Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year Wishes




We are all snuggled in, I've cooked a big pot of soup beans with ham, made potatoe salad, and had a huge country salt-cured ham cooking most of this day. Randy declares the ham most excellent...now mind you, there are 2 HUMANS in this house for New Year's Eve, in addition to the 4-legged "kids". Yes, my husband has just this moment tried the ham. ;0 As long as he's happy with it, then I'm happy with it, cause it's mainly a gift from me to him. ;p The soup beans and potatoe salad are for me. He doesn't really like either one of those, and since my sister that lives closest to me is in the DC area for New Year's Eve and not likely to show up on my doorstep any time soon, they are all mine! LOL I don't fix either of them very often cause it's hard to make a 'small' pot of soup beans. ;0

Above you will notice the fruits of my labor yesterday. See, I told you there had to be a cutting mat buried under all of that mess! And, Barb, it truly was as big a disaster area as I portrayed it in my post yesterday. LOL Just take my word for it, girlfriend!! :D Today, I completely cleared the big board and the area around my sewing machine, so I'm truly making progress, be it somewhat slowly. See, most days my energy level is fairly good until about 3 p.m., and then I feel like someone just whopped me up side the head and I want to drop and not move again until time to go from the couch to the bed. :)

I think Randy must have snapped the next picture of me, Dewey and Badger out for a short walk the other day. And the next picture is Randy and Dewey (ah hem, headed to the bed for an afternoon rest period---the man thinks we live where they have siestas every afternoon ROFL).

I've been trying to think of some profound and lofty 'speech' for the ending of 2006, but you know what, what pops in my head is just how fortunate and blessed we have been in way too many ways to set them out here. Suffice it to say that I'm so very grateful for my family, starting with my best buddy, Randy, and all of my brothers and sisters (you know, it's just awesome that all 9 of us siblings are still 'here' and relatively healthy!). I'm soooo glad that I had another year to share my love (and frustrations! LOL) of quilting with Glorie, and that I've been blessed with some really special relationships with other nieces and nephews. And OMG, there's my friendship with my friend, Evonne, who has added soooo much to my life this year (and who also is a quilt nut :p). And then there are all of you, my new-found blogging quilty friends that I've made in such a short time, and who have so enriched my daily life.

So here's to 2007 and all of the beauty, mystery, love, joy, peace, sorrow, and (hopefully) many hours of quilting, that it will hold!! From Ship's Landing to each of you, our family and friends, may 2007 be a wonderful and Happy New Year for all of us!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Wedding Anniversary




Badger's having a snooze snuggled up to Mom while she watches a Christmas show

The little pillow with star and snowman are made from wool and was a gift
The teddy bear quilt was given to me one Christmas (1996 maybe) by Randy

Homer Kitty surveying his kingdom

Today's our 13th anniversary. The best 13 years of my life. I had to look high and low to find my best buddy, but search I did, I 'perservered', and as they say "to the victor go the spoils". LOL

I've been in my 'stewdio' almost all afternoon with a backhoe shoveling off the cutting table. I'm happy to report that job has been accomplished (picture to follow of CLEAN table later LOL). I've decided it's such a job that I shall break it down into segments. Next up is my big board ironing board which catches the overflow from the cutting table, and you have to shove stuff aside on it to actually use it for ironing. *laughing* THEN I will remove all and sundry from around my sewing machine so I could actually sit down and sew with ease--in other words, without trying to catch something that I'm knocking off the table from beside, back of, wherever, as the fabric feeds under the pressure foot. ROFL It's actually gotten as bad as this is portrayed, so here I am being brutally honest, folks!! :) I've 'kitted up' (to borrow a fellow blogger's idea) my WIPs which include Autumn leaves, country scrappy pattern I've been playing with for several months from one of the zillion quilt magazines that now litter the floor like confetti, snowmen, angels, a Little Quilts project from back in the Summer...I'm sure there are more but I don't want all of you thinking that I NEVER start and finish a complete project. ROFL

I'm going to finish up a bit of handwork while I watch the VA Tech bowl game that has just started. ;p I'll be back tomorrow with New Year's Eve wishes.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Pictures




Christmas Pictures: Handmade gift from neighbors, Sug on Christmas Eve, pottery from Santa

I've spent the last two days trying to catch up on laundry and getting some of the dust up from the floors. I MUST get the small guest bedroom (Christmas box repository LOL) cleaned out. We may have our daughter and her boyfriend overnight on our anniversary, which is the 30th. I'm not EVEN going to attempt to dig out my sewing "stewdio" (and it's a real stew right now!!) until after New Year's Eve. Maybe I will start that room ON New Year's Eve so I will have a semi-clean slate in there to start working on a Christmas quilt for moi (Tree Angel). I'm really really itching to sew. Linda J had linked to some redwork snowmen patterns that I printed off last night and thought I might work on...I think I could actually get to my muslin *G*. They would be a great handwork project for night time, and I may have to copy her (hey Linda, I hope you don't mind) and use blue floss for them. :)

It's an absolutely gorgeous day here today. You would never guess that it's December 28th. I think the high is going to be somewhere around 60. Now that Christmas Day is another memory for the scrapbook, I would just as soon the weather stay like this now. I took the "boys" out for a short romp yesterday afternoon since it was also a really pretty day, and I have plans to go for a short walk with them again this afternoon. All three of us are moving a bit gingerly today LOL. Guess that's a good indication that we need to get off our butts and start moving again. :D

We will probably have a nice quiet New Year's Eve. Randy usually rings it in by snoring to the tune of Auld Lang Syne (glad he doesn't read this LOL), and I usually am propped up in bed reading waiting for the ball to drop. We both did more than our share of partying in days past, and I'm so thankful that we are both most content right here to usher in the new year. *S*

I have one more load of laundry, and I am going to bake some of the sugar cookies that are mixed up but never made it to the oven. Catch ya'll later. :D

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning





We had a lovely Christmas Eve with my sister, BIL, and nephew. Sug cooked the turkey, ham, green beans, baked mixed potatoes, Skoby's corn (yummm), pumpkin pie......what did I leave out, Sug? and brought it all to my house. How's that for being taken care of? LOL Even had some neighbors stop by for a short visit.

Christmas morning is always a hoot with the wienie dogs...if you don't have kids in your house for Christmas morning, then you should have a dog...mine LOVE their stockings. They were moving around so fast that the picture is a bit blurred. LOL Badger (blue collar) is always so excited over his new Santa toy, and Dewey (red collar) always goes for the treats first. Then Badger will walk around for days with his new toy in his mouth. He looks soooo funny when you glance up and see this short-legged little dog walking around with a toy hanging out of his mouth. ROFL

Then we headed out to Randy's niece's house for Christmas with his family. Pit stop at my sister's to pick up a last-minute Home Depot pickup for us LOL, and back home by dark o-clock. And I was whipped.

Today has been veeerrry quiet. I have a lot of cleaning up to do, but that will keep until tomorrow, and will be done in stages. :) Hope everyone had a wonderful day full of all of the good things in life. ;D

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Merry, merry Christmas! Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas day crammed full love and peace and everything that is good! Angie, Randy, Dewey, Badger and Homer Kitty too :)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Holidays!



"Happy Holidays, Happy Holidays, may your every wish come true..."

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Memories

Stockings were hung by the chimney with care...and Badger Baby wasn't budging from there!! LOL We thought he was "down in his back" again because for several days he's laid right in front of the stove...or so we thought. We finally deduced last night that he was actually lying in wait for that stocking of his. ROFL So today the stockings had to go to another room until it's time for Santa to come and fill them up.


These two little doll ornaments are my earliest memories of our Christmas tree when I was little. I can remember looking and looking at our tree until I could find these two ornaments. So, after my Mom died, and my other sisters went through her things, they gave these to me. They are priceless to me.
This angel was a rather expensive piece that I treated myself to one year. She just has the sweetest face, and has a place of honor near the top of my tree.

I got my car back today. Had to have wheel bearings put in. So, on the way home I ran by Wally World and did my Santa shopping, and got in the groceries. And the rest of that story is -- if it's not here now, we're doing without---LOL

I'm going to spend tomorrow doing some baking, and I'm going to work on a few hand-made ornaments that some blogger friends have shared patterns for. I do hope it will be a grey day, since it's supposed to be 60 here, which definitely does not feel like Christmas to me!! At least if it's cloudy and/or raining I can pretend the snow is on the way! :p I know, I know, Sug, you love it warm---but that's why you're usually further South this time of year! LOL Me, I wouldn't mind a bit of what Colorado has--oh, not quite as extreme as it is out there right now, but a bit of it would be just perfect!

Now, I'm heading over to Finn's for a cup of Christmas tea with her. Finn, put that tea cozy on the pot cause it will take me a few minutes to get there, but I'm on my way!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Mantel and Christmas Tree





We had a wonderful visit with my brother, Den, and my sister(-in-law), Vickie. And of course, Den did an excellent job with the mantel. We LOVE it!! We actually didn't realize how 'unfinished' the fireplace looked until Den got it mounted for us. Of course, I put a couple of Santas up there right away, and Den made an adjustment on one of my oil lamps for me, and then I put a pair of them up. Now I'm going to get my stockings and hang them, and then I'll take another picture. :D

I had made a couple of loaves of sourdough bread, a big pot of beef stew, and of course fudge in anticipation of their visit. I also mixed up a batch of gingersnap cookies, which are Randy's favorites. :) We ate lots LOL and watched the movie, "A Christmas Story" on TV on Friday night. Yesterday, we put the finish on the mantel and got it up, then headed out for a 'walk about'. We discovered mistletoe in a couple of trees here at the house, and had to go check it out. :D I haven't seen mistletoe growing in the "wild" since I was little, so I was really excited about it. We decided to just leave it as it is and admire it in it's natural habitat. :)

The Santa on the bench was made by my friend, Evonne. It's one of my favorite things to get out for Christmas, along with the two elf dolls, one of which is a wind-up and her head moves which Glorie gave me a couple of years ago, and the one standing that she gave me this year. I LOVE elves. I have quite a few that I get out each year, but this year I really haven't gotten that many of my decorations out. Just haven't had the energy for it, although I've certainly had the enthusiasm! I'm ALWAYS one big kid at Christmas. LOL

The last picture in the bunch is my brother, Denson, and my sister (IL), Vickie.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wishing I Hadn't Switched :(


I'm seriously wishing I hadn't switched to Beta blogger. Every time I try to sign in I have to go and recover my password which means changing the password -- every time. :( At least, this is what has been happening with me each day. So, I'm not very happy right now with how Beta works.

Yesterday I thought I might have been finished with Christmas for this year...as in NO Christmas tree lights!!! Panic attack!! The tree lights are my favorite thing at this time of year. What would it be like to have a tree all trimmed but no lights burning on it! :0 Started unplugging and replugging and got them back on. I have no idea what they all went out in the first place!! I can tell you it gave me a new appreciation for my tree lights!!! LOL

I have to get a batch of fudge made today so I can give it to my brother for his Christmas gift. :) If he's willing to bring my mantel and put it up for me the least I can do is make him some old-fashioned fudge, right? :) And I whipped up a little gift for my SIL yesterday which I'll share a picture of some time next week. So in spite of this danged fatigue that just won't quit I'm still getting a bit of Christmas "made". :) I've taken a picture of my tree which I'll post later.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Beta Blogger Question

Do I have to "sign in" every time I want to create a new post? And do I have to "sign in" first before it will recognize me when I'm leaving comments on others' blogs? So far the biggest problem I've had is with it remembering my password and also that it doesn't want to let me leave comments for others. So to all of my blogging friends out there, I've been by, I've tried leaving comments, but so far it won't let me. So I just wanted to let you know that I'm still reading even if I can't comment.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Time's Acomin'

I just switched over to Beta Blogger....have I made a major mistake here?

I made this little wallhanging last year, and I must say it's one of my favorites. I'm slowly getting my tree "dressed" for the Holidays, and should have that finished tomorrow. :D I'm also working on a couple of little Christmas gifts so I can't post those until that Jolly Man in the Bright Red Suit has made his midnite visit, then we can share those. LOL

My brother made me a fireplace mantle and is bringing it to put up for me this weekend. I'm sooo excited about it! Santa will find stockings hung by the chimney with care for sure this year! Do hope he brings stuff to put in them. LOL All of these blogger friends of mine that have those counters shouting at me that there are "x" number of days until Christmas are making me nervous!!! ROFL I could have sworn I had at least another month to get it all together for Christmas....so how can it be only 2 weeks and counting??? LOL Gotta get off of here and go get on with the Holiday preparations.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Working on Christmas

