Episode 90: The Version after the Version that got Et

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Audacity ate my podcast again! So frustrating. So this week’s episode is a twenty-minute walk through my so-called quilty life.

Love the South:

Love cousins and the Braves:

Love boiled peanuts:

Actually, I hate boiled peanuts. Slimy! Ick! By the by, that’s the Man to the right, and Jack to his left. Men of mystery!

0 Replies to “Episode 90: The Version after the Version that got Et”

  1. I enjoy your podcasts, whether heavily quilty or not. I like sitting and chatting with you on your porch. I find connections with your thoughts on kids, books, quilts, etc. So my opinion is,carry on- love your podcasts. Maybe it’s because your ebb and flow is similar to mine.
    My 13 year old daughter liked “The Kind of Friends We Used to Be”; we need to find the first one! 🙂 “Falling in” hasn’t made the rounds yet. I found a copy of “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton and really liked it. Thanks for the recommendation on that Author!

    Have a wonderful time at the beach!

  2. I agree with A.J. I enjoy listening to your ramblings about books, kids, life, your garden, etc., whether or not you have much quilting content. My quilting was shut down in January by an unexpected entire house rewiring, and I am only just now starting to get my sewing space back. Thank goodness for knitting. I like hearing my podcasters from all over the country, and world – it gives me a more individual look at how people are doing in different places, whether or not NPR ever talks about that place. I loved your comment this week about teenagers learning self-control, and not saying every thing they think. I will use that at my house this summer. Enjoy your vacation! PS Sorry about the audacity problems – that must be so frustrating! Thanks for sticking with it! Margaret

  3. I very much enjoy your podcast and anything that you talk about is music to my ears. I love sitting here listening to you while you talk about what ever comes to your mind. I very happy to say that I have been adventuring out to make new quilts and wanting to know more about sewing clothes. I have wanted to look a new sewing machine to branch out to learn more about how to do better at my quilting. Thank you for making one even thought it was bit shorter then then usual.

  4. The audacity of Audacity eating your first go around!!! And may I chime in here with the others…there is something about just listening to your voice, talking about your life, that is very attention-holding! You have a life outside of quilting but you are a quilter too. It is a nice mix….your podcasts are.
    Personally I also enjoy when you talk about writing because I sometimes think I would like to write too. I enjoy hearing about your cooking adventures, your son who is close to my son’s age, your shopping, your trips, where you live, and more. It all just resonates with me.

    It might be that if we lived near each other we would get together now and again for a girl’s day out or coffee. Anyway, don’t worry about your podcasts being heavily laden with quilty-ness. It is a PART of you, not ALL of what you are. 🙂

    Pollan’s writing is one of my favorites in the diet-health-food load of books I have. I like his book “In Defense of Food” better than the “Omnivore’s Dilemma” though. I am currently reading through a lot of books to keep on top of the latest, greatest trends in the diet world. I co-teach a weight loss support group and we are always asked about such things. If you want some recommendations on interesting reads and perspectives, drop me an email!

    Oh! Is your boy being a pain this summer too? I am wondering where my sweet boy went? I surely have a stranger in the house this summer. He is really pushing ‘Momma Suttons’ to the limits! And this is so unlike him! He has a very Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde personality going on right now. He is living up to the standard TWEENager attitudes these days. Oh boy, is he!

    I envy the beach trip. It reminds me of Nancy Thayer’s Hot Flash novels. Most take place near an east coast beach.

    Anyway, have a great time! May it be rejuvenating, invigorating, restful, and fun! We’ll miss you!!! 🙂

  5. The beach! Paint us a word picture when you get back. Your vacation sounds so peaceful and lovely – even with 2 young men. My kids never fought – oh, right – that was my fantasy. One day my sister and I stopped at a store to pick up plastic buckets and shovels on the way to a local beach. My daughter and second son got into it and the cousins remember my daughter literally flying up onto my son’s back and pummeling him. I was mortified. But words hurt, too, and self-control; that is a good life lesson.

  6. Don’t we all have times when what we beat ourselves up because we “should” be doing this or that, like quilting or being with the family or any of a million other things? I know I do; I teeter between trying to do things perfectly and not doing them at all.

    It’s like this summer; our house has been a revolving door of nieces, nephews, midshipmen and Katie being home for three months when normally it’s just Kurt, Eric and me. I love all the inhabitants [well, except for when my niece’s dog is sleeping on my quilt!] but feel stressed to be “on stage” for them. I haven’t gotten as far as cooking for the masses yet, but I’m on Medifast and Katie is on Jenny Craig, so that’s my excuse. I will miss them all when they go, but will enjoy the calm of fall.

    You mentioned not having “Me-time” and I know that’s crazy-making. Mine mostly comes in the car [there has to be some advantage to commuting] and when I read before I go to sleep. Hang in there; the days take forever but the years fly by.

    All the best.

  7. I’m hoping your beach holiday refreshes and relaxes you, just keep these wonderful , natural pod casts coming. I love to have you talking to me while I stitch, it’s like having a friend beside me for a short time There is no greater compliment than being told sincerely that you will be missed while you are away
    .Very comforting to know that you have muddily days and “leave me alone..please ” days as well. My time spent in my sewing room is so precious to me, as is my reading time, which is in bed and very early evening.I get up very very early morning and do the majority of my sewing before the day’s chores require my attention. Right now I have a rug over my knees because it is our Winter in New Zealand and you are about to head off to sun and sand.It is fascinating hearing about your life and family half a world away, that is what makes you so much fun to follow.

  8. Darling, relationships are not all about the same thing all the time. You are a wonderfully articulate, intelligent person and what you talk about on your podcast reflects, I think, what all of us experience to some some extent. I get the sense that you are rejuvenating for your next round of quilty madness! I love hearing from you and would turn you off (horror of horrors!) if you bored me or made me mad. You haven’t done it yet, so you are having a good run and keep up the good work.

    You said you were keeping up on quilt magazines, but you didn’t tell us what interested you in them or what mags you read. I would like to hear that as I am woefully behind and have had to restrict myself from buying new magazines until I clear out the pile waiting for me to read.

    In terms of Rick’s quilt, have your Bible Study colleagues write messages on paper, take the paper to Kinkos and have them reverse the words so they are backwards. Then print what they wrote on Transfer Artist’s Paper THEN, finally, press the TAP onto fabric. Voila! Their words or signatures on the quilt with little issue. The ironing part takes time, so I would suggest you have them sign on one sheet of paper. No tomes.

    Love Kelly V’s idea of painting us a word picture. Enjoy the beach.

  9. Ah, 13. Remember it well, glad to not have to go through it again anytime soon. Maybe by the time I’m there again with grandchildren I’ll have learned that gracious patience that I’ve seen in so many other grandmoms. On the other hand, as a grandma I can just give them back to their parents and walk away–maybe that’s where the patience comes from; a deep-down knowledge you don’t have to deal with it day in and day out anymore. 🙂

    I gave up on Audacity months ago for similar reasons and switched to Propaganda. I’m sending you “rah rah” cheers to learn GarageBand.

    When I did a signature quilt for a friend leaving a position, I made the quilt with a light mottled fabric on the back, completely finished it, and had everyone sign on the back of it after it was done, at the farewell event itself. That way I was able to finish it on my schedule, they could still find plenty of space to sign between the quilting lines, and it was a lot easier all around. (That’s also the last signature quilt I ever tried to do!) But I also agree–if you give it to him in the fall, it’ll be a nice kick-off to the year, too! Whatever method causes you the least stress is the one to use. It’s summertime, and the livin’ is supposed to be easy.

    Have a great time at the beach and I’ll be looking forward to hearing some reviews of that stack of books you’ve got with you!

  10. Here are a few useful tricks with Audacity to avoid catastrophic crashes. (You may be doing some of these things but if not maybe they will help.) First of all, open and save seven or eight new blank audacity recording files, and name them, something like OKQ_July5_2012_1, OKQ_July5_2012_2, and so on. Then, begin your podcast or quilt diary with the first one. (Love the name “quilt diary,” want to steal that if I did a quilt podcast, which I am thinking about.)

    After hitting Record and talking for about 5 to 10 seconds, stop the recording and save the file. Then export it as a .wav file, and either upload it to an ftp site or a data drive. Do this over and over until your podcast is done. Then, open a new master file for the finished podcast, and copy and paste all the pieces in from the original audacity files. You’ll only need the .wav files if one of them crashes. Then you’d import that one crashed .wav file, save it as an audacity file and disaster averted.

    As you can see, this way, you’ve saved and imported pieces of your files – so that if you have a crash, you’ll only lose that one section. We don’t want to miss your original ramblings.

    Audacity gets a lot of action around here – hundreds of short files for elearning. Because crashes are always possible and losing hours of work just isn’t an option, I use this method all the time. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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