Thursday, February 15, 2018

I like Thursdays, February 15, 2018

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Greetings friends!  Can you believe it:  

Only 33 days until spring! 

My first like is that Scout is finally able to exercise and be a normal puppy.  Even though she got the cone off after 2 weeks but the doctor felt she needed an additional week of rest.  She is free!  Free now!
Greta was glad to see her again!

We are happy that we can walk again and the weather has been wonderful this week.  We are supposed to get some snow again on Saturday but next week looks wonderful so we will be able to keep exercising.  

I like walking.  It allows me to appreciate so much in our little world.  The wonderful thing about winter is that it heightens my appreciation for springtime.  Right now, I see the world through "spring eyes" which is a mixture of emotions: relief that the weather is turning and joy at everything that is emerging or appears beautiful again.
Doesn't this Red Twig Dogwood look lovely in the sunlight?

I like donuts but these goodies are different.
I live in Pennsylvania Dutch country and in our valley, we celebrate Fat Tuesday by eating Fastnachts.  Fastnacht translates to "fast night" and are special donuts made just for this day.  For our local bakeries, it means an overwhelming amount of business.
The line outside our local bakery.  By the time I got my donuts, the line had tripled.  It's a fun day because as we all wait patiently for our pastries, we chat about which topping we prefer and how far we travel.  There are always some newbies to our region who are intrigued (and delighted) about a special donut day and we welcome them with opened arms.

These donuts are the ONLY thing bakeries make on Fastnacht Day.  You can get them plain or sprinkled with sugar or powder.  The newspaper reported the one bakery was prepared to make 60,000 fastnachts for the day.  I know that our local shop had 10 people baking in the kitchen.  Most places run out of donuts by 2 p.m.

Well that is this week's edition.  Have a good day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Another donation top done.

I made this top a few weeks ago.
Last week I finished another one!
 I had lots of the navy blue left and just used a different orange.

Now I'm on to start the premie quilts!

The good news?  The sun has come out, it is above freezing and I can walk Scout again!  We are about to take our post lunch walkies.  Have a good day!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I like Thursday, Febuary 8, 2018

40 Days until Spring!

It's time for another rendition of "I Like Thursday"  You can link up to LeeAnna's blog for more posts!
I like Celebrations!
Friday was Groundhog's Day which is also my Mom's birthday.  My Mom says that she has learned one thing from having been born on this day:  if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter;  if the groundhog doesn't see his shadow, there will still be 6 more weeks of winter :)

I took Mom and my Aunt Kathy out to lunch on Friday and we had a great day!  Our favorite lunch spot is a little cafe in the next village called Sweet Memories, it is just comfy and sweet and we love the food and the family that owns it!
I mean how can you not love a cafe with an old quilt displayed?

Love their chandelier and all the little chachkies they have for sale!
I was treating my Aunt and Mom and was surprised when my Aunt presented me with a bouquet of flowers too.  It was very sweet of her!  Flowers this time of year make the weather more tolerable!

Love the blue Sea Holly flowers!

On Saturday, I decided to take another field trip.  I live in a neat part of Pennsylvania.  We are an hour west from Philadelphia; 17 miles west of us is a little college town called Kutztown.  My fabric shop is there on a Mennonite Farm and nearby is a farmer's market/flea market.  I hit both places on Saturday and didn't buy anything--it was just fun to get out.

I also visited the nearby flea market.   So much fun!  I have a very real fear of hording places (probably claustrophia in a way) so some stands make me crazy like this textile one:
 Even if it has an interesting quilt top, I just can't be in there long!

Stands like this one are wonderful, especially if you have a kitschy kitchen with red accents like I do!

On Monday, Scout got her sutures out!  Yippee!  But her seratoma is still visible (although 80 percent reduced) so she is on another week of quiet.  At least she doesn't have to wear the cone anymore.  She went from being a cone-head to a matt-head.  The rubbing of the cone on her fur has created terrible mats :(

I like that the Eagles won the superbowl! It made me so happy that my hubby's team finally won!  Scout like the day because of the Puppy and Kitten Bowls.  They really kept her engaged!
I hope you have a great week!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I like Thursday, February 1, 2018

47 days until Spring!

It's been a busy week.  Scout developed a seratoma near her incision after too much activity this past weekend.  I'm applying warm compresses to the area and fortunately, it doesn't seem to bother her.  I'm also working on her hair every day which has gotten very matted from the cone.  That brings me to my first like, a dematting comb!
My groomer had recommended I get one a few days before her spaying.  She knew the cone would make her matted.  

We are counting down the days until Scout can return to her normal life and we can all take walks again.  She's not sleeping through the night and Mama wants to get sleep again.

