2016
12/01

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Life

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New phone, new cooktop, woes

New Phone:  There are no photos because yesterday, my screen on the phone shattered.   Today we went to the Apple store and asked them to both repair the screen and replace the battery.    When they tried to take the battery out, it broke a tab and when that happens, they give you a new phone (after you pay for the new battery).   But,  I was not charged for the screen repair.   This whole session with Apple took several hours because one has to wait in line to get an appointment, then wait for the repairs etc.  So we got there about 11 and left at 3.    However, my computer does not recognize this new phone though it looks like the last one and is plugged in the same cord, so tomorrow, I get to call the company and ask for help.  Just remember though- – without modern conveniences, we would not have these issues.   So I’ll take the issues.

New Cooktop:  The cooktop is also glass and has had a corner broken for about 2 years, but it was no big deal – until now when the crack decided to go from the front through the left side burners to the back.   So while we were out, we picked up a new cooktop as well.  It is still in the car and hopefully the service will happen tomorrow.  I enjoy having a nice indoor cooking stove as opposed to a campfire situation.  So again, it is a blessing that I have this issue.

Yesterday before the woes started, I spent most of the day entering data from our checkbooks, credit card bills, etc. into the new version of Quicken that I purchased on Monday.   DH has been paying the bills and our bookkeeping methods are very different.  It appears it will soon all be my job once again and I need to have it  organized to get the bills paid on time.

Now if you are still with me, I have a personal question that I hope one of you will be able to help with.   We have been to two different neurologists who both say that DH does not have Parkinson’s.   However, the signs are there, the shuffle, the slowness, the body and mind not working together, the handwriting getting more difficult to read, the mind feeling like in a fog.  Do you know of a disease that mimics Parkinson’s that this could be?   The doctors did not have a suggestion.  I’m fairly sure it is a type of autoimmune disease, and we do have an appointment for an alternative doctor later this month.   Meanwhile, I thought I’d ask if any of you have seen this type of disease and if so, what helped.

 

2016
11/29

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Garden
Life

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Peppers, Swiss chard and carrots

ac   Iimg_5715November 29 and the peppers are done!   They are no longer ripening properly, so I  picked the peppers to finish ripening in the house and pulled the plants.   It’s hard to believe that the weather has been this mild.  By late October, they should have frozen.   As soon as they ripen, the extras will go into the freezer to remind me of summer when I use them.

img_5716Here is a sink full of Swiss chard and a few carrots, I pulled on which to munch.  The chard will also go into the freezer to be used in smoothies and other recipes.  The carrots will be pulled throughout the winter as we need them.   I would have been more than happy to share some of the produce, but it seems children don’t want food that they know comes out of the ground – they prefer food from the pretty racks in the store.  And adults don’t want to pick their own food.   It’s too much work.  Interesting, isn’t it?    So this year the sheep and chickens ate the extra pumpkins, cabbage, peppers, celery and other foods.  They do enjoy them.

Tomorrow, the kale and parsley should be picked.

 

 

 

 

2016
11/28

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food
Knitting
Life

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More canning and knitting

img_5710sMore canning today – the beans – pinto, great northern, and garbanzos –  for now are finished.   And while waiting on the pressure canner,

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I did more knitting on these socks.   I am now ready to start the heel flap.   But if tomorrow is a nice day, I’ll be outside.

img_5707sJust look at the beautiful sunset the Lord prepared for us to enjoy as we were preparing the sheep for the night.  There are massive benefits to caring for animals.

2016
11/27

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food
Life
quilts

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Rain – canning – internet buying

img_5704mAll this rain has given me time to work in the kitchen.   Between last night (cooked beans) and today, I have cooked and canned 4 dozen pints of beans.   It is wonderful to be able to just open a can of beans and heat them or not to add to a meal.   I still want to can another 3 dozen pints of beans and energy permitting, some potatoes.  Potato soup is so tasty when it’s cold outside.  I could do more if I had another pressure cooker, but then I’d have more to store.   It takes about half an hour to heat up, 75 minutes to process and another half hour to remove the pressure, so there is a lot of time in each kettle full.   And most of the time, we are very close by so that we can keep the temperature and pressure where it should be.

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Today, I also rescued from the refrigerator a number of red and orange peppers which I cut up and froze.   And yes, I pushed the date just a bit on both items.   It is nearly the 12th month!  And I like to know when I processed them so I can use the older items first.

I also had a bit of time, so I removed all the stitches from the quilt that I felt needed to be removed.   I’m very happy that is not a huge quilt.  Now to start again on the quilting.

img_5705nThis package arrived – wonder how that happened.  There are now 27 wash clothes waiting to be made.  Or maybe these will turn into something else.  This is the problem with internet.   It is too easy to spend money.   No, it wasn’t necessary, but the price was right and I can use it for small, easy projects.   I did manage to ignore most of the weekend ads.   However, I ran out of empty pint jars and went to buy some, when what to my wondering eyes, one of my enabling friends posted that Target was having a sale on Ball jars.    I did order what I needed and will pick them up at the store tomorrow.   I also need some ink for my printer, but that is not on sale this weekend.  Therefore, I have not purchased that, yet.   So really I have done very good at ignoring all those temptations that have been flowing into my email box.   The ads will be coming in for awhile yet, so I still have to be careful.    How about you?   What tempted you that you yielded to?

