Monday, June 17, 2019

Working in the Garden

In between torrential rains we have been trying to work in the garden. There are plenty of weeds. On sunny days I try and do a basket a day. (Sunny days are rare.)

Hubby has planted some Dahlias. (We are cutting way back on the vegetables.)  He is also planting a new flower called a Crocosmia. My son-in-law, Seth, says they are spectacular.

The Clematis on the front of the house is terrific as usual.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Hubby found out that rhubarb leaves were poisonous so he pulled out the rhubarb. (Afraid the dog would eat it.) Apparently he missed part of the roots because it came back bigger and better than ever.  He took this picture of two stalks. (obviously referring to the size of my hips, the camera must make things look even larger.)  Even though I seldom cook anything I contacted the girls for a copy of my mom's recipe for pie crust and rhubarb custard pie and made the attempt. The pie was fantastic, flaky crust and just the right amount of sugar.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Last Lions Meeting for the Year

Wednesday was the last Lions Club meeting for the year.  We have an outdoor picnic even though we got a little rain.  The meeting is also the installation of new officers and a new member.  The upcoming year Hubby will again be secretary and I will be Tail Twister. The Tail Twister fines people in the club for silly things, no more than a dollar. We will still have a board meeting where we will allocate the funds we have earned for different charities.  Even though our club only has 27 members we will give away over $20,000 to different charities that serve the blind. Even though we don't have summer meetings we will sponsor a golf outing in August and charity poker in June and August.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Hand Quilting verses Machine Quilting

I know it has been a long time since I have blogged.  Part of the reason is nothing interesting has happened and another thing is too much has happened.  I spent two weeks in Brooklyn because Gretel broke her foot and had to have surgery.  She broke it at a quilt retreat. (Hubby said we should do something less risky, like sky diving.) I had a good time with Molly and even did a little cooking! After a came back I spent a week in Ohio because Mary's school district did not have the same break as Sofie's.  I have a whole new respect for Taekwondo. It really teaches kids to listen.  I came back from these excursions in time for another quilt retreat. This one was very pleasant and uneventful.

      I have been working on several charity quilts.  I don't belong to a guild so I am not under an obligation to make them, but my friend, Linda, is in charge of the Charity committee for a quilt guild so I help her out a little. These quilts are made mostly from my scraps and I machine quilt them.  In my opinion, hand quilting is much easier than machine quilting. It does take LOTS longer.  Hand quilting hurts your fingers, machine quilting hurts your shoulders. Hand quilting is more forgiving of uneven piecing. The first two quilts have machine quilting which is nothing short of embarrassing, probably because my piecing and more likely my backing was not even. The third is going very well. I used a wide backing and a batting that was very flat. I also took my time. The machine can go quite fast and it is easy to get wobbles.

       I am hoping that tonight Hubby will set up my quilt frame and I can begin quilting my storm at sea.

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Doll House Kitchen

For Christmas Santa got me the stove and sink for my kitchen.  I already had the refrigerator.  Now I have to make some curtains.  I was thinking cafe curtains might work.  With all the windows it is hard to find space for the appliances.

 This is the refrigerator that I had.

Hubby is helping me glue the pipes into the ceramic. It was hard to find a spot on the wall big enough for it.  It will have to go on an interior wall because there isn't a space between windows big enough.  I also have to mount it to the wall as it only has two legs.

Here is my stove and it just fits between the windows.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A New Year

Christmas was busy and wonderful. Five of the seven kids were able to come with five of the eight grandchildren. Hubby did a fantastic job with dinner, pork roast. Martha made deviled eggs twice because Mindy ate much of the first batch. Gretel made an appetizer with pork and chicken sausage and phylo dough.  It was incredible. Mary made dessert, both a trifle and a pavlova. We ate quite well.  On the 26th my brother and his wife and daughter came for lunch.  It was just a nice holiday.

Martha made ginger bread cookies with Molly

Molly and Sofie were inseparable

Friday, December 21, 2018

Almost Ready

The shopping is done.  The pillowcases are made. All the presents are hidden in Grandma's closet.
I think I know where everyone is sleeping. Hubby is working out the menus. Even the dog goes for a bath tomorrow. I think I am almost ready.