Friday, September 19, 2014

Back from la Belle France

Gentle Friends, I got back Wednesday from my Fall adventure.....

.....and took yesterday plan was to do the pile of laundry from my trip - and although I had a plan, I actually got in the car instead and drove over to Alameda to visit to my LNS "Needle in a Haystack."  I wanted to get a really good look at the new things from the recent Market, and although I really didn't need anything I picked up a few fun things....  (no snap, I left my camera home).

I have a ton of snaps from the trip and some stories to tell - so be expecting quite a travel log over the next couple of weeks. 

I'm planning on a couple of special things next week so do stop in - Have a great weekend!!

Take care,

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Cute Friday Who Hound

Gentle Friends, I am still away but thought I would have a post pop up .. and what better to pop than a Who Hound.....

It's the Wahumpa snuggling up to my stitching.  I usually have one or more who's watching me and when I looked over he was so intent on watching what I was up to doing -  it was late when I got the snap and he was so ready for bed!

Take care,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thirfty Thursday

Gentle Friends, a little later than I usually posting but better late than never....  as I said in yesterdays post we did the usual running around and had four estate sales to visit.  Here's a snap of the things I picked up.....

....  from the top and around....  a great early McCoy Planter, a Hallowe'en plate I couldn't say no to and two DVD's.  You would have thought with all the sales out there I'd have more stuff, but alas there was not that much I was interested in.  I did pick up quite a pile of vintage linen (tablecloths, napkins, cut work pillowcases, Victorian linen towels, all with tons of cut work and or beautifully embroidered initials) but am waffling whether or not to keep some of it or to sell. 

That's about it for today - I'll be away from the Blog for a good two weeks, leaving tomorrow on a jet plane for Bordeaux  - but I'll be back with a full report and tons of snaps!!  Thanks for stopping by and all your kind wishes!!!  Do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Little Brunch

Gentle Friends, usually we get a quick breakfast of bagels and coffee at Noah's Bagels on Saturday Mornings.  Last Saturday, knowing it would be a long day of Estate sales (there were four of them) and the usual sifting of stuff at thrifty/consignment shops, we needed some fortification!!  

So, after two shops we stopped on Valencia Street, which BTW has become a corridor of fun restaurants here in the City, for a bite to eat.  We chose a new place to us, called Grub.

.... as you can see in the snap some folks just do not do well in the sun.....   

We got there as they opened up and so were sat quickly.  I got a great shot from our seat of the open kitchen (the mimosas they are known for were ready and waiting on the bar).......

 I got a couple of shots of the menu....

... and the back had the drinks.......
... I love that it is "Bottomless Mimosas" and then the next line is ....
 "Grub reserves the right to find the bottom!!"  

Rico usually gets eggs over hard and bacon.....
...and a Coke.....  while I was a bit more adventurous getting......

... the peanut butter french toast with fried chicken and egg with a side of cole slaw - I love me some fried chicken and so when I read the menu I was sold.  I wasn't too sure what would come when I ordered it - but what came was really tasty.  The French toast was flavoured with peanut butter as there was none to be seen, but I could really taste it, and the chicken breast was crispy and fried perfectly.  the over easy egg was done just right and there was maple syrup over all of it that added the the right note of sweetness.  The cole slaw was not very good and bit on the acidic side - hitting an odd note with the rest of the breakfast, but you can't knock home run out of the park every time.   The wait staff was attentive, the food came quickly and was still hot, and they refilled my coffee cup without being asked - I like that quite a bit!!! We would certainly go back and I would get this again but there are other things to try on the menu.

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!  Only two more days......

Take care,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Some Weekend Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, the long weekend has come and gone, now it's officially Fall - in my mind at least!!  This is a short week for me so I shouldn't complain.  This week really is a 3 day countdown until I'm winging my way to the Aquitaine then on to Paris.  Over the weekend I went a stocked up on travel toiletries and gathered up my notes for the trip.  I never travel without a folder of information - even if I've been to a place a few times I still have my "lists" of things to see and do, and new places to eat - along with the sketchy maps I draw.  I don't like being labeled a tourist on the street, or being seen unfolding some gigantic map or travel book trying to figure out were I am or were I'm going - so I draw small maps that way I only pull a single sheet of paper out for reference, and not be so obvious...... less chance of trouble or being targeted in sketchy areas or on public transport - which happens all the time - just read some of the horror stories online. 

I've never had a problem, ever, anywhere, with anyone in all my travels - and I'd like it to stay that way - but I'm also not pushy, loud, obvious or make a nuisance of myself - as I've witnessed my fellow Americans in situations and places I've been such as...... London, Nice, Rome, Berlin and Paris - this people who I am sure, or would hope are perfectly nice folks, but they just loose it while on tour, and forget they are guests in another country and fail to remember their basic good manners...... I could go on and on....... but I've droned on enough for today.'s some snaps of where I'm at with the three little samplers I'm working on.........

.... Winter Wonderland......

..... Rosy Morning......

... and Summer Harvest......

I also started on an Exchange Piece for a Fall exchange, but that will have to be kept a secret until after it's sent to it's new Home.

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Gentle Friends, here we are at the end of Summer with a super three day weekend - 

.....  HERE is a great little piece of Labor Day info from Wikipedia.  Now we move fast and furious into Fall with the three big Holidays on my calendar....  Hallowe'en - 62 days away.......  Thanksgiving - 89 days away and......  Christmas - 117 days away.  The end of the year is not far behind and then it'll be 2015!!!  Tempus Feguit!!

Have a safe, long weekend!!  Until next week.....
Take care,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thrifting Thursday

Gentle Friends, as usual Thursday is a show and tell day about the bits I picked up over the weekend.  Here's a snap....

..... from top L to R.... a Princess floor puzzle, a hand made brass pot/cauldron, forged arched iron handle with copper attachments, I saw this on a pile of plastic crap at the Salvation Army store and snatched it right up thinking how great it would be for Hallowe'en!! and for a couple of bucks how could I miss!!  Next,  I found this covered English butter/cheese dish dating from between the Wars, at a thrift shop, leaning against it is a great piece of Japanese export ware from the last half of the 19th century, then of course a couple of great DVD's.  Not a bad day at all!!

The floor puzzle we got for our great niece who started kindergarten this past Monday, she loves all things "princess" and this puzzle fits the bill......

.....  it originally was sold from an expensive children's store here in the City (the tags were still on it) but we picked it up at a consignment shop for a few dollars.  There are a couple of estate sales this weekend so I'm kind of stoked about that!!  

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks again for stopping by!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dinner with Friends......

Gentle Friends, last week stitching buddy Roberta was in town.  Her blog "Simply Stitching in the Garden" shows some of her super pieces that she has been working on and finishing.  One evening we all got together for dinner, Roberta, her son, his partner, Rico and me so it was a table full!! The restaurant we met at was one we had seen before but never made the time for - called "Hog and Rocks."

It is located down in the Mission District an area full of fun places to stop at and enjoy.  I am so glad we settled on this place as it was lots of fun and we had some tasty food and drinks!!  As you can see they have indoor and outdoor seating.  We sat inside but when the weather is cooperative I bet sitting out on the sidewalk would be fun!!

They are known for their Ham and Oyster selections, but we didn't try any, instead we started off with a pretzel and pimento cheese.  

I took the snap after we had mangled the pretzel, the cheese had a real bite to it - with the addition of some jalapeno pepper.

For dinner we all either had the "Hamburger special" ......  a double cheese burger and fries.......

.... this is Rico's plate with his Strawberry Balsamic Margarita in the back......

... and a couple of us had the "Fish and Chips" - light and crispy fried fish with some of their great Kennebec fries!!!

Its not a very big place, so we'll have to come early next time to make sure we get a table.  It was great fun seeing everyone again and finding a new fun place in the City!!

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

Take care,

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Little Shakin' and a Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, the earthquake that hit early yesterday morning, was centered about 6 miles from Napa Valley.  It felt down here in San Francisco, which is about 60 miles away.  It hit at about 3:20 am, and the only reason I was awake to feel it was the dogs were just loosing it and woke us up, so that we could all enjoy the rattling and shaking.  It lasted all of 20 seconds and then I rolled over an went back to sleep.  There was some damage nearer the actual epicenter, but none in the City or at our house.

I got a little more stitching done on the samplers, here's some snaps......

... I finished up the flowers in the border of "Rosy Morning" and started in on one of the birds....

... and I chose another over dyed "Avocado" to finish stitching the border of "Summer Harvest." 

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Some Fun Friday Things

Gentle Friends,  a couple of fun things that came in the mail yesterday........

First up would have to be the tangible proof that my trip is coming up........

....  I read over and over on travel boards and postings about Paris -  how much time you could save by buying a ticket on line to visit the Louvre. Early on I thought it might be nice to spend some time walking through the wonderful galleries.  I've visited this great Museum a couple of times int he past, but not for a few years, so it is something I am looking forward to.....  and notice there is "priority access" through the Richelieu Passage for ticket holders - I love circumventing long lines!!!!!

Last Saturday in conjunction with the St Charles Market, Beth over at Heartstring Samplerery, released her 100th chart.....

 called "His Eye is on the Sparrow."  I've been watching with great anticipation her stitching away on the wonderful sampler for the past few months, and couldn't wait to place my order on her Etsy Store!!  It's a piece I can;t wait to start!!!

And, the puppy snaperoo for today is ........

.... Smokie chewing away on one of his Hallowe'en Toys!!  It's an epidemic at my house, this love of Fall and Hallowe'en!!!

That wraps up the week sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop a gain.... have a super weekend!!!

Take care,