Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I am putting this page up as a way of keeping track of what everyone tells me they want for Christmas...grin Not that DH or I have a problem with remembering, you understand..grin It's also a way to let everyone else know what to get for everyone else! So I will put this link on the sidebar and hopefully can keep it updated so you can look throughout the year. Let me know what you want so I can post it.... ok??
One tube of paint (can be oil or acrylic) in any color you like. The colors most used are Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo Blue. Any colors will work. One brush... any size.
I just got off the phone with Paula and she tells me she wants sewing notions this year... thimbles, needles, fabric (in bright colors and island prints.. like those old 1960's Hawiian shirts!), a folding cutting board to cut her fabric on... anything you can think of...
Aren't these pretty? They remind me of the eggs Betty sent home with us last year... But they're not. They are ceramic...! We found these at the feed store a couple of days ago. These are the eggs that are put in the nest to get the chickens to lay and set. But... they will also look really cool painted!
Friday, July 28, 2006
Every time I see this little pic that I found online in a free Flickr group, I think of Paula and John...grin They both loved the steering wheel of a car... John just loved exploring everything. He was always climbing into the boat... Couldn't keep him out... just knowing that he would land on his head one of these days...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Isn't it funny that when you are in a blahs mood the best help in the world is to reach for the phone? Talked to Paula and John in the last couple of days and to sister Teresa yesterday... it's amazing what a difference a conversation makes. I think the cool (humpf... 95 degree) weather has helped a lot when compared with the 107 we were having (and will again in the next few days.. but oh, well!) Just looking over the meadow and seeing the trees dropping leaves and becoming as bare as the deepest part of winter is depressing. But....
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
This is a picture that came in a "Round Robin" letter my mother has going. For those of you who don't know what a Round Robin letter is, it's like a chain letter only without the catch. One person writes a page, inserts it in the envelope and mails it to the next person on a list. When the letter comes back to you, you remove your old page, put in a new one and send it on again.
I only knew one of the women in this picture, my great-grandmother. She's the one standing on the right. When I was very young we would visit and in the evening she would sit in her rocking chair and we would take turns brushing her hair. She always wore her hair in a bun just like in the photo, but at night she would let her hair down and it would become this glorious, silken curtain of white that draped over the back of her chair and reached almost to our knees. Wrapped in a terry robe, she would lean back and we would brush with long strokes. She would hum, sometimes laugh, often talk with our parents while we brushed and brushed and then we would braid one large long braid which she would pull over her shoulder in preparation for bed. It was a ritual that almost all of the myriad grandchildren she possessed passed through. She passed on a few years ago. Life, as it often does, had put space between us. Visits were rare and the magic of the brush had passed. I miss her. I wish I could be more like her, or at least like the myth of her that I have cobbled together.
The woman in a the middle of the photograph is my great-great grandmother. In the late 1800's my great-great grandfather left my great-great grandmother in New Mexico where they lived to go look for work in The Indian Territorities (soon to be Oklahoma). When he found employment he wrote to his wife with the good news and she loaded her six kids, the oldest of which was a fourteen year old boy, into a wagon and made the trip from New Mexico to Oklahoma. From all accounts she was an extraordinary woman. We never existed together. She died long before I was born but there is a photo of her holding my mother. And there is this:
I remember back in the 1950's when almost every kitchen had hand crocheted potholders in the form of veggies or dresses (or something) hanging on the walls or around the cabinets. They have very much gone out of style now in the U.S., but Tomomi tells me that they are very much in vogue in Japan right now. Along with hand made quilted purses, etc. I was really surprised to find this pattern online. I think this will be a "soon" project to do...
Sunday, July 23, 2006
What a mess! Jim and Don were here yesterday and DH had them look at a leak under the kitchen sink... Wow! What a mess. The disposal had to be taken out and put back... the soap dispenser bottle that attaches to the sink had been cut in half by some wonderful workman who conveniently forgot to mention it.. so there was soap 1/2 inch deep under there... what a mess... Today was the wash everything that was stored under there in soapy bleach water, dry and put up after cleaning under there and putting down new liners day... Am I whining again...grin Sorry... And all before 10am... that's the good news! Have the rest of the day to do something else..grin
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
If you drop by occasionally, you will notice that things look a little different. I changed the format this morning trying to get a little more color here..grin It must be the drought... Getting a little tired of dry and hot...
In the change, I have lost all my links. Since I don't have time to fix it this morning, it will probably be an ongoing thing to get them all back up. Bear with me.. ok?
The days just keep on getting hotter and hotter. 107 degrees here yesterday according to the weather, but it seems to have been hotter than that. I keep wishing for rain and a few flower buds, but there's only the brown of our trees dropping their leaves. Two drought years in a row are taking their toll on our trees in the meadow.
Monday, July 17, 2006
I don't know why I haven't felt like posting anything for so long. I come here with every intention of writing something and when I look at this page I just lose all motivation.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
It seems the RRL has been held up in Oklahoma for a couple of weeks. DD has been rebuilding her bathroom floor (boy! did it need it! It seems that when they got under there, a support joist was broken and had to be repaired also) After talking with her this morning, it seems that the floor is finished except for the linoleum and she can now wash her face without expecting to wind up on the ground any minute... Sooo, the RRL should be on it's way in a day or so.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I was checking my stats on my Fabric Follies blog and checking back to see where some of the links were coming from and boy! what a surprise! Fabric Follies is the Featured Blog on Wordpress under the tags Quilting, Fabric Postcards and Embroidery!
This is my first try at using feather stitch. It is actually a very easy stitch to do. I had trouble trying to figure out where to start my pattern... kept getting a bit confused (grin.. imagine that!) since you have to start this stitch at the top of your pattern regardless of whether you are going up & down or left & right. Since any variation of any kind throws my brain into a cluster of stir fry, I had to start it a couple of times before I figured that out.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I found the most amazing tutorial the other day. How many old t-shirts have you got laying around? If you're like me I have dozens. This tutorial that was put up in Live Journal by 24 blackbirds is just great. Cut the top off your t-shirt, cut the sides up and the sleeves out... well, I'm not real good at the telling how to do this... have a look at the tutorial... grin It's here...
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
It is with tremendous joy that we can finally announce the marriage of our son Jim to his long time partner Don. They were married in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 27, 2006 at St. John's Presbyterian/United Church.
There is nothing that makes a parent's heart sing as much as seeing their child's heart sing..
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
This being the 4th of July with celebrations of our Independence Day going on all over the country, I guess I just felt the need to say a few of the things that are on my mind today.
This is our son Chuck ... who is today in a foreign land working with the many other Marines and soldiers who give every day of their lives for the protection of this land and our many freedoms. This is his 3rd year (1 year tours) serving in Iraq. He had a choice when this tour came up and he chose to return. I cannot say how proud we are of him and at the same time, I cannot say how anxious I am about him during this tour.
On the trip to my daughter's a few days ago, I was listening to talk radio. The statement was made that it should be called Hypocrite's Day. This gave me pause.. How many of our children really know and will sing with dignity the National Anthem? How many actually know and can recite the Pledge of Allegiance? How many adults will consider today a day to think about all the freedoms our soldiers work for every day to preserve for them? Or is it all about fireworks and backyard bar-b-q's, fishing trips and beer?
Perhaps we should give it some thought, stop for a minute and think for a bit about all those who are still fighting this fight for independence even as we fire off our Black Cats and grab another beer as we run for the boat with our fishing poles.