Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The bounties of summer

Despite my best efforts, I have had NO luck growing tomatoes in Houston. Fortunately we have Central Market where I bought these lovely home-grown Texas tomatoes...
What I CAN grow here is herbs, and basil does very well. I picked this bunch last night...
Also at Central Market I had picked up this wonderful fresh mozzarella...
The highlight of last night's dinner was the caprese salad, with balsamic vinegar and olive oil imported directly from the Fiesole farm of Paola Scaravelli and Jon Cohen, authors of Cooking from an Italian Garden.
I also cooked these lovely green beans, one of my very favorite vegetables. I made an oven roasted pork tenderloin as well, but I don't think we would have missed it, the side dishes were so good!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Decisions, decisions

Mike is at a meeting in Philadelphia this weekend, so I have had some time to work on my quilt. I have 21 of the 81 blocks pieced and hope to get some more done tonight during A Prairie Home Companion. Now I have to decide on the layout I want. My original inclination was to go with the diagonal, but they all look so pretty! Let me know what you think...

Number 1:
Number 2:Number 3:
Number 4:
Purrkins and Graycie kept me company by the sewing machine.

I LOVE Mike Peters...

Friday, June 22, 2007

2008 is too late

Wow...this full page ad was in this morning's New York Times. It lists the horrible things "W" can still do in the next 18 months...scary! In the ad it says: "People who steal elections and believe they're on a 'mission from God' will not go without a fight" and goes on to list reason why Bush & Cheney should be impeached for war crimes. If only people thought that fascism was as bad as consensual extramarital sex...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

June brides

Okay, I will admit, that last post was kinda scary. is a pic of Miss Revlon in her handmade satin wedding dress with the hand-beaded seed pearl bodice, fashioned by my dear mother in 1957.

And here is a pic of my daughter Kate trying on her wedding dress for the first time. The pearls belonged to Mike's mother.

This says it all...

Friday, June 8, 2007

My latest project

What you say? A new project? I thought your wedding quilt was the ONLY thing you were going to work on, and get it done and to the quilter. Well, yes, that was true, but when I went to MSP to visit Katie for Mother's Day, we bought the paper and stuff for her save the date cards (apparently a "must" for weddings these days). It quickly became apparent to me that this was going to be a major undertaking. So, being the good mom I said, "Gee, sweetie, you are working 50 hours a week and training for a triathalon...I have plenty of free time...I will make them for you." Anyhow, they turned out to be a much bigger project that I anticipated...printing, cutting, pasting, stamping, addressing, and who knew it was so hard get photos printed in a square format? I remember when that was how photos came! Well, they are in the mail, phew! And I have discovered that with trying to work more to PAY for this wedding, I really DON'T have that much free time. I need to discipline myself and get back to the quilt!