Monday, October 10, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Exciting news here - our great grandson, Benjamin Joseph, was born yesterday afternoon at 4:34. He was 8 lbs, 3 oz. and my daughter says he has lots of beautiful black hair. Our granddaughter ended up having a C-section after hours of labor since little Benjamin decided to turn sideways. Thankfully, both mother and baby are doing great and his papa is very proud!! We're looking forward to seeing all of them in a couple of weeks when we go to my 50th (ugh) high school reunion. What a great weekend that's going to be - I'll be sure to post some photos when we get back.
In the meantime, all is well here. We had our first quilt guild meeting of the season last Saturday. It was good seeing quilting friends and hearing about what's coming up for the season. That night some friends and I went to dance lessons to learn Civil War dancing. We danced for over 2 hours straight - I thought my knees would fall off!! But when I went to bed, I popped a couple of ibuprofen and slept like a baby. The next day, my knees were great - not sore at all. Do you suppose that exercise is good for them!!!??? We're planning on going to a barn dance on October 1 and a ball in November and thought we should know a little bit of what we're supposed to do. It was lots of fun learning the dances and I'm looking forward to putting my new-found skills (?) to use :o) Now I'm getting my dresses ready and will go to Gettysburg on Friday to get my underpinnings - corset, hoop skirt, chemise. I purchased a skirt pattern and probably will get a top pattern if I can't find one that fits me.
Hope all of you are well and enjoying life - keep smiling and I'll post some photos of that new gg-babe soon :o)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Just a quick note to let you all know that we're all fine - we just had rain here in central PA from the hurricane. It started Saturday afternoon and was over by Sunday noon. We got a couple of inches, which was sorely needed, so that was a good thing for us. Our daughter in Massachusetts, however, still has no power from Sunday morning - they're saying it could take up to a week to have power restored there. Her husband is worried about his ice cream in the freezer, so I told them to start eating!! The rest of the family, from Virginia Beach and the D.C. area, just had minor damage - nothing serious, thank goodness. Hope you all came through ok.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
All is calm and quiet after our earthquake yesterday. That was really a funny feeling. I was sitting at the computer posting and all of sudden, things really started shaking. The house was creaking and moaning - scary. This was only a 5.8 - I can't imagine what it would be like to go through a stronger quake!! No damage here, thank goodness. A picture did get knocked off the bookshelf onto the floor and a couple of knick-knacks were knocked over, but otherwise all is well. Now we're watching hurricane Irene - we could use the rain but not the winds :o)
Hope you all are well - keep smiling -
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Hope you all have a good week - it's still hot here this morning and very humid, but the weatherman promises a cold front moving through this afternoon with some possible RAIN - oh, please, please, please - bring us that rain!! Keep smiling and enjoy your day -
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
As I mentioned before, our Sundae Quilters group had a weekend retreat this past weekend. What a fun time we had!! My cheeks are still sore from laughing so much. We had a wonderful time - great company, lots accomplished, LOTS of food (all delicious!!), music playing, quilters dancing - fun, fun, fun!! We had so much fun that we're planning another getaway next year. Here are some photos to share - my camera wasn't working very well, so hope you can see these ok.
Here's Jeane at Nancy's big board pressing her project.
Marie was working on this beautiful blue and white quilt - really striking!!
One of the local quilt shops was having a sale, so a few of us went into town to see what there was. Carla needed some "just perfect" fabric for the border of her quilt, so we got her some "not so perfect fabric" for it - here's Shelley giving Carla the fabric. We also got her some "perfect" fabric to really use - lots of laughs with this group :o)
For more photos, you can visit Nancy at Patchwork Penguin or the Sundae Quilter's blog at www.sundaequilters.blogspot.com.
Hope you all have a great week and keep smiling -
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Just a final word about our robins - three of the four have survived to young adulthood and are pretty accomplished fliers now. They can get away from my boys with ease - phew!! The fourth one didn't do so well - I found it in the back yard and it had obviously been caught by either Duncan or Hamish - both love to chase the birds. The trio are still begging for food and keeping their parents busy!! And they've found my raspberries - guess I'd better get out into the garden and give them some competition!!
On the quilting front, I'm getting ready to go away for a weekend retreat with my Sundae Quilters group. We've rented a house and are planning a fun getaway - more on that later with pictures :o)
Hope all of you have a great week and keep smiling -
Friday, June 10, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Seems like I'm having the same problem that a lot of you are - I can't comment on your posts. I'm in this virtual loop where I have to sign in and am still "anonymous" - frustrating!!! Hopefully, I'll be able to post my comments soon but in the meantime, rest assured that I'm reading your posts and enjoying your blogs.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
We went down to Virginia for the weekend and when we got home today, look what we found.
Daddy Robin caught me taking this picture and was none too happy about it - he squawked up a storm!! I'll have to be more careful in the future. Anyway, looks like we've got four babies and one to go - I'll keep you updated.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Have a great day and keep smiling :o)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Yes, I'm still here - can't believe where the time has gone. The garden is taking up my time as well as the normal daily routine. Now that I'm in the New Horizons Band (for those 50+), I've also added 30 minutes a day to practicing my trombone...and I'm happy to report that it's coming back :o) Anyway, I want to share a couple of photos with you. We have robins nesting in our front evergreen and also on the railing of our deck. It is so interesting to watch the nest building on the deck - first the nest is formed with twigs and grass, then a lining of mud, which is smoothed out as smooth as plaster, and then another lining of soft grasses. This is the result...
...what an engineering marvel!! Once the trumpet vine is completely leafed out, this nest will be virtually invisible.
And now, look what's inside...
We'll keep an eye on these eggs and try to help the parents keep their babies safe - first of all, from our boys, who have a tendency to chase anything that moves...and then from the neighborhood cats. With any luck, these three babies will survive and come back next year - maybe to nest here again.
Today is quilting day - I have three quilts to put on the long arm and get done for our guild show, which will be in July. Since it's a rainy day today, I don't feel guilty being inside. When it's nice, I like to be out in the garden playing in the dirt!!
Hope you all have a wonderful day and I'll try to keep you updated on our little family of robins. Take care and keep smiling -
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Have a great week!!
Friday, April 15, 2011
They made short work of them and they've got a nice juicy, marrow-filled bone for tomorrow (outside only). They are such good boys and we love them dearly - happy birthday, my boys!!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Hope you all are having a great week - and keep smiling -