DAY 22 NAJOWRIMO October 22, 2016

We were treated to a visit by four deer yesterday afternoon. They appeared to be two does and two fawns. It’s always surprising when we see deer in the back yard. We have friends who live in a cul-de-sac a couple of promontories east of us. They get deer every day, and the deer not only visit, they lay down under the trees and stay awhile. Amazing. Our draw is the birdseed and the water. I’ve often considered buying some deer food and a trough or container of some kind to make a regular feeding station for the deer, but when we go to Arizona, it’ll be left empty.

There’s two schools of thought to feeding wildlife. One side says we need to help supplement their diet, especially in times of drought when there might not be sufficient natural things for them to eat. The other side of the coin says that by feeding them, we make them dependent on the feedings and we interfere with nature. We’re more inclined to think that we help wildlife by providing extra food and water. As long as we’re here, the wildlife will know they can come here to find food and water. I see no harm in that.

I’m still working on the pillows for the Depot gift shop, and have begun working on putting the small panel quilts together. I’m having to add a border to the first one as it’s just 36″ long and 42″ wide. I’m adding an inch and a half border to it to frame it. It’ll make a nice quilt when finished.

My day has begun and my first cup of coffee is history, so I’ll close this with blessings to all, and a wish for you to be safe, be well, and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Enjoy your day!

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DAY 21 NAJOWRIMO October 21, 2016

pumpkin-candle-matI received this pattern in the mail yesterday and decided it would make a nice centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table. It didn’t look all that difficult to make, either. I pulled fabrics from my stash, packed up my sewing machine and off I went to the Loose Threads meeting last night.

Our meetings always include a dinner and dessert. We each take turns, and last month was my turn. I brought Foccacia bread, salad and lasagne with a banana pudding dessert. Last night, we had a very nice dinner of Pot Roast with mixed cabbage salad, and Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert. I passed on the cheesecake as I’m a slow eater and everyone had finished their dinner and their dessert by the time I was finishing my meal. Next we did Show & Tell, where we shared the things we’d made since the last meeting. At the end of Show & Tell, a drawing is held between all of the quilters who bring something to share. Only one other woman brought something to share. She had a couple of quilt tops, one of which was a king-size pieced Butterfly quilt. It was done with a jelly roll of batik fabrics in yellow, pink and peach colors, and with the black background fabric it was stunning. It was my turn next, and I showed photos of the blue strip quilt I had made for the woman in the hospital in the Philippines, my steering wheel cover, the one pillow of a set that I made for the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum Gift Shop, and the two Dress A Girl Around the World dresses. And since the other quilter had already won a gift certificate previously, I was the winner of a $25 gift certificate to a local quilt shop. Nice!!


I managed to get all of the pieces cut out for my Pumpkin Candle Mat, and got one segment sewn before it was time to close up shop and head for home. When I got home, I fixed Robert a bit of dinner and he let me know that Carl had been over to visit but since I wasn’t home to take care of him, he just ignored Carl until he went away. I turned on the light to the deck and within about 5 minutes, Carl was there at the sliding glass door, pacing back and forth and rubbing his cheeks on the door frame. That cat is spoiled rotten! But we love him. I fed him some smoked turkey breast and a few bits of cat treat and when he’d cleaned his plate, he was still walking around, rubbing everything and everyone in sight. So I put a bit more kitty treat in his dish. He munched the kitty treat and took off like a shot for the outdoors. Sooo funny.

I was really tired last night so headed to bed fairly early — about 10:15 p.m. and woke up at 1:15 a.m. for my nightly potty break. Then I woke again at 4:30 a.m. and couldn’t sleep any longer. I’m tired now — it’s 6:12 a.m. and I think I’ll head to the couch for a cat-nap before our electrician comes at 8:30 a.m. to change out the lights over the kitchen counter.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. The 2016 Presidential election will be over soon, and we can all go back to what we were doing before the campaigning began. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them, and when it’s your turn to go to the polls and cast your vote, please vote. We need every vote during this critical time in our lives.


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DAY 20 NAJOWRIMO October 20, 2016

This was what our view looked like two days ago on the 18th. I thought I had posted here, but apparently, I didn’t, bimg_4345ecause I couldn’t find an entry for the 18th. I had only missed one day of writing up until the 18th. I know I’ve been very busy finishing the quilt for the friend’s mother, but thought I was staying on top of my writing as well.

The quilt is finished and was picked up yesterday. Theresa brought us a supply of fresh egg rolls and sauce and that was what we had for dinner last night. I hate to admit that we ate all 30 of those egg rolls — they were scrumptious! I’ve asked Theresa to teach me how to make them and she says she will on her return from her visit to the Philippines. And, happily, she’s been hired for the new Dunkin’ Donut shop that should be opening around the first of December.

img_4351Here is the finished quilt. You can see the pocket near the top with its horizontal strips bordering the top and bottom. It really did turn out nice.


Today is going to be a busy day–we have a breakfast to go to this morning and then this evening I have a meeting of the Loose Threads quilting group. They’re going to be making purses tonight but I plan on taking a project to work on. I want to get back to my pillow project for the Depot gift shop. I have the pleated ruffle ready to be attached so I think I’ll take my machine and all of my materials and finish putting the pillows together. I can stuff them when I get back home.

We have an electrician coming tomorrow morning to replace the three can lights above the kitchen counter. They’ve been troublesome ever since we moved into the house. The lights  should have lasted for 10-15 years, but they keep going out. We think it’s because they’re HD (High Density) lights, they generate heat, and being situated over the cooktop, the ballast overheats and burns out. We’ve replaced bulbs over and over again and now for the past several months, the middle light has refused to work at all. We had talked to the electrician last year about replacing all of the lights and we said we’d do it after we returned from AZ. When we came back from AZ, the lights were all still working o.k. so we let things ride. Then the middle light died and here we are. At least it’s cooler now than in the summertime. The electrician says he’d been experimenting at home to practice taking the can lights out without destroying the ceiling and creating a mess. I hope it works o.k. We shall see.

Our company from New Zealand, Robin and Rhonda Scanes, will be here next Monday. They’ll be staying with us for 2 days. We’ll have to have a get together with our other friends, Doug and Sheryl, who also know the Scanes. I can remember the first time that I had Doug and Sheryl over when Robin and Rhonda were visiting. I made tacos and Robin and Rhonda had never had them before! That was a fun evening, and I’d even made Flan for dessert! I think we’ll wind up going out to eat this time. I’ll see Sheryl and Doug today at breakfast and see what their schedule looks like for then.

Well, it’s almost time for the other half to get up and I need to get in the shower, so will close this for now and hope to not get carried away and forget to write again. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them!







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DAY 17 NAJOWRIMO October 17, 2016

The lap quilt is progressing nicely and I should have it finished by tomorrow evening. In researchinIMG_4341.JPGg sizes for lap quilts I found several suggestions for using flannel as a backing material because it kept the quilt from sliding off people’s laps when they sat in a wheelchair. But after trading messages with Theresa, I don’t think that will present a problem, so I’m going to use fabric for the backing.

I also saw several photos of lap quilts that had pockets sewn to the front–a larger pocket, sort of like a muffler for the hands, and a smaller pocket to hold a cell phone, t.v. controller, etc. So I took a section of the quilt top and made a pocket with a smaller pocket.


Once I have the quilt finished, I will sew the pocket on, running the stitching across the top and bottom and leaving the sides open. I lined the pocket with white flannel, so it will be nice and warm.

I found a large piece of blue fabric that will go very nicely as a backing, so my goal for today is to get the last two rows of the quilt top sewn on, press and cut the backing material and put the quilt sandwich together. I have my large cutting mat on the dining room table, so I’m all set for pinning and trimming the quilt.

I went to bed rather late last night (or early this morning, if you will) and before I headed off to bed, I thought I heard something that sounded like dripping. Yep, we had rain last night. So badly needed here–blessed rain! I do so wish there was a way to better distribute Mother Nature’s bounty as the people back east are flooded out of their homes. We get a sprinkle and want to do a happy dance for joy. It’s a good day to stay in and sew.


Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.


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DAY 16 NAJOWRIMO October 16, 2016

Finished ironing the pleated ruffle for the pillows and the blue strips for the strip quilt. I tried counting the wrapped layers of the blue strips to get a guesstimate of the overall length, but gave up after losing count at about 30 wraps. I think I have more than enough to make the quilt top. If I don’t, I have more fabric that can be cut and added. And I sort of know what I will be doing for the backing.img_4339




I’ll get the quilt top done next as I actually have a time deadline for it. It needs to be completed before the 21st so I can get it to Theresa in time for her trip to visit her mother.

That said, I need to sign off this post and get busy at the sewing machine. Do take care — know that you are loved beyond all measure, and that you are where you need to be in this life. Be safe, be well, and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.











