Monday, September 1, 2014

At the Crab Feast ...

 Last night we took a left out of our driveway and headed less
than a 1/2 mile to the Alvarez's annual crab feast.  What we didn't
know was it was a surprise reunion of 17 POW's that were
held with Everett during the Vietnam war.  They came from
all parts of the US and it was very interesting to hear
some of their stories.  I posted a bio of Everett which you may
find interesting below.
 Alvarez is the grandson of immigrants from Mexico.[2] He went to Santa Clara University on an academic scholarship.[3] He joined the United States Navy in 1960 and was selected for pilot training. On August 5, 1964, during Operation Pierce Arrow, LTJG. Alvarez's plane was shot down in the immediate aftermath of what is known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. Alvarez endured eight years and seven months of brutal captivity by the North Vietnamese at the Hỏa Lò Prison (sarcastically known as the "Hanoi Hilton" by fellow POWs), in which he was repeatedly beaten and tortured.[4] Alvarez was especially esteemed by his fellow prisoners because he was for almost a year the only aviator prisoner of war.[5]

Back in America[edit]

He is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and two Purple Heart Medals.[6] In 2012 he received the Lone Sailor Award.[7]
Alvarez has co-authored two books, writing of his prisoner of war experiences in Chained Eagle and Code Of ConductEverett Alvarez High School in his native Salinas, California is named after him. There is also a park named in his honor in Santa Clara, California and a post office named in his honor inMontgomery County, Maryland.
A subdivision at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California was named after Alvarez during his internment.
In 2012, the Mobile, Alabama Chapter of the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) was named after Alvarez.
The Lone Sailor Award was given to Alvarez in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2012. The Lone Sailor Award is given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective civilian careers while exemplifying the Navy's core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.[8]
Lieutenant Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr., "Welcome Home" Sketch by combat artist, Dante H. Bertoni.

Post-military Life[edit]

Alvarez retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander in 1980. He later earned a Master's Degree in Operations and Research Analysis and a Juris Doctor degree and in April 1981, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the post of Deputy Director of the Peace Corps. In July 1982, President Reagan nominated and the Senate confirmed him as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration (VA). After six years with the Veterans Administration he was appointed by President Reagan in 1988 to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. Alvarez served on that Board for almost 21 years, including serving as Chairman of the Board twice. Alvarez has served on the President’s Task Force to improve Health Care Delivery for our Nation’s Veterans and recently chaired the VA’s CARES Commission (Capital Asset Realignment and Enhancement Study Commission).
Alvarez is a lifetime member of the Board of Fellows of the University of Santa Clara. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Graduate University of Democracy in Washington DC. He served on the College of William & Mary Washington DC Council. He has served on the White House Board of Fellows Selection Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Armed Services YMCA of the USA. He is on the Library of Congress Veterans History ProjectFive Star Council Advisory Committee. In 2004, Alvarez founded Alvarez & Associates, an IT consulting firm in Washington, D.C. which sells IT services to the U.S. government.[9] In March 2014, Alvarez was appointed to the Vietnam War Commemoration Advisory Council by the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.
Alvarez is married and has two children.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

There goes the layout!

 I had the snowball blocks done for some time and decided
it was time to wrap up some projects I had started.
 Action shot.
 I still can't figure out why they like to play
among my hanging pants.
 They did an excellent job at messing up my layout.
This made me re-think and then change my design.
This quilt top is completed and is waiting at my sewing
machine to be quilted.  What I realized was that I completely
skipped Halloween and went right into Christmas ... so I'm now
working on two small Halloween quilts to send out to the
grand kids in California.  There mom said they love to have
my quilts laying on their beds ... how sweet.

Monday, August 25, 2014

This past week

 This past week was so busy with stuff around the house.
From sewing to cleaning to having repair people in the house
... last week just flew by like a flock of birds.
 Julep kept the plumber guys company while fixing various
things in various bathrooms ... then she keeping the heating & cooling
guy company while checking our 3 units & getting them ready for winter.
It was a busy and {needless to say} expensive week of repairs.
Derby kept his distance and decided to bark at all the repair 
guys from the time they came into the house until they left.
Note:  As of this writing we have not had one offer on our house.
 This is a baby quilt I made for my friend Gail who has her
second grand child on the way.  It's a girl and her name will be Rain.
 Gray seems to be the new 'in' color for baby's room.

 Working through my dot fabric.

 What does the fox say?  Let's go for a picnic in the woods.

 I'm not into horses but when I saw this panel and complementary
fabric I knew I had to make this for an old girlfriend who has
taken up riding again.  I'm dying to give it to her but think it's
a little early ... so I'll press it and place it in storage until at least
the end of September.
Have a great day and may all your pastures be green.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Remember .... that stack of 'Simply Christmas' from Henry Glass I won

 I had much fun sewing up this holiday collection of fabric.
The Scottie dog shows every piece of fabric in the collection.
I made this as a 'thank you' for Lisa who is the design director
at Henry Glass.  I also sent her the dress below as well as 
the red and white stripe one two pictures down.  
 Lisa sent me a 'thank you' and wrote that when the President of
Henry Glass & Co. saw what I had sent her he asked Lisa if he could
take these as examples when he went on sales calls.
All I can say is ... how cool is that!
 I have successfully used all the fabric and I'm ready
to make a few more holiday quilts while I'm in the mood.

 A doll quilt made with 2-1/2" squares.
 The 'Simply Christmas' collection.
I plan to donate this quilt, the doll quilt, and the two
American Girl dresses to one of the westie rescue auctions.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Westie Monday

 How could anyone think differently!
 Yes ... I'm guilty!
 Grumpy Derby
 Julep out like a light ... until you say the word 'treat'!
 Looking for something ... anything ... to bark at.

 So last night I started to lay this quilt out {again} after
Derby and Julep messed up the first layout.  This afternoon
we received a call that our agents want to show the house
on Tuesday ... so up come the blocks yet again.
I hope one day I'll get to finish it.
There are a lot of folks on the Facebook that love
the color combinations of red, black& white so I'm saving
this one until Xmas to post.  I think it will do well on 
one of the westie rescue auctions.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Do Westies Actually Smile?

 Disclaimer:  These two are NOT Julep & Derby
I spotted this picture on Facebook and if I didn't know better
I would have sworn it was my two ... but it is not.
I'm betting this pair just had their teeth cleaned which may be
something J&D will need soon.  I dread this mainly for the
cost which starts at about $400.00 per dog.
 Derby loves to get Julep to play but she needs to be in the mood.
 Are they smiling behind all that face fur?
Probably not as dogs 'technically' don't smile.
I don't see any smiles here!
Another posture ... Derby trying to get Julep's attention.
He puts his face again hers almost like he's trying to kiss her.  

Keep smiling and have a nice and restful weekend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bad ... Bad ... Little Westies!

 I'm sorta in a rush this morning due to a quilting guild
meeting ... but wanted to share these pictures from yesterday.
 This WAS a perfectly laid out ... until the westies
decided to make mincemeat out of it.
 Julep thinks she did a much better job re-arranging the
blocks and for that she thinks she deserves a belly rub.

 Julep was in a 'playful' mood if you can call it that.
She picked up one of the blocks between her teeth and
began to shake it all around.  {Have heart attack here!}
 The not-so-innocent.
 I picked up all the blocks for re-pressing.
 Postures for a little more play time.

Have a great day ... off to see fellow quilter-ladies.