Happy Fathers Day For FJ


Our lives have just changed forever.  FJ has always dreamed of having acreage and a dog or two and yesterday, Fathers Day, his wish came true. We rescued two shelter dogs:  Dottie, a 2yr old Austrailian cattle dog, white with brown spots, and Rocky, a year old Boston Terrier/cattle dog mix, brown with white chest and socks.  Admittedly, I am not much for pets (taking care of FJ is time consuming enough) so this is a bit of a stressful transition that hubby is trying to ease me through.  Normally a late sleeper, he even set his alarm for 5am to let the dogs out this morning, but when he came back to bed was too excited to fall back to sleep so showered, dressed and began his day.  And normally I am the early riser and LOVE having an hour or two “alone time” so I’m feeling a little cheated. Eventually I think I’ll be able to suggest I let the dogs out when I waken but for now it’s pretty amazing watching this new person….FJ on a bicycle at 8am?  No one that knows him would believe it without a photo.

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First Rain


Our first rainy day since moving into our new home.  I miss the old days before double-panned windows and heavy insulation when you could sit and listen to the rain dancing on the roof top.  But we have great views from every window and everything is glistening from the moisture, and the green everywhere is even more vibrant against the gray sky.


Yesterday Sis and I learned how to make “accidental landscapes” from scrapes of fabrics sewn together.  There were 24 ladies in all and each created a unique design from their personal stash or fabric swaps. It was a lot of fun and gave me another creative avenue for using some of the scraps I’m accumulating.  Sis and I designed night scenes.  Her’s with a very starry sky and mine with Northern Lights (which someday I hope to see in person).  Aren’t they beautiful?



Brass Polish


 A vague memory kept trying to surface all the while I was polishing these brass do-hickeys.  And then I remembered those months, 35 or so years ago, polishing the brass each evening in the bar of the pizza parlor where I had worked.  I’ve polished 65 of these now in the house we are fixing up to rent out.  Have another 20 to go in the adjacent studio apartment.  My hands and fingers are so stiff and sore, I may not be able to work on my cross stitch sampler tonight while watching Revenge. Not!

Cabinets looking almost as good as new.



Twirl Block No 1


Starting my third quilt top since we’ve been in CA.  This is called Twirl by Fig Tree & Co and I’m using a Jelly roll collection of fabrics called Somerset.  Hard to believe we’ve been here 5 weeks already.  Today we have a new roof going up overhead, appliances being installed in the kitchen and the patio wall outside our apt. repaired.  Sounds like a war zone.

Focusing on matching seams and corners as I sew and listening to easy rock seems to be the best way to stay out of the way.  And that’s fine by me.

Twirl by Fig Tree & Co