a favourite shade of blue

a favourite shade of blue

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

unfinished symathy

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This block used to be called a Card Trick, now it is 

Did not get this one done.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


We are waiting for Adam to arrive. It is just 9:22 and he is not expected until after 11:00. So we will be up late tonight. Tomorrow Adam will drive us to Calgary. I love road trips so I expect to enjoy the trip.

It has been a nice week here, the weather remains sunny and hot,not that I sit out in the sun and heat. I do not like that weather,cloudy and cool is what I like best , even a bit rainy. Am I an odd duck or a real duck LOL. We are all different. When I was a young teenager I loved this kind of weather because it meant I could go to the beach and sun and swim in the ocean. Now I do neither of those things and the heat makes me weak.

Ray and I went for haircuts today and I had my toenails clipped. It is so much easier to pay to have them cut than to do it myself. I can't get down that far :>)

Then we went to Subway for a long sandwich which we cut in half and shared. It was good though.

Then we came home a vegged out. I had a nap and Ray naps in his chair but I go and lay down to nap. I cannot nap in a chair, have to lie down.

Then I got up and did my e mail and Facebook messages. That is time consuming I am afraid. But I do like it a lot.

Wheel of fortune.  


There, instructions for this block.

And a little bit of advice to end the day.

And her is a simple but effective floral quilt.

Nice one eh!

That is it folks. I am tired of thinking LOL. Back to waiting!
Good night.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

baskets aweigh

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 Little basket block. Is that little basket or little block LOL.

Again it was a gorgeous day in Vancouver. Had to change the type size.  Now it is easier to read.

A gorgeous day. We are in a drought we think, water rationing orders from the city's Mayor. So we take care with our water by not leaving it running when washing our faces and cleaning our teeth. In the kitchen we turn off the water when it is not necessary for cleaning , do not let it run. We drink bottled water. I don't know if that is in keeping with our plan but it helps. We take the car to the carwash, Remember the verse for saving water. the toilet, if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down. So there it is. no lawn watering. No offense folks.

We went out for a while after grocery shopping. We did not buy much since we are leaving Monday for Calgary, we just bought cream , milk and bread.  Tomorrow we have to pack our bag. We only take one bag and a little one with pills and makeup and cleaning stuff.

Tonight we are watching The Pinkertons I think. Or perhaps The Mentalist, we'll see.

Two pictures of an old Singer open and shut case....
This is lovely, blue and white are always lovely. I remember my first mother in law saying blue and white are so clean looking. She was right. I loved her. Too bad I had to lose her when her son and I divorced.

This mug says it all. Wish I could get one for my Tuesdays.

Things Halloween and Christmas are showing up on Facebook. I guess it is time to sew for those holidays. Below is a Halloween wall hanging to give you an idea for one of your own. Halloween items are easy to make so you can do it yourself.

There the blog for tonight is done.  Have a great evening.

Good night.    



Threadbag and attached pincushion. I have one that my friend Gail made for me and I love it.  Gail gave me many gifts she had made. I treasure them all.

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Dodge City Star

Friday, July 31, 2015

night off

Sorry folks no blog tonight. Talk to you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Today is Wednesday , I have to keep track. I think Ray and I are going to Calgary to visit Richard. It will be lovely to see him again.

Not clear yet when but soon I hope. I need to get the tickets as Ray does not want to drive. We'll fly instead.

Today we did nothing much again. I had to go for blood tests, then we just went into our little mall and I wanted to see what they did to the reconverted grocery store. However it was not much different that before. Only the name has changed.

We couldn't even get a coffee in the mall as the store who serves coffee is closed. I hope it opens up soon. I like a cup of coffee when I go there and something nice from the bakery. The coffee washes it all down easy which is why I like the coffee.

We came home and had salad for dinner. We bought the salads prepacked with a dressing in the pack. I did not like mine and ate just a bit of it. Ray made his usual oil and vinegar dressing and like his salad. I should have done that too.