Glorie sewing on her tablerunner I just read on someone's blog that they think of a million things to post about, and then when you sit down in front of the computer to compose, those thoughts have flown the coop (at least for me anyway) LOL and you wonder what to say. :) I have made six loaves of banana bread this morning, put boneless pork ribs in the crockpot for barbeque for dinner tonight, and hung 4 ornaments on the tree. LOL Wouldn't you say that I'm off to a roaring start today. :D Of course, yesterday I accomplished NOTHING, zilch, nada, and went to bed last night really mad at myself for wasting the day. All I can say is that I have those days now, and according to the dr., it's due to the thyroid and beta blocker for the heart. I saw the endocrinologist this week; the mass has not shrunk any, the thyroid blood levels are still high, and he increased the beta blocker. I go back the second week of January, and if things are still the same then, he says we will have to decide what the next course will be. Since my heart is still stuttering and stammering even with the medication, I'm thinking surgery is still out of the question for a while longer. So, we shall see. Now a bit about last weekend's quilt retreat with Glorie. :D First of all, I whipped up these little curtains from a border print that Glorie brought with her. :) Aren't they cute?? Well, "whipped up" would be an exaggeration cause I can NEVER whip anything up---that implies that you know what you're doing and that you don't have to figure out how to fix it when you cut it too short ROFL. You see, I've never made even the most basic, simple little curtains before. Rabbit Stitchings I'm not!!! I do wish I could convince that girl to come up here and make curtains for my house. LOL Glorie got most of a tablerunner done while she was here, and she made the snowman door hanger. She decided not to stuff her's, just leave it flat, and I really like hers better than the one that I did and stuffed. I'm hoping to get another couple of those made for little gifts for Christmas, and I think I'll leave the stuffing out of them. I got started cutting blue strips for Libby's Tree Angel. It doesn't sound like we accomplished a lot last weekend, but you have to understand that we have to spend the first day on show and tell, and catch up on all of the family doings. Then on Saturday, we started figuring out what we wanted to work on, then snuggled in by the fire with projects and Christmas movies to watch. Of course, we had to do quite a bit of eating in there too, LOL, and of course we had to take time out to cry with the movies. ROFL This is probably the first time ever that we've gotten together and DID NOT GO OUT!! We usually take one of those precious days to go check out fabric at Ben Franklin, etc., but we stayed in ALL WEEKEND! We both had a wonderful time, and Glorie went home feeling rested. It was a perfect weekend, and a wonderful Christmas gift to myself. :D Now, I'm going to go put a few more ornaments on the tree. If I don't hurry up with the decorating, it will be time to take it down!!! :0 And I would really, really like to get into my sewing room sometime today. I haven't been in there since Glorie left last weekend. I'm running out of time if I want to make anything to give as gifts. :) Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I'm so sorry that I've left everyone hanging all week long with no post on my fun, fun, fun (and quite relaxing for the two of us!!) weekend with Glorie! *Fretfully rubbing my brow* :0 I've had two days this week (today being one of them) that I was gone ALL DAY for drs. appts. and the other days I had to work sooooo...I'm only letting you know tonight that I didn't drop off of the face of the earth LOL. And to promise once again that I AM going to do a post to tell you all about our weekend and post a picture or two. But I'm just too beat tonight to do it. I haven't even transferred my photos from the camera to the computer yet. Hopefully tomorrow I can get that done. My tree is up and has the lights on it, but that's all so far as tree decorations are concerned. I have a couple of Santas out, and a wreath on my door. I'm most definitely behind on my decorating. And yet I feel as if "I'm dancing as fast as I can". :) Of course, some of this tiredness/anxiety goes along with this dratted thyroid mess. But it does make getting my act together a bit more difficult. :D It's 17 deg (wind chill 9) right now. Man, that is COLD! I can't help thinking about the homeless and those less fortunate than we are, and even more so when it's so life-threateningly cold outside. We have a roaring fire in the stove and are huddled close to it...and I wish I could share it with all of those "out there" that have none. So I'm sending up a prayer tonight for all of those people to be able to find some shelter and warmth.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

RED ALERT--QUILT RETREAT WEEKEND AHEAD

First, I want to thank all of you ladies for your kind comments about my hat, and also for suggestions for online knitting help. ROFL Hmmm, any of you up for a weekend at Ship's Landing? Free room and board, meals included!! All that's required is that you can teach me in a weekend how to knit these blasted fingerless gloves!!! ROFL I howled when I read Angela's question about taking the picture of the back of my head with the hat on...my darling husband did that honor! LOL We flew out, lickety-split, this a.m. and got our Christmas tree. I still have to have a cut tree. Then I had to do a shop at Wally World cause my quilty niece is coming in the morning for a quilting retreat weekend here at my house. Yeaaaaaaa!!! How fun is that??? Randy has a business trip out of town this weekend, so we will just eat, cut, sew, laugh, maybe run out to Ben Franklin and/or Wally World, MAYBE put the lights on the tree, eat, cut, sew some more...well, you all know about quilt retreat weekends!! I'm sooo excited. We're thinking about working on Christmas tablerunners. I'm also thinking about trying to figure out Libby's Tree Angel without a pattern to go by. I can't find that pattern anywhere to purchase. If any of you should run across it, would you mind giving me a yell? It's "Tree Angel" by Ginger Cookie Company. Glorie and I always have such a great time together, and the time ALWAYS races away way too fast. It's like an early Christmas present to me to have her come the first weekend in December. :D I promise I will get some pictures up here sometime soon. I want to show you our woodpile. LOL I'm soooo going to enjoy burning it!!! :) And I'll have to show you some pictures of my Christmas runners. Wish I were like Spiral Jeanne and had bed quilts to show you, but most of my bed size stuff are flimsies. Anyway, I'll try to get a couple of pictures this weekend of our "retreat" to show off too. :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Latest "Creation" ;p

I'm just not brave enough yet to put a picture of myself up here...and certainly not one with this hat on ! ROFL However, I did want to share what I crocheted last Friday afternoon. I've been seeing all of these knitted hats and fingerless gloves...well, I don't know how to knit, although I'm trying desperately to learn...so, I found a free hat pattern online for crochet and made that instead. I'm now waiting on an order of wool yarn to arrive so I can try my hand at crocheting another style of hat and felting it. What I really really want are those fingerless gloves, and there are free knitting patterns for them, but I haven't been able to find exactly the same kind of pattern for crocheted ones. Soooo, I've been told that those fingerless gloves AREN'T beginner material LOL and the only person I know who knows how to do ANY knitting at all says she can only knit and purl. We were trying to figure out how to work with 3 needles this past weekend (ROFL) as that is how you make these gloves BUTTTTT we weren't successful. LOL As a matter of fact, we were pretty hilarious. :-O Anyway, that's what I'm into right now. I did spend a bit of time yesterday trying to make a path into my sewing rooms, but mercy, there's tons more to do before we can get in there and play! :) I have some sea oats that a neighbor shared with me that I'm headed outside to plant right now, and then I'm off to the sewing rooms to sling more stuff from one pile onto another one! Where is Rabbit Stitchings when you need that girl???ROFL

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Post-Thanksgiving

Momma Rina and Madison Madison Daddy Shannon and McKinley Randy, McKinley and Madison We had a wonderful time...in our house the norm is the pitter-patter of 8 little feet (dogs LOL). This Thanksgiving it was the pitter-patter of 2 little feet (my great-niece *huge grins*). And one little one crawling around cleaning Aunt Angie's floor for her!! LOL As one of my sisters said, a taste of what one must have if they have grandchildren to come home for the Holidays. :) We have soooo much every day to be thankful for! And in addition to all of the every-day gratitudes that I try not to take for granted, we get to have Shannon, Rina, McKinley and Madison with us for Thanksgiving Day. This is the third year---and what a special tradition this is becoming! And as far as I know, the rest of my siblings all had a good Thanksgiving too. :) So many blessings! Now it's time to turn all of the attention to Christmas!!! Wow, where did this year go? That "memory bank" is filling up faster every year! LOL I gathered up Fall wallhangings, tablerunners, and various and sundry items to store away for another year. *sigh* So how many of you, my blogger buddies, were out at 4 a.m. on Friday for "black Friday" shopping???? LOL Not this ole girl, I can tell you!! Not even if they were giving it away! Of course, I'm not much for shopping at ANY time (well, okay, unless it's at a quilt shop or quilt show with vendors LOL)!! I have paperwork to do today. So I'll get that out of the way and then start digging out my sewing rooms. LOL That's where I shoved everything and shut the doors while we did Thanksgiving. Now, I have tons to sort out in those two rooms. Have to make room to move and play in there as my quilting niece, Glorie, is coming for a play date next weekend! :-D I can't wait!! Just wanted to let everyone know that I hadn't completely faded away. :) Hope everyone had a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Summer's Ending

I have finished all of the applique that I'm going to add on this. So, what do you think? Is it a pillow or a wallhanging? Hmmmm... By the way, that Blackbird landed so hard on the acorn that he knocked it catty-wampus. *g* Now I wish I had been working on something with a turkey on it instead of a Blackbird, and had made a "November" wallhanging or pillow. LOL I'm always lagging behind. I used to be the same way about buying clothes (all those long years ago when I did such a thing!!! ROFL). I wasn't ready to buy summer things until it was hot, like maybe July or August?? And by the time I got around to that, why the Winter clothes were already out!!!! Well, I'm the same way with quilting. I only want to do "it" in "it's" immediate season...duh...makes it kind of hard to stay current with as slow as I am with this stuff. ROFL Randy left this morning for a show in St. Louis, MO. We were really worried that his connecting flight might get canceled due to weather since he was going through Cincinnati, but he made it safe and sound. I'm always relieved when I know he's on the ground safely at his destination. I wiled away the day in front of the fire finishing up this applique. Dewey, Badger and Homer Kitty were gathered all around me asleep on the couch. Of course, I had to catch up on my blog reading too. :) It has rained all day and the wind has really been howling. I love days like this when I can be all snug in my house, and everyone that I love is safe in their own spots. :) Some days (well, okay, a LOT of days LOL) I'm a day late and a dollar short. I just realized yesterday that Thanksgiving is NEXT week, not WEEK AFTER NEXT. Guess I better use some of this time that Randy is gone to try to get my house tidied up and in some sort of order as we will have some family in for a couple of days for Thanksgiving. How can it be the middle of November already? I feel like I've lost a large part of this year just because it went by so very fast!!! And next Friday is the frenzied (not on my part, I assure you!! LOL) kick off of the Christmas/shopping season. Time is moving as fast as those little hummingbirds' wings that I love to watch all summer. :)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Clearing Flowerbeds

