Monday, February 25, 2019

The week ahead
Welcome to my Happy Homemaker post!
It's February 25,2019. Sounds like the future doesn't it? The future is just a string of todays tho...

When I was a young girl I went to Disney World a lot, and loved the carousel of Progress, with it's peek into the future. As time went by it looked like a crazy look because we passed their vision. I fondly remember going to the NY World's Fair when I was about 8 too... that carousel was there and there were so many magical things to see!

Now I live in Colorado, and right now I am just barely coping with the weather

Weather in Aurora Colorado
Friday the forecasters said 1-3" of snow... but we got a blizzard. About 9" where we are, and what a mess. They don't plow except for major roads, people drive on 8" and pack it down, the sun turns it into ice that stays around for a month at least. Fun fun fun. This time our neighbor ran his snowblower all the way down the sidewalk and it was a wonderful gift to us all! Way to do something nice with a big effect!

I like cold weather... I do not like uncleared roads and sidewalks that cause us all to slip and get hurt.
I liked the abstract design the shovel left!

Strong coffee with milk, whole grain cereal with yogurt, p-butter, and cinnamon.

I seem to be using up twice the clothes these days, always cuddle duds long underwear, plus outer layers of something soft, wool socks. Makes for twice the laundry each week. Socks require special consideration, because I see them all day. We don't wear shoes in the house. Love to peek down and catch some stripes!
Wearing boots to walk instead of supportive sneakers when I do leave the house. Makes going for a walk a bit harder.
it's always messy til you're finished orgainzing
To Do
I've been trying to do laundry on Sundays so DH can start the week with clothes for work. We have a lot of clothes for some reason, but don't you notice you use the same ones most of the time?
This week I want to do some sorting and box culling. I've put it off long enough.
I absolutely must make time to go to the PO and mail things to friends I've been holding a long time!
Must go pick up on hold books at library
Do my online quilt challenge. More later

Reading and Listening to books on disc
I am so enjoying this librarian series (by Vicki Delaney) at night!!! And finally, a great book on tape!
Gotcha! by Fern Michels.
The sisterhood/vigilantes ride again. I have discarded three books on disc recently as boring, but this one is lots of fun! I read many of the others in this series where older women take on cases that seem to be  impossible to handle in court. It's rogue but really intriguing. And strong women... the way is is folks!

Survivor is back. I just checked out the DVD set of latest Outlander available finally at our library.
Series I like, This is Us, New Amsterdam, Good Doctor, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Million little Things. I watched When calls the Heart last night, and realized I missed all of last season from the moving confusion, and that her Mountie had died... took some fun out of the series for me.

Going Places
Well the weather has messed up plans for us for months. We seem to get storms here every weekend. The last one was such a mess. The city park in our neighborhood got one sidewalk plowed, yea! but the wind that dang Prairie wind that blows non stop here, blew the top two inches back onto the sidewalk so even that's ice now. We wanted to go to the Dior Exhibit in Denver, so hopefully next weekend.

I finished quilting the little winter scene, from scraps off the cattail piece. I learned a lot stitching on it, how the threads will look and how I want the cattail piece to be quilted with swirls and lines creating hills. I free motion quilted in snow flakes falling, and air swirls.
I like the little triangle pieced in became an improv shadow next to the tree

I was challenged by my online group QuiltArt and one member in particular who gave the prompt open any magazine to page 20 and use that as inspiration.

I opened the home magazine on the table and found paint colors of teal, forest green, terracotta.
Yea! Perfect for an abstract flamingo piece! I was happy that one person on the list particularly mentioned me by name, encouraging me to enter the challenge! She said maybe a poodle could inspire me, lol!

It's just that personal invitation that spurs us sometimes to keep going, to try something. A small gesture or word. We never know how our words will effect someone... I talked to the receptionist out the chiropractor's office about a word of the year, in passing. Well she thought about my passing comment, chose a word for the first time, and is excited about her experiences so far. I had no idea she would take my comment to heart!

I also am enjoying being in my small studio these days. I didn't expect the smaller space to feel as good as the MD larger space but it's becoming my nest. It needs some serious lighting changes tho.

Lessons learned
We met a yellow lab playing in the park last week. It's a big boy, and his person said he was very friendly. For the first time ever, Milo snapped at his nose. It took us all by surprise! Milo the happy playful one? Growling, then snap! The lab backed right up so no problems. We thought, what the fizzy? Well we needed to trust Milo's judgement, and you can't judge a lab by the cover. Milo was nicer to him when we met again this weekend but I noticed the lab still was intact.. The owner said he's always nice, but sometimes tries to hump males at the dog park.
Ah ha! Milo knew and was sending out a warning shot over the bow.
The lesson for me was, danger isn't always obvious, and trust the dog without blaming him in these situations. I was slightly embarrassed with his reaction instead of trusting it.

Also, when the latest blizzard started, Milo and I had just come downstairs to the kitchen. He laid down to look out
and suddenly jumped up and woofed! He noticed the snow. I opened the slider, he bolted out to bark at someone I figured, but no, he ran to his favorite toy in the yard, picked it up, ran back inside and placed it on the carpet before taking up his place again.  So smart.

my friend said fresh ginger helps the digestive tract fight bad bugs, so I hope to make some soup with ginger today. There is apparently a strain of antibiotic resistent bacteria causing UTI's out there.

Well, that's the report on chez LeeAnna for this week... here's to a happy week to all!
Free art print of Inspirational words "Live life like someone left the gate open" with an adorable toy poodle enjoying life to the fullest, happily ripping around in the summer.
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 Free motion by the River Tuesdays to do Tuesday  
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Sara said...

It's the winter that never ends around here too. A blizzard also spoiled our plans for Sunday, which was OK since we drove home from an event on Saturday on horrible roads. Took us 3 hours instead of 2 hours. So we were content to stay home yesterday. And now light snow predicted almost every day this week.

Sandee said...

It's been cold and wet here. I'm so ready for some warm. We're hoping soon.

I always tried to have the laundry done before the new week starts too. Makes it much easier.

I love your studio. It's good to have a space that's yours.

Milo is a huge Awww. Always is.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a woof woof Awww Monday, Milo. My best to your mom. ♥

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

What a fun post!! You have a nice neighbor that cleaned the sidewalk. Your snowflake quilting is well done-very pretty mini. I forgot "When" was on last night-sure hope I taped it. That was pretty smart of Milo to retrieve his toy!I posted today on our changing weather. Now to get the laundry done. Have a great day! mary

easyweimaraner said...

yes... you made shovel art it looks very interesting ;o) we have a what to wear when problem this time.. in the morning you need the full north pole equipment and after noon a t-shirt... totally weird...

Luludou said...

We're having a very long winter of snow and wind here too. I love the winter quilt with the swirls. Hope you have a great week

Julierose said...

Love the little snow scene--and the FM quilting on it. i just got
my 1st free motion foot yesterday in the mail BUT will, of course, have to hold off until my eye issues have been taken care of--don't want my fingers sewn together aaargh!!
Today our weather is loaded with windgusts and windchills...rattling windows --and that howling sound is continuous--so far so good with no power outtages...hugs, Julierose

Jean said...

I think we've all hit the end of February/spring Fever wall. Love those colors in the magazine page. Hope you get some better weather this week & that it's a great one for you!

Libby in TN said...

We had the rain that would never end. I hate to think what that would translate to snow!

Tails Around the Ranch said...

What a treat to have someone snowblow the sidewalks for you!

Jodi said...

We seem to get the storms on the weekend as well... I am ready for warm weather!! Have a great week!

Jeanna said...

Oh yeah, Milo knew what was going on with that lab. A dog I took care of did something funny when I took him and my little cousin for walkies at a dog park. This big, pushy dog came up to us and Roscoe, a big black lab, "escorted" that dog right back to its owner (who was oblivious) and made sure it stayed there. Roscoe would check the other dog when it tried to come back until it gave up.
People do that too, don't you think. Milo was literally nipping it in the bud.

Meditations in Motion said...

Love the photo of your poodle looking out the window! We have a mutt who we have to actually shovel a space in the snow for so he can go out to pee! He wouldn't last long in CO! Love this: "The future is just a string of todays"!

Lisa said...

OUTLANDER!!!! I loved this last season. It's my Sunday night guilty pleasure with a glass (or two) of wine. Winter is dragging on here. Mercifully, it was in the 50s today so Cabo and I got in a couple miles walking. Freezing rain is coming tomorrow night and temps will be cold in the 30s again. Saturday night will be single digits!! Cabo met a Boxer names Titan today on our walk. it went well. No drama. I downloaded another Kate Morton book from the library and am making my way through the storylines dating from the 1900s to 2005! Take care and give Milo an ear scratch for us. xoxo

Sandee said...

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. Scritches to Milo. ♥

Erin the Cat Princess said...

Ahh, Milo sure is a clever guy, for all the right reasons, too. Way too much funny weather going on these days, everywhere, but it is great that you can see it and incorporate it into your own artwork. Whilst sometimes we do need space for inspiration, I have often found that in a small space it only takes concentration to expand the mind beyond the physical constraints.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

My mom cooked a chicken rice soup with loads of ginger for me when I was sick. Mmm, that stuff was good. Your quilt art is so cool. When I come over and see what you've been at I get inspired to think about possibilities. I'm slow at execution. :-)

Angie in SoCal said...

I like your winter scene. Good luck with the organizing. I was moving bags and found one from my trip back in September. How did that happen? Stay warm.

Rebecca Knox said...

I'm running late this week, LeeAnna, but here I am! I love your artist's eye and way you see the abstract design left by the snow shovel! That is awesome! Love your winter scene and the picture of your studio. I so wish I could live out all the things I see in my mind's eye. Blessings to you, my friend! I hope your week is going well! <3

Christine Slaughter said...

The design left behind by shoveling was fascinating. I would never have known what that was, other than interesting lines and textures! I also love the quilting on your winter scene! Beautiful work, as always!