Tuesday, October 26, 2021

To Do Tuesday: October 26, 2021

 I'm never sure what I'll accomplish in a week and that is why I like to make lists--mental and written ones and that brings us to what I'm doing today...Joining up with the "To-Do-Tuesday" posts that are now being hosted by Texas Quilt Gal. 

Last week's goals:

 I finished my Sunbonnet Sue Halloween wall hanging.  Not a big project but fun!

I'm almost done binding Rowan's quilt!  I'll be glad to get this one done and delivered!

My to do list for next week:

Take photographs of quilts I have completed this year.

Finish Rowan's quilt.

Attach binding to Christina's quilt.

Mom's hip surgery went well but she developed complications and is now in a regular hospital again.  I'll be busy with her care for the next few weeks so I'm taking it easy on goals.

Have a safe and happy week!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

I Like Thursdays: October 21, 2021

 Today is "I LikeThursdays" and time to post positive things on the internet!  Hosted by Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color, join us for today's pick-me-up!

I like the color of these mums at my front door.  For quite some time my husband and I have been debating as to what color we prefer to paint the front door.  I choose the color of these mums, it just pops!  I won't be able to paint until spring but I hope to get a similar paint color in the spring so I can add it to our door!

Butterflies in October!  The beginning of the week was quite chilly so it pleased me to see that the butterflies still visiting our garden!

Another signal of autumn, the geese arrived at the lake last week.  For a few days there were quite a few of them and then yesterday we noticed that the majority had embarked on their southern migration.

I like that my husband took vacation for the next week.  It's going to be a busy day so I'm off to get started.  Mom gets her hip replacement this morning and we are off to help with her dog and some other things.  Have a safe and happy day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tuesday's To Do List: October 19, 2021


It's been many months since I participated in "To-Do-Tuesdays" blogging.  As I wrote about last week, I was just having too many problems with my hands to commit to finishing projects in a timely manner.  The hands aren't cured but I'm willing to do a list--even if the list takes me longer to complete!

Link up to Texas Quilt Gal to see other fine projects that bloggers are completing!

One thing that is completed are my placemats for our guild's Meals on Wheels drive!  Some are holiday themed and others are not.

To-Do for the next week:

1. Bind Rowen's quilt.  He is the grandson of a neighbor and recently turned 2 years old.  I just started binding the quilt last night and work only 15 minutes a day to keep my hands from getting inflamed.  I know that this will probably take 2 weeks at this rate.

2. Finish my Sunbonnet Halloween wall hanging.  I've decided to machine bind this since it is just a small piece for our house.

This is all I can commit to right now.  My mother is having a hip replacement on Thursday and I know that caring for her will keep me very busy.

Have a safe and happy day!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

I like Thursdays: October 14, 2021


Today we celebrate the good in life by participating in "I like Thursdays" sponsored by Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color!  Join us to share the good in the world!

My first like is pretty basic.  I like that I saw the hand doctor last week.  I wrote more extensively about this on my other blog but the long and short of it is I have tendonitis not arthritis.  With steroid injections and a bit of rest, I'm hoping to be back to normal soon!

I love my blog friends!  Then hand thing had me a bit blue because I'm not supposed to go overboard with the use of my hands right now.  I was fretting about finishing my placemats for our guild's community service project (placemats for Meals on Wheels seniors).  

And then magically, Diann at Little Penguin Quilts shared a great link for a tutorial (here) for machine binding  quilts.  I've tried machine binding before and didn't like the results but this process was different.  I gave it a whirl and it worked!  Thanks Diann for referring to that tutorial and thanks Sylvia for a great tutorial!  I tried it on Wednesday and found my first try wasn't perfect but it was acceptable!

I like that the days are cooler.  When it's warm out, I have a brief window of time in the sewing room before it's too hot to work in there.  Now I can sew in the afternoon!  It's great!

Glad to see "Call the Midwives" is back on pbs!  

Wishing you all a safe and pleasant weekend!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

I like Thursdays: October 7, 2021

 It's Thursday and time to post the things that have made us happy, grateful, or positive this week!  Join the positive moment by visiting Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color!

This week I'm grateful that my sewing room is a mess.  All it means is that I'm getting things done as I continue to use up scrap fabric.  Speaking of sewing...

