Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Room With A View

This is the view of the center window in my upstairs office. I never actually saw the whole thing before

 because it is usually so sunny, it's blinding until the sun gets higher in the sky.  Although the houses here are close together, I like that so much better than what I had in the last house.

 And the back yard, as seen through a screen on my studio porch,  is noisy with water fowl and I love it too.  Too much quiet is too much.

Not today.  It's in the low 50's now and isn't supposed to go as far as 60ยบ today.  I know, it's still better than what we are traveling to tomorrow.  I have gotten pictures of snow and cold ground.  There's a reason why we winter in paradise.

We are traveling in the car a few miles to take our walk in nature trails that we have been talking about since we moved here.  The cool air will be perfect for that.

Today is the day to get stuff ready to head home.  Laundry needs to be done and some plants need to come inside.  I have to get all the stuff I plan on working on in the car ready too.  I have a lot to do when I get home.  I just looked at my calendar for the five weeks I am home and it's pretty chocked full.  That's a good thing!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Finishing Touch

I finished up part of this bedroom (I think it's yours). I decided to have unmade beds while there is no company and wash and make the bed as someone comes to visit. I think that's a better way to do it. The pillows are also stored in the closet until time to use and that makes the bed look kinda skimpily


I may have to do something about that. This is the comforter and shams that I painted,  The shams were originally only grey and white.  We were waiting on the new carpeting before we did much to the rooms.  We knew we would probably be the only one's here until after Christmas.

I finished covering mu two 4 x 8 design walls with flannel.  I have a few more things to wrap up before I go home tomorrow.  Then the holiday cooking will start.  I am not looking forward to the snow but I am very anxious for the total rehaul of our house on the lake.  Just in time.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday Stuff (Yeah, That Was Yesterday)

I was pretty much over the moon when I went to my first meeting (or more of a get together) of the Modern Quilt Guild yesterday. It is absolutely what I wanted. I am not a 'meeting'person and this is nothing like I am used to with groups. It was very laid back with little time spent on minutes and finances and all that. It meets the third Saturday of the month (the only drawback is the use of a Saturday in the middle of the day) and I will get used to that. This group is relatively new, having been founded in 2009 in Los Angeles and there is now over 100 guilds around the world. I am lucky enough to spend half my time about five miles from one of those.  I loved everyone I met.  Yeah!

Finally, after waiting for six weeks, my special order area rug was delivered.  It is the same as the one
across the room that is called the dining room (I don't make this stuff up) and I no longer am living with just a rug pad and a deconstructed cocktail table.  This is Bella's hang out (she can see outside from the arms of the couches) so we wanted it to be just right.

We have three more days before we have to join the throngs up north tromping through the snow!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What's Going On

I spent yesterday on this guest room.  I am now second guessing myself.  I am very big on capturing the bottom corners of the comforter so I will make some sort of ties today.  It makes for much easier bed making than with out it.  I wanted to have bright and very Florida colors but I may have gone overboard.  I will have to think about it.  The headboard covers are to cover up the asian headboards that the previous owner left.  They match my bed skirts and I think that the color is too much.  I am only here for three more days and so I will let it go for now.  I am thinking of a more subtle color in the near future.

And Sergei is in the media room right off the studio, at 8 a.m. installing a Murphy bed.

Friday, November 14, 2014

I Am Floored

I am just not a berber carpet kinda gal. It seems as though every thing (mostly pins and staples) tend to get caught in it. This was the floor of the studio and the stairs going up to the new bamboo floors. The stair was still carpeted so I chose the same color for the stairs and two guest rooms that had this lovely white berber. I chose the carpet because I could get different pile heights and I wanted a shorter pile on the stairs. I was a bit trapped in the studio yesterday while they were carpeting 19 stairs and two landings so I took up a long ignored project of sewing the hems of these 18 napkins.
Today we will be waiting for the area rug that was back ordered due to the larger than normal size (13 x 9).  I can't wait to not walk into my bedroom and just see a rug liner on the floor of the living room!  It's all coming together.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Our days are getting very crowded because we have 'windows' of time to work around and want as much as possible to be done before we head back north for the holidays.  Today it's carpeting and the arrival window is 9 to 11 so we had to actually set the alarm to get up early enough to get our walk in.  G is at the dermatologist and I am waiting for the installers.

Yesterday the day got completely away from us.  I had an orthopedic appointment at nine and then I had a lovely luncheon with three neighborhood quilters!  Saturday I am attending my first Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  I am also joining the Sarasota quilt guild and maybe the Venice guild.  I have lots of choices.

