Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Progress .. a little

So, I've been working on this one quilt for over two years .. and it's not the Grinch quilt (although I've probably been working on that even longer).  Anytime I have a quilt that is different from my normal quilts, I tend to drag my feet.  Anyway, here's what the quilt looks like.

I need to add some fabric to the sides to get it to be a full-sized quilt.  I'm going to use navy for those panels. and then, I'm thinking I'll do the back like this.  But I might change my mind and try something else.  These are the colors of the recipient's favorite hockey team.  I'm just not sure the pattern is what I want.  I need to think a little more on it.

Anyway, I am probably going to do the binding in a red/white stripe which should look good on both the front and back.  We'll see ... 

P.S. -- I decided that I really didn't like what I was doing for the back of the quilt so I'm doing something a little more creative .. we'll just have to see how it turns out.  If it turns out, it will be so much better than this boring block thing.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Second Finish 2018 - Starry Night

Here is my second finish for this year ...

This is for my nephew's new baby Oliver.  I'll ship it out next week -- I need to grab a card and a little outfit as well.

Here is the fabric for Nate's quilt.

I got these extra fabrics to reach a minimum to get free shipping.  I don't know what I was thinking.  Obviously, I wasn't that close to getting free shipping ...  I also accidentally ordered one yard too many for Nate's quilt.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

WIPs and other stuff

So, my nephew and his wife had their baby on March 8  - Oliver William
  Here is the blanket I'm working on for him/them.  I need to finish the quilting.

This is the other quilt I'm currently working on.  I've sewn all the blocks in rows, now I need to attach the rows.  After I sew the rows together I'm going to add a border, probably grey or brown.  There are two additional blocks I'll try to embed in the border. I'm probably going to quilt with straight lines -- maybe 4 or more inches apart -- both directions so it'll be squares. My goal is to finish this by the end of this month.  I'm irritated with myself for dragging my feet on this one.

After all this, I'm hoping to work on the Grinch quilt.  I also have Nate's quilt -- I got the fabric for it today.  I'm excited to get started on it; but I've got to finish these two first.  Here's the pattern I'm going to use.

(image from here)

We're going to be remodeling our house this year.  I might have to take my sewing stuff to my daughter's house so I can sew during the remodel.

White Chicken Chili

As we were preparing our grocery list for the week, we had decided to make Chicken Tortilla soup. To make sure we had all the necessary ingredients, I pulled the recipe book down from the shelf (not a cookbook but a notebook we put print outs of recipes in sometimes).   Before reaching the soup recipe, I happened across a White Chicken Chili recipe and Paul suggested we try that.  So we did.

  • 2 -3 T of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 med onion diced small
  • 2 large cloves of garlic – crushed and minced
  • 1 ½ lbs of Chicken Breasts – diced
  • 2 cans of Beans (Pinto, Cannellini, (add 1 of Black beans for variety)
  • 1 small can of green chili’s – diced
  • 1 med can of Las Palmas Green Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 jalapeƱo minced (if you like it hot don’t remove the ribs or seeds)
  • ½ t of cayenne (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 T of Masa Harina / or 2 corn tortilla’s
  • 2 T of cilantro – minced

We got the necessary ingredients from the store(s) - Costco and Safeway.  I then relaxed a bit and at about 4 p.m. started the prep.  I decided to get everything ready ahead of time.  I cut the jalapeno pepper, the onion, the garlic and the cilantro and the chicken.  Drained and rinsed the beans and opened the cans of chili peppers and enchilada sauce.  I didn't get the spices ready though I had them all out (having them in small bowls would have made things easier). 

It came together really quickly once I had everything prepared and it was really tasty.  Will definitely have again.  I think it made about 6-8 bowls.  Just enough for one meal.  So next time I'll double the recipe so that there will be leftovers.

Of course, no pictures of the completed chili ...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Over You

It's interesting how some songs stick with you.  Over You by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton is one of those for me.  It reminds me of my mother.  I know it's a song about death and getting over it so that's no big surprise, but it was the timing of it.  I came out in early 2012, which is just a little over a year after my mother died, and it struck a chord with me. 

Today would have been my mother's 90th birthday.  I miss her.

Happy Birthday Mom.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

February Made Me Shiver

with every paper I delivered ... Jim Croce, American Pie.

February is coming to an end .. I need to remember that January and February sometimes go by slowly but the rest of the year will just fly by. 

Last month my goal/thing was to get up earlier, with the intent to get on the treadmill and get more walking/steps in.  I moved the alarm to 5:30 and was able to get up most days, at least more than not.  However, I gave myself permission to skip getting up early if I was too tired or lazy or whatever.  No guilt. 

I'm going to keep my alarm at 5:30 for now -- it seems to work.  Or at least it seems to be something sustainable.

For March I will have two goals:
  1. Limit TV watching to 2 hours a day (except for Friday nights when I watch Doctor Who -- then it is unlimited); and
  2. Keep my caloric intake to 1200 / day.  I'm frustrated with my inability to lose weight so I'm going to go back to the old standby of eating less.  That should work.
I read something recently that stated that eating healthier actually brings about weight loss.  To remove processed foods from the diet.  I should probably try to get my husband on board with that (since he is doing most of the cooking now) and see what we can do.  He should be eating healthier anyway.  However, for now, I'm going to count calories.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Always Take a Banana to a Party

I went to Gallifrey One again this year, with Nevada and my nephew Jay.  (#6 on the List).  Turns out there was a baby shower for my SIL on the Saturday of Galli, so I was only able to attend on Friday.

Fortunately, Friday was a good day -- there were interviews with Sylvester McCoy (Doctor #7) and Sophie Aldred (Ace), David Bradley (Doctor #1 and Walder Frey of GoT), and Stephen Moffet (Doctor Who and Sherlock show runner).  Nevada and I also went to a cocktail reception with the Classic Who actors and others.

After the reception, we went back to our room and ate apple and cheese and then went to a trivia night -- btw I suck at Doctor Who trivia.  I knew maybe 2 answers to the questions.

It's over for this year .. :(.  now looking forward to 2019 ..


So.  (My favorite first blogpost word.)

You know I have my list -- which I need to look at so I can see where I stand --anyway, one of my goals this year is to post 2x a week.

I'm having trouble thinking of content.  It's not that my life is busier or less/more interesting (though I don't think I've been doing as much since Nevada moved to Seattle).  I guess I'm just not taking the time to write -- it may be that I'm watching too much TV or that because so many people have stopped blogging, I'm not as interested. Or perhaps because I'm spending more time commuting and am therefore more tired at night ..

Anyway, I need to have a plan of attack, which I'll take this weekend to think what that might be.  It's a long weekend to which I'm adding Gallifrey One (Doctor Who convention) and my DIL's baby shower.  That won't actually give me more time to think -- but it will give me more to write about.

SMART stands for
  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
  • Achievable (agreed, attainable).
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
  • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

Me, in a thimbleberry patch .. surprising I didn't get lost.