An Update

So much for yacking about my garden every month… I have decided to try winter gardening as I am such a hands off summer gardener.  It just gets too hot around here during the summer. So, with the help of my gardener, my planters are ready to go – whenever I get going:

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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Dear younger son and dear daughter came home.  Dear older son went to his girlfriends… and so it begins :).   Anyway, DD and I baked the first batch of Christmas cookies so DYS could take some back up north, and DD could take some back down to University and share with friends.  Here we are in our festive aprons:

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I was asked to help knit some scarves for our local Youth Hope.  So for the last few weeks, I have been knitting along.  As usual, my estimate of how fast I can knit was really off.  I managed to make 5 Mariners scarves.  There are apparently more homeless boys than girls, so I tried keeping the colors neutral, but that pink and variegated one snuck in there :).

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IronBruin!

Now that dear younger son graduated, we have been deprived of watching Collegiate Ice Hockey games.  But fear not, dear daughter has joined the Triathlon team in addition to the cycling team.  So last weekend, we woke at 4:30 in the morning and headed to my alma mater to watch her participate in her first triathlon, the UCLA IronBruin.  It was really a lot of fun! Photo taking was a bit difficult as they are in motion all the time.

We are very proud of her –  her first triathlon, and she managed to come in #112 of 300!

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A Very Special Birthday

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Last month was my Birthday.  For whatever reason, I spent the last year thinking I was 53, when in fact, I was 54.  So, it felt like I got two years older!  Oh well, I am just happy to celebrate another birthday :).  Normally, dear hubby bakes me a cake, but he was out of […]

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Gift Quilts

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I finished these quilts back in August, and can now share them since they have been given to their recipients.  I made the first quilt for my MIL, when we visited her in Europe.  I used a kit I found at our local quilt shop.  The second one, I made for my brother-in-law.  He likes […]

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A Yoyo Quilt

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I was visiting my parents today, and took photos of a yoyo quilt I had made for them years ago.  I must have been a teenager, since the gift was for their 25th wedding anniversary in the ’70s?  I don’t think they actually got the quilt until much later.  Looking back, I am amazed that […]

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The Start Of Another School Year

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Since dear hubby drove up with younger son to the bay area, then flew home, it was my turn to drive dear daughter back down to University.  We managed to pack everything in – I think it helped that she only took her road bike.  Now it’s time to pick up and clean up the […]

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Kid #2 Launched… Sort Of

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Younger son has moved up to the bay area to start his newly graduated life.  Unlike older son, younger son goes without employment.  It is an adventure of sorts.  He and two of his friends are working on a Social Media start up, and will find jobs(eventually) to sustain themselves.  Oh, to be young again, […]

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Our Family Vacation

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We had a wonderful family vacation the past two weeks.  Amazingly, all five of us were able to take a vacation together.  I took tons of photos, and here are just a few – from Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria: Zagreb Cathedral, Croatia: Church of St. Mark: Shopping in Zagreb.  As you can see, the boys […]

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Cowboy Quilt Top

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I started this quilt a year ago.  It was a pattern from one of the classes I took.  Since I didn’t like my fabric choice(too plain and boring), I decided to applique cowboys and horses that I found in the book Applique Quilt Revival. The cowboys and horses are raw edge applique that I blanket […]

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September Garden 2014 & Norwegian Trolls

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What has Norwegian Trolls got to do with my garden you ask? Nothing really, but there doesn’t seem to be much happening in the garden, so I thought I’d share.  Here are some photos of the blooms hanging on in my front garden – so pretty: Dear Hubby came home from a business trip to […]

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Quilts For Project Linus And The Master Chorale

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I was asked to make a quilt for Project Linus.  A novelty fabric was supplied.  I chose to use my scraps to make a scrappy baby quilt – I really like scrappy quilts.  Most of the novelty fabric went on the back of the quilt.  I even used the different stitches on my machine (finally!) […]

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Sew Sisters Exchange Quilt Reveal!

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This is the first year I participated in the Sew Sisters Quilt exchange, and it did not disappoint.  We gathered at a wonderful Spanish Cafe for a brunch followed by the exchange.  Lots of photos to share, so here I go: If Donna’s quilt for Lynn looks familiar, it’s because I made one similar to […]

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