Sunday, October 5, 2014

One Last Post

After baking all those cookies and cleaning house I sat down for a rest and one thing that always relaxes me is embroidery.  I've been working on the cutest Scarecrow from Bird Brain Designs and last night I finished it.  So I couldn't leave town without sharing my latest finish.


He was so much fun to do and I think he is just so cute.  I love Scarecrows - they just say Autumn to me.  Now to decide - a small wall hanging or something else.  I have some lovely autumn fabrics just waiting for him.  Since his pattern was just the embroidery I guess I can make anything up and he'll look adorable.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Almost Ready

The house is cleaned and spotless (well for the moment), the groceries have been stocked up and some things are laid out with the suitcases next to them.  I think I'm almost ready to travel.

Today, after I cleaned and did the floors, I started baking.  Chocolate Chip cookies for the Aunties and a separate batch for CR.  I made the dough ahead of time - I find that Choc Chip cookies, well most cookies bake best when they are at least refrigerated, or in this case, made ahead, formed and then frozen till I'm ready to bake them.  So this week I made them ahead, popped them in the freezer and was ready for weekend baking.


Years ago I re-wrote my Grandmas recipe to be a batch and a half, no sense in making less and each time I mix them up I get 70+ cookies.  If I'm going to heat up the oven, then I'm going to make a lot and once baked they freeze well.



Wow the house smells so good right now!!  I'm so on top of things that I mailed a card and with a gift card out to our Grandson for his 12th birthday on Tuesday.  His Mom told me today that he and 3 of his friends went to a movie this afternoon and then will all be coming back to the house for some paint ball fun and a sleep over.  Lord she is so brave to have 4 overly active, pre-teen boys running around her house.

Today CR brought the suitcases (one check in, one carry on) into the house for me.  I have a few piles of things to pack by them - it's all a bit mess at the moment, but by Tuesday it will be all neat and ready to go.


I fly out Tuesday around 6pm to Seattle.  I'll have dinner at the Anthony's restaurant in the airport (yummy seafood) and then fly out at 11:30pm - the red eye, to Washington DC.  Once there I'll have time to brush my teeth and get some coffee, then it's off to Norfolk, VA where my Aunties will pick me up at 9:30am and head to their homes in Elizabeth City, NC.  I'm looking forward to seeing them.

So I'll be gone till the 22nd of October and during that time I'll be taking a break from my blog, blog reading, and other distractions like facebook.  Of course I'll call CR everyday and I'll have to talk to Maddie over the phone (she gets so depressed when I leave).  CR will have his hands full with the kids I'm sure.

So take care and I'll be back in a couple of weeks.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, September 26, 2014

Supervision

Apparently CR must be supervised when on the computer.  Hmm, should I check his surfing history or what?


In truth, they are both just waiting for him to get up so they can steal his chair.  I don't know what it is about that chair, but all of them LOVE it and think it's theirs to sleep on.  Scuffles have occurred to decide who gets the chair.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Early Morning Baking

Our friend Ken has been gone for 3 weeks so today he is coming over for lattes and I thought it would be nice to have something yummy as well.  So I baked pumpkin choc chip muffins and figured I could freeze the rest so CR could have something yummy to snack on when I was in North Carolina.


I also got the quilt of valor for my Auntie back from the quilters on Tuesday and got the binding on it, I still need to do the hand sewing.  And put the label on.  I wanted to show you the awesome quilting design.



I hope you can see it.  This block is the easiest block to see it on.  I can't wait to deliver it in October.  Only 12 more days till I leave.  Gosh I need to get busy and make a packing list so I don't forget anything.  When I worked I traveled way to much and had some mad packing skills, I don't have them anymore, which is actually a good thing because I haven't missed that work travel at all.  And thankfully most of my work travel was before my hip replacement and the TSA strip search because I set off the alarm thingy.  If I was traveling like I did before and had to be searched that much I'd go insane, I believe in safety, but truly it is not fun and it's a bit embarrassing.  All that and no one buys me a drink first, haha.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today, Just Because

Today, just because it was grey and sprinkling and cooler, we decided to go to a couple of wineries.  Well we actually intended to go to one, but it ended up being 2 and it was so nice.  It's great to be retired and just head out on a Wednesday rather than a weekend when things are so busy.  The grape harvest is in full swing and this years wine should be awesome, although we won't know for sure, at least a year or so.

Yesterday I was busy throwing this table runner together to put on my buffet (that once belonged to my MIL).



I also took a couple pictures of Scotchie the other day, it's fall and time to sit on Dad's lap at the computer and get his tummy strummed like a guitar.  His eyes will roll in the back of his head and you just know it feels so good.



Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Today, just because, I baked Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodle cookies.  Man are they delicious.  CR loves them and even our guy doing maintenance on our heat pump likes them and the house smells so good.  I found the recipe HERE.


First batch fresh out of the oven (minus one for quality assurance)!

Thought I'd show some of the things I'm taking back to the Aunties.

You might recognize this - I made one for myself a few weeks ago.  Thought my Aunt Shirl would like it.  She's not to into fall decorations, but this might catch her eye.

Aunt Jean however LOVES fall decorations and so I made her one with all the oranges and fall colors and this cute embroidery pattern.  I wasn't sure if the all orange embroidery would look good, but I like how it turned out.  I think she will too.

An Angel pillow for Aunt Jean - it has the same fabrics I used in the quilt I made for her.  Hoping that will get back from the quilters sooner, rather than later.  I have the binding all prepared and waiting to be put on as well as a label.

An Angel pillow for Aunt Shirl.  Her living room is mostly beige, so I thought this would go well and give her a pop of color.  Beige is boring after a while if you ask me.

A table runner for Aunt Shirl.  Again it will go nicely with her beige living room or kitchen table and give her a bit of color.

Another view of the table runner.  Only one Auntie is getting a quilt this year, perhaps next year I'll do one for Aunt Shirl, the only problem is that she won't use it because she won't want her cats to get on it or have to wash it - I don't get it, she's 70+ years old, time for saving stuff for good is well past it's expiration date.  I say use what you have and love - you can't take it with you.

I wasn't going to post all of this till I'd left, but then I remembered, they don't read my blog, I have to send an email with the posting cut and pasted into the email for them to read it.  So no problem, I won't send this one.  I still have to make cookies to take back.  Grandmas Buccaroons are their favorite and they absolutely require a big mixer to mix the very stiff dough, well the one Aunt has a hand mixer and I don't think the other even has that, so these cookies must be made and taken back.

After a rough week I am finally feeling better and ready to get out and about more.  It took a while to get over the last treatment this time around.  I guess I'm starting to think more about my trip, it's coming up quickly.  I leave the night of October 7th on the redeye and arrive at 9:30 the morning of the 8th and will return home on the 22nd.  Since I'll be back there for my birthday I've already told them where they must take me for my b-day dinner.  We were supposed to go there 2 years ago when I was back but the place closes for the first week of October, so I was bummed.  October 7th is also our Grandson's 12th birthday, good grief time flies.  And he's starting to get that teenage attitude too, lord who knew it started so soon, but I guess it does.  I'm not a fan of the attitude so I hope it passes quickly!!

I had wanted to go to the Walla Walla Quilt show this weekend but decided against it and opted to take it easy since most of the week was rough on me.  I want to feel really good when I get on that plane.  The thought of getting through security for the plane is not fun, between my metal hip and now my knee, boy will I get frisked and probed.  Oh well better safe than sorry - but it sure is embarrassing.

So what are you up to this weekend?  Any fun plans - I'd love to hear about them.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Celebrating Remission

Yep, I did the happy dance on Friday at 10:30 am.  That's when I got my very LAST treatment and officially entered into remission!!  Oh what a good feeling it is.  Well except that Betty(bladder) has been in a major cranky mood.  Yeah she's making me pay, but it's the last time, so she can do what she needs to do and in a week it will just be a memory.

On Thursday we stopped at the North Town Mall in Spokane and I went to the Yankee Candle store.  My purpose was to by wax melts, however I ended up buying a new wax melter thingy for our new kitchen.


I got us wax melts in Pumpkin Pie, Hazelnut latte, Chai and Home Sweet Home.  Those should be some good smells.  Well good when I'm not baking, which I did today.  Yep I tried out a new recipe and man are they delish.  Amish Sugar Cookies that I saw on Facebook, a Taste of Home Recipe you can find HERE.


They are tested and approved by Cliff.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget

Today is 9/11, thirteen years ago our world changed here in the United States.  I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico about to teach a computer class on Kirtland Air Force Base to DOE and DOE contractors.  Suddenly the base was closed to all non-military personal and we were rushed out with barely enough time to gather our things.  A couple days later it was a long drive home as the planes were still grounded and at that point I truly didn't have much of a desire to get on a plane.

I saw this on Facebook this morning.  I love Jim Shore and I love the simple message this gives:

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My hubby liked it too, so I went looking for it and found it on Amazon for 29.00 and if you have prime, the shipping is free.  So guess what we will be adding to our home soon.

The events of this day truly changed our world and the lives lost are something we can never forget.

God Bless America!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cover for my Kitchen Aid Mixer

A few months ago I went looking online for a tutorial on making a cover for my Kitchen Aid Mixer.  I love my mixer so much and felt it needed to be classed up with the new kitchen and all.  So today I sat down and made it with fabric I bought when I did my celebratory fabric shopping in Spokane in August.



This is the place it resides when not in use.
 
I like it so much I think I'll throw together a couple of hot pads in matching fabric tomorrow if I have time.

Thursday we are off to Spokane to meet with CR's Oncologist and then Friday, at 10:30 PST, please join me in doing the happy dance, because no matter how painful the last treatment is or isn't -- it's the LAST!!

I don't know if I've ever mentioned that I have Restless Legs Syndrome.  Years ago I had a sleep study done and they've not seen many patients who have as many involuntary movements as I do in an hour.  So the doc put me on Requip and all has been fine for years.  Well the past few months I've had issues where I'll wake up around 3am and it's like the Requip has worn off and my legs are going to town making it impossible for me to get back to sleep.  Well one cause of that is iron deficiency, which after some blood work up, I seem to have.  I have to do another test for the doc, then take iron for a few weeks and see if my iron improves and if the problem improves.  I swear it's one thing after another, isn't it.

And if that's not enough, I have a tooth that is bothering me and so it's off to the dentist tomorrow to make sure there isn't a problem.  With a trip to North Carolina fast approaching I just don't want to take a chance and then have an issue away from home.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Getting Ready for Autumn

Do any of you get the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine?  I do and it had a great little embroidered hanging by Bird Brain Designs (one of my fave embroidery places).  So I did the embroidery and then put the hanging together and put it on my door for fall:


They actually sell an adorable small quilt stand for this little hanging at Bird Brain Designs so you can put it on a side table or coffee table, but I thought it was perfect for my door.

And to add to the Autumn feel (my favorite season), I'm baking some Pumpkin Choc. Chip Blondie's.  If they taste as good as they smell, I might eat the whole pan:



I got the recipe HERE.

It's been a rough and exhausting weekend, but only one more treatment left to go, so I can do it!!  There is a nationwide shortage of one medicine they use on me, so rather than wait till October when it's supposed to be back in stock, I've opted for a different medicine, which is really the same, but a different name.  By this time next week I don't care how bad I feel, I'll be celebrating an end to all of this.  Betty Bladder is really sick and tired of it all, as am I.

For all this Autumn talk, it's freaking 90 degrees out today and won't cool back into the 80's till Tuesday or so.  Normal for us to have warmer days and cool nights so I'm not complaining and I do smell fall in the air.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam