More family!

My youngest, Chelsea, and her boyfriend arrived last night.  Now only one of my daughters hasn’t made it home, but her son (my eldest grandson) is still in school.  We are having a great time.

Today we all went to see Cirque de Soleil’s production of Varekai.  I’ve seen them perform on TV and they were awesome, but a recorded event doesn’t hold a candle to seeing them live.  It was fantastic and we were all mesmerized by the performance.  What a great way to celebrate the holidays with loved ones!

Hope you all are having an amazing December.


Steph and her family from California arrived Friday evening after many delays en-route.  It is so good to see them and to have them a part of my daily life, even for a short period of time.

We are having so much fun!  We have been to favorite restaurants and on Sunday afternoon we went and saw the local ballet production of “The Nut Cracker”.  The kids loved it (as did the adults).  We had great seats (thanks Steph) and I’m not sure we even blinked throughout the performance.  There were two “guest” ballerinas from the San Francisco ballet company and that was a real treat as well.  We did some research on The Nut Cracker and guess what.  The first performance in the US was in 1944 and was performed by the San Francisco Ballet Company!  I thought it delightful that the first company who presented the ballet sent two of their best to assist in this production.

It hasn’t been all fun and games tho.  The day after they arrived the plumbing backed up!  The plumber came yesterday and now everything is working again.  We are all very happy that the potties once again work!

And yesterday afternoon my 8-year old grandson started coming down with a cold.  Umcka to the rescue and we are hoping to have caught it in time so he’ll feel better faster.

Wishing you and yours all the best this beautiful December!

Quilting with my Sister

A while back one of my sisters and I went on a weekend bus trip to several quilt stores in north Texas.  It was a lot of fun, and very inspirational.  We decided to sign up for a paper-piecing class, and finally we got to go yesterday.  To say it was fun would be a great understatement.  We had a blast!  The instructor was good, our fellow students were a lot of fun, and the project was enjoyable.  I only finished one of many blocks, and now that I am home I am looking forward to getting busy on the quilt.  Pictures will be coming soon.

Today, after getting home from my sister’s house, I got inspired with soap making.  I’d been wanting a citrus-sage soap, but the blends I’d been playing with weren’t just right.  But today I think I hit gold.  I made a custom blend of essential oils; lemongrass, sage, orange, cedar and petitgrain.  I think it smells heavenly.  I had infused organic olive oil with annatto seeds which is supposed to color the soap some shade of yellow.  The soap “batter” in the mold was a bright yellow-orange, but I’m sure it will change after it goes through gel.  So I’m looking forward to seeing it tomorrow when I un-mold it.

I also made some coconut soap – not only will it smell like coconut, but it has coconut milk in it and unsweetened coconut flakes.  I’m anxious to see it after it is un-molded as well.

Finally, I made up a big batch of Tattoo Butter.  It’s a whipped body butter made up of organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, almond oil and with Vitamins A and D added.  It is supposed to help skin heal after a tattoo.  No color or scent was added.

Tomorrow I’m going to go out to my garden and take some photos.  The garden was not a huge success, except for beans, watermelon, hot peppers and herbs.  The deer have returned to nibble on the few plants still flowering.  At least someone is enjoying it!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

The Dalai Lama

Do you have a “bucket” list?  You know, places you want to visit or things you want to do before you die?  Well, I don’t have a formal bucket list but there are many things I really want to do before I go.  One of the things that I want to do, and it is never on my bucket list because I simply didn’t believe it was even possible is to see the Dalai Lama.

But guess what.  I am going to see him!  I can’t believe it.  He’s going to the Gwinnet Arena in Georgia!  My eldest daughter and son-in-law are going and one thing lead to another so now my Mom and I are going too.

It’s October 8 and I simply cannot wait.  Truly a once-in-a-lifetime event for me.


It’s been an odd couple of weeks.  I finished painting the crown molding and other trim in all the rooms that my wonderful sister and brother-in-law painted for me while I was away playing in southern California.  I’ve started painting the hallway – which is a bigger job than you might think.  My hallway is over 30 feet long, then has a 8′ “L” shape.  I’ve got the “L” painted with 2 coats and one of the long walls painted with 1 coat.  And that took about a gallon of paint.  I had to buy another gallon and I bet there will not be much left (which really is a good thing).  So, for the first time in a long while all the rooms in my house are tidy.  Well, maybe the kitchen needs some help since I’ve taken up candle making in addition to soap making – but hey.  A little chaos is good for the soul.  Right?

The garden is coming along.  ALL the rose bushes I planted have taken and some even have buds and will soon have roses on them.  The garden beds (the raised ones) are full of little beautiful green things peaking through.  It is wonderful to see things starting to grow!

I have been having back issues (sciatica on both sides) and I’ve been going to physical therapy 3 times a week.  It is helping so much its really unbelievable (at least to me).

And what does all the above have to do with anticipation?  Nothing.  The anticipation is coming…

Tomorrow afternoon I leave to go to my sister’s in Texas.  We are going on a quilter’s weekend bus trip – going to tons of quilting shops in northern Texas.  Both of us took up quilting a few years ago, and it is really fun to have a creative outlet to share.  We have such different styles and tastes, but we can appreciate each other’s work.  I am cautiously optimistic because it is a bus trip, and filled with a total of 53 crazy quilters.  So… anticipation for sure!!

I hope you are well and are anticipating something exciting in your near future.