Monthly Archives: November 2017

2017
11/19

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food
Life
Sewing

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Sewing with Mary

The morning started with a trip to the grocery.   We use a lot of bananas in this house and we were out.

After lunch Mary came over and we had a great time choosing fabrics for these bowl cozies

I think we have enough 10″ squares cut now.  We need one for the top and another for the bottom of the bowl.   And we sewed a piece of the batting to each square.

Next time, I will cut the darts out and sew them closed.

Another 6 little (Lazy Girl pattern) Sweetpea pods are now in the gift basket.  Little by little, we get the sewing done.

This fellow wanted to show you the latest style in garlands.

And here you can see what I saw this morning.   The moles have invaded the pasture

2017
11/17

Category:
Garden
Life

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A birthday and Friday

It’s Friday already and I am a bit  much behind this week.   We are already past the middle of the month and I have not achieved much on my list.  And my house keeping skills are now in question.  Maybe Sunday, I can visit the sewing studio again.

The hoop house is now watered and the Swiss Chard has been picked.  Next week I’ll pick the parsley and the kale.  Since the weather is staying mild, foods are still growing.

 We did get 3 loads of laundry done and the floors are swept and mopped.   The animals are fed.  Sabbath has come and the rest will wait.

We are truly blessed that we even have a house to be concerned about when there are so many without.  In addition, our children have blessed us with their extra caring and company throughout this past week.  We realize once again how important our loved ones are.    Hug yours often.

We had a wonderful time at the birthday party at Paneras. – Of course, I was having such a good time that I forgot to take photos.   But the ladies all loved the bowl cozies and the zucchini relish that I tucked inside.  And we had a good visit.   We only get to see each other annually, so have a lot of catching up to do.

Shabbat Shalom to each of you.

 

 

2017
11/16

Category:
Life
Sewing

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Home again, Hurray! and Felici

 

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.  We appreciated them.

This machine records echocardiograms.  It is fascinating to watch the heart as it pumps.  No problem with DH’s heart.   And truthfully I’m not sure what we are going to do differently.  He is back to normal now and the doctor said with exercise, the body will create new pathways to take the place of those that were blocked.  That leaves me not knowing how to try to prevent this in the future or when to know if there is trouble.

So what does one do when needing to relax?  Obviously, go to the sewing studio and sew.   There is a luncheon we are invited to tomorrow and the 4 ladies involved in the company will be there.  So I thought perhaps they would each like a pair of bowl cozies.   (https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern)  They are now ready to wrap.   It helped a lot that they were all cut out.

PS> Knitpicks has the Felici yarn back

2017
11/15

Category:
Life

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Hospital Adventures

Just an update because I haven’t been here this week.   Monday morning DH woke up unable to get out of bed.  The neighboring nurse came over to check on him.  He has been in the hospital all week.   The Dr. says DH has been having silent mini-strokes, possibly over several weeks.  She believes that this and the Parkinson’s are both responsible for his condition.  We plan to go home tomorrow and get back to our normal schedule by the end of the week.  Thanks for understanding.

2017
11/12

Category:
Life
Sewing

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Uncharted territory

Is this as much uncharted territory for you as it is for us?   It was like we were in a foreign country speaking a foreign language.  The doctor suggested that there have been good outcomes using this for Parkinsonian symptoms without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.  I must admit we were out of our comfort zone.   But DH will try it for a month and see if he gets better sleep and appetite as well as having better balance.   Any one of those would be more than he can get from the medications now offered.  If this is something you have had experience with, I’d truly appreciate it if you would share.

I have started making the bowl cozies.  They will take a bit of time, but I’m liking them and they are reversible which is terrific.   I put the website for making them on yesterday’s blog.

2017
11/11

Category:
Life

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Gray, whimpy days

I’m sitting here looking out the window and thinking that I like gray whimpy days.   The days where I don’t need to water because at some point within this 24 hour section, it will rain enough to fill water buckets.   There is no outside garden to water.   And yet, the rain spells are far enough apart that I can feed the animals without getting wet.  Often these days have a spell of sunshine as well.  Todays gray prediction says the rain will start at 10 tonight   So though we don’t expect sun today, it will be dry during chore time and we can enjoy a toasty fire.   And our forecast has rain the next 10 days which can really mean anything from real rain all day to whimpy days with rain only while I’m sleeping.  Yes, gray, whimpy days can be very good.

2017
11/10

Category:
Life
Sewing

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Bowl cozies

 

https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern/

It’s time to think of gifts and here is another idea.   Today I selected fabrics for the microwavable bowl cozies,(https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern/ I’ll be making).  Of course, I was really getting my act together and had chosen and cut out the fabrics when I realized that a trip to JoAnn’s was in order.  Fortunately I had 2 60% off coupons, one for 50% off and a 25% off entire order.   Plus I was using a gift card, so my little excursion was inexpensive.  If you are making these to put into the microwave, it is imperative that every item you use is 100% cotton to avoid a fire.  Many battings have “scrim” on them which helps it to hold together, but it can also catch fire in the microwave.   If you are using the cozies only when you take the food out of the microwave, you can get by with that.   But since these will be gifts and my DH always heats his soup with the bowl in one of these, I play safe and pay the extra for this batting.  (If you click on the red, the website for the cozies should pop up).

These bowl cozies take 2 – 10″ squares of coordinating fabric plus the batting.  The pattern is on the website.  Enjoy making them.   I’d love to see a photo.

Remember the list I wanted to accomplish in November.   Now that it is Nov 10, I have finished one of the projects and started 2 more.  I’d better get more serious since there are 20 items on the list you saw, but more that weren’t on that list.

 

2017
11/09

Category:
Life
Sewing

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Challenges

This day was full of challenges.   First the weather with very gray skies and a real downpour, then the dentist which is not my favorite thing.   Oh, and yes, I missed the exit off the interchange half an hour away coming home. I’m not familiar with that exit and I get lost very easily.   So I turned on my phone GPS  and it insisted on sending me to Canada.   I had entered the house address correct, but hadn’t put in the city and state.   So that took me about 45 minutes to get all figured out.  What a relief it was to get on a familiar road again.  That essentially ate my day.   I fed the animals, then us and came to the studio to collect my wits.

These are the two little pea pods made today.  As you can see they are not perfectly the same size and that is because there is room for trimming if the edges didn’t exactly meet when folded.     Ideas for use:   paperclips, USB sticks, half dozen cookies (in plastic wrap), knitting markers, chapstick, small package of tissue.   I’m sure you will come up with many more ideas.   I will make 10-12 as I like to have them on hand because one never knows when a small gift will be needed.  And Christmas is coming.   If I have a small gift, this is the perfect wrap.

2017
11/08

Category:
Life
Sewing

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Dentist and zippers

An hour drive to the dentist, an hour to clean the teeth and an hour back.   Plus I get to repeat it tomorrow since they had a cancellation and I have a small cavity.

 

By the time I returned home, the rain was coming down.  That seemed like a great time to start on my gift making.   I pulled out the long zippers that I like to buy when a store is having a close out – the same zippers that I rarely have a use for but can’t resist a 50 cent sale. 

This Lazy girl Sweetpea pattern calls for a 16″ or longer zipper for each little bag.  I now have 10 cut out and ready to assemble.   For me choosing the fabrics often takes more time than I think it should.  I’m all ready now to make these next sewing time.

2017
11/07

Category:
Life

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New series

It was a busy, but not profitable day.   However, I did want to let you know that a new free documentary series started today that you might enjoy watching.    The website is www.Christrevealed.com.   If you are a Christian or have any interest, this documentary is  from a historical viewpoint.