Friday, December 28, 2007
My son David on the left, and son-in-law Mike on the right.
The finished product. 20 lbs of turkey + 16 people = very few leftovers!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
These placemats and table runner are gifts for a friend. I don't want to say any more just in case!
Here is a close up of the table runner. The pattern is Moroccan Tiles, by Far-Flung quilts Far-Flung Quilts - Personal Wholesale Quilting Distributor & Instructor It isn't nearly as hard to make as it looks!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
His love of music showed up early. This is a picture of him in 1985, after recieving a toy guitar for Christmas. He spent many hours singing, composing songs, and performing for us. Little did we know what the future would hold for him!
This picture was taken this past spring, after his seminary graduation with an MA in Worship Arts.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
The school is way overcrowded, and not in the most affulent area, and many of the kids are reading far below grade level. I have been pleasantly surprised by the behavior of most of the students. Middle school students have such a bad reputation in that department, and a few of them deserve it, but most of them are fine.
This week we will be testing the incoming 6th graders to determine their reading level, so we can help them check out the appropriate books. Last week I learned to give the tests. They are on the computer, but still have to be monitered. Once that's all done, the students can actually begin checking out books!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
This is a skirt/top that I made to wear to my nephew's wedding this weekend. The top is a wrap style, but close fitting enough that it doesn't gap open ( a common problem with wrap style clothing). The skirt is just a plain straight skirt. I'll wear silver jewerly and shoes with it. I originally bought this fabric to make a dress to wear to my daughter Jacki's wedding two years ago, and ended up buying a dress for it. I did make all 5 bridesmaid's dresses, and a lot of other things for their wedding, and ran out of time to do my own. I love the dress I bought for her wedding, and it went well with her colors so all was fine. It was a good feeling to make use of fabric I already had for this dress.
.I made this skirt last spring, and had been looking for some coordinating fabric to make a blouse to wear with it. I really didn't want tan, because I thought that would wash me out. I finally found this deep garnet red silky fabric. The skirt fabric is a linen/poly blend and the flowers are embroidered, not printed on. I love the scalloped hem!This top was a trial run to see if I liked it, before I made one out of expensive fabric. I do like it, but it is more bare than I usually wear, so I don't know........The fabric is a very thin cotton, with some embroidery and sequins on it. It came from Wal-mart, and was very cheap, so I don't know how it will hold up, but it will serve its purpose as a trial garment.This is a table runner that I made after falling in love with the floral fabric at my local quilt shop. I used some of my fancy maching stitches to do the quilting.Clermont Sewing - Classes
Thursday, August 9, 2007
What have I been doing? Among other things, I painted our master bedroom. I have been talking about doing this for a few years, and after our experience painting Steve's new office last week, I was inspired to go ahead and take on the project. The red wall took two coats of dark red paint, and is faux painted an even darker burgandy. Jacki came down and helped with the faux painting. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and wonder why I waited so long!
Ralph Lauren Devonshire (tan)
Ralph Lauren Venetian Red (base for red wall)
Ralph Lauren Picture Gallery Red (faux Paint on red wall)
Monday, July 30, 2007
Day 15 June 30
After a sleepless night, caused by rowdy drunk neighbors in the campground, we got the motorhome turned in at the appointed time. Since we had several hours until our flight left, we walked several blocks to get lunch, and to a quilt shop that was on Old Seward Hwy. We had a nice visit with the owner, and then walked back to the rental place, to catch their shuttle to the airport. Our flight left Anchorage at 5pm, and we got into Orlando at 7am July 1. It was uneventful except for one lost piece of luggage, containing ALL our dirty clothes. That's ok, I can do laundry another day. There were many people in the lost luggage line. Apparently Alaska Air doesn't have such a good reputation with luggage. Our connection time in Seattle was very short, and I think that's what caused the problem. It did show up the next day, thank goodness.
We just scratched the surface of what Alaska has to offer, and I'm sure we will go back. It was a wonderful trip, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Later in the day, we drove back to Anchorage and visited the Alaska Native Heritage center. This museum covers all 5 native tribes in Alaska, and was very interesting. We didn't get to spend as much time there as we would have liked. They had a demonstration of the Eskimo olyimpics, replicas of different types of native homes, native art, tools and many other interesting items. Almost everyone on staff had at least some native heritage and it was noted on their nametags.
We found a city owned campground for our last night, and spent the evening packing and getting ready to go home the next day.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
We arrived at Denali National Park mid-morning. We toured the visitor center, checked into our campground, and made sure our tickets for the bus trip tomorrow were correct. We were really, really hoping to get a good view of Mt McKinely, but we were told that only 30% of visitors do. Today, we are definately not in that 30%.
On the way to the park, we stopped to get gas and groceries. There isn't a "real" grocery store until you go to Anchorage or Fairbanks, but there are small markets. Fresh food is VERY hard to come by. I ended up paying $.75 for ONE apple! There were no fresh vegetables at all. Fortunately I had purchased enough frozen items in Anchorage that we were ok, but I guess the people that live there really have to plan ahead. We are so spoiled here in that respect, both with the availability of fresh items, and with many stores.
Later in the day, we visited the sled dog kennels in the park. These are working dogs in the winter, and are used for patrols within the park. They are much more reliable than snowmobiles! I was really hoping to see some puppies, but there weren't any at the moment. These dogs love to run and pull the sled. I really don't think they consider it work at all.