2014
12/19

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farming
Garden
Life

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Ducks and a promise of Spring

Remember the baby ducks, Huey, Dewey and Louie?

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We put them in the pasture last Sunday, thinking they would team up with the other ducks.   So I introduced them to the dogs, telling the dogs, “these are mama’s and I want you to take care of them” .    That could have gone a lot better if the ducks hadn’t decided to make a run for it as soon as the introduction was completed.    Running is fun and a game which Lacey still enjoys.   Even that might have ended quickly except the alpacas got in on the chasing game (have you ever seen anything so funny as an alpaca chasing a young duck) and suddenly the ducks were under cover in the bushes and I had no idea where they were.   Obviously they were scared and weren’t coming out just because I called.     I gave up, came back into the house and soon, there was one little duck at the back door.  I let him in, caught him and then took him out to the greenhouse   I also caught a bantam and put her out there with it so it wasn’t too lonely.     Since we had not seen any sign of them since the initial release, we sadly thought the coyotes would find them before we did.

Imagine our delighted surprise when the night before last, one of the wandering ducks showed up here near the front door   He allowed us to catch him and we put him with the other duck.  They are so happy to be back together.

This morning, the third duck was sighted, but ran before we could get it    Hopefully, soon it will hear the other two ducks and come up here.   What amazed me was that even though they were way down in the pasture, they knew the house was home and came here.

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This morning we planted tulips and hyacinths –  some in the 3 planters on the back deck and some in pots.   I’m hoping this will work, but I haven’t tried it before.   When the plants in the pots peek out, I plan to bring them in the house to enjoy.  (I still have 100 daffodil bulbs to get in the ground during the next lull in the rain.)

The afternoon was spent shopping and fixing my quilting machine which somehow managed to get thread wrapped around an important wheel.   Yes, Liz, you warned me.   Thank you.

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We ended our day with a light, delicious supper of strawberries and cashew cream, which was very satisfying..

 

 

 

2014
12/18

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Life
Sewing

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Doll sets finished

Here are photos of the 3 finished doll sets.

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2014
12/17

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Sewing

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Bags, tops and panties

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Yesterday, while one of us was sewing, the other was minding the embroidery machine, so we also embroidered a little design on these bags that I purchased on sale at Michael’s.   They were just inexpensive small shopping type bags, but without them, the girls probably would have no place to keep their  doll clothes.   So it seemed like a usable gift.   Each bag has different colors on the front just as the clothes are all different colors or have different colored ribbons.   Have you ever notice how slight differences can make a big difference?

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Today I finished up the outfits with another two tops (just alike) and panties for the two girls that didn’t arrive with any.

The dolls for this Christmas are now finished and should go to the woman in charge of collections tomorrow.

2014
12/16

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Life
Sewing

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Native American boots

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Mary came over today and we literally spent the 8 hours making 3 pair of these  cute little Native American boots.   The doll is slipped into them by opening the back Velcro.    I’m really pleased to have these pretty little boots to go with the dresses for the Christmas giving tree.  Of course,  some of that time was spent figuring out instructions.

2014
12/15

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quilt labeling
Sewing

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New little dress

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I am so pleased with the way this little dress turned out.   It may be my “go-to” dress for these dolls.   I can see many different dresses in different fabrics and even adding sleeves.

Bill’s new project for the day was making the “Anderson’s split pea” soup recipe.   He is learning where items are kept and being an engineer means he follows the recipe exactly.   lol

2014
12/14

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Life

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Learning to cook

 

My DH has decided that he should learn to cook – probably  so  he will get more meals on time.   That’s fine with me, but I certainly can laugh at what he chooses to cook.   Today he found, in the back of one of the kitchen drawers, a bean salsa soup package that must have been purchased at least 5 years ago.   Apparently I didn’t see this when I was cleaning cupboards.  So that’s what he is working on today.    (It turned out to be very good.)IMG_0983

Since beans take a while to cook, I decided to put some potatoes, parsnips, carrots, onions and broccoli stems in the new one pot.   It took about 15 minutes for them to get up to pressures, but only 10 to cook.   Do you remember how the vegetables tasted when cooked with pot roast?   The vegetables were so soft and flavors infused.   That is the way they turned out, and they taste wonderful.   Perfect meal with a tossed salad.

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And even more wonderful is the fact that I made enough for 2 more meals this week.

2014
12/13

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Life

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Christmas music & block

We attended a beautiful Christmas music concert at church this morning.   There was a good variety of ages as well as songs, reminding us what we are celebrating with Christmas.

After lunch we sat inside and enjoyed the sun.  It is so warm coming through the windows and reminds us summer can’t be far away.   However, with dark coming about 4.15, we know it will still be awhile.  It’s only time to plan for summer.

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I did get the last block of this BOM finished tonight and then looked at the instructions again.  There  are NO instructions for putting it together.   I’m on my own for that.  Usually the person who supplies the blocks has an ending in mind.   With this one, she chose a different artist each month to design a block using the same colors throughout.  Since I didn’t see this coming, I may make the easy way out and just assemble it with the remaining fabric.  I’ll give it some thought

2014
12/12

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Life
quilts

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A Christmas quilt

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Tomorrow is the last day this year that our church has meals and gifts of clothing for street people.   I quilted this little quilt as my gift along with the two cowls I made earlier.   Below is a photo taken outside, which is more true to color.

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2014
12/11

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Life
Sewing

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2 little dresses

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I am quite happy with the way these turned out.  They are alike except for the color of ribbon.   So they can easily be told apart.   I’m guessing that the gifts will be opened at the party for these children.  I still have the boots to make.        I found the photo for the first dress made in October.    So now each of the gift dolls will have one of these dresses. IMG_0733

And what I did with the rest of my day, was the same things we all do: cook and clean.   It’s suppose to quit raining  and get up to 50 degrees tomorrow, so I’m hoping to get back to some of the outside work that hasn’t been caught up – or does it ever.    And there are bulbs to get in the ground because I couldn’t pass up a daffodil/tulip sale.

2014
12/10

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Life

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Blinds and a NA outfit.

We invited a salesman from Windowology to come out measure for a blind we need for our bedroom.   He came and installed it yesterday.   This was supposed to be a room darkening, medium price, nice looking blind.  The slats refused to even hang straight.  He removed it today.

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We went out to get dog and people food today as well as go to a sale at JoAnn’s.   I only bought one thing which cost me less than $15.00.   I’ll try to remember to show her to you tomorrow.

We came home and ate leftovers and I started working on these doll clothes.   These outfits take hours—yes, hours.    I completed the work on the embroidery machine.  I still have the fringe to cut and the holes to punch on the left one.  Hopefully, tomorrow the dressed will get finished.    (They are on the work table.} IMG_0968

The red/orange handle thing is the awl that I use to poke the holes through which to pass the ribbon.