Friday, March 30, 2007

My first sewing machine .... ain't she a beauty !!

This little hand crank Singer sewing machine was my very first sewing machine. I got it when I was about 8 years old. This is where my "sewing career" began. At first, I was a "Barbie sewer". My Barbie sure had some interesting outfits! One of the more memorable ones was a pink nightie with thin straps and a white fake fur/boa kind of thing that wrapped around the top of the bodice (I think-- if I remember my sewing terms correctly.) As I recall, my mother was speechless -- she didn't want to crush the creative spirit, but was a little concerned about her 8 year old daughter sewing sleezy lingerie for Barbie !!

Anyhow, a couple of years later , when I was in 6th grade, my mother signed me up for real sewing lessons every Saturday morning at a local fabric shop . ( Nancy's Sewing Center). I posted a picture of the pattern I used (yes, I still have it!) -- it's that one with the brown plaid pants (I don't know why blogger posted some pictures 2 times ) -- Anyhow, the outfit I made was the skirt and vest -- the skirt I made was a camel colored one; the vest was camel and blue plaid ("Nancy" , our teacher, must have had the patience of a saint since the pattern I picked involved lining the vest, matching plaids, putting in button holes, and putting in a zipper in the skirt !) . After that I was on my way. The second thing I attempted (and this was on my own) was that long jumpsuit looking thing. I made it to wear to my friend Cindy's pajama party. Well, I didn't measure quite right , and it was a little short in the crotch -- so sitting for any length of time was a bit uncomfortable ! I think the next thing I attempted was that green number on the bottom left corner of the other pattern pictured. I looked like "Cher" back in her "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" days !! Jeeze -not only do the styles of those patterns date me -- so do the prices !!! (only 75 cents !!)

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Welcome Home George !!

HE'S BACK !!! George (my dad) came home from the rehab today . He had a total knee replacement on 3/16/07. He's doing great and states his new knee handles like a dream and he's getting great mileage !! In addition, he reports he got a great warranty on parts: 20 years or 20,000 miles (which ever comes first.)

In an exclusive MBIAJ interview earlier today, (MBIAJ = Moon beams in a Jar) George stated that the next item on his self improvement agenda will be a hair transplant. We here at MBIAJ wish him luck with that !!

So, look out Penn State ! George plans to be at as many home games as he can beg, borrow or steal tickets for (George and his new knee, that is -- but probably no new hair......)

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Dottie for Dots !

OK -- so on Sunday I went into Walmart for light bulbs, Q-tips, tissues and a birthday card. On Sunday I came out of Walmart with the CUTEST polka dot ribbon (6 different "flavors") , a fun little Singer sewing box (tin), some rick rack in yummy colors that I couldn't pass up, AND the latest issue of Country Living magazine...... (but no light bulbs, Q-tips, tissues or birthday card...)

Now , the nice Walmart lady who measured and cut my ribbon asked me what I was going to do with all that ribbon. I answered the way I usually do in similar situations : "I have no idea." Well -- I'm happy to report I now have an idea (which popped into my head while I was taking a shower -- it even caused me to stop singing... which is probably for the best). Anyhow, I decided to try making some flowers (like I saw on Posie's blog and website -- only hers are made out of fabric, I think. Check out her sugar rose pin ! -- sorry, still haven't had a chance to learn how to do the "link" thing.) So, as I was saying, I decided to make some flowers to decorate an Easter bonnet; or a bracelet, or a hair band, or a necklace, OR how about decorating your sunglasses with ribbon flowers, HUH? HUH? ! Pretty snappy don't ya think ? ! Oh , OK -- so maybe the sunglasses thing is a bit of a stretch.....

Anyhow, I now have all sorts of polka dot doo dads , but I still have to stop at Walmart for light bulbs, Q-tips, tissues, and a birthday card !

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Signature Quilts ....(I love a quilt that can "talk" !)

