Saturday, June 28, 2014

I'm a Great Auntie!

After my post yesterday I got several messages as to when I became a Great Auntie.  Here's the scoop:

In February my niece Kim gave birth to my first Great-niece.  Harper Lillian.  Such a beautiful name for such a beautiful little lady. Her middle name is Lillian is after her maternal great grandmother. Here are mother and daughter. Both beauties.

One of the special things about Harper is that she made my brother a Grandpa!  Here I think brother Pat is actually sleeping on the job.

Harper wears the latest fashions with ease!  Always a smile on her face too. Do I see a modeling career in her future?

I'm not sure why, but this is one of my favorite photos of little Harper.

Liz and I made Harper a quilt...gray and white in the French Roses pattern.  It has rough and fuzzy edges, quite tactile.  We thought it was fun and yet sophisticated for our special lady.  Here she smiles for the camera while lying on her quilt.

This is the cutest video my brother sent to me of Harper rolling over on her quilt.  Love her squeals of delight.


Now you've met Miss Harper...I love her so.  I guess I am just a sucker for any next generation children in our family.  Can't wait to see you again, honey!

Friday, June 27, 2014

A New Chapter.....

As I started this blogpost I realized it's been exactly 6 months since my last post.  That's a LOOONG time.  You might say nothing has happened so I've been quiet, but you would be so wrong.  So much has happened!  In January Mr. Scottie Dog and I joined Liz, Steve & Sydney and a whole bunch of quilters on a Scottie Dog Quilts Caribbean Quilting Cruise.  It was wonderful to see old friends, meet new ones and enjoy the Caribbean for the first time.  I think St. Thomas Virgin Islands was my favorite place.  I enjoyed the sun, the beautiful water, the flowers, the fun of a cruise and more. The quilters were so friendly and fun! We also got to play at Hollywood, FL's wonderful beach for a couple of days before the cruise.

Bill and I at St. Thomas 

In March and April I spent some time in MN with Beka and her family.  Oh, my! How I love my grandchildren!  I hadn't seen Korban since he was born and what a bundle of bustling joy he was!  Perhaps the highlight of my trip was when Beka, Jason and Korban went out of town to a Homeschooling Conference and it was just me and the 4 remaining grands.  We had a great time.
We just had to go to the new See's Candy store at The Mall of America!

I arrived home just in time for our Scottie Dog Quilts Retreat at a new venue...The Humboldt Aquatics Center.  What a lovely view.....from the awesome Victorian Carson Mansion to Humboldt Bay.  Walls of glass made it hard to concentrate on quilting.

Here's a quilt I finally got bound at the retreat.  Love that view!

A few days after the retreat we made a trip to Eugene, OR to visit with my brothers and their families. My niece had a cutie patootie baby girl, Harper and we had to pay our respects.  Also got a taste of University of Oregon sports, both football and baseball.  GO DUCKS!  And a visit with Eureka friends now living in Eugene, Jim & Joanne and Nick & Bev (celebrating 40 years of marriage). Thank you Denny & Carey and Pat, Deb, Kevin, Kim & Harper!  It was a fabulous weekend.

Here's brother Denny and I posing in front of the new baseball stadium....Notice the sign on the building..."McNally Family Suites."  I tell you, baseball and football are so much fun from  the fancy sky boxes!

 In early May we closed our store for a few days in preparation for a liquidation sale.  It took 6 weeks to sell everything in the store. Redwood Sewing Center, our brick and mortar store in Eureka, CA is now closed.
One day we filled my Tahoe with empty cardboard bolt centers!

At the beginning of the last day! Many of the fixtures are already gone.

These near empty shelves look so forlorn!

But never fear...Liz is keeping Scottie Dog Quilts and her on-line store will re-open with a brand new website on July 24. We will still be holding quilting retreats in Eureka and the Midwest. The Scottie Dog Quilts pattern line will not only continue, but expand. Scottie Dog Quilts Quilting Cruises will also continue.  We are going up the Atlantic Coast from New York City to Canada October 2015.  There are still spots available for this awesome Fall Colors Cruise. After July 24 you can sign up for retreats on line.

I must say, it has been hard at times during our liquidation sale.  Saying goodbye after 14 wonderful years to all the friends we've made is hard.  Saying goodbye to the beautiful Northern California Redwood Forest and the rugged Pacific Coast is hard.  But awaiting for us is family....The entire Scott Clan will be able to live close to one another, hanging out together, picnicking, helping one another.  Think Sunday dinners at Gramy's house, sleep-over's for Sydney at the Cousin's house, hunting for the men, sewing together for the ladies, tea parties and heart is full.  We will miss our CA friends, but we fully expect our guest room to be occupied often.
Liz and Steve and Sydney leave Sunday morning with their cat Rico in their truck and a trailer with all their household goods.  Bill and I will leave the house in good hands (Thanks Larissa!) as we travel to MN to buy another rental to replace the one we just sold here.  We'll all be together for a few weeks and then we'll be back in Eureka to get our house ready to sell.  Then we'll be move too.

Wow!  That is a lot in 6 months! A new chapter in the lives of BrendaLou and Mr. Scottie Dog.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Traditions....what kind of traditions do you find in your family.  Most family traditions center around holidays.  When the kids were small our youngest daughter Beka made place cards for everyone on Thanksgiving.  She did it right up until she left home.  Now Liz's daughter Sydney keeps up the tradition.  Our second Christmas I challenged all our guests (My parents and brothers) to bring a hand made ornament for our tree.  Mr. Scottie Dog made an 8" tall cross of stained glass. Every year since (41 years ago) I've made him put it on the tree near the top with a light just behind it.  Another family tradition was to go out for ice cream on the last day of school.  

But I am certain that many, many family traditions revolve around food. Black-eyed peas and greens for New Years (not one of my family traditions), ham or lamb on Easter, watermelon and corn on the cob for 4th of July, turkey on Thanksgiving, etc.  When I was growing up every Thanksgiving my mom began to make persimmon puddings.  She made a lot of them.  I imagine she must have had friends who gave her the persimmons...I don't remember seeing them in the stores when I was young.  She'd make one or two a day until Christmas, put them in the freezer and then she'd give them away.  If I couldn't make it home for Christmas after I got married, there was always one in the freezer the next time we got to Southern California.  Perhaps the reason I like them cold is because we couldn't wait until they had totally defrosted!

Persimmon Puddings are baked in a Pudding Pan.
Here's the recipe as I got it from my mom, Marcella Mae McNally:

Persimmon Pudding                    Preheat oven to 375 F

1 C sugar                   1 T melted butter
1 C flour                    1/2 C milk
1 t baking soda          1 t vanilla
1/2 t nutmeg             1/2 C raisins 
1/2 t ginger               1/2 C chopped nuts
1/2 t cinnamon          1 C persimmon pulp, sieved (3 or 4 large persimmons)

Mix dry ingredients, pour milk, butter and vanilla into well in center of dry ingredients.
Stir well.  Add nuts, raisins and pulp.  Mix well and pour into well-greased pudding pan. Securely close lid and set in pan of hot water in oven.  Bake 1 1/2 hours.  Run knife around pan and turn pudding onto rack to cool.

May be served warm or cold, with or without hard sauce.  You can drench it in brandy and flame if you wish.  I like to slice thin and eat at room temp.  My mother liked to spread cream cheese.

I have wondered if you could substitute pumpkin or banana, etc for the persimmons...but I've never tried it.

After I had been married a few years my mom gifted me with my own pudding pan.  I haven't made any for several years and this year put out a plea on FB for local friends with persimmons....Thanks to Rob and Crystal and to Laura and Kevin (who delivered them all the way from Santa Rosa!) who gave me bags of fruit.  It was one of my favorite things to do this Christmas.

Monday, September 30, 2013

I'll miss you Judy!

Today has been a long day.  I had to say goodbye to my dear, dear friend, Judith Ann Palmer.  I can hear her bubbly laughter, see her plug her ears and sing "Lalalala" if someone was trying to gossip.  I can hear her say, "Dahling, You looook maaah-veee-lous!" Judy wore shorts as often as possible and drove a convertible with her trusty Charlie Dog sitting beside her.
Friday I got to spend the entire day with her, sewing, laughing and admiring her new jewels....she'd discovered Brighton jewelry. Saturday I saw her for a few minutes and this morning she never woke up.  I am devastated!  Judy's dear husband has been ill and in and our of the hospital of late and she had just picked him up from his latest hospital stay last night.  When we heard the sirens we thought they had come for Warren.  Mr. Scottie Dog, Liz and I spent most of the day doing what little we could for the family and Bill is spending the night with Warren.  Her daughter Bonnie will arrive from Hawaii on Tuesday and we'll know the details of the memorial service then.

Judy loved life.  She loved Sydney as her own "Precious" and Syd adored her "Doo-Dee" as she called her years updated to Jude-Dude.  She never said an unkind word about anybody, she loved dogs (especially her Charlie Dog).....when she worked at the store, she knew each customer by their dog's name! She adored the ocean, Alaska and never met a Batik fabric she didn't love.  Her sewing machines were encrusted with Bling...crystals and stickers and sparkle. 
Judy loved tea parties and we attended several.  Here we are all dressed up with our gloves and pearls at the Eureka Inn a couple of years ago.  She collected Tea Cup fabrics for a few years in order to make a quilt....she had so much fabric she made several full sized quilts, wall hangings, table runners and more.  Just this past Spring she sewed a bunch of table runners and helped hold a Tea Party for the women at the Rescue Mission and then served them tea.

