Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nothing new

No sewing to show. I did cook a thanksgiving-like dinner for the hubby tonight since I won't be here on thanksgiving day.

The two cats seem to be doing a bit better. They are staying in the house together on cold days while we work and today, they actually slept together on the bed.
And my little happy girl is saying, "Mamaw, hurry up and get here!"

We met my brother, sister-in-law and their two boys, and a girlfriend, for dinner the other night. We had a nice time visiting. Even though they live fairly close, we don't get together very often.

And Emma says, "only six more sleeps, and my Mamaw will be here."


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Goin' to see my baby girl!

I am going. Yep, to Scotland. Edinburgh specifically. The awesome thing about it is, I get to see my grand girl Emma! The hubby is holding the fort down on this one. I'll check out the accessibility conditions there so we can determine if he will be able to go next year with me. He has a bad leg (polio) that really limits the amount of walking he can do.

So, I did some practice packing today. Love those space bags! From this:

To this:

I've really got to compact my things, because I am trying to take them some things they need, like Elijah's bagpipes. Every good Scot has got to play the bag pipes, right?

And... since I am going to be there for two weeks, and they have a Christmas 5k, I signed up!

My first "destination" race.

I am so thankful that the hubby has earned a lot of travel bucks this year. He is letting me use some for my trip. He's a nice guy like that.




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Souper Saturday

Roasted vegetable rosemary chicken......hope it's good.

This recipe was a Cooking Light category winner a few years ago. Also made the hubby his favorite chocolate cake for his birthday tomorrow. Then I decided to make up some S.O.S. mix -- soup or sauce. I've never tried it before but ran across the recipe and had all the ingredients.

I did a very cold 5k this morning. Improved my time a bit even though I placed fourth of four in the 50-59 age group. I am pretty sure I was the oldest woman participant. Glad I did it.


Friday, October 31, 2014


Can't believe how cold it is tonight! It might be our first frost. They are even predicting snow in the surrounding mountains.

Perfect night for a cup of hot cocoa.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Skin care

I wish I would have started much of these sooner. Thought I'd share my face care routine.

I do a weekly baking soda, lavender, water light scrub. You won't believe how wonderful your face feels after this. I put about a tablespoon of baking soda in my hand, add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil, and some water to make a slightly thin mixture. It exfoliates great without being too abrasive. Twice a day I use my essential oil face blend I made, (heavy at night) sunscreen (in the mornings), then a pat of Cetaphil lotion around my eyes. This is before my makeup or at night before bed.

I've been collecting essential oils for a few years now. This is a great deal from Spark Naturals. The essential 4 pack. Lavender, lemon, peppermint, and melaleuca in 15 ml bottles for $49.99. Yes, they are expensive but have so many uses and last a very long time. It comes with a card to explain all the uses. Melaleuca cured a toenail fungus I had a few years ago (a gift from a pedicure!), and the only thing that worked! It took months but so worth it. Sometimes it is called tea tree oil.

I claim to be a low maintenance kind of girl because I don't color my hair, get manicures, pretty nails or pedicures (rarely), but I will spend money on essential oils for all kinds of heath and skin care ---headaches, muscle aches, allergies, colds, fungus, sleep aid, face care. I'd encourage readers to at least try lavender and melaleuca. So many uses for them!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Baby quilt

Got the binding finished today. Like it? All from the stash. I like those.

My first attempt at straight lines on the longarm. Those are difficult!








Friday, October 17, 2014

Interesting history

I'd heard the story before. My grandfather invented some type of telegraph to transmit pictures by wire. The year was 1908. He wrote the patent office and they replied that they knew of no use for it. Below is his letter and their reply. He never followed up with having his invention patented.

Here are a couple of newspaper articles years later (1931 and 1966), where this new invention was introduced and used! Interesting to note that he invented this at least 20 years before someone else did and patented it!

In the above photo, it is in the bottom part about a telephoto picture of a Tennessee volunteer football game.

Then this last article.....

This same grandfather carved this monument..... son asked for a picture of the letters today. He wants to use them in a sermon illustration. I'd love to hear what he has in mind. Just thought I'd share a bit of history.

In other news...wasn't it a beautiful day?

I logged some miles today.

I also finished the quilting on the baby quilt. Should have some pictures tomorrow.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Appliqué name

I decided to appliqué the baby's name on the quilt. I also found some gray to go with some of the scraps for a colorful pieced back.


Now it is loaded and ready to quilt. How to quilt it? I will go to the Internet for inspiration. I still don't think I am that good at free hand machine quilting, but I'll see if I can find something that won't be too difficult.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Top done!

Ahh....the quilt top is finished. Feels great to have a finish! Yes, it is a lot of white and I realize that isn't very practical for a baby, but it's the thought that counts, right? I am going to use the rest of the fabric for a scrappy binding. Now, to figure out how to quilt it. Guess I'll have to use white for the back too. I think that is all I've got big enough.

I think this makes three baby quilts I've made using these fat quarters.

And for your viewing pleasure......

The grandbaby......

...and a beautiful sunset all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Yay! Back to quilting

I've got three baby quilts to make. Found these cute scraps from a line called "Here Fishy, Fishy" that I won online a few months ago. I think with a lot of white I can make it work for a baby quilt.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

More Bar Harbor pictures

I have to post some pictures when the sun was shining!

I ran again Thursday morning. I went to the harbor and back, then on the street that goes west out of town and back to make it 3.6 miles. Great run. It is so obvious the temp and humidity play a huge factor in how fast I can run comfortably and how good it feels. Today felt awesome.

We road through Acadia park again...

...and even watched the sunset from Cadillac mountain...

Bar Harbor is a very pretty place but I am a big homebody and am so ready to come home!