Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Walk in Historical St. Michaels

 It's been so beautiful outside I took a break from house
cleaning to get the mail and take the westies for walk.
 Should I?  Could I?
We have a nice walking route around town.  I have learned to wear 
flat shoes on the uneven brick sidewalk.
 Should I ... Could I ... I Did!
Marking the path for all the dogs that walk this route.
I call it 'reading the doggies newspaper'.
 Derby must be the first in getting out the front
door and in walks - don't ask me why.   
They think they own this town.
Well that's it for today ... Katie

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I Forgot To Show You These!

 Just ... Julep
 Gnomes & Mushrooms
In all my business I forgot to post the pictures of all the
other stuff I finished.  I'm exhausted cleaning the new 
house and wish I could cuddle on the sofa with this quilt.
 I have a lot of Christmas fabric so I'm working my way
through my stash.  I love this quilt and I know who's
home it will be going to.
 Kaitlyn's Christmas quilt.  She told Mommy Sarah she's not
into the princess/Frozen stuff anymore ... so I made this quilt
using fun fabrics.  Both Kaitlyn and Cole love to put 
seasonal quilts on their beds.  I was told by Sarah I need
to make quilts for Valentine's Day & St. Patty's Day.
 This quilt is made with more adult fabrics with a sprinkle of
cuteness.  I like this block pattern so you will be seeing it again.
 Little Scottie's ... a set of standard pillowcases.
And here we are ... back at Julep.
I finally got her face shaped to a more 'westie look'.
We are trying a new groomer next week and I hope
she doesn't screw the head shape up.  

I've been cleaning the new house and finally finished 
all the kitchen cabinets.  I did manage to bring over 
a few more boxes from the storage unit which I
dumped into the garage for now.  I also vacuumed
 the entire house to get the dust up and now I need to
vacuum the area between the tack strips {the things to
hold the carpet in place} and the wall - that I'll have to
do with a hand-held vacuum.  The carpet is on
schedule for install next Wednesday and we are ready
to schedule the delivery of the refrigerator and our
new king size bed.  We are still debating on what type
of blinds we want.  Wilson has the upstairs measured
and we know this will take a chunk of money even if
he installs them vs. [say] Next Day Blinds.  

We MAY have a couple to rent this house - we are
waiting for several things to fall into place [or not]
before we set the date with the professional mover.

Signing off for another day of hard labor,

Monday, October 5, 2015

6:30a.m. Alarm!

Don't Wake Me Up ... Derby 
If you remember [in one of my previous posts] I
hate dislike getting up early in the morning.  For some
it's a piece of cake ... but for me it's torture.  I seriously think it
has to do with the time I was born:  5:39a.m.! 
Today {Monday} we need to be up by 6:30a.m. for a 
Lowe's delivery at 7:30a.m. at the new house.  Coming off the
truck was a toilet, sink, and faucet for the powder room and a workshop
station {I don't know what you really call it} as well as a cabinet
for storage ... all for the man cave section of the garage.
I'll post a photo of that later.
 So since I was up and at the new house I started
re-cleaning all the kitchen cabinets inside and out.  The fine dust
from the floor sanding made it's way into everything.

This photo was taken with my iPhone while standing
at my kitchen sink.  Out on the pier that white looking thing
is a white egret.  He spent a good part of the day there.
 So we had Lowe's at 7:30 and at 1:30 we had a
freight truck deliver our new breakfast nook table.
Wilson needs my help to put it together as well as the
three bar stools that are in boxes in my laundry room.
I ran out of shelf liner so I made a quick trip to Target 
where I proceeded to run into Susan who would have been our
 neighbor at the lot on Riverview.  On the way home
 I went by the storage unit and picked up a few boxes of books.
The empty space to the left is waiting for the refrigerator.  

Also on the schedule for this week is a meeting
with the landscaper, a meeting with the contractor,
and the wallpaper guy will start in the powder room.

In all this craziness we had to show the rental house
to a couple who is looking to move to
the area in early December.  We are working on
details to see if we can make all this happen.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Completing Projects

 I've been extremely busy taking advantage of all the rainy
days.  Over the past several weeks I put together six (6) quilt tops.

 It took me several days to put these together meaning ... picking
the backing fabric, cutting the batting, spray basting the three
pieces together, quilting them, and making the binding for
the finishing touch.  Gosh, that's a lot of work!
 The westies ... waiting - hoping ... a dog come by.
 Did I ever show you my sewing room?  The beautiful wood
tables were made by Wilson for his workshop in Bozman ...
but they are mine now.  Wilson cleverly cut a hole in the table
for a small trash can.  You won't believe how handy this is to
toss small scraps and threads into.  The sewing room in the new
house is bigger than this room but it doesn't get the natural
light like this room does.  Different house, different model
and layout.  Oh well, you can't have everything!
 Three finished, pressed, and put away.
 This owl quilt be will going to my friend Katie to
give to her grandson for Christmas.  I need to make the
grand daughter a quilt and I'm thinking of using
the leftover fairy fabric for that one.

