Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012


Marvelous Monday Post! Dont forget to clic "FOLLOW ME" button over there! See ya when I see ya!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Missing My Grands

I am QUITE certain that this Nonni has the most beautiful grand girls in the whole wide world. Whether on fire for the Giants, or living the gymnastics dream.... beauty never looked so good to me!
Aviana ( top) is a second grade super star who stole my heart years ago and time is a freight train rolling on by!
Jamie (below) took a SILVER medal in her class for gymnastics and is such a sweet girl makes me SWOON! She called to tell me about her lala Loopsy desire for a quilt and I am freaking out looking for fabric for her!
How can I even HAVE a grand THIS age? Justin has entered his teens and peeks over the top of my five foot two head. sad... sad...sad.... He is so full of life and quite the comedian too! Blonde-locks... wow.. His Mamas son eh?
Shawn is a spitfire re make of his Daddy Jake... Such a love.. ( sigh)... I miss holding his hand.

 I am having a difficult time being without these kids on a regular basis. I wonder where the half way point between Boise and Stockton? Maybe I will just google it and GO THERE.
How about a winning lottery ticket and a mini motor home? Throw Ginny in and hit the road... back and forth just getting grand child fixes along the way. Yep... Now theres a plan Stan.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Christmas Calendar


Friday, September 28, 2012

Still Over There! Come See!


Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mid State Fair Win!

Another Pretty BLUE ribbon for Betty and Me!! Woohoo! I love FIRST PLACE!!!
I am waiting for the pic with ribbon attached and I will post it all Yall!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dear Gina Quilt Company Needs more Love!

Many friends and customers tell me that I am speaking "GREEK" to them when discussing my craft. Over at DGQC I have added a tab ( on top)  of vocab for all of you!
Please visit for the SCOOP!

Please clic the follow me tab on the left as I will be posting there, more than here.. Not enough hours in my day to wear ALL  of these hats!
Love your guts!

Monday, July 9, 2012

It's Monday, Lets Do This

"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
– Thomas A. Edison

Gotta love em right? I must admit that I usually do. Most Mondays anyway.
:::Waving:::: Hello Dear Blog Readers. I know I have been MIA. Too much work in all directions for me. Happy to be a survivor though, just not much time for anything familiar. True! I will try harder, promise. Until then, have a Marvelous Monday and remember your gratitudes:)

MM 's include:

Good TV press instead of humiliation.
Meeting new friends and feeding them!
Watching my Baby Grands swim thier legs off.
My hair growing back! Yeah Biotene!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Machine Quilting Isnt JUST For Quilts!

Can you tell what it will be? They are hot pads, Mitts, large and small with heat treated batting for a local restaurant! Sometimes machine quilting isnt for quilts at all!
Adorable function:) For Chefs line and Servers alike... Say no to hot Pasta Bowls!
Need any?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dreaming With A Broken Heart

When I'm dreaming with a broken heart, waking up is the hardest part.
 I roll out of bed and down on my knees and for a moment I can barely breathe.

Then I remember the wave will subside and life goes on, and life is still good.
I find that smile and my step begins to spring froward. I have no idea why, but I am grateful for the resilience in me, and the lack of bitterness that could, and probably should be ever present. Thanks be to God and my support systems. They keep good news following bad. I find that the fear turns into courage if I treat it right. If loss/fear hasnt killed me yet... what can? Nottin. Nada.
Why so pensive ya ask? Because I still have the dreams we discussed a very long time ago and this week, pretty tough. I so loathe them too! I'm very certain that is the cause of a series of loss (es). No one could blame me really if I ran down the street naked screaming obscenities right? Of course right. However good news did follow, and I feel encouraged, empowered and wanted to share. Again I have to say that sharing is healthy, but maybe not such a good idea at this time.
I have much yet to do. To give. To share. To love. And I shall.

M & M's Include:

Mid State Fair Entry Quilts
Good news
Flowers on my doorstep from who knows who
The beauty and the brains to be hell on heels!!!
Watching my baby grands swim thier lil legs off, and karate chop mid air... Go kids!
Lemon Chicken Picatta! ( ill share recipe soon)

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Relax! I'm O.K.A.Y.
Faking it til I make it! Yes indeedy! I would LOVE to WHINE till the cows come home, however I have to run.... so I'll just grab some real WINE and get on with it!
The Heart Of Life IS STILL good!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Alaska Batiks ALA June!

