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  1. Decluttered the mug/cup cabinet and now all the stuff we actually use, fits. The stuff we don't use much, but need to keep, has been rehomed in an awkward space in the pantry that was going unused, and the stuff we don't use and don't need to keep has been set aside to drop off for donation (except the thermal mug w/o a lid, and the lid w/o a mug, which were tossed). Application filled out for DS18's driver's license/learner's permit, and documents gathered except those that live in the fireproof safe, which I'll grab when we head to the appt. They're noted on the checklist that's the top page so I won't forget. DH on the way home so we can run to the store. Going to tidy kitchen while I wait on him.
  2. started the background quilting. It's just a simple meander, but I haven't set up my extra side table yet, so it keeps falling, which means shoulder strain. Can't finagle the table out of its current spot, so waiting on DH. DS18 is watching the movie version of the last play he needs to read for Brit Lit; a compromise, because the textbook is a rental and due soon. Also, b/c the boys were beyond bored and sitting in front of screens anyway; this way, at least it's school. Ha! DS21 passed his lifeguard test at summer camp yesterday, so, yay! Car appointment made. Super fun writing "my car makes a clunky/thunky noise when...." and then putting DH as the contact person, LOL!!! ha! I am so technical. Think they'll figure it out??? Appt set for Friday morning so I can be w/o the car for however long it may take them to find and fix the problem. Gathering the DPS papers (printed the checklists, apps, etc.), then doing the cup cabinet. Dinner will be something with ground beef. Not sure what, but I did take out the ground beef to thaw earlier.
  3. Sorted the supply list for next year into "buy now" and "wait till after the used book sale" and hit purchase on the "buy now" stuff. Whew. Steadfastly ignoring the DS21 Excess Credit Hour junk. Stupid stupid state law and I'm annoyed and angry and frustrated and hoping beyond hope that we can find a work-around (I am unclear if adding a minor, that will use some of the extras, will save him or not. I do not have it in me, today, to find out how soon we will end up having to pay out of state tuition because he didn't know what he wanted to major in....) Going up to start the background quilting (took a nap instead earlier.....but did put laundry in the dryer first), and will declutter the cup cabinet on my next break. I did print all the things for DS18's upcoming (sometime this week) trip to the DPS). Oh, and hopping over and schedule an appt for my car at the mechanic/dealership, to try and figure out the odd clunky/thunky noise it sometimes makes.
  4. thank you! she's the kind of sister that makes it easy to be sweet back.
  5. Cannot tell from the DPS website if DS18 will be issued a Learner License/Permit, having finished the Driver's Ed portion up to that point, OR will have to wait (now that he has already passed his bday) to get an actual *license* when he's finished the full driver's ed....and if he has to wait, can he still do the driving portion of driver's ed w/o the learner's permit....??? All the info on Learner's Permit says must be 15 to 17, expires at age 18, etc., can be renewed, but does not say what to do if you never got it before 18 at the first place. Looks like I'm printing all the docs and taking them all, with DS18, and see what they say. Also not sure how an 18 yr old student provides *two* forms of proof of residency, unless they'll take 2 transcripts (says you can't have 2 from the same source, so not sure...) Head.Ache. As DS is not awake/stirring yet (no judging, we're done with school....) I am back-burnering the actual doing of this, will gather all the docs we may need for either one, and will deal with the actual appointment at some later point. Oye.
  6. Finished the focal area quilting. Trying to upload a photo....fingers crossed. Oh, it worked! So, the quilt is long overdue for my sister - she has a chronic "invisible illness" condition, and suffered some serious depression a number of years ago, feeling very much like a burden to her family and just overwhelmed with having to always be cared for (she just turned 40); the overall quilt is called a Storm at Sea pattern, with the heart focus. The heart coloring represents her in the center and all her family surrounding her, as a means of reminding her that when we who love her look at her, we see HER, not her illness, not a burden, not a chore, but her. The mom/wife/sister/daughter/aunt that we love. So....each color is a different person in her life, so each section was quilted to further represent that person (the colors are roughly birthstone colors). She's the green diamond in the center, her husband is the navy "star" pieces immediately around her, and then it has her kids, her siblings, her parents, and her nephews. ETA: her quilting is a tattoo, simplified, that she has on her foot...a cross inside a dove, with the symbol of the trinity at the bottom. (ish) Her tattoo is better, but....close enough. Edited an email for DH, gathered just enough clothes for a load of laundry (I had a friend actually *laugh* at me when I told her I needed a drum roll because I was, gasp, caught up on laundry....apparently she has never been behind on laundry in her life. I am glad to have this group/post where "laundry" is as never-ending a thing as I have always thought....), am now eating food and resting, then will do the DPS stuff before I head up to begin the background quilting.
  7. Hot & humid here, too....yay, us. Today is "quilt, quilt, quilt" and do catch-up on leftovers from past to-do lists in between. So, "quilt my sister's quilt" is the main thing. In between, because I can only quilt for about an hour at a time, I will: ...declutter the cup/mug cabinet ...figure out the DPS stuff for DS18's Learner's Permit ...make my school supply list/deal with supply fee checks for next year's class(es) ...maybe try to figure out DS21's status as far as "excess credit hours" and how to avoid paying out of state tuition soon (stupid stupid stupid TX law) ...see if any laundry needs doing, and do it In a perfect world, I would get all of that done today.....(well, the quilting probably won't totally finish, though if it did, that would be amazing; I'm hoping beyond hope to be DONE in time to take it to her Thurs; realistically....we shall see. After the quilting there's still binding, which I so very hate....). In a real world, probably I'll ignore at least DS21's stuff for a bit longer 'cause I really don't want to know how soon we're going to be hit with the stupid stupid stupid OOS tuition junk. Oh, dinner......probably, yes. We'll have to wait and see.... (ha. Kidding. I have no clue. Some days I dream of one of those meal prep things just for the ability of them to tell me what to cook, when.....)
  8. Tried to look up the stuff on the DPS website....oye. Mind-boggling. Will try to make sense of it in the morning when my brain is fresh.
  9. And, my update - we're just back from my friend's house. The boys (mine and hers) played video games, she made Reubens for lunch (yum), we worked a bit on her crazy-insane puzzle and just visited. It was so nice!! Left and went to the store for five things on my list; the boys asked to look at Legos while I grocery shopped. Thirty-ish minutes later, they'd managed to spend $100 between the two of them (they have the $$ to spend, so......okay then). Need to discuss impulse shopping a bit more, methinks..... Figured out dinner while at the store (only had to buy 1 thing for it, a bag of spinach), came home, meat is quick-thawing and I'll work on that in a bit. Edited a few emails for DH (reports), checking the DPS requirements for DS18's learner's permit, then heading back up to keep quilting.
  10. oh, Margaret, what an unpleasant adventure you had! Yikes. I cannot even imagine dealing with 45* water to rinse/wring by hand the clothes. Although, a funny: when I first read it, "our water comes out of our well at 45 degrees," I thought "at a 45 degree angle" and couldn't figure out why that, a, mattered, and b, made your hands hurt. Duh. Forty five degrees *temperature/farenheit*. Aha. Makes much more sense that way, LOL! In any case, I'm glad the dresses are drying and your DH is dealing with all of the other fall out; I hope it's not too difficult to take care of.
  11. Got *almost* done with the focus area quilting on my sister's quilt, and the bobbin ran out. As it was 10 mins before my timer to leave for our friend's house, I'm stopping there, getting ready, and off we go. I am very pleased with how it's going so far (if I can figure out how, I will post a pic here later on, but usually I keep getting some error of being over my size limit for life or something....).
  12. Good morning! We are done with school except for DS18 doing one last thing for BritLit Hooray! Today's agenda.... ...quilt the central heart bit on my sister's quilt (I did get the Marvel quilt into quit top stage over the weekend, and will work on applique's all summer) ...take kids to a friend's house (all of us) for lunch/puzzles/video games ...stop at store for a few items on the way home ...look up what's needed for DS18 to get his Learner's Permit & make that appointment ...decide on dinner ...more quilting on my sister's quilt (If I can finish by Thurs, would be amazing) ...make sure the boys put away the clean laundry sitting in the laundry room Nothing too major, just lots of little things, and the quilting...
  13. And, DONE!! (I think...) Dinner is bubbling away on the stove. DS21 wrote a thing for his summer job (still no reply to the email, but he did his part) and DH is helping him pack. DS18 finished his writing assignments and they are done and good. Laundry from yesterday is folded/put away, laundry from today, a bonus load, is in the dryer. And I SEWED!!!! The Marvel quilt is now 4 complete quadrants, and if there is time after dinner I will join them and then work on the applique (fusible, because I am not crazy) throughout the summer. Tomorrow, I will piece the backing for my sister's quilt and start quilting it (well, more likely, get it backed, layered & basted at least). I *think* that's all that was on my list for today....and I also did dishes, helped DH change the oil in DS21's car, helped him water trees, and called my mom about a sound my car is making, and then looked it up to see if I could come up with something. No clue, whatsoever, but we've all agreed it's time to take it in to get checked. Yay for a productive Friday!
  14. Wow! And, DS18 actually DID the 2 writing assignments for me for BritLit, I've graded the one, sent the other back to him for editing/completing, DH is home and taking a nap, so now I'm headed upstairs for the aforementioned upstairs chores....
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