Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Favorite Thursday...

What a great way to end a hot summer day.

That's right a good bowl of strawberry swirl ice cream.

Relaxing, watching a little t.v. then this pops up on the screen.

Right in the middle of "Fat Guys in the Woods"... NO!...... and just as the guys were getting ready to weave mats out of reeds to sleep on!

If you are not familiar with the show you can check it out here.

I've only seen the show a few times now, but I must confess I'm a fan. :)

Okay... now... what is your favorite way to end a hot summer day?


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A needle, a little yarn...

Hello, hope this finds you doing well.

While dad was at Mercy in Springfield, MO there were times that mom and I could not be in ICU with him and the time I was there I didn't sleep much.

So what did I do?  With a needle, a little yarn and time on my hands I set to work.

  • The morning that dad was flown to Springfield, I had packed some crochet work in my bag in case I wanted to work on something during the day at the hospital, not knowing that I would be driving around 200 miles north that day.
I had put some crochet circles made from left over yarn from previous projects and had planned on joining them together as a table runner or something.

I wound up doing something totally different.

This is  Crunch the snail - named by my nephew Lucan.

Here is an owl that is asleep and then awake.

Then I had to make something to carry them in.  It has a drawstring closure and I like the smaller handles on it.

Since I've been home and back at work... I haven't had the energy to do much more... have thought about quilting, crocheting, etc. but haven't done so.  Hopefully that will change soon.

Fore more detail on how these items were made, check out the Crochet Etc. tab at the top.

Until next time,

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A lot going on...

Hope this finds you doing well.

There's been a lot going on in my life of late.  You can learn more about it by checking out the My Walk tab.

Summer is almost here and if the weather continues as it has been we are going to have a wet summer.

The rain has been good for the flower garden.

David harvested kale out of the veggie garden today too.  We had it for dinner.

I've been planning for a set of place mats. I'm thinking of doing a seasonal theme, like summer or winter.

I plan to start on them soon.

I feel like I have gotten out of  my routine... hopefully I'll be back on track soon and blogging and keeping in touch with you all soon


Friday, June 5, 2015


Hi, thought I would share with you my treasures for this week.  I will signify them with a <> shape.

My work week was busy but it went fast, so I won't complain. :) <>

 Early in the week, I noticed the Asiatic Lilies were blooming. <>

I think they are pretty.

Then on Tuesday, the newsman said we had a full strawberry moon. <>  I of course had to take a picture and look that up.

It turns out, and you may already know this, but it turns out it got its name from the Algonquin tribe who used it to know when to gather ripening fruit.  I learned this little tidbit from  check it out for more information.

On Wednesday I caught this beautiful sunset on camera. <>

I can say this week has been blessed with beauty.

Thursday, I had an eye opening bible study at lunch.  Read more about it on the tab titled "My Walk". <>

I also received a call that my dad was taken to the hospital with a possible stroke.  He is still in the hospital having tests run.  He is clear minded and talking clearly but has lost all strength in his hands and legs. He is very positive mentally and spiritually.  Please lift him up in your prayers.  My husband also started running fever around midnight and is not feeling ill.  Please also pray for him.

Today, we had a potluck at work, due to one of our team members leaving for a better work opportunity.

So, since I munched off and on throughout the morning, I wasn't hungry at lunch.  I spent my lunch break wandering through a flea market in town.

I found this little treasure. <> A Weave-It in its original box, with the original pamphlet and instructions sheet.  The frame is made of wood with a series of triple prong sets placed all around the frame.

I did some research to find out the age of it.  I entered the patent number and the manufacturer.  I found it was patented in 1935, and this type frame was sold from the late 30's through early 50's.  I call it a treasure because I only paid $1.75 for it.  It's in great shape and I'm going to try using it and see what I come up with.

Well, that's my week in a nutshell.  :)  Don't forget to check "My Walk".

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Just catching up...

"rain drops keep falling..."

Like several areas in the country we are getting a lot of rain in Arkansas.  I have changed my driving route to work because of flooding roads.
"water, water, everywhere..."

Some good has come out of it though, I think the drought we've been in may be over for the time being.  :)

My marigolds and petunia's are blooming too.


The small quilt I've been working is finished and given away.  I tell more about it on the "Quilts, etc." tab.


I have a new nephew. Precious lil' Gabriel was born Monday.  

I think that catches me up for now.  :)


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Road trip...

We had good weather for traveling.   I got a couple of pics of the sunrise.

Got a few of mist rising in the mountains, and a pic of some elk.

I took some crochet along to try to catch up on some things.  Here's a baby car seat afghan I made.

So far, my week off has been good and relaxing though tiring, but it's a good tired.  :)

Well, I'm going to try to get some sleep.


Monday, May 18, 2015

A little old, a little new

As of 4:00 p.m. on May 15, I've been on vacation.  Some of you know how much that means to me, but for those who don't... it means, no stress, no tension, no dread, just relaxation, contentment, spending time with my husband and daughter, quilting, crafting, reading, napping, flea marketing, etc.

So, as of 4:00 p.m. Friday it began.  I stopped by a little antique shop in the town I work in.  It had a realtor's sale sign on the property.   It is for sale and they were having a sale and will continue to until all the items are gone.  From what I gather it is something like "the owner bit off more than they can chew" kind of thing.  I found a couple of things to bring home.  Then on Saturday, we went flea marketing as a family.  Where I also found more things to bring home.  :)

Here are some of the treasures I found.

A vintage pie cutter/crimper.  I will use it as decoration in my kitchen.

A cute little flower basket pin.  I will use it on a handbag or tote bag.

I also found a set of crochet pattern books and a book of inspiration.

There were  a couple of things I thought were cool, but did not bring them home with me.

The first thing is a vintage garlic/fruit press. then there was this cool iron, from when they started adding steam capability.

Some of the things I've been wanting to do got done. There were some items of mine that I wanted to re-purpose.

The first thing is the pretty bottle I have had or some time.   It had some flowers in it that my children have made over the years.  I moved to flowers to a vase with dried flowers, cleaned the bottle, bought some cork stoppers, then filled the bottle with oil.  So now it is still beautiful but also useful.

Then, I had a vase, full of glass stones and lights.  It's an idea I had a few months ago, but after using it a time or two for a light. I decided I needed to change it.  It got too hot when lit.  I finally came up with this arrangement.  I'm very happy with it.

I also re-purposed this big canning jar.  It is a 2 quart jar.  It was a decorative item with pickled veggies.  It was old and time to redo.  So all the contents were emptied out, the jar cleaned, the lid covered with decorative duck tape and then it was fill with ribbon.

This morning I was looking out my front window and saw this little beauty on the street and snuck out and took this pic.

Then I had a surprise.  A package arrived.

 I won a drawing I had entered a few weeks ago with Paper Pumpkin.  There were ink pads, stamps and all the paper goods to make envelopes, cards, tags, and bows.  I'm sure it will be put to good use soon.  :)

We'll be making a road trip tomorrow and I plan to do a little crocheting on the way, so hopefully I will have something to show when we get back.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

26 Years

                           SParham 05/13/2015

Today David and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.  I still say he is my best friend and I love him more each day I'm with him.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Death wish?...

Hi, let me begin with... I do not profess to be a good driver, but after what I experienced this morning, I'm not going to be so hard on myself anymore.

Have you ever been on the road with someone who you are convinced has a death wish?

I'm pretty sure I shared the road with someone like that this morning on HWY 23, traveling north to Ozark, AR.

As normal, I was passed by a few vehicles, no big deal, it happens most mornings.  As I traveled on down the road, I looked in my rear view mirror and some distance away I saw this small car passing every vehicle behind me.  I'm thinking the car was traveling close to 80 mph as it quickly caught up with me.  

The driver of said car got close and rode my bumper for a little ways, and then proceeded to pass me in a no passing zone in a curve.  Now if you've traveled western Arkansas very much you know that you can't see around most curves due to the hills and trees.  This car was so close, when it passed and then moved back in the lane in front of me, it would have clipped the front right of my car had I been going a mile or two faster.  I can tell you for sure it was black in color... but it moved so fast that's about all I noticed.

The vehicles that had passed me earlier in my drive were a little distance ahead of me, I'd say about quarter to half mile ahead.  I watched the black car catch up with them and then try to pass all three vehicles in a no passing zone on a hill.  I started slowing down because I knew that car was going meet another car on that hill and if they did it was going to be bad.  One of the three vehicles it was trying to pass had to apply its brakes to let the car in as there was oncoming traffic at that hill.

That little black car was flying down the road. I hope whoever was in that car made it safely to their destination.  Not only were they putting themselves in danger, they were putting their passengers and everyone else on the road in danger.

I know that there are times you don't want to see a police officer, like when those pretty blue lights are flashing behind you, but I sure wish there was one the road this morning.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

A good day...

Today was a rainy day.

It was a good day to chill out... so I fixed myself a hot mocha

and sat down to hand sew the last of the appliques for the quilt I gave you a sneak peek at in the last blog.

Overall it was a good day to catch up on some sewing... I pinned a pair of pants and a matching jacket to alternate. I'm going to baste them and try them on again before I stitch them up on my sewing machine. I also got a pack of foam to redo my lap desk for my laptop.

As the day proceeded my head became more and more messed up with allergies/sinus pressure... whatever you want to call it.  So I took a sinus pill, and if it goes like normal I will be out for the count pretty soon and will be in a mental fog for a  few hours when I wake up in the morning.  It's weird how over the counter stuff effects me worse than anything I've ever had prescribed for sinus junk.  So I thought I'd better type up my blog before it sets in, there's no telling what I might type under the influence of sinus meds.  

To all the mom's who may be reading...

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Shoo Fly

Stitching here and seeing that... shoo fly and don't come back.

Here's a sneak peak at what I'm working on at the moment.  This block is called "shoo fly".

I have the main portion of this quilt pieced and am now working on applique pieces to add to it.  The new blooms in my flower garden have been an inspiration for this quilt.

I've updated the My Walk tab.  Check it out, I share a hallelujah moment.  :)

Check out this cool pic I got of a shadow on the wall.  The shadow if from the angel wing begonia's hanging on the front porch.

Have a great week!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Howling and Singing

I missed my morning time in the Scriptures because I wasn't focused and was running late. So I took my Bible to work with me to read on my lunch break.

As I sat in my car, eating my lunch, rain gently fell giving a rhythmic beat on top of my car and I enjoyed watching a few pretty little birds play in the rain.

The rain eventually stopped and I lowered the car windows to let the cool breeze blow in.  As I read my Bible, I heard all kinds of birds singing and chattering among themselves.  I even heard what sounded like an owl hooting.  It was very peaceful.

Then the blare of an ambulance's siren began to wail as it raced down the street that runs along the parking lot where I was parked.  The dogs in the surrounding neighborhood began to howl and they sounded so sorrowful as if they knew something bad had happened.

I said a quick prayer for the emergency response crew and the people they were going to help.

As the wail of the sirens faded the dogs stopped howling, I started writing all this down on paper and the birds continued to sing.

Microsoft clip art

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Music to my ears...

I love the sound of rolling thunder and rainfall.  It is music to my ears.

We had a heavy shower move through this afternoon and I had to go outside.  I can't help but step outside when it's raining to listen to the symphony.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tar trails and dandelions

I woke up hungry.  So after my morning time in the Bible, I decided to make pancakes. I had bananas, raisins, and pecans... so I came up with a recipe for banana pancakes.

These are hearty pancakes and I made them big, using 1/2 cup of batter for each pancake.  Two pancakes will fill you up.

Hearty Banana Pancakes
by Sonia Parham
  • 3 bananas mashed, they should be ripe but not over ripe
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, or the amount needed for the batter consistency you like.
In a bowl combine mashed bananas, egg and brown sugar.  In another bowl combine flours, baking powder and salt.  Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, add the milk and blend well. Stir in the pecans and the raisins.  Cook the pancakes on medium heat until done.

Try out different toppings to use.  My daughter ate hers with nothing on them, my husband tried a little strawberry jam on the bottom pancake and a little syrup on the top one.  I ate my pancakes with a little peanut butter and strawberry jam.  They are yummy.  :)


I got a few pics this week that I thought were good.  You never know what I might take a picture of,  new blooms, what most people call weeds, tar trails in the road...
First Iris bloom


tar trails
Went to a flea market today and had a good find.  A pattern book for quilting with the folded star, for $0.50 and a book on gifts from a jar.  It is like new, with the raffia, fabric and all the printed recipe cards. I got it for $3.50.


PS, I updated the Quilts tab.