Monday, December 15, 2014

10 More Days Until Christmas


Santa has left Florida and is back up north working hard to be ready for his yearly trip.

My quilt is proof of that!


He’s checking his list to see if your name is on it!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 9th–Nine Socks


I have now finished nine of these socks.

Could I be making an Advent calendar?

Are these a birthday present for my son Greg whose birthday is December 9th?

Why am I knitting single socks instead of pairs?

Time will tell!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christening The New Lanai Décor Party!


This picture shows most of the family who were here. With that many people it was hard to get everyone in one picture.

Sorry Sean I cut your face off in the picture.


Andy’s new defense every time I point the camera at him is to do the same with his Note. What a nice picture of Sally. She looks like she could be Andy’s sister!


Laney, Tucker and Drew were missing from my Thanksgiving pictures.

Like father like son when the phone come out for photos!


Ryder is the newest member of the family and what a happy baby.

Uncle Tucker is holding him and Grandma Lauren is enjoying being a part of the scene.

It was a chilly afternoon and evening but the afternoon and evening was spent on the lanai almost the whole time.

Everyone appreciated all the work Andy and Drew did putting the furniture together.

We started off with snacks: Cheese and sausage, artichoke dip, crackers, a fruit plate and meatballs. there were only a few morsels left.

Dinner was Taco soup with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips for garnishes. A big pan of Mac n Cheese was devoured. And of course: Homemade bread with butter and black raspberry preserves.

Dessert was pineapple Mexican style, ice cream and a variety of cookies.

Laney loved to help and kept asking what else she could do. Drew and Tucker were the table setters…..Drew’s job anytime he’s here.

Sally and Lauren were the clean up crew and everyone pitched in too.

And of course I can’t forget to mention Andy…..when food is needed for a party he’s the go to guy and get’s it done!

He has a unique cooking style that no one can ever forget.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Accessorizing The Lanai–Finished!


These chairs are very comfortable but for those of us without long legs the seats are a little too deep.

I made pillows for each one that match the chaise lounge.

I purchased the fabric years ago with no idea what I was going to do with it.

I am proud to say I made each one of these in record time and achieved my goal of IMPERFECTION!

Please don’t look at them closely when you come to visit, just enjoy the comfort.


With one exception all the accessories I added to this area were things I found when I shopped my home.

The exception is the rug on the floor.

Would you believe it popped up on the right column on Facebook?

I guess I now realize they do profile us correctly and somehow they knew I needed this particular rug!

There is just one more thing I will be adding. I found a red hanging lamp which is similar to the pink one I had before. I can’t wait until it gets here.

Today we will christen the lanai. I have invited a group of my best friends for the occasion. We’ll have appetizers, homemade soup, homemade bread and dessert. Thanks Andy for taking care of the cooking for this party.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Preparing For Wisconsin vs Ohio State Game Tonight!


I put Brutus in a time out.

I expect Wisconsin to win and I’m doing my part to help.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch At Eaton’s Beach

I had heard what a neat place this was and was so impressed.


This is just a small part of the restaurant and the graphics on the wall feature feature Jersey Champion Cyclist Jay Eaton.

Wonder if he ever raced at the Velodrome in Kenosha?

I didn’t expect anything as large and open as it is.

One long wall has overhead garage doors installed and they were opened to the lake..must have been 6 or 8 of them.

Even though we ate inside we felt like we were outside on the patio.


There really is a huge sandy beach and a place to dock if you come by boat. I never realized how large Lake Weir was as my previous visits to the lake were to Bird Island.


The large bar area featured these pictures of MY team and my favorite quarterback.

There also is a beach bar on the lower level but we did not venture down there.


Loved their Christmas trees!

The food is excellent and although almost all the tables were full it doesn’t feel crowded. Our server was excellent.

Sally and I each saw someone we knew which always makes it even more fun.

After lunch we came back to my house and I helped Sally get started on her first ever quilt.

Another perfect day in paradise

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Negative Positive Quilt Is Quilted


I was able to do the quilting on this quilt in two sessions, even with the problems my sewing machine was throwing at me.

Because of the busyness of the pattern it is hard to even see the quilting.

You are seeing the backing and batting and some Wonder Under around the edges. That will be trimmed away and I will finish the edges.


You may be able to see some of the quilting on this close-up.


This close-up features some of my favorite blocks. Again, because of the busyness it is very difficult so see the quilting.