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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Exploding Box

My bud, Jan, came over this past week for a project she wanted to work on.  It's called an 'exploding box'!  To tell the truth it certainly looked a little daunting!  But we did it!!!

You can see why we thought it might take a day or two to finish!  But we did it in less than 3 hours.  Jan had all her pictures she wanted to include in the 'box'.  She just had to decide where each picture would go and get each picture trimmed to fit the slots!  That was the hard part!  HA

This is beautiful, Miss Jan, working hard on the 'box'!

We laid out all the pics in the area Jan wanted then she started to cut and paste (so to speak!).

All finished...the purple box can hold something special.  Jan's daughter is fond of unusual rocks, so she might put a special one in that box.

This was almost a two person job...folding the bugger to make a box!!!

And now it's all tied up nicely ready to be open!

Check out the video of the finished box!  How cool is this!

I'm going to order one and make it for Amber for her 19th birthday this coming August!  She'll love it!
p.s.  Just took Jan several, several weeks to receive this box via mail from China.  I've read some negative and positive reviews on the web site I linked to above.  I think it's because the items do come from China, hence, the long delivery time.  Just fyi...I did order one but I don't need it until late summer!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy Birthday to Me!

Tuesday was my birthday and I had such a pleasant day.   And look at all the presents my special friends and family gave me!!!  I really wish they wouldn't do that but since they did, I will accept them graciously!!  And I love all my cards I've received as well as good wishes on FB!

My DIL sent my first gift(s)!  A bangle bracelet that you add essential oils in a small pad inside the locket.  How cool is that!  And you smell good too!  Very sweet of her!  I love my bangle bracelets!!

And my wonderful daughter sent me a text last week (she's in N.Y.) saying she was getting me something to make me feel better (she knows the discomfort I have with my bones).  Bob wanted to know if it was a case of wine!  No, something better! 

So I have started taking these supplements!  My daughter said a co-worker and his mother take them and it's helping with their aches and my daughter has also started on them.  Keeping our fingers crossed!  Dawn is so thoughtful and I'm really hoping it will work for all of us!!!

My BFF back home, Carol T., sent me this really cool ruler!  At first, I was wondering why a ruler...I have so many but this is a great ruler.  It really sticks to the fabric so it doesn't slip!  It's made by QuiltersSelect.  
Jan came over with Larry on Tuesday and we worked on an exploding box she was making for her daughter!  But that's for another post!  What fun that was!  I'm going to get one for my grand daughter for her birthday in August!  Anyway, Jan brought me a delicious looking cup cake!  I had to send a pic to my grandson, Nick!  He loves Oreo cookies!  Doesn't it look wonderful!

Jan also gave me this lovely bangle bracelet  (check out what the charm says!)

And she gave me this makeup remover pad.  I actually used it Tuesday night!  Feels so good on your face!  Now if it only would take away the wrinkles!  HA

John and Marilyn also stopped by and gave me a gift card to this very unique restaurant called Craft Cusine.  I've heard such good things and hope the four of us will  have a dinner at Craft together very soon.

Verna, the OP resident baker and friend!, made a delicious carrot cake for me.  Verna is the best and her cakes are wonderful!!  Look at all the work she puts into her cakes!  Just beautiful!  She also brought over a box of cookies, candy and nuts!  What a sweetheart!!!  She has made a cake for the group of 12 here in Florida  for each of their special days for  years!  And she always remembers my BD as well!

My 'Q' bud Susan brought me this special cup for my birthday!  I love it!  I normally bring my own mug from home to Florida (I know sounds strange but I am fussy about my mugs!) but this year I didn't!  I just reached a point of getting tired of stashing another item somewhere in our car!  So now I have this to drink my morning coffee from! 

Today, we'll be celebrating a birthday for my bud Susan's husband, Harvey.  Off to dinner at BoneFish then back to their house for another slice of wonderful cake by Verna!   I would say I'm one lucky lady!!!! 
Thanks again, one and all!!!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Still cooking!

Literally!  I'm still cooking!  I'm just crazy about this instant pot!  Just made us individual key lime cheesecakes!  

IIt looks really yellow but it's not in person.  I only had the little ramekins to use but it worked! Neither of us can wait for dessert!  Tomorrow is BBQ chicken and mac and cheese made in the IP!

I am also working on the T shirt quilt.  Fused some interfacing to a few shirts yesterday.  Hope to finish that up on Sunday or Monday then I can lay them out to see what shirt works where!  Always the hard part.  Then I need to buy some fabric for the sashing as well as the backing!  Guess that means my bud, Susan, and I will need another trip to the quilt shop.  This time we'll head to Trenton to the Suwannee Valley Quilt shop.  They have over 7000 bolts of fabric!!!  That's a lot of fabric so for sure so I'll find something.  Plus, we always have a nice lunch.  There is a cute little dining area in front of the quilt shop.  Yum!

We've only eaten out 4 times since our arrival!  Twice with the 'gang', once with our friend, Dan and Winnie and once this week Bob and I went to Cody's for early dinner. 

How's that for a change!  My instant pot is saving $$'s eating out but my grocery bill has increased big time because I'm always going to buy something new to cook for dinner.  Guess I can't win!  But the food is good!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Keeping Busy!

Our weather has made a nice turn...from the 20's to 65 today! Although, it was still overcast and not the normal hot sun like past years.  BUT..we aren't complaining. I talked with two friends back home and they said it was warm...35!  They had snow this morning and more snow on its way this weekend!

Bob is back golfing and I've been off with my buds two days, so far!  Marcia and I headed off last Friday and Susan and I headed to the quilt shop on Saturday!   I needed some fabric for this project.    I can't post what I'm working on but I will show a sneak peek!  
The theme is Medieval..I haven't been doing any free motion quilting so this was a real challenge using my 440 which I don't like to use for free motion...left my good old trusty 1090 back home...but guess by the end of the four months, I'll be use to this machine again!  

And I'm still cooking with my Instant Pot!  Made Instant Pot Crispy Carnita's which were delicious!  The pork was so tender and the pineapple salsa was yum, yum!  Took under an hour to cook and only one pot to clean!  And an easy clean as well!

And the night before even Bob got in the act!  We (yes, together!  Scary isn't it!) made Chocolate Lava cake....oh my gosh!
  Really good and topped with ice cream just the best dessert!  And so quick in the Instant Pot.  I think it was a total of 9 min. to cook! and then we ate!  

I also found an app called COPY ME THAT for my phone.  I can look up a recipe and if I like it, copy to a recipe box direct from the search!  So cool.  It will then display the ingredient list, instruction list, etc. each separate if you want!  How cool is that!    Gotta love technology!  

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Blogger and comment issues...

I'm copying another post from Beads and Birds blog by Carol.   Seems when I leave comments on some folks blog they can't see them or if they do they have to hunt for them! I'm not sure how they do this but...also, I keep getting emails saying:

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I am thinking my issue with receiving the message above has more to do with how my comments are sent...but who knows!   Carol's post links to another blog post by Desert Sky Quilting.  So in case you are having issues, please visit Susan's blog here.  Thanks to Susan and Carol at Beads & Birds for her post!  

Monday, January 1, 2018

We arrived safe and sound...well, kinda!

We arrived early Friday afternoon to sunny Florida!  Dogs were as happy as Bob was! They are on watch already! 

 Two and one half days of driving gets old...or  maybe it's just because we're getting old!  Either way, Friday was hitting the ground unloading the car, putting items in rooms (to be put away later), then off to grocery store for me and down to the club house for Bob!  After dinner, we unpacked suitcases and space saver bags.  Other than the 'sewing/spare room', it looked like we never left!  The spare room is another story!  Empty suitcases, art supplies, sewing  supplies...but I have four months to put away and then pack up again.  HA

I felt like I was getting a sore throat Friday night but thought it just sinus...then the hot flashes, chills started in.  I only had runny nose and sore throat but no real cough...thank goodness.  Got 'drugs' on Saturday and just sat most of the day even though it was in the high 60's!!  I sat with a turtle neck and sweater and wrapped in a flannel quilt. 

But in between resting, I read instructions for using my InstaPot my Dawn (daughter) and daughter in-law, Kris gave me for Christmas!  I am thrilled with it!!!  Thank you girls!!!!
 I made chili and it was delicious and I didn't have to get up out of the chair to stir the know how critical stirring is when your chili is simmering...if you don't, it sticks to the bottom of the pan.  Well, the InstaPot took care of that for me!!!  I never had to get up once to stir!  Even Bob said it was the best chili I've made! 

That  same night I made the girls their brown rice for the turkey meals that I freeze.  Wow!  It took only 20 minutes and was perfect!  Normally, it takes at least 45-50 minutes and even then it may need more cooking time.  Well, I couldn't stop there so yesterday (Sunday) I made chicken parm and spaghetti squash!  This might not look so appetizing but it was delicious!

Normally, it is so hard for me to cut the squash but with the InstaPot all I did was put 1 cup water in the pan, lay the squash on the trivet, pierce the squash about a dozen times and set the timer for 15 minutes!  Quick release and it was perfect as well!!!  Another great dinner!! 

At least I'm cooking, because I'm sure not doing anything else...just feel wore out and yucky...better each day but now Bob said his tummy isn't so great!  Our weather has turned cold, which is a good thing..Bob won't golf for a few days due to cold and rain predicted.  I think we both need the rest. 

Our weather turned cold last night and as I write this post it's 41 degrees and overcast, which is unusual for us.  But weather here is normally cooler in January, which is fine with me.  I like this weather for walking the dogs but poor things haven't been for a walk in weeks!  With minus degree temps back home and not feeling well we are just couch potatoes!  Speaking of potatoes...I'll have to look up some InstaPot recipes for potatoes!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve started out with snow around noon!  Yikes! I was a nervous weren't coming until 4 or so, as Amber had to work until 3.  I didn't want the kids to drive in the storm but they each said "it's Michigan...not a problem".

..and to add to the bad weather, my poor son came down with the flu!  He had a fever and stomach issues and was so sick.  I felt so bad as we've never not been together for Christmas!  He did manage to smoke the brisket we were having for dinner!  And it was delicious!

We love to have appetizers for our dinner and along with Darrin's smoked brisket it was delicious.

We always do the 'family Christmas pictures' first then we eat...I'm doing them out of order!  HA

Minus my sick son....sniff, sniff
My babies are growing up!!!  Where did those grands go!!
Nick got a pizza box with 'dough'!

Amber got a lot of travel items for her trip to Europe with Auntie during spring break!

My SIL got a new quillow from me!

I made it extra long for him!

My last post was about the Christmas gift I made for my son and daughter......
because Darrin had the flu and didn't come, my daughter got to open her book and box of memorabilia alone.  This was her looking through the her box of memorabilia... 
 AND the book

we both shed tears but I think she was happy with her book!  My son opened his Christmas Day...I know he was surprised that I kept so many of his 'papers'.  Both kids said "where did you  keep all these at?"  

And Kris (DIL) and Dawn got me an InstaPot!!!  And lots of essentials to go along with it!!!  I even got 3 cookbooks for recipes to make!  I am so excited but I need to see if I can stash it  in the car and take to Florida!  We pack every inch of the car so I am going to have to be very creative in my packing!  Stay tuned!  

Missed Darrin but it was a wonderful, fun filled afternoon/evening...we even played two different games that Nick suggested I get.  Every year I like to buy some game for us to play.  We even got grandpa to be the reader for The Game of Things..the other game we got was Exploding Kittens.  Both were fun to play...hope the kids play this winter!  But they might wait until grandma gets back in the spring!  HA  Which, as you are reading this, we'll be in the car heading south!!  Florida here we come!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Surprise Christmas Project

This is the big project I've worked on and off through the summer and fall....A family tree book of my children's fathers family for their Christmas present!   The past month I have uploaded 277 pictures.... I've researched both Jerome's (kids father) mother and father's sides of his family.  Thank goodness for Family Tree software and!
 What a journey/task this was...but also so interesting.  Dawn and Darrin are each getting a book and the pages are identical.  I also have some memorabilia I've saved that I put in some nice cases for each of them.  I've saved report cards, wedding invitations, birth announcements, notes from my daughter...even my son's letter from the Marines releasing him from service because he broke vertebra in his back.  I know he will be shocked I kept that!  I have a letter my daughter wrote me in '84 when she went off to college!  So sweet!

Each book is organized starting with their dad's info/birth/schooling/etc.  Pages/sections are uploaded with pictures of his younger days, followed by our wedding, being a father, a hairdresser and then printouts of each side of his family tree starting with his father's side then his mother's side.

My daughter's front album cover

My son's front cover
Each page is on scrapbook paper that I decorated with little items purchased.  I had to make sure I purchased two of everything - remember each book is identical!  Talk about a production line!!!  But I am good at organization!  HA
Younger days

I found newspaper  clippings and his yearbook pics - he won a beard contest in 1960 when he was in college and won a shaver!  

Hairdresser days!

Being a father - I had 3 pages of pictures of Jerome with the  kids and I

Another page of being a dad

Some of my son's pages

Some of my daughter's pages
Just an example of one of the family tree info
This was quite a journey for me as well.  Looking back on Jerome's life, our life and the kids gave me time to reflect on life itself.  Jerome passed away in 2000 but he is still part of the kids life.  He and I remained friends after our divorce and I know that is what contributed to our kids being the great adults/parent/aunt they are today. We've always respected each other and we'll never forget "J".....