So Ray boiled some eggs and we had eggs and toast for dinner. It was delicious, we both loved it.

Did I mention that I wrecked my second toe. It is longer than my big toe and when I got out of the tub the other day it bent right under. It became quite bruised and was sore. To make things worse I ran over the toe with my walker LOL. How stupid can you get? It is still not better and looks like it will take a few more days to recover.

This is a lovely quilt that I found on Facebook. I like the colours and the regularity of the design.

Better left unsaid :>)

What a beauty and it is just squares but the colours are amazing.

A real cutie sitting on a real cute hassock. Looks doable doesn't it?
It is time to go folks, have a great evening.

Good night.    

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday doings

What a great day today. Pat picked me up early or I got up early so she could pick me up early. We went for coffee and talked about the things we missed in the last few weeks. She won't be available for the next 2 weeks either. But today was great. 
Then we went off to the church for our sewing day. I have not been there for some time and it was wonderful to see all my friends and to sit and chat and stitch. What more could I ask for. Helen showed me some pictures she had on her phone. The modern phone is amazing, It does things mine won't do. I am contemplating getting one. But I think they are very expensive. Anyway Helen showed me great pictures of quilts and friends that now live in New Jersey I think. I certainly enjoyed looking at the pictures.

We ate our lunch there and finished off our quilting,then we came home. I had gotten up early 7:00 which is early for me. So I had a nap when I got home. That was good.

When I got up I did very little other than use my laptop. Then when Ray came home from his trip to the dentist so he came home with a frozen mouth. Hmm that was good for me. I made supper for both of us. He was tired and I took care of him. Very often he takes care of me so we have a mutual operation here.

I called Marg and we chatted for a while. It was nice to talk to her.
She won $120 at the Villa a local casino. Good for her.

Lovely orange quilt, I found it on Facebook today. It is super but not quilt finished, no borders or binding. Still lovely.

This one is nice, it is made of strips and squares.

                                   Little guy                              
                                                                           And his friend.

Hmm some cake. I love these amazing cakes. Remember I had one on my 80th birthday.

Another great quilt.

That is all folks. Have a great evening.

Good night.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ah new post

Some day I will remember what I did in the day. Sad to say I have to ask Ray what happened.
So here goes. After our usual morning things, reading the newspaper, watching Perry Mason, Quincy and Rockford Files we went out. Off to the mall we went to pick up some new bags for the city recycling that is going on here. We found some at SavOn Foods, then thought we should try Walmart. So off we went to Surrey where Walmart is. They had bags that were unwaxed on the inside and were half the price of the ones we bought at SavOn. We bought some anyway. This is a new programme that the city fathers created for unsuspecting citizens. It is a bit costly but we are in it to help the environment. We might try it with plastic bags but Ray says you just take the garbage and and dump it in the container. He says that is what most people do and it is quite offensive to the nose. So we, as good citizens we use the bags.

After Walmart , which is near the casino and we did not go, we came home and ate some of the cherries we bought. They are delicious. It is so nice to eat the local cherries in July. We have always had the cherries in July and I look forward to eating them.

I did a bit of cleaning up of my sewing area getting prepared for tomorrow when I go with Pat to my sewing group. She has been away for several weeks so I have not been going either. I am looking forward to it.
Then I searched for those cardboard pieces that are in magazines but we must have thrown them all out. I wanted them to cut out some hexagon shapes so I can make them tomorrow.

So that was my day. 
Here are some quilts.   
This could be pretty.
Nice isn't this.

This one is called some kind of an Angel.

On the rollers, this must be a Long Arm machine.

This is called a lap quilt. The background is USA fabric but you can use another fabric if you do not want this one.

Time to go folks.
Have a great evening.

Good night.

Title gone

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Sorry forgot this one.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Late tonight, busy doing other things. But finally I am getting down to business.

We  had a normal day today , nothing special happened. I like to sit around in my night clothes in the morning , read my newspaper and check my e mail, write some letters and just have fun. Then around 11:00 I get dressed for the day. We usually go out for lunch somewhere. We don't have anything special, just tasty food. Often we eat at the mall then go walking around the mall and buy something if we find anything we want. We haven't found much lately. But remember a couple of weeks ago i bought 5 tops. I still have not worn them all but I am working on it. LOL.

Back to today, we just did our grocery shopping and came back home. See a quiet day. We watched TV. Tonight there was a show on Jim Jones and the murder of all his followers by poisoning. It was really well done and though the topic was horrible I did enjoy the presentation of the actual events. Enjoy seems to be a word incompatible with the murder of so many people. But if you can enjoy such a thing I can say I did. It was a horrible time and so many people died terribly from cyanide poisoning. Jim Jones shot himself so he did not take the poison.  A coward to the end.

This is my  son Jim, a loving kind man. He lives in Edmonton so I do not see him very often. He is such a handsome man.

And here is a handsome animal with gorgeous ears LOL.

Row quilts, the latest internet rage. They are all over. There is a contest going on. This one I think is displayed in Ladner at Quilter's Bear. I hope that is the right information.

An oldie but goodie.

Did you have to take this class in school? I did and hated it for some reason. We had to make a dress, it was so ugly I never wore it.
So that is all for tonight folks.

Have a great evening.     Good night.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Yes I woke up this morning to rain beautiful rain pounding against my window. Oh my how we needed it to soak the grass and water the trees. I was very happy about the rain. It is refreshing as well as beneficial.   The flowers were happy about the rain too. We were blessed today.

We had a good day . We went to Metrotown our local mall. It was so crowded with people , kids out of school and people escaping the weather. We just had a coffee and walked a bit. We did not buy anything but bread at the bakery. Ray went to the watchmaker to pick up his watch but the man was out to lunch . We'll go back tomorrow. 

Tonight we are watching the football game, Toronto and B.C.
We are watching the football game Toronto against B.C. The score is 21 to 7 for us.

 Let's  keep it that way.....

In the afternoon we just took it easy and rested. I seem to need a lot of rest lately. It must be my age.
I do a lot of looking on my laptop during the afternoon. Nothing special today though.

That seems to be it for tonight folks.

Have a great evening.
Good night.

Continue with the precious rain.

A special mug rug and it looks easy to make.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

hospital visit

Another gorgeous summer day here in Vancouver. 
We began our day driving across town to the  Diamond Centre across from Vancouver Hospital.  Ray had an appointment with a specialist there to investigate the cysts on his kidneys. One cyst on each kidney was the issue. However the doctor assured him it was nothing. Put it out of your mind the doctor told him. That was a big relief for both of us. 
On that news we took ourselves out to White Spot for breakfast. I had the Sunny Start one of my favourites. It is like a hamburger only with bacon , cheese and egg. It comes with some kind of sauce added to those ingredients. It is very good.  

Ray went to Albion fisheries , his old workplace  after he brought me home. He came back with two sides of whole salmon, one of which we had for dinner. It was fresh and delicious. I cooked it in the oven and made some mashed potatoes with gravy as well. There were no vegetables tonight. I might make some later tonight, a salad perhaps as I like salad for an evening treat.
As we got up early this morning I was tired when I got home from the hospital and had a nap when I came home and   Ray was on his way to Albion.
We did not go out again.  
Lisa and Adam are back from Scotland. They are back home in 
Louisiana. It is great to go away and even greater to come back home.
Ray made a big dish of varied peppers for his dinner and I had the salmon. Sometime we do that, each have a different thing for dinner. It is good to be flexible LOL.
Ah my favourite Dresden Plates. What a lovely quilt. I love the colours.

This block is the ubiquitous Churn Dash . I like it a lot but have renamed it Chicken Little.

Snail's Trail or Shakespeare in the Park ? Beautiful and difficult.

Richard and Emma, great friends.

Enough for tonight folks. Have a great evening.

Good night.