Grey-Haired Coed

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Five Things...

This is an idea from Sue. A short list of things I am thankful for:

  1. My husband of 42 years. Always loving, faithful, kind, thoughtful.
  2. My son. Intelligent, helpful, can fix almost ANYTHING!
  3. My daughter, who was brave enough to join the Navy and go so far away...
  4. Good friends
  5. Being able to go to college at my advanced age and have the support of instructors and classmates even when I goof up...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

My Hubby...

I have one terrific husband. I could list hundreds of reasons he is so wonderful, but here is a small example:

He called me from his office this afternoon,
'Hi, hon, what are we cooking, or do you want me to stop at Subway?'

Notice he didn't even say 'what are YOU cooking?'

Yes, he's a honey! I think I'll stay with him for another 42 years!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

John Denver...

Just had to say a little more about John Denver. When I did my student teaching in Edina, MN. in the fall of 1964, John Denver was one of my students! Of course, then he was in the 11th grade, very shy, and his name was John Deutchendorfer then... Nice kid.


It's raining! Hooray!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sunshine on my Shoulder...

Remember that John Denver song? We sure had sun today. It was wonderful. But we do need some rain. That's the problem with having a winter with very little snow... woods are just too dry!

I can hardly wait until I can work in my flower beds.

The picture is of my coreopsis last summer (sigh)

Monday, March 26, 2007

'On Little Cat Feet...'

A foggy day in the woods.

Friday, March 23, 2007

"Necessity is the mother of invention"

When the bobbin winder on my sewing machine died, I was frantic! My son came up with this solution.... the cordless drill, a broken pencil stuck in the chuck, and I'm good to go!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Patience is the name of the game...

You just never know when someone may drop something really yummy!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Latest Embroidery...

Just listed this set on eBay. I love how intricate they are! Lots of thread changes, and it takes 30+ minutes to do each one!

The people who buy these blocks use them to make quilts. (Answering Wenda's question!)
I have made quilts with them, also. Alternate them with a solid color fabric, back with another color or coordinating one.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Done... Du ...Done ...Du....

Taxes are DONE!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2007


  • This picture totally describes how I feel right now. I am the tree...
  • I'm working on our income tax return for 2006...
  • I use the product Turbo Tax...
  • No one is to disturb me while I do this...
  • I have started and re-started this project three times already...
  • I have somehow lost information I already put in...
  • A large headache is forming...

Saturday, March 17, 2007


OK, I slit the tip of my left index finger wide open with my seam ripper while working on something for myself... I knew it was sharp... My son fashioned an awesome seam ripper for me using an Exacto knife handle and a wicked, curved blade. It works great! On fabric as well as fingers! So much better than the cheap little plastic handled ones I used to use.

My reactions are pretty good though. I immediately dropped the garment so I wouldn't bleed on it.

The watchword is "Be Careful Dummy!"

Thursday, March 15, 2007

This is What I've Been Doing...

I use the attachment on my sewing machine to embroider these designs and offer them for sale on eBay. I have sold close to 50 sets over the last few years.

This is a set of 'Vintage Children' designs:

This is a set of kokopeli, the Southwest Native American good luck symbol:

These are called "Primitive Cave Drawings:

Cowboys and horses:

I find designs on the internet, save them on my computer, then send them to my machine.
No matter what you are interested in, there are probably some designs out there!

Of course, there are hundreds of flower designs, children and baby designs, etc.

I Need to Get Out of the House...

I've been inside for almost a week. Yes, I've gotten quite a bit done... but I think I need to get out, see people, do something other than cleaning or sewing or editing books.
I haven't quite reached the 'stir-crazy' stage, but I'm pretty darned close!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Today is our 42nd wedding anniversary! As my husband says...'Rocks don't live that long!'

He bought T-bone steaks to grill for supper tonight, and gave me the most beautiful and touching card (with a large box of Whitman chocolates!).

Dig those glasses! The dress was made by my great-grandmother for my aunt. I made the veil...the part on my head looks like a pie-tin! But isn't Dale the cutest thing? I carried yellow roses and yellow spider mums.

We left Minnesota the next day in my 1956 Ford. Dale was on leave from his ship, the USS Gainard in Newport, Rhode Island. I spent the next 12 years following him around! Then we settled here in northern Minnesota. Have been in this house for 30 years this coming August.

