Tuesday, October 31, 2006
One year our dad took us trick-or-treating in Beverly Hills (it was only 15 miles away). I remember that at one house the butler gave out the candy! Some families were having big parties at their houses. And, we got lots of full-size candy bars. I grew up in a tract neighborhood so that meant lots of houses close together and lots of candy. Every year after trick-or-treating we would go home, organize our candy, and started the trading!
Tomorrow night I'll be at the Trunk-or-Treat party at church. (I'm in charge.) I'll take a few pictures, serve refreshments, and steal some candy from little kids in costumes.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
The moral of the story is: we had great seats for a great meeting!
My pumpkin making friend Elisabeth went with me to a quilt show today at the Museum of our National Heritage just down the street. My neighbor works at the museum and he told me about the exhibit. The quilts were beautiful. My favorite is the one with the dresses on it (the woman made it for her daughter's 16th birthday). I've never seen one like that! Seeing all those beautiful quilts made me itchy to get working on my next project but I probably won't start until the winter (and I'm confined to my condo because it's too cold to go out).
Here are pictures of my three favorites.
Friday, October 27, 2006
After I taught my turkey class last night my friend Elisabeth taught a pumpkin class and I made one pumpkin. Elisabeth came over tonight and helped me make a dozen more! I did all the machine sewing and she did the stuffing and hand sewing on the tops. And then I glued the sticks (yes, I've got a glue gun). We had our own little assembly line going. The fabric came from Winmil Fabrics, one of the last fabric stores in downtown Boston. My favorite is the brown fabric. And you've got to admit, those teenie pumpkins are pretty cute!
Thanks for all your help Elisabeth! We're already brainstorming for winter projects...
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Winter is around the corner. Not funny. Not funny at all.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Caleb decided last Christmas that he wanted to read The Book of Mormon before his baptism. He finished last night! I think that is so awesome!! I'm really proud of him. He's got amazing parents that helped him reach his goal.
The weather today was beautiful. I don't remember having four amazing Fall Saturdays in a row like we've had this year.
I've been sitting at my computer for many minutes downloading photos. Here are a few from a terrific day!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Tonight I baked some yummy chocolate chip cookies. I'll sell you a baker's dozen for ten bucks.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I grew up in L.A. Out there you have clothes. No winter clothes. No summer clothes. Just clothes. And, you don't ever move them. But I love having seasons and it feels good to sort/organize/donate clothes twice a year. During the process I came across a bag of dark socks and tights. I like wearing tights. I was at my trendsetter friend Julie's house over the weekend and noticed these really cool new striped tights on her dresser. I knew I had to have some too. I went to Target tonight and bought some cool striped tights. They were the same price as my green messenger bag.
There are a few drawbacks about cold weather: frozen hair, heating bills, and slipping on ice to name a few.
But there is one nifty thing about cold weather: striped tights!
Not only do I bake at midnight but I type at midnight!!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
I've been wanting to go to Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire (or "Cow Hampshire" as it is often called or "Dog Hampshire" as I sometimes call it since some friends sent their dog to dog training in N.H.) and decided at 2:00pm I was up for a drive. It was 2 hours up and 2 hours back. I bought all my red/blue reproduction fabric there for my first quilt I made. I've been in the "fabric collecting phase" for my second quilt and have wanted to check out what they have. It was a beautiful day for a drive. I cranked Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising". At one point I was driving down a hill and there was a quaint New England town in front of me with church spires and beautiful leaves. It was breathtaking!
I bought some cool fabric (for my next quilt and for a turkey project) and enjoyed walking around the store for an hour. The place was mobbed with a bus load of ladies from a quilting guild in Connecticut.
I have this thing for 30's reproduction fabric. Particularly, red 30's reproduction fabric. I asked if I could take photos and they said it was not a problem. Keepsake Quilting is an amazing store and they have a great collection of fabric.
I stopped at the grocery store on the way home for 3 items...forgetting that you shouldn't shop for groceries when you are starving. That must be why I bought 3 boxes of cornbread mix, junior mints, and chocolate ice cream. Sixty dollars and 10 bags later I pulled into the newly repaired and painted parking lot at Muzzey High.
It was another beautiful Fall Saturday in New England...it's good for the soul...
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I introduced myself to one of my neighbors yesterday. Her name is Nancy. She's lived in my building for 16 years. She's the mother of six and grandmother of seven. She retired from working in personnel at MIT and now teaches ESL. After chatting for a few minutes she said, "Tell me your name again." When I said "Ellen", she said, "Oh, I won't forget your name; one of my daughters is named Ellen." Then I said, "I won't forget your name; my mother's name is Nancy!"
Monday, October 09, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
One of my very favorite New England traditions is apple picking. Every Fall I organize a trip to an orchard in the town of Harvard for interested ward members. We went to Doe Orchards today. The weather was cool and crisp and we had a great group of friends spread throughout the orchard. We had lunch at Wendy's. Everyone had a great time! I brought home a small bag of honeycrisp apples which are delicous! Here are a few shots of Elle.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I was disturbed about Halloween candy being on sale August 15th but I am super disturbed that Christmas candy is on sale today--October 5th.
I don't even know what I'm going to be for Halloween but I can buy a candy cane.
That ain't right.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I was very annoyed for a few reasons, and I let them know. First--I had parked at a friend's house (and walked to and from the subway station) so I could pick up my pictures on my way home after work. Second--it was their mistake. I reminded them that they aren't the only store around that develops film and I could easily take my business elsewhere. I get all my reprints done there and I recommend them to my friends.
The manager gave me a coupon for 50 free 4x6 reprints and said she would mail my pictures to me tomorrow (I think she would have even delivered them to my home but I told her I live in a secure building). I'm still annoyed but I feel better. I don't think I really need Anger Management. I need to be a tough customer like I was today.