Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The four letter word: SNOW

On Monday it was in the 80s and so warm in my house, the a/c turned on for a while.  Today it is in the 20s with the windchills in the teens.  Last night we had the dreaded white stuff.  It's a pretty late time of the spring for snow:


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Go Seamus!

Seamus and I go to the park to play ball.  It's a great exercise for him and since the road is closed (due to bridge construction) it tends to be quiet.  Last week we had forgotten it might be recess time for the elementary school.  I thought the kids across the street were headed to the playground next door, and as they waited, they started to applaud Seamus every time he caught the ball....
The teachers brought the kids across the street and said it was okay to bring Seamus (the therapy dog) over to say hi.  After a series of pets for Seamus and an assurance that they didn't want to play in the muddy field we were in, we went back to ball.  The kids and teachers continued to watch, and then the kids started to do sports cheers for Seamus ("Doggy, doggy he's our man...").   I swear Seamus loved all the attention and the kids had me giggling too! 

Hope your day is full of that kind of joy!  Gooooooo Seamus!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring has sprung!

IT'S TRUE!  Spring has finally arrived in eastern Pennsylvania!  The first daffodil is blooming in my garden and the boy-dogs are enjoying games of ball again.  It's time to frolic in the mild weather!  Beth and I are still busy tweaking our Civil War program and we are looking forward to just doing some fun sewing this summer.  For now, I'll just post some photos that seem to reflect our happy mood these days!  Have a great day!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Morning Carnage

Every morning after breakfast, the boys begin to romp around the house and play fight for about 20 minutes straight.  It always goes badly for someone...or should I say something, like what had once been a pink lamby:
I guess boys will be boys!  Have a great Saturday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Still thinking Spring...

and not experiencing it!  Today we are expecting some snow.   I know it isn't unusual for us to get snow in March but this winter started with the cold and inclement weather way back in October so it seems like a long LONG winter this year.  So here is some vintage inspiration:

I emailed quilt kit guru Rosie Werner and she said this kit is called "bluebells" by Paragon.  I love this quilt so I thought I would share it before I put it away.
Have a happy and warm day!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring will come...

Like it or not, Spring will come.  I for one cannot wait.  It wasn't the snow we had, or the cold we had but the number of months we had them that bothered me this year.  A winter that begins in November and extends through March is just too long.  I'm yearning for the garden--whenever the ice melts long enough for me to get there...
 I'm busy these days working on a new program with my friend Beth.  Called "Money, Myth, and Madder: Women and Quilting During the Civil War," we are launching the program at Colonial Quilters Quilt Show on May 3.  Until then, I'll probably be wrapped up with work and preparation and probably won't be posting much.
Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight before you go to bed!  This little quilt top is from my Storytime Stitches program:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lingering snow showers

The sky is falling...or rather, buildings have been collapsing because of the weight of the snow on roofs.  My roofer says the steep pitch of our roof is saving us but he has to shovel his own roof.  Every few hours we get these updates on businesses that are evacuated because of strain on buildings.  Meanwhile, we had more snow this morning.  I'm just grateful the sun is out now.  The more we can melt, the better, since we are expecting ice storms tomorrow.
 Last night I finished this mini quilt:
 It's for our Civil War program in May.
I'll go back to sewing after my doctor's appointment.  Tomorrow is a big paperwork day so I have to get some sewing therapy in today.
Stay warm and safe!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snow, snow go away....

My cousin posted this funny thing on facebook yesterday :)

We are doing what we can to cope with the snow.  Teddy doesn't mind it all, despite his bad hip, he thinks it is wonderful stuff.
 Seamus isn't so enamored but does enjoy playing ball despite the snow.
 Teddy has learned to play ball himself, burying the ball and then excitedly digging it out...
Seamus grabs a towel, builds a nest, and curls up to warm and dry out.   
Hope you all are staying safe and warm!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day greetings from us to you!
We are recovering from 19 inches of snow we got yesterday.  
This might be a more appropriate valentine:

 But I love my poodles.  How bad was it? Well here we are about midday yesterday:
Teddy is a 75 lb. dog and yes, the snow was that high.  Higher now actually since it snowed until after we went to bed last night.  Seamus isn't very fond of the snow.  He comes in and pulls towels out of his basket and builds a little towel nest:
We hope you are staying warm and safe!  Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!