Saturday, February 02, 2013


1653 - New Amsterdam, now known as New York City, was incorporated.

1863 - Samuel Langhorne Clemens used a pseudonym for the first time. He is better remembered by the pseudonym which is Mark Twain.

 1887 - The beginning of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.

 1892 - William Painter patented the crown-cork bottle cap.

 1945 - U.S. President Roosevelt  and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill left for a summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

 1962 - The 8th and 9th planets aligned for the first time in 400 years.

 1971 - Christopher was born!

Happy birthday Chris!  I love you to the moon and back!  Hugs to you and Amy, and to granddog, Stella.

Friday, February 01, 2013


My granddaughter spent an afternoon with me in my sewing room recently.  I gave her a charm pack of  one of my all time favorite fabric lines, Frolic, by Sandy Gervais, and told her to lay them out in either a square or a rectangle.  When she had them just the way she wanted them, with no help from me, I told her I'd sew them together into a table topper for her to give to her mom.  She argued with me, saying she wanted to give it to her 20 year old college student cousin, Caleb, who has an apartment across the street from where she lives, but who is probably not really into table toppers!  I am still trying to convince her that her mom would like it.  It was a quick throw together project, and it comes complete with wavy lines instead of straight lines, but that's okay.  I think Anna will be happy when I bring it to her today.  Then we'll find out whether her mom gets it for her oak kitchen table, or whether Caleb gets it for his small table that probably doubles as a study desk, kitchen counter, and storage area. 
And I did get all the gray spool ends on the blocks of thread for my Spools wall hanging.  Now I'll get at the sashing today, after I do some laundry, dust some furniture, mop some floors, and get some groceries.  And it is still  minus 19 wind chill, with an actual temperature of minus 7, but the sun is shining and it looks warmer than that.  We have 20 above predicted for tomorrow, and 32 for Tuesday.  Hip hip hooray!