Sunday Sevens – Week 84

Hello and welcome to Sunday Sevens on MonTuesday.

sunday-sevens-new-logoSunday Sevens, devised by the lovely Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins, is a great way to share your week (or a couple of weeks…) by posting photos that don’t necessarily call for a whole post of their own. Check it out to see how you can join in.

Spring is springing!

IMG_6760In spite of some still chilly evenings, I do believe spring is finally here! Tender beginnings on the first front yard tree to bloom.


This is the one I’ve been waiting for so anxiously. You may remember its scary dormant state, a far cry from this brilliant green becoming fuller each day.

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And what in the world are these things? They look like some sort of alien landscape, and will be about 2 feet high in a few days. Not a fan.

Walking around the neighborhood


Clearest, bluest skies imaginable!


Does anyone recognize these? Mom picked one up, waved it at me, and chanted “Obbly obbly onker….my first conker!” Had I reacted properly, we’d have had a little conker (sword) fight on the curb.


Our City likes to jazz up the mundane. Here is a traffic signal all decked out.

Are you talking to me?


Unless it’s a call to dinner, Ms Freida prefers to be uninterrupted.

Lake Ontario shoreside


We took mom for a ride/walk out in the sunshine. This old place has been around since over 70 years, and hubby went there as a kid for “hots”, which is the local way of saying hot dogs. We sat outdoors at old picnic table and enjoyed a hot, for old time’s sake.

Ready for 5K


Nazareth College hosted a 5k run/walk for charity. We were walking for Gigi’s Playhouse, which is a soon-to-be-built facility for people with Down Syndrome. A worthy cause, a lot of fleet-footed runners and not-so-fleet-footed walkers, a gorgeous campus, and a glorious day!

New digs


Believe it or not, my new (temporary) sewing room is seeing some action! My machine was relocated from the dining table to a corner of the laundry room upstairs. It sits on one utility table, and two raised utility tables are cinched together for a cutting/folding table. Happy stitching to me.

Getting out the vote


Our polling place for the presidential primary is at a neighborhood elementary school. Since school was in session, there was an official door-opener, and she didn’t appreciate me taking a photo, so this was hastily snapped.


That’s all for today, gang. Hope your week is most marvelous!







Photo Challenge – Friends

IMG_5360The photo challenge topic of the week is FRIENDS.

We have two cats. They love each other – they hate each other. We had Frieda first and later obtained Jasmine for her because we thought she was lonely. Frieda was not impressed.

The pecking order is firmly established: Frieda rules the roost, and Jasmine often hides in the outskirts. They squabble over laps, stalk each other, Frieda attacks; but they eat together, lie in sunny spots together, and when it’s cold, they sleep together in a big furry clump.

In this picture from last fall, they share the window sill (as they often do), facing away from one another, but touching bottoms. So, although I can’t be certain, it seems this love-hate relationship equals a friendship of their own feline fashion.

Thanks to the lovely creators of this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

Sunday Sevens – Week 74

It’s Sunday again! That means it’s time for Natalie’s Sunday Sevens. Check out the Sevens on her blog, Threads and Bobbins. Maybe you’ll want to join in!

A bit of sport


Today in America, it also means Super Sunday. As in Super Bowl Sunday. Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos. Carolina has a powerful team, led by young quarterback, Cam Newton. Newton is extremely talented, fun to watch and has a great future ahead of him. Denver is championship team; previous Super Bowl winners. Their very popular quarterback, Peyton Manning, a man of undeniable skill, is retiring after enjoying a stellar career. Can you guess who I’m pulling for? Let’s see the old man go out with a bang. Go Broncos!

A bit of freshness


Bundled up in coats, boots, gloves and hats, hubby and I ventured out into the cold (and a random snowflake or two) to visit the Rochester Public Market. This is a massive open farmer’s market, with a small mall and an enclosed corridor with meats, some prepared foods, and more veggies.

Ice Cream for Breakfast?


First stop was Boulder Coffee, celebrating Ice Cream for Breakfast Day….they offered free sample sized scoops of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of balsamic syrup. From the myriad of flavors, we had to try the chocolate. Yummy!

Must have cheese


Next we popped in at VM Giordano Imports European Cheese Shop. Oh yes, we selected three chunks to take home. Three! We do love our cheese around here. And we found, in another (unphotographed) shop, some 5-year-old cheddar. We bought some of that, too, and have already broken into it. Happy cheesy people.



Here is part of the haul. I see some roasted veggies in our immediate future!

A bit of culture

IMG_6051IMG_6050We enjoyed the performance of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Hubby’s “symphony” face. Isn’t he sophisticated? (shhh, he is unaware this picture has been published for all the world to see.) Need to hone my selfie skills.

The obligatory cat


Miss Frieda found a new box. Contrary to appearances, she was happy in there, and clearly didn’t appreciate having her reverie interrupted for a photograph.

Hope your next seven days are fabulous, and we’ll see you back here next Sunday!

Sunday Sevens – Week 71

Hi all, we’ve arrived again at a new edition of Sunday Sevens, started by the lovely Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins. Why not take a peek at her blog and check out the “rules” for the Sevens….you might want to join us. It’s fun and easy – no pressure!



Construction Progress

Since construction is the main thing going on around our household, this post will contain too many bathroom photos. The little under-the-stairs bathroom will be completed in less than two weeks, so you’ll soon see the finished room….and then we’re done!

IMG_5824Shower stall and toilet areas are framed. The shower is dark here because it is coated in dark red water proofing. The little brick patch is the back of to-be built-in shelves, honoring the old house by exposing the decommissioned kitchen chimney.

IMG_5827Old, tiny closet to remain undisturbed (except for the floor and some paint).

IMG_5818This newly uncovered corner (space stolen from a teeny tiny shelf closet in the bedroom) is where the corner sink will go. Tile work begins tomorrow, then painting, and then the fixtures can go in.

IMG_5829Once it’s completed, we will need only to ready the bedroom. Piece of cake, don’t you agree?

IMG_5814While our little crew works (3, 2, or 1 depending on the day), I hide out upstairs with a book – sometimes reading, sometimes watching Cat TV with Frieda.

Motto of the week


This is a card I’ve just sent out. Inside says:
Here’s to making history on your birthday!

And here’s to history-making sewing/crafting for all of you! Have a great week!

Sunday Sevens – Week 70

Hi all, we’ve arrived again at a new edition of Sunday Sevens, started by the lovely Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins. Why not take a peek at her blog and check out the “rules” for the Sevens….you might want to join us. It’s fun and easy – no pressure!




As you can imagine, my week consisted mostly of the fun and games that come along with any construction project. See how the tiny bathroom is coming along. It’s still a shambles, but demo is complete, shower is framed, and even bigger changes will happen next week. The week draws to a close….



One of my goals is to do more reading and I’ve added this title to my shelf (temporarily in this case, as it is on loan from the library). I’m excited to get started on this one, The Pink Suit, by Nicole Mary Kelby. But it will have to wait just a bit, as I  am still enjoying Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

More Books + Cooking


Have a couple of newish cookbooks that I’ve barely used. The next recipe I’m planning to use, hopefully this week, is Cauliflower Orecchiette with Red Pepper, Basil, and Parmesan, from Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist. Next up, something from America’s Test Kitchen’s The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook – it has a great variety of yummy dishes to try.



My own kitties were most uncooperative on “photo day”, so I’m substituting this cool metal sign. I’m certainly not advocating smoking, but I do love this sign.



A separate post is coming which will spell it out, but I have completed a muslin (yes!) for my first make of 2016, and first garment for the SWAP. Changes are afoot. There are positives and negatives. Watch this space.

Bagels, how I love them


New Yorkers swear their bagels are the absolute best. It’s a bagel, says this California girl, what’s the big deal? But they are better, so much better. My local Balsam Bagels is the best of the best. And therein lies a problem. During my recent 2-month stay in California, I had one bagel each month. After returning home, I’ve had one bagel each day. This is undoubtedly contributing to the problems with my muslin. (oh, could that have been a clue?)

Till next time, stitch on everyone!

Sunday Sevens – Week 64

Hi all, welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday Sevens, started by Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins. This weekly post is devoted to those bits and bobs of everyday life that may not merit their own posts. Stop on in to her site to read more about it, and think about joining us; it’s fun and anyone can play!



What’s Going On

The short description of my last couple of weeks: my mom was hospitalized with a broken hip, so I flew back to Sacramento to help out. She was released from hospital to rehabilitation facility, and then finally back home. Sis and I share caretaking duties. Working on alternative arrangements.



Autumn on the “left coast”

I get to experience my second fall season of the year – on the West Coast. It’s a whole different kind of wonderful.

Missing my kitties


California cat

Miss Molly gives me my cat fix. She found the choicest bit of warm sunlight streaming in through a bedroom window.

What? I can’t hear you!


Poor little weenie….

So who might be responsible for the sad state of this little guy?


Sweet, funny fellow

Certainly it couldn’t be this sweet boy……or could it?



Picked up mom from rehab for Thanksgiving dinner. Not a traditional big family meal this time, it was just the three of us. Mom, sister, me. No, lovely dog did not join us, he had his own holiday meal outside. One pooped mama went back to rehab after dinner.

Finally Home


Orchids upon arrival

At last mom is home. Picked her up early and after a day of rest, we will begin the therapist-recommended exercise regimen at home.

By request



Ok ladies, here is the full pic of the skirt. This is certainly a rough-and-tumble sweater and not the pretty blouse it needs, and I was sans shoes – so short of photoshopping in some footwear, this is it! Eeeek!

Hope your upcoming week is just marvelous.

Stitch on, everyone!

Sunday Sevens – Week 60

Hello lovelies! Today’s Sunday Sevens offers a few glimpses of my last two weeks. Why not pop on in to Natalie’s site, Threads and Bobbins, to see what Sunday Sevens is all about; it’s fun and anyone can join in.


Just a Nature Study

Glorious autumn is still evident with foliage in transition. A
“girls’ day out” was in order for Mom’s last week here; the two of us visited Letchworth State Park where we had reservations at the Glen Iris Inn for a lovely light lunch. The location is idyllic, steps away from the falls in this gorge.

Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

A Tiny Bit of Shopping

After lunch, we stopped into the inn’s tiny gift shop. Mom officially started her Christmas shopping with this adorable little purse for teenage girl who is “nearly” family.

Sweet little blue leather purse

Sweet little blue leather purse

And Church Bells Ring

We wanted to show Mom Christ Church, an Episcopal church downtown, before she went home. It’s old, beautiful, historic, and has the most enormous, incredible pipe organ I could ever imagine. This picture doesn’t begin to do it justice.

The pipes

The pipes

All Along the Lakeside

We made a tour of the local shoreline, driving through neighborhoods both exclusive and humble, an amusement park, apple orchards. This is a tiny part of the Lake Ontario shoreline. (Lake Ontario is the smallest in surface area and second smallest in volume of the Great Lakes)


Apples and Vino

Back in California now, wrapping up our time together by spending the week with Mom and sister. We visited Apple Hill, where we had hot apple cider donuts with fresh apple cider, and bought some apples to take home.

Apples galore

Apples galore

Heading back down the road we came upon Boeger Winery, nestled in the beautiful California oak and pine trees – ah, i do miss them. We indulged in a wee bit of wine tasting and took in the fabulous scenery. There are lots of delightful little outdoor nooks such as this one, as well as expansive winery vistas.

A quiet resting spot

A quiet resting spot

Sewing and Joining In

I’ll be returning home in a few days and will be back at my sewing machine. My long neglected skirt (and sewing challenges) will be finished and blogged, and oh yes, I’ve joined in Sewchet’s stitchingsanta! The deadline was Oct 31 and I squeaked in on the very last day. Whew. Now the pressure is on; a secret Santa can’t just throw any old thing together, you know….

What About Me?



Is this an accusing face or what? Perhaps Frieda gets more air time, but Jasmine is pretty cute, too, and seems to have something to say. So, just because it has been a while since she has been included, here she is.

That’s it for now, but I promise to be back soon with finished project, and upcoming projects. And no more trees…..well, maybe.

Stitch on, everyone!

Sunday Sevens – Week 54

Hi everyone, it’s time for this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness, those bits that don’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures.





These little girls have been annoying each other all summer, but look at them now. Methinks Frieda is making sure her heat source, Jasmin, doesn’t escape.


Our local major grocery, Wegman’s, is ready for fall! In addition to the decorated entrances, the entire street frontage is adorned with sheaves. (Oh bother – so blurry.)


A lovely, rustic apartment complex is across the street from the woods, and lots of students live there. With this view from your front door, would you study, or venture out along that little path?


Speaking of paths, the first time I walked past this gorgeous, winding driveway I was so envious. The first time in the snow? Pure happiness for my short, straight one!


And one new book, the incomparable B.B. King.



One of my pet peeves – dishes left in the sink overnight (which would be my own fault). This morning, a rather marvelous arrangement greeted me. How did I do that?



Plans begin….and sometime in the spring, somewhere along the central California coastline, my daughter will be married!