Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Has Flung! Well, at least date wise..............

Hello everyone,

Still having cold weather here, yesterday we were only 22 degrees for a high.  Ugh!!  At least the sun was shining.  We are rebounding a bit today with the temp now at 44 degrees at 1:10 pm and the sun is shining beautifully.  Bring on spring!!!  Looking forward to the days of seeing this................

And since it is now spring, how about a cake I made for the occasion today to go along with those hoagies I ordered at the senior center for dinner tonight!!  Yummy!!




This week there wasn't a whole lot going on in my neck of the woods!!

Well, Saturday we lost Chuck Berry.  What a fabulous musician he was.  I remember listening to him as my brother, Bill, liked listening to his music in the 60's.  I think my favorite tune was, "Sweet Little Sixteen."  I think it was because he mentioned Pittsburgh!!

Monday and Tuesday was spent working around the house indoors of course, still was too cold to go outside.  We lost another one of my favorite entertainers, Chuck Barris.  Wow, both Chuck's, just realized that.  He was funny on the stupid "Gong Show" and did you know that he was a song writer as well.  One of my favorite tunes was written by him and sang by Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon, "Palisades Park."

Wednesday which would have been quilting day became a trip to the Erie Presque Isle Downs Casino with a group from the senior center.  The one lady I quilt with, Sally, has been after me to go on one of the excursions to the casino since last fall, so I decided to make the trip.  The day began at 8:30 am on a bus ride to the casino.  We went via CATA, which is Crawford County Transportation Authority, bus and it held 20 people I think, yep, it was a short bus!!  Ha Ha!!  It was very nice and cost only $6 roundtrip to Erie.  We took the scenic route through Conneautville, Albion, then onto I-79 from Edinboro to Erie.  There were two buses.

Walked around playing some machines and losing some money,  Ugh!! before I knew it, it was lunch time.  I met a woman, Bonnie, who I knew from the post office in Andover as she owns a business over there, and we had a nice lunch together at The Brew Brothers upstairs of the casino as Sally didn't tell me that she brings a lunch.  I liked it better though sitting down with a nice lady and some lovely conversation while we waited for our meals.  She had fish tacos, which she said were delicious and I had a club sandwich and fries.  We both had lemon water, I'm learning from these gals that you never purchase a drink because that is what makes your bill go up and besides, down on the casino floor you can have all the coffee, pop, iced tea and water that you want and it's free!!  Duh!  That's a no-brainer to me.  So the lemon water was delicious as well as my meal.  When we finished around 1:30 pm, we still had about 2 hours to gamble before the bus came to pick us up.

I always wanted to try my luck at the black jack table, but they started at $10 a hand, a little bit too pricey for my blood, so I stuck to the slots trying to win what I had lost before lunch.  I played 1, 2, 5 cent slots, even tried the 25 cents and $1.00, no good, then I came upon another lady from our group who was sitting at a Wheel of Fortune machine, it was a 1 cent machine, but I sat down beside her and we both began playing.  The next thing I knew we were both winning!  I loved seeing Vanna White telling me to spin the wheel and getting those Jackpot Bonuses!  Only wish I could have done better, but I played down and ended up ahead of the game and stopped playing and waited for the bus home.  So, it was a good day after all.

I did work some more on the spare bedroom reproduction Civil War quilt, and I will probably stop working on that so I can get the patriotic quilt finished since I need to have a March finish and I'm down to only 8 days left to the month.

I want to thank everyone for praying for my girlfriend, Eileen, she had her surgery on Tuesday and is recuperating at home.  I haven't spoken with her yet, but hopefully I will hear from her soon when she is able to talk.

That's it for now, the mail lady just came and as a former USPS employee, I have to run out and get the mail which is something I look forward to every day.  I used to have a couple of pen pals, but they don't write anymore, just email or Facebook.   I don't like that!  There is nothing better than getting a card or handwritten letter in the mail.  I think we should all send a card, handwritten note card or letter to someone today just to say hello and I'm thinking of you!!!  That would make someone's day happy.

Take care and see ya next week!!

Hugs,
Debbie


Friday, March 17, 2017

Top O' The Mornin to you!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone,

What a beautiful day in NW PA.  The snow is still on the ground, melting though, and the sun is shining on this beautiful St. Patty's Day!!!  This week was a snowy one from Sunday through Wednesday, but yesterday the skies cleared and the sun shone brightly!!  Great day to go out and about.

Didn't really do much except quilt and watch Price is Right!!  



Oh yeah, I baked a dutch apple pie one day and today I made a St. Patrick's Day white cake with green icing!! 


 oh yeah, and green jello with pineapple tidbits in it.  All yummy!!!  Since today is a Friday in Lent, Bernie will be picking up fish dinner's from the Fish Fry at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Linesville for supper.

All week, I've been working on the Civil War Quilt and it really looks like something now that I have thrown it on the bed that it was intended for.  I still need to add more length to it with more strips that are in the process of being made, but here it is.  



You can see here that I need to add maybe 5 or 6 more rows because I want to be able to throw it over the bed pillows and tuck in.  I'll put a border around it and then get the batting and backing on and ready to quilt. The patriotic quilt is ready to be quilted too and both will be done back to back.

These pictures just don't do it justice, in the room it looks so nice.  I think I'm going to make the same design for our bedroom in a king size.  This is a queen.

Yesterday, Thursday, was the St. Patrick's Day lunch at the senior center.  This is a special day lunch so it cost us $6.00 to attend the party.  People bring in lots of appetizers, and then there are raffles, games, 50/50, etc.  Lunch was corned beef and cabbage, carrots, boiled potatoes, Irish soda bread and green poke cake, milk and coffee. Very good lunch.

When I got there they were singing Karaoke.  It was interesting to watch, I've never sung Karaoke and I felt it was best not to make my debut in this venue!!  '


This gal sang "I Wrote the Songs."  First time singing and she did really well.  She is also the Tai Chi teacher there at the center.  Never tried that!!




This one the DJ was singing to one of my quilting lady friends, Verne.  She hates the color green and refuses to wear it or even make a green quilt.  So red it is!!!


After this party was finished, I went to WATCH something they were doing, but ended up having my exercise for the day and had fun learning something new.  There will be a total of four classes and here is a hint............  do the words do si do, promenade, grand circle, bow to your corner mean anything?????  Well, they meant absolutely nothing until yesterday!  We were learning square dancing.  They needed groups of 8, since they were short a person and I was watching, I was elected to join in.  It was fun, it was a workout in itself, and I learned so much.  I learned that heeled boots were not the foot attire for this, but I made it through and learned that flat boots are in order for next class.  No, I won't be buying a cowgirl hat or cowgirl boots anytime soon!!!

Well, that was the extent of my week and I hope that you had a nice one.  

Please continue your prayers for my friend, Eileen, Tuesday is her surgery at Magee!  Thanks everyone for your prayers.

Take care and I'll see y'all next Thursday!  Hopefully, with springs arrival it will begin to warm up here.

Hugs,
Debbie

Friday, March 10, 2017

March is still a Lion - March 10, 2017

Hello Everyone!

As the title of this post says, yep, old man winter just won't let up.  My day lilies are up more than an inch and this morning it is cold, windy, and snowed overnight.  More snow to come in the day ahead.  I'm so very ready for Spring.  That touch of Spring in February spoiled us all for sure.  Oh well, good day to tell you what was going on this week here in NW PA!

Monday was the day that I got the backing and batting put on the patriotic quilt top.  It turned out to be about 70" square.  Nice size!  I got it all ready to be quilted so it is rolled and sitting on my table as the next project to do.

Tuesday was a trip to Meadville, the "big city" round these parts!! It's funny, it is 18 miles from our house and when you go there, you make a day of it!  You hit every store and have a list for what you need at each store and of course, I go with coupons in hand!!  I love a great bargain.

