Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heavy frost and new kitchen range....

Monday night we had a heavy frost warning......I covered my plants...

Tuesday morning at 9:00 before going to work, I went out to uncover and see.... First of all, the water in the birdbath was frozen over. Frost was on the cloths covering the plants.



Lots of little flower sprouts survived, I will have to thin these, LOL!

Tulips were not damaged! In fact they look better than ever this year, they were planted several years ago!

The lilac bushes are wonderful! For years, they did't get enough sun and never bloomed. After an ice storm several years ago took out a couple of trees, the lilacs are getting better each year, too!

So, I found a bouquet this morning.....maybe a painting soon....


Remembering back to Saturday, I had a wonderful b'day celebration with my good friend, Sally. [It was Sally's birthday we were celebrating.]

Sally, I and 2 other friends went to lunch in Siloam Springs, AR. The restaurant is 28 Spring. Very nice!

I had my friend, Liz took a photo for me, of my Thai beef salad.....which was gluten free (buckwheat noodles) I think!

It was such a warm sunny day, windy though.....we walked around the historic downtown exploring a couple of flea markets and some shops. We had heard, though, that the frost was coming...



Out with the old.....has this range been here since 1970? Maybe. I finally bought a new one....and ....

I'd say there is enough dirt here to be from 40 some years ago. [Don't look if you only like clean and shiny!]

After a quick cleaning.....they tried to install the new range yesterday when they delivered it. Of course the last century cut off valve didn't fit this century's hose for the gas as I write today, a plumber is fetching the right valve and will soon have me "cooking with gas"! [ which of course brings to mind " fracking issues" ....sigh...]


I have a feeling that my spring project will be to repaint the cupboards inside and out.....and maybe give away some dishes!

Here it is finally installed!



Let's look at those lilacs again....enough dirty kitchen talk!


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Sunny and last!

Photos from around the neighborhood this afternoon...

Someone has a young tree in blossom and lovely tulips, too!
A tulip tree in full bloom behind a vine covered mail box....and a red bud "bonsai"?

Then a whole line of springtime bud, forsythia and daffodils! I like the shadow of the bare tree branches too!
At home, my little garden angel stands near a newly opened miniature iris...

And a group of "pink" daffodils.....see the peach/apricot tones in the trumpets?
My main goal on this walk was to get a photo of this old reference while I add a truck to the foreground of this watercolor....again, I see shadows of bare tree limbs.....
Here is the aqua truck to add to the art work....
Back later with results....? Hopefully!
Meanwhile some of my grandchildren are on spring break at the Florida.
Little Nina looking at the big ocean...... by my daughter ( whom I recall finding the beach at the same age...)
This little mermaid is now a travel agent. Find her at !

[I just posted some of my quilting history to my quilt blog...1980's Scrapbook  ]

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sewing this week...

Enjoying using this retro machine. A Singer from about 1965. Made in Glasgow, Scotland. All metal, an early zigzag stitch model # 337.... And I LOVE the aqua color!

Piecing a "chunky" pastel quilt top with British florals, Cath Kidson and Laura Ashley fabrics included.

Finally, (below) ready for safety pin basting the three layers together. Should I hand quilt with perle cotton and big stitches....or machine quilt myself? I will decide......

Making quilts is so much fun for me...AND I love seeing my grandchildren sleeping with quilts which I make!

Here Nina naps with her special blanky...the soft pink "minky" and satin, which I did not make, and a wedding ring quilt, which I did make!

Soon, I will have to visit these sweeties they are sleeping on a pallet...Sophie and Nina are out of the cribs (since they were climbing out!)

I will post on my quilt blog about quilts I am sending the girls to use in their new sleeping area! [In this photo you can see the tangled crib quilts with ruffled pink edges which are now a little small.]



Sunday, March 30, 2014

At last, a warmer weekend!

After Mass today, we stopped by a store with a garden area......and some new gardens dreams were begun!

I tied up my wild curly hair because of the wind....put on old clothes and got the newly purchased seeds and plants around to the garden!

In the tradition of a real amateur (lazy?) gardener, ....these seeds were simply sown on the top of containers from last summer, after I pulled out the dead, dried remains of last year's garden dreams!

We will just watch and see if anything interesting grows and flourishes from these seeds!

I especially like the pink flower seed mix, which says that pink garden flowers represent tranquility and romance! A good dream!

On the other hand, the velvet red variety of 5-foot tall sunflowers, should make a striking statement! If they come up and thrive!

This basil plant can't go in the ground for a few weeks....we still have lots of freezing nights!

I brought home an unusual petunia...Which has blossoms that seem to be painted by a watercolor artist! ....And lemon yellow snapdragons which can take a bit of cool weather, (I may have to bring the petunias In at night for a while...or cover them!)

I'm trying to get this bird bath leveled...after planting some of the yellow snapdragons around the feet! I love blue and yellow together! Those broken blue tiles give me stepping stones and keep the bird bath from sinking into the soil!

Strawberries might work....?......worth a try! This variety, "Tristan", has intense pink flowers! Nice ground cover even if I don't get fruit!

Sweet mint was planted today in this large crumbling pot. The bottom of the pot is now a backdrop for the mint! A green man planter looks on! Mint will be great in the cucumber, yogurt, red onion salad which I love!

I think that about covers the new beauties. Some old friends from years gone by have come back, once again, inspite of the really hard winter which we have had....

Periwinkle or vinca is in bloom!

These hyacinths are attracting many bees, already!

Three kinds of daffodils are nodding their heads and bouncing in the wind....blurry may photos result...


These succulent "hens and chicks" survived all winter under the deck without water. Once I brought them out, a few weeks ago, and gave them sunshine and water, they have been very happy. (A gift frommy friend Gayle!

The lavender and the lemon drop are back!


So, after all the work involved.....a garden is a nice place to sit in the sun!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A busy fun week

 First,  I was in the mood to bake.  Gluten free lemon pound cake.

   1 package Bob's Red Mill Gluten free Vanilla Cake Mix
   4 eggs
   1/2 + 2 T. coconut oil
   1/3 c lemon juice
   2 T. lemon zest
   1 1/2 c, plain yogurt

Have all ingredients at room temperature. The coconut oil should be warm enough to be liquid.
combine liquid coconut oil with cake mix. blend carefully.
Add other ingredients.
Pour into a small bundt pan which had been coated with cooking spray.

Bake for about 1 hour.  until cake tests "done".


No iron dresses sewn for the twin granddaughters.....above simple play dresses.

Below, prissy dresses for little almost 3 year old cuties!  Perhaps they will love twirling in these!

I was so happy to find the ribbon flower trims already to sew on at the fabric store where I work!


Last Saturday was a day long Q.U.I.L.T. guild event.  We brought our sewing machines and other tools.

All day we sewed and visited, making quilts for local charities!

Janice sews a label on each one we finish.....

Maria and Lovina get started on the day's work and fellowship!

Adele and guild president, "Queen Kathy" share a laugh!

Pat sews one of several which she completed!

Below, my day's work.  I had used men's shirts from the thrift store, washed, pressed, and cut into 4.5 inch squares the night before.  That gave me a head start!

I worked in some sailboat fabric and grey fabric sashing or lattice between the 4 patch blocks.
So calm and peaceful, but still masculine.  I brought it home and added a light batting, and a flannel back with blue stars.  machine quilted in the lattice and then tied with perle cotton in the center of each 4 patch block.
Now we are collecting more donated fabric for our next all day sew in!

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