Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tomorrow is the big day!

Tomorrow I will be headed to Paducah with my friend Mary for the quilt show!  Whee! 

I finished the 12th blocks for our swap over the weekend.  They were the same pattern but different fabrics.  It's a house block.  Here's the one for Mary.  I don't have a picture right now of mine, but instead of zoo animals in the windows, I have bears.


This was the most fun block of all to make.  Fussy cutting the creatures for the windows was fun.  I took a lot of time finding the right things to put in all the windows on both blocks.  On my block, I used bears from a fabric I bought while Ev and I were in San Francisco last year.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend.  We sure did.  I appologize for my absence, but we had family obligations that took precedence over blogland...  But I'm back now!

Good Friday Ev and I did a lot of yard work, including removing a creature that decided it's final resting place would be beneath our front porch - seems to be a pattern here with felines.  Oh what fun that was.  All is well now.  It was a neighborhood stray, but I still felt bad for the poor guy.

We ended up at Tilley's for fish dinners on Friday, which was a nice treat.

Saturday we had the kids all over for dinner.  Johanna, Ben, and Johnathon came early in the day and we had an egg hunt, then a big ham dinner with all the trimmings.  They had to leave around 3.  Nick was there for the early dinner, too, as were our neighbor and his daughter.  When we finished eating, the guys all went for a nice long motorcycle ride.  I cleaned up the kitchen then got ready for another dinner after 6 when Nick's girlfriend was coming over.  She had to work all day and this was the only time she could come.  We had chicken the second time around.  Needless to say, we have a lot of leftovers!

Saturday night was the only bad spot.  Johanna ended up in the emergency room with severe pains in her stomach.  She is doing a bit better now, but has to go see her regular doctor.  Couple things going on there, but nothing that can't be resolved.

Sunday we went out to my dad's for an egg hunt and dinner around 1.  Left fairly early.  I went to see how Johanna was doing then just lazed around the house the rest of the afternoon.  And with all those leftovers, Ev decides he wants a cheeseburger from Tilley's!  So we headed up there for dinner.  It was a nice ending to a nice weekend, all in all.

Now I'm chomping at the bit to get these two work days behind me so we can head down to Paducah on Wednesday!  woohoo! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Bags

It's that time of year - instead of baskets the kids get their traditional 'bags'.  Johanna's is the biggest one in purple and yellow/pink stripe, Nick's has tropical parrots on it, Olivia's has cute gardening scenes, Johnathon's has camping and fishing scenes, Ben's is a blue print.

They all have candy in them but then something personal.  Each adult got a homemade dish/wash cloth.  Ben got a nice leather pair of work gloves, Nick got a couple polo shirts, Johanna got the makings of her favorite salad dressing and a new stainless steel bowl and whisk, Olivia got a tea mug and tea, and Johnathon got colors and a coloring book.

Here's a recipe I'm thinking of trying that my friend, Sandy, gave me:

Cherry Salad
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can pineapple, drained
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 carton cool whip.

Stir together and refrigerate.

Our menu for Easter Dinner, which we are having Saturday is as follows:

Ham
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Asparagus
Pea Casserole
7 Layer Salad
Roasted Chicken (if Olivia will be joining us)
Cheesecake

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Electrifying

Dad came over last night and replaced the outlet in the basement that I have Gemma plugged in to.  The old one was one of those black plastic things that were used decades ago and were mounted on the wall rather than flush with the wall.  It was crumbling apart.  The electrical connection was okay but the fixture was falling apart.  Dad put a new electric box on the wall and a new outlet.  It looks real nice and works just fine.  I'm a happy camper.

Going to have the kids over Saturday for Easter.  I am going to get a ham and all the fixin's.  Yum!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Thanks

Thanks to my good friend who entrusted me with her quilt top and paid me for my services!  I was so nervous that it wouldn't be "good enough" and you made me feel ten feet tall when you asked if I would do this again for you!  You rock!  :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finito'!

Yeah, so that is supposed to be "FIN-NEAT-TOE" but I'm not sure how to spell it correctly!  Anyway, the quilt that was on Gemma is finished, with the binding attached to the top side.  I used the Nolting Ruler Mate on the machine, along with a piece of quarter inch plexiglass for a ruler to create a straight edge.  I have to put longarm rulers on my list of things I want to buy at the show. 

I have been knitting approximately one dishcloth per day, and I think with each one I get a little bit better.  Practice makes perfect!  The kids will each get a couple in their Easter bags (which I have yet to make).  This afternoon I sorted through some of my stash, with the intent of getting rid of some of it.  Mary doesn't have a stash yet, so I'm going to give her some of mine.  I have so much that was gifted to me that really isn't my taste, I certainly won't miss it!  Still have more to go through.  I did find some neat material to use for Easter bags, though.

Nick and Olivia are on their way home from visiting family up north.  It's been storming here so I'm hoping they get back safely.  Johanna and Ben were over for dinner.  We had burgers on the grill for the first time this season.  They were excellent! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Got right to it

Yesterday when I got home from work I knew that I would have a little more than an hour at home before I needed to go to the funeral home for a wake.  One of our elderly neighbors passed away and I really needed to go pay my respects. 

Anyway, knowing I had this hour to get something done, and not having to make dinner since Ev was eating a meal at work, I figured it was a good time to get some quilting done on the customer quilt.  When I got home, I immediately let Ivy out, as usual, then kept going down the steps to the basement and turned Gemma on to warm her up.  While she was warming up, I checked the mail, then got down to business.  I put in an hour of sewing which was enough to roll the quilt once.  Tonight I would like to at least get an hour in again, and then this weekend get it finished.  At least, that's the plan, Stan....  haha.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nutty

Yesterday at lunch time I went out to Johanna's.  While looking at where she wanted to plant flowers, I realized she had several nut trees on the property.  When I was young, we had a couple black walnut trees and Mammy and Grandpa would spend the evenings picking nuts out of the shells.  Those black walnuts made the absolutely best cookies. 

I asked Johanna to pick the nuts up for me so I could pick them and use them.  There are black walnut trees and hickory nut trees!  I'm so excited.

When I was little, Grandpa would take me out into the woods with him to pick up hickory nuts.  One time we were in the woods where a farmer let his cows be at.  I remember this big ol' cow came lumbering up to us and I was so scared I climbed a tree!  I think it was the sheer size of the animal that frightened me, because it was really a docile creature.  Probably used to seeing people only when it got fed, so it expected a treat from us!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Something that made me smile

I know I have talked here on the blog about a little bar and grill named Tilley's that we have here in our little town.  It's opened it's doors and closed them a few times over the years, but this time they may actually be staying open for a while.  I sure hope so, anyway. 

Ev and I like to go there on the weekends and have a meal.  He will get a beer and I will get iced tea, and we just enjoy the time together.  Many of the people that come in there are people we have known in town for years, so it's alway interesting to visit with different folks.

Sunday, when we went in for dinner, we got a pleasant surprise.  When our order came the cook had added a couple little extra goodies on our plates to try.  This isn't the first time that's happened, and it really makes me feel good.  They know we are regulars and they value our opinions.  They have even added items to the menu for us! 

That just makes me smile, knowing that people in town recognize us and want to hear what we think.  It's a warm feeling. 

Lasagna x 2

I didn't get any sewing done last night.  When I got home from work I ended up making the two pans of lasagna, then my daughter and her boyfriend came over for a while.  By the time all was said and done, I didn't have any more energy to work on the quilt.  So tonight, no matter what, SEWING WILL BE DONE! 

I have been knitting dishcloths while I'm watching t.v.  Last night I even tried stitching a different pattern, just to see if I could do it.  It was a little awkward at first, but just like everything else, I'm sure I would get better with practice.  I had a couple gift cards left from Christmas from JoAnn's so I ordered a couple different yarns from them online.  They came in yesterday, and I started playing with one right away. 

Do you know how hard it is to knit with a cat in your lap?

Actually, our cat is really good, so I can't complain.  Most of the time she lays down on my lap with her head facing the yard and watches intently as it pulls out from the middle of the skein.  I don't know what she is expecting to come out of that skein of yarn, but as long as all she is doing is watching, we're good.