Sunday, May 22, 2011

WOW have I ever been busy!

It has been a difficult month for me, and finally things are slowing down.  So several housekeeping tasks need to occur.  First, an apology to the last two monthly winners on my BOM contest. Your prize packs have not been sent and I am grossly negligent and repentant about that.  I am going on a much deserved vacation next week and when I get home your prize packs will FINALLY go in the mail.

Second duty is to pick a winner for the month of April.  All I was able to manage last month was to post the BOM but just didn't have a chance to pick a winner.  So the winner for April is. . . . .


Congratulations!  I will prize packs in the mail to all three of the past winners the first week of June. Email me with your snail mail address please, so I can send you your prize pack.

So what has had me in such a dither?  I have been traveling a lot to do guild presentations and my local quilt show, where I chaired the mini quilt auction.  I am SO not good with $$ and it took me and the treasurer two weeks to get it all worked out and the money distributed to the appropriate charities.  If I do this again next year SOMEONE ELSE will take care of the $$.

The end of the Academic year was another all-consuming event.  Final exams, grades, assessment reports and planning a summer four-week professional development program has turned those 40 hour weeks into 60 hour weeks. Yikes, I had not idea that being responsible and doing all the things I am supposed to be doing -- on time -- was so difficult!!!  LOL  Add in a few frustrating and goofy trials that can only come from working for the federal government, and it has been a recipe for stress.

For example. . .  I am a "seasonal employee" and as such, I am required to take a 2-week minimum furlough each summer.   Some years I am hired on to teach summer school or do assessment duties so the length of the furlough varies from year to year form 2 weeks to 12 weeks.  When on furlough we are supposed to turn in our keys!  Yea right!  I have to be on campus at least 4 days of my furlough to run events for the summer program I have been planning.  But they won't give us our furlough papers until we turn in our keys.  Which means we can't apply for unemployment for the weeks we are off unless we turn in our keys.  But I can't turn in my keys because I have to be there, even though I am not supposed to be there.  Only a federal employee would have this probem!  LOL 

Well anyway, I am looking forward to my almost two weeks off!  I am going back to Ohio for my college reunion.  We camp over Memorial Day weekend every year and this is year #35.  I made the flag to celebrate 35 years of fun in the sun on the Mohican River and here is the EQ7 illustration.

I will be making it in the truck on the drive from Kansas to Ohio!  Can you see "Mohican" spelled out in the flamingo's legs?  The flamingo is the mascot of our Mohican campout.  Of course we always go tubing down the river so I had to put a tube in there.  The bucket of wine bottles is for the traditional wine tasting that occurs every year.  And I had a special request by one of my friends to put in a can of Rolling Rock beer since it is his favorite.  Of course I had to do that!

So now we are packing the trailer and getting ready to leave in a day or two.  I am so looking forward to this trip as it is all about relaxation, friends and family after the past few months of work, travel, and stress.   Ahhhhhhh, I can almost see the river through the Hocking Hills of south central Ohio.

Oh, and before I go, I will post the next BOM a bit early so it will be there for the first of June.

Block  6  Golden Jubille
Here is block 6 - Golden Jubilee.  You can find the download on the BOM page.  Have fun.



  1. Hallo Reeze
    Ich freue mich riesig das ich gezogen wurde, ganz herzlichen Dank.
    Meine Adresse habe ich per Mail gesandt.
    Eine schöne Woche und ganz liebe Grüsse Marie-Louise

  2. Reeze: Take a couple of deep breaths and then go have some fun. Anyone who works for the Feds who has to figure out what you are up against needs a vacation. Your flag is very cute and I can see the word Mohican very clearly. Thought about you on Saturday when the weather was so ferocious. The weather people said the tornado was headed toward your town. Take care. Have fun!


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