Just feast your eyes on these beauties! My BFF June went cruising (without me) but brought home the bestest gifts!! These Batiks are specific to the Alaskan region only and nothing short of fabulous! From Moose to Seals, Salmon to Puffins... WOW!! My head is spinning with ideas! What shall I make? What shall I make??

Thank you June!!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Family Time MM

Yes it is! I am so busy I forgot my MM Manners again! ( almost)
I'm working hard on Mid State Fair Entries, outside work, inside work, and!
One would think that I'd be skinny as a rail by now but nope... what a struggle! It must be the age. Mind over matter says I.
The kids came to give warm fuzzies this week end and it was sure needed! We all had fun in the pool and at the beaches. ( aka water parks) We ate too much, drank too much, didnt talk enough. All in all the house was alive with laughter and I like it that way.
Back to work I go now, I hope that you all made it a marvelous Monday today!

M & M's include:

Lotsa great offers to ponder!!! (What'll I do? What'll I do?)
Family time!
Quilting my brains out!
Encouragement & support from those who care
Goofy Grins with crazy thoughts:) ( another blogabout totally eh)

The ability to ride the brain waves with emotional inteligence! Amen!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It Is What It Is

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.
The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."– Virginia Satir
Cope eh? Sheesh. I COPE a lot right? I cant wait to get on with living and quit "coping" with life. I vaguely remember doing just that. It's coming, I can feel it down deep. It's coming.
Physically I am down more than 30 pounds now and ready for a run with Hash House Harriers chapter here in SLO. Ok, walk... power walk! lol Junior Rambo in Drag? I must admit that this time aged 50, its flippin hard. My personal trainer is a poodle who would rather smooch me and jump in my lap while I am Ab-Rolling! Still, it feels good to be partially me again. As I said...its a coming and look out world! Ya haven't seen the last of me FO SHO.
Quilting is slow but sure. Not really making a good living from this, but at least one of my passions still remain the same. Its a good thing.
Heart food? Ah... mediocre at best, but comes in waves like everything else. Finding those who tend to my head, heart, and car is no easy task when you're.....ME? It is amazing to watch them try though? LOL. No one said it would be a cakewalk right? Speaking of.... I have been cooking my brains out and wow is it good therapy! I have even found new peoples to feed!
My kids and grands keep me sane... oh wait... that's the wine that does that... yes, the wine...( which is the only reason weight loss is SLOW eh)
So that's a quick catch up on me since the above quote of the day sparked it. I think that I mentioned months ago how I am not able to speak freely here anymore, but I find it so damn difficult NOT to write. Soon, all will change again. It ALWAYS does. It is what it is indeed.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day Monday! MM

Bowing for a moment of silence for our Military, Veterans, and fallen soldiers.
Thank you, and God's blessing to you all.

Now THATS a Marvelous Monday!

MM's include:

My Kids
Tree trimmers
Pool Cleaners
Dream Dinners

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cookies Are ALWAYS The Answer

Right? To most important questions! Or maybe a way of sticking heads in sand? Or mapping out a new life? Or telling people that you're thinking of them? How about just saying
HERE! I'm fond of you! Damn it!
One can analyze til the cows come home but I just like cookies. Yes, please include all of the above mentioned reasons too.
My life has been a crazy mixed up mess of organized chaos and still she makes cookies. Because I can! Two weeks ago I did a mediocre Baby Ruth cookie...Last week I had an epic fail at a strong chocolate try.. This week, VICTORY!  Peanut your knees cookies! Next week I have a NO NAME surprise cookie!
I'm so not a baker eh? Thats Blimas job. However, even if cupcakes is not my forte, I can still produce heaven in the kitchen on most days!

Its amazing what memories can be brought to mind with a recipe, especially a cookie. Every loved one, or loved ones friends come to mind. What a tickle for me.
This is a third try and winner cookie. I opened the test kitchen to try to create a cookie from a friends love of a candy late at night. God I love cookies. go make em for someone! Watch the pleasure ooze from thier Even my Quick Books Teacher Kvelled with every bite!

Peanut Butterfingers

3/4 C Sugar
2/3 C light brown sugar
1/2 C butter, softened
2 Egg Whites
1 1/2 tsp pure Vanilla
1 1/4 C  Crunchy (JIF) peanut butter
1 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking Soda
12 OZ butterfinger candy bars
In food processor blend sugars, butter, egg whites, and vanilla until light and fluffy. ( maybe 1 min or so)
Add PB and pulse several times until combined.
Add flour, salt, and soda and pulse a few times more. Dont do too much. ( gets doughy, ask me how I know)
Place this mixture in a large bowl.
Cut up all candy into about 1/4 inch bites. (avoid sampling, ok, maybe 1) Stir into the dough mixture.
Scoop 1 1/2 tablespoon heaps onto greased cookie sheets. Flatten with a sugary dipped fork to make a crosshatch. ( scuse quilter referance)
Bake at 350 for 12 to 14 minutes. They will be golden but soft centered with dry edges.
Let Cool on sheets a few minutes before transferring to wire racks. ( cause they'll fall a gooey part!)

