Monday, February 26, 2018

February, Almost a Thing of the Past!!

Hello everyone,

It's been about 20 days since my last post, guess the weekly post thing isn't working quite as well as I've planned.  I don't know how these bloggers that post everyday do it, even with pre-planning their posts!!  Guess their posts aren't quite as lengthy as mine, and they probably don't have much to talk about either doing them daily.  So, it is best to say that mine has become twice a month, which is plenty.

I'm still working on the quilt I showed you from last post.  It is a slow process due to time constraints.
This one if you recall.  I did measure out what I need for bordering to make it a true king-size.  So, I'll be adding 9" overall and perhaps a bit more at the pillow side as I like to tuck a bit more quilt under the pillows, then you have enough when you are in bed to pull it over your head!!

I have begun sewing strips together and am using some of the same fabric that you see throughout the quilt.  It is fabric that I had additional yardage available for.  So, I guess slow progress is better than no progress.

I did win two tickets to the theater two weeks ago!  I entered an on-line contest on Facebook to win two tickets to see "The Great Gatsby" at Allegheny College Campus.  The performers were a part of the Meadville Community Theatre group.  I haven't been to a play since leaving Pittsburgh.  I asked my neighbor, Donna, to go with me and she accepted.  We went to the matinee performance on Sunday, and she told me she had never been to a play.  I was hoping that she liked it and it ended up being  a superb performance, in my opinion.  The lead characters of Gatsby and Daisy were both students from Allegheny and they were fantastic!  This theater was a very small one with probably only 40-50 seats and the building was probably built in the 1800's or early 1900s.  We took seats down front not knowing that our knees would literally be hitting the stage and all that we would be able to see would be the performers kneecaps!!  Ha Ha!!  Donna went back out to the ticket booth and we were able to move to the second from the last row and could see perfectly there.  We had a great time, and we both enjoyed the play very much.  We may go back for some others now that we know it's even there and how entertaining it was.  We had a great time!!!

I have been working at the senior center a lot lately.  Actually, I am Acting Director as of right now until they can hire a full-time director.  I'm not really thrilled about it, as I'm now working 7 hours a day and have to do things already scheduled for the month of March which is way too much in my opinion.  The former Director scheduled too many activities in March and we have nothing scheduled in April.  Wouldn't it have been better to spread them out a bit, just sayin............................... !!!  I really didn't like my part-time schedule as I was hoping to get them to cut back the hours so I could at least have a day or two off each week.  So, I'll just wait and see what happens!  I did have my eye on some end tables and coffee table that I'd like to get while I'm working!  Ha Ha!!! 

I do have today off as I have some routine doctor appts that were previously scheduled.  I might even have time to go to the grocery store!!  Haven't been there in more than a month!!  Meeting my clerk from Andover for lunch as well today!! 

Well, guess I'll get ready to head out on this sunny morning!  The sky is blue as can be without clouds and we are to go into the upper 40's today and into the 50's the next two days!!  I'm hoping that spring is coming, I'm hearing more and more birds each morning!!

So everyone take care, spring is in the air!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's Still Winter Thanks to Punxutawney Phil!!

Hi Everyone,

That darn groundhog saw his shadow and now today Liam has come visiting, hoping he doesn't stay too, too long.  Here is what it looks like outside right now.....

 This is a pic out the front door, I stuck my head out to shoot this.  We have about 5" or so on the ground right now and it is coming down hard and steady.
 You can see the depth of the snow up against the well outside.  Actually looks like it could be more than 5" already.
But with all this snow is beauty, the pine trees along the side of the house are so pretty, my neighbor across the streets pool, not so much!!    Might be able to ice skate on top of it!!

So, with all this you might think that I might be sad.......................
But, I'm not!!!  Actually,

I just can't believe that my "boss" called me to tell me that I didn't need to come to work due to the snowstorm Liam.  REALLY!!  So you're telling someone that worked for the USPS, who lived for 30 years by the motto,  " Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" to stay home because we are getting 3-5".  Just ludicrous!  But, I'm so excited because................................

I haven't quilted in a few months!!  Time to take the cover off that machine of mine and get busy!!!
I lit the pellet stove in the basement, so it will be nice and toasty down there and what am I going to work on............................  well, I have this UFO, (Unfinished Object) that I want to have done by spring, remember this one?????

 Yes, this is a Trip Around the World in bright spring, summer type fabrics.  This is a King Size Quilt.
I haven't measured it all out yet because I still need to add 9" worth of borders around the entire quilt. This is what I hope to accomplish today.  I have my Warm n Natural King Size batting ready to go, but I'm undecided on what backing to use.  If I can have that all figured out and put the layers together, the next time I get a day off or a weekend to just quilt, I can quilt it all, bind it and be ready for the bed. 

I have one other UFO, a wall hanging that just needs to be quilted and bound and it's ready for the craft show in the late summer.  Then I'm going to begin on making some quilted tree skirts, these were so much fun and easy to make that I can't resist making more of them for gifts and sale at the Pymatuning Festival in early August.

So that is what my day looks like, and I'll be making a good dinner tonight, some breaded pork chops and buttered noodles and a veggie.  I made a huge pot of homemade chicken noodle soup on Sunday and we've been eating that everyday, but it's oh, so good on these cold, snowy days.  Maybe we will start off with a cup of that before the dinner.  Sounds like a plan.

Macy Kate had her teeth cleaned and had to have eight teeth removed.  She is all well now again and able to eat her hard food and play with her toys.  She so missed her toys for two weeks while she healed.  So, I now have a toothbrush and chicken flavored toothpaste to brush her teeth.  Yeah!!  How's that going to work out????  Stay tuned........

Hope everyone is well and hopefully we will get spring earlier than 6 weeks!!



Saturday, January 20, 2018

Everyone Warm??????

Hi Everyone,

Wow, have we been having a cold blast here in NW PA!!!  Crazy below zero wind chills most mornings when we awake and usually only in the single digits.  Snow, Snow, and more Snow!  Just last week there was a warm up and Meadville, near Bernie's work, flooded.  I have some pics that we took of what is called French Creek.  It was 2.5' above flood stage.  The cold came back with a vengeance and now we are in the single digits again and it snowed again.  I guess we have about 5' of snow, I quilt measuring!  Too, Too depressing!!

Here are some pics of the ice jams on French Creek.

 You can see the businesses right their on the creek.  Bernie works back in there a bit were the creek bends to the left.

Look at all that ice jammed up on the land, you can see the yellow road sign in the top distance.

Wow!  that was extreme!  Bad thing is that it is supposed to get up into the 40's this weekend and some rain on Sunday.  Will that mean more flooding for this area?  Hope not!!!

Still working at the center.  On my way there now so I'll have to finish this up when I get home later on today.  Until then....................

Well, it is actually Saturday Morning now!!  Never did get back to this, but the sun is shining, but it is cold!  Today, the weather has cooperated and our Christmas Celebration will be happening today! 

At the center the past few weeks we worked on some blocks for the Ventura Quilting Group in CA.  They reached out to all quilters to prepare a certain block in a certain size and then send to them and they will incorporate them into quilts for the fire victims in California who lost their homes and belongings!  We made quite a few, here are a few pics of some. 

 As you can see the left side of the square are dark materials.  It's interesting how many ways you can put these blocks together to get a totally different look.  I think I may be trying one of these in the future for our home. I made this one at home to take to the center to show them what we were looking for and I also made the one below.  You can see the difference in the darks and lights. 

I also did this one above.  The others were done by some of the seniors who I don't believe actually grasped the concept of what was needed, but that's OK, I'm sending them anyway and hopefully they can appreciated the work that these 80 year old's put into their blocks.

I wanted to mention to everyone that I lost a reader to my blog on Dec. 13th.  She called me once just to tell me how much she enjoyed reading my blog and that she even shared it with her brother.  She was our first cousin and her name was Merle.  She lived in eastern PA most of her married life, so I didn't always get to see her, but we talked often.  She was only 73 and never sick a day-in-her life, never in a hospital, until this illness hit her.  When I was 16, she told me that when I got my driver's permit to call her.  The day I got it, I called her and that evening she was at our house with her Mach I, Royal Blue, Mustang, to take me out for the first time to drive.  What a thrill that was for me to drive a sporty looking car for the first time.  I will always remember that day.  I will miss our talks especially about football, and racing.  She will be missed!

So, everyone have a wonderful weekend!  Stay warm and THINK SPRING!!  Praying that that groundhog doesn't see his shadow on Feb. 2nd.

Hugs to you all!!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everyone!

I'm back and I plan on blog posting once a week, hopefully on Thursday or Friday.  I've been behind, just saw my last posting was back before Thanksgiving.  Gosh, I missed wishing you all a Merry Christmas, but we are still in the Twelve Days of Christmas through tomorrow and in actuality, January 6th is Epiphany; therefore, the Wise Men haven't arrived in Bethlehem yet, nor has Jesus been baptized by John the Baptist, so Merry Christmas is still a viable salutation!

Weather here in NW PA has been cold, blustery, snowy, wintry, just plain old nasty!!  We have been in the single digits most days, oh wait!!  we had a day that was 22, a "tropical heatwave."  It is pretty  though, but the unfortunate thing is that we haven't gotten to spend our yearly Christmas gathering at our home with Bryan and Jess yet!  Last weekend was terrible driving and this weekend isn't looking much better.  So we maybe still celebrating Christmas for a long, long time until we get to gather.  This photo is taken out past our driveway looking down our road.  It's a Winter Wonderland!!
We are to get 1-3 more today, already got that and it is still snowing, 3-5 tonight and 1-3 again tomorrow.  Lucky for me I didn't have to work today.  We have about 10" or so on the ground right now!

So, I guess I should tell you all, if you don't already know, I am working at the Senior Center when I usually enjoy quilting.  Let's just say that I enjoy the work and leave it at that for now!  I am working 5-days a week, 5-hours a day.  Last week, I worked two full days as my boss lady took off.  They actually entrusted me to run the center for two days without supervision!  Oh my, I think most thought I couldn't handle it, but heck, if I can run three post offices, I'm sure I can handle a senior center.  Anyway, everything went well, I didn't burn the lunches, and I pulled off a New Years Party as well!  All was good!!  One of my first assignments was to decorate the Christmas Tree, so here it is.  I did it in blue and silver and several of the ladies asked if I was for hire!!  Ugh, NOooooo!

Since we had nothing to do on Christmas Eve Day!  We decided to make sugar cookies and make them fancy with the Royal Icing.  This was the first time Bernie and I tackled this and we made two batches.  I made a mental note, next year, make only one batch!!!  We had too many cookies to bake and decorate taking us seven hours to complete.  They did turn out really well and I'll be doing this again for Valentine's Day for sure.  We had fun doing it!

We did go to Pittsburgh on Christmas Day and visited Bryan and Jess for a bit before heading to Bernie's parents.  It was a little snowy start, but by the time we got half-way to the Burgh the roads were good.  We had a very nice time visiting with everyone.  Here is a picture of our tree in our living room with the new tree skirt underneath.  The village is a plastic canvas village that my Mom and I made many years ago and I still love putting it up.  The plastic church in the far left bottom corner is one that we had every year growing up.  I just always called it our Dad's Church as it winds up and plays Silent Night!  This Church is well over 60 years old.  Maybe Bill or Peggy could tell how long they remember it being under our Christmas Trees!  

Here is the completed tree skirt that I quilted.  I just love this and will be making more of these as I still put up more than one tree in our home.  We have a tree in each of the bedrooms, and one in the office, and a small one in the kitchen.  So I need many, in different sizes for sure.

So, I will leave you with this pic of me that Bernie took when we were opening up our gifts to one another and he got me this very pretty necklace, which I have already worn to work and had so many compliments on it!  Doesn't go very well with my "Meyer Family Christmas 2016" sweatshirt.

So wishing you and yours a Very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Blessed New Year!
Be back next week!!  Stay warm!!


Monday, November 20, 2017

A Little Taste of Winter and Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to get a blogpost out to you before the holiday to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Just some of my little decorations on the mantle.  I just love these little ceramic turkeys, pumpkins, and pilgrims.  Here is the lady pilgrim.

And a few other decorations..................

This one is my little Jim Shore Turkey!!

This was a sign from the dollar store from last year after holiday sale that I got for $2.00.  It is a decent black plastic frame and glass.  I just love it.

And this is an old staple that I've had since we first were married.  I purchased a bunch of Stick-ee's for different holidays and this was the Thanksgiving Cornucopia.  I just love how it looks on our sliding glass door going out onto our deck.

Last week was a cold one and yesterday we had a real blast of winter as we got about an inch or two of snow.  It is all but gone today since we have sunshine which is a rarity in these parts this time of year.  So nice to see that big orange ball in the sky!!

Went to quilting last week as I am still not officially employed by the center as yet.  Looks like my start date will be Nov. 30th.  Looks like my days of being council secretary ended today as I won't be able to be on the council when I'm an employee.  Everyone was upset as they love my minutes and wanted me to stay on, but that can't happen.  Oh well!!  I had a council meeting today and just finished up the minutes.

So, at quilting I took my own project to work on which is the tree skirt that I've been telling you about.  I got all the strips sewn together last week at home and this week I took them to the center to cut them as they have a bigger cutting mat than I have and I needed a large one.  Anyway, I cut the strips into the blades, some are one direction, A blades; and the other in the opposite direction, B blades.  My colors once again are the rusts, deep burgundy, forest green, tan, etc.  Known again as MY COLORS!! I believe I mentioned this in an earlier post as well.  Anyway, here is the skirt pieces thus far.

You can see the way the blades are cut. One on the far left is A, then a B, then an A, B and so on.  These are not sewn together as yet, because my next step required me to have something called Quilting Basting Spray.  I am to cut out the batting next and spray on the basting spray which is a fabric adhesive and adhere the batting.  May take me a few days to get this accomplished.  Hope to have more pictures next post.

Well, that is it for this post.  I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you all have family and friends to celebrate with you.  I miss very much the Thanksgivings of when I was a child.  So many relatives at Mom's house and then all the soldiers coming for Thanksgiving dinner as well.  Such fond memories that will last me a lifetime.  I am so thankful for them.  It will just be the two of us this year and I'm making a turkey breast and all the trimmings.  We just love turkey hash after the holiday.  I am thankful for our family and all our friends. 

Only 35 more days until CHRISTMAS!!  Can you believe it!!!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Brrrr!!! It's Cold Outside!!!

Hi Everyone,

Just a tad bit late on this post, but here I am and here it is.

Just got a cold chill in the air the past few days.  We've had an early Artic blast that has taken us from a really warm fall to a freezing cold chill of February!  We had our first dusting of snow on Friday morning, and we know that there is much more of that coming soon enough!  We are going to warm up a bit this coming week.  My flowers are all done now, as the frost has taken the last bit of life out of them.  Even my porch mums are wilted and looking badly.  That is OK, because we look forward to spring again and the rebirth of life!

This past week was fairly busy.  We began last Sunday with breakfast out.  We went to The Hotspot Family Restaurant.  This is the restaurant that my former rural carrier owns and they have a really good, hot breakfast, reasonably priced.  They are fast too and did I mention the food is HOT!!  get it HOTSPOT!!  Anyway, we did go there again today for breakfast and they also sell OH lottery.  They have a televised game called KENO, which I usually play when we are there.  I spend $5 and that allows me to play five games.  I pick three numbers and if all three come up, they pull 20 numbers, then you win $27.00, and to me that is free breakfast.  I picked last week and won $2, not too good, huh?  Well, today I left Bernie pick the numbers.  He wanted to pick four, but I already had the card prepared for 3, so he went with three.  3-20-30, he wanted 29 too, our birthdays, but I said sorry, already had three filled in.  So, we watched and on the 4th game, after winning nothing on the first 3, he got all three numbers, but the kicker was that 29 came up too and that would have meant he had all four numbers getting us $72.00.  Ugh!!  Why was I so fast filling out the card?  Oh well, next time I'll listen to him and do the card over, right???  It was fun and the meal, great and free!  So a good day out.

We are working on lamps this week, we have one ready to go to the owner this week, and I have one in the works, and Bernie is working on putting together a few today.  I had another call yesterday from someone wanting one for Christmas.  I think that we are going to get busy for the holidays.  I just hope they don't wait until the last week or they may be out of luck.

A week ago Thursday, I had an interview at the Active Aging office down in Meadville for the Asst. Director position at our center.  I figure since I'm there often, and help out quite a bit, that I may as well get paid to do it.  Well, I was just told this past Wednesday ,when I was at quilting, that I got the job!!  So, I had to go for a physical and drug testing on Thursday, and passed that, so I'm just waiting for them to tell me my start date.  I'm looking forward to working part-time again doing something that is fun for a change!  I'm not sure what my duties will entail, and will know more once I get started.  I think I'll be doing lots of computer type work which is OK by me.  I love that!  Just as long as I don't have to be a boss to anyone, that is great!!!  So, I'll let you know how things develop.  So, I will be one busy woman, and that is fine with me!!

On Wednesday, I took my completed fall quilt to the center for what we call "Show n Tell."  I had so many people asking if the quilt was going to be raffled or they could just buy it from me.  I kept saying, "No, it's mine!"  Maybe I should be making some of these and putting them on a website to sell.  Gosh!!!  So, I promised to show you better pictures of the finished product, so here it is....

This first picture shows it it on the sofa in our living room.  I had it folded up on the top, but then I decided to move it somewhere else.

This next picture shows the backside of it, which I failed to show you last week.  You can see the stitching that was done on the quilt.  I don't send it out to be quilted by a long-arm quilting machine expert, I prefer to do it all myself.  I did machine quilt it using my Janome with just a stitch-in-the-ditch design.

So I have a couple of these little quilt racks in the home, so this one is in my dining area beside my hutch and it looks very nice there, I think!!

Here is how it looks now.  I hung my rusty star on it.  This star I picked up at the thrift shop a few years ago and it is not a flat star, but has dimension.  I put the sunflower on it with some raffia and had it for sale at a few craft shows I did, but no sale.  Actually, I priced it really high so it wouldn't sell on purpose so I could keep it.  There was a price that I would let it go, but I'm so happy it has stayed with me.  Now, it's NOT FOR SALE, ever again!!

So, that is all the pictures for this week that I can show you.  I can tell you that I'm working on some Thanksgiving projects, that I can't show until after the holiday is over or I'll spoil the surprises for those involved in the finished product.  I'm making nine things, that I'm sure you'll like to see, so I'll sow you in a  later post.

So with that, this week we are having our Thanksgiving Dinner at the center on Thursday, turkey and all the trimmings for $5.00.  That is pretty much all on the schedule thus far this week.  Keep finishing the lamps and Thanksgiving projects.

I want to thank all the veterans for their service to our country.  Thank you to my brother Bill, US Navy, Vietnam; my father-in-law, Bernie, US Army, Korea; my brother-in-law, Dave, US Army;
my cousins, John, US Air Force, and John, US Army.  Also, those in heaven who served us, my brother, Jack, US Army, Vietnam; and my Uncles who were brothers, Adam and John, both US Navy during WWII, also my cousin Lois' husband, Roy, US Army, Fighter Pilot, WWII.  Thanks to all of you for your service and for the freedoms that we have in this great country of ours.  God Bless America!!

Til Next Week, Pray for those afflicted, and I'll be back here in a few days!!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Quilting and Fall Has Arrived!!

Hello Everyone,

I'm a couple days late with my post, but believe you me, I have reasons!

This past week has been a blur!  Seems that the older you get, the faster the days go by and before you know it, the next week is about to begin.

I've been working around the house on various items.  Began by putting away all the summer-type decor from the back deck and front porch.  Had to take down my purple Halloween lights and now just have my candy corn lights lit on the cornstalks until it is time for Christmas lights.  We aren't sure what exactly those will be as we don't feel the need to be hanging off of ladders this year to put up those lights.  We are going to do something different this year.  What that is, well, I'll save that for a later post as we get into the Christmas season.

We are busy working on lamps already.  Went to the lumber yard on Tuesday, and got enough to begin again.  Got set up as a tax exempt at the lumber yard!!  This is good!!  Brought all the wood inside the garage and now it's in Bernie's hands!!  He will perform his magic!! Provided his hands cooperate.  He still has issues with them and has to take it easy  per doc instructions!

