Friday, September 23, 2016

Getting Ready for Fall (Pools & Poodles)

It seems like it should be fall, (isn't Starbucks selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes now?)   Where I live, it's still summer outside.  Still Pool Weather. 

Troy jumping in - we all love to jump in the pool.


Did you know that my sister and her husband are staying with me?
  One can NOT get anything done when there is company in the house.  Except for cleaning, and laundry and buying more toilet paper.  Hehehe

They think they will only be here another 2 weeks - I highly doubt that.  I think it will be another 3 or 4 weeks.

So anyway - back to fall weather. I decided (with the help of my two sisters, they groom their own dogs, schnauzers and poodles) that I would groom Marzipan.  

This is an in progress picture - I decided that I should just shave her down.


So she went from Fuffly 


To too skinny!

She's a poodle and oh so skinny compared to the rat terriers.  

I wanted to see if one of the doggie Halloween costumes fit her.  
Not really - it's too big.

So I'll be getting her a new one. 
Yay!  I can't wait to shop for her. 
 
I'm rather glad I have this little poodle.

My whole point was: It's not too early to start thinking about Halloween Costumes!   - It took me forever to get that out.  Hahaha

Will you be dressing up?
Have fun drinking your pumpkin spice coffees, & hot chocolate! 

Linda  






Monday, September 19, 2016

Camping and Tweety Loves Quilting


So we went camping just north of Big Sur, California.


There were mountains and big trees on one side and ocean on the other.  We had a blast!

I'm taking Serena up to San Francisco in a couple days for her to go to Mission School. I'm really going to miss her. I've already done some crying over that. So hopefully, I won't cry when I drop her off, nor while she's gone. (Yeah Right!  Just wishful thinking on my part. ) 

 My sister is still staying with me.  And will be for a couple more weeks?  I really can't sew while she is there.  It's just too distracting.  

I downloaded a cool form from Tweety Loves Quilting.  
Thanks Tweety!

She designed this to keep herself going on her projects.  Click on the link and it will take you to her blog post.  

I'm going to post it and use it to help me get some sewing done. 

Happy Sewing,
Linda

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Getting Stuck (Little of This and That)

I keep wanting to write a new post and I keep getting stuck.

So - here goes:


I haven't really been sewing much, instead I've been focusing on grieving.  I think that's just the right thing to do; take my time grieving.  And since this started as a sewing blog - I feel I should mostly post about that.  And of course the way blogs work is people mostly post about good things happening in their lives.  Not death!
Of course with Mark's death, and then my Mom's - what do you thing is most on my mind?

On a different note:
My baby sister sent me this picture taken a couple years ago.  She is on the left, me on the right.
We always have so much fun together.  In fact we decided to go camping together at the end of August.  
Then my big sister (sorry I don't have a picture of her) decided to come out to California and spend some time.  So now she will be going with us!  Is that cool or what?

And you know little Serena thinks she will be going away to Mission Training and then off to some foreign county.  (Yeah, well it looks like she might be right about that!  She's raised almost all the money.)  She will be leaving in September.  
Here's a picture of Serena when she was little with her Daddy. She was as cute as a button. 
When they are little you have such high hopes for them.  I'm so happy with the person she has grown up to be.

Serena is also teaching Marzipan to play soccer.  Yep - it's possible because Neptune does.  She will field the ball, keep it rolling to make a goal, or chasing it down.  The idea is for her to push with her nose - not bite the ball.

Here's Marzipan's first lesson
video

Marzipan is a toy poodle - we had just gotten her groomed partly because I wanted her to look like a poodle. We were still at Petco, when a man came by and asked what kind of dog she is.  
Uh...that didn't work out - I guess she still looks like a mutt.  

(Marzipan taking selfies with Lily in the background )

My Last Picture:  
 We were swimming and I look over and there is my oldest daughter, she is swimming around like this!  
(Really, you wouldn't know by her actions she's the oldest!)

Well, lookie here - I was able to write a post after all!

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Friday, July 29, 2016

Our Oregon Trip

Well, I see it's been a while since I've come here to write.  I took a week off to go visit my mom up in Oregon.  
Rosanna, Mom - in the center, and Angela
Taken a couple years ago. 
I knew that she was not doing that well since her stroke in April.  But I didn't know she would die the week I was there.  
How sad is that?  
But then I have to look at the big picture and praise God that he mercifully took her. 
Bird Bath at Mom's house. 

It was so fun to see her.  She couldn't speak loud enough for me to hear her but I was able to kiss her face and tell her I loved her and what a wonderful Mom she was to me.  She smiled so big when her granddaughters were in the room with her.  She loved her granddaughters.  And Serena made her laugh when she prayed and thanked God for giving her a "loud Grandma".   

I will always treasure my last visits with Mom.  She just the best thing since sliced bread.  But I bet she was older than sliced bread.  Wait here - I'll look it up.    It came out in 1928 and mom was born in the 30s.   So she is the best thing since sliced bread!

While we were there - we did a lot of visiting with Erik.  He's such a cool guy.  They have been married about 30 years.
Major Visiting going on here - Erik, Me, and my daughters, Serena and Angela.

Here's a funny that happened to us.  Using the GPS on her phone, we tried to find the Skate Park. (My daughter Serena wanted to skateboard - since they have a different style of parks there than we have.)  Well, it took us to the center of a Freeway overpass!  

Really???

And then it occurred to Serena - the Park was directly UNDER the overpass!
See?  Right under the freeway!!

Serena  - doing her thing - Skating!

See how they painted murals on the support columns to the freeway.
Rosanna - hanging out watching Serena skate
Way Cool, Right?

Hospice was great!  They really took great care of my Mom, making her more comfortable.  They also brought in a little bed quilt.
I'm sure it came from the local quilt guild or one of the local churches. It totally transformed the room, bringing life and color into it. And making the place more homey.  

Another funny thing that happened to us was Angela cracked an egg to cook for Rosanna.  Check this out.

Doesn't that look like a dove?

How about now? 
We thought that was so cool.  
Especially since birds are one of my Mom's favorites.

We did take some time to go antique shopping.

 Sometimes I just enjoy wandering these places.  

There's also the Skinner House 

 Check out those stairs!  Such a cool house.  



 This is all we were able to see of it.  It was closed at 1:00 and we happened across it at 1:03.  But we still enjoyed the hike up to it!

So that about wraps it up for this post.

Hope to see you next week!
Linda

Friday, July 8, 2016

Aquarium Fun


Lily climbed up these rocks and Violet helped her.  I thought they were so cute, I'd take a picture, that's when I realized there's a huge wave behind them.   It's staged - it's just painted on the wall.  How cool is that?  And look at those faces?  I love this picture.  

This was taken at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  (That's in Long Beach, California.)

Wonderful place - so fun.  Especially with 4 grand kids in tow.

It was the nice break I've needed.  

They had these blue jelly fish that glow in the dark.  They were about the size of a fist.
The jelly fish move so gracefully, and slowly.  So totally cool.
That's my daughter Serena in looking at the them. 


 I noticed some sharks swim quickly and some swim very slowly - this guy with all the teeth was a slow-poke.  It made him seem so calculating, and predatory.  
Can you believe the size of these seahorses?
They were so cute and adorable with their little tails hanging on to the plants and even other fish.
No trip to the aquarium would be complete without a tickle-time.  Yep - little Lily is getting it good.   

Now back to sewing?

Okay - see you soon,

Linda

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Starting to Quilt - Starting a New Life

I don't think you will believe me.
However, I'm going to quilt on Angela's quilt.

Am I right?  You don't believe me?

Yesterday spent forever setting things up for it.  I spent so long that I didn't even quilt!
I had to find everything!  The thread, my walking foot, boards to make my chair higher, etc, etc.
Then I couldn't for the life of me get that walking foot on. 
I must have tried 8 different times.  So I went to find the Babylock walking foot (thinking perhaps I had switched them up) just to be sure I had the correct one.  
Yep, I had the right one. And finally it went on correctly.  I don't know what the problem was. 

Now I'm ready to go.

It's a start!

Happy Quilting,
Linda

Oh - and just in case you are wondering how I'm doing.  I haven't been blogging or reading many blogs.  I haven't been sewing much. I've adjusting to life without Mark.
Learning the trash schedule - how to clean the pool filter - and a million other things.

Here's the new me - not sewing but doing fence estimates!

My daughter, Rosanna and I are running Mark's fence business.
It's Scary!  However, it's also fun.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lookie What I did - Pinterest Fun!

I have to make some items to sale for Serena's fundraiser.

I've been on Pinterest for years. I thought I would make the item that has been repined the most.  That makes sense right?

I gathered my supplies
 Have you seen the pin before?  Can you guess what I did?

I hot glued those animals to the lids and spray painted them.  

Yep - I think they are pretty cute.
And so EASY too.
Now I'll see how well they sale. Pinterest don't let me down.

Do we have a winner here?

Linda