Wednesday, October 31, 2012


A slow day today. Seems I got distracted by a nice, long nap! I thought I'd rest for about an hour, but ... 4 hours later, I finally woke up. I love naps; they're one of life's most decadent pleasures.

I got all the goodie bags ready for the kiddies, then did manage to get some sewing in. I got the half-square triangle and 9-patch blocks done for the design-your-own quilt.
I also got another block for the donation quilt done - just one more to go - and more Safari blocks (but I forgot to take a pic).

I didn't even have to cook today because I had leftovers from last night's dinner, so see? It really was a slow day! And - when I shut off the light to let the trick-or-treaters know I was "closed", I still had as many goodie bags as I started with. Yep - not one kiddo tonight.  Another sad thing about the times we live in. I think this may be the last year I do goodies.

Here are a few more pics from the Paris/Florence trip

The Louvre
 Hey Venus, oh Venus make my dreams come true
The duomo in Siena
 Spectacular manuscripts! (inside the duomo)
 Floors (still the duomo)
 Ceilings - yep, duomo

 We had lunch at an organic farm in the Chianti region. The grape harvest was still in process. Wine on the vine!

 Two views from the farm

Yes indeed, the cheesy tourist photo, holding up the tower. I wasn't getting on the posts, though. (Don't look now, but I think all the pasta and gelato is showing! :)
 Also in Pisa, right next to the tower. I saw quilt block patterns EVERYWHERE

No much to say, but another day of retirement is always a good day.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It was a good day

I sure did get a lot of STUFF done today. The last week has been pretty productive, come to think of it.

For starters, there are the charity quilts I'm doing for our guild. Did I pick up one kit? Two? Noooooooo. I had to pick up FIVE! They are Jelly Roll Race/1600/Potato Chip quilts,

so they're easy to sew, but they look really awful without borders. (This one looks pretty awful even WITH the border! Maybe I'll add some yellow fused stars.) At least that's my opinion. So - all the tops are made (my friend Nelda sewed one for me), borders are on 3 of them, and the borders are cut for the other two. The bindings for all are also cut. I want to turn these in to go to the next guildie, who will quilt them, at our meeting next week.

While checking my stash for borders for those JRRs, I ran across 2 other almost-tops that I picked up at a quilt sale function to also turn into charity quilts. I got those borders/bindings cut as well and maybe I'll also be able to get those done by the meeting. (I'll tell you a secret: I'm thinking about keeping them & going ahead & quilting them myself, but don't tell anyone else.)

These are some of the blocks for our guild's 2013 donation quilt:

I'm doing 8 of these blocks (they go pretty quick), and got a few more done today. I have 6 made - should be easy to finish the other two by the meeting. There's a star block that will alternate with these blocks: the quilt is gonna be great!

I got some more Safari blocks done today, as well:

These are also easy-peasy. I guess I shouldn't call them a block YET (4 of these littles will be put together to make a big): I guess they're still just block parts. At any rate, I got more of them done. 

I'm also working on old projects that have been cut and ready to sew for who-knows-how-many-years. (Hey, I really PLANNED for my retirement!!) These are blocks for a design-your-own quilt from a M'liss Rae Hawley book. 

I'm working on the blocks a little at a time so I don't get bored. Won't it be fun to see how these turn out? I still have about 4 other blocks to make for this "mystery". Oh, and of course there's not just ONE "kit" cut - there are three. Honestly, I never seem to be able to do just ONE of anything; it's a personality defect.

So, you can see it was a productive day! Yay!  Here are a few random pics just to show what I've been up to lately:

Earlier this month, the three travelers (I'm in the middle) headed across the pond to Paris and Florence for 12 days. We ended up being there 13 days because we missed a connection & had to spend an extra night in Paris (oh darn) on the way home.

This is one of the many pics I took from the top of ....

....this.  Gorgeous view, huh?

Here's just a few of the things offered in the central market in Florence

Porcini mushrooms (I brought home 3 bags!)

Pasta of ever shape and color imaginable (I brought home penis pasta for Nelda)

More meat. Prosciutto:yum!

Parts of critters I never wanted to know about, much less see

I loved the trip, but was glad to get home and do a little sewing. I made a bunch of these sweet blocks.


I also made Ann Burrell's Bolognese sauce, but added one of those bags of porcini mushrooms. It's very yum!

Then I spent a long weekend at beautiful Epworth-by-the-Sea (St. Simon's Island, Georgia) with the Camden Quilt Guild. It's beautiful here.

So that's what I've been up to. I'll post some more random pics of France and Italy over the next few weeks since I didn't bother to blog while I was there!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Aimless writing

How remiss I have been in posting! Not because I'm bored with blogging - I was just bored with what I was blogging about. (OK, not the travel part. But I didn't do ANY posts about my trip to Paris and Florence ... what the hey?)

Anyway I've been thinking about the blog a LOT and it's going to go through a metamorphosis. I'm not quite sure what it will turn into yet, but it's going to be different. I DO miss blogging, and I do want a place for keeping track of what I get done. It won't be any more informative than in the past (as far as "how to": I don't do that), but it will at least be a place for me to journal what I've done.

I seem to be settling into some kind of retirement routine, which is necessary. An unending sense of no direction isn't healthy. I also think the wanderlust has quelled a bit since the Europe trip; I'm ready to stay home for awhile (or at least not take off on a 6-month trip like I was seriously planning for). Who knows? We'll see what tomorrow brings, but I'm quite pleased to be settling in. For now.

Walking continues - 7 miles a day (most days). I've met so many people (fellow walkers)! It's great to see familiar faces each day and get to know them. I'm also thinking I'll join a book club. I miss reading. As always, there's so much to do and not nearly enough hours! Sure beats being bored, though.

I wonder what the day will bring?