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I could tell you

I could tell you about how the sun is shining and the temperature is rising and how much I like spring this year.

I could tell you about the nine month old refrigerator leaking water and feeling really lucky that someone noticed right away. And that there was no damage to my floors. And that my contractor and carpenter came running even though it wasn't their problem. And how the repair guy was awesome and fixed it even though it took 3 trips.

I could tell you about the daffodils blooming and about how when I looked up yesterday, I noticed that the magnolia is starting to open its buds.

I could tell you about how it has rained and rained, and then rained some more. And with that rain, the realization that we have a leak in our basement. And how Fatty figured out what the problem was and our landscape guy dug to confirm the suspicions. And about how I now need to call a plumber.

I could tell you about picking up 12 bags of mushroom compost for the raised beds. And my friend that bought me broccoli and brussels sprout seedlings and a handful of seed packets. And then brought home farm fresh eggs from her co-worker for me.

I could tell you that I am cooking dinner at night and enjoying how clean everyone's plate has been. And about how the kids have stopped complaining, at least this week, about what's being served. And then I could go on about Mad Hungry and my deep love for this cookbook even though I have only made 3 recipes. But, I have made those three over and over and I cannot get enough.

I could tell you about how I'm sleeping so soundly at night. That the only thing waking me up is my bladder. And about how my mind is at rest for the first time in a long while and how happy that makes me.

I could tell you that I'm spending less time on the computer and about the books I'm reading instead.

I could tell you that I want to do a triathalon in June, but that I haven't started training. And that the swimming portion scares me which is why I'm still on the fence.

I could tell you that my children are growing like weeds and how Kate's foot grew 1.5 sizes since September. And Jane's not far behind. And how I realize we will be buying adult sized sneakers next go around and how the corresponding price tag is unfriendly, especially since there are no longer hand-me-downs from one girl to the other.

March 17

But instead, I am going to tell you that these single girl quilts are ready for binding. And about how the binding strips have been cut for over two years thanks to my mother-in-law and her willingness to help me cut all those patchwork pieces. And about how I will work on these over the next couple of nights with something good on the TV (Netflix streaming recommendations, anyone?). And about how I am so anxious to see these finished and on Kate's beds. And how accomplished I feel right now because it has been a long time since I started this project. And how my mind is already on the next quilt(s) in line. And just how much I am loving sewing right now.

And I'm going to tell you Happy St. Patrick's Day.

And that, of course, I'm wearing green.



Enjoy your day Erin! Great post!


So much good, bad, exciting, new, fun going on at your house!
Congratulations on the quilting, that is my nemesis.
We all can't wait to see those quilts!


Gosh, I couldn't find any recipes in Mad Hungry. I eventually decided that is because I was looking for some inspiring vegetarian main dishes. I am glad this worked for you.


sounds like things are good on the hill (for the most part). think green! :>)


excellent, Erin! It all sounds excellent :)


Sounds busy. Love the quilt. It must feel very satisfying. For Netflix, I am a masterpiece theater/BBC fan. Did you watch the new one "Downton Abbey?" Very, very good! And always my favorite, North and South...if interested in old England love stories.

Would love to hear about your books...in need of a good read!


i like it too when i'm about to finish a long overdue project and can be thinking of the next. Because there is always a next isn't there.

Sarah Jane | beautiful dawn

I'm scared of tris, too, due to the swimming. The place where my kids take swimming lessons has an adult class for tri swimmers that I'm contemplating. For now I'll stick to running! But I think you should do it.

Alicia A.

Sounds like things are going pretty well over there, all in all. I can't wait to see the quilts!


Always busy! I love your post, as for netflix I would say: 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, I am love, and Julie and Julia. I love those three movies (one is a documentary) and I usually hand stitch while watching one of them.


I adore you, Erin! And I'm so glad life's grand in your part of the world. xo


I love your quilt - those colours are so perfect! ...and for a movie recommendation - we recently watched Sweet Land...it would be good for handwork I think...

amber g

downton abbey on netflix is so good.

lovely, lovely quilts.


Life sounds rich & full at your house. Love the quilt! And have you seen The Duchess, I Capture the Castle, & the All Creatures Great & Small series -- some of my recent faves on Netflix.

Mama Urchin

I'm excited about seeing the quilts. I'm binding a bunch myself. I agree with the downton abbey suggestion. Also, we watched exit through the gift shop (oscar nominated documentary) about street art that was also very interesting and well done.


