Saturday, 31 January 2009


I’m reading one of Kate Morton’s books at the moment.

I’ve read A shifting Fog. 








Couple of weeks ago I read ‘The House at Riverton’.

The House at Riverton

And now I’m reading ‘The Forgotten garden’. I’m half way through.

The Forgotten Garden

I bought the last two books last summer, when we were in Wales.

Did you know, I have to wait till 2010 for her next book. That is a long wait. Will have to find something else to read in the mean time.

Happy reading,

Thursday, 29 January 2009

100 things

Came across this meme on Karin’s and Cherri’s blogs. I thought I would join in the fun.

The rules state:
Below are 100 statements. Bold or change the color of the ones you have done.

1. Started your own blog - and here it is!
2. Slept under the stars
- a lovely way to sleep!
Played in a band.
Visited Hawaii.
Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford budgeted to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland or Disney World World
Climbed a mountain.
Held a praying mantis.

10. Sang a solo. – Not in public, but lots of times in the car clip_image001
11. Had stitches Yep, a plastic surgeon would most likely have done a better job. Luckily most are hidden by clothes.
12. Visited Paris
Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch – does quilting count?

15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning.
Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty back when they still let you.
Grown your own vegetables - green beans, carrots, beets, tomatoes.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
Slept in an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
Run a marathon.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
Seen a total eclipse.
Watched a sunrise or sunset so many times. But the most special are those I’ve seen in Australia!
31. Hit a home run.
Been on a cruise.
Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
Seen an Amish community. – hope to one day
36. Taught yourself a new language.
I try to speak German clip_image001[1].
Had enough money to be truly satisfied 
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
Gone rock climbing.
Seen Michelangelo’s David.
41. Sung karaoke.
Seen Old Faithful, in Yellowstone Park, erupt.
Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa
. – I even have lived there!!
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight -
Been transported by ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted.
Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – I’ve stood under the Eiffel Tower, does this count as well?.
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.I’ve tried but I’m claustrophobic
52. Kissed in the rain.
Played in the mud.
54. Gotten a speeding ticket – I won’t mention how many
Been in a movie.
Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class. Did judo when I was younger  clip_image001[2]
Visited Russia.
Served at a soup kitchen.
Sold Girl Scout Cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason/special occasion
Stayed the night in jail.
65. Cried so hard you threw up

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check - once or twice many years ago. Luckily we now have Visa
Flown in a helicopter.
Saved a favorite childhood toy.
Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt – a few clip_image001[2].
73. Stood in Times Square.
Toured the Everglades.
75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London.
Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. Don’t tell any one!!
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican.
Bought a brand new car.
Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper

Read the entire Bible – only bits and pieces.
Visited the White House.
Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had Chicken Pox
- when I was a child.
89. Saved someone’s life.
Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous depends what you define as famous. I’ve seen the following movie stars/singers pop up in front of me: Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, Roger Moore, to name a few.
92. Joined a book club.
Lost a loved one.
Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
Swam in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit

98. Owned a cell phone - still do. I even have two!!
99. Been stung by a bee -
100. Read an entire book in one day

I hope you enjoyed reading this?

Quilting bee

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As promised some WIP’s. Last Thursday, a week ago, we had a bee at my place. Only a few could make it. Four members were missing. Three were busy with their needles, I watched and admired the WIP’s. I was too busy with the preparations for our retreat.

Bee, as used in quilting bee, is an old word to describe a gathering of friends and neighbors to accomplish a task. The tasks were often major jobs, such as clearing a field of timber or raising a barn, that would be difficult to carry out alone. It was often both a social and utilitarian event. Jobs like spinning, quilting or sewing, could be done as a group to allow socialization during an otherwise tedious chore. Because the word describes people working together in a social group, it is commonly assumed that the term was derived from the insect of the same name and similar social behavior. However recent theories say that the word ‘bee’ more likely derived from other similar English words. Who knows where the word ‘bee’ derived from?

Cochem – an impression


A local shop was having a clearance sale. I got myself some extra DMC threads


Sunday, 25 January 2009

Australia Day – 26th of January

Would like to to wish you Aussies a great Australia Day.


