Thursday, October 26, 2017

Things I like Oct 26


Welcome to our "Thursday Things I like!"  It's been a busy week again. I have a initial diagnosis of Fibromyalgia with a specialist appointment yesterday  for a second opinion. He ran another big round of blood labs to rule out other causes.  Gag. Not a good initial diagnosis as there is no real proof test for Fibromyalgia, not very good options on the meds and exercise is the best therapy.  Of course, exercise with pain is not fun. I'm keeping Advil in business.  But, I'll continue to do what's necessary to keep moving and we'll see what the specialist says  in another MONTH.

 Regardless, here are just a few of my "likes" this week:

1. Tea with my daughter.  I like doing anything with my daughter. She is a witty, fun person. We took an hour to go wander downtown Glendale Az last Saturday as they were having a fall festival but we really wanted to sit and have tea with a sweet. haha. So, we found a tea shop named The Spicery which has been there for many years.  We did not need a reservation! We sat for over an hour and had tea with a light cheesecake.  Both were perfect.  In the interest of "keeping it real" I took this photo of our table:
This really beautiful, priceless, old teapot with her water bottle.  So funny. The Spicery is a home built around 1900 turned into many tea rooms filled with china, crocheted lace tablecloths and antique furniture.  Just lovely. It was such a relaxing environment and we were able to have a nice chat.

2.  The New Yorker magazine cover for October:

3.  My new quilt book. Vanessa Goertzen's  Charm School -18 Quilts from 5" Squares.  The day before my vacation, I went to Barnes and Noble with coupons that were about to expire on the goal of purchasing a specific quilt book to take with me to the cabin.   But, when I reviewed the one I wanted at the store, I realized I had already seen many of the patterns by that author online.  So, I took a glance at the other quilt books available (maybe 5) and found this one:
I like it.  I have a ridiculous an ample supply of charm packs sitting in a cupboard which I need to start planning on quilting. ("planning" is the key word here).  The instructions are simple (beginner's level), photos are lovely and she is an inspiring writer.  To be honest, I've not heard her name before, so this was a delightful surprise.  The photos are glossy but since my camera broke on vacation, I am using my Iphone for all photos now, so forgive the "shine" on this photo:
Here's a shot of the back of the book:
I like all the quilts in this photo.  And, just so you know, I only paid about $15 for the book with my membership and coupons. Score.

I also finished a birthday gift quilt this week but I will have to wait till next week to share it with everyone  The birthday is Nov 1. I can't wait for ya'll to see it. It is so cool. This quilt is another where I don't want to part with but I know it will make someone happy.

Thanks for stopping by and please join our "likes" group with Lee Anna: Not Afraid of Color.
 I love to see your comments here ! Have a great week.


  1. I love going out with my daughters too and catching up on all the news. That tea pot is a beauty. My mother has polymyalgia which I think is similar and she takes prednisone for it...good days and bad. I read that Stephen King is responsible for igniting clown fear all over North America with the release of It. LOL but that cover is amazing. Hope you are feeling well and have a good weekend.

  2. Neat teapot. Everything about that tea sounded wonderful. The New Yorker cover - I'm not sure if I should laugh or just shake my head. Can't wait to see the birthday quilt.

  3. Hi Mary,
    I'm giggling over the 'ample' supply of charm packs. That looks like a good book from B&N for different patterns. I have been checking some out of the library - online, no less. I will look for that name - thanks for sharing. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Mary, and hope you find ways to manage the pain you're in. I loved the picture from your tea with your daughter! Sounds like a fun and special time, and real as can be! Have fun trying a new project from your new book!

  5. where do i follow your blog at? hope you feel good today

  6. So glad you got to spend time with your daughter! And I really like that criss-cross quilt with the white squares from the charm pack book. It has a nice graphic quality!

  7. I love all your likes! That New Yorker cover is hilarious! :D I love having tea with my daughter-in-law and am interested in the book you chose. May have to pick that one up! :) Thanks for the inspiration!