Thursday, March 24, 2011

Visitors from The Great Salt Lake

Today there were seagulls everywhere. This group spent the whole day in the field next to us - the one they sprayed yesterday. Dh came home and was wondering how they knew to show up Is there a seagull hotline or facebook page did someone tweet to them. He was having a silly afternoon.
We had snow then rain this morning and then it cleared off and we had some sunshine before it started to cloud up again. Tomorrow will be one of those wait 5 minutes and the weather will change days. Think we will go to the movies and watch the Limitless movie. Dh wants to see it I may decide to go watch Rango.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Every Where You Look

Every where you look around here there are tractors in the fields getting them ready for planting. The field next to us has had hay in it for the last two years and they'll probably do another crop again this year. It's really nice to see them out working makes me thing spring is really just around the corner. Tomorrow we are supposed to have another storm coming through and not have really nice weather until maybe next Monday. Last week as a storm was moving in I saw all these birds in the tree getting ready. We are starting to see more and more birds. Wonder what we will find this spring.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On The Needles

I've been working on a knitted baby blanket for no reason other than to try out a new stitch. I really like the look of it and it is a very easy pattern. It's called the Farrow Rib Stitch and if you google it, it is easy to find. The nice thing about this pattern is it looks the same on both sides.
It is a beautiful 40 degree windy day here. There is a mouse in the house and all the older cats have taken turns guarding it's location. Then Squeak comes along and it is a growl and hiss stand off. So most of my day has been spent saving Squeak from being torn limb from limb. I'm beginning to think she will never learn when to back off. Well, I'm off to try and get some sewing done, again, we'll see how long that lasts.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Just Because the calendar says so

My calendar says it is Spring, but I look out my window and it still looks like winter to me. The wind is blowing and the sky is overcast and it is chilly so I'm thinking maybe my calendar jumped the gun a little.

This morning Squeak was showing signs of spring fever. She found and empty box and entertained herself and us playing with it.
She loves bags and boxes to play with, I think, more than her toys. She sure gets the most out of each day. Since coming to live with us she has provided daily laughs. May you all be so lucky to have someone or something in your life to make you laugh and the day just a bit brighter.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy National Quilting Day

What better way to celebrate National Quilting Day than by entering the giveaway at . She is also having the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards. Here's your chance to vote for your favorite quilters and designers. This runs through the 31st of March.

This quilt is one of my favorites. My sister designed this pattern and one weekend we pieced it for a customer of mine and I quilted it using the Double Rose Vine pantograph. It really came out nice and I'd like to make one for our bed. My sister calls her pattern House of Cards.

This quilt is called King David's Crown from a book by Sally Schneider and Barbara J. Eikmeier called Traditional Quilts with Painless Borders. I was lucky enough to be able to take a class from Sally when she lived in Washington. I'd also like to make another one of these large enough to fit our King Sized bed so it is on the TO DO list. The cat is Squeak giving it the cat seal of approval. Hope spring is showing in your area soon.

Finally, keep the Japanese people in your prayers. They will survive, but it will be a very long haul. There are places starting to gather quilts to send and you can find out some information at

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Beautiful Day and Richard

It has been a beautiful day here. Blue skies with white puffy clouds and lots of sunshine.
I was looking through all the pictures I have taken since we moved to Idaho. I came across this one of Dh and our friend Richard when he came for a visit last summer. He didn't stay very long, but he and DH had a good visit and it was nice to see him again. Last month we received word that Richard had passed away in his sleep. To say it was a real shock is an understatement. It is still hard to believe that I can't send him any more funny jokes and stories or give him a call to see how he is doing. He was Dh's friend, but he also became my friend. So I encourage you to not put off doing something you really would like to do you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Spring Like Day

Today the temperature made it over 50 degrees here in Rupert. It should be mid 50's most of the day tomorrow before the next cold front gets here tomorrow evening with the thread of thunder showers. It was a lovely day today and just serves to make me want spring right now. Managed to get two blocks put together before I was ready to do Squeak in. She thinks she is supposed to be on the cutting table to help cut, on the sewing table to help sew and play with the iron cord to make ironing as difficult as possible before she unplugs the iron and takes off at light speed when she is yelled at. She can be so annoying, but even so I wouldn't trade her. The older cats, however, would trade her in a second.