Thursday, January 26, 2012

Really Random, 1/26/12

How is that I just found Goodreads? It will be simple to keep track of all the books I'm planning to read this year.

It's good when random things find me, instead of the other way around. This truck was parked in front of the office building where I pick up my medical transcription. Coffee on wheels. This is the first cafe2u franchise in the United States. Right here in Fresno! The new owner saw it when he was in Australia (hi, Bob...). And it's very social media oriented. Call, email, tweet--Bob does it all. You can preorder and Bob will start making your order "straight away"--isn't that an Australian phrase? Love it. And he has pastries too.
My usual order at Starbucks is simple and boring: tall coffee, no room. Unless I'm there with my daughter-in-law. She always orders something yummy. In which case I say the classic line from my favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally, (but without all the suggestive moaning in the background): "I'll have what she's having..."

But I went out on a limb and ordered a latte today. It was fun watching the milk frothing there in the back of the van, in Bob's state-of-the-art coffee machine. It's the first cafe2u in the United States. Did I already mention that? If you are here in Fresno, twitter @cafe2uclovis and add them for a FREE coffee.
I already have my loyalty card. Eight more to go and I get a free coffee!

My stash of crochet yarn. Just waiting for a refresher crochet course from my friend, Deborah.
Deborah made me this fabulous pillowcase.See the crocheted edging? It's almost too cute to put on my pillow.

We had dinner with these three little ones last night. Well, we had enchiladas. They have not yet expanded their menu options beyond milk.

The one on the left is Gabriel, our newest grandson, three months. He was 9 lbs 11 oz at birth. The middle one is Charlie. Would you believe he is only seven months? I think he was 11 lbs 6 oz at birth. And the cutie on the right is the newest (more details on her later): Ruby, five days old, 6 lbs and 10 ounces. (NOTE: Gabriel belongs to our son and daughter-in-law Christa, Charlie is the second son of good friends, John and Katie, and Ruby is the first child for Jason, whom we consider another son, and his wife, Jill. And Charlie and Ruby are first cousins. Got all that?)

I ordered some hard-to-find kerchief girl fabric from Ayumi. It arrived yesterday. From Japan! And I just placed the order on January 15! It takes twice that long to get things from Canada. Go figure.
Now my collection is complete:

Have you ever heard of Drinkify? Thanks to Jessica of How About Orange, who keeps up on all kinds of valuable and necessary information, you can make sure the adult beverage you are drinking and the music you are listening to are compatible: Lady Gaga. James Taylor. Rachmaninoff (my all-time favorite classical composer). Carrie Underwood. Linkin Park (I added that one for you, Terri...). Looks like they have everything covered--Rachmaninoff was the test, but they delivered.

Have you ever ordered fabric from Cherrywood? Hand dyed. Beautiful. It has kind of a suede-like finish. When I was at the Road2California quilt show last weekend (more on that later too), we spent some time in the Cherrywood booth. The owner comes from Minnesota and we have known her for quite a few years--she is good friends with Mark's cousins. I had a plan formulated for a new quilt, but needed an eight-step gradation, in four different colors. Cherrywood had exactly what I needed. I can hardly wait to get started.

I'm a bit of a thread geek--the whole process is kind of fascinating to me. And the colors. *sigh* Wouldn't you love to try some of this thread? You should stay tuned. Your wish could come true.

Most people read blogs 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. I read that little tidbit here. At 9 p.m.

Hmmm. I bet you just glanced at the clock.

And finally...

(photo from here)


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Elizabeth Dackson said... #

Your random posts never fail to crack me up!! Love that last photo, that's a fun one. Your grandkids look just adorable, and I'm totally wishing we had a Cafe2U here in Tampa, that would be awesome! I used to use Goodreads, and then completely lost track of it, I should get back to it - I got great book recommendations there! Thanks for the reminder :)

Frances said... #

The coffee cart man - love it! Makes me miss Australia today ... on Australia Day.

Mary said... #

Fantastic post! I showed my daughter the Drinkify {she is 23 and legal} she loved it! We had fun trying different artists :)

verykerryberry said... #

Your random posts are funny! Straight away is used in UK. Your grandchildren altogether look very cute! They will be fun when they are all at the running around stage- off everywhere!

Mama Pea said... #

I love your random posts. They are great. I really want to learn to crochet just to be able to do the edges on pillowcases and the like. Some day I'll get around to it!

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Love your random posts! Gorgeous baby photos and I love all your new fabric (and thread!)

Rene' said... #

Terri turned me on to Goodreads at our first retreat, but I usually forget to update my profile. Need to sign on since I just finished a new book....if I can remember my login info. I just found a local quilt shop here that carries Cherrywood! Can't wait to see what you do with yours. Happy Thursday!

Grandma G said... #

Well... so much for not buying any new fabric. Heheh.

And yeah, your grandkids are all so cute together! ;)

Linda said... #

What a great idea - coffee on wheels!
Your grandchldren are precious!

The Luedtke Family said... #

How do you ever keep up with all the projects you have going on or are planning or are purchasing for? How ever do you keep track?

I used to be a one project at a time gal. Now that I have several going on (mega cabled scarves, crochet tea set, reversible dress, Cub Scout patches to sew, a woven knit ball, and a crochet shrug all in the works), I sometime get a crafty frenzy feeling.

Needled Mom said... #

What cuties you had to help enjoy your meal!!!! I've got a new little boy for that little girl!!!!

Loved all of the colorful threads and fabrics. I can't wait to read about your Road trip.

FlourishingPalms said... #

Goodreads is new to me too. Guess you're not alone in being in the dark. And lucky you to have a Cafe2U on wheels. Never heard of such a thing, but it sounds marvelous. Not sure an owner would have much business here in Iowa when it's 10 degrees, or less. Maybe it's a concept best kept in California. Oh, don't I know how you're feeling with those three grandies so close in age. But lucky you to have a GIRL! Congratulations. I have some Cherrywood in my stash. Thanks for the reminder, and for you fun post.

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

I love your randoms!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said... #

Totally distracted by those cute grand babies!! All three of them! And Ruby. Oh, what a beautiful name for a beautiful baby!!

CitricSugar said... #

Love it all! We Canadians say straight away, too, but being that it's Australia Day, they can claim it today. :-)

My nephew was HUGE at 7mos. HUGE. He's stretched out a bit but he's still off the charts at a year...

Carla said... #

Your Thursday posts are why I get up in the morning, least on Thursday anyway. It's 2:44, btw. I just wish that I knew what instagram was. ;)

Katy Cameron said... #

Heh, have fun chasing yer man round town for coffee, and love your fabric collections

Katie said... #

Love the pictures of the kiddos! If I got a good picture last night, I'll send it your way :)

Terriaw said... #

I love Goodreads! It's my way of keeping track of what I read over the years. I also use it as a list of books to read. My sister and I often share ideas through Goodreads.

That mobile coffee business looks fun! Wish I lived in a city like that.

Whew, that's a lot of babies on one quilt! Hope you're getting enough time to spend with them these days.

felicity said... #

Mmmmm...coffeeeeeee. Thanks for reminding me how much i hate Canada Post! Always nice to refresh the rage.

Jane said... #

Your grandchildren are gorgeous. I love love love thread too, I sometimes pull my thread drawers out and just look at the colours and sigh with pleasure. I make quilts just so I can use my threads :). I also love goodreads, am on there often and it is great for finding new books to read.