Tuesday, February 15, 2011


It's been a busy week. It seems like there was something to do every day and it took all day to do. I thought Sunday would be a down day for me and I even slept in, but then friends called and asked if we wanted to go for a hike around Puddingstone - so my lazy day was gone.

Of course I want to go for the hike, I'm trying to lose weight. By the way I hit the 30 pound mark yesterday! Yeah for me!!

We have plans to go to the lake, however the weather may change our plans. It's supposed to rain and some weather reports show that it will snow for about 4 days. That is not our first choice - so we need to decide how brave we are. And if we want to get snowed in. We do have a few appointments to get back to.

Will let you know later how that works out.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hiking & Sewing


The other day we went for a hike at Irvine Regional Park. I hadn't been there in years and I must admit it has changed a bit. We looked at the trails around the back of the park and since it was such a nice warm day, we thought it would be a great practice for the 14.5 mile hike that we want to make this spring.

Of course when this sign is near the beginning of the of a hike it makes you stop and think about being out in nature. It didn't help that there were lots of dog tracks that make you stop and take a closer look.

This is what the first trail looked like, nice and wide and not something a mountain lion would like at all.

The second one is a bit smaller and a little more like a hiking trail (or an old road). 
Sorry it's sideways. But as you can see the third trail looks a bit more like what a mountain would hang out on.

Here are a few more pictures. It was a great day for a hike and we've decided that we will go back and spend more time there to work up to the Whiskey Flats Trail that we want to hike in the spring.
And we didn't see any mountain lions - only rabbits - which I'm sure are tastier than we.

Today is Superbowl Sunday and all quilters know that it's a great day to sit and sew. I have my new sewing machine back from the shop so it's time to get the borders on this quilt. This part is all sewn together now and it has been decided that a small (1/2") blue inner border is needed before adding the outer border, which is the same fabric as the sashing. I know that it kinda looks like several different fabrics were used, but it's just a nice multi-colored batik.
It's leftover from Skylers quilt for her 1st birthday.

I've also been playing with my quilting machine and I think the QBot (computer thingy) the guy finally put on it is helping me get the hang of the free-motion quilting. With the QBot the thread isn't breaking all the time - which is great! I have been trying to get the tension adjusted. Once the tension is right I'm going to put a real quilt top (not a crummy piece of practice fabric) on it and get it done!

Wish me luck!