Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wilson's Birthday

 We had an early dinner reservation at the Chart House in
Annapolis to celebrate Wilson's birthday.  It was a switch
from the normal birthday dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse.
Annapolis is approx. an hour + 20 minute drive from our house.
Annapolis is steeped in history and if you'd like to learn
more use this link:
 My meal looked more interesting photo-wise
than Wilson's steak and creamed spinach.
This is the tree near the harbor in Annapolis.  Traffic was a little
heavy last night [which is nothing new] since there is only one
single lane heading out on the main street.  We saw lots of
naval officers in uniform as well as a lot of holiday shoppers.
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Today we are headed to Scossa's in Easton for lunch.
It's Wilson's farewell luncheon as editor of the
Delmarva Review.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wisteria Lane

The westies love to keep me company in my sewing room.
Derby sleeps under my cutting table and Julep demands that I
stop what I'm doing [because it's 4:00 and that means dinner].
 Sweet looking Julep is not so sweet with her demands 
and carrying-on for food.  4:00 is serious business for her.
 Several guild meetings ago I found this pattern on the
 free table so I snatched it up.  It's pretty easy & easy is good
at times when you don't want a complicated block to make.
 Here are a few of the beginning blocks.   I decided to combine
the forest owls fat quarter silver fabric with the silver shimmer jelly
roll fabric.  They works perfectly together.  This quilt will be
my new winter quilt when done.
I noticed a Facebook friends has a Christmas tree decorated
with nothing but owls - how cool is that.  I'll be watching the
post-Xmas tree sales for another cashmere pencil tree.  This is the
same style I have by our front door.   We have a nice spot
in our dining room that needs a thin tree which we can
also see from the kitchen/living room. 
 I'll have to do better in picture taking to capture
the shimmer of these fabrics.
I did manage to sew together all the blocks last night.
So today I want to add the side and top borders.  My next project 
is a holiday quilt for my mom.  She spotted a fabric she loved
in my past post on fabrics from 5 Bucks a Yard.com.
...
Today is Wilson's birthday so we are heading to the
Chart House in Annapolis for dinner.
...
Happy Holiday's

Friday, December 2, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas

A Puppy's Twelve Days of Christmas
by Elise Lewis 1997 

On the first day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
The Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the second day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the third day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the fourth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the fifth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Five chewed-up stockings 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the sixth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Six yards of soggy ribbon 
Five chewed-up stockings 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the seventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Seven scraps of wrapping paper 
Six yards of soggy ribbon 
Five chewed-up stockings 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the eighth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Eight tiny reindeer fragments 
Seven scraps of wrapping paper 
Six yards of soggy ribbon 
Five chewed-up stockings 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the ninth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
My wreath in nine pieces 
Eight tiny reindeer fragments 
Seven scraps of wrapping paper 
Six yards of soggy ribbon 
Five chewed-up stockings 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the tenth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Ten Christmas cards I shoulda mailed 
My wreath in nine pieces 
Eight tiny reindeer fragments 
Seven scraps of wrapping paper 
Six yards of soggy ribbon 
Five chewed-up stockings 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the eleventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
Eleven unwrapped presents 
Ten Christmas cards I shoulda mailed 
My wreath in nine pieces 
Eight tiny reindeer fragments 
Seven scraps of wrapping paper 
Six yards of soggy ribbon 
Five chewed-up stockings 
Four broken window candles 
Three punctured ornaments 
Two leaking bubble lights 
And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me 
A dozen puppy kisses And I forgot about the other eleven days.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fabricologist

 Katie Wyatt, Fabricologist
Has a nice ring to it ... doesn't it!
 Here is the fabric I ordered from 5 Bucks a Yard.  I do need to 
mention that they sell fabric below $5 as well.  I was very
impressed with the cutting, folding, and packing of the fabric.
The quality was excellent ... so overall I'm a happy fabric camper
and it would be a very safe bet that I'll order from them again.
 Love the vintage truck fabric.