It began with a trip to Vernon Center a beautiful new two-story facility which houses Meadville Medical Center doctors, YMCA, specialists for everything, and the reason I go, therapeutic massage!  Ah...........  After that appointment I was ready to conquer whatever else Meadville had to offer, oh but first I had to get a small cup of Green Mountain Coffee at the little eatery there at the center.  Then I was off down the hill into the city, stopped at the Meadville Mall, which is a sad excuse for what they call a mall here.  Not very nice stores, Big Lots is the big draw, ha ha!!  Anyway, our eye doctor is in the mall and I had to get my new glasses adjusted.  After that, the only fantastic store in that mall is Foxes Sew and Vac.  Yep, my favorite quilt shop here!  I stopped by and found that they were having a special on machine needles by two packs, get a third pack free!!  Yippee!!

Next on to, Joann Fabrics, as I needed transparent thread for the patriotic quilt.  You use this thread on the top of the machine and then use thread that matches the back of the quilt in the bobbin.  Your sewing tip of the day!!  Just so happened that Joann had thread on sale, buy one, get one free.  Also, had some nice 100% cotton fabric on sale for 50% off!!  With two coupons to use, I came out of there very happy.

Next was a stop at Giant Eagle for some real groceries, since the trucks for GE come from Pittsburgh, it is the best place to get fresh bread, deli, meats, and produce.

Then onto the Humane Society to donate the 16 pads for the dogs and cats housed there.  Made me feel good doing this for them.  Everyone knows how I love animals, especially dogs!!

Now onto Wednesday, Quilting at the center day.  I began working again on the Civil War Reproduction Quilt.  It was basically in small strips and they needed to be made into longer strips and then put together to begin the quilt top called Martin's Pennies.  Here is what is looking like thus far...

Smaller strips not pressed yet!

Looking much better after being pressed.  This strips are Blues, Reds, and Browns

Here is nine of the strips put together, it will become a queen-size quilt for our spare bedroom.

It is coming together nicely.  I'll be working on this a bit later today.  At the center I met two new people who are going to quilt, a husband and wife duo and guess what?  They are from West Mifflin originally and now live in Espyville.  Nice couple I can relate with!!

Thursday I had lunch with my old clerk, Viv.  Nice to get together once a month.  So I missed my Thursday post yesterday, but I'm making up for it today, Friday, snow day and I've already been to the beauty salon for a haircut, etc.  Glad to be home as it is really cold out.

Macy has been helping me sew this past week.  She kinda just hangs out wherever I am, follows me everywhere until Bernie gets home from work then, I'm mud.........oh, or at least until I give her some food, then she's all mine again!!  Ha Ha!!!

She is so stinking cute!!!

Another project I've been working on every evening for an hour or two is the Civil War Cross-Stitch that I've been making for Bryan for umpteen years, it's coming along nicely.  This is a counted cross-stitch meaning it has no pattern on the backing.  You have to count every stitch that you do following the paper pattern for those that have never tried this, it is very time-consuming, but beautiful when completed.  I took this picture of the Union Soldier's pants just so you can see the detail.




Hey Bryan, I'm working on it, SEE............................


So that has been my week in review. Seems that I had a lot to write about this week.

 If I may ask all of you for one favor this week, would you  please pray for one of my best girlfriends, Eileen, who is going to have surgery on March 21st for cancer.  I just found out yesterday and talked to her last night and she sounds fantastic and is very optimistic about the surgery and we are praying for a complete and speedy recovery.   She reads my blog, so I'm sure she won't mind me asking for prayers.   Love ya, Ei!!

Everyone have a fantastic weekend and I hope it gets warmer soon.  Take care and see ya all next week.

Hugs,
Debbie


Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Came In Like a Lion Yesterday!

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday was the first day of March and to say that it came in like a Lion is an understatement.  Our weather was atrocious!  We had rain and high wind gusts over 50 mph, some of those were sustaining winds that never seemed to stop.  Trees were down across the roads, limbs down in the yard, I had to pick those all up and thankfully nothing hit the house, so we are good.  It rained and then the sun shone, only to have our temps go from 58 degrees to a 21 degrees over night.  We awoke to snow on the ground, although just a dusting which is all melted now.  The bright thing about it all today, I took Macy out and what did she have to chase, A ROBIN!!!, the first robin I've seen for this year.  It was sitting in the yard and she thought she could catch it, but it flew into the tree and then away.  I'm just so darn happy to have seen one, spring is just about here!!!  YIPPEE!!

