Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Yesterday I received a belated birthday gift from my Mom – a subscription to American Patchwork and Quilting. I feel pretty special. She’s a neat lady.

I have to work on the attitude this morning. You have no idea how much I want to stay home in my sewing room. I wanted to be there last night but I completed something else. Chelsey has Prom this weekend. She’s “sweet-talked” her dad into grilling with all the trimmings for 24 classmates before the dance. It’s like Don says, “Mel, you just can’t have people over for dinner--- you have to go all out, don’t cha!?!” We’ve been getting things ready. A couple of Moms stepped up to the plate to help. You bet there will be pictures. I’ve been researching on how to put a slideshow on my journal page to spare those who aren’t interested. It should be fun. The weather is supposed to cooperate. I don’t have 24 of anything… so I came up with the idea… The Prom theme is ‘Central Park’. So the dinner theme is “Central Park through the seasons….” We’ve got four tables of 6, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter… Each table gets a corner for decorations. We’ll use my seasonal dishes---I hope it all comes together. I have spent $22.26 on decorations, which includes paper for hand made invitations and place cards, a set of artificial tulips, plastic forks for dessert, two cans of spray paint, and an extra breadbasket. The rest of the decorations are just things we’ve found around the house—kind of fun. The horse buggy got a touch up of paint for photographs. Don doesn’t know it yet, but the artificial tree is coming back out for the winter corner….

I guess I better head out to work. My body may be there today, but my heart will be back in my sewing room—it needs to be picked up… I don’t even mind doing it. I just have to get the time. Last night I rounded up all the fabric out of place, through it in a clothesbasket and brought it upstairs and folded it while watching a few moments of TV. It was 62 degrees today as I worked on decorations out on the back porch. While 62 may seem chilly to most—in the U.P.—with the sun shining---it felt like a sunny day in Florida….

Gratitudes:
Phone call from Don’s Sister
Spring being just around the corner
My kids

25 comments:

Juliann said...

that was me yesterday - I really wanted to stay home and still be on spring break - and now with the fun 365 challenge ideas ringing in my head - it is hard to go
hope your day goes well

Beemoosie said...

Me too, girl! I rather sew any day!!

Peggy said...

Wow. I am impressed with the central park theme...neat! Your daughter is very lucky.

Jeanne said...

I love the Four Seasons idea -- can't wait to see pics!

Thinking of you today ... maybe it'll be an OK day at work?

Jeanne

Kim said...

What a great idea and a nice way to get around having to spend a ton of $$$ on decorations! I'm looking forward to some photos. I'm with you on the sewing thing--although I've done some sewing lately, I'm just longing for a whole day to sew with no other chores to take care of or places I have to be. I hope you get a little time soon!

Bonnie said...

Your four season idea is inspired! I also think it is a great endorsement of your parenting that your daughter wants the party at her house!

anne bebbington said...

Brilliant - using hte four seasons idea as we usually have six of things - they will have a ball - hope the weather is kind to you - looking forward to the photos

Dawn said...

Oh wow! What a WONDERFUL idea for a prom dinner! The seasons, and the grilling and just a fun way to have dinner without spending mega bucks for the kids at a restaurant! WOW!

Carol said...

What a wonderful idea...your dishes will be so perfect. Can't wait to see the pictures. Enjoy...remember to take some time for you :)

Nancy said...

What a wonderful gift! And I'd much rather spend a day quilting that at work any time. The party sounds like it will be fun. Look forward to the pictures.

Joanne said...

What a nice gift. And wow -- prom dinner for 24? What great parents you are -- this will be something Chelsey will cherish the rest of her life -- her parents did the prom dinner. Enjoy it all and take lots of pictures!

Linda said...

Love your idea of the four seasons, what a wonderful mum and dad you both are. A horse buggy, wonderful photo's to follow I'm sure. Hope you manage to get some quality sewing time in.

Connie said...

You are a COOL mom...sounds like it's going to be wonderful. :)

Leigh said...

Can't wait to see the photo's it sounds wonderful.
Hope you get through the day quickly :-)

Anne Heidi said...

Hope your day at work goes by fast, so you get to go home and sew. The party sounds like fun, looking forward to the photos.

Rose said...

Im with u.....when at work all i want is to be home with the family and doing what i love....quilting.....but work helps me pay for the things i need to quilt!!!
Your prom dinner sounds great....cant wait to see the pics!!!!

Gail said...

such a clever way to handle too few dishes! I hope you can relax and enjoy as much as I'm sure the kids will. Does Chelsey know how lucky she is to have you?

Wendy said...

Wow...you have a busy weekend ahead of you. Great idea to have the 4 seasons dinner in central park. The kids will love it!

Karen said...

Wow, you're so clever to work up that decorating scheme for the tables, etc. I just can't wait to see your photos.

Elaine Adair said...

You are a brave and creative woman! Glad your DH is there to help.

Clare said...

Lucky Chelsey to have parents like you two. Hope the party goes with a swing. Love your new banner too.

Juliann said...

hope the dinner went well - sounds like so much fun - what great parents you are

Vicky said...

Hope your Four Seasons dinner went well. What a great idea! Can't wait to see pix!

(Hugs)

Libby said...

What a great birthday gift and it's a gift that keeps on giving *s*
Hope the prom festivities came off without a hitch . . . can't wait to see the pics.

Happy Valley Quilter said...

What great parents! Your daughter will always remember how important you made her and her friends feel!

I hope you are able to get back to your sewing room soon!