"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's about time...

This is what I feel like these days.  Between working on gifts for Hanukkah & Christmas...trying to get enough energy to do anything on these cold gloomy NE Ohio December days...and trying to work around kitties...I'm exhausted.  This adorable face is what I saw when Gracie declared that I had worked on quilting for more than long enough and SHE needed attention.

This was the scene just before she came in for that close-up.   You can always tell when she NEEDS something.  What I need is one of Santa's helpers...as long as he knows how to sew.  Or take pix & post stuff for sale in my Etsy shop.  I'd take either talent right about now. 
I'm working on taking pix & posting to Etsy today.  It's a slow process...but maybe you'll come back in a day or two to look.  These cute Santa salt & pepper shakers are for sale now. 
Too bad these guys can't help me sew!  Or maybe they'd play with Gracie & her brothers while I sew...that would work, too.  And if any of you has some extra SUN and heat...that's all I really want for Christmas.  I'm dreaming of a GREEN Christmas.  Palm trees...warm Pacific Ocean breezes...sunshine...NO SNOW...that's what I dream of.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I never get tired of this photo of my Mom carving the turkey one Thanksgiving.  The kitchen is that of my paternal Grandma & Grandpa.  We were always there for Thanksgiving.  I remember the meal being early in the day...probably shortly after noon.  After feasting, the women...and girl cousins...would pack up the leftovers & clean the kitchen...while the men & boys went to the living room to watch football.  Typical 1950s scenario.  Then we'd enjoy some pie for dessert & pull names for the annual Christmas gift exchange.  It was the adults pulling the names...as many as they had kids.  All of us kids had prepared our wish lists, of course, which the adults gave to the appropriate Santa.  Good times.  In the evening we'd go to my Aunt & Uncle's house...that was even more fun as we'd eat & play cards & the adults would enjoy some adult beverages...something that was not allowed at Grandma & Grandpa's.  My Uncle would even let me have a bit of whatever he was drinking...I told you it was even more fun there!
This lovely card was created by Sally & sent my way for Thanksgiving.  We did a little Thanksgiving card exchange, which was lots of fun.  I didn't take a photo of the card I made for her, but she has all her cards posted on her blog.  Thanks, Sally!
Unfortunately we woke today to that dreaded white shit...but not as much as the East coast got.  Phil is celebrating today with his family while I stay home to take care of the cats.  He'll stay with his Mom until Saturday morning, when he'll make the boring ride home.  Nothing scenic about the interstate here...just flat with dead trees...Ohio is an ugly state, especially compared to southern CA.
I'll be here watching football & attempting to eat the nice big shrimp that are chilling in the fridge...hopefully I can peel & eat them without kitty assistance.  Our big turkey dinner will be after Phil gets home.  This year his company gave each of them a turkey...so it will be nicely thawed by Sunday. 
Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Miss you, Mom...

This is my Mom when she was almost 4 years old.  Don't you love that big bow in her hair? 
This is the full photo...and it's hand tinted like this.  That's her brother, my Uncle Ed, with her.  My brother has the framed photo now, because Mom moved in with him & my SIL a few months before she died.
Mom died on this date in 2008.  She outlived my Dad by 20 years, even though she didn't really want to.  When Phil & I first moved to this house...which had been theirs...I didn't sleep much & late at night I'd hear pacing up & down the hallway.  I wasn't living here when my Dad got sick, but Mom told me how when he couldn't sleep, he'd pace the halls.  The night Mom died, the late night pacing stopped...and has never come back.  I figure that was Dad...waiting for Mom to join him.
Miss you, Mom...and Dad, too. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pie Birds

Awhile back, my blogger friend Jann had a post about pie birds.  You can read it here.  When I commented that I also had a collection of pie birds that were my Mom's & Grandma's, Jann said she would love to see them.  This post is for you, Jann.

This blackbird is my favorite...but don't tell the others I said that.  Funny thing is...I don't remember anyone actually baking a pie with these guys inside.  I don't like to bake...unless it's that frozen Marie Callender's Razzleberry pie...yum!  I can't put a pie bird into that because it goes into the oven frozen.  Comes out delicious...even with me baking it.
In case you can't tell...my pie birds live in a corner cabinet with lots of other fun plates & bowls & stuff I've collected over the years.  They seem to like it there.  Oh...and those Laurel & Hardy salt & pepper shakers were Mom's...my Dad loved Laurel & Hardy, so I think of him every time I look at them. 
I'm still hand quilting that gift I can't yet reveal...interesting how hand quilting is so calming...I just sit & quilt...and do my best to keep the kitties off the quilt.  The recipient of this quilt isn't allergic to cats...and I'll wash it before it gets shipped off...so no worries there.
It's way too cold here in NE Ohio...with way too much snow...but I'm happy we're not in Buffalo!   

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Miss you, Dad

My Dad died on this day in 1988.  I still miss him. 
Love you always, Dad.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Something good for Saturday...

This is MUCH better than all that dead white shit from yesterday...although sadly, it's still out there.  A girl can dream that she'll wake up back in Southern CA again...and I dream that every night.

This pretty jelly roll is my birthday gift from Phil this year.  He knew it was just what I wanted since when Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Co. had it as her Daily Deal, I asked him to order it for me!  The fabric is called Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda.  The link takes you to MO Star where you can get one of your own.  I won't be opening it until after the holidays when gifts are finished & given...but it will be a fun winter project.  Lots of soft, pretty colors to make me try to forget the dead landscape outside. 
Here's the start of the jelly roll...which is 2.5" strips of fabric just waiting to be sewn together.  I love the colors in this collection...a pretty warm ivory goes to pinks & roses...then you see just the first hint of the turquoise...
...and the turquoise goes deeper then merges into a yummy cocoa color...
...and ends up with a luscious chocolate brown.  I've always loved turquoise & brown together...and adding in the ivory & rose pinks sure makes this a favorite collection.  I'm late to the party, but I want to make one of those Jelly Roll Race quilt tops...probably this one
I think it will be a great way to showcase the collection.  It's funny that I fell I love with this collection, because I have fabric for another quilt top & the fabric is also by Sandy Gervais. It's called Chance of Flowers & is the prettiest yellow, aqua, coral, ivory & green. 
Now...sewing a super long strip of fabric with 3 playful kitties who want to "help" will be my biggest challenge.  I'll post an update when I get that far. 
I'll still be hand piecing my Grandmother's Flower Garden & my Tumbler quilt...but this will be a quick machine project to mix it up a bit.  I plan to sew & quilt a lot to get me through the next 6 months with some shred of my sanity left.
Have a great weekend...you'll know where to find me...indoors.  Oh...and a helpful hint...some Kahlua with half & half can warm up a cold gloomy day.  Worked for me yesterday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The biggest reason I hate Ohio...

Woke up to this shit today...and it's STILL coming down.  The news last night said a trace to an inch of the shit...shows what they know.

The Zombie flamingos are covered in the shit...time to bring them inside.  Oh...it's only 26 out there...no way can I go outside AND breathe...so I'm most likely a prisoner in my house for the next 5-6 months.  OHIO SUCKS!!!
The leaves aren't even all off of the trees.  Everything outside looks dead.  My soul has died here.
I fed the kitties...I'm going back to bed.  I wish I could just sleep until the SPRING!  I'll warn you...it's WHINING time here...it lasts until all this shit is gone & temps are in the 50s to 60s.  There is not one good thing for me to say about this shit...I HATE IT!!!