 This is a Jane Sassman design.  She did a presentation at our
guild several years ago and she is a local Marylander.  If you don't
like big, bright and bold then her fabric line is not for you.
 Christmas this year or next ... I'm not sure but
in any event I'll be ready.
Well, that's it for today.  I'm now waiting for my other
Cyber Monday fabric order from Hancock and today
I took advantage of a great price from JoAnn's on a
roll of cotton batting - more than half off and free
shipping on top of that ... I wouldn't have slept tonight
if I didn't take advantage of a sale like this one.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's Good To Be Home

Julep & Derby 7 Years Ago
One of my favorite photo's from Facebook Memories that
came up on my Newsfeed.
...
 I was extremely busy yesterday catching up on various
activities like writing Christmas cards, doing laundry,
ironing and packing up auction items I donated to Westie
Rescue New York's Facebook auction.  Then it was off to
the post office to stand in-line.  Various other odds and
ends were also completed so it was a very productive day.  
 This quilt was finished and sent to it's forever home before we 
left for NYC.  It went to Betty who owns Ming - Julep and Derby's mom.
It's made from the Moda Jelly Roll fabric I got in Lancaster.
The back fabric is a lovely paisley outlined in gold.
...
Today I should be getting a big box of Black Friday sale
fabric from 5 Bucks A Yard.  This is my first order from 
them so we'll see how it's goes.  I also ordered on Cyber Monday
sale fabric from one of my favorite on-line stores called
Hancock of Paducah ... so the warning is it out ... you
will be seeing a lot of fabric in a future post. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Last Night: New York

 Our last night in New York City we met up with Daisy {in
the baseball cap} and Ariel.  Daisy picked a Mexican restaurant
within walking distance of our hotel which I was able to
secure a reservation using Open Table.  The place was packed
and a little loud [for us] but the food was good.
 During our entire time in NYC we saw one other person
walking around with a camera around his neck.  It's amazing how
everyone is using the camera in their cell phones.  By the way, 
these [photo's] were taken using my iPhone.
Walking back to the Sofitel after our last dinner this
building was lit in blue lights.
In Summary
Overall I can say we had an enjoyable trip.  
Wilson & I met a Facebook friend [of mine] for drinks the
last night ... we walked everyplace and my Fitbit was
happy with the steps it counted ... never had to wait for a
 taxi [which is unheard of] ... the train station on Sunday 
was not crowded and since we had business class seats we
had Red Cap service down to the train before others boarded
... the ride home to the eastern shore was uneventful.  
...
Now to get back on-track for the holidays.
Writing cards, doing a little Christmas shopping, and
baking cookies are on the 'to do' list so far.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday: New York City

 Today we headed out walking in the direction of Daisy's school
the Parson's School of Design.   This lead us in front of the NYC Library.
 It's a beautiful building and on our last visit we went inside.

 The sidewalk was not packed with people and the temperature
was a little warm.  We had to unbutton our coats.
 The next stop on our photo walking trip was to see the
windows at Lord & Taylor.  The entire block of L&T was 
made into a canopy of greenery, little squirrels tucked here and there,
and a ton of white lights woven throughout.  It was cool to walk under.
 I a few pictures of L&T's windows.
 A few L&T fashion windows.

 Next stop was Macy's ... and welcome to humanity!
This area was a zoo of people and I couldn't wait to
get out of there - seriously.  I went to my Open Table
app on my iPhone and found a place for lunch called
Rocco's Steakhouse.  I had an excellent chicken Cesar 
Salad and Wilson had a roasted pork chop with a side of
mashed potato's and spinach.  
 I felt Macy's windows looked cheap and we skipped the 
JC Penny's windows.   Sak's had the best windows.
 Even though you may think this doesn't look crowded it was.
To the right of the picture was a roped off area with tables,
chairs and very loud music and a ton of people just hanging out.
 Union Square 
I used my iPhone's Google Maps app to navigate us from Macy's
to Rocco's Steakhouse which was an 8 minute walk.  
After lunch it was a 5 minute walk to meet Daisy and Ariel.
 I'm So Short!
Wilson took a 'selfie' of us when we met up with the girls.  
 Sofitel hotel lobby - last night.
 This is one building Daisy has classes in.  There are several others
buildings within a block or two that holds some of her classes as well.
I can tell Daisy loves this city and why not ... she's young,
talented, and full of energy.  As they say - do it while you're young
and the world is your oyster.
This is one large donut! Wilson & I couldn't finish it 
while we sipping on coffee waiting for Daisy to meet us. 

