Monday, October 31, 2011


Halloween is a time for the children in our neighborhood to get dressed up as their favorite character and then go from door to door to collect candy. A parent or two to walk them around, maybe an older sibling. With luck, they get home and the parents will make sure that all the candy they've collected is doled out in small amounts over the next few weeks. That way their dentist won't have much to do.

We had some trick or treat little persons come to our door. But the most surprising visitor was a kitten who managed to come into the house. Cute little tyke, but where both of us have allergies, it's not a good pet for either of us. So, the kitten was put back outside in the hopes it would find its way home.

I leave you with a picture that my friend and I took when we went to a bed & breakfast for a weekend. It happened to be in October near Halloween and the yards and the trees were decorated. Enjoy! Some how, I think she had a small mishap.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blogs are funny things

Blogs can be funny and they can be entertaining. They can also cause mind blocks!  I started my blog and did real well the first few days. Then I ran into a mind block - I couldn't think of a thing to put out here for people to read. I suppose it was because I was so tired from having attended California Grand Chapter in Fresno last week.

I had a good time and got to see a lot of my friends from around the state. I was busy almost every hour of the day and part of the evenings as well. I went to all the sessions where we voted on legislation. We even got out early twice which was way better than last year when we had to go back after our State Dinners. I went to my 2013 State Dinner and I went to see the 2012 Grand Family be installed in their offices for the next year.

When I came back from my trip, I had to get caught up at work. That took me until Wednesday of this past week. Life goes on, but works waits when you take a vacation. Oh, well.

I'm off to the land of nod, otherwise known as bedtime. More another time!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quilt stores around the state

Quilt stores can vary in what they have, the fabrics they carry, the patterns and books they stock. Today I stopped at one and found several patterns that I've been looking for and a book that I've had my eye on for almost 2 years. Then when I checked out and paid for my purchase I was told I qualified for 3 1/2 free yards of fabric. So, I had to go back and find some fabric. What a crying shame :)).

I picked up 2 yards of a gorgeous turquoise dot and 1 1/2 of Kona Black. The first I'm going to use for a blouse, the second for when I need black to applique something.

Tonight I will work on a couple of projects while waiting for the World Series game 1 to be over. Maybe tomorrow I can put in another picture of one of my finished quilts. Depends on how much time I have.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Vacations are for fun. I've visited 42 U.S. States, 4 Canadian Provinces, and Mexico. My goal is to visit the eight U.S. States I have yet to be in. I figure it will take me 3 trips. I can do the 6 in the northeast in one trip since they are small and close together. The other two I have yet to decide which will be first. For those who wish to know I have not yet been in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan or Nebraska.. Got any ideas on what would be good to see in the last two? My husband isn't in a big hurry to see them again. Says he didn't lose anything there and can't think of a good reason to go back.

I'm ready to head out at any time but like most people in today's economy, the budget doesn't allow for long trips. Guess I'll have to put it off until later. I would like to visit Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Sweden, Denmark and the balance of the Canadian Provinces that I have yet to be in.

Well, I think this is it for tonight. God Bless and keep all well.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Quilt I have Shown Before

Tonight I will show you a quilt I put in our last quilt show, 2009. It is one that I started as a block of the month mystery and had I known what I was getting into, would not have signed up. It took me several years to finish but I have to say I really like it and it would have to be a very special person and a very special price that would tempt me to sell it.
It's called My Journey to County Clare and the pattern is by Jinny Beyer. I fell in love with the fabrics and I still love this quilt. It it a testimony to my perseverance that it got done. I won't be doing this pattern again any time soon. Maybe like never?!?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Some tidbits

I thought for my second post I'd share a little bit about me. I'm interested in quilting, counted cross stitch and reading. I belong to my local quilt guild. I am a 30+year member of Eastern Star and I'm going to be installed as Associate Matron of my chapter in November.

One of my favorite pieces of counted cross stitch is a piece called Enchantment by Kustom Krafts. I finished the piece but have not yet framed it. Hope you like it!

I hope to get it framed this next year. Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Adventure Starts

I've done it! I've started a blog. Now what? Guess we'll learn how together. Stay tuned for updates on where I've been and what I've been doing.