Serve with flour on your forehead, goofy grin on your lips, and an ice cold glass of milk:)

I'm sorry to have forgotten my Marvelous Monday Manners!

M & M's include:

Cookie deliveries!
Good sales
2 Buck Chuck
A safe ride

Friday, May 11, 2012

Non Foodie Friday

Theres really no question about it though right? Of course right! I am working whats left of my flat A$$ off this week with barely breathing room. And happy to do so too! Houses done and on the web site if ya want to see it.
I am flying through Jis for you!
Love yer guts!
G Woman:)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Feeling Young MM

Sometimes ya just gotta feel young again?
You're as young as ya feel?
Age is but a number?
(work with me peoples)
To da left To da left?

Meet Lola...she was a show girl, or in this case Fords 35th anniversary edition. Vroom Vroom.....

I love Marvelous Mondays:) What a nice day to reflect on gratitudes. Sometimes, and today is one of the,. I am such a lucky woman. I am quilting the evening away and happy to be doing so. The customs as usual kicking my behind, but I dont mind:)
Altho there is a goofy grin on my face that has lasted a few days now...tsk tsk..... CLIC
All jobs are going well, fitness is too. I have the waves, ubetcha, but I'm a survivor dag nabit!
Have a great week dear blog readers, make it marvelous too k? Ill check in when I finsh my Route 66 quilt! woohoo!

MM's include:

I dig cars...and other stuff.
Friends who come a runnin like family
those ribs...yum
My music loud and proud once again

Monday, April 30, 2012

MM Good Lord I'm Going To Make It!

Thanksd be to my network of family and friends who love me.
Somewhere, somehow I must have dont something right to have such abundent love in my life. Ya'll know Ive been having having more than my share of trauma  since 2008.  I'm so glad to have had the good sense to have loved as I have, so that those will be there for me.. It has given a whole new life to a grand child book that I have in the making!
Thanks be to the one who just came prancing in...charming as could be, toting an In and Out Burger to cheer my dumb ass up! LOL

God bless...a lot.
What a week Dear Blog readers...  But still I breath. Maybe I really AM a persecuted Jewish girl?
I dunno... sheesh.... No matter, Again, I am young, strong, and I wont break.They havent seen the last of me!

M& M's include:

HUGS, in more ways than one
chimes rocking me to sleep
Burgers & flowers:)
quilt finishes!
working computer!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tickled On Tuesday!

Good morning! Its Wednesday, yes, For me, Tuesday is still with me!
Do you peoples know whats as maddening as it is a tickle? A beautiful bouquet of flowers to greet me at the door step...With no card attached for a thank you! Does this mysterious person UNDERSTAND my curious nature? Know that I cannot rest until this mystery is uncovered? Was it deliberate? and accident?
Somebody please fess up for me k? ln the meantime, I am so enjoying the happy happy orange colors, and the lovely aroma in the shop! So....THANKS EVERYONE,!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dwight Yokum Concert MM

Dwight didnt disappoint!
Off to the Silver Legacy in Reno was I with sis and brother in law for a fun filled night of Dwight and all I could eat crab legs! woohoo!
He was quite charming and funny too. Complete with his infamous leg moves and hat tips, Dwight was a real showman this night! Many (not me) were dancing in the isles and pissing people off with huge hats, but all and all everyone was just having a blast. I did notice the blast was blastier as the nights beers went on! Great fun with family weekend.
Good to be home, but I miss them all already!

Marvelous Mondays include:

Much needed family time!
music to soothe my soul!
baby grand fun!
Caring drive safe wishes!
Computer about to come home!
NEW SHOES,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hunger Games Review

I was hesitant to see this with a few bad water cooler reviews, but ya know how I am right? I must see/do/be for myself out of curiousity! First let me say that  I like the name Catness far more than Kitten so Im pinching it! Theres a few pair new age shoes in there I want too!
I must be among the few who havent read the series so I was not disappointed at all. Quite the opposite in fact. I had one good scare, one good cry,and one good chuckle. Not a big deal, but good enough. I was a bit off on predictability, but damned close. Catness is cool. Stunning young beauty I say. This concept is rather barbaric and odd, but interesting? It kept my attention anyway. I may have to learn to shoot a bow and arrow. Not.
I had a great evening out with friends so THAT was awesome alone! I wish That I could get the books on audio and get ahead of the game. Good flick.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Monday! I Like Em!

Mornin! I know most of you love your weekends, but I dont. I personally think its baggage, but we wont go there. Mondays are just a great reflection day and a new beginning for me. A day where I can convince myself that all is well and I am going to be okay! It sure been a journey right?
This week I will finish up a custom quilt and hopefully take calls for more! I ve been getting quite bored lately, so ive made plans to rectify that! My beach visit was nice, but not nearly enough!  lol I am truly going mad without my computer,but Im hopeful as always. Man!! I would L.O.V.E. to vent here but I cant :(
Seriously intrudes on my unplugged blogging habits! One day........we will have a nice long chat about that! For now, Im off to the clipboard! Make it a Marvelous Monday Dear Bog buddies!

M&M's include:
Fresh seafood!
caring gift givers
yard work therapy!
grand girl calls
April showers!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I' m So Not Alone In My Wierdness!

Blinging those babies just got better!   I MUST get this book? Now in addition to blinging my shoes, I can quilt them! woohoo! I need a pair of the converse with heels because pictured here are too flat for my spring loaded arches! I think  I should do these in grand girl sizes first...yep...I shall. Go have a look!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Kiteboarding Beach Day!

Amazingg kite day at the beach! I had to run errands over the grade today and took a much needed break watching all of the festivities. All of the families and kite enthusiasts coming in by the hundreds! I really wanted a kite!! It does my heart well to sit on the beach, coffee in hand and thoughts a plenty. Ive loved, I ve lost, but thank God, I live. And I always will.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Three Clicks Away!

Who needs blue suede shoes when we can choose red? If I click these heels  three times can I go anywhere? So let me ask you this then.... If I pour champagne in the heel, will it ruin the suede as it pours through the toe? ok, damn... Scuse me while I change the channel! ( or turn the hose on myself) I really shouldnt blog at night huh? After internet shoe shopping eh? Keeps me out of trouble. NOT.
I was simply looking for some new white stappy heels for summer, and got all flustered with all of the other choices at ! These are on sale! I may need them for Montreal in August! Wait, I need to get a bff on board to justify this! Help!
Oh noooooo , she hasnt gone round the bend yet, but its close! Maybe I should stick to quilting? Oh come on, do you know how difficult it is to find someone with the same footy fondness as this quilter??
Hey! Did I show you the gold strappys I got a few weeks ago? yeah, that was fun..after enjoying an outing with know..... to bond I nearly broke my neck shutting the garage door! Twisted my ankle and had to wear my tragic sneakers for a couple days! Wedgies are tricky! I ll try and snap a pic of those for ya.

Monday, April 9, 2012

MM Beautiful Coastal Days

Good morning! I made it through! yeh me! Holiday weekends are tough...I am tougher.
Its been so pretty out days and evenings. Huge moons and fantastic sunshine! I am trying to whip my yards into shape and my nails took a beating between playing in the earth, and cooking my brains out for no apparent reason. Mowing needed Corona, and that was awesome, and mex food is a suicide mission on weight loss programs. geez...I sabatoged myself! was fun. I had a few friends over late night and we enjoyed the fruits of my labor. Lord send me a gardener, a bug killer,a stud finder,and a computer geek. Other than that, Im good. well, and a super lotto winner ticket.
Altho.... I must say, I did manage to pulverize my own moth the other night! barefooted! yep! go me! the little creepy thing was hell bent to get into my cotton and he paid for it. I was nearly as victorious as I was braving a snowy Donner Summit, but not quite. Baby steps they say. Have a marvelous Monday dear blog readers, im off to work on a really puckery king....grrrrr

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Rise Above It!

Perfect for today!
Happy Easter! He has risen, and so will I!
Even though I am taking care of business, and without my Lovies for like the FIRST time in my life...I am you really arent surprised are ya? Naaaaaa
I know I should be in church this morning, but the football stadium is rough on the shoes? I know...really lame excuse....Im cooking...Im quilting...Have a wonderfully blessed day! love your guts!

