May 31, 2012
This is a set of four 12" napkins for a friend I'll be meeting with for a day of lunch and shopping. I sure hope she likes them!
We've kept in touch through the years and Tag and I were fortunate to spend time with her last summer. I'm so glad that we'll be able to be together again for a few hours today. I'm sure we'll have fun finding new items to add to our creative supplies.
I promise to share what I find with you, but for now I'd better finish getting ready. I can't be sitting around in my jammies when she arrives, you know!
May 30, 2012
If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that once I sit down and start reading, I keep at it for a while. Last summer I read books for weeks at a time, and managed to read over a dozen books within a couple of months. Well, summer has arrived and it's that time again!
I think it's important to start kids reading at an early age, and am tickled that all of our grandchildren are avid readers. My younger daughter-in-law introduced me to a series of books that our granddaughters are reading now called "The Sisters Grimm". There are nine books in the series. I started reading Book One last Friday and I'm nearly finished with Book Nine as of yesterday!
Sabrina (11 years old) and her younger sister, Daphne (who is 7) are descendents of the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm stories, thought by many to be fairytales, are actually factual accounts of the magical and mystical beings encountered by them. The fairytale creatures are referred to as "Everafters" by the family.
The books chronicle the adventures of the sisters, who are now the current bearers of the family legacy. They, along with their Granny Relda Grimm and a few trusted Everafter friends, solve mysteries in a small, strange town called Ferryport Landing.
I know they're not what anyone my age would consider "heavy lifting", but they are fun reading for any age! I regret that there are only nine books in Michael Buckley's current set, but highly recommend them as entertaining reading for your favorite youngsters (girls or boys).
As soon as I finish these, I'll be sure to let you know which book(s) I tackle next!
May 29, 2012
Mary, Jim and Beth met Tag when we saw them last summer and invited him to come along for our visit. When he and Nelson saw each other the chaos began. Nelson is only ten weeks old, but he was all Tag could handle, jumping all over him and equal to whatever Tag was dishing out.
We stood outside with them for about ten minutes before Handsome said he'd had enough of all that nonsense. Dogs to separate corners and we spent the rest of the evening catching up with friends we see all too seldom.
Tag will share more photos about his new friend next week, but I didn't want to let this day pass without sharing a photo of my dear friend, Mary and Tag's new friend, Nelson. It was a wonderful evening, indeed.
May 28, 2012
It's that time again.
Wanna hear what I've been doing the past week?
I know you do!!!
Dad always makes me sit like a good boy before he lets me run around like a frappin' fool. I told you what F.R.A.P. means, right? Well, just in case I didn't, Mom learned from corgi friends that when I run around like a "maniac" it's called F.R.A.P.ping...Frantic Random Acts of Play. We corgis are famous for frappin'!
Anyway, I've had this huge field to run around in lately, and I'm makin' the most of it!
I frap to the East...
I frap to the West...
I frap with the guy that I like best...
Good Golly, Pops!
What's takin' ya so long?
Hard to believe that I can look this regal, isn't it?
Well, gotta run some more. See ya next week.
"More Waggin' and Less Barkin'!"
May 27, 2012
You can see that it's not large enough to cover the top of our quilt guest bed, and I had enough blocks left over to quilt a couple of pillow shams, too. Great for napping, I tell ya!
I know this is a little different for my Memory Lane Monday posts, but I chose to write about my first quilt for a couple of reasons. One is that I want you to know that I've only seriously quilted since 2004. Even then, I didn't make another quilt for a year or so. After that I was hooked.
Reason Two is because I wanted to give you a break from my old family photos and share a project from my past. I've always sewn, but this was the beginning of my obsession with quilts...those warm hugs on chilly nights.
|Wreath by gigigibson on Etsy|
May 26, 2012
May 25, 2012
Memorial Weekend has always marked the
un-official beginning of Summer for midwesterners.
There are flowers that always come to mind...
Queen Anne's Lace
Enjoy your holiday weekend and take time to remember
those brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.
Don't forget to take time to smell the flowers, too!
May 24, 2012
|Photo from Frank Almond's website|
|The impressive, carved fireplace in the lobby.|
|Glass birds light the ceiling in the auditorium with their changing colors.|
Frank Almond performed a program called "A Night of Tango", with three other artists: Stas Venglevski (bayan), Rosa Borisova (cello) and Nell Buchman (piano). Not all the music was tango music, but every piece was a delight for the senses.
Frank and Stas are obviously good friends as they spent the evening entertaining us with music, humorous banter and information about the pieces they performed. All four were consumate musicians who easily moved from one number to the next.
I have been a fan of Frank Almond's since Handsome and I lived in Wisconsin and held season tickets to the Milwaukee Symphony. For many years, we drove to Milwaukee once a month during each season for their performances. It's one of the major things we both miss about living in Wisconsin.
When Frank plays the violin, I'm frequently moved to tears of joy. He plays the "ex-Lipinski" Stradivari violin crafted in 1715 and makes some of the most beautiful music I've been privileged to hear in my life.
Thank you, Husband for a wonderful evening of music - followed by a quiet dinner in a fabulous restaurant (NorthStar in Brookfield, WI). It's an evening I'll long remember.
May 23, 2012
These are the sorts of things that never fail to catch my eye. Colorful, hand-crocheted potholders and table runners. Then there are the knitted slippers on the second shelf of this rack. Imagine the hours of blissful creating spent on all of these items.
I thought this satin wedding dress was pretty as I imagined the young woman who must have worn it on her special day. I wondered why she hadn't kept it to pass down to another young woman in her family...perhaps her daughter? It was lovely.
I might take some measurements and go back and check out the prices. Remember, Sofie still needs a case since the tooled leather one I used last summer fell apart. The one front and center above might just work!
Yo yos always make me smile.
These were joined to create a sweet pillow cover.
I behaved. I only purchased what I had in mind when I went into the mall. A whole, four dollar purchase. Aren't you proud of me? I may yet go back for that suitcase...if the size is right and the price isn't crazy expensive.
So. When you go to your favorite antique store or mall, what catches your eye? What to you always seem to gravitate to and what always begs to go home with you? I'd love to know.
If you're interested in joining with a story of your own, you might want to write it before the holiday weekend takes hold of your time. I'll put my post up on Sunday and add the linky so you can add your blog to the list. I'll also leave that link open for a week, so you can join after the weekend if you'd like.
If you're on your way out to do something special for the holiday weekend that heralds the start of summer, have a great time. We'll catch up when you get back!
May 22, 2012
It's me! Tag!
I stayed overnight with my two favorite girls in the whole world last night.
Today I want to tell you about "My Girls"
So, you know we're gonna sing together again, right?
Are ya ready?
"I got sunshiiiiinnne on a cloudy day...
"When it's cold outsiiiidde, I got the month of May."
"I'd guess you'd say...
What can make me feel this wayyy?"
I'm one lucky corgi, I tell ya.
Nothing in the world like my girls!
Here's a video for you!
I'll be spending time with our grandson tonight, and
I'll have pictures (and a song) for you next week.
"More Waggin' and Less Barkin'!"