Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Time for smiles again

Thankfully the communications with Louise's school seem to have done the trick

The girls in question have backed off and whilst I don't think they will ever be bosom buddies at least they're leaving her alone to get on with settling into the school and making a good circle of friends

I don't know what the school said to them, I'm only grateful that things have improved dramatically

Long may it continue for my smiley little one here in the new school uniform - thank you to everyone for your massive support - most appreciated

Nick is bumbling along quietly - some days I think he's tiring of the implications of the diabetes as he seems to kick back about some of the rules and limitations - other days I think that maybe he's just being a normal teenager - they seem to kick back about something most of the time. He will be 14 on Friday - where did that little boy disappear to?

Sarah is studying hard and playing hard - nothing new there then

The other week she had the opportunity with the rest of her County squad mates to participate in a training session with two of the current England Ladies squad

She's the one with the huge grin in the centre of the picture - the ladies in red on the outside are England player Kim Oliver (right) and the England captain Catherine Spencer (left). Nigel will get to watch these two ladies in action as he's going to Twickenham on Saturday for the England v New Zealand match and the Ladies play directly after the Men's game. The way the guys are playing at the moment perhaps the girls can show them the way to go!

This is two days later after she had the honour of captaining the Somerset U18 squad against Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire - the attractive mud packs at either side of her face are a result of playing #8 and pushing her head between the muddy shorted derrieres of the two second row players in the scrum - the mud was very sandy and boy was her face sore once she cleaned up - the next best thing to dermabrasion I reckon!

Muddy but ecstatic as ever!!!

I've managed some stitching this last few days

Secret Santa gifts completed - a couple of sneak previews:

These are of the SSCS one organised by Elf Donna in Australia (but where will this one travel to I wonder?)

These are of the BQL 'made' one which will go a little nearer to home possibly - I haven't quite decided what to send for my other 'bought' gift yet

And finally I've made good progress on the Soft and Gentle quilt for Nigel's cousin

I've realised the arthritis pain in my hands has been irritated by drinking fresh orange juice so I've cut it out and noticed quite an improvement - missing the OJ though - nothing else gives your taste buds quite the same wake-up call in a morning I'm afraid!

A close up of the next round of hourglass blocks

And a 'done so far' view waiting for more flowers in each corner to complete this round - it measures 56" square so far

Think I might do sawtooth stars for the next round - if I can stomach the thought of all those flying geese components - we'll see..................

23 comments:

Andrea said...

Your beautiful quilt is coming on well. I always feel like doing some applique when I see your work but then I get all frightened - lol ! Patrick is 13 now and we can definitely see the grumpy teenager emerging - lucky to get a grunt off him sometimes :-)

Gina said...

What a fabulous picture of Sarah.

I love how your quilt is coming along.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Cascade Lily said...

That is an awesome pic of Sarah with her mud and mouthguard! Glad to hear Louise is having a better time of it. Nick sounds like a typical teenager :)

So glad to see you're sewing again Anne! And I love the holly leaves you've quilted - very clever!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Your quilt is beautiful - a sawtooth border would be wonderful - I use this method, perhaps you do as well .... it's the only way I'd ever do Flying Geese units -

http://www.patchpieces.com/Flyinggeese.html

Hugs for Louise, what a beautiful young lady she is .... so glad that things are working out and Nick, well, perhaps he is being a typical teenager, you'll have to figure that one out yourself. My son is 15 and life can be very very frustrating at the moment. I sometimes wonder whether I'll be sane when he grows up and gets over all this nonsense.

Hugs for your day.
Gail

Chookyblue...... said...

good to hear everything is going well with your dd..........
good to hear more SSCS goodies done.......

alice c said...

How wonderful it is to hear that the Good Ship Bebbs is sailing through calmer waters at the moment. There are some lovely smiles in that post and that is how it should be.

Nines said...

Lovely work Anne. So glad things are better for Louise at school. Look at those braids!! Tell Nick that being rebellious with the diabetes is normal- I still get ornery on occasion- but he needs to try and think about the future when it will come back to bite him. I HATE this disease- takes so much work and effort.

G'G'ma said...

So happy to hear that the school news is getting better and that Louise is making friends.

Our youngest grandson is grunting too. We try to ask questions that require more than a yes or no!

Love your beautiful quilt.

Amanda said...

So glad to hear that things are settling down at your daughter's school, good to hear that the school have taken a decisive stand.

Libby said...

Oh I'm so glad to hear things are smoothing out for Louise. I'll be hoping the same smoothing will come soon for Nick, too.
Love you projects . . . . although I'm anxious to see more than just a sneak peek at them *S*

marigold jam said...

Good to hear from you again - so very glad things seem to be sorting out for your daughter. You really have had your share of tough times lately haven't you? Let's hope things will be on the up now. Love those quilts - I have just told the P/W group I shan't be coming any more I have decided having given it a reall good try that patchwork isn't my bag and I will stick to my crazy kind!

Jane

sewkalico said...

Lovely full post! So much going on at Chez Bebbs!!

Shasta said...

Your sneak peaks are intriguing - they look like great quilts.

sewprimitive karen said...

Your kids and good and spunky! Love the mud picture.

YankeeQuilter said...

The photo of Sarah is great! One tough cookie!

Your quilt colors are so soft looking...

Michelle said...

Glad things have improved love, and all three seem to be doing so well. That's a beautiful quilt on the way too. Thanks so much for being my friend. Much love
x Michelle

Clare said...

Glad things have eased up for Louise.

Yup - 14 definitely! Though it's probably completely different from a boy's point of view. I was speak to a friend the other day whose daughter is in the same class as Alex. She said her eldest son, 19, was never as stroppy and argumentative as Fanny!

Great picture of Sarah and a big woo hoo for captaining the U18's

McIrish Annie said...

how you find time to brush your teeth is amazing to me never mind finding time to pick up and quilt?!!!

Sorry to hear about the school upheavals. whoever wants that! hopefully things will settle down at Chez Bebbs in the very near future. you are inspiring!! Carry on!

Meggie said...

Oh that soft & gentle quilt is just heavenly!

julieQ said...

Your daughter's gorgeous long blond hair! She looks like an angel. I like the teeth your other daughter is sporting too!! And no fair sneak peaking us like that...looking forward to seeing the whold quilt.

sewkalico said...

Oih Missus! Long time no blog!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

genevieve said...

Anne that quilt is so lovely I have just put it on my desktop. Thanks for the beautiful big photo.
Came here via Alice, of magpie fame. I think I'd better trawl around your other quilts as well!

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