Bird Watching and Quilting


It looks like the little bird will be ready to try out his wings soon.



It has done well in my makeshift, substitute nest. Mama is continuing to watch over from above. 


I finally finished the quilting on Baby C’s quilt. Baby C will be 2 in September. 🙄 Anyone want to start a pool on whether I get the binding finished before he is 3? I had better because grandbaby boy #3 is due to arrive in October! 

I finished all the freehand quilting in the blocks this weekend. When I had my A1 upgraded 2 years ago, I also added the computerized Quilt Butler system. It’s a little embarrassing to confess that I have not taken time to play around with it and learn how to use it. The past couple of evenings I watched some instructional videos on the YouTube site and felt ready to give it a shot. So after work tonight,  I started small, just putting a simple design in the diamond shapes. It went very smoothly and I was tickled to death with how they turned out. I finished all the diamonds in no time at all. I’m excited to learn more and use it more. It can’t do as much as some of the more elaborate systems, but it’s more than I had and will add some more options to my quilting. Another tool in the sewing box. 



Been Away Too Long


Goodness. It’s been 8 months since I stopped in to blog. Lots of life happening. For now, I will start back with a cute post about a baby bird. 

We had a storm blow through yesterday evening that had some fierce straight wind in it. Lots of branches and broken trees around town. In our yard, I noticed a small nest upside down on the front lawn. I turned it right side up and found its baby inhabitant clinging to the inside of the nest. It’s a Western kingbird. 

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but as I was standing there pondering the situation I saw my plant stand. I took it, set an empty flower pot in it and stuck it in my yard underneath one of the trees I thought it may have fallen from. Then I filled the pot with small branches and leaves and set the nest and baby bird inside. I picked up a couple more leafy branches that came down in the storm  and gave it a little covering over the top, but not so much that it couldn’t be seen by its parents, whom I was hoping would find it and continue to care for it. I left it alone for the night with fingers crossed. 


Well, not only did mama and daddy find it and resume feeding, but they are also fiercely guarding the new nest. So glad it looks like a happy ending for this little one. For now anyway. 


Hopefully all will still be well in the morning. 🙂

Quiet Sunday


It has been so hectic here the past week. Efren and I have been preoccupied with a new business venture we are undertaking. We bought out the company where he has worked the last three years, and are going to give it our best to make a good go of it.

Slowing things down a bit today. Because this is happening.

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Drinking some Thieves oil tea for that stuffy, achy headed, sore throat crud going around. Ugh. I love this tea. Honey, thieves, frankincense, lemon and peppermint oils. Yes, I’m an oiler and Young Living is my preferred brand.  Use them every day.

I did manage to whip up a couple very simple mug mats to protect to top of our new coffee table. Made from some old four patch blocks that have been sitting in my stash, leftover from when I was making a quilt for my mom, and with 5″ squares I had cut from scraps I had leftover as I worked on another past quilt, and batting scraps. Will put a few more together later. I knew those leftovers would come in handy someday. That day was today. 😊

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Successful Sunday Funday



In between the worship time, cooking, and the eating, and the cleaning, and the shopping, and the tending to elderly parents, and the sorting, washing, folding and putting away of the laundry…I did some stitching today! Slow and fast! I made some good progress on hand stitching the King size binding, and I did a little longarm quilting! What a blessed Sunday at Casa de Ortega. ❤️

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Sunday Snippets


It’s a beautiful fall morning here at Casa de Ortega. I rather like the fall back time change. Mr. O has a toasty fire going for us and pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee. Nice. Miss Bella is up and at ’em, too.

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Every time I see the blog post of that sweet little Dog Gone Cute quilt that several bloggers have been doing as a quilt along, I’m reminded of our silly girl. She looks like she could have been a model for the pattern, don’t you think?

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My Prince and I made a quick trip to Amarillo yesterday, for a little shopping and a couple errands. We haven’t been able to make a quick little getaway like that for about three months, due to his work schedule. Some heavy rainfall in our area slowed things down enough that he could safely take the Saturday off. It’s a two hour drive just to get there and we had to be back home around 7:00 pm to see the little g-babies in their costumes and spoil them with treats. But, the limited time went so fast, we never made it to anyplace other than the mall. We even had our Halloween lunch date there and took a silly selfie. 😀

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One of the items we did get marked off the agenda yesterday was to purchase some new pillows. We both have neck, shoulder and back pains, and often wake up stiff and sore feeling. We decided to go to a sleep store, and have a trained sales associate help us in the pillow selection process. We both felt better this morning upon waking, and are hopeful that this was a good investment. I don’t mind spending the extra money for a good night’s sleep and better physical health with less pain. That would definitely be worth it!

Today, I’m goimg to throw some country style ribs in the crock pot and make Dr. Pepper ribs. Another tasty recipe easily found with a Google search or in Pinterest.  I have laundry and household chores to do, and  will take my parents some chicken salad I mixed up for us and for them. And, I hope hope hope I get some stitching time. I’m setting a couple small goals for myself for November.

I want to finish baby C’s quilt, and it’s way past time to get the binding stitching done on this king size quilt I made a couple years ago.

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This will be finished ASAP! Miss Bella seems to want to help!

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That’s a wrap for now! I have stitching to do! 😀

Salsa, baby!!!


I wish you could have a taste of this!

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I got a good “do” on this batch. Go ahead and laugh at me for saying that. Efren does. He says, “a do?? You got a good do on it?” I’m like “yeah, a do. Ain’t you ever heard that sayin’ before?” (Insert heavy southern drawl) 😂😂 This batch did turn out seriously good, though. Enough of a burn to make your nose run, but not so much to overpower the flavor. Perfecto! I could make a meal of just chips and salsa, but I cooked up a little Mexican quinoa dish to go with. A recipe I found on Pinterest and we both like it. Healthy and tasty, too!

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Simple Stitching


It has been a good weekend, thus far. I got baby C’s quilt loaded  yesterday and started on the first row of quilting. Today, I got to work on it a little more.  It’s all very simple quilting. Nothing fancy at all.  I took such a long break from quilting after Greg’s passing, and when I did start again, it’s been so sporadic that I almost feel as if I’m starting from scratch. Not quite that bad, really, but close. I had gotten to be quite adept at tension adjustments, and even retiming my machine wasn’t that big of a deal. I’m having to fuss with the tension a bit on this one, and it does feel more challenging to me than it did at the point where I was before. I know I’ll get back there in time. In the meantime, my goal is to just enjoy the process again. Be thankful that I’m blessed enough to have this longarm machine to quilt with. I can’t wait til we are the best of friends again.

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Lots of variety for baby to look at as he snuggles with it. Part of my day was spent babysitting the boys while mommy went to a see the doctor at the local family clinic. I was pretty happy to spend that bit of time playing with them and feeding the baby his lunch. Good times.

Efren and I spent the rest of the day by slowing down and just enjoying each other’s company and a nice dinner together at home, along with a fire in the fireplace and a movie. I wish I could say the movie we chose was as good as the company and the dinner. I love acorn squash, with a big pool of melted butter and brown sugar in the middle. Yummy!

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A nice side for the pork chops I cooked. One of my favorite fall veggies. Yep, it’s been a good day, but I better go to sleep. Efren is snoozing away, Lulu is curled up in her little bed, and Bella is softly snoring away on hers. I’m looking forward to tomorrow….