Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday's Mixes

Isn't there a saying about red skies in the morning...sailors take warning? We had the most beautiful bright red skies this morning followed by a drizzling rain most of the day. I think that this is what we have forecast for us for the remainder of the week too. I am certainly not complaining because we have just enjoyed a spell of deliciously warm days. I understand the other coast has had March come in more like the lion that we hear about. Guess that means it will go out like a lamb.

This week in the mail I received the most exciting box. It was from Sandi who had participated in the Whirl Into Winter Giveaway. I have to tell you that I have absolutely no idea how she managed to fit so much in one box, but if I ever have to move I want her to pack for me. Just look at all the goodies. The box was filled with bins that were packed with the best gifts. There were patterns, wool felt, threads, candies, stickers, note cards, doily, fabrics, tissues and on and on. I was really excited to win this package because I have been intrigued with the lovely felt projects that I have seen on various blogs, especially Sandi's. Now I get to try it myself and Sandi has offered me the chance to pick her brain if I have any questions. Look out, Sandi, as I will definitely be contacting you.

As I mentioned, the past week has blessed us with beautiful warm, clear days. That type of weather always sparks the desire for a little outdoor entertaining. We fired up the wood burning oven yesterday and had one of our sons and his family over for a pizza party. The girls love making the pizzas to every one's likings. They are getting very proficient at rolling out the dough and adding all the different toppings.

The youngest girl preferred to play dress up with the dolls.

Saturday evening we celebrated my mother's 86th birthday by taking her out for dinner. My three siblings, their spouses, my husband and I all enjoyed a great meal with her. It has been a few rough months for her and it was nice to just enjoy being together without all the medical worries for a few hours.

The doctor did a repeat MRI on her hip and we got the results last week. The sepsis has not completely cleared up on the oral antibiotics so she had to have a venous line put in her arm to receive I.V. antibiotics each day. She had called me to tell me that the doctor wanted her to have them daily for 42 weeks!!!! It turns out that it is only for 42 days which was a tremendous relief. They are allowing me to infuse them at home which makes it a little easier on her. This whole ordeal has been very tiring on her as anyone can imagine.

I was able to get out in the garden a bit this weekend and it felt so wonderful. I noticed that the swallows have returned to the area already. A large dark cloud of them flew over and circled before heading onwards. They say that they return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day which is March 19th.

This lovely little tomato was on a volunteer plant in my flower bed. The seed must have been dropped by a bird or the tortoises because I do not plant tomatoes in the flowers. It was delicious!

I brought my one of my blooming orchids inside to enjoy.

I've had a little time in my sewing room this week but it was mostly catching up on mending. I did make a few of the wonky log cabins that I am seeing on blogs. It is a great project for using scraps of which I have a gazillion and for having no plan other than it has to measure a certain size. FUN! I also did some much needed organizing.
Everyone needs to check out this great Giveaway. You also need to follow her links to see a fabulous rug pattern at the Moda Bakeshop.

May every one of you have a wonderful week.