Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

NEVER fails!

There's always something that causes me to take longer than it should to finish putting the pieces together 😕 and usually it's because I sew something wrong.  I had two rows in upside down (one of the rows included Mickey's face!!) and had to take it out and re-do it.  Well, now it's put together correctly and I need to pick out a border.

When everyone was doing the 365, I wasn't interested initially.  But then at some point, I decided I would do it but probably not 365 and NOT small blocks.  My backgrounds are 6 1/2" and it's 10 X 12 so I guess I did about 1/3 of a year's worth.  And I knew I wanted to finish this as a donation quilt so I used lots of  "I Spy" type fabrics.  Pretty happy with how many different prints are in there although not all are worthy to be called "I Spy" type (LOL).  Hopefully some kid will enjoy the heck out of it.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Circles, rows and fall

Have been working (very) slowly on my row by rows and made a quick 90 degree turn back to the circles.  I had finished the applique on the last few circles and wanted to begin the assembly.  The circles are on 6.5" squares and it will be 10 x12 so 60 x 72 before border..will be a good donation quilt I think.


And then I decided to put a fall quilt in the entryway (not sure why I bother since probably no one will see it).  But at least there's a little fall in the house.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

No clever title

but then I don't think I ever have one of those.  I 'finished' two more rows today so making progress but no pix.  Hopefully soon.  Just posting a couple of photos here so I can find them later (maybe).  I went to get ice cream and saw this on the way home..

I thought it was pretty.  Spotted this guy before I left...
he doesn't think I noticed him.  LOL


Monday, September 18, 2017

I AM

still doing a little quilting but most of it at the moment is working on my row by rows.  It WOULD be nice to actually get one quilt made from all the kits I've ordered over the past 2-3 years.  UGH!  But until I get a grouping that appears to maybe be a decent size, I'm not showing them.  Currently it looks like maybe my first group will be hot air balloons since I've been getting several of them to a workable stage.  We'll see.

Today was our monthly birthday lunch at the antique mall tea room and everything there is decorated for fall (even though outside it's still in the upper 90's which is fine by me!).  Some beautiful quilts were festooning a few booths so of course I had to snap some photos and I'm sharing with you!







Tonight is bunco night and last month I won with 5 buncos!!  So exciting.  Maybe I'll win again tonight (though I seriously doubt it).  Wish me luck!  LOL

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Halifax

Our final port of call was Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I was really looking forward to visiting and seeing this beautiful place but the weather didn't cooperate.  We had an excursion to Peggy's Cove on tap and I had hope that the weather would clear but it didn't.  We spent pretty much the entire time in the bus and the short time we got off to see the lighthouse was QUICKLY cut short when the rain began coming down in sheets and 8 busloads of tourists packed into the small gift shop.  NOT FUN!!  But I did get some decent pix out the bus window (and a couple before the bad rain).







And I did get a really cute hooded zippered rain jacket from the gift shop!!  I had a jacket (not rain repellent) and an umbrella (that turned inside out a few times due to high winds) so the beautiful purple rain jacket will live in my suitcase and be there for future trips.  I had checked weather.com multiple times prior to the trip and NOTHING showed like what we actually had.  DO NOT believe weather.com--they lie!!  LOL

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11


When this day rolls around each year, I am reminded of what we were doing that morning as the news was reported about the first then second planes hitting the towers.  My DH was an air traffic controller and was working that morning at Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center.  The controllers were charged with the task of emptying the skies in record time (but then of course, I don't think that was EVER done before).   It was extremely stressful for every controller working that day, even more so than what they did every day.  The victims and first responders are remembered every Sept. 11 and they should be.  But there were others working that day to protect the citizens of the United States and I always think of one in particular each year.

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Cruising continued

We left Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ which is just across the water from the NYC skyline.  Our balcony was on the starboard side so we had a beautiful view of the skyline AND lady Liberty..always a gorgeous sight!  There is a BEAUTIFUL memorial from Russia that was gifted after 9/11 so if you ever cruise from there, go see it just prior to boarding.  We were kicking ourselves for not visiting the NYC memorial prior to the cruise but it didn't cross my mind til we were on the ship.  😕


We were in a balcony on the starboard side so we enjoyed the NY skyline and the lady before departure (she's a little hard to make out but maybe you can see her if you enlarge the picture).


This was a little disturbing..LOL  Not sure what they were looking for!  Not sure you can read..it says FBI Dive Team.


This is a beautiful 9/11 memorial sent from Russia and it was just at the front portside of the ship.  If I'd known it was there beforehand, I would've stopped to look before boarding..ugh.
http://interestingamerica.com/2011-03-04_Russian_Tear_Monument_by_R_Grigonis_37.html


We are going under this bridge as we leave and I'm pretty sure the captain said we had like 5' clearance.  Uhh, sounds a little close to me!  (Sorry, pix was taken through the glass from the solarium).




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cruising

I've been on a 9 day cruise and just got back yesterday.  The ship was a beauty--Anthem of the Seas.


A GIGANTIC giraffe up near pool area (served no purpose, just decoration..LOL)


Rock climbing wall (YIKES!)


Northstar..we did this and it was a little scary but super cool!!


This cool chandelier that would flash different ways.  There was a place where you'd put your palms and supposedly it added your heartbeat along with others before you and that changed the rhythm of the pulsing flashing (not sure if I believed that).