Sunday, April 12, 2009

The day I was born

Great Internet minds say that on the day I was born the popular song of the day was Moonlight Cocktail.

I don’t know, I wasn’t paying attention.


Moonlight Cocktail
Glenn Miller & his Orchestra
Words by Kim Gannon
Music by Lucky Roberts
#1 from week of February 28, 1942 to week of May 2, 1942

Couple of jiggers of moonlight and add a star,
Pour in the blue of a June night and one guitar,
Mix in a couple of dreamers and there you are:
Lovers hail the Moonlight Cocktail.

Now add a couple of flowers, a drop of dew,
Stir for a couple of hours 'til dreams come true.
Add to the number of kisses, it's up to you.
Moonlight Cocktail - need a few.

Cool it in the summer breeze
Serve it in the starlight underneath the trees.
You'll discover tricks like these
Are sure to make your Moonlight Cocktail please.

Follow the simple directions and they will bring
Life of another complexion where you'll be king.
You will awake in the morning and start to sing
Moonlight Cocktails are the thing.

(Instrumental interlude)
Follow the simple directions and they will bring
Life of another complexion where you'll be king.
You will awake in the morning and start to sing
Moonlight Cocktails are the thing.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

When is Spring?

The calendar says its Spring.  The seasons say its Spring.  The weather isn’t quite so sure.

And why, he wants to know, is it April 5 and we are still listening to March madness?  Our roots are in Connecticut and we are UConn Husky ladies basketball fans.  We are proud of the program, think it’s something that Connecticut can brag about.  Go Huskies……. 37 to 24 at the half with Stanford.

I have been getting antsy about quilting of late.  I know, I know, I was searching for the bottom of the knitting basket.  Well, I was naughty and looked at some quilting sites on the net, and it was all over.  Don’t worry though, the fabric stash is stashed in such a way that I won’t be starting any quilting any time soon.  First we need some warm days so I can do a serious clean up of the ‘studio’.   What studio you ask?  Look out that double door, see it?  It’s there along with enuf yarn to circle the world and then go to the moon at least once, enuf magazines  and books on knitting, machine knitting and quilting to reach the tipity top of the beanstalk.   Wool for rug hooking you say,  Oh, you spied that out there.  You’re good, I thought it was buried so deep it wouldn’t ever be found.  See the dollhouse over there?  OMG there is no way that I will even get this stuff organized in my lifetime, nevermind use it up.

What quilts are getting me excited about quilting again.  Nothing that stretches my ability, just something easy and comfortable to have around the house.  My quilts are like zucchini, getting difficult to give them away.

Quilt 1 would be Cobblestone 1, shown here in scraps, but mine will be done in batik to help get rid of that collection of fabrics.

Quilt 2 would be Disappearing Nine Patch.  This will be a scrappy quilt.  I think I will probably make the blocks of the nine patch 4 or 5 inches so I will have either a 12 or 15 inch block.

Quilt 3 would be Majestic Mountains or some layout of that base block but done square.  Several years ago our quilt group at Royal Coachman Campground in Florida was doing raw edge homespun quilts.  I bought the fabric but never got the gettup and go.  I think, if I can find it, that there is enough fabric to make up this quilt in at least a twin size.

50/26 huskies with 14 minutes to go.  Is it safe to go to bed?  Listening you lose some of the fun of the game.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Ice Out

Actually the ice has been out for a few days now.  All of a sudden it was gone.  One day it was there, almost translucent, with a large crack going from shore to shore.  The next day there was ice from the middle of the lake to the other side, but our side was clear.  By the end of that day the ice had come to visit with us.  Next day, gone, just gone. 

We’ve been visited all winter by grey, black and red squirrels on our deck.  They are fun to watch but are little hogs about the sunflower seed.  They quickly climb up the side of the house and get onto the feeder, sending seeds showering down to the deck for all to share. 

Now that it’s a bit warmer we have a chippy who apparently is out of hibernation.  He/she is alone and is so cute.  Friends a couple of doors down trained a chippy to hand feed.  I seem to recall that went on for four or so years.

We put up a new metal core cotton cloths line last week.  Our clothesline tree came down in the December ice storm.  A younger friend was nice enough to stop by and put the hook in the tree and set the line up on that end.  I had dreams of sheets blowing in the breeze.  Our last line was just Para shoot cord and was put up for the sole purpose of getting the bird stuff away from the squirrels.  That was a joke, the little devils are great high wire walkers.  Anyway, we put a suit cake on the clothsline and pushed it out.  The line is probably 45 feet long.  After a day we had raveled cotton cord on each end.  Someone thought they could chew the line down I guess.  So much for my clothsline. 

I’m trying a new way of posting for the Blog.  I read about using Windows Live Writer and that it is easier to use than Blogger.  One of my problems with Blogger is posting photos.  I can’t seem to get them to land where I want.  So now I shall try posting a photo here.  Let’s see what I have to post. 

Wow, that worked great!  The pink scarf is one I made of my Lexi.  I found the yarn at Webs in the warehouse.  It just jumped out at me, it was Lexi, girly girl.  Told her mom what I was up to and was told to make sure it was long enough.  She also wanted to know if it was a nice bright pink and I assured her that it was.  Well, Lexi says it is too long and itches.  I have it back in my closet now.

The blue gloves are made of either Lopi lite or Webs yarn.  They were made for a friends four year old son.  He loves them.  See, I can do some stuff right!

I am pleased with how my quest to find the bottom of my knitting basket is coming along.  Problem is, spring is upon us and the garden calls.  I’m also getting the itch to piece a quilt, having my eye on something easy like Disappearing nine patch.

Look at my progress losing weight.  I’ve actually noticed that one of my rolls is GONE.  Can life get any better than that?