Tuesday, July 18, 2017

California ~

 
Apple and I don't play together well.  I was able to blog from my iPhone ~ just once.  The next time I tried, I could not find any pictures to download.  I tried the iPad a couple days later.  Got a blog post all done complete with pictures.  It would not let me save and post it.  I tried for three days.  ARGH!!!  If you post from your iPhone or iPad, what app do you use?  Do you have any suggestions for me or am I a lost cause?
 
Anywho . . . we are home.  Landed in Cleveland about 6:45 am yesterday.  I don't think I've ever taken the redeye before and I'm not a real fan.  We flew Spirit.  Bare bones but you can't beat the price.  The seats (I think they forgot to add the padding) don't even recline and needless to say, I got very little sleep.  It was good to get away but it is great to be home :)  We were busy every day and I need a vacation to recover from my vacation.
 
While in the LA area, we got to visit the job site where my son is working.  It is the same house he was working on when we were there last fall, a $30 million property that has been taken to the studs. 
 
 
Son Bill and DSO at the front entrance.
 
 
 Great room fireplace, I believe 16th century, which he is helping to restore.



Here Bill is pointing to a piece of wood he replaced.

 
In the distance, a famous TV doctor's house.  (Hint ~ Dr. P***)


On the Strand, Hermosa Beach.  Beachfront homes.



 
This cool trash can is in front of an ice cream shop in Hermosa Beach.
 
 
Can you believe they had to put this on the bottom?  I thought it was for people walking dogs, but Bill said it was meant for the drunks, especially the 4th of July weekend (like they would read that?).  So disgusting.
 
 
We went whale watching on the Pacific.  Bill told us whale season was over, but we decided a boat ride would be nice.  We had a mariachi band playing on the lower deck the entire time.  


 A HUGE container ship arriving in Long Beach, a major shipping port.  It's unreal how big those ships are.  They look so top heavy. 

 
Those dark specks are not birds but porpoise jumping out of the water.  Though we didn't see any whales, we did see hundreds of porpoise and some sea lions.

 
Son Bill (aka #1 bad boy).


 
 We took a walk on the Manhattan Beach pier.  This view is looking toward the city . . .

 
. . . and looking out towards the ocean.
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Lots more to share.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, July 9, 2017

LA ~


This is a first.  I am trying to blog from my iPhone.  I know some of you do it all the time, but I've never tried.  I took pictures with my phone and thought they'd transfer to the iPad but they did not and I want to post a few pictures.  I also took pictures with my camera and have no way to post them.

Our trip west was uneventful ~ thankfully!  We arrived Thursday eve.  It's so nice to see my #1 bad boy.  

Friday we visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery.  So moving to see.



We are staying on the Pacific Coast Highway so we're within walking distance of the ocean.  







Today we headed to Venice Beach.  Always an experience :)  








We have done so much more, but since I have no idea how this post will turn out, I will call it a night.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I'm Leavin' on a Jet Plane ~


I always loved that song.  What about you?

I have managed to pull a few ~ VERY FEW ~ loops the last few days.  I was hoping to finish this before leaving on vacation, but it is not going to happen.    I was just kind of stuck and not sure how to do the corners.  I think this will be okay.  I redrew them a bit since the pattern was a little wonkier than I liked.  The petals or whatever you want to call them are a faded red, not pink as they appear.

 

I should be packing, not hooking or blogging.  We are leaving for LA tomorrow.  Thankfully we don't have to head to the airport until mid-afternoon.  I am the great procrastinator when it comes to packing. 
 
 
I'm hoping this is the last time I visit my son in LA.  If things work out as planned, he will be moving back to Las Vegas in a few months.  He is so not the California guy and really wants to leave the insanity of LA.  A twenty mile commute from his job site can sometimes take him well over two hours.  I don't know how he or others can spend so much time commuting.  So much of your life is lost. 

I'm sure I will fall behind in my blog reading, though I hope to post once or twice, but you know that my iPad and I don't play well together.  I haven't tried to blog on it since last fall . . . sigh.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th to You ~




Out of many, one (the motto of the US).
 
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
 
A glorious 4th to you!!!
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rebekah Class ~


 
Yesterday was the day.  Rebekah L. Smith class day.  Wooly Thistles Table Runner day. 
 
Rebekah ~

 
Some of the class ~

 
The project  ~


 
Lots of detail pictures to help me with my stitching.











 
My accomplishment . . . lol.  I got all my pieces cut out and pinned to the linen.  I could have started stitching, but didn't. 


Rebekah brought all the models from her book.  What fun to see them up close and personal.  They are SO MUCH better in person.
 
Originally I had planned to take this along on vacation to work on.  Since I don't do much applique, I decided I'd better leave it for when at get home since it will take much concentration.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a glorious 4th.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Friday, June 30, 2017

Goodbye June ~

 

Well, I finally have a finish.  Woo hoo.  This rug seemed to take forever.  The finished size is 16" x 50".  Pattern by Red Barn Rugs.  Class with Cathy Stephan.


I love the center flower.  (Thanks, Cathy!)  The first picture was taken with a flash and the second without.  The color is somewhere in between.

 

I'm not too sure about the star flowers.  I hooked them slightly different. 



Of course I won't be rushing to bind it before vacation, so will take another look-see when I get home, but I most likely will leave them as-is. 
 
Tomorrow I have a class with Rebekah L. Smith.  It should be fun but I sure don't need another project.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren