Emerald Bay Painting

I went to a Paint and Sip put on by the same business, but located in a local restaurant with a group of friends from Zumba.

I felt more comfortable doing this painting and even had an idea of how to do the steps before they were explained.

paint and sip, Emerald Bay, painting

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

I really like how this one turned out also.

Have you done this before?

Later – Heather

Instant Pot Korean Beef

I got an Instant Pot 7 in 1 for Christmas.  Our daughter sent me a link to the Instant Pot recipes listed on the Cookies and Cups website.  This one sounded interesting.

http://cookiesandcups.com/instant-pot-korean-beef/

I knew we had the ingredients in the house – even an apple that we needed to eat soon.

I even made it on the pressure cooker settings.   The Instant Pot ran really quiet versus when my mom used to use a stove top pressure cooker.

I am happy to say that it was a hit with my family.  Now to figure out what I will be making next.

Do you have an Instant Pot?   What are your favorite recipes?

Later – Heather

PILLOWS A-LA-MODE blog

I was scrolling through some emails and I came to one from the PILLOWS A-LA-MODE blog.

I was sad to read that Katherine, the author of the blog, had died right before Christmas of breast cancer.

I, like others who commented, never met her, but I always enjoyed reading her posts when they arrived in my email inbox.

The Internet (blogs, Facebook, etc) has definitely expanded my view of the world.  Before Christmas,  I read a post on Facebook stating that there was going to be a heatwave in Australia on Christmas day and the next post was about how people were dealing with the freezing cold temperatures in Nevada, etc.

So, even though there is a lot of negative information on the Internet I hope I add something positive to what is available.

Later – Heather

 

Whale painting

This summer a local place did a Whale painting at a Paint and Sip night.  A friend was going and I really liked the painting so I signed up.  I didn’t know what to expect since I have a lot of hobbies, but I do not consider myself a painter even though I have relatives that can paint very well.

Well, I had a blast and I really like how my painting turned out.

picmonkey-whale-tail

First paint and sip painting

Have you ever been to one of these events?

Later – Heather

 

 

 

 

Pepper’s winter sweater

So, before Christmas 2015 I saw this in the local Target ad.

target dog sweater.jpg

And my first thought was that dog looks like Pepper (our ‘red’ Golden Retriever).  I knew Pepper needed a sweater to keep her warmer when she slept out in the dog house so I went looking the next time I was in the local Target store.

Target was out of the dog sweater that was shown in the ad, but I was able to get Pepper a sweater.

Here she is modeling it.  She definitely doesn’t look as happy as the dog in the ad, but she didn’t complain when we went to put it on her before bedtime.  And I am happy to say that it lasted through the winter and will definitely get more use this coming winter.

pPepper sweater

Pepper modeling her winter sweater

Do you dress up your pet?

Later – H

Remember to vote

Please remember to go vote on Tuesday, if you didn’t get a chance to vote early.  In Nevada we were able to vote early so I and a family member went and stood in a line on a Saturday to do that.

I won’t give my opinion or allow a debate about who to vote for, but please vote.  There are local issues, etc that also need to be decided.  And in some states you are able to vote ‘None of the Above’ and even that counts as a vote.

How would you feel if a person or question lost by one vote and you hadn’t gone to vote for them like you were going to?

I am just happy to live in a country where I have the opportunity to voice my opinion even if what I want doesn’t win.

So, did you vote?  I would love a ‘Yes’ if you did vote.

Later – H

 

Red Rock Canyon – That is in Nevada?

At the end of September the husband had a short work conference in Las Vegas so I tagged along and we turned it into a mini vacation.  Most people think of gambling and shows when they think of Las Vegas, but since we live in Northern Nevada we didn’t do any of that.  After spending our required 1.5 days on the Strip, for his conference, we got a hotel away from the Strip and went exploring.

So, I found the Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas – Red Rock / Summerlin.   It was is on the west side of Las Vegas and near the ‘loop’ road so I knew we could get to the areas that we planned on going without too much difficulty.

Years ago we visited Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon was a way outside of  town.  Well, that is not the case anymore.  Las Vegas has grown a lot since the last time we had visited.  It turns out the hotel I selected was 11 miles from Red Rock Canyon.

So, in the afternoon, after the conference ended we went and explored Red Rock Canyon.  There is now a nice visitor center and we drove the scenic route and took some photos.  Since it was later in the day we didn’t go on any long hikes.

Here are a few photos.  Las Vegas is visible in the background of the upper right photo.

Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas

So, when was a the last time you visited Las Vegas and did you go see anything besides The Strip?

Later – H

 

Applique Class by Kevin Kosbab

I took an Applique Class taught by Kevin Kosbab of Feed Dog Designs through the Carson Valley Quilt Guild (Nevada).  I had done some applique before, but I learned some new tricks and had fun.

Did you know that there are at least three different types of applique?  Here are my definitions:

a) Raw /fusible applique – This is the kind I had done before.  You draw the pattern on the paper of a fusible web, cut out and iron onto the back of the fabric, which will then be ironed onto a backing material.  Then, you can either sew with a straight or zigzag stitch.

Years ago I decorated canvas grocery bags this way and then used dimensional fabric paint around the edges.

b) Freezer paper applique –  Cut a template from the freezer paper and iron to the wrong side of the material.  Then fold the edge of the material over the template.  Then remove the template and sew the folded edges to the background material by hand or machine.

c) Needle turn applique – Using a template mark the material with a water soluble marker.  Then fold over the material on the edge using your fingers.  Then hand stitch the applique to the background fabric.

Today’s class we used the fusible technique for the feet and beaks.  We also used the freezer paper technique for the bird body and wing.

Kevin was good at giving enough details and showing the step by step instructions that I was able to pick up the steps very quickly.  I was actually done with my sample early enough that I had another bird cut out before the class ended.

Here are the two samples I made in the class.

Have you taken a class lately?  What did you learn to do?

Later – H

Random Conversation

Do you randomly have people start conversations with you?  Well, I had that happen earlier this week when I was in Costco.  A retired man started talking to me about the automated drink vending machines that are now available in the Costco Food Court.  Oh, and if you haven’t seen one work it is pretty cool and yes, I do have nerdy days.

Anyways he starts talking about how computers, etc have changed so much in the last few years and not always for the better.  The funny part about that was I was just thinking about the ‘user friendly’ features on my cell phone like the apps that I have never used, but they keep pushing updates even if I delete them.

The man then said that social media was actually hate media since people were usually complaining about something.  He said he was a veteran and retired fireman so he had seen a lot of bad in this world, but he knew there was a lot more good out there in comparison.  I then told him that a friend and I had started to text each other one good thing each day to try to keep our focus on the good instead of the bad.

His parting comment was he was glad he could talk to me for a few minutes and to keep my smile.

Every day I find myself thinking about that conversation and realize he is so right.  If you just focus on the negative then that is all you will see, but if you are willing to look for at least one positive thing you might surprise yourself and find lots of positive things.

So, my challenge to you is to look for at least one positive thing each day for the next week.  I am hoping your point of view changes after that and you will want to always find something positive to think about.

Oh, and if you think my life is a bed of roses you should know that my positive thing one day was that I had cleaned the refrigerator.  Nothing seemed to be going right that day, but I was very happy to open the refrigerator and see how clean it was.

Let me know if you see a difference after you take the challenge.

Later – H