Wednesday was quilting day and I managed to get there this day.  I've been working on a fall lap quilt which I'm calling "Autumn Drama," for good reason!  I was supposed to have it done by now, but I got way behind with the Shakerwoods show.  This was an Autumn Jubilee Blog Project, that I participate in each year.  So, I've been working quite a bit on it since Wednesday.  Here is what it actually is, I don't believe I showed you any of it thus far.

Here are the two blocks I had to make.  I made 6 of each one.  I love making fall colored quilts and runners.  My favorite time of the year and favorite colors too!  I used oranges, blacks, golds and off white, some greens too!

After these were sewn together alternating in rows of four, it looks like this.

I just got finished today putting the orange, off-white, and orange acorn borders on.  These were all 3" borders, these end up actually being 2-1/2" because of sewing them together in a 1/4" seam.  The backing is just a brown sheet.  Forgot to take a picture of that for you, but will have the finished product next post.  I just put the backing and batting together on the living room floor, so now I'm ready to go back to the machine and do the actual quilting.  Bind it and then it's completed.  It will be put on my little heart quilt rack in my dining area for the remainder of the fall season!

I went for my allergy tests on the 18th of Oct, and not so good.  They tested me for 32 different allergens.  They used the old tuberculosis tine test, where there were 4 big plates each containing 8 different tines with different allergens on them.  They pushed two of these plates into my skin on each arm.  Then I waiting about an 1-1/2 hours.  The nurse read them and got these little vials out of the refrigerator, here I am thinking I'm done, but NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!  Each vial got a little syringe shoved in the top of it and I asked what she was doing and she said that I was going to get an injection from each vial.  OK, she kept putting them in and in, and I said, "Just how many little injections am I getting?"  and the answer was 30!!  THIRTY!!!  Out of 32 possible allergens, I was allergic to 30!!  So, to say I hurt for a few days would be an understatement!  I did find out that I'm allergic to dust, ragweed, and box elder (Maple Trees)!!!  MOSTLY!!!!  Where do I live???  In the woods, full of maple trees!!!  The doc told me the best place to live is Arizona!!  Ha Ha!!  Not moving there!!!!  So, I'm to take Allegra or Zyrtec, or of course, I could have weekly injections!  I think I'll try the meds first.

So, I was still having issues with the breathing, coughing, etc., so got a chest x-ray done, all is good there, and will be headed for a lung capacity test at the hospital in a few weeks.  My doc wants to rule out Asthma.  Not sure why I'm having so many issues with allergies this year, but it is the worst and I hope they figure it out soon what is going on. Oh, they gave me like seven pages of things I can do in the home to help!  First thing is to remove carpeting from bedroom!  Second, launder all bedding, comforters, etc., in hot water every week, not just the sheets!  All of it!!  Oh, and I am to change pillowcases each day!  Great Idea!!!  Bernie said he knows what to get me for Christmas this year!!  PILLOWCASES for every day  of the week!!  Woo Hoo!!!  Also, upholstered chairs, couches, etc, need to be cleaned all the time, or get leather.  I mean the listing goes on and on.  I hope we get a killing frost real soon!!  Bring on Winter!!!

Yesterday, was a craft show at a local nursing home called St. Paul's in Greenville/Jamestown area.  It was a really nice show and all the proceeds went to the ladies auxiliary.  I got a couple of cute little gift items and participated in their Chinese auction, which had some really great gift baskets, but didn't win one of them.  The home is really nice inside.  Figure it is probably pretty pricey to get into that one!!

Today, I ventured to the little United Methodist Church right up the road for their little craft show and ended up with nothing but two kinds of soup and some pumpkin and zucchini bread baked by the ladies in their kitchen.  They had like eight kinds of soup, but I got the stuffed pepper and wedding soup.  Should be good for dinner! 

I'm cleaning out the house of items that I no longer use or that have been sitting around.  I donate them to the local animal shelter's thrift shop in Meadville.  I'm trying to get rid of those "DUST" collectors!  Figure it can help my cause!!  Filling up boxes pretty good. 

Please continue your prayers for our friends, Eileen, who is finished with her chemo and radiation!!  Yay!!!  and Danny, who Bernie talked to the other day and he's hanging in there and is feeling good!  Prayers to everyone reading this too!

Well, I guess that is about all that is going on around here.  Until next week.................