Monday, April 20, 2015

A Little Stitchin'

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Gentle Friends, it was a fun low key weekend here by the Bay.  The weather was perfect - bright sunny and on the cool side then the fog rolled in Saturday evening and stayed with us all through Sunday - just perfect!!  Like Summer!!  I got a bit more stitching done on Sojourner Sampler.....  here's a snap.....

.... can you see the dog hair??  :)
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There you go sports fans - short and sweet!!  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again.

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thrifty Thursday....and a Pottery Question?????

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Gentle Friends... we found some fun things thrifting and here's some snaps......

.... an over sized Santa mug (like we needed another coffee mug - but it is over sized and has Santa on it!!) some great DVD"s, a nice Christmas CD and a super piece of pottery!! - I found this "Tyg" - or three handled loving cup at the Goodwill - on each side is a proverb/motto done by hand using a technique called "slip trailing"........  it has a drab green  glaze and the body is cream coloured..... there are no marks on the piece anywhere.... I've spent quite a bit of time looking on line trying to identify what company made this piece and when, but without any luck........

...... here's another side with it's proverb/motto.....

..... and the third side's proverb/motto - the motto's are all of Scottish origin so it could be from Scotland or I am thinking English manufacture - but I really don't know....... any thoughts out there???????
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yummy German Food....

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Gentle Friends..... my dear Blog/Stitching Friend, Roberta, was wrapping up her trip with her daughter to Japan with a stop off in SF on her way back to the East Coast. The trip was spectacular and she will be posting snaps and descriptions at her blog "Simply Stitching in the Garden" soon.  They were staying with her son who lives here - and we all got together Sunday morning for brunch at a new to me place......  Schmidt's.

When I say we -  it was a little group of us.... including Roberta, Lindsey, her daughter, Jeremy, her son, Michael, his partner, Rico my other half and me.  They have communal seating at big tables and we had a whole end to ourselves......

.... you can click HERE to go to the Brunch Menu to see what we could have ordered......  what we ended up having was the following.......

..... Roberta and Rico had -  "Armer Ritter - battered hefezopf french toast with maple syrup and fruit.... with crispy bacon on a side plate.....

.... since I am a big fan of the German Wurst I ordered the Wurst Platte - with two wursts.... the Nurnberger Bratwurst  (skinny light coloured one)and a Berliner Currywurst (the fat one with the curry/ketchup sauce on it)  When I was traveling in Germany at almost every Town and Village I tried the wurst - and remember fondly the little white wurst from Nuremberg so I had to get them.....and if I could find a tour just riding around Germany/Austria eating different Wursts I think it would be wonderful!!!

.... Michael got the Kalbsschnitzel Sandwich - veal schnitzel on toast with chive cream, fried egg and mixed greens..... and.....

.....Jeremy and Lindsey got Waffeln Lingonberry-Quark with a Wurst.   

Everything was really delicious and it will be on our list of places to go on the weekends for breakfast/dinner!!!
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That's about it for today sports fans. Thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Little Stitchin'

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Gentle Friends... I got a little stitching done over the weekend....  I finished up the hen/duck for June and got the border for July completely before starting........

.... to stitch on "Sojourner Sampler"....

.... it's not much but it's a start.
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That's about it for today (or I should say tonight) sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, April 10, 2015

"Art in Bloom" - Macy's Flower Show 2015 (Lots of Snaps)

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Gentle Friends, once again we made the trek down to Union Square and a visit to the Macy's Annual Flower Show - you can click on either year 2013, 2014 - to see past Flower shows.  This year the theme was "Art in Bloom - and the flower displays were to be inspired by art and artists.......

.....  the front windows were once again filled with lovely things......


......  a little Picasso......

...... the main hall through the make-up and perfume area....

....... a little Matisse......

......  a little Calder (I think)..... it was hard to tell sometimes what art or artist was being interpreted....

..... this was in the main perfume area and I made a stab at whom may have been the inspiration...... Chihuly - since these were blown glass pieces in bunches at either end of the "BLOOM", but once again it was just a stab in the dark...

.......  in the watches area was this wonderful succulent display - lovely but I couldn't figure out from whence the inspiration came.....

..... and in the fine and costume jewelry was this main pedestal with a copy of Michelangelo's "David" .  One of my pet peeves and something that just sets my teeth on edge is censorship - and that little leaf just got me going - if a nude statue is so offensive to the general public then don't use the piece - I've been to Florence and seen the real David and it's magnificent, so when some fool decorator starts messing with such important pieces of Western Art then something is desperately wrong. 

... more floral displays - again I couldn't even hazard a guess.........

......  this one I felt could have had a little van Gogh going on .....

.......  another guess....  maybe Manet "Dejuener sur l'Herbe"...... Overall a lovely display, but a bit disjointed  and confusing with very little information.  I hope you enjoyed a little Macy's trip!!

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

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thrifty Thursday

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Gentle Friends, it was a "small" thrifty Saturday not much out there, but I did find a few DVD's.....

...from l to r.....  "Flyboys" - 2006 - a WWI film about the Lafayette Escadrille - a very entertaining film with some super CGI that's top notch!!....  The Criterion release of "The Third Man" - 1949 - post WWII Vienna about love, murder and deception..... "Pearl Harbor" - 2001 - a pretty good film about a group of American flyer's from early 1940 to mid 1942 beginning with the Battle of Britain through Pearl Harbor and wrapping up with the Doolittle Raid of Tokyo.  The story seemed to drag a bit at the beginning, then picks up.  Once again the CGI of the air battles was top notch.  Some of the historical facts seemed to get in the way of the story but overall a decent film.
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That's about ti for today sports fans, short and sweet!!  Thanks for stopping by, dos stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Makin' a Little Soup

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Gentle Friends, with Easter being a cold and rainy day I thought what would be a good thing to make for dinner.... the answer of course was soup..... a favorite of mine is Matzo Ball Soup.  So out came some matzo meal and I made up some balls - let them sit for a few minutes and then made some chicken broth - I dug around in the freezer and found a couple of chicken breasts so I thawed them out and shredded them into the broth then....

.... got it up to a rolling boil and dropped the little balls in....  covered it up

... waited a bout 20 minutes et voila....

.....a nice bowl of soup.  Rico is not really a fan of matzo ball soup, he really prefers menudo, but that's a soup I do not care for in the least - so we compromise and I make what I want. 
BTW it hit the spot!!!
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Some Stitchin' Stuff - Something Old, Some Shopping and Something New

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Gentle Friends......I finally finished up "MAY" and that darn sheep, for some reason it was just getting the better of me and my very short fuse.......

...  It is an odd looking sheep, a bit on the dog looking side, if truth be told..... 
 next up is June and I made some head way there......

...... "JUNE" is supposed to be a Hen, but all I can see is a really wonky duck, the blank space to the right will have a basket with eggs, but why would there be a Milk can??.......
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Last Friday, both the Rico and I had off and I needed (yes, needed) a piece of linen for something wonderful and new coming down the line ......  
so it was off to Needle in a haystack over in Alameda...

..... as always Debbie, Cathy and Jen were super nice, and totally helpful in getting the few things I needed......

.... I got some shots of the wonderful store......

.... and more lovelies.....

... there was a Jeannette Douglas Trunk Show Installed..... with lovely things see and admire....

.... Fall being my favorite time of year - this really spoke to me!

.... a wall of silk - just beautiful....

.... and these beaded ovals were great!!

I only needed the piece of linen - and was I in luck as there was only a stitchers 1/2 - 
exactly what I needed in 36ct Pecan Butter - Woo Hoo!!

.... I also picked up a couple of skeins of silk that were the dye lot is considerably different from what I already had - and a couple of charts for stash.....  and some more needles....  my new start will be....

... The Sojourner Sampler, it's a private SAL that I am doing with the Needlework Guild of Minnesota.  This sampler was commissioned by the Bay Area Needle Guild last year and is all about SF and the different culture groups that immigrated here along with indigenous flora and fauna of the area.....  I'm very excited to start and as soon as I get "JUNE" done I'm going to jump right in on this piece!!  I'm about 4 months behind the group and the monthly assignments.  As I mentioned I'll be using 36ct "Pecan Butter" and the called for Belle Soie.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!!

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Gentle Friends, its a rainy, cold Easter here by the Bay.....


.... after early Mass, a quick to go breakfast and after getting home a change into some sweats........  I've made a pot of tea and will be staying in and stitching on something old and starting something new.....  I show some snaps next week.

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thrifty Thursday

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Gentle Friends, we did our usual running around over the weekend and found some fun stuff.....

..... it seems that it was a "book" heavy outing - and from l to r a couple of cookbooks, a Hallowe'en bowl, a fun book from the 60's looking back at the 30's and 40's a box of Hallowe'en cards, an interesting history book and two painted wooden Christmas pieces.....

.... here's a closeup of the Christmas ornament and pin...... and the Hallowe'en bowl.  These three pieces we found at the Estate sale we stopped at.......
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That's about it for today - thanks for stopping by!!

Take care,
edgar