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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Dinnertime!

So last week's gathering of the Sew What's was a dinner party!  Above is our hostess and her partner.
John, our chef, spent several of his younger years in Indonesia and likes to cook, so he treated us all to a fabulous Indonesian dinner! Here are some of the delicious foods John made. Please don't ask the names of these dishes I was too interested in eating them and forgot to ask :)

Of course we had a lovely time chatting before and after dinner. L-R here's Cynthia M-R, June P and Mibs B. Cynthia M-R is one of our founding members and this was her last night with us as she will be moving permanently to the east coast. She will be missed.
At the other end of the room is Susan VanA, Edith W and Pat F. Sorry, I missed getting a pic of Elaine T who also attended this lovely evening.
And last but not least here's Lu M and Ann R. Not everyone was able to come out for this evening of fun, but we were a good crowd anyway. June made the suggestion we have an afternoon Tea party soon. What fun! Still no quilting to show you, have been busy collecting Mug Rug patterns - stay tuned!
Word for this week:
Badinage - humorous or witty conversation, that which we enjoyed this past week!
TTFN




Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Birds are back :)

So, last Sunday I was enjoying my usual morning in the sunshine and watching as first a couple of squirrels, a chipmunk, then a chickadee or two, ending with Mr and Mrs Cardinal all came to visit my bird bath. Even though it still has it's winter cover, the bowl has filled with snow melt/rain so the birds and wee animals all have something to drink. Last year was the first year I put the bird bath in the back yard, but I filled it with plants - lavender... Hmmmm, so I started thinking maybe this year I'll leave the bird bath free for the birds.
So later in the day I'm back in the kitchen making next week's lunches & prepping dinner when I hear from the walkway behind the Forsythias, a father tell his small child "It's a dead bird - leave it! Birds eat worms, cats eat birds, dogs eat cats, that's the way of it". Well, I was somewhat alarmed so took a good look behind the Forsythias and, yep, found one dead Mr. Cardinal!!! Oh No!! Did my sweet Simone (she who can not be touched) kill a beautiful bird? or do competing male Cardinals actually kill each other? Is Simone doomed to a life as a inside prisoner this summer ?
So I've been sad all week, upset that my lovely Cardinal family barely got started. But wait!! Today as I sat in my kitchen we had 3 Robins come take a bath in the bird bath, and a new Mr Cardinal with Mrs Cardinal come for a drink  - YEAH!!
I'm happy again :)
Word/Phrase for the week:
Melopoeia - when words are changed beyond their normal meaning with some musical property, inducing emotional correlations by sound and rhythm.
No sewing again this week - sorry. It was the Pater's 88th birthday this weekend so we took him out to dinner. Tomorrow is my sister's Bday, so another family dinner and another cake! I made a mess of the Angel Food Pineapple cake, so they're getting a Lemon cake!
TTFN




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dare I say it?

Spring has sprung!! Yippee :) Overnight my forsythia bushes blossomed. Thank you Vince & Mark (B-I-L and nephew) for trimming these bushes last fall, they look lovely this spring :) I can't believe how big they have grown from the small bushes I planted just a decade ago. A decade ! WHAT ! Has it been that long since I bought this abode? OMG! Recently I was chatting with another, younger, staff member who I rarely get the chance to chat with. She asked me how long I have worked with the Libraries, 37+ years!!! Well that deserves another OMG! Never did I imagine so many years ago that I would work FT for most of my adult life. 'Bout time I seriously consider retirement. Oh how I wish !
 I was reading my favourite website (Arts & Letters Daily) this week and came across an excellent article on the rise of ISIS. The Anomaly of Barbarism from Lapham's Quarterly. If you are at all interested in world affairs and are curious go read this article. It explains a lot !
Word for the week ...
Cognoscenti - those who are considered especially well informed about a particular subject.
No sewing to show you this week, sorry
TTFN


Sunday, April 10, 2016

So where is our Spring????

Boo hiss, we're getting MORE snow!! and ice pellets on top ! Give us a break. My poor Daffodils are all bent over, trying desperately to blossom, and the Forsythia are stuck between almost budding and full bloom. Really getting so tired of this winter that will never end :(.
Ok, enough ranting about the lousy weather. Here's last week's POTC Lucy block
Really love this one. This makes a full 5 rows, so I decided I need to start working on some of the connector blocks. Well, I could remember where I put the neutral for the elongated hexies, but do yo think I could find the alternate colour? Nooooo, then I found this great black and decided to go with it. I think it's going to work great, don't you? Here's a closeup
They surround the POTC blocks, 4 units per block, then you also make a secondary cornerstone block between the POTC blocks (see below), so I have A LOT of these to make!! I'll be alternating making more of these and making the final rows of Lucy Boston. This is going to take awhile!!!!
This week's word
Crucesignati - signed or marked with a cross.
TTFN, happy Spring - if it ever gets here ....


