Thursday, August 21, 2014

Breast cancer

I just had my mammogram when I went in for the set of x-rays of the new knee last week.  I don't have the results yet, but I don't expect any problems.  No one needs that, now, do we!

I was flipping channels and saw Dr Oz saying that coffee is actually good for you because it has antioxidants.  So I stopped on that channel.  Frank is so terrified of coffee for some reason and I grew up with thick syrupy dark New Orleans coffee and chicory with evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk.  And my grandparents on both sides would put the leftover brew in a mayonnaise jar and save it in the refrigerator for the next day!!!  For those of you NOT from New Orleans, that just makes it stronger!!

Breast cancer?  Oh yeah.  Dr. Oz said that to reduce your risk of breast cancer by a whopping 40%, all you need to do is eat a peach three times a week!  Wow!

Fresh is great, but frozen or canned are good.  Avoid the sugar added kind (like you find in cobbler!).

So go get a bunch of peaches, cut them up and sock them away in your freezer for the rest of the year!!!!

Oh, and go get your mammogram!!!!  Always!

Peaches......go figure!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gallery 16 - 52 Photos - Somewhere You Visited

I have been a lot of places.  Near and far.  Far and wide.  Here and there.  Just about everywhere.

We have been in just about every one the states, Hawaii and some of the very center states notwithstanding.  As a child my father took us up the Eastern Seacoast to Washington DC and down into Florida.  And since we have been married Frank and I have traveled into Canada, through Alaska, down the western coast,  across into the Dakotas and over to Texas ,Utah, Arizona and Nevada.  I have been in hospitals in Wisconsin and visited my cousins in Illinois.  And of course we have driven across the Gulf States and into the Georgia and Carolina areas.  I have shown dogs in a lot of those states.  We drove to Memphis in to bring home my beloved Dutch and to North Carolina to get the Fabulous Bonnie Doon from the top  of a mountain in the Smokies.  I sweated in 110 degrees in Caribou Maine and froze my tootsies off on a glacier.  I have been in both North America and South America, in Europe and Asia.   But not in Australia or Antarctica.  Although we do have a trip planned to Iceland.

We have been in Europe several times but never to Russia (where I have wanted to go forever!)  And I have never been Ohio.  Those may be the only two states in which I have not traveled.  Oh, and Kansas, where my grandfather was born.    So that makes three. 

And if we say there are 57 states...............

It is so hard to decide on so few photos, there have been so many great memories in this great land of ours.  So here goes........

I have seen pyramids in Las Vegas and pyramids in Egypt.

I have seen the tugs in Portland Oregon.

And bananas in Costa Rica.

And sailed upon the beautiful Spirit Lake near Banff Canada.

And we canoed on Lake Louise.

And we have been in so many of the National Parks, this is Yosemite. We had just left Mono Lake.  Check that out some time!

I could go on and on and on.  I hope you have enjoyed my tiny little travelogue!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sewing Strings

I needed to get into my studio and clean up a space if I were going to sew me some Dr. Seuss. In the middle, which is about the only thing that is going to get cleaned up, I had a pile of scraps from the last 5 projects.  It kept growing and growing and growing.

No.  i cannot toss them.

Absolutely not.  No way.

So I tore out some phone book pages, cut them to 7 1/2 inches square.  Used them for foundation piecing.

And these ensued.

Took me three hours.

But I didn't throw them out.  Not ever.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dr. Seuss Fun

I have a friend whose daughter has asked me to make a Dr Seuss quilt for her soon to be baby.  I guided her through the choice of the pattern, and purchasing the fabrics. 

That was a trip because neither Theresa nor Tory are remotely sewing savvy!  I had to give her a crash course on fabric and buying stuff!  LOL.  But we made it.
She just found out today they are having a boy.  Due in January.  How fun!

I will show pictures when I get my muggy mitts on that luscious Dr. Seuss mass of coolness!


Yes!  Finally, something I can sink my teeth into and justify this total mess of a room I call my Quilt Studio.  And I can flaunt this in the faces of my stick up the back husband and my cleanliness is next to dog-liness daughter.

Thanks Charlene, you get me!!!

Messy Rooms Rule!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

52 Photos - Gallery 15 - Street Corner

Oh, boy!  I am so far behind on this!  So here goes:
Street Corner is the theme that came out last week and I was supposed to post on Wed.  I kept thinking, Oh, I have time, and will get it later.  And it never happened.  So when today's prompt came out (Somewhere you visited) I panicked.  I really know what I want to post for the Street Corner one.

This is my street corner.  I live on a T.  The street in front f the house runs left to right (or right to left depending on your direction) .  And there is a street that runs directly perpendicular to my street.  If you didn't stop at the stop sign, you would run into my house.

It upset my father when we bought the house and he saw it for the first time nearly 30 years ago.  The room that would sustain the damage is where my newborn daughter slept.  Now it is my quilt studio.

the bad thing about living on this T is that the sun sets directly at the end of this street and we get the hot evening sun.  The good thing about living on the T is that I get to see everything that happens on two streets when I am in my studio.  Yes, I am nosy.

And the sunsets are most incredible!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Is it too early to start on Christmas presents?  Never!!!  If you plan on making gifts for your friends and family, you know you need to begin early.

How do you set a plan for creating your magnificent packages?  I think all my friends and most of my family would enjoy something I have created. Well, maybe except for Carrie. She grew up with me making things and to her the things I made were substandard to what the other kids had.  And maybe they were, I certainly am not a designer label.

This somehow has made a difference in how I think of my own work and how I present things to my friends and family.  There are just a few to whom I would give something so personal.  When I gave those lanyards and tea wallets to the nurses and staff at the hospital I was often embarrassed to offer something I had made.

But everyone seemed to love them!

I am thinking this year I might make a few tea wallets and some zip pouches to include with other store bought gifts for friends and family.

There are lots of ideas out there.  Feel free to add your own ideas as well.  I have a lot (read mega-lots) of fabric with which to work!!!!