Monday, March 31, 2008

Mini Monday Madness - Raconteur

Finally found a name for my mini hexagon quilt - Raconteur.

The blocks all reflect a story of some part of my life and so the name evolved.

This one is "All of You" and reflects the people who surround us as we go. 
Sometimes they come alone other times they come with a group.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday Smile

A loud pounding on the door awakens a man and his wife at 3 o'clock in the morning.
The man gets up and goes to the door, where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push.

"Not a chance," says the husband, "it's three o'clock in the morning!"
He slams the door and returns to bed.

"Who was that?" asked his wife. "Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers.

"Did you help him?" she asks. "No, I didn't, it's three in the morning and it's pouring out!"

"Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago, when we broke down and those two guys helped us? I think you should be ashamed of yourself!"

The man does as he is told, gets dressed and goes out into the pounding rain. He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?"

"Yes," comes back the answer.

"Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband.

"Yes, please!" comes the reply from the dark.

"Well, where are you?" asks the husband.

"Over here on the swing!" replies the drunk !

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Scatterday X


Dear Friends,
It is a long time since I have written and so will fill you in on the happenings in the White household.

Paul-James, our eldest boy and a confirmed XENOPHILE, is now truely happy having moved to Paris to study. Yes we did have concerns about his total lack of French but this does not appear to have been too great a handicap as he now resides in the Portugese House at Cite U. His lack of knowledge of Portugese is proving a greater handicap but has not prevented him from forging friendships with those around him. 

Richard, once a bookworm but now an XTREME SPORTSMAN has also moved out to live on campus. This winter he will race ducks for Thirroul and has managed so far to remain uninjured. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for his crew person who came close to being hospitalised just last week. When attempting to navigate the high seas during a mass rescue drill Richard threw him out of the duck and then ran over the top of him. From all reports he was black and blue all over as well as in need of stitches to his upper thigh.

With boys having left home Paul has more time to devote to his garden and has decided to venture into XERIC gardens as his contribution to the environment and in line with the water restrictions we have been experiencing over the years. He has managed to source several XERIC plants and feels these should survive well in our yard as we never water anyway and the labels stated they need dry environments.

As for me, well although I once enjoyed xstitiching now days I'm quilting. Last year I made a quilt from some fabrics that I won. Although the fabric designs were vastly different to what I like they had such a gorgeous feel I couldn't resist hand piecing them. Funny though when I finished the quilt the paths were overpowered by dominant Xs.

Hope you have enjoyed my catch up note and I will try to write more often.

Love Cinzia, Paul and Kendall (our dog for those who don't know)

PS the only contribution I could find for Kendall is that he has a continuous desire for eXtra food

Xenofile - a person who is attracted to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.
duck - inflatable rubber rescue boat
xeric - adapted to an extremely dry habitat.

Friday, March 28, 2008

IF - Pet Peeves


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Trawling Thursday - Ignoble Awards

From Smiley Sue comes this little gem

The Ig Nobel Awards are global awards presented each year for unusual
scientific work. This year's chemistry award was presented to
Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for
developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from
cow dung

Puts a new meaning to the phrase "it tastes like sh@t"!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

25 Challenge - Eyes

The child watched as she walked away
Sorrow filled the air.
Tears filled her eyes.
Perhaps tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Scatterday N

Nicholas the Nicobar pidgeon, nicknamed Nick , nicked nine NICKELS and Nicaraguan niniature NICK NACKS, from NIC, while nicking out of the nick, to nick some knickers and nicotine.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter

A lady opened her refrigerator and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelves.

"What are you doing in there?" she asked.

The rabbit replied:

"This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?"

The lady replied "Yes it is."

"Well," the rabbit said, "I'm westing."

Happy Easter!

IF -Heavy

He ain't heavy - he's my supper

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Top website

This is one top website... definitely gets you looking at it more than once.

Trawling Thursday - Pythagoras

Pythagoras (or the Pythagoreans) discovered square numbers. 

The most common method for calculating the square root by hand is known as the "Babylonian method". It involves a simple algorithm, which results in a number closer to the actual square root each time it is repeated. To find r, the square root of a real number x:

Start with any positive start value, call this r.
Find the average of r and x/r; call this r2
Now find the average of r2 and x/r2; call this r3
Now find the average of r3 and x/r3; call this r4

Repeat these steps  until the two values  are as close as desired; that is the square root.  The closer they are the more accurate the final answer.

You have to love maths!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

25 Challenge - When

When did you last listen to the rain
Pattering softly on the garden path
The wind howling through the trees
Or a child laughing

Monday, March 17, 2008

Summer Twirl

Another one down.  The fabric for this one was given to me by a friend who always reminds me of a young girl twirling in the summer breeze.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Scatterday L

A sure fired favourite for any party is fresh homemade lemonade with floating slices of LEMON. To avoid spillage marking wooden surfaces it is suggested that the punch and LADLE be set up on a LAMINATED BENCH TOP where spillage is easily wiped off. The following recipe is a longtime family favourite


1/2 cup sugar - for sugar syrup
1/2 cup water - for sugar syrup
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
6 cup water extra, (carbonated water is sometimes refreshing)


To make sugar syrup, bring equal parts of sugar and water to a boil, stir until sugar dissolves, and remove from the heat. Cool before using. Store unused syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Put the lemon juice, sugar syrup and water in a punch bowl and stir. Add ice to chill. Float lemon slices.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday Trawling

Nothings stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered - Cicero

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

25 Challenge - Coffee

Coffee Thoughts

Caffeine Thoughts
Often Helping
Finds Others
Friends Undergoing.
Expressing Genuine
Earnest Hurdles
Throughout the

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Scatterday V

What could better fit the requirements of a big pink sign than

Welcome to Las Vegas
Desert sun upon the sign
Never sleep - Open now

Thought I would try writing a haiku
It must be three lines
5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
1 season word and 1 cutting/stopping word

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Folded Flower Tutorial

This looks really interesting will have to give it a try sometimefolded flower tutorial

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thursday Trawling

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

25 Challenge - Coffee

25 words or Less Challenge

A new challenge for anyone who likes to play with words.

Write a blog entry using no more than 25 words on the given topic.
Choose an image, either your own or from the web to accompany the entry.
Post your entry on Wednesday.

First challenge - coffee

Posting date Wednesday 12th March

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Scatterday- letter between N and P

Shriek my typewriter has just 25 useable letter keys. An unnamed individual recently spilt a darkened tinged beverage in its vicinity and rendered a key useless. Alas this week's challenge requires its usage. A repair wasn't viable and similarly time restraints meant that replacement was unattainable.

I have attempted 2 fulfill the week's requirements but alas as I am unable 2 actually name the subjects my desire is that the clues will suffice.

Within the library's depths there lurks many a MADE UP CREATURE determinedly striking fear against the unsuspecting child. Shrek is just a recent example of these creatures, but they have plagued many a child's lives and dreams.

What image is sadder that an unwanted PARENTLESS PUP but when embraced in tender arms by their new carer a sweetness permeates the scene

Called Hawaii by the crass traveller the BIG ISLAND'S NATIVE NAME triggers many images. Despairingly the years have rendered many a Hawaiian heritage building unusable including this early example which was the first place where early migrant CLERKS FILED THEIR DAILY PAPERS AND TASKS detailing the activities happening within the area. Vehicles these days are restricted and may exclusively travel in a unique way whilst traveling in the vicinity. Hey - pretty snazzy snaps were taken during my last cruise -agree?