Monday, December 05, 2016

The Weather Outside!



This is what I saw every time I rebooted today.  I finally have all the lights blinking so I thought I would show you the reason for the possible internet stoppage.



We got 6 inches of beautiful snow.  We got back from our walk on the beach within minutes of the start of the snowfall.  It was twinkly and heavenly to look at.  It wasn't even freezing yesterday so, of course, it's pretty much melted.



Twice before dusk G shoveled the circular drive.  We have a snowblower but he said it was exercise.  Whatever; he's a nut!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sri Lankan Feast

I have decided to take at least an hour a day to spend on my Photos.  They are no longer grouped in month and year; they are random.  I can pull up February 2007 and there is little Violet at eighteen months smiling up at me.  Unfortunately, Violet wasn't born until 2011.  And when I download any new photos it adds on a hundred or more that have already been in iPhoto.  I have over 30,000 photos and had to buy more iCloud space because of all the multiple pictures.  Apple told me to buy the app that gets rid of duplicates so I did but can't figure out how to use it.  @##$$%&*(&%^$!!!

I just found these pictures (in multiples of course) from our November Cause A Stir.  It was my friend Linda's turn and she took advantage of us having a terrific friend from Sri Lanka that can cook up a storm.



Saffron basmati rice with cashews and cilantro was a big hit.  I don't do rice so I can't personally give it the thumbs up but it looked beautiful and they say, you first eat with your eyes.



Fried slivered baby eggplant was phenomenal.  I ate tons of it and also the Dahl (named after Salvatore) that Linda made was very tasty, made from lentils.



I made this salad made of thin sliced campari tomatoes, cucumbers and white onions and a vinegar wash.



Here is the host, Sam, making chicken stir fry on his massive wok on his outside kitchen.



It made everything smell so wonderful, inside and out.

 

Peppers and onions were cooked with the chicken.



Everyone had a lovely time and raved about all the delicacies.



After the meal was cleared away we had a Sri Lankan dessert that I made with Sri Lankan tea.  I forgot the name of the dessert but it was tasty and was very similar to a flan, and perfect for someone who is gluten free because it had no flour in it but did have palm sugar and coconut milk.  Yum.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Home Again

I have been a very bad blogger for a good month.  I could make one excuse after another but the bottom line is, other things became more important and I lack the fortitude to solve all problems with it.  Most of the issues are useable, if totally different than before.  Baby steps.

We are back in the north country.  It is very hard to come from 80º weather every stinking day to blustery 40º or less.  My hands take the largest toll.  Arthritis doesn't like cold weather, that's for sure.




We have a beautiful beach back.  The fall tides bring lots of itty bitty stones up from the bottom of the lake but they don't seem to bother Bella.  She loves to run on the beach.  But, being a snowbird herself, she runs quickly and then heads home to the warmth of the house.



My herb garden hasn't been suffering in the front garden because it is sheltered.  This mound of parsley is about 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall!  The sage, thyme, rosemary and oregano are still doing very well.  My Christmas meal always calls for lots of fresh herbs and I am gonna cross my fingers that it lasts that long.  Even if it doesn't I am gonna harvest lots of herbs and dry them out myself to replenish last years dried herbs.

 

I just came in from doing the five pots in the front of the house with all sorts of evergreens and holly, along with a bit of Hobby Lobby bling, just for color.  I needed to do that pronto because the soil freezes and I can't push through to make the greens stay in place.

I just titled this blog and realized that what was once always 'home' is switching a bit, now that I reside in Florida much more than I do in the north.  But then,  home is also where the kids are, for now at least.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Home Sweet Home

We have lots of stuff going on here at the house.

 

Here's the house as we bought it.



This is what is starting to happen.



Even the cars get covered.  I will add a picture today when the painters leave.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Surprising Sarasota Challenge

The girls from our Stitch and Bitch (The Cult) just left. They came to my house because I wanted to use my sewing machine and work on making some fabric for the challenge quilt I want to finish before I leave a week from tomorrow.

