Friday, October 31, 2014

Fabric Shopping

I was pretty good about my spending while in NC and came home with some money, so what to do with said money - get to the fabric store!!  Sadly there aren't any quilt shops around where the Aunties live, which always shocks me, you'd think they'd have more available than we do.  I mean there must be quilters that live there, what do they do for fabric?  Maybe I'll run into a quilter one day while back there and they can give me the scoop.

So off to the fabric store I went and this is what came home with me:

I found the above fabric for a table runner.  I have this book that uses fat quarters and a table runner pattern that uses 6 fat quarters to make a really cute runner so I'll be making this soon.  I want to put it on my MIL's buffet, I have a lot of blue in that room.

I also signed up for Jacquelynne Steves Sew Simplicity Block of the Month, which started while I was gone, so I had to get the fabric for it, the first block is out and I haven't even done the cutting part yet - I'll be doing that and the first block this weekend.  I think there is still time if you're interested in doing it.  Here are my fabrics:

I forgot to show you my new shoes that I picked up while in NC.  They are Toms and they are sparkly.  I wouldn't wear them for a lot of walking, but they're fun to wear out and about, and I think they're really cute as well as comfortable, just not super supportive.

It's a damp, grey, gloomy day around here, again.  I miss the sun already and I have a feeling the winter is going to be a lot of grey skies.  Oh well, that will make me appreciate spring and summer more I suppose.  The leaves are changing quickly and should be off the trees pretty soon.  Ugh - Raking, but wait, CR brings out the riding lawn mower and mulches and catches the leaves, that's right, we don't rake anymore, hooray!!

I can't believe this is the last day of October and Halloween.  Seems like just yesterday I was getting things ready to go back to my Aunties and now I'm home and it's the end of the month.  I bought a big bag of Tootsie Rolls for goblins who may ring my door bell, however in years past we haven't had many, but it's a Friday night so you never know.

We are home for the day/night, how about you?  Any Halloween parties or plans??

Happy Halloween, Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hey Y'all, I'm back from NC

Wow, is it good to be home.  2 weeks doesn't seem like a long time and it goes fast, but to my little dog and her cat brothers it was far to long.  Maddie was all over me upon my return, the cats however were there to greet me and then snubbed me for several days as I was out of favor with the feline crowd.  Luckily a few days later they decided I'd been punished enough and all is back to normal.

Before I forget, I know I shared all the things I was taking back to the Aunties and they were all very much loved and appreciated.  Aunt Jean really loved her quilt.

My trip home was quite exciting - NOT.  I was scheduled to fly out at 11:30am on Wednesday, our plane landed, people came off the plane, then they announced that the plane had been hit by lightening.  They had to call a maintenance person in and it would be 30 minutes before he arrived, ugh.  From there it went all downhill.  They tried to get me out on Delta, but that was a no go and so I stayed the night at the Norfolk, VA airport Hilton.  I was just grateful not to be on the plane with the major damage from the lightening!  I finally made it home Thursday and boy was I exhausted.

Thought I'd share some photos from my trip, many of which I shared on Instagram (zunibear19) and on Facebook.  So sorry if you follow me there and this is a repeat.

My Aunts live next door to each other, this year I stayed with Aunt Jean.  Aunt Jean has 2 cats:  Sadie and Missy and 2 dogs:  Shy and Gretchen.

Missy (luckily she liked me, it made up for how Sadie felt, haha)
Sadie (she stared at me like I'd murder her in her sleep)
Shy (she barks to go outside, but Gretchen knows she's barking to get someone up to give them cookies, so Gretch goes directly to the kitchen to wait for the cookie.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much, but they try!!
Gretchen (she's a sweetie, but boy does she have bad allergies, also bad gas and snores)
This is the Nicholson House, built in the 1800's it's now a restaurant - a really good restaurant.  I celebrated my 54th birthday while back east, this is where we went, twice in fact and so delish!!
The above pics were taken inside the Nicholson house.  The wood work is absolutely beautiful.

A cotton field near my Aunts house - the cotton fascinates me.

The above pictures are of a couple embroidery finishes I completed while in NC.
The Aunties - Aunt Jean in the pink, Aunt Shirl with her dukes up

Missy the cat helps Aunt Jean exercise in the morning
The Fall/Harvest Jim Shore Angel.  The Aunties bought it for me as an early Christmas present.

This adorable clock was given to me by Aunt Jean for my birthday

I found this for our kitchen at the Cotton Gin

A pen and pencil holder for the kitchen, also found at the Cotton Gin

This adorable night light was given to me by Aunt Shirl for my birthday

Found these adorable Jim Shore figures at a Hallmark - Owl and Cardinal, so cute.
Found this adorable turkey at a Hallmark.  Thanksgiving is my fav holiday.
 It was a great trip, I did some cooking for the Aunties and baked some cookies as well as took some back.  We went out and about a lot and spent some time at home talking, watching some funny movies and just enjoying each others company.

