Friday, December 23, 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We've been very busy the last couple of months. On Nov. 3rd our landlords knocked on our door and told us they had sold the mobile home we had rented for the last 6 years. We had no idea that they were even considering selling it. We was gave 60 days to move.
We was able to find a mobile home about 1 1/2 miles away that was affordable. So during the Thanksgiving holiday we moved. Rich took the week following Thanksgiving off.
My question.....How can two people have so many treasures??????
It has been really hard on Misty (cat) moving. She is a very timid kitty. The different sights and sounds send her scurrying under the bed for hours.
Even the houseplants are pouting. They are droopy and shedding leaves.
We are still unpacking and trying to get some order in the house.
We decided not to put up our Christmas tree this year. It takes me 2 weeks just to decorate the tree...not counting the time for the rest of the house. I'm just too exhausted from moving to deal with it this year.
Rich and I are spending a quiet Christmas at home. Rich has a 3 day weekend and we plan on relaxing, snacking on goodies and watching movies and football.
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This morning when Rick started to work he discovered a Mama Cat and her kittens by our woodpile. He thought there was 3 kittens....turns out there is 5 kittens.
NO........the Mama Cat and her kittens don't belong to us. They are the result of an STUPID pet owner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They drove off and left the Mama Cat and her sibling (Gray Cat) about 3 months old to fend for themselves when they moved.
At least Mama Cat knew where her babies would be safe. We are now feeding them and will make sure that they find good homes. I would love to adopt the little one with the stubby tail like its Mama. Don't know if Misty would accept the little one or not.
I won't post what I would love to say to the STUPID people that caused this situation on my blog as I consider it a family blog.
But......you know who you are and what goes around comes around!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Ten years ago today.....Rich and I was living in South Lake Tahoe, CA. We were enjoying a day off together....something that didn't happen often. We was still sleeping when our friend, Brian called us and told us that we had been attacked. He told us to turn on the TV. Rick and I raced into the livingroom and turned on the TV. We sat and watched in horror what was happening in our country. Those images still haunt us to this day.......
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The "Mardi Gras" doll quilt I made for my partner, Linda in North Carolina. She told me that she had a doll room decorated in yellow and purple. It was fun shopping for the outside border. I wanted something that would go with the yellow and purple Nine-Patches in the center. I almost gave up....until I found this Mardi Gras looking fabric. When I showed Rich he asked how much of it did I buy? I told him only 1/2 yard. He told me I should have bought more so I could sew him a scrub top out of it. I'll have to check and see if they have any left next time I go shopping. I knew I should have bought more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Raggedy Ann and Andy quilt is the one my partner, Linda made for me. The pinwheels are 3-D and the center is embroidery. I will be hanging it next to a red shelf that has a Primitive Raggedy Annie and mini teapots.
Looking forward to next month's Doll Quilt Swap.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Last Saturday Rich and I went to Sutherlin, Oregon to see The Traveling Wall. We had watched as The Traveling Wall was escorted thru the VA Hospital in Roseburg on Wednesday. It was escorted by numereous police and fire departments, several hundred bikers and old time cars. It was a beautiful sight to see. It was so sad to see all the names on the wall. It was also sad to think of all the men and women that have died after the wars.
After seeing The Traveling Wall we went just south of Sutherlin to view The Healing Field of Southern Oregon. There was 1,750 flags on display in the field. There was also some displays to view.
As we was standing for a moment of silence in front of the above display.....I could feel our friend, Danny looking down upon us from heaven. He told us that he loved us and one day we would all be together once more. I stood there crying for Danny and all the other heroes that have lost their lives defending our country.
Danny was a Vietnam Veteran. He didn't die in the war....he died of complications of ALS in 2004. When he was diagnosed he was told that there was a 60 percent chance that it had been caused by being exposed to Agent Orange that he had been exposed to in Vietnam.
Danny's name will not be on The Wall....he was one of the men and women who have died years after the war has ended!
Monday, July 04, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Thank you to all the service men and women who has served our great country.......past and present! A special thanks to my Father-in-law who served in World War II, my wonderful hubby, Rich who served his country during the Vietnam War era and our special friend, Danny who served in Vietnam.
Yesterday we went into Medford and placed flowers on all our loved ones graves. The photo is Dad and Mom's gravestone. My sister's were not able to place flowers on their graves so Rich and I placed flowers for them.
