I Love Thursday #87 Many Blessings
This is our 87th post of things we love for the week. We post these loves each Thursday along with LeeAnna on her blog at Not Afraid of Color. Several additional friends also share on a weekly basis – be sure to check them out. You will surely find something to inspire you.
Spending time with my sissy! Recently I have spent a lot of time with my sister. She is a bird watcher and has a wonderful deck from which to do so. She put out her hummingbird feeder and told me about the Oriole that started visiting her last year. It seems they like grape jelly so she put some in a pickle jar lid and nailed it near the bird feeders/houses. She also gave me the recipe for simple syrup and how to make it in the microwave. I am thrilled to say that I made my own simple syrup and added it to my red hummingbird feeder. I guess they are drawn to red and I can see why. I’ll keep you posted on if I see any hummingbirds. My fingers are crossed.
Oh, and here it is awaiting all of the hummingbirds to start feeding. I can hardly wait to share a photo with a few birds enjoying the sweet nectar made just for them! I can see it outside of the living room window and the dinette patio doors, so it will be easy to fill and keep an eye out for birds.
Thread bargain. Somehow I earned a $10 Joann’s ‘reward.’ It had an expiration date and of course limitations on how it could be used. I decided I needed a new spool of gray thread, and I wanted to try Gutermann. So I popped into Joann’s to buy just one spool of thread. I didn’t look at the rulers, or the fabrics – although I did give a lime green polka dot bolt a second look. Straight to the thread I went, focused on gray. I picked out the color I wanted and then looked to see how much it would cost. There was a sign – $3.99 BUT buy three and get two free. Yes, I only NEED one spool but come on! Five spools of thread for $2.07. How sweet is that? I hope I like this thread and that Ellie likes it too.
Kathleen and EQ8! Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time will know that Sue and I have had a love/hate relationship with the software EQ8. Unfortunately, that would lean more toward the hate side. Several quilter friends had told me about following Kari Schell’s blog and that she offered classes. Kathleen started her online video class called Tech Know Quilters and shared that she was learning a lot. At that same time, I was torn between attending an EQ8 hands-on class in Ohio. Not only would the trip be expensive, and use up vacation days that I didn’t want to waste, it was also a poor time to take off work. So, I signed up on the waitlist for the TKQ classes and was granted access April 1st. I’ve just completed the first 13 lessons and have learned SO much. I’m a little behind but the nice thing is that there isn’t a deadline to complete each task. I’m leaning more toward the love side of the relationship now thanks to Kathleen McMusing!
Lantern Festival! We’ve just learned that a Lantern Festival from China will be coming to our Racine Zoo this Fall. Starting October 1 and ending December 31, there will be 80 nights to enjoy the beautiful displays. We have gone to see them before in a Milwaukee suburb, and it is well worth the time. I can hardly wait to take sweet boy and girl to ooh and awe over them.
Visiting the Jelly Belly factory and touring it on a train was on the agenda for Dominic and Addison this week. Up first is what a big boy looks like on a candy store train with a snazzy hat. Upon being released from the Jelly Tram he did the big boy walk! After that, he is playing with the magnetic letters on the refrigerator. Notice there’s a magnet of D when he was just a baby! His favorite letter seems to be “S” to which Auntie Sue said, of course. Dominic remembers when he was just a baby when he enjoyed the bouncy seat and decided to give his sister some tips for getting the best leg action out of it. Addison always has to keep an eye on Dominic and usually gives him a “what ARE you doing” look. Do I have to roll over there to see better?! And finally, she is all smiles for her momma. She loves momma and momma loves her. ♥ ♥ ♥
Dominic is at the door to greet Auntie Sue – come on in! And let me take a selfie with a little cookie on my chine. It’s all good. We love these sweetie peas!
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