Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Plans are in the works for our upcoming vacation so the Harley is spending some time at the local dealership for some warranty issues before we leave. We are carefully watching the weather before we decide if we are riding or hauling it in the trailer. On a short trip Sunday I was able to find some pretty trees for a new header photograph. With the dry fall, the colors are sometimes hard to find.
Have a good week everyone - and vote early if you can! I'm voting for warmer weather for next week!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I actually do get some projects done and not just write about them. My sister had a birthday awhile back and now that she has received her present I'll post a photo to prove that I really did complete it. And I'm happy to say that she loves it. Now she's a really nice person and probably would say that even if she didn't, but I'll believe her anyway!
Now to go on to works in progress, here is the table runner I finished piecing last night. I'll probably keep this one for myself since it is nice and long and fits my dining room table nicely. It is adapted from a quilt in Heather Mulder Peterson's book, "Let The Good Times Roll". The fabric is Birchwood Lane by Holly Taylor for Moda. J has an order in for one too and it is in the works. It will be a different pattern though and brighter colors. And yes, those are my toes in the photo. I guess I need to put some flannel on a wall so I can stick projects up to look at or photograph them instead of spreading them out on the floor.Now how about a smile for little J. He is getting so big! He defintely fills his car seat up more than the last time I saw him! His mama sent these pics today just in time to make the blog!
Love this photo! Hey Texas niece, looks like the family trait that you and J's Daddy shared is still a force to reckon with! (I'm predicting another lefty here though!) The quilt J is laying on is one my mother made for her one and only grandson. It features embroidered doggies on each block and is put together with brown and white polka dot fabric. J's Daddy had this on his bed for several years until I put it away as a keepsake for his son. Here it is! Looks like he's enjoying it! Some quilts are just meant to be put to use.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The Fall Race Meet is on at Keeneland. None of us had been to the Lexington racetrack and none us are really into horse racing, but it was the plan to check it out and maybe watch a race or two. We had no idea that everyone else in the state had the same idea. Evidently when there is a big UK football game later in the evening, the genteel folks of the Bluegrass State put on their best outfits, high heels and sometimes hats and go to the races.
These ladies even brought their parasols to keep the bright fall sunshine from shining in their eyes.
Just for fun, R placed four bets and one of her horses was a winner! She won $3.60 ! Let's see, $6.00 admission for the two of them, $8.00 bet, and $3.60 won. An hour of fun only cost them $10.40!
Here's her winning horse. Surprising that with as many people as were there, we still were able to find standing room right near the winner's circle.
We finished off the trip with a scenic ride home. It was a beautiful day and we saw some beautiful horse country and parts of Kentucky that we'd not traveled before. I was not successful in getting many good photos though. I guess my fingers were too slow in the chilly air!
Today, D and I headed over to Bethlehem for Autumn on the River Days. We walked through the small arts and crafts fair and around the little town.
The worst part was that we had to park in a dusty field. Fortunately most of the dust blew off the bike as we drove home. But I don't think D enjoyed looking at any of the displays because he was worried about cleaning the bike! Have a great week everyone. I'll be back again soon!
Friday, October 17, 2008
First stop, the movie theatre to see "The Secret Life of Bees" I rarely go to the movies. It just something I never think to do unless there is a new movie out that sounds really appealing. This is one of those. I love the book and the movie did not disappoint. If you have a chance this is a movie to make the effort to see. But bring the tissues - you've been warned!
And you know neither B nor I can pass up a cute kitten. This one was especially purry and loving. It's a good thing they weren't giving her away!
We've got some new neighbors who've moved in across the street so I decided to make some pumpkin bread as a welcome gift. Since I've got this cool Williams-Sonoma pan, I like to use it whenever I've got the chance. The recipe for this one was from Libby's :
LIBBY'S PUMPKIN BREAD
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. each nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon
1 1/2 c. each granulated sugar and packed brown sugar
1 c. oil
2 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. each raisins and nuts (optional)
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add the sugars, mixing well.
Mix dry ingredients with the oil and pumpkin, stirring until well combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, blending thoroughly. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 1/2 x 5 1/4-inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Place on wire rack to cool.
JUST AS I FINISHED WRITING THIS POST, I HEAR A STRANGE NOISE, LOOK OVER TO THE TABLE WHERE THE PUMPKIN BREAD IS STILL SITTING AFTER IT'S PHOTO SESSION AND WHAT DO I SEE BUT BEAMER LICKING THE PRETTY TOP OF THE BREAD!!!! SO - NO GIFT TODAY TO THE NEW NEIGHBORS:( I AM THINKING OF EXCHANGING MY EXPENSIVE REGISTERED BENGAL HOUSE CAT FOR A LITTLE BLACK AND WHITE FARM CAT!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I've managed to finish a scarf and one dish cloth. This is the second dish cloth. Now you girls all know what will be in your Christmas stockings! My friend, T, from aerobics has been helping me recall the knitting skills I learned about 45 years ago. (Boy, does that make me feel old!) She has been kind enough to tutor me and a couple of other friends. It's been fun getting together with this little "knitting club"!
Yesterday was our subdivision picnic. As usual there was more than enough good food. I made pumpkin cupcakes and decorated with my favorite fall candy. The recipe can be found here on Williams-Sonoma's website, only I used a regular cream cheese frosting. With so much food there, several of these are still residing in my fridge. I think one is calling my name right now!
As we arrived home this evening, we were greeted by a hot air balloon passing over our neighborhood. I'm sure these folks were enjoying their peaceful ride on a beautiful fall day!
Have a beautiful fall week everyone!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Another project completed was this goofy little zipper bag I made to match the Chocolate Lollipop bag I made B a few weeks ago. I used this wonderful tutorial I found on Thimbleanna's blog. There will probably be more of these made in the future. Also in the finished column is the Halloween table topper. Other crafty things of note - a knitting refresher course courtesy of a friend met at aerobics class. I'm note sure how much knitting I will do because I'm not sure if I really need another hobby! But I appreciate her help and it was fun getting together with the other novice knitters.
Saturday we recruited M and R for a road trip to Glendale, KY. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the Whistlestop Restaurant and then some shopping at the cute little shops. R and I posed with one of the guys - no wait that's a scarecrow!
Comfortable seating for waiting husbands makes them happy and shopping soooo much more pleasant!
I love fall and all the decorations put out on display by the merchants!
A few weeks ago we joined one of the local H.O.G. chapters. Today was the first time we had gone on one of their regular rides. We rode almost 200 miles total as we wound our way to Rough River Lake lodge for lunch and back. There were 22 bikes with about 30 or so riders and spouses. We had a great time getting to know some of the members and riding some new, for us, roads.
This is the pretty view off the deck of the Lodge restaurant. Lunch was a buffet with locally raised catfish, fried chicken, turkey and roast beef and all the trimmings. We did NOT go away hungry!Tonight we made one last ice cream run to Chillers. We had lots of company as it was the last day of business for them until next Spring. It's not so hard to give up summer when you've got such a beautiful fall day to enjoy! I hope you were able to enjoy your weekend!
Friday, October 3, 2008
(For the rest of you - the photo above was taken on the Kansas farmhouse front porch where we grew up. I still have my little dress - it is aqua/blue with little pink flowers. I think K's dress was pink and white. I imagine our mother made them as she did many of our dresses. It looks as if Mama got a little carried away with the scissors when she was trimming our bangs doesn't it! We always had farm cats but always one was a favorite. I don't remember this one's name but he bears a striking resemblence to "Irving" the miracle cat who several years later survived a Kansas winter in a snowbank somewhere and returned home several months later very grateful for his warm farmhouse home. This is one of my favorite old photos!)