Thursday, March 20, 2014


This was a couple of weeks ago on a sunny day.  I was playing with setting on my camera and the cats turned out very dark.  One of their very favorite spots to be and they all gather when I am in here.

The birds might have just started coming back and they were fluttering around in the gutters and the cats were intensely watching them. 

This last weekend the birds were really active and Sophie couldn't keep her eyes off them. 
I had to get my Sophie fix this morning because yesterday she went to the doctors office to get spayed and her front declawed.  It was a tough morning for all of us.  She didn't get to eat, while everyone else was.  I had to keep her in her carrier because she opens the doors on her own and would go out and eat.  We have lever handles and she jumps up once to start it and then jumps again and hangs on till it opens.  I am waiting for her to do a backflip at the end with a Ta Daaaa! It is funny to watch. 
When we got in the car to go, I had put her carrier on the floor and then she started meowing a very scared cry so I brought her up on the seat and petted her head and that was fine.  Mornings without Sophie is like a day without sunshine.  She is bright eyed and happy all the time.  She busts her way through to the front of the line and rubs on all the cats saying "good morning-good morning".  We have to feed her first because she hasn't learned the art of patience. Yesterday she was doing fine but we didn't realize she would have to stay two days because she had the declawing.  We love that little cat with the drooping bottom lip, she is something else.   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

National Quilting Day

March 15th is National Quilting Day and every year a quilt guild holds A Gathering Of Quilters.  This year a Fort Wayne Guild-The Appleseed Quilters-held it at Wayne High School. It was very enjoyable and well done.  A good merchants mall and beautiful quilts.  There was a speaker...Beth Ferrier who also was entertaining and had wonderful quilts that she made.  I took many pictures but have only included 25 here. 
I enjoyed this pieced eagle.

Pretty self explanatory.

Map of Indiana

This is a Halloween quilt, I really liked the colors.

The quilting was spider webs.

Thought this was a very cute tag.

This was in memory of two women who gardened.

Pieced tree

Machine embroidery corn

Wonderfully busy, red and green quilt.

The whole deal

Kaffe Fasset material challenge.

All these quilts had Kaffe Fasset fabric.

A bookshelf and all the books have labels on them.  A very clever use!

Different strips of color and pretty appliqued sunflowers.

Advent Candles

Appliqued columbine flowers.

Baskets made of


All Appliqued flowers

Loved the pansies, they are one of my favorites.

A better look at the labels on the bookshelves. 

The back of this basket quilt was very very pretty. 

Hope that you enjoyed the quilt show. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ah the possibilities

I could not resist these.  They are an inexpensive grade of Gouache tubes.  The beautiful colors, the possibilities...I just get joy looking at the colors.  Just like I have been planning what I need to plant in the landscaping.  It's time to get those ordered.  I did some seeds last year and it didn't work out so well, but they may come back bigger and better than ever from this winter or they may be deader than disco. 
I plan to plant creeping phlox in the cracks of our retaining wall at the pool.
Daylilies around the pool.
Lupines behind the garage in the landscaping.
Ornamental grass around the pool, it's tall and gives some privacy.
Ideas for pot plantings that will go on the retaining wall, because the rocks are big and flat. 

24 wonderful tubes. 

This book is why I love Lupines.  She wanted to spread beauty and the way she did it was to sow lupine seeds wherever she traveled to.  Her uncle told her to always leave a place better than you found it.  Good words to live by.  It is a beautifully illustrated book.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy St. Patricks Day

We get together with my in-laws to do some St. Paddy celebrating.  My Mother-in-Law loved St. Patrick's day and we keep the tradition going.  It's been nice in the past years to celebrate with lawn chairs and beer in the cemetery but some years it has been very cold.  This is a dessert I made to's called  Ritz-Pistachio Dessert and here is the recipe.
2 packages Ritz crackers, crushed.
1 stick of margarine or butter melted.
Mix together and pat into the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan.

Then mix together:
2 cups softened vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups milk
2 (31/2 oz) pistachio instant pudding
Do this until thick and then pour on top of the crust

Put whipped cream on top and then I dropped some green food coloring on the whipped cream and swirled it with toothpicks.
I then shaved chocolate off a chocolate bar.

Cover and cool until ready to eat..


A decorated rock to put on her grave.

Our decorated St. Paddy tree.

A closeup

Door Decoration

And for good measure a couple of green peppers I had 
sitting on the counter.

Don't forget to wear your green, unless you want to get pinched!