Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I forgot my camera cord yesterday so I couldn;t upload any snaps.... and what's a Post without a snap or two...  the long weekend was not nearly long enough, but it was relaxing and there were some high points.  Today I'm talking about AotH that I'm still stitching along on...

... as with most things I stitch I been switching up some of the floss colours....  the green I used here was not the called for Avocado (far too yellow) but a better choice I think, Grape Leaf.  I've almost decided on most of the personalizations and will start adding that as I go along....

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

Take care,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Little Box of Treats

Gentle Friends, I've had quite a few emails about what the second half of my 10th Anniversary Gift-a-way was.... well here's that post a bit on the late side but better late than never.....  I had in mind sending some things from the City that I felt would be well-received nd that meant something to me and things I did around town .... so after settling on what I was going to get we headed out to breakfast at the Red Cafe.  A favorite eatery of ours that I talked about before... It's in the Mission district and I usually get chilaquiles...

... I've had these at lots of places but at the Red Cafe, their version included some fresh green pepper and onion.... one of my very favorite breakfasts!!  Rico on the other hand usually gets...

... eggs, bacon hash browns with flour tortillas.... and a Coke!!  So after breakfast, we headed across the street and up the block a bit to our very favorite bakery in the entire City.... Dianda's.... 

.... they make really super things... and here are some snaps....

... the cakes they make are top notch and in demand, so ordering in advance is imperative...  the cases that line the shop on both walls are usually chock-a-block full...

... and the pastries and really tasty also...  the ring looking things in the middle to the right are to die for, flaky and crunchy and they come in either almond or raspberry....delicious!!

... I picked up a box of assorted cookies here to include....  we also stopped off at Philz Coffee for some of their roasted beans.....

....  I also picked up an SF mug to round out the present - packed it all up and everything arrived at Donna's quickly for her to enjoy!! 

That's about it for today sports fans.  It is a short week for me as I took off tomorrow and Friday and we have Monday off so it will be a long lazy weekend!!  Rico also took off the same days and we have a couple of things planned so you'll be seeing a post or two about our adventures next week.  Thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, just a quick update on AotH...

... I've completed the main stitching for the first row... but none of the personalization yet... 
still working that out.

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

Take care,

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Little Remembering

Gentle Friends, today would have been my parent's 62nd Wedding anniversary, and my mom always said it was a rainy, wet day.... here by the Bay it's cool and foggy.......  

May 22, 1955  
1st Presbyterian Church, Greenville NC

I like to remember the event with some flowers at Chrurch and arranged for some to be put on the altar yesterday...

 ...they were nice and pink,(my mom's favorite color) and by tomorrow will be spectacular when all the lilies finally open up....

.. on either side of the Tabernacle were some pink azaleas... 
 my mom would have really enjoyed all these flowers!!

There you go sports fans.  Thanksd for stopping by do stop again.

Take care,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Little Devil

Gentle Friends, knowing me and reading this Blog you may recall my fondness for Converse Chucks.... and every now and then I get a catalog from Journeys and they often have fun versions of Converse sneakers.....  so from the latest one, I ordered.... 

..... and they came in a great box,.....

... som Tasmanian Devil All-Star Chucks!!  I can usually refrain from new shoes (I've got far too many now) but I just had to have these!!
... aren't they great!!  

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

Take care,

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, just a quick snap of  the progress on AotH...

... I finished up the border and am now working away on the body of the square...

There you go  - short and sweet -  thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Little Frida

Gentle Friends, the last few weeks have been slim pickins' on the thrifting front and I've been finding next to nothing out and about in the shops..... I did find this past weekend a great piece...

"Between two Curtains 1937"

It's a purse made from a cigar box and covered in prints of paintings by Frida Kahlo with extra bits of rick rack and small paste jewels...

 "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser 1940"

Each side excluding the top and bottom has a different self-portrait or a detail from a portrait...

 "The Two Fridas"

The clasp and handle I think came from a craft shop ...

 "Self Portrait with loose Hair"

... and the interior is lined with a green velvet....

... I love the quote ... " I Never paint dreams or nightmares.  I paint my own reality... Frida Kahlo"

Whoever made this piece spent quite a bit of time putting everything together and I think it is a super box - for a couple of dollars, it was a real bargain!!

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

Take care,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

And We Have a Winner!!

Gentle Friends, I wanted to start off by saying how nice it was to read through all the nice things about the Blog and the years of posting everyone commented about, thank you!!  Last night I had the Hag Claw....

 ... with the help of the Who Hounds pull a name ..... and out of the bowl of destiny came....

...  Donna...... and I've popped an email off to let her know.

There you go sports fans, we've arrived at the "hump' of the weekend and now it's a downward slide to the weekend!!

Take care,

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Little Reminder...

Gentle Friends,  just a few short hours until I close up the 10th Anniversary Gift-a-way.... so if you've not entered you can still click HERE and leave an entry in the comments.

I'll be announcing the winner in the morning.

Have a super Tuesday, it's bright and sunny here by the Bay....

Take care,

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I've been stitching and frogging away on Anniversaries for the past few days... 
here's a snap...

... I was much further along until things starting to fall apart and started to not line up..... then I started to look back and count and eventually I found I was off 1 stitch way, way back.  So instead of just fudging it along, I decided to just frog it all out.  It would have made me crazy with things off a by a stitch.

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

Take care,

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle friends, I'm off a day with my posts, but thems the breaks sometimes...  last Saturday morning we headed over to the Treasure Island Flea Market, which only happens on the last weekend of the month.  I'd never gone before but had always wanted to ...

 ... looking down the road at the booths...

... looking across the Bay towards Oakland and Berkeley

 ... there are lots of food choices...

 ... it was a really bright and sunny day and leaving I took this picture of the city....

 and going back into the City across the Bay Bridge I got this shot...

... I saw quite a few things I wanted but only came home with this super iron skillet, a number 10 that's about 11 3/4" in diameter, I've got to clean it up and reseason it and it'll be good to go!!

There you sports fans, that about wraps up the week.  Thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Little Dinner

Gentle Friends, over the weekend Rico was visiting his family in the Central Valley and I stayed home and dealt with the who hounds.... I did a couple of fun things with some friends.... one was to go out to dinner....

 .... so Saturday evening we headed to a fun restaurant in the Castro called  Kitchen Story.... its an Asian Fusion restaurant with some very tasty food selections....


We were first sat sort of in the middle and I got this shot off of the bar....

...  then they moved us to a better table nearer the front, but the light was very harsh with evening setting in...  and the photos reflect that harshness

 ... we started off with a delicious tempura calamari...

... for the main course Mike and I each had a "Sexy Aloha" - which is yellow curried rice, shrimps, raisins and pineapple all served up in a hollowed out pineapple, then John had...

...grilled teriyaki salmon with a cucumber salad... for desert they had...

...banana cake with caramelized bananas...

... and a warm chocolate lava cake....  I had a nice cappuccino and was perfectly happy!!  It was a fun day capped off with a super evening!!

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

Take care,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, wowsers, such kind things being said about little ole me.... you all are the best and I do appreciate it much moire than you will ever know.... and I think I landed on something nice to gift to whoever is drawn by the hag Claw....I'll update the Gift-a-way Post with that info..... today I wanted to show the ongoing stitching on AotH....

... the fourth square has another super house, a sweet little rabbit, and is very March"y" with a long vine of clover.  

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

Take care,

Monday, May 1, 2017

A 10th Anniversary Gift-a-Way

Gentle Friends... well, it's been 10 years this month...May 9th of 2007 to be exact ...

...that I've been posting to this Blog.  I've posted about the good, the bad and even the ugly sometimes, but it's been entertaining I hope for the most part.  I was thinking over the weekend that to celebrate I should have a Gift-a-way thing and have the hag Claw pull a winner from the BoD (Bowl of Destiny)... I've not done one in so long I can't even remember when......

So, on Tuesday, May 9th, I'll have the Hag Claw work it's majic.  To enter the Gift-a-way all you need do is leave a comment on this Post Only - by 4:00 pm PST May 8th.  In the comment should be info with a way for me to contact you if your name is drawn.  If you're a No Reply comment type that's alright, but please make sure to leave an email address or some other contact information.  - I'll let the winner know on Wednesday, May 10th.

UPDATE... I settled on what I would like to do for my anniversary...
the 10th Anniversary GIft-a-way gift will be in two parts...the first part will be a 
$25 Gift certificate from 123 Stitch, 
and the 2nd part will be some Treats from San Francisco....

That's about it for today sports fans, remember to leave a comment to enter.

Take care,

Memorial Day

  "Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives."   John Adams