Friday, October 17, 2014

LaConner news

My "Doormats" quilt won an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival at the LaConner Quilt & Textile Museum!

And this is the lovely medallion that they sent.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kitty update

Our feral cat, Millie, comes up on the deck for meals -- usually breakfast and dinner.  She sometimes even looks in the house door -- but still no touching allowed!

Our neighbor cat, Mr. Boots, stops by for a little snack of dry cat food.  He is a quiet, calm fellow,  and doesn't confront any other felines. 

Still no frost, as you tell by the flowers in bloom.

Millie has usurped the horse barn as her space, and she has many resting spots.  Here she curls up on straw next to some wood and pallets.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jet trails

Another great Jet Trail day!

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Our high school alumni had their annual reunion luncheon at Blue Herron Hills, which was hosted this year by the Class of 64.

There was a good turnout, and we even had a representative from the Class of 39.

Some of my classmates:  Joan, Sue, Janet, Rick and Jackie.

We made a stop on the way home at Longacre Farms to see the pumpkins, and of course, to buy a little fudge!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sewing day

Nancy showed us the bag she made from canvas that she painted and embellished.  The colors are great and coordinate with my cutting mat!

Nancy is working on a composition using her Japanese fabrics.

Linda has the start of a new composition on her wall.

In the foreground is one of the star blocks that Jeanne is putting into a new quilt that she's making for a gift.

This is the tote bag that Jeanne made as a sample for a project at her upcoming retreat at Stella Maris.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Camera test

My new iphone arrived today -- Yay!

Lots to learn, but I thought I would check out the camera -- and I think its photos are great.

Now, if I can just find jeans that have large-enough pockets!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mr. Boots

I think his name is really "Bootsy" but we've always called him Mr. Boots.  This lovely tuxedo kitty has lived nearby for several years, but has recently been spending more time hunting around our property and helping Millie with her snacks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The start of fall

This fall features some striking colors with brilliant reds.  This large maple is behind our equipment barn on the east side of our 50 acres.

Some more reds stand out against a still green background.  We enjoyed some sunny days as we embarked on the fall season.

It is hard to match the visual impact of this time of year in our area.  Unfortunately, winter follows at any time!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Historic Palmyra

Ken, Patty, and I had a fun tour of  the collections in the Palmyra Historical Museum, housed in this former hotel and tavern on Market Street in Palmyra.  There are 23 themed rooms full of memorabilia.

I even found my high school picture displayed with those of other classmates which had originally been hung in Evy's Krummy Hot Dog Stand!

Bonnie Hayes was our docent and did a terrific job of telling us about all the exhibits.

This is the Print Shop Museum which contains examples of the printing presses and cutting equipment that was produced for over 60 years.

The equipment was marketed  under the names Peerless, Ben Franklin, Global, Star, Jobber, and Lightning.

This plate was used to print the layout of the "new" Pal-Mac high school in the early 1950's.

The Phelps General Store -- "where time stands still."    The building was renovated  by William Phelps in 1875 to house the store.  His son Julius locked the doors in 1940 and it has been untouched since.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Family visit

Ken and Patty, my brother and sister-in-law, are on their way home to Florida after spending some of the summer in the Adirondacks and stopped to visit us for a couple of days.

Ken discovered Bill's resting spot in the gazebo that's been almost totally overtaken by the wisteria.  This sheltered area stays relatively cool even on very warm days, and is well hidden from casual view.

Patty just completed this quilt for her guild's challenge, "50 Shades of Gray."   She made each block to reference her Southern heritage and the Civil War.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Our feral cat continues to avoid human contact, but enjoys the developed parts of our garden property. 

Here she surveys the lily pond, which also contains lots of frogs!

Some of the perennial gardens spread out behind her.

Now she had moved to the goldfish pond nearer to the house.  Her reflection in the pond mirrors her intense interest.

  Our autumn clematis is at full bloom and covers the lattice roof of a garden pergola.  The structure is about eight feet high and adds strength and diversity to our garden design.

Friday, September 19, 2014

LaConner Festival


Gaches Mansion is the home of the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum in LaConner, Washington.

Their 2014 Quilt and Fiber Art Festival opens October 2.

I'm very happy that four of my quilts were accepted and are now on their way to be in the festival.

Storm Clouds at Sunrise   (34h X 66w)

Whirlpool   (70h X 73w)

Yellow Brick Road  (54h X 50w)

Doormats  (49h X 67w)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SAQA notecards

I am a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, and am pleased to be one of the artists whose work was selected to be included in this set of notecards. 

The notecards are available from

  Top row: 
Linda Anderson   "Where We Met"
Salley Mavor  "Birds of Beebe Woods" 
Grace Wever  "Enraptured I"
Cindy Grisdela  "Green Totem"

  Middle row:
Susan V. Polansky  "No One but You"
Maya Schonenberger  "Miracle of Life"
B. J. Adams  "Six Birds"

  Bottom row:
Marcia DeCamp  "Whirlpool"
Betty Busby  "Sand Dollar Spectrum"
Flois Flam  "Vistas"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

In the garden

This wonderful, scary spider, or a close relative, appears each year some place in our garden.  This iteration took residence in our red raspberries.  We dare you to reach in there!

We don't know the name of this yellow-flowering beauty, but enjoy it never-the-less.  It likes the shade, and blooms every year without needing much attention.  Isn't it nice that nature presents her gifts, labeled or not...

We have multiple plantings of this Jack Frost, with their beautiful veined leaf pattern, and pretty small blue flowers in the spring.  We thought two of them were lost over the harsh winter and acquired two more --- Now we have four!

We have many groupings of hostas.  We should find time to separate them and start others.  There are always more jobs than time in our extensive gardens!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


We had a wonderful tomato-growing season with several bushels produced at the ready for our use.  The tomatoes were of high quality with few blemishes or insect damage.

We made 40+ quarts of stewed tomatoes.  They make a very good addition to a winter meal, either as a stand-alone or as an ingredient in other entrees such as chili.

The second picking included lots of Italian roma tomatoes along with the other large and small varieties.  These baskets plus four more already on hand provided an ample supply for making spaghetti sauce.

The first step in sauce making is to clean and cook the produce in our two large pots.  Celery, green peppers, hot peppers, onions and garlic are added.  Several pecks of tomatoes are compressed and used in this step.

A nice fall day made the outside filtering a pleasant task.  (The "squeezo" machine removes the tomato skins and seeds.)  This type of unskilled labor fits Bill's profile, and he is quite good at it!

The sauce is then cooked down to thicken, spices are added, and the colorful final result is bottled.

Twenty minutes in a boiling-water bath seals the lids, and our 25+ quarts are stored away.  A lot of work -- but we know exactly what went into the recipe and will enjoy the results all year long!

Sunday, September 7, 2014


More evidence of a bountiful harvest!
The tomatoes on the left came from plants raised from seed by Jane Kuitems at her Herb Farm in Webster and are an example of her heirloom collection.  We always get several of her plants for our garden.

The red raspberries are a result of our careful care and year-round attention to the bushes.  We have been picking two, and sometimes three, quarts each day.  We freeze those that aren't eaten, by spreading them out on trays in the freezer before boxing them up. 

Our green peppers were perfect this year, and certainly larger than usual.  They, along with the whole garden, prospered with the 7 inches of rain in July!

Of course, we made stuffed peppers -- several panfuls to fill the freezer.  They make a quick and delicious meal on a winter night!