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Today it the first day of school for my kids. It marks the end of what seems like a very short summer. Seriously, where did summer go? I had made a mental list of things I wanted to accomplish this summer, both in my sewing room and around our small farm. I didn't make many scratch lines through that list. But I can't account for the hours I seem to have lost either. I still haven't quilted my daughter's graduation quilt, because the new leaders I needed (wanted) are not installed on my longarm. The summer quilt I chose to make for my bed is still partially completed. And my Christmas sewing list...oh please don't ask about that.

What did I manage to do this summer? Well, I finished installing new plumbing for a bathroom next to my sewing room. I had ran all the electric to it over the spring, painted and laid new flooring. Yes, I'm kind of handy to have around. I fixed the fuse box when a monsoon rain flooded along the wires leading into the basement. Shorting out the fuse box and causing me to rewire and put in new breakers. I somehow got involved in my husbands projects and my in laws,too, because I opened my big mouth and said, "heck, I can do that". I taught my beautiful 8 year old daughter not only hand stitching, but how to use her own sewing machine. She's making her first quilt! I started two bee colonies, so my family will have our own honey and maybe it will alleviate their ongoing allergy problems. And most importantly, I woke up everyday grateful to God for giving me another day to spend with my kids and husband. So, I didn't get as much done as I wanted. I now have 7 hours a day to spend sewing, when I can, and not miss those little rugrats. Just as soon as I get done canning the bushels of apples we picked yesterday, the cucumbers and zucchini from our garden, and tend to my bees....oh and the new puppies.

Maybe, I'll get to sew tomorrow!

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Comment by Roxann on August 23, 2014 at 9:13am

Well geeze, sounds like you just loafed your summer away, you should be ashamed of yourself, I mean really! JUST KIDDING! No wonder your summer flew by! You should be very pleased with yourself! Next time something breaks around here I know who I'm getting a hold of!

I hope you are able to relax this weekend! 

Comment by Catherine/TX on August 21, 2014 at 7:34am

I got tired just reading your post...lol.  How do you get all that done?

I hope to bury myself in my sewing room this weekend.  I have one on the rack and another waiting to go on the rack.  I have three quilts to piece and quilt and 4 other quilts possible coming to be quilted.  I work 40 hrs per week, live an hour from my job and have 5 grandchildren that I love spending time with.

I am hoping and praying that God will see fit to allow me to work from home so that I do not spread myself so thin.

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on August 20, 2014 at 8:56pm

You are certainly one handy lady -- so glad you took the time to enjoy your children.  That time passes so quickly and all moms should treasure it as you do.

Comment by Barb/WI on August 20, 2014 at 6:00pm

Wow - you are one busy lady.  Kudos for all you have done!

Comment by Jodi Cramer on August 20, 2014 at 5:13pm

Oh, you ladies really make me miss canning! I enjoyed it so much even though it was a lot of work. I put apple pie filling in the freezer and my husband had apple pie for breakfast all year. I froze sweet corn and made sure to save enough for Christmas dinner. What a treat. I made rhubarb strawberry jam. We really miss that. Sigh. But it's so nice to hear what you all are doing. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Mary McIntyre on August 20, 2014 at 4:37pm
I've done pickles, zucchini chow chow, zucchini pickles and relish, salsa, tomatoes, and we've salt water brine pickles in a crock. I'm going to tackle the apples Friday. These are not the prettiest apples, so I am thinking apple sauce. My brother in law brought me more cucumbers and zucchini today, yay! I have spaghetti squash ready to be picked too.
Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on August 20, 2014 at 3:29pm

The most important things got done - mostly spending time with the kids while they were home.  I always thought summer break from school was WAAAY too short.  We canned apple pie filling today.  Still have salsa to can this fall.  And maybe pickles.  

Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 20, 2014 at 2:07pm

My goodness - you did a lot, even if it wasn't all you hoped for. I do remember those summers when the kids were small and thinking about all the things we would do, and before we knew it summer was over and many of those things on the list weren't done. LOL  Enjoy the family and work the rest in where it fits.

Comment by Pam/NY on August 20, 2014 at 1:26pm

Sounds like you accomplished exactly what was important! I need to learn some of those electrical skills of yours. Our friends started their own honey bees colony. It was so interesting to see how they set it up. It is a busy time for canning. Our apples won't be ready for another month.

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