Thursday, March 05, 2009


Apparently when you're getting a new roof and they tell you that they'll call you a couple of days beforehand to let you know they're coming it doesn't mean anything. Yesterday morning- out of the blue- I hear a knock at the door. Since I was not expecting a knock at the door I was shocked to find a guy that wanted to park a ginormous dumpster in my driveway. "Why" I asked? Well, for the new roof, of course. And this morning at 7 am two guys showed up and blocked my driveway with their truck. By the time I saw it they were already tearing my roof off so I had to ask them to move so I could take Chloe to school. Wow. A phone call would have been nice but that's OK because we're getting a new roof. And that means that we're one step closer to having this house finished. Sometimes you've just gotta keep things in perspective.

I'll blog more about this later-with pictures- because I just don't want to take the time to do it right now. But I wanted to post something because it's Thursday already. Anyway, my brain thinks it's spring. Despite the frigid temperatures we've had lately my brain will not be persuaded otherwise. Maybe it coincides with my watching Martha Stewart lately. I don't usually watch the whole show (it's actually on right now and I'm not watching) but it's my only cooking show fix. As best as I can tell, only has a limited amount of full episodes and I'm dying for some new cooking ideas. So my brain has been doing flip-flops with all of the things I'm dying to make- caramel (my body's disdain for sugar is the only reason I haven't made it yet), a pillowcase dress (I'm making myself finish two other projects first), finishing the aprons I started last week, etc. Actually, I finished the apron last night but I decided to make straps for them instead of using grossgrain ribbon. The first strap was easy-peasy and turned out just fine but my machine flipped out on the second one and I had a hard time getting it going again. Then I finished the apron but sewed the pocket for the strap too small so I'm going to have to go buy a seam ripper and do that part over. I like the strap for the apron much better than the ribbon because I think it's a little more durable and will be less likely to just slip out. All-in-all I'm enjoying sewing and when my sewing machine flips out it doesn't bother me like it used to. Now I'm off but I promise I'll have pics of a new roof and some sewing projects soon.


Mary said...

Of course I need to see pictures of the apron. I love that you are taking these sewing matters into your own hands now. No intimidation anymore.

I'm excited about your new roof too. You guys have done so well in taking this house to a new level. I know you don't want to be there forever but I would be interested to see the finished product were you to do everything as you would like it.

Amy said...

I'm not sure we'll ever get everything "as we like it". I'd love to tear out the whole kitchen and fill almost all of it with cabinets. Then put in a huge island to double as work space and eating space. But that would be a waste of money, wouldn't it? It really does need a new bathroom, new driveway and wall repair in our bedroom. Then other than painting, we'd be pretty much done :)

Mom said...

I would love to do some crafty things but my time is taken up with getting rid of the counter tops in the kitchen and paint the cabinets again. Then the walls and finally new baseboards. Then it's on to the outside for new steps and painting the house. A guy at church said he would help dad build new steps and it wouldn't take more than a few hours. We are praying the state will come through at the end of March like they have said but, you know Birmingham.

Christy said...

I can't wait to see your pillowcase dress!! They're even more easy peasy than aprons, I think. But even easy projects are frustrating when your machine freaks out. Mine does too, sometimes. Then a simple project that should take an hour takes six. Bleah.

Ms. Tee said...

Congratulations on getting a new roof to go with your new windows! :)
I like to watch Martha, but rarely get a chance to. And I never tried to make caramels, but should because I really like caramel. I did make homemade chocolate syrup for my boys' ice cream tonight. They were bummed that all we had was vanilla ice cream, so I made some. It was really easy & tasted just like Hershey's.
P.S. I'm sure that when you see a Mancala board you'll recognize it. They have them at Target in the game section, where the checkers/chess type games are. :)