Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cooper and the Geese

I took this photo of Cooper in front of dozens of geese late yesterday afternoon. You may think it was near the lake, but no...we are back home. This was in our neighborhood, near a pond. Cooper doesn't bark at the geese or chase them - he just likes to watch them.

We came back a day early because we got to a good stopping place in our work. Today will be a quiet day - remember? I'm not cooking for Thanksgiving! It does seem weird though - no turkey smell, no sweet potatoes simmering on the stove. I may make a pie just to sooth my soul.

I hope to sew a bit today. I want to work on those Christmas animals. And maybe I'll do some hand sewing.

I found this quilt image on Pinterest and simply love it. Such a simple pattern, yet very striking. Yes, I may need to put it on my list...

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My Little Digger

In the Fall/Winter the water level is down at the lake exposing a rocky, sandy shore. While Cooper dashes back and forth, jumping in the water when he feels the spirit, Mickey stays high and dry. But he has discovered the joys of digging in the sand.

We have been very productive here. I've completely cleaned out one closet and have made great progress in the kitchen. We also repaired the flagpole, replacing parts and getting it back upright beside the water. Hubby drained the oil from the lawn mower and replaced it with new oil. He removed the blades to take home to the cottage to sharpen. It will be ready for next year's mowing. 

And so it goes. It's been really nice being here this time of year when no one else is around except a few full timers down the street. We've enjoyed good meals, with wine and cheese before dinner and hot chocolate later in the evening. 

Have a great day!

Monday, November 20, 2017

At the Lake...

After a fun filled weekend, we are at the lake now. We came up yesterday for  few days of working around the house. Although there was be a hard freeze tonight, Cooper doesn't seem to mind swimming in the cold water.

Today Hubby blew and raked leaves, we both moved around rocks near the water, we worked on the boat cover, and I also worked on cleaning out the pantry and kitchen cabinets. More of the same this week. We'll go back to our cottage mid-week.

I brought a bit of hand sewing with me, but we'll see if I get to it. We've been wanting to have a few days to work here and this seemed to be the perfect time.

Enjoy your week!

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Yesterday I worked on stitching the red and green strips to these cute Christmas animals. I don't have a pattern - just trying to wing it and make it work.  LOTS of math here. Only the center part is stitched together, but I think this may be the final layout. I know I won't finish this quilt completely by Christmas, but hopefully I'll finish the top by then. My realistic goal is to have THREE Christmas quilts complete by Christmas 2018. This is the first one. The row of Christmas tree I made last week in number two. And On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter's mystery) in Christmas fabrics is number 3. I think it's doable!

I'm not sure what today will bring. I was tired and slept late...still easing into my morning.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Yesterday I set up my Accuquilt and spent the morning cutting strips. Yes, it's red. I know, I don't usually use red fabric in my quilts. But I'm on a Christmas quilt kick and a Christmas quilt must have red, right? I also cut up some green (of course).

This will be a fun quilt to make and I don't think it will take very long. I'll keep you posted!

So what did I decide about making two Bonnie Hunter mystery the same time...???? Well, I'm going for it! BUT the Christmas color way will not be scrappy - that's my one concession - only four different fabrics.

I made a big decision this week - I'm not cooking for Thanksgiving. I ALWAYS cook for Thanksgiving, so this is kind of a big deal. But we have a lot going on and we're going out to eat instead. And I'm rather glad! Woohoo! More time to sew!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Yesterday I basted a quilt! I know...where's the quilt top? I took a photo before I placed it on the batting...secret project, you know.... Anyway, it's ready to be quilted now.

What wrong with this picture? Hahaha! Little Mickey rules the roost!

My shoulder is almost completely well and that is very good news indeed. I'm ready to get back to sewing and stitching.

These days I want to clean up and organize my sewing room, preparing to begin Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt journey. In fact I've been toying with the idea of making TWO mystery quilts in different color ways. Crazy, right? That's probably asking too much of myself. I was thinking I might make one in Christmas colors, too? I'm going to have to think this through first....

Enjoy you day!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Applique Update

Since I didn't sew yesterday and have nothing new to's an update on this appliqué project. Slowly, but surely....

My shoulder is so much better today! I knew it was just a muscle tweak, but I'll baby it again today to make sure it gets back to 100% by the end of the weekend.

Enjoy your day!