Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring is finally here

Our weather has been very pleasant the last week or so... sunny, warm with some rain but just enough to water the flowers.  I see pink and white blooms on trees all over...and people are wearing tee shirts and light jackets to walk along the waterfront.  A friend who is temporarily living in Toronto ON Canada posted a message that they got 6 inches of snow yesterday, so I'm feeling pretty good about our weather.  Of course, the down side is that I have a lot of work to do to make my outdoor area look good; so far I've planted a dozen pansies to brighten things up ... and the daffodils are up... but that's about it.
  I love the garden after it's done but I'm not so sure that I like the work that goes into it.

I also made one more block for 'that yellow quilt' I'm making and even though I'm not very happy with my choice of fabric, I'm not going to do it over.  It looks okay with the other blocks but it doesn't look like the block in the book.  I guess that's all right, huh?

Here's the wall....

The turquoise color stands out but I'll use turquoise in a few other blocks and that'll help it blend in.  I want many more red blocks too so I'll be off to the fabric store again soon.  So far, I've only used fabric from my stash, except for the yellow.

My daughter has ordered more chicks and is waiting for delivery.  I can't wait to see them.

It's so nice having nice fresh laid eggs from the six chickens she has now and hopefully these new chicks will grow up and give us the same healthy, organic, free range eggs.  Yum!

My son's birthday is today and I've spent the past couple of days making him some nice big potholders (he's the cook at home).  And I made him a strawberry rhubarb pie and gave him a 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream to eat with the pie.

 The potholder picture shows them prior to the hand sewing I did to finish the binding.  I found the pattern here and just followed the instructions to make them... and also to make my own seam binding.  Made all the difference having matching seam binding.
And, through it all, my faithful (one of them) companion Jaik assists me..... can you believe he needed the entire table for his cat nap after all that work watching me cut fabric.  Tough job, but someone has to do it and Jaik is definitely the man!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Inconsistency, a trip and lack of imagination

First, my inability to maintain this blog may be frustrating but I really don't need to put pressure on myself to have to do something when I don't have the time or inclination.  Just sayin'... though I love keeping track of what I'm up to, I probably do it more for me than for anyone else.  I don't want to feel I'm failing... and I'm not.... I probably blog more often than I keep in touch with some people I know. lol

A trip that I didn't anticipate - spur of the moment - took me away for a few weeks and I've been catching up ever since.  I drove, with my daughter and gr-daughter through WA, OR, CA, AZ, NM, TX, LA, AL, MS, FL, GA, SC, NC and on the way back TN, AR, OK, NM, AZ, CA, OR and WA to arrive back home.  Long drive but I loved seeing all those States.  New Orleans in LA was the best but Asheville NC was a treat as well.
Grand Canyon in AZ

Houses on stilts-Pensacola FL

Pensacola Beach - gorgeous!

Looking a little chunky in New Orleans

Getting the finger in New Orleans

A pre-Lent parade

Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans

Coffee and beignets at Café du Monde

Sign in New Orleans shop

My 'wall' currently
#12 - 3rd row

Now it's time to continue on my quilting journey.

I've only made a couple of blocks to continue my 'yellow quilt' lately but since I expect it to take me at least a year to complete all the blocks so I'm pleased with my progress.

And of course, one of my helpers....  Jules (Julius Joseph Garfinkel).

As for imagination, I always wrack my mind to figure out what to give people for their birthday and it's time for my most helpful youngest son's birthday and I just can't think of what I should get for him.... or make for him.  He does most of the cooking for his family so maybe some great potholders like I've seen others make?   And maybe some of those great beignets that I had at the Cafe du Monde in New Orleans!