Friday, September 3, 2010

Ok.... Guess what this is a picture of...

Looking for something to eat on my way "out west" two weekends ago, I was looking for a place to eat.
I almost passed this place up - there was no familiar golden arches prevalent, but the front of the place had a light house... huh.....
This McDonald's was in Fon du lac, Wisconsin. Land locked Fon du lac, WI. I was confused - maybe visibility for boaters is an issue in Fondy!!!! I would have probably found the place better if it was lit up - but no such luck. They made a great Mocha Frappe at least.
It was a picturesque Mickey D's though..... Not much else is in Fon du lac.

My Oldest UFO is done!!!!!

Ta da..........
So I finally finished my oldest UFO. This was actually the first kit I ever bought when I worked at Patched Works. It is slightly less than 3 years old. The kit was called Wine Country and was also my snowball project for Regina's snowball challenge. I have a wine themed kitchen, so I am thinking I am going to chose the thinnest batting and maybe use it as a table cloth/runner.
I love the cork fabric as well as the combination of hunter and burgundy.
Here is my question - what is the best way to photograph quilts? I had a hard time getting the whole top in the picture frame - I did my best - but if you have any great ideas, let me know.
Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ummm.... Osh Vegas????

This past weekend, I went "up north" if you live in the Waukesha/New Berlin/Milwaukee area. However, if you are leaving work from Sheboygan to drive - I simply went "out west". I spent the weekend in Neekoosa, Wisconsin - where the largest grocery store is actually a large convenience store connected to a BP. Where else can you buy orange life preservers, live fishing bate, frozen pizzas and fresh tomatoes in the same place? Only in Wisconsin is my answer. I also found another "only in Wisconsin" on my may home. I came across "Osh Vegas" - an RV park south of Oshkosh. Only in Wisconsin is all I can say.
If you have ever wanted to stay at the Palms Resort - the 800 number is in the picture. I also came across an ice cream place called the "Milty Wilty" in Wautoma, WI. I didn't stop - but as I kept driving, I liked to repeat the name Wautoma over and over - except I added an Arnold Schwartzenegger accent to it - so it sounded like "wau - tumar" - the things we do to keep interest up on the road......

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A little hiatus from social media?

Ok, I know it has been a gazillion days since I posted or have been on any social media site, but I have a few good reasons why.

First, don't even get me started on Facebook. I tried tonight to connect with some friends and low and behold, it took me fifteen minutes to actually find my friend list. I could see the names of the six that were on-line, but none of the others. It has been sooo long since I have been on Facebook that the format has totally changed for me. Add to this that my computer is slower than molasses on Facebook (think dial-up slow) and I am ready to throw in the towel.

Secondly, I started a new job with a seventy-five minute commute. It (the commute) isn't that bad - except for the five thirty wake-up time. I have always been a night owl and now I am falling asleep at eight thirty. The area has a great bike trail which I have to try before the end of summer. Sheboygan is an adjustment for the city girl - but I think I am up for the challenge.

Thirdly, the Tour de France is finally over. I was addicted to it every weekend for three weeks. I laugh that I have trouble biking 15 miles per hour on a flat trail when that is the speed the bikers pedal up the side of a mountain in the Alps. Oh Lance - he faltered this time, but he is still my hero, along with Brett Favre. I know, I know. I can't help it I have a thing for aging athletes that can't make up their mind about retirement.

Fourthly (is that even a word), I cannot get enough of the summer reality tv. First it was the Real Housewives of New York City, then came the Next Food Network Star and now the season is winding down for the Real Housewives of New Jersey. I apparently cannot get enough of rich psycho woman who have no better ways to spend their time than backstab their friends. This and their crazy New Jersey accents, gawd I laave it!!

Lastly, I have been day dreaming about the vacation I need to take. I am not "scheduled" for anything until the quilting weekend in November and my Disney trip in December. Yes, Jen just got a promotion and she is going to Disney World with my niece and sister-in-law Cathy. I can't wait!!!!

Cre8tive Jen and I took a road trip to Green County this past Sunday. It is scary when you start to learn your way around the county without a map. I love the area out there - the scenery is beautiful and the rolling hills are a blast in Kobi - Jen's car. We had a great time and saw quite a few barn quilts.

I am trying to get back into the quilting mode - I am working on my snow ball quilt - my of my earliest UFO's. I stalled at finishing the first border. Hopefully this weekend I will get back to sewing.

Well, that's about it for now..... Hopefully it won't be two months until my next post. -Jen

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again.....

Ain't nothing going to keep me down. If you are singing the song from Chumba Wumba (I think that's how you spell it) - I have succeeded. After not blogging for two weeks and falling down the list on Cre8tive Quilter's blog - I am getting up again and blogging. Right to the top of the list again - at least for the next few minutes.

I can honestly say I have had a hard time getting into the groove of sewing again. I want to - I went to PW to buy a moda marble to keep going - but I bought the wrong color and I am stalled right now until I get the right color.

I have joined Regina's snow ball challenge - and I will post the blocks I have made. I have to pull the camera out again and down load the pics. Regina gave me some great shout outs on her blog - I loved having her and Patti stay with me before the retreat. I can't wait until next year!

With the upcoming summer, how do you stay on track with everything that needs to be done? I literally walk through my sewing room everyday and think about what I need to do - I just have to make time to get to it.

I am hoping that at least one day of the upcoming holiday weekend will get me back on track. I can do it..... I can do it..... I can do it.......

I spent some time this morning with my brother, his wife and their two girls. Their youngest, Claire, is my god daughter and is literally the happiest baby I have ever seen. She never cries - even when she gets up in the morning - she just waits for Cathy to get her. Everytime I talk to her - she just breaks out into a cute drooly smile. And her older sister Emmy is the star of our family - she gives the best hugs ever - the kind where her whole body melts into you. They always make the day better when I see them. My 14 year old nephew Alex was there too - it is so hard to believe how much time has past since he was a munchkin too - time goes by so fast - so I guess I better enjoy the ride while I am here.

Have a good night! I am contemplating watching Lost for the first time tonight - it is the series finale!