We were supposed to got to DC to take my Uncles ashes to Arlington, but Arlington is part of the government, which never moves quickly and so my Auntie is still waiting on them to give her a date to do this.  I'm bummed as I wanted to help her drive and navigate the trip, as well as to just be there.  Guess it was just not meant to be.

Hope you've all been well.  It's sure turned to fall here and is cool and lately rainy and damp.  How's the weather where you are - is it fall yet??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, October 5, 2014

One Last Post

After baking all those cookies and cleaning house I sat down for a rest and one thing that always relaxes me is embroidery.  I've been working on the cutest Scarecrow from Bird Brain Designs and last night I finished it.  So I couldn't leave town without sharing my latest finish.

He was so much fun to do and I think he is just so cute.  I love Scarecrows - they just say Autumn to me.  Now to decide - a small wall hanging or something else.  I have some lovely autumn fabrics just waiting for him.  Since his pattern was just the embroidery I guess I can make anything up and he'll look adorable.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Almost Ready

The house is cleaned and spotless (well for the moment), the groceries have been stocked up and some things are laid out with the suitcases next to them.  I think I'm almost ready to travel.

Today, after I cleaned and did the floors, I started baking.  Chocolate Chip cookies for the Aunties and a separate batch for CR.  I made the dough ahead of time - I find that Choc Chip cookies, well most cookies bake best when they are at least refrigerated, or in this case, made ahead, formed and then frozen till I'm ready to bake them.  So this week I made them ahead, popped them in the freezer and was ready for weekend baking.

Years ago I re-wrote my Grandmas recipe to be a batch and a half, no sense in making less and each time I mix them up I get 70+ cookies.  If I'm going to heat up the oven, then I'm going to make a lot and once baked they freeze well.

Wow the house smells so good right now!!  I'm so on top of things that I mailed a card and with a gift card out to our Grandson for his 12th birthday on Tuesday.  His Mom told me today that he and 3 of his friends went to a movie this afternoon and then will all be coming back to the house for some paint ball fun and a sleep over.  Lord she is so brave to have 4 overly active, pre-teen boys running around her house.

Today CR brought the suitcases (one check in, one carry on) into the house for me.  I have a few piles of things to pack by them - it's all a bit mess at the moment, but by Tuesday it will be all neat and ready to go.

I fly out Tuesday around 6pm to Seattle.  I'll have dinner at the Anthony's restaurant in the airport (yummy seafood) and then fly out at 11:30pm - the red eye, to Washington DC.  Once there I'll have time to brush my teeth and get some coffee, then it's off to Norfolk, VA where my Aunties will pick me up at 9:30am and head to their homes in Elizabeth City, NC.  I'm looking forward to seeing them.

So I'll be gone till the 22nd of October and during that time I'll be taking a break from my blog, blog reading, and other distractions like facebook.  Of course I'll call CR everyday and I'll have to talk to Maddie over the phone (she gets so depressed when I leave).  CR will have his hands full with the kids I'm sure.

So take care and I'll be back in a couple of weeks.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, September 26, 2014


Apparently CR must be supervised when on the computer.  Hmm, should I check his surfing history or what?

In truth, they are both just waiting for him to get up so they can steal his chair.  I don't know what it is about that chair, but all of them LOVE it and think it's theirs to sleep on.  Scuffles have occurred to decide who gets the chair.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Early Morning Baking

Our friend Ken has been gone for 3 weeks so today he is coming over for lattes and I thought it would be nice to have something yummy as well.  So I baked pumpkin choc chip muffins and figured I could freeze the rest so CR could have something yummy to snack on when I was in North Carolina.

I also got the quilt of valor for my Auntie back from the quilters on Tuesday and got the binding on it, I still need to do the hand sewing.  And put the label on.  I wanted to show you the awesome quilting design.

I hope you can see it.  This block is the easiest block to see it on.  I can't wait to deliver it in October.  Only 12 more days till I leave.  Gosh I need to get busy and make a packing list so I don't forget anything.  When I worked I traveled way to much and had some mad packing skills, I don't have them anymore, which is actually a good thing because I haven't missed that work travel at all.  And thankfully most of my work travel was before my hip replacement and the TSA strip search because I set off the alarm thingy.  If I was traveling like I did before and had to be searched that much I'd go insane, I believe in safety, but truly it is not fun and it's a bit embarrassing.  All that and no one buys me a drink first, haha.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today, Just Because

Today, just because it was grey and sprinkling and cooler, we decided to go to a couple of wineries.  Well we actually intended to go to one, but it ended up being 2 and it was so nice.  It's great to be retired and just head out on a Wednesday rather than a weekend when things are so busy.  The grape harvest is in full swing and this years wine should be awesome, although we won't know for sure, at least a year or so.

Yesterday I was busy throwing this table runner together to put on my buffet (that once belonged to my MIL).

I also took a couple pictures of Scotchie the other day, it's fall and time to sit on Dad's lap at the computer and get his tummy strummed like a guitar.  His eyes will roll in the back of his head and you just know it feels so good.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Today, just because, I baked Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodle cookies.  Man are they delicious.  CR loves them and even our guy doing maintenance on our heat pump likes them and the house smells so good.  I found the recipe HERE.

First batch fresh out of the oven (minus one for quality assurance)!

Thought I'd show some of the things I'm taking back to the Aunties.

You might recognize this - I made one for myself a few weeks ago.  Thought my Aunt Shirl would like it.  She's not to into fall decorations, but this might catch her eye.

Aunt Jean however LOVES fall decorations and so I made her one with all the oranges and fall colors and this cute embroidery pattern.  I wasn't sure if the all orange embroidery would look good, but I like how it turned out.  I think she will too.

An Angel pillow for Aunt Jean - it has the same fabrics I used in the quilt I made for her.  Hoping that will get back from the quilters sooner, rather than later.  I have the binding all prepared and waiting to be put on as well as a label.

An Angel pillow for Aunt Shirl.  Her living room is mostly beige, so I thought this would go well and give her a pop of color.  Beige is boring after a while if you ask me.

A table runner for Aunt Shirl.  Again it will go nicely with her beige living room or kitchen table and give her a bit of color.

Another view of the table runner.  Only one Auntie is getting a quilt this year, perhaps next year I'll do one for Aunt Shirl, the only problem is that she won't use it because she won't want her cats to get on it or have to wash it - I don't get it, she's 70+ years old, time for saving stuff for good is well past it's expiration date.  I say use what you have and love - you can't take it with you.

I wasn't going to post all of this till I'd left, but then I remembered, they don't read my blog, I have to send an email with the posting cut and pasted into the email for them to read it.  So no problem, I won't send this one.  I still have to make cookies to take back.  Grandmas Buccaroons are their favorite and they absolutely require a big mixer to mix the very stiff dough, well the one Aunt has a hand mixer and I don't think the other even has that, so these cookies must be made and taken back.

After a rough week I am finally feeling better and ready to get out and about more.  It took a while to get over the last treatment this time around.  I guess I'm starting to think more about my trip, it's coming up quickly.  I leave the night of October 7th on the redeye and arrive at 9:30 the morning of the 8th and will return home on the 22nd.  Since I'll be back there for my birthday I've already told them where they must take me for my b-day dinner.  We were supposed to go there 2 years ago when I was back but the place closes for the first week of October, so I was bummed.  October 7th is also our Grandson's 12th birthday, good grief time flies.  And he's starting to get that teenage attitude too, lord who knew it started so soon, but I guess it does.  I'm not a fan of the attitude so I hope it passes quickly!!

I had wanted to go to the Walla Walla Quilt show this weekend but decided against it and opted to take it easy since most of the week was rough on me.  I want to feel really good when I get on that plane.  The thought of getting through security for the plane is not fun, between my metal hip and now my knee, boy will I get frisked and probed.  Oh well better safe than sorry - but it sure is embarrassing.

So what are you up to this weekend?  Any fun plans - I'd love to hear about them.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Celebrating Remission

Yep, I did the happy dance on Friday at 10:30 am.  That's when I got my very LAST treatment and officially entered into remission!!  Oh what a good feeling it is.  Well except that Betty(bladder) has been in a major cranky mood.  Yeah she's making me pay, but it's the last time, so she can do what she needs to do and in a week it will just be a memory.

On Thursday we stopped at the North Town Mall in Spokane and I went to the Yankee Candle store.  My purpose was to by wax melts, however I ended up buying a new wax melter thingy for our new kitchen.

I got us wax melts in Pumpkin Pie, Hazelnut latte, Chai and Home Sweet Home.  Those should be some good smells.  Well good when I'm not baking, which I did today.  Yep I tried out a new recipe and man are they delish.  Amish Sugar Cookies that I saw on Facebook, a Taste of Home Recipe you can find HERE.

They are tested and approved by Cliff.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget

Today is 9/11, thirteen years ago our world changed here in the United States.  I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico about to teach a computer class on Kirtland Air Force Base to DOE and DOE contractors.  Suddenly the base was closed to all non-military personal and we were rushed out with barely enough time to gather our things.  A couple days later it was a long drive home as the planes were still grounded and at that point I truly didn't have much of a desire to get on a plane.

I saw this on Facebook this morning.  I love Jim Shore and I love the simple message this gives:


My hubby liked it too, so I went looking for it and found it on Amazon for 29.00 and if you have prime, the shipping is free.  So guess what we will be adding to our home soon.

The events of this day truly changed our world and the lives lost are something we can never forget.

God Bless America!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,