Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quilting Completed, Flowers Purchased, Hot Weather is Finally Here

Hello everyone,

What a beautiful day today is, the sun is shining, there is a nice warm breeze and it is 81 degrees.  There is supposed to be either some showers or a severe storm headed our way depending on which meteorologist you listen too!

Again another busy week for me, retirement is anything but relaxing, but then again, no stress with what I have to do unless you consider the deadline quilting I needed to do before today.

So let's begin with Sunday, Mother's Day.  I hope all the Mother's out there had a wonderful day.  I received flowers from Bryan and Jess on Saturday afternoon.  They are pink roses, pink large carnations and miniature bush red carnations.  Just beautiful!   A beautiful pink card as well.  Thanks again Bry and Jess!!


I have pictures and the cards that come with the flowers for every bouquet of flowers that Bryan has sent me over the years.  I take a picture,  print it out,  put the card with it and I put it under the glass on my desk, where I get to look at them every time I sit there.

Monday was a quiet day here spent playing catch up on On-Demand of my favorite few shows, NCIS, Bull, and of course Designated Survivor.  The only three shows I really ever watch, oh, except for Price is Right!!

 I'm also reading a religious book called Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly.  They had them sitting at the back of the church to take and read, so I did.  It is quite interesting.  It talks about being a Catholic in this day and age.

Tuesday, was primary voting day here in Pennsylvania...........



and it was a day of reading, and enjoying the weather outside.  I completed cleaning out all the bushes that I began on Saturday, so now I was ready to put out the bunny statues, gazing ball, etc.
I still have two flower beds to clean out in the back yard.

Wednesday, was of course, quilt day.  I got the two Corvette Cruise in quilts back from Joannie and her long-arm fancies were sewn on there, and I had to sew the binding on the front of each of them.  Then since I'm a back hand-stitcher, I got almost one of them done there and finished yesterday afternoon and then last night spent most of the evening binding the second one.  Here are the finished quilts..............




It was such a beautiful morning that I decided to take the pictures outside as well as inside on these.  I think these "Attic Windows" turned out nice. They are both 48" x 68" and I call the red one, "Little Red Corvette" and the bottom one the "Green Machine."  These will be raffled off on Saturday and I'm going to work the show selling raffle tickets with another lady.  Should be fun!!

Today is Thursday, and I had to take the quilts to the Senior Center so they can get them ready, etc. I also had lunch with two of my former USPS clerks, Karen who worked for me in Conneautville and Vivian who worked at Andover.  It was a nice hour spent with two really great gals.  Next, I went to Linesville to Mom & Pop's Flowers, to pick up some gardening flowers and for the baskets, etc.
This lady is 85 years old, and still grows all the flowers herself, and she has everything imaginable and very affordable.  Here is what I came home with...............

 Here you can see that in the left corner  I got a lavender bush.  I, someday, plan on having only perennials planted in the ground around the house.  I have some dianthus, day lilies, lily of the valley and some other perennials that Bernie's Aunt Catherine gave to me.  I'm thinking this is the only way to go.  I was just going to buy baskets, well, you can see that didn't happen.  I like creating my own planters for the porches as well as hanging baskets.  I also got a grape tomato plant as I have never done a real garden, but I love some of those little tomatoes I pick right off my deck.  Yummmmmm!

 I got some very pretty New Guinea impatiens as well as some potato vines called "Blackies" as they are a very deep, almost purplish black vine.  Thought these would look great in a hanging basket.  Karen told me, she went to the nursery too, that if you take a sweet potato and plant it that this is what you would get.  I'm going to have to try that.  I got some green spikes for the planters I put beside the front door to give it some height.   They are at the top of the impatiens in this photo.
 Dark and Light Purple Petunias as well as white and the keep the animals away favorite of mine, Marigolds.
I had no idea what I even wanted, but it is getting near Memorial Day and I was afraid if I didn't get something that there wouldn't be anything left.  Not sure what is going where yet, but the is the fun of it.

I also got a different type of petunia called Crazytunia Moonstruck.  They look very old-fashioned and I just love them.  Here is the two colors that I got.  Aren't they just gorgeous???  Oops, got my foot in there, sorry!!!



The last picture is of  a full-sun annual plant, called Celosia.  Gosh!  It was just breath-taking and I had to have one.  I hope it gets really big and stays this pretty!  Here it is............

You can see that I got a little off track of a color scheme.  I originally wanted red and pink, but the purples were just so pretty, and the white, orange, pink, I ended up with everything except red.  I usually get red geraniums, but went with something totally different this year.  I'll have pics to show you once I get them all planted.  I need to get to Wal-mart for dirt, some mulch, etc.

Tomorrow we go back to the ortho doctor for a nerve test on Bernie's hands.  Poor guy, still is having some issues with them.  Peppermint Oil is definitely making a difference on the arthritis we both have in our hands.  Luckily mine is only in one finger.  I just take some hand cream and put four drops of the essential oil and let it soak in.  Makes a difference in the morning.

Well, that is it for this week!  Once again, my prayer chain is getting larger.  Bernie's Mom is in the hospital this week, and hoping she will be home real soon.  Also, Joann's hand is healing so she will be able to get back to her job soon.  Bernie is back to work, but hoping his hands can heal and give him some relief. Eileen and Danny both are going through Chemo, so wishing them the best!!  My cousin's husband, John, is also having Chemo, so wishing him well also.
Thank you for your continued prayers, Prayers Make a Difference!

Til Next Week.............
Have a fantastic weekend!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Friday, May 12, 2017

Quilting, Gardening, and a Funny Story!!!

Hello Everyone,

It's Friday and I know, I'm another day late in my posting.

Let's begin with Sunday.  So, I'll start off with a story that Fr. Chris told us at Mass.

There was an old man, his dog, and his donkey walking down a country road.
A guy in a pickup truck who was traveling very fast down this country road ran the old man, his dog, and his donkey off the road into a ditch.
The old man decided to press charges against the guy driving the truck and they were in court and the defense attorney called the old man to the stand and said to him, "This is a yes or no question, did you say after the incident that you were perfectly fine?"  The old man said, "me, my dog and my donkey were............", "No, No, No," said the defense attorney.  "I asked you to reply yes or no only to my question, let's try this again, did you say after the incident that you were perfectly fine?"  The old man again says "Me, my dog and my donkey.......,"  Now the defense attorney is extremely mad and asks the judge to please have the old man answer yes or no to the question.  The judge said what does it matter, let the old man continue on.... the defense attorney wasn't happy, but let the old man continue.  So the old man begins "Me, my dog and my donkey were walking down the road when that guy sitting there was flying down the road in his pickup truck and pushed me, my dog and my donkey into the ditch.  He got out of his truck and saw the dog was hurt and took out his rifle and shot my dog, then the driver looked at my donkey and saw that it had broken it's leg and he shot my donkey, then he looked at me and asked me if I was all right and I said,  I am PERFECTLY FINE!!!!!    Loved that story and wanted to share, sorry it was kinda long.

The lilacs are all gone, the lily of the valley are still blooming though, but the most beautiful thing in our yard are the azaleas.  The red one has been blooming for a while and the flowers are beginning to dry out, but the white one next to the house is just gorgeous!  Here are a few pictures of those...........




I haven't done any weeding yet or raking the leaves from under the bushes as it's been raining more than enough. I also need to clean out all the leaves from the volcanic rock in front of the house. I like to do this when the sun is shining and the weather somewhat warmer than in the 50's.  I'll get to it eventually.

Not sure what this bush is called, they are getting straggly, but the new growth is so pretty in red, these need cleaned out too!!  Below that are a few dianthus that just began blooming.





Macy also enjoys being out in the yard and these photos show her looking for that chipmunk that keeps running around in the yard that she sees from inside the front door.  She is always looking for them.


Lookin for that grinnie!!!
Monday, Bernie returned to the Orthopedic Dr. and the good news is that he doesn't have inflammatory arthritis!  Thank goodness for that, although he is still having pain issues and some minor swelling.  Next will be to give him a nerve test in his hands.  He's back to work though.  We stopped in Greenville and had lunch at a bar/restaurant called The Majestic.  It was pretty neat inside, they had and old chuck wagon, and Roy Roger memorabilia in a case.  Some entertainer costumes from Conneaut Lake Park from back in the band age at the Danceland Ballroom.  Their food fare was limited, but Bernie had two hotdogs, chips and a Cherokee Red, and I had a bowl of wedding soup, a chicken salad sandwich and Root Beer.  We took a couple pics of us sitting there.  You can see the wagon behind me with it's driver.  So many cool things to look at in there.  Up top middle of Bernie's picture is a tuxedo worn by a group member of the Cavaliers in 1962 who performed at Conneaut Lake Park Ballroom.  The lady working there was really nice so it was a nice place to stop.  So, if you are ever in Greenville PA, stop by there.



Tuesday, was the special Mother's Day luncheon at the center.  We had stuffed chicken, mashed garlic potatoes, carrot coins, wheat roll, strawberry shortcake and milk and coffee.  They had live entertainment, a husband and wife duo from Conneautville who I knew from being Postmaster there.  So I got to sit with them at lunch and we had a nice conversation.  She used to be the music teacher at the school and he came in everyday practically mailing out drumsticks.  He plays the accordian and she sings, plays trumpet, guitar and keyboards.  It was fun.



 Sorry, I just took it from my seat and this lady was in the forefront.  They had beautiful lilies as centerpieces.  Nice time.

Wednesday was quilting day.  I finished up the two toppers for the Corvette show and handed them over to Joannie who does the long-arm quilting on them, so I didn't take pictures as they aren't done until I get them back next Wed and then I'll have until Saturday to get them bound.  I'll take pictures of the finished products then.

So, I worked on the Trip Around the World for our summertime bedding.  I just started sewing the strips together.  It's looking something like this right now.



One of the ladies at quilting, Vern, gave me the fabric above.  She hates green, so she knew I love green and she said that the second brown fabric with lettering called "The Ledger" was something she thought I'd like and I love it as well.  More for my stash!!!

Thursday, was a day to work around the house, I had many projects on my list and I am happy to say that I accomplished everything as well as baked a white cake with chocolate icing.  I'm calling it my Mother's Day Crumble Cake.  For some reason, it fell apart in spots.  Not very pretty, but Bernie said it tastes delicious!!  I was to go back to the center for square dancing, but my allergies gave me issues, so I thought it was best to stay at home.

Today is a work around the house a bit, and catch up on some On Demand shows that I've missed three weeks of and of course,  blogging. Writing a blog takes me a while to do, about an hour to get all the pictures and wording and ideas together. What I should be doing is writing each day and then not publishing it until Thursday, maybe I'll try doing it this week and maybe then I'll get it out to you on time.

 It is a cloudy, cool, day outside, not one I want to venture out in.  I put some ravioli in the crockpot, so dinner will be ready when Bernie gets home.

That's it for this posting, please continue your prayers for Eileen, Danny, Joann and Bernie.  Prayers are very powerful and hopefully they will make a difference in each one of their days.  Thank you.

Til Next Week, take care!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Quilting and This and That

Hello Everyone,

This week has been a whirlwind week for sure.  Let's start out with last weekend.

Sat and Sun were days of rest for sure.  Bernie was still laid up with his half-cast on his arm and then Monday we visited the orthopedic doc.  We have some good news!!!  His hand does not have a fracture!!  The cast was taken off, but that proved to be more painful to him than the other hand.  The doctor gave him some NSAIDs for inflammation and sent us for some blood work because he believes that Bernie's arthritis is something more than the Mom and Pop type.  We will know more after we visit the ortho doc again this coming Monday.

