Tasty Tuna Two

Got up at seven.      Got DD1, and babies out the door, for work, and day care, at 7:30.     No, I didn’t pack their lunches, or make waffles for breakfast!!       The girls get breakfast, and lunch, and DD is on her own!

Read my Bible.      At 7:30, approximately, I ate my breakfast of a granola bar, and peach cola, at my desk.    

Then chores.       After laundry, and dishes, I sat down to sew.         Why yes, I was beginning to feel like Cinderella!          Why do you ask??

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My sewing station, all set up in my room!!

Yes! I was finally gonna finish Shirley’s quilt!!      (Don’t faint!)

But alas!       What did I find??

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A very important part is missing!

Or NOT find would be a better description!!          Any seamstress, like Stella, would quickly spy the problem!


I know, I know!       What does all this have to do with tasty tuna??       Well, I’m getting to it!  

After a quick search of the logical places the foot could be, I was discouraged.          So, I sat to grouse to myself.        And that reminded me I was hungry!

Now we’re getting to the tasty tuna two part!

I wanted to make my tasty tuna “salad”. 

Sadly, no blueberries on the grounds.        😦

But!!        Aha!        We do have frozen blackberries!            Those’ll work!!

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Blackberries are purple!

Easy peasy, 3 ingredient tasty tuna “salad”.       Can’t get much easier than that!!

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Purple tuna, in a purple bowl. What could be any better??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuttin’, honey!  

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All gone, gone!

Then, to finish it off, some yummy crunch.  

  Yessss!!       Home grown goodness!

I looked at my phone, it was only 10:45 am.         So what??          I had been working hard for 3 1/2 hours already!!

Now, to go look some more for that invisible foot…..

 

Stellar Stella

Stellar Stella was my first commenter ever!

Day One

What an awesome first post! You just put it out there right from the start.

 

We met on Dana’s A Slob Comes Clean.      And fell into “Like” right away!

We had so much in common!       (Well, not our ages, she’s still a young woman, and I’m a middle aged woman, but age is only a number!)

We both read ASCC, and comment!!

We are both struggling with housework.   

We are both determined to get our houses under control.

We both sew.

We both blog.


We both live in…    Oh wait! I live in Fl, and she lives in Australia.        So, that would be a difference (BIG DIFFERENCE) then, instead of a similarity, right?            Whatever!!       We both live in countries that start with “A”.         Um, Melinda???      USA doesn’t start with “A”.     Well, America does, so there, smarty pants!

We are both photographers.        Ahem, again, I must point out the fallacy of your statement.     You, my dear, are no photographer.      I take pix, ergo, I am a photographer.     I didn’t say I was a great one, like Stella, just that I AM one.        Ah!      Agreed then.

We both ordered Dana’s book, immediately!          

We both took pix of ourselves, peeking over the top of the book, without even knowing the other did it!      (I thought that was too funny!     Just something about that book, I guess!)

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(Yeah, hers is better than mine.      Can you tell she is a professional photog???)

Alrighty, then.    Sounds like y’all just might be long lost twins!      Anything else?


Stellar Stella was quoted in Dana’s book!!

“But the real reason I’m sharing this with you – well, other then that it just might be exactly what you need right now – is that I’m quoted in the book!!!!

In the chapter ‘The Truth About Habits” on page 35, under the heading ‘For Those Assuming The Dish Washer Thing Doesn’t Apply Because They Don’t Have Dishwashers” you will find a little quote from yours truly.”

 

Not that I was, or anything, just giving a shout out to my friend!!       (But I was quoted in my BBFFJ’s ebook!)

So, that statement should have been:  “We are both quoted in books.”        Yes, yes, you are so persnickety sometimes!


Okay, I guess that’s all for now.     But seriously, go check out Stella’s blog, Purfylle, and you’ll agree with me that she is stellar!!

Jenerous Jeanette

My neighbor, Jeanette, gave me this jorgeous (hard “J” lol)  lighthouse for Christmas.    (I know, I know, here it is way into 2017, I’m still bragging yakking about last Christmas!       Well, I’m not done with the topic yet!    Sorry, not sorry!)

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As you can see, I’m proudly displaying it outside.     It’s light is solar, so it lights up at night!     So very neat!    slob, humor, solar light

She is so jenerous!     Last year she gave me these gorgeous pictures, that she colored.     She also painted the frames purple.     She’s a great friend!

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What did I give her?     You may ask.      Last year, I gave her an ornament that said something about being a good neighbor.     (Sorry, I didn’t memorize it!)        When I went to visit, the other day, she had it prominently displayed on her tree.      

This year I’m planning to give her one of the cross stitch ornaments I made.

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As soon as I find it again!       When I finished it, I put it in the living room, to wrap.       Then PP came over, and poof!       It’s gone!

So, the treasure hunt begins!!      I sure hope it doesn’t take me as long to find it, as it did to finish making it!

Well, never did find it.  

(Update:  this post was written Dec. 7.    I found the ornament on the very bottom of the tree, in the back, next to the wall, where I couldn’t see it, when I was stripping the tree!  On Dec.11, the very night this was published.    That scamp, PP!!    She knew I’d never look back there!)

 So, since I knew where this one was, this is what she got!       She liked it, cuz her tree is predominantly red decorations.       Good job, Melinda!!         Thanks!

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Now, my joy is all gone….

Just kiddin!!      I still have Jesus!!

 

Quazy Quilt Queue

Here it is the end of July, and still haven’t finished Kim’s Kwilt.   (When I first started this post.)            And the final deadline was May 20!        Majorly disappointed with myself.      But, I’ve been so busy with the girls, nannying, and full time taxi-ing for DD1, that I have felt like a chicken with its head cut off. Sorry Carmen!

Now she has a car again, {DD1, not Carmen!} and steady day care, so maybe I can git ‘er done before Winter!

Update:   I finished the infamous kwilt, on Saturday, Oct 22, 2016!!

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I’m almost having a headache from that lattice pattern spinning!

The back, above.                                                                                     The front, below.

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It was already folded in half, cuz I wanted ya to see my face!

And all the angels sang: “Hallelujah!!”

And all the readers screamed “YES!  Finally we can quit hearing her whine about that pesky kwilt!!”

And SF mailed it that next Monday.

And she (DD2) liked it!  She really liked it!     She said, and I quote,      “Thanks, it’s awesome.”

Okay, now that is off my mind!!      I can go on to the rest of my quazy quilt queue.      And it’s a long one!!

  • Shirley’s.    My brother commissioned this one when they were dating.     Their first anniversary was back in August.     This is my progress so far.  

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  Getting there!!     So close!!

                                                                                 

  • PP’s Panda quilt.     DD1 commissioned this one in 2014.      Ahem   (Can’t find the pieces.     EEK!!)
  • The Campbell twins.      They’re only 5 months old, and I have all the squares cut out already, so hey, doing really well on this one!  

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Oops!  No I don’t have all the squares cut out.  I have 3/4ths of the squares cut out!  

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This fabric has me flummoxed!!      I want each square to be 1 flower, (or “buttehfy”, as PP called them), but how do I do that without the squares going wonky??      I surely AM NOT gonna cut each one individually by hand!

So, I’ll just be as careful as I can…….

  • A bigger quilt for PPJr.      Her wonky quilt is WAY too little for her already, and she’s only 8 1/2 months old!!     (Haven’t even decided on the fabrics yet.    Yeah.)
  • Aulani’s.       She was born about 12 weeks ago, and I’ve already done this much.    

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  Woo hoo!        On a roll here!           

 

Then, I wanna do one for ..      STOP!!          What?   Why??         Until you get all those done, I’m officially declaring a moratorium on saying you’ll make more!            You can’t do that!        I think I can, cuz I just did!

NO MORE QUILTS

Well then, yes ma’am!        I’ll get back with ya on my next recipients, soon as I’m done with these.         So, mid 2027, would you say??          That’s kinda mean.         Is it mean if it’s true??      Well, it has been true so far…..

 

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Posted Posts

I just hit a new milestone, 500 posts!!  

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500 posts!! Go, me!

 

Is that like 500 episodes on TV??     I don’t know, but I know I’m really proud of myself!      I’ve stuck with blogging for over 2 years now!!     So much has happened in the last 2 years, it’s crazy.

DD1 got married, and she and PP moved out.      Well, DUH!  

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I know, I know, I should have expected she’d want to live with her husband!

I moved: Twice!

my first place all on my own

My Very First Place, All on my Own!

Ranch Man (now known as EX) and I got divorced.     

Mitchell marriage ended Feb 24 2016

My 55th birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PPJr joined the family!

I finished DD2’s  (the DR!!) kwilt!    Finally!!!    After only 9 years in the making!

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It was already folded in half, cuz I wanted ya to see my face!

I’ve shared my life’s story.

Strawberry City to Strawberry Scribblings

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I’ve de-cluttered, re-cluttered, and de-cluttered some more.     Even made a Declutterathon out of it!

Shared the ups and downs of being an Omie.

And bragged on yourself endlessly!!

 

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That’s me!! Well, my category, anyway!!

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How pretty is this?? Thank you Camellia!

{Trust me, there’s lots more!     But her head’s too big to cram any more in here!}

Lost my health, recovered it, lost weight, regained some…

Quoted the Bible a LOT!!     I want anyone who reads this blog to know I’m a proud Christian, follower of Christ.     And that He died on the cross, and rose again, to take away their sins.   And God loves you!!      John 3:16.

And made a wonderful community of friends!

So many it’s hard to just name a few, but here goes anyway!      My BBFF Janice, Stella, Angela, Anne M., Gail, Ethel, Sherri, Lady Sunshine, Neerja, Jenny, Susie, Queen Anne, Brenda, Willow, Kristen T.C. (well, I knew her IRL first!), Himali, Josh, Gary, Carrie, Jen, Sakshi, Roopam, Judy, Carmen, Ralph, Linda, Marsha, Gilly, Nancy, Sarah Eliza, Lorelei, Grammy, Sandra, Teagan, Annabelle, Sue, Melanie, Feisty, Grace, Terry, Donna, Kirt, H.O., Joel, Dolly, Katie, and special shout out to my beloved Nony- we aren’t close personal friends, but she inspired my blog journey, and has answered several of my comments!! …..  I love y’all ALL!! Even if you don’t see your name, because I had a brain blip, I love ya!   And please forgive me!

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LOVE!

 

So many memories, I love my life!!

 

Kim’s Kwilt Komplished

IT’S DONE!!!!!

YES I KNOW o sorry, yes I know I was shouting, but it’s done!!!!!

First there was Kim’s kwilt    Then Kim’s Kwilt Coming, then Kim’s Kwilt Continued.

And now finally:  Kim’s Kwilt is Komplished!!

(I need to show you her pattern that she handed me 9 l-o-n-g years ago.)

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All drawn up officially and everything!

After her college graduation passed, with no evidence of a quilt, I think she resigned herself to the fact that she’d never see it in her lifetime.  And the only way she’d ever get ANY use outta it, is if her grand kids hurriedly stitched it together for her burial shroud.   {These may or may not have been her actual thoughts.}

So we finally have arrived at the grand day!!   Her graduation as a Doctor day!!   (May 20)

I’m thinking of handing her the quilt, as she walks off stage, instead of the traditional bouquet of flowers.   Whaddya think???

Maybe not.        Especially since it was still in pieces on that glorious day.       

Therefore: I had to default to the flowers.

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Proud Mama and Doctor!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the kwilt:

Blood, sweat, and tears have gone into the making of this historic quilt.   It’s the only one of it’s kind, (made by me), and will remain the ONLY one ever made by me!    Anybody else asks for a T-shirt quilt, this is gonna be their answer.

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That’s my look too!!

Same look, different task

Have I made myself clear??   I think so.

Sashing the final 2 rows together.  

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Final row being sashed! Yipee!

Preview, after top pieced together.

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Top completely pieced together.

For the back, even more blood, sweat, and tears:

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Do ya see the problem here?? I forgot to measure twice first!!

But, there were moments of bliss.

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This is the finest example of a perfectly matched seam in existence today. Look closely folks, this might be the last one you ever see!!

Here it is Sept 26th, and I just now finished ironing on the letters for her schools.   Sad, I know.   But remember ALL the months of babysitting I did between May 20, and now??

Okay, on to the really good stuff!!   Drum roll please….

Ta-Da!!   Here it is in all it’s glory!!

May I present, Kim’s Kwilt Komplished!!!      

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It was already folded in half, cuz I wanted ya to see my face!

Now the back:

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I’m almost having a headache from that lattice pattern spinning!

 

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Finally! Kwilt done-done!

All pressed, folded and ready to ship!

I put much love into every stitch, Kim.   I pray it keeps you warm for many years, and brings you many good memories of me, and how much I love you.

(Yes, sadly it’s taken me till Oct. 21st to finally get it all done, but, hey!    At least it’s still 2016!!   (Only 4 years, 6 months, and 1 day late!       But eh, who’s counting??)

Hospitality House

The Saturday after Hurricane Matthew, I decided to have some peeps for dinner.     

Since when are you a cannibal??

WHAT??    ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??

Re-read that sentence.

Oh, yeah, okay, I see the problem there.     Saturday, I decided to have some peeps OVER for dinner!

Much better!

And even though I had had the girls overnight, it still only took me about 10 min. to make the living room and dining room/kitchen presentable!!       That was a huge accomplishment!!

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And yes, I threw put some of the bulky stuff in the girls’ room, but I wasn’t madly running thru the house, just throwing stuff any ole where!

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{throat clearing}      What about this??

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Yes, I did put all the sewing/quilting stuff from the dining table, in the crib.      And your point?

Well, you shoved stuff.

True, but that was only a small bit of stuff, and the sewing room IS in my room, so MY point still holds!     “I wasn’t madly running thru the house, just throwing stuff any ole where!”

Mama was spending the afternoon, with me and the girls, and I decided I needed to feed her, for once.     Usually I say, “Sorry, Mama, I don’t have anything.”      (For some reason she won’t eat PP’s canned mac and cheese. )

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So, I thawed some chix thighs, put them in (Rose’s) crock pot.        Then, I cut up onions, put them in crock, and there was no room for the potatoes!       Mama and Rose were NOT happy about that development!       I blithely said, “We’ll just have to mash them then! “Knowing good and well I didn’t intend to mash them!}

But, I did peel the potatoes.      By this time, I was exhausted, and needed some refreshment. So, I peeled, and sliced some apples for PP, and ate some.      Ah!     The restorative powers of sustenance!

Then I washed off table, and set it.      Washed enough forks.

SF kindly cooked the broccoli, after Mama mashed the taters.      Rose had gone home, and baked put a blackberry cobbler in the oven.     Oh so yummm!!       (Even the store bought stuff tastes good with vanilla ice cream on it!)     And, for all those watching my diet for me, no, it wasn’t GF.      slob, humor, sad               After dinner, I cleared the dishes, and stopped Mama from washing them all.     She managed to get most of the pots done, before I caught her!

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   {Could you have guessed our menu from the crock dreggs??}

I didn’t finish them till next day.     Babysitting, cooking, and cleaning was enough for 1 day!!

The last time I had  peeps over for a meal was Dec. 24, 2015, for the Hawkins family Christmas Eve party.      And to prepare for that took a month, and 3 sessions with an organizer, and 1 pd cleaning!!

I’ve come a long way, baby!!