much! Hope to see you this summer...maybe?
Friday, January 26, 2007
Now that my eyes are dry, Aunt N. and Uncle J. also sent this fabric. Apparently, she is the "Queen Mum" of the local Red Hat Society, so she thought this was fitting!
She also included a square from my cousin (her daughter), P. and her family, husband P. and son E. This is so cool! It is a square of Buchanan plaid, which was the kilt plaid that P wore in their wedding, one of several plaids he is entitled to wear by virtue of his Scottish lineage on his father's side of the family.
And here is a picture of P modeling that plaid kilt!
And finally, while I was digging through files to find that picture, I came across this one of EJ at their wedding. She thought she was a real princess that day, and she certainly looked like one! It's hard to believe how much she's grown in three years!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
This quilt replaced a beautiful colonial blue, tan, and white quilt that my aunt C made for us as a wedding gift. I believe it's the Snowball pattern, which she selected because we were living in Florida at the time! Aunt C is a terrific quilter, and she has made quilts for all of the cousins on my dad's side of the family - 10 of us! K and I have asked her where the anniversary quilts are...we thought she should make us a new one every 5 years or so! She didn't think that was funny.
When EJ was born, she made this quilt for her nursery. It's an applique quilt...I've never tried one of those!
EJ was the lucky recipient of another beautiful quilt upon her birth, from Grandma H. It's another applique quilt:
I'll try to take a pick of the Snowball quilt soon. Also, Grandma H made a very unique Sunbonnet Sue quilt for EJ's 4th birthday. The appliqued squares were done in the 60s by K's Grandma H. After she passed away in 1988, K's mom found and saved the squares, and then assembled them and quilted them. I'll try to post that one soon, too.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
What we tend to forget is...that's an American response to the problem, not theirs. Our ways, cultures, and solutions would seem just as foreign, incomprehensible, and frustrating to them.
Let's just say that being a Steelers fan in Pittsburgh is just like being a Red Sox fan in Boston. It's not even optional; you are born with black and gold in your veins. I grew up going to Steelers training camp in the summer and have photos with all the great players - Terry Bradshaw, Mean Joe Green, Lynn Swan, Jack Lambert, and Jack Ham. Even photos of my mom with Coach Noll and Rocky Blier (who was a sportscaster at the time). We used to stay on the St. Vincents College campus after practice ended and hang out at the dining hall, where we could watch all the players drive up in their pimped-out rides and get all the autographs and photos. Lots of great memories. My brother is the biggest Steelers fan I know...he has a shrine/museum of photos and autographs at his new house.
I know they didn't do too well this year, so I'll just pack away my Terrible Towel for until next season. Go Stillers! (That's how you say it in Pittsburghese!)
Monday, January 22, 2007
We know that we will NOT be in this next round of matches, but if the CCAA would match everyone with LIDs through about 10/14 or 10/15, I think there's a shot that we could make the following round, the timing of which could be disrupted by Chinese New Year in mid-February.
My first encounter with Tigger was only a few months into my job. I had my office door closed and was on the phone with a job candidate I was hoping would come work for us (she did...in fact, her square is the other one featured in today's post!). In the middle of the call, I saw someone outside my door trying to slide some paperwork under the office door. I looked up and saw that TIGGER was standing outside my door. Of course, I didn't recognize that it was A.M. at the time, so I had to go asking around for a few minutes to see who it was. ("Um, yeah, I just saw Tigger sliding some papers under my door...you didn't happen to see who it was? Yeah, you know, Tigger? Really. At my door. Sliding papers. Oh, never mind...")
If you haven't seen her dressed as Tigger or a clown or a socialite from the Red Hat Society, you've surely noticed her holiday sweater collection. And just wait until St. Patrick's Day when the pointy-toed leprechaun shoes come out! Thanks, A.M., for the fabric and for making me laugh a lot at work!
The second piece of fabric is from L.H., a super friend and colleague who did accept one of the first full-time positions in our department, despite the fact that I claimed to see Tigger during a recruiting conversation. I'm sure she wondered what she was getting herself into!
L. picked out this cute and colorful print with hearts and blocks, which she said represent all the writing we do! Thank you, L., for the fabric and for being my sounding board at work so often. Who else could I brainstorm my crazy ideas with? It's a true pleasure!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
The next piece of fabric is in honor of tomorrow's AFC championship game between the Patriots and the Colts. Don't worry, PA readers, I've ordered some fabric with that other football team on it too.
And finally, check out this fabric that is covered in pearls, selected in honor of the name of our blog. While in China, one of the field trips that we'll most likely go on will be to a pearl market, where I plan to buy MANY strands, bangles, earrings, and rings for me and the girls. Apparently, they are a terrific bargain in China. One of the Chinese adoption sites that I follow had several posts about shopping and bargaining in China last week, where people said you can buy a dozen strands of pearls for about $250 TOTAL! The shopoholic in me is salivating for pearls and jade at bargain prices (just don't tell K)!
As most of you know, we have a small camper that we like to use (but not nearly enough!) in the summer. We have a favorite campground on Lake Ossipee (in NH) where we usually keep the camper from Memorial Day through the 4th of July for easy weekend use. Other semi-regular destinations are Camden, Maine for their Windjammer Weekend over Labor Day, and Savoy MA, for easy access to the Berkshires and southern Vermont. Hopefully, the baby will enjoy camping as much as E has.
This fabric didn't seem to have any New England states on it, so I scanned a section that includes Florida, since we lived there for 7 years before moving here.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
And this story says that Manning was chosen as the quarterback American women would "most like to see up close in HDTV" in a survey conducted by Sony. Manning had 20% of the vote, while Brady had only 11%. My guess is that the women in the HDTV survey don't know anything about either guy and went on that higher name recognition...
Tool wall (L to R)Jointer/planer, table saw, power miter saw, drill press, router table in rear, shaper, and biscuit joiner.
Is that Norm who stopped by to help me with my shop layout?