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DAY 15 NAJOWRIMO October 15, 2016


I’ve always known myself to be a Type A-impulsive type of person. Consequently, I tend to overload myself with projects. I already have several things that need to be completed before we go to Arizona for the winter, but I found myself offering to make a lap quilt for a woman I don’t even know. She’s in the hospital in the Philippines, having lost her leg to diabetes. Her daughter posted on one of my Tehachapi sale lists on Facebook that she had homemade egg rolls for sale. As I said yesterday, I jumped at the chance to have fresh egg rolls delivered to my door. They were/are delicious, and in talking to her, I discovered she was making the egg rolls in order to make money so she could fly to the Philippines to visit her mother. My own mother lost her leg in much the same way, but she wasn’t diabetic — she simply had very poor circulation in her legs.

To return to my original point in this story, my inner voice told me to offer to make her mother a lap quilt. So I did — and I am. It’ll be a strip quilt, which is a quick way to make a quilt top. Strange, I had gone through all of my blue scraps just a week ago, sorting them by color intensity and cutting them in 3″ strips. I had gone through all of the light colored blues and was working on the medium blues when I got sidetracked into working on the pillows for the Depot gift shop. I have one pillow completely finished — I stitched the opening closed yesterday, after filling it with fiberfill stuffing. It turned out very nice. And I have all of the material cut and hemmed to make the rest of the pleated ruffle for the remaining three pillows.

The woman who posted on one of my quilting lists that she wanted to find a walker tote bag for a friend’s Christmas present never came back to me, so I’m thinking she’s changed her mind. That being the case, I think I’ll take a second look at those fabrics and see if I can’t put together something nice as a backing for the Philippine woman’s lap quilt. Everything has a purpose in life…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy.Be sure to tell those you love that you love them, and when a small voice inside prompts you to do something for others, listen to it, and act on it.

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DAY 14 NAJOWRIMO October 14, 2016

There’s a Facebook list called For Sale in Tehachapi, and I watch it fairly regularly. That’s where I found the office size refrigerator for downstairs at half price. Last night I was cruising the list and I found a Filipino woman selling egg rolls at 25/$10. Oh my word… I jumped on it and ordered 25 Chicken and 25 Vegetable. She’ll be here in a couple of hours and they’ll still be hot and ready to eat. When we lived in San Diego, my sisters and I would drive down to Chula Vista where there was a large Filipino population, with numerous restaurants that served Pancit noodles, Lumpia and Egg Rolls. We were spoiled but didn’t realize it at the time. We also had a Mexican woman who would drive around our neighborhood, selling homemade tamales from her truck. THAT was another great treat for us. The woman had the tamales in a hot box so they were steaming hot when she handed them over to me at my door. Memories… ahhh.

A week or so ago, I spotted an ad on the same list for fresh eggs. I contacted the woman and then drove out to her home on Banducci Rd. We chatted and I bought a flat of large brown eggs plus a dozen of extra large brown eggs. I’m at the tail end of those eggs, so will have to give her a call and arrange to buy another flat. I enjoy buying my food from local sources; it gives my neighbors a bit of extra income and the produce is always fresher than what I would find in the stores.

I also spotted a camper for sale on the list last night. It looked like an older camper but was in decent shape. The price was $1,000.00, and I was definitely interested. I showed it to Robert and he said, No, he didn’t want a camper. I told him we could go places — and he replied that he didn’t want to go anywhere right now. I told him I missed going camping and he merely replied that he didn’t want to buy anything unless it was absolutely necessary. Well, darn. Ah well, we’ll be going to Arizona before too much longer and I’ll get my traveling itch scratched then.

Meanwhile, I’m keeping a log of the trains that pass by during the day. When we volunteer at the Depot, people are always asking if there’s a schedule of when the trains run. We tell them  that they run whenever they want and there’s no true set schedule. But I figured if I kept a log for a few days, and typed it up, it could be made available at the Depot for anyone who wants to know what times the trains come through. They’re actually fairly predictable in a way — certain trains run at pretty much the same time every day except for Mondays, which is a track maintenance day. So far, we’ve had 5 trains come through since 8:30 a.m. and it’s 10:12 a.m. right now. That’s pretty good… I talk to people who live in Tehachapi and who hate the trains for two reasons — they hold up traffic moving through town, and they’re noisy at night when people are trying to sleep. Engineers are required to blow their horn before every road crossing and if people live fairly close to these crossings, they’re going to hear the horns louder than other people do. Notwithstanding, at night the air is different — it’s quieter and the sound is magnified to an extent. But it’s necessary for safety of the train crew and for people who travel across the tracks.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Life can be a struggle at times, but it can also be filled with wonder and beauty. Blessings to you, and may your struggles always be less than the beauty you find in life.



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