Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Favorite

As I write, the music from the Phantom of the Opera fills the air.

Our satellite system is down, but my daughter has plenty of movies, so I suggested we watch one and she picked the Phantom of the Opera.

Microsoft clip art

Spending time with my daughter enjoying the "Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary at Royal Albert Hall".  That is my favorite for this Thursday.


Sonia



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Catching up a UFO...

Hi, the other day I mentioned walking into my sewing room, looking around and seeing UFOs on my sewing table, then walking out...

Well, this evening I walked back in and took one of the UFOs in hand.  I've had these pieces for some time... long enough that I don't remember what I had planned for them.

Here's what they became.  I still need to back it, quilt it and bind it but it will be a wheelchair quilt.

After I took the picture above I set my camera down on my sewing table, as I finished up in the room.  I didn't know this picture was taken until I was going through the pictures to download.  As you can see it's time to clean my machine.

Another project I'm working on is a collection of recipes I've gathered over the years.   I'm going to type the smaller recipes so they can be combined on one page. I plan to keep the handwritten recipes handed down in the family, as they are.  It is going to be indexed so that recipes will be easier to find and the recipes will be in sheet protectors to help keep them clean for future use.
 

We had another beautiful sunset this evening.  I tried to get a good picture but I was shivering so much, it didn't turn out clear, but you can still get an idea of the colors we had.  There was lavender, blue/gray, yellows, and oranges turning to a darker orange/pink.  It was like God's painting pallet.  :)


Well, until next time, please stay warm and try to find something beautiful in your day.

Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, February 22, 2015

And then it began to snow...

My husband and I were discussing the weather earlier.  He had gone to the store and saw someone he knew. He was told, by the looks of it. everything wet weather wise was going to be south of us.  I made comment of how the weather forecasts are wrong half the time.  I mean, it's an educated guess for the most part and the weather is very unpredictable, in my mind.

And then it began to snow.

I noticed some birds gathering across the street, then I noticed there were cardinals with robins.
I put my coat on and went outside very quietly and was able to capture a few good pictures of a female cardinal and a few males.

 
I started getting chilly, so I came back into the house.  Those pretty little birds sure did look like they were enjoying the snow; all hopping around, singing and cheeping as they gathered bugs, seeds and such.

Now the ground is mostly white and the birds have flown away, but what a nice treat on a cold dreary day.

Hugs, 
Sonia

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ripples

I woke early this morning.   After my morning Bible reading, I looked out the front window and saw that it was raining.  I could see the rain drops in a puddle in the driveway and thought I'd get a pic.  So put on my jacket, and went outside.  It was a cold, very cold rain.  I tried to get a picture of the ripples in the puddle as the rain fell.

Here's the puddle....


Here are some ripples in the puddle.  Do you see a familiar famous mouse shape, like I do?

When I came back into the house, Elvis was wanting some attention.



After making sure he had food and water in his bowls, I settled down to watch some sewing shows on the local public network ~ got some good ideas and hope to put them to use.   

Did I go to my sewing room today? Yes.  I walked in, looked around, looked through my fabric, looked at the UFO on my sewing table... then I walked out.   

I just needed to rest and chill out today.  So much so, that when David and Audre asked if I wanted to go do something today, I opted to stay home and they went.  I just took it easy; fixed myself a little lunch, watched a little television, and took a nap.  I feel like I could use a few more days like that, but will take what I can get when I can.  :)

I've updated My Walk, at the top of the page.  Check it out.  :)

Hugs, 
Sonia


Monday, February 16, 2015

Brought back...

I stayed home today.  I was in bed all day with a headache.  I took something for it and it zonked me out.  I woke around 3:00 p.m.  I was still a little sensitive to light but it began to ease up.  I fixed myself a strong cup of coffee and the caffeine seemed to help clear my head.

I looked out my front window, around 4:30 p.m. and saw a few beautiful cardinals.  The males bright red showed up well against white of the snow dusted ice on the ground.  The females blended in with the surroundings.

Seeing the cardinals brought back a memory of my friend Bonnie telling me about the cardinals she had in her yard one snowy winter.  She described them to me in such a way that I remember thinking that what she saw was truly a beautiful sight.  She lives in a different area now and I miss her. She has a way of making you feel at ease and welcomed.  She shoots straight with you, and you know she is a woman of her word.  I think that is a rare trait now days.  So if you're out there Bonnie, reading my blog, thank you for being true and for being my friend.  :)

If I hadn't been in bed all day, I probably would have tried to go outside to catch a picture of the cardinals I saw today.  But I figured it was the major change in the weather that had set my headache off, as it had set in last night.  We went from temperatures in the sixties on Saturday to temperatures in the thirties yesterday.

So, since I didn't want to miss another day of work, I stayed in and didn't get a picture of the birds.

I picked a picture from Microsoft clip art to share.  This will give you an idea of what I saw, only with less snow.


I hope you stayed warm and had a good day today.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love is in the air...

As the Valentine weekend began, at work yesterday there were several treats to start it off.


When I got home last night, I had a surprise.  I won the drawing from the giveaway give by Rhodes Creations.


* Potpourri and Hot Maple Tody potpourri liquid
* All Natural Furniture Spray - Lemon scent
* Microfiber Cloth
* Pretty handmade ornament
* Rustic star ornament
* Help from Above - a collection of Bible verses
* All Natural Dusting Powder
* Bath Melts
* Vanilla Latte Sugar Body Scrub
* Aller Herb Tea
* Mixed Herbal Blend Honey
* Mint Lip Balm
* Massage oil

It was a nice surprise for the day.  :)
Check out Laura's website at www.laurarhodes.blogspot.com


In celebration of today, I had told David I would cook.  He had requested chicken fried steak with all the fixings.  :)

I've never cooked chicken fried steak, so I looked for a recipe but didn't find one that suited me.  So I picked a recipe out to follow and then changed it up for our Valentine meal.

I'm happy to say it turned out good.

Here's how I made it.

  • 4 pork cube steaks, salted and peppered on both sides
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • dash or two of cayenne pepper
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-3 cups vegetable shortening for frying
Put 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl.  Stir together the baking powder, baking soda, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper in a separate bowl - add the egg, garlic and buttermilk and mix well (this is your batter).  Dredge each steak first in the flour, then the batter, and in the flour again.  Be sure to pat the flour on the steaks so that they are covered completely with dry flour.

Heat vegetable shortening in a deep fryer or a deep cast iron skillet to 325° F.  Fry each steak until evenly brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side.  Place the fried steaks on a plate lined with paper towel to drain while you cook the rest of the steaks.

These are tender and easily cut with a fork, and are yummy.

In a blog or two back, I mentioned getting a darning/free motion foot for my sewing machine.  I've practiced some, then decided to dive in  and give it a shot.  I have updated the Quilts, Etc. tab with how it went.  Check it out.  :)  Lessons learned for sure.

I trust you had an enjoyable Valentine's day.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Sonia

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thursday Favorite

With Valentine's day coming up, I thought I share my favorite with you.

DAVID!  

He is my husband and my best friend on this earth.  We have been together close to 26 years.

I haven't found a card good enough for him or a gift, so I began to write.  Pray that I get it done in time.

Since David does most of the cooking, I told him I would cook on Valentine's day and asked him what he would like for a meal.

So, I will be cooking pork country fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, some veggies (not sure what kind yet) and probably some biscuits.   I've never made the country fried steak, but I found a recipe and think it will be good.  If it turns out, I'll share it with you later.  :)

Here's wishing you a great rest of the week and a Happy Valentine's day!

Sonia

Friday, February 6, 2015

Snap!

Hello, I thought I'd share some pics I took this week with you.

After I got home Tuesday night, I hurried in the house and got my camera.  The moon had a halo around it.

This is the first picture I took.

Then I changed the shutter speed on my camera and took this one.  I sat down on the driveway to get the right angle for this one.  I like the way the tree branches are in silhouette against the moonlight.
 

When I left the house Wednesday morning, I saw the moon just above Short Mountain with a bright star to the right of it.  So, as soon as I got to work I sketched what I saw so that I wouldn't forget it.

As I drove to work, I saw the sunrise in my rear view mirror.  So after the sketch I took these two pictures from the conference room on the second floor.


On my lunch break, Thursday, I got a little bored and just took some shots a few minutes before I had to go back to work.



I noticed the daffodils coming up when I got home from work yesterday.  It won't be long and they will have pretty yellow blooms.


That's it for the pics I took this week.

Oh!, by the way, I got a darning/free motion foot for my sewing machine.  Hopefully I will have something to show soon.

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A little disappointment, a little good news...

I had hoped to share a little free motion quilting project with you, but I am in need of an accessory for my home sewing machine.  After looking through my accessories, I realized I don't have a darning/free motion foot for either of my machines. Any quilting I have done in the past on my home machine has been geometric with a walking foot, so I plan to purchase a darning/free motion foot so that I can use one machine for free motion quilting and the other for sewing.

Good news though, I have separated the heart blocks from the borders they had. I counted 24 blocks and have separated them into four different groups.  I will need to decide if I want to put the similar blocks together, going from light to dark throughout the quilt, or just put them randomly together.  I've decided on black for the borders for this quilt.  I think having the dark borders will hi-lite each block and give them their own showcase, as each block was made by a different person and has their signature on them.


I decided to keep these three blocks together and use them as a wall hanging. The borders look blue in this picture but they are actually a dark purple.


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Here are a couple of pictures that were taken in the past day or so.

I caught this beautiful sunset while traveling west yesterday.


I'm always amazed at the beauty in a sunrise or sunset.  I like the way the trees are silhouetted in foreground.

Earlier today I noticed a flock of birds fly by the kitchen window, then the flock landed in my front yard, road, and pasture across the road.   David was able to sneak out of the house and catch a picture of them for me.


I'm not sure what kind of bird they are. Though you can't see it in this picture, when looking at the darker birds at the right angle in the sunlight, they had blue tint to them.

The smell of popcorn is in the air, as Audre has fixed her a bag.  It has made me munchy, so I'm going to sign off and get a snack and something to drink.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Hugs,
Sonia

P.S.  I have updated My Walk

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Need your thoughts...

     Hi, as you can see I have changed the template for my blog.  Please look it over and give me your thoughts.
     Is the font easy to read?  If not please let me know and I will change it.

     It's hard to believe the month is almost over and February will be here.  I have started removing the borders from the heart quilt blocks.  
     I sat in my sewing room last night ripping out seams, wondering what have I got myself into?  The thought didn't last long though, as I'm determined to put all the blocks in one quilt top instead of the different small projects I had started and not finished.
     So, one stitch at a time I will continue on until it is done.  

Please don't forget to give me your thoughts on the new font I'm using.

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New 'do

I decided I needed a change.

So I went to the beauty salon.

I sat through having a lot of rollers put in my hair, it felt like a hundred but I didn't count.  :) Thankfully I took a good book to read while I waited for everything to set and come together.  An hour and thirty minutes later I was ready to go.

It has been around 18 years since I last had a perm in my hair.  I like the change.

What do you think?



Then later today I pulled out some of the "UFOs" I have and decided what to do with them.

Several years ago I won the block of the month at a quilt guild meeting.  Over the years I have got them out and played with them, putting some together with borders, thinking I would use them for wall hangings, pillows, table runners, or what ever.  

After laying them out today, I decided to take the borders off all the blocks and use a dark border like black or dark navy to put them all together. I will then use the strips from the borders taken off to make a small quilt.

Here they are laid out on the bed. There are more blocks to the side that are not in this picture.  It's times like this that I wish I had a big design wall.


Good news!  I did in fact get the lime quilt done.  You can see it on the quilt tab.

Until next time,

Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today was my mother's birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!


I thought peanut butter cookies would be good and took some over to share with her and dad for her birthday.


I tried my hand at crocheting a ruffle scarf for her birthday gift.  You can see a picture of it on the Crochet Etc. tab.  The color is one of Mom's favorite.

Then as I was getting a birthday card ready for her, the front of the card separated from the back.  So I decided to make her card.

I used the front that came off the original card. The watercolor picture was done by Elizabeth Glass.  I think it is a very pretty picture.

David gave me some calligraphy pens for Christmas and I decided to write my own message for the card.  I added lace and a bow with buttons and put my signature on the back.






I know that I mentioned in an earlier blog that I would be working on the lime colored quilt to get it done... I have been, but it is not done yet.  I have Monday off and plan on finishing it up.  So hopefully tomorrow I will have a picture of it to show you.

Hope all is going well for you and yours.

Hug, 
Sonia

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's not Thursday?!

You know you are in trouble when you think your close to the weekend, only to realize you have been a day ahead.
Microsoft clipart

That can make for a long week, but hopefully I won't be thinking it's Friday tomorrow.

Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Changing it up...

Hi, it has been a very cold and wet day.  It started out with ice.  YUCK!

I really don't like cold and ice.

Anyway... besides staying warm, I've been working on a shirt of mine.  It was a little too short in the length for my tastes and the sleeves were between 3/4 and full length, so I decided I would try to change it up a bit and fix those things.  If it didn't work out I would cut it up and use it for something else.

Here's the shirt to begin with.


I decided to add a collar, front and back flaps to lengthen it, and cuffs to the sleeves, to wear rolled up or down.   It has a scoop neck and I think a string of pearls will go nicely with it.  :)


Well, I nee to ge a cu o coffee an tynol...
that's yawn-ese for I need to get a cup of coffee and extra strength Tylenol for a headache that is coming on. :)

I have updated the Crochet tab and the My Walk tab.

Here's wishing you a good night's sleep and a great day tomorrow.

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sarah has a giveaway going on...

Hi, thought I'd share a giveaway with you since I removed that tab.

Check the 3rd Blogoversary Giveway at Sarah In Stiches blog... it's going on until Feb 3rd.
http://stitching-sarah.blogspot.com/2015/01/3rd-blogoversary-giveaway.html



Hugs,
Sonia