Tuesday, November 24, 2015


My DD called late yesterday morning and we went out to lunch over on the beach side at the little hut place that we stopped at when I got  here for vacation in May--
and we shared the rice, black beans and pulled pork dish--it is really large enough for 2!!
then we went grocery shopping and she brought me on home--

a couple hours later the phone rang--
and DD was on the other end and said she was in the parking lot and for me to come down--
being the dutiful Mother that I am--I went down and here is what she got--
a red Christmas cactus--
the cactus had been on my 'want' list for a couple months now--
I have never had one before and when shopping last week it was mentioned and DD said she was wanting one too--which surprised me as she is not into plants!!
She ended up having to drive to Cocoa to pick up a pay check and she stopped at the Rockledge Gardens on the way home and found these for us and then she seen the poinsettia's too-- and the lady said there that this was the first year that they had gotten that color in and only got a couple of them--like maybe 8--well--DD said they now only have 6!!!
Here is a map of the east coast of Florida--I am about mid state--
and if you look to the right of the #4 dot you will see a X that is about where I am!!
There is an Air Force base across the river from here too--so I hear alot of planes flying over me!!
Smiles, di

Sunday, November 22, 2015


I put today's post on the wrong site--
go to my workbasket site for it--
it is on the left side of my page--
Silly, di

Monday, November 16, 2015


 My daughter showed up a couple weeks ago with this--
and she showed me how to make them--
and left me the supplies--
I just can't bring myself to make any yet--

but she spent that week end in the snowflake business--
she even got colorful-
and then she got 'carried' away--I think!!!!

smiles, di

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Here is where I am at with the Christmas wreath--
I stitched all the hexies together and then I pinned it onto the red background-
then I appliqued this to the red fabric--
was fun to do applique again--
for some reason I love to applique and hand quilt--
they are my favorite stitching projects--
not sure where I will go with next--
but still have some time before I need to finish it--

Here is a refresher picture of the first quilt that I had machine quilted--
Love this one and the large open stitching--
I had asked that the quilter do an 'outline' stitching on the other one--
and I know that was what was written in the order--
cause of the flowers and embroidery work on that quilt--I felt that a design like the dragon flies might not work--
(see last post)
but don't worry I will bind it and use it--!!!

seen this neat t-shirt on one of the tenants here and took her photo from my bedroom window--
and I also like her shadow on this one!!
and this is my friend, Ruth, who plays Skip bo in the community room every evening--
she had found this bear on the give away table and was adopting it!!

Smiles, di

Saturday, November 7, 2015


I am coming along nicely on my hexie Christmas wreath--
I have all the hexies embroidered and I used a gold variegated for the main letters--
and that does not show up as pretty as it really is--
I now have all the paper hexie's ready to stitch unto the backs of this and some smaller hexagons that will go into this hanging later this afternoon while watching some racing--
this morning I did alot of prep work on some Christmas gifts--
so that will keep me busy for awhile--
and I am happy to say that I am probably at least 3/4ths of the way done on the hand quilting on my Christmas tree!!!

and in the mail I finally got the other quilt that was still in NY being long armed quilted--
I really wasn't happy when I got this one back--I had asked for very loose stitching--
I don't like so much stitching in each block--I like the open look and I guess that is why I do so much hand quilting--but--
it is probably my fault--I should of picked out the design for the long armer like I did that basket one with the large dragon flies on it--
I did have alot of work in this one again and it has just sat as a top for several years--
now I can just put the binding on it and use it and enjoy it!!

And now for the new toys--
for my camera--
got a new mirco lens and the hood cap to try--
ordered them when I decided to try learning to clean my sensors in the camera--
can't afford to send it out every other month to be cleaned--
played with the mirco one last night--
and I do believe that I can see a difference!!
it even found me --
a pretty rainbow to photo!!!!!
Have a wonderful week end--
smiles, di

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


that we broke a heat temperature here yesterday??

We had a high of 90 yesterday--
Now I know that Florida has highs of that and higher in the summer months here--
but not this time of the year--
they say the normal temp for now is about 82--
but yesterday  Orlando and Melbourne had a high of 90--
and that the last time it was this hot was in Orlando in 1951 and it was only 89!!
I know it has been really humid the last couple days--
but this guy knows how to keep cool and catch his dinner!!!
smiles, di

Sunday, November 1, 2015


for you--
and there is not one single calorie here--

Smiles and Happy November--di