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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Middle Names

Let me begin by saying that this post should come with a warning.  Danger!  Proceed at your own risk!  This ol’ gal has nothing much to say and you just might be sleeping before you get to the end!  If it’s nap time anyway, I guess you’ll be ok.  I just don’t want you reading this at work and then blame me when your boss fires you ‘cuz she’s caught you napping!  Just trying to cover my _ _ _, ah bases.

Seriously boys & girls, it has been a quiet month for me.  I had surgery on my leg (#3.  O, God, surgery #3, not LEG #3!!!!  H.e.l.l.o) so that took up a good bit of time.  I’m doing very well even tho I still need a little support from my good friend Mr. cane.  Thanks so much to everyone that wished me well.  I really appreciated it.  If you didn’t wish me well, you had the manners not to tell me, so thanks for that too…..tee hee.

If it was early December, I’d probably think this was just great……….


Apparently, Mother Nature didn’t get the memo that we’re tired of snow.  Consequently, she did that to us over the course of a couple days.  I know there are lots of snow storms across the country right now so there are a lot of us in the same boat.  But it’s time to row that boat ashore!!  Just a couple shots here


Front Door



Back Patio Door

The round circle in the bird bath is from the heater that keeps open water for our fine feathered friends.


Snow is close to the top of the fence…….an easy jump for Mr. Squirrel……but a bad plan if Baxter is outside.


Evergreens are so pretty with snow on them…….


I started a quilt for son #2 a couple years ago, somehow got distracted – hard to believe! – and stuck it in a basket.  Hey, at least it was all in one place even if it wasn’t getting worked on.  I felt that the fabrics had aged perfectly by now so I dug it out & started working on it again.  There are 3 basic elements in the block and since it’s scrappy, I dumped each type in a pile to be assembled at random.  Unless of course I didn’t like the randomness.  Here are the piles:


All those seams are going to make things bulky, so I’m pressing all seams open.  A very time consuming activity.


Here are 5 elements put together which makes up 1/4 of the block.


Here are 9 blocks.  Only a gazillion more to make.


What else have I been up to?  A little stitchery that I’ve almost finished:


I little wool-work that seems to have a ways to go: 


My mother-in-law just celebrated her 90th birthday with family & friends over the weekend. She’d absolutely kill me (& I’m not kidding) if I showed you her picture.  Here’s a table:

DSC00991 I decided at the last minute to make a “memories” book for her that she could look back on after the fun day was over. 


I used a small photo album book, had everyone write down a memory they shared with Helen.  I put each of those on a decorative 4x6 photo to put in the book.  For example: 


I still have a few more that were turned in later that I will add to the book.  (unless I get distracted!!)

Just for the heck of it, I should tell you about our doggy, Baxter.  To be precise, his name is really Baxter Maynard (insert our last name here).  Does your dog have a middle name?  And just like with our kids, we basically only use his middle name when he’s naughty.  Which really is so seldom as he’s almost perfect you know.  Just a couple little issues maybe.  Anyway, I suppose you might wonder, “why Maynard”?  There’s a perfectly logical reason and my SIL in particular will understand this.  When I was just a  young pup myself (that’s just an expression.  And I certainly hope no one has ever called me a dog.  If you hear what I’m saying..), we went to a small country church.  You know the kind in the Norman Rockwell paintings?  It was exactly like that only most of the people were like the spin cycle on a washing machine – a little unbalanced.  Where was I?  Oh, yes, Maynard.  Maynard was an older gentleman – & I use the term gentleman VERY loosely – who was married to his long-suffering wife Anne.  They had been married about a 100 years or so and hadn’t had children so I’m assuming that over the years they may have had a touch too much quality time.  You know?  Well, Maynard was a fun-loving sort of guy and Anne was as straight-laced as a shoestring and when Maynard would do something questionable, Anne would say “now, Maynard, you don’t want to do that, do you?”  Well, obviously, he did want to but it tended to suck the fun out of the current entertainment when she said that.  But it sure didn’t stop all of us young pups from loving Maynard.

So, like I said, we really love Baxter cuz he’s a ton of fun but sometimes you just gotta say, “now Baxter Maynard, you don’t want to do that, do you”?  Which is what I said (or would have said if I hadn’t been cursing) when he chewed this: 


Miss Faye





Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

I missed that you were having surgery - so glad you are on the mend!!

We are getting another storm tomorrow - and just when we were seeing a hint of grass in the sunny spots on the lawn. Shucks! But it is February so I guess it is to be expected.

Our son's Bull Mastiff Brady had the same middle name as my hubby and my son - Wayne. And when he needed a speaking to, we used it too. I'd give anything to have to use it just once more.

Linda said...

hahahaha.........oh, Faye, so glad to see you back! I am glad your surgery is over and done.
Your son's quilt is really going to be a nice one, love the colors.
Looks like the snow will be around for a long time.
Have a good week.

Holly said...

So Nice to have you back and to hear that you are doing so well after surgery. You were missed!!

Wish we could get a little of that least one good snowfall this year! Instead, I need to mow, yes, mow!!! The flowers are up, the trees are blooming and the grass is green and growing! Beautiful 60 degree days here, but I haven't had my winter quilts made, not enough naps taken. What to do???
I love the name Maynard and use it quite often on almost everyone. It's very endearing to me!!!
Have a wonderful week Faye!!

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOOO HOOO my girl posted. Aren't ya just sick of the snow - it's keeping you from visiting me :( - BUT you will be here Saturday, right?. The quilt looks beautiful - and I'm lovin that wool basket, but that's no surprise is it. Not sure you know, but Ms. Cami has a middle name as well - Jo - so when she's in trouble it's Cami Jo :). See ya Saturday sunshine :).

Hugs - Mrs. Farmhouse

Kelly Ann said...

I love chatty blogs and man yours was full of it...chatty that is...LOL...Snow so sick, and I mean sick of it, 21 inches this past weekend and another 10 to 20 tonight into tomorrow and I live in a southern state. We have Stella T. Bear, what does the T stand for, glad you asked, THE...LOL...Zele T. Zellaford and yes they share the same middle name...
welcome back...

Quilt Hollow said...

It is good to see you back here in blogland and as always you do not disappoint with beautiful photos! However...that much snow has got to go! Brrrrr!!!
Your quilt is many your glad to have a top by now! Hee!!

Carol said...

So glad you're back were missed. Your son's quilt is gorgeous...tons of pieces but sooooooooo worth it. Glad you're doing well.

Pat said...

Glad you are back....missed your posts!

Sharon said...

Glad you are on the mend! I so enjoy reading your's like sitting down and visiting with one of my girlfriends...lots of fun and laughter! I cannot get over the amount of snow you have! I will not complain anymore...ours has melted, or at least most of it!

Karen said...

I'm so glad to know that you don't have a third leg. Hope the surgery went well and that it will be the last one.

I really like the scrappy quilt you are working on. Pressing the seams open does take time but I agree that it will all probably lay better.

Chris said...

So glad you're back and doing well. Missed you! Love the quilt. :-) What a lot of work!

Libby said...

Of course middle names are essential. I knew a boy in high school that had two middle names and thought that was so cool. When Hubby and I were picking names for The Princess we could barely agree on a first name and one middle name . . . let alone two. But when our Harper came into our lives all the naming decisions were left to me *voila* Harper Dorothy Louise (insert our last name here) If you like, I'll explain them all.

Jan said...

So glad to hear that you are recovering nicely from the surgery Faye and I adore your DS's quilt that has been in hiding! It's gonna be a real beauty :) Our little Dolly is "Dolly Darlene," so "yes," our furbabies have always had "middle names."

Susannah said...

Wouldn't be right having our "MISS FAYE" not feeling I am glad you are on the road to recovery!

You always have such wonderful projects going on...beautiful colors, too. What an inspiration you are!


Marie said...

I am sorry that you have been in pain and I wish you a speedy recovery. Well, you didn't go to sleep doing this post and I didn't go to sleep reading it. I am always entertained by your words. Thanks for sharing your snow pictures. We have had snow for the past two weekends and thought we would get by this time, but now they are calling for a few inches tonight. The quilt is going to be wonderful! The book you made for the birthday remembrance is so neat. When my husband is irritated with me, he uses my whole name because he knows that I am not fond of my first name(don't tell anyone that it is Hazel). The only good thing about that name, to me, is that my mother named me after her very wealthy friend and she was always buying me gifts.
Keep on entertaining us!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I just had to laugh at your dogs middle name. Maynard is my maiden name, and we do have quite a few characters in our family :-)