We’re Back!

Tritons

Tracey Arm

We have arrived home from the last wilderness. Alaska! It was just as beautiful as promised. The weather was way better than promised, as we had no rain. One day was grey and drizzly, but no rain to speak of.

The Disney Wonder

The ship was even more beautiful than I had anticipated. Our cabin was fabulous, and the service was impeccable! The food was so wonderful, that I’m not sure I can even describe it! Lets just say that I am dieting in a big way, starting tomorrow.Great Parking

Our son and Grandsons are leaving tomorrow for their new home. They have been away from Mom for about six weeks, and are so excited to be on their way. We are going to miss them BIG TIME! It will be so quiet around here, that I’m not so sure we will know what to do for a few days. The good news is that we can go visit them often, and Disneyland is on the way! I see a lot of trips in our future.

Mickey

I know this post is rambling all over the place, but I’m trying to give everyone a quick catch up… It’s been a busy Summer!

Cabin

My vegetable garden is just starting to produce, and I hope Summer holds out long enough that we get a few tomatoes…and I’m really hoping for pumpkins! We’ll see…

Cadillac Lounge

My little canine pumpkin, Audrey had more Mast Cell Tumors removed yesterday, and the surgery was just as traumatic as last Summer. It was her last surgery. I already feel guilty for putting her through it. Even with her pain meds, she cried all night. I can’t do it to her again.

If you came to catch up on my knitting and sewing adventures, I’ll be in the sewing room with Miss Audrey, so I’m hoping to get a few projects finished.

Stay Tuned!!

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Skirts

I’ve been working on skirts from Sew Serendipity. I love the patterns. The instructions are very easy to follow, even for someone who really hasn’t tackled clothing recently. There was a day, when I used to sew a lot of my clothing. I then discovered quilting, and the clothing construction went out the window. These patterns just make me want to sit at the machine. We’ll see how long it lasts, because the pinning and cutting sort of play havoc with my Sjogren’s symptoms.

I love wearing skirts in the Summer when its hot. They are so much more comfortable, and sort of neat looking. I think that I’m getting a bit long in the tooth for shorts. When it’s miserably hot though, and if I’m going to be home I do wear shorts. I just don’t really like to wear them when I go places. This Summer we are going on a trip, and I’ll probably be wearing long pants most of the time, but skirts would be nice for dinner.

OK

Alrighty–I’ve been back for a week, and somehow we have slipped back to Winter, or something. It was thirty-four degrees this lovely Spring morning…Not that you will hear me really complain. The only weather that I can NOT stand, is when it is boiling, unremittingly hot! I’ll even take snow over heat. (As long as I have power).

Our garden is slowly getting back into shape, thanks to my hubby, and youngest son. I worked a bit, but I haven’t been out there for a month. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I also haven’t really done any sewing in a month either. I did work on the Crayon Box Jacket like a whirling fiend. Then I went to babysit my perfect Grandchildren-just kidding-and while I was there, I managed to knit one square. Big fat halto to the momentum.

This week I have my quilt group here again, and the preparations have begun in earnest! The cleaning is happening, and I made one of my desserts today. Ice Cream! Perfect! By the way, did you know that Nutella will not stick to frozen ice cream? My dessert will not be perfect. I tried to pipe decorativeness onto my ice cream, but alas…  It was thirty four degrees this morning, and we’ve had popping fires all weekend… I hope my friends wear turtlenecks.

Pictures and more fun to come!

Bags

This is a cute little bag that I finally finished. I started it two years ago, and it then was placed at the bottom of the to do pile, and I mis-placed the pattern, and I didn’t like it, and I just had way too many other things calling out to me to work on. For an unpopular project, it turned out rather cute? I love the little yo-yo’s, and the embroidery. I LOVE the polka dot fabric. It may be the best part. I don’t know what I will use my cute little bag for. Possibly transportation of in -process knitting projects?

Those of you who don’t live in Twain Harte have no way of knowing that the Pharmacy is THE place to buy fabric, or maybe you do know. I’m always surprised when I’m away from home and tell people where I live. Many times the response is “Oh, you have the Pharmacy…”. Lovely cottons are in flat folds on tables. It’s like a very, very fun scavenger hunt, where you win fabric as a prize! Look what I found, high on the top of a shelf. Bee-u-ti-ful canvasy colorful goodness. I needed it.

It needs to bee-come a bag itself.

b,b,b…BEE!

Four times a year I am the hostess for my quilt group, or as we like to call our get-togethers, Bee!

Today I’m having Bee here. I’ve spent a bit of time cleaning, and baking in anticipation…

We are having Lemon Bars, and Strawberry Shortcake. There will also be a berry salad, and cheese. There of course will be coffee and tea and raspberry lemonade. It can’t be dessert without . We talk a lot, during the sewing, and during the dessert and during our greetings and our leavings. We catch up on our absent members, and ask about our spouses. We are our best friends.

 We sew, and knit, and share our new projects. Some are in progress, and some are finished. The finished ones are very appreciated. My Wednesdays are all very appreciated, because it’s Bee!

This One’s For You

Okay..This one is a stretch.

My Mother loved Princess Diana..so much, that there is still a Princess Diana magazine at her cabin.  I know that she would be setting her alarm to get up early with me on Friday morning to watch the wedding of the century.

I’ve had this very cute set on my little deck next to my dining room. My Mother gave it to me the Summer before she passed away. We never use it, because it has been so uncomfortable. It originally had cushions, but they were so UGLY that they have been living on the top of the garage refrigerator…and you have to know how ugly that is! So, there have been these two cute chairs made out of iron, but no one would sit on them. Iron is HARD!

In honor of my Mother’s love of Princess Diana, I have recovered the ugly cushions! They are now cute!

This one is for you Granny, and I wish that you were here to watch the wedding with me. I’ll do the baking…