Friday, August 26, 2011

What a summer

It has been an incredibly busy summer for us.  Seems this year is full of 'stuff' of life.   We've had alot of company this summer.  It is beginning to slow down, which is a good thing.

I have gone back to yoga and am feeling good about it.  It has been about 60 days and I can tell a difference in small ways.  For instance, I notice that when I am driving the car my entire back is against the seat, not just part of it. 

On a sad note, my 13 year old whippet, Ouisa, is having some issues.  We believe it is a pinched nerve in her neck so she is on medication and lots of rest.  She still has that spark in her eye, and though carrying her outside with great frequency is a chore (we do live on a hill, after all) as long as that spark is there then I will continue to help her.  At least she's only 23 pounds, but my back is telling me I need more exercise!! 

Just wanted to update those who check me out.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Perfect Easter Dinner

You didn't think I'd let Easter go by without a tablescape and a dinner.  Not a chance.  The family was here and it was as close to perfect as I could hope.

I didn't go too overboard this year like I did last year.  We had our dinner on Saturday evening so the kids could travel home and get ready for work.
My precious little two year old has her own setting and monogrammed silver - never to early to start. 

Of course you gotta have bunnies if it's Easter!!

Bunnies and Carrots --

A bread cloth I did last year to use this Easter.

And Peter Cottontale to join us.

And home made ice cream and lemon cupcakes for dessert.

The dishes are Sango, Chateau Pattern;
the glasses are Lennox, Tuscany Seasons;
the silver is Reed and Batton, Francis 1;
the tablecloth and napkins came from Marshalls several years ago;
the napkin rings, candle holders, and candles all came from Kohls on sale after Easter last year;
the dessert bowls and plates came from Albertson's market and aren't marked.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's not ALL awful

So here is the post where I say positive things:

I bit the bullet and got a Roomba.  It's one of those robot vacuum things.  It is wonderful!  I have three dogs and this think goes under the bed, under most of the furniture, into corners, under the toe kick, from the floor to the carpet, up on the throw rug and it is amazing.  I named mine Ruby.  Yes, you have to clean it out after every use, but it's a breeze compared to some other vacuums I've had.  It's amazing.  I always said I'd vacuum more when they made a riding one -- well, this is better than that.  Charge it up, put it in the room, turn it on and walk away.  If it gets stuck it will tell you, and if you don't hear it, it just turns itself off.  Amazing.  Oh, and the dogs don't chase it.

I have been working with shelter dogs and it's the most fun I've had in years and years.  I am loving it.  After dealing with employees, managers, peers, superiors, and all those people it is refreshing to interact with a dog where everything is cause and effect.  So easy.  So rewarding.

We haven't had an earthquake here on the left coast, and the tsunami's were 2 feet.  Great for surfers.

Spring is here, and I don't see any rain in the extended forecast.

Gorham and Eames are back on Law and Order CI. 

I have wonderful family and great friends, Dish network and a reliable wifi.  Life just doesn't get any better than that!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April Already

I know, I know, I haven't blogged in ages. 

It has been an interesting and difficult three and a half months.  Death, dieting and taxes, what more can I say.  And winter that lasts and lasts.    I wonder if the earthquake in Japan really has tilted the earth and changed the weather.

And I'm so annoyed lately that I feel bad about writing anything.   What is annoying me you ask:

Who gives a rip about another 'royal' wedding.  For goodness sake, I have actually heard people talking about staying up to watch it and having parties.  I guess it's like the superbowl for some folks.  It amazes me.  If you care, no offense meant, I just don't get it.

On what planet are all these politicians living.  It makes me crazy.  Especially since I am writing a check to the IRS and an even bigger check to the state of california.   I am the last person on earth who would ever living in california, so every time I think about it it makes mad.  Guess I must stop thinking about it.

I have no sympathy for the teacher's union.  Not because I think they are bad people or that they don't deserve to earn a decent wage, but because grammar and word usage have really taken a nose-dive.  What is the problem that people don't know the difference between 'then' and 'than'; 'gone' and 'went'; 'take' and 'bring'; 'would of' instead of 'would've' (that one really, really bugs me).  I know that math and science are important, but what about communication!?!?!??!

Movies -- oh my word has no one a new and creative thought?  They have remade many already done-to-death stories; Alice in Wonderland, Arthur, Little Red Riding Hood, the list is endless. 

Why does New York think that they are the center of culture and all things brilliant in the United States.  (Check out the remarks of officials when they didn't get one of the decommissioned Space Shuttles)

Why do people make a shrine out of places where a tragedy happens.  I don't get it:  Plastic flowers, candles, balloons, signs and pictures; what is the point?

I finally got annoyed enough at my Pfaltzgraff dishes (they are not smooth and make that awful sound when you scrape flatware against them) that I packed them up and delivered them to Goodwill.  Don't know why after all these years of using them every day they started to bug me, but they did.

And the bicyclers are back -- don't get me started.

That's about it.  As an act of self-discipline and making up for this post my next post should be some positive things that have happened.   Unless, of course, more things annoy me!

Thanks for indulging me.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Recent Projects

Rain again today so I thought I'd share some of the projects I've been doing recently.  Most of it goes to the church ladies for their craft sale.  I enjoy doing it and need the practice so it's a win-win for everyone.

It's interesting that when I go to craft and fabric stores I begin to think that hand embroidery is becoming a dying hobby what with all the machine embroidery.  One of my local stores is no longer carrying DMC thread but a brand called "Sullivan".  I'm not sure about it so far, but I did get some for an apron project.  I usually order on-line but sometimes it's fun to go into an actual needlework store.  Perhaps machine embroidery will take over hand embroidery, but then again knitting has made a come-back so who knows.  Quilting is so big, but I just can't face sitting in front of a sewing machine for hours on end, and all that measuring and cutting and pinning -- I don't even do 'counted' projects - I prefer the stamped stuff because it's a little more mindless.

I've got other projects that I'm doing, but most of what I've been working on are flour sack tea towels.  They supply the towels and I put on the design.

Otherwise, I get something on sale and finish it.  It's hard to know what to do with all the projects.  I'd probably do more interesting and challenging projects if I knew what to do with them.

I am trying to learn a technique called Brazilian embroidery and am finding that I'm not too good at it.  But, it IS beautiful and I love the shiny rayon thread.  It's different to work with and I don't yet have the hang of it.

I had some variegated thread I wanted to use so I did two of this design.

Found this pillow kit on sale so I got it in two colors.  It works up quickly.
Another sale item that worked up fairly quickly.  I wanted to use a new lap thing so I did this scene.  Now to frame it.

I'm currently working on a a cross stitch lap quilt top.  Now I have no idea how to finish the quilt top, but what the heck......one step at a time.

Thanks for visiting.  

Hope Spring is on the way where you are.  

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Not a moment too soon

I finally have a new tablescape to post.  Nothing too over the top, just an impromptu dinner with our wonderful neighbors.

Of course lots of candles since it is February after all.

 Used the Coventry "Velvet Flower" pattern with a tablecloth that I've had for  a very long time.
 Couldn't resist hanging these hearts on the chandelier.
Candlesticks from various thrift stores.  

It was a lovely dinner.  I'm glad to have at least done one February setting.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

I'm still here.   And am enjoying keeping up with all the posts.  Just haven't had anything to post for a while

I've flipped the house to February but haven't taken any photos.  It's been a busy year so far.

Made a quick trip to Texas.  My Sister-in-law has completed her battle with cancer and is now pain-free and at peace.  Thanks to everyone for all your prayers and throughts.

I've been busy doing work on my dog training certification and loving working with all the different canine companions.  

And I'm watching one of my own 'kids' as he goes through a round of medication for pancreatitis.  He's doing well, but is not yet out of the woods.  Not sure what triggered this episode, but may have been a change in his food.

I'm still setting the table, although not as often.  And, of course, I'm not cooking as often this year -- yet.

And I am still stitching various projects.

Sounds like life doesn't it!

Thanks for stopping by.