Friday Fun ~ Sept. 30th

Heaven on earth is a place we must choose,

Not a place to be found.

Where did September go????

Here we are at the last Friday in September, and Austin, Texas is still running over 90 degrees each day with no rain.  Supposedly this was the first week of fall.  I certainly didn’t see it around here.  Most of the trees with leaves are losing them due to the sustained heat.  So, I am not sure how many of them will be living next year.  That is something I am finding heartbreaking.

There was a huge pond {we call ‘em tanks here in the Promised Land} that had a family of turtle’s living in it.  I had almost hit a turtle several times on the road near the pasture their pond is in.  As the pond/tank dried up, you could see how many turtles lived there.  In the last week it has completely dried up.  Saw one turtle crossing the road several miles away from the tank. 

So I am hoping they found another pond.  Our pond/tank has been dried up since the middle of August.  Or else I probably would have tried to bring them home with me.  But… most of the ponds I know of are dried up…  This draught is devastating in so many ways.

On to uplifting news;

We have a new family member in Nebraska.  She was born a week before the doctors were hoping, but Ms. P is very healthy.  Mom, baby and three older sisters are adapting well.  I am hoping to wrap up quilting and binding the Sugar Pop HSTs quilt to send with Mr. SD’s mom when she goes to visit.

Yesterday a new baby girl was born to my 4-H buddy up in WA State.  She is so freakin’ precious.  For not going to ‘ever’ have babies {that went for both of us as teenagers} we seem to have made some adorable fresh squesies, LOL!

Ms. V is now 9~months old and crawling everywhere.  She tries to walk but isn’t quite there yet.  Last week she started saying; blah-blah-blah and ma-ma-ma-ma.  She has also started clapping her hands, or at least flapping them rapidly and sometimes clapping.  She had her first real banana this week.  I think we can certainly add fresh banana to Ms. V’s favorites list.

Ms. E will be having her 2nd birthday in two weeks!  Talking about where did September go… I remember like yesterday being preggers with Ms. E.  She survived her first skinned knee, and is now doing what I would consider ‘officially’ running.  More than just scrunching up her shoulders, swinging her arms, and walking faster, LOL!  She is a coloring fiend, and is creating many-many squiggly masterpieces.  She even colored in the lines of the carrot on the hand-out for Sunday School last week.  Yes, my baby has moved from the nursery to the 2-3s Sunday School class.  Ms. E is very good about saying ‘thank you’, ‘uh-oh’, and ‘ow’. 

She also is having full conversations about everything and nothing {complete gibberish if you ask me, LOL}.  I am very scarred of the time when she is talking in intelligible words.  This is one girl that is going to have a though and opinion on everything.  Won’t she fit in just fine with the rest of us?

On the mommy front:  My baby bro is coming to visit, and I am super excited.  Now that is something I never thought I would say growing up… that I would actually want to see and visit with him.  He is wrapping up his sixth deployment with the Corps, and we are still waiting to find out what his next ‘job’ will be.  He may be back in the Golden State or might be on the East Coast.  Only time will tell.  Hurry up and wait is the military’s way of handling everything.

The plan is to get the fall decorations out this weekend.  I have gotten some great ideas off of Pinterest that I can’t wait to see how ‘bad’ they look in my space.  Have you been on Pinterest yet?  If you need an invite I still have a couple to give out.  Just send me an e-mail and I will hook you up.

As for around the house on the cleaning front… I found a great {new-to-me} blog, The Perfect Pantry, and may actually be inspired enough to attack my mom-eating pantry.  I did qualify that statement with a ‘may’, so we will see how long it take for inspiration to become action.

I also scored a new release from a favorite sci-fi author of mine from Amazon using giftcards from Swagbucks {see other things I have scored using Swagbucks here}.  Still have read past the first couple chapters.  Maybe the kiddos will sleep in or go to bed early and I can get in some serious reading time.  I think that is what I miss most about pre-kiddo life.  The ability and the luxury to just read a book all night.  Sure I could do it now, but I would still be getting up between 6 am and 6:30 am with Ms. V, LOL!

Here is this week’s Five Questions from My Little Life;

 1. Do you apologize to your kids if you’re wrong?  Yes.  I want them to treat others fairly.  And you have to model ‘correct’ behavior to them, so… If I am wrong I apologize, just like I would expect them to. 

Of course, at this point in life I am pretty sure Ms. V has no idea I am apologizing.

2. Do you have a class ring, letterman’s jacket, or similar obscenely priced high school “must have”?  I would have loved a Letterman’s Jacket, but who had the money?  I was spending my money on horse shows and riding lessons. 

But I do have my State Fair 4-H jacket.  That is something that will always be in my closet.

3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?  I think I would like to be 26.  As long as I get to keep my kiddos.  I am not being very successful in getting my body back into pre-baby shape. 

 

So, 26 would be before the babies.  Plus, my metabolizim was awesome back then.  Need I say more?

 

4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name?  Not sure how to answer that one.  I really liked the idea of using our {Mr. SD’s and Mine} mom’s names, but that is his mom’s name already.  That didn’t work out, LOL!

 

I really liked the idea of Julius Donald in honor of my Grandpa and Mr. SD’s Dad.  JD for short.  But that one had two drawbacks… 1} JD could also be short for Jack Daniels, and 2} we didn’t have a boy.  But, it is still my favorite unused name.

 

5. If you could make your child like something what would it be?  We really haven’t gotten to that point.  Ms. E is incrediably easy going about new stuff.  I am sure this will change for both girls as they get older. 

My other thought on this, is that it is our likes and dislikes that make us unique.  I might wish they liked something, but I don’t know that I would want to change them.  Just like I may wish Mr. SD liked/disliked something, but would I really want him to change?  I don’t think so.

 

And there you have it, a recap of another month in my paradise.  Have a fabulous weekend!
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

My Fall Rhyme for Jolly Jabber Giveaway

Have you heard????

The Fat Quarter Shop is have a HUGE giveaway over at their blog, Jolly Jabber.

$200 Gift Certificate

$150 Gift Certificate

$100 Gift Certificate

WOW!!!

Here is my attempt at a fall rhyme/poem using the keyword{s} they listed.  Please don’t laugh to hard… creating a poem is definitly not one of my best skills.

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At 100 degrees today;

It doesn’t feel much like fall;

But as we put up the hay;

We dream of apple cider, quilts, and having a Harvest Ball.

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There you have it.  Head on over to Jolly Jabber to check out the words you can use, and to enter this giveaway.  Giveaway closes one week from the 23rd, which is tomorrow {Friday the 30th}.  So you had better hurry!

 Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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WIP ~ Sept. 28th, 2011

Hey there ~

This has to be my favorite post to create each week.  I love the Work In Progress party at Freshly Pieced, and this has been such a motivator to keep track and get stuff done.  As a master procrastinator I tend to push off until it can’t be pushed anymore.  But since I want to be able to create a WIP post, I have show ‘some’ progress.  Thank you again Lee for hosting such a wonderful link party, and the time you put into doing it each week.

This week I can report that I am making great strides with the Sugar Pop HSTs top. I basted it this weekend by spray basting, and now have the center zig-zags and gray border quilted. I am going to continue the zig-zag lines into the outer border and connect the lines to make diamonds. I think that will help keep the scale of the quilt in line with the quilt, and add another great moment for this quilt.

This weekend I also got started on my snowball table runner using Ready, Set, Snow charms from Moda and some Kona Solids White.  I made a good start, but have probably half the charm pack to still make into these blocks.  I am using 2″ squares of the white.  It kinda takes away from the ‘snowball’ fell, but I am hoping once they are pieced together with the white sashing they will fell more like traditional snowballs.  When I started I liked the look of the 2″ squares for the corners over the 1.5″ squares.  Now I kind wish I had stuck with the 1.5″.  Maybe I will do some of both.  I have plenty of 1.5″ squares already cut.

Do you think it would look weird to have both sizes in the table runner?

No project to report on the other quilts.  But…

I added a fun set of pennants to the Girls’ Room, and received fabric orders for two top secret projects!  Yay!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

How to keep your toddler happy… while cutting fruit.

Challenge: Cut fresh fruit for Family Dinner without ‘losing’ the fresh fruit to the ‘starving’ toddler that just had lunch.

Solution: cut strawberries as normal, then skinny cut the flesh from around the green leaves.  Place in mini bowl so that it appears to be a huge amount amount {a key when dealing with toddlers}. 

I was very surprised with how much ripe ‘flesh’ I was able to give to Ms. E.  She was very happy with her Strawberries, and even helped me dispose of the leaves without trying to eat them {after tasting the first one of course, LOL}.

The ‘recipe’:

4 cups Black Seedless Grapes

4 cups Green Seedless Grapes

1 pint sliced Strawberries

Cut the strawberries into slices rather than chunks to create a more dramatic look.  Slices seem to show-up better against the grapes, while chunks become the same size as the grapes and loss their visual impact.

To keep this salad chilly after putting it on the table {or if you are transporting it in a warm car} freeze 2 to 4 cups of the grapes and put these in your serving bowl before placing the other fruit on top.  The grapes won’t freeze ‘hard’, and will help keep the other fruit on the cool side.  Which will make this refreshing fruit salad that much more delicious on a warm/hot day.  Enjoy!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up at:

Tuesday To-Do Party at The Blackberry Vine
Take A Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee-Craft Edition

 

 

Max on Life, by Max Lucado {Book Review}

In Max On Life, one of the most trusted pastors and authors of our time takes on life’s most important questions. {from the book cover}

Here is another book by Max Lucado that is a must have for your library. With his customary frankness, Max gives bible based answers to some of those pesky questions people have asked you, or you have asked yourself.

Do angels really walk among us?

How should I discipline my kids?

Why do I worry so much?

How do I know what God’s will for me really is?

While reading this book, I added several sticky notes on questions/answers I want to look at again and reference in the future.  An answer that I found really helpful was to the ‘question’: I don’t like the narrow-mindedness of Christians. It is absurd to say that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

I have never really known how to answer that question. I know that God created one way. The bible says Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. But how to say that to someone without sounding the a judgmental prick has always been a struggle for me. After reading Max’s opinion I am now prepared for the next time I need to speak intelligently on this topic.

 Since he does answer so many questions {171} in only 230 pages, some of the answers barely scratch the surface of what could be a topic for an entire book. But they do definitelygive you a direction to go if you are looking for more meat on a particular issue/question.   In the book there is a topical index and a list of scriptures referenced in the book with the page they of the book they are referenced on.  I found this to be very interesting to flip through while checking this book out.

We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.

Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers.  ~ From the Publisher ~

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

DISCLOSURE:  I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze to review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

Finished top for Sugar Pop HSTs

I am tickled ‘pink’ with the finished quilt top.  This is what I love most about quilting… having an idea in my head, and then seeing that idea turn into reality. 

Isn’t that why we create?

The finished top is about 47″ by 56″, and I picked fabrics from two charm packs of Moda’s Sugar Pop fabric, designed by Liz Scott.  The gray I used in this quilt is Kona Ash.   The inner gray border is 2″ cuts {finished 1.5″}, and the outer border is made up of 6.5″ cuts of Sugar Pop Mod Buds Pink.

I am going to piece together the backing and get this quilted asap.  It is for my newest niece, Ms. Payton, on Mr. SD’s side of the family, who born this past week.  A week earlier than the doctor had hoped, but both momma and baby are doing great.  Mr. SD’s mom can’t wait to go visit in October, and I am planning/hoping to have this beauty ready to tuck in her suitcase for the trip up to Cornhusker territory.

Check out the stack of HSTs {half square triangles} that went into this quilt top.

 Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up at:

Fabric Tuesday at QuiltStory

Sew and Tell Fridays at AmyLouWho

Sew Cute Tuesday at The Creative Itch

Finish it Fridays at Stitching by Startlight

Fantabulous Fridays at Momma’s Kinda Crafty

Take A Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee-Craft Edition

Feature Yourself Fridays at Fingerprints on the Fridge

Sugar Pop HSTs Top

Here is the pieced top for the Sugar Pop HSTs I have been working on.

I am thinking of using a thin gray inner border with a thicker pink outer border with gray binding to finish it off.

 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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