Thursday, May 14, 2015

Really Random Thursday, 5/14/15

Have you had a nice week? I have been getting a lot of sewing accomplished, and continuing to work on my Pattern Play quilt blocks.

Sometimes I follow the colors on the card as closely as possible.
And sometimes I choose completely different fabrics.
There will need to be some breathing room between the blocks so I'm planning on 1" black sashing strips. I think they will all end up playing together quite nicely.

Mother's Day weekend was really fun. If any of you have ever watched The Sing-Off, a reality show competition between a capella singing groups, awhile back a group from Minnesota called Home Free won the competition (and I highly recommend listening to them). Back in December we saw that they were coming to Fresno. At the time, we didn't realize it would be Mother's Day weekend, but it was the perfect thing to do on a Saturday night. The Tower Theater is a landmark in Fresno, completed in 1940, designed in the Streamline Moderne style (and yes, I did have to look that one up). As far as the group, we have probably never heard a bass who can sing sooooo low. Sometimes his voice literally rumbles. And the "percussionist" makes his voice sound like there is a full set of drums, yet it is just him and his microphone. Amazing. We are big fans.
This was on the counter when I walked into the kitchen Sunday morning, a bouquet of "china doll" roses and fresh coffee in a mug (from the college where we met).

Sunday night we were are Aaron and Christa's for s'mores. While we waited for the coals in the firepit to get just right, we played charades. Believe it or not, I have never played charades! Then we had gourmet s'mores: homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers.
Our granddaughter, Charlotte (third grade), and I are challenging ourselves to get moving. She made a chart for each of us. Our goal is to each walk (she plans on running) one mile, a minimum of three days during the week, and two miles on either Saturday or Sunday, for a month. If we reach our goal, we will go shopping for some really cute workout clothes.

The other day, Levi first grade), gave me this little fill-in-the-blanks questionnaire, "All about my Grandma."
 In case it is hard to read since it is written in pencil, here you go:

My grandma's name is Cindy.
She is __ years old. (Sheesh--you didn't really think I was putting my age in red, did you? You will have to read the pencil in the actual questionnaire.  And how did that 7-year-old even remember my actual age??)
Grandma and I like to quilt.
Grandma likes to say "I love to quilt."
My grandma really loves to quilt.
She likes to eat carrots.
She likes to drink water.
My grandma's job is to quilt.
If she had time, she would like to quilt.
Grandma's really good at quilting.
 If I could go anywhere in the world with her, we'd go to China.
I love my Grandma because she quilts for me.

I kind of sound like a one-trick pony, right? But, seriously, how well does he know me?! I probably love the answer to the last question the best. And I was curious about how he chose China, but then I remembered that for his birthday, Mark and I gave him a year-long subscription to Little Passports, (world edition, geared to ages 6-10), something I highly recommend--and each month in the mail he gets activities and information about a different country.

Proof that Levi knows what he is talking about. Quilty shoes.

Can't leave out the other two grandchildren:
school carnival
Her brother's baseball bat
 I would like to make this end table.
And Amazon now wants to make recommendations based on whether you are an introvert or extrovert? Do you notice that there are either more introverts shopping at Amazon, or simply more introverts willing to answer the question...
Finally, it is good to know that our Honda Pilot should be around for quite a few more years, based on this survey of models reaching 200,000 miles or more the most often. Our Honda is seven years old and just turned over to 50,000 miles. While tells you that I don't get out much. Or maybe I'm just spending too much time shopping on Amazon....
If you have seen Jen Kingwell's new pattern, My Small World, in the Special Spring 2015 edition of Quiltmania magazine...
...I'm part of a team hosting a quilt-along. There will be lots of support, advice, tips and inspiration. We hope you will consider joining along. It will be a fun summer project. So come back on Monday for more information.

How has your week been?


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Celtic Thistle said... #

How have you managed to avoid playing charades for so long Cindy??

Your grandchildren seem to have you sussed :)

Terri said... #

Did you do your walking today? How sweet of your granddaughter to make you a chart. Wish one of mine would. And the assignment for your 1st grade grandson is darling. I guess you like to quilt, and you are good at it, too. lol (I'd guess all my grands would say the same thing, and they are teens!)
And the special S'mores.... life is good.

Nicole said... #

Tell me more about those shoes.....

Rene' said... #

Fun randomness with the family! I love that you and Charlotte have a walking goal together and that Levi knows you so well. Can I say I am not a big marshmallow fan but those s'mores look yummy!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Levi knows you well . . . quilt, quilt, quilt. Gourmet s'mores sounds delicious. We haven't had a fire in our pit for a long time. Too dry except for just lately when it's been too wet.