Saturday, December 30, 2023

Scaphappy Saturday (Ryan Appreciation Day)

We are all in  Virginia today and completely unaware of the day.  I called my middle child to put up the post as we are driving “in to town” for supplies.  I spent many hours during the in-law  Christmas sewing hexies.  The dark green row is ready for assembly 

Saturday, December 23, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

 Two weeks ago, Kurt was shaking a can of primer in preparation for some touch up painting in the garage.   The gallon exploded all over the floor and my car.   We managed to clean up most of that mess, but this weekend we are painting the garage floor.  I get to do the tossing of the speckles into the wet paint.   Sydney is finally coming home today for the holiday.  Exams were over a the week before last, but she was still working until closing today.   Yesterday was my last day of school before the break and it was actually a holiday for Kurt because Christmas is on a Monday this year.   So the holiday fun will officially begin!
I need a few more dark green hexies.  I think there are 14 diamonds per row, so just 10 more to finish off this row.   I am liking the contrast of the darker shade after the light green and light yellow rows.   I know that things will be busy during the holidays for many of you, but I hope that you all find some time to slow down and enjoy some quiet time as well.   I am starting to think about plans for next year.   Lots of finishing of ongoing projects of course, but hopefully something new to mix in.....

Saturday, December 16, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - A Month of Hexies


It seems like I have been posting nothing but hexie photos for a month.   The light green row is done and mostly connected.  There are some dark green hexies ready to be sewn into diamonds.   Progress is slow and steady.  It is a dreary hurricane like day here, so there will be plenty of inside sewing time to enjoy.   How are your end of the year wrap up plans coming along?  I will certainly have a lot of rollover this year and not too many new projects, but that is all part of the ebb and flow.  

Please share any finishes, progress or plans for 2024 with us using the linky party below.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Scraphappy Saturday

 It seems that I only do hexies lately.   I guess I am a creature of habit.  The light green row is almost done, but the dark green row is going to need a bit of work.  I think it will look good though after the yellow and light green.  It is easier to see the pattern with the darker hexie colors.  

It was a surprisingly calm week. The kids at school all have college applications mostly wrapped up and are waiting on decisions.   I went to a private college event and did a tour yesterday of Florida Southern which is most known for its Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture.   That was a nice change of pace.  Our neighbor put her townhouse on the market last weekend and it is under contract now, so it looks like we will be getting a new neighbor.   I think we will do some goodwill shopping today for Ryan's new college apartment and see the newest Marvel movie.  Having weekends is such a treat!  I could do this all the time.   

Saturday, December 2, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Wrapping Up

 It is strange for me to be in the last month of the year without a nice stack of new quilts to finish up.  Such is the ebb and flow though.   Hexies are still screaming my name, and English paper piecing doesn't give you stacks of finished blocks in a hurry.  It has been a long slow labor of love.   The red and orange rows are done and sewed together, the yellow row is ready to be added!  Looks like I still need a few light greens, and then a decision about dark green.  Light and dark blue each get their own rows.  Does green deserve the same attention?  I guess I should think about the dimensions of the final quilt.  That might lead me in a direction.  With hand stitching, there is plenty of time to think about the next steps while zenfully sewing away the hours and days.  

I am so enjoying seeing everyone else finish up rainbow scrap projects. Your accomplishments bring me enough joy while I wait for my mojo to flow again.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Gave Thanks

It was lovely to have the kids home again, and also lovely to have a calm house again. Sydney was sleeping in the sewing room, which meant that I got some hand sewing done on the hexies, but not much more. The red and orange rows are almost ready to be sewn together! I ran out of orange hexagons, so I will have to dig a little deeper into the scrap bin to come up with enough to bring it up to size.

The weather has been strangely cold and rainy, but there were still some nice mornings for beach walks.  Still two more days of vacation to enjoy before the work week begins again, I am going to try to get something productive done before it is time to go back.  

Saturday, November 18, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Thanksgiving

I am thankful for my blog and my quilting, even though neither seems to be getting enough attention recently.   I hope that will change this week as we now have an entire week off for the Thanksgiving holiday.   We used to get three days, but during COVID they went to a full week and there is no going back from that!  My oldest is home now and will leave tomorrow to spend the holiday with the boyfriends family.  It will be our first major holiday without all the kids.  So hard!  I know it is the natural progression, but it still hit me.  Kurt is off picking up Sydney the youngest from UF this morning and the middle child should return on Monday.  So we will have 2 of the 3 until Thursday at least.  Sydney has to go back Thursday night because she works a retail job and is scheduled for Black Friday.  Then there is a big football game on Saturday.  It is fun to see them have their own lives apart from us, but still an adjustment.  

I have been mentally drained lately and spent many relaxing hours stitching away at hexies.  I need to set a row length for these so that I can figure out when I will be done.  I think the red row is going to be the longest and then I will just slowly bring each color to the same length and start getting them together.  The one odd man out is the black.  I might just sneak that on the end of the dark blue or purple row.  I will never find enough black or brown fabrics to have an entire row.  

How are all of your quilts coming along.  I know a lot of people will probably be taking a break from rainbow quilts for a while to do the Bonnie Mystery.  I haven't even checked to see what it will be this year!  It has been a few years since I have participated, but I usually at least follow along to enjoy everyone else's progress.  

I hope the holiday finds you happy and healthy and that you are able to find time for family and for yourself

Saturday, November 11, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Three Day Weekend

We had yesterday off for Veteran's day. After taking a few extra days just last weekend, I am feeling quite relaxed. There is a food and wine festival tonight, but otherwise the day is wide open. I hope that means that I can finally accomplish something more than the miles of hexies that seem to be plenty to occupy my attention recently. It would be nice to finish a few things off before the end of the year. Thanksgiving plans have all fallen apart, so there will be some time to sew then. We sadly had to move on the Christmas plans as all of the kids seem to be busy with their own schemes. It is good when they get their own lives, but it is a big adjustment to juggle all of the competing demands. I guess that leaves me more time for my own pursuits. I will have to try to keep looking on the bright side.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Fall

The end of the year at Rainbow Scrap Challenge is all about finishing up. Putting block collections together into flimsies and then turning flimsies into finished tops.  For us, the end of the year started with a quick weekend in the mountains to visit fall weather.  Step 1 was finding the driveway.  There are a few fall leaves to deal with.  
The neighbor called to ask for help in getting the last of the kiwis in before the first frost.  
That lead to a loaf of kiwi bread.  It is jut like banana bread, but with kiwis.  Yum!

I think we have a hike planned for this mornign and some work on a wrapping the deck around the front of the house. How is your Saturday shaping up? Mister linky is here, looking forward to seeing the begining of your end of year quilts.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - And then it was calm


It was a blissfully calm week at work.  Such a nice change of pace. Next week I will take a few extra days off in exchange for the extra hours I have been working.  
Kurt has had his turn at a crazy few weeks at work instead and he is also looking forward to having a few days off.  Here is a flock of geese crossing a road because I guess they forgot that they can fly?
We are still working to find a replacement for our usual Friday night margarita place.  We found another within walking distance of home and the food and drinks were both excellent.  It was quite empty during the dinner rush on a Friday though, so that does not bode well,  

I have quite a bit of sewing to catch up on today.  November is supposed to be quilt assembly time.  I might be able to assemble some of last year's block collections.  This year has taken a bit of a sewing hiatus lately.  How are your block collections coming along?  Hopefully you have a quilt to two ready to come together soon.  

Saturday, October 21, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday -- Its the end of the week!

Some weeks are longer than others. Yesterday was our school career fair and the end of a lot of extremely long work weeks. I am so much looking forward to not working this weekend!  

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Scrappy and Happy in October


I love seeing what people do with the neutral and makeup months.  I have lost all hope of getting caught up for now but want to play with some light neutrals to add a row to the top of this sprouts quilt that ended up square.  I don't enjoy square quilts as a rule, so I was thinking of adding some blossoms to the top to enlarge it a bit.  The big career fair is next Friday so thing should calm down at work after that.  Kids have been frantically finishing up college applications and asking for lots of help which is great!  It just doesn't leave a lot of time to get the fair ready, so that has been happening on evenings and weekends.  Not a great work life balance at the moment, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel that leads to some quiet sewing time.  

Misterlinky is below, please let us know what you are up to these days.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Scrappy Happy Saturday

 Loving the weekend!  Work is a mad dash at the moment and sleeping in this morning was the best feeling.  Follow it up with some sewing and sorting of scrap?  Sounds like my plan.  What is yours?

Saturday, September 30, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

 Ah, the weekend!  I am finally feeling better and work has gone crazy!  The first set of seniors is getting acceptances into rolling admission schools and we have three that have already made final decisions.  

I am so much looking forward to some quiet time today.  Most of last weekend was spent with movies and hexies.   The photos don't show a lot of progress, but the aqua row is longer now.  How are your aqua scraps coming along?  Monday will transition to light neutrals as the color of the month.  If you don't have  light neutrals, this is your chance to catch up or lay out your block collections to figure out what is still needed.

Misterlinky worked on the first try this morning!  Please share your progress with us.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Confusion

Well that was odd, misterlinky disappeared for a bit this morning, but I found a back door and managed to get in.  Speaking of disappearing, our Friday night margarita date night restaurant is closing at the end of the month.  Our friends came out with us last night to say farewell.   I am not sure what we will do on Fridays now, but it has been nice not having to make a decision.  When I get in my car on Friday to drive home, it tells me how long to get to Little Dos.   My car is a bit scary sometimes.   

I have been down all week with a head cold.  I tested negative for Covid, but it still did me in.  Hoping to be more human next week.   I guess there is one more week left in September though, so I don't have to worry about a new color quite yet.   

How are your aquamarine/teal/blue-green scraps coming along?  

Saturday, September 16, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Lots of fun with teal hexies going on around here. How are your scraps? We are off to enjoy a UF game with Sydney during her sorority family weekend. I do believe that there will be some hand sewing time on the car ride. Enjoy your weekend quiet time. Mister linky is below

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Turtle Krawl

We ran a 5K this morning! So after a quick shower I will head down to the studio to see what I can sew up. I pulled a quilt off of the frame last weekend, finding another to load up might be first on the list today. Sydney took the hanging rack that used to hold all of my flimsies waiting for quilting when she went back to school this year. I ordered a new one, but some assembly is required. I am hoping that Kurt will put that on his "honey do" list this morning so that I can get a bit of organization done. How are your aqua scraps coming along?


Saturday, September 2, 2023

ScapHappy Saturday - Long Weekend

It is a long weekend after a mid week break on Wednesday for the hurricane that didn't come here. Looking forward to an extra day in the sewing room sorting through aqua scraps.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Yellow hapiness! Just a few more days to finish up this month. September will be all about aqua. I won't talk about school at all this week, it just gets stranger with each new rule. Sydney is safely settled into her new apartment and got into the sorority that she had fallen in love with during rush. Anna is enjoying her fall routine but sad that everything is crowded again now that the undergraduates have returned. We are still sharing cars and waiting for Kurt's to come back from the shop, but I haven't been abandonded at work yet this year, so that is a win! Ryan was in a fender bender last weekend with one of the last two drivable cars. I am living in fear now that someone is going to crash my poor Subaru and I will be grabbing an uber to work every day.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Looking forward to some sunny yellow time today! Tomorrow we will deliver Sydney's stuff to her apartment, she already went up to start rush, but can't move in until 3 Sunday. So he has been couch surfing and we will bring so many boxes of clothes and everything else to her. The child does not know the meaning of minimalism! Honestly, I am not sure it will all fit!


Saturday, August 12, 2023

ScrapHappy Sunshiny Day

Just back from a run and looking forward to digging into some yellow today. I tried hard to get out before it got too hot, but I came back just dripping sweat.  Florida is August isn't quite a nice as in January.   Hopefully it will start to cool down soon.  
I have a quilt waiting for a back, a basket of yellow random happiness and a quilt on the frame.  
At least some of that will happen today.  

 We had a 2 day week with students, it was nice to settle in slowly.  We still can't teach AP Psychology or call students by any name not on their birth certificate.  What a strange world.  On Monday we are expecting the permission slip so that Thomas can be Tommy again and Cynthia and be Cyndi.   I do feel a bit bad for the kid whose parents named him Lester, but everyone is too terrified of being sued under the new law to risk anything that hasn't been officially sanctioned.  I keep hoping that once we get past this things will settle back to something more normal again.  Until then, fabric hasn't changed much and nobody has declared rainbow quilts to be illegal yet.   Let us sew!

Saturday, August 5, 2023

What day is it?

I got up bright and early today to go and take a test to become a certified media specialist. That makes me qualified to approve books! Somehow that made me forget what day it was. I just now realized it was Saturday and I never posted! Wow, I can't remember the last time that happened.  
I am going for happy chaos in the sewing studio.  I pulled out a few quilts that are ready to be finished. I haven't dug into the yellow for August yet, but I accomplished quite a few red hexie diamonds in July and not much else.  Sometimes hand stitching is just the right pace.  
Yesterday was registration when the kids pick up schedules. I spent much of it trying to talk kids out of dropping AP Psychology from their schedules in case Florida and College Board can't figure out how to amicably settle their disagreement without taking potential college credit away from thousands of students.  It seems now like the state department of education has blinked, but our district had already announced that we would not offer the course.  I am still guessing that things will work out without the kids having to drop the course.  I never could have predicted the path of education in our state.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Binding Time

I am going to enjoy binding time today.  We just got back from Jamaica and I haven't quite gotten back into the swing of things.  
Then I need to dig into some reds, because on Tuesday we will pulling out the yellow.  I am not overwhelmed with the sunnier side of the rainbow, so it should be a good month for me to play a little catch up.   School starts on Wednesday for teachers, so there will be a big shift in my immediate day to day.  I never fully got into summer mode this year, so it won't be as much of an adjustment as usual.   Our new history standards are making national news, and clearly we are still having a teacher shortage around here, but we are so close to being fully staffed before the first day at my school.   Wish us all luck!

Saturday, July 22, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Quilting!


I've been quilting!  This one is a girl scout t-shirt quilt for a customer.  
This one was leftover blocks from a couple of quilts with 9 patches of 1 inch strips.  There is a still a bag of leftovers that might turn into a pot holder or a placemat of some sort.  First though, lots and lots of binding to enjoy.  

What are your scraps turning into this month?

Saturday, July 15, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday Summer Fun

 It is finally starting to feel like summer.  I have been working a few hours most days, but yesterday I had an actual at home all day vacation day and it was so lovely!

I have been busy sewing hexies together into rows.  So far I have finished red orange and yellow.  I really don't have a lot of orange fabrics!  I will see what I can find to bulk up that row a bit.  It has been so nice to settle in with a movie and sew in the air conditioning.  

It is HOT out there.  I try to get out before it heats up in the morning, because once the sun is fully up it just starts to bake.  

We have enjoyed beach walks though, with toes dipped in the water it doesn't feel so warm.  There are all sorts of turtles swimming in the ocean and birds hanging out in the sand.  

I also made good progress on this t-shirt quilt.  If is for the same lady who had me make a quilt for her daughter's wedding last summer.   This one is girl scout themed.  I am not sure if I like the green that I had on hand for the lattice.  I might try something else.  

How is your sewing coming along.  We are halfway though July already! 

Saturday, July 8, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Our visit to the cabin was a busy one. Lots of work, but still time for relaxation.  Our neighbors with a tractor volunteered to come and help us tear out a broken walkway.   It was quite a production.  
Anna and I canned some jams made from fresh picked wineberries.  She also whipped up some pickled onions.  I cut a lot of firewood from downed trees and branches.  We got a new chain saw and it works so much better than the tiny one I was using before.  The right tool makes all the difference.  Kind of like having a nice fresh rotary cutting blade.  Kurt built me a new rack to hold the stacked logs after I filled up the two that we had.     
We had been planning to visit Carowinds on the way home.  You may have seen the broken roller coaster in the news.  It was one of the kids favorites,  Since it will be closed for a while, we all posed for a photo instead.  Right there where are fingers are pointing is the temporary weld that is covering the big old crack in the support beam.   
There were plenty of other roller coasters though.  We let the kids enjoy the rides, age has made us less resilient than we used to be, so we spectated and took photos instead.  
It is always nice to be home again.  I said that I would go in to work a bit this week, but then it will be back into vacation and sewing mode again.  I  polished off a bunch of hexies in the car.  No photo of those, but I will try to get them all up on the design wall soon to take stock.   How are your reds coming along?   

