Thursday, October 19, 2017

I like Thursdays, October 19, 2017

Every dog we've had has found a special place of their own in our home.  Paddie had the long window in the living room that was "her spot", Teddy had an ottoman he lay across, Seamus--well Seamus was easy but he did enjoy his bed.  Our Scout found her spot a few months ago in the dining room. She likes to lay on the blanket chest and peer out from the dining room window.

 It's fun to come home and see her awaiting my arrival:
The Durrells in Corfu are back on television!  Thank goodness for PBS because many of the new shows in the fall line-up just aren't appealing to me or my family.
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I finished this scrap quilt last night.  I've been working on it for a while.  I made this one for my cousin who just weathered the Hurricane in Houston.  Her favorite colors are blue and orange.  She came home last night and I hope to get it to her tomorrow.  I love that it is reversible:
It's almost Halloween and I don't know where the time has gone.
I hope you have a wonderful week!  Be sure to link up to LeeAnna at "Not Afraid of Color" for more positive posts!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"I like" Thursdays, October 12, 2017

Well it's another day to dwell on things we like!  Be sure to join LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color to visit all the participants of positive energy.

This has been a busy week for me so my list is brief:

I like ephemera!  Last Saturday I went to the paper show and picked up a bag of goodies for my collection.  Two favorites I got where this print

and two victorian ladies cut carefully out.  Here is one:

Love the plaid!

I'm lecturing again this week and next so I haven't been gardening or even sewing much.  However I do like looking at other people's gardens.  Autumn isn't my favorite time of year and it reflects that in the garden so I'm checking out what neighbors have done to get ideas.  Here are some I like:

That's all for today.  I'm off to the dentist and hope you have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Poodle Ballet :D

I love how graceful poodles can be and these photographs just made my heart sing!  Enjoy!
Check out this poodle ballet.

Friday, October 6, 2017

All Ready for the Autumn Season!

Scout was at the groomer and doesn't she look pretty?
Jessa (our groomer) shared these photos with me.  Thanks Jessa!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"I Like" Thursdays, October 5 2017

LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color instituted this day of positive energy.  Please join her and the others sharing happiness on the internet!
It's baking season!
There's finally enough nip in the air to heat up the ol' oven and get baking!

The temperature has been fluctuating and we've gotten a nice second bloom from some plants.  It would help if we got rain but at least we have no watering restrictions!  Speaking of gardening, I was cleaning up some leaves and found this large European Hornet dead on a stepping stone.  Isn't it amazing?  I like learning and enjoyed reading about it! The thing was huge!  I probably would have thought it was a dragon fly if he had buzzed by.
I continue to try to reduce the number of scraps in my stash, apparently to no avail.  I like how other quilters have been agreeing with me on this matter.  Why do you end up seeming to have more scraps than when you started?  It's like a magic fairy tale where the drawers never dwindle of fabric.  Or maybe it is like a Star Trek episode, "the trouble with tribbles" comes to mind.

So this week I used the Missouri Star Company's "Two Step" quilt pattern.  It was super easy and I think I am going to use that pattern for a Christmas quilt as well.
This was fabric from three different quilts that I made for teenaged girls.  The fabrics went well together but even though this is a nice sized quilt, I have this many strips left:
Drawer still looks full, doesn't it?  So I am going to make 4, 9 or 12 patches (or a variation) until the drawer is empty.  I'd rather have blocks to store than strips at this point and I'm sure I have something in my stash (black or white) to use with the patches.  Another top is WAY more preferable at this point!
Yesterday we had an unexpected visitor, my 84 year old aunt decided to stop by early in the morning.  She is the sister of my Dad and the only relative I have left in that family that is of an older generation.  I'd like to age like her.  She is always busy and hasn't left anything (including cancer, loss of loved ones, limited funds)  stop her from what she feels compelled to do.  She lives for her grandson and the church and is always on the go!
I hope you have a week full of blessings and positive energy!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Scout at 7 months old

It's Scout first autumn and she seems to be enjoying the cooler temperatures!
We have had to place stones around the garden to inhibit digging.  Now that it's cooler, we are no longer using her pool and placed it over one her favorite digging areas.

She's decided she likes it.
Her favorite activity is sitting in the pool and expecting us to throw the ball to her.  At times, she actually cries to go outside and play this game.

Yesterday we visited our friends Lu and Mike and their two dogs Rascal (brown) and Harlow (blonde).  Scout has been afraid of big dogs and was a bit apprehensive at first.  Lu totally understands dogs and made sure her visit was smooth and gradual (first just in the yard with us, then one dog, finally the second).  
After 30 minutes, Scout had become very comfortable, if not the smallest member of the pack.  She liked to follow the big dogs

 Especially Rascal (below):
 We visited for 2 1/2 hours. 
When we got home, Scout passed out and slept hard for a few hours.
We can't wait to visit them again!
Hope you are having a wonderful October!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I like Thursdays: Septemeber 28, 2017

It's apple season!
What is your favorite type of apple?  My husband and I like Honeycrisp apples but this week we tried a new variety: Envy!  It was very good too!  We are expecting a good season of apples because we had so much rain this past summer.
I like pansies!  
We are expecting cooler temps to come in today.  In a weird turn of events, September was actually warmer than August.  I was not usually enthused about the arrival of autumn but after temps in the 90s, I'm looking forward to some cooler weather. 

I like old photographs!
I've actually been collecting paper ephemera for decades.  I like antique sewing magazines, victorian trade cards, and old photographs.  I think this school photo is endearing because of the little girls displaying their dolls.  Isn't is sweet?

That's all for this week.  Have a great day!

Saturday, September 23, 2017


It's fall.
Yesterday poor Scout got stung in the butte by a bee.  The yellow jackets are wretched right now and will attack anything just because they are miserable.  My grandmother used to beg all her grandkids to "never get married between August and October" because of bee behaviour this time of year.   I always think of her gardening wisdom this time of year.

On Thursday, I had lunch with some friends; a few of them are nurses.  Do you remember when I took a fall on Labor Day?  Scout took me for a drag the first time we walked after her leg healed.  Anyway, my friends didn't like the looks of my arm and insisted I see a doctor.  And then...they started texting and emailing me to remind that I do need to get the arm checked.

So I went to an express care facility yesterday and it turns out I actually broke my arm (nearly three weeks ago).  That would be okay but it has to be seen by an orthopedic on Tuesday.  Apparently the set of the bone is not proper.  I'm not sure what is in store for me so I am letting you know now in case I get off the blog for a while after Tuesday.

I'm in no pain, just minor discomfort from time to time.  One of the funniest things about this whole situation is that when my neighbor told her 17 year old daughter about the situation, Katie said:  "that Michele-- she is a savage!" This comment made my husband and I laugh like crazy 😊
So now, everything is up in the air:  Scout's spaying, my husband's work and hunting, and I may have to rearrange my lecture schedule for the next few weeks.  I'll know more Tuesday.

So what am I doing?  Well cleaning up the sewing room and getting things together so that if I have to have my arm in a cast (I declined the cast at the express place), I'll be able to work with one arm.
I'm not good at keeping still.  Fortunately the problem is my left arm so I'll be able to write.  I have two programs to work on and will be handwriting them and some other business stuff if I have to be in a cast.  I have ephemera to organize and books to read and we'll see how it goes.

I hope you are having a better beginning to this season!  Take care of yourself and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I Like Thursday, September 21, 2017

Shana Tova! 
It's Rosh Hashanan and I wish a Happy and Sweet New Year to all my Jewish friends!

This week I am just getting things together before Scout gets spayed next week. There is a lot of debate as to when to spay a dog at this point.  My vet said that the pros and cons are about even for doing it now (when she is 6 months old) or waiting until after she has a heat or two.  The turning point for me was finding out that my neighbor's rat terrier is a stud dog and I don't want rat terrier/poodle puppies!

Speaking of Scout, she is doing very well and is a very cute puppy.  She has a variety of nicknames throughout our neighborhood and literally grazes through the streets as we take our constitutionals.  It seems like everyone wants to give her a treat or a biscuit and they have transferred their affection of Seamus to her--even if she does still jump a bit.  
As I have mentioned before, she is a blue standard and is now beginning to really gray.  I like her coloring and now giggle when I look at her face.  She is greying towards the top of her ears and it reminds me of Jameson from Spiderman comic books (I'm a mom of a comic book collector).

I also like her new collar which has her name and my phone number embroidered on it:
I like pruning my garden.
It's therapeutic and the pay off is that I often get a rebloom of flowers.
 That the hostas will rebloom surprised me this year:
 Rudbeckia with caryopteris behind it:
 Canterbury bells:
 Fever few and caryopteris:
I posted this late and apologize!
I hope you have a great weekend!