(The idea for the candlemat and the leaf fabric came from my dear friend, Evonne....thanks, girlfriend!) :D This is a little flannel candlemat that I made recently. Really a quick little project. Great for instant satisfaction. :D The other side is a Winter flannel so I can just flip it over after Thanksgiving. I've almost finished appliquing the Jan Patek piece, so I'll post a picture of it in a couple of days. Thought you might like to Homer Kitty's little Halloween face. He really is a Halloween cat. He's very black with a sparse sprinkling of white threaded through his coat. The light from the camera doesn't do his shiny black coat justice. :) It made it up to 56 today, and the sun finally came out about Noon, so it felt like a heat wave compared to the days we've had lately. So I cleared the marigolds from my flowerbeds. I had a gazillion volunteer marigolds this summer. I really enjoyed them. I wanted to try dyeing wool with them but you know that dang "round two it"? LOL Well it just never showed up so I decided today was the day for them to go. So glad I got that little chore done. I have a couple of volunteer holly bushes that have sprouted up that I hope to get moved tomorrow. The ground is just right for transplanting since we had rain on Saturday. I really hope the hollies live. I've always wanted one of the holly trees. Had tons of energy today. Felt better than I've felt in a couple of months. Maybe the lethargy is about to vaporize. :) I even went for a walk this afternoon. I have just been so draggy for so long, I had just about forgotten what it was like to have some energy. :D I have a roast with potatoes and carrots in the crockpot, and I will make a pan of cornbread to have with that. I also made a Cool Whip Fruit Salad that is absolutely yummy!! I've been wanting it for over a week now, so I may just have to eat LOTS of it!!! *grins* Thought some of you might enjoy this recipe as well. Cool whip Fruit Salad 1 reg.size cream cheese, softened 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 large container Cool Whip 1/2 c. lemon juice 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained 2 reg.size cans fruit cocktail, drained 2-3 bananas, sliced 1 small bunch white grapes, halved 1 cup pecans or walnuts Drain fruit well. Cream cheese at low speed. Add sweetened condensed milk, mix well. Add cool whip, mix well, add lemon juice, mix well. Stir in fruits and nuts. Garnish with coconut and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Chill.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday, Sunday

It has been one of those laid back, just slow and easy weekends, around here. Just perfect. The weather has been really chilly, rainy yesterday, and just dreary and perfect for a fire in the stove today. Sug (my sister) and I had a playdate with a friend in the nearby tiny town, and actually got a bit of Christmas spirit. We had a great time, but then again, we generally do when we're together. LOL I even ran into town and picked up pizza for our dinner tonight. That's something we rarely do since it takes about 40 minutes round-trip, but I really had a hankering for Pizza Hut's thin and crispy veggie pizza, so I told Randy "I'll fly if you buy". LOL Blogger doesn't want me to put pictures up today. I'm still appliquing on my Jan Patek wallhanging, and I'm still working on Judy's October leaves. I'm even still (in my head LOL) doing Halloween. There's a pattern on my perpetual calendar that I keep on my cutting table of a black background with "Boo" pieced that I keep thinking I just have to make---I haven't even flipped that calendar over to November yet!! ROFL If I don't hurry up, it's going to be ready to flip the December calendar over, so I've either got to cut and sew that block up lickety-split or forget it for another year. What do you think?? And another question for you quilty bloggers...how in the world do you guys get so much stuff sewn, house cleaned, food bought and cooked, work a day job, have kids screaming when you walk in the door, post on your own blog and read all the bunches of others' blogs that you want to keep up with, and STILL you make quilty things right and left----oh yeah, and you actually FINISH them???? LOL I really would like some answers to this last question, please. :) For those of you who asked about my snowman, he's cut from a scrap of "warm and white" batting. I'm going to give him a carrot nose, some eyes, and buttons--eventually. LOL Right now, I'm going in by the fire now, and do a bit more applique. I do believe my husband is watching another one of those movies that he's "never seen before" which means he watches it EVERY time it comes on TV. LOL I'm hoping to get back to posting more frequently as it appears that my computer server problems may have been resolved (fingers and toes crossed). Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Whoa, can't believe it actually published that post yesterday! Maybe the gremlins are tired of hearing from me, and have decided to go ahead and restore my computer to its proper working order. :) Wow, look!!! Pictures and a post!! Wooohooo! This is the little snowman door hanging. I thought I might make a couple of these. And this is Homer Kitty, for Nancy, and Ragdolls, and ALL of those other kitty/quilter blogger friends out there. LOL He was sleeping on his back. :) Homer was a stray that showed up at our house on a frigid day in January several years ago. He was a very sick little fella. The vet fixed him up (after about a month of working with him), and he came to live with us. He's an awesome hunter (I really wish he weren't soooo inclined to hunt), and is a real people person as well. He's a wonderful companion. :) I mixed up a new sour dough starter last week, and actually have 3 loaves of bread rising as we speak. With a bit of luck, we should have fresh baked bread and beef stew for dinner. Yum! :) But in order to have that, I have to get up from here and get the stew in the crockpot. :D Thanks to all of you who sent greetings to me while I've been unable to do anything but check my "comments". I've missed being "out playing" with all of you! :) Hopefully, we're at the end of the siege.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

No Resolution Yet

I'm sooooo not happy at this moment. I've tried every day since the last post to get one up. No luck. I spent alllllll day on the phone again today with Hughes.net. If you don't have to DON'T get satellite!!! I've been dealing with this for a week now, and they keep telling me to run tests and log the results, then call back in a couple of days. Doesn't matter that this is a business computer....oh no, well, so sorry, just keep trying. I'm only doing this typing as a lark to see if it will load. Hope all of my blogger buddies are okay. I miss being able to put "stuff" up. :( I'm working on my Jan Patek wallhanging, doing some rug hooking, and making a little snowman door hanging from AP&Q. Would love to share pictures with you but.... I'll keep trying! :)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Computer Woes

We are having major computer difficulties. We have satellite, and there's always a problem with upload. However, our download has really gotten screwed up. Now we're in a holding pattern waiting for the "engineers" with Hughes to contact us. Hopefully, we will get this resolved the first of the week. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

It's a brisk morning here in NE TN. The little gold finches are huddled around the feeder, and have changed their wardrobe from gold/cream for those winter coats of browns/tans. The temp this morning of 37 is a far cry from those warm temps yesterday morning when I sat on the porch having my coffee. But I love the winter days in their own way as much as I do those wonderful warm days. It's supposed to be down to 28 tonight--that's cold--and we have to go out this evening to the funeral home. I have nothing to wear. Closets are stuffed full but nothing that fits the season nor the body. LOL If we were going to be home I would definitely be building me a fire tonight...maybe Randy will have one going in the morning for me to get up and sit by. :D He always gets out of bed before I do. *g* Wanted to show you my progress with the Jan Patek piece. I love playing with these large pieces. I'm going to put a vine on the left side and some leaves---I can call it "End of Summer". :) Thanks for the kind comments about my "fabric closet mess". Free room and board for those of you with the organizational O/C disorder! ROFL Linda said we had to start with moving the stuff out of the floor so I can get to the fabrics, but where to put it---well, now, that's the million dollar question as you haven't seen the floor of the room that that closet is located in!!!!! ROFL I maintain my agility by climbing OVER stuff!! LOL Have to get up from here...miles to go, and all of that! Have a good day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

FINALLY!!!!! YEEE HAAAA

I can't believe it!!!!! Blogger finally decided the world could see my frightening Halloween mess!! LOL The hanging divided bags hold felted, deconstructed wool. :) The red to the lower right is the top of another wool stash that is felted but has yet to be deconstructed. :D And the vest hanging over the rod in the upper left are waiting for me to decide what to applique on them (they've only been there a few years LOL). Now be kind...I know it's a mess...I'm taking all volunteers for reorganization...food and sleeping arrangements provided! ROFL

Frightful Mess

I'm still not having any luck posting pictures again today. I have no idea what the problem is so here's a place you can go see that "frightful mess" if you're so inclined LOL : www.agsquilter.wordpress.com. I'm so discouraged with blogger right now, I'm serious ly considering moving my blog. We'll see. Since I'm really computer-challenged, I hate to have to start over. Wordpress seems a bit more daunting to me, probably justbecause I haven't had the time to play with it yet. But when I posted that picture last night, it was up just lickety-split. McIrish Annie asked for the authors of the natural dye books that I posted some time back. "Craft of the Dyer, Colour from Plants and Lichens" is by Karen Leigh Casselman, and "The Complete Natural Dyeing Guide" by Marie Sugar and is published by Rug Hooking Magazine. I bought both of these from Amazon.com. The Complete Natural Dyeing Guide has "89 natural dye recipes for rug hookers and other fiber artists". :D It's a beautiful morning but it looks like cooler temperatures are on the way. Time to pull out some flannel jammies. :D I can't believe today is Nov. 1 and I've been sitting on my porch having my coffee and reading quilt magazines. Just wonderful! I should have been out for a walk instead of sitting. Maybe I'll still go for a walk.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Truly Frightful...

