I took one of our daughters shopping with me today and because a good day calls for pretty flowers, we came home with these pretty plants to grace our front yard. And while we were at C0stco, she found some shirts she liked.
We visited another three stores and came home with a few groceries as well.
And these hydrangea came home with me. Now I must find them a permanent home in the ground as they will become large.
These bleeding hearts have popped back to life and will soon take over the entire corner and will need staking as well.
Spring must be ready to appear as the azaleas are also blooming. Then why is it still so cool outside?
We didn’t grow worms last year and the year before, they didn’t make it through the winter, so this year we are starting over. Their castings are so good for the garden. We picked these up on our morning excursion
After lunch I skirted two more of the fleeces. This one is a very pretty silver. Look at the lovely crimp!.
And this lovely brown is now soaking to clean.
Recap of yardage used this year.
Used this Week: Apr 28 9.0 yards
Used year to Date 89.00 yards
Goal: 300.00 yards
Yards to goal: 211.00 yards
Added this Week: 0.00 yards
Added Year to Date: 13.00 yards
New Yards to quilt goal: 223.00 yards Net Used 2017 77.00 yards used by the end of the 1st third of the year, is a bit behind, but I can live with that.
These Monster truck blocks are applique designs from Hatched in Africa. They have marvelous designs that stitch out so very good. It takes me a little over an hour a block if I count the stopping to trim between stitchings. I marked the fabric so they will stitch far enough apart to get 8.5″ blocks for a great boy quilt. There are 13 different trucks, so I may make 2 or 3 of them twice.
Of course this was done after returning some of the pants to Costco and getting the short size instead of regular. Why should I bother to hem pants, when I could just buy the right size to begin with. Interestingly enough, the lighter colored pants were very few yesterday as the table was covered with the dark blue pants. Today, there wasn’t a dark blue in sight. But the light blue was abundant and had sizes there that were not there yesterday. Do they have little fairies that come in the night time and change everything?
On our outing, I was able to get 12 tomato plants, which are now in the ground.
The floors are swept and mopped, the laundry is done and the rest of the morning was filled with errands: taking DD to get prescription, delivering some items, and grocery shopping. All done for another week – maybe.
I was able to trim and bind this quilt, called “Jelly Forest” from the book STRIP YOUR STASH by Gudrun Erla. It measures 55 x 81, perfect for covering one for a nap. I quilted it with the design called “Whisper” by Anne Bright and used a permanent marker to put my name and year on the back of the binding. I will probably keep this one.
I then cleaned the bobbin area out of the three machines I used this week, so they are ready to go again.
Then I cleaned off the cutting table and mounted the purple hummingbird quilt ready to quilt. I’m hoping to get this quilt finished as well as the snowman quilt. Soon, I have to process the scraps into their homes until used. I only did half of my walking each day, but I feel good about the accomplishments. It seems to take so long to get the preliminaries done, and then POP, one gets several finishes.
Here are the new girls (left) of which I promised you a photo. They have integrated well with the fowl we had.
12 More roses are now up on the board. I think I may be half done. I need to dive into my scraps and even whole pieces for more colors. But it is looking so much better.
I also had to get the emission checked to license my car. They told me it is old enough now that I don’t have to get another on this car which is nice. Now I just have to keep it running.
Then off to get a new battery for my watch which stopped. These kind of trips just seem like a waste of time, but necessary. Oh, yes, and then the grocery shopping. Please tell me why we women can get all this done inside a couple of hours and our DH think we have just scheduled an entire day.
It is still raining, and we are threatened with snow on Monday, but there is a bright light ahead. A week from Sunday, the sun is scheduled to shine.
And I did get a bit of knitting done. This particular stitch is a bit challenging, but I will press on. Who knows I may learn to get faster.
Have a Happy Sabbath and a great weekend
PS For readers who knew her, Alice Kirkman passed away this week.
I started this cute little wall hanging last fall and then it disappeared. I looked everywhere I could think of and didn’t find it. Last weekend when I was rearranging in the studio, I found it had slipped between two stacks of drawers. So now it is all together, but only held with a thin layer of glue. I need to applique all the pieces on and quilt it. That will happen in my free time because this little quilt didn’t even get found in time to put on my ufo list – though it belongs there.
Today was run around day after gym. I went to Nordstrom’s rack to return a shirt I purchased before Christmas and found the black pull over shirt (with long sleeve) that I like for 5.00 a piece. They had 2 of them left, so both came home with me. Then off to the hardware store for an idea of how to feed the sheep salt in a way they won’t spill/waste so much of it. I failed on that score, so went to Fred Meyer to do minimum grocery shopping. Late this afternoon, I picked up chicken I had ordered to feed the dogs. So the day was complete and now I am ready to enjoy the Sabbath. Tomorrow we will have company and Sunday we will again have company, so it will be a wonderful weekend.
January 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.)
This week was one to “hang on tightly for a wild ride” and try to enjoy the ride as the disasters happened.
A shattered cell phone
A broken cooktop
A computer not working
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.
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”
Lazy 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.
One 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.
Here 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:
Big 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.
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.
Today 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.
As 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.
I took the time to quilt this today as well. The binding is on hold.
Here is the design I found for the borders. So now I’m off to relax a bit.