Sunday, March 29, 2015


Well spring is certainly trying to burst forth, early I might add. I love Spring and the newness it brings, the wonder of planning the garden. Each year I say I’m going to plant more flowers, get that arbor for  pink climbing roses, more trellises , mentally I plan an English garden living on a high plain dessert. Seeing the problem I’m having, called water!  But every spring I plan it out in my mind.
Hopefully this year the laws will change out here regarding collecting rain water from ones' roof. yes, here that is illegal. However, being the renegade I am, I have been collecting rain water in buckets to water porch plants for years. But a rain barrel!, to water a vegetable garden, a dream hopefully to be fullfilled.
The pink bubble gum quilt has been sitting in a closet for….well years, I had children in grade school when I pieced this quilt. I put real cotton wadding for batting, started hand quilting and realized this was going to take longer than I had to live. I needed a small hammer to get the needle through that dang batting. I found the bubble gum pink quilt recently and thought I’m machine quilting this, not going to remove any of the hand quilting I completed either.
To my great surprise it is turning out beautifully.
I giggle thinking that this pink bubble gum quilt in 150 years will show up at some quilt guild show and the presenter will show it explaining this is an example of a quilter that just didn’t have the stamina for hand quilting! And why should she have, she had a machine right there, so she moved her chair over and went to work!
The baby sweater is Baby Kina, a great easy fun knit.
Our Longest Days, an amazing read. WOW, I am grateful that my life has been easy!
The Old Women knitting, just liked the picture….I can Identify with her,{ I may even have a certain likeness to her}.
Have a great week. Hope to post more often, but good intentions is just that….good intentions ;-}

Friday, March 13, 2015


The computer is back! And I am taking a few classes to learn more what this bad boy can do.
yeah for me!
Today I tried a long arm quilting machine and I love it for basting quilts but not in love with it for quilting  quilts. First, I am not a fan of all over quilting, but most of all my back hurts too much leaning ever so over that machine. I like to take a break every 30 minutes or so when sewing to stretch out this  pitiful back of mine, when renting a machine by the hour, no breaks to be taken! Also from years of working in operating rooms my knees get really stiff from standing in place. So, the good news for my husband is, I have removed this from my "someday I would like to own a"……
I will send quilts down to be basted, for sure, for sure.

No new photos, I have to go and update iPhoto now, and yes I know how to do that, thank you Josh! 
Be back soon.
Spring is trying to break forward here in Colorado.

Friday, March 6, 2015


it's friday..........and i'm off! oh the possibilities for today, knitting, quilting, rug hooking, trader joes, buying fabric,  buying yarn, walking, picture taking and of course my big dilemma , " should i buy that new vacuum today?' I know my life has truly become boring, and i love it! to start off my day, i am watching the virginian, yes you read that correctly. My dad loved westerns and the virginian was at the top of his favorite list, being trumped only by gunsmoke and bonanza. when ever i can, i watch a western remembering my father and as a child the hours i would spend watching these shows with dad. oh sweet, sweet memories, how to articulate those simple memories that are so close to my heart.

it has been snowing this past week and the week before, cold, very cold too. but hope is eternal and i heard in the hallway at work that the temps will be climbing up to 60's over the next several days.
in colorado, hallway weather reports can be just as accurate as tv weather reports, so no matter where i pick up the weather report, each  has as much of chance at being accurate.

the quilt is a "scrap- use it up" quilt that i am over the moon with. i just get a good giggle out of ugly scrap quilts! weird, i know.
the brownies were delish!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Oh dear, I have really goofed up this blog. For some reason I can only get on through chrome...what's that about? So much has been happening too! I think my poor lap top is overloaded and no longer follows my simple commands. And password changes has not help the situation. What to do, any helpful hints is most welcome.
Oh, and it is snowing great guns over here on my side of town.


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