Cooking, Sewing, Working, Traveling, Gardening and Pondering

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

~Winston Churchill~

Friday, April 10, 2015

Yes or No?

I think they are just too bright.  The orange really needs a good pressing to look good.  The yellow is my favorite of the two.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gingham style

Here is a sneak peak to my aprons.  One for me and one for a friend!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Got another great nephew on the way

So I've been playing around with quilt ideas.  This is the start of one quilt following a Moda Bake Shop pattern called Candy Circles.  

My niece is doing green and black colors and then cute turtles.

Kind of a hard combination to work out.  I have plans of an big appliqué turtle in the center. Or I may just start all over too.

Friday, April 3, 2015

I took Heidi out for a ride today

Heidi is my new Bernina Swiss Ediyion 530.

Made some table runners for the guest room.  First time doing quilt as you go and I liked it!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Free Time!

I'm not working at the moment.  I had to come to town for a meeting and an appointment at the DMV and found some extra time between meetings to stop and get a library card.

I am checking out my two books- one is book 5 in the Outlander series "The Fiery Cross" by Diana Gabaldon and the other is "Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey" by Lillian Schlissel.

So I'm spending a few minutes reading the Diaries and I see this sentence that, to me, clearly levels out what is lacking in today's young people. (Not all mind you but sadly the majority)

"They were young and consumed with boundless confidence, believing the better life tomorrow could be won by the hard work of today."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Do you ever write notes in your cook books?  I bought Hugh Acheson's book 'A New Turn in the South" while at his restaurant Empire State South last week.

Came home and made the braised short ribs with hominy stew for Sunday dinner.

As a kind of post mortem, I write my notes in the book about what I did to save time or ingredient subs, etc. in pencil of course. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quick 15 minute project

I needed a door stop for the front door. Was starting to be embarrassed by the bottle of Whiskey I'd been using.  Found a picture in Pinterest that didn't link back to anywhere but looked simple enough. Luckily, I have a lifetime supply of ground walnut shells to stuff him with for weight.