This is not a garden blog, but you might see an article concerning gardening. It is a blog about me and the cultivation of my life. This is a place where I air my opinions and ideas. There will be stories about what is happening or has happened. I like to write poems, some will be good and some will be bad. I am never bored, I hope you won't find what I write about boring. Thank you for sharing time with me.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

FATHER'S DAY, A DAY OF HIS OWN.

This is my Dad, an entrepreneur,
A master of most trades,
If there's something he needs,
He can figure out how it's made.

When I was little he would say,
"Think about it, see what it needs",
He was there with a solution,
Of how to complete the deed.

When we're little, we're held and nurtured,
Our hurts are bandaged when we fall,
As we grow a father's roll changes,
He's the adviser and friend we call.

When working my dad is the happiest,
Sitting, doing figures, at a desk is fun,
But give him a rake or hoe,
And see the smile when he is done.

Then there are times at a sewing machine,
Cutting fabrics for drapes and linings,
That old living room chair got a second life,
When a new chair cover he was designing.

Making things from scratch is what he likes,
Fun for my Dad is making things right,
He loves a challenge of something new,
Including jigsaw puzzles at night.

He's sees beauty in the children he made,
Each with a multitude of talents home grown,
They have given him grands and greats,
He's the laird of this clan of his own.

The only present I can give my Dad,
I endeavor everyday to live,
With happiness and lots of love,
This is my gift to him I give.

Thank you Dad for the life you gave to me,
Thank you for all you have done,
Most of all thank you for the memories,
Like the ones, building balsa airplanes for fun.

Lots of Love from your first born.

Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission











Saturday, May 21, 2016

OVER 21

In two days my sister will be "over 21".  She's been over 21 for several years now.  She and I are at that age where it is like the Groundhog Day movie.  It seems we are beginning the same things over and over again not getting ahead and falling 2 steps behind.  She is balancing a huge task, one her little family, which has grown by another lovely granddaughter and she does double duty in  being around to help Dad since we lost our Mom a couple of years ago.  

Her life has been filled with so many adventuresome moments.  She has been to India and taught music.  In Russia she delighted in meeting the "Babas" to her music Students.  She has been to Vienna and other Mediterranean places.  She brought one of her groups from the Czech Republic to the United states and they toured, singing their way across the country selling  CD's of their Music.

My Sister beats her own drum, she does things on a whim, She is always ready to cheer the underdog and loves to make things smile.  Her Grand kids are the most important things in her life.  She has changed a lot of who she is to accommodate her love of her family.

Yesterday I was sorting through papers I've accumulated and pitching unimportant ones and came across the following.  It was a snippet of one of the days I shared with my sister.

This was lots of years ago, before she lived where she lives now (Now a 3 room cabin higher up on the mountain.).

September 22, 2007
Last night we made the trip up the mountain to see my sister's little Hunters Cabin.  It is very small.  I don't think it is more than 14' X 14'.  It does have electric but little else.  She is working to insulate it for the winter.  It is located at 9,000'.  I myself can't imagine living there with no plumbing and no water.  She though, loves it and doesn't mind the inconveniences. 

The gravel road did twist and curve,
For an oncoming car you must swerve,
Reaching the summit, around we must go,
The whole way you must go slow.

We find our way to the little shack,
Plumbing necessities, it does lack,
The resident has added to the charm,
Tibetan Prayer Flags protect it from harm.

Inside, cramped and crowded with three,
Perfect for one we could see,
A get away, a homey place,
Not needing to be dressed in curtains of lace.

Its mistress has every inch accounted for,
Places for everything, even on the door,
Pictures of loved ones surround her every where,
Everything in her home she's ready to share.

Wild life abounds outside her door,
Her Cat finds mice and lots more,
An Elk clambers over rock strewn ground,
Grand-kids have a pile of treasures found.

Filled with music her little house sings,
I didn't notice, did the wind chimes ring?
If music from the cabin did not come,
The wind on the mountain would continue to hum.

Close to heaven, our mind wonders there,
Moments happen, there's much love to share,
As if Magic, time suspended, drifts slowly by,
Night falls, listen, refrains of lives, cry.


Happy Birthday, sister of mine,
Wish I was there to cook you something divine,
Then we'd sit with a cup of tea,
Out in back under the apple tree.

Speaking of when we both were small,
I'm the one who's short and you grew tall,
As the oldest one, when you grew up I wasn't around,,
Left behind in Missouri,  when to Colorado, the family was bound..

Our lives took us in different directions,
We each made our own selections,
Each of us our stories hold moments bright,
Sharing stories, with much delight. 

Love and hugs, may your day be filled with lots of love,
Your oldest Sister

Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure (and his little sister)

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission






Thursday, February 18, 2016

GRANDSON'S FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY




When did our grandson grow so old,
Wasn't it yesterday, paper airplanes we did fold?
He was the first to pull our heart strings,
To our lives, happiness he brings.

The fun I had as the years flew by,
Costumes, pajama's, boxers with panels five,
Quilts made to cover your bed,
You used for tents to cover your head.

Your fantastic curls and bright shining eyes,
Always filled with delight and surprise,
Made a gorgeous baby of you,
As you grow, girls' hearts you'll break, boo hoo.

Baking at Baba's when you were two,
Was something you really loved to do.
We were amazed at the attention you gave, 
In this blog,  the pictures we saved.





As a toddler it was lions you adored,
In your sweat pants suit with mane you roared.
Each year we looked forward, costumes to make,
It was worth all the time it did take.

As Captain Hook you dazzled,
Some days your parents' nerves you frazzled,
To us you were our angel with out wings,
We smiled at what your next antic brings.

To be an astronaut, one year you dreamed,
In the costume that year, it almost seemed,
You could travel to distant worlds,
With that idea you were thrilled.

Bat man was your super hero,
Others at that time drew a big zero,
That year, in a cape which criminals fear,
You played it in for months, to you it was dear.

(find batman here)


With your Zeda, conservation was the thing,
Building bird houses, the bluebirds to bring,
You worked with Baba when the customers arrived,
Selling pizza plants, helping them to decide.
(pizza plants were oregano)

(See bluebird house installations here)

Finally came the last year, costumes I would make,
I was really disappointed for goodness sake,
But you were grown up and in the tween years,
Costumes became passe, the idea out grown I fear.

(the last costumes for kids)

Now you'll be driving a car,
Grandparents will be worried from afar,
Please remember that seat belts rule,
And no cell phones while your foot's on the fuel.

If the car is in the go mode,
It's the time, your eyes are on the road,
Hands, always on the wheel,
Yes, this is a really big deal.

Making the decision to signal when you turn,
Is something you must diligently learn,
It is not just something that is polite,
It's lets other know if you're going left or right.

It will keep you from getting hit in the rear,
Protecting our grandson, who we consider dear,
No matter how good a driver you become,
Watch out for the mistakes of some.

Be a considerate driver when traffic's congested,
Do nice things, don't let anger be projected,
Show every one you're the better man,
Promote safe driving whenever you can.

How lucky we are to have a grandson like you,
Wish we were there to give you a hug or two,
Enjoy today, look forward to the rest of the year,
Baba and Zeda wish you Happy Birthday, to us you are dear.


Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure (and his little sister)

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission








Friday, February 12, 2016

QUILT BOOK: "KALEIDOSTARS" BY TOBY LISCHKO

If you are looking for something to lift your spirits, something to inspire you to be more creative, I have the solution.  My Friend Toby Lischko has published her new book.   The book contains new piecing techniques with accurate descriptions.  You will be excited when you see how she manipulates fabric  
 She has had the honor to be chosen as a finalist for the National Quilt Museum's New Quilts from Old Favorites contest in Paducah, Kentucky.  Her Quilt placed 5th.  
If you are attending this year's AQS show in Paducah she has several classes she will be teaching.    The following is the newsletter published by Toby to announce her new book.
Toby also has a blog site to visit:
http://gatewayquiltsnstuff.blogspot.com/



Workshops

I will be teaching 5 workshops this year at the AQS show in Paducah, KY. Two of them are already sold out. It's a great show and shouldn't be missed.
I still have openings in my
Mardi Gras class. Learn how to make a Lone Star, "y" seams without marking, and how to fussy-cut sections for a unique look.

http://www.quiltweek.com/workshops/47525-mardi-gras/





Milan Ambrosia.Learn how to use border stripes to create interesting designs in your quilts.

http://www.quiltweek.com/workshops/47504-milan-ambrosia-using-border-stripes/




Northern Lights.Make one of the quilts in my new book Kaleidostars. Learn how to use mirrors to find interesting designs in your fabrics and how to cut perfect repeats every time. This star has no "y" seams and is a breeze to piece.

http://www.quiltweek.com/workshops/47104-northern-lights/




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NEW BOOK IN!!!


My book Kaleidostars is finally available! I will be having some special giveaways on my blog for anyone participating. (Click on the image to take you to the book.) Check out my blog on Valentines Day, February 14. I will also show off some of the quilts and the fabrics I used to create them.

http://gatewayquiltsnstuff.blogspot.com/.


The first 25 to purchase my book will receive a special gift.

Go to my gallery to see all of the wonderful quilts in the book.

http://www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com/gallery.aspx?pagecount=1&pagestyle=normal&thecategory=Kaleidostars+book




New fabric collections

Paula Nadelstern's newest fabric collection ChromaZone is finally available! As usual she doesn't disappoint.

Isn't this just amazing! This one is called Magmatude. You can find the whole collection here:


http://www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com/scripts/quiltshop.asp?category=Fabric&FabricCategory=reproductions&FabricSubcategory=Symmetrical















eQuilter Collaboration

My free eQuilter.com pattern this month is Bejeweled. It was created on Electric Quilt 7 with one of Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry collections called Waves for Benartex.

You can get the pattern here along with fabrics to make the quilt.

http://www.equilter.com/pattern/672/bejeweled


It is a great pattern that you can use my Cutting Corners templates to save from having to mark diagonal lines on the backs of squares. You can see it here:

http://www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com/scripts/buyall.asp?thepi=285&tofrombuy=Templates||||1&p=9




National Quilt Museum
New Quilts from Old Favorites contest


One of my quilts had the honor of being chosen as a finalist for the National Quilt Museum's New Quilts from Old Favorites contest in Paducah, Kentucky. I had dreamed of having a quilt in the museum and it came true! My quilt came in fifth place and will be featured in the AQS book with the same title. You will be able to see it at the museum in a special display from March until June (I think) and then it will travel with the AQS shows. The theme block was New York Beauty which happens to be my favorite block. My husband called it Ocean Blue. You can see the top five winners here:

http://quiltmuseum.org/education/contests/new-quilts-old-favorites/











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Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure (and his little sister)

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission