Thursday, February 9, 2023

I Like Thursday # 336 V-day


Welcome to this week's list of likes, starting with a little painting I made in my recently hand made book... 

I cut up one of my paintings to make the cover
more pics on Saturday's creativity this week post, I liked the book making workshop this week...

I like hanging up a selection of my Valentine quilts, this one used to live in our Dining room. It is made of lots of 2" squares, and appliqued hearts on vines, and is probably about 20 years old. 

I like the book I'm reading now, free from Kindle, it was a bit slow to get into but it's full of wonderful characters, true to life, typical of this wonderful author

The Singing Trees - Walker, Boo

gave up on Second hand heart, I liked the quirky cadence of the writing from the perspective of a girl who grew up expecting to die at any time because of her heart, but it got too graphic for me at the moment so I switched to the book above

listening on audio book

Watching on youtube:

wonderful short video on folding clothes so neatly! Will start today! 


this article on love made me laugh and tear up a bit in aweeee 

In general I LOVE the cup of Jo newsletter of goodness I get each week. I laugh, I want things, I think, I go that's a good idea, but I always like it.

O.M.G. an invisible mend for knitted items. I even believe I can do this. I'll let you know!

Fine Dining

a loaf of oat bread from a recipe new to me, and apparently copied from youtube via cut/paste. When a person doesn't link to a recipe I can print, I write it down, or copy it and print from the computer. My apologies... if this is your recipe, tell me and I'll attribute it to you but this is what I copied down

click to enlarge the image

DH and DP (my poodle son) both need to eat wheat free so we tried this because it was oat flour, and applesauce, and other ingredients we had on hand. I thought it might be dry and crumbly but it's delish!

I no longer feel guilty for having bread at breakfast, and all three of us can have it!

The Prompt this week, as I sent it out is: 

"  since it's so close to V-day let's think about what we like about Valentines day.

do you have a special cake or truffles for instance, or give cards, get cards, get chocolates, give gifts? Even if you don't have a mate you could send flowers to a best friend, or give a sweet heart necklace to your daughter, or call your mom...

It's about love and showing it.  If currently things aren't happy, then do you remember any previous V-day that you liked?  Anything you like about celebrating the love"

Love, it's a big subject. It's my opinion that love is good... sound facetious? It's not, there is more hate being spewed these days and it makes me cry. 

My husband and I have been married a long time now, and we no longer do grand gestures on February 14th  but we love each other, and this year we ordered an expensive box of See's Candies to be our V-day splurge. 

Next week our prompt will be how did you know your mate/friend/pet was "the one"? so I won't go into detail about our cute-meet now. I will say I have made a V-day quilt every year of our marriage, and will share this year's version in a week or so.  

When we met and fell in love, DH was living in another state finishing his Master's Degree so he wrote me long letters ( I miss those) and called nearly every night to connect with me, and sent me my favorite bouquet of flowers, Lysianthus often. 

He shows his love in so many daily ways, such as making coffee for me as he gets up first, carrying heavy things, cooking by my side, vacuuming, bathing that poodle , taking care of grocery orders, being there.... oh you get it. 

We share common values like respecting others and celebrating their differences, a love of learning, not overspending on luxuries but spending enough to feel like life is good. Honesty, integrity respect for the environment, kindness. The Golden Rule.

We have built up a list of private jokes and shared experiences

When we were getting to know each other I asked if my slightly unshaved leg hair bothered him, and his response stayed with me.... shave it or don't ever shave it, just so it's soft to pet. Okay. comfort and acceptance.

When we vowed to love and honor each other that day long ago, we both committed to share this life together. It's not always a day at the beach, life has thrown up obstacles. We decided long ago, life was better shared with each other and peace is better than being right. He is not reluctant to say "sorry" though, and that goes a long way. 

so this year, like last year, we are isolating because of health risks, and although we won't be having our traditional dinner at Amici's in Baltimore's Little Italy, we'll be having dinner with each other. Maybe we should make chicken Marsala... 

Milo's Moments

Milo: All this mushy talk! I love both of you... Mama for baking me treats, petting me lots, cooing at me (gosh I can't get enough of that high pitched sweet talk! Makes me wag my tail) and making me feel safe. Dad is a big dog, fun to play with, walks me, doesn't talk much but he sits on the floor so I can balance on his legs to chew my toys at night. He's good to push up against in the bed to feel cozy at night too. 

He dug this path for me through the snow, but I do wonder what he does with all the poop of mine he picks up on walks... seems silly to pick it up when I carefully picked just the right place to leave it. 

I love my ball, and playing in the yard, and that one or both pawrents come out when I'm out there, to watch my back. It's been boggy lately though, with melting snow

Lookie mama! I made art with my feet! (Mama loves my art) 

Well, it's about time to eat again, a poodle's work is never done! Now sit! Stay! visit these people to see what they have to say! 

Let Mama know if you did a post she will include it


Linda said...

Oh I LOVE See's candy! Mom and I used to always hit See's in the mall - so good. Lovely story about you and your husband. Your valentine quilt is beautiful, I love the pixelated heart. I made one similar for my great nephew's wedding gift, and now I want to make one like yours! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

It's amazing that you've made a Valentine quilt for every year you've been married! I bet it's fun to get them out again each year. The oat bread sounds yummy - glad it turned out to be moist. Happy Thursday!

Angela said...

Yay, for your beautiful marriage. Yay, for peace over being right.

Marti said...

That is so sweet! I love that you make a Valentine quilt every year. I have one in my UFO closet and hope I get to finish it someday.

I love the picture you painted in your book. You are so creative! Now I see why your quilts are so creative too.

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Boy that looks like a clever repair for knit items. Thanks for sharing! Stay warm-it's one of those chilly, windy days today.

Kathleen said...

Oh, your little valentine treat will be lovely. We have a museum membership we renew annually, which is our gift to each other. Yes, make something italian to remind you of your Baltimore restaurant. We will go out the 15th, a nice way for us to celebrate without the overcrowding the 14th will bring. Lovely pooch thoughts, too!

grammajudyb said...

I really enjoyed your post today! So positive, so uplifting! A Valentine’s quilt for every year! That’s awesome!
I may have to try that oat bread because it sounds so delicious! We’re not GF, but who cares, I’ll eat it anyway! 😀

Scrapatches said...

Love your sweet heart quilts and sweet love stories ... and, of course, the sweet poodle guy. Enjoy those See's Chocolates ... :) Pat

Rosemary Dickinson said...

I love your Valentine's Day quilts. I made one heart quilt years ago and gave it to a friend. See's Chocolates are perfect to celebrate Valentine's Day. I'd be happy with that! The oat bread looks so good!

Sara said...

Terrific post, and you’re right. Love is good. My husband and I met in college 50 years ago this coming fall. Been married 46 years.

I love your open heart painting at the beginning of your post.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The candy is a great idea. It's so nice to be married to someone you have so much in common with. We are both blessed in that way! Hugs!

Gillena Cox said...

Luv the little hearts that make up the big hearts.
Thanks for linking to Art For Fun Friday


Iris Flavia said...

An open heart we all should have, as in... you know.
Oh, I cannot knit! And I have a Lion-knit-set. I thought it will be easy, naaaah.
To love and a happy weekend!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Loving your heart quilt it's beautiful. You have remeindedc me that I have a book to read that a friend gave me at Christmas, just hope she doesn't ask me any questions about the story as I've not even started it yet. That was interesting about the invisible mending, my mother used to do it for a living. I often wonder what dogs think when they see us picking up their poo or whether they even care. Have a great weekend xXx

PaintedThread said...

You are so creative. I really like that Valentine's quilt. That knit fix is crazy cool! The oat bread looks tasty. Sounds like you and DH have a good life together. <3

My name is Erika. said...

I love all your hearts. You are really in the spirit for Valentine's Day. Milo looks like he wants to play. We also make paths for the dogs through our lawn too, except the last storm which turned to rain and then turned our snow to solid ice. Have a great weekend! hugs-Erika

Susie H said...

What a sweet post. No wonder your marriage has stayed the course for so long. Love the Valentine quilts you shared and am looking forward to seeing this year's!

chrisknits said...

Thanks for linking up with TGIFF

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That heart quilt is amazing. Love the book you have made too.

I would NEVER fold my jeans like that. I crease them and hang them by the crease.

I read somewhere that Valentine's day was designed for the greeting card companies to send more cards. The cats and I don't treat it as anything special, so I guess I'm an anomaly.

Milo sure has some good moments.

Angie said...

LeeAnna - I did a post this week!!! Sorry, I should have told you sooner.

Love your heart art, especially the first quilt that you included in your post.

When my husband and I were first dating, we had a long-distance relationship and wrote long letters to each other. We still have them and one of these days I will take the time to read them again!

Thanks for hosting I Like Thursday!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

The Valentine quilt caught my eye. Aren't watercolor quilts fun? I was looking over the list of PQ 14.3 winners. What a surprise to see "Not afraid of color" there. Congratulations!

mamapez5 said...

That oat bread sounds delicious. I am not sure all the ingredients will be available here in semi-rural Spain, so I may try to adapt it when I see what I can get.
I love the 20ish year old quilt.Such lovely memories are held in all those little squares. I still have a cot blanket of hexagons made by a workmate for me when I had my third (First with my then new husband),baby. Said baby is 40 this year, and new husband is now husband of 44 years, so some things are made to last!Love is a great emotion and like you, I am saddened by all the hatred in the world. But our little family unit is built on love.
Enjoy your Valentine's day. Kate x

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

V-day is close to our anniversary (Mar 4) so we've never done much. We used to exchange cards but DH hates picking out cards so I let him off the hook and we no longer exchange them. We show each other our love in little ways year round, and most couples married for a long time do. Respect and kindness. We're celebrating 45 years this year!