Saturday, February 25, 2012

For the Goose

I have been thinking about making the goose a corduroy jumper and decided if I was going to, I had better get going. This turned out extremely pink. I am sure she will like it.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Quilt List

I need a new project. My biggest problem is that I am not sure where to start. So I pulled out the 'Quilt List'. I have a couple of these, so I think I will probably start here.
I have started another blog. It is all about quilting. I get asked a lot of questions, so I thought I would share some of them. Please have a look.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Like a Dream

Last week a friend of mine passed away. Harry Jay Chand Jr. - Obituary, Lehi, UT - Utah Obituaries |
I was really good friends with he and his wife, so I wanted to go to the funeral. Now the problem is that they live in Utah. I don't get a day off for a friends funeral, but I felt the need to go and knowing that I could spend a couple of hours with my kids, talked Wes into going.

I was thinking this morning how his funeral was so uniquely his.
When we walked in the prelude was done by a male organist, who did a fine job, but I think he stared at the first hymn in the hymn book and just kept going he finished at #113, Our Savior's Love. It was pretty, just not the usual prelude music.

The opening Hymn was Hymn #252, Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel. Not your usual funeral music, but so Jay.

His son, who is on a mission in the Independence Missouri Mission had been flown home and he gave an awesome life sketch. I can't imagine doing that at that age, but it was funny and we all felt a little more love for him. Harry is probably back being a missionary as I write this.

Their was a musical number, Hymn #319, Ye Elders of Israel. It was a piano solo. Very well done.

After the more traditional funeral -- the plan of happiness-- talks, the closing hymn was Hymn #136, I Know that My Redeemer Lives.
There was a large congregation there. His daughters soccer team came in their jerseys, and it was a perfect tribute to their coach. He will be missed by all.

Afterwards we went to see our kids in Provo. Keith and Courtney were in town for a conference, so we got to see the Goose. We took her for a walk. When I say we, I mean, Keith, Courtney, Katelyn, Callie, Wes and I. I might add that only at BYU would this look perfectly normal.

The weather was beautiful. We didn't wear jackets, the sun was out, and I thought it was spring.
After a visit with my brother, we went for dinner. Todd joined us. The place had free soft serve. My family had one before dinner and a couple more after. I was happy to spend the time with them.

Then we came home to Idaho. We woke up to a perfectly gloomy, cold day. It was as if the day before had been a dream. Was it real? I think so.

All the music I mentioned can be found here,17929,4782-1-1,00.html

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Malad Gorge State Park

When you drive up I-84 you always pass the Malad Gorge State Park exit. I did that on Friday and decided that I was coming back sometime during the the weekend to see it.
So here is the foot bridge you use. I have a thing about heights and this was out of my comfort zone.

Here is looking down from the bridge.
Then we walked over here and noticed that the birds really like the sign.
An entirely different perspective.
And here is looking back at the bridge.

It was a good stop. We are going to go back in the summer. Now, we always say that, but we never really do.

On the way home we dropped by to look at these guys. There were about 9 when we first stopped and 14 when we left. When they fly in, they chirp. I can only imagine that they are telling hunting stories.

Life is good in Southern Idaho.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Group Quilt

So I did measure wrong, but I thought it was going to be to small, it turned out to be to big. But it is okay. This is a group project and here is what is supposed to be in it.
"2 or 3" color block
Has a "curve"
something with a "tail"
something that "flies"
Stripe Fabric
9 patch block
something related to "sewing" or "quilting"
Triangles in the border.
It would probably surprise you which block fits, and a lot of them could be more than one thing.
I can throw it onto the ever growing 'to be quilted' pile.

Year of the Dragon

Many years ago, I came across a recipe for Egg Drop Soup in the Family Fun magazine. It has become a tradition to make Egg Drop Soup this time of year. It is really easy and good. I couldn't get r make us any decorations, so we just had the soup.

Egg Drop Soup

4c chicken broth

3 T water

1 T cornstarch

1 egg, lightly beaten

10 to 12 fresh snow peas

1 green onion

¼ c finely chopped ham (optional)

Bring the chicken broth to a simmer in 3-quart sauce pan over medium-high heat. In a separate bowl, combine the water and cornstarch, then stir in the cornstarch mixture into the simmering broth. Bring the broth to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Slowly pour in the egg and gently stir it with a fork in one direction only, stirring slowly for long strands of egg, more rapidly for thinner strands. Add the snow peas, the green onion, and the ham, if desired. Let the soup stand for a few minutes before serving. Serves 4

HaPpY YeAr of the DrAgOn !!