Happy Mother's Day

I hope you had a lovely day today! My day couldn't have been better, and it's not over yet. We started out the day meeting Erik and Mae for breakfast. The first place we went, a local chain called Elmer's, was totally slammed as we expected it would be. There wasn't even any place to park, let alone wait. I was just so happy to be with the kids that I told them I was perfectly happy with Egg McMuffin at McDonalds...which is true...I loves me my Egg McMuff (as we call it). 

So we drove less than a mile to get to McDonalds, and then I remembered another little chain called Biscuits Cafe in the same parking lot. We checked inside just to see how long the wait would be, and they could seat us immediately! It was meant to be! So I rounded everybody up and we had a really nice breakfast with them. It's so much fun hearing all the things Erik and Mae are doing in their yard. I gave Mae a gift certificate to the Backyard Bird Shop for her birthday, and they had already spent it on bird feeders and birdseed.

There was a zero percent chance of rain today, which is rare in Oregon this time of year. We used the day to pull up massive amounts of weeds. It was kind of fun. The first dry day after a rain is the best time to pull weeds because the soil is nice and moist and soft. Of course, I took the opportunity to walk around taking pictures of the yard. The azaleas and the rhododendrons are the stars of the garden right now. These two are in full bloom now.

This is the rhodie I showed you the other day, and it is almost in full bloom now.

Gorgeous blossoms

and the bees love them.

This one is at its most spectacular right now.

But the prettiest of the rhodies is still getting ready to bloom. It has the prettiest flowers. The edges of the petals are ruffly, making it almost like an orchid blossom.

We're expecting good weather all week, so I expect it will open within the next few days.

Also, I checked to see if there were any cherries on the cherry trees, and there were! Hooray!

The chive blossoms are just starting to open now, so I'll be making chive blossom vinegar very soon. I still have some left from last year, but it makes a pretty gift. I'll make some more to give away this year.

Of course the whole family was out. Smitty absolutely loves it when the people come outside. The weather improves immeasurably when we're out.

He has a little tunnel system where he hides out under the junipers. I was all set up to take a picture of him hiding out, but true to form...just as I had the camera set to take the shot, he walked toward me.

Gracie spent her time in the shade of a chair snoopervising the goings on.

She was snoopervising Smitty who was in the field hunting gophers: "Nose to the ground, Little Man."

And we made such a huge mess pulling out piles of weeds that Tractor Man had to come clean things up.

The kitties are not fond of Tractor Man and that usually puts an end to our day pretty quickly.

So, no sewing for me today. Sometimes it's good to just take a break from the basement, get out, and smell the flowers...literally.

And just so you know, the Janome is slated to find a new job. Yes. Tomorrow I'm going shopping. 

Don't know what it will be yet, but I have some ideas. Some of you have suggested looking for a vintage machine, but I'm afraid Big Bertha has spoiled me with her modern conveniences. I'm not looking for any bells or even any whistles, but there are a few features I'd like that will only be available on modern machines. We'll see. Of course, you'll be the first to know when I figure out who the new replacement will be. I just want a petite little lady with good manners, and a nice straight stitch would be divine. 

12 comments from clever and witty friends:

Sher S. said...

Happy Mother's Day! Your flowers are amazing! I love that your kitties come outside on such a beautiful day. I hope you find a very nice sewing machine that does just what is needed.

WoolenSails said...

I hope you find a machine that you love. I tend to get attached to mine and when they just fit our needs it is hard to have to get a new one.


crazy quilter said...

I know you will find something that will fit the bill, but I highly recommend a vintage machine. My favorite is a singer 301a has a perfect straight stitch and since you live in Hillsboro the goodwill ther has a really nice supply of vintage machines. Think about it , you can't go wrong with one born in the 14th century like you and I (as you always say) lol

Junebug613 said...

I'm glad to hear that you had a nice Mother's day. Best wishes to you in finding a machine that you like for when you need something smaller or if Big Bertha isn't feeling well. I have no problems with my oddball model Janome, but I prefer my Husqvarna. Both are basic models, but my Viking has better speed control and is quieter than my weird little Janome.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Sounds like a lovely day and just love your Rhodies! Find a machine that suits you - even simple machines have to feel right.

Brown Family said...

Bernina's smaller machines are great. THe 5 series or even the 3 series.

Dana Gaffney said...

The flowers are beautiful. I'm sure you'll find a good machine, just take your time and try them out.

Tami C said...

Happy Mother's Day! Your flowers are absolutely beautiful! Good luck finding a machine to replace your Janome. When my Brother froze up, my friend Marianne gave me one of her vintage machines. She had purchased the Singer 306K so that it would have a good home and wanted me to have it. I must say, I certainly do miss some of the nice features of the Brother, but I love the Singer's lovely stitches. I also love the sound it makes as it reminds me of the one my mother taught me to sew on.

Jacque said...

Happy Mothers Day!
Moses and Kooshie hate my Tractor Man, too....especially when the front end loader comes in their direction. Fun toys!

KatieQ said...

Gracie has the right idea, hanging out in the shade like the dowager Empress.

quiltzyx said...

Glad you had such a great Mom's Day! And with a name like Biscuits Cafe, how could you go wrong!?

The flowers are mmmmmmmm oooooooohh! lovely! I'm glad Gracie was keeping her eye on all of you, especially Smitty. :)

A new back-up machine - with the problems that Janome has given you, I don't blame you. My Janome is equivalent to the "DC" model (Decor Computer). My friend Mary Ann has a pot load of Brothers that she uses in the shop & she loves 'em, but for me, not so much. The Singer she has, I do like & she doesn't - hah! I think they were all less than $200. I believe the Brothers have a needle threader, but that's about it. One of them, the "normal" needle position is to the left, instead of center, so that's something to look out for. & their 1/4" foot doesn't have the blade, just a strange shape to it. At least with the Janome, the extra feet, etc., are reasonably priced. I think my walking foot was about $25...way different than the Bernina, I know! But mine was about $400 & that was in 2008. Don't know if they've held the line or not. It also has needle up & needle down, & a needle threader. No knee lift tho'. Maybe you could find a reconditioned Bernina even, if there is such a thing. Whatever you choose, be sure to take them for a test 'drive'.

Kate said...

I really envy you all your flowers, they are gorgeous.

Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day.