Wednesday, July 27, 2011

funny, but I just can't think of a title for this post

My apologies for becoming scarce here and for the lack of quality in my postings over the past few months.  Life can sometimes pull the rug out from under you, so I will be taking an indefinite break from writing here to focus my energy where it is needed.  I hope to return with a fresh mind when this is past me.

In the meantime I will be visiting my wonderful blogging friends, of course!  I enjoy the humor, creative inspiration, and great tips from all your blog posts.

A heartfelt "Thank you!" for all the warmth you've brought to this little site.  Enjoy the rest of the summer....or winter, depending on your location!  When I return we'll have some catching up to do  ;)

All my best!

Friday, July 22, 2011

And a good time was had by all!

Depending on the weather report you listened to, our temperature was anywhere from 98 to 103 with a heat index of 117.  Well, once it goes over 90 and is humid, it doesn't matter anymore....it's just plain hot.

So, were we foolish to drive a half hour to sit in a field of dried grass for a concert?

Maybe.


Maybe not.


We had a light supper and some icy cold bottles of water and created our own shade with umbrellas.  By 7:00pm the sun sank beneath the tips of the trees.  The opening band began at 7:30 and got everyone excited.  They were great.  And at ten past 8, the main act began....



The crowd was pumped!  Even though only two original Spinners are still performing in the group, they gave the audience what they came for.  In the 90 degree weather, with stage lights glaring on them, they danced and sang and joked.  By the end of the second song their shirts were varying degrees of damp to soaking wet but they continued as if it were a spring day.










What a total surprise to take a look behind me to see how many people were sitting on the field and the hill, all the way up under the trees by the road.  I couldn't even venture a guess.

As we started driving back, the thermometer on the car dash read 89 at 9:30pm.  This craziness is supposed to break Sunday night and drop into the lower 80s.  That sounds good right about now.

Have fun and stay cool, everyone!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hot summer nights

What happens when you type "free concerts, (your area)" into Google?  I turned up a link to a great website for my county with a list that filled 4 printed pages.  I've got free entertainment for the rest of the summer, whether I want to hear oldies, top 40 hits, blues, big band, or even watch Toy Story 3  ;)

On this hot, stuffy night I sat on the town green beneath large shade trees with a few hundred other folks.  We listened to a talented group on the gazebo playing top 40 hits from the 60s through today.  And the nicest part was that it was more comfortable sitting outside than it would have been inside.  I'll be back here next week, when the scheduled group will play Frank Sinatra's songs.

Due to a once in a lifetime opportunity, I am opting out of the Friday Night Sew In for this month, although I'm sure I'll be sewing over the weekend.  Instead of working with thread and fabric I'll be listening to that great group, The Spinners....outside...a few miles up the Merritt Parkway.  My lawn chair is in the car....I'll pack up something for dining al fresco....and tap my foot to Rubberband Man.

I'm also getting anxious for a good bike trip.  My short rides around here are just a tease and I'm looking for new sights.  There are a few close enough to be a day's excursion.  It may all come down to flipping a coin!

Summer is short, and we've got to get enough summertime fun to last through the winter.  I hope you're finding lots of great things to do, too!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

This is what I've been doing

I haven't been typing here because I've spent a few evenings on this......





I am thrilled with the vintage "look" of this quilt top.  The Kaleidoscope pattern is perfect for old fabric.





I'lll be stopping at JoAnn's today for a medium-toned green fabric which I'll use for a border strip and the binding.






These two together really have become my tribute to all our mothers and grandmothers, who worked hard to make their homes warm and friendly, and their families healthy and happy.





I've also been reading, biking, went blueberry picking again, and, oh, right,.....working ;)


Have a wonderful weekend!  I hope yours is filled with sunshine and happiness  :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pull up a beach chair and pour yourself a lemonade....


......'cause I'll be sending out your book, Rosie!  Your comment (#8) was chosen by the Random generator.


Please email me at greenvtr[at]yahoo[dot]com with your address.  I'll have it in the mail tomorrow!


Thanks to all who responded!


Have a wonderful Sunday  :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

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0 red + 2 blue = Mmmmmmm!


I missed the strawberry season, what with work and storms and committments, but I am determined to have delicious berries in my freezer this winter for my oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies.  So after spending the day with Mom, I scooted up to the bestest PYO in my area and almost filled a tray with blues.  The picking was so good, they were almost jumping into the basket.  (Not to even mention the ones that made their way to my mouth.....I must have eaten my whole day's worth of fruit while I was there!)

There were quite a few families with little tots there today.  They manage to fill a little pint basket or two before the children lose interest, but kudos to them for introducing their tots to farm fresh goodness.

Well, I hope to make it back there after work this week for one more good load, and some to share with Mom and friends.  It's like having blue gold stored away.

I'll be sewing again this evening, and hope to post a photo on flickr to show the quilt top assembled sometime tomorrow.  My mind is racing with a few other projects I'd like to start and I may be going to JoAnn fabrics sometime next week......

Speaking of tomorrow.....don't forget about my summer reading giveaway.  Just enter a comment on my earlier post for a chance to win.  The drawing will be tomorrow morning at 7:00am.

Happy weekend, all!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Good morning and good night :)

My first steps outside in the morning are greeted by my lovely lilies.  No matter what the day may bring, I start with a smile when these are seeing me off to work.




The pretty yellow daylily was separated from a clump at my son's house, which we had planted about 20 years ago. The Easter lilies were salvaged from the trash bin last year. They took hold when I planted them and established a good root system. This year they are putting on a glorious show for me.




I ended my day with some light sewing. I'm not rushing this but I did make good progress with assembly line stitching of the quilt blocks. It's a good way to relax after work.

I've been covering for a coworker who is on short-term medical leave so it's been kind of quiet at home. I'm somewhat spent by the time I pull in the driveway.

But the lilies are waiting to welcome me back :)


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Don't forget to enter a comment on my previous post for a chance to win a great book for summer reading!  The drawing is Sunday morning at 7:00am   :)


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer reading giveaway!

The birds are chirping away in the trees outside my back door, happy as can be.  The sun is already warming the air and preparing to give us another hot day.  Summer is in full force.  This week the temperature is hovering in the mid- to high-80's and threatening to touch 90 degrees, bringing the humidity along with it.  How wonderful to slip outside during lunch and feel the warmth of the sun!  Getting out of the office with a sack lunch and a book can do wonders to shake off the morning's rush of emails and emergencies.  So how about a love story to take outside on your break, to transport you away from that phone and keyboard?  How about a book written by a blogger?  One that you probably "visit" now and then.

Last week I stumbled upon an advance proof of Pioneer Woman, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, second-hand.  It is just the ticket for summer reading.  It's the full story of how the P.W. met and married her cowboy, and has some won.der.ful recipes at the end of the book.  If you'd like to carry this in your lunch bag (or beach bag!), please add a comment to this post.  I will pick one commenter on Sunday morning at 7:00am (eastern time), and it will be in the mail asap!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sewing


I did some sewing this weekend, but not on the quilt.






This lovely but simple vintage full slip was an experiment with "altered" clothing.*  It was a lot of fun to use lace from my huge collection (i.e.: stash.)  There's even a section of the hand-tatted edging that I love.

I've taken a leap and posted it in my etsy shop.  I hope someone wandering by will love it!


Note to self:  Learn how to take better photos!



* This felt so different from my re-fashions of the past.  This time I was creating for an unknown someone else!

Sunday, July 3, 2011



Happy Fourth of July!





Have a fun and safe holiday!






(Image found here.)


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Triangles together

Oh, happy day!  A few hours this morning of piecing and pressing seams, and I'm caught up with the Kaleidoscope QAL.  The cut blocks had been carefully set in place on my living room floor so that no two pieces of the same print touched corners.  What looks like a random scrap pattern really took a little time and thought to create.  I'm pleased with the progress.












This coming week, we all start putting the blocks together.

But, for the rest of the weekend....cookouts!

I hope you're having a wonderful time  :)





A happy hippo :)

I'm looking for a co-worker/friend/neighbor who might be starting to plan a family so that I can scoop up this cuddly hippo!


He looks so sweet that I may buy and giftwrap him so he's ready at the first hint of someone ready to start a family  ;)

I know the gal who made this child-friendly toy.  She doesn't live nearby so I rarely get to see her.  This past spring she told me that she was about to open an etsy shop with the soft dolls that she has sold in her area.  I was so happy for her and asked for her shop address.  When I hopped over there I fell for this guy, as well as the other cuties that she puts so much love into creating.  The details on her dolls make them so special!

Take a look at her other creations over here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The family tree

I love to see what Rob is up to.  He's always got such creative ideas!  Well, this morning's post was a tribute to the family tree, so to speak, by showing that homesteading has been in his family for generations.

An old photo from my family's album came to mind and I was able to find it pretty quickly (thank goodness I took the time to label them!)

Gardening and homesteading has been in my family for generations, too.  This first photo is my grandfather, who had extensive gardens.  The onions and green beans were doing pretty well!






And this is Mom and me.  It looks like we had green beans with supper that night!





Ok, Rob, maybe it is hereditary!  And this is why I've been missing my own little garden  ;)

Have you "traced" your family strengths?


Have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend!