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Monday, March 24, 2014

a treat for me...

new Nespresso Pixie
I have a new toy!  It's the Nespresso Pixie that makes great espresso coffee.  You would laugh at how I've gone back and forth over buying this machine for the last few years. DH loves coffee, but doesn't like espresso... so it's just me (and I love it). Well, I just couldn't see spending the money on something that was really just a luxury for me. But *once* (about a year ago) they had a sale at William Sonoma and I just couldn't help but buy it. However, after I got home and thought about it, I decided that it was a bad idea and returned it the next day. They haven't had another sale like that for years (I know because I've kept a constant watch)... until this weekend.  And I went back and forth on it again for 2 days (it was a 3 day only sale).  I would buy it, then I wouldn't, then... on Sunday morning... I couldn't go another 2-3 years waiting for another sale, so I did it. Not only did I buy it, but I've already had a cup of espresso this afternoon!

machine quilted tablecloth


Finished the machine quilted tablecloth for my kitchen table this week.  It looks like little teabags on one side and just little white dots on the other.  I like it fine... the colors are just right for my kitchen. But I've already found some new fabric and plan to make another one as soon as I can.



What do you think? The apple print will be one side and the green vines (hard to see in the pic) will be the other.  We're going to do this one a little differently - it will be quilted without a border - kind of like doing a pillowcase I'm told. We'll see...


Now for some more backyard bird (and critter watching)...

  Dove in bird feeder


 Cat watching dove in feeder


  Squirrel watching cat watching dove in feeder


 Meanwhile... crow is stealing catfood from cat dish on ground


 While blue jay sits overseeing it all...


and this guy (Starling?) struts around the yard...



I'm not kidding you, all this was happening in our yard just this morning. It's like a Nature Film up close and personal.






14 comments:

  1. How lucky are you to have so much critter action. I would love that. I only get squirrels, birds and the odd raccoon. Beautiful photos, Rian.

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    1. Thanks, Deb. The critters in the back do keep us entertained.

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  2. I like espresso, too, better than coffee. I'm glad you did yourself a gifting! And yes, your back yard is quite the happening place, it seems. :-)

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    1. Well, I am glad that I finally got it... and on sale. I really like a good cup of espresso (if it's done right... as I have had some that tasted awful). But I believe that Delonghi (which is long time maker of espresso machines) makes Nespresso - so it should be a good product.

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  3. LOL...love that you captured all the action for us...good job :) Glad you treated yourself... you were long overdue. :)

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    1. Thanks, Dee. We had more action out there this evening, but the light was too dim to take pictures. There were 2 possums in the yard, one was eating from the cat bowls... but the other was climbing the same tree that has the bird feeder in it. And although we're aware that possums do climb trees, we've never actually watched one do it until today.

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  4. That's so nice that you were able to find the espresso maker on sale again after a few years. I also seriously enjoy espresso.

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    1. I agree. Good espresso is wonderful...

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  5. You deserve to treat yourself. Enjoy your espresso. I really like the apple and green print material. Your house has such a cozy look about it.

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    1. Thanks, Olga. I think I like the apple print best myself. As for the house being cozy, it is definitely eclectic.

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  6. Best of all, it was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy it. Good for you and the espresso machine.

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    1. The weather has been nice... and hopefully Spring is here to stay... but I'm not counting on it. I'd love to put out my herbs in their hanging baskets, but don't dare do it yet.

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  7. Rian I love your series of backyard photos.
    You took them at just the right moments.

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  8. what lovely photos, you do machine quilting, how wonderful, I love your tablecloth. I am thinking of making a table runner for my table and I took a trip to my local quilt fabric store and was in heaven with all the materials. I think the last bird is a great tailed grackle - notice how the tail is perpendicular instead of horizontal. the crow stealing cat food is a sight to see, they are such smart birds.

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