Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The funny thing is the bottle I decided to open is from 2001. I used to not understand how someone could store a bottle for years. Now I know. I tend to like wine on the sweet side with the exception of some Auslese. I adore Rieslings....There is a really good winery here in Kansas, Smoky Hill Winery, that we love. If you get to Wichita, stop by their store Under the Cork in New Market Square. They have a tasting bar so you can find the one that's right for you. We had a group tasting there once for our dinner group and it was interesting to see who like which wines. I actually like a chardonal they had--it was dry, but good. I was surprised. I bought a bottle. One day cute man and I are going to have a tasting party at our home --- once we get all the furniture bought and organized. It helps to have places for everyone to sit.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Cute man playing Loch Ness Monster.....
Absorbing knowledge from the instructor and water from the lake.....
View from the dock---it was sooooooo pretty! I can't wait to go back again!
Friday, July 20, 2007
I thought I'd take time for a quick post while waiting for my mother to arrive. She is going to be supervising cute kids while we are out of town. I have fluffed the pillows and put fresh sheets, comforter and a quilt on the guest bed. Though I can't see it, I am sure the cats are contemplating a way to bust into the room and roll around on the beige comforter, leaving large amounts of dark hair on the beige comforter as they did yesterday....Evil little ones, they are.....
Monday, July 16, 2007
I have an applique class Thursday and I am really looking forward to it. Friday my mom comes down and Eric and I leave for Arkansas that evening. Since the applique and my knitting are more portable, I will be taking projects from both. It'll be a good excuse to pull out the needles again. I am seriously considering the Irish hiking scarf. That has cables so it will at least keep my attention. I am always late to knit the cool things. Usually 6 months after the buzz has subsided, I look into it...
On the way to work this morning, I discovered we have a Dunn Bros. Coffee shop http://www.dunnbros.com/aboutus.asp in old Town http://www.360wichita.com/Shopping/areas/OldTownDowntownWichita...I love Dunn Bros! They have them in Lawrence, Kansas. The barista said they opened 4 months ago---that must be one of the best kept secrets! It is right on my way to work...I like the atmosphere of the place. I have been trying to behave and make my coffee in the morning, so I did splurge on a really good travel mug from Dunn Bros. Ok-I admit, I am a label whore...I love logos....especially coffee shop logos. I am going to take my knitting downtown one evening and sit and knit there. It would be awesome....They have a fireplace--I think it is an electric one, but it looked pretty neat. If it turns out to be electric when I check it out again, I am going to get one for our bedroom.
I did dig my watercolors and watercolor paper out of the garage this evening---I am going to work on little paintings until I paint myself out of the fear of committing to a large sheet of white paper....I want to do artists trading cards. I am constantly amazed at what other artists are putting out. I have to learn to silence the art critic in my head. Here is a good website that talks about artist's trading cards: http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html
Saturday, July 14, 2007
And I soooo want to go here http://www.fabricschool.com/index.html. But there is this little thing called living in Kansas as opposed to CALIFORNIA....sigh....
Friday, July 13, 2007
I took one of my comp days off today to get things accomplished that I haven't done since the boys have been at camp this week. They come home this afternoon, and no, I still haven't accomplished much this morning except make a mean pot of coffee...and drink it....But hey, I got online and there was this very seductive email from JoAnne's craft stores spitting out a FREE SHIPPING siren call, so of course I followed it (like the little lemming that I am...). Yes siree--
This morning Sugar, protector of all-intimidator of none-was going nuts barking at the patio door. Coupled with chirps from outside the door, I had to investigate. It seems a baby robin has made it's way to my patio. Since it has feathers, I am assuming it is learning to fly and that mom and dad are nearby. Now I just have to make sure the cats stay inside and to watch the dogs since Cocoa (our hound dog) has been known to catch and eat birds in mid flight. I am really not in the mood to have to wrestle her to get a really cute birdee out of her mouth as I have done before. I would take a picture of the little fellow but I don't want to freak out his parents, who are surely in the trees watching him...It is hard when they leave the nest--this I know....
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The dogs aren't real sure of what to do with themselves while everyone is gone, but they'll adjust. I walk in the door to a symphony of howling dogs...and completely disgusted cats.
I am really craving a roadtrip! I want to run down to Oklahoma and visit friends and family. They have gotten an extreme amount of rain as of late and there is a lot of flooding. Thankfully nobody I know has been flooded out, but put everyone who has flooded in your prayers. We Okies can weather quite a bit, but I think all the rain is starting to get tiring for everyone there...
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
The twins go to a three day overnight camp in the morning. That means DH and I will have the house to ourselves....Hmmmmm. Actually my biggest plan for the couple days is to get a second quilt started. I have enough in my stash to start one that will require a lot of cutting, but it is strip pieced so it should go fast. I also intend to get out a couple old unfinished knitting projects. It would be nice to be able to send some warm hats and scarves to Brandon and his girlfriend.
Iowas winters are probably quite a bit colder than here. I have already decided these will be made from either acrylic or super wash wool. Brandon forgets that wool needs to be hand washed. Did you know that a 6 foot scarf does not end up measuring 6 foot by the time you wash it in cold with jeans? I am sending my next felted projects to that kid. He can felt asto-turf!!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Jeremy on the soon to be replaced back deck of our house. I am looking forward to the eventual new deck! Excuse the mess on the back patio downstairs. It is in a little bit of disarray at the moment...
Sugar Baby, protector of all... intimidator of none..
It has been a pretty enjoyable weekend.
On Saturday the twins,DH and I decided we were going to explore some of the used bookstores in Wichita. I found three books I had been looking for and the boys found some for their summer reading bucket too. I found a really cool church cookbook. I love community and church cookbooks---I collect them like some people collect china and other things...I knew this one was going to be great when I saw a jello salad recipe that contained SOUTHERN COMFORT! The other recipes in the book looked really great too, but that one amused me that it was in a church cookbook. Having grown up in the South, I can attest that any cookbook and church gathering is rated by the quality and quantity of the jello salads---or also known as congealed salads...they are made fun of almost as much as fruitcake, but like fruitcake, I'm here to tell you, if you don't like it, you just haven't had a good one!...
After we went to the bookstores, we went to the Wichita Art Museum http://www.wichitaartmuseum.org/. They are free on Saturdays, so that it a blessing to the family budget. Unfortunately the top floor was closed for remodeling, but the bottom floor had an incredible exhibit of photographs by Eudora Welty and her contemporaries from the 1930's. since I am fascinated with that time period, it was fascinating to me. If you are in Wichita and have a chance to go, take advantage of the opportunity to see some really interesting photos. It was really a good day. We also got to wander through one of the nurseries here in town. The boys decided they wanted a fruit tree of their own. Jeremy wanted a cherry tree, which I bought Friday after work. I bought a dwarf tree that only gets to about 12 feet tall. This will help when it comes time to put nets over the tree to keep the birds from eating and disfiguring the fruit. I figured Mark would want an apple tree, but he is fixated on getting a pear tree. With Jeremy's sour cherry tree, we don't need another cherry tree as a pollinator ( you have to have a sour cherry tree to pollinate a sweet cherry tree though), but all the pear trees will require another type to pollinate. So next Saturday we will be looking for 2 dwarf pear trees...It will be nice to have fruit from our own trees, but we are definitely going to be maxed out on tree space after we get the pear trees.
DH and I went to brunch this afternoon with a friend and then to Barnes and Noble. I love that place. I found a good decorating book that was not only on sale, it has lots of really good ideas and inspiration. Our house is quite a bit larger than we had before and I am not quite sure where to go with the decorating. The book had some ideas I'm going to try--a lot of this I can make myself with fabric and a little sewing...
Oldest sounds like he is enjoying Iowa. It is still hard to have him so far away, but I guess they have to leave the nest sometime. I do think the reality of how much things cost has started to sink in though. We are sending a care package this coming weekend. We will be going to Iowa for a visit before the summer ends, so I have to get cranking on the quilt I am going to make for them.
The twins head off to a three day camp sponsored by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's department this week. The boys are really looking forward to it. There is supposed to be a SWAT simulation, so you know they are really excited. Jeremy is into anything law enforcement. He always has been.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Our 4th was relatively quiet compared to what is usually is. We usually have a really big get together but this year we were so busy with the move and getting settled that we decided to hang out quietly and just let the kids shoot off some fireworks. It rained quite a bit so we shot in between the downpours.
I did get strips for a queen sized quilt pieced this weekend, so all was not lost. I am having to search for my iron in the midst of all the boxes in the garage, so I am at a standstill until I get the seams pressed... I think I have just about decided that I am definitely going to send this one out to be machine quilted by a long arm machine---I am quilting a lap sized quilt right now and can't say I particularly like the process. I may just need more practice or to have my machine at a different height...I'll play with machine quilting on some smaller quilts. The queen sized quilt I am working on was a really easy quilt made up of charm squares. I picked up fabric for a border today after I got off work. One of my favorite quilt shops (Grandma's Calico Closet) here in Wichita has the best place for 1930's reproduction prints.....Of course, I have to get a new fat quarter of one of the reproduction prints each time I go in...
There is a marathon run of my favorite show "Dead Like Me"... it had been running all day, so I missed quite a bit. I love this show and it is no longer on air...I am going to have to find all the episodes on DVD. The thing I love the most about this show is that at the end there is usually an observation that usually makes you think about life and its meaning...I guess in the end we are all looking for meaning.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
It has been a pretty hectic week-I have tomorrow off and we will probably hang out and shoot firecrackers. The twins have pretty much spent most of the summer at home watching TV, which is making me feel a little guilty. They do have a three day camp in the middle of the month, but I am going to have to find some weekend excursions close to home.
I am still working on the "first quilt" and should finish it sometime next week. Then I can put on the binding and it'll be ready to wash, dry and be put into service. I have already started my next quilt. It is really a very easy quilt made from 2 series of charm packs (4" squares). I love them! The original charm pack was one that I won at a guild meeting. Since I had the one pack, I purchased 3 more charm packs of the same patterns and then mixed it with another charm pack series. Although I am usually not a pink fan, the predominant color in the charm packs is pink, so that is what I am working with...It is coming together pretty easily. I should finish this one quickly since it is made of simple squares. I am definitely sending this out to be long arm quilted. It should be queen sized or larger when it is done and I don't want to wrestle with something that large until I have more experience machine quilting.
Does anyone have any plans for the summer. Send me a post and let me know what adventures you have lined up.