The Sound of Music

Years to ComeHow is your New Year? We brought it in with a bang with the New Years Day mystery! It is still on line, so if you would like to follow along, go to If you want to cheat and just see the pictures, check out:  Yes, for everyone who asked, I do plan on doing more videos. I am a little buried right now, but I promise I will get to it!

Congratulations to: Birdie in Maryland who won a $50 gift certificate for being the first to send me a picture of the completed top and to Jane C who won a $50 gift certificate for being the first to send me a picture of the completed quilt.

I will be honest with y’all – that was a bribe on my part. I was hoping that someone who might be tempted to leave their top a UFO (I actually prefer the term “Unfinished Symphony”) would finish just to get the prize. And that is exactly what happened. Jane told me that this is her first foray into quilting again in a long while and she was determined to finish and get that gift certificate! Which she did, and spent it on more quilting goodies. That cackling sound is me, delighted that we snagged another one…

Another new local business is The owner is an ironworker who makes wonderful quilt hangers. He *will* ship them if you want – I promptly bought a monkey one:-))

What are you doing with your old Christmas cards? If you aren’t saving them, consider sending them to Tina M. Burnham, 3149 Russell Road, Sidney Center, New York 13839. She makes them into wish tags for Angel Trees for needy children at Christmas time.

Let me leave you with a smile. To commemorate her 69th birthday singer Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. When she sang My Favorite Things she changed the lyrics a little:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts,
hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
And we won’t mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
And then I don’t feel so bad!