Thursday, October 30, 2008

October snow

Yesterday morning I had to brush an inch and a half of snow off the car before I could leave for work. At least it's easier than scraping ice! I would have taken a picture, but it was dark, and besides, I didn't have time, I was too busy brushing snow. LOL :>}

I love crunchy fall leaves, but a day when leaves are mixed with snow just doesn't seem right. Soggy leaves aren't much fun - they can't dance and they don't crunch. This is the time of year when I'm ever so thankful I have things I like to do inside. I do like fluffy snow, but yesterday's offering was just wet and cold. Brrr.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Larry's dad was a pilot in World War II. He still likes planes, so when I found this fabric I decided to make a pillow for him for Christmas. I'm happy to be getting a reasonably early start this year!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A nifty gadget and a political statement

I needed some silver thread for my very first swap project. While I was selecting the thread, look what I found! They sparkle, and you know what? When I washed them, they added sparkles to everything else in the loads. Nice! Except. . . I'm not sure Larry wants sparkles on his plaid flannel shirt. :>}
This is not my swap project, just some more Christmas sewing I finished up.

This is the niftiest little gadget. It doesn't look like much here, but when you look through the opening, it multiplies whatever you're looking at. So perfect for looking at a quilt square, to see if you really want to make 27 more for a big quilt. Very cool!

My mom asked me to make this for her. She will be 86 next month. She got the idea from her 88 year old cousin, who has the same statement on a similar button. The election is in just over a week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Easy pie crust and lovely leaves.

Pumpkin pie anyone? Wait until you see how easy this pie crust is! It's graham cracker crust, but instead of crushing the crackers and adding butter, I just lay the crackers in the bottom of a rectangular baking dish. This way the crust is delicious, and has much less fat than the other kind. Nice! The piece of pie above has about 210 calories. Not bad.
The leaves are so lovely - our favorites are these red ones.

This tree was probably prettier before it rained, but we enjoyed seeing it anyway.

And see how pretty the ground is, covered with red leaves.

Wow! God is the most amazing artist.

I don't have any new sewing projects to show you. It's flu shot season at the clinic, and selling 1100 flu shots is a lot of work! Do people in Denmark and Australia make such a big deal about getting flu shots in the fall?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

While contemplating. . .

While contemplating a much larger guitar themed quilt, I decided to play around with a small one.

It sure was a great day to play outside.

The burning bushes are at their peak. Wow!

David captured this shot while emptying the trash at work. Cute!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Productive Stalling

The sky was so perfectly blue today. Doesn't Mr. Buzzard show up nicely? I love watching him fly. He soars and glides, and doesn't do any of the flapping and squawking that other less majestic birds participate in.
I had an alteration to do for someone. I didn't feel like it, so we went for a walk instead. This picture doesn't do justice to the fall colors coming out on the trees.

Baking for the family seemed much more important than doing alterations.

A tasty pot of potato soup to go with the rolls.
Gotta get those bills paid. I wasn't quite desperate enough to clean the bathroom. After the bills were paid I did the alteration, and you know what? It only took 45 minutes, giving me time to blog. I even have time to clean the bathroom. (I wonder if I will, though? :>})

Friday, October 3, 2008

Home Gym

Some days are just too wet to exercise outside.
So we exercise inside, instead. These exercise balls are the best invention, and to add variety we use the stepper and some weights.

Gunner Peterson's workout videos are great!
Sometimes we just do step aerobics while watching a movie. It makes the time go fast.

You've seen our exercise room before. It is our living room, where we had quilt camp in the summer.
When company comes for dinner we use the folding table here, since our dining room is a bit crowded with sewing supplies.

Larry and David make music here, too. It reminds me of the multi-purpose room in our elementary school. The library was in one corner, and at lunch time the custodians, who were very strong, pulled the tables out of the wall so it looked just like a lunch room. Afterwards they wiped them off and pushed them back into the wall. Presto! It was a gym. During school assemblies and plays it became an auditorium complete with stage. I've often thought what an efficient use of space that was, although a lot of work for the custodians!