Thursday, June 13, 2019

Things i like Thursdays June 13


I seem to say this every week- where did the week go?  And, what am I going to post about for our "likes" day? -  here goes:

1.  Flamingo display at Joann's- this is for Lee Anna.

The photo does not do the display justice.  It was so pretty and whimsical. Plus, there were very reasonable prices.

2.  Lura  If you go there- go to "gallery" then choose "Art Quilt Gallery".  I was blown away by this woman's talent. However, that is not a secure sight so I didn't link any photos.

3.  The city of Peoria library park.  

This is the view at the entrance to the library.  Considering the temp today (112) it's pretty green and peaceful.

4.  My new insulated bag for grocery shopping.

I got it at Joann's for $8 on sale. Much prettier than the ones they sell at the grocery store and advertising their name.  Here in the Peoria area, most of us residents carry a cooler in our trunk (mine is just styrofoam) and insulated bags for grocery shopping.  I try to go before 9AM cause it gets so hot early in the day.  Now I wish I had bought several of these bags. Oh well.

5.  Thomas' birthday cake made by my daughter.  He loves Monster Jam:

She used Chips Ahoy crumbled cookies to make the dirt! She then put a small straw inside the cake to hold the toothpick up and laid the newly purchased truck on top of the  toothpick. . very smart. Thomas was so excited.

WARNING: Out of control photos ahead:

6. Village Glow quilt is done.
Here it is in the middle of binding:

It's 57" x 58". Fun trying to quilt in the ditch.

The pattern for the houses was from Humble Quilts and Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads.  The houses were easily  made from 2.5 inch  scraps.  Sashing is a diagonal red check from Moda Cookie  Exchange in the stash. . And, I added a 4 inch black with tiny flowers border from Joanne Kessler for Concord Fabrics.  This was given to me from the neighbor across the street who was cleaning out sewing storage boxes. I was nervous using an old piece of fabric, but  I washed, dried and pressed the fabric which is perfect.  I used a Bella Solid Gray jelly roll  for the binding. I'm keeping this one.  It's very soft and cuddly.

Here are  some houses:

7.  Golden State Warriors are still in the Championship Finals game!

Well peeps, that's my life this week.  Hope yours is well and you will join us at Lee Anna's post:Not Afraid of Color for more "likes".
Thanks so much for stopping by and I love your comments!

Stay cool.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Things I like Thursdays June 6


Oh my goodness-where did this week go?  I am scrambling to come up with a "likes" post  for this week!  I don't have Thomas this week- so I'm trying to get things done but between appointments, headaches and the heat, I'm exhausted.  I had also planned to sew but so far that has not happened.  But, I do have some likes to share with you.  Please join us for more  at Lee Anna's site: Not Afraid of Color.

1. Quilting tile in the hospital bathroom.  After my daughter and I visited my son at the hospital, we were leaving;  when my daughter needed to use the bathroom.  I waited for her at the sinks. Then I noticed the tile border all at eye level.  Quilting type blocks that were just so intricate and pretty. ( Sorry, I forgot to take a photo).  The best part of the experience was when my daughter came out to wash her hands, her mother was staring at the wall about 2 inches from the tile.  She was very concerned.  Hysterical.

2.My  Trees in the Mist painting. 

Probably 20 years ago, I spent some time painting in oils. I had always wanted to try painting but felt I couldn't. One day,  I just bought canvas, oils, brushes etc and started painting.   I really enjoyed it.  This is the only piece I saved when we moved.  It hangs in my bathroom. I didn't really have a space in my home where painting was safe for breathing, so I stopped and  I gave away my supplies.  But, I'm so happy I tried it.  And, kept this piece.

3. Burger King Apple Pie.

Look at those cute little apples! I love apple pie but I don't make pies anymore.  I keep trying the ones at the grocery store and they are not good even at $10 a pie.  The crust is heavy and under -cooked while the few apples are hard as rocks.  But,  McDonalds and Burger King have excellent pie slices. I wonder why.

4. Catching up on blogs for hours.  Many Saturday mornings, I love spending hours just catching up on blogs I enjoy.  It's such a pleasant way to start the day.  Most of them are quilters, but some are great cooks as well. I'm so busy during the week, I seldom take the time to read blogs.  If I missed your blog on your  post day, I apologize. Sometimes, I even post my email replies on Saturday also.
However, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Jo Kramer's husband from lung cancer. She has been posting the daily process of that terrible disease on her blog.   I have been following her blog (Jo's Country Junction) for awhile now as her and her daughter are such talented quilters.

5.  Working with band aids. Isn't that silly?

My latest ailment started a few weeks ago. My fingertip skins are peeling off leaving a very thin layer susceptible to cuts. It appears to be a form of eczema, so I use special lotions to prevent the peeling.  Anyway, it's frustrating and painful.   I wear gloves for washing dishes and band aids most of the day. However, it has taken a lot of patience to wear band aids while sewing.  Handling needles or bobbins is quite the challenge for my fat fingers.  I'm dropping things frequently.  Practice makes perfect.

6.  My favorite President. President Obama receiving a standing ovation at the Toronto vs Golden State basketball game on Sunday.

I miss him, his wife and his administration. The crowd at TORONTO yelled "MVP". Just sayin.

Of course, I'm also happy my favorite basketball  team won and they are tied with Toronto in the series.

That's it for this week.  Have a good day!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Things I like Thursday May 30


Happy end of May?  I'm sure many of you will be glad when your rain, snow, tornadoes and heat   weather stops.  We have had an unusually cool month and the 100's start in earnest today.  Plus our monsoons should start in a few weeks. Yay! (not)

Here is my list of likes for this week:

1. The folks at Del Webb Medical Center in Sun City for taking care of my son once again! He had an emergency appendectomy Sunday after having his emergency gall bladder surgery 3 months ago!  He's only 49.  Luckily he had the same surgeon to take care of him this time.  I don't understand what's going on because my son's  pretty- much healthy. Maybe it's all that red meat men like to eat?   Hopefully, these emergency situations will stop.
But, as I said, the staff there was most helpful and caring.

2.  "Like minds' . I was reading a post by Jocelyn at Canadian Needle Nana the other day with  her thought on impatience to get a project done so she can start a new one. That is so me. I make it to finishing the top of a quilt and want to start something new.  I try not to have too many WIPS and tell myself I need to finish them before I'm allowed to start something new.  Otherwise, nothing would get done.  I guess this problem is due to the "sandwiching" and "quilting" being hard on my back or the fact that I don't have a designated table for those jobs. Or maybe, it's because the "quilting" part isn't really creative? It's also  possible that we have squirrels here that attack, . Heehee

3.  My new "Zing" vacuum cleaner.

I forget I have a rewards program on a credit card; so, the other day I decided to  check on my rewards.  I had a lot of points and picked out a  new canister vacuum cleaner.  It arrived in 3 days!  I was so impressed with that delivery.  We have all- tile floors (which I'm not crazy about) and I've been using a Swiffer dry cleaner on most of the rooms.  But, it just didn't seem to pick up everything.  Plus, I couldn't get into narrow areas  or fit under furniture easily. I have a cordless upright vacuum that I received from the same rewards program but it also couldn't fit in small places and did not have those cute little attachments for cleaning blinds, furniture or hard-to-reach places.
This little Zing is truth in advertising!  It is very powerful, bagless and easy to use. I love free things.The day it arrived, I cleaned half the house!  It's the little things.

4.  Patriotic Earrings from Walmart

Aren't they cute?  I was grocery shopping and they were at the end of an aisle and only $3 for 3 pair.  Crazy.  The bottom pair is hard to see but they are dragonflies.  Since I retired , I seldom wear jewelry because I'm home a lot.  But, I recently realized I need to wear earrings almost daily  to keep my ears pierced.   I wore the dragonflies  over the weekend and need to go back and get this for a gift.

5. The Village Glow top is done:

This photo does not show the correct color for the sashing.  It is actually a very tiny red check. The border is a black with tiny colorful flowers. I really enjoyed making this very simple top from scraps.  I love this top and will keep it but haven't had time to quilt it. Luckily, it is sandwiched.   Maybe in a few weeks when I have more free time, I'll be able to finish this..

Gotta get ready for the king (Thomas) to arrive .  We have called him that for many years because we are happy to be his subjects of affection.  He has been here most days since school stopped the middle of May. Anyway, next week he will start at a new special- needs  day care facility for 3 days a week. He will come here 2 days per week for the summer.  We are anxious to see how he is cared for at the new facility.  It's scary to feel this vulnerable to strangers caring for him.  I pray for his safety and happiness every day.

Hope ya'll are healthy, happy and creating beautiful things.  Please join us at Lee Anna's site: Not Afraid of Color for more "likes".


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Things I like Thursdays May 23


I hope and pray everyone is safe and sound after all this crazy weather!  We have been blessed with cool temps here. This will be a busy week as Thomas gets out of school (cannot believe it's here already) and will be here at our home weekdays till June 3 when he attends a new day care.  When he's here, I don't cook, clean,  or sew- just relax and play with him. Then I'll play catch up on the 3 day weekend. Maybe.

Here are my few "likes" for this week:

1.  The Village on NBC .  Great story lines and characters. It's ending very soon for the season but I hope it comes back in the fall.

2.  Needle Books. 

I have never made one but I saw these on Pinterest! Yes, I was looking again. I've been away for years but got sucked in recently. Maybe I'll find time this summer to make one of these needle books.

3.  "Dits and Dots" quilt started.   This is a photo with the chocolate chip cookie for fortitude. LOL

Here's the quilt top so far

I started making a disappearing 9 patch with left over charms and Kona Snow charms. But, I'm just about out of the print charms, so now I have to figure out another coordinating 7.25 block to add to the mix cause this will be way  too small. I'll try to find stash yardage to compliment these.   I hope to get one more quilt done for the Hope&Dreams Quilt challenge as I do each year.

4.  Chicken Stroganoff from Kristyn at Lilluna.  I can't wait to try this recipe. I need more diverse recipes with chicken.

5.  Vegan Blender Waffles from Caitlin at From My Bowl.  My daughter gave me this link and hopes to try it too.  Since Almond flour is so expensive here, we'll share a bag. I'm looking forward to doing it all in a blender-we'll see how that works as opposed to a bowl.

Well peeps, gotta run and start my busy day. Thanks for stopping ( I love to hear from you). Please join us for more "likes" at Lee Anna's site:Not Afraid of Color.

Take care

Monday, May 13, 2019

Things I Like Thursdays May 16


So far, we are having a real Spring- we are shocked and happy. Here is a list of my "likes" for this week:

1. Naked Bee Lotion.

I only see this in Scrapbook or Quilt shops. Weird.  But, I got it as a gift for my daughter . It  smells WONDERFUL and is a little pricey for hand lotion but feels good.

2.  The Girl Who Came Home book.

I really enjoyed this book. It's the fact and fiction account of Irish immigrants aboard the Titanic-some of which survived.

3.  The Last Romantics book.

This is a good story about family life, love and death. It was recommended by Jenna Bush on the Today show.

4.  New clothes from Christopher and Banks.

 It has been my favorite clothing store for many years but I haven't shopped there much since I retired 3 years ago.  It seems more expensive than Walmart, Target or Kohl's, but Christopher and Banks has  great sales,  the same size always fits and the clothing  is better made than other stores'clothing.  I do not like to shop or try on clothes-I'm usually depressed when I'm done or "settle" for the next best fit or style.  But, most of my tops and pants do not fit and need to go.  I certainly do not need "dress up" clothes so I went for pretty and casual.  With the generosity of my son's gift card, I was able to purchase 6 tops and 2 capris for $130.  Unbelievable.  What a fun day to find all that and they still fit after washing. I just won't use the dryer. I recommend them highly.

5. Home Depot garden center. 

I usually forget to take photos when I'm out, but these caught my eye and I actually paused.