She had a huge heart and loved doing for others.  We had so much fun together.  Judy I miss you so much already.  What am I going to do without you?  You promised to come visit me in Minnesota!!!!  My heart is aching.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Since we last met......................

Since I last blogged many things have happened.

My cousin Glenn and his lovely wife Rosalyn visited here in Eureka.  Glenn's mom, Hazel was my mom's sister.  We were raised in So. CA and most of our Christmas, New Year's and Easters were spent together.
 Glenn, Rosalyn, me, Mr. Scottie Dog and Liz (guess what?  8 year old Sydney took this photo!).
 Liz celebrated her birthday...don't ask me how old she is...I keep goofing and she delights in it!  On her birthday I took her 3 GIANT donuts from a local bakery.  Can't begin to tell you how many people they fed!

A day later we took the trailer up to Gold Beach, OR for a few days.  Liz and Steve stayed in the hotel and we parked in the adjacent RV Park....great view of the ocean.  We had bonfires on the beach, marshmallows and a huge sandcastle building event.
This lighthouse was right at the trail to the beach.  You could climb the circular stairs to the viewing porch on top.  Bill took a bit of the romance out when he informed me that this was the sewage lift station for the RV Park....the pump to move the sewage up to the street and sewer system is housed in the lower part of the lighthouse.  I'm just happy it doesn't look like a huge pump!


For breakfast one morning Liz made us bacon pancakes.  They were good, but personally I think I like my bacon and pancakes separate.

I've been in a canning mode for the past couple of weekends.  Mr. Scottie Dog has been bringing me 5 gallon buckets full of pears...not one, not two, but four buckets one weekend and two the next.  I've made pear jam, spiced pear jam, pear tarts, pear butter and more.  This weekend I needed something different.  I saw a recipe for Pear Chutney.  I don't think I've ever had chutney but you certainly hear about it often.  I knew I liked everything in the Pear Chutney.  One blogger said she liked to put it on cream cheese spread on crackers.  That sounded pretty good!  Emeril said it was good on chicken or pork.  So I decided to can up a batch of Pear Chutney.  I gathered up my ingredients: apple cider vinegar, mustard seed, pears, onions, crystallized ginger, the zest of two oranges and one lemon, golden raisins, crazins, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, apples....oh so much goodness.  I made so much I had to process the canner twice.

Sunday night I opened a jar and had it with a perfectly grilled pork chop (Mr. Scottie Dog is a master griller!).  YUM, double yum!  I ate a couple of spoon fulls right out of the jar!  I'm going to a fun sewing day on Friday and I'm taking a jar of Pear Chutney, cream cheese and crackers.  I might share.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A new member of our family!!!!!

I've been silent for awhile....I was in Minnesota to welcome our newest grandchild, Korban Jason Hache!  He made his way into this world quickly (although he was 1 1/2 weeks late) on August 8, weighing 10 lbs. even and 22" long.  Here I am with Korban and his big brother, Jakob at two days old.

Again, I was so privileged to be there when Korban was born.  Beka was Wonder Woman!

We had so much fun while I was there...4 weeks of just playing, barbeques, long walks around the lake and to the park.  We went to Cleary Lake when Korban was only 5 days old....he REALLY liked it....You can see by this picture that Anastacia was more excited than he was.

 We went to the Scott County Fair! We watched the magician, ate fair food, the kids won some ribbons and rode some rides.  Here's Shiloh on the Carousel.

A trip to the Minnesota Zoo is always fun.  We were able to go on the Dinosaur Trail...I think it's now closed.  We saw about 15 different animatronic Dinos, some with sound and lots of mist swirling around.  I had to laugh as we entered the trail and they were playing the music from Jurassic Park over hidden speakers.
Here's Shiloh, Jakob and Mercedes being totally Photo Bombed by two critters.  Why are these kids wearing bathing suits?  There is a fun Splash Pad in the center of the zoo and running to and fro among the fountains is fun and refreshing on a hot day.  It was quite warm and midway through the Dinosaur Trail were some shower/misters.  Off came the clothes to run around in the mist.
 They had a place where you could feed the giraffes!  Look close for that PURPLE tongue...about 15" Anastacia offers up a "giraffe chow" cracker (totally looked like Rye Krisp to me!).

 At the "Barnyard" I found some nice looking chickens!

I spotted a  bunch of wild coyotes as we left.

 The church had two after service Barbeques while I was there.  Anastacia ate all her watermelon and smeared her face with catsup....probably getting ready for her hot dog.

 Mercedes, on the other hand, proves that one can be glamorous whilst picnicking.

Shiloh just looks cute most of the time.
One of the fun things we got to do on Saturdays was go to soccer games.  Sades and Jakob were on different teams and both came home with medals.  Sades  wore hers to Church the next day.
 This picture is from after I left, but Beka took the entire crew back to the zoo.  Korban's first visit to the zoo the other day at 3 weeks old.

I'm back home now in Eureka.  Busy, busy busy.