Saturday, February 15, 2014

Inclement weather

For many days there was a lot of talk about a storm to come ... snow, lots of it ... icy roads. Warning. Warning. The news were full of it! With Sarah gone back to work, a snowstorm would be a problem because part of Wade's work includes overseeing snow removal which usually takes all night.
It was supposed to start Wednesday. Sarah was scheduled to work 2am to 10pm and since she also had a work training that morning she dropped Caleb off at 7:15am.

Lots of baby stuff around the house.

He was totally content with us. A trick when it is time for his nap ... put him in the stroller and walk a figure eight around the dining room table and through the sunroom around the fireplace and back to the dining room. But don't walk too slowly. It doesn't matter if it goes bump a little.

He almost can hold his bottle, with a little help.

After the training Sarah had come back for lunch and put up his traveling bed. It needed to be blown up.

In the afternoon he enjoyed time on his "piano".

And then it came!!! Caleb was already happily sleeping because he is very good going to bed about 7:30pm and sleeps all night. But his mother was still working. Since she was working till 10pm and had to be there again the next morning at 8am we had hoped she would just stay there (in Mechanicsville) in a hotel but she is a very good and confident driver and wanted to come home. The drive took longer then usual and I felt like breathing again when she finally arrived.

Thursday! What a Daddy. The next morning he cleaned off the car for her and the pile of snow behind the car the snow plow had left.

If my stomach had not been in a knot I could have enjoyed the beauty of it.

This is actually how the three previous pictures looked like (blue) before I edited them with the filter. (a crepe myrtle branch)

Mid morning, when it started to thaw and even rain, I quickly had to make a snowman for William. He wanted one all winter but hardly a flake in Nashville.
The snow was awful and immediately turned into clumps of ice in your hands. This is the best I could do.

Caleb was not impressed. He couldn't have cared less.

But spending time with Grandpa is good.

He is talking.

And listening.

And sleeping again ...

... after he had reduced this supply by another one.

And here is a cute video.

Sarah said the roads were a little better when she came home after 4pm. She took this photo. And now she had Friday in front of her which is her day off.

Mommy's arm is the best.

Friday we lounged around and watched the Olympic Games. Well, we couldn't go out! Tummy time for Caleb. He was fascinated with the ice dancing.

Haha, you are lucky that there are only 6 photos of that series here. I think I took 19.
But there is also a video!

After lunch Sarah was ready to go home. The roads were much better. And her husband was on his way home too. After he had worked Wednesday night, had came late Thursday evening to sleep a few hours and head out again Friday morning at 3:30 he was ready to see his family and crash.
To take care of Caleb for three days had not been a problem at all. He is mostly very content and if he is not he lets you know but it's not a big deal because it is one of three things: hungry, sleepy or wet diaper. Since his arrival on Wednesday though every diaper was not only wet but also dirty. Poor guy must have gotten a bug but it didn't seem to bother him much (and neither Omi) ... until Friday around lunch time when his little bottom suddenly got very red and he screamed at changing times like never before. That got Mommy and Omi into a panic but after a relaxing bath and lots of healing cream everything is good in baby land again.

So, I really really hope this was the last of winter. It's nice to have Caleb time but I really would like to go on a walk with him. That would be great.

This and that and threads

Threads? I like to knit, know how to crochet, make bobbinlace, like to tat and like to sew. Did I need another project? Saw this on "Diana's Happy Room" (see on right side) and just liked it very much. It's a free pattern and the designer offers it in English, German, French, Spanish,Italian. Here is the link! I started it in Nashville and I find it very relaxing if I am too tired or tense to do anything else.

Got my William-fix in Nashville. Now time for the Caleb-fix.

He only likes the Bumbo seat for a short time. He sits in it like in a vise  and can't kick and wave his little legs.

Kick kick, yes, he likes that.

Sarah had gone back to work on Monday (Feb 3rd). But Friday is her weekly day off. She and Caleb came for a visit and lunch. After a while Sarah noticed that they were dressed alike ... by coincidence. My two convicts, ha-ha.

Sunday evening they wanted us to come over for dinner. Of course that is always nice. Spaghetti night!

No the Bumbo does not last long.

Monday. Second Monday of each month ... Colonial lacemakers meeting from 10 to about 3. The drive to Williamsburg takes about an hour. I had prepared to work on the rooster (Chrismons in Lace Series). But the thread had been too thick (see in the photo on the right) and I decided to start over. I made good progress at the meeting and am pleased so far. More about it when I am finished.

Our host Donna is a relatively new lacemaker but I learn that she has made quilts for many years. After lunch she showed us some of them. Eye candy!

There are two different ones here.

This one is called "Monet's wedding ring". It's all squares and rectangles. The rings are an illusion.

Thank you, Donna.
And of course I always enjoy spending time with my lace friends.

In the evening I had to prepare for the next day at 10am. The second monthly meeting of the CR quilters which had only just started last month. It had been decided then that we would cut a BOM (Block of the Month) this time. Janet had kindly provided the pattern. I decided to have all already cut so that I can help somebody with it who us even more beginner then I.

This is Janet's finished quilt.

Show and tell first.
Linda took a 'landscaping' course.

Sue says she is not a quilter but she came by to show us the (real) Amish quilt she had received from her family as a gift.

And this is another heirloom. I can't remember whether she called it funeral quilt or casket quilt. Made by the casket maker from the leftover (I hope) material of the casket linings. With lots of hand embroidery.

Another appliqué expert in our midst.

This vest was made from her father's ties!

And this is a quilt-as-you-go quilt. A very special technique.

I took the next picture to remind me of a tip Janet gave me about the BOM we were doing. I will report about that another time though.

And then at 7pm ... Church mice quilt group. Yeah, this seems to be textile week.
This pieced top was donated for the yearly raffle quilt of the group.

It was measured and discussed whether or not to put a border around.

And show+tell.

Refreshments had been arranged on these place mats. Happy Valentine's Day!

Ah, so many ideas in my head, so little time.