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I forgot to add a couple of pictures, so thanks for the reminder Susan😁

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Back To Cutting/Sewing

I got started last week cutting out more Churn Dash blocks, then got back to it last night. I finished the last two this morning and hope to start sewing this afternoon.

A couple of days ago I got the last set sewn up. Yay, I’m ahead of the game for a change. I was able to pin the binding on the red/pink quilt that’s been waiting for a while too. Lol

Happy Valentin’s Day!
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Rain, Rain, Rain & Football Brownies

Good morning, we’ve had rain, rain, rain! I believe we’re out of the drought now, but we remain in the same water usage until spring. I don’t know how the water planning works, but it seems you should be able to use any amount of water, not wastefully, you need right now. The lakes are all over full, the rivers are extremely dangerous with water flow and some of the dams are having difficulty letting the water out.

Not having to worry about watering lawns or outdoor plants in the winter now is water saving and nice. πŸ˜€ The rain right now is quite high; I believe it was up 8000 feet, which means the snow melt is awfully early and causes flooding. We’ll have a break from the rain this weekend, then more next week, so we’ll see how it goes. Feast or Famine in CA. πŸ˜„

Anyway,we have Super Bowl Sunday at my sister-in-law’s every year and usually try to take a dip or other food with us. Lois always goes all out and has a wonderful spread, but I feel we need to take something to contribute. Sooooo, I decided to make some football brownies. 😊 The brownies came out delicious and the ganache as well. However, my cake decorating these days seems to have a lot of ‘buts’ in the story telling.

When it came to putting the laces and football markings on top, that was another story; 😁 they looked pretty sad. The lines were quite squiggly and gave a new meaning to the word uneven, but Bert came in the kitchen wanting to try his hand at it. Now, his baking starts and ends with pre-baked pizza! ☺️

I can’t tell you which brownies he did and which ones I did.. When finished, all we could do is laugh. Lol. When I suggested swirling the white frosting to make it look deliberate, Bert insisted we leave them. He then nicknamed them “deflated footballs”, which would make the strings look good. Lol

Truly, this was not for Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, who was playing that day. For those not football fans, last year there was quite a scandal about the footballs being deflated, which gave the quarterback a better grip, giving the Falcons an edge. Tom Brady, their quarterback, was found to be involved. The Falcons won, as they did this year. It just happened that my brownies were perfect “deflated footballs”. So Bert took some by our daughter’s house and headed to the Super Bowl Sunday party. The brownies were enjoyed anyway. πŸ˜†

The bad part is that I became ill all of a sudden and couldn’t go to the gathering to enjoy the day. They all had a great time, though, and I watched the game at home. Anyway, the “Football Brownies” were a big hit, πŸ˜€so all turned out well.

Have a great week!

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Rain & Strawberries

Just an update on the drought here in CA, and it’s good news. I heard on the news ( briefly, I missed the report),the drought is almost over. Not sure exactly what that means, “almost”, but I’ll take it as a positive. We’ve had a good bit of rain this month and have more coming in by Friday. Just two days of it, but every little bit helps.

On another note, I have some strawberry πŸ“ plants growing in the house. I won’t set them out for a while yet. BUT I actually have a blossom on one plant, a teeny tiny blossom. Lol

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Isn’t it cute? Lolol

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Churn Dash Blocks

I belong to a small group of ladies that Swap Churn Dash blocks every month. Depending on how many are in the group at a time, tells us how often we mail. For example, if there are 3 people in the group, then I make three different blocks for three people, one each for the other two member and one for myself. This woul be 3 months worth of blocks. i was going to try and explain the process ( it’s really quite simple) but it would be lengthy. I’ll try and do that later, I’m a little foggy headed this morning, (and usually am, but that sounded good. Lol) Anyway, I received three blocks from each lady this month, and next month I send three blocks to the next person. This covers a three month period for each person, so we mail to one person monthly, rather than to each individual every month. That name changes every 4 the month. Ie: I receive Jan, May and Sept.

The point of all this is I’m finally able to sit at the mochine and sew. Yaaaaay!! I’ve had a lot of physical problems the last few years, so I’ve been away from my machine for quite a while. Anyway, I got my Churn Dash blocks sewn for next month and ready to go. I’m trying to post a Pic of them, but not having much luck. I guess I can do that later, when I figure out what I’m doing wrong. Lol

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Rain -Rain-Rain

Whoohoo, we had rain last week and it looks like a few more days of rain this week. Still concerned about flooding, the levies holding and the tree’s falling because of shallow root systems. The roots worked their way toward the surface for water and now with the ground saturated the winds are taking several out each storm. Fortunately no one has been injured, but property damage and tree’s landing on cars is costly. Better the car than the house though.

Our neighbors have large tree’s, but we don’t worry about them so much. We do have a very tall Palm tree in our front yard, but I don’t know anything about their root system. Might be something to look into today.

My granddaughter is due home from the Netherlands Friday and I’m anxious to see her. She’s been over there for a month and I think has learned a lot about what we take for granted. She’s had a great time, so I’m sure she has some good experiences to share:)

Hope everyone has a great day!

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Still In A Drought

Wow! We’re getting enough rain to last us for a while. We’ve been in a drought for so long I forgot what it’s like. The bad thing is all the flooding and damage that’s occurring. CA even lost the cabin tree in the redwoods (you could drive your car thru it. It was over 1,000 years old. Such a loss…. I remember as a small child thinking you could walk thru ANY tree. Well, of course I tried and landed back on my fanny in tears. Lol We did drive thru the “right tree” though. Lol
The bad part about the last storm that came thru the rain was very high up on the mountain. So it melted a lot of snow, which created havoc with the flood. The rivers and streams all over are cresting, and just as they begin to slow down, it starts again. The one plus is,it will be snowing up the hill again so that will help everyone up there, including the ski lodges.
The storms do help quite a bit, but the snow PAC we depend on is the main thing. Right now all the water is going down river and let out of the dams, to head out to sea. Without it the water from the ocean pushes the freshwater back, in the Delta and the whole ecosystem is in trouble.
Tonight though, we go to sleep with rain pounding down and on the positive side, I love that:) Have a good evening, night, day, morning, wherever you are:)

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Organizing Continued Muahaha

Well, sometimes it is a mystery to me when I can’t find something, or it just disappears from it’s home spot. There are times when I’d swear I had a poltergeist in this house. lol if so, he/she’s a little stinker. Lol

Got a couple of ideas from people on organizing. Susan, over at
DesertSky Quilting had some good ideas. She suggested I take one thing, ie: living room, and tackle that one day and when done do some sewing or whatever I enjoy. It’s very much like an idea I had written down ( great minds think alike of course. Lol) only on mine I had sew for an hour first. So think I’ll try both ways and see which fits the best lol

DRAWING FROM GENERATION Q MAGAZINE

Oh, a year ago this past October, 15 months, I had won a subscription of Generation Q magazine and 15 FQ’s of Michael Millers Berry Shades. Well, I got the subscription, but due to some kind of blunder, I never received the FQ’s. I’d been in touch with Melissa there, but in between we couldn’t connect. Tonight, I txt’d on messenger with Teri and, Bless her heart, she jumped right in and is taking care of it.

The following is a bleep from Melissa’s letter about a year ago.

Here’s what it was: a fat quarter bundle of 14 Berry shades from Michael Miller Fabrics Cotton Couture line and a year’s subscription to Generation Q Magazine. The prize is valued at $100.

Melissa was always just a sweetheart and nice as could be, and I know it was one of those things that happens to us all at least once,:). I’ll post pictures when they arrive. Stuff happens to all of us.

So Teri, thank you ever so much, I really do appreciate you! I’ll write more about this when the FQ’s get here. Hugz:) to all. Be safe in this crazy weather wherever you are, it’s pretty scary in a lot of places.

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Blogging/Sewing/Organize/Bake Etc

I tend to be an all or nothing individual, and although I never make New Years resolutions, I have set a few goals for myself. My first short term ( to turn into long term ) goal is, to use the time when I get up in the A.M. doing my blogging and emails. Get soooo terribly far behind in my blogging, to read it is erratic. Lol my mails?? I can’t tell you how far behind I am in responding. So my goal is while I have my coffee in the morning and just watching the news, I can play on the computer as well. Lol Oh yes, I can also use that time to get in some sewing for the groups I’m in. πŸ¦„

Organize around here. Arrrrrrrgh, the hardest thing to do. We don’t have much storage space, so organizing is difficult. I am , at this point making some desiccant bags for containers I can put in the garage. I have one cabinet with most of my kitchen appliances in it. ( each one is in a plastic bag to protect them, from dust, etc) I have a second one that is narrower, but taller and really need to add some shelves in it. Those work out real well. 🐼

I have my fabric in Sterilite containers, as well as on racks in the bedroom. You see, one of the problems is I have my short arm, with a ten foot table in one spare bedroom, with racks filled with fabric. I use half the closet for fabric and the other half for clothes. Thats one spare bedroom. The second spare bedroom is my sewing room. I have shelves along two walls, one with fabric in containers on two large racks( that’s two racks) The third rack is filled with Freeze dried foods, in #10 cans. That’s part of my food storage.The third wall has boxes stored all along it. Now the last wall has three of the storage containers with drawers (can’t remember what they’re called. Lol). Guess where my sewing machine is?? Behind the loveseat in the living room . Lolol That’s a good thing tho because I like sewing out here while hubby watches tv. 🐑

Last but not least, I like to bake, and need to get into a routine with that as well. One day a week is a good amount of time to spend on this. I bake for us, as well as my daughter and grandkids. Also large quantities of spaghetti sauce etc. The one thing I need time for, and should probably work it into my baking day, is Meals In A Jar. Or I should say Mylar bags mostly now. ( they won’t break if I forget to put a sock around them if we have an earthquake.🐹

Anybody have any suggestions? 🐰🐰🐰 I welcome them.

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Our Shoebox Group

I had a request about exactly how our Shoebox group works. (If I leave anything out or give wrong direction, Susan will correct me.) My dear friend Susan is the one that started the group, and she’s been in quite a variety of groups and she’s the one who makes sure everything is in the works all year.

After we sign up for the Shoebox Swap, Susan sends us a form to fill out, to help us know a little about each other. It’s comprised of questions starting with name, and goes on with things like what kind of fabric you like, consisting of two colors or themes. Say black and white, or fall colors and spring ones, or Christmas or maybe Sunflowers, etc.

You buy two FQ’s each month, one of each color or theme, then by the end of the year you’ll have 12 of each color, a total of 24 FQ’s. The fabric must be good quality quilting fabric.

Edi asked for Civil War:

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Norece asked for light and dark novelty fabrics:

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Other questions include:

What type of fabric do you like, Michael Miller, etc. or your favorite designer

Any particular dislikes:

Any favorite authors, music, colors etc.

Favorite quilt block:

One thing you really dislike:

Select two out of the following group. Then your partner can choose one of those to make. Pincushion, Christmas ornament, mug rug/snack mat, or needlebook (Is there a particular theme or season or color you’d prefer?)

Norece received these two things, though only one was required. She had said, “Surprise me!”

Paper on pincushion reads: A fat quarter is not a body part.
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Chocolate: dark, milk chocolate, white or none?

Favorite drinks: Coffee, tea, herbal tea or other?

Modern or traditional quilting or both?

Favorite fabric designers or likes: Amy Butler,Tula pink kona solids etc.

Other crafts you enjoy?

Any food or scent allergies?

Other things your Swap partner should know about you:

We collect all year, tease a little on the list, report in monthly about how it’s going, etc. If we have a question, we send it to Susan and she finds out and sends back an answer.

Then, between Thanksgiving and Dec. 7, we mail our boxes. It’s fun to see them as people open them. We post pictures. Some people wait until Christmas Day and some of us rip right into them. Our chocolate is a memory by then. LOL

The only requirements we have are the 24 FQs in the requested categories, the hand made gift, and chocolate, unless otherwise requesting none. All of us toss in other fun things, like embroidery scissors or little tins or quilt items – nothing expensive.

Edi got these extras:

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The original idea came from a quilter in a Phoenix, AZ, quilt store. Her guild had done it within the guild. Susan thought it would be a great substitute for Secret Sister programs and this was the 16th year some of us have done it. It was the first year for others. Susan usually invites a few people she knows, usually through blogging, to take the place of those who drop out and there are 12-15 people each year.

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