Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More New Critters to Me

The campground has Sandhill Cranes around a lot. They look a little prehistoric, especially when they're flying.

They make the weirdest "clacky" noise when they're warning someone away. But they let people get pretty close. I didn't want to scare them too much, so stayed away.

There's another smaller bird that hangs around a lot, maybe a sand piper? They make a cheapy noise. There's a black bird that hangs around the WalMart parking lot. Don't know what he is either. I need a guide book I guess.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Different to Me

Things are different to me because we're in Florida, instead of the cold blustery north. It doesn't feel like Christmas time to me, Christmas carols just feel out of place, I can't get into Christmas shopping. I felt like I got two summers. Not that I'm complaining, you know. I like this weather so much more than having to bundle up to get the mail. Low 70s today. Woo Hoo!

Along with the strange (to me) weather, comes plants that I don't expect to be growing profusely in December.

Look how lush this looks. Don't you expect to see Tarzan swinging out on a vine?

Until I pan the camera a little to the left, and you see the campground. There are lots of lakes in this campground.

All with their resident critters. There's an alligator in the lake behind us. The lake is perhaps 50' behind our camper. He scares me, but mostly in regards to Trixie. But she's always on a leash, so I think I'm good.

There's a sign:

I definitely obey this sign.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

The winner from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway I ran is Lixie

Lixie said...
Eating roast gammon on christmas eve is my favourite tradition. So delicious!

Friday, December 12, 2014

I'm So Impressed!

As I said, we're in Florida. They have flowers! I haven't seen flowers growing in the ground in a few months. It would be so interesting to see what grows down here in the summer. Of course, summer is when I expect to see flowers growing. But maybe it's too hot down here for things to bloom? I don't know. Last winter we stopped at a tomato farm on the side of the road and got a basket of tomatoes. Heavenly! We had BLT sandwiches several times. Winter tomatoes in Michigan are pitiful. These had glorious taste!

Anyway, there's a huge cactus bush (?) near the entrance of this campground. Here are some pictures:

I don't know what kind they are. Do you?


Thursday, December 11, 2014


We're finally in Florida! YAY! Warmer weather. YAY! But we keep hearing that it was 70 last week. Saw temp of 63 today. I'll take that. Much better than the 30's and snow I'm hearing from my friends at home.

We are in our trailer, and things always need fixing in a house that's moving. This time the water wouldn't run thru the faucets. Mr. LQ figured out the screens were filled with rust from the anode bar he replaced. But the kitchen faucet wouldn't clear. Wo he put in a new one today. It's a good thing to be married to a handy man. It's handy to have a handy man.

So here's the new faucet:

The one originally in the camper was plastic and cheap looking. This is better.

Should be able to sew more starting tomorrow. We'll be in one place a little longer. Then on to a campground that has a very busy quilt group. So looking forward to this.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew and Giveaway!

I'm linking up  with Sew Mama Sew today for her Giveaway! YAY!

I have packed up my projects for travelling, and this year, I remembered to bring them with me! Last year I left everything at home. What a bummer that was! My projects keep me (relatively) sane, with something to keep me busy.

I brought Christmas ornaments to make, and 2 quilt tops to work on.

There is a difference in the two pictures, one shows the fold in the edges, and one doesn't. I made a bunch of these. Every year, I make ornaments for the grand daughters. They each have a collection now, someday when they move out on their own, they'll have a Christmas collection to start with. They'll be able to look at them and say, My Grandma loved me.

This is one of the quilt tops I brought to work on:

Now, for the Giveaway info!

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs has kindly offered to supply me with some of her fantastic, magnificent patterns as Giveaways!
To enter, make a comment below telling me about your favorite holiday tradition. For a second entry, follow my blog, and let me know how you are following. If you are already a follower, just let me know how you follow. The Giveaway will be open for one week.

Here are Cheryl's patterns:
Quilting: Peanut Butter Pinwheels - Layer Cake
Peanut Butter Pinwheels

Quilting: Charming
Quilting: Scrappy Tiles - scraps and layer cakes
Scrappy Tiles
Good luck.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Part One of Bonnie's Mystery Quilt

I finished part one of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt, Grand Illusion. These are my fabrics:

And above are the color cards she sent us to.

Here are my first 100 blocks: (well, really only a small sampling)

I played with them in alternate settings, wondering how Bonnie will have us put them into the quilt. I do like how the aqua star magically appears. It will probably be some completely different setting. I'll be surprised.

I chose not to do this mystery in scraps. Bonnie is the queen of scrappy quilts, but I wanted to do it with planned fabrics.