Saturday, April 23, 2011

Work: It's Not for Sissies

I probably wouldn't have bothered to say anything about how tough work has been these past few weeks except, well, maybe that's why I haven't finished any sewing projects (that and Mercury in retrograde. I guess that really messes with us Virgos) but I digress. I have worked at my current job for 30, count 'em 30 years. In that time, we have seen many changes in library practices. Digital everything. Google searches instead of students asking for help from librarians. And in my particular job which deals almost completely with historical images, books, and manuscripts, we have been truly blessed because with the new technology we can share what we have painstakingly taken care of for all these years by scanning photos, books, documents and indexes. It's awesome. In my time at Chico State I have probably cataloged nearly 20 or 25 thousand images. I kid you not. I know the historical families and their faces in this area like I was a distant relative. It's wonderful and kind of creepy all at the same time.

Still, I digress. Lately, there has been a change looming in our department to adapt a new numbering system to these resources. Having worked there all these years, I know the inherent difficulties with this idea. And I must say, I let it be known that I would not be a part of it. I even had the audacity to ask who's permission in the food chain had been given to allow this to happen. answer? None. Because I Said So. You Will Do It. It's Your Job.
Pam Bush - Photograph Curator 530.898-4308

I have always said, choose your battles carefully. Well this is mine. Some things cannot change just because a new idea gets hatched. I refused to use the new system. Now you may thing wow, Pam is so getting old and set in her ways. Get with the new. Out with the old. But gals, the old isn't broken. Don't Fix it. So this past week, losing sleep and talking my dear husband's ears right off his head, I was feeling so defeated. I made the appointment for applying for my retirement. I mentally started cleaning out my desk. How one thing can rock your world and tell you, hey, maybe I've given it my best and it's time to let someone else take over.

Then of all things, I asked for another meeting to plead my case again. I don't go away quietly. And as Mercury moved out of retrograde, and my retirement calculation was being figured out in Sacramento, my boss came to my door and told me that yes, indeed. The numbering system would stay after all. And then this morning, look at what the funnies had to say:

Sometimes the planets just line up in your favor. That pile of unfinished quilts is about to start having fun.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Backyard Friends

Hey Gals, It's almost Easter! I love this time of year! It's Pink, White, Red, Purple, Yellow...and the beautiful sky and clouds. Even with the rain we have been having almost daily, the colors continue to lift my spirits.

The chocolate bunnies have been purchased at our darling little Chico store Schuberts, the jelly beans have been eaten (hee hee) but will be replaced by Sunday! We still hide those plastic eggs for our daughter. She is 21. We now fill them with quarters for her car so she has meter money when she parks downtown! ( Forever the parking ticket in Chico was $5.00 then in inched up to $7.00 and is now $28.00 ouch!)

My Bunny table topper thingy is almost done

...some free motion swirls tonight and a binding tomorrow and I'll make it in time!

Our backyard is beginning to bloom out

and the crazy petunias from last year are reblooming in the front window boxes.

They are thick and healthy! Never in my life have I seen them rebloom. Fabulous I'd say! Here's a look at our bamboo grove that has a little meditation seat inside.And of course the three amigos are enjoying the nice weather in their backyard. They play and chase and hide and seek. It's so fun to watch.

Miso Pretty


and "Old" Livia

Hope we are able to get out and enjoy the backyard this weekend. Rain is predicted but you never can tell! Have a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

UFO (s) Sightings!

I have been busy now that the weather is sort of starting to cooperate. A little time in the yard, a few more walks with Teddy. The time flies as the workday takes up my sewing time from 8 to 3 every day! But a few hours before work and sometimes after dinnertime I have been getting a little done on a lot of different projects. T he saying, "Two hours in the morning are worth one hour in the evening" is so true for me! Here's a few things that are in progress. Hope to finish at least the bunny table topper before Easter Day!


My Shes

...a Sew Sister project where I'll make 15 of these self portraits (yes, that's me!) and trade with all my Sew Sisters this coming October. Thank goodness I have a few more months!

Remember that Basket challenge with Lizzie. Here's mine. Very challenging at the moment. I am making the 6 inch blocks. I have 1 made so far. Only 42 to go!

Garden Party
fabric by Blackbird Designs. One of my favorite lines ever. The pattern is Two Block Hop! Two more rows and sashings but all the blocks are made! Slow but sure gals!

My 2 inch applique circles on Daiwabo Japanese taupes. There are some kaffes in there. Some Valori Wells, and lots of fabrics from my collections. I chuckle when I see how I pick the same colorways over and over. Eventually they make their way into a project. Ironically, only a two inch square of the fat quarter or yardage!

Love this table topper from the Pattern Basket. I had to have Sunkissed and here was a way to use it! I love spring and bunnies, don't you?

My Batik block of the month applique center and two blocks that need to get made pronto.

I did however finish my "just one star " and popped it in the mail last week!