May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Friday, March 24, 2017

Catching Up On Quilts and Life

August?  Really August??  That was the last time I wrote a blog entry?  I am not one of those bloggers who has a zillion followers.  I blog to record some of my personal history and every once in a while, I order a print copy of the blog.  I was trying to do this at least once a year.  I am a little behind. 

I think this catch up may come in two parts.  Let's start with September through December. School began and the DGDs were off to 4th and 6th grade.  Makayla is now in middle school at Julia Morgan School for Girls.  She seems to be thriving there.  She gave up piano for now but is enthusiastically enjoying rock climbing.  Violet, ever the busy one, plays viola, is doing track, and participating in a spring play.

A few pictures of the DGDs
Makayla's visit to shop with Auntie Cheryl

No.  She didn't eat it.  It was her dad's order.

Makayla channeling Freida Kahlo for Halloween 2016

Little Red Riding Hood Violet
In August, Jon's family adopted a dog.  He is a mix breed terrier and the sweetest dog ever.  His name is Rudyard Kipling......Kip for short or Kipster, Kippers, KipKip.
Enjoying his special blanket made by me. 

Another Christmas celebrated at home.
Kip came over for Christmas

The annual Christmas Eve dinner

Leslie and Santa Claus
Love them forever and always

And to close this entry.........a few quilt projects.
Kits are so easy and fast to do

From a pattern and then I won her book with lots of patterns

Wonky Diamonds......what do I do with them?

Nine down, three to go for an even dozen.

Alameda Quilt Guild workshop with Terry Hodges

Raffle item for Callaway Family Reunion

Baby Quilt for the woman who gives me facials, Kate.

Challenge entry for Colors of the Vineyard (AVQ)

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Plan C Trip to the Central Coast

As we know, the best laid plans can easily go astray.  So I try (not always successfully) to not hold on too tightly to my plans.  The annual August trip with the DGDs went all the way to Plan C due to a) a fire in San Luis Obispo County that threatened Hearst Castle and b) two changes to a doctor appointment that Makayla had to go to before school starts.

This trip was built around a visit to Hearst Castle.  Makayla is beginning middle school at Julia Morgan School for Girls next week and she was very excited to see this incredible project that Julia Morgan had taken on.  We added in a side trip on the way home to visit Sculpterra Winery where our dear friend Rob Bentley is the resident artist for all their iron work.

Well.......the Chimney Fire changed plans whether we liked it or not.  The fire which started near Lake Nacimiento spread fast and furiously and was threatening Hearst Castle.  This resulted in Hearst Castle cancelling all tours during the week of our reservations.  We decided we would go anyway and enjoy the delights of Cambria.  The doctor appointments pushed our trip to leaving on Thursday for our three-night adventure to the Central California coast.

The visitor center at Hearst Castle was open, so we were able to go there to see the excellent film about the building of the castle.  Of course, it just made Makayla want to actually see it even more.  We'll plan a trip for another time.  Jim bought Makayla a book about Julia Morgan.
Fire up on them thar hills.

Zebras relocated from Hearst Ranch for safety
 Despite smokey skies and overcast weather, we enjoyed our time in Cambria.  We walked along the boardwalk and perused the little shops in town.  And of course we enjoyed some Ollaliberry pie.

A sweet little hide-away under a tree for viewing the ocean

On Saturday, we headed to Paso Robles to meet Mary Bentley for lunch at the historic Paso Robles Inn.  Then we headed out to see Sculpterra Winery where Rob works and does his art.  The girls were enthralled with all the lovely sculptures and they totally fell in love with Robert.  He showed them all around his shop and gave them lots of bits and bobs of iron to take home to make a mobile of their own.  They want to adopt him as their third grandfather.  Robert has that affect on people.  He is a dear friend and a blessing to our lives.  He and Mary are, as Makayla said,  "Good People".

The Bentley Gates............incredible

Grapes ripening everywhere. Of course we tasted a few.

All kinds of sculptures but of course, this one with a dog immediately caught their attention.

The Classic Sign from when we first knew him in Valencia, CA
You can't be an iron artist without getting dirty.

Rob Bentley.........Good People!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer Here and Almost Gone

It's August......that month that makes us begin to think of heading back to school and all things fall.  But coming up still will be a fun summer trip with the DGDs to Hearst Castle and San Luis Obispo.  Then they are back at school.  M to middle school at Julia Morgan School for Girls and V back at EBI.

I always seem to be distracted by playing with scraps so here is another top which is sitting in the UFO pile waiting to be quilted.
I loved that in May, our cymbidiums were still blooming for my birthday.  The two oldest plants produce lots of blooms.  The newest one didn't bloom this year but I am hoping it will feel comfortable to bloom next year.

Before heading for Quilt Retreat, I went to a workshop put on by our new Alameda Quilt Guild.  There were only 5 of us but we all produced darling Fall Scarecrows.  Mine will be gifted to my sister, Cindy.
I just can't seem to quit making these zippered wristlets.  I love having them on hand to give as gifts and it is worth it to make about 4 at a time.
June found me at the bi-annual quilt retreat put on by Amador Valley Quilters.  It was held once again at Cal State Stanislas where it was hot but the room was air-conditioned.  I did what I usually do and opted to work on my own projects.  I sat with new people and made new friends. Finished a Christmas quilt to give to my Bible Study leader, Lillie.
  The Darling Grand-daughters spent two days having Sew Camp at my house.  We picked out patterns, shopped for fabric, enjoyed lunch and snacks and managed to produce pajamas for both girls.  I set up three sewing machines and we all sewed until we dropped.  Sew much fun!
Just recently, I enjoyed a mini-retreat with my Bible Study friends in Arnold up in the Sierras.  We stayed at Marcy's house where 7 of us chatted and enjoyed fun and fellowship together.  It was hot but her deck was perfect. I am so blessed to have these friends.

And the last of the news for August is the newest member of our family.  We bought a beautiful blue BMW X3.  This is the most luxurious car we have ever had.....lots of bells and whistles.  It's a driving computer.  Elsie, the Maxima is gone and BeeBee (blue beamer) has taken her place.  This car had better last a long, long, long time. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Annual Beach Trip

The Annual Beach Trip to Carpinteria happened for the fourth year.  The DGDs drove down with me and we arrived in time to meet Aunty Cheryl.  Lissa joined us by Tuesday afternoon. To make the week all the more wonderful, my good friends La Donna and Bill Readmond were in Carpinteria for the month so we got in lots of girlfriend time with walks on the beach.  I didn't do too much sewing or have much alone time this year but that was okay.  Being with friends and family was so wonderful, relaxing and good for my soul.

Plenty of tree climbing happened whenever the opportunity arose.

Made sure to get in lots of ice cream eating

Cheryl enjoyed the walks in the sunshine.

Good friends gathered to share and laugh

School Teacher friends from Agua Dulce Days
The Readmonds are such dear, dear friends

A little fabric was bought here

Carpinteria......the best beach experience in Southern California
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to travel to places like this and to renew friendships.  The ocean is such a restoring place for the busyness of life.