Thursday, May 3, 2018

New Post, Same Story?

Yikes, May of 2018 !
We spent 18-19 months at Primrose
I'm back home living in our house,
Hubby resides in Memory Care at a local facility.
Parkinson's Disease and Dementia has made it impossible for me to care for him at home.
There he has capable, caring, wonderful CNAs, dietary, housekeeping, laundry transportation people, Nurses and Manager around him who -
well, see to his every need so that he and I can have 'quality' time during our daily afternoon time together.

While not our idea of how we would spend our "golden years" we are Thankful for each day we are above ground and breathing.
We know and cherish each and every hour.

Moving back into our home of so many years
sans the furniture we originally had here
and the fact that I am living alone here certainly puts a new slant on life.

I've been home for one year today.
Living alone for the first time in my life is interesting.
I think I am handling it.
I have my friends who I spend time with regularly.
Lunches out and Art Group at Primrose.
I keep in touch.

Right now Blogger is not cooperating with me.  
It seems it does not want to let post photos!
For now
No photos
Just words

I'm on Instagram as gerryart

Love, Hugs and Tranquility,

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Since last I posted

Lots of activity has kept me away from my blog.
To sum things up:
we've moved from our home of the past 25+ years
and have moved to a new retirement community
just west of our home.
Our new home is a lovely spacious apartment
in a newly constructed retirement community.
It's a 2 bdrm/2 bath
~1,000 sq ft
[as compared to our 3 bdrm/2.5 bath ~1,500 sq ft home]
The loss of those extra five hundred sq ft most be where all my crafting supplies were stored
because I'm sure having a difficult time downsizing that situation.  LOL LOL

We are still working to clear the house without cramming our lovely new apartment.

These past three-going-on-four months have been spent between downing sizing our home
moving only a few pieces of furniture,
main essentials to apartment living,
and now my crafting 'essentials'.
My problems is that sorting essentials from
'non-essentials' is not moving along as 
fast as I would like.
I MUST get with the program 
and finish already.

Some of our time has been here at our new apartment getting to know all the others
that having just gone through the process of moving from their homes of many years to our brand-new, smaller homes here at Our Retirement Community
are sympathetic as well as helpful in making this move a great adventure.

There is a lovely Dining Room here on the premises,
a small movie theater, lots of gathering spot throughout , a wellness center for excerise, a beauty salon,and a Fantastic Staff.

Now that I've expounded on at that
less see what I've been up to ! !

OMG, Blogger on my laptop is not working for placement of these photos tonight.
However I will get this posted ! ! ! 

BTW, I am posting on Instagram 


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Scrap Buster

Found another small stash of 'scraps'.
Among it there was fabric spray basted to batt scrap that I remember from a potholder project from a couple of years ago.

After cutting and piecing together the backing/batt into several pieces to quilt
I came up with these.

Great for mug rugs, small toppers, whatever.

A couple of these have some insulating batt inserted
so can be used as trivets. 

All of these pieces are backed using this gorgeous cactus flower fabric.

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Change of subject.

Anyone love this cheese as much as I do?
Love the taste of it when spread of whole wheat bread.  Yum! ! ! 

This is my 'go to' choice when after the
"half the calories of butter, low sodium, gluten free,
as well as rBST free"
claims are made,

it is the HIGH fat content that it adds to my quota of nutrients that makes it soon sinful.
: ^ )

Enjoy the Day 

hugs 'n smiles

Monday, August 31, 2015

I Baked ! ! !

I baked some 'health' cookies using a recipe that my daughter Deb shared with me.

Bananas, p-nut butter, applesauce, 
vanilla protein powder, uncooked oatmeal,
with Craisins,
and, yes, Chocolate Chips

Lots of health in two bites ! ! !

58 calories each
8g Carbs
2g Fats
2g Protein
4g Sugars

Healthy and dee-lish

!  !  !  !  !

hugs 'n smiles

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Scarf on the Needle

One of my favorite sketches.

I made this storage box for some of my pens.

The pattern for this punky guy is on Ravely.

Here's what I've on my knitting agenda:
Un-Biased Scarf

I'm using Knitterly Things 
 Vespers Self-striping Sock Yarn

This indie dyer uses an excellent Merino fingering weight yarn that does not show wear even after many, many times of laundering.

She dyes the most glorious colors.
Always, IMHO, with a method of changing from one color to the next without an interruption.

I find that when I knit sox there is a five-row stripe.
I like it when she dyes five or so different colors that make the project exciting.

My friend, Dianna, recently showed off her Un-Biased Scarf using,
what else,
Vespers Self-Striped yarn.
Yep, I gotta have one.
I went Yarn Stash diving
and came up with a terrific skein.

This scarf uses a simple two-row repeat
that I appreciate.
Fairly easy to do while watching Netflix,
which, by the way, I am enjoying.

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Enjoy the rest of this wonderful weekend!

hugs 'n smiles

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Few More 2.5" Strips

Found a few more scraps eligible for 2.5" strips.
So I'm adding to my stack of lite colored strips
that I hope to turn into a chair covering
of some sort.
I'll let you know when I decide just how I want
to accomplish that.

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Hubby and I decided to give Netflix a try.
They are offering a 30-day free trail period
then $9/mo thereafter.
We can cancel at anytime.
So far, three or four days now, I found a number of
movies and series that will entertain me for a while.
Now all we want is an Internet Provider that will
provide reliable service.
Lately, Mediacom isn't what it used to be.
But I'm ever hopeful.

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This past week or two our weather has been more
Autumn-like than Summer.
Just waiting for it to return cuz I know it will.
Til then we're loving' it ! ! ! 

hugs 'n smiles

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Scrappy Quilt

Finally a Finished Project !  ! !
The end in sight as far as my fabric stash.

Daughter Deb and I have used just about all our
scrap fabrics and Stash Fabrics.

Our current project is underway with the first quilt 

A Scrappy Rag Quilt for Hubby is the first on the
bed and ready for wear.

Our seven rag quilts
are intended to be utilitarian.
They are to be used, and used, and used
'til the are too worn to use one more time.

Bed, Picnic, Tabletoppers
After all, they are utilitarian.


Fall is in the air today.
The breeze felt wonderful
with a bit of 'cool'
ruffling our hair.

After our recent rain,
lawns are slightly greener,
tree leaves shinier,
even gutter are cleaner.


hugs 'n smiles