Friday, February 18, 2011


 As you all know by now, FTF is about just that.  What's your favourite thing.

I love to laugh.  God, I am one of those that just bends over and gets it out from the toes to the top of my head.  My  eyes run, so does my nose and sometimes, I must stop because I may get one of those headaches that can come from laughing so hard.

This week, The Money Pit movie was on with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long.  My sweetie said he laughed at me for laughing so hard at the antics of their buying the house that was falling apart.

We bought an old house years ago.  It had a light
that never turned off!  We couldn't find the switch and my
sweetie was an electrician!  Well one night  about
a month after we had moved in, the light went out.
We looked everywhere for the switch one more time.

I was home early one day, decided to wash the exterior
windows, had a ladder and unscrewed the light, put in
a new one and when Jerry drove up in the late autumn
night, he saw the light on....he ran in and asked...Where
is the light?...I told him that the light bulb had been
exchanged and I still didn't know where to turn it off.

We had our money pit of a house too!

I love a good joke.  I particular love
a play on words type of joke and my
sweetie tells me those whenever he
hears them.

We are dog lovers, so they make us laugh a lot.  The new neighbours have a two year old retriever who makes us laugh all the time at his antics.

Then there is our grandkids, particularly this photo of our girl winning a race that was close and the relief of the win made her laugh as well as cry from the sheer joy of it.

Don't we all just love a funny story, a great story told by someone animated with the telling.  

 Laughter in addicting, pass it on.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


 Here is the wonky star in full mode from Helen who raised over $100.00 for the auction in Kearny last weekend.  A surprise for her that so much was bid, then finding out that a friend had bought it too!  She is very very happy to know it went to a good home.

Also posted from Helen is a throw she made for her mom who is now in a retirement home after 93 years of living independently.  Helen added the buttons for little details of a simple throw. 

Now you know why I keep her busy with
questions about quilting and needle work.

Note the antique sideboard behine the chair.  It's just one example of the Canadian and American antiques she has throughout her lovely home. 

Funny that we are such good friends, as I am totally modern in my decor and her love is older the better...

I've not posted as Shay noted, for a while.  I do think the grey days, the long winter days which are almost over have affected me.  I just don't feel like sewing much.  I've been a knitting fool, making more socks, and the fingerless gloves which now have thumbs, be it not fancy but cute!

The knee guy is doing his work of therapy very well, getting thoroughly bored with reading and tv, but  is happy to have progressed to the cane at least half the walking times.  Good after four weeks since replacement.

Please send sunshine to us here in Whitby...we need it! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


My friend Helen (private teacher at the cottage) loves the Ohio Star quilt block as one of her favourites.  She has made a few different quilts using this block. 

So, it's not surprising that she made this one making it a wonky star.  I only managed to get this photo from her, but her free motion work is so lovely.  She loves to outline the stars, feeling that it makes them stand out.  I think she is correct in this.  This quilt was made for a charity auction last weekend to promote dog sled racing in Ontario.

 I like nine patch.  I've made three
variations of this quilt. My sweetie uses this one for his lap quilt, I have one with pink border, and also a smaller one with another blue border.

I love the white in these quilts.  I saw a white quilt at crazy mom's blog this past week which reminded me of how white truly pops colours when used.   Don't you agree?

We are awaiting warm weather this coming Thursday.  In Canada we count the days till it arrives as it truly is a sign that spring is not too far away.  In Arkansas, where |Karen Quilts lives, she is almost rid of all her bits of snow.  I'm hoping for the warmth of the sun to rid us of a good deal of it over the next few days.  We are all feeling the cold I think, none more so than Barb as she moved from Samoa to the Eastern seaboard.  This winter has been a shock to her system.  Spring is coming, spring is coming, I keep saying that to myself all the time.....