Thursday, September 11, 2014

On being an absent gardener...

We are once again settling in at Taylorsoutback...RV is unpacked and will get a thorough cleaning before going to the dealership for repairs...won't even post images of the damages we have on both sides due to 2 defective tires that went...ugh:-( Nevertheless we are home safe and sound with otherwise wonderful memories of our time in Canada and Alaska, being with our favorite couple...

Dave and Jena by entrance to his Gallery in Anchorage

While away, we shared the bounty of our summer gardens with the neighbors. They reported lots of peas, lettuce and blueberries - happy they did not just lay neglected! What was so amazing is this...

There are seven of these Cinderella Carriage pumpkins (Renee's Garden Seeds) - left totally on their own with a last minute side dressing of organic fertilizer before we left...the vines grew and grew and tumbled over the edges of the raised bed. I have never grown pumpkins before and couldn't be more pleased. What fun it will be to share and decorate for Fall....

Speaking of cooler weather - as hard as it was to say goodbye to the kids and head home, we did time our exit well - this is Edmonton, Alberta now

One week sure makes a difference - whew!!

All for now - much to do and frost is predicted for tonight...and the sewing room is calling - quilty posts coming up in the days ahead!

Have a wonderful weekend...



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Empty spools...

....well - one empty spool...the quilting on my Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt is slowly progressing. Just finished using a spool of #16 J & P Coats hand quilting thread. How old is that ??? Don't think they have that color anymore or at least that number. Not too worry though as I have 1 more matching spool and with the quilt well over half way finished, there should be enough. I even thought to bring it quilting continues as we head homeward...

Can you believe it is September all ready? There are touches of gold along the Alaska Highway and our fleece jackets felt cosy as we made our way through the Muncho Lake and Toad River area yesterday...

East of Muncho Lake, high on the Alaska Highway
One of my favorite areas - the turquoise blue waters of the Toad River

Hope you are enjoying this long holiday weekend.

Pat in Dawson Creek, British Columbia - Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August thoughts from Alaska....

Hi everyone - still enjoying the beauty and wonder of the 49th state. Just a brief posting as wi-fi is so iffy.

Wanted to share a very fun evening my daughter-in-law, Jena and I had last Saturday at the home of Alaska Art Experience.

Jena is 2nd from the left and I am 2nd from the right..

Photo by Dave Murrow

A group of us learned how to paint on silk scarves - Gina, our instructor, is an artist of many talents and loves to use silk as one of her mediums. We painted creekside with the sound of rushing water as our music. A perfect Alaskan friends, a lovely meal and a unique memory to bring home.

Our return journey begins next week - wish we could stay longer...

Pat in Palmer, Alaska

View from our rv




Friday, July 11, 2014

Recharging the batteries...

....going to take a break from blogging for awhile....

Back later...



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July America!

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday...

As for my week - to go with that "Relax" pillow I made recently, the intention is to continue along those same lines.. Found this little iron sign at a Herb Fest that I just had to find a spot in the garden..

To all my Canadian readers - Happy Canada Day!

Have a great week everyone!






Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slow going with reverse stitching...

Just discovered Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching- how could I have missed this before? Everything lately has been slow stitching and way too much reverse sewing. Among the slow projects is this center for a quilt called Drayton Hall by Di Ford. Those 3 pieces off by themselves are little birdie parts looking for a new place to land after being "unsewn".

New to broderie perse, the number of pieces that have been appliqued and then removed or repositioned are numerous - making for very slow stitching indeed. Eventually, this will be an almost complete circle with a slight opening at the top...but in the meantime...slow and steady is the way things go at Taylorsoutback.

Thank you for dropping by!!






Friday, June 20, 2014


....bought some craft burlap, an inexpensive set of stencils and green spray paint..

Used an old pillow for inside...some quick sewing..

And now if I can find the time, there is a comfy cushion for my tired back.

Guess I had better start making an effort to relax, with newly diagnosed elevated blood pressure (just one more pill to add to the collection - great)

Wishing each of you a relaxing weekend..