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The Week in Review

Loving the idea of phone photos  ( aka Insta Friday ) the week to catch life in action….this was a busy week for work and that’s mostly where I spent my time.
Gosh…she is beautiful…but, I am biased.  Quaint 750,000 square foot hospital in Escondido….she is coming along.  And, we are approaching the finish.  I cannot really believe it and take in all that has happened over the last few years.  It is amazing to work with such a talented group of men and women.  This building was built by the hands of over 5,000 hardworking individuals….we should all be proud.  One day sometime soon, this place will provide patient care to those in need.  Such an honor to be part of the journey.

Palomar Medical Center West....spending a lot of time here....still under construction....

Tours, tours and more tours.  Hard to be mad at all the people that want to come and see this great place.  It is not every day that a new hospital is built.  Tours…some nice and curious people, some not so nice and just plain rude people.  But, all in all, mostly respectful and gracious folks who just want their experience in this place to be before it opens and not after.  You can respect that.

lots of tours....people coming to check out the new hospital...

Lots of blue booties….on every foot that enters to minimize dust.  Kind of like blue smurfs but not as cute.

Lots of blue booties.....

She sure is pretty on the outside, but all the hard work is covered that went on behind the scenes.  This is the ceiling space…really a work of art and true craftsmenship in the finest sense.  Did I tell you how proud I am of this place and these people?

Checking out stuff in the ceiling....

Cruising west on Thursday evening towards an evening event….the sun was stunning and I tried to capture the moment without ending my life….beautiful.  And, I lived.  🙂

cruising on the freeway...

And, a surprise award for Board Member of the year.  I joined this board a year ago unsure of myself and my surroundings.  I took on a challenge with a group of people that weren’t so sure of me either.  I found strength in trying to figure it out and believing that I really could do something out of my comfort zone.  It has been a growth experience for me and something that has challenged me in ways I didn’t quite expect.  Another blessing…not the award, but the experience.

Getting an Award

And, the tulips that continue to amaze and open day by day until the first petal falls to the ground.  I love that quite sound and I heard it just a bit ago as the flowers start to deconstruct and gravity takes over.  So common, yet so amazing all at the same time.

Watching the Tulips open....

Still inspired by this shape …

Still daydreaming about quarterfoils

and those stripes….hopefully, I will find the time to sew those window panels this weekend.

and thinking about horizontal stripes

I am linking up with..

The Trunk   and  Mrs. DIY

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life rearranged


In the Moment


In an effort to live in the moment, I am jumping on the InstaFriday band wagon with a bunch of other bloggers.  It is a great way to remind myself that it is the little things that count each day.  I sometimes get so focused on what is coming and  what I should be doing that I forget about the now.  I worry about how it’s going to turn out, who is going to talk to who and what will come of anything and everything that I lose site of the right now and do not enjoy the moment.  I was reminded by several wise people of that this week (my husband credit for this).  I think it comes from lack of control, but the reality is that you only have this very moment and nothing else is promised.  So, why worry about every single moment that is to come.  You will be there quick enough.

Of course, my first reaction when I was told to live in the moment and the here and now was HOW????  I don’t even know what that is.  Or, do I?  The moment seems so fleeting nowadays, but then I was reminded that it is all around us.  It just means taking in what is before you…the smell, the sight and the sound.  And, appreciating all of those things in that very moment.

So, here goes my appreciation of the moments over the last few days…

Starting at Target before the Black Friday crowds….wandering the aisles looking at the Christmas Decorations.  I like these lighted branches…at first I thought they were kind of corny, but they have grown on me.

Shopping at Target...I am in love with these lighted branches....

Then, a little daydreaming with a cookbook…so much possibility in one little book.

Daydreaming about these magazines

And, oh, my stubborn chocolate lab Cali.  She is exploring the new backyard and continues to push the limits.  She goes up on the banked portion of the yard and won’t come down.  Each time you get close enough to help her down, she makes herself so heavy that you couldn’t possibly lift her.  Life is always on her terms.  Hmmm…interesting.  Maybe I should consider that a bit.

My stubborn dog Cali....

I really forget how much I like baking until I set aside time for me to actually do it.  And, the mess I make is half the fun.

Let the Baking Commence

My best recipes look like this….they are covered in drips and drops all over.

Well Worn Recipe

And, the finished pumpkin cheesecake…nummy!

Pumpkin Cheesecake.... 🙂

I am linking up with..

Not Just 9 to 5   and  Good Times Never Sewn So Good

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life rearranged

Have a great day!  My goal is to continue to live in the moment….how do you live in the moment?

Pumpkin Everything….


In the last 24 hours, I successfully used an entire carton of eggs on pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting and pumpkin cheesecake with ginger snap crust.

Here’s the recipe for the Pumpkin Cheesecake:


3 packages cream cheese (8oz each)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 dash ground cloves


2 cups finely crushed ginger snaps

6 tbs melted butter

For the Crust:  Mix the ginger snap crumbs and butter.  Press onto bottom and sides of 9″ springform pan.

Pressing Ginger Snap Crust into Bottom of Pan

For the Filling:  

  • Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup of the sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended.
  • Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the plain batter.
  • Stir remaining 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin and spices into remaining batter.
  • Spoon 1/2 of the pumpkin batter over crust; top with spoonfuls of 1/2 of the reserved plain batter.
  • Repeat layers.  Cut through batters with knife several times for marble effect.

Stirring in the Pumpkin & Spices


  • 325 degrees for 55 minutes or until center is almost set if using a silver pan.
  • Or, bake at 300 degrees for 55 minutes if using a dark nonstick pan.
  • Let cool completely, then refrigerate for four hours before serving.

Baking....See the Swirl on Top...Just Drag a Knife Through the Layers

Just a few tips….you will want to take out just when the top of the cheesecake has set.  It will seem a little jiggly still…that’s okay.  Take it out and set it on a cooling rack for a few hours until it is completely cooled.  Then, pop it into the refrigerator.  I don’t take the springform off until it is cooled.  I have learned the hard way!

Last, but not least…make sure your helpers are at your feet:

Baja...Hoping for a Crumb

Oh…and a picture of the finished pumpkin bars:

Pumpkin Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving….

Splash of Color – Orange & Aqua


Fall Quilt in Progress


Just a quick post to show my work today.  I have had this Sandy Gervais fall fabric forever.  I love the intensity of the colors and just couldn’t think about actually cutting the fabric up.  But, today was the day even though it doesn’t feel a bit like fall outside.  It was cool this morning and had a hint of fall, but now it is over 80 degrees.  I am not so sure I am in love with this quilt just yet…like the colors, but not sure about the pattern.  Still have some work to do on the borders and they may change the entire look.  For now, today’s progress:

Started with 2 1/2" strips of fabric....

I always struggle with arranging the colors.  I tend to want everything matchy matchy and I think my quilts suffer for it.  So, I tried something different this time.  Still some matching, but complementary colors.  Still not so sure….

Figuring Out the Color Sequence - Decided on Color Grouping

I strip pieced all the 2 1/2 inch strips together.

Sewing Into Strips

Then cut against the original sewing lines into 2 1/2 ” strips again.  Then laid out some ideas for the quilt top and went for it.

Sew, Cut and Resew…..


Fabric Detail

For now, here is my progress….it didn’t turn out the way I imagined it and I am not so sure that is is pleasing to my eye right now.  The quilt is made entirely of 2 1/2 ” squares.  I need to add some thicker borders to increase the size of the quilt and to frame the colors and tie everything together.  Should be interesting….

Progress So Far....Still not so sure.

I am already thinking of the perfect flannel backing that would make this quilt warm and snuggly.  Or even, a great wide border with an applique.  Stay tuned.

Pumpkin Love


I love pumpkins.  I am not sure why…maybe it’s because they come with the season and I love the season.  Or, maybe not.  I do like pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin bars and pumpkin seeds.  Okay…never mind.  I LIKE LOVE PUMPKINS.  I like how different each one is and how imperfectly perfect they seem to be.  Depending on how they sat and how they were cared for depends on whether or not we pick them for our front door.  I like their color…the richness of the orange has me hooked.  I know there are white and yellow pumpkins…but I still like mine orange.  I am amazed by all of the pumpkin decorating ideas out there so I thought I would share: