Sunday, December 31, 2017
Goals for the new year.........continue to work from the stash, have lunch with the girls more frequently, eat less grain products and more vegetables, and find the humor in everyday.
Happy New Year!! --Ann--
Friday, December 29, 2017
- From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon Italy WWII historical fiction
- Four Swans by Winston Graham book 6
- Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum WW 2 Germany historical fiction
- The Secret by Kathryn Hughes finding birth family
- The Angry Tide by Winston Graham book 7 of Poldark series
- Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah for book club WW2 Russia very good story!!
- The Good Wife Strikes Back by Elizabeth Buchan
- Malice in Wonderland by Hilary Latimer knitting / yarn mystery
- The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg always delightful
- The Towers of Tuscany by Carol M. Cram set in San Gimignano and Siena Italy
- The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth by Juliet Gauvin light romance
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers book club gold rush in California
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate adoption story Tennessee Children’s Home Society
- The Future’s Not Ours to See by Jean Grainger sequel to Letters to Freedom
- The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede 911 for book club
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman all about hockey and the psychology of playing and coaching and insight into human behavior and living in a small town and wow! I’m going to read this again someday.
- Montana Secret Santa by Debra Salonen Christmas romance
- The Moonglow Cafe by Deborah Garner light romance mystery
- The Christmas Train by David Baldacci I liked to book better than the movie
- Home or the Holidays by Debbie Macomber Two stories the second story is the basis of the movie Trading Christmas which I liked better than the book
- Wheat Belly by William Davis MD made me think twice about how much baking to do for Christmas. Wheat and cereal grains have a high glycemic index which means our bodies turn it into sugar very quickly and ready to burn in calories it also means that anything not burned in calories is stored for later use in the form of fat.
- The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe WWII story takes place in England.
Its been cold here below zero temps the best thing to do is stay inside and read or knit or quilt.
Happy New Year!! --Ann--
Thursday, December 28, 2017
A little light snow today! Its warm enough to snow! --Ann--
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
From angles bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold!
Peace on the earth good will to men,
From heaven's all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Christmas socks are finished the red and gray socks are for my uncle, he bought the red yarn on a trip to Patagonia it is 100% merino yarn and because 100% merino does not stand up well to wear I used leftovers of a super wash blend for the toes and heels and I wasn't paying attention on a couple rows of the slip stitch heels and goofed it is so obvious to me in the photo. I used all the red yarn so had to do the ribbing cuffs with my scraps. I hope they fit.
Now I can concentrate on my sweater, I'm knitting the sleeves two at a time on a cable. I have limited yarn they will either be 3/4 length or long depending on the yarn. At least they will be the same length. Aren't all the Christmas movies great for knitting time --Ann--
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Fresh snow outside and very chilly temps made for cozy days in the sewing room last week. There's nothing like the hum of a well oiled machine and Christmas music to make blocks fall into place. More Christmas music this week will help with the tedious task of trimming all the blocks to exactly the same size. --Ann-- Linking to Em's Scrapbag
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
I recently got one of those robotic vacuums that goes all by itself. DD set it up for me while she was home because it needed an app and some other stuff that makes no sense to me. Today I thought I would find out what it could do. Oh I had to give it a name so I named it Sammi for my little shih tzu who had been gone for 7 years now. There were never any crumbs on the floor when she was alive. We will see if robo Sammi is as good as the original. I pushed the button to start it up then I decided to pick up and move chairs so it could do a thorough job, I didn't get a couple things moved before it bumped into them so on its next sweep it went around the object that was no longer there and took a couple more sweeps before it got the job done. It did the kitchen and part of the sun room then went into the living room it did part of the carpet then went back and finished the sun room then its battery was getting low so it wanted to go to its charger but I had put the chairs back so it couldn't find its way. I finally carried it. Not unlike Sammi the dog. She made 6 moves with us and each time the door opened opposite to the previous house so she would sit at the hinge side of the door waiting for it to open. About the time she relearned the door thing we would move again and had to learn it all again. I recharged it then took it to the bedroom pushed the button and walked out the door. I found out it can be lazy. It worked for a few minutes then said it was done so I moved it and pushed the button again, it worked for a few minutes and sent me a message that it was done again. It didn't clean the whole room. Its really only as smart as the operator. If I had read all the instructions and watched the videos............I had it set to do a spot clean which is about a 5 x 7 foot area. I needed to set it to house. I'm sure I confused it because I was pushing the app on the phone which I had to carry around the house all day I was also pushing the button on the vacuum. Push once, push twice, hold down or slide and tap. After moving the furniture I had to dust so much for me having fun while it worked. I was impressed with the amount of dirt and dog hair it picked up and DS's dog was only in the house for a little while but she's a lab and they shed no matter what time of year it is. It can clean the rest of the house tomorrow with a fresh charge since I know better how to make it work and I will go to my sewing room for some low tech fun. --Ann--
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Just some doodling on paper to plan the next quilt. I got so I could draw the star without lifting my pencil. I have been cutting the star pieces and adding to the pile of 1 1/2 inch strips for courthouse step blocks. I can be matchy matchy with color and value or I can be scrappy and random. The star block parts will mostly match but the courthouse steps hmmmm we will see what happens. --Ann--
Monday, November 20, 2017
Blocks all sewn together and a border added. Such fun to use so many fabrics from my stash and some have been there since I started quilting. Greens have changed over the years, its hard to find a bright "grass" green now that isn't in a kid print or even a green with some contrasting colors in the print, everything new is very monotone in two values of the same hue.
I always wait to baste quilt tops until I have three or four ready before I get the quilt frame out because I have to move furniture and set it on four chairs gathered from around the house. Its a bit of a bother so I wait until I can baste a pile. Finally some sunny days here amazing how blue sky can improve attitudes. Linking to Em's Scrapbag --Ann--