Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I like Thursdays Nov 14

Greetings!

Since most of my time was spent on before and after my trip to Payson, Az , I only have one BIG like today:

A trip to Payson, Az


This photo was taken in a moving car and with my Iphone.  I wish it was clearer for you to see how beautiful the changing leaves appeared. This was the desert about an hour before arriving in Payson.

Payson is a  town about a 2 hour drive northeast  from Phoenix.  It was founded in 1884, the population is about 15,000 and it is widely know for it's rodeo. The elevation is about 5000 feet so the terrain is tall pines and cool(er) weather.

We stayed at an Air bnb. This was the first time for all of us taking that route for lodging.  It was a 3 bed 2 bath home in downtown Payson which is a very old area.  My son in law handled the process of an Airbnb so we were all a little nervous of the result.  When we arrived, we were shocked at the outside appearance which was not how the photo appeared.  It was awful looking. However, the inside looked like an HGTV home.  Crazy.  We loved the place as it was everything we needed.

We timed our visit perfectly for the changing colors of the leaves:





Everywhere we went was clear blue skies and beautiful trees.

We visited 2 parks in the town many times.  Here we are at Green Valley park with Thomas throwing a jet ball to mom and dad.


All of the park events are a workout for mom and dad but they love it. Gramma gets to sit with Thomas and cheer him on:



Check out another red tree in the background.  As you can tell,  I spent a lot of time admiring the trees up there.

The other park was Rumsey Park.  Thomas got to play basketball, his favorite sport.


Mom and dad got quite the workout there, too.

And, then it was back  to the rental to relax:


Thomas and my daughter Tina watching "Christmas at the Cranks".  Everywhere we went was so close to home- maybe 3-4 miles away at most.

I wish I had taken more photos, but I was busy enjoying the great outdoors and the company!

Back to the grind of chores and running errands  in 85 degrees.  I hope ya'll are enjoying your week.

Take care,
mary







Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I like Thursdays Nov 7

Greetings!

Happy fall.  Hope you are enjoying it. I haven't sewn this week but have been cleaning and running errands. Unfortunately, my hip has been acting up so not much going out in the world.  This coming Saturday I'm going to Payson Az (best small town 2015) for a vacation and I am so excited.  I'm going with my daughter and her family.  We have been going every fall but last year I was sick and couldn't go.
I wish it was going to be colder but it will be 70/45 for the 3 days.


And, I will finally see trees.

In the meantime-here's a short list of my likes for this week:


1.  Gift in the mail.  I was so pleased to receive a lovely gift from Roseanne of Home Sewn by Us.
A pair of socks with " I'm watching Hallmark Christmas movies" on them.  Very thoughtful and very cute.

2. Changing my closet to "winter" clothes.  Two weeks ago we had unusually cold weather for us-60 and 70 degrees with 40's in the a.m.  and I just ate it up.  So, I changed most of the clothes out.  For us, that just means long sleeves.
However,  today we are at 90 again.  I can't win. Now you see why I can't wait to go to the high country this weekend.  If it wasn't for my family being here- I would definitely live in a small, cold town.

3.  The last show for Durrels at Corfu.  It was so well done.  Even though I will miss that crazy family, the finale was lovely. Now I need to find another PBS show similar to that. What an escape.

4. My annual trip to Pier 1. I go there just to see their beautiful, creative trees and take a full hour just to get ideas for Christmas.  This time , I picked up just a few small pieces:  I picked up a red placemat, 2 white, small  dishes ,  a gift diffuser and two of their small trees (like 10-12 inches).  I want to make a  new centerpiece for the kitchen table.
Luckily, I did not see these plates or would have bought a set:



They have trees!!!  Sorry.

That's all I could come up with for this week but hope to have photos for you next week. And, maybe some sewing done.

Have a great one and please join us at Lee Anna's post for more "likes" at Not Afraid of Color

mary

P. S. I was not happy at all to see my favorite basketball player, Steph Curry, severely injured- a fractured hand. They are saying it will be 3 months before he can play again.  Prayers to him for a speedy recovery.






Wednesday, October 30, 2019

I like Thursdays Oct 31

Greetings!



Hope ya'll are having a great day. This is the first year I won't see my pumpkin for Halloween so I'm a little sad.  I'm uncomfortable driving thru the big city at night and especially this night cause kids run out on the main streets constantly.So, I'm staying home.

Here is a list of my likes for this week:


1.  MY BROTHER IS CANCER FREE!!! We were actually surprised on the Tuesday follow up visit to the urologist.  The prostate was removed as well as the outlying lymph nodes 2.5 weeks ago. Of course, samples were sent to the pathologist .  The cancer had grown in the prostate (as the surgeon had suspected) but had not gone to the lymph nodes so he is cancer free after having it 1.5 years.  No radiation necessary which really relieved me as I had dreaded taking him every day for 45 days straight with his other disabilities. He is dealing with the after- affects of the surgery and will be for about 2 months- but we are so glad and blessed.

2.  Boho DIY decoupage  pumpkins on You Tube.  I tried to get a photo but  couldn't accomplish that.  Here's the you tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rft9OWEnPH4&t=28s
Trust me- they are really pretty.  I will try to make one for next year.  Mark Montano is the artist.

3. Aurifil thread.  That's a no-brainer for me but I thought I would share with you a little incident while I was sewing the second valance for my daughter.

Here is the amount of sewing I had left till I was all done:


Maybe 3 inches.
Then this happened:



The spool jumped off the thread peg and into the first thread holder- scared the daylights out of me.
So, then I had to get out a new spool.  I was having  difficulty removing the wrapper on the new spool and so I got the scissors out to cut it off.  However, I accidentally snipped the thread:

I was sick.  At $12 a spool, this is not good (sometimes I can get them on sale for $9 online).
I installed it on the sewing machine anyway, finished the 3 inches and just waited till I reached the tear.  It was only a few rotations! I was shocked and happy.

4.  Cracker Barrel lunch and shopping.  They have the cutest gift shop. I only remembered to take one photo:


This little guy goes up and down the ladder!  The ladder is attached to the tree at top and bottom which is unsightly but he is adorable climbing one boot at a time. The ladder is about 6 foot.
Cracker Barrel has good lines of clothing at reasonable prices. Of course, they also carry old fashioned toys and candy. Lots of neat things in a small space.

5. An Arizona Snowman. 


My daughter is probably going to make this.  It was on Facebook.

6. Washington Nationals.  Winner of the World Series- nicely done.




Have a great week!

Join us at lee Anna's site: Not Afraid of Color  for more "likes"
mary










Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Things I like Thursdays Oct 24

Greetings!

Hope you all are enjoying Fall.  Here's a list of my "likes " for this week:

1.  The Doors are OPEN.  Finally we are getting "fresh" air in our home.  It's in the 50's in the morning and topping out at 90 in the afternoon. This is crazy. But, I can keep the doors open till 11 if their is no pollution.

2. 5 min microwave  Mac and Cheese in a cup.  Unbelievable good and a total of 5 minutes. I use GF mac so this is wonderful. If you want the recipe it's at Tasty.com . I used 1/2 cup shredded cheese and cooked the mac 4 minutes contrary to the recipe.

3. Homemade Lo Mein. Jet Tila's link:


I love Lo Mein and have been trying to make my own  for years with fake soy.  I  finally succeeded.

Here's my prep for the lo mein as it cooks quickly.

It took me longer to chop the vegetables and chicken than cook the food. Haha
The finished dish:

It is so good.  And, it makes a  lot. I even bought real lo mein noddles. I only used bok choy and carrots but you could add other veggies.

4.  Pick- up grocery service at my local Fry's  store (Krogers to other states). I was taking care of my brother after surgery.   5 days later, I  needed to pick up a few groceries,  more bandages, etc.  So, I couldn't be gone long. I went online,  picked out what I wanted, drove over to the store at the appointed time and 5 minutes later they put the stuff in my truck.  It was free for the first 3 visits but will be $5 from then on.  I'm on a limited income, work to keep spending  in line with the budget-but, this was a game changer. I recommend it highly.  More and more grocery stores are offering this service as well as delivery in my area. It would cost $10 for delivery and I'm not there-yet.

5. 2nd Valance for my daughter is done.  I made a second Christmas valance-this time for her dining room.  She is a happy camper.

6.  Being stubborn.  Heehee.  I tried to draw/paint feathers. It didn't start out well:


The big green fat lines are the first try.Oh dear.   The scratchy black on the right was 2nd .  The top blue/green is the 3rd.  The gray one at the right bottom is the best I could do. On to something else.

7. Three Owls painting. 



Very difficult, but very cute.  I spent most of the day on this one courtesy of Nianiani 's You Tube tutorial. 

So, even though I've been crazy busy helping my brother, I did find time to play.  Thank God.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please join us for more "likes" at Lee Anna's site: Not Afraid of Color

mary





Thursday, October 17, 2019

Things I Like Thursdays Oct 17

Greetings

Well, we made it thru my brother's surgery and we are dealing with recovery and a catheter which he needs a lot of help with but he's improving every day. Thank you all for your support and good wishes.

Here's a list of my likes for this week:

1.  St Joseph's Dignity Health Hospital.  The staff was just so nice and helpful. It's a new facility so it's pretty, modern and clean- and only 10 minutes from my home. The surgeon/urologist said my brother could go home on the second day but the FEMALE hospital doctor said it was too risky and should stay another day because of his blood clots.  He stayed the second day. Juat sayin.




This photo doesn't do the landscape justice.  They went all out on Xeriscaping (drought tolerant) plants and have a Zen- type garden.


2. Grinch Cookie Dough.
It's supposed to be at Kroger and Target in October-haven't seen it yet but this is a must for Thomas.

3.  My daughter's finished Christmas valance- it's so cute

the back



                                                         THE FRONT
4.  Flu shot at Safeway- Cigna was out of the shots already (really?) but I was still able to get it for free at Safeway.

5. Christmas Trees at Home Depot.




They put a smile on my face.  I belong to a Christmas group on Facebook and many people already have their trees and decorations up!  I'll still wait for Thanksgiving.

I have not had any time to sew or paint so nothing to show you on that front- I'm so busy taking care of my brother and the house I just crash when I can. Next week should be much easier.....  She says.

Hope you all are doing well and join us at Lee Anna's site for more "likes": Not Afraid of Color

Take care,
mary

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I like Thursdays Oct 10

Greetings!

Hi. This has been another busy week but I have a few likes to share with you.  Please join us at Lee Anna's site for more "likes" at Not Afraid of Color.

1. Dove Chocolate Bar.

I don't by candy often but I  tried this and fell in love.

2. Cabbage soup with meatballs.



In the Crock Pot.I just put shredded cabbage, chopped carrots, chopped red pepper ,stewed tomatoes, chicken broth to cover and spices. Cook 4 hours on high and and 7 on low. I added thawed frozen turkey meatballs for another 30 minutes.

3.  Crock pot baked ziti.  Since it's still hot here, I've been using the crock pot instead of the oven.

I took most of the instructions from the recipe, Slow Cooker Baked Ziti at allrecipes.com



No meat, just really good. I added thawed, frozen chopped butternut squash to make it more healthy.

4. The Hallmark Christmas movie schedule for this season:


I hope you can read it.  You're welcome.

5. My new Bamboo painting.



It's now one of my favorites and looks just like my real bamboo plant (mostly).

Well peeps, gotten run to get my flu shot! Yay!

Hope you are enjoying this week.  Have a good one.
mary.

P.S. I'm posting this on Wednesday because my grandson will be here all day tomorrow (I'm so excited) and my brother's surgery is Friday so I'm getting ready for that.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

I Like Thursdays Oct 3

Greetings!

It's 61 degrees this morning!  I have been waiting almost 6 months to go walking around my block and got ready to go out the door and instead saw this:


Two Wild Coyotes.  I ran in the house and grabbed my camera and took this shot.  At one point they turned around and looked at me.  Needless to say I walked in a different direction- not on my own street. Dang it all.  If we call Game and Fish to come pick them up the coyotes will be long gone. I don't know what to do about it. This is the third time in a few weeks that I have seen a coyote. UGH.

However, I do like this cooler weather and some other stuff:

1.  Fall shows returning- This is Us., The Resident, New Amsterdam.That was last week; then, this week,  I found The Durrels and Poldark  on PBS:

They are such a fun family.

Isn't he beautiful? Just sayin.

2.  Donated quilt tops done and ready to go to the church:


The first one was "Briar Rose" charms from Wilmington with Kona Snow charms .  I ordered the first charm pack (twice) and didn't like them when they arrived years ago but with the white, they turned out all pretty. The second top is a 4 square from stash fat quarters.  I'm still trying to destash.

3.Local  Firefighters.  My daughter was talking to some firemen shopping for groceries and asked them what was the procedure to get Thomas a visit to their firehouse. She explained Thomas' miracle birth, his disabilities and interests (sports, monster jam  and firefighters) . They were SOOO interested and made an appointment for the following Saturday for their little family to tour the station.   She, her husband and Thomas were there for 2 hours.  The firefighters took him for a ride on the ladder truck (which meant he had to be carried out of the wheelchair and onto the truck), gave him a firefighter t-shirt, a Phoenix Suns basketball game, a Phoenix Suns shirt, a firefighter's cap and a real firefighter's helmet from the captain.  Unbelievable.  They all had such a wonderful day and returned the next day with home made cookies for the crew..

4. Thomas' firefighter pants for Halloween. So, of course Thomas wants to be a firefighter for Halloween.  My daughter got a pair of pants (twice his size but cost $2) at Goodwill. :



I hemmed them, cuffed them and  added green felt to the cuffs. He is so excited for Halloween.

5. Net Zero produce bags.  So, I saw them on the internet and was pulled right in,. They are a thin, airy, nylon for use at the grocery store and in the fridge.  "  You can fill them with produce at the store , wash the produce and store in fridge"  Well, I received them in 2 weeks from Shanghai!  I didn't read the fine print when I ordered them. but was surprised on their long journey.  I received way too many so I washed a few right away and put them in the car.  I have shopped for produce 2 times since I put them in the car  and still haven't remembered to use them.  What's even funnier is I thought they would be so convenient at the store because the store  frequently runs out of produce bags.


They come in 3 sizes.

Between household chores, runs to the store/doctors and all this sewing, I'm tired.  Oh- I also have  a bladder infection so the meds are tiring me out, too.  Today we go for my brothers pre-op tests at the hospital  for his upcoming surgery next week. I'm too tired to stress out on that, too!!  HAHA

Anyway, hope you all are having a great week and welcome to October- at last!  Joins us at LeeAnn's site for more "likes" at Not Afraid of Color.

mary😊







Thursday, September 26, 2019

Things I like Thursdays Sep 26

Greetings!

Happy Fall! Here is my list of "likes" for this week:

1. My new Fall painting:


The  leaves tutorial from Shayda Campbell on you tube was very helpful.

2.  Big Band music station from England on my Pandora app.  I was raised with Big Band Music and loved it.  I appreciate all kinds of music-Jazz, Classical, pop, rock (not heavy metal or rap).  But, I was reminded recently (by Julierose, I think) of the Big Band music so I searched Pandora and found it.  Cool.  I just can't listen to it while painting cause it's too fast! LOL

3.  My Happy Happy Joy Joy painting.



This tutorial was from Maremi Small Art on You Tube. I've decided to start a series on various colors. I would not normally have chosen these colors (beige and blue)  together so it was a stretch.

4. Donating Quilts and fabric





I chose 5 quilts I made  sitting in drawers to send to a church who distributes them all over the valley- food banks, women/children etc.  I also went through my fabric stash and sent along some fabric.  It felt good to finally accomplish this task.

5.  The Christmas mini quilt is finished and hanging in my bedroom



Here it is laying on a chair before I got around to hanging it.  The photo doesn't do justice to the jewel tone squares.

6.  My daughter's Christmas Valances for her kitchen and dining room.  I finished the kitchen one.  The fabric is from Robert Kaufman



It has a slight gold thread running throughout.
Here's the back and sleeve for the rod.


I  had the fabric in my stash and she loved it. It took about 3 hours to put this one together.  Next one should be easier since I know what I'm doing. LOL


As you can see, I've accomplished a lot this week and hope to do more this next week.  We finally got rain and the weather has cooled of so I'm outdoors more, also.
I hope you are having a great week and appreciate you stopping by.  Please join us at Lee Anna's Not Afraid of Color  for more fun posts.

mary


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Things I likes Thursdays Sep 9-19

Greetings!

We are under 100 degrees!  Yay!  We had a little rain storm last night so it's 50% humidity but I'll take it. It doesn't take much folks.  I still can't go for a walk outside because of the humidity but at least I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Also, I just want to pass on to anyone needing this info that my fingers are healing.  If you recall, my fingers have been seriously peeling off skin so I saw 2 different doctors. They both said it was contact dermatitis and to keep my hands dry. Really?Each gave me a different prescription.  Neither worked.
 I went to my lung Dr for my checkup and she suggested I smear good old fashioned Vaseline all over my fingers and wear cotton gloves overnight. I started seeing improvement on the third day.  I even went without band aids yesterday and sewed. Today,  I'm typing with no band aids and no pain.!
So, you can imagine my good attitude today.  Here are my "likes" for this week beside the above info.:

1. Fall kitchen decor.


I got out the fall decorations  to remind us it will be cool soon.  LOL  Anyway, that is my Bicycle Quilt, my tablecloth from stash fabric, placements with a  table top made several years ago.  I love it all.

2.  Veggie pasta. Yes, it's a thing.  I was at Frys (Kroger for some of you) when I saw this in the freezer section:




It wasn't bad. Not too great the next day.  I would buy it again. I need to eat more vegetables so this was a good idea. (made from zucchini and lentils)

3. Books.

The first is Shelter in Place which I finished last week:



A suspense novel with a little romance thrown in. Very good.

What I'm reading now:
Harry's Trees:


A quirky, uplifting story of love and loss. I do recommend this as well.

4. My Whimsical Trees painting:


Thanks to Lee Anna, I watched Leslie Writes it All  for a tutorial on these trees.  It is so fun to relax in painting and doodling for this perfectionist. Heehee

5. My brother's birthday card for next week:


This is from a tutorial by Ceecee Creations.  It was very easy and fun.


As you can see,  I've been busy but having fun. Between doctor visits, pharmacies,  house chores etc., I've been able to get some fun time. I hope you have too.

Please join us at Lee Anna's site Not Afraid of Color for more "likes".

Have a great day.
mary