Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Here are the siggies from some extraordinarily patient women who have waited a very long time to see their siggies on my blog.
This year has not been about siggies at all for me. Since Larry's Dad's car crash in January, it has been all about getting Dad into an independent living apartment and cleaning out his over-stuffed house - 224 miles from where we live.
Then in July, Larry's sweet Grandma had two (thankfully minor) falls and ended up in rehab for a month just to regain her strength. We went back and forth for a few weeks on whether she should stay in her independent living apartment with hired help, or move to an assisted living facility. Assisted living won the day, and Grandma just celebrated her 101st birthday at the new place last Saturday.
We had finally gotten Dad's house livable, and now it has tons of stuff from Grandma's apartment clogging up the closets. lol I think we have spent about 30 weekends in Shreveport this year. We've put about 15,000 miles on the (formerly) new car.
We've actually enjoyed it. We've worn a groove in the road, but we finally got to clean up Dad's house, which had been bugging the crap out of me for over a decade. We have recycled and pitched nearly 100 curb-side bins of trash. The house can breathe again! We get to drive Dad and his lady-friend, Sabra, to the opera and symphony, which he still really loves, despite his ever increasing mental fog.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Once again the Blanketeers came through with another lovely donation for the Peppers & Piñatas silent auction. Didn't "Sue" turn out beautifully well? Thanks again to everyone who worked on the quilt, especially Virginia, who put the quilt together and bound it, and Karen, who donated the gorgeous machine quilting.
I'm sure everyone who worked on making the Sunbonnet Sue blocks will never forget the project day where I "taught" everyone how to applique. What a laugh. Talk about the blind leading the blind! It was lots of fun though, and we ended up with such a pretty quilt for our trouble.
"Peppers and Piñatas is an event hosted by Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County. Proceeds from the evening will broaden support for the Warrior Support Program designed for military, police, fire, paramedics, and their families in need of mental health services."
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
OK, so I never take pictures of food, but I had to make an exception for this tomato tart. It turned out so beautiful, and anyway, isn't it Julia Child's birthday?
Before you ask, the recipe came from this month's (August) issue of "Cooking Light" magazine. I believe the editors might take issue with me publishing a recipe that's still on the newsstand, so I'll just recommend you look for the magazine. I can tell you the tart featured heirloom tomatoes and fontina cheese and was absolutely delicious. This month's issue was full of all sorts of mouth-watering food. I'll be making their featured crab cakes very soon. I wonder how photogenic those will be. lol
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
2012 has been pretty light on the siggy front, but I have received these two this year. Both are from the Netherlands. This cute little elephant duo is from Anita Janssen in Tiel, which is about 45 miles southeast of Amsterdam, in the central part of the country.
And this wise-looking chap is from Linda Gossens in Rijen. Rijen is about 50 miles due south of Amsterdam, fairly close to the border with Belgium.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
It is finally finished. I've decided to call it "Clothesline Capers". I really enjoyed the clothesline theme. It would be fun to do more of these. I'm thinking of making a pattern available if I can work out all the kinks in the process. Those apples were a bear to sew on through the thick interfacing.
The design process is fun, but you never know when you're finished. I keep thinking the dog needs a collar, or maybe I should add a few windfall apples under the tree. I'm going to leave it be for a few days and work on something else, perhaps I'll get a little more perspective.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Here's Larry by the piano with Yvonne and Grim. Dad seemed to have a blast. There's not much he likes better than parties and good food. 8)
Larry bought party hats, which made the party just that much more festive! Sabra loved seeing Stan have so much fun. The Waghalters brought the beautiful white flowers, which they distributed from their church after a new priest's installation. Grandma ended up with the flowers when we left on Monday.
Sabra's daughter came to the party and got to be one of the very few people under 60 that were present. 8) She's really nice. She visited us very early on in the house clearing project, and seemed very impressed by our progress.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Occasionally it is brought home to me how much of a Yankee I am, transplanted down here in the deep south. I got all the way from the Monday to the Sunday tea towel without realizing what I was looking at. There were many fine needle workers in my husband's family, and these were made by his Great Aunt Lorene, probably in the 1950's. We have found many treasures in clearing out my father-in-law's house but this collection is my favorite.
They tell the story of a little black girl and her kitten; her underpants are just darling!