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Sometimes People Surprise You

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February 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

Spring is coming

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The first flowers of spring, so bright and colorful are blooming in Florida.  The first is a spectacular tree, my favorite color.  What surprises me is that the flower appears before a single leaf. DSCN3066 If a tree blooming in my favorite color is wonderful, picture a pink tree doing the almost the same thing. (Leaves are actually starting to sprout on this.) DSCN3072In full disclosure, none of these pictures are from my garden.  In fact, I don’t know what they are, and I forgot to ask my native friends the names of the above trees.

And…on my way to Judy’s to sew today, I HAD to stop to take a picture of this Angel Trumpet. I’ve successfully grown yellow Angels, but not pink. While taking the picture, Rusty, the owner of the house waved me over.  He introduced himself, and asked if I would like a piece of the plant.  Aren’t gardeners special?  DSCN3069Rusty had the first Amaryllis I’ve seen blooming this year.
DSCN3070There is hope for the frozen North.

PS I’m glad The Voice looks (sounds) to be good this season.  Neil and I accidentally saw part of American Idol and were not impressed.

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February 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Posted in Bev, Flowers

The Voice

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I think I’m going to watch The Voice this season . . . how amazing are these two performances?!

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February 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

N(ot) Q(uilt) R(elated)

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Yes, that’s another quilting acronym.  In an effort to broaden my pinterest perspectives, I follow a board that has dogs in funny situations and Boston Terriers. I hope you enjoy …(I always think of Shannon, Sebastian, Harper and Miller when I see Pugs.)Sun1 Are you laughing yet?  If only we had facebook when you were dressing Chip,Putt and Butterscotch in clothes.sun8 Sun2 When you advance from walking dogs….sun7 Some creatures know how to relax.sun5 Can you imagine this many Eagles in one house??????
Sun4 This is a bed and breakfast.

Sun6 Puppies are almost(not nearly) as cute as grandsons.

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February 23, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Posted in Bev, Pets

Dream House

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Have you seen pictures of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s house in LA?!  OMG . . .

The full article can be found here (of course the house is fully sustainable and they have an amazing fruit and veggie garden and hen-house and live in Brentwood . . . which is my dream).

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February 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

W(orks) I(n) P(rocess)

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You might think I am the only quilter who has more than one project going at one time, you would be wrong.  We have so many quilts in various stages that we might be the queens of acronyms. How many ways can you say UFO (Unfinished object)

PHD – Project Half Done
PIGS – Projects In Grocery Sacks
PIM – Project In Mind
PIP – Project In Progress
PIT – Project In Tote
PIW – Project In Waiting
QFH – Quilt From Hell
QUIMM – Quilt In My Mind

When not quilting other people’s finished quilt tops, I’m working on a few of my own creative expressions of fabric beauty.  This is a pattern that several of us are working on at Judy’s.DSCN3046 This is my first block- untrimmed and without the applique.  I am in LOVE with this! Isn’t it surprising that I like this quiet, soft color combination?DSCN3036 (2) Don’t think I’ve gone to the dark side, here is progress on My Dear Jane. One of the quilting acronyms is P(roject) H(alf) D(one.)  I prefer to say that this quilt is actually the real Ph.D. of quilting. DSCN3038There are a few quilts that most hard-core quilters have on their bucket list.  Welcome to the North Pole is one of those quilts.  Cindy made this absolutely adorable version. She is going to take on the challenge of making another one, coaching the rest of the Tuesday group to complete our own.  The details don’t show…there are buttons, sequins, beads, trim, etc. COVERING this quilt.DSCN3035

Dara,the pictures of your family enjoying a weekend in NYC just made me grin.  You, your husband and son looked so happy spending time together. I believe my grandson is part fish.




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February 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Posted in Bev, Quilts

Presidents Weekend In Brooklyn

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Mike and I used to live for fun trips on long weekends . . . always trying to squeeze every single second out of them to go to a new island . . . or go skiing . . . or site seeing . . . or visiting friends.  We were supposed to go to Loon skiing this weekend with the Conn’s but with all the travel issues I had last week, the distance we would have had to drive with a four-month old (7 HOURS!) . . . and the fact that the temperature was supposed to be below zero the entire weekend kept us home.

I did A LOT of this (snuggling with my little guy) . . .

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We had some first this weekend . . . first swim lesson at Aqua Beba.

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Listen to this kid.

I knew he was going to like it because he loves bath time! (if you watch this turn your volume off – my voice is annoying!)

He also sat up on his own for the first time (for only a few seconds, but still!)

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He went to Queens for the first time to see the Socrates Sculpture Park.

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and he actually drove for the first time! (I know, very advanced)

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We went on a bunch of walks . . .

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And watched Captain Phillips (VERY good – I don’t get out much these days though so I may not be the best judge) . . . and gave Chetter a bath . . . and went to the gym every day . . . and made nice healthy meals and watched the Olympics.

So yeah . . . wasn’t a fun filled travel adventure . . . as our President’s Day weekends usually were . . . but it was one of the best long weekends I’ve had in a while.  Hope you had a good one!

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February 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm