Saturday, September 29, 2007
For many years we woke up a couple of times a month to the sound of knocking at the front door. It was Ed with hot bread in hand. My kids called him the Bread Man. The story goes that Ed was sure that Vi would die before him and he would no longer be able to eat her homemade bread. Obviously, the solution was for Ed to learn to make bread. So he did. He made bread once or twice a week and always made extra to take to friends in the neighborhood.
Well, Ed started getting older and developed several different health problems, including Parkinson's disease. Ed was never one to sit idly by, so he replaced bread making with a new hobby. He started making potting tables from the scrap lumber left around the new homes that are being built in our neighborhood. Sadly, a couple of months back Ed had a mishap with his table saw and nearly cut his thumb off. It was a close call and the doctors weren't sure if they could save his thumb. Obviously the doctors didn't know who they were dealing with. Ed and Vi are people with a strong faith in God and they believe that miracles happen. When Ed went in for a follow up appointment the doctors were amazed at how well his thumb had healed. No one else was surprised. We've seen Ed pull through cancer, brain surgery and more.
Vi doesn't let Ed use his table saw anymore, but there are other good men in our neighborhood who cut the wood for Ed so that he can continue to build potting tables. Although Ed puts the Energizer Bunny to shame, I don't know how much longer he'll be around, but I'll always treasure the memories of hot bread in the mornings and my potting table in the backyard.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
And here's another one of my fall quilts. I made this in a quilt of the month class a couple years back. It's definitely a knock off of the Thimbleberries Pumpkins for Sale quilt. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get a picture of this quilt that was in focus. I really like the colors in this quilt.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This little apple quilt is made from a kit that Kim gave to us at our rereat last fall. I've had the top done, but it wasn't quilted. I still have to add some quilting to the border, but that will have to wait until my stencils come out of hiding. Even after searching high and low, I still can't find where I put my stencils when I was reorganizing my sewing room. Does that say something about me? I'm sure it does! LOL!
And here are the promised pictures of the goodies that I bought while visiting Michele in New Brunswick. The second shop that we went to had a deal that you paid $3.99 for as much fabric as you could fit into the baggie.
These are a pair of earrings that I bought for my daughter, College Girl. I'm having a hard time parting with them and even have them dangling from my ears right now. I guess at some point before the end of the week I need to pack up all of the stuff that I've told her I'd send and put it in the mail. I hope I remember to include the earrings in the package. lol!
This is the gift that I brought back for me! Michele's mother has a small collection of these blown glass balls. They come in all sorts of different colors and designs. They look so beautiful with the sun shining through them. I'm still trying to find the perfect window in which to hang this.
And since Kim reminded us that it's Talk Like a Pirate Day, I decided to post a couple of pictures of my favorite pirates! Me matie, Sherry, and I met these scalawags while vacationing in the Bahamas in January 2006.
This was after they had wrapped up a day of filming Pirates of the Caribbean 2/3. What a sight for these landlubber! Arrrrgh!!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
This is the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre.
Here's Faneuil Hall Marketplace (see the golden grasshopper weather vain?) and
Quincy Market. We did a little bit of shopping and a lot of eating here.
Here are some street performers at Faneuil Hall. They were there every day, so the donations must be pretty good.I had a few different friends recommend that we take the duck tour so the hubby and I did that on Saturday. It was a fun way to see many parts of the city. Toward the end of the tour the truck turns into a boat and takes you for a ride on the Charles river.
Here's a picture of the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. It's beautiful from every angle.
This is a picture of the Museum of Science viewed from the duck boat on the Charles river. The tour began and ended in the parking lot on the other side.
Look, a picture of me and my husband! We really were there!!! This picture was taken from inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. See the Boston skyline in the background?
One more of my hubby.On Sunday morning DH jumped on a big jet and headed back home to Happy Valley. I, on the other hand, climbed aboard this propeller plane that carries a total of 18 passengers, and headed to visit Michele. The above picture is of the plane after it landed in Fredericton. It's an interesting experience to sit in the front seat and watch the pilots through the open cabin door. They must have flipped all of the right switches and turned the right knobs, cause I made there and back without any problem. Here's a word of warning to those of you who might fly on a similar plane...don't drink a lot of diet Coke before boarding, as there are no bathrooms aboard!
Michele and her family were so wonderful to welcome me into their home for a few days. Michele and I have been members of a Yahoo! Group for several years and have met three times previously, twice at the Main Street Cotton Shop retreat in Minnesota and again last year when she came to Happy Valley to attend a retreat that I hosted here.
The day that I arrived, Michele and her children picked me up at the airport and took me to their lakeside cottage, where I met her husband, who was already there, and her mother, who has a lakeside home next door to theirs.
The next day we drove to Moncton to visit a couple of quilt shops. We also had lunch at a little home style cafe and stopped at Tim Horton's for a last minute treat. We stopped at an antique shop on the way home so that I could purchase a blown glass ball as a souvenir. Both Michele and her mother had them and I figured it would be a great remembrance of my trip.
On the last day Michele and I did a little running around town. The picture above is of us in front of a teeny tiny quilt shop in town. Check out Michele's blog to see a couple more pictures of my trip to Fredericton. Tomorrow I'll post a few pictures of the goodies that found their way home in my suitcase.
Monday, September 03, 2007
- Babysitter (isn't that every one's first job?)
- Page at the city library
- Drapery maker who was promoted to office manager
- Data entry supervisor for a military contractor
- Worked for a temporary agency and was eventually hired full time as an
- Accounts payable clerk for a steel fabricator
- Stay at home mom for the past 17 years
Movies I never get sick of...
- You've Got Mail
- Pride and Prejudice (all six hours)...hey, my cool sister had this on her list, too!
- Anne of Green Gables series
Places I've called home...
- Beacon, NY...was born there
- Provo, UT
- Rialto, CA
- Orem, UT
Favorite TV shows...
- Today Show
- Perry Mason reruns
- the News
Favorite vacation spot...
- Four Seasons resort on Great Exuma, Bahamas (my favorite vacation ever!)
Favorite web site...
- Although I visit a lot of different sites that I enjoy, I don't think that I have a "favorite".
Would you bungee jump?...
- I would have in my younger days, but there's no chance I'd do it now.
- I'm not a big cereal eater, but I'll take an Einstein's whole wheat bagel (toasted) with sun dried tomato cream cheese on the side...plus a diet coke
The last thing I ate...
- A fresh peach
The last person I talked to on the phone...
- That would be my daughter, Blondie
What I am listening to...
- the Today Show
Summer or winter...
Scary or happy ending...
Tag, you are it...
- I'm not big on committing someone to do something they may not want to, but if you want to be as cool as my sister, Suz, then it's your turn to answer the questions above.