Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Quick Mother-Daughter Weekend

Last week was crazy at work but a quiet week all the same. Didn't do a thing all week after work. Can you believe it?

This past weekend was a Mother-Daughter bonding weekend. Even before David went off shore he had decided that Pamela and I should make it a girls weekend. Who were we to argue. 
Friday I went to see my favorite hair tech Brittany so she could trim and put some low lites in my hair. 
She knew I was headed out of town for a wedding so she took extra time to curl it. 
She did a great job but the Texas humidity won. I got this one picture and by the time I made my last trip out to the car with my bag my hair had just a little bit of curl left.

Bags, car and dog all packed up and ready to take off for Bryan.

Got to Bryan in time to drop off Dexter at Pamela's apartment and grab her to run some errands before we head to Ft Worth Saturday. 

Now Sophie has been a bad puppy lately so she had 
to go in her crate but Dexter was allowed to roam 
Pamela's apartment. 
Well when we got back this is what Pamela found. How sweet. Dexter found his way into Pamela's bedroom and laid next to his sissy. That doesn't happen often. Sophie is usually able to drive Dexter crazy
Poor little guy is deaf and his sight is fading quickly and I'm worried he may be fading too. He's 17 not 18 until this October but either way his age is catching up to him I'm afraid.

Saturday morning we got up and dropped the pooches off at the kennel for the night while we went to Ft Worth for 2 events. Pamela had a Bridal Shower at 2 and we both had a wedding to attend at 6.
I got Pamela to the shower in plenty of time, in fact we beat the Bride to Be.
I didn't stay at the shower even though I could have because instead I met up with my friend Linda from Linda's Life Journal
I met her at her daughter Amber's(the Quad Mom) party one Christmas almost maybe 4-5 years ago and we hit it off right away. When she was staying in Houston to be with Amber in the hospital waiting for the birth of the quads she and I got together at least once. Timing was always complicated by our busy schedules. I'm so lucky to have met her. She is a little ball of fire and such an awesome person. She and the husband are always working on a project. And she's a talented painter, crafter and a great deal finder at Goodwill. LOL. Our only problem is she lives in Ft Worth area and I'm down here in Tomball. Anyway this trip gave me an opportunity to meet up with her at Star Bucks for a quick visit. Time flew by and I had to find my way back to the shower where I left Pamela. 
I was kinda late getting back due to road construction everywhere which made us rush once we got back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding that started at 6pm.

The wedding was for a high school friend of Pamela's. Okay so I had my camera ready to take pictures of the beautiful Bride Lisa but I quickly found out my battery was dead and I didn't have an extra. Some how I had apparently hit the switch and turned on my camera and ran down the battery. 
That was smart! NOT! Well at least Pamela 
snapped a picture of the two of us with her cell phone at the beginning of the reception.

The wedding was outside and the weather couldn't have been better. It was actually pleasant out. It was like 76 degrees and there was a light breeze.  
Pamela and I wish Lisa and Garrett a lifetime of happiness.

We had fun all weekend. Quality time with the kid.

Well until next blog..... A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend~

Friday, July 18, 2014

5 days of Fun and Quilt Shops

WARNING Picture heavy and lots of news
One of my friends commented that she just knew David and I were probably doing something fun on the 4th of July. I cannot lie and I will disappoint you with answer...We hung out around the house. David was busy trying to get everything around the house done so he could leave town Monday an not worry about leaving things undone. David is hanging out in the middle of the gulf now. He'll be home next Tuesday. He's living on a boat in a room with 3 other guys and they're sleeping in bunk beds. The first week he got the top bunk. Not a good place for an old guy with bad knees and ankles. Okay he's not so old but after a full day of climbing the stairs and ladders on the rig he's feeling the pain. He's there to supervise and help with the rig start up. It's kinda quiet around here. He's been there for 12 days now and won't be home for another 5 days.
 As the saying goes while the Papa Cat is away Momma Mouse went out to play.  Wednesday night the 9th a co-work and a friend joined me at Main Street Crossing to see Jesse Dayton play. He's my favorite Texas rockabilly. He brought along his bass player Chris and his drummer Eric. They put on an awesome show. 

Samara and Rosie are now fans of Jesse Dayton.

Jesse took a selfie of all of us.

Thanks Samara and Rosie for joining me and buying drinks. Yes ladies and gents they tried to get me drunk. I did say tried. I screwed up by not mentioning this outing to another co-worker of mine and Samara's. Ashley won't let me off the hook for that one. 
I promise I won't do that again. See where assuming that she wouldn't go since she's a Mommy of the cutest little 4 month old named Aria. Aria is the spitting image of her Mommy.

What'cha think? Or and the attitude they match too.  Love you Ashley.

Thursday night Ashley, her husband, another co-work Cassie, her husband, and Samara came over after work for beer and pizza. 
We sat outside for a while but we were going to play a game called "Cards against Humanity" but the wind would have blown all the cards off the table. So we went inside about the same time the pizza showed up. Now this game is not for those who are easily offended. It's a crazy crazy game. We laughed all night. Obviously I'm not easily offended.
Friday afternoon I headed toward Bryan for a 2 day bus trip.
 This past Saturday and Sunday I jumped on a bus for the Quilters Quest Bus Trip. On these 2 days the bus travels and stops at 6 different shops. Well 7 when you count the one we start and finish at. I started at the Lone Star Quiltworks in Bryan. You can click on shop name and it will take you to shop website.
By going up Friday I got visit with my daughter and spend the night with her.

Meet our Bus Mom --Kathy. She made sure we stayed on schedule and made it to each shop with plenty of time to drool, touch and imagine this...spend money.                             Shop owner Terry stayed at the shop this year. She made sure Kathy had snacks, games, prizes and drinks for the trip to keep all us ladies happy.
Terry supplied us with this really cool canvas shopping bag. What happens on the bus trip almost stays with the bus trip.
So I won't tell you if my bag is full or empty well okay so maybe it did have some goodies in it. Plus I won't tell how some of my co-hearts on the bus filled this bag and others and were over flowing. Oops I guess I just told you that but since the husbands won't be reading this it don't matter. Mine might but it's okay because I went on this trip with a cash budget and stayed on it. I even came home with a few dollars in my wallet. 
Meet my roomie for this trip. I met Sandy on the 2012 trip and the rest is history. You'll see her in pictures at my retreat.       This trip I recognized several other women from the 2012 trip and one in particular. Her name was Sharon. I had lost her email and couldn't contact her and there was no bus trip in 2013 but luckily she was on this trip. 
 Meet Sharon. She has personality plus. She's fun and she lives about 5 miles from me.
Hopefully we can get together once in a while. I got her email address and put it in my phone this time.

On Saturday we went to
Tomorrow's Quilts in Waco where they had snack, drinks and quick demo on a table runner. They also played a game where you find a number that has been taped to the floor and stand on it. You will a prize if they call your number. The ladies were most gracious and helpful.
Then we head off to Valli & Kim in Dripping Springs who fed us lunch. Oh wow this picture doesn't do the shop justice but the colors hit you in the face. Now I want a quilt space like this where I can hang quilts from the rafters. Too cool.

And this young lady had a bright smile and was ready to cut however much fabric you like.

And it's off to our final quilt shop for the day. One Quilt Place in Fredericksburg. 
This is Beverly the One Quilt Place shop owner. She has a cottage retreat that holds four quilters comfortable and a key to the studio to sew away.
We ended the evening by having dinner at the Pecan Brewery and a good night sleep at the Best Western in Johnson City. What a fun day! So much color and texture and new shops.

Wait where's mine?
mmm a quilter who knows how to relax after a long day. 

Nope I won't spill the bean on who this is.

On Sunday we started off at The Uptown Textile Studio in Blanco. This is the shop owner Andrea. She had a table with snacks and drinks plus a photographer to take your picture

Bus Mom Kathy jumped in and got her photo taken.

I had to get a picture of the photographer Helen

because like me she's always behind the camera and not in the pictures. She's very photogenic and nice to visit with.
This shop was full of fabric that no one could resist. 

This rocking chair of purple made me think of Sandy and my friend Donna M. She loves purple! Maybe one day she can join us on this bus trip.

Then we headed to The Scrappy Quilter

in Schertz, TX where they had a demo of some rulers for the perfect half square triangle of which I couldn't pass up. It was a cute little shop with some energetic ladies. They fed us a yummy Schlotzky's box lunch. It was a small shop but they packed it with lots of fabric and tool choices.
Our final stop of the day was Poppy Quilt N Sew in Georgetown. This picture is from 2012. Had a great selection of western fabric and blue bonnets. I think I was getting tired and didn't get a picture while at this shop. 
If you want to look at all the pictures I took on this trip click HERE.

Dad's status: He's walking, driving and my little sister reports he's awake more than he sleeps now. He's on his 2nd round of chemo and the doctor is please with his progress. He has another biopsy soon and on the 31st of this month they decide the next phase of his treatment. Jerri Lynn also reports that Dad's labs are great except for his platelets that dropped from 138,000 to 33,000 from last week. So he needs to be real careful of infection and wear that darn mask. 
 Jerri Lynn shared this picture of our dad and her youngest Josiah just chillin. I can't get over how good our Dad looks. All smiles.
Like my little sister I have to believe that all your prayers have helped keep him in our lives on this earth another day. Last week I talked with my Dad and as I said Good-bye and said I'd give him a call later he said "That's good I'll still be around" We both laughed and I said good he better be.

More adventures to share soon.
So until next blog....Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever...
~Isak Dinesen~

Monday, July 7, 2014

A little of this and that

I'll start my blog with a picture of my beautiful niece Emily from Missouri. My Tiny Dancer well she also does other competitions like the Princess of America Pageant.
I saved this picture from my sisters facebook post. 
This little gal has a heart of gold and has attitude but it's all good.

Had to share this picture of her. 

Remember our barn swallows....well David got in and cleaned off the speakers but everyday for about 15 days those little buggers would start rebuilding their next. Every evening David would come home and clean off the speakers. He finally got tired of cleaning off the speakers and just took the speakers down. Guess what that didn't matter. LOL For another 2 weeks the those crazy persistant birds would build the nest on the side of the wall where the speakers were. And for another 2 weeks David would come home and clean off the nest. I think David is winning. They keep flying around but haven't attempted to rebuild lately.

We have a lunch bunch at work. We always eat lunch together and ever so often we decide to have a potluck lunch. Sometimes it has a theme and sometimes it's bring whatever you want. Thursday was one of those bring whatever you want. We always have too much food but it's all always so good and Thursday was no different. Well I tried a new recipe that my friend Linda on Linda's Life Journal posted on her blog called "Gone to Church".  I had to make a few changes to accommodate cooking it in a crock pot. Her recipe called for baking the stew meat mixture for 3-4 hours that you would then pour over wide egg noodles but this girl didn't have that much time so I emailed her asking if she thought it would work in a crock pot and she said sure go for it. The recipe was simple and was like a beef stroganoff. My lunch bunch became my guinea pigs. So in the pot I threw 4# stew meat, 2 large cans cream of mushroom soup, 1 package of Lipton onion soup mix per Linda's recipe. I added a small can of peas and seasoned with salt, pepper and a steak seasoning we use. I cooked it for 6 hours on low and 2 hours on high in the crock pot. Probably would have been fine if I'd just cooked it on low for 8 hours.  I think when baked it would absorb the juices from the meat but in the crock pot the juices from the meat made the mixture to liquidy so I added another large can of soup. Ahh much better and for the sake of speed instead of pouring the mixture over the noodles I added the noodles directly to the crock pot. 
Here's a picture of my attempt at Linda's recipe.  mmm it's way tastier than what this picture makes it look. 
The Lunch Bunch said they like it and I served some of the leftovers to David that night. Wow he loved it. That sealed the deal I'll make it again.
So Thank you Thank you Linda.  I need to try more of your recipes. Now I know what I'll be serving  at my next pokeno gathering possibly.

David came home the other night and found the prettiest butterfly on the driveway. Not sure what happened but it couldn't fly away. It was beautiful! 
I identified it as a male Black Swallowtail. What is it around here with swallows. First barn swallows and now Black Swallowtails. At least this pretty guy won't be making a huge mess like the barn swallows. I hope we see more of these guys.

Not much progress on my Project list but I hope to remedy that soon.

My project list to work on
Quad quilt #2 top complete, quilted, binding  mailed
2013 taxes yippee
Quad quilt #3 top being quilted mailed and received
Quad quilt #4 - cut out, started piecing
my last 2 handmade items from a Facebook post. Did 3 but have 2 more to create
Carolyn's quilt top complete  quilted, binding mailed
Jaxon's quilt
Sandy's quilt
Flag quilt
Pamela's quilt
Pamela's tshirt quilt
Nickie's Tshirt quilt
postcards are an ongoing project
A tool pouch for David's motorcycle
Allan's quilt
phi mu auction quilt
valence for den
valence for dining room
valence for breakfast room
create more bookmarkers
create some mug rugs
new pillow covering for pam - 2
pillow cases for guest room
valence for master bath
hobo quilt
Bible Quilt
open a pattern I bought and actually make it.
start reading again

So until Next Blog... Be safe and Be happy

Friday, July 4, 2014