Friday, August 31, 2012

How I celebrated

After wrapping up at the casita where I lived all summer and finishing up my contract, I came home and enjoyed breakfast as late lunch (or early dinner?) on the terrace of my new home and sat and read a bit closer to the end of a one of those books you enjoy and don't want to end.

Look who decided to join me. 

I left the door from the bedroom open to see what would happen.  Grace was first to discover it, wander out, and walk around, meowing loudly, until her brother came to join her.

They wandered out and then back in and then out again to chase a bug (unfortunately a wasp) and then in and then out . . .

hoped it would be a while before they jumped onto the wall (and possibly beyond to the roof) ... but I knew that whenever the inevitable happened,  Grace Hopper would be the first . . .  and Johnny Be Good would soon follow her ... and as I was typing this, guess which brave kitty was first to leap without knowing what she'd fid on the other side?

Grace on the wall First on this wall (an inside wall with roof on the other side ... then on the outside wall (with nothing but the ground far below) and then, followed by Johnny.  

Monkey see, monkey do.

Changing Gears

Today is my last day of my contract at the job that brought me here--as you can tell from my calendar I finished a week early. .

The last day of my lease at the adobe casita is also today. I've turned in my keys and I am ready to begin whatever is next for me.

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Friday, August 17, 2012


Sopaapillas at Tia SophiaLunch at Tia Sophia's is always good ... and it comes with the best sopaipillas–light, puffy squares of deep-fried dough.

Some people eat it along with their meal–there's even a stuffed one on the menu–but I save it for desert, drizzle some honey over it and enjoy--usually half is enough ... and I didn't think to take a photo until my half was already gone.

I'm not usually much of a fan of deep-fried anything, but this may be the exception.  Savory or sweet, the sopaipillas at Tia Sophia's are the best I've had since moving to Santa Fe.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Julia Child

I wonder what Julia would think of this Julia Child Remix, Keep On Cooking.

See more videos and recipes and more Julia goodness on the PBS site at

Bon appetit!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lunch with Jane

A couple of weeks ago I won a copy of Jane Sassaman's new book, Patchwork Sassaman Style.

Book Cover

Today, during lunch, I walked to the PO and picked up my mail, including this fabulous book.  Then I walked over to a nearby restaurant for lunch with Jane('s book.) 

Both lunch and the book could be described as VERY TASTY ... and that glass of Pinot Grigio was quite tasty, too :-)

Jane inspires and gives the reader a lot of insight into her design process.  She educates with great "recipes" for 20 quilts with clear instructions.  I also love that she references the traditional blocks that inform the design and layout of her quilts ... I am not a fan of designers who rename well known traditional blocks in their patterns. And she further illuminates her designs by presenting (and explaining) variations on her recipes--one of them features the same Potato Vine fabric as my Prairie Gothic wing chairs.

Thank you, Dragon Threads, for sponsoring this giveaway.

Thank you, Anita Grossman Solomon, for hosting the give-away on your Make It Simpler blog and choosing my name.

Thank you, Jane Sassaman,  for creating another brilliant book for quilters.  I'm thrilled to add it to my resource library.
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