When it rains….

When it rains……… it pours…….. and sometimes there is a rainbow.

We have had lots of wind and rain since yesterday.  It rained all night.  And all day today.  This afternoon I was in the bathroom and heard water dripping.  Not the sink, not the toilet….. hmmmm……..

The WALL is leaking.  ALOT.  We think it is from where Steve installed a new outside door upstairs, but didn’t put trim around it.  Gee, ya think???  He is so not happy.  I am so not saying “I told ya so” about trimming that door last month.

So I have been doing laundry.  Lots of it.  Started with the regular stuff, but then it “rained” on the towel shelf.  All the towels.  And my nesting tables from my grandma (one of my most prized possessions) are wet and now need to be refinished.  sigh.   at least the featherweight didnt get wet.

And yet, we have so much to be grateful for.  We HAVE a house.  It didnt get washed away in a hurricane, or burned down in a forest fire, or flooded (yet!) like others.  And it didnt fall down the hill in a mudslide or crack apart in an earthquake.  See?  Someone is always worse off than we are.  Always.

So…. here is the rainbow.



Thank you Judy for the help and directions.

It was a fun project.  One I will do again.  But let me tell you this….. if you have never dyed fabric yourself before, you should try it once.  At least once before you ever complain about the price of hand dyed fabrics.  I have a whole new respect for those that do this for a living.  Yep, glad to pay their price!   They earn every nickel of it.  The dye, the chemicals, the time, the energy, the water used, the electricity… wow.  And the knowledge.  There is as much to know about dying as there is to know about quilting, or golf or any other darn thing you indulge in.  I would never be able to repeat these exact colors, but I will be able to dabble and have fun again!

And here are a couple of the ones I “painted” to hopefully be a sunset over water.



Hope your day was great.


Holiday traditions:

Steve and I have a Christmas Eve tradition.  We eat a snack or finger food kind of dinner usually.  Sometimes I fix several appetizers and that is dinner.  But we always have shrimp… that has become our tradition.  Sometimes we have stuffed mushrooms.  Tomorrow we will have shrimp, broccoli/cheese salad and maybe some other appetizer I dream up without going to the store.

I havent done any baking because I have been dieting for a month.  But tomorrow I will make pumpkin pie for Steve because he thinks it is tradition.  I may make cookies because I found an easy recipe that is less fattening (actually less tempting!) than our traditional fudge and penuche.

Christmas morning traditions are to open whatever Santa brings in your stocking, then eat coffeecake.  Then open presents.  Dinner is usually ham, sometimes turkey.  Always sweet potatoes, a green vegetable and  OLIVES.  It isnt Christmas (or Thanksgiving or Easter) without olives!  And if Steve cooks we have mashed potatoes and gravy.  Enough gravy for an army.  I don’t eat gravy.  So if he wants it, he has to make it!  Works for me every time.

Just in case I get too busy baking pie or quilting tomorrow, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki W
    Dec 23, 2007 @ 18:05:53

    Your fabrics turned out fantastic! I agree with you, it’s very labor, water and supplies intensive. Only worth doing if you really, really enjoy it! Have a very Merry Christmas!


  2. freda1951
    Dec 23, 2007 @ 18:17:30

    Your fabrics are beautiful Gayle. Sorry about the leak, hope nothing was ruined. Have a Merry Christmas yourself.


  3. rondabeyer
    Dec 24, 2007 @ 00:46:22

    Merry Christmas Gayle and Steve….


  4. Deb Levy
    Dec 24, 2007 @ 13:44:39

    Sorry about the leak…just what you needed right now!

    The fabrics are gorgeous. You did a great job, got lots of nice texture!

    Merry Christmas Gayle!


  5. Diana Wilson
    Dec 25, 2007 @ 12:08:53

    I wanted to wish you and Steve a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful time together. It is great when you look at your blessings and minimize your troubles. Your fabrics look great. I can’t wait to try that myself! Have a great day!
    Thinking of you in Michigan,


  6. AllenQuilts
    Dec 25, 2007 @ 22:48:55

    Oh, I’m sorry to read about your wall! Love the fabrics…you did great! We do finger foods on Christmas Eve, too. And shrimp is one of them! And we had ham for Christmas dinner today. I was going to make sweet potatoes, but we decided to cut back on the side dishes. Derek must have green bean casserole!


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