Happy Feet

Good morning, my friends. If you haven't guessed from the title of this post, I managed to get myself to the salon on time for my pedicure. Now my toes are sparkly red and ready for the holiday season. Phew! My toes needed that. 

The morning was spent slow-stitching, and I finished off the Bumble Sampler. This is a pattern from Kathy Schmitz. I like her stitcheries for the variety of stitches used. 

Now I'll add some borders and turn it into a little wall hanging. I have some cute bee-related fabrics to use. 

There was some time for more purging of dresser drawers, and then it was time to be on my way. It was after 3:00 p.m. when I got home, and so I had just enough time to finish Block 18 for the Whimsical Quilt Garden.

I was dreading cutting and placing all those red flower petals until I figured out I could cut them all in one piece by leaving a center circle.

And then it was a simple matter to add the yellow center.

Now the two blocks are ready for top-stitching. That will be today's sewing goal. I'll need to trim the blocks and add borders first.

It's been raining, and raining, and raining, as I mentioned yesterday. There are reports of flooding on the Oregon coast. Several of the coastal state parks have closed because of high water. Our camping trip next week is north of there, just across the Columbia River on the Washington side at Cape Disappointment. I checked the state park website yesterday, and there was no indication of any closure there. On a positive note, it's looking as if the rain will let up by the weekend, and we might actually get some dry weather for our camping trip. Fingers crossed.

The kitties know what to do on these cold wet days. Please purrmit Sadie to demonstrate propurr napping position.

Smitty prefers a less "folded" approach to his napping.

There wasn't any more time for sewing yesterday, but I took the first stitches on the next "Story of My Day" blocks...mainly just using up the leftover bits of floss on my floss bobbins.

While I was away yesterday, Mike spent some time emptying out a four-drawer filing cabinet of ancient paper-work...receipts for things we no longer own, old medical claims for his mom who passed away in 1999, property tax bills on a home we sold years ago...yeah, really important stuff like that. We now have another four boxes of paper for recycling. There are still three more drawers of crap neatly organized into file folders. I'll go through that stuff today, and then I think we'll be close to ridding ourselves of old paperwork. The purge continues. We're probably about halfway through the job, and there's plenty of time left before the carpet goes in. It's a big job, but I know we'll both be happy to have it done.

Despite rummaging through old paperwork, there should still be plenty of time to finish the top-stitching on my quilt blocks, and then I'll be ready to quilt the Heartland Barns quilt. There most likely won't be time for that today. I expect it will go under my needle sometime tomorrow. For now, I'm still in thinking mode about how to quilt it. If you smell smoke, don't worry. It's just my smoldering brain doing some thinking. I'll put on my thinking cap and that might prevent my hair from catching on fire. Nothing like keeping the home fires burning on a wet day.


Barbara said...

The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall. ~ Helen Garner

Kathy said...

I've cleaned out files, but haven't shred anything yet! I feel the right time is fast approaching! Good look to you!

CarolE said...

We moved to our current home about four years ago and got rid of so much stuff! I was on a first name basis with the guy at Goodwill! I also did a lot of shredding. It really felt good to get rid of all that weight!

Sara said...

Good job on the purging of old paperwork. I'm hoping we can purge some excess work stuff stored at our house, mainly because they all work from home. Now that Dave has gone to part time I'm hoping one of the other partners will take some of these items.

piecefulwendy said...

Funny how that paperwork piles up, isn't it? Feels so good to be able to recycle it all. You are doing well! Can't imagine the kitties are very excited about the new carpet going in. I need a pedi - trying to find a different salon.

Kate said...

Old paperwork is the worst to go through, so I hope Mike got a nice treat for dealing with all of that. Your Whimsical Quilt Garden blocks are so bright and colorful, a good choice to play with on a rainy day.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

As I attempted to stuff an empty file folder into our filing cabinet and then read what you said about dealing with your paper, I realize that I need to do a deep dive into said filing drawers too. It's disgusting the amount of 'stuff' we can manage to think we need to keep!