I had so much fun making my Doll Quilt for Chele this month. She loves scrappy quilts so I made her a String Quilt. I named my quilt....Granny's Strings in honor of my beloved Grandma Shaw! The string quilt block was the first block that she taught me how to sew when I was first starting out sewing. I miss Grandma and being able to sit and talk to her about anything and everything.
Looking forward to next month's Doll Quilt Swap!
Monday, May 02, 2011
I made a Disappearing Nine-Patch doll quilt for my partner, JoAnn. JoAnn lives in Georgia. She told me that the tornadoes had hit about 10 miles north of her area. She had wrote me and told me that she loved pastels and brights...so I tried to incorporate those colors in her quilt.
I received a beautiful doll quilt from JoAnn....she called it
Disappearing Violets". I love it and its proudly hanging on my hallway wall where I have several small quilts displayed!
I'm not sure what I'll come up with for my partner, Chele for May. She likes scrappy quilts, bright colors, novelty prints, batiks and polka dots. Ummm.......I'll come up with something. That is what is fun about swapping....it gets you to thinking about different themes, colors, etc.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today we celebrate our Earth! On this day people will recycle, reuse and do without all in the name of saving our planet! Don't get me wrong....I think it's a wonderful thing to do....you just need to do it everyday not just Earth Day!
The practice of recycling, reusing and doing without is how I was raised by my parents and grandparents.
Dad and my Grandpas didn't run to town everytime they needed to repair something around the house. They improvised using the materials they had in their shops. Many a time I've seen my Dad take a corn flake box and cut out a gasket for a car engine. No running to the store for him. His homemade gaskets lasted just as long as the store bought ones.
My Grandpas were both very inventive when they needed to repair things around their homes. Grandpa S. kept his old John Deere tractor in tip top shape. He had to fabricate many parts because it was so old parts were hard to find for it.
My Grandpa McG. was disabled as a young man. That didn't keep him from raising 9 children and building his own homes. I remember him remodeling some old outbuildings into a beautiful home by recycling lumber, windows and doors.
My Mom and Grandmas all were very good at preserving foods and stocking the pantries for their families. They all loved to preserve the bounties they came across. We would go pick up onions in the field after they harvested the crops. We paid a penny per pound for what we picked up. Mom would go sort the onions as soon as we got home. The ones that had cuts from harvesting was used first. She also chopped some of them and placed them in the freezer for cooking. We would go and pick up apples, pears, peaches, apricots off the ground after the orchards were picked. These fruits were canned and made into jams and jellies. We would go out and cut wild asparagus for a spring treat. Before they started juicing all pears, peaches and apples you used to be able to go down where they would dump them by the truckloads and get the fruit free. Now all the fruit that can't be used for the cannery, gift baskets and boxes go to be juiced and dried into concentrate for foreign countries.
All the families had huge gardens and all the veggies were consumed fresh or preserved for later use. Grandpa S. always planted everything in 4's. One for the Lord, one for his children, one for the neighbors and one for Grandma and himself. Yes, even the zucchini was planted by 4's. Grandma had to be very creative using all the zucchini! You had best leave your car windows up and the doors locked if you didn't want a back seat full of zucchini. And don't think because the garden was finished that you wasn't going to get veggies and fruits. Grandma would send home frozen and canned veggies and fruits. We called them "Grandma's Care Bags". She would slip out of the house and fill up paper grocery bags that she kept out in the well shed. She would use fresh, frozen or canned goodies to fill up her bag. At times she would even include cash for gas, ect. She would either put the bag in your car or hand it to you as you were getting in the car to leave. When she went calling on her neighbors she never went empty handed. She would take baked goods, fresh fruits or veggies, canned veggies, fruits, jams or maybe a jar of Grandpa's Wild Thisle Honey!
My McG. grandparents always had their huge garden, chickens, hogs, beef and milk cows. I loved helping Grandpa milk the cow. After we finished we would take it into the kitchen for Grandma to take of it. She would strain the milk into gallon glass jars and set it in the refrigerator for the cream to separate. She would separate the cream off the ready jars in the frig. Then we got to make butter out of some of the cream. If strawberries were ready in the garden we got a treat of fresh cream and sliced strawberries. Sometimes Grandma would whip the cream and other times she just poured the fresh cream over the berries. Yummy! I loved helping Grandma churn the cream into butter. She had a gallon glass jar with a churn on top. You would just turn the handle until the butter separated from the whey. Oh, the taste of fresh butter right out of the churn. The whey was either used in bread baking or put in the hog slop. Either way it wasn't wasted.
Dad worked in the mills and during the winter they were often shut down. During the spring, summer and fall we would stock our pantry with enough foods to last during the times that Dad was out of work. We would grow as much veggies that we could. We ate fresh veggies out of the garden and the excess was canned. Dad usually worked swing shift so he would work in the garden in the morning watering and weeding. Mom and I would pick the veggies in the morning and then after Dad went to work we would can them. It was hot work but the rewards were very tasty.
Mom, Grandma, my sisters and I would go out and pick berries, etc. for canning, jams and jellies. Grandma was always afraid of snakes while picking berries....me I hated them big Garden Spiders and their webs. I'll take a snake any day over them spiders.
At times Dad would work 2 jobs in the summer. He would work at the mill on swing shift and work during the day driving the tractor pulling a trailer picking up boxes of peaches the workers picked. He was allowed to bring home boxes of the peaches that had splits or bruising. After Dad left for work Mom and I would can the best parts, make jams and jellies out of the pieces. All our hard work sure did taste good during the winter.
We also stockpiled flour, sugar, tea, coffee and other items that we had to buy during the summer. That was we didn't have to worry about where the money was coming from in the winter to buy them.
My Grandma S. and I would recycle clothing into school clothes for myself and play clothes for my little sisters. At that time the full gathered dresses and skirts were being exchanged for mini skirts....the mid 1960's. Grandma and I would go shopping at the Sally Shop (Salvation Army Thrift Store). We could purchase a large brown paper grocery bag of clothes for $1. You could stuff it as full as you could get it....the sack couldn't rip. Grandma and I each took a bag and would fill it with all kinds of clothes that we could recycle into other clothes. It was a game with Grandma and I to see who could get the most clothes in our bags. Grandma always won until I discovered her secret. She would actually roll the garments and place them in her bag. She could get at least 2 layers of rolled clothes in the bag and then she would fold the rest of the clothes and lay them on top of the 2 layers of clothes. After we got home we would wash and dry our treasures.
Then it was time to start recycling the clothes. We would remove all zippers, buttons and decorations. Putting them aside we would then take apart the clothes. It is amazing how much fabric can be gleaned from a dress with long sleeves and a full gathered skirt. After all the clothes were recycled into fabric we would decide what to make out of our new to us fabric. Grandma decided that we would first make blouses and skirts for me to wear to school. Then the rest of the fabric was used to make tops, long pants and shorts for my little sisters. We would mix and match the colors. I loved to applique little animals, etc on the tops. For example I might take a red solid fabric to make shorts or long pants...then I would use a print to match the solid color for the top. I would use a solid red piece of fabric to applique a cat, dog, ect on the print top. They were so cute!!! After we finished making as many clothes as possible out of our fabric Grandma would use the scraps for quilt blocks. Her favorite quilt block was the Nine-Patch.
I used to go with Grandma S. to church quilting bees! Talk about being funny! Imagine grown women bickering over scraps of fabric. They would get big cardboard barrels of fabric scraps. Usually 4 ladies would go through the barrels and choose colors for the quilt blocks. One day 2 of the ladies started squabbling over a piece of fabric. Both wanted it for their quilt blocks. Grandma was cutting blocks out and after a while she got tired of listening to the ladies squabble...one of the ladies was her best friend. Grandma got up from the table, walked over and took the piece of fabric from the ladies. Yep, she used her scissors and cut that fabric in half. She handed both the ladies a piece and then announced it was time for lunch. I will never forget the look on those 2 ladies faces when Grandma handed them each a piece of the fabric.
Speaking of lunch....those ladies sure could cook. They went all out trying to outdo each other with their offerings. Grandma's specialty was Banana Pudding! She made it from scratch...no instant pudding for Grandma. She made the honest to goodness vanilla pudding. She would layer vanilla wafers on the bottom of a large oblong cake pan and around the sides too. Then she would place a layer of pudding, layer of sliced bananas, layer of pudding, layer of bananas and end with a layer of pudding. Then she would make the meringue and place a thick layer on top. She always made cute little curliques with the meringe. Then into the oven to broil the meringe just until the little curliques were golden. Yummy!!!!!
Rich grew up with his Dad working mills and other jobs. They didn't have a garden but Mom canned fruits, jams and jellies. She was not able to do as much as she wanted because she had health issues. She did love to sew and made beautiful clothes for her family. His parents shopped for bargains as often as they could. Rich said he remembers helping his Dad load the station wagon with bread, rolls, cookies, etc. at the Bread Outlet store. He said there was hardly any room for all the kids to ride home. They put the bread in the freezer. They were fortunate enough to be able to buy fresh beef from Mom's sister and brother-in-law.
This is how we grew up and my hubby, Rich and I continue recycling, reusing and doing without....just as we was taught as children. It hasn't hurt us! We are happy that we don't have to worry about keeping up with the Jones!
Friday, March 25, 2011
This is the doll quilt that I made for my partner, Janet for the March Doll Quilt swap. It is on it's way to Florida. It is 18 x 24 inches. The theme for March was Red and White.
Janet almost didn't get the quilt....Rich loved it and wanted to keep it. I promised him that I had fabric left and would make another one for him to keep!
I had so much fun making the quilt that I signed up for the April swap. There is no theme or certain color this month. It has to be at least 12 x 12 inches and no bigger than 24 x 24 inches.
I've been looking at my quilt books and quilt magazines for ideas. I won't know until after the first of the month who my partner will be and his or her likes. Yes, we have men in our quilting forum....and they make beautiful quilts.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Happy Birthday to my oldest little sister! I know I tease you a lot about wanting to trade you in for a seal when you were a baby......Awe shucks.....I think I got the better deal. I got a wonderful sister and a best friend! Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Sis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. When Bobbie was born in Crescent City, California I had to wait in the waiting room because I wasn't old enough to go in and see Mom and Bobbie. The hospital sits on the beach and you could see seals and sea lions frolicking in the surf. After being an only child for 11 1/2 years I was used to having a crying baby in the house. So I asked Dad if we could take her back and get one of the seals instead....they weren't noisy like Bobbie. LOL!!!! By the way, Dad told me that they didn't take trade-ins for the seals so we had to keep Bobbie!
Monday, February 21, 2011
I've been having fun playing with my new Cricut that Rich gave me for Christmas. I was lucky enough to win a Pooh and Friends cartridge on Ebay. It came in the mail Saturday. So today I decided to play around with it. I love Eeyore so decided to cut him first. After trial and error I finally got all the pieces cut. In the above photo of him....he is not glued together. I need to find my Xyron so I can run the tiny pieces through it and then assemble him.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I've been having so much fun playing with my Cricut that Rich gave me for Christmas. I have been lucky enough to win auctions on Ebay for 6 new cartridges. I'm really looking forward to receiving the Animal Kingdom cartridge (photo above). Since we have hundreds of photos that we have taken at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.
I just received the Tie the Knot cartridge and have been busy cutting die cuts for 3 weddings I'm working on right now. Can't believe that one of the weddings that I'm working on has already ended in divorce.
I would get more scrapbooking done if I would get my supplies organized. The story of my life in my crafting area. Of course, Rich tells me if I would just work on one project at a time I would be more organized! Yeah, right! It ain't a goin' to happen.....me working on only one project!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
It's been about 10 years since I have knitted any projects. Rich asked me to make him a winter hat....he has about 5 or 6 hats that I have made him...he keeps misplacing them. Most of the time I crochet them...decided to dig out the knitting needles and knit him one.
After an hour of trial and error I finally decided on a pattern. Wow....can't believe how rusty my knitting was at the beginning of the hat....it's all starting to come back now.
I'll post a photo when I get it finished!
Friday, February 11, 2011
As promised...photos of my Hexagon Jewel Quilt that I've been sewing when I have a few moments. It is done using the English paper piecing method. Where you see the white running stitches in the hexagon....that will be removed. Each diamond in the quilt is a different pattern...no two alike! I have finished about 3/4 of the quilt top....1/4 to go!
I was going to surround the diamonds with green....Rich suggested that I use black...and it really makes the diamonds pop!!!!! When the quilt is completed it will be Rich's quilt!
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Today is the big day for Rich....his beloved Super Bowl. It's only 10:30am....and he's already watching all the pre-game programs. The Super Bowl party goodies are ready for this afternoon. We're having Barbeque Chicken Wings, Potato Salad, Chips, Dips and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Oh, I can't forget the Coke Zero and Diet Dr. Pepper.
While Rich is watching all his programs I'll be working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that I'm English paper piecing. I'll post a photo later.
So everyone enjoy your day whether you are watching the Super Bowl or doing something else that you enjoy!