This week has been a pretty uneventful week.  I've still been making new wood look like reclaimed barn wood, this is a slow process, but I'm happy to say that I'm down to my last four boards then I still have to take the headboard down, paint behind there and then the fun of cutting and arranging the wood on the wall will begin.  We will probably begin that process over the weekend, we'll see.

Yesterday, was quilting day at the center and I took the patriotic quilt to work on.  I began putting the blue with beige star sashing between each of the blocks.  I have strips sewn on vertically and still am working on doing the horizontal sashing.  I may put a border around the entire piece after I see just how large it will be.  It looks like this now!  I've had lots of compliments at the center for the colors of this quilt and the design.





Here you can see the sashing between the blocks, I finished these two last evening.

I skipped lunch at the center yesterday since it was Ash Wednesday and they were serving baked fish, and I'm really not a fan of fish anyways unless of course I'm out in Seattle where fresh fish is so much better.  Iver's has the best Alaskan Baby Prawns down on the Waterfront!!  Right, Peggy?  So instead, I walked on the treadmill and watched the Pittsburgh news on KDKA!  Then stopped at the grocery store and then home.

Today has been a mish-mash day of things to do.  I put out all my shamrock tablerunners and did some housecleaning in the process.  Then, I put away my snowman plates that are hung on the wall, enough winter, hey!!  I saw a robin!!!  Makes you just feel better all over!!!

I'm still working on organizing fabric as well.  I have a lot of fabric, so the process is slow.


It's coming along.   Also, I got some of this.................


This is white-flannel fabric, 2 yds of it, and what I will use this for is to make a display wall or board.  Since cotton fabric sticks to the flannel, if you hang it up on a wall you can put your quilting blocks on it so you can see what the quilt will look like before you finish it.  I wish I would have had it for the patriotic quilt as it was difficult to see how the design of the finished quilt would be viewing it flat.  All I need do now is figure out where it should go in my sewing area.

I may go downstairs to quilt some more of it tonight since the downstairs is warm and toasty because of this....................


It is so nice to have a pellet stove in the basement.  It is so warm there even when the temps are in the teens outside, you only need a tee-shirt to be comfortable.  I fired it up this morning again after having it off for several days.

I have one more picture to show you of a puzzle that I did two-years ago of five yorkie terriers.  I framed it and it looks really nice in my sewing area.


So, I have to confide how stupid I really am!!  I glued each piece individually with Elmer's Glue to cardboard so I could make this picture.  I was talking to Jess, my daughter-in-law, over the past weekend, and she told me that I can buy puzzle glue that you just spread over the face of the puzzle and it oozes down into the puzzle-piece cracks and binds it, and even dries clear so you don't see it!  OMG!!  What an ingenious idea!!  Why have I never heard of this!!!  She said she then flips it over and does the same to the opposite side and it's ready to frame.  Got to get me some of this before I continue the gluing of my button puzzle for the sewing room.  Thanks!  Jess!!!!

I also want to say a very Happy Birthday to my father-in-law, Bernie, who was 86 this past Monday.  We all loved celebrating with him over the weekend!!

Til Next Week,

Take care and wish for spring!!!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday the 24th - Oops, forgot to post yesterday!!

Hi everyone!

Been a busy week here for me this week, I'll explain!!

We have been having such gorgeous weather this past week.  In the 60's most days, today we are to hit 70!  I can't remember the last time that I had the sliding doors open with just the screen across in February, I think I never did!!  We all know too well though what the March weather can be and even into April, but we'll take all the nice weather we can get.  Actually got to go outside and walk this week, burning up some calories outside for a change!

I wanted to show you what my friend, Ann, gave to me for Valentine's Day.  She is such a crafty person and comes up with wonderful ideas.    This was a Valentine's bouquet, with candy, the best kind.  A handmade bag full of more candy and goodies, my favorite is the crocheted heart clip to hold the bag closed.  Love it, Ann.  Thanks again for your kindness and generosity!



I've been working on that snowman puzzle for a week or so and finally finished it up on Sunday.  Here is the finished work.  This was a tough puzzle, as you can see the shapes of the pieces were unusual.  I already took it apart and put it in it's box and will donate it.  I still have four more puzzles in the closet to work on during the March winter ahead!!



Bernie and I went to the center on Tuesday night for a $3 Baked Potato and all the fixins night!  It was very nice and we met some people from Espyville there and had a nice conversation regarding Espyville and also Marienville.

Wednesday was my regular quilting day and I got much accomplished on the patriotic quilt.  I did one more explosion, which is now two and plan on doing at least one more before sashing and quilting.

What I mean by explosion is this, look at the square on the far right,it is easier to see what I'm talking about.  You see the cream color with little flags square, then the first explosion is the triangles in navy blue around the sides of the square, the second explosion is the red star triangles around the nave blue squares.  So I'm going to do at least one more of the triangles around the red star triangles.  Right now each square measure 7-3/4".  These are so enjoyable to do!  I just love this pattern.

Thursday as well as Monday, and Tuesday have been working in the house.  I've decided that with the nice weather that it was time to paint the master bedroom and redesign it.  I'm an avid watcher of HGTV and I just love Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines out of Waco TX.  I've gotten my inspiration from their show.  I noticed they like shiplap and reclaimed barnwood.  Since I have neither nearby, I decided to make my own reclaimed barnwood.  You can see it the upper right hand corner a little piece of what the wood looked like before the process.  It was regular color wood.  Here is what it looks like thus far...


Since the room is far from being completed, let me just tell you that I have most of it painted at this point, I've only had the paint for a year now.  Ha Ha!!  I'll show you more in future posts as we progress.  Need Bernie's help from this point on!  He's got a project for the room up his sleeves too!
Enough on that for now.

Today I'm headed for the center to meet with Rep. Parke Wentling.  Seems our taxation-democratic governor wants to join four agencies together to save the state money.  I don't see how he is going to do that, but.................so the four agencies are the Dept of Aging, which involves our senior center, Human Services, Health, and Drugs and Alcohol.  He claims these agencies overlap and that he can save substantial dollars by making them one department.  The Dept of Aging gets it's money from the Pennsylvania Lottery and from what I'm reading only 27 cents on a dollar does this agency get and this benefits programs such as property tax and rent rebates, free transit and reduced-fare shared rides and low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET, long-term living services.  So if we have to share that 27 cents with three other agencies then our centers could go away and there are 52 in the state.  These elderly seniors need these services and a place to go.  So, we are meeting with the Representative to voice our concerns.  I had to laugh, Bernie asked me where the County Jail was this morning, I asked why?  He said he needed to know where to bail me out after I get arrested at the senior center for demonstrating!  Ha Ha!!

So, with that I'll say, "see ya next Thursday!"

Hugs,
Debbie

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's Week!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!  My week started off with snow, of course, and then more snow, then a warm up, then more snow, and on and on.  Today I awoke to about 5", we were to get less than 1".  Wrong again!  Guess the lake effect machine will never shut down this year as Lake Erie is not frozen.  We will be in the 50's over the upcoming weekend and carrying through a few days next week.  Strange February indeed!

Tuesday was our Valentine's Day lunch at the center and we had shrimp cocktail, stuffed pork chop w/gravy, baked potato with butter and sour cream, french-style green beans, wheat roll and butter, milk, and cherry cheesecake for dessert.  This meal was $6.  It was delicious!!j

We played Name That Tune, most of which I had no clue, too old for me, the oldest I knew was Fat's Domino, Ain't That a Shame only from attending so many car shows!!  There was some Elvis, but after I won my piece of candy, I let the others guess.  Then they had a cakewalk for a box of Valentine's Chocolate and Hot Potato, which was a nerf ball and when the music stopped whomever had the ball won chocolate.  There was a 50/50 and Chinese auction for a wine gift card, grocery gift card and restaurant gift card, these were donated.  They had the Valentine's Day Quilt Raffle and guess what...........................

Yep, that's right!  I was the luck winner again for a quilt.  If you recall, I won the Fall Quilt at the Thanksgiving Party.  This one is really lovely.

 It was quilted with hearts all over!!
 The corners have hearts with the word love inside!!
The back was done in white and you can see all the beautiful quilting that Joannie, of our quilt group, did.

One of my quilts is up for auction now!  It was the pink Trip Around the World quilt that I made before Christmas.  Seems that the center likes to raffle them off as they make more money on them than selling them outright, although she will sell them if someone really wants one.

So, lucky again I was.  I got a beautiful red rose, card, and Stefanelli's Chocolate from Bernie!  

Since I didn't go to quilting yesterday, after our appointments, I worked on a Jigsaw Puzzle that was a gift from my sister's-in-law for my 60th birthday/retirement.  I don't have much more to do on it.

Maybe when I'm done the snow will go away when I put it away!!!

My next puzzle will NOT have a snowy theme!!

Quilt wise, I haven't done anything on the patriotic quilt as I'm busying myself with making the Humane Society pad donations as well as working on the Civil War cross-stitch each night!  As I said before, 2017 is going to be my year for finishing up projects started long ago!  I vow to finish everything that has been sitting around dormant for so long.

Well, eye doctor appts this afternoon, so I better get ready for that.  Talk to you again next Thursday!!

Have a wonderful week and if you're in PA, enjoy the nice weekend that is in store for us!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Second Week of February, more snow!!! Ugh!!!

Hello Everyone,

After the other day's balmy temps, all the snow melted, well last night it began again and we got about 2" and then another 2" today, had to shovel yet again!!  That darn groundhog!!!  With that being said onto my quilting.

Yesterday, was quilting day at the center.  I began a new quilt project using patriotic material that I've had for a while.  I'm once again going to do the explosion block that I did on the Batik picnic table topper.  I really like this block.  Here is the beginning of it.  I only got the first explosion done for all the blocks yesterday and the fabric cut out for the second block that still needs sewn on.

Lots of reds, white, and blue, with some vintage looking tans too!  Love all this fabric!  We'll see how this one turns out.

On Saturday, I completed Jess and Bryan's tv table runner and I mailed it to them and they got it on Monday!  They already have it on their TV stand! 

On Monday, I completed the Batik Picnic Topper.   So keeping with my goal to finish one project a month, I have already completed three.  So I'm off to a really great start!!

At the center yesterday, we had Tuna Salad on two slices of wheat bread with lettuce and tomato.  A cup of broccoli cheese soup, and an orange.  All was really good and once again, only $2.00.

I will be attending the Valentine's Day lunch next week on Tuesday.  I won't be quilting next Wed though as I have an appointment scheduled in the morning.  So, I'll let you know all about the Valentine's Day lunch.

Around the house, I found an old comforter that I was going to throw out as it had been washed so many times that the batting inside was kind of torn about and clumpy, so I got an idea to cut it up into 16 squares/rectangles and I thought I'd sew the edges and then bind them and make pads to donate to the local Crawford County Humane Society.  I got one done this morning and then I thought, what if I go through all the trouble of making them and they don't want them.  So, I called them and they will happily take the donation from me.  So, I now have another project of sewing the other 15 of them.  I made different sizes for the dogs and cats.  Here is what I am doing with those.


I'm always happy to help out the animals.  There is also a Second Chance Thrift Store in Meadville that I donate to regularly items that I no longer want.  Everything they sell the money goes to the Humane Society.

Today is National Pizza Day, so I called Pizza Hut and since Bernie is able to come home through Conneaut Lake today, he is picking it up!!  

Other than that, nothing else new in my neck of the woods!

Everyone stay warm and see ya next Thursday!

Hugs,
Debbie