Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Favorite Holiday

It really is!!  Decorate to your heart's content, admire cute costumes, eat candy. ESPECIALLY that last one. I need to go buy another bag full since the Snickers somehow vanished. :)  As an added bonus there's no big meal to cook or presents to buy. So why didn't I even get ONE decoration put up??!???

This morning I was looking at a couple digital scrapbooking blogs I visit, just admiring the Halloween kits available for sale and thinking I really should make some layouts, work on learning my graphics programs better. 

A number of years ago I decided this was the ideal way of scrapbooking. I already have a huge stash of quilting fabrics, books, magazines, STUFF and didn't want to start another stash of paper scrapbooking supplies. Well, I collected some digital supplies, made about four layouts and just didn't get back to it. However, and that's a BIG however, I have collected gigabits of digital supplies that I feel guilty about not using. 

Sometimes I wish there were three of for quilting, one for genealogy and one for digital scrapbooking. Well, maybe for housework and cooking to make the DH happy.

Happy Halloween, everyone!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Search Is Over

My new-to-me ride.......

2005 Chevy Equinox LT

Really nice for a seven year old car and much easier for this old lady to get out of than a low-slung sedan.  Low miles too. Hope it proves as durable & reliable as "Old Blue" the Buick that got traded in.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


According to AccuWeather we were supposed to have winds today of 30-40mph with gusts of 50.  I think it might have surpassed that by now.

Yesterday I took my new camera out and took a picture of the Asian Pear tree. It was such a gorgeous, bright gold/orange.

So pretty.

And this is what it looks like now.

Sad, isn't it??

A good day to stay inside and do this.

Sorry, didn't realize how cruddy my ironing board cover is until I saw the picture.  Pictures don't lie!!

Someday I will get that Orca Bay quilt put together.

A pot of Vegetable-Beef soup is on the stove for supper. It's the perfect night for it, with the wind howling like it is.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Evening's Entertainment

First off I was ticked that "NCIS" wasn't on. Here I am, home on a Tues. night & my favorite show isn't on. So I watched "NCIS: Los Angeles" instead. Not bad, but they don't have Mark Harmon, do they? And then, POW!! the main event, the presidential debate. I came away from that one asking myself, "How can two guys talk so much and not actually SAY anything?" 

Friday, October 12, 2012


I have lots of things on my "tomorrow" list and it keeps growing. Some have already survived MANY tomorrows.

Three Heartstrings quilt tops that came home with me from Quilt Club that need to be quilted and bound.

Quilt block parts that need to be pressed.

Three tops of my own awaiting quilting and binding.

A top I bought off eBay. It was the first one I quilted on my Gammill Premier using a pantograph pattern. I've learned a lot since then. It still needs to be many years later?

I really need to find time to study the manual for this, my new toy.  Took this picture with my smaller camera and the ones above it with this new one.  Actually the picture quality is just as good with the small camera, at least to my untrained eye anyway.  They are both 12.1 megapixel cameras. The biggest difference is that this one has 35x optical zoom and a few more bells & whistles if I can figure them out.

We won't even talk about the canning and jerky making that I have yet to do. Or all the genealogy information that needs to be entered into my database. Or all the pictures that need to be scanned.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Too Good To Not Share

And the Lord spoke to Noah: ''In six months I'm going to make it rain until the whole earth is covered with water and all the evil people are destroyed. But I want to save a few good people, and two of every kind of living thing on the planet. I am ordering you to build Me an Ark.''
And in a flash of lightning He delivered the specifications for an Ark.
''Okay," said Noah, trembling in fear and fumbling with the blueprints.
''Six months, and it starts to rain,'' thundered the Lord. ''You'd better have my Ark completed, or learn how to swim for a very long time.''
And six months passed. The skies began to cloud up and rain began to fall. The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard, weeping. And there was no Ark.
''Noah," shouted the Lord, "where is my Ark?'' A lightning bolt crashed into the ground next to Noah, for emphasis.
''Lord, please forgive me," begged Noah. "I did my best, but there were big problems. First I had to get a building permit for the Ark construction project, and your plans didn't meet code. So I had to hire an engineer to redraw the plans. Then I got into a big fight over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system. My neighbors objected claiming I was violating zoning by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city planning commission.

Then I had a big problem getting enough wood for the Ark because there was a ban on cutting trees to save the spotted owl. Then the carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board before anyone would pick up a saw or a hammer. Now we got 16 carpenters going on the boat, and still no owls.
Then I started gathering up the animals, and got sued by an animal rights group. They objected to me taking only two of each kind. Just when I got the suit dismissed, EPA notified me that I couldn't complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood.
Then the Army Corps of Engineers wanted a map of the proposed new flood plain. I sent them a globe. And the IRS has seized all my assets claiming I'm trying to avoid paying taxes by leaving the country, and I just got a notice from the state about owing some kind of use tax. I really don't think I can finish your Ark for at least another five years,'' Noah wailed.
The sky began to clear. The sun began to shine. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up and smiled.
''You mean you're not going to destroy the earth?'' Noah asked, hopefully.
''Wrong!'' thundered the Lord. ''But being Lord of the Universe has its advantages. I fully intend to smite the earth, but with something far worse than a flood. Something man invented himself.''
''What's that?'' asked Noah. There was a long pause, and then the Lord spoke:

''Government.''   (Thanks to Al and the Bayfield Bunch)