Bass boats, pontoon boats, ski boats, personal watercraft and more can be seen starting today at the 29th annual Twin Lakes Radio Boat and Outdoor Show at the Baxter County Fairgrounds.
Finally! The snow is melting…and how awesome does this sunshine feel!!! Frank and I went down to the dock to enjoy some of the sun, check the dock, and take a few pictures of the awesome blueness we sometimes take for granted known as Norfork Lake. It really is beautiful! Spring is approaching…so if y’all need a cabin, please give us a call.
By Loretta Zortman
Just a reminder that Valentines’ Day is only a few short days away! …What’s on the agenda for you on this special day?
For those of us who are looking forward to Spring in a big way, I recently made this quilted wallhanging of a floral heart out of 2-inch squares of fabric. It’s called Butterscotch Heart, because of the warm yellow fabrics I chose for the center. You can find this for sale on Etsy under my shop called Color Me Country, along with other floral watercolor/impressionist style quilts as well.
Watercolor impressionist art quilts are made with a color pallet made up of a whole slew of different fabrics. First, I have to cut fabric into 2-inch squares, then I put the various squares up on my design wall and arrange, re-arrange, re-rearrange, flip, switch, swivel, turn, replace, and replace, and replace them until I’m happy with what I see. I usually like to “live” with the piece like this for a day or so on my design wall, just pondering what I see to make sure I’m happy and satisfied with everything. The danger with waiting at this stage of creation is: A little breeze, a mischievous cat, small children, or a well-meaning visitor can destroy the piece in just seconds flat! For instance, I learned firsthand, don’t place your design wall in direct line with the output of an air conditioner vent — I did, and it blew all my fabric squares off the wall onto the floor. Anyway, once I’m ready to “commit”, I then sew the squares together, and it’s bound and quilted, with a hanging sleeve built in the back for ease of hanging. Viola!!!
This is a great Valentines’ gift, Mother’s Day present, or just a little unique something for that person who loves gardening, flowers, bright colors, happy fabrics, or just to cheer up a corner of a wall.
Cheers to the arrival of Spring-like weather!!!!
If you’d like to book a cabin rental, just let me know…870-491-5151.
Tonight is the kickoff of the Olympics in Sochi, and we are pumped! Gotta LOVE the Olympics! Besides being a nice diversion to the rather sucky winter weather we’ve been enduring in Arkansas lately, my family and I are so excited to watch the competitions unfold with the various Olympic athletes. Having spent a large part of my youth and young adult life shredding on ski slopes, working as a ski bum for a California ski area, and doing a little racing myself…I’m so looking forward to the skiing, jumping, downhill racing, moguls, and snowboard events. I think speed skating is also super exciting! Anything that is measured objectively with a stopwatch is my cup-o-tea. As much as I used to like figure skating, the whole unfair/biased/political subjective judging scenario always gets my goat and at the end of the night, I end up pissed off — so of course, I’ll watch, but I don’t have any high hopes of anything different happening this year. Also, I’ve gotta be honest — I’m still trying to acquire a taste for the “excitement” of Curling…but I’ll watch it. We are definitely hoping for a safe, non-violent, non-politically-charged venue…fingers crossed, many prayers, and high hopes for that, for sure! So to all you Olympic Nuts out there…Cheers! We’ll be watching, too!
So the big game is tomorrow…where will you be watching it? Very excited to have a little Superbowl gathering here with a few of our best buds, including our “snowbirds” from Iowa that we love so much! It has become a bit of a tradition! Besides being focused on the game, we all like to focus on the food selections, too. Not sure what to make this year…probably the usual 7-layer dip. Frank loves spicy hot wings. Although, there’s been a lot of cauliflower recipes lately posted on Facebook and Pinterest, have you noticed? …perhaps I’ll break down and try one of those in an attempt to be healthier. Nah! Let’s roll with dark chocolate brownies, artichoke/spinach dip and/or maybe jalapeno stuffed mushrooms. If you have a favorite game day recipe, please share!
Have a great weekend, enjoy the game, and stay safe and warm!