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Ain't it the truth? what better quote could I have found today?
How is everyone? I am quilt much as I can anyway. You know...inbetween all the BS which doesnt make for a good DQL,but its all good. Someday....Someday.
Do you want to hear my latest lotto lucy move? k....So I too located coinage to buy into the big 640 million dollar day right? I just KNEW there would be no better time than right frickin now! (for me to win it). I go to the market for some lettuce and bottled water case. These cases are generally kept by the exit doors. Along with the little lotto checker upper.On my way out, and before I hucked a case of water, I stopped to check my ticket. The little machine said, and I quote,"youre a winner! please see cashier! I nearly peed my pants! No wait, i think i did a little...but anyway. in one fell swoop of a step I was back at the cash out line digging for a pen in my bag to sign the said WIENER ticket. I must have been wide eyed handing it over to the checker guy because he just smiled at me and ran the ticket. Which was for 10.00! TEN DOLLARS! Talk about deflated! Shes up! shes down! And she leaves the store WITHOUT THE CASE OF WATER, Or a receipt to prove it. I still dont know where THAT went.
I shook my head and scolded myself all the way home. With no water. But I gots me ten bucks!
Serious Dork alert.
Its really difficult being me these days.
Love all yalls guts!

Sunday, April 1, 2012


I guess that I have never gone so long without blogging eh? I am sorry for that. It helps me too, but times are tough and words are weapons they say. Because of tht i am careful. Sometimes Im not, and do things i wish i hadnt. Like jacking up my car, like drunk dialing. Not all is bad, fear not. Some things are actually quite refreshing. I wish that I could speak freely. ya love my guts though right? Thanks:) Ditto! As alwYs, thanks for your caring emails and calls..and the snail mail too!!! I will try to come back and chat mindlessly, however i have no computer:(
MMs include:
safe trips
good kids
road dawgs
weight loss! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

MM Marvelous Monday Freak Out!

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."– Sir Winston Churchill

Why yes,, I am trying to finish a quilt. I think if I stood still long enough, Id turn ito a tree! Grunt.
I am in a hurry and I dont like it! But.. its my own fault! I fooled around and now the pressures on. shoot.
Hey, Can I have these?
Damn near gave me a coronary when I saw them!
Yes,  a must on the wish list, vision board, fridge, anywhere i can stick the sticky!
I may reward myself for the good fitness work! Yes! I am doing well!!!
Happy Monday!
MM's include: My baby grands are close enough I can see them in my head! Im coming!!!
My notebook, because my desktop went night night.
french vanilla coffee in the evening, thank you dear friend:)
Feet fun! ( thats all Im sayin`) LOL

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Lil Woman!

My neice still patiently waits for her
She is 19 today. I patiently wait for the 11 months AFTER my birthday!
This lil Woman is adorable, charismatic, funny and fine! Loves life so much and cant wait for each new chapter!
Jackie Loves her friends and family fiercely! I love that passion in my family members. We do it big, right or wrong? LMAO!
Happy Birthday Lil Woman! I love ya!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nutritional Nuts!

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."– Eleanor Roosevelt

 Do ya love em? I do! Pistachio being my nut of choice these days. Go figure eh... I love
The best thing about my pistachios are they health benifit of the natural protein. I can have a palm sized amount of nuts, fullfill my snack desires, feel full, and I havent destroyed my health plan!
It sure beats sitting down with a bag of potato chips and feeling like a L.O.S.E.R. afterward!
This is my nut dish. I keep it handy at all times however I know better than to put on the feed bag and empty the bowl as nuts can be quite fattening if overdosed. I especially like the center space for the shells. Tip: these shells work great in the bottom of plante pots for container gardening!  I do switch the nuts out for almonds every month or so. They too are good for you. Unless of course you buy all the flavored ones with salts or sugars. Please resist the temptation.
These natural beauties I'm told are good for my heart. People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower the LDL, low-density lipoprotein or "bad," cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease.  I dont want that! I also wish to thwart off any blood clots, which I have found this to be true of nuts as well.
 I am improving with every step I take toward a healthier lifestyle. I cannot believe the things I am learning about my "old" way of eatting. ( and all Americans!) Im going incredibly slow with progress, and I still have a cookie sometimes. Because I love them! I wish that I had been more educated 20 years ago. I really do. I want to live to see my mug on that Smuckers Jelly jar when I turn 100... I think I am on the right track.  Finally!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

To My Followers

And non admitted followers alike:

Follow DGQC Here

I am trying hard to move quilt content to the website keeping GDG more personal. Business, more business.  Please oh please visit above link and click on the follow me button over there. Then you can keep up with
A. My soap Opera here ( affectionatly known as SUDS.)
B. Follow my quilt goings ons over at DGQC
C. Make me very happy

Thank you Dear Blog readers, I`ll do my very best to give ya lots of inspiration in both areas!
And ya know theres Ginger`s site, but she doesnt talk so much? LOL
Love yer guts!