Go to this site for some history on Australia Day.

Long weekend!

Have been away the past three days and just got back. Went to Cochem with the family. My mum celebrated her 68th birthday in Germany this year. We stayed at a lovely hotel and had a lovely time. Will post some pictures soon.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Happy Hubby

Yesterday the speakers arrived that hubby ordered sometime ago. I’m impressed, the sound is terrific and believe me I don’t usually notice . Usually any hifi sounds good to me, but I must admit he was right, these speakers produce a lovely sound. This was a good investment. Lucky me, I can listen to ‘my’ music for free!!

The speakers are enormous (according to my reference), the living room looks a little different as you can see

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SSCS – part II

This week another package arrived. My swap partner sent me a self-made gift. Chookyblue did mention sometime ago that I might receive something else. Although I indicated that this was not necessary, it is nice to receive a belated Christmas present.

Look what I received

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All though I’ve enjoyed participating in the SSCS. I’ve decided not to join another swap soon. I fond it hard to find the time to make my gift and meet the deadline. Somehow next to a 60-hour working week I managed it.

My goal for 2009 is to concentrate on my WIPs and class projects. I’ll also make a Christmas garland like the one I sent to my SSCS-partner.


Saturday, 17 January 2009

Elm Creek

I finished another good book. I’m not doing much quilting at the moment but this book compensates that. It was a lovely read, it was like being at Elm Creek myself.

Chiaverini's 13th novel centers around the quilting circle of Elm Creek. It was great to meet up again with Sylvia, Sarah, Agnes, Gwen, Summer, Bonnie and Judy. Did I forget someone? Can’t wait for the next book.

The Winding Ways Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #12)

Change means letting go!!

I’ve been a fan of ER for a long time. I’ve watched nearly all the episodes. I might have missed only one or two. There was a time, long time ago, I had a picture of George Clooney as a screensaver on my PC. He was my dream guy for some time. I was sad to see Doug Ross go, but I accepted the change.


Then Mark Greene caught my eye. Wow, it was the guy from Top Gun. Loved his character in that film. Memories! A friend and I saw that movie 4 times!! Do you know how many years ago that was? 26!!

I was happy when they introduced Abby Lockhart. How many times did I see her pick herself up. Finally she got it together with Luka Kovac.

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Naturally I also saw John Carter grow from an intern, to a resident, to an ER doctor.  While he grew into his role, I grew also.


ER was at its best around the time that Abby decided to become a doctor. 

Many tears have been shed while watching ER. Lots of emotions have been jolted around. The impact of Gregory Pratt’s death was great.

Finally the time has come, this is the 15th and final season. I’m ready to say goodbye but it is not easy to let go. But I will also accept this change in my life.

Looking back, who was my favorite character? I think this was Abby en Carter.

How did ER affect your life the past 15 years?

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Tiny feathered star

Last Thursday we had another quilt lesson. Some of us are able to make really small feathers. Look how tiny this is.


Jannie can really do some impressive things. Could you be able to make such tiny feathers??

Here are some other works in progress.

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Looking forward to our next class!

Decision time

This fall we will go into our fifth year!! Our teacher has suggested that we can either finish our earlier works or go onto learning a new technique. Decision time!!

The group is contemplating on deciding on finishing projects that we have already started.  We could however also learn how to make a snowflake quilt. What will we do???

I’m thinking of ordering this book. This might make it easier to decide.

Snowflakes & Quilts

Thankfully we still have some time to decide. It is only January, and we still have some months to go before it is September.

I think I want to finish the projects that I have already started. I really would love to finish my compass quilt or kaleidoscope. Some extra tuition might help!!  But it is tempting to have another WIP.


Sunday, 4 January 2009

I got a present and it is not even Christmas!

Hubby bought me a bracelet and yes, I got some studs too.



I’m one lucky girl! The only thing I need now is a tan. When looking at my arm you can see I haven’t seen some sun for sometime. Boy, I have white skin!