Saturday, June 6, 2020

Summer is Here

After acold spell that did a little bit of damage, the warmth is here.  I won't have many lillies this year after that freeze and a friend of mine who raises chestnuts says that some farmers lost their whole crop. But many of our old favorites are in full bloom.  The rhododendron was spectacular although the intense heat that followed the frost causes them to wilt early.

 Old faithful, the climatis in front of our house, never fails to please. A robin has her nest in it.

We have two new climatis which are trying to match the big ones performance.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Same Old Thing

With Covid 19, there isn'y much exciting happening here.  I have a routine.  In the morning I practice the piano. I have been working on some Mozart sonatas, the one in G major number 5 and the C major, number 3.  I had worked on that one as a kid and hated it.  Now I am surprised how pretty it is. Then if the weather is warm I pull weeds for a while. Not long. We also sit and watch butterflies as they come out of the winter hibernation. Hubby had chrysalis from Black Swallowtails, Spice Bush Swallowtails, and Pipe Vine Swallowtails that had formed last fall.  He kept them in a storage cabinet outside all winter and brought them out the first of May. He must have had close to 30 of them.

   Then I quilt. Kameren's quilt is done.  I am really pleased with the quilting pattern. It is waves with fishes in the waves. I also finished the top of Mike and Marilyn's anniversary quilt and the top of a scrap quilt that I really like. I have two more quilts I am still piecing. I also made 175 surgical masks for charity


     Fridays I clean house but it the evening we have a Zoom call with six of the kids. It is lots of fun.  It goes on for hours.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Happy Birthday, Hubby

Yesterday was Hubby's birthday. We usually go out to dinner for such occasions but everything is different this year. Hubby grilled hamburgers and I did bake a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. For his birthday, Hubby got a tree. It is a Salix integra "Hakuro Nishiki."  it is a willow bush like tree.
He had a sasafras tree in that spot but it was too wet for it there. The willow should do fine. He might be old but in one day he pulled out the other tree and got the new one planted.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


We are all in quarantine but we hear about the need for masks and face shields. I made masks for all my children and grandchildren and the lady across the street and her children and grandchildren.  All together I have made over 50 masks, not hospital quality but some protection out in the world. Linda, a friend who is a member of the Cameo Quilters Guild, called me and said she had received  a request from Henry Ford Hospital for people to make face shields. Hubby and I did 100 of them today and tomorrow we will get the supplies for another 100. It is kind of good to be helping out.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Charity Quilts

These are two small quilts I made to give to the Cameo Quilter's Guild to give to charity.  The green one is made from orphan blocks from Gretel's quilt and the the other is made from scraps from a dress I made for Gretel a long time ago. I machine quilted them.  It is an attempt to get my scrap stash down a little

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Keeping Busy

I finished the top for Kameren's quilt.  This is for when she goes off to college but I will give it to her when it is quilted. She is in her Junior year of high school now. She had originally wanted a bookcase quilt but changed her mind for a "sea life" quilt.  I really like this one. The big squares have turtles on them and the little ones, coral.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

National Quilting Day

This weekend our group of quilters had scheduled a weekend retreat but because of the coronovirus it was canceled. So the ten of us had a group text all day and sent word to each other of the projects we were working on. It was fun and because it was National Quilting Day, very appropriate.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dog Gone Cute

For Christmas I gave Mary a quilted throw. I didn't put it on my blog earlier because I didn't want her to see it before Christmas. Then I forgot to get a picture of it. Mary sent it to me today. Her dog, Pepper, is posing next to it. It was a fun quilt to make and not difficult.
    With the quarantine I have spent a lot of time sewing.  Today I cleaned house.  It wasn't terribly dirty, just dog hair and cat barf.  There is so little traffic on our street that there was little dust.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Socks and Quarantine

While in quarantine I should be cleaning out closets or the basement but the truth is I am a little unnerved by the whole thing and have accomplished very little. I did get a package from Gretel. She had ordered some socks for me as a Christmas present.  I have quite a collection of socks.  I did straighten my sock drawer and counted my pairs of socks.  I have 124 pair including Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, and Patriotic socks. I have some with furry tops and heavy reading socks. My socks have the usual dogs and cats, along with Chip and Dale, Sasquatch, squids, andgreat works of art like the Birth of Venus and the Scream.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Two more Quilts

I finished a quilt for my Son-in-law, Seth. He wanted a twin sized quilt for when he is camping or sleeping on the floor. He has a lot of back trouble.  This is a scrap quilt and I machine quilted it. 

The second quilt is a scrap quilt too and it is more a throw size, 80 X 80 inches. I made it for my friend, Althea. I machine quilted it and learned a lot about doing that. Make sure you zoom in  to see the quilting. I did the quilting in light blue on the black.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

It's either too Early or too Late

I finished a Christmas quilt.  It is a hunter's star pattern, not the best workmanship and I machine quilted it. For Christmas Hubby got me a Bernina 770 sewing machine.  It is fabulous for machine quilting as soon as I learn how. I am getting better at it.  There is a lot to learn. I had to take classes, as the repairman said, "this is the Lamborghini of sewing machines.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Scrap Quilt

I saw a form of this quilt on a blog Quilting On The Crescent. I made it with 1.5 inch squares, she did it with 1 inch squares. She also did it with strips but because I was really using scraps, I did it with individual squares. It was a fun quilt to make and unfortunately didn't even put a dent in my stash of scraps.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Forgotten Harvest

Today, our Lions Club had the opportunity to volunteer at the Forgotten Harvest Facility in Oak Park, Michigan. Eleven of us, in spite of 5 inches of snow, helped to package "slim Jim" like meat sticks in bags to be distributed to the hungry.  It was fun to work together but since all the meat sticks were frozen, our hands got pretty cold. At the end of our 3 hour shift we had packaged over 2000 pounds of sticks.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Quilt of Valor

Earlier this year, I went for physical therapy for my knee and back. One of the technicians was a young man named Andrew. He was so kind and attentive. He told me he was a veteran and had intended to have a career in the army except he was injured in Iraq and would still need follow-up surgery on his foot. I decided to make him a Quilt of Valor. The Cameo quilt Guild would like us to present him with it at their quilt show.  I don't even know Andrew's last name but I hope he likes the quilt.

Friday, January 3, 2020


We have a cat named Fervor.

 He originally belonged to my daughter, Martha. (Like all of our cats they originally belonged to someone else.) About two years ago the vet said that he had some kidney dysfunction and would not last long. Hubby got an expensive prescription for him to increase his appetite and help him to gain weight. We gave him top quality food, eg.  tuna with pumpkin. After six months he was eating and gaining weight and we stopped the medicine. A year ago at his physical his kidney function had not changed.  About six months ago he had a dramatic change in personality. He had always been a cat to hide. If someone entered the house or even rang the doorbell, he was quickly under the bed. He spent most of the time upstairs in our bedroom. We had pet sitters who never saw him.

 Now he spends all of his time on the main floor of the house.  We have to lock him out of the dining room when we eat because otherwise he is on the table. He would fight for a dish of ice cream. When we do confine him he howls in protest.  The other day he was chasing Mindy, our retriever, around the family room. He isn't even afraid of visiting dogs. He is ready to take them on. Anyone who sits down, even visitors, find a cat in their lap. Fervor will be 18 years old this year.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Christmas 2019

Christmas this year was wonderful! Mary and Gretel made dinner on Christmas Eve and gave Dick the night off.The menu was spectacular, antipasto salad, spaghetti marinara, Italian sausage and peppers, grilled fennel and chicken Marsala with cannoli for dessert. Amy was not able to attend because she was ill but Jim, Martha, Mary and Sofie, Gretel,Tom Austin and Molly, Seth, Kameren and Keegan were here.

Sofie decided that even if she is not a really girlie girl, she did like her dress. Molly was busy charming Uncle Jim.

I had asked for some things for my doll house an Mary got me several things including a Christmas tree.

The best present came from Hubby.  A new Bernina sewing machine!!