mess, that is! So here it is, folks, baring my soul globally!! LOL I do have a couple more pigeon holes, but this is the main fabric closet. I thought revealing it on Halloween would be most appropriate as it is truly a frightening experience in there!! LOL I have been working on my Jan Patek pillow/wallhanging (don't know which yet) and also started piecing a little Christmas thingy that I may make several of and give as Christmas gifts, so I'm holding back on posting a picture of it right now. (Of course, I may be holding back on posting ANY picture as it seems blogger is definitely not playing fair today!) So, that soul-baring stuff will have to wait for another day as I guess blogger is only allowing those with the best candy to post pics today. I have tried a dozen times and it just won't let me sooo... Have a safe and Happy Halloween! :D

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Time Change, Quilty Projects, and Rambling

Marcie over at Patchalot asked if I had found an applique pattern to work on. Well, the first picture is a Jan Patek wallhanging or pillow that I started playing with last night. Just needed something quick to satisfy that urge for needleturn applique. ;) The other is a quilt by Thimbleberries that I started Lord knows how long ago. I've machine-quilted, hand-quilted, machine-quilted some more LOL, and I'm back to hand-quilting now. Am almost finished quilting the blocks, will probably machine-quilt the wide outer border, and bind this puppy. :D One thing about starting this blog, and reading everyone else's, is that it has me digging through those UFOs and pulling things out to try to finish. All of these quilty blogs are a great source of motivation for me. :) Glorie, my niece/quilt buddy, is headed to Houston Quilt Market!!!! Yea!!!! She and her husband are setting out and heading in that direction anyway. So if you actually go all the way, Glorie, LOL be sure and remember to BUY TWO OF EVERYTHING!!!! ROFL And hope you have a blast, girl!! :D It is an absolutely glorious morning here in northeast TN! Hope everyone remembered to set their clocks back. :-) I love it getting light earlier in the morning, and actually, I love the shorter days that we have now. I always feel like I should be outside when the days are longer. Now I don't have to feel guilty for settling in and reading or quilting earlier in the evenings. I also love to hear the wind whistling around the windows, raking and walking in the crunchy leaves, fires in the stove, soups and stews simmering, watching the snow fall. My nesting instinct will kick in big time now that the days are shorter. :D

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Windy Day

This is where I end up doing handwork and watching TV. And yes, I always have a couple of wienie dogs piled up around me. :D And my new rug that I laid around on all afternoon yesterday, looking thru quilt books in front of the fire. :D It was really a wonderful, rainy, chilly day to stay by the fire and play! These are a few more books that I got this past week. I have tons of marigolds that I want to pick and try dyeing some wool with. I'm really excited about the books on "natural" dyes. Can't wait to give it a try. One of my sisters asked if I couldn't just buy dyes to use. Well, YES, but have I ever done anything the easy way??? ROFL And it appeals to the primitive, country girl in me to try my hand at using what nature has put in front of me. I think lots of us are having a windy day. This kind of day reminds me of Halloweens when I was growing up. Blustery, chilly, cloudy. In my memory bank, it seems that most of my Halloweens were like this and I always hated having to wear a coat and cover up my costume. :D Of course, I think it's supposed to be around 70 here on Tuesday. So maybe the little goblins won't have to cover up those cute costumes this year. :) Hope everyone is having a fun Saturday.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Where Did October Go??

Wow, I can't believe that Halloween is on Tuesday, and October is on it's way out the door! Where did the month go? What do I have to show for those 31 days? Not much, I can tell you that. :D It was a beautiful month, and I find that the older I get, the faster they go, but oh they seem so much more beautiful to me too. We got enough rains that the leaves turned just beautiful shades. I kept running for the camera trying to capture them in just the right light. I'm trying to post a picture now of my view from my kitchen window. If I manage to get it loaded, you will see what I mean! :) Unfortunately, it's been raining hard ALL day, and neither sattelite nor blogger photo upload want to let me play with this today. :( I bought a couple of cheapie rugs for my "big" room, and I love the large one I got for in front of the sofa. I'm an "in the floor" kind of person, and hardwood is no fun to sit on and play. So, since I can't get blogger to let me upload pictures to go with my post today, I just dragged a bunch of quilt books in on the rug by the fire, and I'm picking out a couple of Jan Patek small wallhangings to needleturn appliqe. I'm in the mood for applique, and one of my UFOs has really gone AWOL. ROFL Sooooo, I'll just be forced to start another one!! :D Well, what do you know!!!! I finally got a photo up!! Now if I can get the couple that relate to quilting I'll be in high cotton!! :D Here are the flannel half yards, a couple of homespun pieces, and the books that I bought on Monday at The Cherry Pit. Love them! I think Blogger has decided I've posted enough pictures for today. :) So I'm off to shop the stash for applique. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.