Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another piece of history

Some months ago, my neighbor showed me this quilt that came from her mother in law's home last year.  She has no idea who made it, nor when; another reason it's important for us to put signatures and dates on our work.

I was fascinated by the block design.  I have photographed it today in hope that one of you may recognize it.  My other hope is that perhaps one of you may be skilled at dating based on prints.  The quilt is tied, and was sewn on a machine.  That's about all I can tell.  Any help or suggestions are appreciated!

PS  I've asked Deb Rowden (Thrift Shop Quilts) for help.  If she knows the answers, or if I get them from anyone, I'll let you all know.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Another try

OK, I've just spent some time investigating some postings about problems others have been having with Blogger lately.  I am boggled by all the information; it has to do with cookies, third party cookies, blah blah blah.  One thing I could read and understand was this:  I've changed the comments form to the pop up window instead of it just going below my posting.  One site says this should/could solve the problems of being able to leave a comment.  I hope.

Anyone out there with any patience left for this?  If so, please try leaving a comment and see what happens and let me know at if it's still screwy.

I am SO sorry about this.  If it persists, I may move my blog to Wordpress (not my first choice, but in an act of desperation).

Thanks for hanging with me.

Leaving comments on this blog

Lately I've been (just barely) getting word from many of you that leaving comments on this blog is difficult, if not impossible, in some instances.  Needless to say, this is infuriating for me.  I have checked and rechecked my Blogger settings and don't understand why this is happening.  In fact, I recently set Blogger to allow anyone to comment (even anonymous readers) and hopefully, with as little trouble as possible.  It turns out this may have backfired.

This is what I'd like to do to Blogger right now.
As of this morning, I've gone back and tried to re-create what I am trying to recall my settings were before I "opened them up".  Here's where you can help, if you have time:  please leave me a comment on this posting and let me know your experience.  If you are having difficulty, please e-mail me at and if you would be kind enough, explain to me what the issues are that is making it difficult for you, if not impossible, to leave a comment.  I want to try to get this resolved as soon as I can, if at all possible.

I miss hearing from you and appreciate those of you who have already left me word about this problem...thanks for fighting through the tangles to let me know I have this problem!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Staying busy

The days are, as always, just flying.  I'm working on some projects I can't share with you, because they are or will be gifts; some quilting, some embroidery.  I have only spent an hour or so rug hooking since I arrived, and soon I'll be packing up my cutter and shipping it back to NM.

After I left here for NM back in 1993, some changes happened in my neighborhood.  A commuter rail station and a bus transfer station were installed one block over, just up from the coast highway.  At the time, the meetings the residents were invited to got quite contentious, and I must say that few of us were on board for the project.  It turned out, however, to be a wonderful thing, and really didn't disrupt our neighborhood anymore than the increasing automobile traffic has.

Sunday afternoon, I treated my grandson and myself to a train trip to downtown San Diego.  I thought we'd walk around the harbor and visit the ship that was used for some of the filming for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (The Star of India).  However, once we got down there and my grandson discovered his favorite sea food restaurant had a presence down there, the tall ship lost precedence to a kettle of steamed clams and mussels.  He has been eating them since he was a little baby; it always floors the wait staff when he orders them.  I just love it, to see someone so young find so much joy in an unusual meal.

PS:  Don't ask me why I am including the photo of the old lamp post.  I just liked it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


My original logo
I just discovered I now have 50 official followers.  It apparently happened a couple of weeks ago, but I've been pretty distracted (as you know, since I haven't been posting often).  Anyway, I've decided to have a little surprise for number 50:  turquoise moon! 

So...turquoise moon...if you're out there, would you please contact me privately?  I tried to e-mail you from blogger but it wouldn't work.

Happy Sunday to all...I'm off for a day with my grandson!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happiness is...

Watching my five year old grandson leave for his first overnight fishing trip.
Taking a walk to the beach with a sleepy granddaughter.

Appreciating one of the remaining old eucalyptus trees and the beauty of its being.

Having a new grocery store at the bottom of my street where I can find organic products and know that the store stocks as many products as it can that come from local, small owner, businesses.

I am truly blessed.