Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I can't believe it's been so long since I posted. We took a weekend trip to West, by God, Virginia for my beautiful great-niece's second birthday. She was born the day before my mom's birthday. Since we lost mom in June, I really wanted to be there to celebrate this new little life that meant so much to her.

Back home, we are finally getting a good, soaking rain, much needed. I have lots to do to get ready for our short trip to Longboat Key where I've been busy redecorating. I have my Daring Bakers' challenge to do, but will wait until tomorrow when it isn't so damp. No, I can't tell you yet what we're making; that will wait until 9/27 when we all post our challenges. I wanted to bake Larry something this morning, but I'm all out of butter and have just a few eggs. I thought I might grocery shop today, but was invited to lunch instead, so will do that. Yes, retirement is grand.

This runner that I've posted was supposed to be part of a queen-sized quilt. I unfortunately signed up for this class before I knew what I was in for. I knew we would all make the same quilt, but I didn't realize the fabrics were already selected for us. I also learned that I do not like Thimbleberries' fabric. So, while I kept up with all the blocks and trims, I decided not to throw good money after bad and make the quilt. Instead, I'm using various blocks and trims to make runners, small wallhangings, and pillows. I decided to use one of the yo yo makers a friend gave me to make a different kind of trim for this runner. I didn't use the pattern that the club provided either--I don't generally follow recipes to the letter either, but that's a pattern in and of itself, isn't it?

I hope to do some baking tomorrow and get back into food blogging, but in the meantime, I'm having a great time checking out everyone else's recipes.


  1. thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for welcoming me to the daring bakers. i am so excited about being a member now... i'll be making it next weekend when i have guests over, it's always so much more fun to cook for people other than just myself and roommate.:)

    the table runner looks lovely, i've been wanting to get into sewing myself.

  2. Arlene, the runner is beautiful. I used to try my hand at a little quilting, but my arthritis said a big no to me. So now I just admire the beautiful things talented people like yourself make. I lost my mom 10 years ago. I learned most of my cooking from her. So, to this day (which is everyday) I talk to her while in the kitchen. Makes me feel like she's still close.

  3. I am really excited about the DB challenge! YAY!


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