4.14.2018

Mini Baker

Got home late Thursday night and found that Leia had baked (delicious!) chocolate chip cookies all by herself. 




And she did it one-handed. Very proud grandma moment.

4.13.2018

Spring Visitor

Look who stopped by to admire our new landscaping. . . 


 Great Egret

He’s (she’s??j been here several times this past week, 



allowing camera-toting hubby 


to get progressively closer on each visit.



Hope he keeps stopping by!

4.12.2018

Fiber Art Camp

The big girls* are in their second week of an after-school fiber arts class sponsored by  Studio Channel Islands.




This week was stamping on paper and fabric. They are pretty pleased with the results. (Me too!)



Next week they’ll add marbling to the stamped fabric, so the fish will appear to be swimming.



And bonus - Leia and Leanne each have a girl her own age in the group, which they love. The class was open to kids from 6 to 14, so what are the odds that the 6 participants (including 2 boys) would all pair up age-wise?? Everybody’s happy!





* I need to stop calling them “little” girls since, compared to Jaclyn and Donovan, they are now big kids. They’re growing up too fast!!

4.11.2018

Job Counseling

This past weekend, Leia struck one potential job from her “what I want to be when I grow up” list.




“Hover board pilot” is officially a “no”. 




Friday’s X-rays showed a probable break in her wrist - later confirmed by a radiologist - but she also had pain in her elbow, so today the doctor decided to play it safe and recommended a full arm cast. Lucky girl! ( not!!)




She’s taking it pretty well, so far, noting that at least it’s not her right (dominant) hand. But once the novelty of having her friends sign the  pretty blue cast wears off, I think we’re in for 4 long weeks of “it itches!” Poor pretty princess. 

4.08.2018

Spring Fever

About now I usually get the urge to plant all. the. green. things . . . and watch them die shortly thereafter. A green thumb has never been one of my strengths.




This year, however, it’s hubby who’s gone planting crazy. He’s transformed the front yard, adding a wine barrel planter, 



an arch and trellis for the new bougainvillea, 



and replaced parts of our poor drought-stricken grass with new brickwork accents.



It looks amazing. And since I didn’t plant them, maybe everything will stay happy and healthy. Crossing my fingers . . .

4.05.2018

Bunny Purse Golf

The 4th bunny purse went to its home today, handed over during a rapid round of granddaughter golf in Ventura.




Karina loved it!



I thought that was going to be the end of bunny purses, 

 Leanne giving herself bunny ears. hahahaha

but Karina’s baby cousin (Wenona’s youngest grandchild) wants one too. 

 Leia couldn’t resist making silly faces.

Hmmm, where did I put that leftover fabric . . . .

 Hole-in-one happy dance

4.04.2018

EPP Progress

I’ve been working on my English paper piecing (EPP) project for about a month and finally have enough done to show progress.




This fabric ⬆️ . . .



now looks like this ⬆️ . . . 



on its way to becoming this ⬆️. The red line in the upper right corner shows what I’ve completed so far. Still a looooooong way to go.



I’m still surprised at how much I enjoy the hand-sewing and slow progress. I do a bit each night, while watching tv, trying not to over-do and re-injure my shoulder*. I keep expecting to get bored and move on to other projects, but that hasn’t happened . . . yet. This EPP stuff is addicting!


 
* Good news - my MRI is scheduled for Tuesday! Physical therapy didn’t resolve the problem so we’re looking at what comes next. Crossing fingers for a non-surgical fix.