Friday, June 29, 2018

A Little Close up Mr. DeMille

Gentle Friends, I was playing around with the settings on my camera and took this snap of 
Mr. Smokie...

... after he slipped into costume readying himself for his cameo in the upcoming blockbuster chihuahua/dinosaur crossover film......

There you go sports fans, another week wrapped up!! 
Thanks again for stopping by have a great weekend!!

Take care,

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out and about over the weekend and found this lovely little cabinet plate...

... it's about 7" in diameter and beautifully crafted with hand painted flowers .... made in Germany between the wars it's a super survivor!!  I'm such a  sucker for a piece of porcelain and I just couldn't pass it up!!

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

Take care,

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Little Marketing

Gentle Friends, this weekend was Gay Pride here by the Bay and Rico and I played "Gay Hide" instead...which involved us circumventing all of the craziness in the Civic Center downtown area and the Castro .... after Mass on Sunday we headed away from the City and hit one of our favorite Famers Markets out in the "Burbs"...

 ... it's high Summer here in California and the temps are a'risin' all around the Bay area and the San Joaquin Valley...

 ... we ran into Cecilia's Gardens Farm Stand from Mill Valley, a small town just across the Golden Gate Bridge.... and we picked up some scrumptious Bread and Butter pickles...

... and then stopped for some local honey from Marshall's...

... we also picked up some fruit....

... and I couldn't pass on some Collard greens.... which we had Sunday evening, delicious!!

... and as we left the Market we picked up flowers for the house... it's a great FM and we really like going here - and we'll be back!!

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

Take care,

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Freinds, here's a snap of where I'm at on MFV...

... I've not really changed much as I've stitch along.... except, and you knew there'd be an exception... is the little heart I stitched to dot the "I" in the word comic.  It's a really fun piece to work on...and now that I'm at the last third of this piece I'm thinking what might be the next piece to work on...not too sure.  :) 

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

Take care,

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,

Memorial Day

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