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Friday, October 18, 2013

Random 5 Friday

It's Random 5 Friday, again. (Where did this week go?)

1. I've had learning to quilt on my bucket list for half my adult life. Today I start my first class. Check.






2. Since 2007 I've had four different blogs. For awhile I had 3 going at the same time, but since June A Joyful Cottage has been my only blog. Yesterday I launched a new photo blog Captured In My Lens. I'm thinking I might need to find a Bloggers Anonymous support group.





3. When I was 9 years old my dad brought home a collection of salt & pepper shakers he had purchased at an auction and gave them to me. He thought it would be fun for me to add to the collection over time. I did for quite awhile. Then fifteen years ago I decided I no longer enjoyed them. I sold the whole collection to an antique store. I kinda wish I had kept them.



Salt & Pepper Friends
Photo by Vickisee Photography. Some Rights Reserved.


4. Confession. Sometimes I just don't feel like cooking, nor do I feel like going out to eat. On those nights we have a store bought frozen dinner. Marie Callender's pot pies are pretty darn good, by the way.





5. I've rediscovered crossword puzzles, and have been working the puzzle in our local newspaper. It comes three times a week. I figure at 3x a week for 52 weeks, that's 156 puzzles. By this time next year I hope to be smarter, or at least have a broader vocabulary.



It's been a mighty fine week here. Hope you're having a good week, too.




Sharing with Random 5 Friday at A Rural Journal

26 comments:

  1. I would love to live in your header, is this a cottage or home-home it is too too sweet! Bloggers anonymous is too funny. Quilting I do small time and am not good at it, I've friends who do this and win awards ;-) still I enjoy the projects as they finish. I love crosswords but haven't mastered them in my second language which is a shame but I keep trying...years later I'm not any smarter nor has my vocabulary broader, just my bottom.

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    1. Hi Lynn, the header is a photograph I took of The Fawnbrook Inn in Allenspark, CO. My husband and I are friends with the owners, and it was the location for our wedding almost four years ago. It is a lovely old structure with a very cottagey feel. There is a lush, gorgeous garden in the front all summer long. So unusual in the Colorado Rockies. Anyway, I love this photo, as it seems to be the entrance to a cottage, so I chose it for my header. I fantasize about living in a cottage that looks like this. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Good luck with the quilting class, and I hope you enjoy it! That's on my bucket list, too, but I seem to have no talent for sewing. I enjoy crosswords, too, though I don't do them regularly. I like Sudoku, too. I go through spells where I do a lot of them.

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    1. My mother was a woman who could do it all. Sew, quilt, crochet, embroidery. I don't have the talent she had, but I do enjoy trying my hand at such things. I haven't tried Sudoku. Crosswords are difficult enough for me. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  3. my in-laws love crossed word puzzles. myself ... depends on my mood. have a great day! ( :

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  4. Hello Nancy - found you via Latane's blog and, being a 'cottage gal' I had to visit! Growing up in Devon, England I'm familiar with many beautiful true cottages, stone, thatch, cottage garden flowers, on edgeor moors, down country lanes etc. I never actually lived in one but visited friends who did. Now I'm living in what friends here with larger homes call 'your little cottage', and loving it.

    Oregon is a beautiful place to live............in fact a favorite place of mine because the weather is more like England....and I have some great friends there. Visited in July and loved every minute.

    Just wanted to say hello and will stop by when I can.......especially want to see your photos.

    Fondly, Mary (half of a loving pair in a small cottage!).

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    1. Oh, Mary, I'm so glad you found me. Living in a true cottage in the UK has always been a dream of mine, even as a little girl. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong place. There are so few cottages like that here in the U.S.. It will be so much fun to be your blogging friend. I'm going over to your place right now to visit and follow.

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  5. What a great way to start getting to know a blogger better quickly! Just to let you know how suggestible I am...I've already added the pot pies to my grocery list. Thank you for stopping by via Barb's. We'd love to have you join us for the next Note Card Party. Great fun and a great group of gals.

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    1. You're so nice, Vee. Thank you. I hope you enjoy those pot pies as much as we do. They're above average in my book. I'm looking forward to your next Note Card Party. Have a great weekend.

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  6. Hello my name is Connie and I too am addicted to blogging, and I do not want to go into recovery :)
    I am excited about you learning to quilt, that too has been something that I am wanting to try my hand at. In fact I have two children that I want to make quilts for their Christmas presents and one new great nephew due the first of the year, that I would like to make a quilt for. I'm hoping that starting with small quilts will keep me enjoying the process of learning. I'll be watching and picking up tips from your posts.
    Have fun!
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Nice to meet you, Connie. I actually am replying to your comment late in the day, so I've already had my first class. It was soooo much fun. We're doing a sampler quilt, and one of the women in my class is making it for her son, in his school's colors. I think that's pretty neat. I'm looking forward to sharing this experience on my blog. Blessings, Nancy

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  7. Bloggers anonymous I think it will be a packed house:) it is something we all enjoy so it can't be bad right?:) Love the salt and pepper and yes I bet you wished you had them back when I sold my bottle collection I regretted it the very next week (sigh). Everyone has to have a backup dinner plan. Take care B

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    1. A "Backup dinner plan". Yes! That's it. I'm so glad I have a husband who's flexible when it comes to meals.

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  8. I have the little Franciscan monk S & P's . . . they were my grandmothers. I really liked each of your Random 5's . . .

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. I'm really enjoying Random 5 Friday.

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  9. Quilting is a lot of fun even though I've only made 1 pattern quilt...many, many times. I thoroughly enjoy making them though and folks enjoy receiving them so it's a win-win.
    Visiting via A Rural Journal.

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    1. I have a friend who has made several quilts for me, and I've appreciated every one. I'm sure it's very rewarding to make them for friends. Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend.

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  10. Love your randoms this week Nancy! I used to quilt, but just don't have the time now. Good luck with your new-found addiction. :)

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, for hosting Random 5 Friday. It's a fun party. :)

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  11. i used to do crosswords all the time - loved 'em. then started blogging and have no time anymore. :)

    the salt and pepper shakers are a cute collectible,but i'm sure they took up a lot of time and space after a while.

    you need to put your blog links on your google+ 'about' page so folks can find you from your comments. i had a hard time getting back to your blog but found where you had shared a post from it in march. just thought i'd mention it.

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    1. Hi Theresa. I guess it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks, I'm still trying to figure out Google+. Thanks for your suggestion (your technical help is always appreciated), I found the 'about' page on Google+ and have added my blog links. Please feel free to let me know if this old dog hasn't quite got that trick learned yet. ;)

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  12. Love Random 5 Friday! :) I am happy to learn about your new blog, and I want to hear more about your quilting adventures. I tried to teach myself to quilt several years ago...I pieced a few things, but never completed a project...it may be time for some classes for me, too! :)

    Love, Joy
    Yesterfood

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    1. Joy, like you I tried to teach myself to quilt and really didn't go beyond a simple pillow cover. That's why I decided this time to take a beginner's class. I had so much fun at my first class last week, and have already learned a lot, which I'll be sharing Thanks for visiting. Hugs, Nancy

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  13. Dear Nancy
    I saw that you beginning to quilt. Perhaps you might love these books as I do.
    http://www.elmcreek.net/ I love her writing about quilts and family life.
    Have great time.
    Greetings from Switzerland
    Moni

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    1. You're so thoughtful, Moni. Thank you very much. I will check out Elm Creek and the books. Hope you're having a great weekend in Switzerland.

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