Fall sunset

Fall sunset

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Just an old dirt dobber...

 


Being a flower/vegetable gardener - (my other love along with quilting) - often involves moderately hard work - but for blissful times - I grow a selection of herbs. They are so low key in maintenance for the most part and provide tastes and fragrances going back hundreds of years.

My lemon verbena was left alone all summer while we were away...it apparently did not miss me at all - the branches are huge and loaded with leaves to dry...

I wish there was "smell-o-vision" for you, dear readers! It is heavenly...

As is the sage - bunches dried and more waiting to be dried in the potting shed.

The carrots are all but gathered - one more row to dig...

And our apple trees are calling...almost applesauce and pie time...

Wishing each of you a satisfying week...

Pat, at the edge of the northwoods

 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Life in the fast lane...

... we used to say...stop the world, I want to get off...lately, that keeps running through my head...

Since returning from our extended summer travels, the days jump from one to the next - no rhyme or reason, no calming routine...

Walking into my sewing room, the head spins at all the UFO's and projects in my heart..so much so that it is easier to turn around and walk away for now. I may be in a quilting slump or just plain tired...for now I continue to focus on only stitching all those Drayton Hall diamonds together late in the evening - 1 border done, 2nd started... 2 more to go...

Clover has come out with smaller than mini Wonder Clips - recently got a package and giving them a try...

You can see the difference in size compared to the larger minis. And they have markings on the back...so far I like them and they don't get in the way as much as the larger ones. Looking forward to using them on bindings too...

Mr. Outback volunteered to drive me down to Nancy Zieman's Quilt Expo in Madison on Saturday...we live about 170 miles north. It was definitely a fast lane trip and turnaround!

Arriving at the Alliant Center at 4:00, I made a mad dash to locate my quilt - it was afterall, the first juried show I have entered. The quilt was found & photographed for the scrap book...

... and a much too quick viewing of the stunning Best of Show and other winners. You can see the awarded quilts on Monday at the Expo website. Another mad dash to the Superior Thread booth for 2 little packets of threads to use in applique and a stop at the Quiltmania booth to purchase this lovely classic...

Then into the long line to retrieve said quilt - I was out of the Exhibition Hall by 5:30...a quick stop for dinner and we were back home by 9:00 p.m. Whew! What a blur...

And...I did not buy any new fabric...

Pat

 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

A day in Cedarburg...lots of photos!

One of the groups I belong to is Liberty Ladies...14 of us share a love of quilt history and we often travel together visiting places of interest which includes the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. A few years ago we were able to take in the Cheddar exhibition they offered - (here & here) - a truly wonderful exhibit (and a good fit for all of us Cheeseheads:-). On August 31, we drove down to Cedarburg - a very fun place - lots of history and great shops.

The Museum is among a select group to exhibit 32 award winning quilts from the 12th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. This is the largest quilting contest in Japan. These quilts are over the top in beauty and worksmanship.

Here are just a few...

 

 

After viewing the exhibit, we found this gorgeous waterside restaurant and had lunch al fresco - perfect!

Fortified after a well prepared lunch, we headed to some of the nearby quilt shops - outstanding quilts, friends, food and fabric...a very good day!


Pat

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Back to reality...

Back home at the edge of the northwoods ...We have returned to Taylorsoutback...after 2 months on the road gathering memories to last forever....

Finding time to update this blog has taken a back seat to other demands - overwhelming yard work (our lawns were taken care of but - oh my! the gardens and raised beds....it is a jungle out there!

Our Dave and Jena are staying with us while they get settled in new jobs and check out area housing options. I am being spoiled as they shoo me out of the kitchen to pitch in with meals and cleanup or lend helping hands in the gardens. Our house is filled with dogs, laughter, new recipes to try, books to share and watching preseason Packer football.

My Mom was so happy to see us and know her family is safe and close by...

When evening comes and there is some down time, out comes the stitching...it can be repair work on a 2003 quilt which mysteriously has a little chewed corner -

This involves removing all the binding, reinforcing the corner and adding new binding.

Compliments of little Miss Innocent...who admits to nothing...

Or concentrating on joining rows for the first of 4 borders - Di Ford's Drayton Hall...there are way too many major projects in the works and I just want to focus on one for now until things settle into some sort of routine.

Do you know that feeling of wanting to be in eight places at once? That's where I am now...

Pat - home again - still dreaming of mountains and turquoise blue waters...

Moraine Lake -Banff Provincial Park





 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Celebrating 50 years together...

....our wedding anniversary is officially August 20th. Our son and daughter-in-law told us they would treat Mr. Outback and I to dinner out while in Alaska in honor of our 50th wedding anniversary. Other than having heard about Seven Glaciers Restaurant on top of Mt. Alyeska, south of Anchorage, we had no idea what actually dining there would be like.

It was the most memorable evening ever...we arrived at the Alyeska Resort at the base of the mountain and made our way to the gates of the tramway that would take us 2300 ft. up.

What a stunning perspective as we smoothly ascended, being passed on the opposite side by the other tram heading down the mountain...oh to be an eagle and fly!

When we reached the top, we stepped out onto the platform and looked down at the valley below and across to the Cook Inlet and mountain range.


We were escorted to the dining room accompanied by Happy Anniversary wishes from the staff (our son had planned ahead when making reservations)....

...mesmerized by the jaw dropping views below and around us as we were seated...

And savored a long, leisurely dinner - first over glasses of wine and delicate crab cake appetizers..

An elegant scallop bisque soup was presented along with our entrees and for dessert, Baked Alyeska....
Somehow we found room for these artistic, handmade chocolates...

 
As we waited for the tram to take us back down, we could see some of the seven glaciers for which the restaurant is named....
Where did the years ago? How did we get to this time in our lives? Here we are both at 72 years old...50 years together - through thick and thin - 2 years apart because of Vietnam, many moves as the Army dictated, a shared grief over the loss of our first baby, new homes and travel after retirement...and the joy of seeing our son and his Jena begin their lives together...Mr. Outback promised me long ago our lives would not be boring - he was so right! As the sundial in our garden says...
Grow old with me...the best is yet to be!

 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A day in Halibut Cove...

...we love our shelties, Kelsie and Seana (and missing little Molly) and when we travel, they go with us. On occasion, either Mr. Outback or myself must stay with them while the one of us goes off to participate in another activity..recently, Mr. Outback went out on 2 fishing charters with a friend. I stayed behind with the girls and caught up on laundry, sprucing up the rv, etc. Not complaining at all though, as the catch of halibut will taste fabulous when we return home. The opportunity to share something together (knowing the girls would be ok on their own for a few hours) came when we made reservations on the Danny J out of the Homer Spit harbor...
The day was gorgeous with blue skies and sunshine...a light jacket was all we needed...Halibut Cove is across Kachemak Bay (Yupik word for "large cliff by the water" and have also heard that it makes reference to "smokey" because clouds and smoke tend to collect in the area - there was a far off layer of smoke from the fires that burned up by the Turnagain Arm that week). It took about an hour to reach the cove as we leisurely watched for sea otters and whales that were swimming nearby. 

A slice of paradise was revealed as we approached...
This is a small community which was a fishing village many years ago. After some hard times, the area became revitalized and attracted artists and the expansion of a couple of lodges to provide overnight stays. Along with an art gallery, there is The Saltry restaurant...
There are no cars and the only way around is by ATV, skiff or on foot walking along the lengthy boardwalks that cling to the sides of the rocks. 



There are about 100 summertime residents and perhaps 20 hardy year round folks. The pace of this remote village is stress reducing - quiet, with only the sounds of the water, an occasional float plane or boat. We walked and walked and stopped to take it all in - it was so relaxing. With all the troubles in our world, Halibut Cove would be my choice of escape...

Pat
(and thanks to Mr. Outback for making this post possible - not only as Blogsy given up on my iPad, but the speed of his laptop really helps!)