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The Last of The 2nd Quilt Show


Many of us quilters can look at other people’s quilts all day.  We draw inspiration and ideas and courage from them.  We vow to go home and finish that current project to submit to our local show.  We vow to start a project worthy of submitting to a large international type show.  Or we just keep looking at all the beauty on display in these quilts.

I have so many beautiful pictures from this show, I could not keep them all to myself, but I will be quiet and just get out of he way. I hope you  enjoy as much as I do, and thanks for your patience.


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Why Chefs Wear White (and Sometimes Color Too)

We Are Chefs

1 Historic ChefBy Ana Kinkaid

Today’s diners accept a chef’s gleaming white jacket as the standard attire of a culinary professional, prompted in part by the early television appearances of Paul Prudhomme and Wolfgang Puck. Yet the real story of why chefs wear white began much earlier than today’s endless cooking shows.

Prior to the French Revolution in 1789, cooking was a largely undefined profession in which kitchen staff wore street clothes, or in the better households, an assortment of grey clothing often covered with stains.

Marie-Antonin Careme Marie-Antonin Carême

That is until Marie-Antonin Carême entered culinary history. At this time, Paris was famed for its elaborate pastries and the most innovative creator of these popular towering sugar edifices, known as pièce montées, was Carême.

Such creations were expensive and available only in wealthy households or in the windows of exclusive pastry shops. When the blood bath released by the French Revolution broke…

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A Daily Challenge: Footsteps


When I would write something years ago, I would start with a search through the dictionary or one of several encyclopedias that we had.  Today it is Google or Wikipedia to start.  I do believe the end is the same, a jumping off point, that little nudge needed to start the next project. Today’s word prompt is Footsteps.

My first search was on other blogs.  I came across one of a young man from Romania who had a most interesting blog about walking and taking one footstep at a time.  Then to an online dictionary.  Footstep, a step on which to ascend or descend, a way of life, conduct or action followed in his father’s footsteps.

baby steps

I was looking for my personal meaning and I think I must amend it to baby steps.  This is how I feel my life is traveling now.  I am taking baby steps to make a decision about where to live.  I am taking baby steps in learning how this blogging really works.  I am OK with baby steps at this stage in my life.  I don’t need to create an artificial deadline for me to meet with my decisions.

I guess as long as I am feeling and/or seeing forward progress, I am good with that. I am OK with the Scarlett O’Hara quote from Gone With The Wind.  ” After all, tomorrow is another day”

scarlett o'hara

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Climbing Diamond Head

diamond head

What a great experience.  This is not the tallest mountain to climb, nor the most difficult.  We were advised it would take a couple of hours to do this and that seems pretty accurate. This is a volcanic crater and the summit is just over 750 feet.  The name is synonymous with the Hawaiian Islands and a fun part of the island experience.

The volcano has been extinct for 150,000 years and it is called Diamond Head because  the British seamen saw crystals and thought they found diamonds.  The park admission price is only $1.00 per person or $5.00 per car, but the parking lot is small.

You enter through a tunnel into the crater bottom and walk up via a paved pathway for the first part. Along the way, the views of the crater itself are quite beautiful.  As you get higher up, in some areas there is a hand rail and the path becomes a bit narrower and steeper.

Nearest to the top are 2 ways to ascend, one is a set of stairs that are steep metal stairs.  The other starts with concrete stairs that lead into a steep 225-foot tunnel that leads to a circular staircase and you climb out of a window in an old bunker to the breathtaking view.


Make sure you bring water, as once you begin the climb as there is no way to purchase anything.  Snacks if you feel you will need the energy. Also be aware that it is usually quite windy, so a light jacket or cover is sometimes needed.  And on most days, it will be sunny and there is no real cover from the sun.


We saw all ages on the paths and at the top. At the bottom, by the entrance to the park,  is a gift shop, bathrooms, a food stand and picnic benches in the shade.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Aging, bloggingfundamentals, firstfridays, postaday, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Extravagance

A current example, in my opinion, is a Birkin bag.  It’s a purse people.

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This one is over $130,000.00 USD.  It’s really nice.  But, it’s still a purse.


I love the fact that they are named after Jane Birkin, an actress, singer and songwriter who is also 70.  The bag came about from a chance meeting on a flight with the head of Hermes in 1983.

birkin jane

I Just have to give you one more look at a Birkin Bag.

birkin bag 1

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Mr. Polanski Stay Away

This has been in the news of late, because he wishes to return to the United States.  He fled this country years ago to avoid prison for statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.  He was in his 40’s at the time.

I am glad you have made a lot of great movies.  I have actually seen some of them.  I also understand that you settled financially with the girl you raped.  And, you did spend 42 days in jail at the time.

Under what warped mindset does your behavior entitle you to return with a promise of no prison time. Ok, you are old, your early life was difficult and now you make movies. A bit of research shows that while many rapists are sentenced for 10 years, they serve about 5 years.  Then are put on a lifetime listing as a sex offender.

Please stay in your adopted country, or choose to move back to Poland, just stay away.  There can be no positive benefit to have you here.  I for one was grateful when you left the country, one less person to clog up the prison system.  On behalf of 13-year-old girls everywhere, I say “No Thanks” to your version of justice.

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I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

Thanks for the complete truth.

The Pilot Wife Life

If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.

On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.

Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.

If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.

Knowing what I know about airport security, I’m

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Over The Past Year

first year

About a year ago, I started writing this blog.  Today I went back and reread my first one.  I am surprised that I still like and feel the same as what I wrote then.  It’s like a 5-year-old child who feels that every day they are getting taller or smarter and it is visible to others.  I know I have changed in many ways, can’t you all see it? HA. Other than the fact I dyed my hair (again a new color) and lost a couple of pounds, it’s not even visible to me.  But I have changed.

summer job 5

I have accomplished a couple of bucket list items I was never sure were going to happen. Some of them were on my bucket list before I knew what a bucket list was. Thanks to that movie for making the term OK to use even with old people like me. We don’t automatically fear it or think that when an item is crossed off the list the end is near.

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I hope that my writing and photographing some of my adventures will encourage some others to step out of the box.  Embrace the unknown, learn new things, try different food, listen to new music and open your heart to enjoy all of those things.

I have decided to extend my time of blogging, because I am enjoying it. I will continue on this site, the name and the direction will change, but not yet.

embrace unknown

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Hexies On Display – Quilt Show

This is a bit more of the Chicago International Quilt Festival 2017.  This is the special display of hexagons in amazing settings and another of primitive style folk art.  Just 2 more of the groupings there.  There was also a green and red display of quilts that could not be photographed.  These were mostly applique and vintage, dating back to the 1850’s.


These are only some of the quilts in this display, now on to a few of the primitive folk style quilts.  Much of the fabric used in those was wool combined with cotton and other fabrics.

I forced myself to limit the number of quilts that I post for the sake of the non quilting people out there. This was a spectacular show and I will post a few more pictures.