Monday, September 13, 2010

Safe and Sound Weekend

GR&DF thank you all so much for your comments and emails about how we are here in SF. The gas line explosion last Thursday was south of the city in San Bruno - It was beyond belief, the pictures and news that evening as it was happening and then throughout the weekend. The complete devastation of the area and then all the destruction are just terrible. It looks like a war zone. Just yesterday they where letting some people back in to see what, if anything, is left of their homes.

Over the weekend I was just south of feeling good so I stayed close to home - and as usual it has landed in my throat so once again I am channeling the voice of Brenda Vaccarro.

I did get some finishing and some stitching in - I can show an updated shot of SoHRH.

Square 2 is coming along nicely. The finishing I worked on is for an Autumnal Exchange - and will go into the mail on Wednesday.

We did venture out to the mall for 2 things... a visit to -

to pick up some a SF treat - and the prize will go into the out going today. I also picked up the single issue of Vogue I buy during the year - the September issue - just full of the upcoming fashion for the winter - some good, some bad and some completely silly, but I have bought it for years and just can not stop.

I did try my hand at some bar cookies - there are lots of "bar" recipes out there but I finally decided on a recipe because my nephew 's favorite cookies are Buckeye's and this is a variation on that theme - called - "Peanutty Buckeye Bars."

They are very much a chewy, peanutty "brownie" bar. As for the name - kind of misleading, but you never know until you try.

Of the many films watched over the weekend - I did want to mention a DVD that was quite good - it was a Netflix pick - "Phantom of the Opera" - 2004 - starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson (gotta love her!!), Minnie Driver and Simon Callow. This can only be described as sumptuous - the music, the sets , the costumes. I really enjoyed this film and wonder why I had never seen it before. Minnie Driver as the diva "Carlotta" was just stupendous and when she is on screen it is hard to look at anyone else. Even though it is a bit on the long side, if you like Sir Andrew and his music you will not be disappointed.

There you go sports fans. Thank you again for your kind comments and continued visits!! Look for the upcoming annual "Hobbit - Birthday Drawing."

Take care,


Margaret said...

I hope you're feeling better soon. I hate being sick so much! Love your Shores progress! And the chocolate -- yummy!! Those bars you made look so good!

Berit said...

Feel better soon! Seems like the allergies this year are bringing everyone down--I'm already loading up on the olive leaf extract, oregano oil, and other antiviral snakeoils! :D

I was so happy to get my exchange mailed this weekend! I'm not as fast with a needle as you, edgar, and I do fret somewhat over exchanged and deadlines and etc.

Shores is really coming along! :o

Peggy Lee said...

Great progress on Shores.
Hope you're feeling better soon.

Barb said...

So glad to hear you all are safe. I thought of you when the news came on here in Seattle! What a tragedy!!

valerie said...

Great progress on Shores!Phantom of the Opera is a definite must watch! Glad you were able to see it...that was a wonderful rendition!

Natasha said...

Oh no end of summer cold, no fun. Hope you are feeling better soon.

As for Shores, looking great!. Can I ask you to post the recipe to those yummy looking bar cookies? I am a Buckeye fan Ohio State, O-H-I-O LOL I would love to make these, and now that the weather is cooling down I can start baking more WooHoo...

Take Care

Patti said...

Sorry to hear you are unwell and I hope you get better real soon! Sees candy!!! Oh to die for - okay not literally but you know what I mean. Those bars you made look so scrummy and me on Weight Watchers - well i've only just started and now I'm drooling over candy. So glad I don't live in the States that's for sure or I really would be the size of a house.

Love your progress on on SOHRH. Just gorgeous.

Kathy said...

Those bar cookies look yummy.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

BTW, I loved that Phanthom movie. But then I love most of Lloyd Webers music. :)

Tracey said...

I have been wanting to see "POTO" w/Gerard Butler (sigh...) for so long- I keep forgetting. I need to put it on my DVR wish list. Sorry you aren't feeling well! Hope it passes soon with minimal effect.

DonnaTN said...

It seems that my illnesses always start in the throat too. Unfortunatley, the sexy, smokey voice phase doesn't last too long and then I'm left with stuffy head and runny nose voice! Will continue to keep those affected by the blast in thoughts and prayers.

MyLifesAStitch said...

Hope you feel better, Edgar!

Love SOHRH... That is on my "must stitch... someday" list.

I remember seeing POTO in the theater when it came out. I went in with very low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. It was a very surreal experience actually... I was about 7 months (I think... I was pretty far along) pregnant and every single time Christine would sing my daughter would just go nuts. I think she might've been trying to sleep, lol.

Have a good one!

diamondc said...

I hope you are feeling 100% soon.
I am so sad about the devestation in you area.
Too many things are happening that are not good.
I love your progress on your stitching, oh please why do you tempt us with all the goodies you make the brownies look super duper yummy.
Oh my gosh did you hear that I just put on 15 pounds just talking about it.
Happy stitching.

ariadne said...

Oh how much I love The Phantom of the Opera!You just made me sit down and listen to its music again!Absolutely fantastic!Ariadne from Greece!

Sherry said...

glad to hear you are safe and sound...and hope you feel better soon! Your shores progress is lovely!

xstitchingnut said...

Well aren't we a fine pair of "sickies". I have male version of Brenda V..Herman Munster, along with the drippy eyes and sneeze nose. Nothing like a vacation present. Wow is us!!

Those brownies are to scruptious looking and a quick search on the Net produced the recipe. Now wouldn't you know I have ALL of the ingredients.....shame on you!

Love love love all the pictures you send. Your the BEST blogger!

Meadows08 said...

Phantom of the Opera is a great movie and stands up to the live show very well!

I love See's peanut brittle.