Thursday, December 27, 2018

I like Thursday: December 27, 2018

Good Morning!  Today I'm glad Christmas is over!
I like how my kids loved their quilt for Christmas!
Pete and Jess were really sweet!  They came on Sunday because Pete and had to work on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

The grandkids and their quilts:

I knew my grandies wouldn't be as enthused about getting a quilt.  They much preferred those hover balls I got them...

Especially my big guy Nik (their Dad).  Surprisingly our dogs weren't so interested in the balls bopping through the air.  But their puppy apparently went crazy for the balls (yeh, I got them a bunch of them).

Today this one is going to the groomer for a spa day.  I found a fragrance free shampoo and that will help my allergies.

I finished this quilt two weeks ago and forgot to post it:
It's an Ami Simms pattern called "Dog Yeared". I bought and began to sew this many years ago.  I don't think the pattern is even available anymore but I'm happy with it.  I like binding quilts in the winter time.  By fall, I usually have a stack to do and it is such a nice comforting (and warm!) thing to do during wintery evenings.

Well I'm off to make phone calls this morning.  I need to call the doctor for the next step in back recovery, physical therapy.  I'm much improved but not well enough to take a walk yet (so annoying).  Hopefully the PT will take me the rest of the way on recovery.

Have a great week!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

No peeking Scout!

"Who me?"

I used an old napkin doll to display my Christmas hankies.  I like it!

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Craftsy users

I've heard from two people who are vendors at Craftsy that some of the shops are being closed.  Allie over at Allie--Oops and Deb Kratovil have both sent out messages about this.  Allie says she was informed that some of her patterns are going to be pulled and they are shutting down Deb's store all together.

You can read about some of this here.

The point is that if you are like me and have patterns purchased but not saved, you might want to download them NOW.  Apparently these changes are going to happen soon.  

Thursday, December 20, 2018

I like Thursdays: December 20, 2018

I was driving home from the doctor when I spied these geese in and along a small pond.  It stimulted an old music memory and I had to rack my brain to remember the song; it's called "Something told the Wild Geese."  It's a wonderful haunting song that encapsulates the feeling of the eve of winter.  You can listen to it here:  

It's Thursday and that means the web is full of positive thoughts.  You can find more at LeeAnna's Blog at Not Afraid of Color!

I love the Christmas commercials that people share.  Deb over at WonkyGirls Journal shared this earlier this week and it's become a big favorite of our family!!!  Thanks Deb!!!

I like Christmas hankies!  I was hoping to do a little display of mine this year but my back prohibited me hanging them.  Still, I thought I would share some of them:

This one was so loved, it was even mended :)

 Love the imprinted images on these two!  The reindeer!

Gotta love me a Christmas poodle!

Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Things I like: December 13, 2018

Well it's Thursday and that means we post whatever we have that is positive to share with the world!  Join LeeAnna (our hostess) at Not Afraid of Color for more posts.

It's been an off week since most of what I do these days is rest my back.  I've been lucky that I have such a good husband and a good brother.  My mom, my sister-in-law, and I have all been infirmed lately and the men have been running everywhere and doing everything.  Brad even drove me and helped me do a lecture at a tea party this past week (it was asking a lot of him but he was really good natured about it).  I gave my talk and was able to not cancel the program.  Three cheers for the men!  Thanks guys!

Brad's been doing all of the Scout work as well.  He's working on training her during walks and she appears to listen to him.  Once I'm allowed to go for a walk we'll work together with her to see if we can stop the horrible yanking.  She sure is a pretty girl though and she's adapted to they guys' routines and afternoon romps with Greta:

I like poodle pins!  These are the ones I'll probably wear on Christmas!

Mom gets home from the rehab on Saturday.  I've been babying the flowers she was sent in the hospital and hopefully they will still be nice when she gets home.  It's so nice to have fresh flowers around!

That's all I really have this week.  I'm on stronger steroids and muscle relaxers and am hoping to reduce the swelling soon as I hate being layed up.  What is interesting in your world?

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Challenge quilts completed!

I continue to rest my back which is still fragile.  The one thing I can do is bind quilts and fortunately, I had a stack all ready to go.  This past week I finished binding my challenge quilts.   

Every year our guild (like most) has a quilt challenge.  I love this year's theme, "Panel Play!"  Who doesn't have a panel or two (or more) in their stash that they should use up?    Both pieces are completed now and ready to take to the meeting in January.  This one used up some of my Mary Englebreit fabric and 1940s repro fabric:

Then there is this piece.  For the first time ever, there were puckers in the machine quilting.  It's a real disappointment that it's not "perfect" but will still make a good donation quilt.

I hope you have a good and happy day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy St. Nicholas Day and other things we love: December 6, 2018

Happy St. Nicholas Day!
I like traditions--old and new--and one of our family's traditions is to honor St. Nicholas.  On December 5th, we would always put our shoes outside our bedroom door and couldn't wait to see the candy and small toys stuffed in them on the morning of the 6th.  I did this for my son until he went away to college.  When I got married, my stepsons moved in with us and even though they were teenagers, they loved this tradition too.  I'm posting this on the fifth of December just in case you want to put your shoes out too!

It's been a busy week.  My mom had a knee replacement on Monday and so far, is doing well.  We are hoping she will be moved to a rehab today because she lives alone.
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Speaking of aches and pains, my back is officially out.  I started with terrible spasms last Friday and managed to get through until yesterday when my husband insisted on taking me to the doctor.  Even though I have a terrible knot spasming, there is good news too.  Doc Mitchell says there is no sign of nerve problems or herniated discs but that the spasm is visibly noticeable.  I'm on steroids and muscle relaxers so I should be good to go in a week or so.
The reason for the spasms?  Oh yeh Doc said it was this little one and her yanking:
"Look what I did!"
No walking until the back is better and yes, we registered for dog training classes that begin in January.

It was also a week of some sadness.  Some of you might remember Rudy, my late Mother-in-Law's dog that we fostered for a while many years ago.  No one in my husband's family liked or wanted Rudy.  He was old and everyone thought he was nasty except our family.  Unfortunately, my husband and I could not keep him because we had just lost Teddy and Seamus was not ready for another dog to join us.  

Our dear friend Barb adopted him officially and for years has been giving him the most wonderful home where he was loved by Barb, her daughter and son-in-law, and two wonderful little boys who ended up calling him "Uncle Rudy."  I cannot thank Barb and her family for loving Rudy so much.  His last years were truly happy.
Rest in Peace dear Rudy.

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Have a safe and blessed week!