Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Day Trip...

Good Tuesday afternoon, dear friend!

Happy first day of April and a Rabbit Rabbit to you…don't fall for any fools!

Yesterday, we packed up a friends car, and headed off for a day trip to one of the area's best kept secrets…Descanso Gardens. I have always adored visiting Descanso, but hadn't been there since the brothers were wee tots…so imagine how tickled pink I was to discover that it hadn't change a bit!

The day was clear and not too hot, so we were able to walk for quite a while…

We passed the Koi in the Lily Pond...





We headed up the hill to the Art Gallery, and spent some time exploring the Living Wall…


The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom…


And, of course, we couldn't leave without walking through the Rose Garden…


We had such a glorious day!

Once I was home and settled in for the afternoon, I found myself hankering' for an iced coffee…and so that's what I set out to do…

I began by cold brewing my coffee…


I mixed 1/2 cup of strong espresso coffee with 2 quarts of cold water, stirring it well…


 And allow the "sludge" to sit on the counter over night…



In the morning, I poured the "sludge" into a bowl, using cheese cloth to filter out the "silt"


I actually filter it twice, just to make sure the grounds are completely removed...


Once it is properly filtered, I return the glorious brew to a fresh pitcher and put it into the fridge to get nice and chilled...


Liquid Gold…


When I just can't stand to wait any longer…I fill my glass (sorry, kids,  Ma don't do Mason Jars) with lots of ice, a dash of milk, and a nice dollop of Sweetened Condensed Milk...


And stir it real good…and you know the rest…Enjoy!

I realize this idea may sound awful close to that Pioneer gal's own idea, but tis true that this is just a very generic recipe for iced coffee…sorry cowgirl, hope ya don't get the blues…kisses!

As always, dear friend, thanks for stopping by for a visit, but I hear my iced glass of heaven calling me…and I must run.

Hugs
Ma Teakettle

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bloomin' Brilliant...

Good Tuesday morning, dear friend!

One of the many things that I just adore about being back on the West Coast is the many blooms that are popping up within my garden, on an almost daily basis. It is just breathtaking to wake up to a whole new batch of bloom and color, and there are so many varieties that I can't even name them all…and some I have never even seen before.

Though I love all of my sweet little blooms…my most favorite are my roses, to be sure. Years ago, when we bought our first home in So Cal, I planted twelve rose bushes. I spent months picking out each one, chosen for it's name and color…"American Beauty," "Mr. Lincoln," and "Peace," just to name a few. I spent each afternoon tending and caring for my little blooms and my home was always filled with brilliant color and heavenly fragrance. When we moved to Texas in '97 I was so sad to leave that house and my roses behind, but the thrill of a whole new adventure awaited me and so they were both quickly forgotten. When we moved to New England, one of the first things that I did, after we bought our home, was to plant some roses. I couldn't wait to enjoy them as I had in Ca, but I soon discovered that, as with most things in that region, roses don't bloom or thrive heartily for any length of time…and as there was a whole beautiful new set of fauna and flora to enjoy, I quickly lost interest in the dear roses…but I digress.

When Pa and I settled into our new home, last fall, the rose bushes were not in great shape, as they had been neglected and rarely watered while the house stood empty for many months…I like to think it was waiting for us (wink, wink). But with the help of Me-Ma, our constant gardener, and my own gentle touch…these babies are blooming' like no body's business!

I present to you, dearest friend. my first harvest of roses…

Beautiful...

Bloomin'...

Beauties...
And so, once again my home is filled with the brilliant color and heavenly scent…blooming' brilliant!

Hugs
Ma Teakettle

Monday, March 17, 2014

Oops, I Did It Again...

Again!

Good Monday morning, dear friend…and a Happy Saint Patrick's Day to everyone!











That being said…I must confess a wee faux pas on this gal's part. I seem to have, yet again, bit off more than I (or a gentle giant) could possibly chew…and I am now choking on my good intentions.

The Error…

I had high hopes for myself, at year's beginning, that I would be like so many of you…able to balance both life in real time, and stitching accomplishments. Not so, for my very self, and I have found myself feeling rather unmotivated for both stitching and blogging.

