Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day out on the Missouri River Wine Trail

Yesterday we spent the day exploring mid-Missouri on the Missouri River Wine Trail's Picnic Pairing Wine tastings... we decided to go on the back roads ( for the most part) and avoided I70 until the end! Our first stop was in Glasgow at Bushwacker Bend Winery. The little river town definitely deserves another look see! Bushwacker's has a great back deck overlooking the Missouri River ... almost close enough to throw a rock into it! The river is low right now since Missouri is way down precipitation-wise. Then it was off to Higbee and Cooper's Oak Winery. Followed by Serenity Valley Winery which is East of Columbia on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest. Boy does this winery have loads of events planned, including a chance to watch the eclipse next August 21st. Missouri is one of the best places to watch!! Then it was off to Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport. It is also on the Missouri River and a great place to catch the Katy Trail.
On our way from Serenity to Les Bourgeois we were on I70 and spent over an hour traversing 2 miles thanks to a major "incident" involving a semi truck ... even on the outer roads around Columbia cars were stuck in traffic.
All the wineries did a great job pairing their wine with picnic style nibbles ...going to do it again since we didn't have enough time or energy to visit all of them. We traveled over 300 miles in one great and wiggly loop!! Never hit the same road twice. 

Missouri's middle runs the gamut from rivers with small river towns to forested hills to large farms just waiting for planting at this time of the year .... and nothing was boringly flat!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Teddy Bear Extravaganza

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make enough bears for the Teddies Worldwide Teddy Bear Extravaganza.... but as I mentioned, my eyes are doing well!!  Such a delight to have the world be so much clearer and brighter!!! A friend mentioned that she wasn't used to seeing me without glasses!!

The show opens this Friday..... Robbie Rabbit is my preview "bear"
His basket contains some of the needle felted eggs  and "chocolates" that I made when I couldn't sew. The show has lots bears and friends... so here is the link

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Eye #2

Eye #2 was done Monday.... I am not quite so much of a novice this time, so getting back to normal (?) is quicker!!! I even finished a bear on Tuesday!!
Life with two eyes ... the second is catching up to the first ... where I can see street signs and the yellow tinge is gone ... is great!!
I will need readers ( I think I know what they mean) when all the healing is complete!!

Teddies World Wide's  Teddy Bear Extravaganza opens March 17th....

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

eye #1

Eye #1 is doing well... one week post-op appointment today! I actually drove for the first time Saturday and finished up a little bear Monday!! I enjoyed the needle felting but seeing the bag full of unfinished bear parts really nagged at me!!!
Eye #2 is next Monday....!
BTW , my husband is a great "eye dropper".... 4 times a day with 2 or three different drops. I don't think I could have done it without him!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Recuperation... Easter eggs... Etsy

I had cataract surgery on Monday.... things seem to be going as expected BUT I can't work on my bears or bear friends. I can't sew... can't thread a needle etc. YET!
But I can needle felt... so I have been needle felting Easter eggs and putting them on my Etsy shop . My quilting group will meet here, at my house, after the second eye surgery and we are going to needle felt eggs. My 14 year old grand daughter is so interested that she will join us.

Here is one of the etsy postings...
Lucky for me.. I found this neat wire egg holder in a local shop!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Aren't these gorgeous??





Bob and I are celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary this weekend....  Our son sent these!!Surprise!! They are gorgeous and smell wonderful.... thanks, Robb!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thanks

Thank you for taking a look at my "Winter Stars" page!!!

I have started working on things for the Teddies Worldwide show coming up in March!! I needed to get things going early because I am having cataract surgery ( both eyes)  shortly and not sure how much I can sew for awhile!  I am looking forward not seeing fuzzy or double ... etc.!!

Our daughter and her husband sent these
to help with the recovery from cataract surgery!!  They taste wonderful!!