Tuesday, September 27, 2016

#15 Iowa State Quilt Square

Hi Dear Folk,

On to Iowa #15 State Quilt Square.

I have not traveled in the Mid West States with the exception of a short work trip to Waterloo, Iowa where I did some software training many years ago.  I flew from Philadelphia to Chicago and because Chicago is a big, busy airport hub city I almost missed my little puddle jumper of a plane to Waterloo.

It was in the middle of winter February I think and very cold with long nights.  I did enjoy looking at the patchwork of fields as we flew over and that aerial view certainly does look like a quilt, with little farmhouses set on corners with trees around to break the wind.

I read somewhere that the Prairies of the USA would be equivalent to the Steps in Russia, with a very similar weather pattern of extremes.

I remember eating lunch in what must have been an old Woolworth's store or something like that, with the tin ceiling and old wood floor.  We had a hearty taco style soup and it was so good.

A tragic happening to Waterloo, Iowa that has always stuck in my mind is the Sullivan brothers. It happened during WWII, in the Pacific, all five Sullivan brothers were in the Navy and all drowned when their ship sunk.  It seems that more would have survived if there had not been some kind of misunderstanding about the ship even being missing, lots of the sailors were eaten by sharks as they waited for help, which only came by chance.  After that terrible loss to one family it became policy not to have all the members of a family serving together.  There have been several documentaries about this and even a movie The Fighting Sullivans.


Friday, September 23, 2016

#13 Illinois State Quilt Square

Hi Dear Folk,

Time flies by and I had to read in other blogs that we are now officially in the Autumn Equinox.  I need to pay more attention, but life seems to speed by like looking out the window of a train.  We are still experiencing hot days, clear blue skies that are beautiful and the sunsets have been spectacular, unfortunately I only get to see them behind the roof tops of my street, but still the glow is there.

My allergies are still diabolical.

I picked up at the library a couple of weeks ago, a ten CD book on disc for $0.50 and it is a great story, an autobiography read by the author,   The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper.  This is a book you have to listen to because of all the dialects.

It's about her life and childhood growing up in Liberia, fleeing and living in the USA.  I will not go into detail, as I hope to review it, but if you know anything about Liberia it has a very checkered history.  What I think they should teach in American Schools is that Liberia was founded by free black American slaves.  Of course there were tribes already living there and hence forth the seeds of strive were set.  I asked The Boy if he had ever learned about Liberia at school, but he said no.

One of the sayings which is Liberian "I hold your foot" which means "I beg of you" but you can't say it with an English accent, in Liberian it's sounds all rolled into one word.  I'm working on perfecting saying that, I've tried it out on Mr. B. and The Boy.

I have to share with you my super great find at my local thrift on Wednesday. A pair of brand new, Ralph Lauren Polo black leather lace up boots with light Australian sheer-ling trim, cost $25.00 less 25% senior discount and $10.00 gift card that Mr. B. received on their new opening day.  Total cost $8.50 the deal of the season.

Changing the subject here is #13 Illinois State Quilt Square.

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Crochet Fence Idea - Inspired by Anne Eunson, Hamnavoe

Hi Dear Folk,

It seems I have 19 draft post that I have never published, this was one of them.

I have a crazy idea, but really not such a crazy idea, to crochet a fence, yes a fence.

This is not so crazy as you think because Anne Eunson has already knitted a fence in a Shetland Lace pattern design.  See here on Kate Davies website now isn't that a super idea?

I'm not a great knitter though, but I do like crochet and I think it would actually be easier in crochet as you would not need to keep all those stitches on giant needles, you would just need one very large crochet hook and chain as many stitches as you would need in length for the project.

I have just the place I know that I want to put this, thus once I have measured it I will know how long the chain should be.  Now to think of the stitch that I want to crochet and were to find the twine to use.

My mind is racing to combine love of crochet with love of gardening, that's a winner.


P.S.  I did start on this but it was so expensive that unless I got a super good deal on the string it was too much cost, I love the idea there though and it's still bubbling.  Any suggestions on a super good deal for string?

#12 Idaho State Quilt Square

Hi Dear Folk,

Moving ever onward with the postings of the State Squares.  #12 Idaho.

If you would like a PDF just let me know at email LilBitBrit_007@msn.com


P.S.  I am a bit slow.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tomato Pie Cafe, Lititz, PA

Hi Dear Folk,

Our Saturday had a lot of plan changes, originally we were going to an Oktoberfest, but I thought this was a fair, but it turned out to be more of a do at a private club, so we axed that and decided we would still go up to Lancaster visit a stereo store for the boys and then onto Lititz.

We got out about ten as we had arranged, but the boy had to drop something off at UPS, then Mr. B. said let's stop in the new thrift, yes we have another new large big thrift shop, called Savers.  This one allows you to return items within five days, brilliant, because I see clothes for the boys but do not get them as I'm afraid they won't fit or are not to their taste.  Rob came out with the shirt he's wearing below.

On the road, an hour later and we are almost at Lancaster when Rob realizes the stereo shop is closed on Saturday, only open on weekdays, how can a store stay in business like that?  So we just went straight on to Lititz for lunch.  By the time we arrive everyone is ready to eat at the Tomato Pie Cafe.  Mr. B. and I had breakfast, Rob had lunch.

The boys decided to eat outside, my choice was inside but I went with the flow and actually was glad on the decision, the temps have gone down and was just very pleasant outside.

Mr. B.s breakfast, French toasts and bacon, he always orders bacon on the side.

I had the their famous tomato pie with a grits parmesan cake, Rob had tomato pie with a savory scone.  If you are not familiar with grits, it is corn/maize ground into a meal and then boiled, you associate it very much with the South.  There is not a strong taste to grits, with a layer of parmesan cheese it was very good.  The tomato pie has a pastry shell and lots of herbs, and tomatoes of course, topped with cheese very tasty.  I had been here before with friends, but it was a first time visit for the boys.

At the end of the savory part of our lunch we had a little discussion of the cutlery.  In America you just leave your knife and fork any old way on the plate, the only way you know a person is finished is if there is no food on the plate. If food is left on the plate but you are sitting back obviously finished, the waiter will ask are you finished, a question never needed to be asked of a Brit as your fork, prongs down, neatly sits on the left beside your knife on the right, cutting edge turned in, right in front of you.  It always seems a neat way to confirm that you are finished eating.

Candid shots taken by my son.

Rob had apple dumpling and ice-cream, I had zucchini and blueberry cake with an Americano coffee, which is regular coffee with two shots of espresso added and I can say it was very good and I would get that coffee again, cake was delicious and a good way to use zucchini which we have an over abundance of at this time of year.

The Tomato Pie Cafe is on the corner behind the boys.  What could be the subject of discussion, either related to sound, photography or cars, with many variables thrown in, but that gives you the gist.

Standing in front of the cafe.

I do like their logo, the fork coming out of the pie into a tomato plant.

Will post more about our day out.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

#11 Hawaii State Quilt Square

Hi Dear Folk,

#11 State Quilt Square Hawaii.

If you remember I did make this Hawaiian quilt square up.  It's a little tricky with all those points, but then I am a totally novice quilter and more experienced folk I'm sure would know how to tackle the job and find it much easier.

All these patterns come out of this book.  It was released in 1976 for the bi-centennial celebrations, so forty years ago, my how time flies.  If you would like the complete set in a book you could probably find a copy on eBay or Amazon and other internet sources.

Have a great weekend.


Friday, September 16, 2016

My Time on Interstate 95 USA, Traffic Jam

Hi Dear Folk,

Yesterday we drove down to Dover, Delaware, to visit a client.  It is just under a two hour drive with good traffic conditions, an hour at the client and the drive back.  Yes the drive back, all was going well until we hit I 95

Interstate 95 runs along the Eastern seaboard of the USA, from New England to Florida, mostly paralleling the Atlantic Ocean and old Hwy 1, as you can understand obviously it is a major highway.

Getting back into Pennsylvania we hit signs for road construction ahead.  Road construction was two trucks filling in potholes with asphalt, blocking two lanes, in the middle of the day, we were all being funneled into one lane.  Can you imagine the backup that causes?  I guess my question is this, why can't that be scheduled at night.  Dear Mr. B. for ever seeing the other mans viewpoint said "well they're saving your tax dollars because they'd have to pay them overtime if they worked at night."  What about all the down time of all those people sitting on I 95 does that count for nothing?  When we did actually reach the trucks and pass them, at about 1:30 PM, not a person was to be seen.

Rain, we so need some rain, it could rain for seven days and it might just rejuvenate things, slow and gentle.  I don't think it has rained for a month.  Although the storm over the holiday weekend came up the coast, it never dropped a bit of rain as it headed out to sea.  My water bill was to say the least rather high.

Well it's Friday and tomorrow we hope to visit Lititz, the other side of Lancaster in the Amish Country area, and have lunch at the Tomato Pie Restaurant.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

911 15 Years of Healing

Hi Dear Folk,

15 Years of Healing

NYC Health + Hospitals World Trade Environmental Health Center (WTCEHC) wanted to acknowledge the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 by showcasing patient drawings from their Art Therapy Program. The program has been a source of support and renewal for the quality of life of its physically or mentally-affected patients, many of whom worked or lived downtown on or after 9/11. Works that previously conveyed anxiety and depression are now uplifting, color-rich, visual celebrations of recovery and resilience. 
My company designed a calendar, note cards and posters, using these patient drawings as key elements.  The posters replicated from the calendar pages will be on display at three 9/11 events for public viewing. 