 

I started on Wednesday but didn't get much done yesterday due to the holiday so I wanted to wrap up the 'S' today.

 

This is a mirror image freezer paper pattern ironed onto the back of the fabric.  Now I will cut it out with a quarter inch more cut around the edges to turn under.   Gotta get back to it!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Day



You all have a wonderful and very delicious Thanksgiving!!!!!



What a difference a day makes!  This plump Butterball is all stuffed with apple, fennel, onion and doused with lemon and thyme infused butter.




Prosecco was just poured on the bird.  I can't wait to finish up my stock for the gravy and dig in!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pre Thanksgiving Planning





Well, it's that time of year again.  Only this year, for the first time, I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving in Illinois.  We have decided to stay in Florida for Thanksgiving and return north well in time for Christmas festivities.

A bunch of friends are getting together and splitting up the meal to a manageable job.  I opted for the turkey and gravy and a green vegetable.  I got an 18.4 pound fresh Butterball.



I have decided once again to use The Food Network Magazine as a jumping off place for using a new method of roasting the turkey. 



I also am going to use their brussels sprouts recipe for my side. The gravy is a little harder to reinvent so I will make it as I always do on Thanksgiving because that is always my job!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Help

Help!!!  I have tried for several days to download a quilt to enter into Quiltcon and I can't find how to do it in the new Apple Photo.  I have less than a week to do it.  Does anyone know how to do it?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sprucing Up

Bella woke up with an ear infection. I don't have a vet here in Florida so I found one and am going to be a walk in today because I couldn't get an appointment until tomorrow afternoon. I tried to clean out her ear (only one) and got some of the black stuff out but she wasn't having much to do with the clean up.

When we moved we went from a monster 4 1/2 car garage to 3 car and we were very spoiled for the
room.

 

We ended up getting these storage platforms that can hold up to 900 pounds each.

 

They are placed so that when the garage doors are open, you can't see the STUFF on the platforms.
Brilliant. Never heard of this before.

 

While we were at it, we had the garage floor redone to have that speckled look.



It looks so clean and fresh.

Tomorrow is the start to painting the outside of the house. Lots going on!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Orchid Update


After exercising this morning in 50º weather, we headed out with another couple to golf 9 holes and then have lunch.  The wind was blustery and took our golf balls places that were not planned.  Thankfully we didn't keep score.

We had a lovely lunch in the clubhouse and I am finally back home.  I thought I would show you some pictures I took yesterday at the Orchid store.



Believe it or not, but this is a orchid.  I would have never guessed.



There were so many flowers hanging and growing in the air that you could  barely see through the roots.



This photo did not capture the beauty of the color of this cluster of orchids.



I have no idea if this is an orchid or not but it apparently fell down, being top heavy,
and they just let it grow on the floor from that point on.



This picture just is to show another way to show off orchids; in sea shells or large snail shells.



I bought this one just because it looked like it would be growing in
some surreal wonderland.

 

I bought seven cuttings, each for five dollars.



I bought these bark sticks, which you can use to mount orchids on and use the long one and plant several or cut it into smaller pieces, which is what I will do.



I also got this pieces of wood with hooks for hanging on them.  You use a tie to start the orchid
adhering to the wood and then you can take the twist tie off.  I can't wait to play with my new plants!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I Am A Happy Gal



I got up bright and early this morning and went to Palmer Orchids with my pal Linda to get some supplies and because they were having a cutting sale, we decided we needed some of those.  I made some purchases that I am loving but I can't deal with them this morning.  I have to get some exercise and then head to Modern Quilt Guild.  I will show you what I bought later now that I can download photos!!!!  Yeah.



This is a desk that we wanted to take out of the great room/kitchen because we knew that except for filling up drawers, we wouldn't use it. The great room here is significantly smaller in this house so we decided to take out the desk.

 

Here it is gone away and we can't understand what that bump is on the wall where the desk once was.  Hum.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stitch and Bitch

I am waiting for the Quilt Cult to show up. I am in the process having my blinds put up, so I switched Stitch and Bitch to my house. I go to the Apple Store this afternoon to hopefully resolve the photo issue. I think I hear the girls.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

What's Up?

We have a lot going on for the next two weeks. Right now the 'rocks' in the yard are being cleaned and that will be followed by the cleaning of the driveway pavers and the sidewalk. Gordon is on a conference call, Bella is following me around, waiting until I give her the heads up that our power walk will commence. The landscaper is here and today the great room desk is being taken off the wall and out of the house (going to Habitat For Humanity) to make some room as the rooms in this house are not as big as the ones at the old house that the furniture was purchased for. I have a luncheon this afternoon, serving Thanksgiving fare, and a Chinese Auction, which should be lots of fun. It's hard to blog without pictures. Tomorrow afternoon that should be rectified.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Hump

I have an appointment at the Apple Store on Friday and that, hopefully will bring closure to all things update. I miss doing photos for the blog. I have a reminder on my iPod that an update is waiting. Except for the fact that the notification comes up many times a day, I am still very cautious of change. Have you seen the car commercial where a family is driving an SUV with an evergreen tree on the roof? And considering the time of year, it doesn't seem out of place, but I did notice that the tree had a ball of what I am assuming is roots at the stump end of the tree. Then the family takes the tree off the roof and the next thing you know is that it is planted in the woods and the little girl is putting a single ornament on the tree and whispers, 'See you next year". I loved the idea of not trashing all those Christmas trees each year. Why not try and save it, to grow stronger for another year of Yuletide? If you try and it works, let me know and I might even consider doing it myself! Bella gets a much needed groom today. I will run tons of errands while she is incarcerated. I am on turkey duty for Thanksgiving; that and a brussels sprouts dish and the gravy. There are several couples having Thanksgiving together and we are all splitting the duties. I haven't gotten a turkey down in Florida so I don't know much about fresh vs frozen. I think I will have to do some research on that, sooner rather than later. Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow! Wow! That came fast! I am not big on checking the blog for errors but I can't believe that yesterdays entry was 'Babu Steps' instead of Baby Steps! Am I blind?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Baby Steps

Well, I am over the moon. Finally, last night, the mystery of my slow internet was solved by our Brighthouse guy. Brighthouse is the equivelant of Comcast or Frontier. Now, instead of being able to make dinner while something on the computer is opening, it happens within seconds (as it should have been doing all this time). I could tell you what the problem was but it's way to complicated for my weary brain. Now the only thing I have to get fixed is the photo problem, which is why I got a new computer in the first place! That should only be a couple days in the fixing. I am calling Apple today to set up a fix. Baby steps and all that. It the mean time live is plugging away. We have the painting of the house lined up for next week, the pool deck redone with pavers and an outdoor kitchen put in, with these two things to be done while we are back up north for three weeks for Christmas! I am having lots of fun with my friends down here. We have something planned most days. Today it's lunch and mahjong. The weather is getting cooler and so the morning walk is way more friendly. Things are looking up!

Babu Steps

Well, I am over the moon. Finally, last night, the mystery of my slow internet was solved by our Brighthouse guy. Brighthouse is the equivelant of Comcast or Frontier. Now, instead of being able to make dinner while something on the computer is opening, it happens within seconds (as it should have been doing all this time). I could tell you what the problem was but it's way to complicated for my weary brain. Now the only thing I have to get fixed is the photo problem, which is why I got a new computer in the first place! That should only be a couple days in the fixing. I am calling Apple today to set up a fix. Baby steps and all that. It the mean time live is plugging away. We have the painting of the house lined up for next week, the pool deck redone with pavers and an outdoor kitchen put in, with these two things to be done while we are back up north for three weeks for Christmas! I am having lots of fun with my friends down here. We have something planned most days. Today it's lunch and mahjong. The weather is getting cooler and so the morning walk is way more friendly. Things are looking up!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Woe Is Me

Some things come to me slower than others. Everyday I set myself up to blog and something takes me away from the computer. Now I am somewhat moved into the new house and the kids returned home last night and yet it has still been impossible to get blogger, tommythematerialgirl and just safari and/or foxfire to open in a timely fashion. I have been to the Apple store three times, and of course the computer works lightening there. I have had two different IT's in the house setting all sorts of things up and guaranteeing the computer will work better. It doesn't. I have been in front of the computer for more than an hour and got frustrated trying to open photos and I am pretty much done with it, unless I can come up with a solution, but it's not looking good. I got way too much I want to do to be frustrated ever single day. I want a simpler life than that. I can't get Scrabble to open at all, even if I eventually get Facebook to open after twenty minutes or so. And I can't even believe this; Blogger will not let me publish this.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Too Much Stuff

I don't have enough time in the day yet.  I will have to wait a bit to start back on blogging.  Bear with me.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Post Moving

I have missed the blog tons but I will be up and blogging on Monday.  The IT we used before spent the day with us setting up the internet, and all sorts of other stuff.  My MacPro is easier to use now and I can download pictures.

We moved over Tuesday and Wednesday and I looking for things and trying to get the house put together enough for my son, his wife and the two grand girls, who are coming next Tuesday.

I will be happy to blog  again!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My New Macbook Pro

Last Monday I went to my Apple appointment.  I had to get a new computer in order to make all things right again.  They told me they would call me when the transfer of all my files from the old computer to the new.  Friday I called and after twenty minutes of waiting, I got through and they told me that the transfer was finished on Tuesday.  I was livid!  Come to find out, they sent me several emails which I didn't receive because they had my computer!  That is the only place I receive email from. 

The computer is really different.  I was on the phone with Apple last night and now have another appointment at the Apple Store on Monday.  I have lots of questions and am writing them down to ask.

My sister left yesterday.  It was loads of fun having her here.

Up next?  We move to our 'new' ranch on Tuesday.  It is a bit chaotic.  I have a lot going on. 

Oh, and I still can't download pictures.  

We are heading out in an hour to have a session of line dancing with a bunch of friends.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Colorful Quilt Top

Last night we went to the CineBistro. It is a theater that has recliners instead of seats and you are served a meal of your choice while watching the movie you can choose. We opted for 'The Girl On The Train', even tho' Linda hadn't as yet read the book. It was a good movie and the ambiance was delightful.

In an hour I am going back to the Apple Store to try and figure out how to download photos from my iPhone. I have my fingers crossed.

A while back, my quilting pals came across a picture of a quilt top we all liked. So my sister Mike drew it up on the computer in Excel.

 


This is what it looked like after we assembled it the last couple of days when we had free time.
Since I took this picture, I have added a 4 inch black border.  Same with Mike.  Each of the thirty squares are 12''square with a black border adding 2 1/2" to each side.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

October's Modern

I managed to take my 35mm camera to Modern Quilt Guild so I could share some wonderful quilts with you.


I go to the Apple Store for a scheduled appointment tomorrow and hopefully I will be able to download the hundred pictures I have taken since I did the 10 update.

My sister is visiting me for a week and we are having lots of fun.

Now, onto the quilts.

 

This is my friend Lynn's daisy quilt.  It turned out great.



She also did this for a challenge having to do with a dead person.  Yeah, I know, it's very odd but the quilt is luscious.



Christine was commissioned to do three bed quilts and this is one of them.



This is another.



And this is one that Christine did before that was the inspiration for this next bed



quilt.  The colors are almost interchangeable.



My dear friend Pam did this beautiful quilt for one of her kids or grandkids, I can't remember what she said.  It's very unique and clever.

 

She also just got this one back from the long arm gal.  It. all done with ruler.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bella At School



My sister comes in two days and hopefully she can figure out my camera problem.

This photo is taken off the granny cam at daycare that is fed online from 10 to 6 everyday.  That is Bella in the middle front where we can just see her feet.  She loves her new daycare.

We bought furniture yesterday and today we met with an electrician, carpenter and a guy put up new blinds in the master for the photo shoot tomorrow.