Monday, March 12, 2007

And Then There Was Today...

So, I was really busy on Saturday. Sunday not so much, and today not so much. I guess my energy comes in waves. Right now the waters seem pretty calm.
I have been editing a book for 'Seeing Hands', and embroidering some quilt blocks to sell on eBay. But I'm not breaking any speed records, by any means!
I guess that 's the way things are for me. Is it my age? My arthritis? I don't know. I really don't need to know... I'm just glad that I DO have days full of energy and activity. Makes me feel more alive!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

And What Do YOU Do?

When our son was very small, his favorite book was "What Do People Do All Day" by Richard Scarry. If you are familiar with Scarry's books, you know that he has all kinds of animals dressed as people, going about their day doing 'people' kinds of things.
Well, as I began to get very tired tonight, I thought about what I had done today... actually a very typical day for me:
  • Did some laundry (we now have a hose going outside to drain the washer..sure beats trips to the laundromat!)
  • Cleaned our dog's emergency 'potty' area in basement
  • Put away groceries that my hubby bought in town this morning
  • Emptied wastebaskets
  • Hemmed 51 more bandannas for the vet
  • Replaced a zipper in a Columbia down jacket for a customer
  • Replaced a broken buckle on a trench coat belt for another customer
  • Mended a torn quilt (one of ours)
  • Pressed, photographed and listed another set of embroidered quilt blocks on eBay, (check out 'sharon942sew' on eBay to see what I'm selling at this time)
  • Packaged up a set of quilt blocks that were sold on eBay tonight
  • Edited the first 40 pages of latest book from 'Seeing Hands'
Now I think it's definitely time to go to bed...

No Pictures of Tiny!!!

Sony with one of the bandannas.
ARGHH! Sony, the pirate!

Tiny refuses to let me put one of the bandannas on her for a picture! She may be little, but she can be really nasty! She also is totally embarrassed about the fake 'puppy' I made for her... What can I say? She is 13 years old - definitely considered to be a 'senior citizen' in the dog world, and she always gets her own way!

Her sister, on the other hand, lets me put hats and sweaters on her, patches on her eye (for a pirate picture), and generally is a very amenable little dog.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


I should have gone into a little more detail with the last post...

Yes, the bandannas are for cats and dogs. The vet's wife finds the cutest fabric and cuts it into all sizes, from tiny to very large for their 'clientèle' . The current batch is basically green for St. Patrick's day, and some pastel fabric with little Easter eggs. She also included several pieces that have pictures of little dogs driving cars!

Oh, and the vet told me that Tiny is going through a 'false' pregnancy! She is 13 years old, never been spayed, and she has been trying to make a 'nest' in the afghan on the couch. He says her 'breasts' are engorged with milk! So he recommended we get her a little stuffed toy puppy for her to 'mother'. So I made her one last night... Oh, the things we do for our pets...
Twelve years ago when we had her mother and sister spayed, tests showed that she would not be able to metabolize the anesthetic, so it wasn't done at the time. Since then, newer anesthetics have come along and the vet says we should get her spayed.... (another big vet bill coming!)

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


I'm in the middle of hemming bandannas for the Walker Animal Hospital. Green gingham (for St. Patrick's Day). They give me $1.00 credit for each one I finish. Will certainly help towards the $247 bill that our Tiny cost today... She's fine. Just needed her teeth and ears cleaned, and they have to put her 'under' in order to do it. Also, she was given all her annual shots.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

A Day in the Sun...

My son and his friend went snowshoeing today. Beautiful sunshiny day for it. Oh, to be young and in such good shape...

Friday, March 02, 2007

The Lion is Still Roaring...

This morning there is a lull (apparently) in the snowstorm. This picture shows what is happening to the snow on the roof... We have a metal roof, so the snow is sliding...

This is looking south again from the back door. A lot different than the last picture I took of that area! Not much we can do about it. Roads are yucky for sure! So I will be at my sewing machine today with Turner Classic Movie Channel going in the background...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

March 1, 2007...

March is coming in like a lion, as the old saying goes. I took these pictures during a lull in the snow and wind this morning:

Looking south from the back door.

Looking north from back door. My screen porch is so sad... can't wait till spring to be able to sit out there again...