Archive for January, 2009

I just came across this guy who makes these great photographs of his two little girls. Having adorable subjects doesn’t hurt.

Jason Lee’s photo blog
Jason’s Flickr photostream

I thought I could link to one of his photos, but that’s not working.



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Bailout for Dummies

Thanks to my cousin Dave for sending this, I thought it was hilarious.


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Thanks to y’all in the Midwest, this is what we got yesterday:


Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad for us as it’s been for our northern neighbors. It’s supposed to be in the mid-50’s today, although it’s now lunchtime and it sure doesn’t look any warmer out there, but if it does get up that high, the ice won’t be around for long.

I was awakened at about 5 a.m. by John’s phone tweeting. I thought it was Brian sending his dad a text message, he’s been known to do that. But when I got downstairs to start coffee, I saw the clocks on the oven and microwave flashing, so we must have had a brief power blip. So glad my alarm has a battery backup. Whoever thought up that idea was a genius.


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The picture on the sidebar doesn’t do this quilt justice because I was too lazy to color it scrappy, the way it was designed. Here’s one that someone else made, sorry I can’t find the source of this photo but it obviously came from a show. This quiltmaker decided against the half-square triangle inner border:


The design is from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, November 2003 page 50.

The only thing I didn’t like about this quilt was (were?) the leaf stems. In a lot of leaf patterns, the stem is pieced. In this design, however, the stem is appliqued. It is a strip folded into thirds and stitched atop a plain square. Talk about bulk! Oh my gosh. I laid out the blocks just like they were in the pattern and then mixed them up. The bulk became a problem when two (or more) stems came together. But I got through it.

The top sat around here for ages (I don’t even remember when I started it) like so many of my projects and I finally decided to finish it. I took it to a new (to me) longarmer, Susan Caldwell of Quilting Around the Block. I saw her work at the Richmond guild show last fall and she lives close, so I gave her a try. I was very pleased:


Since I want to use this in my family room, I chose wool batting, I hope that will make it nice and warm. Of course, winter will be over if I don’t get this done. 🙂

I used the border fabric for the backing and thought I had enough for binding, but no. So now I am on a search for a binding fabric that will blend in. I don’t want one that will stand out.

This is my February project. I’ve decided that in 2009 I should be able to finish at least one project a month.

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Free gift

While we were in San Antonio, this arrived in the mail:


The strap, not the camera. Because I listen to the “Digital Photography Life” podcast, I was able to take them up on their offer of a free strap from SmugMug. And I sure wish it had arrived before we left, because the day we spent walking all over downtown S.A. I had my camera around my neck. And if you have one, you know that the strap that comes with the camera is terribly uncomfortable. This one, on the other hand, is made differently, smells like a tire shop (yuck!) but is easier on the neck and I can tell that just from the try-on.


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When our house was built in 1987 it must have seemed like a good idea at the time to create a cabinet over the wall oven with a yawning cavern to house a microwave. Indeed, when we moved in in 1996 there was a Kenmore microwave there which I presume was the original one and it fit nicely into the cavern surrounded by one of those metal trim kits.


Fast forward a few years and that Kenmore died and I pounded the pavement trying to replace it with one the same size, but alas, the microwave industry thought it was a good idea to make even the full size models smaller. And because of that, the metal trim kits aren’t as big as they used to be. So I’ve been living with a 3 inch gap between the top of the Sharp microwave and the bottom of the trim.

Yesterday we bought a new GE Profile microwave which I believe is the same size as the Sharp, but I still can’t get a trim kit to fit both it and the yawning cavern. Since I’ve lived with this situation for this long, I guess I will continue to live with it until we get the opportunity to re-do the kitchen. I may go through 3 more microwaves before that happens, but so be it.


Our choices of places to buy microwaves is seriously limited in this town. We went to Sears, who had a Kenmore on sale that was black and we considered it. We went to Lakeside Appliance who had one (!) countertop model in the store which had been returned by someone and turned out to be the same model as the one we bought at Lowe’s but in black. I think I would have preferred black but I also didn’t want to run all over town to the other 2 or 3 Lowe’s stores just to find out that they only had the stainless models, too. 

One thing I already like better about this model than the Sharp is that either the light is brighter or the window is clearer because it’s sure easier to see what’s cooking/heating.

The cabinet is about the only thing that still smells like smoke and yesterday I attacked it with vinegar which I think helped. Either that, or our noses are getting used to it. I’ll have to pull some complete strangers in off the street and see if they can tell.


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While at the River Walk, we spied a “Life is Good” store and went up to check it out. This woman sold us 2 t-shirts and a dog collar:

That’s right, it was Nakomis from Big Brother seasons 5 and 7.

Our first BB sighting was in Richmond last year. We were at a Mexican restaurant with Erin and Kevin and in walks this guy:

Ah, Crazy James. Who could forget him?


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