I hate slumps, but a slump I am in, none the less…

The Remedy…

I am going to release myself from all SAL's and Circles, as I have learned over the years it is best to be a happy and productive loaner than a grouchy and mojo-less groupie…

The Apologies…

Please don't get me wrong, dear friend, I adore each and every SAL, Circle, and Group that I belong to, but I am just not good at deadlines or "To-do" lists…in fact they might be the path to my downfall on more than one occasion.

I ask forgiveness to all that have welcomed me into their SALs, and I hope that you know it is not you…it is all ME!

The Thank You…

Thank you for your understanding, and know that I am watching from the sidelines and cheering you all on!

I will continue to stitch on my current WIPs, as well as my BAP with Parsley, and post my progress…so check back often for updates!

As always, dear friend, thanks for stopping by…I hear the teakettle whistling and bid you farewell.

Hugs
Ma Teakettle

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Wawahhhht?

Good Wednesday morning, dear friend!

I have been a busy girl, on all fronts, but as it's a glorious blue skied day and Little Brother is with us this week…I'm heading out to play!

I'll leave you with this vid…one of Pa and my favorites…Go Lily!


Lily Shreds Trailside from Crawnight on Vimeo.

Go play at whatever makes you happy…and remember to take time to shred your own trailside and even huck a few, while your at it…

As always, dear friend, thanks for stopping by…I hear the teakettle whistling and bid you farewell.

Hugs
Ma Teakettle

Friday, February 07, 2014

A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That, And A Wee Tad Of The Other...

Good Friday morning, dear friend!

I have been a busy little stitching bee, this past week, with some real progress to share…

First up, for your enjoyment…

Just Nan "Ornamental Advent" Day 3 and 4...




I just adore them! I have given a lot of thought to how I want to finish these off, to allow for the letters to spell out their intended message of WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS, and I think I may use the SamSarah die cut tags from the "Perpetual Calendar" Designs…hmmm…I'll keep you posted.

Next, we move on to "California" by MM Waldock…



I'm nearly finished with the blue background letters, and can't wait to start stitching the iconic California landmarks. If you look at the "L" and "I" above you can see the beginnings of the Golden Gate Bridge…
This will be the last one in my series, as I now have all of the states in which we have resided…Texas, Connecticut, Vermont, and California. Next, I need to decide how to finish them.

And last, but certainly not least…

With My Needle "Family Ties"

I have started the lettering…


After the lettering is complete, all I have left is to finish the border…and then off it goes to the finisher, and on to Mom's wall.

And finally…

We have an update on the BAP dilemma…As you may remember, dear friend, I was experiencing a lot of anxiety over my choice of design "Houses of Hawk Run Hollow," for the BAP that I am doing with Parlsey…I just couldn't get the mojo going for either the chart or the linen…but alas, the problem is solved. I have decided to put aside the HOHRH chart, linen, and even the (gulp) NPI floss, for now, and have chosen a new chart…Rosewood Manor's "Quaker Diamonds." I have the chart and the floss already in my stash, and have ordered the fabric, which I am currently waiting for, as it somehow made a wrong turn on it's way to me, and is now lost somewhere on the East Coast. I'll keep you posted...

And in other news...

Finally, we have some rain! It seems that each day brings a plea for water rationing, and brings back so many memories of growing up in So Cal…some things never change…Pray For Rain! I must admit that the LA Basin is dryer than I have ever seen it, and the need for water has only gotten worse in the 17 years that I have been away, but I am still marveling at the beauty that surrounds me…





And I hope that I never take it all for granted.

I have one last item to share with you…

Mom and I came upon this, while enjoying our after walk coffee...


Now, I ask you, dear friend, what do you make of this "item" on top of the car? Is it a large chocolate donut hole? A large See's butter cream? Or something less savory? I'll let you decide…

As always, dear friend, thanks for stopping by…I hear the teakettle whistling and bid you farewell.

Hugs
Ma Teakettle