Slow Stitching, Twins & Dogs

We had a round of snow early Friday morning….enough for a school delay. Before my DIL brought the kids down to me, she took this photo of the twins.

How cute are these shirts!

For those of you that may have twins in your family I asked where she’d purchased them ( if online somewhere ) but they were custom made by a friend from church.

My youngest son’s birthday is on Sunday and we’ll all go out to dinner. On Friday night he went out with friends and left Koopa here. On Saturday afternoon the middle son, DIL, and the kids took Koopa and their dog Merle ( both are young ) a few blocks down to the fields behind the American Legion to let them run. They have some launcher for balls and the dogs run and run and run but in this case, my DIL sent a photo of them attempting to play tug of war with a “stick” that might have been a wee bit too big for them :)

( This is the same area that I showed not too long ago which was flooded / HERE )

While Koopa and Merle play non-stop when they are together, my dogs are old and he’s very adaptable. He just cuddles up. Here, he and Jugsy are snuggled up in a patch of sunlight in the dining room.

They were at my feet when I was sewing at the dining room table. I finished up two more Little Baskets, using Angela’s  Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month suggestion.

I generally try to join up with others on Sundays at Kathy’s Quilts where she hosts Slow Sunday Stitching.  There’s a nice variety of handwork to view and enjoy every Sunday, ranging from quilting activities to embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, etc.

I have a number of things that I can work on. I started another EPP Starflower, I have an applique block to finish prep work on, and I am ready to move the hoop and mark some more fans on Rose of Sharon in regards to hand quilting, which I’ve not touched for a good week. Hopefully I can work a bit on all of them or at least one, as the mood strikes! :)

Meanwhile, Easter is coming up….if you are planning menus or looking for a special dessert,  here’s one that I have had great success with :)

Raspberry Coffee Cake ; a Recipe Winner 

New Years Weekend & Little Baskets

New Years Day morning was one degree with a wind chill of -15.  The youngest was watching a friends house and staying there with his dog Koopa. I ended up with Merle overnight….none of the action shots of him playing with my dogs came out ; they were just a blur.

I had Merle because my middle son and family wanted to go to their friends house and stay overnight. They have done this for several years. The friends have a big old house and a big family. I took one of the photos that the girls uploaded to Facebook this morning and played around with it a bit. It looks like they had four of my son and DIL’s, their five, and three more around the table. The children are saying their first grace of 2018 :)

Here, pork roast with caramelized onions and some apples simmered in the crockpot, and sauerkraut was in the oven.  The traditional New Year meal around here is pork, kraut, and mashed potatoes, as well as keilbasa oftentimes.   I had enough to send some home with my son when he came to collect Merle.

For my Little Baskets, I had been following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month. It kept me on track to make a few each month but in November and December I focused on some floral applique blocks instead.   Playing catch-up, the colors for the end of the  year were browns or blacks.

Now I have a recommendation for you. I stumbled across “The Shelbourne Hotel” on Amazon, thinking that it might be a period piece like Downton Abbey or something similar. If you like that sort of show, you will like this ( I think! ) though it is a real-life series.  The Shelbourne is a famous hotel in Ireland and this series walks you through its 190th year.

If you think “Upstairs Downstairs” this is all about the Downstairs and what the staff go through to created absolute perfection for their guests. Each segment is around 20 minutes or so…an easy watch while having lunch or something.  On Friday, I watched one while having lunch and came up for air 3 or 4 segments later, lol!   I especially enjoyed what goes on in the kitchens….anyway, try it out if you are looking for something new to watch:)

Happy New Year  :)