Monday, March 12, 2012

MM Power To Da Poodle!

For Unconditional Love & Loyalty, Your Best Bet is a Dog

Good morning:) Happy Marvelous Monday! Whatcha grateful for last week? You tell me this time!
Do ya love the above quote?  Pooch? Me too!
I think I want a herd of Well, until I try to sleep and Gin is the super bed hog! I swear I can sleep right on top of her and she wont MOVE! And she dreams out loud! I think she is in pain and go to wake her from the nightmare and save her from the monsters! She is quite "gassy" which really makes me mental and grosses me out. When I leave her home alone I am punished by the tipping of trash cans all over. Justttt making a mess for ya Ma.
 She is a circus freak upon my return acting as though she hasnt seen me in six years. Someimes I break things while trying to come through the front door. (sorry KareBear) Ginger insists on being up my nose 24/7 and right on my lap if I sit down. No one told her that she is a "mini" NOT a "toy" poodle. She gives me the stink eye whenever I do something unacceptable to her. She shows her teeth also when she doesnt like the scent of something. Many lotions have gone in the garbage because SHE SAID SO.
Now that you know what a pain in the butt this creature is, let me tell you why I need an entire herd of em!
It doesnt matter what I do, say, think, feel, she loves me more than her own exsistance. In everything that she does, it shows. For every "stink eye" there five million adorning looks on her face. She is a comfort to me, and would try to kill anyone who dared to hurt me. Not that she could, but she THINKS that she can. ( and tries!) Ginger would never sit in judgement of anything I do. Ever. She wouldnt even scold me. I know that if she could talk, she would tell me all of this. Someone worships the very ground on which I walk! LOL This makes me happy. Gives me much needed pleasure. I can braid her hair, shave her face, monkey pick her skin, and she just loves me.
I never wish to be without her, however I know I must suffer that loss one day too. I freaking hate loss. Until that day comes I will be forever grateful for her love. Sent to me at just the right time. As is everyone I have ever known.
I dont understand why everyone doesnt have this kind of a friend. They should! It should be a rule.

MM Include:

This week I give many of my weekly gratuities to Ginger Snap. 
 Princess of the house!

Pastors message yesterday on the book of Ruth. Such a great love story.
My hair length inching back finally! WTF was I thinking?
People in the box

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pinterest People

The new addiction eh? I have some thoughts on it. ( you knew that I would!) The best thing about Pinterest is not just having fun dreaming. Its not planning the perfect home, meal, outfit, trip. For me, its opening up what I have created, looking at each of the compiled boards I have pinned to, and discovering something VERY COOL! ME! No kidding! I opened my "for the home" board one day and as I was shopping i my own store I noticed who I am in a nutshell! My personality comes through and its all the same even tho it was all "pinned" at different times. Its like a G Book! All about me!

Discoveries Made:
Home Board: Walk into my home and I swear everythings round, unique and fanfreaking tastic! I love my place!
Humor Board:  What a goofball I am, things that give me a tickle.
Food Board:  I am a damn good cook! WOW! And so are my Foodies! I KNOW chit!
Fashion Style: With a little work, I look like I have always looked, only smaller! YEH ME!
Quilty Board: YEN CAN QUILT! And so can her buddies!
Jewelery Board: I open it up, drool, and say YEPPERS, Its Moi`!

Now, Do I hold tonights winning lottery ticket? I just might!

Now here's another Pinterest Plus. Why google anything when we can find the best sites for what we need right there on Pinterest??? Yeppers! There are like minded people and artists right at my fingertips! No web searching required! Love that!
What a great promoter tool for our businesses!!! Go Me Again! Marketing with emotion! Just my style:)
Ok, so Dear Blog readers, go sign up and make an all about you book! Then let me know so I can go to your house, in your closet, eat your food, and laugh out loud at your sense of humor. I dig it. ( dated me opps, my bad) Old Hippie?
Have fun on Pinterest!
Please Dear Pinterest Peoples, Please dont change a thing! DONT PULL A FACEBOOK ON ME!
Love yer guts!

