Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Little Brunchin'

Gentle Friends, sorry to have not posted yesterday but I left my camera at home so there would have been no snaperoos.... and who wants a post without a picture??  

So, I've not touched a needle or stitched a stitch in over a week... I am just not motivated in the least... what's up with that... so Instead of beating myself up for not stitching, I think I'll just start something new.  I dug around last night in the old stash pile and think I've landed on a fun piece ... I'll see just how much I have or can pull together and get a'move on with that!! 
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Over the weekend we headed down to China Basin on the far south side of the Emabrcadero for brunch with friends at a new to us place called "Mission Rock Resort"...


... it's right on the water and has great views out over the Bay towards Oakland and Alameda...


... here's a snap of the menu...


... and what's brunch without a libation...


... we ordered and here's some foodie porn.....

... and order Corn Beef Hash and eggs...

... Rico had a Burger and fries...

.... French Toast and Bacon...


... and I had Eggs Benedict with Dungeness Crab and a Bloody Mary!!  Delicious!!!  
We'll be back for sure!

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Walking back to the where the car was parked we passed the construction site of the new Arena

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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by dos top again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!!
edgar

Monday, August 5, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, just a quick post about my non-stitching.... here's a sad little snap...


.. still plugging away on my Alphabet Book.  This is a great colour I working with now... 
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts!  Good Words!  Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, July 29, 2019

A Couple of Little "Blackbirds"

Gentle Friends, I wrapped up the sampler I was working on for Christmas and have done precious little on the Alphabets Book so I thought I would show two more older pieces...


... from the Loose Feathers series  #'s 31, 32 33 & 34 (the LF Series I loved by the way!!) came this long "Mystery" sampler... it was the most fun to stitch, as are all of Alma and Barb's things... Love me some BBD!!!!!  
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... and I'll wrap up my walk down memory lane with this great Christmas piece.  It didn't photograph that well, but I do love it and see it every day!  It's another Loose feathers piece, #6.

That's the last older piece for now... I also wanted to mention that there are only 149 more days until Christmas, I know can you believe it!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!!
edgar

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Lookin' Back at the Past

Gentle Friends, still looking back at some finished pieces... the first two were a couple of Round Robins I was a part of ... such fun!!




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This piece I remember was from the French magazine "Mains & Merveille" January 2007. I changed up most of the floss colours. A loose translation..."Every Tree has its way to Welcome Spring."  I had seen it completed on another Blog and just had to stitch it... I loved every minute and really enjoy seeing it on the wall now...

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Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Little Brunchin'

Gentle Friends, we had a super brunch with friends last weekend.  At a well know Dim Sum restaurant here in the City down by the Embarcadero... called Yank Sing... 
located in the Rincon Center...


... this is the 200-foot tall atrium and if you look at the skylight features a "Water Column" installed int he 1980's expansion designed by artist Doug Hollis.  It's a continuous 85-foot column of water drops, coming from an eight-foot by eight-foot acrylic glass box with 4000 holes placed at the ceiling level... it's a really nice a relaxing sound to have in the background while you enjoy the food...

... we checked in for our reservations - you need them here as they are always busy, busy, busy!! - 

... and then got sat out on the main dining room in the atrium... it was really a nicer place to sit than inside the main dining room...

... so how it works...there are these carts laden with food that whisk around and stop at each table. You just point at what you want...so easy...

 ...we started off with some steamed pork buns... Cha siu Bao...  and I've had lots of these things and I had to say that these were the best I've ever had, fresh, fluffy and the BBQ pork inside was perfect!!

...then other things started showing up... like these tasty Shumai..

... crispy spring rolls...

... some potstickers...

... and we had to have some sticky rice in lotus leaf... Lo Mai Gai...

... opened up and out poured a delicious filling...

... and also some Phoenix Tailed Shrimps...

... and then the dessert cart came by and we had to have...

... Sesame balls.. deep fried and filled with yellow bean puree, lightly sweet ... and really good!!!

.. they are known for the Peking Duck, and they kept whizzing by, we passed on this every time... I would certainly recommend this place for a Brunch or Dinner anytime.  There are lots of Dim Sums places here in SF, but this has to be the top of the heap!!
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After lunch we walked over to the Embarcadero and had a stroll along the waterfront... this shot is looking at the Bay Bridge and towards Treasure Island.  There you go sports fans, super food and super friends!!!  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words!  Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, July 15, 2019

A Couple of Stitchin' Oldies

Gentle Friends, I'm still stitchin away on my Christmas present piece so I'll post a couple more pieces from my stitching past... these two Quakers I really enjoyed stitching and still love seeing every day...

... my version of the Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler... 

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... and the Companion Beatrix Potter Quaker... I really like how the second one is framed much better than the first.  I like a really tight framing and since the "Historic" Quakers were framed tight, that really appeals to me... and if I could go back I would tighten up and have no "white" space between the stitching and the frame.... but hind site is 20/20!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

edgar

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, now that I'm back from a loooong weekend I have a snaperooo of where I left off on the Alphabet book...


... for the near future, I'm going to put this piece aside... the reason is that I see Christmas looming and need to get a move on a couple of things I want to stitch and get framed for gifting. So I'm going to post a few "oldie but goodie"  pieces hanging around the house.... first up would have to be a sampler I really enjoyed stitching...


... (sorry the snap is a bit dark) from Sheepish designs, this long OOP piece is actually three samplers, "Alpha Bird," "Alpha Menagerie" and "Alpha Sheep"... I stitched together.  I remember even at the time I worked this piece - 8 years ago - I had a hard time getting all the parts to stitch this piece.  
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, I've finished up the alphabet with the little vines and here's a snap...


... it was a fun alphabet to stitch!!  I've started working on the next two pages and that alphabet is constructed of Algerian eyes'... a bit repetitive but interesting.  
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I also wanted to mention that I've made some changes to how a comment can be left.  For some reason, I've been getting spammed by odd comments for a few months usually a few at a time but in the last couple of weeks they've jumped up to 80+ spam comments a day - which sucks!!  So, for now, no anonymous commenters, sorry, and I've put a number checking system is in place.   If this fails to curtail the unwanted spam-comments then I'll have to shut "comments" off altogether, which I don't want to do, as I enjoy getting feedback.  Oh well, I'll see what happens.  If you can't leave a comment and want to get in touch with me there's always the email route...
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, June 24, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, stitching away on "the book" and here's a snaperoo...


... this is a snap that's a little lite, but you get the idea... 
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There you sports fans, just a quickie update.

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Little Summer

Gentle Friends, I think Summer is upon us and now it's for sure, today at its midpoint we have arrived at the Summer Solstice.... which means I must post a lovely piece of Music...


... recorded at the Nyphenburg Palace, Munich... the first building you see in the video is actually not the Palace but the Pagodenburg, Royal Teahouse in the Palace Gardens...  Julia Fischer is the head violinist here with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Chamber Orchestra.  Enjoy!!
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Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Little Wisdom for a Dark World....

Gentle Friends, something that has resonated with me all week... from Mass last Sunday... 

Image result for pope francis

"A Little Mercy Makes the World Less Cold and More Just."
Pope Francis, Angelus, March 17, 2013
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Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, here's the tiny bit of stitching I got done after the heat wave...


... it's not very much but this is a great alphabet with the tiny green vine!! 
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That's about it for today sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words!  Good Deeds!
edgar

Friday, June 14, 2019

A Quick Friday Post....

Gentle Friends...so, I work across the street from an Art Gallery.  They support and exhibit contemporary art...or what passes for art sometimes...and this was outside today for their new show opening tomorrow evening...

...Lordy!!  I hope this is not some of the "art" they are showing and is just some crazy thing ... that, BTW, has been popping here and there all day long...hee, hee, hee!!!  I'm so evil sometimes!!
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Have agreat weekend!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!!

edgar

Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Lotta Relief

Gentle Friends, so our three days of Summer have ended, and the 90+ degree weather here in the City has dropped back into the 60's and I am once again a happy camper!!  Yesterday I left work around 3:30 and the temps were hovering at around 87... by about 5 pm they had dropped into the low 70's and by 5:30 looking out my back door towards Twin Peaks I saw a most welcome site...

... the fog pouring over the hill and bringing with it sweet cold weather...  then by 7ish the weather had dropped to about 60 and I took this snap ...

... the whole of Noe Valley was wrapped in Fog and I had to turn the heat on a tad to take the chill off the room and make the hounds happy and I had my usual after dinner coffee!!  Now things are back to normal and life is beautiful!  - and most importantly I picked up my stitching again.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Few Fun Things......

Gentle Friends... we've been having some really hot weather for this time of year here by the Bay... Monday the high was about 98... Tuesday with a high of about 90... and today is supposed to only get to the low 80's but we'll see later on... what' good is that it only lasts a few days then it's back to the upper 60's low 70's... what's bad is that there is no air-conditioning in my life... none at work and none at home..... only in the car during the ride to and from work or shopping can I crank up the air and sort of get cool/cold... all this heat will break in the next day or two, but it's too hot to stitch in the evenings so I sit in front of a fan with a bourbon a soda and swelter.... and... watch "The Spanish Princess"  a pretty good show!!

Over the weekend in addition to the usual running around, we headed over to Japan Town... 
for lunch and a little shopping...



... and we headed to our favourite little Japanese eatery... Kushi Tsuru....


... starting off with Hiyashi Wakame (seaweed salad) delish!! and some starter sushi... Tobiko (flying fish roe) on the left and Hamachi (yellowtail)..... then it was on to the delicious roll...



... a Spicy Tuna Roll...after lunch we walked around a bit and ended up at Kinokuniya a really large bookstore with tons of fun Japanese things and books... so I picked up from a large collection of little Nano Block projects.....




... and I put that sucker together when I got home.  Thank goodness, there were detailed instructions because there would have been no way I could have gotten a finished Grey Wolf from a bag of tiny blocks.
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I also picked up this new soda... and really liked it!!  I like Coke, always have always will, I really do not like Pepsi, RC or off-brand colas, but I like a good cold Coca Cola!!  Flavoured Cokes never really hit the mark with me and Cherry Coke is a flavour that makes me gag, so I was leery of trying this one but was pleasantly surprised after a sip or two... and even bought some to have at home!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar