Tuesday, March 5, 2013


March 5, 2013

Well we celebrated the mister's birthday this sunday and it was so much fun. Kendall made her famous rainbow cake and it was as delicious and moist as it looks!

it was so nice to show everyone the progress we've made on the house. we actually have our master bedroom almost totally done! (just the inside of the closet and the curtains to be finished). we can't wait to sleep in the bigger room! i am making roman shades for it and have them half way done. i hope to finish them today. i think that i am more excited over the prospect of having a rod to hang our clothes on. wooooooooooeeeee! this is the mister painting or coat closet. i've really been cracking the whip this week!

 while he's been busy with that i have been spending my time writing to people about my mother's passing and going through her things and working on kendall's birthday quilt. the top picture is of the mister playing vanna chip. i always ask his opinion on things and then (he claims) that i do what i want. can i help it if he hasn't said what i wanted to hear? i only have a few more weeks to get her quilt done. yikes! of course it would have helped if i hadn't decided to take the darker colors out of her quilt. i will be making a lap quilt out of them (see the bottom picture). the colors don't look much different but with the darker values, it changed the whole flavor of the quilt. kendall specifically asked for pastels and soft colors and i do want to give her that. she has great taste and knows what she wants. i love that in her. i am actually happy that i took the darker colors out because i think its going to make an awesome lap quilt. i should mention that i have never made a quilt out of solid colors before. i have actually rarely used solids in my quilts. i swear that i chose this style because i wanted to buy material and i didn't have enough solids in my very large stash to make a quilt with! i do love my material. just looking at it makes me happy. thanks again, amanda of crazymomquilts, for the tutorial on this pattern. it is fun to do.
on the animal front, my suet cakes were a huge success! i am making a second batch today. we are expecting another large (possibly) snowstorm starting tomorrow and i want to make sure my bird buddies are well fed. i gave the mister a really nice bird book for his birthday. we will both enjoy it. we think we're going to get into some serious birding once this house is near finished (i don't think it will ever be completely done!).
this is a beautiful small deer nibbling on the deer block we put in our back yard. recently, we've had two deer that are so big that i at first thought they were female moose. it was 3am and the moon lit up the back yard. the mister says no, it must have been deer but the jury is still out on that! we do have a very large moose that wanders through our property. his hoof prints are huge. one day we followed his prints to our garage window. he must have peeked in to see what was going on! we finally saw him at dusk one evening 2 summers ago. he stood on the other side of our car. we could still see his whole head with a huge antler rack on it. he calmly watched us watching him for a few minutes and then, without a sound, slipped into the woods. we didn't even hear a leaf rustle.....amazing! hopefully our front porch will be built and we can sit there on a balmy summer evening and watch the wildlife saunter through.

i have given up cursing for lent (its harder than you think) and so i am grateful that there is such a thing as lent so that i can give up this nasty habit. my cursing is mostly made up of words like OH CRAP, SON OF A B...., SH......, etc. i have thought more than once that it would have been easier to give up candy, like i usually do. i thought, this year, i'd give myself a challenge in honor of my mother, who never cursed. so this one is to honor the season of lent and you mom. i know you're smiling down on me thinking about how i was born with a spicy mouth. my son andrew is just like me in that respect and when he was voted (at the age of 8) of having the worst mouth in the neighborhood he smiled from ear to ear. he, in adulthood, has been able to get his cursing under control, so mom, send down your good vibes and help me through this! i am, as always, grateful for my whole family. they are so thoughtful and sweet and most of them never curse! i am also very grateful for my husband's good nature and good health. happy birthday mister! xoxo nancyb

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