I have five more days in paradise and wanna make the most of it!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

All Around The House

This community that we now call 'home away from home,' is always surprising us. I guess we didn't read the small print on the bylaws and other stuff that comprises the big binder that houses all the info pertaining to the neighborhood and it's happenings . We woke up today with this view. Everywhere we looked there was a pallet
of mulch.
As we looked closer we realized that each home had it's own pallet.  It was timed perfectly with the arrival of our tax bill.  Probably on purpose, would you say?

This association does so much more than I would have ever dreamed they did tho'.  I am duly impressed.  This is our pallet.  It's so cute, isn't it?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meet And Greet

G and I went to a progressive dinner on Saturday night.
It consisted of an appetizer stop,
where I brought these crostini.  They are store bought crostini with a shmear of pesto, a piece of medium rare marinaded flank steak with a dollop of creme fraiche and chive.  I also brought the reuben balls and dip but it was so hectic to get them out of the oven hot, on the serving platter and into the car (in the rain) that I neglected to take a picture.    

We also went to the main course (chicken of all kinds) with a side and then dessert, which we took a pass on.  It was lots of fun!

I went to a 'craft' session at a new acquaintance's house, Donna, to compile little planters.  There were lots of us that showed up.  It is for a fund raiser that is scheduled right after we head north so I will not be able to attend.

The sun was so bright that we had to close the blinds, hence the poor picture.

Donna was really into shells and what you could make with them.  That was her inspiration to compile all these lean cuisine containers full of shell creations.

There were little cups with styrofoam, spanish moss, and other fillers including balls and leaves that we could use for the little flower arrangements.
I think in a couple hours we managed to do close to fifty of the little flower arrangements.  I have survived another meet and greet.

Today I have a new member meeting of yet another group I joined.  This one is more philanthropic than social.  I wanna keep busy!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Purchasing Power

I couldn't come home without a couple purchases from the Village of the Arts First Friday.  I got this

masterpiece of a pig on a three wheeler.  It was only $36!  What a shocker.   And it's a good size; probably 12 inches wide (the bike).  I am a sucker for a bargain and a circle.

I refrained from purchasing this yard art (surely the neighborhood has restrictions for tacky as I have not seen one of those shadow marlboro man in any yard and haven't yet seen any two garage doors adorned with 'his' and 'hers'.)  I think the body is made up of the end of a crib.  It just caught my eye.
The mobile of broken glasses and sunglasses caught G's eye.  He exclaimed that he currently had enough crap eyewear to make one of his own.  That cinched the, not purchasing it, dilemma.
This was whimsy and I liked it but did not purchase it.  I now wish I did.  I have the perfect spot for it and it's in your room!

This chardonnay bottle body of a fish just had to come home with me.  It was the perfect matchy matchy thing to put on my new table centered in my new

furniture grouping on the studio screened-in porch.  It's all coming together!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Scary Stuff

Last night we joined up with my brother Dan and his wonderful wife Dori to join in on the festivities in downtown Bradenton for a monthly art walk in the Village of The Arts. Here they are, and aren't they cute? My brother will be sixty in March.

 It is a neighborhood that is gradually becoming an artist colony where most of the artists live in the back of the house and have a gallery in the front.  Needless to say, when a house comes up for sale, it's pretty much a given that it will be artsy.  The theme of the monthly event changes every time.  Because the Day of the Dead was just upon us, the theme was skeletons.

They were everywhere, in art, on people, on children,

on clothes.  It was lots of fun and we had a grand outside dinner after.  Try it.  You'll like it.  It takes place on the first Friday of each month.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Doggy Style

I love this paper pieced dog and decided when my sister was finishing up her blocks for Chai that I wanted to do it for the next raffle for the humane society.  Because it is very labor intensive I had decided to set a time to do one a day so the burden wouldn't be so great.  But just getting ready for one was a bit daunting, let alone 20 or so.

I ended up cutting large sections of each color and labeling them and then sticking a straight pin through the whole amount.  I started with cutting out 10 dog blocks.

These are all black noses, ears, and legs and tail.   The next group will be brown and then I will wreck a noter.  It makes the project easier if I do a block a day.

Lesson Learned

Well, it's pretty firm that I am not allowed to buy big things on line, sight unseen. Both G and I have committed to the fact that I have no idea what the hell I am getting, quality wise, and having it drop shipped is bad enough, but then to try and put together something that clearly doesn't fit together is another thing all together. I purchased a small indoor/outdoor set for a small screened in porch off the studio. I thought it was good looking and a pretty good deal but it was none of the above. It was junk. G spent a day trying to assemble it and then left home for a while to cool off and came back to try again, with the same result. He had already broken down the boxes and they were out on the curb for recycling. He just got mad and reassembled the boxes, repacked the order and got on the phone to the company in California and told him his difficulties and they were very nice and asked if he could take pictures of the problem. He took the pictures and all was well, we could return the poorly manufactured items. That was early last week. It took another week to get the shipping labels correct and then the freight service was to deliver from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. yesterday. G was on the phone at 5:20 asking what was up and the freight company said that the 8 to 5 window was for commercial locations and residential was 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We had to wait all day for pick up when we didn't need to. Yuck! The guy in the big truck rolled in at a quarter to 8. He looked beat. I learned my lesson.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Want A Wonton?

When it was cold a couple days ago I decided that what I would like is some homemade wonton soup. I went shopping and got all the ingredients and after bringing them home and doing all the chopping prep (shitake, bok choy, bamboo sprouts, scallions, ginger and garlic) I decided I was too tired and refrigerated them all for a later date. So, when I realized the temp was back in the eighties I decided that it wouldn't do to put off the production and so last night I dug in and made ninety or so wontons and finished up the stock and served it up for dinner.  It was mighty good and I have dinner for at least three nights in the freezer.

I freeze the wontons (uncooked) on a sheet pan and when the soup is room temp I put it in freezer containers and drop five or six wontons in it and label and freeze.  To me, just making a dinner, if it isn't a baked potato and a steak, is to labor intensive.  I want to see something left over when I have put in all the work.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Do Your Patriotic Duty and Vote!!!

What a bad photo this is! I would take another but the camera is downstairs now and I am too lazy. This is the tv room right off the studio where I am also putting in a Murphy bed.  Anyway, we went shopping on Sunday for the whole day, looking for couch and loveseat replacements for these crappy ones I got online at Overstock. They really are bad. The bottom cushion is at an angle so you are half off the couch after sitting there for a bit. I finally found what I wanted at Florida Leather Gallery but it has to be made so I have to wait six to eight weeks. That's pretty much okay because I will only be here for a couple more weeks until after the holidays. I can make due.  Oh, and I got red leather to change it up a bit.  I love the new rug.  I got it online and was very pleased with it's construction.

Don't forget to VOTE today.

Monday, November 03, 2014

DD & D

I was looking at photos, looking for some furniture that I took a picture of and happened upon this group of photos from Sonoma Cali, where we happened on a Diners, Drive Ins and Dives restaurant called the Freemont Diner.  By the looks of it I would put it in the dive category.

The majority of the seating was out side and they had a nice postcard replica painted on a galvanized wall.

Drinks were served in customized ball jars and Nancy and I

were in charge of guarding the booty.

This food was amazing.  This was my order, only I can only guess that it's grouper because I have eaten several meals since and don't remember.
This was Nancys and I think it was a fried green tomato BLT.

This was G's with a side of cornbread and a burger bigger than his head.

Frank was as always, oh so practical and got grilled cheese and tomato bisque.  Oh, yeah, and he wouldn't share.

This crazy truck was permanently parked out in the front of the building

with a skeleton in the passenger side seat.  It was a fun experience.  I mean come on, this girl loves to eat!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Our Stash

Okay, so the hype on kids in the neighborhood was a little over the top. The trick or treating started at 5:30 and our flurry started at 8:15. By flurry I mean Bella started barking so loud that my head was swimming. Apparently, it had the same effect of the treaters because before I got to the door, they were almost out of the driveway. I begged them to come back and thankfully, even with a barking dog, they came back. They got one of each of the full-sized candy bars and were pretty much in awe of our generosity. Little did they know that they were doing us a favor by making the eating of 90 candy bars a little easier. Here they are. I believe this is a combo of star wars and the brats.

This ;ittle chick is a girl magnet of a fairy, princess and unlike up north, they didn't need a snow suit and long underwear to go out.  They were apparently very happy to have returned to our door.  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

All my BFF's are in Houston at the International Quilt Festival and so are keeping me up to date as to what's going on. There is a lot of people watching and it never fails to entertain. So far, my favorite is this chick.
Not only are the shoes and socks typical of the normal quilter, but this gal has made a jumper and stitched the yearly festival bags to it, including the straps!!!  If the purpose was to eliminate carrying purchases in the hand, what about the strain on the back.  Clearly I am not a fan of this look.

It has been YEARS since we have lived anywhere where a trick or treater happens by but this new abode is not without kids.  In honor of that, we have purchased three 30 pack full size candy bars from Sam's Club to pay back for all the years (at least 10) that we didn't have to buy one.  I have put G on candy detail.  Otherwise it's sit in a dark house for four hours.  Is that what you do?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Plant Life

I have finally got my mojo going and am starting on a new (super secret)quilt top and the components for the next years humane society quilt for raffle. My days seem to be so chopped up that I have had to start some things that don't need a large time frame but can be worked and then left to continue later. I have also have found a love for succulents.

Putting them out in my brand new lanai with a sprinkler by the plantings elevates worrying about

watering them, plus they need much less water than the average plant.  It's a win win!