Friday, September 4, 2015

A Week of Girl's Days

Just like the past 42 years, come the 3rd weekend in August, the blacksmith leaves me for a week. 

 Or so they said a week, looks more like a month worth of stuff. 

Tim, Bernie, and Terry are off on the annual muzzle loader squirrel hunt. They do this near Blue Springs on the Current river in southern Missouri.

So what am I to do?????

Sunday, the day they left, I went antiquing. I found this sheet of dress maker pins. The Jacobs store was located just a mile from our house. It was in business from about 1888 to 1924 when it was sold to the Hirschman family. 

Besties from high school!

Monday I surprised my high school girl friend in Washington, Missouri with a visit. Her sisters, Ruth and Betty, helped me pull the surprise off. It had been years, way too many years, since we had seen each other. 

We first went for lunch at Aldo's Pizza. After lunch we checked out several antique and resell it shops. 

It was then decided to treat ourselves to a little dessert. Joe's Bakery in Washington Missouri was the place!!

 It was a hard choice . . . pies and more pies.

 Coconut macaroons. . . .

Strawberry shortcake . . . 

But in the end, we all decided on coconut pie. Thank you Ruthie and Betty for helping me surprise Linda!

Tuesday morning I went to quilt at church. This is a beautiful quilt. It's called something mountain. But it's a stinker to quilt. The backing is tough!

At noon I met my friend Deanna (forgot the picture) for Chinese buffet. I gave her some chambray shirts to embroidery.

After lunch I headed north by about 10 miles to meet my friend Di, in person for the first time! Yes, we met through Facebook, via a friend who knew we both quilted. Thank you Rita H.!

She is a wonderful talented quilter. She loves hexies, the smaller the better. These are smaller than a dime!
 This is a work in progress. I only wish I would have taken a picture of her hand applique work. 

Our first stop was a Satin Stitches quilt shop. I have been looking for word fabric. I really scored here. We bought some of the cities of Missouri fabric. Now I'm playing where's Waldo (only with city names).

We then went shopping at Quilt 4U, a new shop to us both.  Our last stop was Apple tree Quilting shop. Whew, three shops in a short period of time. 

 On Wednesday I had to take some time with my hairdresser. A girls best friend!

Thursday I picked up Mara in Ashland and headed north to Moberly to meet Tammy. Tammy chauffeured us all through Amish county in Clark Missouri. Here were two barefooted boys herding cattle on a gravel road. We guessed them to be about 6 and 10 years old.

Their businesses are all lighted by gas lights. Look at all the kerosene lamps. 

We stopped in Centralia at Grinders bakery for lunch. Become friends with Grinders Bakery on FB, you will drool everyday!

It only took me two stores to find the blue jean rag rugs I love. They wear like iron, can be machine washed and hang to dry. The most expensive was $27.50.  What a bargain.

I also bought a jar of spiced apples, only they are really made out of cucumbers. My son Jeremy loves them! I made them some years ago. It's a long process of soaking in lime, draining, rinsing, soaking, etc. When you can them you also use a whole package of red hots. 

Friday was a sort of girls day. I spent it with a few of my cousins, my mom and my sister. Cousin Ronnie had passed away and he had requested a dinner be held at his house. If you have to leave this earth he chose the right way to go out. Pool side, BBQ, music and drinks. 

Now let me back up a day here, and show you how moving Ronnie's visitation was. He was a Vietnam veteran. His fellow service men came out to honor him. The sidewalks were lined with flags and veterans.

 Ronnie was a great musician, as is most of his family. Here is a video of him singing a song he wrote. Grab the tissues. 

Rest in peace Ronnie Saucier 1947-2015.

Friday evening my grand daughter Lizzie, and daughter in law Lori, and I dined al fresco at Madison's Cafe. By the time dinner was over the moon filled the sky. It was such a beautiful evening. 

Saturday again my grand daughter, daughter in law, and I went to town, for lunch this time. We had real Coke.  You know Coke, it's the real thing?!  Made in Mexico with real sugar.  We ate at Mi Pueblo Bakery and Taqueria. 

I had my favorite, Taco Al Pastor. It is spicy pork, sometimes served with pineapple, onions and cilantro. 

Lori and Lizzie had chicken tostados. 

That my friends, was my Girl's Week!  On Sunday, the squirrels hunters returned about 1:00 PM, 47 squirrels later. From the stories I heard, he had just as much fun with his guys as I did with my girls!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Florida August 2015

To Florida we went . . . 

The last time we saw this little guy, he was a newborn. He is now 4 months old.

No less than 30 minutes after we arrived, Connor was asking Grandpa to show him "cars" on his computer.

Let's show a little brotherly love!

During the week we walked a block to the Little free Library.

Connor enjoyed picking out his book. He was really good about the exchange on the second trip too.

His mother wrote this note for his second trip.

This was just adorable. Not only were there books, but book markers, dog treats, and more!

These were our house sitters while we were gone. Yes, their parents stayed there too. It worked out perfectly, as they were having hardwood floors installed at their house. The grands kept my hummingbird feeders filled and my plants watered.

Connor was so excited for a ride on  SunRail. We rode it from one end to the other. We got off at Winter Park, such a cute area. The street is lined with shops, sidewalk cafes, ice cream shops, and several cigar shops too.


Connor was so thirsty, so he got a drink at the water fountain. Not sure he has the whole concept down, but one lady said you have to get a shot from this angle.

Adorable he is!

We had to check out the banana trees in their backyard.

Yes we have bananas!

Logan got all dressed up for dinner out at Black Bean deli, a Cuban deli.

Mr. Smiles. He is one happy baby.

While walking one evening, we stopped to take a picture of this Carambola tree, also known as Star fruit.

We always do a last day picture . . .so sad we had to leave these boys. They grow so fast. Thank goodness for facetime, we get to visit almost every day.

Until next time!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The red and white swap quilt is finished and more!

Four years ago I participated in a red and white fabric exchange. The story behind all the fabric can be read in my two previous posts. It's really interesting to see where all the fabric came from, not only 37 states, but some was international!

First post 

Second post 

I've had this top completed now for several years. I set it up earlier this summer and quickly realized how much I had missed hand quilting.

This was the last roll.

Here is what I had left after binding. That was almost too close for comfort! Notice the selvege blocks? I also won those in a give away from Sew many ways.

Ta Da!  Finished.

I also completed this baby quilt for a baby girl, who's to arrive early fall. I machine quilted it. Kadie had bought the fabric and gave me an idea of what she wanted. It turned out even cuter than I imagined.

This was week before last, last week we were in Florida spoiling the two grandsons. Maybe that will be the next blog post. Just don't hold your breath.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I've been interviewed

Al and Connye Griffin came to Osage Bluff a couple of weeks ago to interview the quilter and the blacksmith.   They are a sweet couple from Lake of the Ozarks (about 25 miles away) who are writing the lives and stories of local people. We met them through a cousin who gives tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.

Connye and Al, like to stay in the area of Highway 54 that goes across the state of Missouri and beyond. By reading their blog you can find some very interesting people and places, including some fine dining establishments. Al is a professional photographer and Connye was in the language department in Moore Oklahoma's schools.

So I hope will not only go and read the post they did about me: Osage Bluff Quilter, but read their other stories too. You will find lots of interesting things!

I love this picture Al took. I didn't tell Connye and Al, but this isn't all of my quilts, because they won't all fit in there!

Better yet, the Osage Bluff Blacksmith's story will be coming soon!