Tuesday, December 24, 2013
plan to watch more Christmas shows on TV for the Evening. Earlier in the day it was sunny but very cold, now it is grey and snowy. tomorrow is Christmas day and I can't wait to see my family. We are meeting at Nancy's for Dinner. The weather will be a bit warmer and the snow should stop around midnight tonight. Merry Christmas all.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
It's Thanksgiving day! I am so thankful for my family and friends today and everyday throughout the year. I am glad for today, a time for families to gather together and a reminder to all to be thankful. I hope that you all carry this day forward into the next 365 days and make gratitude an attitude! Being grateful daily has shown to be a health bonus. I do hope each one of you make thankfulness and gratitude a lifestyle, it will have a profound positive effect on your life.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Well it seems that both of my computers wont let me on th internet. I am so frustrated! I love to blog and this certainly is putting a damper on that. So glad for my androud phone and tablet so I can keep updated on my emails. I hope to be up snd running soon.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
GOOD MORNING! I've been awake since 5am & pursuing the internet, reading my emails and checking out Pintrest. Found some great ideas for salt dough ornaments, ribbon embroidery, quilting & DIY crafts. Gathering ideas is a great way to start my day. I should get out of bed. I'm hungry for breakfast - oatmeal is a good way to start my day. Then off to quilting at the pointe with Gwen & Frank. Maybe Cecilia will join us. (or maybe stay home to work on some illustrations for Nan's book). Then off to the city with Raymond to check out an apartment. Hope it isn't to chilly outside.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
|A Snowy May Day|
In Late June I went on my 1st Road Trip of the summer to NY State to visit with my brothers, Eddie and Bobby, attend my Niece Kim's Wedding to see my Granddaughter Jessica. My youngest daughter Beth came with me and we shared the Driving. Her Goal was to hang out with her cousins and to see the sights of NYC. We both met our goals on the trip and it was so nice to have time to visit with my daughter as we drove back and forth. I even got to see my old high school in Elmsford NY and visited my homestead on Taxter Road. I did a lot of reminiscing on this trip.
We got back to town on July 3rd & no sooner did I get back home then I was off to a Quilting retreat here in Hudson WI sponsored by my LQS "Sew Little Time" to quilt. I was able to concentrate and finish 5 quilt tops. 4 will become baby quilts and one will be a table topper.
Then the following Sunday while a church my friend Valoriea was telling everyone about her move to Tennessee and her need for a driver. Mmmm I was thinking I would love to see Tennessee, I was retired and had no place to be at any specific time, but I wouldn't be able to drive a large moving truck nor help much with the packing & unpacking of the vehicle. After church I was talking to Valoriea and expressed my thoughts. "Can you drive a Pickup Truck?" she asked. I was sure I could if I could get into her truck. I had driven trucks off the line for Ford Motor Co when I worked there and had owned a Lincoln Navigator and drove that all over. So we went outside to try out her pickup truck. I could get into it! She took me on as her driver - she already had people coming over to pack and unpack her car. So my 2nd road trip was born, A working road trip for me.
I was talking with my daughter Nancy about my trip and she was also leaving to go on her Camping Road Trip with her daughter Zuri at the same time. "Say Mom if you can meet me in Nashville on the 8th of Sept we could drive home together. Wow. I was sure that would work and it did. I was able to get into Nashville a couple of days early and enjoyed some down time before meeting Nancy and Zuri at the Nashville KOA Camping Cabin.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
|My Brother Eddie and Wife Helen|
|Aunt Anita & Cousin Judy - below is Cousin Marion |
with Judy's Husband Bob
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
|Bouquet's for my favorite Actors|
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Thoughts and musings from my Working Vacation/Sunday Aug11th 2013
I plan to upload my vacation pictures taken along the way to share with you all.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Thoughts and musings from my Working Vacation/Saturday Aug 3rd 2013
In the morning we went down to the lobby for breakfast of eggs
waffles, yogurt and coffee & juice, walking past the restaurant with the amazing architectural windows with the copper leaves.
We stopped for a break in Tuscola, WI at the Tanger Outlet Mall.
They had a Farmer's Market there at the Mall Entrance with several vendors with fresh vegetables, specialty Cheeses, flavored popcorn, that provided small tastings & an Amish Family selling freshly baked pies, breads and other bakery. We bought a small Blackberry Pie and Popcorn to have later that evening at our next stopover.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Thoughts and musings from my Working Vacation/Friday Aug 2rd 2013
It has been a hectic last 4 - 5 weeks. From my Road trip in June with my daughter Beth & Granddaughter Zuri to visit my brothers in NY State, to my Quilting Retreat "Girls Night Out" in July, (I was able to finish 5 Baby Quilt tops), and now my "working" road trip to Tennessee in August driving my friend Valoriea's Pick up truck down while she drove the large 26' U-Haul truck with all her belongings to her new home.
|Interesting fact on the side of this U-Haul Truck|
MY "WORKING" ROAD TRIPFriday August 2nd: My day started early, up at 5:30am, showered, finished packing my clothing for my trip to Tennessee & checking to see that I had packed everything I needed. I put all my luggage on the porch before 8am, took out the garbage and checked to see that nothing was left on, ate breakfast on the porch waiting for Valoriea to pick me up. I received a frantic call from Valoriea, the packers were there and she couldn't get away so could I drive over instead? I packed my car and headed over to her house where the packers had the truck 1/3r packed, while she was still trying to pack up the rest herself. So I headed to the kitchen to pack up the dishes, food, pots and pans. By 2pm the truck was packed and we were ready to go. We drove as far as we could before exhaustion hit and our 1st layover was at the Arrowhead Lodge in Black River Falls, WI
Friday, August 2, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
|Winnie The Pooh Baby Quilt Top|
|Flannel Baby Quilt with Trucks & Froggies|
|Dr Seuss - Cat in the Hat & other Characters|
taking my Camera along to take photos of my journey.
Last week was an awesome week at the quilt retreat I went to in Hudson WI for our LQS "Sew Little Time" Ladies Night Out. I was able to go Tues Eve thru Sunday and did get a lot done. I made 5 baby quilt top, 2 are already sandwiched and ready to quilt. I made 2 of baby flannels that had ducks and frogs and puppies in them. One quilt was created using a vintage fabric of children picnicking in the park. I used soft greens and greys for this one with a very simplistic pattern of Charm Squares and Rectangles. Dr. Seuss was the focus of another quilt where I used 6" squares of Dr. Seuss patterned fabric surrounded by bright colorful crayon colors of blue, red, green, orange and yellow. I enjoyed making this magical bright quilt and plan to give it to one of my great grandsons. Winnie the Pooh fabrics were my next focal prints in soft pastel. I think this one is my best so far and I loved the way it turned out. I used a disappearing nine patch pattern with Pink, Blue and 2 different Pooh fabrics as the outer squares.
|Summer Fun, children picnicking in the Park|
Monday, July 22, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Today (Monday) I spent most off the morning printing out my travel route and planning my trip. I also reserved a car rental from Knoxville to Nashville for the 8th and 9th. I plan on driving out to Nashville, meet Nancy and stay overnight with her there in the KOA Camp, enjoy meeting my Niece Karen when she comes to visit and then travel back with Nancy and Zuri, sharing the drive home and visiting with them on our return home trip.
Now the rest of this coming week I will be at a Quilting Retreat with my quilting buddies Wed - Sunday. I also spent this morning planning what projects I want to work on and getting together my sewing supplies for this. How fun. I am so looking forward to these next few weeks.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
|They make great Pastrami sandwiches here at Tommy's - a wonderful NY experience.|
|The view from my Brother Ed's RV|
|Eddy and Helen buy their honey and maple syrup from this Local farm. It's just down the road apiece. (note the sign, "Wicopee Rd"|
|The High School I attended in Elmsford NY.|
|The area where my dad had a well and built a small rock pond on Taxter Rd, Elmsford NY. Now over|
grown with trees and old stumps. Just beyond is a small stream where my brothers and I used to
catch crayfish. lots of great memories here.
|Note the remains of an old mailbox strapped to the tree at the driveway entrance of my old|
homestead on Taxter Road where I grew Up.
Since we didn't have any indoor plumbing Dad would have to go down to the well every day and bring back pail fulls of water from the well from which my mother would use for cooking or bathing. Taking a bath meant using a round steel tub filled with hot water that was heated on our wood stove. The old wood stove in the kitchen was our only heat source for the apartment. I remember Dad piling blankets and coats on us as we slept to keep us warm.. Brrrr the mornings were cold and we often huddled around the stove to warm us in the morning. In the kitchen was a sink with a hand pump for water but it didn't work. The kitchen window looked out into the back yard were dad kept his chickens, ducks and goats. The goats were housed in a little shack on the right side of the house. Our out house was located at the back of the house and to the right of the front porch well hidden by bushes and trees. I remember planting my 1st rose bush alongside of the outhouse. It grew tall and had many roses on it which gave off a heady aroma of roses. To this day my favorite cologne is Roses, (I even have rose sachets in my clothing drawers.)
A large area to the left of our driveway off of the front porch was were Dad had his vegetable garden. My Father loved to plant Peas, String Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, cucumbers and onions here. towards the back are 2 large boulders on which I would sit and read, (I remember going up into the attic were I found a box of books - I read Thru these books the summer I turned 13. Wow in my imagination I visited Rome, Greece and other exotic places as I read these books,) or lay across them looking up at the clouds by day or the stars at night. There was a gentle slope down to the road were Dad would Plant Dalia's and Gladiolas.
My husband Raymond built railroad tracks to scale around the perimeter and made a car using a small engine. My oldest boy, Raymond Jr. loved to ride around the track on the car his daddy built. We lived on this property quite a long time. I was 5 or so when mom and dad moved here from downtown Elmsford and in my mid 20's & Married with 2 children, (Raymond Jr. & Ann,) when we moved to Tuckahoe NY were my 3rd child was born, (Nancy).
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
|May 2012 - The Entrance to Heritage Greens.|
|Aaliyah Paige born May 13th at 1:28 pm 8.3 lbs 21 inches 5-15-13 — with Mom Cindy|
Monday, May 20, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Thankfully I was able to get up early enough yesterday to get down to meet my friends for out mystery bus trip yesterday. It felt like early spring, we passes a lake full of ducks with their young, geese and even a swan. I saw some robins out looking for food also. Of course we passed a lot of snow covered fields and ice covered ponds. On one pond there was a forlorn looking goose standing in the middle on the cold ice wondering were the water was. Poor fellow, I guess he did not pass over the lake with no ice and many ducks swimming with their young.
Friday, April 19, 2013
|the snowflakes are blowing across my window |
as I take this picture.
|Snow on the trees in my backyard|
Sunday, April 14, 2013
|Spring 2012 at Heritage Greens|
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Today is sunny but COLD out and I am not looking forward to going outside but I want to attend the 1st Tuesday meeting at my LQS "Sew Little Time" Quilt Shop here in downtown Hudson. I am working on my MeadowLark Row Quilt top today so I do hope I will be ready to bring it with me for show and tell...
Blessings and Enjoy your Day, Diane S
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
|the view from my Bedroom Window|
|Looking out my East Window - note the car on Hwy 35 going North|
|Branches Heavy with Snow!|