Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Things I like Thursdays Feb 20


Greetings!

We are almost back to normal temps -80’s but a cold front is moving in this weekend.  I’m sure the “snowbirds” are confused with this year’s weather but I suppose it’s still warmer than other climates. Due to the cooler winter than normal, we are overcome with weeds!  I try to keep them less than quarter size so they can’t be seen by the HOA police. I’ve weeded 6 times this month.  That’s never happened in the 5 years we’ve been here.  And it’s not even Spring yet.  I also had to spend a day trimming the big artificial orange tree in the backyard. Those oranges are not edible but birds pick at them and so they fall to the ground.  It’s a mess. Anyway, that tree is trimmed and mostly free of the oranges.
Why would you plant an “artificial” tree?  Crazy.

I am needing less oxygen than 2 months ago so we are on a good path to healing.  Thank God.  It was quite the picture of me trimming the tree while carrying oxygen on my shoulder. Ugh.  I’ll be glad when I no longer need it.

Regardless, I have a few likes to share with you today:

1.  Bluebirds in Love?


I love this painting in my doctor’s office  but I am curious as to it’s meaning. Why does one bird hold a lock and the keys are below them?

2.  Vera Wang’s perfume-Princess.



It is such a pretty container.  The name is kinda silly but the scent is so soft and lovely.  Of course, there is a story. I was waiting to have blood drawn at the lab and an older woman came with her walker and sat down next to me to wait her turn.  Her scent was so cool!!  I waited awhile and finally asked her what perfume she was wearing.  She was surprised but happy I asked.  When I was done at the lab, I went to Walgreens, checked it out against several others and I bought the same fragrance as that woman.  What a great advertisement for others. Here’s the list of ingredients (not counting alcohol,etc) apple,mandarin,apricot, Tahitian tiare flower, chocolate, vanilla, amber and musk.  If I’d known that, I probably would have bought it anyway.  LOL. I haven’t bought perfume in many years so this was an extravagance.  But, I’m worth it. I love smelling it everyday.

3.  Phoenix Suns pillow for Thomas.





  Due to his cerebral palsy, his legs don’t stretch out completely and so he needs a wedge between his knees when he sleeps but if you’ve ever seen the wedge it’s awful. So, I made a pillow cover for a 15 inch soft pillow instead.  He loves it and it’s his favorite team.


4.  Blue Dresden pillow cover for my daughter.




This was a left over block ( 15 inches) from quilt I made for her headboard 5 years ago or so. I found it in a bag and decided to spend a day putting it together.  It turned out so pretty.   it’s been good to get back to sewing this week.  Next on the que is a quilt for her bed.  Something easy and simple. I have so many layer cakes that need to be used so maybe I’ll spend the day going thru stash. 


It’s been a good week for me (not counting any news on the tv) so I’m glad to share these with you.  Hope you all are enjoying it too.

Join.us at Lee Anna’s site: Not Afraid of Color for more.

Take care.
Mary





Wednesday, February 12, 2020

I like Thursdays Feb 13

Greetings!

Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!  It’s been raining all night but going to clear up today.  I sleep better when it’s raining (barometric pressure).  But, I like the sunny day for driving.  Just sayin.

Thanks to Lee Anna, we are listing our “likes” each week which causes me to focus on good stuff in these chaotic times.  It’s a good thing,
Here  is a short list of my likes:

1. Chicken Marsala.



This was so easy and so good .  I used one jar and 4 skinned chicken thighs in the crock pot on high 3hours.  Istarted to buy skinned deboned thighs but they were $6.99 a pound!  Say what??  So I found regular thighs and skinned them myself at $1.99 per pound. If you grab the skin on one edge it clears the thigh pretty easily.  I don’t like fussing with raw chicken but it went pretty quick.  This sauce was perfect for me. If you wanted, you could add more mushrooms.

2.  Valentine mini quilt




It’s about 12 x 20. Thanks to Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us, I was finally inspired to sew.  It’s made from scraps which took forever to coordinate- one afternoon.  The next day I was able to sew and the 3rd day to quilt and bind .  I say day but it’s really only in the afternoons.  Speaking of binding:


I forgot to measure for the binding! This is all I had for a scrap.  Score!  I enjoy looking at this Mini quilt in my living room. Thanks Roseanne for the squirrel.


3. My 2 great granddaughters in these t-shirts.


In case you can’t read them they say they are going to be big sisters.  Very cute.
 so, it’s been a better week. I hope you are enjoying yours.  Check us all out on Lee Anna’s site:  Not Afraid of Color.

Take care
Mary

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Things I like Thursdays Feb 6

Greetings!

I can’t believe another week has gone by!  I have spent most of my time emptying my PC and setting things up on my IPad.  I deleted a lot of photos-several hundred I’m sure.  I also got a new phone last fall and needed to set the old one back to factory specs so no one could use it and finally accomplished that today.  I still have not sat at the sewing machine since October but hope to soon.  I did however, paint this week -a present for my daughter for Valentines Day. More on that later.

Here are just a few likes I could come up with:

1. Cleaning out my photos on the old PC and setting them up in the IPad.  Editing is completely different on the IPad.  I have to edit 3 and 4 times to get it right.  Luckily, I only have a few this time. Heehee. I have been taking notes when something works and googling a lot of questions.

2. Lavender plants are going crazy!!



The branches are almost 30 inches long.  I hate to cut them but I must because we are having a freeze tonite and the sheets will crush the longer ones.  It’s so weird -we went from mid 70’s Sunday and tomorrow will be in the 50’s. But, these smell so wonderful.

3.  Valentine painting for my daughter

It’s 11x 14 so kinda big (for me) but I wanted to use the paper she gave me for Christmas. Each year I try to give her something for Valentines so this is what I thought of instead of a quilt or pillow.  She has a crazy house but you can feel the love when you are there.

4.  Sam Elliott-doing  anything. But especially in this Doritos commercial at the Super Bowl:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6qchztaw9g&feature=share

I sure hope this link works.  Lil Nas isn’t too bad either.

5.  Playing Solitaire on my IPad.  I am NOT a game or cards person but for some reason I’ve gotten hooked on playing this especially at night when tv is boring.  I’m so bad that I had to google how to play solitaire. So sad.

Ok peeps.  This has been fun to share with you and hope you enjoy this peek into my world.  Please join us at Lee Anna’s sight for more:Not Afraid of Color

Take care.
Mary


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Things I like Thursdays Jan 31

Greetings!

Wow Jan 31?  Time flies but I’m only having fun some of the time.  Haha.  Here’s a list of this week’s likes:

1. Nice weather. We are around 70 degrees during the day and mid 40’s at night.  You can see our beautiful blue skies this weekend by watching THE PHOENIX OPEN on the Golf channel Thursday-Sunday and on CBS on Sunday. There will be about a million people there this weekend.  My son and his wife will go Sunday.  It’s quite an “in” thing.  The best part is the sponsor-Waste Management who have made almost 100% of their goal to keep everything recyclable every year.  It’s a very clean course in Scottsdale.

2. Cottontails in my backyard.


They were only about 10 feet from me!  So cute. 

Unfortunately, in the same week, I had a rangy coyote about 10 feet from me when I was watering my front yard plants.  At the same time a state Game and Fish agent came around the corner to warn us not to leave small dogs outside. I asked her if she was going to pick up the coyote and she said “No, he’s a wild animal and lives here”.  I was speechless.  I live in a very old subdivision of residences -probably 200 of them. 

3.  My new desk set up for my IPad.
I was pretty proud of myself for setting up a Bluetooth, tablet stand, keyboard and mouse. As you can now tell, I’m still figuring out stuff. Heehee

3. Birthday party for my great grand daughter Kynslee. She just turned 2.


She is such a delicate little girl-very sweet.  

Here’s a photo of my grandson and the two great granddaughters playing together (kinda).

Sorry if it’s a little blurry- I was carrying my oxygen on my shoulder and trying to take  a photo at the same time.

Hope you are all enjoying your week.  Please join us at Lee Anna’s site for more “likes” at Not Afraid of Color

Stay safe.
  Mary




Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Things I like Thursdays Jan 23

Greetings!
So, I’ve been trying to switch from my PC to my IPad for all computer work.  Oh dear- what a project.  Of course, I’ve been a Windows user for many years and have never used a Mac so it’s a tortuous endeavor.  I should purchase a “Dummies for IPad users” book, but I’m a glutton for punishment I guess.  I received 2 IPads last year for free  and want to learn how to use the IPad because my PC uses Windows 7 which is no longer supported by Microsoft.  Plus, the news has reported that this means hackers will be able to hack our computers more easily.  Regardless, I’m in no position to purchase Windows 10 or a new PC to handle that upgrade.  Better to learn to use what I have- no?

Here’s a list of my  “likes” for this week.  Please join us for more “likes” at Lee Anna’s site: Not afraid of color.

1. GOOGLE  for questions.  I have been jumping from Google back and forth to my IPad to learn how to use PHOTOS , ISpreadsheet, etc.  I could not have gotten this far without using Google. I’ve spent 2-3 hours a day

2.  Sanditon  on PBS.  A one season ( eight part) period piece about a spirited young lady who goes to the town of Sanditon.  I love period pieces or almost anything on PBS.  Of course,  anything is better than watching the  Impeachment hearings.

3.  Sunday lunch at The YardHouse in Glendale with family.  There were 9 of us having lunch outside on the deck in 70 degrees,  crazy crazy weather.

4. Christmas gifts from my family:
  

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I love John Legend!

A massage certificate!  Yes,,



A lighted Christmas globe -so delicate and pretty
I received other delicious and pretty gifts but forgot to take photos.
Well peeps- this took several hours to figure out how to post so I’ll call it a win.
Have a wonderful day!

Mary


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Things I like Thursdays Jan 16

Greetings!


Happy January.  I think.  Putting away the Christmas stuff was not fun but my living room feels clean and tidy.  Luckily, it's the only room I really decorate beside the dining table so it only took A DAY to put stuff away and clean the house.

I'm still on oxygen so the cord gets in the way but we are adjusting.

I have a few things for our weekly "like" post with Lee Anna: Not Afraid of Color.  Please join us.

1.  Christmas gift from a friend



 Isn't this sweet? Lee Anna sent this along with some fancy cocoa I haven't tried yet.  The tiny stitches on the mug rug are just so pretty.  I don't have the patience or finger dexterity to hand sew any longer so I can really appreciate all the lovely work that went into this piece.  I treasure it.

2. Christmas gifts from family.  As I mentioned previously, our family missed Christmas this year due to all being sick-one at a time-and it was catching.  So, Tina's family and I opened one present each after New Year's , when we were no longer contagious. This coming Sunday we are all meeting at a restaurant to exchange the rest of our gifts. AND, celebrate my daughter and daughter in law's birthdays.
Here's a gift I received from Tina already:



Painting supplies!!!  What a great idea.  Canvases, watercolors, a large tablet. I'm so happy. Art supplies are expensive so this was smart.

3. My January painting.


I finally sat down and did some painting.  I haven't sewn or painted in almost 2 months!
Shayda Campbell has a wonderful tutorial on flowers at You Tube.  It was harder to paint these than I realized. My perfectionist tendencies seem to take over when making the large roses so I need to relax more or add some more color shading. I still enjoy the process.


I hope you are all enjoying the new year and keeping warm!  It's been cold here in the mornings (37) but warms up in the afternoon (high 60's). Many clothes changes during the day.  Haha

Take care-

mary