Thursday, November 22, 2012


First - Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends out there!  I hope you enjoy your day/days/weekend with your family and friends!

Why ‘Quickly’ you may wonder…

Well it’s because the little boy (16 mo. old grandson) may just wake up from his nap… which is what he does every time I try to do something… anything… everything… which is why my house is a wreck… LOL

But he has redeeming qualities… after he woke at 4:30 this morning for a dry diaper – he didn’t want to go back to his bed so I scooped him up and he snuggled in with me and fell back to sleep.  I felt him stir about 6:30 am – he raised himself up and looked around and then leaned over and kissed my head… LOL!  He’s just too sweet!

His Momma is in Hawaii with the other 2 kids (far left in picture below) to meet Daddy’s ship returning from a 9 month deployment.  She has had their belongings shipped to SC where they will be moving.  Shortly they will return here to spend the holidays with us.  Please keep our military families in your thoughts and prayers.  Several ships that were just days away from returning to their home ports were sent back out to the Middle East because of the Israeli – Palestinian goings on. 

Coming Home

The days/weeks/months have flown by… I enjoyed my two visits up north in MA for the shop hop and in NH for the Quilt Show.  I’ll have to do a post at some point about the show… it’s always fun!

I returned from the show on Sunday and my daughter left on Monday for Hawaii… and it’s been a whirlwind of days here keeping up with this child. 

I’ve had a couple PT and Orthopedic appointments to contend with for my sprained knee… always fun with a little one tied up belted into his stroller.  My knee is much, much better and will certainly be at it’s best again when I can get back to the gym on a regular basis.

I hear some stirrings in the other room…. not sure when I’ll return… but I do so hope everyone enjoys their Holidays!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wake Up!

That's what I would like to yell right now.... LOL

But my friends are still sleeping and they wouldn't appreciate it I'm sure!

"A Quilters Gathering" begins today here in Manchester, NH. I drove up from PA yesterday with little reminders along the way of the destruction Sandy wrecked in her trek thru earlier this week.

At home we had nothing more than some rain and steady high winds with a gust here and there. Some how we got missed by the really bad stuff.

I did pass a semi hauling what I decided was large pumps headed for NY City... It was the gigantic hoses coiled on the front end that cinched it for me... Those would carry some serious water out of subway tunnels!

Last year when I headed up to NH for this show New England was still reeling from that freak snow storm that had tromped thru just days before. Back then I passed several convoys of tree trucks headed in to help in the clean up. This year in addition to the pumps headed to the city - there was a large group of dump trucks going on that direction and again several convoys of tree trucks headed in. One company was from MI and another from up state NY.

Mother Nature has been reshaping the coastlines for millions of years - I don't think she much cares if we get in her way. High winds and fast water ALWAYS WINS!

Still haven't heard from my Jersey friends May and Elaine. I've got my fingers crossed that a power outage is their only issue...

Ok I've rambled enough... Time to rattle some beds and head down to registration. More later...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Suppose It Is A Matter of Perspective…

Whenever there is a news story about “Record Earnings” for the Lottery or Casinos… I can’t help but think that it would be a whole different story if the Headline was “Customers Lost a Record Amount of Money Gambling”.

Just something to ponder…

Monday, September 17, 2012

Alive and Kicking...

At least I think so...

My daughter has made 2 trips without the kids and one again this past weekend with just the older 2 leaving the baby with me.  This latest trip was certainly the best as the baby was getting over his latest bout of being sick and was on an antibiotic and starting to feel better.  Sure feel sorry for the little fella when he's sick - he's usually very happy and energetic and this last go around he was miserable with a double ear infection and I believe a sinus infection too.

I hope her traveling is over... this Granny is tired!

Anyway here I am on a new computer... which at the very start has already had a brain transplant!  How is it that a new computer needs a new Hard Disk?  I had barely finished the set up (which these days is fairly minimal) and a prompt had suggested a diagnosis be run on the system... so I did... and got a 'targeted read error'... so after an hour and a half on the phone with the company they sent a technician out to replace the hard disk.