The previous offices 90 West, where we were located in Lower Manhattan, were totally destroyed.  I believe only one person lost their life in that building.  It was an old Gothic copper roofed building that had just finished a multi million dollar renovation. For several months many worked from home and out of our warehouse in Brooklyn, until we found new premises in Mid Town Manhatten, not too far from the Empire State Building.


Monday, September 12, 2016

#9 Florida State Quilt Square

Hi Dear Folk,

In 1907 the Fancywork Department of a popular farm magazine, Hearth and Home, inaugurated a series of state quilt block patterns.  Readers throughout the country were asked to contribute pieced cloth blocks to represent their respective states.  The block could be an original design or simply the sender's favourite.  The readers responded to this request and pictures of the selected block appeared in monthly issues until the series ended in 1912.

After the 48-state quilt block series was completed, Hearth and Home began another series called "Outlying Possessions"  this series included blocks from such territories as Alaska and Hawaii.

#9 Florida

See my label American State Quilt Squares for the previous 8 patterns.

I know better late than never.


Woodrow Wilson Speech to Congress 1917

Hi Dear Folk,

S - Simple
M - Measure
O - Of
G - Gobbledygook

Part of Woodrow Willson's speech to Congress in 1917 to get America into WWI

"With a profound sense of the solemn and even tragical character of the step I am taking and of the grave responsibilities which it involves, but in unhesitating obedience to what I deem my constitutional duty, I advise that the congress declare the recent course of the Imperial German Government to be in fact nothing less than war against the government and people of the United State:  that it formally accept the status of belligerent which has thus been thrust upon it, and that it take immediate steps not only to put the country in a more thorough state of defense but also to exert all its power and employ all its resources to bring the Government of the German Empire to terms and end the war."

This speech has a SMOG index of 23 and an overall readability index of 55, in other words extremely hard to understand.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Wander With Me Weekend

Hi Dear Folk,

Would you like to take a little wander with me around the my house?  I don't feel like battling the heat outside and know if I do, I'll just look at all the work that needs to be done in the garden and cry. Leaves everywhere acorns underfoot and those bad, bad squirrels.  I am ready for a convict transportation of them to the park, they really are the limit, have totally decimated several of my pot plants, including my Tahitian Wedding Veil.

On a brighter note a lovely bouquet.

The Hunter fan that I referred to in my previous post.

Last week Mr. B. and I headed out to what we thought was a Polish Festival at a near by town, but it landed up being at a shrine, so we decided to give that a miss and went thrifting instead.  These rather Scandinavian set of candlesticks is what we came back with.  They would look perfect on a really sixties looking table, but I've still fitted them into my very eclectic house.

At the Indian Festival we went to a couple of weeks ago, I rather fell in love with their beadwork, and have in mind to give it a go, I thought this book would fit in well with that, because instead of cross stitches you use beads.  I'm afraid cross stitch has never been my thing not enough free form.

Do you have a pile of books like this?

My dear cousin Esther gave me the above set of plates when I was visiting earlier this year, aren't they lovely?

I found this set in a UK charity shop the plate below was on top of the pile and caught my attention with the poppies.

The field swallow.

The woodland woodpecker.

The farmland chaffinch

The garden blue tit.

The heathland yellowhammer.

I'm missing one plate from the set the Kingfisher.

My grandma used to collect them and had quite a few, I think that used to be the done thing, and that's probably why they turn up in charity shops now.  But the above set caught my attention and I don't know why you couldn't just use them for tea.

Reading from the library for the weekend, a biography of the authors' great uncle.

I have three of these tables in the garden, they are really garden tables from the forties.  The three in the garden range from very, very bad condition, bad condition and fair condition, but this one I found at a thrift in Ithaca, is in quite good condition and it is just right beside the sofa to put a cup of tea on.

While trying to water the garden I accidentally broke this off my butterfly bush so decided to enjoy it inside.

Thats my little weekend wander.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rob's Ithaca Graduation Photos

Hi Dear Folk,

It only took four months to get Rob's  graduation photos transferred from his computer to mine.  Rob took all these photos on his camera with a tripod.  This is the first time I have seen them.  Will make some prints from these to frame.

I think they came out nice.

The temperature is 95 f today and high humidity and the house is so hot.  I went down to the basement and pulled out our old 1940s Hunter fan, when you start it up it sounds like an airplane taking off.  Now that is in the sitting room sending out quite a breeze.

I don't feel so bad about venturing down into the basement as we had a bit of a clean up last Monday over the holidays.  It wasn't the way I wanted to spend my day, but it did feel good at the end to get it much more straightened out.  It had been, but when Rob came back home we just dumped a lot of his stuff down there, and then he needed to set his desk up for video and camera work that he does, so the nitch that I had carved out was taken over.

We need some rain, that tropical storm that came up the coast last weekend didn't drop a bit of rain on us, and I think tonight I will have to attach the sprinkler on, as everything is so dry in the garden.

Hope your weekend is great and cooler than ours.


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