Monday, December 17, 2018

.Monday Miscellany: It's all I do These Days

Our community center was holding a wreath making....class? party? get together?  Whatever.  My next door neighbor Judy and I went, the deal being pay $3, make a wreath for the Comm, and one for yourself.  The greens are donated by the local Christmas tree farms.  I made the bow at home; not bad for a rank amateur.

That caused Judy to invite me to go to the holiday formal, fondly known as "The Comm Prom", with her and her husband the next day.  Black tie affair: did I have a long dress?  Of course!  I had a new dress, and was all set!

Judy told her husband that he was escorting the 2 hottest babes in town.  He didn't disagree.

Meanwhile, back at home, I knew that Kellie was hosting the potluck Christmas dinner that her group of friends holds every year, rotating the host.  So I wanted to make her some Christmas napkins.  I made 12, and thought they were very festive.

Then I talked to her 3 days before the party, and discovered that she had 18 people coming!  Oh, no!  She would have to choose who was good enough to get a fancy napkin, and who had to live with a paper napkin.  Couldn't have that.  So off to the fabric store I raced, only to discover that my original fabric was gone.  I'd say my second dozen were a close enough coordinate to the originals.  I also made her 4 trivets to match, but, of course, no pictures of those.

Finally, I wanted to send a present to the relative in Denver.  Easy peasy! Trivets, a set of 8 napkins (I'm not gonna lie, I didn't get the cardinals positioned correctly; they all look like they're napping),

and a frilly apron (please don't mind the fact that I sewed the pocket upside down; think of it as cardinals doing gymnastic stunts).

Like I said, it's good to stay busy.

Up next: Adorableness involving narwhal fleece.  You'll see.  Adorableness that must be done by Friday!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Rocky Ran Up These Steps. I didn't.

But I did walk up them, and for that I should be commended, at least in my own mind.

 Jeff called me earlier in the week, and asked me to go to Philadelphia and be a tourist with him for a day.  We went to a Christmas Village - I only bought a bone for his dog; I wasn't hauling anything else through the city, cabs and who knows what else.  Then we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  That's the building that Rocky ran up and down in the movie.  There's a Rocky statue at the bottom and to the side of the steps, but I wasn't interested in standing in line with all of the other tourists to see it.

That's a honkin' lot of steps!  Somewhere around 100, I think, but I'm not positive.  I didn't count.

The museum is interesting in that it not only contains paintings and statues, but also rooms presumably salvaged from buildings being torn down, phenomenal doorways like this one,

and a whole room full of these fellows.  Might as well strike the pose, right? (Excuse my wrinkled dress.)

And when we left, shortly before 5, night was just falling, and the city looked as pretty as it ever does, from the top of the stairs,

and from the bottom.

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope your holiday preparations are moving along well!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thursday Miscellany

That doesn't have the ring of Monday Miscellany, does it?  Ah, well, that's how my life is going these days.

I ordered myself a sewing subscription box, which includes a pattern fabric, thread, and notions to complete the project, along with the fabric and pattern for a little "extra" project.  One such project was a little travel bag, which was described by GMarie a little while back.

 The fabric I got was cute, but hardly adult, so after I made up the bag, I sent it to my oldest granddaughter (she'll be 3 in March; can you believe it?).  I told my daughter in law that it was for her crayons and valuables.  My girl looks delighted, doesn't she?

November's extra project was pot holder/trivets.  Since I only use my tile trivets and Pampered Chef oven mitts that go about to my elbows, I sent these to my daughter in law.  She seemed pretty pleased with them. 

Beyond the sewing box, I had made myself a dress in October.  There was just a bit of leftover fabric, so I made a quasi-matching dress for Maddie, and sent it to her.  My daughter in law said that she was so excited that she had to wear her dress to school the next day.  And she brought it for Thanksgiving weekend, so I got to see her in it.  It's a bit large, but she'll grow.

Finally, this weekend I'm meeting some old friends halfway between here and Connecticut for an afternoon; I decided that I should bring them presents, so I made them each 8 Christmas napkins. Oh, I'm not clever enough to have thought these up; I copied them from a set that GMarie gifted me several years back, but they're so pretty that I had to make them.

Trying to stay busy is good for me, and these were some fun project to make.  (And I am doing some cooking, including baking brownies or something similar when Ryan holds board game night with his friends on Tuesdays, and sometimes Mondays as well.)

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I hope you all have fun weekends planned!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


It was a busy week, purposely so.

All of my family was here, as I knew they would be.  Jeffrey helped baby Michael with rides on Tank,
 while Nora made sure Bebop got plenty of hugs.
 Aunt Cass helped Nora ride the rocking horse!
 Getting the food all set out!  Of course, we had to garnish the turkeys.

 Our friend Greg's son Scott brought along his hover board, and gave his own baby a ride on it....
 Followed by giving Nora a ride.  She actually looks pretty pleased!
 My 3 beautiful daughters with Nora!
 You know what everyone is thinking: "Hurry up and take the stupid picture, because we're hungry!" Except for baby Michael, who's thinking:"Oh, I can play with Bebop!"
 More pictures of food, in case you missed them.

And what meal would be complete without lots of desserts?

How was your Thanksgiving?  Doubtless much less complicated, but just as much fun.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pumpkin Bread

It's less than 2 weeks until Thanksgiving, and time to warm up. What better thing to try than Pumpkin Bread?


3 cups flour
1.5 cups brown sugar 
2 tbsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ginger 
1/2 tsp nutmeg 
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp baking powder 
1 small can pumpkin 
4 eggs
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk 

Mix half the flour with the brown sugar, then stir in all of the remaining dry ingredients.  Add the pumpkin, eggs, shortening and milk, and beat until smooth. Spoon into 2 greased 8" x 4" loaf pans, and  bake at 350F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Optional: You can add craisins to the batter; I did that with one of my loaves.  Patrick liked it plain, Ryan loved the loaf with craisins, and Ryan's friends, who were here for game night, devoured it all.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Out My Kitchen Window

To the north, storm clouds gather.  Here, the sun shines bright.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Election Day!

I voted around noon; Patrick and Ryan went with Thatcher shortly thereafter.

No, they didn't let Thatcher vote, but he was good for amusing a few people while he waited.  And I'm thinking it should be a finger food dinner tonight, so we can opt to watch the news stations. Or just share with Thatcher.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunny and 47

It was sunny and 47 today, so I decided to take a walk around the yard.  Of course, Thatcher came, too, and terrorized all of the squirrels he saw.  But those sneaky little creatures fly up trees, and Thatcher says that's not fair!  So while he never catches any, he continues to believe in his abilities.  And I enjoy my fall color.

Happy Sunday, everyone!