This morning I came up with the idea we should take Daisy
to her favorite art store so she could get needed art supplies.
 Her birthday is Christmas Eve so it's her early b'day gift.
She was beyond appreciative because art supplies are very expensive.
 Daisy picked two super-thin brushes, a pad of excellent quality paper,
some super-thin pens for detailed work, an a bunch of tubed paints
of some kind.  We gave her a very generous limit and what she didn't
 spend today we gave her the balance in a gift card.  
...
One more day to go in NYC and have to say I'm ready to
go home.  We haven't shopped in the department stores
due to the crowds and I doubt if we will go on Saturday.  
Today's Fitbit Step report is: 
8,149 steps = 3.44 miles
[and my legs feel it]

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Turkey Day in NYC




 Today for Thanksgiving dinner we met grand daughter Daisy
[left] her art school friend [Ari who is from Greece] and
Ariel [Daisy's high school friend from LA].  We took everyone
to an early dinner at the Capital Grill in the Time Life Bldg.
which was just a few short blocks from our hotel.  They took
an Über from Greenwich Village.  We had a good time and
I made Ari promise when he becomes a famous artist
he'll give me one of his works.
 Walking back from dinner we stopped briefly to take
a few night pictures with our iPhones.
 The sidewalks weren't that busy and there
was only a short line at Radio City.

We'll catch up with Daisy and Ariel sometime on Friday
afternoon for a late lunch and a little tour of Parson's.
Hope everyone had a nice turkey day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New York: Wednesday

 The weather today was perfect so we did a lot of walking.  
According to my Fitbit watch we walked 7,593 steps 
which equals 3.21 miles.  Here is a photo of the Chrysler 
Building taken from the entrance to Bryant Park and the
beginning of the Christmas market.
 Getting the camera ready.

 Walking through Bryant Park and looking at all the vendors
participating in the Christmas market was fun.  I didn't
buy anything but saw a lot of things I could of.
 The carousel in Bryant Park.  Wilson wanted to buy me a
ticket for a ride but I graciously declined.
 Sak's 5th Avenue - decorated and lit.
 Both doors to the entrance to Sak's was decorated in
a candy theme.

 We may or may not walk back tonight to take photo's of the
lights at Sak's.  We did see them from a distance last night.
 Rock Center & the Angels.
 The Angels are a staple here every year.

 The famous Christmas tree in Rock Center is still
being decorated with lights.  I was surprised that we could still 
move around the upper deck of the ice skating rink
 but I'm betting tonight this area will be packed solid with tourist.



 The sun was in the wrong place to get good pictures
of the Sak's windows but at least you can get a general idea.







 How I loved this dress.  The fabric was interesting
and I told Wilson he was lucky it doesn't come in my size.
 We briefly popped into Sak's to take this photo.  The entire
first floor ceiling is decorated like this which makes you
feel you are walking through a very expensive forest.
 The photo's don't do the decorations justice.  Since we were in
the fragrance section I was handed 5 sample cards sprayed
with some of the newest perfumes ... so I stuffed them inside
my coat pocket which smells really good.
 We had a late lunch at Del Fresco's which is sorta directly
across from Radio City.  We've been there several times
before but for dinner.  Lunch was excellent and we would go back.
 The locus trees still have some leaves which makes
the area seem fairy-like.
 The traditional red Xmas balls are always in this spot
which is right across from Radio City.
We walked back to our hotel via Time Square.
It was starting to get packed with tourists and
police were visible at every turn.   We wouldn't 
go back thru there - once per visit is enough.