Friday, September 26, 2008

Memory Quilt In Progress..

I have been wanting to make a "memory quilt" for years now, ever since I seen the one that my sister-in-law Lola made. Actually, it's a wall hanging because it's not as big as a quilt. So while Tool Belt Jim was off and gone on his "great journey" I trekked off to my local Walmarts and bought some material. I dug out my sewing machine that hasn't been out of the closet for about 5 years (last time I made a baby quilt) and plugged in the old iron (which hasn't been used either for about the same length of time and rummaged in the closet for the book I had bought on making a Memory Quilt forever ago!

After buying my materials I went to see a very dear lady named Laura who has made many quilts in her day and showed her what my new project was to be. She was as excited as I was and gave me many more ideas of what to add to the quilt.

I have lots of old doilies and I especially love this one because it always hung in the window of my Great-Aunts house. And I found this hand sewn flower in a box of stuff she probably made also.

I dug out my grandmothers old sewing box

and came up with some old thimbles and her sewing glasses

and some old buttons. Finding things to add was like being on a great treasure hunt.

It's a work in progress, but here is how it is looking so far. I am not very good at laying things out (that's my friend Jane or Mary's job), but since they are both gone right now, I'll have to make do.

I also had some old handkerchiefs and old hair pin
and an old perfume bottle

so the idea is growing and branching out in more than one direction. I started out thinking it would only have old sewing stuff, but I couldn't resist the old perfume bottle and hair pins.

Now, I need to figure out what my grandmothers used to make those old doilies stiff. I know it was some kind of starch that they were dipped into. I'll have to call and ask Lola tomorrow. She's the crafty one in the family.

As you can see most of the items on the quilt are beige or pale yellow except the one doily that is white with pink roses crocheted on it. Should I take it off and find another one in that same color scheme or leave it on? And what about putting the little heart shaped perfume bottle in the center of it and adding some sparkle buttons around it?

Actually, I have added more color by adding some different colored hanky's so maybe the pink doily will be O.K. after all.

My Trip Summary

Here is a log cabin I saw in Tn somewhere or was it Ky? Can't remember now. I love log cabins.
I really like the rustic look. Better get back on track here, this is about a motorcycle trip.

I left Crossville, Tn about 5:30 am, my favorite time of the day. I knew it was going to be a long
day. If I rode for 9-10 hrs (my normal riding day) I was only going to be a couple of hrs from home and I wasn't going to get a motel 2 hrs from home. So I jumped on I-40 and slabed it to Nashville. Got there at rush hour, of course. I took a shortcut (normally these never work) and made it through town without getting caught in traffic.

I got into Ky and decided to take some back roads. This cost me an extra hour but the scenery was worth it. Some of the trees were shedding their leaves and it was like a ticker tape parade just for me.

I made it to Wycliffe , Ky and crossed the Ohio river into Ill. for about a mile, then crossed the Mississippi into Missouri. Funny how you feel like you're home when you cross the state line even though I still had 360 miles to get home. The pine trees smelled wonderful as I rode down the road. That is one of the things I really like about riding. The wonderful smells (and not so wonderful sometimes) and the fresh air hitting you in the face. Just makes life better.

Who said I don't like Harley Davidson! They make the best jerky in the world. It is good stuff!

I found this at a surplus store and bought some on whim. Turned out to be really good.

I rolled into home at about 5:30 pm. Was good to be home. I had a wonderful trip.

This is the face of a happy rider. Oh, I cleaned the bugs off my teeth before the picture was taken. If you ever get a chance to go to the Smokie and Blue Ridge Mountains my advice would be to GO!

Not sure when my next trip will be but there is still some good weather in Oct here. Hmmmm

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

On The Road Again

I was going to ride western NC for a extra day but had a hard time finding gas. I got to Henderson , NC and got gas at the only place I could find it. They said Asheville was out of gas.

So I headed west hoping things would get better. I was able to top off twice because some of the station owners were limiting how much gas you could buy. I got enough to make it to Maryville , tn. and seems to be plenty of gas here. I still hear its short in Nashville. course that's on my way home. .