I LOVE Signature Quilts (also known as Album Quilts, Friendship Quilts, and Memory Quilts) . I first read about this type of quilt in the book I posted a picture of "Remember Me --- Women and Their Friendship Quilts" by Linda Otto Lipsett. Seems back in the pioneer days (around 1830's /1840's) when their husbands got the bright idea that it would be GREAT to pack up everything that could fit in a covered wagon and MOVE their wives (who were probably pregnant , just to add to the fun) to the far off wilderness to start a homestead completely from scratch, AND just to top it off, they could probably count on never seeing their families and friends that they left behind back east ever again. So, as going away gifts, and also to provide probably the only link to their former lives , many women were given "Friendship quilts" (aka signature quilts, album quilts, memory quilts). The quilts were often made up of blocks that had a blank area which allowed a place for a signature. I posted a picture of a signature block I made for a quilt that was being made for a lady in our little local quilting group. She and her husband were retiring, selling their house, buying an RV and were going to galavant around the country and Mexico. (Besides our little quilting group, I knew her because she was a teacher's aide in Evan's 5th grade class --- I'm hoping her decision to retire and get out of town had nothing to do with having my kid in her class room..... just in case, I thought I should do my best job on the signature block for her quilt!). Anyhow, I just love the history of signature quilts and how they can be a record of your own history. I decided to make a signature quilt for my niece Katie for her high school graduation. I made a bunch of blocks with plain muslin centers and sent them to her (she lives in Florida). At her graduation party, she had all of her friends and family sign a block and some also wrote little messages. The rest of the blocks were mailed to friends and family who weren't at the party. Well, of course this simple project wound up taking a teensy bit longer than planned..... so the picture of me (the one with the gross hair) and Katie holding her FINISHED quilt, finally occurred last July (a mere 4 years after I started it -- just in time for her college graduation!!! ) The other picture is of the label I sewed on the back of Katie's quilt. I'm sure you've all heard it a million times that we should always put a label on the quilts we make , with the names of who made the quilt for who, where and maybe why -- so that 100 years from now, somebody looking at the quilt won't be wondering about that stuff. Now, 100 years from now, I'm not quite sure what somebody would think if they read the label I put on Katie's quilt ... it has one old lady saying to the other " I hear it took her 4 years to make this quilt!" and the other lady says :" Well really !! some people are just slower than molasses in January!"

Anyway, if you're like me (i.e. apparently having so much to say that I'll never get it all said in this lifetime, and I need my quilts to continue talking for me after I'm in that great quilt shop in the sky -- or at least I hope that's where I'm going....) and you want to read more about signature quilts, you can type "signature quilt" in on Google and a bunch of sites come up (sorry, I still don't know how to do "links" in a post.....)

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Friday, March 23, 2007

It's Captain Quilt -- (demonstrating just one of the many uses for a quilt....)

Look !! It's a bird. It's a plane !! It's a bored kid with a little too much time on his hands !! Underneath that impressive, muscular build (which strikes fear in all the cats we've ever owned) is really just Evan, aka Kid #2. This picture was taken a couple of months ago on about the 4th day of him being home sick from school (as you can see by the picture he was feeling much better and must have been REALLY bored with watching TV and playing video games, so he came up with this get up.) The quilt he is modeling (shown in the other picture performing one of it's other jobs -- that is covering a bed) was made by me for him when he was 3 years old. At the same time I also made a matching dinosaur quilt for Kid #1 (Matt) who was 5 years old. Both kids participated in the designing of their quilts by picking out all the colors for the dinosaurs. They also colored in a dinosaur label that's on the back of each quilt. Both kids still sleep under their dinosaur quilts every night --- even Matt, my now 16 year old high school junior, varsity wrestler, dirt bike rider -- still sleeps under his dinosaur quilt !!! Doesn't that just melt your heart ?!! I ask you -- is there any better reason to make a quilt !!! I think, however, that next year when Matt graduates from high school, I'll make him a "grown up " quilt since he may feel a little funny about taking his dinosaur quilt away to college !! I'm thinking of making him a signature quilt -- more on that and signature quilts (I love the history behind those!) tomorrow !!

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Happy Spring !!! Garlands Galore !!

Happy Spring !! (Now the weather has to catch up with the calender ! -- it was 18 degrees this morning at the bus stop -- this afternoon it went all the way up to 43 !!) I'd love to see if my daffodils are starting to come up in the front yard, but first I'd have to dig through a few inches of snow!

That "Feather Your Nest " picture is so cute and springy !-- it's the latest catalog from Gooseberry Patch . They have the best stuff -- cute aprons, quilts, and lots of vintage looking kitchen stuff (mixing bowls, etc) Here's the website if you want to take a peek. .

Now that i'ts spring, it's time for me to take down my winter mitten garland and put up my spring/summer flower, bead and button garland. (these hang in my window in the pink sewing room, but the lighting wasn't good for a picture there this morning, so I stuck them up on the back of the bedroom door -- and you thought it was strung across there as a booby trap for any kid who dared open the door!) Anyhow, I made these garlands a few years ago (I just kind of made them up as I went along -- I also have a fall garland -- fabric leaves and dangling beads and buttons, and also a valentine heart garland.) Now , just when I thought I was the only odd ball obsessed with making garlands, I happened to read Heather Bailey's blog yesterday and she also made a garland ! AND, she posted a site for a garland group !!! (Ga Ga for Garlands ! ) -- who would have thought ?! Anyhow, (since I can't figure out how to do links in a post -- sorry -- just look to the right , on the sidebar -- over there -- do you see it? and click on Heather Bailey and her blog should come up. Then click on Ga Ga Garlands (or , here, try this . (Sorry -- please excuse my computer ineptness! -- tech support went out for wings with his buddies -- now to see if I can get these pictures arranged the way I want them !! SHEESH !!)

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Monday, March 19, 2007

The last full day of winter.... or at least that's what the calender says....

Well, I know alot of you California blogger girls have been posting pictures of flowers blooming or about to bloom in your gardens. As you can see from the picture of my house I took today, that's NOT the case here in northeast Pa.. BUT, the calender says Wednesday is the first day of spring (the weather guy says spring officially starts Tuesday evening, but Wednesday is the first full day of spring ) -- so, anyhow, that means on Wednesday when I get up all that white stuff in my yard will be gone..... right?

Since it wasn't an outside gardening kind of day, I stayed inside with my furry kittie kids (all stretched out and cozy in front of the fireplace) and made a double batch of scones. (Love that apron --- I found it at one of the cute shops in town -- oh I know -- how about we'll do a little walking tour /picture tour of Jim Thorpe when the weather gets more cooperative? )

Well, now that I piddled around all day taking pictures and baking -- reality is setting in and I realize I need to get to all those fun chores I ignored all day -- lets see, there's the overflowing litter box, the overflowing kitchen sink, the overflowing laundry hampers, the overflowing desk of paperwork, ........ where's Alice (from the Brady Bunch) when you need her? Wouldn't you love to have an "Alice" do all those mundane chores everyday so that after dinner you and Mr Brady could get up from the table , not clear even 1 single dish or help any of those kids with homework, (or do any yelling to turn down the music, get off the computer, take your shower, do your homework !!!) and walk arm in arm up the stairs to the peaceful sanctuary of your perfectly kept bedroom where you get to read in bed , not be disturbed, and your hair and makeup are perfect ? Hmmmmm.......

Well, anyhow, back to reality !!!

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Obsessions: cute shoes and fabric (to name just a few...)

OK, so maybe I'll never use all of the fabric in my ever growing stash -- and , yes, I know you can only wear one pair of shoes at a time .....but doesn't it just make ya happy knowing they're there and you can look at them and hold them any time you want? (These are the pictures of yesterday's purchases that I just couldn't live without at the time -- pictures are compliments of kid #2 who would rather help his mother with computer stuff at this moment than draw a map of the Mediterranean and surrounding countries for his Social Studies homework). Anyhow, aren't those blue gardening clogs just the cutest things? -- and functional too!! And the fabric -- well the fabric just speaks for itself doesn't it?? Now , I'm sure you're wondering how the pink poodles on turquoise background made it's way into that pile -- but I guess right now I'm on a '50's kick (being an avid "I Love Lucy" fan) -- so it just had to come home with me -- maybe it'll find it's way into an apron or cute summer jammies OR part of a quilt ! (or just sit and collect dust while I enjoy just having it there to look at and compliment the very pink sewing room so well!)

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day !!

Hi everybody out in blogger land -- hope you had a good St Patrick's Day ! I've been away yesterday and today -- my dad had surgery -- a total knee replacement (yesterday). I'm happy to say his surgery went well and he started with physical therapy today . Now , wouldn't ya know, after a balmy 70 degree day this past Wednesday, the day of his surgery (Friday ) was a BLIZZARD !!! The roads were so slippery by Friday afternoon there was no way we could drive the hour home -- so, my sister, mother and I spent the night at a Comfort Suites hotel (compliments of our brother who lives in Florida. My sister and I are planning to go to the quilt show in Lancaster, Pa in a few weeks -- we're thinking maybe brother dear would want to finance that hotel stay too, plus dinner ?????? I guess we can pay our own admission into the quilt show..... Ha !)

Anyway, to pass the time in the waiting room during dad's surgery, then later that night in our hotel room, I worked on a couple of projects. I got 2 1/2 more letters blanket stitched on my niece Maura's quilt (only 48 1/2 more to go !)
And I spent some time refreshing my memory on how to crochet granny squares (I had to keep going back to look up what the abbreviations were -- but , after ripping out my granny square at least 3 times, I think I've got it ---(but don't look too closely or you'll see all of the boo boos ) -- (and I need to start another project like I need a hole in the head, but it keeps me entertained!)

We also did a little shopping (of course) this morning, (we had an hour to kill while waiting for visiting hours to start at the hospital) -- Sooooo, I just happened to know where there was a fabric store (isn't that amazing!) -- and some cute fabric jumped into a bag and that bag of fabric latched onto my arm and demanded to come home with me -- so it wasn't my fault -- that fabric was so darn pushy !! THEN, while making our way back towards the hospital what do you think we saw looming on the horizon? a TARGET store !!!! Sooooo, needing to use the bathroom as an excuse to stop there, -- we stopped there! I got the cutest blue gardening clogs you ever did see !!! (little butterfly cutouts on the top ) I figure these wonderfully plastic, hose off the mud gardening clogs will also come in handy for throwing on really fast as I spot the garbage truck coming down the road earlier than I planned , and I have to throw something on my feet as I scream to the garbage guys to "PLEASE WAIT" as I drag my garbage cans down our gravel driveway in my jammies (and, no my hair doesn't look good) -- I'm sure I keep those garbage guys entertained! Now, I'd try and post a picture of the fabric and gardening clogs I scored today, but tech support went to bed (kid #1 and kid #2) -- and I don't want to push my luck with the pictures I already posted -- so I'll try to bribe the little darlings to help me with that tomorrow.

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

We're having frozen turkey for dinner ..... (I need a vacation, or maybe just a decent night's sleep!)

Kid #2 (Evan) just asked me "what's for dinner,mom?" As I was doing 2 other things , and thinking about 3 additional things, I absent mindedly answered "frozen turkey". He looked a little confused and asked me again, and again I answered "frozen turkey". This time he asked " how are we gonna eat it if it's frozen?" -- then we both started laughing as I made the brilliant statement that I guess we should cook it first ! (I know, I have Martha Stewart shaking in her boots -- no, I guess not -- I think Martha's title as domestic goddess is safe for now!) I think some of that mud from the dirt bike track has clogged my brain (and my drain -- I think I'm finally on the last couple of loads of dirt bike race laundry).

Speaking of my brain going in too many directions at once and not focusing on one thing at a time, I put together these 2 piles of fabric for 2 new ideas (this is what happened when my mind wandered off while I was doing more hand blanket stitching around letter #2 on my niece Maura's quilt). Anyway, doesn't the pile of fabric with the 1950's kitchen fabric,pink polka dots and black polka dots just scream "apron" -- like the kind Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz would wear? With the other pile of fabrics I was thinking of making a wall hanging with some applique, some piecing and some embroidery on it. So..... I'll now add these 2 new piles/ideas to the other accumulated piles of fabric/ideas occupying all flat surfaces in the very pink sewing room!(at the same time, my kids will be adding more piles of muddy clothes to every flat surface in the laundry room!)

