Monday, November 28, 2016


How was your Thanksgiving? I had a great one. Company was in from out of town and they wanted to do the tourist thing in downtown Los Angeles. Our first stop was at Philippe’s Original French Dip. That’s always a fun place for lunch. But, I failed to pull out a camera.

However, I did remember to get a picture at the Grand Central Market. Gosh, you really could spend an entire day just exploring all the different stalls.
And, what a wonderful cultural diversity of eateries. We brought home Salvadoran pupusas for dinner.

The Central Market has quite a history and if you are interested, you can read a little about it here.

Another interesting historical landmark is Angel’s Flight.

It is directly across from the Central Market. I remember my grandmother taking me on it as a child. Sadly, it is no longer in operation. You can, however, walk up the stairs along side.

I don’t know if you saw what the freeways looked like over Thanksgiving week here in Southern California. I’m so glad that I had set a goal to be on the way home by 3:00 PM. We avoided this mess.

We also managed to take in a movie at one of the new “Recliner” seat theaters popping up everywhere. I must say, I am getting hooked on them.

It was back to normal on the weekend and believe it or not, it rained both days. A perfect time for sewing. So I managed to finish this quilt top.

Another UFO.  Sigh…

I hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,


Monday, November 21, 2016


Wow, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted anything. I took a small trip to from where I hail (I haven’t lived there for more than 50 years now). Oh the memories. As I dipped into that big Central Valley farmland, I saw that they were harvesting the cotton. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this. And, I don’t remember it looking exactly like this; but, these are bales and bales of cotton ready to be transported.

Another very fond memory of mine was the “Pixley” water tower. I always remember that as we would drive past it, we were close to home. It was nice to see it is still there to greet us.

Another memory is the drive-in movie we used to attend. I think I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” here. I can’t remember the last time I was at a drive- in movie. But, I’m guessing it was when the kids were small enough to go in their pajamas. Not the best pictures; but, they were taken from a moving car so....

As for sewing, there hasn’t been much of that lately. I did finish this batik quilt. My girlfriend’s new d├ęcor needed a green quilt. She had an older one I had made, so we traded this out. Quilts have a way of getting second lives I believe.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Where has this year gone? Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love being reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Have a blessed holiday and

Quilt happy,