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Tuesday, October 20, 2015



Sixteen years ago, when I married my sweetheart... my bouquet was made of peach roses...


To enjoy the memories of our wedding and also to enjoy it's sweet scent...I decided to plant a peach (tea rose) in my little garden that autumn.


THIS year, the beetles got the first bud in the Spring... then I went all Summer without a rose... and then FINALLY... three days ago, the FIRST and only bloom of this year happened!!! I made sure I breathed in it's aroma every morning and every evening! :-) The little bloom even survived the last two night's sub 32 degree FREEZING temps!


This morning we had some "visitors"...


The durn BUCK ate it!!!!

Now... I'm all for helping to care for the Earth's fuzzy creatures great and small... I know they are just surviving when they eat all my flowers... *sigh*... but... when I bought a house in the middle of suburbia (most properties are 50 x 150 feet here, so we are pretty densely populated in this area)... I figured the LAST thing I'd have to worry about is deer?

I thought that deer only lived "out in the country"...


I guess the joke's on me, huh!? ;-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Coin Purse

One of my favorite designers is Minick and Simpson! Yes.... quilts and rugs! :-) Well... I was lucky enough to be able to sign on for their Bluebird Sampler BOM... and included with the last months block was a "thank you gift"... a cute little coin purse kit that included a charm pack of their Polka Dots & Paisleys fabric line... with all the rain we've been having from a Nor'easter this weekend, it was perfect weather for being indoors and stitching.

This is a fairly easy project... just some nine-patches and some hand sewing (the bracket to the cloth). Everything was included in this little kit... and the directions were excellent! Not only have I never made a purse before... but with lining too? lol!

Here's one side...
...and the other side...
....and the inside...
Yes... I could have taken more time in lining up the hand stitches on the inside... but, I'm OK with it.

This weekend's rib stickin' meal was homemade lasagne.  Made the meat sauce and then layered it all with mounds of noodles, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese! Yum! :-)

Wondering about those Pumpkin Spice cookies? Well... the Keebler ones are good. But, the flavor is more like a gingerbread cookie with super sweet icing. I usually eat 4 or 5 cookies at a sitting... but, 2 of these were enough. Good, but extremely rich... As for the Oreo Pumpkin Spice? Haven't gotten to them yet... ;-)

Cooler weather means more indoor time... so stayed tuned for more pic of projects!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


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