"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful." Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It is Finished! Yea!

I finally finished Lillie's quilt. My mother asked me if this was going to be my one BIG quilt of my life. I'm not sure. I love Celtic applique and I find had quilting relaxing after a stressful day at work. We'll see what happens. Right now I've got a little grandson who needs his baby quilt enlarged.

While I was taking pictures of Lillie's quilt I found this little treasure in my side yard. I love the way the purple flowers look next to the gray wooden fence. I don't love the big weed patch just below it.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What is That Thing up There in the Sky?

It has been raining here just about every day since June 1st! I'm beginning to grow gills and webbed feet. We have received almost a years worth of rain this month. Well it feels like we’ve received it has been that much rain. Where I live it is usually hot and dry in June.

Outside recess has become a hazy memory. Do you know what happens to Kindergarten children who don’t get to go outside and run some of that energy off? It’s ugly. The only thing worse is them coming in from a rainy day recess with wet feet and wet bottoms. Hopefully things will start dying out.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Haven't Killed Them Yet

Usually by this time of year the leaves are all brown or yellow. I've tried just about everything I can think of to keep them alive. This year I tried planting four rose bushes in large pots. We'll see how that turns out.

A Green Candy Fix! Yum

I wait all year for Brock's peas! There is nothing better than peas fresh out of the pod. I've been know to sit and eat one pound at a sitting. Frozen peas are OK but fresh are the best!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Update on Lillie's Quilt

After four years I'm beginning to see the finish line on this quilt. I've got the whole quilt quilted except for the corners. My fingers are raw at the moment. I've quilted all around the applique and the background. This is a picture of what I've started to do in each corner. One down and three to go! Maybe by the end of the month I'll be finished. One can only hope. When I'm finished with this quilt I'm going to make something I've been thinking about for several years now. It's a Jane Austen quilt.

20 June
I've just finished quilting the corners. Now all I need to do is bind it off!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Henry's 1st Birthday

The end of May we celebrated my grandson Henry's first birthday. His mother, my daughter, had made him is very own birthday cake. The cake was just for him to enjoy.

In the beginning you could see that Henry really enjoyed his cake.

But as time went by... Well I call this picture "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!"

Yes the House is 50 Years Old

My son and his wife bought this 1950's house. It was in pretty sad shape and hadn't had any tender loving care in years. BUT LOOK AT IT NOW! It's amazing what a little bit of paint can do to bring a house back to life. Also they refinished the floors themselves. I thought they could never be brought back to life. After spending a fraction of what it would have cost to have somebody do they work they stripped, sanded, and applied a protective coating. They are beautiful and have all the character old oak floors should have. Way to go kids! Ya done good!

Welsh Sheep Farmers

Being Welsh myself I found this video hilarious! These guys have way too much time on their hands.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What Was I Thinking!

Today I took 41 Kindergarten students and about 15 parents to the zoo. The bus ride was long and hot. We walked every where. We went up hills and down hills. We walked in and out of many buildings. And the drive home... well I had children and parents falling asleep on the bus. YES!