Chicken & Red Peppers

6 chicken thighs with skin and bones
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 red bell peppers, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch-wide strips
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1/4 cup dry white wine
Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and fresh ground pepper.
Heat oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke, then cook chicken, skin sides down, until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook 5 minutes more, then transfer to a plate.
Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from skillet and cook bell peppers, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes (to taste), and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add wine and boil 1 minute. Nestle chicken, skin sides up, into pepper mixture and cook, covered, over moderate heat until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Turn on broiler. Remove lid from skillet and broil chicken 4 to 6 inches from heat until skin is crisp, about 1 1/2 minutes

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday Shut Down

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar

                                                                 Raymond Lindquist

Well, I guess I'm courageous! Who knew?
How are ya? No cooking for me today. All about the quilts. I gots priorities member? I do have a fantastic one for you tomorrow!!! Stay tuned!
I just shut down the shop. Watched American Idol and quilted.
I am working on a king this week. All house. Loving it too! I'm feathering it to death. Well feathers go with neighborhoods right? Just think of the birds! I have also been hard at work job hunting. Money hunting. Familiar hunting. Just hunting. I feel like a hunter gather-er. grunt. I eveb hunted down a new cake recipe for Blima to make for me! LOL ( G doesnt bake, its too damn precise) Well, thats not true, sometimes I bake. But right now Im losing weight member? No baking! So my goal is to get to Blima in summer, and eat nothing but cake!!!  They dont call her Blimacake for nothing!
I miss our foodie functions. I think we foodies got together only four times. Serious fun for at least 14 of us. So many changes since then. Life steamrolled for me personally eh? When first she an I met online, I was a skinny little food and beverage director. Single. Happy. So full of life. She hasnt changed too much, me...well, you know..... I think I met Heather in the same year:) 1996... What has gone on since then is nothing short of remarkable! She has babies!! Babies!! I better go and make my tea before I get all mushed out. Miss you guys!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Seafood Sunomono (cucumber salads)

This one of my favorite go to salads for snacking. Found usually at your local sushi house but its so easy and good for you, have it at home! Often! I do use Splenda as opposed to the sugar, I cant tell the differance. When I am at a sushi house I love to have the fresh seaweed added! Shown here as a snacker with no proteins. You know I love cucumber water eh?

I KNOW I should have been a mermaid. grunt.

Crab or Seafood Sunomono (cucumber salads)


  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or SPLENDA*
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 Cup crab, or #10 Shrimps
Peel and slice cucumber into very thin slices. ( Mandolin or super sharp paring knife) Sprinkle sliced cucumber slices with salt and let stand a few minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture.
 Combine vinegar, sugar, and soy in a bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture over the cucumber slices and mix well. Fold in Seafoods. Top with toasted sesame seeds.  If left refridgerated for a few hours, the cukes wilt a bit, but the flavors are delish!
 TIP: I have found in many of my recipes, that if you buy the sesame seeds in a bag in the hispanic isle, they are much fresher, and less than HALF the cost of bottled brand names! FYI!

 *Adapted loosely from an old Bobby Flay recipe. I think I FIXED his:)

On another note...................................
I sure have. Nuff said.

Monday, March 5, 2012

MM Still Here!

"Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."
— Lao Tzu

 Its Monday. I am feeling kind. KIND OF MENTAL!
oh, sorry... this is the blog.
K, I am a happy worker Bee. I'm not stressing...nooooo I'm fine. I am super happy that its Monday!
WHY in the hell do I dislike weekends? No one else does!

I DID in fact go to church yesterday! YEH ME! I think someone told the Pastor that I was coming because I swear to Budha that he was speaking to me. Just a lil shaker , its all good. I think I'll go get shaked again next week!
 I love the thursdays stitching group.. they shake me
Have a great week dear blog readers! Keep Prancing!

M & M's include:

The king quilt Im trying to have my way with
Meeting yet another deadline without falling completley apart
A new Eagles song I heard.. Old, but I never heard it? "Old 55". Now ya know am nor never will be THAT old, but I love the song!
*Cab, song is called "Bad. you tube it!
Last nights Panko crusted lemon infused halibut... Swoon....

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cal Terra Tratorria In Atascadero

How about some dinner fun on a HumpDay?
 I had a blast at Cal Terra this week and was very entertained!
He sang Da Blues........:::SIGH:::Steve Tracy is his name.

Loved it! I didnt have my usual Calamari Strips this time. I chose a salad, and some wine, what else? Brandon, the owner is quite personable, and his staff, attentive.
Heres a tip: Dont wait for Wednesday to visit them! YUM!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ancho Chili Glazed Salmon

So easy, so delicious... I think I will have this once a week to get my Omega three fix! I didnt have any Ancho on hand, but New Mexico did the job well. Thanks for the heads up! OMGoodness!!! You MUST try this soon! Did I mention how easy it was? I was in the kitchen for 20 minutes, and BAM! Back to quilting! Woohoo!

Next time I will do this on the BBQ!!!!


 Salmon glaze ingredients

 1/3 cup honey

 1 Tbs ancho chili powder

 1 Tbs Dijon mustard

 Salt & pepper

 4 salmon fillets, 8 oz. each

 2 Tbs canola oil


 Whisk together honey, ancho chili powder and mustard in a small bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Preheat nonstick pan over high heat. Brush salmon with oil on boths sides, and season with salt and pepper. Place salmon in the pan, skin-side down, and cook until golden brown and a crust has formed, about 2 to 3 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with some of the glaze, flip over, and contiue cooking about 2 minutes longer, until a crust has formed and the salmon is cooked to medium.

 Remove salmon from the pan, glazed-side up, and brush with some more of the ancho glaze.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey December 2012


 Here's the trailor! Oh man, I cant wait!
I ditched the marlboro man, Sean Connery, and even Sam Elliot to adventure with Gandolf!
I am a Hobbit, take me! Take me!

Heres hoping that yu peoples are Lord Of The Rings Fans?
Its coming woo hoo!

Monday, February 27, 2012

MM I Quilt Therfore I Am!

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.
 The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
– Virginia Satir

Ah, the Marvelous Monday posts... You wonder how I can keep it up dont you? Yeh, me too.
I watched Fellowship of the Rings last evening. I took with me one thought.
How is my time left best served?
 It not only haunts me, but reminds me of a dearly loved song. Con Los Anos Que Me Quedon. ( Gloria Estefan)
 What will I do with the years I have left?
How is my time best served?
 What do I care if the Grapevine is closed or if Rick Santorum takes the lead? ( oh, sorry, brain flip )
I digress. I dont freaking KNOW and I WANT to! How can I keep revisiting the "Whats it all about Alphie" theory? DAMN IT!
Ok, back to entry question... I can keep this blog because it is and for a very long time longer part of JUST me. For some strange reason, I can help others. Whether a smile or more important info. Be it a train of thought, a change of state, or a new methodology to try. Your emails say that I help a little. For that I keep going. For those of you grieving, please know that you are in my prayers daily and I appreciate you too. For you novice quilters or Mommys... I love ya! Im here for you! For those suffering the same crapola I am... you give ME strength too!
Love isnt love til you share it. I'm nobody special, I just have a love to share. What I leave behind as Eleanor says. When I am old I want to have a "knowing" that I gave what was given to me. Well, except for the SHIT SANDWICHES... ROFL.. I dont wish to share those.
Anyway, Todays M M is for my readers, my emailers, my peoples in the box. Together we will get through this.  Love yer guts as always!

MM's include:

MY Peeps in and out of the box
My childrens love, help, and respect
Avi calling after school to tell me a new tale
Pinterest to dream with
Lord Of The Rings! W.O.W.
Good ole fashioned Kindness!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happiness Is A Choice!

I am having a Sunday to beat all Sundays. The sun has just got to shine soon! Damn!
I covered my sparkles, Im making Bloody Mary Chicken, with wine of course...
( Thank God for Jake & Karen) 
 Quilting on a King, and pulling up my big girl panties and dealing with shit!
 I did my walk in the hood. I am down quite a bit in weight now, however I am considering other means of dealing with the neoropothy. I really detest the whole pill/drug thing. Theres got to be a better way. Imma find it.
I choose life, albeit, happiness, and I sincerely hope that I always do.
I am also getting choosier about whom I let into this life! Wow! Amazing the crap that can happen eh?
Happy Sunday everyone! Busy week ahead, I'll be in touch:)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012


Late gratitudes for this marvelous monday! I could have made a tell alll tuesday?
Did you have a nice holiday week end?  I was sent to see the kids:) and I liked it! Does wonders to restore breath eh? I sure needed it too. Thanks kids. we had a great BBQ one night, we sang,danced, cooked, and Art sharpened all of my knives! bonus! Coffee with my heather, a valentine from sarah! and one from bec too! and then an amazing asian seafood fest the next... heres a picture of my first batch of oysters! I ate so many that I nearly popped! I really should have been a mermaid. The girls kept up with me too!Little mermaids! lol Now its back to the real world. Well...........You just read my gratitudes for this week!

Heres to my Women:)

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