Saturday, July 1, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Happy July

It's July!  I am looking forward to red this month.  Something vibrant seems just right.  We are at the cabin this week doing lots of manual labor.  There has been wood cutting, rock hauling and assorted chores keeping us all busy.   Kurt installed a new window successfully.  We got an estimate from a contractor and decided that was a project we could definitely try to do on our own.  The first attempt went well enough that I think we will just slowly work our way through the worst ones.  

We did get a dumpster delivered and have almost filled it in two days with the collected debris that has been collecting on the property for at least the last three decades.   It is red in honor of the color for July!  We were successful yesterday in using the UTV to winch a washing machine up the side of the ravine.  It was quite exciting!  There were several pieces of a target practice deer form that got tossed in and the head ended up poking up at us over the edge of the dumpster. His one remaining eye is following at us as we roam around the property.  There was lots of hand sewing of hexies that got accomplished in the car, but sadly, no photos.   I brought up a machine though, so a sewing space is on the list of projects.  It is a long list, but we are making good progress!

Saturday, June 24, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday -

 And now the beginning of summer.  A bit of a delay in the start of summer vacation this year, but I have two weeks of pure relaxation mode to look forward to.  Sewing, relaxing and hanging around the cabin. What could be better than that?

I hope you are feeling ready to finish with the pastel blues and greens. July is scheduled to be red this year! It should be bit of a change of pace.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Summer Blues

Ah the long lazy days of summer. Still waiting for those to kick in, but today will be the day that I finally dig in and start on the light end of the blue and green bins. I am a bit behind, but that won't stop me from jumping back in again with both feet!
We had a guest speaker for the last day of the Summer College Prep Boot Camp.  Just one more week of work at the district office and I am off for two weeks!  Looking forward to every minute of that time.   

There were some beautiful sunrises this week.  Days are nice and long right now and it truly feels like summer very suddenly.  We got spoiled by a nice long mild spring, but now the typical pattern of sweltering days and afternoon showers has kicked in.  Speaking of which, I am off to get in a quick run before things get too toasty.  Then it is back to sew away an afternoon in the air conditioning.   I don't know how people survived in Florida before central air.  

How are your scraps coming along this month? Use the linky tool below to share with us all.

Saturday, June 10, 2023

ScrapHappy Summer

Still waiting for the long lazy days of summer to kick in. So far I am still working, but surely vacation mode will come someday. Until then, I look forward to enjoying your scrappy happiness.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Baby Blues and Greens

 I hope that you made great progress on orange and are ready to move on to some nice pastels for a change of pace.  Orange is never a large volume color for me, but blue and green are quite the opposite.  Hopefully by having another chance to focus on the lighter end of the blue and green bins we can all keep up with the supply.  

Kurt and I went hiking and camping last weekend for our anniversary and for my birthday.  Yes, we got married on my birthday, it was my mom's birthday as well.  I always hoped that one of the girl would have been born on my birthday to keep the tradition going, but it just never worked out that way.  It was perfect hiking weather and nicely cool for summer in Florida so that we could enjoy a campfire at night.  
It is looking like a rainy weekend in Florida, which makes quality sewing room time just the perfect plan.


Thursday, June 1, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - June

 Some colors need more than one month. I will admit to getting a bit tired of working through the blues, but the bin never seems to get any smaller!  Just in case you made a nice dent in the blues when we did dark and bright earlier this year, feel free to add some light greens to the light blues to try to tidy up two bins in June.  

Saturday, May 27, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Schools Out

Graduation was Tuesday, it was a beautiful ceremony.  Then, we went to trivia again on Thursday and won!  We can keep eating for free as long as we keep wining.  

Finally, it was  the last day of school!   Just two weeks of camps and a week of work at the district, but there is a light and a tunnel in there somewhere.   Having a summer is one of the best things about teaching.   

For now though, it is a long weekend.  We are headed off for a weekend of camping and hiking.  I hope you have lots of sewing to look forward to.   I plan to spend a little time in the sewing room before we head out.  It is almost useable again.  

If you have a long weekend to look forward to, I hope that there is some sewing time to enjoy.  We are almost done with the orange month.  Light blues and greens will be the order of business for next month, so you might be able to spend some catch up time if your blues aren't too out of control.  All of my scraps are out of control right now, but there are worse problems to have. 

Saturday, May 20, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange Crush

Days are rushing by! I did dig out my orange scraps. They are sharing space in my sewing room with shelves under construction, dorm room returned excess and lots of kids clothes in transit. I hope to clear out some space today and be able to sew. 
 Having two kids back home again is a big adjustment. Sydney turned 20 this week.  She got a job at a restaurant within walking distance of our house and then went back to visit Gainesville with her friends.   She has two summer classes as well, I hope she doesn't forget about them!  Just one week of school left for me. Graduation on Tuesday and then final exams for all the rest. 
The days are long now and there is always a chance to see the sunrise, even on mornings of early testing.   How are your oranges coming along? Please share.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange you Glad?

 Looking forward to seeing lots of happy oranges.  Everything in my sewing room is a disaster right now.  Kurt is putting built in shelves into the wall under the stairs and two children are home form college, dropping off all of the detritus from dorms and apartments into my sewing space and the spot where I usually put my car in the garage.  So my car is outside getting salty and getting to my sewing machine is a dusty obstacle course.   Still, somewhere in there are my orange scraps!  I am looking forward to finding them and reclaiming at least some of my new sewing space.  

How are your scraps coming along this month?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share your progress.  


Saturday, May 6, 2023

ScapHappy Saturday - Ready for a Change

Looking forward to starting a new color today! I love orange, though I must admit that it was much neglected in my stash before the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Now I try to work bits into bindings or backings to make sure that some ends up in the scrap bin. I should have at least enough to get my basic blocks out this month. I enjoy the little bit of happy that orange and yellow bring to quilts and working on those months each year have helped me broaden my color preferences. Ironically, I am trying to find orange felt to make homeroom flags and it is out of stock everywhere.  Too many Florida Gators I guess.   

 It was another busy week at school! Monday started standardized testing season, and so I rushed from morning AP testing to our lunchtime college signing day celebration. Such fun for the kids! They all posed for photos with college banners while wearing their college shirts. I had a selection of stickers for anyone that didn't have the right shirt quite yet. 
Sydney came home on Wednesday for the summer.  She is taking online summer classes which seems to be the norm for all of her UF friends. We have been going to trivia on Thursdays recently and won second place again this week!  It was May 4th and so there were lots of Star Wars themed questions. 
I skipped right past the rocket launch last Sunday.  It was a Falcon heavy and it was beautiful!
Then yesterday was Cinco di Mayo, we were a bit worried that our usual Mexican restaurant would be too busy.  It was packed, but we managed to get a table and met up with my old running partner and her husband.   I think the drinks were stronger than usual because I am really feeling it this morning.  That could also be old age.  
There are still two more solid weeks of standardized testing.  I'm not supposed to do anything while the kids are taking tests, so I usually try to get my steps in each day as I walk around the room to monitor progress.  I am easily getting 15,000 steps in during each test.   I try to stay caught up on regular work when I am not in tests, kids still need help with dual enrollment classes or documentation needed for colleges or scholarships or just random questions that they need answered.  We are double checking all the graduation requirements of course and getting everything prepped for commencement.  All such good stuff this time of the year!   I thought that the summer would be a break, but it is starting to fill up with college boot camps and workshops.  Again, all so exciting and beneficial!  But for now, there are orange scraps to find and we need to get the extra room prepped for Ryan to come home tomorrow.  It is going to be strange having kids back in the house again.  We had kind of gotten into the empty nest routine.