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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bonnie Do List

SO I got a lot of things done yesterday! I visited my old lady friend Loretta up in Cedar Rapids, I got some groceries, and went to the library!
 And I replaced the front  closet door knob..the old one fell apart. I had a heck of a time getting the old one out. But the new one went in pretty easily. Looks Good, right! I hope they all aren't going to fall apart-they all came with the house at the same time.....
 Then when it snowed on Monday I was blowing the driveway and the auger control cable broke! So I right away ordered a new cable from Amazon, only $15! YAY! The weather was nice so I went to the garage with my laptop to watch the how to videos on you tube.
I took an extra picture of this little part, It's a pulley guide,  because I knew I wouldn't remember how to put it back on.
 
 It was a good thing I had the video handy because I had the little hooky thing on the end of the cable that goes on the control lever, attached incorrectly. Now it's right!
 There all Done! Seems to work OK. No snow left to test it out on though! Oh well I'm  ready for the next time!

How come the people in the videos never get dirty and greasy and break their finger nail? The Bonnie Do list is done for today!

Friday, March 17, 2017

New Guy

So, DD...I think I'll stop calling her DEAR!.... and her fella, BJ had a dog follow them home. Apparently the dog had been seen running free for several days and couldn't be caught by authorities.  Of course the dog is smart and follows good people (and dogs) home. 
 
He is a good looking young boy. So DD brings him to our house...
 The dog has an immediate bond for Hubs. We have decided to name him Ringo. He has a dark ring around his tail. Also he looks a lot like an American Dingo, AKA Carolina Dog. Interesting stuff about Carolina Dogs here....Blogger Bitter Southerner-Carolina Dogs
 So we're getting used to having another dog around...Sandy is not a big fan...but he really is a good dog, already housebroke and a very nice personality.
 And he is a really pretty dog too. Now for the vet appointments. He's an intact male so you know what that means!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mom's Project

SO, when we were traveling home from Minnesota, we stopped off at the folk's house. I hadn't visited with Mom & Dad for weeks! Of course I had to show off my new fabric
and then we got to talking about projects and Mom said she was flooded with projects to finish!
 She had the embroidery part done for this tote bag project from her Bernina Club, but hadn't had time to finish it. SO I took it from her! HA-take that UFO!! (that's Un Finished Object)
 So here it is! All done, I actually made 3 bags-she had enough fabric so why not?!
 I made 2 like this, with the red canvas bottoms and then here's the prettiest one with the embroidery design on it.
This is a pretty cute bag, but I wouldn't recommend the pattern. It's called the Sew Square bag from Sew Demented. Yes, demented.  It's lacking in clear directions ...demented maybe....and honestly I think there are a couple of easier ways to get the same result. They certainly take it for granted that one knows how to apply binding, because there are almost no directions. And it's up to you to figure out how to attach the handle. Anyways, the end result is a nice tote bag. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Vacation

So Darling Daughter and I went on a little vacation to The wonderful world of my cousin Robin in Minneapolis. I just love the big city! It's always such fun to spend time with my wonderful cousin!
 There was bowling involved...not me! Robin had a tournament to bowl, DD and me just had snacks....It was a really nice bowling alley-clean and bright
 Look at the cute Formica table tops! So adorable!
 
There was a stop at the Mall of America ...of course....Lego Land
 And see those pretty blue handbags in the Micheal Kors Store? Lots of stores had that cobalt blue in handbags-I need to go find a less pricey version though!
 I'm always slightly in awe of the mall. There are a lot of things that are the same as any mall anywhere, but there's just so much  here all at once!
 We stopped in at Crayola-I love that crayon smell!
 Sesame Street was at the pop-up stage in the center of the mall.
 And we went to the aquarium. We took the tour that let us go behind the scenes and we could see the view from ABOVE the tunnel!
 It was such a good visit!
 We stopped off at the brand new Hy Vee to pick up a few things....and look they have a clothing store INSIDE the HyVEE!!!!!!They have kids clothes and adult clothes-an exclusive line from Europe!
 Of course we had to eat out...We had a little bit of everything -we had a burger at the Lucky 13, and we had Mexican late one night and we also had lunch a the Rainforest Cafe at the Mall.
Robin treated us to a special dinner at the local Steakhouse-Axel's.
 I can't ever remember getting a popover to start the meal before!
 And the food was so good! Such a great meal!
 And we split a delicious slice of cheese cake in honor of DD's birthday!
We also made a stop at the SR Harris fabric warehouse in Brooklyn Park...I could spend a lot of money here if I wasn't careful!!
 I did pick up a few zippers and got a couple of bits of fabric.
We also stopped at the location in Burnsville on the way home....
Well, it seemed shameful to drive on by!
And we took the opportunity to go to the movies! We saw Hidden Figures. It was a great movie! I just wanted to clap my hands when Kevin Costner's character, Mr Harrison says "Here at NASA we all pee the same color."! Go see it-you'll want to cheer too!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I-80 Quilt Mart

So on Sunday I popped over to the local Clarion Inn where they were hosting the I-80 Quilt Mart.
 There were about 15-20 vendors from the area all set up with really beautiful quilts, pre cuts and tools to inspire!
 Lots of pretty quilts!
 Look at this applique wall hanging, the words just bloom are sewn completely over with giant zig zag-I love that idea!!

 There was quite a good crowd there, I'm not very up to date with the quilting trends, but I think these folks are!

 I loved this lightening bug quilt! So clever!
Next stop the library! I can't be out of books!
Monday, February 27, 2017

Driving Around... Gown Town and Antiques

If you have a high school, aged kid, you likely know that prom is right around the corner. We have a girl who will be attending prom this year-Lovely Jean's daughter Caitlynn! SO I drove up to Cedar Rapids to get a place in line for the local radio station's (KZIA-Z102.9) annual event, Gown Town! They gather prom dresses for weeks before the event so every girl has the opportunity to go to prom in a lovely dress that could be way out of their price range otherwise. I volunteered to stand in line early-not that early-about 9am. And I was so surprised at what a well organized event they had! I picked up a numbered wristband for Cait, and didn't have to stay in line at all. Caitlynn and the lovely Jean could return when the event began at noon and try on dresses until she found one she wanted.
 SO that left me free to go browse the antiques ant the annual Kiwanis antique sale at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. I also gained a short accomplice too. Look I have this lamp but mine doesn't have the fancy glass shade. There is a lot to see! Oh good-here's some green glass..... nothing I need to buy though!
 
 And isn't this poster cute! Jaymie wasn't too interested in antiques...so it's off to lunch for us, then the grocery store.
 
Jean sent this picture of the dress Caitlynn selected! How pretty!!!
 SO a great Saturday for all! Tomorrow I'm thinking of quilts.