Friday, June 14, 2024

The mama and the papa


 They belong to a cousin...I am not sure if they still have them.  These were from several years ago.  I think they are beautiful.


We had a storm last night...it did not last long.  Today has been a gorgeous day...it has been another this and that day...laundry, etc.  It was the last day I had to take Lorelei to her driver's education class.  There is always things that need to be done if I can just have the energy to do them.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Beauty


 I don't know about you, but I think the Coral Bell leaves are just gorgeous...and seems like I never get a good image.  This time, I am undecided.  On my phone I like the shot but on 'this' computer, it doesn't look near as good as on my phone.  If I think, I will look on the old computer at some point.

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Not much going on here again.  I did a bit of house work, picked up Lorelei from driver's ed, took her home.  She has band practice in the afternoon.

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Here is a funny story for you.  The kitty is terrified of Copper.  If she would just meet him, he would be fine.  Except she would probably be wet from head to foot where he smelled her.  But that is another thing to talk about at some point but not now.

Charlie, short for Charlotte, but I call her Kitty.  She comes down here when Copper is in his room, or when he is with his mom.  She was down here messing around when I was headed to go get Lorelei.  She was here by the back door, watching the birds, etc.  As I walked through the kitchen, she heard a noise and thought it was Copper already up here.  She made a mad dash to the stairs.  And I do mean mad dash.  She was going so fast, I really do not know what she was meaning to do, but she hit the 3rd step face first.  

The force she was running with flipped her on up on top of the step....and she sped on upstairs.  I know I cannot explain it to you, but it was just exactly like a cartoon figure would do.  I laughed  and laughed, and the tears were streaming from laughing so hard.  And she wasn't hurt...she is back down here now playing with the cords to the blinds and into this and that.  Now here by me...


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Getting ready to sunbathe


 One of many photos I have of turtles.  They are always fun to see and watch.  

It is a quiet day here in Indiana...daughter is slow cooking a roast on the grill.  We have had tastes and it is delicious.  Copper things he should be given a share.

I have been reading an old book...by an author who died in 1919....a novel set in the time of the French and Indian wars.  It just lets my mind take a rest from everyday things.

I have a load of clothes in the dryer...have did dishes twice trying to keep things done up....and worked on a puzzle a little bit. When doing that I am listening to Belgrave Square by Anne Perry.  Whether reading or listneing to her books, they are hard to put down.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

An old photo


 I really need to get out and look for things to photograph...however it is so much fun to look back through the archives and see things I have completely forgotten.  I went in search of thistle blooms but got distracted by other things.
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I have just did almost nothing this day...pick up Lorelei from Driver's Ed, and ran to Walmart.  Due to timing, I had to wait till after I took her home.  I figures Walmart would be a lot busier, but it wasn't at all.  Still, I hurried...I seldom go anywhere that I do not hurry.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

New lap dog


 You might have to click and expand the view to understand this.  I am in the recliner and Copper is in my lap.  It was raining, and dark, and the wind was blowing...not really nasty weather but he was anxious.  He has gotten in my lap before, so I thought we will try it now.  He was completely satisfied there.  I cannot move when he is there...he lay there about a half hour and by then the rain was over....he got down and started waiting for his mom to be home from work.  

Sunday, June 2, 2024

The real Oso Easy Italian Ice rose


You can see by the buds surround it that it is a rose of many colors...


It is a lazy, Sunday afternoon and I do not have two cents worth to say.  It is overcast, and the wind is gently blowing.  The girls have gone shopping for bit...I wanted to stay home plus Roger was feeling bad for a bit.  

Lorelei starts Driver's Ed tomorrow...can you believe that???  I find it hard to  believe it myself.  
 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Copper, at his job


 I really need to get some photo software that I like....I won't go into details...but I was too lazy to go to my old computer to edit this.  It us just show Copper, on the job.  He keeps watch over the front yard.  And also all the neighbor's yards within sight.  And the sidewalks. 

