Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Another great deal from Loft.
The truth is, no matter how much I love Loft jeans, I'd never pay $79.50 for these "Rip and Repair" ones. But, yes, I'll pay $17.93! I figure they would be good for fishing and yard work. Showing my age here. I know this is a stylish look and I've seen it even on women my age. The frugal me says I like having some trendy pieces in my wardrobe if I can get them cheap!
One thing I've learned since retiring. I have more time to view blogs and pinterest in things that interest me....quilting, running, fashion, cooking.....and more time for online shopping....eek! I'm going to have to go back to work to support my new found online sale shopping!
Monday, April 27, 2015
Doing a bit more reading abut Jeff Galloway's running method. Today I did five slow miles at 3/1 run/walk intervals. I am going to try to follow his recommendations for a while. I do think I'll be faster with a more frequent walk break. It was a beautiful day for a run. Sixty degrees, sunny skies.
I've been a fan of protein smoothies for a while now. Today I added some spinach to my regular frozen banana, strawberries, almond milk, and protein powder.
It looked pretty gross, but tasted awesome. I couldn't taste the spinach at all. I'd like to try it with kale too.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I tried a method yesterday for making caramel sauce from eagle brand sweetened condensed milk. You just simmer the can for about three hours. I think my simmer might be a lttle lower temp than what was needed. It didn't turn to caramel sauce.
So today, I emptied the can into a canning jar sitting in a pan of water and have slightly boiled it for a couple of hours now. It is turning brown so I know it is turning to caramel sauce. The hubby was wanting some as dip for apple slices.
Monday, April 20, 2015
We worked around the house today, trying to clean up the garages. We still have a long way to go. Another thing we did today was hang a retractable clothes line. I've had it for over ten years (found it in the garage!). It extends at a diagonal across the screened porch, which is a little awkward, but I wanted a place to hang some things no matter what the weather is. I just pull the cord across the porch to a hook. When it isn't in use, it is hardly noticeable.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Skirt Sports is having a 261 Fearless campaign today in honor of Katherine Switzer who was the first woman to compete in the Boston Marathon in 1967. It's a great story. The officials tried to pull her off the course, but she prevailed and finished. In her honor, many of us did a virtual race today with number 261 bibs (that was her number in the 1967 race).
This afternoon I did my virtual race.
In other sports, we had our annual husband and wife fishing tournament today. It was fun.
On the lake by 7 in the fog..
Jim caught a buzzard! Really. There were about 15 on a dock and he cast towards them to try to scare them away. The hook got caught around one's leg, and went in. We got the hook out and he went on his way, but we videoed it. They decided it would qualify for the biggest "trash fish." Hence, the award below.
We only had one big enough to count. Below our little friend is putting it back in the lake after the weigh in.
I did catch one, but it was too small to keep.
No quilting going on here at Around the Blocks, but there was some other fun stuff!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Actually I wore this last Wednesday evening to church.....
..my other favorite pair of Loft jeans. These are the curvy skinny ankle. The top is one I picked up at Belk on sale. It isn't sheer, I think the colorations are called ombré. I really like the coral shades. Shoes are my leopard crocs. Another casual outfit.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
This will definitely be one of my most prized possessions. The memories contained in the sweet words written are priceless to me.
Bear Creek Quilting was kind enough to supply me with the colored star fabric, backing, and binding for this project. My group had given me five inch signed squares of muslin when I retired.
I used the 2014 Kona Cotton fat quarter bundle for the stars (FQ-806-32), beautiful bright colors. I made easy wonky stars out of the solids to randomly put in amongst the signed and blank neutral squares. The finished size is about 68 x 78. Big enough for a large throw, a twin or double bed quilt, and not too big for a wall hanging. I even put this size on our queen bed under a larger quilt.
This quilt would be perfect for other occasions too. Not only retirements, but the pattern could be used as a wedding quilt, a welcome home for a soldier, for a long awaited new baby (birth or adoption), or as a going away present from friends when someone moves. Please look at the fine folks at Bear Creek Quilting where you will find a tutorial for this quilt in a few days, and you can get some great fabric for your special project.
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, Patch Work Times, My Quilt Infatuation and Crazy Mom Quilts.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
We are enjoying this summer like weather......tonight after a long day of fishing, the fisherman got hungrey and suggested a lake picnic. Now, he wasn't being romantic or anything like that, he just wasn't ready to come off the lake and got hungrey. :) I packed up our supper of soup, bread, and almond pound cake and took it down to the dock. We had a nice little picnic in a cove.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
And Happy Easter!! I love Easter. Happy Easter to my loved ones in Scotland too!
Saturday, April 4, 2015
We have been blessed with perfect weather for today. Perfect for a long run, perfect for a wedding shower, perfect for sleeping in the porch swing....
First, the long run......
Then the wedding shower........regretfully no pictures of the beautiful bride to be.....then sleeping in the swing...Under a couple of quilts....
....And me, I'm enjoying the sunshine and cool breeze with the windows open......resting. Tomorrow is Easter. I love the reminder of what our Lord Jesus did for us. He gave his all so we could be forgiven of our sin, and be accepted by the Father in Heaven one day.