Monday, January 3, 2011

Stitch fast, but move hands slow

So my adventures in free motion quilting were largely unsuccessful last night.  I broke four needles---one of which sent shrapnel careening into my eye.  Luckily, nothing tragic happened.  I finally got the ultimate tip from a quilting forum thread that I found when I googled "stippling and needles breaking".  The tip was sew fast while moving your hands slow.  I was afraid, but amazingly it worked and no more broken needles.

Other than that, just a typical day here.  Lots and lots and lots of laundry.  I don't even know how many loads I did.  Six maybe?  And of course while I was doing it, Red and Tom Thumb dumped out all the bins full of books and toys in his room in order to build a house out of them.  I should be grateful that they're creative, right?

Today was Red's first day back to kindergarten after the holiday.  She was happy to go back today, but keeps saying that she does not want to go to first grade.  Her reasons are they have timed math quizzes (do they really?  I have no idea, but she seems to think so.), there are big boys there (again, her anti-boy sentiments rear their ugly head), and she misses her homeschooled friends.  She has even brought it up in front of my parents, which resulted in my mother telling me in a very distinct voice that she belongs in school next year.  Sigh...

We haven't firmly decided what we're doing next year, but I was really hoping that she'd stay there through first so I could get Tom Thumb into the K class via sibling preference.  If they go to full day K next year that won't matter anyway though since we want 1/2 day.  Oh well...take each day as it comes.

Today's devotion had a great verse---
"He has told you, O manwhat is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."  Micah 6:8

That certainly puts things in perspective, doesn't it?  

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