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2017
01/26

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January sock progress

IMG_0007January sock progress is like molasses.   Very slow going.   I am now half way through the heel flap.  No the socks will not be finished in January as I originally planned.   I’ll have to see what is scheduled for February = hopefully no more illness so that I can get February’s socks done and go back and finish these.

I spent about 4 hours this morning, moving furniture and cleaning floors under machines.  Sweeping, mopping, discarding, put bolts and other fabrics away all takes time.  So we took the afternoon off and spent another 5 hours, grocery shopping, and having AT&T tell me why the phone wasn’t working.   Amazingly they couldn’t get it to misbehave and so far it is still working.  I had planned to get an ice cream cake at Dairy Queen for the party Saturday evening, but their idea of a an ice cream cake, was a layer of vanilla topped with a layer of chocolate and then frosted like a cake.   So we went to Baskin Robbins and bought pizza like pies.   They have a big chocolate cookie on the bottom and are filled with ice cream and cut into 8ths.   That should be easy to handle at the party.   (Yes, there is vegan cake and ice cream for those that choose.)

2016
12/05

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“Hang on tightly for a wild ride”week

img_0012This week was one to “hang on tightly for a wild ride”  and try to enjoy the ride as the disasters happened.

  1. A shattered cell phone

  2. A broken cooktop

  3. A computer not working

  4. 2 now defunct microwaves

I’m hoping we are at the end of this ride.    The phone has been replaced for a very small fee, courtesy of Apple.    A new cooktop sits here in the entry way awaiting the installer.  The first microwave died after many good years of use.   We went to use it and it was too tired to move.  So we brought in the other one which was given to us several years ago and had seen little use.  It worked for 2 days.  After an on-line search yesterday, I found one to purchase at Amazon – yes it did cost $13.00 more than if I went out and picked one up.  However, it was snowing in the morning and they delivered it in about 6 hours to the front door.   We were willing to pay for that convenience.   And so far it works wonderfully.

The computer was quite another story.   I spent Saturday night and most of yesterday, until midnight, working with the Geeksquad on-line to get it back up and running.  We don’t know why it misbehaved, but after all that time, and 3 different “geeks” on their end, it is up and working again sans my email list of addresses.  Their advice is to get a different email program before it happens again as it has been happened to others as well.

God has blessed us that we are not usually big spenders, grow much of our own food, and only buy necessary clothes, so we had the savings to handle these issues.

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   Look at this blessing that opened out of season.   There is only one stem, but unexpected and we are enjoying it

Today, we went to exercise, bought grain for the sheep, and took a nap.   Maybe tomorrow, we can get back on track.   It’s time again to clean surfaces that attract “stuff”

2016
12/02

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Life
Sewing
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Sweetpea Pods for gifts

img_0007sLazy Girl’s Sweetpea Pods are fun and make up quickly.   They are marvelous for small items that you would like to keep together and not lose.  If it was holding liquid, I would estimate about 1.5 cups.  It measures about 3 x 6″.   The first one took a bit more time to make.   The  zipper trick was knew to me, and was a bit fiddly the first time, but once you do one, it becomes easy.   The directions are VERY clear.

img_0003sOne needs only a 10″ square of fabric, another of lining, and another of batting to make two of these.   One zipper with two pulls is also needed.   So you can really make these little cuties with scraps.

img_0006sHere is my first one.   They will make perfect little gifts.   I want to look around for some fun zipper pulls to attach.    I highly recommend you make some of these for yourself and for gifts.  The patterns are available at quilt shops as well as on line.

JUST for fun:

img_0001sBig red, medium red, and little red cars were parked in front of us at the grocery store.  It amused me.   It doesn’t take much, does it?

I want to thank each of you who sent suggestions in the medical field.   We have an appointment in a couple weeks and are lining up questions to pursue.

We wish you a wonderful weekend.

 

 

2016
11/23

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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
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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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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
09/07

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farming
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Fast days

After breakfast and feeding the sourdough culture, the gym was first on our list today.   On our way home, we received a call to come look over some house papers.

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Then it was time to make our first sourdough bread as the culture was ready.   As I was finished kneading it, the hay arrived along with Juliette (sheep) and her 2 lambs. Photos will be tomorrow, because when I get busy, I forget the camera.

img_5225Lunch was a stir fry as the rice was cooked and the refrigerator is full of vegetables.

img_5227Dessert was thawed strawberries over zucchini bread.   We often eat seasonally.

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Then it was off to the bank and the grocery store.  I needed olives to make olive bread.   As we were leaving, we received another phone call about more papers, only these had to read to be signed.   So we picked those up on the way out, went to the bank, where the machine ate some of our deposit,(bank official is taking care of that), then off to the grocery store for olives.  Above is the bread, which the directions tell me to rise overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature in the morning before baking.

We signed the papers and returned them on the way home.   Now the title search should be set in motion.  I love these full days, but I feel like I’m watching life whiz by.

2016
09/06

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Serger
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Socks and honey

IMG_5219Slowly, but surely, with little minutes here and there.  The gussets are nearly done.  I think I’m a slow knitter because it takes me 18-20 hours to do a pair of socks -time dependent on how much cuff and how many stitches I drop and have to pick up and how many times I have to lay the project down and pick it up again.

No photo, but I spent an hour in the dentist chair this afternoon having 2 small cavities filled.

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On the way there, I stopped and bought 2 gallons of honey from a friend who has many hives of bees and has them at various people’s farms.   I learned that our hardware store now sells food grade buckets for food.  And guess what,  their logo gets spread around.  DH believes that everything one sells should have something to help sales.   This qualifies.

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The last thing to purchase was a storm door for the hoop house which will be recovered this weekend.

IMG_5220And here’s a HINT: for all these holidays coming up.   Buy yardage, serge or hem the edge, pop it on your table to look all cheery and when the holiday is over, you can save it for next time, or make something else from it.

 

 

 

 

2016
09/02

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quilts
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Celebrate flimsy

IMG_4713And now I can show you the quilt that I worked on early summer.   It is a BOM called “celebrate” in The Quilt Pattern Magazine.   http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/index.html preview.    I am quite happy with the results.

And since it was done ahead of time, I took the day to clean house including floors and countertops and went shopping.

2016
08/10

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Garden
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Serger
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A successful day

 I started the morning by opening an email that I should not have opened.   Then I waited for the Geeksquad to remove the virus or whatever from my computer so I could again use it.   After that a phone call to Handiquilter and I believe my machine may be more cooperative.

IMG_5059In between those chores, I did get a pattern copied onto pattern pellon for a jacket.   I even was able to get the main pieces cut out of this cotton fabric.   It will be a loose, lightweight cotton jacket using the new serger.  However, I do not have the right thread, so will pick that up tomorrow.

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Off to the grocery briefly for a couple very good watermelons and out to the garden.  We picked the funniest shaped carrots.   Next year the ground will have to be worked deeper.   These poor carrots just could not break through the hardpan.  Still they are delicious.

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  These beets were growing beside the carrots, but since they are shorter, they didn’t have the same troubles.   They filled this 4 gallon bucket about 3/4 full.   Oh, and there were a few potatoes that were from a potato that was left in the ground over winter.   I pulled a beet and harvested 6 potatoes much to my surprise.  So we will be enjoying roasted root vegetables.