It was like the 70's again. people lined back up the on ramp on the interstate. The news said people were getting into fights at the pumps in Asheville, NC.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Last Day at Hilton Head

We cruised around the Island today. Went down to the beach and the docks where the yachts were.

Cleaned up the bike.

The house pix is where Chris and Missy and the kids live. The fountain is in the back yard.

The thing around the dogs neck is what I call the CWE or Canine Wind Enhancer. The dog can stick his head out the car window at 30 mph and get the effect of a 60 mph wind. Saves on gas and helps stop global warming. Who ever thought of it is a genius.

The pix of the food was supper(dinner for you city folk) tonight. Visually igniting the taste buds. also know as making your mouth water just looking at it. Missy is a gourmet cook and them sure was some good food. oops forgot I'm supposed to use writer lingo. try this.
The counter was arranged with an eclectic array of stunning and vibrantly visual assortment of sea food, grits, a wonderful jelly rolled meat loaf, new baby potatoes stuffed with sour cream and blue cheese filling and sauteed whole green beans with bacon bits. Boy if that don't make your tongue land in your shirt pocket nothing will! I ate so much I feel like a dog tick, fat and swollen and little arms and legs wiggling trying to get ahold of something. Try not to dwell on that last line too much.

Well tomorrow morning (early) I will jump on the slab and head up to Asheville, NC and pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway. I will post some pix and a ride report tomorrow night.
till tomorrow good night

Monday, September 22, 2008

"Pickin Up Walnuts"

Included in our Fall field trip today was picking up walnuts on the grand-parents farm. This was a new experience for the boys and they seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. Reminded me of when I was a kid picking up walnuts except we did it to earn money. Enjoy the pictures!


Fall Field Trip

Since today was the first day of Fall, we thought we should take the day off and go on a field trip. Our goal was to find things that remind us of Fall. So we headed out for the country. Snapped a picture of the milk weed pods bursting open that were along the road. I always thought they looked like cotton when I was a kid.

Loved the picture of the butterfly on the sedum flowers. Grandma always told me they were called "live forevers." My sister had a plant living under her deck. Think it is impossible to kill them.

We picked up walnuts at Tool Belt Jim's parents farm. Kids enjoyed that. Grandma showed them how to crack the nuts out with the old hand-made nutcracker that Grandpa had built. Maybe Tool Belt Jim can make one for me when he gets home.

Then Grandma showed the boys a "dancin man" that Grandpa had made. They really liked that!

We went on down the road and stopped and let the boys eat lunch at Tool Belt Jim's brother's house. Remember he's the one blowing the bull horn in an earlier blog. Likes to ride his mule and sit in the dark out in Kansas where man hasn't messed up the countryside by populating it. Someday I'll get him to do a blog and write about his experiences. If I am remembering the story right, he was sick and running a fever one time, but that didn't stop him from getting on that mule and riding across the creek to his dad's house. Trouble was, he fell off the mule and into the creek! Think he went back home and crawled into bed. But, I digress.

This is the boys with their great-grandpa. He's the one that does all that neat wood-working. They love playing with a handmade wagon when they go to visit.

We loaded up the kids and headed on down the road about a mile or so and snapped a picture of a old school house. Bet that building could tell some stories if walls could talk. Love those old buildings.

Then, we stopped at the old cemetery where my great-great grandparents were buried. Koda kept saying it was his "rock". Pretty big rock if you ask me.

Then we drove on down the road to the old "home place" so my daughter could see where the great-great-great grand-parents lived. It was further off the road than I remembered and Koda made me carry him piggy back before it was all over. Technically, we were trespassing and we were hoping someone would come to check us out, preferably on a 4 wheeler so they could give us a ride back to the road. Didn't happen.

Loved the fields of flowers.

I noticed the farmers were out cutting corn. My daughter was embarrassed to be seen snapping a picture . I told her don't worry they don't know who we are. She is forgetting I have personalized license plates so the whole world knows our name.

Found a snake in the road and snapped a picture. Was dead, but kids didn't know it and it was the thought that counts. Then I remembered I had seen a snake skin in the yard, actually , right next to the house, so I showed it to the boys and explained the process of shedding of the skin.

God is good!! What did you trade a day of your life for today? Was it worth it?