Friday, February 22, 2013

The Queen and Etc...........

Yethi - The Queen
This is Yethi.  She think she's a queen.  I went in to make my bed and here she is snoring away.  The picture of comfort.  She had a hair cut last week.  I had the groomer cut her short.  Her hair is a lot to take care of.  She is really a beautiful dog with or without hair. 

I have not worked on my nine-patch this week.  I am binding two quilts.  Both must be done.  One is for my brother.  It is his birthday present.  It is late.  The other quilt is being entered in a show in March.  I am quickly running out of time.  In a few days I will be back at it.  I am anxious to finish the nine-patch quilts, I think they will jazz up my bedroom for spring. 

Log Cabin

I was pawing through a magazine the other day.  I found an ad for this quilt.  It is a Judy Niemeyer design.  I love log cabin quilts and I thought - this is up my alley,  points and logs.  Somehow I must restrain myself from starting this quilt.  I already have a Judy Niemeyer on the design wall.  It is nearly finished, and will be soon.  So many quilts to make, not enough time.

Have you ever fought city hall?  I am finding that it is much like doing genealogy.  It is sort of a mystery.  It is hard to understand why they do the things they do.  I believe that probably the biggest reason they do stupid things is for votes.  Another good reason is they are just plain stupid. 

Why would any city in their right minds (speaking of the powers to be) give a drainage ditch to the land owners along the drainage ditch.  They gave it to them for their own use.  Now what would their use be?  For what purpose would they need a drainage ditch?  This ditch is used to take out the rain water from the area.  Those of you who are familiar with Louisiana know that when it rains, it pours, and it just doesn't pour a little bit.  Now, unfortuately, that ditch runs in the back of some property owners who do not take care of their own property so why would they take care of a drainage ditch.  When the drainage ditch has trash, dirt that moves in from other areas because of rain water, weeds grow, there is not room for rain water.   The neighborhood is dependant on that ditch taking the rain water out of the area and keeping their homes from flooding.  Now the neighborhood is dependant on people who will not take care of their own let alone a drainage ditch.   This ditch must be maintained.  I just cannot believe that these people are so stupid.   If you live in Sulphur, you best watch what city hall is doing. 

I hope you all have a good day. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Nine Patch and Etc.........

Nine Patch
 Nine Patch
I am still working on my nine patch.  As you can see in the picture I have added a few blocks.  This is actually two quilts.  The one on the left is turned so that I could get it on the design wall.  This is the width it will be approximately without borders. 

When I type I do not get - WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET - It is often times fraustrating.  In the right column under the books and movies section, every time I change this I have a terrible time with the spacing.  I can change it and it is a mess and it takes several times to get it right.  At the moment it is not right because I am fraustrated.  Does anyone know how to fix this so I don't have to do it over and over again?

Downton Abbey
I have been watching the third season of Downton Abbey.  I bought the DVD.  I just did not want to try to catch it on TV.  I just knew I would miss an episode.  I also have the other two seasons and according to Masterpiece theatre we will have a 4th season.  I just can't imagine it ending.  It is so well done. 

Today, it is chilly, but the sun is shining.  We have had rain, rain, and more rain.  It is mighty wet.  We had alot of wind in the storms that went through.   I have lost a large bush in my front yard.  I need to find one to replace it that grows very fast.  I hate loosing any of the foliage in the front of the house.  It protects the house from the West sun.  Living here as you all know, because I complain a lot,  the summers can be a bear when it comes to hot weather. 

I wanted to show you this old car.  Isn't it terrific?  I wish we still had it in the family.  It probably went to a junk pile long ago. 

L to R..........Alice Hanson, my aunt - Alice Cline, my great grandmother - Maryetta Hanson, my grandmother - George Hanson, my father - Christopher Hanson, my grandfather.

My father told me when I found this picture in amongst other pictures, that his father had bought this car.  Christopher really didn't know much about driving.  He decided to take the family to Hawkeye Downs.  They were having a rodeo at the Downs.  This had to be about 1924.  The roads were not in very good shape, most of them not being paved.  It had rained which made the roads in even worse shape.  The car slid off the road unto its side in a ditch.  Christopher never drove the car again.  He gave it to my dad's brother, Fred.  Fred was about 19 years older than my dad. 

Aunt Alice Curl's 1924
  My Aunt Alice must have been younger than 16 (in the car picture).  Notice her long curls.  She always had beautiful hair.  It had to be shortly after this picture was taken she cut off her long curls.  In 1984, when they came to me they were in this very old cigar box tied with the original ribbon and on the lid it is written - Alice cut her hair March 12, 1924.

Notice the price of cigars.

Click on the pictures to make them larger.

Hope all is well with you.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Brunch Pizza and Nine Patch..............

Brunch Pizza

Two/three weeks ago, I found a recipe for Brunch Pizza.  Well, there is their way and then there is my way.  My way is faster and easier.  I am sure their way is really delicious, but my way is not too bad. 
Here is what I did...........

Mama Mary's Pizza Crust (4 oz)  
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (White Truffle)
1/2 pkg of seasoning blend
1/2 large baking potato, peeled and sliced      very thin - pat dry
1 tsp Himalayan Crystal Salt (fine)
2 large eggs beaten
1 tsp basil
1 cup Mexican 4 Cheese
Bacon - enough to cover top
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Wipe the pizza crust with olive oil on both sides.  Place in baking dish.

Brunch Pizza

To prepare the topping for the pizza heat the olive oil in a skillet.  Toss the seasoning blend with 1/2 tsp of the salt in the skillet.  Cook over low heat until the seasoning blend is tender. 

Toss the potatoes with 1/2 tsp of the salt and add the potatoes to the skillet, continue cooking on low heat until the potatoes are tender. 

Mix the beaten eggs and the basil with the blend-potato mixture and season with black pepper.  Cook on low heat until eggs are barely done. 

Spread the egg mixture over the surface of the pizza crust, then top with grated cheese.  Lay the bacon slices over the top with each slice touching, covering the entire pizza.

Bake at 450 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Note:  Seasoning Blend - a combination of diced onions, green peppers, red peppers, celery and parsley)


Nine Patch

My last posting, I had just begun working on a nine-patch quilt.  I am a little further along but still have a ways to go to finish.  What you see here is two quilts.  One is for the bed (topper) and the other is going to be a wall quilt.  They look alike, almost.  One is positive and one is negative, although there is positive and negative in each quilt.   Confused????  I am using a technique where you make 2 blocks at once, one a positive and one a negative.  I use one in one quilt and the other in the other quilt.  The extra blocks at the bottom is for a row.  The white spots are letters on labels.  I am identifing sections of the quilt.  Come back, by next week, hopefully I will have this well on the way to being finished. 

And Etc...........

We have a very cloudy day.  It sprinkled about an hour ago.  It does look like rain.  The temps are good, it is 66 at the moment. 

Judy Niemeyer has a new quilt pattern out.  It is a Mariner's Compass.  I think I just did a Mariner's Compass. :-)   This one is different and gorgeous.  It is primarily a paper-piece pattern.  The question is do I really want to spend nearly $100 for a pattern?  I need to give this some thought.  It is also a project that will take me a long time to do.  I really have a lot of projects and a lot of fabric that I would like to use up and or finish.  Maybe this one will go on the back burner and I will think about it next year.  I think I have made a smart decision. 

Hope all is well with you..................