Thursday, February 20, 2020

Really Random Thursday, 2/20/20

My favorite rose in the entire world: double delight

A couple of you were interested in Bill's rose formula which I mentioned last week. But some commenters were "no-reply commenters" and therefore I couldn't respond via email. So here it is (hope you are here again this week).

1 to 2 cups gypsite, depending on soil density
1 cup ironite
1/4 to 1/2 cup epsom salts, depending on size of the bush
2 cups (at least) of alfalfa pellets
1 cup all-purpose fertilizer

We have become friends with an ICU doctor who actually lives in New Orleans but frequently travels to our area to work at a hospital in the nearby town of Hanford. He is usually here for about 10 days. We started getting a text from him periodically that was nothing more than that cute dog emoji. I finally asked what it meant, and he said it was shorthand for letting people know when he is in town. Then he sent me the whole list. I thought it was so cool so I asked if I could share it. In case you are wondering about the ice cream cone assigned to Hanford, it is home to Superior Dairy where you get absolutely ginormous bowls and cones of ice cream, so it was the perfect choice.

I just got the fleur de lis emoji yesterday afternoon, so I'm pretty sure he is back in New Orleans. Hope we get to see him next time he's in town.

Mark and I celebrated Valentine's Day as we do every year at Big Mama's. 
There is no indoor seating, and amazingly, even though it is the middle of February, it was quite pleasant eating outdoors last week. Mark always brings along our little candle so we can dine by candlelight.
 Total bill for two big cheeseburgers, fries and shared diet coke: $13.79.
 I love this tradition!
I bought some more bargello kits for the grandkids. Charlotte already finished hers. Isn't it the cutest?
The other day a survey showed up in my FB feed, sponsored by Adobe, claiming to tell you what kind of "creative" you are. This intrigued me, so I answered the simple questions. I'm printing the results here for future reference, as I print out my blog posts in book form at the end of the year, but don't feel like you need to read through the whole thing--I'll share highlights. It was remarkably accurate. Mark took it as well. He turned out to be an Adventurer--which described him with a great deal of accuracy as well.

Basically, I am a "maker." 
Creative Strength: Focus and dedication, ability to achieve mastery
Untapped Potential: Taking creative risks, finding joy and play in the process
Ideal Collaborator: The Visionary

"...The MAKER is almost always busy solving problems, making headway on personally meaningful goals, and completing projects...A quiet type, you enjoy collaboration but generally prefer to work alone so you can focus on your own creative process...your biggest challenge? to connect more deeply with your intuition and emotions in order to bring forth ever more authentic and original work." 

I was kind of surprised at how accurate it was. I DO prefer to work alone, and I'm often afraid to think "outside the box." Which is why improv quilting is so difficult for me! 

If you are interested in the test, you can find it at  If you take it for yourself, I'd love to know your results.

Levi was playing with my phone the other night. I didn't think too much about it--he frequently plays games on it. The next morning I heard the little "ping," signaling a message from Messenger. It said "thank you." I opened it up and this is what I saw.
Little stinker--he had written the message while he had my phone, and then thanked ME for writing it. 

I found these napkins while organizing the pantry.
Aaron is in Jamaica, doing a medical mission trip as an optometrist. He sent me this picture the other night--he took his knitting along. :) I love that he is carrying on the handwork tradition started by my grandparents, passed down to my father, to me, and of course the grandkids. It makes me wonder if my great grandparents were also creatives.
I'll close with this.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Really Random Thursday, 2/13/20

If you have been following Really Random for any length of time, you will quickly realize that I love spending time with my grandkids. The other day, I had Ruby and Amelia after school as well. We went to the local cupcake shop. While they were excited at the prospect of choosing their cupcakes, when it came right down to it, three of the four opted for ice cream. Ruby was the only one who chose a cupcake--Red Velvet--very good choice. And why not try for the unicorn look with your cones?
On Saturday night, I attended another craft night fundraiser, this time for Central Valley Justice Coalition. I made the same project as the first time, but chose a different design. Christa gave a little presentation on CVJC and the work they are doing. She is an amazing education coordinator and we are very proud of the work she does.
I sat at a table of five, and we had such a good time. Jane and her friend, Pamela, working on their project.
Rhonda and Shawna. Rhonda was a little stressed by this project, leading to her facial expression. We told her the goal was fun, not perfection. Not sure whether she believed us or not. :)

The kids were out of school on Monday so we started the morning by going to Fantasy Donuts. There are way too many choices. And if there is one thing that is hard for me to resist, it's a good donut.

Charlotte chose some kind of maple donut. I think it might have had cream filling.
Gabe chose a jelly-filled heart-shaped glazed.
Ella loves her chocolate and sprinkles.
Levi chose the same as Charlotte, and I had a classic maple bar.
That gave Levi enough energy to help Gramps with the roses. Our good friend is a master gardener and swears by a certain rose formula each year. It includes alfalfa pellets, epsom salts, fertilizer, and a couple of other things. Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you the recipe. We have had good luck with it; it feeds the roses and keeps the aphids away.
Meanwhile, Charlotte did some homework, and Gabe and Ella watched a movie. The progression of movie watching:

Start with a quilt and a pillow.
Add some stuffed animals.
Add another quilt. Tell Grandma to Alas, I can't help it--they are so cute. :)
Mark bought this bouquet of stock the other day. They are the most fragrant flowers we have ever had--you can smell them throughout the house. And they are SO pretty.
True enough.
But I won't be filling my glass with this--$29.99 a bottle!
Even though there is this...

Happy weekend!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Really Random Thursday, 2/6/20

Welcome to the new month.This will always be one of my favorites--my embroidered version of something designed by Gabe two years ago when I had thyroid surgery. I actually think it's a genius design, don't you?

I was able to see both Charlotte and Levi play basketball this week. I saw Charlotte score her first basket of the season.
Levi is to the far right, in the green, with the ball.
It warmed up enough to spend a little time outdoors. Ella is definitely an outdoor person. Me, on the other hand, really wanted to buy a t-shirt from Target that said "indoorsy." Haha.

Anyway, we thought it might be a good idea for the Gabe and Ella to have their own scooters at our house. And of course, helmets. Ella requested a unicorn. We found a helmet for Gabe that came with markers--just perfect for the artist that he is.

Christa was out of town for a couple of days. Aaron and the kids were going to a local nursery that has food trucks every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He invited me to go along. Levi had a sandwich called "pig and mac," HUGE--pulled pork with mac and cheese. This is only half of it. And yes, he ate the whole thing.

Mark and I went to Carmel, one of our favorite spots on the coast of California. For the past several years, we have always gone on Super Bowl weekend. Our favorite hotel runs a special--three nights for the price of two.
Beautiful calla lilies in a planter box outside the office.
And on Super Bowl weekend, the town is deserted, the calm before the rush of the AT&T golf tournament at Pebble Beach this weekend.

However, this weekend it was cold and very windy--30 to 40 mph, so we didn't walk around the charming town as much as we usually do.Finally, on Tuesday morning before we had to leave, it was much nicer and we had a lovely morning in town.

Fun facts about Carmel:

There are no street addresses, so most of the houses have names. It is considered bad luck to change the name on a house.

Also, local law bans wearing shoes with heels more than 2 inches in height or with a base of less than 1 square inch, unless the wearer has a permit! The town was trying to avoid lawsuits resulting from all the irregular pavement.
 And just in case you need a permit, they are available without charge at city hall.

The benefit of the high winds was catching some spectacular waves. No matter how hard I try, it is really impossible to catch a good picture of waves.  And just when I give up, the next wave is astronomical...

Seen in a shop window in Pacific Grove. :)
We had dinner Monday night at one of our favorite restaurants in Monterey, the Chart House. We were there early and had a lovely window seat, looking out across the bay. This was right below our window.
I had to buy this card. Because...#truth.
Hope your weekend is a good one.