This fairy quilt will be going to Marinna who is our
next door neighbors grand daughter.

This quilt is destine for a westie rescue group auction.

 My brain finally woke up with how I could make two matching
pillowcases if I only had one yard of the main fabric leftover
from a quilt.
Well ...
my break time is over as I have three more quilts to finish.
I also am toying with the idea of learning how to make a
tuffet.  There are kits which include everything so
all I need is the skill set.  
Little Miss Muffet
Sat of a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

You May Have Known ... But I Really Didn't

Just for the record Derby said he's not afraid of any 
hurricane. But he did make it quite clear we better have
enough kibble in the pantry in case we lose electricity.
We've been lucky this hurricane season [actually real lucky
if you ask me] but I feel our luck is slowly running out ... 
that brings me to the subject of today's blog post
Why are Hurricanes Name?  Here is the explanation:

Why are Hurricanes Named? 

Hurricanes occur every year and sometimes two or three 
hurricanes can be active at the same time. Using names 
for these storms makes it much easier for meteorologists, 
researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains 
and citizens to communicate about specific 
hurricanes and be clearly understood. 

For that reason the World Meteorological Organization develops
 a list of names that are assigned in alphabetical order
 to tropical storms as the are discovered in each 
hurricane season. Names can be repeated after an interval 
of six years, but the names of especially severe storms
 are permanently retired from use. 

In the Atlantic Ocean, tropical storms that reach a sustained 
wind speed of 39 miles per hour are given a name, 
such as "Tropical Storm Fran".  If the storm reaches a sustained 
wind speed of 74 miles per hour it is called a hurricane - 
such as "Hurricane Fran".  So, hurricanes are not given names, 
tropical storms are given names, and they retain their name 
if they develop into a hurricane. The names used for recent and 
future Atlantic storms are listed in the table below. 

To continue reading this article [and see the names
of future hurricanes] use the link provided below:

Be safe my fellow east coast friends.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Derby, A Holiday Quilt & Our New Floors

 I raced to sew this holiday Scottie quilt together so the
westies wouldn't run over all the pieces I had sitting on the floor.
 This is either the second or third quilt I made using this
pattern ... so I didn't need to refer back to the directions
[which makes the process of putting together go faster].
 Next grooming appointment will be October 12th!

 These photo's were taken by Wilson using his Big Boy Nikon.
This photo is looking through the laundry room into the breakfast
area into the family room.  With all the rugs we have we
 don't have one that fits in the breakfast area.  They are all larger.
We've been looking on-line for a 8x10.  Wilson ordered the
new round table for this space as well as the 3 bar stools
for the counter area of the kitchen.
The view from the hallway.  After the sanding everything is coated
in a fine dust as to be expected.  I have a lot of work cut out
for me cleaning all this up.  I have until the carpet guys 
come which is my personal goal.
From the upstairs landing looking down.  Carpet
is scheduled for install in mid-October.  Once that's down
there is no reason why we can't move the furniture
that's sitting in the garage into the master bedroom.
Target to be moved in by:  December 1
I just want to be settled.

Monday, September 28, 2015

It's Monday

 If you think all the westies do is sleep .. .. well, you're wrong!
They are full of energy during the day - so much so it
drives us crazy.  We can't wait to move into the new
house were there is no look-out to the street.
 I made this table runner and mailed it to my cousin Alberta
as a little surprise.  Hope she likes it.
 I'm seriously trying to work through my holiday fabric
stash.  Why - I don't know - but I am.  This quilt and combo
of fabrics turned out better then I expected. Maybe
I'll keep this one just for me.
 Gnomes ... I love little gnomes and I may keep this
one for myself also.  Am I being greedy?  Just how many
holiday quilts can one girl have.
 A work-in-progress.  Lots of little pieces to sew together.
I have the bottom rows done.  This one will go into one
of the Facebook rescue auctions.
 A well fed Julep taking her after dinner nap.

Friday, September 25, 2015

What They Did & What I Did

 What they did today was lounge around the house.
I guess there's nothing wrong with that as long as they
don't lounge under my feet.
 What I did today was make three [3] westie table runners.
This custom made fabric was sent to me by Fred & Duffy Askin.
Fred was instrumental in helping us locate a breeder when
we were looking for our first westie puppy.  For that
we will be forever thankful for pointing in us the right direction.
 I received 3 yards of fabric and I just had to make Fred and
Duffy something ... thus the idea of quick table runners came to mind. 
Fred is an interesting guy.  He lives in Baltimore and recently retired 
his position of director of Surgical Pathology at John Hopkin's 
Bayview campus.  He is an internationally recognized expert 
in pediatric pulmonary disease and in pediatric neoplasms.  I'm not
sure if he consults or teaches but regardless he's one smart cookie with
a love for the westie breed.  

Below is a picture of Fred's westie 'Boss'.  If memory serves me
correctly Boss was born and then transported here from Poland. 
Boss [in his perfect show coat] makes my two westies 
look like little rag-a-muffins.

So that's it for now ... have a great weekend and thanks
for popping in to see what we're up to.