Tuesday, October 6, 2015

.... and the Winner is......

Gentle Friends, I put the cord in the "murse" last night and so it would make it to work this morning to download my snaps from the last few days.......  

.......I can also announce  winner of my little Gift-a-way....

... from the BOD the claw pulled...

... Sandy's name... and I'll have the package out in the morning ......

... I wanted to thank everyone for their kind wishes and let you know that over the next couple of days I'll be posting some snaps of the fun stuff we did over my Birthday weekend!!

Short and sweet today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, October 5, 2015


Gentle Friends, I am feeling like this morning......

... as I forgot this.....

...which lets me upload snaps from the camera.... so I will announce the Winner tomorrow when I remember the damn cord!!!!

Take care,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thirfty Thursday

Gentle Friends.... I found some fun things over the weekend, we hit the usual shops and a couple of nice Estate sales......
.....  I found this great red ware tea set in one of the consignment shops, but the pieces were not being sold together.....  each piece was marked individually and I found them all over the store, the tea pot was in the front the creamer was in with the Christmas things and the open sugar bowl was back with the baking stuff, all three things are in super condition and each was hand made with nice slip trailing for the letters.......

... here's some of the other things I picked up....  at one the Estate sales was a nice pile of Movie Mags, I went through a picked a bunch of the better condition ones from the early 60's featuring Elizabeth Taylor,  I also found a super book about Hollywood Fashion, the bright cut glass I picked up at a Goodwill and even a $2 it was a deal, it turned out to be 1/2 off, I just couldn't believe it, a lovely, heavy, cut piece of glass that is at least 100+ years sold for a buck!!!  I found some other fun books and a couple of DVD's and two nice icons..... over all a really fun day of finds!!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#9 of 50 - "The Rebel Within"

Gentle Friends.... another of the "50 Eats" is called the "Rebel Within."  Made at a lovely bakery called Craftsmen and Wolves on Valencia Street in the Mission.

....  the interior is bare and echoing.  It has a reputation as being very busy, and the crowds to get in can get daunting - I knew they open early and so we got there about 10 minutes after they opened to beat the crush of folks that always pack this place. 
We had tried to stop in for a lunch or a snack a couple of times but it was always packed both inside and out, so we just kept skipping it for other destinations.  But, when I read about one of things to "eat" from my list I knew then and there we would have to go really early.  The pastries they bake are lovely and displayed  nicely....

... the cold case is also quite attractive.....

I had done my reading and info gathering before going and knew a couple of things I wanted to try while I had the chance....  one was their "Twinkies"  the pale orange treat to the left of the picture....

... when ordering for breakfast Rico wanted to try the "Market-Inspired Quiche and pickled things" it was really quite tasty.....  we both had coffee

...  I also wanted to try one of the croissants, which btw are delicious, they do most layered pastries extremely well, and the reason for getting up early .... "The Rebel Within"...it's a savory muffin with a surprise inside....

... a soft cooked egg....  I'd seen that the egg was supposed to have a runny yolk, but I asked that it be heated up and that probably cooked the yolk, either way would have been fine as I do love poached eggs.  The "Rebel" comes with a little vile of Tabasco salt to sprinkle on top - a nice addition to kick up the flavour.  I really liked the "Rebel" a found it quite tasty.....

... we also got a couple of treats for later, Rico got a "Chocolate Croissant Stack"  pretty to look at and an interesting idea, but fell flat on flavour and was really dry and not worth  the hype....

I got one of the peach verbena "Twinkies"  - nice flavour, and much better than the stack.
.....  over all it was very expensive, to the point of over priced, but everything was of the highest quality and most of the things we tried we liked.  If I go back, I would get a "Rebel" but get it to go and skip the pastries, as I know lots of other bakeries near here that are better and sensibly price.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Little Stitchin' and a Little Gift-a-Way

Gentle Friends,  I've only worked on AHRH lately and then not too much.....  here's where it stands...

.... just plugging away at that barn......

Now, since my Birthday is coming up this Sunday, I thought I would have a little Birthday/ Hallowe'en Gift-a-way.  I've collected up a few fun things that are totally Hallowe'en related and if you'd like to have them gifted to you from me, then just post a little comment on this post only, and Sunday afternoon I'll have Ye Olde Hag Claw .....

....and the Who Hounds Draw a winner.  Just make sure I can contact you, there are so many folks that comment that are "no-reply" that if I'm unable to send you an email the Hag will have to draw another winner.  I'll be closing up the comments Friday afternoon, and having the drawing on Sunday.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by dos top again!!

take care,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The First Day Of FALL

Gentle Friends......  how can we celebrate the beginning of the most lovely time of the year.......


Take care,

# 13 of 50 - "The Real Korean Taco"

Gentle friends... I've not done much stitching lately, my tendinitis has been acting up a bit ....  but that doesn't deter me from surfing the web.....  and in surfing about I found a list with the title.... "The 50 Things You need to Eat in SF Before you Die."  Now, if that doesn't sound like a challenge I don't know what does!!!!   - and - Rico and I had just been talking about how our life has been then same old, same old for so long and we need to break out of doing and going to the same places all the time.  Well, all this occurred in the the same week and now I determined that with a little push I'm going to see how much of the list I can try......

Fist up on the list took me about 20 minutes of circling block after block trying to find parking eventually I did find a spot, but I ended up 3 blocks away.  Located across the street from the newly renovated and lovely Dolores Park is the restaurant
 Namu Gaji........

.... the restaurant is on the small side but well lit with tons of natural light ...
... I went up to place my order of 1 real Korean Taco and I needed a drink, so I got a really delicious strawberry lemonade..  the gal behind the counter explained that the taco was on the small side and really an appetizer, I told her I just needed to eat the one and it would be fine.....

....  the taco consists of...."seasoned rice, kinchee remoulade, toasted kim, on nori with a choice of tofu, chicken or bulgogi beef, I chose beef  (bulgogi beef is Korean marinated and grilled beef) - let me tell you this damn thing was simply delicious!!!!  No two words about it, to die for and I could have eaten a couple more, but I was kinda in a hurry, but next time and there will be a next time!!

...  from where I was sitting I could look out onto Dolores Park ....

The whole experience was great, easy ordering, quick table delivery, but the down side is the parking and the restaurant is small, so I can see it getting crowded on the weekends and nice afternoons.  It is located next to another SF landmark of sorts, "The Creamery," a great place to get ice cream in the city!!

Well sports fans, that's 1 down 49 more to go...... thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Little Exchange Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  I took part in the Annual HOE Hallowe'en Exchange and was the lucky one on the receiving end of a super Hallowe'en pillow......

....from Michelle.  It fits right in with my Fall stitching pieces and is just perfect!!

.... the piece I made has been received by Amy and here it is....  from the BBD booklet "Trix or Treat" I shifted some of the floss recommendations to add some colour - It was a super exchange thanks so much Marie!!!  Now to work on my Fall Exchange Piece!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pooch Post Friday - 28 Chihuahuas

Gentle friends, I was surprised the other day when I received a box of chihuahuas at work....
 it was a "just because" present cooked up by Rico and sweet Vonna from over at 

....... in addition to her other talents, raising four wonderful children, a job and mastering a multitude of crafts she is now a super cookie decorator and made these darling chi cookies for Rico to give to me.  Not only are they super cute, but totally delicious!!!  There were so many, it would be impossible for the two of us to eat them all  - so I've sent some to my family in Portland and my family down near Fresno so my Nieces and nephews can all enjoy fun chi cookies.  A Big thank you to Vonna and Rico for just making my week!!!!

That's a wrap for the week sports fans, thanks for stopping by have a super weekend!!

Take care,

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thrifty Thursday

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Gentle Friends, over the weekend we hit the usual places....  and I did find some fun stuff...

...a couple of great books...one about  a favorite Christmas film... and the companion book to the super PBS TV series from Ken Burns....  a 19th century etching that I already had an antique frame to fit.... another Disney DVD I didn't have and a great WWII film with Claudette Colbert, a nice piece of china from Mottahedeh and a lovely vintage set of embroidered pillow cases (they didn't look this nice when I bought them, I've cleaned and ironed them).  We hit a nice little estate Sale for some of these things.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping!!

Take care,