Monday, January 21, 2019

A Little Stitchin' Finish and a Stitchin' Start....

Gentle Friends, well, you all knew this day was fast approaching...and it arrived last week with a finish of my Christmas stitch...here's a snap...

Scandinavian Christmas Sampler 
11/17 - 1/15
40ct Vintage Navy Bean
"Poinsettia" Gloriana Silk

It was a super piece to stitch and was perfect for the season!!  I used just under two skeins of the 12 stranded silk and have quite a bit left over.... so I have my eye on another red monochromatic piece for stitching later in the year.  It was an easy peasy purchase from Jacob's sites.  The chart was easy to follow and I can highly recommend MFE and will be back for another project.
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I also started a new piece...I'm a "one at a time" type stitcher.  I've tried doing the rotation thing, but it just didn't work for me...so here's the new piece...


"1798 Quaker" Goode Huswife
40ct Vintage Pecan Butter 
Recommended NPI Silks

It's a pitiful little start but I'm plugging away and am really enjoying stitching a Quaker piece again.  I haven't stitched a Quaker in a really long time and this chart has been in the "to do" pile for years.  It moves to the top...it moves to the bottom, but it was always in the pile and one of the charts on the back burner to stitch.  I think the reason I never got this piece going was I wasn't sure if I was going to stitch in all the initials.  If your not familiar with this particular Quaker almost every spare space between the main motifs is filled in with dozens of initials...they meant something to the original stitcher, but not so much to me...so do I stitch them in or not??? 
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!
Take care,
edgar

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  still moving along on SCS... here's a snaperoo...


... I'm almost at the end of this row and then there is just one more row of large circles and the sampler will be a wrap.   

It's usually at this point I start thinking about picking a new project... so... with that in mind ...yesterday I pulled a bunch of things from my "I'm gonna stitch this before I die pile"... and pulled 3 samplers, then I started plowing through my stash notebooks.  I keep the bulk of my stash in 3" ring binders with the charts in clear pages.  It keeps them clean and sorted by either subject or designer.  While looking through a couple of binders I found another great sampler so I've narrowed it down to 4 projects... and before the end of this piece, I'll be able to pull things together and make a start sooner than later...
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop by again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Little Christmas Wrap-Up

Gentle Friends, it was a really lovely Christmas, we had a friend up from Monterey again to spend Christmas with us...  starting off the evening with a Chinese dinner for a change then it was off to Mass... which was just beautiful... we got there on the early side so we could do the Caroling thing beforehand... the Choir and congregation sing carols before Mass... then Christmas morning I had made some sausage pinwheels, and we also had some really delicious pumpkin bread, a gift from a dear friend... and we opened up some presents... probably my favourite of the day was one from Rico...


... this great cookie jar of Jack Skelington wearing his Santa hat!!  So now I will go from Oogie Boogie in the Fall to Jack for Christmas!!!  I do love Nightmare before Christmas!!
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Then I had to get started on Christmas dinner...we had a tableful of folks coming so I had some snacks for when they arrive...


... there were deviled eggs, my great Aunt Sue's sausage Balls and Nuts and Bolts!!

... here is the table set and read for dinner...

... Rico made another stupendous arrangement... this sucker lasted until New Years with a little futzing so we had some pretty flowers on the table during the Holidays!!  I forgot to take a snap of dinner.  For dinner we had baked ham, "Luxury" Mashed Potatoes, brocoli with hollandaise sauce some homade pickle and Parker House rolls... nothing hard and what made the potatoes Luxury, the name on the recipe, not my word, was the addition of chives, roated garlic and some cream cheese, they were really tatsy.  It was a pretty basic dinner, but I had asked everyone in advance for some input, my first mistake, and got their opinions, lordy what a can of worms!!... so I tried to please everyone and everyone seemd very happy!!
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One of our guests was very insistent about bringing dessert, so I said whatever he brought that it had to be cake, I always have a Birthday cake on Christmas... it is Jesus' birthday and its something my family has done my whole life... so he brought a delicious Oreo Cake, it was a super light textured cake with a whipped icing, so good and so very diffent than any other kind of cake I ever made.
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Later on during the week, that both Rico and had taken off, we headed over to St Ignatius a lovely church I'm sure I've talked about before.  It's over in the Richmond District on the corner of Parker and Fulton Streets...

... there is a small display of the history of this church... its the fifth incarnation of St Ignatius in the City.  This building was begun in 1912 and dedicated in 1914...

... this is a snap of a snap of the iron skeleton ...
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... the Christmas decorations are always lovely ...



... the Blessed Virgin Chapel... the alter was blessed on the feast of the Assumption in 1924.  The chapel was built and renovated in 1935.  Antonio Dolfi's year 2000 reproduction of the c. 1475 Andrea Della Robbia blue and white glazed terracotta "Annunciation" is above the western side door.  The brass kneeler was added during the 2001 restoration/renovation.

... the side chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe...

... and I'll wrap up this Post with a shot of the Creche at St Ignatius...  yes, that camel is really small!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, January 7, 2019

A Little More Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, here's a snap of where I am at the moment on SCS...


...just moving along with these three "chickens."
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

UPDATE:  I had a question about this stitch a couple of weeks ago and forgot to answer it... and now the same question came up again about this... the particulars about this stitch are... I'm stitching it on 40ct Navy Bean, stitching 1 over 2 using "Poinsettia" overdyed silk by Glorianna... I looked through my stash before I started but didn't have enough of any  "good Christmas " red silk on hand so I made a trip over and bought this silk for this piece from Needle in a Haystack, my LNS over in Alameda. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, over the Christmas break I got a bit of stitching done... however, the picture I took is a few days old... like 4 or so... here you go, an oldish snaperoo...

... although the photo shows some progress... I am a bit further along than this... I think staying up late watching movies and staying close to home has helped my stitching and this sampler along.  
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That's about it for today sports fans.  I have a Christmas Post to finish up so stay tuned!!  

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Happy New Year!!!

Gentle Friends, here's a lovely song so identified with this time of year...
in fact, it's my favourite version!!  
May we all have a wonderful New year!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A Very Merry Christmas

Gentle Friends, just stopping by this morning to post a favorite carol ...

... sung by the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge it's a lovely song ... enjoy!!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS
edgar

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Little Winter

Gentle Friends, today is the first day of Winter.... so in keeping with past "First Day's" I've plucked a great version of Vivladi's "Winter" from the Four Seasons, just the first movment....


....  enjoy!!
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Take care,
edgar

Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Little Christmas Baking

Gentle Friends, I got it together enough to bake up some treats for sending out to my Family and Friends, near and far away... it seemed that time just was whooshing by... I was thinking about it all Fall and I finally decided to bake up one of my Mom's recipes... one that she always made during the Christmas Season...  baklava...  a traditional Mediterranean flaky pastry made with nuts (usually walnuts and pistachios), phyllo dough and a sweet syrup of honey and sugar...  

I figured out how much I needed and calculated that five 9x13 pans of the stuff would do...

These are pans 3 & 4 - I only have two 9x13 pans in my arsenal!!

My Mom started making baklava way back in the 1990s and it eventually became a staple of her Christmas baking regime... other things that were staples at my house ... cranberry nut bread, Mississippi Mud Cake, and various cookies, little orange blossom cupcakes... coconut cake and pound cake...  She got the recipe from a good friend in the Museum Guild she belonged to and that's the recipe I used, with a couple of tweaks.... of course... I jazzed up the syrup with a bit of lemon and for the teaspoon of cinnamon that is called for, I replaced it with my own Fall 6 Spice blend.  The fifth and last pan also got another tweak as I was running out of walnuts I ended up just replacing them with pecans (my favourite nut) and it turned out deliciously well!!  Now that the outside gift-baking is done I may end up making a few treats for us and our Christmas guests that are coming .... who knows I get mighty nostalgic around the Holidays!!!
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Thanks for stopping by sports fans.  Right now I have no plans to Post next week I am taking some time off.... but you never know??? 
 Have a super Christmas!!

Take care,
edgar


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Another Busy Weekend

Gentle Friends, the weekend started off with another wonderful performance... 
this time we were off to the ballet... 

... to see The Nutcracker!!

... this is a video of the SF Corps de ballet dancing the Waltz of the Snowflakes... it is from 2011 but the staging is identical to what we saw.  For our performance towards the end of the piece, it became a literal blizzard on the stage of swirling snow!! It was great!!

... a shot to the stage before it began...

... I got this shot down into the lobby of the Opera House as we were leaving... 

... across the street from the Opera House, the City Hall is now lit for Christmas!!

.... recognize Symphony Hall from last week... it's right next door to the Opera House, all clustered down in the Civic Center area of the City...
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Then Saturday, friends of ours took us out to brunch for Christmas...
to a "new" to us place...
... Alba Rays, a Cajun-inspired place in the heart of the Mission...

... there is a pretty extensive bar!!



... we ordered some drinks, a delicious Bloody Mary a Hurricane and a Peach Cobbler... 

... for a starter, we had a couple of Pancake Souffles...

... the only misstep was the biscuit, not a very good one, but they tried...

... Tom had Boudin Eggs Benedict...

... I ordered a side of bacon, yum, an order of Pain Perdu (French Toast) and a side of some of the best grits ever!!!  Really creamy with a ton of butter and Parmesan cheese!!

...Mindy order Baked Eggs...

... and Rico had Smoked Pork Hash, with house made Tots!!
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... then Sunday night we headed out into the rain to a Christmas cocktail party...

... Adam's house was beautiful and his tree was lovely ... he had a ton of food...

... after Adam's party, we went to dinner at a Sushi place... after dinner, we had one more party to get to... it was Christmas Dessert Party... where they really didn't want me taking pictures... so I didn't, which was too bad...

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... so I lifted this snap from the Internet of a dessert party with a Christmas theme... it was good to get home as it was still raining and had gotten cold... so a warm house was very welcome!!  I think that sort of wraps up most of the social obligations for a quick moment!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for coming along on the ride... do stop in again!!

Take care,
edgar