My Pfaff sewing machine is repaired and I just got it back!  I like my Featherweight but there's a lot it doesn't do as efficiently as the Pfaff.  Each year my guild collects placemats that we make for Meals on Wheels seniors.  It's a great way to use up scraps and I have a stack of placemats that I want to use the Pfaff to machine quilt!  

Plus I will finish a  little embroidery that I finished and will make into a wall hanging.  I've had this orange and green odd fabric scrap for years but I decided to use it up this year and made this little sunbonnet:

This week the weather has been warm but cloudy.  It's been pretty good walking weather and Scout and I have been enjoying a walk or two in the park each day!

Anyone who has done caregiving knows what a tough job it can be.  I'm so grateful for my brother Jim who shares the responsibility with me.  

My husband Brad is also a big help and often calms me when I am frustrated.  I'm grateful for the two of them and also my friends who are caring for their elderly parents too.  We exchange ideas, vent, and make each other laugh.

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

I like Thursdays: September 30, 2021

 It's hard to believe that it is the last day of September!  I may be sad that the garden is beginning to fade but I'm grateful for cooler temperatures and have already turned my head to preparations for winter projects.

Today is "I like Thursdays" and time to celebrate the good things in life!  Visit Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color for more fun posts!

I finished the squirrel t-towels for my neighbors.  It's a celebration of squirrels.  The elderly couple don't get many visitors so Scout and I visit them every evening and our dogs bark at the squirrels.  The squirrels really delight the dogs...and my elderly friends.  So making them these towels was a lot of fun.  They loved them!

Now there are new competitors for the peanuts the couple give the squirrels.  Apparently bluejays love peanuts too and they often swoop down to steal peanuts before the baby squirrels can get them.

Jay in the tree

The birds don't try these shenanigans against the adult squirrels though.  My parents had friends from New Zealand that they met abroad.  When the couple came to the states to visit and stay with my folks a few weeks, all they wanted was to photograph squirrels for their nieces and nephews.  Apparently there are no squirrels in New Zealand and the kids really wanted to see what they looked like in their own environment!

It's a clean-up and organize time of year for me.  I'm gradually cleaning out the garden and also the scrap bins and baskets.

Scraptember will continue through October.  I've made these blocks and 75 four patches (not including four patches for kid quilts) so far and have so many more to go.  The aqua pinwheels aren't even half finished but I'm hoping to have enough to make a lap quilt.  I'm sure all of you understand that the more you use them up, the more you find.  

For right now, this is enough of a project for me.  Mom is having surgery soon and there are always appointments to schedule.  Tomorrow she gets her covid booster.

My sewing machine isn't back yet so I'm happily piecing these blocks with my featherweight!  When I think of how old this machine is, I just marvel!

I don't have time to watch tv until the evening.  I was happy to hear that Restoring Galveston (one of my favorite DIY shows) was picked up by the Magnolia channel.  Last night a new show on HGTV interested me:  Houses with History.  It was a good show and I look forward to watching more episodes.

Mostly I'm appreciating the calm days we are experiencing right now.  I hope you are enjoying a peaceful lull too!

Have a safe and happy day!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

I like Thursdays: September 22, 2021


Greetings and I'm back.  Most of the month's calamities are behind me or repaired and it's good to be touching base again!

Today is Thursday and time to share positive thoughts as part of Lee Anna's brainchild, "I like Thursdays."  If you're needing some happy thoughts, visit her site to see who is all posting this week!
The skyline as we were leaving the park this morning.

Today I'm grateful we live on a hill.  We are expecting a bit of rain today.  City workers are already setting up barriers in case the roads get flooded.  I'm not upset about it, the garden desperately needs a good rain but when one lives surrounded by waterways, it's always good to live near the top of the hill.

Scout and I enjoy our walks at the park and this morning it seemed like all the water fowl were near enough to get decent photos:

Big white duck we call that gal.  She had babies earlier in the summer but she is a whopper of a duck!  She is surrounded in this photo by adult mallards and you can see how big she is in comparison.  We don't see many ducks like that here but it's somewhat fun to see her in this region.  A hundred years ago, there was a Duck Farm at the bottom of our hill.  It's now a park called Union Terrace.

There was even an inn and trolley stop at the Duck Farm.  The Duck Inn is to the left of the photo and still standing today.  It's now an apartment building:

Food!  I like autumn apples and hope to pick up some this week!  I'm not much interested in cooking these days but fortunately my mother has been having fun in the kitchen and sending food my way.  What's not to like about that?

I'm embroidering for the first time since the pandemic began.  I think I just wanted to keep busier for a long time.  These are going to be kitchen towels for the elderly neighbors down the street.  We visit them (outdoors of course) every evening and the dogs like to bark at the squirrels.  These days there are 3 baby squirrels living in the tree in their yard and they are a lot of fun to watch!

My quest to use up my stash continues and with my featherweight machine, I'm assembling some blocks. 

 Much of the fabric I'm using is from the 30s and 40s and was given to me by family members of late quilters, friends, and even guild members.  I'm throwing in some of my own scraps as well because it is supposed to be a deep scrap bag quilt.  The 4.5 inch blocks allow me to use up the really small scraps and be economical as possible. 

Even if I don't assemble the quilt right away, at least the blocks will be completed and take up less space.  One drawer of blocks beats 2 1/2 drawers of scraps any day!

Well, Scout and I are off to check on Mom before the big storms come in.  Have a safe and happy day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Universe Has Spoken

 Sometimes you just have to listen to the message sent out by the universe.

My message right now is pretty clear and it is:

"Stay home and scrub your home."

I'm not happy about this message but it's been coming on gradually until this week's avalanche of coincidences.

First our car.  We have two cars but my stepson has been "borrowing" our old beater car for nearly a year.  He keeps sending messages that it will be back soon but I'm not holding my breath.  We spent an awful lot of money on our good SUV this summer and then when things were finally feeling right, the car started choking and spewing.  It took 10 days to get an appointment for the dealer to check it.  And now it's another week while the part is ordered but not arrived yet.

This usually isn't a problem.  My mother has a perfectly good Audi with low mileage because she doesn't drive anymore.  So we keep it maintained just in case we have this very situation occur.  So no problem right?  Uh...but then last Tuesday the check engine light came on.   Her dealer can't check it until next week.

Yes we have a regular mechanic we trust--but both cars need some computer maintenance and he doesn't do that work.

"No problem," I thought.  My husband is working in northern Quebec for a few weeks.  I'm going to sew and sew....And then yesterday my Pfaff broke.  My brother drove me and my machine to our sewing machine shop and of course, everyone is getting their machines serviced for winter sewing.

Today I was reminding myself how to fill bobbins on my featherweight.   Suddenly my large spool/thread rack that hangs on the wall and holds well over a 150 spools--crashed to the ground.  Just like that.  It's unbelievable.

So I'm off to start fall cleaning...mostly because I can't afford any more calamities.  

I sure hope you are having a better September!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

I Like Thursdays: September 9, 2021


Good Morning!  Today is "I like Thursdays" and time to post some positive news on our blogs.  For more happy thoughts, check out our hostess Lee Anna's blog!

My husband left early this morning for a business trip and although I will miss him, I'm enjoying the quiet and catching up with home chores.  Today is wash day.

I am so happy that we got our gate back up!  The gate was fine but the posts had deteriorated at the bottom of the posts.  My husband and I are both sore and tired but it's done.  Our dog stays in our backyard and no dogs get in!  Yipppeeee

I like autumn roses which are just starting to bloom again:

I'm really enjoying a new season of "Restoring Galveston" on the DIY channel.  The show features a young charming couple who adore saving old houses.  What's not to like about that?

I am grateful for the Covid-19 vaccine.

It has likely saved my niece's life.  She came down with Covid after cutting the hair of an unvaccinated client who chose to go to the salon even though the client knew she was sick.  

So my niece was diagnosed with Covid last week.  When she broke out in oozing sores and began to swell, she was rushed to the hospital.  The Philadelphia doctors hadn't seen symptoms like hers and consulted with some kind of International Association of Covid Doctors and Researchers.  A Covid Dermatologist (who knew?) diagnosed it and relayed that only the most severe cases of Covid produces these kinds of symptoms.  

But here's the great part:  The vaccine did it's job.  She was told by the specialist that she was lucky she had been vaccinated.  She is home with medication, resting and recovering.  That is my biggest relief this week.  God Bless our Doctors and Scientists!

Have a safe and happy day!