Monday, November 28, 2022

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop Coming Soon


Carol @Just Let Me Quilt is again hosting the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop, which starts next Monday, and also happens to be my day.  This will be the 5th year I have participated in this event, and it is also one of my favorite of the year.

This is the challenge this time:

Challenge: (recipes are optional)
You can share a recipe or not.
Share Christmas quilts or projects.
Tell us about your Christmas traditions.
Show off your Christmas decorations/tree.
Spill your funny Christmas stories.
If it's about Christmas, we want to hear about it!

The entire line-up is below.  Hope you can come back next Monday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Music Blog Hop, My Day


I was so excited when the Music Blog Hop was announced hosted by the fabulous Carla @Creatin in the Sticks

This was the challenge that Carla gave us:  "Create something to do with MUSIC. Do you have a song that inspires you or a tune you listen to when you sew? Do you love a particular instrument or know someone who does?Maybe something, anything, is music to your heart.

Does your Mary have a lamb? Do you have music fabric you need to use? You decide!  
The theme is really your own interpretation, surprise us!"

The entire schedule for this blog hop is at the end of the post.

Music has been a part of my life as long as I remember. My father listened classical music. When I was 13 I received a record player for Christmas and 4 records, Sound of Music, West Side Story, South Pacific and Camelot. I listed to those over and over, and could sing the lyrics to every song.

When I got to Middle School I wanted to take chorus for an elective, but I mother said I could take Home Ec instead, that I could sing anytime I wanted. While I resented it at the time, I am glad that I learned how to sew and cook.

After we had moved to California our family life got pretty chaotic and music and books were my solace. I would play music for hours in my room. I joined the choir in my church, and taught myself to play the piano, when I was the only young person in the Sunday School room some Sundays. I recently joined a music group at the community center across the street from me and we perform at various nursing homes.

From the very first time I heard Neil Diamond I loved him. For my 21st birthday the guy I was dating at the time took me to a Neil Diamond Concert in San Diego.

When I first started dating John, my husband he played me Neil Diamond songs on his guitar, and I instantly knew he was the one for me. He also played Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Peter, Paul and Mary, James Taylor, and a little John Denver.

This was the guitar he had when I first met him and the one I still have today. It is a handmade Goya, a Swedish guitar made in the 60's.

John played throughout our marriage, until he injured his right hand fingers in a woodworking accident. While the fingers healed, the sensation was gone and he found it too hard to play.

He said this this song, Juliet reminded him of me.

And also this one, Play Me

When John was upset about life, he would play this one.  

Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Official Audio)
YouTube BobDylanVEVO
3 minutes, 39 seconds
Mar 11, 2019

When he got to these lyrics, he sang them so convincingly I thought he was going to walk out the door:

… So it ain't no use in calling out my name, galLike you never done beforeAnd it ain't no use in calling out my name, galI can't hear you anymoreI'm a-thinking and a-wonderin' walking down the roadI once loved a woman, a child, I'm toldI give her my heart but she wanted my soulBut don't think twice, it's all right

John  treated my passion for Neil Diamond by taking me to at least 19 Neil Diamond Concerts throughout the years.  I went to 3 more without him, but he always bought me tickets.  In the early days I couldn't afford to get programs, but I do have 15 programs from the concerts.  It was easier counting the programs than the albums, CDs and tapes that I have.  

When this blog hop was announced, I asked for this day, November 16 specifically.  This would have been our 47th anniversary.  John, the love of my life, passed away last April 29th.  And this is what I made to honor John, and the music he always brought into my life.  When he could no longer play the guitar, he loved watching The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol, and loved watching different musicians and bands on You Tube.

The top picture on the left is John playing for our oldest daughter, and the picture on the right is her daughter, Kyleigh sitting on John's lap.  The bottom right is our grandson John.  A number of years ago we had some family pictures taken, and John wanted to bring his guitar for a picture too.

I love different songs for different reasons, some for the lyrics, some for the guitar playing or instruments.   Sometimes my playlist comes up and every song that comes up reminds me of John.  The other day I had Still, by Lionel Richie, How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees,    When I Fall in Love by Nat King Cole, and I Say a Little Prayer by Aretha, and I might have a Christmas song like Mary Did You Know.  

I want to thank again Carla @Creatin in the Sticks   for this wonderful hop.                                

Be sure and visit the other bloggers and see their creations and stories, the entire schedule is below.  

Monday, November 14th

Tuesday, November 15th

Wednesday, November 16th

Thursday, November 17th

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching, Landscaping Job Complete

Last week, my landscaping job was about 85% complete, but due to our intermittent rainy weather this week the guys didn't complete the work until Thursday.  I am so excited about my new bedding areas.  I have gone from 1 tree to 8 trees now.  

The side street area formerly had 2 half-dead 40 year old birch trees and dead grass and crabgrass.    It now has 4 Japanese maples, bark, and drip irrigation to the trees.   There is still a pile of  bark I need to spread around in my new beds.  



In front of the garage, I had a cinder block garden, planted with herbs, and some bulb plants.  I now have a larger garden area, with a Tulip Tree in front of the garage.  I am still transferring plants from pots, and still have a bunch of bulbs to plant.   This area also has drip irrigation to the tree and sprayers to my new garden.  

In front of the house they took out two failing camellia bushes and used a bobcat to the big garden bed, added some nice soil, and drip irrigation.  The one area with the remaining camellia bush, I usually keep a lot of my begonias in pots under, and I have a shelf on the side with succulents.  The larger bed, I am still transplanting things from pots into.  It is such a pleasure to be working in these, I am in heaven!

The area in front of the half circle area in front of the driveway with the big Deodar Cedar, they took out some juniper tams I was sick of.  They have been there for 40+ years.  They have a tendency to spread out over the place.  The driveway has these strips of wood in between the cement slabs.  They dug out the wood in one of those sections and ran a line over to that area, but the irrigation to that area hasn't been hooked up yet.  I am hoping my brother can show me what I need to do.  I plan to take some of the plants in that area out, plus I plan to scrape that area off a coating of about 4 inches of pine needles so it gets better saturation.  There are also some random plants coming up out there I didn't plant.  

Out back I had no shade, no at all, and the tree from the neighbor's I depended on was removed.  The neighbors are putting in a pool, and took that tree down.   I now have a Chinese Pistache tree.

And a Pomegranate 

This week grandson Keaton received a medal for Most Valuable Player in Water Polo.  He's the one with the blond curly hair.  

My projects this week have consisted of collecting a bunch precut neutrals and blue strips and cutting more for my project for the Shades of Blue Blog Hop in January.  

Last Sunday I did finish this stitchery.  This was a free pattern by Jenny of Elefantz.  I am going to make it into a pincushion.  

What I plan to do this week for Slow Sunday Stitching is work on sewing down this hanging sleeve, and work on this Kathy Schmitz Stitchery.  

I'll be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.    Head on over and check out what everyone has been up to.  

Thanks for stopping by!