Sunday, June 15, 2014

No Father's Day gathering for me

Since both my daddy and my dear hubby are gone, there's no celebrating Father's Day for me anymore.  I have one son who's a daddy so I wished him a happy day but no family dinner, no dinner out.  Just kinda sad...


Still and will always miss you both terribly!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

70th anniversary of D-Day






 
 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My mojo is no mo

My desire to quilt/sew anything has left and when I think about a project, it's only for a minute or two and then I move along to something else.  Hopefully it will return sooner rather than later!!  But I have been doing a little here and there.










I took the rugrat nephews to see Maleficient last week and it was really good.  They thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Then we did a little geocaching and visited a nature center where we saw a bluebird on Bluebird Trail (LOL), 3 deer and a turkey or two.  Fun day!!










Then I just HAD to show this ginormous tomato I picked!!  I have NEVER had any luck growing tomatoes but had the 'magic tomato' that survived and bloomed in my garage over the winter with no heat lamp, no nothing.  I've gotten several tomatoes off that plant; however, this is not one of them.  It's on it's last leg but that's OK..was amazing while it lasted.  All my plants (of which I have THREE) are in pots on my patio.  While they wouldn't serve large groups of people, it's enough for me although I'd never have enough to can or 'put up' for future use.









Last but not least, I canned jam today!!!  I am not nor ever have been much of a cook at all but my buddy Judy over at Patchwork Times inspires, enables, gets me in 'trouble' and this was one of those times.  She posted a recipe for chocolate raspberry jam the other day when raspberries were on sale at Kroger for 99 cents.  Course I had to run down and get some and today was the day to try my hand at jam making.  I made it and put in the water bath per Judy's instructions and all the little lids have popped so I'm itching to try it but need to get something better than an old store-bought loaf of bread to try it on.  Will letcha know (if I live to tell abou

Monday, May 26, 2014

Remember our heroes today

Enjoy the hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream and whatever else is on your holiday menu today.  But take a little time to stop and remember who we owe our freedom to!
 
Happy Memorial Day!!
My cousins in Oklahoma City were sweet to decorate my parents' grave in honor of Memorial Day.  My dad was a veteran of World War II.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

VERY unproductive

I have been very unproductive this week to the point of getting mostly NOTHING done!! 

After last week's workshop, I haven't even touched the project.  Even left all my stuff out in the garage for a couple of days..YIKES!  Finally brought it in but most of the supplies remain in the bag.  I did get a few more of the Scrappy Mountains Majesty blocks done.












I'm thinking since these finish at 8", an 8X10 setting plus border will be a nice size for a QOV.  I actually have two more blocks but they need to be ripped and re-sewn so naturally they're not pictured.

I smoked a brisket yesterday over at my nephew's and, for some reason, he has a TON of these little tiny frogs.  Some of these are itsy bitsy.
















I made one of my frequent soda runs on Thur. and the little 'mom and pop' store was having their 60th anniversary (they're as old as I am!  HA).  They were having some sales where items were 60 cents, $1.60, etc. but this was the bargain of the century!!  (well, if not it's close)  The store brand macaroni and cheese was 5 cents a box!!!!!  So I got $5 worth--100 boxes!  Most of this will be for donation to the food pantry but my nephews snagged a few boxes.










And my favorite feeder visitor was so pretty in the green grass that I had to take his picture.  So pretty!!















And last but not least, I had a bit of a melancholy trip back in time on Wed.  I was taking a dear lady from our church to her radiation treatment and it was to the hospital where I first took Frank after his GBM brain tumor was discovered.  This was the hospital where I had my meltdown in the ER after his leg blood clots were discovered.  Brain cancer and then blood clots--it was all too much for me at the moment.  But this beautiful Chiuhuly (sp?) 'tree' is on display in the lobby..GORGEOUS.

Gotta go get ready to volunteer with the Bountiful Baskets in an hour.  Taking my 8 yo nephew who wants to 'help'.  We'll see how that goes.  Wish me luck!!










Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kim Diehl workshop day!















Today was our guild workshop with Kim Diehl.  Lots of enthusiastic students held rapt by their teacher.  She's explaining one of her process in prepping quilt pieces and parts!














More of the students surrounding the teacher with the project of the day displayed behind them.













JoAnne working away on a small part of the project, making sure it's free of wrinkles.  HA

Many of the gals brought their own individual lunch but a few brought salads, fruit and other assorted goodies to share.  It was a great day accompanied by a yummy lunch!!  Maybe I'll have something to show of what I worked on shortly--we'll see.

Oh, and in preparation for the grueling day ahead of me, I went to the spa last night and had a massage and facial--HEAVENLY!!  Maybe that's why I was so alert and JoAnne could barely keep her eyes open.  HAHA









Tuesday, May 6, 2014

So Scrappy greens & more

WHOA, I let a week get away from me blog-wise!!  I haven't really done much sewing but HAVE been prepping for my Kim Diehl workshop which I had in my mind was this Thursday.  Turns out it's next Thur. so I'm already ahead and have actually done more than was required so I'm sure I'll hafta sit on my hands but that's OK.  I'd rather do that than feel like I'm constantly having to keep up which will probably occur anyway.  So here's a bit of what I've prepped--these have freezer paper templates on the back.













And then I had to get busy and get some green blocks done for the So Scrappy color of the month.  I'll be making more of these in a variety
of bright greens to be combined with the other
colors into cute baby quilts.

I've gotten 5 flag blocks done (the 6th was coming along nicely until I sewing one of the red strips wrong side up so will have to be 'unsewn').  That really aggravates me cause I do it more often than I'd like to admit!  Dang it!