I've been sewing in the dining room.  My husband was working out of state last week and I finished another donation top.
I had found a stack of 4 inch novelty blocks in my stash and after cutting some more blocks, I pieced this together.  The navy fabric is leftover backing fabric and the orange fabric has been sitting around here for years.  I'm glad to use them up and it is a very simple pattern.  This quilt will be donated to a child at Camp Erin and I'm making a second one to donate to the pediatric cancer unit of our local hospital.

While scouring the sewing room I found a few pinwheels and a lot of triangles and have been piecing them as well.

These blocks are only 4 inches square and I'm not sure what I will do with them.  I think I will just finishe them up and then decided if there is enough to do a project or use them on another top.

Lastly, it's almost Valentine's Day.  I think this is an overblown holiday but I'm always grateful that my favorite candy is available this time of year!
Yup, chocolate covered cherries!  YUM YUM YUM!  I have to be careful not to buy too many boxes because I absolutely adore these candies.

I hope you have a lot to like!  Link up to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for more posts!  Have a great day!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

I like Thursdays, January 25, 2017

54 days until Spring!

It's another day to reflect on what is good in our worlds and to join us, please visit LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color!

I was proud of all that turned out for the Women's March!  We watched from the sidelines as I nurse an injured knee (fell down the basement steps, UGH).  Speaking as a grandmother, I must admit this was my favorite sign:
Scout was spayed on Monday and is home recovering.  I'm grateful that my friend Carol has been around to help me!  Scout appears to be doing better than any of my other dogs; this time the vet had a new method I could opt for after the surgery:  a laser treatment that is supposed to speed healing.
She seems to maneuver well with her cone, despite the fact that it is huge (it was a cone we bought for Teddy and he was a large dog).  She has two weeks of quiet before her sutures are removed which might help heal my knee quicker too.  She's adapted.   
The cone helps wrangle toys, collects biscuits and the velcro on the side often has a toy to stuck to it!  

I like that once I embraced the snow and hung my little wall hanging, the snow stopped falling, the weather warmed up and the snow melted!

Remember tv trays?
I like tv trays!
For years I had thought about the old tv trays and that they would be useful.  Brad and I found some on at a local yard sale and I bought a set for $2.  They are useful! 
 They come in handy for humidifiers, quilt blocks and a variety of other things!
Speaking of quilt blocks, I like when math works out.  I was worried that the orange fabric I had chosen for this I-spy donation quilt would not be enough for my quilt.  I finished the blocks yesterday with one strip to spare!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I like Thursdays: January 18, 2016

61 days until Spring!

We are half done with winter!  

Tuesday was the midway point of the winter!
It's all downhill from now!

How are you doing?  Are you counting down the days until spring too?  This past week another 3 inches of snow fell.  I like that my husband traveled south and for once he didn't call to tell me how warm his weather was!  He had to endure more than twice the amount of snow that we got!   I'm also grateful I'm not 45 minutes north of us.  My friend Beth got 10 inches of snow during the same storm.  We lucked out!

I like these photos of dancing poodles (above).  You can see the story here.  Poodles love to dance and Scout always wants to accompany me whenever I start doing the mashed potato.  Speaking of Scout, she had a great weekend!

My beautiful niece Maggie came home with her handsome fiancee and their two dogs!

Opie is a beagle mix and Cashew (being held by Maggie) is a chiwawa/corgi mix.  Cashew and Scout got along famously and played nonstop for three days!
My son Peter also came home for the weekend and I was thrilled when we had the opportunity to be alone for a few hours on Sunday.  It's always good to catch up without interruptions!  

 Miss Scout is going to get spayed on Monday and I am soooo relieved.  I hope to never have to experience another puppy in heat again!   It will be a quiet week for us and I hope to get more sewing done.  

Stay warm and have a great week!  Visit the other sites celebrating happiness at LeeAnna's website, Not Afraid of Color.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I like Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to "I like Thursday"!  A day of positive energy sponsored by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Please visit here to find more happy blog posts!

Like most people on  the East Coast, I'm grateful that the arctic weather has dissipated.  Scout is glad too since it means she can go out again on walks.   At least as much as we can these days, a lot of sidewalks are still icy.

So....with this all in mind.  I like that there are 
68 days
until spring!

I'm already dreaming of my garden but needed a little joy and these alstromerias fit the bill.  One of my favorite cut flowers, these beauties last for a good two weeks and keep our dining room feeling happy.
Our Scout has been a little crazy without her usual walks and we are grateful that she can play with my Mom's dog, Greta.  Scout also has a new passion.  She loves feet, socks, and Carol's boots :D
She doesn't eat them but prefers smelling them.  We call this Eau de Carol Cologne. :)

I finished the blocks for the snowflake quilt and will piece that together later this month.  

But I found some 4 inch blocks and decided to piece together some donation quilts.  Right now, I'm not following any particular order in projects; they'll all get done in good time.

What are you working on?  I hope you are going to have a wonderful week and a great day!