These tomato cages were just so pretty-like trees.

Zonal Geraniums.  For years here, we only planted geraniums in the Fall cause it was too hot in Summer. Now they have them available for summer blooms. so  cool.

But, I caved on this pre-potted plant:

A Petunias and Calibrachoa Hybrid. I got rid of my large collection of pots for plants because it's just too hard on my back dealing with soil, moving pots etc.  This was all done for me and I hope they last through the heat.

Well that's what has made me happy.  How about you?  Please join us at LeeAnna's sit:Not Afraid of Color for more "likes'.

Have a great week!

UPDATE!  I accidentlly hit the "publish" button on Monday when I started this post-sorry.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Things I like Thursdays May 9


I cannot believe it-- but it's 63 degrees and raining on a May morning here in Peoria Az. Unheard of weather. Cool and pretty.  We are usually much hotter and dry by now in the year.   I am so not complaining.

It's been a busy week again (aren't they all anymore?).   I have been reading interesting articles and taking a few photos so I have some "likes" to share with you:

1.  Yoga Joe's.  Cute and helpful!
    I have to thank Sally Hurley for the link to this unusual website.

2.  My daughter's garden. 

This is her first vegetable garden in that wood lined bed in the middle of her backyard!  Things  are growing crazy.  I'm so happy for her after the hard work setting it up a month ago.

3. Sunscreen article showing the dangers of using sunscreen.

Do not misunderstand-I use sunscreen when in the sun, but I avoid going into the sun as much as possible and wash my skin immediately after going back inside. I have never liked the idea of putting those chemicals on my skin. I've been wondering all these years when they would tell us :  it's killing us. Just sayin.

Kim at Home and Family tv show gave instructions  for  an "all natural" sunscreen but how do they really know it works?

4.  Rotisserie chicken from Sam's Club. 

Less than $5- very few ingredients (half of the verbage on the label is instructions) and no soy.

4 cups of cooked, cut up chicken= 3 meals worth in the freezer plus chicken salad made in 30 minutes. DONE.  This was so cool.

5. Interview with The Tattooed Quilter- Christoper Thompson) in his apartment in New York City.
I hope this link to the video works!  If not, go to Facebook and search Riley Blake Designs for the interview.

I enjoyed this video so much.  He is so talented and fun to watch!

6. My birthday celebration over several days- My son and DIL took me to the Vogue Bistro for dinner  Friday night in Surprise, Az. which was soooo good.  Then my daughter had 4 birthdays combined at her house on Sunday for Mexican food which we all gorged on.

7.  Mother's Day at Safeway.

I thought I got a great photo there- I especially like the toilet paper in the background.

Hope you enjoyed this week's "likes" and join us for more at Lee Anna's site: Not Afraid of Color.

Have a great week!  Happy Mother's Day to all the moms.
mary  πŸ˜„

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Things I like Thursdays May 2


Hope everyone is enjoying Spring.  We had a rain shower yesterday so we're back in the 80's and 90's which is cool for us at this time of year. Very nice.  I can't believe we don't have medical appointments this week so maybe things will slow down!   I still watch Thomas after school 3 days a week and then I'll have him this weekend meaning  it's still busy but fun.

So, here are some of my "likes" this week even tho the list is short:

1. Sue's quilt is finished:

This one is really hard to part with.  I started it last year to the "sandwich" phase and it sat.  I spent 2 days last weekend quilting in the ditch and putting the binding plus label on.  Sue is a friend and staff worker of my daughter. She is such a cool woman but is suffering many medical issues in her 60's.  She is a great cook, gardener and home maker as well as being  accomplished  in her career at work.
  Sometimes, I meet someone and they make such a fun, long- term impression on me and that is Sue. She has been a good friend to my daughter. Her favorite color is purple.  I think I got that right in this quilt.  I never realized how beautiful green and purple are together!

I used 8 Fat Quarters from the stash, cut them into 5 inch squares and then made a Disappearing 9 Patch pattern for the blocks.   I had a small piece of fabric in the stash from Mary Jo's Sewing Room for the small green "pins" border.  The backing is also from the stash and I forgot to save the selvage on that piece for note taking.  A lavender jelly roll for backing sets off the green too.

It is 42 x 54 inches .  Here's the label:

Sue is taking a medical leave at work this summer so we'll give the quilt to her before she leaves.

2.  Pedicures at my nail salon Hakuna Matada ( no worries)-love the name.

The last few years it has been difficult to do my own pedicure so I found this little place in Sun City that does a great job for $18!! It lasts 3 weeks!  In the winter I give my toe nails a rest but then in the summer I get color cause I live in sandals.  I am so grateful for this salon.  Recently, my daughter has been going with me which gives us precious time together - just the two of us.

3.  Tagliani's Italian restaurant. 

Saturday, my daughter's family took me to lunch as a thank you for my house- sitting during the bathroom water leak disaster.  (It's still not done after 2 months but they are getting close).  This restaurant is so lovely, has great food and offers gluten free pasta.  Yummy. They even sell their own homemade sauce which is gooooood.

4.  Golden State Warriors are still in the NBA playoffs.  I'm exhausted watching them but it's still such fun.

I'm sure I liked more things this last week but forgot to write them down. That's the only way I can
keep track of things these days.
Please join us for more "likes" at Lee Anna's site:Not Afraid of Color.  We have a creative  group of writers and photographers who share their cooking, sewing, crafting and daily lives with us.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!
mary πŸ˜„

Thursday, April 25, 2019

I like Thursdays Apr 25


Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  Here is my short list of "likes" this week as I'm not home much this week because I am at my daughters house watching.  A plumber is repairing things in their bathroom due to a horrible leak in the wall and installing a new shower!  It's been going on for weeks but getting close to the end, I hope.

I digress-here's the short list:

1. A happy boy with his colored Easter eggs .

He had such a great time with mom and dad.

2.  Watching PBS show Les Miserables.  It's so well done.

3.  Avocado oil Mayo (contains no soy unlike most mayo's);  El Monterey Chicken Enchiladas (one of the few frozen meals with no soy but is really GOOD).

4.  Duff Goldman of the Food Network.  He currently has 5 baking shows that he is appearing on with the Food Network.  I was so pleased he won the bake-off against Buddy Valastro. (I barely was able to watch that show due to Buddy's obnoxious behavior). Duff is so creative and artistic. Plus, he is a modest, fun- loving guy.

Well  peeps,  gotta run.  Have a great week.  Please join us at Lee Anna's for more "likes":Not Afraid of Color


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Things i like Thursday Apr 18


Here is my list of "likes" for this week.  Please join us at Lee Anna's site for more:Not Afraid of Color

1. Spring Flowers bouquet from Safeway.  I was feeling a little down and splurged on some flowers for me.  It worked.  Love this $10 bouquet. :

How can you not love these colors?  Carnations, roses, daisies and other stuff (I have no idea).
This is the first Spring in many years where I have not planted outside so guess I was starving for these lovelies.

2.  Facebook Quilting Groups to follow. Sometimes I just need to "chill" after a lot of chores, drama, etc so I found 2 Facebook groups that are fun to join and  just get lost in: Weekend Quilter and Quilting with Precuts.   I seldom post on Facebook and don't use Messenger but it's fun to see what other people quilt.

3.  Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors NBA team.  They are just so exciting to watch and Steph is just the best -on and off the court.  I've been watching them about 3 years as opposed to our local Phoenix Suns and it's way more fun.  The playoffs started Saturday night and we won.

4. Les Miserable started Sunday night on PBS!--  A new 6 part version of my favorite book and film (Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway).   I went to see the film when it came out and balled like a baby in several parts and I watch it on my DVR.   I also saw the Broadway musical version here at Gammage  and loved it. The music is outstanding.

 PBS has such great actors in their series which means  I'm looking forward to this drama (not a musical) which I have taped to watch at my leisure.  Ain't technology grand?

5.  My daughter's surgery went well and she is healing nicely. She was able to do outpatient and is home which is the best way to really rest.

6.  Easter Bags for the three youngest grandkids

They each contained a stuffed  Easter bunny. Thank goodness for free printables on Pinterest!

I'm pleased I can think of good things while not obsessing about the medical stuff in my life. Never a dull moment.

Hope this week is a blessed one for all. Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi".

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Things I Like Thursdays Apr 11


I hope you all are enjoying Spring by now.  We expect 96 degrees tomorrow. You thought I was kidding on our short spring last week, huh?  This is going to be a crazy busy stressful week with an MRI for my brother, surgery for my daughter and then prep for a test for me on Sunday.  It never stops.  But, I do have some likes for this week before all the drama:

1.  I went to an all- day WIP sewing at a new location, The Flying Pig studio in Phoenix. It was lovely.  The owner built a large studio behind her home and was very smart in her design.  There was even a parking area for about 10 vehicles. One room contained ample area for 2 long arms.  There was a small kitchen and bathroom.  There was a 6 foot by 6 foot square cutting table with two hanging iron stations.  The last area was a long table-probably 20 feet long for sewing stations.   I forgot to take photos.  There were 2 double screened doors on two walls so we were able to have cool fresh air with the sound of lovely wind chimes in the background.  It was very Zen.  But, by 3PM,  I was getting a headache from my pollen allergies. I enjoyed the company of 2 fellow quilters from our old closed LQS which is really why I go. And I did get a WIP done!

2. RSC 2018 top for H2H is done:

It felt good to get this second top ready for mailing. It's 50 x 70 per the charity's request. The colors are really bright and cheery. I will miss it but I'm glad to send these tops to cheer someone.

3.  Call the Midwife and Mrs. Wilson on PBS.  I've been watching Call the Midwife for a few years and love the  60's vibe as well as the inspiring women.  Mrs. Wilson is only a 3 part series but the first episode was packed with info and intrigue. The story runs from the 40's through the 60's about a married mother who discovers secrets when her husband dies suddenly. s usual with PBS, the acting is perfect.

4. Beauty and the Beast.  The live action remake  from 2017.  There was nothing on tv to my liking so I started watching this movie.  It was a beautiful, romantic musical.  Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey played the Beast.  Unusual casting I must say.  But, he did a great job as well as Emma Watson being  Belle.  The effects and photography were outstanding.  It cost $255 million dollars to make!  But, it made 1.2 billion dollars. just sayin.  Of course, I had no idea it was even out there and so well portrayed the original book and animation.

5.  Fattoush.  The dictionary states this is a Middle Eastern dish with explicit vegetables and croutons.  But, anyone can make their own:

I used chopped lettuce, peeled and finely chopped English cucumber and  radishes, then added  sliced white seedless grapes. I do like adding a fruit each time.  I toasted 2 slices of  gluten free bread and chopped them also. You could toast the stale chopped  bread in a skillet with butter but I was in a hurry.  The dressing was made with 2 Tablespoons each of honey and virgin olive oil with a tsp of lemon juice.  I tossed the veggies with the dressing  and refrigerated it for several hours.  This is so light and refreshing. The joy of this recipe is choosing different fruits and vegetables each time-especially using what's on hand in the fridge. Also, i did not add any spices or salt and pepper but if I had some fresh mint, that would have been even better.

6. Relevant Bloggers.  I was shocked by a recent post from the Snarky Quilter's (Joanna)blog post the snarky quilter.  Talk about relevant to today's events.  The rugs made in Afghanistan:

This one is made showing a bus, tanks and helicopters from the war!  There are many more rugs depicted on her blog post.  Stunning.
 Joanna is a wonderful artist and I enjoy her blog but this post really made an impression on me.  Hope you enjoy visiting her site as well.

As you can see, I did have some down time to complete the hand sewing alterations on my daughter's 8 pairs of pants and a skirt while watching tv.  I doubt I'll have any sewing time this week so I'll be happy when the following week comes and I can get back to some "me" time.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by. Please join us at Lee Anna's for more "likes" at Not Afraid of Color