Mary Anne (aka Mare) (P.S. I"m still in the learning phase with this blogging thing -- right now I'm trying to figure out how to rearrange these pictures -- the laundry picture goes at the top, then the picture with the blanket stitching on the "F" is second, then the 1950's picture is 3rd, then the yellow and blue fabric pile goes last -- I'm telling you all this because "tech support" is out in the garage tinkering with their dirt bikes and aren't available to help me learn how to "click and drag" -- which I swear I'm doing right .... so ,anyhow, in case the pictures don't wind up where they're supposed to be, just use your imagination!!! THANKS !)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Welcome to the Very Pink Sewing Room ! Come on in !!!

This is where "it all happens ".... this is my little oasis ... this is the only place in the house where pink is allowed ... so , as you can see PINK it is !!! as in Pepto Bismol pink !!!! This is my domain (well, me and the 3 kids with 4 paws and a tail -- that would be Sam, Shadow and Daisy-- the kitties). Now, I know "the very pink sewing room" looks a bit cluttered BUT it's really organized chaos -- sort of ... I think..... Anyhow, I would like to say that I spend many, many blissful hours drawing and sewing in there -- but the reality of the situation is I have to spend way too much of my time sitting at that desk on the right doing tons, and tons of paperwork for my job . (oh, I do get to leave my desk to take a break and do laundry -- I know, I know, the glamour continues). Oh well, maybe one day it'll be reversed ? I can only hope ! (at least I get to spend the occasional hour or 2 here and there working on sewing projects.) Speaking of which, I did get to take a couple of blanket stitches on my niece Maura's quilt today (see! I'm almost finished the "F" --- only 52 more letters to go !!!!)

Toodles !

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Knee deep in mud -- dirt bike racing season starts

Hi gang!

Well, today was spent knee deep in mud (shoe-sucking, quick sand mud!) Today was opening day for my kids' dirt bike racing season. There was mud, mud, MUD ,MUD EVERYWHERE -- I'm still picking it out of my hair, my nostrils, and my teeth! You couldn't walk anywhere without your shoes getting stuck ! At least both kids raced in the same race -- a 2 hour long race involving alot of engine revving, exhaust inhaling, and flying MUD , MUD, MUD ! I had my camera with me, but wouldn't ya know my battery pooped out . So, I'm posting a couple of pictures from the last race from last fall (same track, same exhaust, same noise, same kid, different day) . Only kid #1 raced last fall -- today was kid #2's very first race -- and he actually placed in the top 8 !! -- got a trophy !! Kid #1 had some bike trouble , which involved flying over the handlebars and then the front brakes weren't working or something -- they know to keep me blissfully unaware of the details so I don't end up in the looney bin -- so , anyhow, he didn't finish in the top 8 -- and he says that's OK since he has plenty of chances to place this season -- apparantly it's a LLOOONNNGGG season -- yippee...... (anyhow, these pictures are of Matt, kid #1 -- note the pink mohawk on his helmet -- this is so we can spot him among the zillions of other mud caked dirt bike riders in the races. He and his buddy and now kid #2 (Evan) have formed "Pink Mohawk Racing Team" -- they even have sponsors -- which they did all on their own! -- too bad they arent' as resourceful when it comes to their homework!)

Soooooo, since I'm such a good sport (sort of) about standing around in mud, gas fumes and engine noise for 2 plus hours, I now feel justified in the purchases I made last week (which made their way into the house under cover of darkness, disguised as groceries) -- those purchases being exhibit A) a mouthwatering array of fabric , and exhibit B) an equally mouthwatering array of yarn and a pack of crochet hooks, and a couple of pattern books for knitting and crocheting. I haven't done any crocheting or knitting for years, but got the itch again after seeing the granny square afghan that posie did (go check it out on her blog -- I LOVE it !) . Now, I don't know when the heck I'll get around to crocheting an afghan, but that's OK -- I've added that to my long list of brilliant plans. Along with the afghan, this week's delusions of grandeur include, but are not limited to finishing the hand blanket stitching around the 50 letters making up the saying going around the borders of my niece's quilt (started this quilt for her 1st Communion, which was 4 years ago), coming up with the perfect low fat version of lemon squares, and splitting the atom. ( I think I can also squeeze in a session with the leaders of the free world to settle that world peace issue .) Anyhow, for my next trick I will attempt to post 2 more pictures -- where they'll turn up , nobody knows (pictures are of exhibit A -- the fabric, and exhibit B -- the yarn.) Wish me luck!


Mary Anne (Mare)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

I figured out how to post pictures (I think....)

A good way to start the day -- a quilting/design project and a nice cup of tea (in my favorite "I Love Lucy " mug) and a Weight Watcher friendly scone (well, it's supposed to be a scone, but the batter is a little too gooey so I just put it in muffin cups -- but they sure are GOOD !) I got the original recipe from "Fig Tree Quilts" new "Fresh Vintage" publication. (I just made a few substitutions to make it low fat, etc.) Here is the recipe if you'd like to make some.

British Scones:

2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
5 Tbsp powdered buttermilk (found in the baking aisle)
1/3 cup Splenda
4 oz (i.e. 1/2) cup Blue Bonnet Light margarine
4 oz (i.e. 1/2 ) cup nonfat neufchatel cream cheese
3/4 cup yellow raisins
1 cup cold water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sift all dry ingredients together. Add the margarine and cream cheese and mix together until it looks like bread crumbs. Add the raisins. Add the cold water. Spoon mixture into paper lined muffin/cupcake pan. (makes 14 muffins). Bake 12 -> 14 minutes. WW points = 2/muffin. ENJOY !


Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

... and ANOTHER snow day....

Well, it's been snowing lightly since early this morning, along with very cold temperatures , so.... the kids had yet another snow day.... yippee... and since my "little" darlings were laying around watching T.V. this morning and looking bored, I asked kid #1 if he could spare some time to help me figure out how to post pictures on this blog. I must say, he did come over to the computer and briefly looked over the "how to" section on posting pictures, and said "I don't know h0w to do that" and that was that...... hmmmm... Okee Dokey .... I guess I'm on my own -- unless of course I ask him again and offer cash... that might work.

Well, back to work -- I've got to finish up some paperwork, make a call or 2, then get on the treadmill ( I can't wait until the weather is a little warmer -- I'd much rather walk outside ).

Maybe, just maybe I'll get some sewing time later tonight -- maybe fuse the letters on my niece's quilt (she picked out sayings that go all around the border of the quilt) -- while I watch American Idol (yes, I have to admit I got into it this year -- I didn't get to watch last night so I don't know how the guys did. Tonight is the girls' turn .)

OK -- enough procrastination (my middle name!) -- back to work!

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Testing/ testing -- hmmmm.....

OK -- just testing this thing out -- they changed me to "new " something or other -- so I'm just testing this to see if I'm doing it right. The next thing I need to figure out is how to post a picture.

Anyhoo -- it's stinkin' FREEZING outside!!! The kids had another 2 hour delay due to dangerous wind chills this morning! Where oh where is spring?

Gotta zoom -- you'd think I didn't have to get out to work today -- HA! (and here's my fantasy -- work/paperwork goes smoothly today so I actually have time to work on quilt projects tonight before I'm too tired to care!)

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Monday, March 5, 2007

Well, here goes.....

Well, here goes..... I'm jumping in .... and I don't have a clue what I'm doing!! I'm giving this blogger - thing a spin. I'm going to use this blog as a way to keep motivated and make progress with sewing/quilting/designing projects -- and also with my weight maintenance/fitness goals, -- AND the occasional Weight Watcher friendly recipe --- AND the occasional great book that I can't put down -- AND whatever else might crop up!

About the title of my blog "Moonbeams in jar" -- it's from an old song that was in the movie "How to Make an American Quilt" -- "....would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar.." I seem to be drawn to that era -- it seems like a much more laid back time -- a heck of alot less hectic than the times we're all running around in (I'm usually running faster and faster and getting more and more behind!)

So, anyhow .... testing, testing 1,2,3 .... is this thing on?

I guess I'll figure this out as I go --- and with the help of my "tech support" (that would be my 16 year old son and 14 year old son -- that is when they can squeeze me into their schedules AND aren't too disgusted with their slow learner mother!)

Well, that's it -- until the next time I feel brave enough to try another post!


Mary Anne (aka Mare to my friends and family)