Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Little Summer

Gentle Friends, it wouldn't be the first day of Summer without my posting a bit of lovely Vivaldi...... from the Four Seasons...  Summer......

... Vivaldi's Concerto for solo baroque violin and strings in G Minor performed on original instruments by Cynthia Freivogel and the Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music.  It lasts about 11:36 minutes but it's such a beautiful piece of music it's worth a listen!  Enjoy!
There you go sports fans... welcome to Summer 2018!!
take care,

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, there's not been too many things out there to bring home.  I've been making the rounds and "pickins' is slim" to say the least.... however, at one of the Antique Collectives (Antique Malls) out here on Valencia Street, I found this...

...  great frame c. 1900.  I really like the brass mounted glass "jewels" on each corner... I popped the cabinet card that was in it out... and popped the photo of my Grand Mother (L) and her sister my great Aunt Mary (R) as children in place.  It was taken in Galesville Wisconsin in the winter of 1899.  I've looked for years for a frame that would be appropriate and as with most things... perseverance pays off.  Now, I need to get this sucker on the wall somewhere.....

That's about it for today sports fans thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Little Trip

Gentle Friends, I was away for a bit to visit my family up in Vancouver...  I went for my niece's Graduation from High School...  Saturday evening we headed out for a get together of family and friends for pizza and fun ... sister had some really fun cupcakes made ... in Columbia River HS colors of purple and gold...

... I headed to the bar and got a beer to go with my pizza!!


... Sunday was the Baccalaureate which was held at the High School...

 .... students marching in ...

We headed out to dinner Sunday evening to a fun Mexican restaurant...

... The Margarita Factory is one of two Mexican places owned by the same guy and I am sure that the other location is just as good and totally as fun as this one in Hazel Dell!  If you're in the Vancouver area I would really recommend this place!! 

... when we sat down I ordered a "Trashcan" to drink not knowing that it came with an energy drink... the description was not as clear as it could have been... basically, it's a Long Island Ice tea with blue Curacao and then tipped into it is an energy drink... interesting taste.....

... for dinner my sister had a bowl of Taco Soup that looked really delicious!!

 ... and I ordered a Seafood Chimichanga... which comes with a great creamy wine/mushroom sauce... not too sure how Mexican it is but it was really tasty!!

 .... we hit "Killer Burger" for lunch, this is another local chain in the Portland area and one in Scottsdale AZ

 ... I got a "Meathead" and it was a super burger!!  All the burgers come with bacon and fries!!

.... my Niece and I went to downtown Vancouver to "Simply Sweets" for some cupcakes...

 .... this is a great bakery and such really delicious looking treats!!!

 .... I loved this cake on display.....  what fun!!!!

 ... and here are the cupcakes we brought home... two each starting from the top left, red velvet, Chocolate, S/Mores, Strawberry Vanilla, Key Lime and Vanilla!!

 ... then Wednesday evening the big event... it was held at the County Fair Grounds in the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater.  Columbia High School's graduation was the last of four held that day...

 ... as the sun set the speeches were read the band played and the graduates marched across the stage... it was a lovely evening and so worth the trip!!

.... and here are the proud parents with my sweet niece all graduated and ready for her next step in and my schooling!!

There you go sports fans that about wraps up my quick trip north and a fun family visit!! 
Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, just a quick post about MFV ... here's a snap...

... sorry about the color bleed in the photograph, the linen is a little darker as is the red floss, 
but you get the idea.  I'll be posting about my trip next so stay tuned!!  That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Typical Morning at my House .....

Gentle Friends, although I'm away here's a slice of my life...

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... now imagine this with four Who Hounds all standing either on me or my face.... and you get the picture!!

Cya soon!!


Friday, June 8, 2018

My Mom's Birthday

Gentle would have been my Mom's 92nd Birthday...another snap from my album...

... this picture was also taken by my Dad and would have been in the Fall of 1963, in Gulfport, Mississippi.  Again what's up with my hair now...and truth be told my lack of hair then was a foreshadowing of the future since I've got about as much today as I did then.  I guess what goes around comes around!!

I think this wraps up the Birthdays for a few months.  I'll be away from the Blog for a few days visiting North, but I'll be back!!  Have a great weekend!!

Take care,

Thursday, June 7, 2018

My Papa's Birthday

Gentle would have been my Grandfather's 111th Birthday... 
here's a photo from the past...

.... I'm pretty sure this was taken in the summer of 1968 in Mississippi... I totally remember this red swingset with the bright yellow plastic seats that was in our backyard.  The picture would have been taken by my Dad in the Summer.  My Grandparents would visit us in the summer and also at Christmas.  I think I'm holding up a Matchbox car ... don't you love my bowl cut.... who would do this you a child, I ask you!!  My Dad cut my hair until I hit middle school and started to hit those teenage years and I think the haircut fight was one my Dad gave up on.....  there were much bigger fish to fry so to speak!! 

There you go sports fans, again thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Little Weekend Cake

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we celebrated a friends Birthday... first we went to dinner then back to our house for some cake...

... which again came from Dianda's.  It was really delicious and was filled with strawberry and cream!!  This time of year is full of Birthdays of family and friends both here and gone.....

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Little Stitching Finish and Start

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I finished up Hannah and here's a snaperoo...

Timeless Designs "Hannah Beeby 1816" Sampler
April 7 - June 2, 2018
Gloriana Silks "Seaweed" and "Antique Gold Dark"
36ct Vintage Nameless Linen

Sorry about the snap I had trouble with the way it was lit.  The linen isn't faded at the bottom ..... This was a great piece to stitch and in stitching this piece I was reminded why I so enjoyed stitching Quakers... I did work in the missed stitches and evened up some of the edges as I went along because some of them here just driving me crazy.  I also reworked the name line with my initials, city, and date.  I stitched "6 mos" like on Hannah's indicating June - so I kept that little thing - other than that It looks very much like the original.

I already had kitted up another project since I was so close to the end of Hannah....

Heartstring Samplery "My Funny Valentine"

It's "My Funny Valentine" ( to be referred to as MFV in future posts) and I am stitching it on the end of the piece I just stitched "Hannah."  That piece of linen was a weird shape and this stitch will use up all I have - It was a nice piece of linen and I've really enjoyed working with it, just wish I knew exactly what it was???.....  The original piece was stitched using a red GAST floss but I really like this shade of red by WDW called "Lancaster Red" so I went with what I like... and I have a few skeins from the same dye lot so I'll not run out as I stitch along!!

That's about it for today on the stitching front sports fans!!  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Love is Warm Sheets

Gentle friends, I sort of let the laundry go a bit last week, so last night I made it my mission to get'er done!!  Sooooo... I poured myself a big old Bloody Mary and headed to the pile...  since we have two washers and two dryers in the laundry room of our building things moved along quite quickly.  As I brought up the first dry load of whites ...

... the Hump and Lolly jumped into some really hot sheets..... their favorite spot on laundry day!!  Loving these little dogs!!!

There you go sports fans another day by the Bay!!

Take care,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Few Fun Things From the Looong Weekend.....

Gentle Friends, I'm back from my looong weekend of a few fun things..... so here goes...

Once again TCM held their Memorial Day marathon... 72 hours of film covering the different American conflicts on film from the Civil War to the Korean War.  There were some super films shown!!  I also got some stitching done and here's a shot of Hannah as she is at the moment...

 ... I'm coming up on the finish in the near future and have already lined up my next piece..... 

We also headed down to the pool a couple of times.  The weather was just gorgeous, in the upper 70's, bright and clear..... 

....  it's a Rico bobbing along in the sunshine!!

We wrapped up the weekend yesterday evening with a celebration of Rico's big brother's Birthday!!  Happy Birthday, Torchy!!  We got a cake from our favorite bakery!!  It was chocolate cake with a chocolate creme filling - so delicious!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Little Bar-B-Que

Gentle Friends, Saturday afternoon the folks the manage our apartment building hosted a "Kick Off the Summer Pool Party." The weather was typically Summer in San Francisco.... which means bright and sunny with cold gale force winds and a temp hovering in the mid-50's.... a perfect day if you ask me!!  Here are some snaps...

 ... Mindy enjoying some of the roasted corn...

 ... mostly we were hanging out just eating and talking...

 ... eventually, some brave folks got in the pool, and even with our pool being heated (which is the only way you could swim in SF) it was only a few of the bravest to hit the water...  that's Tracy our resident manager in the unicorn float!!  It was a lot of fun meeting some new people that have moved in and just a really lovely day!!  Thanks, Tracy!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again !!

Take care,

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An Anniversary

Gentle Friends, today would have been my parents 63rd Wedding Anniversary.  I flipped through their Wedding album and here's a couple of pictures I don't think I've shared before...


This past Sunday I again placed flowers on the altar of Most Holy Redeemer for them and Rico had the Mass Intentions said in their honor... 
It was Pentecost Sunday and the color choices were sort of preset... 

... but without my knowledge, they used Birds of Paradise, a flower my mom really liked and even grew... the arrangements also used other tropical flowers she really would have enjoyed...

That's about all for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends here's a pretty craptastic snaperoo of where Hannah is at the moment...


We usually get pizza on Friday night and this week was no different.  
The big difference was the "new to us" place we tried...

... Twin Peaks Pizza...

... we got a combo of pepperoni, sausage, and bell peppers... it was an easy online order and came really fast for a Friday evening... and what really counts...was pretty tasty!!  We'll be sure to keep the menu in our Take-out/Delivery folder of menus for sure!!

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Little Early Weekend Fun

Gentle Freinds, last night we met up with some friends for a little weekend fun on a Thursday... we really wanted to try this new place in the Castro...called...

... Papi Rico...

it's only been open for a few weeks and is a little bit of Puerto Vallarta right here in the City...

 ... it's really bright and colorful... and as you walk in you are in the bar area...
it's at the bar that you place your order for both food and drinks ...

 ... the dining areas are towards the back of the restaurant and there is a great patio/outdoor space in the way back!!  This area  I am sure we will be packed on the few warm days we have here by the bay...

 ...  we started off with some drinks and an order of really delicious guacamole.  The "Dos Salsas e Guacamole" comes with a tomatillo salsa and a red salsa along with the guac', the chips are made in-house and were warm and tasty.  The drinks menu has a nice selection a various Margarita type drinks, I don't like tequila so that's never for me.... there is also a nice list of Mexican and domestic beers... AND... they make some really delicious Sangria both red and white... 
I went with red, YUMMY!!

For dinner we ordered Quesadillas...

three orders of carnitas ... 

and I ordered mine Al Pastor... 
they came out of the kitchen to the table really fast and were super tasty!!

After dinner, we needed...  dessert so we headed towards...

... which is about 100 feet from Papi Rico's so it was easy to find...
and there's a big ice cream cone in front so you can't miss it...

...  we all got a little something, I took a piece of the Orange olive oil cake home.   

At about 9:00pm I made a cup of coffee and enjoyed my piece of cake... 
while being wrapped up in a quilt watching...

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 The Guns of Navarone (for like the 100th time)  I love that movie!!

That wraps up the week sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,