Wednesday, May 22, 2024

What I Buy Wednesday

So. I think I've admitted before that I don't really know how to sew. Still, I keep plugging away. Luckily, I have a couple of friends who help me. Karolyn has come over several times---to---I'm ashamed to say---change the thread on my machine. Even with the instructions, I continue to have problems. She recently had to help me with the fact that my machine was messing up all the time. She pretty much determined that I might have wound my bobbin wrong. 

That's where my other sewing expert friend, Nancy E. comes in. I was telling her about my troubles. She gave me two simple hints that I am trying. First, she said the easiest way to change your thread is to cut off the old thread at the spool and tie the new thread to it. That way, you can easily just pull it through! I haven't done it yet but I plan to. Genius!

The next tip required a purchase. That's what I bought this week. Pre-wound bobbins! I had no idea there was such a thing. Nancy said it was worth it to just buy them, so I did.
I was able to get 12 pre-wound bobbins for a little over $3.00 on Amazon. Problem solved! Well, I have to put one in and try it out. I haven't done that yet, but hopefully all will work just fine. I'm not really confident I know how to do that. 

This next thing is not something I bought. But, rather, Butch bought. When I walked in the house one day, he said he had purchased it for the "kids." I thought he was referring to our girls. I said, "Don't we already have this?" To which he replied, "A long time ago."

Turns out, he bought this for the "littles" for Camp Aunt Barb coming up in just a couple weeks.  I think he must be feeling guilty since he's not going to be here. I told him that he was going to have to tell the kids this weekend (we're going to St. Louis for Memorial Day) that there wasn't going to be "Bingo with Uncle Butch" this year! They love that. And, truth be told, so does he!!
He's such a good sport. It makes me happy that he even thought of this basketball thing for them. 

I think there's going to be a competition happening. For sure.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Travel Tuesday

So. Last Thursday, my friends, Pam (the birthday girl--celebrating #70), Karolyn and I arrived in New York City. Pam had never been there. I was thrilled when she asked me to plan her trip. She knows how much I love NYC.

I divided the trip by days and visiting different areas of Manhatten to cover as much as possible. We walked a total of 25.3 miles over 2 1/2 days. We were on the go constantly. 

Thursday--we had lunch at Shake Shack, walked to the New York Public Library to see the lions and poked our head inside--no time to tour as we were off to Battery Park where we ferried to the Statue of Liberty and then on to Ellis Island. We had happy hour at the Knickerbocker Hotel. We had reservations at the St. Cloud on top of the building, but got "bumped" for a private party. We went to Carmines for dinner and then to Schmackery's for cookies. Whew!

Friday--walked to Ralph Lauren's flagship store and got coffee (in my case, tea) and scones. Walked through Central Park to The Dakota Hotel where John Lennon was assassinated. We walked back through Central Park to Bloomingdales so Pam, could shop. Then we walked 5th Avenue stopping at: The Plaza Hotel, Rockefeller Plaza, the Kate Spade store (I had to show them the taxi shoes that are so cute), then to Parker & Quinn for a delicious lunch. We had an hour to rest before heading to Little Italy for a candlelight tour of the catacombs of the old St. Patrick's Basilica (excellent). We went to The Back Pocket--a little bar tucked in a neighborhood for drinks before the show & Juliet. Whew!

Saturday--we started at Starbucks for coffee/tea and muffin which we ate at Bryant Park. We had 10 a.m. reservations at Rise NYC--great museum ending with a fun ride where you are flying over the city. We had brunch in Hell's Kitchen at my favorite place--Marseille--a French Cafe. There was a flea market happening with the street shut down so everyone could stroll. We headed to Hudson Yards to The Edge where we were 100+ floors above the ground. You can look out all over the city. From there, we walked The Highline. Usually one of my favorite things. It was previously an overhead train that has been turned into a park. The flowers were beautiful, but it was super crowded. Disappointing. We walked the length, exited in the west village and stopped for a drink at the 2nd oldest tavern--The White Horse. We walked from there to Macy's, shopped, then walked back to Times Square. We had dinner and finished the evening about 8:30. Whew!

It was a jam-packed trip, but so much fun---as these pictures show!! 

We've had many adventures over our 40 year friendship and hope to have many more!! 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Me on Monday

Last week, I was at Sandy's on Mother's Day, so yesterday, we celebrated here in Nashville with Stephanie, Mindy and the boys. We turned it in to our first pool day and barbecue of the season. Steph is the only one who got in the water. She stayed in for quite awhile, so I guess it wasn't too cold. Justin grilled the steak while Butch did most of the other food prep.

How about some "throwback" pictures of my babies?

Now on to the gifts!

My girls know what I like! Here's proof:
Sandy gave me this cookbook along with the stand. It happens to be one of her and Greg's  favorites. I've already ear-marked some new recipes to try. And then, candy. I love candy! Always have!

Stephanie said that Mother's Day was about pampering.
She gave me these super-soft jammies with some comfy slippers! PINK!  Just like a little kid, I had to wash them right away so I could wear them.

Mindy brought me some beautiful hydrangeas. I do love flowers. But it's the vase that is so darn cute.
I have never seen a vase like this---a ceramic book. It just happens to be a favorite book of mine too--The Great Gatsby. But talk about a coincidence---when she handed the flowers to me, I whipped this out:
OMGosh! I just picked up this little magazine in New York. I wanted to show the girls and tell them that we need to see this. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. I can't wait to see this one. What are the odds?

So, there's my Monday report and Mother's Day review all in one. I love my "girlies" and how they continually surprise me with fun gifts. 

You know, people my age always say they don't need anything. I've said it too, and it's true. I don't need a thing. But, I don't think I'll ever get too old to enjoy fun presents. Come on. Who doesn't like a surprise? I know I sure do! My girls do it so well!

Monday Mystery

Do you know what this is?
It's a jar opener. 

I have had many different types--the rubber band gripper, the rubbery sheet and even one that had handles and expanded. Butch broke that one. I bought this one to replace it. I don't seem to have the strength in my hands I once had. This works just fine. 

But then, I actually saw a trick recently. I haven't had a chance to try it as I haven't opened a new jar of anything. There were several things to try, but the two I remember are:
1. Put the heels of your hand (I guess that's what you call the fleshy part), interlock your fingers and press the heals together until you hear a "pop" which means you've broken the seal, thus making the jar easy to open.
2. The other tip which sounds more like something I can do is:
Using a knife or fork, put the tip under the jar and sort of pry it until you hear the "pop". This one sounds doable, but I'm not going to like it if it bends up my cutlery!

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Something for Sunday

Well, my sago palms didn't fare so well over the winter this year. We bring (and when I say "we"--I mean Butch) bring them in each fall. We put them in the sunroom. 
Even though the sunroom is heated, it's very cold and drafty with all of those windows. 
This one fared even worse. It looks totally dead. I'm hoping for a miracle like the last time. Remember that? You can read about the last time here,

The other two are going to be fine. I'm not so sure about these. I've cut away all of the dead stuff, so we'll see.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Scrapbook Saturday

Here's my layout for April. Scrapbooking by the month has saved me is much time by being able to include everything important within this double page spread instead of a bunch of separate layouts. 
The same is true with travel layouts. 
I just added an insert for our Windmills and Tulip cruise.
I have the trip journal and garden brochure in an envelope. 
This is the insert opened up. 

"Hats" is our AYM word for the month of May. Janet already sent me her layout.
Her page folds out on each side which allows her to include 45 pictures!!! OMGosh, that's a record!
Here's her journaling.

This one is mine too.
I cut the "Then & Now" with my Cricut. I purchased that design for $1.99 for the round robin I did for Nancy. I've never bought a design, but felt like she was worth it. Now that I've used it for my own layout, that brings the cost down to a buck. 

Okay, that's it for this week!

Friday, May 17, 2024

Friday Funnies

This is more than just funny---it's sort of true! So appropriate since last Sunday was Mother's Day! But, my dad was just as tough! I can relate to so many--specifically #1, 8, 10, 11 & 12.