So, what books have you been reading?


must watch Downton abbey!


what a lovely post. makes me think of all the things I could tell you: like how a long time ago I lived in Chicago and went to pastry school and learned how to make sugar sculpture and chocolate candies and ridiculously complicated cakes and how my teacher back then is now in a movie that is streaming on netflix and it's called kings of pastry and it's a good quilt binding kind of movie (but there are subtitles here and there--for resting your hands a bit maybe?).


love this post. so wish i was feeling the same way. xo.


Nice post. It always feels good to accomplish something that's been "hanging" around for a while. As for the triathlon, that sounds so exciting. Is this your first? This site looks pretty good for the first-timer. I'd be more afraid of the running cause I hate running.



YAY almost time for a new project!!!! :)
I am attempting to get (at least one) binding down this week myself! :)


~Great post Erin,

~it's been a while since I stopped on over and said hi

~What a great time I chose.


~be wellx


What a great read. Thanks for this. Add 'downton abey' to the list. keep enjoying your moments of balance.


What recipes from Mad Hungry?! Loving the quilts. Happy Sunny St. Pat's day to you!


Echoing several others: what Mad Hungry recipes???


I am pretty new to your space, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. :)

krista - Poppyprint

You sound like you're really in your happy place! Nice.
I can relate re: adult sized shoes. That was a tough pill to swallow, price-wise.
Congratulations on the single girl quilts!!


I am a smidge addicted at this time to BBC period shows streaming on Netflix, Doc Martin and Wives and Daughters were very good, as well as Daniel Deronda. I also enjoyed Bleak House, with Gillian Anderson, and Under the Greenwood Tree. Must. Stop. Now.


i really, really loved this post.

i wish i had planted daffodils (as i do every spring!)

i love the quilts, they look so great.

i am wearing green earrings.

and i love the newish blog design.


Great post. Netflix rec: Praying with Lior. You will thank me - I promise. Best, most multi-layered movie I've seen in a long time.


Congrats on at least rying to finish! I just switched from full time to part time and can now finish some of my projects, too! It feels great!
Justified, Fawlty Towers and Absolutely Fabulous. Oh and To the Manor Born.


You are so very likeable!


Gotta turn the TV on to the NCAA basketball tournament. It doesn't be much better than college basketball!


Love this post!


Quilt looks lovely and matches your top :)


Your life at the moment seems, busy, full, overwhelming, wonderful, everchanging. Lovely quilt. Suggestions for shows. We don't have cable or our tv hooked up, but I did purchase Downton Abbey off itunes and I have watched all 7 episodes on my laptop. I have done a search and can't find any definite dates for when season 2 will be released (does anyone know?). Torture I tell you! Oh, and growing girls. I have two that are growing so much of late. I had to give in and go and purchase some clothes, as I have no time at the moment to make anything myself. Still need to go shoe shopping too. Jacinta

Erin | house on hill road

chicken enchiladas, chicken pocket pies, pork with apples and onions. do you have any favorites?

Erin | house on hill road

chicken enchiladas, chicken pocket pies, pork with apples and onions. do you have any favorites?

Erin | house on hill road

really? you did? i'm totally watching that movie.


this is such a wonderful post, erin. my heart feels full just reading it. and i'm so happy for you. (the quilts are stunning!) xo


love everything you told me. :)


happy st. pats!


i CAN tell you how much i just loved reading this post!! xoxox.

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I wanna see! I wanna see!

Kelly Dobson

Robin Hood BBC so amazing. 3 Seasons you will be hooked. Binding is the best part of a quilt, I always think about who is going to recieve it and pray for them. Enjoy! Kellyd


What a great post. Sometimes I say that if I knew ahead of time what I was going to have to deal on those rough days, I might never get out of bed. I'm glad you have some cheerful daffodils, magnolia buds, and single girl quilts to keep you smiling.

M is for Maga

I could tell you that I truly love this post....so I am.


What a wonderful life ! I'm rght behind you - things are good here too.


Downton Abbey, Top Secret Rosies, Man on Wire about the French guy who walked on a wire between the Twin Towers in the late 80's (I think), Masterpiece Mystery Inspector Lynley


One of the least expected but most favorite movies I have seen in a long time is World's Fastest Indian. It's a true story about a motorcycle, which is probably why I would never have picked it for myself. I judged the book by the cover though, and found it to be one of my very favorite stories ever.

I love to read about all you goals, big and small. They sound like mine. You provide inspiration to me, to work on my million-project sewing pile. Beautiful work. Your products show your care and love for what you do.

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