Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Add Flag Making To My Resume

My daughter recently starting working for a family owned candy company in Oklahoma City.
One day she asked if I could make them a flag for their flag pole outside.
Never one to say no to a request from one of my children I said "Sure".
How hard could it be?
First was finding the material to make the flag.
After perusing several possibilities I found ripstock in the colors I needed.
Then to the design.
I had Rachel send me a copy of their logo to try and replicate it.

I went old school.  I grided the logo in inches and then grided on freezer paper three inches to size it up.

Do they still make overhead projectors?

The hardest part to the design was trying to figure out how to make it the same on both sides.
After several sleepless nights, which is normal for me, I came apon a plan.
(I do my best problem solving in the middle of the night. My Fitbit will attest to that.)

And can I just say ripstock is made of nylon and one must be careful with the iron.

I am very happy with the finished product but already have thoughts on how to construct the next one.  Yes there will be a next one.  It's Oklahoma City.  There will be tornadoes and lots of wind.

And no people I'm really not for hire to make flags.  I only do this for love or dark chocolate English toffee from Woody Candy Company.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Just call me Leslie

With a name like mine I get called a lot of variations.
 On my birth certificate it is Johanna Maria Petronella  Vrinds.
I was named after my Dutch father's mother.
I have been called Annemieke by my family and friends all my life.
Or Miek by a select few.
This past week I needed an oil change and so I went to the local automotive center that has been servicing our cars for the last several years.
After my oil change yesterday I noticed I was leaving oil spots behind at the few places I stopped.
I also put some paper under my car when I got home to check.
Yes, I was leaking oil.
This morning I went back in to the automotive center to share it seemed I was leaking oil.
The gentleman that owns the business decided my name was Leslie.
I'm really not sure why.
And I decided it was easier to answer to Leslie then try and correct him and get him to call me Annemieke.
So I now answer to Leslie.
And my car is no longer leaking oil.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Trying Something Different

This past Christmas Jim and I gifted to Rachel, Kelsey and their husbands a month of Blue Apron.
For those not in the know Blue Apron is a" nationwide delivery service that sends you a box of pre-portioned meal ingredients with recipes."
Jim and I are a family of two.
I cook from scratch but I have gotten in to a little bit of a rut.
While I would like to be a little more creative generally there is a LOT of left overs.
With that in mind we decided to try Blue Apron for ourselves.

Last week we had our first delivery.

The box is very well insulated.

It's like Christmas finding out what is in the box.

 This is three meals of food.

And of course the state of California has to put it's two cents in.

The first meal I cooked was curried catfish with coconut rice.
Generally a fish coarse is included with every shipment and it was suggested by a friend who had done Blue Apron to cook that meal first because of spoilage possibilities.

I am not a fan of curried dishes so I wasn't sure if we was going to enjoy this dish.  The curry seasoning was used to coat the catfish and the meal was delicious. 

Thursday night I cooked spicy chicken with Korean rice cakes.
Again a very well seasoned meal.
Included was plenty of gochujang, a Korean hot pepper paste, to make it as spicy as we wanted.   We had never had Korean rice cakes and it gave a different texture to the meal.

Friday night we had the BBQ pork burgers with corn on the cob.
The burgers were delicious but the BBQ came from the BBQ sauce put on the bun so I do think the name for the menu was a bit misleading.
Overall I will say the dinners are very flavorful.
Jim, my meat and potatoes guy, said he would gladly repeat any of the meals again.
The instructions for each meal are well written and easy to follow.
I do think a fresh vegetable side is needed with the meals.
We had fresh raspberries and strawberries with each meal this week.
Once we are out of berry season I will probably add a green salad.
A great thing about Blue Apron is you know in advance what you will be receiving each week and you have the "limited" ability to change what meals you will be getting.
You are also able to decide what weeks you want to receive your meals.
Since I am on the road some weeks and I know Jim won't take the time to prepare the meals we can not have deliveries those weeks without any penalties.
We are looking forward to another tasty week.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I am amazed at what dying brings out in those that are living.
What should be a joyful remembrance of life becomes 'what am I getting when they pass'.
Remember the passing of stories.
Acknowledge what they have created.
Know the joy they have for the future generations that have come and are on the horizon.
Affirm witness to the fact that life is a journey that goes forward with each generation.
Live life fully and enjoy.
Just love your family and know they are special!!!
Tell them as often as you can.
To Jim, Rachel, Brad, Kelsey, Mike, Hagen and Rylie
I love you.
You are the best.
I am proud of you.
Remember that always.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Dear Jane Progress

Lately I've been rather monogamous working on my Dear Jane quilt.
Yesterday I finished the bottom triangles and have only the left side pieced triangles to finish.

 I do still have six blocks to go and there is extreme applique involved with all of them.
New Show Title
  Extreme Applique - Get Your Thimbles Ready To Rumble 
Okay, okay. I know I just need to suck it up and finish them but I do like the idea of an applique show.
Tonight  I started to sew the rows together and noticed this.
Not sure if this is from starch or what but not happy.  I am going to soak this block and if the  yellow doesn't go away I guess I will be redoing its center.

Monday, April 11, 2016


When I lived in Texas and was schlepping  children (I enjoyed EVERY minute. It really is a great time to visit with your children and catch up on their day. They are a captured audience.) to here and there I drove a Chevy Suburban. The vehicle of choice when having more then one child and in Texas.
I drove four wheel drive Chevy Suburbans.  We had horses and it was wonderful hauling a bale of hay, feed or tack for a show.  I could also transport up to six children where ever was needed.
Towards the end of the time I lived in Texas I was down to one child who needed a driver.
During that time there was a natural gas boom and I was able to profit selling the natural gas rights to property I owned.
I bought a car.
A very impracticable car.
A two seater convertible 2008 Chrysler Crossfire in red.
The very last year they were made.

It is VERY cute.
It bugged the salesman I didn't care to drive it fast, I liked it for its cuteness.
Very impracticable. 

I have loved driving it here in California.  We have the BEST convertible weather.  Jim not so much.  He is not able to put the seat back far enough so his foot does not fall asleep but it's not his car and he doesn't drive it on a daily basis.
Anyway, today I received a recall notice on the airbags.
Apparently my airbag "might"
 be defective.
But there are no parts to fix it at this time.
Basically they are saying my cute car that I love to drive should stay in the driveway until it can be fixed.
Not happening.
I wonder how long they want to give me a rental before the parts come in.
I'm sure they really don't want anything to happen to me out there on the road.
I think it would have been smarter to announce the recall when they actually had parts to fix the problem because I don't see a positive in announcing it early.