Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
This is a close-up of the blocks so you can see the fringed seams-wish you could feel how soft it is!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
My Dad is a regular Energizer Bunny-while they were cleaning up the brush, he took the opportunity to trim up the lower branches on the Magnolia tree so that it can be mowed under.
Bill cleaned up the area with his tractor, smoothing out the sand and dragging the branches to the big pile. He is truly an artist on the tractor-he has a gift for visualizing contours and it is fascinating to watch him. There are two large piles of wood-Bonfire anyone?!
In our yard-all the Amaryllis bulbs we planted are coming into bloom-they are spectacular!
This close-up of the bloom shows you why it was named a Fringe tree-it is in the fig family-neat.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
A good time was had by all!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Tom comes running when he sees me-he likes to be in the middle of the action, but being separated from me was too much-he made the 4' jump to be with me-a real RinTinTin moment!Notice the guys just kept on working when they saw me but that is another story!
Reward at the end of a day...........nothing beats a John Deere ride. (Note the tractor is not as shiny as last year this time....it is a work horse!)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
...........of socks with blown heels. I have in times past darned them but it isn't lovely to look at and it feels like there is a wool wad under your heel; so these sit in the bin and they wait for me or the moths. What do you do with your socks that lose their initial perfection? I am tempted to try and needle felt the holes with a bit of roving and a styrofoam ball-what is your guess as to the outcome?
Here is the treasure I found at a garden nursery at the Flea Market on Saturday; a Phalaenopsis Orchid. We already have a common orchid that is growing well outside requiring little care or attention and so I thought I would try my hand at this one-it is not supposed to be fussy either so we will see. It is easy to see why these are such favorites for it is a thing of beauty.
And lastly, we ate the last Ruby Red grapefruit for lunch today! It was as wow as the one we ate the other day-but this one I did manage to photograph before we enjoyed it-peeled and eaten just like an orange, it is so sweet, it requires no doctoring up with tons of sugar! Our little tree in the backyard has about a dozen buds on it for a promising new harvest.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
As for weather, while I was whining about the cold dash across the parking lot to the Quilt Show my NY family was enduring cold in a worse way-and...as my sister has taught me this winter, my whining about 'low temperatures' is all relative. They (central NY) got hammered with snow/ice and were without power for 2 days-I do not know a thing about a shiver-mode! I stand corrected little sister! Here are a few of the pics that the storm bestowed upon my parents home which is right next door to my lil sis's------>
National Grid and an electrician finally restored the power a broken pole and blown transformer removed. My parents were again tempted to go home early (last year their furnace quit and they had to go home early to take care of that!) but have left the repairs in my sister's and brother's capable hands and will stay with us until their usual departure day-phew!
We have sewing to do and projects to accomplish together, and........I am just not ready to say goodbye again so early!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Speaking of sewing, Marsel and I made a dress for Abigail for Easter/her birthday which are the same day this year. It is so wonderful to sew a princess dress for the little princess herself-just wait 'til you see her in it! We also re-organized Marsel's sewing corner; I am telling you the organizing bug is contagious and I will gladly send it to you if you ask! Even her husband was pleased with the changes and he doesn't like change-"Wow!" was a great compliment from Bruce!
Perhaps my daughter will post pertinent pics.... http://www.mckeefamilynews.blogspot.com/
And finally , while we were getting flurries and my sister was getting snowed in, just an hour north from our FL home people were dealing with another kind of weather crisis-a tornado. Here are a few of the 'AFTER' pics we took while driving through today on our way home.
My parents said we just received a good, hard, windy rainstorm where we live, lot's of branches but not the damage that Lake City received. On a side note, my parents were out of power here for a few hours, too! How's it going? Do we take our 'electrical' lives for granted or what!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
It transmits info to our computer and will give weather alerts if the need arises-pretty nifty for a member of the Wayne Mahar wannabe club.........
And finally, a farewell to our four-footed, faithful friend, Fifi who has livened our household for the past 13yrs........truly an end to an era.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Her minister is moving to a different church and the ladies (the very same women of the quilting bee group) wanted to make a quilt to say thank you for his time there. The 10 1/2" blocks could be decorated anyway you wanted -just had to leave 1/2" all around for seam allowance. We decided on this design; mixing machine embroidery with machine applique-do you get the hidden message? A snowflake is above the birds to represent the fact that Dad and Mom are snowbirds-most of the congregation is! ( You do know that northerners who winter down here in sunny Florida are known as snowbirds for their migratory ways!)
We were pleased with our afternoon's work.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
So, I thought I would try to convert this common dishcloth pattern to a machine knit one! And it worked! Now usually this is knit in...
I might be seeing red, but not in anger! Quite the contrary-I have enough left over yarn to make a matching headband......... because th...
The classic sweater for Will is now completed! I hand knit all the ribbing and then seamed it up between naps yesterday. This on...
I managed to cut two more quilts out from the bottom of the Christmas prints scrap bins; one fo an adult and one for a child. (I migh...