2016
11/25

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food
Life
quilts

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Autumn quilt finish + welcoming kitchen

img_5703The Autumn quilt is finished  (except I for the hanging sleeve).  Actually, I’m not sure if I’ll put the sleeve on, so maybe it is finished.    It’s wonderful to have a finish as it has been awhile.

img_5701mI wanted to share my daughter’s kitchen with you so you can see how much room she has after her remodel last summer.   Isn’t all that space wonderful when one has guests?  And it is so inviting, all the guests hang out here.

I hope each of you had a fulfilling Thanksgiving, a wonderful Black Friday and will have a most needed Sabbath this weekend.

 

 

2016
11/24

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Life

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Thanksgiving

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We wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings.

2016
11/23

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Knitting
Life
Shopping

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Swirl E socks begun

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I have begun the next pair of socks = the Swirl E socks.   This yarn is Knit Picks “Felici” rainbow and the pattern is a Prairie Girl Design by Susie White which is free on Ravelry.  With all this gray weather, I’m enjoying knitting with the spring colors and they are knitting up fast.   The yarn is nice and soft even though it is a superwash fiber of 75% merino wool and 25% nylon.

We did go to the gym this morning and then grocery shopping for the last minute items.   I also spent several hours on the computer doing research.   Tomorrow, we are going to our daughter’s and enjoy the family and friends.   One of our children and family will be missing since they are on a trip to Israel.  But we’ll get together for Christmas.

To all our American friends:  Enjoy a

Happy Thanksgiving and drive carefully.

2016
11/22

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farming
quilts
Shopping

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Fence shopping, moving trees, quilting

 

img_5692wToday we got so much done.   The fellow that sometimes works here had the day off, so he came over to help with some of the little things that needed to get done.   Then we went fence supply shopping because what else does one do when a windfall appears in the mail.   We need the fencing and a he borrowed a truck.   We now have 3 rolls of 330′ goat/sheep fencing and the metal posts to put it up.   We still need the wood posts that go with the gates.  It is just a matter of when I can get man power to do the work.   I think (and hope) they may get started the first of December and I will be out there, cheering them on with coffee, doughnuts or whatever they need to keep going.   The sheep and I will be so happy to get the main part of the fencing done.  I’ll think about cross fencing later.

img_5691As long as we had the truck, we picked up all the potted trees that the renters didn’t want cluttering the place.   They are now parked beside the barn.   I’m sure when spring comes, we will find many places to put them.  Some of them may even go into the ground at the rental.  There are still rose bushes to pick up, but we filled the truck out to the end of the tailgate with what were in the front yard.    The prior people liked to propagate plants which is why there are so many.

img_5698sI took the time to quilt this today as well.   The binding is on hold.

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Here is the design I found for the borders.   So now I’m off to relax a bit.

2016
11/21

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food
Life
quilts
Shopping

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Gray skies and errands

img_5682sGray skies and our errands started here.   This is a marvelous store in Puyallup, WA.   They have everything to make your dreams come true and I have to be very, VERY careful when I step inside.

img_5690wSomehow (probably from a few escapes it made over the years, my bobbin holder was out of round and I had to acquire a new one at the cost of $75.00.   These things are not inexpensive!

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   From there we found our way to the post office and the library.  Then back home to a very late lunch.   DH wanted something raw.  So I found these Brussels sprouts and red pepper in the refrigerator, thinly sliced both and put a bit of vinegar over them for a colorful salad. And now to remove a few threads from yesterday’s mishap.

 

2016
11/20

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Garden
quilts

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Better days are coming

img_5679xBetter days are coming – they have to be, don’t they?  I had a fellow over with a truck today which was a big help as he moved 30 bales of hay from the big barn to the little one.   That would have been many trips with a wheelbarrow that only holds one bale.   Now the hay is near where we use it.   I’m hoping the fence will be up by the end of the year which will solve much of this issue.

Then I asked him to help me with this banana tree.  See how it has popped out of the container and growing into the soil.  These trees are very hardy and grow fast.  Fortunately they are shallow rooted.   If I take it outside, it will freeze back to the roots and grow in the spring.   I just wanted to see what would happen if I could keep it inside, but it is banging its head on the top of the hoop house.

img_5680xAnd look at all the offspring.   This is how bananas reproduce.  After a tree has bananas, it dies and the little ones grow up to produce more bananas.

But,  no, this was not the biggest issue – I started quilting my turtle quilt, then after doing about 1/4th, decided I didn’t like how it was going.   So the borders are all done and the quilt is off the frame as I will be taking all of the quilting (except the borders) out and re-quilting this quilt. Better days are coming – aren’t they?