Tuesday, April 30, 2013

the cleaning has begun

works in process bins and some scrapbooking stuff

this needs my attention

oh no, more work needed

parts of the fabric collection ... collection sounds much better than stash.

bessie !!  (the sewing machine not the naked dress form)

okay, small steps and the cleaning will get done. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

monday !! (insert grin)

  yep, meetings, food shelf and the usual Monday clutter.  Not sure where the morning went but whoosh ... it was gone.  I had my monthly commitment at the local food shelf this afternoon.  Today we served 11 families and 877 lbs of food.  Busy afternoon ... all of the families were large and 2 were brand new clients.  According to Jan, we now serve 151 families on a monthly basis.  Peeps, that's a lot of families.

  Spent two hours tidying my sewing space last night.  Way to many unfinished projects.  I think the scrapbooking divas and I are going to need a fall craft sale.  I need to finish all these projects and turn them into cash. 

  Planting the farm acreage today.  Kevin, the renter, is one busy guy!  Too cold for the patch.  Another week or two (hopefully).


Sunday, April 28, 2013

let the farming begin

kevin spreading the fertilizer

dad and the big green machine -- digging it in ... next up is th planter.

who's digging holes in the road ... like dog sized holes. 
fox?  coyote?
damn animals.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday in pictures

Mrs. P this is for you -- my treats from "Sewing Seeds Quilt Shop"
10 yards of goodness and 2 mini charm packs (and a book)

You knew there was going to be deer somewhere.  Damn critters.

the old red truck ... still hasn't moved -- still has air in the tires.

my old shack from the other side of the street ... mrs. h and I toured Karen's Flower for desert after lunch.  the sights and smells always aid in the digestive process.

viola (s)

office tulips popping up ... grass is dead.  really dead looking.

caution -- complaining ahead

  my phone needs to quit ringing.  or at least the nut-jobs and telephone sales people need to call someone else (or someone who cares)

  so that being said (written) I feel better.

  shopped at new quilt shop today!   plant shop across the parking lot opened for spring -- lots of goodness happening.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

more snow

yep, more of the white shit fell from the sky --- frankly peeps I'm really tired of it.  another 4" and it's melting steadily. 

booked the vacation plane tickets yesterday.  haven't flown in decades and I mean decades.  looking forward to a break.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


4 22 2013
yep 6 more flipping inches ... although it should be gone shortly.  this was last night there were oodles of cardinals in the back yard -- males and females ... one male with no tail feathers....

 4 22 2012
mom petting MissyGirl.  Missy was dropped off and has managed to have her second litter of kittens ... the 4 red ones and 5 more in the chicken shack last week. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

more quilt pix

I'm fast becoming a green/teal/blue/chartreuse fan.

appliqued and dimensional flower


not my grandmothers Dresden plate .. but I like it!

broken dishes/New York Beauty ...
again love the colors

Lu Ann's quilt

black/white/grey log cabin ... much better in real life

dimension applique ... best of show ...

So we're in the middle of our 3rd winter storm warning in 14 days.  It is getting old.  Last year at this time I had blooming tulips and mowed the lawn for the first time.

or planting sweet corn ....

this was last year.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Quilt Show ... warning picture heavy ...

baltimore album style of flowers, leaves and vines

quilt made from Minnesota Twins Tee Shirts ... the sashing and borders were baseball themed prints also

hand quilted double wedding ring ... the stitching was fabulous

odd sized strips and rectangles .. the maker said it was a kit ... loved the colors

more applique .. coneflowers

lone star .. gorgeous

loved the teal, red, cream and grey color combo on this one ..

Deep Valley Quilters had their annual show in Mankato over the weekend.  I forgot about it and did a "Mankato" run this morning and dashed over to the show -- hoping they were open and well, they were.  Took the pictures on the phone.  Loving that phone. 

I started out at Shopko, hit up the show, Office Maxx wasn't open yet so hit up Gordman's for shoes and a lamp and finally got to Office Maxx .. who frankly gets way to much of my money.  $500 after the 20% coupon.  Robyn will be proud of me bought enough office supplies to last 'til December --- toner, colored paper, envelopes, packing tape, ruled pads, software, keyboard and mouse for Kevin's desk.  It was an expensive stop.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

boys and their toys

this should be titled "Auntie Marie" to the rescue.  I went home for an afternoon nap and awoke to a revving motor.  Walked out and look what I found.  .... the snow was white prior to the arrival of Nick and Jake (the dog) ... he fell into a drift and got hung up on it. 

I helped shovel a path out while he walked in and got my red ATV and then I towed him.  Jake seemed to be having more fun than Nick. 

probably the deepest drift on the entire farm and they fell into it.   or aimed for it -- not sure which. 

a nasty Auntie would post this on facebook and tag him -- I'm feeling nice today.  so the new iPhone takes a pretty spiffy picture eh!

most photographed snowplower in Minnesota ...

my Dad is very fond of his little red tractor ...

made it over the hill and into town yesterday

and cleaned up my parking lot ...
enjoy the view ... he's traded it off for a tad bit bigger version of the same thing ... another red one .... here on Daisy Lane, we do not purchase green tractors.  when the renters come to plant and do field work with their green tractors -- we look the other way.  we used to have OLIVER green tractors not those green and yellow things.  

hoping for major controlled melting over the next week and warmer weather.  19' as I type, too cold for April.  I'm guessing it will be more than a month before I can plant.

So, I've spent a couple hours at the sewing machine.  Completed projects and pictures to follow.

Happy Saturday --- M


Friday, April 19, 2013

ya, it's APRIL .... where are the tulips!!!!

dad came to town with "fergie" to bucket snow and ice.... good to be me

yes, I borrowed from facebook -- but have seen this particular occurrence more than once
I guess with all the other chaos and nastiness in our world, 8" of snow is not a bad thing.  It's moisture and we need more moisture.  It is a bitch to shovel.  I have experience. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

thanks (I think)

  is it really necessary to have another "winter storm warning" ... closing schools, closing roads, vehicles in ditches everywhere.

  what the hell.  

  meetings cancelled -- water aerobics cancelled.  must be a "sew" night.  spent a couple hours down there last night.  enjoyed every moment.

Diva M

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

last weeks snow event


shrubs in need of major prunning

traffic ... was it really necessary to be out and about during a winter storm warning ... and if you are ... clean off your windshield and hood.

Karen's Flowers ... not open yet ... and my old office location.

kinda had the duck dynasty moment with the new phone and cover ... as Emily pointed out on facebook ... "you'll never find it now" ... yep, she's right, must be good to be so wise at 23. 

new day - new beginnings - new outlook?

 keep dreaming peeps!

 just came back from shopping at the local Verizon store.  hummm.  I'm the proud owner of an iPhone 4 ... more than phone for this chick.  will post pix soon of my interesting case.


Monday, April 15, 2013

a couple of memorable details.... 1,346 hours in 105 days.  yeppers, we are tired and cranky.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

just because

and down the backstretch goes

  marie, the tired Diva.

  I'm not thinking clearly so I took some moments to clean.  Yep, clean.  Always a fabulous stress reliever. 

  And what's up with the flipping weather.  Sleet, snow, rain ... perhaps Mother Nature forgot it was April. 

  it's mere hours peeps and freedom will quietly ring.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

chaos reigns

 okay the fax machine died.  sent emmy to office max for a new spiffy one.  seems to be working. 

 my cell phone won't hold a charge.  must need something it's a Samsung POS  (piece of shit).  enough said.

 more snow - oh joy.


Friday, April 12, 2013

wonder woman

i'm done. i quit. it ain't gonna happen no more, no how, no way. end of conversation.

whew -- i feel better already!

above is my morning facebook blurb.  I should have added --   i'm tired, i'm crabby and my wonder woman bra has deflated and nothing is holding me up anymore. 

i'm rude, i'm obnoxious and i'm driving the helpers nuts.  the fricking snow has not helped the problem either. 

I think there was a new years resolution about no whining -- blew that one out of the sky with this post. 


Thursday, April 11, 2013

"difficult driving conditions"

per MnDOT ...

hum -- should have just asked me, the morning commute was f...... ugly. 

the only positive side of the drive.  I was the only idiot on the road.  poor visibility, slippery, slippery, slippery.  no plows.

and the white shit is still falling.  and to think I whined about the "hail balls" that were falling Tuesday night. 


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

snow !!!

   wtf !!  snow.  raining gumballs of hail on the home bound commute last night.  driving on marbles was not fun.

   thunder and lightening preceded the "gumballs" -- so per my grandpa -- the first frost is always 6 months from the first thunderstorm.  October 9, 2013 will be the day ... and it'll be my 53rd birthday too!

   main roads are plowed -- side streets and rural roads - nope -- sucks to be us.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

honor ....

   so yesterday, client comes into pick up his tax return.  his wife died in February and she was a quilter too. 

   he asked me if I'd finish her last quilt.  I smiled and said yes.  I was almost speechless.  he then went on to tell me how much B enjoyed visiting my office and seeing the projects hanging on my walls. 

   oh my -- more tears.  So my peeps, I've had more tears (sad and happy) in the last couple of months than normal. 


Saturday, April 6, 2013

signs of spring

yep, we got one of these

became this 

sad, sad, porch