Monday, January 28, 2019

Updating The Guest Room

I felt after 12 years our guest room needed some tweaking.
The new small writing desk gave the room an airier look. It also gave guests a place to write, use a computer and place overnight things in the tray.
This was the cabinet that had occupied that space. I had removed all the decorative objects and things I had stored in it before I took this photo.
I was able to find places for everything I took out since I had been working on purging. What didn't fit was passed on to the family.
I hope guests will find this room even more pleasant for visits now.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Who's Playing In The Super Bowl???

My dilemma: Do I leave Saturday to go to the Jinny Beyer Quilt Seminar or do I stay home and watch the Green Bay Packers win the Super bowl?

I'm sure you're wondering what I'm talking about since you probably don't think the Green Bay Packers are playing in the Super Bowl.
My time machine is going back to 1997.

I had become quite proficient in using my knitting machine and decided to knit the sweater you see my granddaughter wearing here.

She watched me work on it and was thrilled to have an original Packer sweater knit by her grandma. She was also quite a story teller.
She told me she needed a matching skirt. I told her I didn't have any fabric to match.
"No," she said, "you have to knit it".
After struggling with this uncooperative yarn and never wanting to use it again and certainly not wanting to buy more of it, I told her I didn't know how to knit a skirt. She told me it was easy and her Mom had done it - no, it was her Dad that did it. Neither of them had ever knit to the best of my knowledge.

Well, she finally got me to agree to knit a skirt. My criteria was I would start at the bottom and knit until the yarn ran out at the top so I would NEVER have to use this yarn again! I finished it and she was delighted. I think I must have taken a whole roll of film of her modeling it!

I was scheduled to leave for Jinny Beyer's Quilting Seminar the day before the Super Bowl as I usually did.

When I told her that she said "Oh, you can't. Change your ticket. You have to be here for the Super Bowl." I explained to her that it wouldn't be possible to change the ticket.

She then told me they were having a party for the Super Bowl at their house and I HAD to be there. I again explained I wouldn't be able to make it. She then told me "Someone who used to play for the Green Bay Packers would be at the party."

I asked her who and she said her dad's friend Bobby. I knew he had never played for the Packers knowing he was a runner and not built like a football player. I played along with her and said "Oh, I didn't know that. Next time I see him I'm going to have to congratulate him"

Knowing she was caught her quick reply was "Oh, he only played once. He didn't like it".

This was one of her stories I don't think I'll ever forget. She told "stories" for quite a few years!

I did leave on Saturday for the Jinny Beyer Quilting Seminar and watched the Packers win the Super Bowl on Hilton Head Island. The game was on so late I'm sure she did't even stay up to watch it.

If you don't live in Wisconsin you may not understand the the devotion those of us in Wisconsin have to our Packers.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Saturday’s Purging!

cushions new on lanai couch
Now at home with part of my Florida Family.
The wicker dining table went too. I can’t find a picture of it.
It is  going to have a beautiful new home.

Friday, January 11, 2019

I Am Lucky To Be Alive


Do you see the difference?

Wednesday evening I was in the bedroom neatening things up.
All of a sudden the light bridge fell with no warning. It fell right where my head would have been if I had been sleeping in the bed. It is extremely heavy…maybe 50 pounds of solid vintage rosewood.
Once it was down the mirrors were in a precarious position and could have fell on my head if I went to sleep.
Fortunately my good friends John and Lynn came over and took the mirrors down and put them in a safe place temporarily. The light bridge will also be put in a safe place. I will not be putting this back together for now.
This had been like this for over 12 years and I have no idea why it fell now.
Although I was not hurt at all physically, mentally this had an impact on me thinking what could have happened had I been sleeping. It was after 2:30 am before I got to sleep.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Honey I’m Home Again!

This is my 2400th blog post!
I love seeing the flowers on this bush in January!
I never tire of this view.
These are the first 4 of the 6 boxes I sent myself.  They have all been emptied and what was in them has been put away.
Some of the things I send are fragile and yarn makes good packing material and then I can knit something with it.
It is great to be here enjoying warmer weather.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Collection In Color

You may know I am a collector of assorted things. I don’t collect valuable things, just affordable things that appeal to me.
A relatively recent collection is Fiesta flatware. It is affordable and I love adding new colors. Of course you all know color is my middle name!

This is the Swirl pattern and it has been discontinued for quite some time so almost every piece I have is pre-owned. Most of it has been bought as odd lots.
I have quite a bit and probably will only be buying a few pieces in colors I don’t have if the price is right.
I have all of it in a lazy susan container and people can choose the color they want to use for a meal.