Sunday, April 03, 2016

Quiet week

Well, it's been a quiet week, busy but quiet, at least at home. At work I got a new "tiny" computer with Windows 10. Of course I lost 2 programs I used every day because they are older and not compatible with Windows 10, and I was moved to Outlook as our new email program. Had to scramble to find new ways of doing the same old thing. Too many new things all in one day for this old brain :O !
The weather is still being schizoid, sunny to start but cold with snow squall warnings, supposed to get 5cm today - Boo Hissssssss, my Daffodils are budding! Just to top off last week we had a mega email confused conversation as to our condo tree walkabout .... which got re-scheduled for tomorrow, when the weather prognosticators predict 5+ cm of ice/snow !! Oh well, oatmeal cookies are made and the soup's on - so I should be good to go for next week :) Here's last week's POTC Lucy block
Yesterday  went to a flick (Lady in the Van) with the Pater then started working on my last prepped POTC block. Once this is done I will have 5 rows completed so think I will spend my "spare time" today prepping connector blocks. Time for a change!
This week's new word:
Glissando - a continuous slide  upward or downward between two notes.
TTFN


Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter!

Here's Claire about to eat the ears off her Easter Bunny from Great grandma ! Isn't she the cutest ?
I got two wee bunnies (one from me and one from Great Grandma) and placed them in these treat bags with a bit of pink excelsior. As you can see they were a big hit with Claire :).  Sunday was an absolutely perfect day, sunny and almost 20. Today .... wet snow/rain and blizzard like. Yikes - our weather is becoming schizoid! I made 2 cakes to celebrate the weekend, a Butter Pecan and a Confetti Pineapple Angel food cake. As you can see they too were a big hit! I have "orders" to make the Pineapple Angel food cake again ;).
It was another busy weekend for me. Dropped over to the Pater's on Friday to update his computer security, then had him over for dinner. We had ham and scalloped potatoes then tasted the Butter Pecan cake. Saturday was hair appointment & brunch with mother, then back to my place to make the second cake. My Cactus has decided to flower for easter but only on the one side - towards the window.
  
I've also been busy getting back to my POTC Lucy Boston blocks!!

Finished the beige one at our Sew What's gathering on Thursday. It was another lovely evening with the ladies and our hostess Cynthia. She's such a talented lady and we got to see some of her hooked rugs and her newest quilt where she did meandering machine quilting. I finished the blue/green one last night. Must say I LUV the plaid in this one.
The husband of one of our Sew What's ladies likes to frequent the thrift stores and frequently has the best of luck, finding quilts and quilt blocks. Well she had these 32 scrappy Dresden Plates and asked if anyone wanted them to make her an offer - so I made her a crazy offer of $5 !
Well, I'm not sure how it happened but I ended up taking these home for the $5! I think I got a bargoon and maybe I should offer her more next time I see her. In the mean time I'm enjoying their beauty, marveling at the potential and trying not to think about this additional UFO !!
Word phrase for this week:
Dolorism - an expression used to define a spirituality of resignation to pain and sorrow - doctrine of salvation
TTFN

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SPRING !!

It's spring !! Woohoo!! It's sunny and it's Sunday :) :). Something about this time of year makes me obsess about cleaning/changing my decor. So, instead of cleaning (housework IS boring) yesterday I spent the afternoon  moving things around and rearranging decorative items. Today, although I'm pleased with my new home look, I'm noticing more of the "dirt" and wish I had spent the time cleaning. Ah well, next weekend is a 4 day weekend, Easter, so another big YAHOO :)
I've been browsing the Shabby Chic blogs recently and having some regrets about giving away a couple of my shabby pieces of furniture. Ah well, I am consoled with the thought that my basement room is cleaner and I have less "junk".  So I have a couple of salvaged shutters which occasionally I use in my decor, and decided to resurrect them and display some of my Shabby pieces. In the powder room I'm displaying my collection of framed Petite Point.
And in the living room I am displaying some of my vintage hand painted plates. I used S hooks to attach the plate hangers to the shutter.
The white bird cage and Blue & White Shelley tea set now grace the coffee table. No real big changes, but just enough to satisfy the Spring redecorating urge ;)
I spent the week working on my Easter gifts. I'm proud of this one and machine quilted it the same as the Christmas one I did a few years back. Sorry for the out-of-focus pic, those are not buttons in the centre of the "flowers" but fabric circles. Of course I had enough fabric left over to make some mug rugs.
This afternoon I'll be making a couple of wee gift bags for the Chocolate Easter bunnies I have to give away. Should be fun, Thanks Mibs for the pattern! Before I forget, I was Bad again last week and purchased more fabric for my Lucy Boston @ our Guild meeting. So I guess I'll have to get back to stitching POTC blocks next week!
Today's phrase of the week is
Pareidolia - a psychological phenomena involving a stimulus (imagined or real) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists.
Hope you're enjoying your sunny Sunday first day of spring.
TTFN