Archive | June 2013

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N ~

It’s finally here!  That time of year when I get to take some vacation time and get away from work for more than just a 3 or 4-day weekend.  I live for vacation!  I love to travel!  I get three weeks of vacation beginning this year, my fifth year at CNYEMS.  Al and I will be travelling to Maine in August for a week.  Well, we won’t only be in Maine.  We’ll be staying in Portland for the majority, but then coming back through New Hampshire and Vermont on the way home, with stays in Burlington, Vermont and Lake George, New York.

Have I mentioned that I’m a “planner”?  I’ve been planning this week long vacation since January… seriously.  I have every detail under control, planned out, reserved; from the B & B’s we’ll be staying at to the kennel boarding our dog, what we’ll do/where we’ll go each day, down to the mileage and time it takes to go from place to place.  I actually have a three-ring binder dedicated to our vacation.  Everything is not written in stone, by any means.  We can change our plans, except for where we’re staying and the Windjammer cruise from Portland, at any time.  The shopping, beaches, dining etc. are totally fluid.

Windjammer cruise out of Portland, Maine

Windjammer cruise out of Portland, Maine

Did I mention that I’m excited?  I have a tendency to think that each vacation I’m taking could very well be my last, so I make sure that it will be enjoyable!  Al?  Of course I consult and plan with my husband!  Well, sort of.  I do all the planning, then consult with him to see if he likes what I’ve planned, or if he wants to make changes.  Generally, he seems satisfied with my ideas.  Actually, when we began discussing 2013 vacation plans LAST DECEMBER, Al was the one who suggested New England.  We honeymooned in Massachusetts, but I’ve never been farther north than that.  I LOVE the east coast!

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

 

Where will you be vacationing this year?

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting ~

They were there, and then all too soon they were gone.

Robin's eggs

Robin’s eggs

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Empty Robin's nest

Empty Robin’s nest

     Thank you for stopping by in this fleeting moment.   Until next time, TTFN                                                         ~ Tamara

Floral Friday Fotos: Marvelous Marigolds ~

Marvelous Marigolds

Marvelous Marigolds

Marigolds are hardy, annual plants and are great plants for cheering up any garden. Broadly, there are two genuses which are referred to by the common name, Marigolds viz. Tagetes and Celandula. Tagetes includes African Marigolds and French Marigolds. Celandula includes Pot Marigolds.  Marigold (Calendula) is an extremely effective herb for the treatment of skin problems and can be used wherever there is inflammation of the skin.  In South Asia, bright yellow and orange Marigold flowers are used in their thousands and placed in garlands and to decorate religious statues and buildings. They are also used as offerings and decoration at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies.  Pigments in Marigolds are sometimes extracted and used as a food coloring for humans and livestock.

But I like them simply because of their pretty color and long lasting beauty!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!  TTFN ~ Tamara

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Quilting ~ How Much is Too Much?

Have I mentioned that my mother-in-law, now retired, is/was a professional (exceptional) quilter?  She taught me everything I know, even though we live an entire state away from where she lives in Pennsylvania.  During our visits to PA, I have always been envious of her ample “stash” of quilting things.  Her sewing room contained everything any quilter could ever want or need.  I think she was a secret quilt “hoarder”!

Now that she’s retired, she has no need for any of those gadgets, fabrics, tables, sergers, sewing machines and batting.  I, apparently, was in line to inherit all (or most) of these wonderful items.  My sister-in-law is also a sewer, but not a quilter, but she had use for several of the items to be given away.  

So Al and I took our pickup truck to PA over this past weekend in an effort to “clean up/clean out” Mom’s sewing room.  What a task!  I did most of the organizing and packing things to be put on our truck.  The room, about 12 x 12′, was completely inundated with STUFF!  There was a small path through which we could walk to get into the middle of the room.  That’s where I put my office chair, in the middle of the room, so I could go around the room working on a little at a time, tossing some stuff and packing others.  After 5 hours of working, I was done, and had everything organized and ready to go on the truck.  My poor husband had the task of carting everything from the sewing room down two flights of stairs and out to the driveway… we should’ve had a hand cart, but didn’t.  I don’t think even he thought it was going to be so much!  In the end, we did fill the entire bed of the pickup, AND we didn’t get any of the bins of fabric and batting from the entire closet filled floor to ceiling!  That’s for another day and a bigger truck.

After we got home, Al unloaded the truck into our livingroom and I began to take an inventory of what I have and ponder about where I’m going to put it all!  My sewing room is smaller than hers, and my closet half the size.  What was I thinking?!  Where on earth am I going to put approximately 150 spools of thread?!  I brought home two more sewing machines:  a Bernina 1530 (workhorse, worth its weight in gold) and a Singer Featherweight (antique, gorgeous!), as well as a Baby Lock Serger that I have no clue how to use and may well never learn.  Bins of fabric, baskets of batting, needles, several green quilter’s cutting mats of varying sizes, rulers of different sizes and shapes, a light box, a large box of older Quilter’s magazines and books that never go out of style, rick rack, knick knacks, rotary cutters … the list goes on.  The supplies are way more than I could ever hope to consume in the balance of my lifetime.  Is it too much?

Quilt supplies 2

Quilt supplies 1

Quilt supplies 3

 

I’ve since come to the conclusion that the question was a silly one!  I belong to a very active quilt guild in my area, and it’s always nice to share!  Varigated metallic thread anyone?

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara