Sharing Effects/Thursday Doors

Quick and painless is my motto this week for Thursday Doors. Canning and freezing (and canning) and working are leaving me a bit weary. The garden is having a bumper crop year. So thanks to suggestions from Google Effects, I think I have a beauty to get me through.

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This is the back porch door to Grandma’s house. Mother, mother-in-law-, grandmother, Nancy’s house, neighbor……… but never, ever Granny. It’s just the rule. But whatever you call yours, everyone knows the kids are always welcome there.

Thursday Doors finds its beginnings over at Norm 2.0. Please visit and find more door posts there by clicking the blue frog at the bottom of his post. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Helping Out/WPC

Satisfaction

Meet Evette, again. She’s my niece and there’s no doubt she’s “Sew in Love”. I’m getting pure satisfaction from seeing her use her beginning sewing skills towards gift-giving while her new husband is off at basic training. We are very proud of them both. Proud for his service to our country and to her holdin’ down the homefront while he’s away.

Last week she came to me with a preplanned embroidery project. Unfortunately, while making the project, her friend’s sewing machine bit the dust. So I was getting to do a little more than planned. Not a problem. Glad to help.

Fast forward to the embroidery…….

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She showed me what she needed and chose a beautiful font. I had it digitized and ready to go. The A was well on it’s way in this picture. With this design, there would be some re-hooping of the item in order to fit the project. (My hoop is pretty much ancient compared to newer ones. Mine’s circa 18 to 20 years old.) Unfortunately, the A was all that got completed before my memory card fried. Unable to fix it, we improvised, overcame and adapted. Marines out there will appreciate that last sentence. Semper Fi!

Moving on, I must let my niece know that her “Large” pins were a hit with me. I’ve always used the normal size, but after using hers, I may have to get some of these. They were so generous in size and I didn’t prick my fingers nearly as much. Who says you don’t learn from the younger generation??!! And that Minky fabric is soft! And slick to sew with. I tried the walking foot but reverted to the normal foot after about 10 inches. Any hints out there would be appreciated for future minky projects.

 

Above are the completed carrier cover and the baby quilt.

And just for the baby’s sake, I’ve a little message I’m sure Evette would want to pass along…..

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A Gem on Route 66 /ThursdayDoors

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When at the Missouri History Museum we were tempted with the display of an ice cream shop on Route 66 that is still open after 80 years. Introducing Ted Drewes.

But first, probably the only door I could find worth a hoot for this post…….

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A reminder of something that has disappeared within the last 80 years. Related are: Where will Superman do his quick change, How to make collect calls, Answering a random phone booth ringing and Using actual money to make a phone call, all a part of history.

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Back to Ted Drewe’s –a first view. Here’s a little hint. If you see nuns eating at an establishment, it’s gonna be O.K.

Who is Ted Drewe’s? Ted Drewes Sr., was a St. Louis attraction, winning the Muny Tennis Championships each year from 1925 to 1936. Feel free to read more here.

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A ‘door’ for posterity’s sake.

Boasting 12 serving windows, Ted Drewes motto is “Our Business is Service”.

The website tells that it is hardly recognizable during the Christmas season as they sell trees and the lot is loaded with them. They’ve been doing that for over 50 years. One thing you can say about this place is that they are certainly good at longevity and have obviously found their niche in St. Louis.

A line in the summer sun makes the treat even more delish.

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The daughters approve! Our ‘adoptee’ daughter was a great tour guide to go along with the GPS and we thank you Miss Meaghan for your outstanding hospitality! Til next time….

Other Doors posts seen here at Norm 2.0. Enjoy!

The Newlyweds/WPC

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This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

I’m choosing a recent moment from this past weekend at my neice’s wedding. All eyes are upon you at that transitional moment in time where you become The Mr. and Mrs.

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All our love and blessings to you both!!

For other photo challenge entries, click here.

Home Away/Thursday Doors

Instead of the usual hotel stay, we chose another avenue during a recent get-away. Using an app called Home Away, we booked this spot in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. My photos of the outside are not very good so you’ll get to imagine the outside view for now. But the inside entrance door is my emphasis today for Thursday Doors.

HomeAwayDoor A 2-bedroom loft apartment with all the amenities was a tall order normally, but this alternative gave us exactly what four grown adults needed. Space and a lot of comfort were made affordable. I promise this is not a commercial. I do, however, recommend at least looking into this possibility next time you travel. Wanna see some more of this awesome place???

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The table is pretty small compared to what we’re used to at home, but for our little venture, it was just fine.

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The living room and kitchenette were pretty large and all open concept. And another door to one of the bedrooms in the 3rd pic of the collage. This one was the sliding variety to keep space at its best potential. Upon writing this, I’m realizing there’s quite a bit I did not document. The washer/dryer, the huge bathtub, the walk-in shower and the large amount of closet space that I missed getting shots of. And the only thing that I’d call negative was the steep incline to get into the parking garage. I do mean steep. We’re talking at least 5% grade on a 20 foot ramp, provided the ramp was even that long and the roof was 10 foot. My husband is likely to tell me after this post that the roof was lucky to be 8 feet tall in the parking garage. (After all, the truck barely missed a few spots.) I’ll let you know later. The plus….. it was secure and not on the street. So those are just some more things you might not find on the app. And again I wish I’d taken more photos.

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I’ve got many more photo memories to share later, but suppressing my urge to tell all at this time. Hope you have a lovely rest of your Thursday!

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

My Results Are In!

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I was trying to figure out a way to connect this daily challenge with my recent news of the weekend. And ‘by jove I’ve got it”!!! I found a picture that sums up how much I like history……

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Maybe you will realize my connection? I  am definitely a history buff. Always interested in my ancestry and so with a ‘SALE’ on ancestry.com, it was a no-brainer for me to try a DNA test. First off, I sent in the spit in the vial. This was April 2. A 6 to 8 week waiting period was to be expected. I waited a tad bit longer due to an apparently larger-than-expected batch of tests sent in after Christmas. I guess they did pretty good with their sale. My results came in over the weekend. And without further ado, I present my findings.

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My reaction? I had no idea whatsoever about the Iberian Peninsula connection. None. That translates to Portugal/Spain by the way. I mean it was even more than the Irish and Great Britain that I was fully aware of. Someone’s got some splainin’ to do 🙂

Those bottom 3 literally blow my mind too. And whatever happened to the Legend of our Native American ancestry? I think Great Grandma had an ornery streak and was quite the story teller. If you’ve ever had a DNA test done, were you convinced of the results?

Now time to dive in and do the family tree stuff. Stay tuned…….

BRGR/Thursday Doors

When a 3-year-old writes notes to “His One True Love”, you deliver. No hesitating. No batting the eyes. You make it happen.

This Thursday Door is where we entered to our meeting place.

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Not the best lighting when someone’s headlights are blazing behind you.

BRGR in Prairie Village, Kansas is a pretty cool place that happened to have an unusual door for a strip mall location. Points scored straight off.

BRGR (2) The outdoor seating is vacant in this pic, but when we arrived the tables were loaded up with the warmer temps we’ve been having. They even have the fire lit. Very cozy.

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The name of the dive was accurate in what they specialize in. Burgers. Catering to those who need the g-free version(my daughter & hubster) was another high scoring point of the night.

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Notes delivered and another successful Doors venture complete.

 

Stored Up/ Sunday Sampler

In my boxes and multitude of photo albums, I have quite a few gems. Sharing my wedding picture takes it back 30 years as of last Monday. We had recently lost my father to cancer 6 months prior, so the event took on a bittersweet spirit. At least in my mind. Mother took the bull by the horn so to speak to insure I had a beautiful wedding day. With a simple budget, we managed to pull it off. I understood the sacrifice this was to her and I am deeply grateful. And this year she joined FaceBook. Thanks to my aunt’s generous gift to her of a laptop, my mother can finally read my blogs first-hand, my sister’s posts, and those of all her grandchildren, and keep up with the huge family we come from. There are a ton of us!

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So Happy Mothers Day and have a wonderful day!

As a mother, I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. So now it’s my turn to turn the table this Mother’s Day 2017.

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Sunday Sampler is a weekly challenge to showcase handmade items. This week I’ve chosen to reuse an old photo that I plan to have framed. Old photos of real moments in my life are the most cherished. Take hold of those stored up photos and Create!

Path Through The Woods for X/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

My childhood home was at the edge of the woods. NellieFramedI would often wander into them, following a path worn down over the years by our horse, Nellie. As children, my sister and I would hop on without the saddle (bareback) most times because she was pretty good at holding her breath. In case you aren’t aware, horses do that so you can’t get the saddle cinched up tight. That leads to the saddle slowly sliding sideways and you dropping off onto the ground. Not a very dignified way to find yourself. We were just lucky she always stopped and didn’t run off with us halfway on and off. No morbid tales to tell here . I think the lesson learned here was Trust and Patience. We had to be patient as she would side-step away as we tried to hop on. In the meantime, she learned to trust that we just wanted to enjoy her company. And we always had a sugar cube to sweeten the deal.

Friendship is like that. No motives. Just enjoying the companionship. I’m a firm believer in this quote: “We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our paths for a reason.” Author Unknown

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This was not an easy block. Ripping out a couple sections taught me to read twice, sew once. I gave my Patience and Trust to the book author that this had been done before. I will survive this Challenge with so many new blocks under my belt. I feel pretty exuberant about this let me tell ya. Mom, all those tears cried while sewing for 4-H have paid off!

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So the X in Path Through the Woods reminds me of paths taken, friendships formed and kept, as well as those walked away from. Kind of bittersweet at times, but mostly good.

Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!

Grandmother’s Favorite/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

Grandmother’s Favorite is the name of this block and is a sentimental choice. I had such loving grandmothers. I’m sure many people have those feelings when it comes to theirs as well. So a place in this quilt to honor grandmothers is absolutely mandatory.  Grandmother's Favoritecollage

A poem for Grandmothers (author unknown)

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Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!