Saturday, October 13, 2012

Summer Days (Tucson, AZ)

I feel like summer has just started.  I actually pulled out my t-shirts and capris.  So nice to wear light-weigh summer clothing even if it is just for a little while.  I hear Patagonia is getting down to the low 50s at night....darn.  Oh well.
We have been busy this week doing a lot of shopping.  Stocking up for our winter stay at the preserve.  Of course, we can drive back to Tucson anytime, but we prefer not to do that very often.  

I did a shopping trip to Joann's during the Columbus Day.  So many items on sale for 50% off really made it hard for me to stay on course with my shopping list.  My main item was to buy a new OttLite bulb that usually goes for $34.99.  Pricey, but I have had this one bulb for over 6 years.  Not to mention, it has saved my eyesight. Lucky for me, Joann's had it for half price!  Yea!  I also stocked up on batting and a few other quilt-y items....okay and some fabric.

I also stopped by Trader Joe's and stocked up on a few staples like my favorite peanut butter, almond milk, and a variety of nuts.  We have also made trips to Walmart (of course), Target, and grocery shopping.  I am enjoying the warmer weather so much that I made some Quinoa Tabouli with fresh parsley for a quick snack.  Delicious! 
1/2 cup Quinoa
1 1/2 cup parsley
1 cucumber
3 medium tomatoes
1/3 chopped green onions
2 tsp. dry mint
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 - 1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
On The Cutting Board
During the last couple of weeks of travel, I have been keeping myself entertained with embroidering a new project from "All Creatures Great and Small" by Natalie Bird.  Aren't they adorable?  They are so tiny (4.5x7in) that I can finish one block within two days.  Once I have finished all of the blocks, I will add them to a quilt. 
Owl and the Pussycat
Oh, and I do plan to start working on some more Snowmen soon

The Devil's Puzzle: A Someday Quilts Mystery by Clare O'Donohue
The Devil's Puzzle: A Someday Quilts Mystery (Someday Quilts Mysteries)

I finished the last of the Someday Quilts Mystery series.  I hope Clare plans to write more.  I really enjoyed the quilt talking as well as the murder mystery.  This time Nell has been volunteered to organize a quilt show during Archer Rest's anniversary celebration.  I thought this can get quite interesting since I have never seen behind the scenes of preparing for a quilt show.  Even though it was fun to read, there wasn't a lot of detail on the setup.  I did like the visions of quilts hanging from the store fronts.  Sounds familiar, doesn't it Sisters?

Of course, having a body dug up in her grandmother, Eleanor's backyard was a big distraction.  I actually found this mystery a little slow compared to the previous books.  I think part of it was that Nell wasn't fighting with the Chief of Police and she did not seem very interested in solving the case.

I did finish it and I did enjoy the story.  Most of all, I loved a couple of things Claire wrote about quilters and quilting.  Here are my two favorite quotes:  "It is our meditation, our therapy, and our connection to the soul."   "We are all joined by a love of needle and thread, by the usefulness and the beauty of a quilt, and by the friendships that form because of it."
Happy Quilting!


  1. Your embroidery is so charming! Love the storybook look of it.

  2. Thanks for sharing your posts on travel and quilting. Have a good winter on the preserve. We have spent the last several winters in La Feria TX. We are staying home this winter due to family obligations. Looking forward to spending the winter with you via your blog. Linda from TN.

    1. Thanks Linda! I'm sorry to hear about your cancelled plans. We have been in similar situations. Family comes first. I hope all is well. Take care.

  3. The weather is supposed to be creeping up there in temperature this week for us out here in California, so I know all about getting those capris back out! =) Last week we had a little taste of fall, but it's warming up for this week again.

    Your snack looks yummy!
    And the projects on your cutting board are really cute! I like the one with the elephants!


  4. Enjoy that beautiful weather! I hope to visit Mesa in February for my grandpa's 90th birthday!
    Your little embroidered blocks are cute and will make such a great quilt!


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