So do I look any younger... any brighter, more shiny... maybe a bit faster?  I didn't think you'd notice but let me tell you that this one is so much better than the 2006 model I was using as my main computer.  Doing anything on that was such an exercise in patience... I do need exercise but not that kind.  Since I rarely used it when I did turn it on it spent all it's time running updates for Windows and the Virus software... uuugh such a pain!

I do have a little 'net book' - a Christmas gift a year or two ago that is great for sitting on the couch with and reading blogs and checking emails - but without a DVD/CD drive and a tiny screen it wasn't any use for my Electric Quilt Software or any real sit at the computer for a long time kind of work. 

I have no pictures on this system so you'll just have to take my word that my grand kids are the cutest thing going... really!

Quilting... hummm that word sounds familiar - has something to do with fabric doesn't it?  I went to the Hershey show a month or so ago... nothing much really stood out to me on the new and exciting front.  I did get a Yo-Yo maker thinking my granddaughter might be interested and picked up an embroidery pattern for her to make little holiday stockings and a snowman kit for me.  We haven't gotten very far as there never seems to be time to go up stairs and work on anything.  I had hoped that when the kids started school things would settle down... but I was wrong... apparently...

I am again planning to go work the Massachusetts Shop Hop at Southampton Quilts later in October.  I do so love going and it's a great opportunity for me to see all my old quilty friends from MA.  A couple weeks later I'll head up to A Quilters Gathering which is moving this year to Manchester, NH.  It's always been a great weekend that involves a lot of sewing, lots of shopping and even more fellowship with wonderful friends.  I've even signed up for a class or two... can't remember which ones or how many but I'm sure I'll have fun with them.

The garden has gone to hell in a hand basket these past couple of weeks... truely it's sad... and it's even sadder that I frankly don't care!  I am so over tomatoes...  There are grapes out there but I may just bury The Engineer out back in the garden if he picks them and brings them inside... I don't have time!  Looks like my apple tree will be ready in a couple weeks.  So apple sauce in my my future and although I'd rather can it - I'll freeze it if I don't have the time to stand in the kitchen.

I will be working on some pictures to explain how I did the Russian Rubix quilt... maybe next week if I can find my camera.  I can't find anything around here these days.  I've been looking for over a week for my checkbook - I don't use it very often so it's never in my purse - and I've rearranged everything in my house a half dozen times recently.  I found it today as I went methodically through each room - I do not remember putting it in that particular place but that seems to be par for the course for me these days.

Maybe I should take up golf...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Are Y’all still there?

I started this a couple weeks ago but never seem to get more than a thought or two in before something gets in my way and then I have to start again.  Lets see if I can finish tonight…

Life has been very busy around here and this week looks to be about the same… so I best try and get this post done while I can that week was busy and I never got back here to finish.  My daughter is going up to MA without… let me be clear… WITHOUT the kids - so Granny and Pops will be in charge for 4 full days.  The two older ones are fine – it’s the Tornado baby that is the challenge.  There are 6 gates installed on the main floor of my house… and you still have to have eyes on him at all times… AT ALL TIMES!  He has been here long enough and grown just enough to be able to climb into and onto anything he sets his mind to… the chairs, couch, rocker… even a pile of boxes of stuff my daughter had ordered.  There was just enough space from box to box for him to get a toe hold and he was up a good four feet off the ground in no time.  The only cabinet door that doesn’t have a catch on it is the corner twirly cabinet that has the plastic stuff and pots and pans… up until today he was content to grab a couple plastic lids or containers and play with those… but he emptied both levels of the cabinet today.  I told The Engineer he needs to add a catch to that door as well.  It took me over an hour to put it all back – I was thankful I had just mopped the floor so I didn’t have to wash everything too.  Well I did wash the grater… the boy licked it when I told him to put it down – yeah the face was priceless as it wasn’t what he expected… he didn’t hurt himself and it was rather funny…

Keanu potsearly in the unloading process…

photo-1gotta love the face… even with the breakfast mask applied…

Keanu diaper 2and just in case anyone questions his ‘manhood’… skull & cross bones diapers and the ‘man tuck’ of the hand… LOL  The other hand was busy with his bottle…

Miss K will be starting school here on Monday and Kai will be attending a pre-school… goodness – summer is over already?!  Miss K is very ready – although it’s been fun going to the kids programs at the gym she is looking forward to getting back to a school routine.  Probably happy to have a few hours each day away from us and her little brothers too.

Keao craft 8-12

I got her started with some embroidery…

Kai ice cream

The boy enjoying some ice cream Pops dished for him…

And did someone day Pig Pile?

pig pile

Since it is getting towards the end of summer - would someone please tell my tomatoes to STOP… I don’t have time for tomatoes.  We are eating as many as we can – I am cooking sauce and making salsa and throwing them away if they even look a little bit questionable.  If I had known I would have so little time on my hands I wouldn’t have planted a garden – I don’t water or fertilize anymore… and they just keep growing!  LOL  We have enjoyed our fair share of zucchini (those plants have died – yea!) we did not get nearly enough cucumbers for my liking, we enjoyed a few melons the chipmunks didn’t make houses out of, there are a fair number of red and yellow peppers which have been delicious.  I wanted to be able to can some blackberry jam and syrup… but I’m not sure that will happen.  Maybe I should go ahead and get some berries to cook down and then once the kids get into their school program I can pull the sauce out of the freezer and can jam and syrup.

Oh and in my last post… a month or so ago… I should have given some details on my Crayon Challenge quilt but didn’t have the info with me at the time so I posted without doing anything other than showing a picture of it.

The pattern is Russian Rubix from Prairie Grass Patterns.  Although I loved it when I bought the pattern and I had fun picking out all the prints.  It was a challenge to make.  The pattern gives you a template to use to cut the octagons from 3 3/4 inch squares… really??!  I suppose that size is what is necessary in order to get to the final size… but starting with a 4 inch square would have been so much easier.  I considered having a acrylic template made – but chose in the end to make up a paper piece pattern and work with that.  I am very happy with the end result but it was a good bit of work doing all the trimming that goes with paper piecing.

My colors were cerulean blue, olive, and yellow orange… the border print was perfect.  A ‘block’ is made up of two of the octagon units with 2 small white corners and 2 large white corners.  Four of those are put together to make the circle.

Howdy Challenge-2Howdy Challenge-1

Yes Professor… if you see this I’d love to get credit if I can – I need to review my list and update things – not that I’ve had any time to get into the sewing room recently. 

I do need to get this posted before the kids return from Karate tonight…

If you never hear from me again – well… you’ll know we didn’t survive Momma being gone 4 days... LOL

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Annual Mini-Retreat…

Our 4th annual retreat with quilting friends has come and gone all too quickly.  We had a small group this year.  We missed those that couldn’t attend this year and were happy to welcome a couple new faces to our group.  I don’t know why we didn’t take our group picture on Saturday when everyone was there… here we are on Sunday from the left - Me, Dawn, Sue, Neen, Bev, May and Lori – missing are TJ and Brian.


This year I also called on my husband to act as judge for our annual challenge and he brought along our granddaughter Miss K to help.  She had spent some time down at the shop visiting with the ladies over two evenings and had quickly made new friends.  When she and Pop’s arrived to judge the Crayon Challenge quilts on Saturday I asked if she was ready to be a judge?  “But Granny – what if I hurt someone’s feelings?” she asked as she put her hands on her cheeks!  Such a dilemma for an 8 year old!

Miss K and Pop’s looked carefully at each quilt and they compared the crayon colors with the colors in the quilt.  After they had made one round looking at everything they each picked out what they considered their top three.   Since 2 of their 3 were the same those became the 2 to choose between. 

I told Miss K that they would now need to choose between the two and asked her how she thought they would go about it.  Both her Pop’s and I were surprised when she said “well - we could use a decision tree… list the things we like or don’t like about each one and compare”.  All-righty then – a decision tree it was!  Who knew that they teach this stuff in 2nd grade??


Our winner Bev and her quilt with the Judges.

And in no particular order…

Lori-Hoedown8Lori’s quilt…

May-HoeDown7May’s  – sorry about the wrinkles – our hangers might just get fired… LOL

Sue-HoeDown5Sue’s…Dawn-HoeDown4Dawn’s chain…


Neen ChallengeNeen’s…


Howdy-HoeDown9and mine…

All the quilts were lovely and as usual the pictures don’t do the colors justice.

I’ve always loved our group challenges – it’s always interesting to see what everyone does.

Our Challenge next year will be Stars!  Should be very interesting!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Here Zucchini...

There Zucchini... Everywhere Zucchini... Oh My!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Look Ma...No Plug!

This is how you iron when it's too hot to iron!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Never Ending Project

That's the way I feel about this quilt... And it needs to be done by tomorrow evening.

I have my quilty friends coming in Wednesday evening for our annual quilt weekend. Four days of sewing and laughing.

My daughter and grand kids have settled in nicely and we are enjoying their company. The days certainly go by fast! We will celebrate the baby's first birthday this weekend amongst all the other activities - what a sweetheart that little fella is.

I will post again after things settle down next week... Really - I promise - with pictures too!

Friday, June 8, 2012


Yes – they (daughter and grand kids) got a flight out of Hawaii – Memorial Day Weekend into Bangor, Maine

Yes – the other daughter in Massachusetts picked them up in ME and brought them back to Western Mass where I met them and the next day continued down to PA

Yes – they are here settled in with us and nearly unpacked… nearly…

Yes – they have adjusted to the 6 hour time difference

Yes – I did go see a Doctor when the Hawaiian viruses they brought with them got the best of me… cough, cough, cough…

Yes - my bronchitis is much better now

Yes – the baby walks up a storm… what a hoot to watch… he will be 11 months on the 15th.

Has more fun playing with boxes, a broom, and an empty water jug

Friday, May 25, 2012


We’ve been very busy here at the Stone House getting ready for the grandkids to arrive… which may be as early as tomorrow – or when ever they can catch a military flight back to the mainland.

Last night after a busy day moping wood floors The Engineer and I decided a trip down to Boehringer’s Drive In was the perfect choice for dinner.  It’s a little hamburger – ice cream place set along the side of the road nestled in next to a shallow creek.  There are lots of tall trees and the picnic tables that spread out along the creek provide a view to watch the ducks and kids play alongside the creek.

As we sat at our table last night a mother from the table next to us called to her son (10 – 11 years old) who was down wading in the water. 

Mom: Don’t get your shorts wet.

Kid: What?

Mom: Don’t get your shorts wet!

Kid: What?

Mom: Don’t get your shorts wet.

Kid: What?

Mom: I Don’t want you to get your shorts WET!

Kid: What?

Mom:  You heard me…

I snickered to myself… and we continued our meal.

A little later the Mom called out again…

Mom:  Are you ready for your ice cream?

Kid: What?

Mom: Are you ready for your ice cream?!

Kid: What?

Mom: Do you want your ice cream now?

Kid: What?

I couldn’t help myself… I laughed right out loud!  I looked at her and said… “Apparently not”.

Mom to kid again: Get up here!

Kid: What?


I don’t know about any of you… but he wouldn’t have gotten an ice cream cone and I can guarantee that if I were his mom my shorts would have gotten wet chasing that little twit down the creek!! 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

This and That…

We’ve been busy around The Stone House is week.

We got all the beds moved around to their new rooms… twin beds in pink room went up to the sewing room – double bed in blue room went over to pink room – day bed and trundle in sewing room went down to blue room – baby bed assembled in the pink room.  Yes we played musical beds!  We still need to move The Engineers desk out of the blue room and get a new office area set up for him – he works from home so it’s important he has his space.

My sewing room is a wreck – but the beds are put in place along the wall and The Engineer has helped me by putting in some heavy duty wire shelving in one area.  After everything else is done I will talk him into more shelves… until then it’s just going to be a wreck up there.

I spent some time today mixing my fertilizer up and working in the raised beds.  I pulled those (leftover from last year) onions out – they look like jumbo green onions.


I dug out the oregano plant and kept a few sections to replant.  Then I tried to tackle the sage… it was 3 years old and very woody.  It kills me to have to take it out because it’s a beautiful plant but I needed to raise the soil level in that bed so I pulled it out I asked The Engineer to dig it out for me.  I hate to waste all that beautiful sage so I brought a big bunch of it up to the house and it’s now hanging in the laundry room to dry. 


Sad to say but three times that amount went into the compost heap.

We backfilled 2 of the beds with sand and peat moss but I need to pick up some more peat moss on Monday to finish.  I’ll get these 2 beds mixed up some more tomorrow and get them watered down good.  There is no way I’d be doing any of this gardening if I was working with real soil / cow manure / or compost – it would be too darn heavy. 

I will be getting some of the water lines installed tomorrow and I need to get the fencing up in the bed for the running plants – maybe I can tackle that job myself.  I need to get plants in sometime in the next week or two.

Oh and speaking of fencing… I think I need to get the fencing up around the garden as well – I did see a red strawberry today but some critter had nibbled on it…

Along with all of this stuff going on around the house I've got an appointment with an orthopedic guy for my hand on Monday and I begin working again this week with my Chiropractor to strengthen my leg more.  I can almost walk normal as my limp is barely there but my quad in that leg is still very weak.

I need to go back to getting up at 5 am so I have enough time in my day…

Oh I almost forgot… I heard someone the other day on the Dr. Oz show mention using zucchini like a pasta and so I tried it.  I used my potato peeler and sliced long strips from the zucchini and yellow squash I had.  The first time I cooked it I sautéed some onion, sundried tomato and marinated artichoke in olive oil then tossed in the ‘pasta’ for a few minutes.  YUM that was good (sorry but no pictures).  The second time I made it I heated some pasta sauce and meatballs and served that over the ‘pasta’.  Again YUM!

zucchini pasta

zuchinni pasta 2

The Engineer didn’t know it wasn’t real pasta the first time…

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mid May… Really?

Goodness where does the time go?

We lost a good 2 weeks around here being sick… not sick, sick – but whatever bug we had tapped out our energy and left us doing more sitting around than being truly productive.

We do have a deadline of sorts around here for getting projects done.  Our daughter and grandkids will be moving in with us in just a few weeks.  She is busy getting her house packed up in Hawaii… my SIL is out to sea and she figured it made sense to move here so that someone could help watch the kids we could enjoy our grandkids!  Although she has a great support group with the Navy community she lives in… when your spouse is gone and you have 3 little ones – there’s no place like home with Granny & Pops!

But here is just a sneak peek at what we are in for… the 10 month old is walking… well actually he’s running.  My daughter figures he started running as a means of staying ahead of falling down… and he just loves it!  Now he chases his older brother around… here they are in a sprinkler park the other day.  Yes… 10 months… he won’t be 1 until mid July!

Baby walking

But before he started walking he was climbing…

climb in3

And then he started climbing into his walker…

climb in 2backwards but in…

climb insometimes he’s just in… like a pretzel… which he thought was pretty funny.

My granddaughter had her first communion this past weekend… look at that sweet floral wreath on her!

1st Communion

We did get some work done in the garden.  The Engineer built another raised bed… I will move the strawberry plants over to that bed in the fall but in the mean time I’ll use it for other stuff over the summer. 

New Box

I need to order some more peat moss to mix with sand to finish filling that bed and to top off the others.  I also need to mix up my fertilizer mix and start planting soon.  I based my garden on the Mittleider Method that I stumbled upon several years ago.  I will also need to reset my sprinkler pipes in each bed… oh and I guess I need to make another for this new bed.

We The Engineer put in a wood edging all around the garden and I put down some new landscape fabric in the outer walkways – we’ve managed to chew up the edges with the mower over the past couple years – so this will keep that from happening.  I can’t wait to get tomatoes growing.

New Edging

Even with all these other projects going on The Engineer has been working on a new cabinet for the kitchen.  Where we now have a table that sits 4 we will have 4 1/2 feet of additional cabinets and a eating area that will sit 2. On the sitting side of the new cabinet will also be a can cupboard for all the overflow I don’t know what to do with.  The counter top – cherry butcher block – is in the background.  It sure was pretty once we put the mineral oil on it.  The 36” cabinet will have 2 – 20” deep pull out drawers and at this point he’s going to install just one pullout in the 18” cabinet with a drawer above.  I will get acres of new storage space and we will use the dining room more often… a win, win all around!



Finally got the sink finished up – water dispenser on the left – soap on the right – faucet and control in the middle – oh and please ignore all the stuff in the window.  That is the inherent problem with having such nice deep window ledges.  One thing that I do leave there is the vintage enamel dish drainer.  I use to set stuff up there to dry all the time anyway – so this makes good use of my drainer!  I just need to put stuff away once it’s dry… or at least before I take pictures - LOL.


The next couple weeks I have beds to move – cabinets to clean out and rearrange - move all the ‘baby latches’ back into locking position – put plug protectors back on outlets – rearrange the living room – set up a playroom area for the kids in the foyer – put a baby bed together – and, and, and… oh probably a dozen other things to get ready!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My New Faucet!


What do you mean you don’t see the faucet?

Let me start at the beginning…

When we moved into The Stone House nearly 4 years ago I just couldn’t appreciate the special features of the existing faucet.  It had a removable handle… yeah… really… came right off in your hand every time you used it.  A bit of an inconvenience when you are spending so much time cleaning a new to us old house.  So The Engineer picked up a cheap kitchen faucet and I’ve made do these past several years.  My biggest gripe with that faucet was that it wasn’t tall and I use lots of tall pots. 

Last year I saw the Delta Faucet Touch2O advertised… and I LOVED it.  It would give me the height I want and the touch feature would turn running water on and off thereby saving water (shhh - I tend to be a water runner)… and water is expensive here so that is a key feature for us.

I ordered the faucet last week and The Engineer set about the business of installation the other day.  We had a large Stainless Steel sink with a small bowl on the left for the disposer.  The drain for the large bowl was showing some wear and needed to be replaced and I wanted the sink lifted and resealed to fix a leaky area – since all the stuff under the sink was removed already it seemed like the time to do it all.

Well… nothing is never as easy as it should be!  The Engineer is perfectly capable of doing the work… it is just that the equipment didn’t cooperate. 

The drain was indeed in sad shape but had apparently been GLUED in place and we couldn’t remove it.   So off we go to buy a new sink.

Fortunately Sad to say they didn’t have the same sink so we looked over the available styles and this cast iron one was our favorite – the large bowl is plenty big for my canning pot and (woohoo) deep too - and the small side is actually big enough to be useful.  But goodness gracious this guy is heavy!

The person who installed the old sink apparently cut the hole too big and that sink was sitting on just a quarter inch of counter all the way around… which explains why I had a hard time keeping it sealed.  Since this new sink is so much heavier we decided to add a little support underneath.  I’d really like a new counter… but that’s not happening any time soon… LOL

The plumbing will need to be reworked as the drains don’t line up with the previous drains… and the disposer needs to be switched to the other side – which means it needs to be rewired… oh and I need to call the fella that installed the water filter because that spigot needs to be moved as well.

It’s clear the old sink was installed by an idiot a not too handy handyman and not a plumber… This is exactly why Plumbers make so much money… they are worth it!

Hopefully today the plumbing will be finished up…Hopefully…

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Garden Work

Oh man what a mess my gardens were after a year of neglect!

I’ve spent a little time out pulling weeds here and there in the front garden beds – wild onions have taken over and I’ve easily pulled a dozen butterfly bush startups.  The Engineer and I cut back the two overgrown butterfly bushes a couple weeks ago… couldn’t walk past one on one side nor drive past the other on the other side – that’s how bad it was.  The chickweed is terrible around the pond… I may just cover it with plastic and hope that smothers it out – the winter wasn’t cold enough to kill it…. hmmm maybe a torch if all else fails?

Out back at the raised beds I needed some help…

overgrown garden beds

I went through a couple weeks ago and pulled the overgrown grassy weeds hanging in the beds out and pushed them over into the paths.  It was clear I was going to need some help pulling the weeds and finishing the clean up.  I have 4 raised beds… they are 12” tall and measure 2’ wide x 16’ long.  In the picture above – the two on the far right have strawberries, the next one currently has leftover onions and at the end of the box is sage and oregano.  The box on the far left with the T-poles is for tomatoes.  We built these boxes back in May of 2009 – and added the T-poles in May of 2010.  We have a fella we hire when we need a little extra help getting things done – great guy and a hard worker.  I couldn’t have gotten this all cleaned up myself.  First some before pictures…

overgrown strawberry dandelionStrawberry bed #1

overgrown strawberry bedStrawberry bed #2overgrown tomato bedother 2 beds

overgrown onion bedMy daughter put out some onion sets last year when she was here with me – then the weeds came and I didn’t pull but a few.  These are what have come back this year.  My overgrown sage plant is at the far end with an oregano plant coming up just this side of it.  Amongst the weeds in this strawberry bed there was a rabbit nest – there were bunnies in this a couple weeks ago when I first worked out here but they were up and gone within a few days of my finding them.

cleaned reinforced bedsNice and clean!  The strawberry beds needed some reinforcing – something we apparently did with the other 2 beds before.  The Engineer added the boards on the outside at the joint and added some rebar spikes that we can screw to the boards on the inside.  The wooden spikes we used originally to build the beds a few years ago had rotted out in several spots.

cleaned beds (2)We will be building a new bed for the strawberries which will run in the other direction at the far end of these current beds.  I’ll collect the new runners this year and put them over there and then the strawberries will be pulled and we will backfilled to bring the dirt level up again so they can be planted with other stuff.

cleaned beds (1)

I’m not sure how long I’ll give these onions to get going – lots of leaves but not much bulbs yet… maybe getting my watering system in will help.

Still lots to do…

Friday, April 13, 2012

Yoga Ain’t for Sissy’s…

I went to a Yoga class yesterday at the gym… and I’m here to tell ya… Ow… LOL.

These things I know…

  • I’ll get over my aches and pains – Tylenol will help
  • I will go back – but once a week is probably more than enough for awhile
  • I think I need to take Greek lessons so that I understand what the instructor is saying… do what? LOL

My sister is here visiting today and we are going to do a bit of shop hopping around to the Lancaster Area quilt shops… like we need fabric… LOL!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Design Wall Monday 4-9-12

I am happy to say that this is finished… It’s the quilt from my last DWM post.  It’s called Twisting With the Stars by Little Louise Designs.

Twisting Stars 03

Here is a closer look at the border ribbon detail.

Twisting Stars 04

Amazing that the quilt above started out looking like this.

Twisting Stars 01

I am so happy to be quilting again… last year at this time I had a whole different existence.  Only good thing about that time of year is that my daughter and grandkids were here taking care of me!

Check out what other quilters are working on this week at Judy L’s Design Wall Monday post today.