Saturday, June 13, 2009

Laura, please don't tell me this

I've been eating my strawberries with plain yogurt topped with Peace sweet treat...and toasted slivered almonds. But now I shall be thinking of melting dark chocolate...never thought to do this in the microwave, wish you hadn't mentioned this. Now I will have to try it...darn. I was down a pound on the scales this morning, too.



Those look wonderful! I've been being decadent. I keep melting semisweet chocolate in the microwave and dipping strawberries. I keep telling myself that dark chocolate is good for me! LOL

You know what I Love!

There's nothing better! I did a flat of freezer jam yesterday & may do some whole berries today. These are a variety call "Hood" soft & sweet, melt in your hand!

Sorry, you couldn't ship these little jems across the street let alone across the country. They are only here a couple weeks so you have to catch'em when you can!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Long arm quilting, etc

I finally got my body to drive to the long arm quilter person's house to pick up my DD's quilt. She did a good job--well make that a great job. Since the fabric had cabbage roses in it she quilted cabbage roses all over.
She matched the light pink color of one of the fabrics, and it was great. Esp. looked good on the back.
The woman who has been helping me for several years with ironing my DH's shirts has developed lung cancer. She is currently in hospital having PET tests and other tests. This is a woman who had a hard life of drugs, breast cancer, etc. in her past. We are hoping for the best.
DD and DSIL are getting mixed up with a dangerous person who is representing himself as a minister. The whole thing screams "Cult" to me, but they don't see it. Tonight the min. of their church is supposed to meet with them --so good thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.
My SIL has been unhappy with his job situation for several years, but selling everything you own, moving to another state to "help" start a ministry, etc. is not the way to go. Gosh, just when they are grown and have kids of their own you think you can relax.
Never a dull min. in Fla.
Sara in Fla.

music camp

We're in the midst of creating "Man with a Mission" at our music camp for the kids at church. They learn a musical during the week, and will perform during the services Sunday morning. We have 41 children involved this year. This show, written by our pastor and music director, is about the life of Paul. They memorize their lines and the music. Most of the children need some type of costume, which is where I am involved. Another church member is doing the sets and props. The youth are helping with supervising the children and "back stage" activities. Some of our college age kids are home for the summer and are helping to teach the music to the children. The church has been doing this camp for children every summer for years. Fortunately, they store the costumes each year, so primarily all we had to do this year is figure out which costume fits each child best. We need to make some costumes in the "tween" sizes, as all of them seem to be very small or very large. We're doing a lot of hemming to make the larger costumes work this year, but we may make some costumes after the show is over to have available next time.
I've almost finished piecing Mom's quilt. When I finish, I'd love some input on binding/borders. It's a modified drunkard's path, and I'm thinking I'll just have to stop the design abruptly at the edge and bind it.
I'd best get over to the church and start hemming!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Join us in Grinnell Iowa

I am busy preparing my quilts for the Jewel Box Quilt Guild show in Grinnell Iowa at the middle school, 132 East Street South. If you are in the area, come see nearly 200 quilts from 10-6 Friday or 9-4 Saturday.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Looks like a lazy day

It is pouring buckets here and I was going to go out shopping, but.....
Finally have a day that not much was on the list.
I need some input. I am looking to upgrade my machine and at the quilt show here I was looking @ a Husqvarna Sapphire 870. It has a bigger space for machine quilting. Not that I am that good at it, but i would not have to fight so much trying to learn more. I am really worried about all the other stuff that is built in. Have enough trouble with 4 gears in a car how will I be able to keep those many stitches where they belong. You know what I mean.
Anyway input is appreciated.
Need another coffee to start thinking straight
Have a great day or evening, whatever the case may be
Grace on On, where she should take the dog out while the rain is just coming in a mist for a few minutes.She does not like rain

Two gorgeous labs need one home

As usual, not quilt related but I had to share. My son called from Phoenix, AZ to tell me about these two dogs. The original email was written June 6th. I am sending to everyone I can think of to try to help find a home for these dogs. Here's the story:

Cookie and Coco
Even if you can’t take them, please pass this around!
Contact: Katherine at:kjmorris74 AT yahoo DOT com
"As many of you know, we are moving in just 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I have still not been able to find a good home for Cookie and Coco . We're not able to take our beloved doggies with us and I've been desperately trying to find a home for both of them 'together'. They were raised together and pine without each other. The Lab Rescue has already said that they would probably separate them, so this is my last resort.
Recently I tried to take Coco out in my car alone and she TOTALLY refused to even get into the car without Cookie.....!!!! She absolutely pulled back on her haunches until Cookie was by her side. Both doggies are in great health, have been spayed and have ID chips implanted under the skin.
Cookie turned 3 December 10th and Coco will be 3 April 1st. Cookie is my mellow-yellow, and just loves her tummy rubbed. Coco is adorably funny and lives for her "ball." She also loves the water..... Cookie loves lots of attention. Both doggies are loyal and love to walk. They have been raised with my 3 kids running around all over the place, and have survived Sammy's constant hugging and love of 'dress-up', so they are fantastic family dogs. This is by far one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, but under the circumstances I have no choice.
Please, please forward these pics to all you find a great home for these fabulous doggies. They are just adorable and it's heartbreaking to let them go. In a perfect world, I hope that we could find someone local so that we can still keep in touch and visit them. I pray that someone somewhere can help us keep Cookie and Coco together, and love them just as much as we do. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

kjmorris74 AT Yahoo DOT com

Monday, June 8, 2009


Sara, to my knowledge, we don't have the same warnings that you have with hurricanes but we do have weather stations reporting all the time on weather when it becomes stormy, whether snow or rain. I have several sites on my computer marked for weather, one of which is a radar site with a map so that I can track storms coming our way. In winter, as you do now for hurricanes, although to a much less severe degree because your storms can be very dangerous, our snow storms far less so. I stock up food items in winter and always keep a large bottle of water with a pump in the cupboard but that is more for the power outages which can last up to three days or more. Our water source is a well and if the power goes out, the pump to pump the water from the well to the house, doesn't work. I fill bathtubs full of water to flush toilets because again, the water is not pumped from the well for that purpose. At least we can pail the water to the toilets to flush when needed. And, there is always the out-of-doors although in winter it gets mighty frosty on the backside. Your storms are very serious. I track them here because of my good friend, Joan, in Sarasota and appreciate your weather postings although on the other side of the state, it does give me some idea of the weather in Fla.

Sorry to hear about your skin cancer. Not surprising in southern climes.


Questions for northern residents

On the first day of June each year our paper publishes a "Hurricane tracking map" complete with lists of things to have on hand for power outages and storms. Do cities in Canada and northern state that get blizards publish things like this? Do the emergency mgmt. people give out lists of shelters, things to pack, etc.? Just wondering.
It is Hurricane season here from June 1 until Nov. 30th. Nothing usually happens until late Aug. or Sept. when the Atlantic ocean heats up. Stil, I buy bottled water, tuna fish, batteries, have tarps, lanterns, etc. on hand.
I didn't pick up my quilt today but will get it in the morning. I did pick up my re-upholstered rocking chair, and it looks good. I didn't know they had to charge tax on their services. Gosh, tax on everything.
Going to crash on the couch and do nothing.
Sara in soggy Fla.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rain go away!

Back home after a quick trip to Gainsville, Fla. to visit some friends. We took our bikes and did a bit of biking on the rails to trails site. It was very nice. The friends are getting older--imagine that.
The ground is soggy already. The weeds are growing so high, that once a week cutting isn't going to do it. We are seriously considering hiring a lawn service. The person I talked to last week doesn't charge any more than the H. S. boy, and seems more reliable. One of my GF's has had him do her yard for 25 years.
I get to have the 7 stitches taken out of my face tomorrow. Yea. This skin cancer stuff is for the birds. The following week I get the ones out of my right arm.
The long-arm quilter called, she has my quilt ready, so hopefully it looks good. I'll get it in the morning. Will let you know how it turns out.
Going to finish a mystery book so can take it back to the library tomorrow also.
Sara in Fla.