Saturday, June 23, 2018

Quick pick

Quick post.  Here is the churn dash before borders.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Day 2 of Summer Feels Like Spring

Today has been better, weather wise, than the past few weeks.  The high was only supposed to get into the 70's, which is a real nice change from the 90's we have seen lately.  I'll take it!

Thanks to everyone who posted in the comments.  I, along with my family, appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.  Don't really want to get into it too much right now.  Hard to talk about, so please bear with me.

Anyway...  Last night I changed the crochet square that has the little balls on it to a simple v stitch block.  Three out of three people did not like the little balls, so I figured since I wasn't that nuts about it either, I would change it up.  That color scheme of gold, green, russet, and beige is for Nick's afghan.  Johanna's squares are already crocheted, but not put together yet.  Her's are made up of two different greys and a country blue color.  I haven't decided if I will sew the squares together or crochet them together.

Mary and I will be going back to Mattoon in a little over a month.  I am determined to have a project cut and ready to sew for our weekend retreat.  Thinking of a pattern I saw with snowball blocks called Pretty Posies (at least I think that was the name).

Dinner last night was extremely boring.  I didn't want to cook, so we just had tuna fish sandwiches!  Hey, it's better than nothing, right?  haha.

Want to fill you in on my air fryer saga.  Yes, it has been a saga.  Argh.  A year and a half ago I got a Go Wise brand air fryer and fell in love with it.  I used that thing constatly.  Then one day, out of the blue, it quit working.  I was not happy.  I called Go Wise and they agreed to replace it, IF I paid the shipping.  Well, okay, shipping was $33, but I figured I couldn't get a new one for that price so I sent the old one back and waited, rather impatiently, for the new one to arrive.  When it did, I immediately TRIED to use it.  It did not work.  Hmmm.  Okay, I thought maybe it was just a fluke so I tried something else a day or two later.  Nope, not working right.  Tried a third thing with same bad results.  Called Go Wise and asked if they had sent a refurbished unit, or what.  Nope, they said it was new.  After much back and forth they offered to replace it if I again would pay for shipping.

Nope, not going that route.  Not throwing good money after bad.  I thought I was just going to be air fryer free, but then one Sunday morning I turned on the t.v.  There, in all it's infomercial glory was the POWER AIR FRYER OVEN!  It could air fry, it had a rotisserie, it had a basket, it could dehydrate, it had a mesh cylinder, it had mesh racks, it had skewers, it could do the laundry and the dishes.  Well, maybe not those last two, but let me tell you, that salesman on t.v. could have convinced me of it if he wanted to, he was that good.  You know I ordered it, right?  Yup, I sure did. 

And I am very happy with it!

If you have an air fryer and it's collecting dust in a pantry, do yourself a favor and dig it out.  Make some two ingredient bagels in it.  They are my current favorites.  Equal amounts of self rising flour and plain greek yogurt form the dough.  work it into sections, forming ropes then rings.  Brush with egg whites on top if you want, and top with poppy seeds or whatever you like - again, all according to your preference.  Bake in air fryer on 375 deg for around 13 minutes.  That's it!  Yummy yummy yummy.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

First Day of Summer

Been out of the loop for a while now.  Not sure if I can keep up still but going to try. 

I hardly quilted at all last year.   Our family has been going through a rough time.  Our son's addiction has greatly affected all of us. I turned inward. Had a hard time just getting through the day. Blogging was more of a chore than something I enjoyed. But now I'm going to try again.

Rained last night again.  I have flowers planted again this year so the rain was welcome.   Planted some Hyacinth Bean seeds along the fence.  Sure hope they flower this year.   Last year all I  got was vines.

Went on a weekend retreat at the beginning of the month with Mary and Marla.   We rented a room in Mattoon and sewed like crazy.  We also visited Arthur and the Amish shops.   I worked on the Christmas Churn Dash top.  All the rows are seen together.  Need to add a border and it will be ready for the frame.

I have Johanna's wedding quilt in the frame now.   Yes,  I know it's late. 

Been doing a lot of crocheting lately.   That seems to take up my time in the evening while watching t. v.  With Ev.  Making squares for afghans.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Super busy with wedding stuff and Swagbucks link

2 weddings within 3 weeks of each other!  Wow, this is nuts.  I have been pulling my hair out trying to keep organized about who I have called for who's wedding.  Both kids having ceremonies within three weeks of each other is madness.  But once it's done, it is done!  I hope to get more into the blog again then.

In the meantime, there is a website I have found that you can earn points and get free gift cards to Amazon and Pay Pal, among other places.  It's called Swagbucks.  Please take a look at it and sign up if you are interested through the following link.  I get points if you do!

Thanks for being patient and waiting for me to have time to post on the blog again.  I am still alive and kicking.  Just busy, busy, busy!  Now, how much beer do we need for Nick's wedding?  Oh and did the minister call back for Johanna's?  What about the caterer?  And .......  sigh!

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Yesterday we ended up going to see the progress on Johanna and Ben's house.  It's really coming along nicely.  They have been putting walls up inside and staining the wood.

After the grand tour, we all went out for pizza.  When I got home I planted the last few flowers for outside.  Taking a break from that for a while!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Miscellaneous update

Have been busy at home and at work this month.  Not much sewing, but I have painted a lot of pots for flowers.  Have planted a lot of flowers so my front yard is full of color.  Down to the last couple of pots for outside now, so that project is slowing down.  I do have some small pots to paint whenever I want to.  They can be filled with almost anything.  I'm thinking about some tiny succulents for them.

We have taken the boat out a couple times and really enjoyed it.  I think we are going to have a lot of fun on it this summer.  Still a possibility of Ev going back to second shift at some point, but hopefully it doesn't happen, and if it does, let's hope boating season is done.

Monday, May 15, 2017

I've been a bad Blogger

Sorry that I haven't kept up with the blog like I had in the past.  We have been busy at home in the evenings and on the weekends.  I haven't gotten any sewing done since getting home from Paducah, and to be honest, didn't do much before I left for Paducah!  My new passion seems to be painting on flower pots and planting flowers.

I do have to get busy on Nick and Olivia's wedding quilt.  Their wedding is in August and all I have done is pick out fabrics and a pattern so far.

We did end up with a new purchase.  Well, not really new, but new to us.  We bought a boat!  It's a 24' pontoon boat with a 115hp engine.  It's a 1999 model, but was kept in pristine condition.  Ev is over the moon about it.  We have not gotten it out on the water yet.  Just picked it up over the weekend.

The gentleman that we bought it from is a neighbor of Ben and Johanna's.  Nice guy.  His wife passed away and he is selling a few things.  We were very fortunate to get it at a great price.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

30 Years Ago

Today is my and my hubby's wedding anniversary.  We have been married for 30 years!  Woohoo!  I am one very blessed woman.

Got back from Paducah Saturday afternoon.  Luckily, we missed most of the storms and flooding.  Got home before the worst of it hit.

The trip was fantastic, again.  Loved every minute of it.  Mary, Marla, Sandy and I got down there Wednesday afternoon.  We hit the ground running.  Went to Hancock's of Paducah right away.  Bought lots of goodies!  I picked up a few layer cakes that were in the back room.  I have a cool pattern that I like that uses a layer cake and I would like to make more of that pattern.

After our initial shopping spree we went to dinner at Rafferty's.  I had an excellent steak and salad.  On the way back to the hotel in Metropolis, IL the weather was a bit dicey.  Had quite a rain storm with the wind blowing quite a bit.  We just missed getting soaked by it, as we were seated on the patio.  Had a good laugh over that.

Thursday we started out at the convention center and moved our way through to the pavilion.  We also hit a couple of small shops outside of the actual show, that turned out to be pretty cool.  I saw Dusty Farrel again and this time I bought a set of his longarm rulers.  Really excited about trying them.

Thursday night we went to a community theater in Paducah and saw a play called "Exit Laughing".  Really cute and comfortable atmosphere.

Friday was more shopping and eating.  All in all, another satisfying trip to the show!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One more week

One more week til we go to Paducah!  I'm ready mentally, even if I'm not all packed.  Looks like it will be Mary, Marla, Sandy and I.  Look out world, here we come!  haha.

Haven't been sewing much.  Have planted a lot of outside flowers.  Will put some pics up soon.

Sorry I haven't kept up with the blog this month.  Just taking a break.  Will get back to regular posts soon.  Hang in there!  :)