Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving & Some News

The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching. Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up.
 ~Ted Allen

Isn't that the truth?  My husband has decided he will smoke the turkey this year!  Woohoo!!  He almost changed his mind when he found out it would take 10 1/2 hours to cook!  He then said "We'll be eating dinner around 9:00, right?"  Of course not - lol.  Guess who will be up early on Thanksgiving?  And guess who will be up right there beside him.  I am thankful that he is preparing the turkey this year.  That means I won't be sticking my hands inside the cold cavities, pulling out only partially thawed guts for a change.  I have even found a recipe for making the dressing in a slow cooker.  I'll let you know how that turns out.  Hooray for guys and barbecues/smokers!!



The sky as the sun was setting as seen from our backyard
Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue?  The sky appears blue to us on a clear day, because the atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere separate the suns white light into its many colors, and scatter them throughout the atmosphere.  The wavelength of the blue light scatters better than the rest, predominates over the other colors in the light spectrum, and makes the sky appear blue to us. Isn't that enough of an answer?  The rest is so scientific that it's enough to put you to sleep!


Today is Wednesday which makes it One Flower Wednesday.  Here is my contribution.....

I have liked the little Scottie dog fabric since I bought the fat quarter years ago.  I never had a chance to use it until I made this flower.  I thought the center fabric with the little paw prints was rather fitting.  Some day I will make more than one flower a week - or at least I hope I will.



I am starting two new blogs!  One for a block swap and one for a bee. 

 First I would like to introduce you to Block Swap Adventure.  

This is a block swap for everyone.  No special skill level is required.  You can be an advanced quilter or just starting out, or maybe you fit some place in between.  Block Swap Adventure is a gathering of friends for the purpose of making and swapping quilt blocks.  Each month we will be swapping 12" quilt blocks made to the recipients desires.  You do not have to have a blog to join.  This swap will start January 2011.  Please click on the link above or on the button on the sidebar if you are interested in joining our brand new Block Swap Adventure.  Or email me at

Secondly, I would like to introduce you to Let's Bee Together

This is a virtual bee that anyone can join.  No special skill level required for this one either.  You can be a beginner or advanced quilter, or fit anywhere in between.  You do not have to have a blog to join. 
There will be 12 members.  Each member will select a month and for that month will be responsible for sending out fabric to the other 11 members.  Those 11 members will then make a block from the fabric sent to them using the directions given to them. 
Doesn't that sound easy enough?  Additional information can be found by clicking on the link above or by clicking on the button on the sidebar.  Or you can email me at

Tell your friends, post it on your blogs!!  I hope you will join me in one or both of these two new groups.



A quick reminder for Leona's Christmas giveaway.  Hop on over to Leona's Quilting Adventure before Friday to enter her great giveaway!
Lucky Duck Dreams is having a great giveaway.  Colleen is giving away a bundle of 5 vintage VIP fat quarters and 2 yards of a vintage Concord Fabrics print by Joan Kessler all in a holiday print.  She will pick a winner on November 30th.

Come back here to Stray Stitches on Friday to see what my fabulous giveaway will be!!  You won't be disappointed.

My thoughts are completely in line with the upcoming holiday tomorrow.  Thankful for so much, too numerous to mention here.  I hope that you all have an absolutely stupendous Thanksgiving.  Eat, celebrate, enjoy, but most of all, be thankful.

Instead of a closing quote today, I hope you will click on the link for something totally amazing that happened earlier this month.  I certainly wish my shopping break turned out like this.
Christmas Food Court - Must See and Hear



Cheryl said...

Very ambitious!! 2 new blogs! Good luck and have fun! Hope the turkey is tasty.

Maria said...

Hope your Turkey is delicious!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Good luck with your two swaps.

Mariliz's Musings said...

Oh these blogs sound fun. I'm thinking of joining, but being a new sewer, I'm a little worried. Which would you recommend for a new sewer? Thanks!

Megan Harmeyer said...

2 new blogs?! Holy crap, woman! LOL Good for you. I'm totally jealous that Dad's gonna smoke a turkey. ACK! I still have to go to the grocery store today. NOT looking forward to that. *hides*

Lynda said...

OK Linda, so now I'm sitting here crying in front of my computer after listening to the choir in the food court. Thank you so much! Congrats on the 2 new blogs also. Sound like fun.

Anne-Mette said...

I love your dog-flowers ;-)). The fabrics are just cute.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and enjoy your turkey. I will have to wait till Christmas Eve to eat turkey.

Sue Barreau said...

Hi Linda, I just wanted to say thankyou for firstly advertising my Christmas Giveaway on your blog, and then advertising the other giveaways too. I have entered them, and saved everyone to become a follower of those blogs too. Have a great day! Hugs n Blessings from Sue x

Birdie said...

Very cute fabric. I have cooked a smoked turkey from our local butcher. It was delicious,

Marion B. said...

Two blogs and a flower. Must be a perfect day.

Jeanette said...

Your bloom is so cute. Love the Scottie dogs & paw print.

Joke said...

I love your doggie-flower. The two fabrics you used match perfect!

Sandy said...

Lucky you, hubby doing the cooking. Way to go. I started the cooking today and finish up at Dad's tomorrow. Like you said, hours cooking, 20 mins to eat, hours cleaning. But, ain't it FUN.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes said...

Every time I come by your blog has grown and grown and now you are starting 2 new ones. Awesome!

Happy Holiday and enjoy your weekend ;)

Karen said...

Love the Scottie flower and that is a great quote by Ted Allen. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

Wendy said...

I just love reading your blog posts! Your flower this week brought back memories for me. When I was in high school I babysat for a family who had a scottie named Fiona(sweetest thing)and their little girl called her "onie". Love seeing the scotties...cute flower.

Vesuviusmama said...

OK, I joined one. (I can do this, I can do this, I can do this...)

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