Tuesday was errand day and of course a rainy one.  Went to the big city, Meadville!!  That's a joke, of course.  If you blink too fast, you'll miss Meadville.  It is a place on a map though!!  Ha Ha.

Wednesday was quilting day at the center.  I wanted to be able to work on the Bair's Corvette Show quilts, but the fabric was still not in.  It was expected in the mail on Wed afternoon after I left for home, so I worked on my Purplish/Blue/Green King-size "Trip Around the World" I'm making for our home.  I got all the strips sewn and got the tubes ready to be cut then sewn again.  I have 96 of these ready to be cut.


After picking up the fabric at the center for the Bair's Show, I began working on them on Thursday evening for a few hours and again today some.  I need to have them both ready by Wednesday so the other lady can long-arm quilt them and get them back to me to be bound.  This show is on May 20th!!
Not much time.  Here is a picture of the one so far and the second picture is of the license plate fabric for the next quilt.




I wasn't actually very fond of the turquoise fabric around the cars in the top photo.  It was not 100% cotton and was a devil to keep from stretching.  This fabric was probably something that was donated to the center at some time or they bought it at Wal-Mart which in my opinion is junk fabric. It's OK to use as a backing, but not for the front topper.

So that is how far I am, guess I'll be sewing more in my sewing area tonight.

Lamp production has stopped for the time-being since Bernie is laid up!  He had two ready for me before his hands began to really hurt, so I'm stoning them.  He explained to me how to get the wiring ready for the lamps, so I prepared that by measuring the wire and stripping the ends and twisting the wires, 60 of them which is enough for 15 more lamps.  That was all on Thursday.  Here's hoping his hands get better soon.

The lilacs are already dead and now the azaleas are about to bloom and the Lilies of the Valley are in bloom.  Since we are supposed to have SNOW tonight, I thought I'd cut some and bring them in out of the cold.  We are at 45 degrees for a high today and it's rainy again.  It's been raining since Wed. night.  BUT SNOW, SERIOUSLY!!!  It is May 6th!!!!  Where is the spring that I want and need!!!



Friday was spent visiting a friend from our Red Valve days in the 70's.  He is a good friend of Bernie's as they palled around together for a long, long time back then.  He was Bernie's best man at our wedding.  Here is a picture of them together.  His name is Danny!


It seems that my prayer list is growing and that doesn't make me very happy, actually very sad.  I'm asking for prayers again for:

My girlfriend, Eileen, who began her chemo treatments on Thursday and is doing well so far.
Bernie's sister, Joann, her broken wrist is healing, thank goodness, but it's gonna be a while until it is 100% better.
Bernie, thank God that his hand wasn't broken, but his hands need to heal.
and just this week,  Danny, who is not well.

Thank you for your prayers.

Well, that is all until next week!  I'll try to post on time next Thursday.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,
Debbie





Thursday, April 27, 2017

It has been a week already? Some of this, and some of that.

Hello everyone,

I'm beginning this post on Thursday night, and I may not have it finished until sometime on Friday, so I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm gonna be late again.  Sorry.............:(

This past weekend was a celebration in Pittsburgh.  We visited Bernie's parents who celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on April 19th.  We just had a little get together of their kids, us spouses, and Bryan and Jess.  It was nice to see everyone!

This week the lilacs were in bloom and my cistena plum is also blooming...........


Cistena Plum

Purple Lilac
White Lilac

This is the best year for our lilacs.  Last year the frost got to them and I only had a few blooms on the purple one.  This year they are from top to bottom.

Wednesday was a quilt day at the center.  I was to begin the corvette quilts, but the fabric wasn't here yet so it was a good thing that I took something of my own to work on.  I decided to make a king-size quilt for our bed for spring/summer.  By the time it's done it will be summer.  :)

I'm going with some fabric choices and colors that I wouldn't normally go with, but I'm starting to like it.  A bit different I must say.  It will be done in the Trip Around the World design, which is the same as the little pink quilt I made for the center a while back that they raffled off.  Here are the colors/fabric I chose.


The first thing that everyone said was why the brownish/red with palm leaves print, well if you look to the right of it you see the green palm tree with the purple/pink sky and blue water beach print?  Well, the palm tree trunks are the same color as this fabric, there are also little tiki huts of the same hues as that print.  Should be interesting.  I also chose to the right of that beach print, an Ombre print.  This will make the quilt interesting as well as you can see it goes from light purple to very dark purple.  Can't wait until I get it started.  I'm still in the process of taking one 4" strip and sewing all twelve of the different fabrics together.  I have to make six of these. Then I'll be making them into tubes and cutting 2-1/2" fabric strips.  I'll try to remember to take pics as I continue on.  So that's it for quilting.

Then comes today............Bernie has been saying his hands hurt so bad for more than a week now.  They always hurt, but not like recently.  He's been coming home from work every night and icing them down.  I know he hurts when he doesn't make it to the garage.  So, today he went to work and came home this morning in pain and swelling in both hands.  So, here is where we ended up...........the emergency room.  After X-raying both hands, he has very bad arthritis in both hands, but he also has a scaphoid fracture.  Funny part is, he doesn't know when he did it.  We won't find out more until he goes to his regular doctor tomorrow, and then he will need to see the orthopedic doctor hopefully next Tuesday. We will know then if it will be just a cast for a while or if surgery will be recommended.   So, that is it for today!  


So with that I will leave you now.  Please continue the prayers for my girlfriend, Eileen, who will begin chemo next week, to Bernie's sister, Joann, who has a fractured wrist due to a fall earlier in the month and is recovering at home from surgery, and now Bernie.

Everyone, please take care.  Til next week..................

Hugs,
Debbie

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Day Late Posting - Sorry!!




Hello Everyone!

Sorry for being a day late, and I guess a dollar short is how the saying goes, but it's Friday and I've had a busy week again!

The weekend was a wonderful time.  Bryan and Jess came to our home for Easter Dinner on Saturday and we also celebrated his 38th birthday with presents and cake.  We had our traditional ham dinner with homemade potato salad, green beans and rolls.  We had a really nice visit with them and then they headed home.

Every year since Bryan was a little boy, I have hid both his and Bernie's Easter Baskets, or bags, or boxes, whatever the year brings.  So now I hide three of them, one for Jess too!  Here they are searching the house for their Easter goodies.  I have so much fun watching them.

Jess found hers second in the living room in the coffee table.

Bryan was first to find his Easter treats!!

Don't know how Bernie knew where his was?????????  He did find it behind one of the Easter cards.


The rest of the week has been a blur for me. I've been working on quilts all this week and also lamps.
I didn't have quilting this Wednesday, they were having an event day at Allegheny College in Meadville.  I chose not to participate as the very first thing on the agenda was to listen to a lengthy talk given by the Provost.  I've been in more meetings in my working career to last me a lifetime, so I refrained from attending.

I have two finishes quilt wise this month already.  I strive for one quilt finish a month, so with having at least one each month and two months of having two, I figure I'm good now through June!!  Ha Ha!!  No, I'll try to have a finish still each month.  Here are my finishes for this month.

This first quilt measures 48" x 68" and I named it "Pretty as a Peacock."  I love naming each of my quilts.  Front and back side below.  This particular design is called Attic Window.




This second quilt also measures the same at 48" x 68" and is once again an Attic Window design.  This one I'm calling Hawaiian Delight!!  Front and backsides.


I like to stitch the binding on by hand so that takes me a long time to do, but I think they came out very lovely.

My next endeavor will be for the May Baer's Corvette Annual Car Cruise in Linesville.  It is a mixed brand car cruise, we've taken the AMX there a few times when it hasn't rained, but anyway the majority of the cars are Corvettes.  I will be making one or two of these Attic Windows for the senior center using car material.  These will be raffled off during the cruise.  The senior center hosts a spaghetti dinner the same day as the cruise, so both the dinner and raffles will be a big money raiser for us.  I'll take pictures along the way for these when I begin.  We are waiting on the fabric to arrive, so I'm going to have a short window to get these done.

I'll be working on some table runners primarily from now on.  I want to make some to put under our lamps at the Shakerwoods show in October, and I plan on ramping up my lamp making skills from now on.  We have 26 lamps made and would like to do at least another 25 or more.  I'd hate to run out of them at the show.

Bernie's sister Joann is on the mend with her wrist.  Stitches out already and therapy to follow.
Eileen is preparing for her chemo upcoming the beginning of May.  Please keep both of these gals in your prayers!!

Til next week,

Hugs,
Debbie





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Snow, Quilting, Craft Show, this and that!!

Hi Everyone,

Another blog from me, my week in review.

We started out with snow on the Friday, April 7th, only got about an inch and a half.  Not too bad.  Hopefully our last one til next winter.  You can see my Easter Eggs hanging from the bushes underneath the snow.

 and my poor daffodils, hanging in there, actually they made it through the snow.


The weekend was a lamp making weekend.  We started out going to the lumber yard to purchase more wood.  Then it was time to begin.  Bernie taught me more about the production of lamps.  I was formerly just the stone placer, but now I've graduated to official hand sander and then I learned how to assemble the lighting assembly.  I'm learning the lamp making business by leaps and bounds! :)

To tell you more about the show we are doing it is two weekends in October, 14 & 15 and 21 & 22.
It is in Columbiana, OH which is about an hour from us.  It is called "Christmas In the Woods" at Shaker Woods!  I've been going to this show as a customer for many years, but this will be our first time as a vendor.  The larger fairs, like this one, are generally juried. The jurying process involved my sending in a portfolio that included photos of our lamps, and a resume, along with a jurying fee. I also had to tell them what I'd be wearing to fit in with the Old-Fashioned Christmas Theme while manning our booth.  

A selection committee looks over your photos and makes their choice based on originality, creativity, marketability, general appeal, and quality of craft and booth design.
I'm told that it is a very rewarding experience when you are selected as an exhibitor for a major show. It shows that you are now ready to compete with "the big boys."  The selection committee is made up of craft professionals and if they pick you, they think you are ready. 
This show is advertised all over the country and in "Country Living" magazine as well as some others.  So yes, we are excited and will be kept busy all summer long preparing for this show.  

This week was our Easter Lunch at the center on Tuesday, ham with mustard sauce, scalloped potatoes, carrots, roll and butter, Easter cupcake, milk and coffee.  They once again sang Karaoke.  I'm still a spectator!  

Yesterday was quilting and I'm working on the border for the civil war quilt.  It's a queen size so it will need to be large.  Will show you more on that later on. I now have this lap size quilt ready to be quilted..............green border is on.

My next one, same size has peacocks on it, it is now ready to be quilted as well.

Today was Square Dancing again at the center.  Lots of fun and great exercise.  My legs hurt!!!!!  And finally.............................................

It is beginning to look like spring finally here, 
 Wild Violets in the yard!
 My daffodils survived the snow!!

And our home is decorated for Easter..............


 Avon Mr. & Mrs. Bunny
Mr. Primitive Burlap Bunny 
Mr. Fuzzy Bunny
 Mr. Fiber Optic Bunny
 My Pussy Willow and Forsynthia Design in Porcelain Coffee Pot
 Mr. Chenille Bunny that I made several years ago.
Fabric Easter Eggs made by Bernie's Sister, Donna.










Easter Plate made by me several years ago.
                                                                           















So with that, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy, Blessed Easter!!

Please pray for my girlfriend Eileen as she will be beginning chemo in a few weeks and also for my sister-in-law, Bernie's sister, Joann who fell a week ago Sunday and fractured her wrist and had to have surgery last Friday!  Wishing them both well and a speedy recovery!!!!!  Love ya both!!

Hugs,
Debbie