Friday, November 16, 2012

checking in . . .

I played golf today; first time in  a month.  High was 58F and I played a little better than average, so I am quite pleased.

The kitchen renovation is almost over.   Five weeks ago Wednesday, it began when the cabinets were taken out.  (I was packing up the kitchen for the two weeks before that)  We should be finished by this coming Wednesday (day before U.S.A. Thanksgiving).  That is a week earlier than we thought, but the counter-tops are ready, so they will be installed on Monday.  Hooray!   Snoopy dance!  Once it is all finished, I'll take pics and post.   I am ready for it to be over.  I mostly miss the dishwasher.   Washing dishes in a 14" wide  laundry room sink is better than in the powder room sink, so I have not complained.  Dish drying rack has sat on top of the dryer.   I will simply be very grateful to have a normal kitchen sink again and a dishwasher.    :-)  

We re-did our kitchen lighting also, and I love, love, love the new lighting.     I had LED recessed lights put in the ceiling.   Halogen is very popular here and it puts out a beautiful light, but they also put out heat.  My kitchen gets hot enough, as it is, so that was a no-go for me.    These LEDs don't make the kitchen hot at all.  It's amazing.   DH wanted  LED rope lighting above the cabinets, for  indirect lighting, and we are both very pleased with that, too.

I think our Thanksgiving has come early, this year, and I cannot believe Christmas is almost upon us, either.   Ack.   Honestly, I think the older I get, the faster time flies.   We will go to my sister's house for Thanksgiving dinner.  She hosts it every year, and we all bring a dish or two.   The food is always wonderful and it's so nice to see everyone.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Back home after morning check out

Hi quilty friends:  I got back home about 11:30 and went right to bed and sleep.  Didn;t have any problems, no Vagal reactions, etc.  He said I have a Hiatal hernia, and Diverticulosis, so will have to lay off the wine, coffee, nuts.  I'll know more when I have the follow up in 2 weeks.  At least there is an answer now.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner I will have to be really careful.  No pecan pie!  So I'll have lemon chess instead.  One of the things we like to do is go out to eat, so that will have to be modified.  He took some biopsies, which the lab will have to look at.
So, laying low, going to watch some light, funny something on TV.
Sara where it is still foggy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

checking out the insides tomorrow

Not nearly as interesting at Lavinia's beautiful quilt. . . I'm having both the upper G.I. and the colonoscopy tomorrow AM at 8:00.  The doctor's office just "happened" to have someone cancel while I was there yesterday afternoon.  So, going to go and get it all over with before Thanksgiving.  Then the follow-up is on Dec. 7th.
Can't believe it is almost Dec.  Anyone have suggestions of things my DH can get me that are quilt related?  We moved the old storage cabinet out to the garage yesterday, oh, I had no idea so much RED fabric was in there.  Along with odds and ends.  Some Christmas, some red and white.  Will have to think of a red, white and blue quilt to start in Jan.  I certainly don't need more fabric.  Maybe another Ott light, or tool.
The antique one will be put in tonight or tomorrow night as soon as he can get a guy-friend over.  We tried together last night, but I was afraid I couldn't keep my part on the dolly.  It was tetering, and I sure don't want a bunch of boards!   The thing is heavy!
I've already started drinking the 64 oz. of stuff.  It is mixed with Gatorade, so not too bad.  Hopefully nothing serious going on.
Sara in gray, foggy, cooler Florida

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Here 'tis.  You may recognize it having been posted before. It now has fourteen awards. 

this and that

First-Way to go Lavania!  Wow the move to Arizona has been good for your   quilting.  To win one ribbon is good, to win 3 or 4 is wonderful.
I finished reading "The Beautiful Mystery" by Louise Penny.  It was the large print copy I got for Mom.  Seems Ms. Penny doesn't have any use for the Catholic church.
I was asking my GFs about the Gregorian chants, other than one who sings in her church, none of them were familiar with them.  I do remember a few years ago they were the "next big thing".  I found a few on You tube last night, very relaxing.  I might have to get a CD or download some to my I-pod.  Now I need translations---"mon pere" with a / over the first e.  "my father?"
Frere (frier)?    Merde--I have no clue what that means.
Oui--is that Yes?
Today is the day for my Gastro doc visit.  I think it will be all paperwork and questions, and most likely set up a time for an upper G.I. and maybe a colonoscopy.  It has been 10 years, so guess I'm due.  Much better, eating soup and some mild thing.  Going to have scrambled eggs and grits for breakfast in just a few min.  (for those of you not blessed to be in the South-grits are a corn product, the consistency of oatmeal) 
Jo Ann's here had a 60% off day for Veterans day, tried to get red/white/ and blue for more QOV, but only the white was the kind I wanted.  $2.00 a yard on sale.  So I bought 9 yards!
Lines were like after Christmas sale.  Whew!
Have a good Tuesday.
Sara in Fla.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rim Country Quilt Roundup

Just got home from the mountains and Payson, Arizona and the Rim Country Quilt Roundup. Won four awards: First Place for Large Traditional Quilt, Ponderosa Piecers Special Award (a Payson quilt guild), a Viewers' Choice, and best of all, an Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Award! I will be inducted into the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame at a luncheon next year. Here's a picture of me and 3 of the ribbons -- the blue one is on the left side on the quilt, out of the picture. Snoopy Dancing !!  I have to give all due credit to the machine quilter, Donna Patrick, of Mount Carmel,
Tennessee, whose machine artistry brought it to life. This makes fourteen awards for this particular quilt. 

Rim Country is called that because of its location next to the Mogollon Rim, you can learn about that by doing a search online.  (I live in the Valley of the Sun, (Phoenix metro area, Peoria) actually we are part of the Sonoran Desert.  It was a nice trip up to the mountains.  Lavinia/AZ