Thursday, July 02, 2015

A Little Of This

Did I already say this?  that McDonalds is closing more  fast food establishments than they
are opening?

And Jen and Ben are divorcing?

On happier news, Bill and Claudia will arrive here mid day and Maggie and Evan will be here
early evening.

The studio is partially cleaned and all it needs is a good vacuuming.

Bella's ear infection seems to have cleared up.

Another day of nine hole starts in an hour or so.

Life is good.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Craziness

It's one of those mornings. I have been on the phone since I got up. I made several calls and received as many. I have a busy day as I have not had anyone doing laundry or cleaning for me in over a week. I am not happy about that. Unfortunately, my gal missed two steps when coming from upstairs and ultimately fractured her ankle. Bad timing but I feel for her. I have broken enough bones to know. I have a boot or two to share with her if she needs it.

The new porch table, which was not a good deal price wise to purchase,  is so porous that it can't be cleaned after one meal on it.  Can
 
you see the stains?  I was in a quandary because I already gave away the other table and chairs and I have a house full this weekend so what to do?  I called a glass company and after they talked me out of plexiglass (turns yellow and scratches easily) I ordered a glass top.

It was put on on Monday and I was left with the invoice to pay, which I gave to G when he got home.  He took the invoice to work yesterday and paid it and stuck it in the mail.  I got three calls, two messages and an email since Monday, saying that they are waiting for the payment.  This is freaky.  I emailed them back and said 'Are You Serious?  We got the invoice yesterday!!!!'  They called while I was talking to my daughter this morning and I just didn't pick it up.  Maybe I should call and ask if they could use a loan to carry them through the week!!!


On a brighter note, the weekend beverages are looking mighty good!!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Yes, I Have A Pair

Is this the type of attire that one should be wearing on Food Network? Or is it proper attire for a porn
teaser for a rated X movie?  It's a friggin boob window!!!

 
Clearly the marital problems between Giada and Todd and Bobby and Stephanie don't include the two of them; Bobby can't even look in Giada's direction.


But clearly the camera man could.  He got more shots of these knockers than of the food
presented.

Although, Giada's favorite for mentoring, Dominick,

had no trouble checking out her window of opportunity.  Eyes up young man!!!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ella Bella

The internet started to fail us on Friday evening, followed by no service on Saturday or Sunday until late in the day. It is a good thing that my brother Bill is coming for a visit this week because he will probably tell us we need a new router and put it in for us.

 This is my grand niece Ella

 
on her first birthday.

And here she is 9 years later showing the big glob of thread she
 
managed to accumulate on the underside of the sewing machine throat plate.




This is her very first seam for a vest that she made.  She did lots of other stuff too.  I have to go
and try and find my camera to download more of her creations.

We just saw that Jeff Mauro from Food Network has joined with Mariano's to market a new line of barbecue (don't we have enough brands?) sauce called Pork and Mindy's.  Cute name.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Getting' Ready For The Weekend

My house is clearly not my own right now. I have two electricians in the studio and three painters in on the decks and porch. I am spinning around answering questions left and right and not being able to do anything I want to do. My sis Mike and niece Ella are on their way to me.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trying To Get Golf

I decided to be an adult (yes, it's difficult at times) and go to my golf lesson with an open mind and decide to embrace the new grip I need to use on the golf club. I had a inspiring lesson. I also took the reins and told him that an hour of swinging the club every fifteen seconds is too much and now we try putting techniques for the last ten minutes. I figure I have until September to hold the clubs properly. If I can't do it by then, I will have to keep trying anyway.



We had a delightful get together with all my local friends last night. I have to confess that I got one of the few chairs and held court for a long while, surrounded by fine food fix ins. I can take another thing off my to do list for the summer. It is putting my Mod quilt that I made along with Anne and Linda on the long arm to be quilted. Even though I have my niece coming tomorrow



to learn to sew, she is only ten and therefore the attention span is not great and she can be easily sidetracked while my sister helps me with the programming of the contemporary pattern I want to use on the quilt top.

It's time to get ready for 9 hole. Is this the future of my life?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wine Wednesday (Or Any Day For That Matter!)

I have a busy day for me. I have a golf lesson at 11 and then off to Costco and Sam's Club to spend some credit that we have at both stores.  G is golfing in the morning and wants to do that when he is done.  That means a hot dog for lunch!!!!!

I also need to finish up some DFG stuff that has clogged my entire studio and

 
clean up the studio for the arrival of Mike and Ella on Friday.  Oh, then I have a Wine Wednesday (something like Taco Tuesday?) girls get together around dusk.  I will have to decide what to bring to that too.  I'm thinking  lasagna cupcakes that are already made.  Yep, that's what I will do.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Email - To Trust Or Not

I don't know what the actual title that G's first cousin's kid is to me, an Aunt to the mom by marriage, but that kid, Ella, who is ten, mentioned wanting to learn to sew at Christmas to Mike and I.  . Then came the back and forth of what weekends  would be good to get together at the lake when I return from Florida.

I came home from the festivities and in the March section  my calendar Ella Ella Ella over a week so it would remind me to set up the weekend at the lake. That came and went and after contacting Ella's mom, asking for available weekends, I picked one that would be good for me and Mike and relayed this to the mom.

This weekend is the Ella weekend. I sent a lengthy email to my 'niece' about her likes and dislikes over a week ago but didn't hear back. I figured her life was a frantic thing, with three girls just out of school for the summer and all under eleven.  I re emailed her yesterday  and a few hours later I got an email from a lady in Australia that wrote that I keep emailing her and that I just may want to give my Lara a ring.

I took Australia Lara up on it and called my  niece. She never got anything from me, email or otherwise about Ella's visit this weekend. We discussed the email address and hers had been the same since she was at U of M, fifteen years ago. Somehow, between the first email about dates for Ella to visit and learn to sew, and probably a week later, the email address in my address book was modified by one letter. How is that possible?

So, bottom line is that my niece had no clue that we planned the whole weekend, ladies lunch, manicures, all meals (taking into account that Ella had no food restrictions) and of course,
learning to sew, complete with a Learn to Sew pattern of a vest and skirt.

It just so happens that the ten year old was indeed free for the weekend and getting picked up by Mike at 9 a.m. on Friday and returning late on Sunday is just perfect for her schedule.  Ah, to be ten again.

This is a lesson I must take note of.  Email is not an end all for communication.  Some times we just need to pick up the phone.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Post Fathers Day (Always A Memorable Day)

We had a lot of fun at this website that takes the year you were born, the sex and name of the person.

http://time.com/3856405/baby-name-popularity/#

What you end up with is names back to the 1800's.  This is a horrible link as it goes to other places half the time but my guess is that because it was in the paper yesterday, the business of the site is over the moon and so I would suggest that you google the topic, if interested.  I have spent a good half hour on this and it has made me cranky.  I got stuff to do.

Maggie and Evan spent a delightful weekend here and the culmination of the time was a grand breakfast of american fries, bacon, eggs and toast (a favorite of the old man.  Then to top it off he was gifted tons of chocolate variations (another big favorite) and the traditional necktie.  Only nothing this duo does is traditional.

 

The tie was navy and perfect for the periodic bank meetings that G has to attend.  This unique tie tho' has very delicate chain links half way down the tie.  The links are attached at the top and move freely on the bottom.  I wish I had thought of it.  Ties with found objects!!!  Who knew?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Daddy Day

Happy Fathers Day! The kids and I will be preparing the most favorite meal of all for G at approximately 11:44 a.m. He was in a golf member guest for the last three days, playing more than 50 holes of golf and along with his brother, came in second place.


So a day of rest in in order for the old man.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jeff-mauro/grilled-seasonal-salad-with-avocado-dressing.html


I saw this salad on the tv last weekend on the show The Kitchen and it was Jeff Mauro's recipe. It looked very colorful and summer solstice feeling and it would go great with mac and cheese and an inch pork chop so here's the skinny on it


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Poblano peppers, green onions, red cabbage and corn were prepped with oil and salt and pepper.




The strawberries were supposed to be grilled but we decided not to.  Maggie doesn't like grilled fruit.  Evan did the grill honors, breaking in the new Weber.

 

 It was a beautiful salad with a thick avocado dressing.

 
Our guests brought brie and caviar with egg whites, red onion, creme fraiche and toast points.  The
old fashions were passed out and



The table was set and waiting.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Deer John

Maggie and Evan clearly got up way before I did this morning. Maggie, who is like her mother and never knows where her phone is, happened to have it on her when she went out on the deck to have pre 8 a.m. coffee. What happened to the daughter that got up at 11? Oh well.

These are the pictures she took of a very large deer that is pretty much solo ( that's an oddity around here) and likes the lake side life. I was walking Bella a couple days ago and we came upon this deer within a foot from it and it appeared massive; taller than I was and it was on all fours! The deer is a looker.  Not in anyway scared; just curious.  Anyway, here are the captions of the deer photos sent to me on our deck  by my loving daughter.

 

Deer on the beach.

 


Deer on the move.


 


 Deer going towards the house.

 

 Deer heading towards the street.

This guy is massive!

Friday, June 19, 2015

A New Porch Look

Our internet is pathetic. We have all sorts or routers and boosters and everything possible to not have the internet go out but until five minutes ago, our service has been out since last night. We have had about ten days of this constant interruption. It makes my blood boil.

 Anyway, the kids are coming today for the weekend. G is playing golf in the member guest at the club with his brother Johnny. We are having five for dinner (ten counting the rest of us, G, me, Maggie, Evan and Johnny) and we are busying ourselves with a menu. So far it's caviar, brie and old fashions, grilled salad with avocado dressing, mac and cheese and pork chops.


 
Our new table and chairs are in place and ready to seat all ten of us tomorrow.  There's more room now in the room.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Stuff

Back from 9 hole golf. I have improved by 9 points this week. Regina and I are partners. We have lots of fun even though we stink.

 
It was a week of deliveries.  We got a new grill and they took the old one away.  We haven't used it yet.

Then came ten chairs from Ikea that will have to be put together.



Also ready for the legs to be added is our new porch table to go with the Ikea chairs.


The chairs will take up much less room than the old ones so we can fit more around the table.  I know what I will be doing today!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I've Fallen And Can't Get Up.

I woke up this morning and was walking through my pass through closet behind our bed wall and fell down and smashed my face into the wooden shoe holder.  I had to cancel my golf lesson and went back to bed with a bag of ice and several ibuprofen.  I have had to do that several times and now have a small cut under my chin, some scraping of my left cheek and lots of swelling.  It doesn't hurt that much but it wrecked my day, that's for sure.  There is nothing broken and it could have been worse, as I could have broken my teeth.

Never saw it coming.

I got this today.  I thought it would be interesting to share.

 
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August, in 2015, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.  This happens only once every 823 years.  The Chinese call it ' Silver pockets full'.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Third Stanley In Six

Due to the fact that I took a two day hiatus from the blog to complete the project I was currently doing, I felt the need to get up this morning and blogging immediately. Somehow, my life gets in the way. First it was a shower and grooming, then a couple phone calls and then painters showed up.


I wanted to download something from images on Google about our revered Blackhawks and I just couldn't manage to put them on my desktop. That is until I was leaving the site and there they were; all the images. Normally they go to wherever I drag them to but for some

 

reason they decided to clump to the right of the screen, which I never look at.  I am such a dope.  Don't ya think I would notice the movement on the screen?  Nope, nada.  So because I am pissed, I am not using any of them to commemorate the exciting win at home for the Blackhawks.  G and Peter and somebody else was at the game but I refuse to take a coveted seat at a final game when I am such a fair weather fan.  I never once got to don my Patrick Kane jersey.  Maybe I will wear it to bed tonight.
 
This is a photo I took of the tv screen last night.  It is of the masses of fans at a crossroad in Chicago that couldn't get to the game (for obvious reasons; lack of tickets) but still managed to enjoy themselves in a group setting.  Try and click on the pic to make it bigger to see how many bodies are there.  It was pretty awesome.

Go Hawks!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Craziness

This is pretty funny. I get these supplements from Amazon Prime (for thinning hair; yeah, they probably don't work). It is called viviscal and if it's not working it at least has stabilized my hair loss. Anyway, I get 180 at a time and they come in blister packs so every single one needs to be popped out and I don't do it on a day by day basis. I leave the removal of the pill for tv time.


 

Bella happened to be sitting next to me and once I started the popping out of the blister pack, she was enthralled, watching every single movement the foil made. I called for G to bring me the camera and told him that I wanted to take a picture of Bella watching me do it and I knew if I got up she would  have broken the trance. I was right and I continued to do the foil thing and she watched every single movement.
You can't tell by this picture but she is honed in on my hands.  What's up with that?

 

On the large window by my computer is my current project that was pattern for all the pattern pieces that had a temporary post in the garage recycling can.  None of it was compromised in any way..

I had the craziest dream last night.  G was redoing his desk and overnight, from the start of the project to the finish was crazy.  The overhead and side cabinets were covered in rough tree wood with the bark still attached.  There were two prancing reindeer  on either end of the desk. holding candles  (hooked on how, I'll never know) and two metal pots with small bear heads coming out of the top.  G took one of them down and it was a real baby bear, who proceeded to play around and bit me on the hand.  G then proceeded to put the bear pack in the pot and it was no longer animated or visibly alive.

I checked my hand this morning and all was well

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Near Miss

I had to leave the house for errands real early and so thought I would blog later. Then I got home and decided to skip the blog and get right back into the current project. I spent many hours making mirror image patterns and numbering them and cutting them out yesterday and last night. I get home and can't find them anywhere. I looked for an hour and finally asked my housekeeper if she saw them and she had this horrid look on her face and said that she thought they were scraps and threw them out.

Out to the garage I went and found them in recycling and in perfect condition.  Phew!  Now back to the studio I go.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Posting #2

I am off to my second 9 hole golf game. I am in need of a handicap. There's a thing in Florida at our club that is called nine and dine. It's a couples thing and I would like to get confident enough to do that but I need a handicap. It takes ten golfing days of 9 holes to achieve that. One down, nine to go.



Last weekend one of the girls got a blast from the Missouri Quilt Company about a jelly roll of Robert Kaufman batik solids for $19.95. We decided to all buy it and next time we get together, (end of July) we would have a pattern chosen and all parts of the quilt top cut out and ready to put assemble.






The jelly roll of fabric looks like this. It's a nice color grouping and although my niche is not jelly rolls, I am up for the challenge. Now I have to scour the internet for an appropriate pattern to take my breath away!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The To Do List

I made a list of all the things I would like to accomplish this summer before September is upon us and I am heading south for a couple months before the big holidays. There are seven must do's. I seem to be more organized if I put it in writing.

One of the seven to do's is to photograph a few quilts. They are big and cumbersome and I am not that good on a ladder but it's gotta get done. I started with this quilt I finished probably six months ago.


 
It is 68 x 70 and I named it Modern Derse, mainly because all the printed fabric is from a Marcia Derse collection..

 
I used a boxy contemporary computerized pattern of quilting on it.

There's another one hanging but it needs to breathe and get some wrinkles out of it.

 
The sunset was beautiful last night.


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Social Media Stuff

The storm last night must have reeked havoc with my internet because it just went on, finally. It must also have had some influence on the Blackhawks too because they lost game three of the finals. And that game was at home. Yikes!


I have a golf lesson in an hour. It's always a hard nut to crack when your humiliating golf game is put out there in front of a pro. But then again, it's baby steps.

 
Peggy was sent this floor plan that we all just roared about.  Click on it so you can see that the top rooms on this floor plan are bedroom, kitchen, bath and the rest is a sewing room.  We all felt it was perfect!

Check out this darling mosiac pig that JeanAnn, Anne and Peggy gave me in honor of my 65th
birthday.


It even has rosebud eyes and a button nose, which we would all like to have.

Another pic received by Peggy (or resident sewing social media freak) is the Chicago Blackhawk emblem made into a pizza.  It's cute but it didn't help the team last night!

Monday, June 08, 2015

The Last Call For Creating

I am preparing myself for the dermatologist appointment today. I just love to get practically naked under search lights for a doctor that is young enough to be my son. It's always such a pleasant experience.


I don't know how I ended up with two more quilts from Anne alone when everyone was working diligently.  I guess they were working on parts and not connecting them together yet.


Anne whipped up this quilt top for her grand daughter.  She calls her
Grandma Kitty so Anne thought it would be appropriate.  I think Anne
has two cats, but one I know for sure.

The cat fabric is very whimsy.  There will be a couple more borders
on this before it will be quilted.



This quilt top was already pieced at one of our get togethers but Anne finished the last
two borders.

Chai seemed sweet on three of my quilts that we piled up on a box almost ready to
be shipped out.  She was eyeing the pile of quilts and finally made the leap.  She
sure does like to curl up in the studio!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

The Second Day Of Work

There is a lot of productivity going around in the studio.

It appears to be a tad messy in the light of day.  We watched the defeat of the Blackhawks last night,  which seemed a bit odd for five old ladies to be doing.
 
This was a panel Peggy purchased at Rainbows End this winter that she quilted using a red thread crosshatch.  It turned out great and she has another one to do and has decided to do it the same way.
 
This quilt top (edges incomplete as yet) was started by Anne in Florida.  We all love the pattern and color combos.


Jean Ann is thinking about how to finish this baby girl quilt for her daughters friend's granddaughter who is already born.  I draw the line on making a quilt for someone I don't even know, but not Jean Ann!

 
Peggy is assembling these strips and trying not to have the same color next to each other.  It's got a lot of movement.