He is always so happy to see his mom come home...his eyes are always watching her.  He does not like her out of his sight.  When she mows, he goes from one window to another trying to keep her in sight.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024


 We have been having weather that changes but thankfully not the violent weather that some are having.  It was so strange...we had thunder and lightning, but could see sunshine through the storm.  I have seen rain and sun at the same time plenty of times, but don't remember seeing it storming, and wind blowing like crazy but able to see sunshine on past it.  It was as if just a few of the houses had it.  It lasted a few minutes and the rainbow appeared.  There was actually a double, but doesn't show here.  

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Of course I had dishes to do.  We have a dishwasher, but I just always seem to do them by hand.  When I was a kid, washing dishes after the evening meal was my job.  I hated it...and would try to put it off.  Mom would always say that I could wait, but that I would have to get up and do them the first thing the next morn.  If I had had a dishwasher then, it would have been used.  There was always something more fun to do than wash dishes.

That is about it for today...

Monday, May 27, 2024

499, but who is counting....


 The numbers slowly go up.  I don't recall if I sewed over a day or two last week, but did spend a couple hours upstairs the past couple days trimming blocks to size.  Unlike most quilting blocks, these are just using up odd bits of fabric.  Most blocks you cut the components to a set size and when sewn together, the blocks should all be the same size.  (If you are a quilter, you know that is not always that easy to do.)

With these little blocks, the center 'square' is first of all, not always the same size, and it can be a rectangle if you want, or if that is all you have of the fabric you want to use.  And they don't have to be a perfect square or rectangle either.   So that is why they are first made and then trimmed to size.  

It has been a quiet day in the neighborhood...after storms last night as well as fireworks.  Copper was not happy.  I hate it for him so bad.  He isn't as bad as one Collie I had...she was absolutely terrified of storms.  And the last dog we had before we moved here was fine with storms, but did not like howling wind.  Even with that, she was fine if I slept on the couch, she would sleep on the floor up against the couch and was fine if I were there.



Friday, May 24, 2024

Blooming now....


 Neither of the pics show the true color...specially the Asiatic Lily above.  It has a more pink hue than this shows, and is not near the color that it was last year.  I still like it.

Below is another Asiatic lily, and while it is closer to the true color than the above, it is almost too pink and vibrant.


Even if they change from year to year, it is fun to see how they come out each year.

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It just stormed for a bit...Copper was not the least bit happy.   I sure feel bad for him when it storms or when there are fireworks.   

I have not done a lot today...made an apple crisp this afternoon.  I want to make some peanut butter cookies sometime in the coming weeks.  I forget how much I love them sometimes. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend...

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

UFO


 I was upstairs last night in some of my sewing stuff...I am calling this a UFO...in quilt lingo that is Un-Finished Object.  In reality I think it was just a practice piece of free motion quilting.  I am not sure what I will do with it.  So I put it back in storage.

I seem to stay busy....went upstairs and vacuumed this morn, after stripping our bed and throwing it in the washer.  Normally I wait and put the sheets right back on the bed, but this time I went ahead and put a set on soon as I got the load started.  I feel like I am wrestling an elephant when I put the fitted sheet on.  I measured the mattress and it is 13 1/2 inches deep so it is quite feat to get the last corner on sometimes.

It rained during the night...actually stormed but I did not hear the storming part.  The day was sunny and warm and windy, but in a matter of minutes it clouded over and looks like rain again.

I need to go give meds here in a minute and see if Roger wants some strawberries and cool whip...not sure what I will do then.  

Monday, May 20, 2024

Finished


 Another finished puzzle.  This one was a bit of challenge but still so fun to work.  I have had it out for probably two weeks, but did not work much on it till the past two or three days.  I think I do better if I just pass by and stand and work a few minutes on a puzzle.  But when it starts getting about a third done,  or a bit more, I find myself wanting to sit and sit at one.  It seems like the only time I can sit and sit is at night when the lighting is not good.

We have tried to find a puzzle table that is adjustable height and would love to find one with a BIG board that will hold 2000 pieces.  I think it is going to be impossible to find one for 2000 pieces.  So for now we just use the dining room table.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Photo from the afternoon...


 I am so glad I still get to see birds like this...it is always exciting to me to see them.

I have been busy today but not much to show for it.  I filled syringes/Levemir, and made up meds.  And two or three other little jobs.  And then watched horse racing!  They are just all so beautiful.  

I also sewed a few lines, and am getting ready to work on the puzzle a bit. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

What I would love to do...


 Have you seen those big metal roosters for yards? Ones similar to THIS?  the ones I see are between 3 and 4 ft tall.  I wish I knew someone that had one I could borrow and put in the back yard.  I would dearly love to see Copper's reaction to one.  I really do not know what he would do, but I bet it would be fun to watch.

This morn he found a nest of baby rabbits right at the corner of the patio in under a clump of daisies.  They were not baby babies...he does not have the instinct to kill that Delta did and pokes at them to get a reaction.  Rachel put him back inside and they hopped out of the yard.  But they were still little...mabye 5 or 6 inches long!

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Another shot of one of the begonias...


 We wondered why some have the single layer of petals and the others multiple layers?  

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It is raining here....had been raining since around 10:30 this morn.  But it sounds like it is raining heavier now. 

I ran to Walmart before the rain really started...it was misting a bit and by the time I got home starting to actually sprinkle.  I went upstairs to vacuum before I brought Copper up.  He does not like vacuum cleaners, among other things.  And paces and paces if I vacuum when he is near.  So, I thought I would just leave him in his 'room'

By the time I got him up, it was raining...he had to go out.  And of all times he just took his time.  Came in pretty wet.  We keep towels hanging by the door just for him.  So dried him down as best I could.  He enjoys the drying process....LOL  Needless to say, I did not choose to stay outside any extra this day....on sunny days we both like to go outside...he to sunbathe and me just to enjoy being outside and maybe reading a little.

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Yesterday I cut pieces of the little blocks and made 10...I started sewing more today but I was just chain piecing and only got one step made for about a dozen more blocks.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Sunday coming to an end...


 Just had to show a blossom from the hanging baskets the girls got me.  I have always loved begonias.  I told my daughter she would have to help me keep them growing.  I am not always so good at flowers in planters these past few years.

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I hope you have all had a good day, a wonderful Mother's  Day.  It was good seeing the kids...Lorelei and her mom had had a cold...Lorelei got over hers easily, but Sarah was a bit slower.  She was fine today as far as that goes.

The daughter I lived with made this Honey Dijon chicken...I think she tried the recipe the first time after we moved here.  It is delicious.  I am thankful to have both daughters that like to try new recipes...they both come up with some good ones.  I have tried glancing for the recipe and don't see the one she uses.  I suppose any of them would work.  The chicken fixed like this also warms up an is just as good as when it was first made.

That is about all I have for right now...

Friday, May 10, 2024

One of the many little blocks...


 This is just one of the many little blocks I have made....


And above are few more...I cannot think if they are part of the 450 in my art bin storage or not.  Either way, I made 4 more little blocks last night, so slowly, slowly.

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I took Roger to see his cardiologist one last time...and tell him we have moved and won't be coming back.  He was glad for us to be with family...said that is what life is all about.  He did not know any cardiologist over here but said he would help us find one, but we would be better to ask our primary doctor or friends who they liked.  Which I know he is right there, I was just hoping he knew someone personally.  

He said he had wanted to do another evaluation the of the valve that doesn't close good, but he won't start that now...to let the new doctor we find know about it and if the new doctor wants our records, just have him send the request for it and he will get it right out.  (Of course there are papers we have to sign)

He is just the best dr...he ask us to send him a card/post card every now and then to let him know how we are doing.  And that we can call him at any time, and he will talk to us and give us any guidance he could...he said I know I won't be your doctor but I will help you any way I can...and he gave us a hug good bye.                  **************                                                                                                           Even though the trip back home is only 60 miles, it never fails to take us but what it takes an hour and a half to get there...and I always go the speed limit or above if possible.  I seem to always get behind a slow driver though...or the ones today would speed up to at least the speed limit for a few minutes and then back down below it.  And it is a two lane road so cannot just pass.  

All that to say I was worn out after we got home...and have not done a thing.

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

What would you name this picture...


 We were at Lowe's over the weekend and my daughter pointed out this sight to me.   Maybe  Duck, Duck Goose security?  

Monday, May 6, 2024

440 Little blocks


 I wonder if I will ever reach the 600 number.  That was the original goal, but now I am thinking I might go with fewer.  I am not even sure what size quilt 600 would make.

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I took Roger to have labs today.  They had been predicting rain to start this morning so I was dreading it all weekend.  I worried for nothing.  It still has not rained, though it looks like it might at some point before the night is over.

I fixed burgers on the grill and Roger wanted a smoked sausage.  The burgers were delicious.  If I will leave them alone, I can have a couple tomorrow.  Burgers off the grill are one of my favorite meals.

It is the end of a tiring day for me...I do not have much to say.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Latest puzzle


 I opened this puzzle today.  With the off chance that my daughter might want to work on it, I now at least hunt out the edge pieces, and if she does start to work it, I will put them together.  I still prefer to work sections and get them in place before I put the edge together because they are easier to slide around.   But I am flexible and will gladly work one either way.  The one thing I have often wondered is could a person ever work a jigsaw puzzle while only looking at the backside of the pieces.  She does even want to try.  I would not mind trying on a 500 piece puzzle...but it may never happen.

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At least one of the little squirrels keeps coming out back...maybe to get water from the drain...so my daughter put out a bowl of water.  If Copper sees it he is wild to get out to it so we really have to watch when we go to let him outside.

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I did watch the Kentucky Derby.  And I probably always will if I remember...I had forgotten today till my daughter reminded me.  But used to, the couple hours before the race was spent telling about individual horses and their owners.  The horse's personality, how he was acquired, maybe who his sire was, etc.  The past 4 or 5 years at the least, has slowly gotten till I don't even care if I see or not.  It is all about the stars who are there, and who is wearing what, etc.  And I just don't care who is there, I don't want to see them.  I want to see the horse, and the owners and the riders...they tell a little bit now, but nothing like they used to.  

And I am apt to walk away and do something else...and miss what little they do tell.

I would have loved to meet Secretariat and SeaBiscuit because of their personalities...

Thursday, May 2, 2024

From my son-in-law


 Jeremy sent this pic last night...he found this little guy in the parking lot when he was leaving work yesterday.  He took it to the river and left in the grass near it.  I hope it survives.  Isn't it adorable!

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Still sewing a bit....


 One of my blog buddies, Mary, sent me more of her scraps...she sent me a box a bit back and I got several blocks from it.  This is what I have gotten from the current one, and I have not gone through it all.  She doesn't blog much any more but we still keep in contact.  

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Nothing much is happening...I am just trying to get in the habit of posting a little something every other day or so.


I will leave you with a pic of my other granddog....he loves everyone, but oh, man does he ever love Jeremy.  They had been gone over the weekend with drumline and this is right after they got home.  You can see that Gus is smiling, he is so happy.



Saturday, April 27, 2024

Favorite of mine...


 Dogwood blossoms are are probably at the top of the list of favorite blooming bushes...and even among flowers they are at least tied for the top.  I yet have to get a good picture.

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We had excitement this morn.  I was just getting up when there was a knock at our door and my daughter said, 'mom, you want to come help me a minute?'  So I come out and she has a young squirrel that is wet, wrapped in paper towels to absorb part of the moisture.  She ask me to hold it while she went and got another one.

It turns out that some how they had got washed down the drain spout off the corner of the house out back.  Copper heard them, and tore the end of the gutter lose that goes down to the drain that drains it away from the house.  There were two in the drain, and it was full of water...they had their heads above water, but just barely.  

I think Copper had gotten the one before she got out there...she got him in and got the one that was struggling in the water...it is the one she brought to me...then she went back and got the other.  The mama squirrel was out there and she was fighting mad...in fact she was in the tree right beside my daughter barking and fussing at her.  And when Copper had the one, she had been on this partial wall that is out there and daughter was afraid she was going to attack Copper.

The one he had, still had a lot of life, but would not calm down...so she took them both out front in the hopes the mother squirrel would come to them...and we would look at them off and on.  They were too weak to climb the tree.  And it was starting to rain...

She thought a bit and got a box and taped all across the top with duct tape to repel water...and put a lot of paper towels in it to absorb water from them...and put them in it.  She also closed up the bottom flap to help conserve their body heat...and put in some pecans just in case they would eat.  We were hoping that when they got warm, they would feel better.

We watched for a bit and they remained in it.  After an hour or so, we had plans so left them there for a couple hours.  We came home and they were up in the tree.  The box was gone!  We assume the wind blew it as we could not find it anywhere.  

When they were first out there, the mother squirrel was out there in the tree, too...so maybe they will be okay.  

So that was the adventure for the day...I am just hoping they live...

Thursday, April 25, 2024


 I think this will be my last day of posting tulips...this was taken a few days ago... and the one below was taken a day or two later.


Even in death it is still beautiful.

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I did my walmart run this morning.  I try to avoid Fridays as it seems more people are trying to miss the Saturday/Sunday crowd on Fridays.  I don't go real early...usually around 10:00...after Roger is up and settled with breakfast.

I have cut pieces for my little Boxed Squares blocks, but did not sew any.  My count is up to 416 made.  I am not sure I will make the 600 recommended for a full sized quilt, but I am pretty sure I will make at least 500.
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 You can see the backdrops of the fingerprints her mom and put together.  See how we had to match the lines of the fingerprints.  At the end of the performance, they all drop.  If you go to youtube and expand the view, you get a much better view of it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

I forgot to post...

 I have been trying to do a post every other day....looks like even that is not going to be consistent.  Anyway, I had these shots to post...of my finished little quilted thing...

and below is the back again.


Notice the dark line at the top?  That is where I got a fabric scrap under the quilt and did not realize it...so sewed it to the quilt with the quilting.  I told Roger that is my signature...I don't think I have quilted a single thing without  doing that.  If it is for me, I leave it.  I just trim the excess away.  Funny thing is, I kind of like it.  

There are people that will layer several fabrics together and quilt a design.  Then maybe in one area, cut away the top fabric...and in another cut away two layers. and in another area cut away 3 of the layers.  It is definitely interesting.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Puzzle addictions


 Since Christmas I have really indulged in putting jigsaw puzzles together.  I cannot even begin to remember all the ones I have done.  And I have enjoyed every minute.  Most were 1,000 pieces with a couple that were only 750 pieces.  I keep one going almost all the time.  My daughter helps sometimes, and others it is mainly me. 

The one above is from Cross & Glory...I bought if on amazon...it is the third of theirs I have worked.  But their prices just go up and up.  But the pieces fit together so well.  After the puzzle is worked, so far can easily pick up the puzzle at the top and and it stays together.  The downside of that is that is when you want to box it up, you have to sit and take it apart, not quite piece by piece but almost.

They have some unique puzzles...some I don't like at all, but others I love.  And I delayed getting one that I really like and now neither Amazon not the company itself has it.

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I have worked on the binding some today...I could probably have finished it if I had focused on it, but I am not in a super hurry...I just enjoy it so much.

Lorelei/the drumline is participating in the championship this weekend.  We just watched through a streaming app.  She has really enjoyed it.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Awaiting binding

 


I am considering the quilting done.  It could be better.  I see a spot that needs a bit of quilting but I am not going to worry with it.  I really need to get two or three things layer and ready to quilt, and practice, practice, practice.  

I did not take a photo of the front, but I am here to tell you that the thread blended in so well, it was hard to see where I had already quilted.  I wished afterwards that I had been able to quilt it from the back.  

The binding is made, I just have to sew it on by machine first, then flip it to the back and stitch it down by hand.   I suppose I should learn to do both steps by machine but I like the hand stitching part. 

For those of you that do not know, the binding is what encloses the raw edges of the quilt.

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Another beautiful, but windy day here.  I did a Walmart trip and have not done much else.  I did steaks on the grill for use....they were delicious.   I am waiting to give meds and then think I will head upstairs to see if I can sew the binding on.  If I don't get detoured into something else...  

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Full of blooms...


 I hope you don't mind another flower shot...you will probably be getting several along if I continue to try to blog some every week.  This is my daughter's viburnum.  It is in full bloom and full smell.  I feel like I can even smell it in the back yard.  

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We had wonderful warm weather yesterday and today.  Sitting outside weather.  Copper sunning himself weather.  I even got to sit out back and read a little.  Simple pleasures.

I took my camera out front today to try to capture some of the dogwood blooms.  I have not downloaded the pics.  The thing about being out there was there was a squirrel!  And it was almost friendly.  IF I had just had something with me, I may have had a new friend.  But by the time I came and got something, it was gone.  I can always hope.  It is not the one we see outback...the one outback is much bigger than it was.

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I have my little 'quilt' almost quilted, but have not made the binding...so even if it was quilted there is still that to do.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Sunshine and shadows...


I wish I were able to get down on my knees, but I cannot so I do the best I can.  I was out looking to see if the hibiscus is showing life, which it is, but also snagged a couple photos of these tulips...well this one...the others did not turn out.  I do like this...but wish the center were not quite so dark.

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I have not done much this day except go to Mcds for Roger's standard breakfast, fixed my own breakfast when I got home, and I did a few dishes.  

Oh, and I made  up meds.  Roger takes so many that I use these little portion cups that have lids and make them up for at least 16 days at a time.  Sometimes 18 days.  The only bad thing doing this, which has not really happened would be if he were to have to discontinue one.  I would have to go and figure out what it looks like before I could take it out.  I would recognize some of them, but not all.  

I have not touched sewing...maybe some will happen this weekend...

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Still on the nest


One of these days when the weather is not misting rain, I will take my good and try to get a close up pic of her.  

It is a rainy week for us.  I think it has stopped a few times, today but there are big, big puddles of water collected anywhere there is room for one.  

I ran to Walmart this morning between rains, and this little creek that usually has just enough water in it to be flowing was raging.   The road had places where I would have hated to have been an hour before.  Water covered most of the road in a few places.  Luckily no one was behind me and no one right there so I could scoot over into the oncoming lane and miss them with one wheel.

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I did get my little quilt 'runner' top finished last night and I got it pin basted to quilt today.  Maybe tomorrow I will get some quilting time.  I honestly thought about hand quilting, but I want it done sooner than later.  Hopefully I will get it done.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

a bit of sewing...


There are three of these blocks though you cannot see the third.  They are left over from the project HERE.  I always keep something on the back of Roger's chair.

I wanted and needed something new for his chair, and had been thinking off and on what I might make.  I even considered just doing two fabrics and quilting them.  Per usual, I could not make a decision.  So, I thought and thought some more, and got to thinking about how he loves Civil War Reproduction fabrics, and I thought that is the fabric to use, no matter what I make.

I pulled out the container of the fabrics and found these three blocks...they are perfect for this.  And now they will be used.  I added the sashing strip between the blocks and did the one border.  And will do at least one more border.  One of the reproductions fabrics I have is green, so I may use it since it is Roger's favorite color.

I want to get to sew some on it today, but also need to do another chore or two.  So it may be tonight before I get up there.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Grand pup

 First of all, the photos of Gus are not by me.  I think Sarah took both of them...I know she did the first one.


Gus adores Jeremy....he loves everyone, but Jeremy especially.


He likes to relax with anyone, though, as you can see above with Lorelei.

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Not much going on here this weekend.  Daughter put on Quarterback on Netflix and it is really good.  In my opinion.  I told her, it might lead me to watching football again.  We always watched the Colts, and I was interested in it because Peyton Manning had went to University of Tennessee.  After he left, I just could not get into any of the newer quarterbacks.

And we always watched the Saints because of Drew Brees....partly because  he went to Purdue.  

This 2023 season is about Patrick MaHomes, Kirk Cousins, and Marcus  Mariota.  It is interesting.  

Friday, April 5, 2024

It could be better....


This could be better but I am still fairly happy with it.  The only thing I wish he had been looking at me.  I was shooting through the tree and was glad to get it focused this good.  

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Another cold and damp day.... not comfortable to be outside.  I had to run to Walmart this morn.  I hope to not have to go again on a Friday.  It was just not fun...seemed like I was always in someone's way or they in mine.  And I saw something I have not seen before.  One of the guys stocking the Coke shelf had his pallet set cross ways of the aisle and had it completely blocked, instead of parking it parallel.  I figures something was wrong, but did not ask.

I spent a lot of time on laundry.  I absolutely hate the new washing machines.  They waste so much time and I truly think more water and I know more energy.  I never wash a load that I don't rinse twice.  I always put it on extra deep, and still my clothes/quilts stick up out of the water.  And they take forever to do a load.  I don't know what a person would do that had a lot of sickness/dirty bedclothes to launder.  And this washer doesn't take as long as the one I had bought a few years ago.

I am running on fumes now so will post this and try to rest.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Not my usual sewing...

Can you tell just how slick/slinky this material is?  I am not sure that slinky is the right word.  It just slides all over creation when you try to work with it.  I wish I had taken a picture of a whole panel.  My part of the job was two sew 11 sets of two panels together down the long side...which was 8 ft long.  The two panels made a huge finger print so there was matching the lines to be done.  

Sarah went and bought a serger to finish the edges or we would still be sewing.  That fabric frays so easily and so much I am not sure how long it would have taken to try to do a rolled hem.  But she put her foot on the pedal and got them done, then I turned up and hemmed them.

It was a project for the Drumline--Lorelei's instrument is the cymbals. 

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We had shirtsleeve weather earlier this week.  Today was cold with spitting snow part of the time.  The wind felt like it was direct from an iceberg.   I am beginning to wonder if spring will ever fully arrive. 

 

Monday, April 1, 2024

Does anyone want to play?


This was taken a few days ago...when I get Copper up every day, he wants to play for a few minutes.  He has done been out to potty earlier when his mom was up, getting ready to go to work.  Even though he is 4 yrs old, he is not trustworthy to leave out without someone is up with him.  I leave him in his  place till I have vacuuming done, or if I have to run somewhere, I will leave him there.  Or sometimes I have Roger come out and set with him.

I have had my camera out playing some, not for the first time, but for the first time it felt natural.  Maybe I will get myself together enough to start posting occasionally.

For right now, though, I have to get busy.  

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Hello....

 I am doing this spur of the moment blog post because if I wait till later, I will never get it done.   So many times I have thought I should do a blog post, but for various reasons decided to wait till later, till a better time.  Only by then I am out energy, out of the mood or something.

It is absolutely wonderful living here where I can see the kids and see Lorelei every so often.  Can you believe I will be taking her to Driver's Ed this summer?  Where has the time gone.  She will also have marching band practice this summer, and is in drumline now, so she does not have a lot of free time.

I ordered the stuff to build a ramp for Roger....when we go to dr. or anywhere, he uses a wheel chair.  Anyway, I ordered the parts and waited and waited for them to come.  By the time they come, Jeremy was working 7 days a week for the most part, and long days at that.  Finally he had Thanksgiving weekend, and he and one of his buddies put it in for us.  Before that, Roger was struggling to get down the steps.  (In the house he uses walker.)

I don't get a lot of sewing done, but I am still working on the little 4 inch unfinished blocks...


I have almost 400 of them made now...it will take around 600 to make a bed quilt.    I am not sure I will ever get that many made.  Remember, each one will only be 3 1/2 inches when sewn into a quilt so it will take a LOT.


This is a finish of a sort.  It is quilted, both machine and hand quilting.  It needs more quilting though, but not sure I am going to do it.  It is just to hang on the wall and be pretty.  I wish you could see the sashing/border fabric...it is not as dark as it shows in the photo.  

This is just a little update.  I wish I could get back in the habit of posting more but there never seems to be much time.