Jul 18, 2007

this and that

If anyone reads my postings from a RSS feed through their web browser, you may have seen an old June post that I edited to replace the picture. Roger kindly sent the original jpeg to me so I took the old scanned photo off and put the real image up. Sorry for the confusion but much better without the glare off Dad's and my shirts. And if none of that makes any sense, I'll refer you back to the original post HERE .

Been somewhat quiet around here the last two days. I finished quilting the sashed Ohio Star quilt seen HERE yesterday afternoon and started finishing the binding on my Beetle quilt. Pat came by to pick up 3 quilts since she volunteered for binding detail. I dropped Lois' quilt off for her yesterday morning and caught her in the middle of freezing corn. She sent some cukes home with me but unfortunately, DJ thought it was a bag of kitchen scraps and tossed them. ( Color me sad)

I had a few errands to run this morning as well as a couple of calls/emails to make in regard to the quilts we will be delivering to the Boys Big Oak Ranch. We CAN deliver them to the facility the day we lay them out on the church pews which will be a good deal---won't have to haul them all back to Linda S for storage just to drag them all back out a few days later. And, I sent something into the community pages of our paper as invitation for anyone to come see them that would like to do so. As part of the press release I needed to get a tally of just how many quilts we have donated since we started in 2000----1575!! and we aren't done for this year yet. That's a lot of kids wrapped in love. Of course, we have had help over the years---our friends who have come to sew-in's we have hosted over the years have helped sew and donated tops; friends from the internet have sent tops, blocks and fabrics, my Mom who is a long distant Belle has made tons of quilts for WTIL and so forth. Still, not bad!

I don't have any finished tops to show you and Pippi has been making herself scarce lately so no recent pics of her either. SO I'll guess I'll share a picture of the WTIL raffle quilt. The yahoo group helped make blocks some time back and my mom came down to Alabama for us to assemble it. Ellen asked someone to quilt it but that did not work out because of the quilter's teaching and traveling schedule but no matter, it is done now, thanks to Ellen.

Tickets are available on the Wrap Them In Love site (which I cannot open at the moment. ) Go to the home page HERE and click on the raffle quilt if you are interested in purchasing tickets. I don't think that this is going to click bigger so please check out the one posted on the website so you can see the quilting better. I believe that the drawing will be held in December. I thank you for your consideration of a cause that is near and dear to me and others.

We have been having a bad time with ants this year, both inside and out. Remember when they zapped out the switch in the air conditioner a couple of weeks back? I have had it with insects that belong outside being inside though. Last week they had gotten into a cupboard with baking supplies, sauce mixes and pasta. Tonight just as I was starting supper I discovered that they were in the muffin mix (double corn casserole was intended), dried soup mixes, puddings and jellos. When I think about the money that just went down the drain in recent days with those pests it about makes me sick. We have tried everything to get rid of them! Right now the cupboard contents that could be salvaged are sitting in laundry baskets on the kitchen floor. I do not want to deal with putting the stuff away tonight.

Speaking of Pippi, we have to go for her followup labs tomorrow to see how her kidney function is holding up. Of course they would like us to make an appointment. HA! She disappears and pops out when she darned well feels like it. Just when she is starting to trust us NOT to be putting her in the carrier every time she turns around, I'll prove that her trust was unwarranted. Bad kitty mama! She has been staying out from under the bed a bit more during the day time hours. In the evening and at night she curls up on the sewing room pressing/cutting table on whatever quilt is laying out but retreats once DJ and I get navigating in the morning. I think she could be eating better but subjectively she seems to be acting okay. Cross your fingers that she doesn't have to have IVs for a couple days again.

I tried a new recipe tonight from the Southern Food about.com site---if you have fresh blueberries on hand, you may want to give it a whirl. Pretty tasty and not too sweet.

Easy Blueberry Pudding Cake


  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

  • juice and zest of 1 small lemon

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup low fat or whole milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 cup boiling water

Place blueberries and lemon juice in a buttered 8-inch square pan. Mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt, spices, and 2/3 cup sugar. In another bowl whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla.

Stir dry ingredients into the milk mixture; pour evenly over berries, spreading if needed. Mix 3/4 cup sugar with cornstarch and sprinkle evenly over batter. Slowly pour boiling water over all. Bake at 350° for 40 to 50 minutes.

Guess that's if for today--------


  1. Funny you should mention Blueberries...Ed and I are trying to decide if we are going to pick at the farm in Coquille or take a bit longer drive on Saturday and go to Langlois to pick...we shall see.


  2. The ants sound awful! I know how you feel - when we sat in the same spot two months in south TX, we had ants everywhere, and were putting everything in ziplocks. We sprayed inside and outside, but they still came in, though not as many. I was happy to get to SD. It took about a week to kill the rest of them, but finally there were no more! The mouse fell out along the road somewhere. =)

    Hope Pippi gets good results on her lab work.

    The raffle quilt is beautiful!

  3. Gorgeous raffle quilt - I may have to buy a ticket or two!

  4. I remember ants at Momma's one year..just awful. Everything went into ziplock bags for a while. I think there's something organic that can keep them out and not kill you and Pippi. I research it.

    Poor Pippi, pixel got that way too with going to the vet. Hope she's doing better.

    The quilts are amazing and you and your gals have done a superb job of keeping them coming! Great job LindaJ!

  5. Hey, that raffle quilt is wonderful! And even better, I have 5 of those trees already made up, not knowing what to do with them, but don't your's look just splendid! Oh my, another UFO to finish to a whole quilt. Thanks for the idea. I think my trees started with a yet another visit to www.quiltville.com

  6. I can hardly wait to see the quilt show--when you lay all those lovely quilts over the pews of the church! Our guild is toying with the idea of doing a quilt show in that same way! I am so glad you sent something to the local paper about your chairty efforts and to invite others to see all those lovely quilts laid out in all their splendor. Many children have benefited in the past from your generosity and I am sure many more will continue to benefit in the future! Bless you and your group for your efforts!

  7. Hi Linda, I'll keep my fingers crossed for Pippi! And for you that you can catch her when you need to!
    The raffle quilt looks great..I really like that pattern.
    About the ants..if they aren't the chewing variety, how about using some ziplock bags and sealing things up? I know they make the bigger ones that would hold quite a few mixes. Wouldn't help what has been destroyed, but better a few ants than a hurricane!!
    And if they are chewers, how about ice cream pails or even clear sterilite tubs? Anything to get the dry goods safe from them.
    Hope you can get it on top of it soon. Hugs, Finn
    P.S. I would love a block from you..*VBS*


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