I love to watch Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday nights on HBO. It’s one of my appointment television moments but ….
Will someone PULLLEEESE tell Bill to whack the faux mullet and wash his hair?
Dear Jesus and the Saints above. I fall asleep dreaming of the Exxon Valzez and Texas!
BACK ON PICKLE ROAD
It’s c-c-c-old here on Pickle Road this morning! Jeff started a fire and we read the paper and drank coffee while Evan slept.
I bought a couple of bouquets of tulips this morning. Tulips always make me happy.
I sometimes miss the days of living and working in Manhattan.
I used to buy fresh flowers at the little markets all over New York City all of the time. No matter the season or weather, the flowers were plentiful, fresh and beautiful. I always had fresh cut flowers in the rooms of my apartments in the city. Now, I have to buy my buds at Shoprite or A&P for double the cost and without the mondo selection. It blows.
ONE BLOCK WONDER
My little quilt guild, the Common Thread Quilt Guild, will be hosting the One Block Wonder quilt class in Long Valley, NJ on April 12.
I’m going to take the class myself, from my bud Sherry. If YOU want to take the class with us (there is some teeny tiny fee), email Sherry at SBCowley@aol.com.
While I was in Ft. Lauderdale, I bought a large piece of fabric for my One Block Wonder and a large complimentary piece for other blocks, OBW modification, or both! They are designed by Art Gallery Quilts Fabrics, which I like A LOT! Here they are.
Then, when I got home, I visited Kindred Quilts and bought 2 more large pieces of One Block Wonder fabric. Not sure which group I’ll use.
POCONO SEW AND VAC
Continuing my binge (the notions man-whore that I am), I drove to Pennsylvania to Pocono Sew and Vac and couldn’t resist these goodies (one I won’t show you because I want to put it in the magazine — I LOVE it and so will Y-O-U)!
This is So Fine by John Flynn thread by Superior. They tell me it is amazing to piece with. I always use an ecru or soft grey thread to piece with.
I also bought a flame red Sebo vacuum while I was there, too! It rated as one of the best in a past Mark’s Posse. My shitty Dyson hit the skids so off I drove to Pennsylvania! Pocono Sew and Vac is really a terrific place to shop for a vacuum but even a BETTER place to buy a sewing machine (they also sell quilting fabric)! You name the machine brand and they have it — and their customer service rocks! Believe it or not, they also sell Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home! I’m so happy I live in the area!
ANOTHER PEEK AT CALIFON
I designed quilts all day yesterday for the Califon line. I came up with a lot of pretty good designs. They are for the free giveaway patterns for shops who buy the line.
Speaking of Califon — here’s another peek. Don’t forget to call your local shop and ask them to order Califon from their Northcott distributor!
You might remember that my dozen chicks came home the other day. Here’s where I buy them. It’s the Agway in Flemington, New Jersey.
These are mine. They are so damned cute. (You should see the baby ducks — adorable!)
While I was at Agway I couldn’t resist buying the pansies. So I bought 6 containers for the front planter on Pickle Road.
COOKING FOR EASTER
I’m making my families traditional Easter egg cheese this morning and my bread. Maybe I’ll get Evan to help me although the cheese is a super simple recipe. I think I’m all set for Easter dinner. There is just the 3 of us so it’s practically a no brainer. Evan’s only request was kielbasa for Easter morning (our Polish family tradition, along with the cheese and homemade bread).
My grandparents would have baskets of the food for Easter blessed by the priest at the Ukrainian Catholic Church. You couldn’t throw away the leftovers, egg shells, crumbs, etc. of the blessed food so my grandfather would have to burn or bury it. I thought it was kinda weird then and I think it’s kinda weird now. There is something to be said for eating non-blessed food (like a trash compactor) but my dad and grandparents would SWEAR that the blessed food tasted better than the non-blessed. Given I eat in pure quantity, I’m not sure I ever tasted any of it!
Thank you to my Polish chickens for perfectly shaped white eggs!
Isn’t it a pleasure when your kids don’t want to dye eggs anymore? There is no mess, spilled dyes, prolonged and ugly two-toned eggs, clear crayon messages, etc.? Hell, I used to have dye stained counter tops until June! By the way, that damn purple NEVER works….red always shows through!
FRIENDS AND FOES
To read what Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor is getting for her birthday — just click here!