Friday, January 29, 2021
Dumbbell of the Year Award
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
This was taken at 2:45 this afternoon with the glorious sun streaming in our south facing windows. The sun has been extremely shy about showing its face so far this winter so when we get a sun-filled day, it's a cause for a mini celebration.
One of the items on Papa Pea's list today was to replace the gasket on the door of the wood stove in the living. He put on his handyman hat and did a thorough, efficient job of it.
Then he decided to take a nap. The truth? He's lubricating the track that the door slides on (under the stove) when we have an open fire.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
If I Had Such A Good Day Yesterday . . .
Look, look! The geranium I brought in from the garden is blooming. It's no secret I've never had much luck bringing in plants and wintering them over inside. Herbs, flowering plants, whatever refuse to be happy and thrive for me. Maybe it's the fact that my daughter (who does have a lot of luck bringing plants in at the end of the growing season) potted up this geranium for me. It's actually starting to bloom!
Just took these loaves of Oatmeal Bread out of the oven. I made one of them (on the left . . . I think) into Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread. As soon as they've cooled enough, we're diving in to the cinnamon one for breakfast.
We finally got some snow overnight. Wahoo! The frames of my raised beds are almost, just about, finally covered.
I worked like a little beaver (a sewing beaver . . . do beavers have opposable thumbs?) yesterday to finish the machine quilting on this couch quilt that has been waiting to be finished for one heckuva long time. I just have a smidge bit to finish on the binding before it goes into the washing machine, then the dryer and will be on the couch tonight. With me snuggled under it while knit-stitching away.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Turning Negativity Into Positivity
Much time has been spent in the last week or so trying to come up with an interesting, uplifting bit of a post to put up here. It's evident my brain cells have not been up to the task.
I do believe the general blogging atmosphere is in a slump right now, and I can't help but think it's because of the political atmosphere, both here in the U.S. and worldwide, that is affecting our daily thoughts, actions and plans for the future.
Yep, the X-stitching bug is still with me. The current project is an Easter motif piece which I've just barely started. "Happy Easter" in the center surrounded by bunnies, carrots, flowers, etc.
In the works is a new rag rug for in front of the kitchen sink made in dark blue to go with my blue and white January decorations. Good choice I made to use dark blue rather than white, eh? (Tongue firmly held in cheek.)
The first sock of the latest pair for Papa Pea is almost done. Because Mr. Big Foot needs big socks for his big feet, I wasn't sure this particular skein had enough yardage so chose to make the cuff, heel and toe of the contrasting gray color.
Today I'm determined to sandwich and start the quilting on this couch quilt that has been shaming me for months by hanging on my design wall in its unfinished state. I'll machine quilt it with an all-over meandering design. I think. But I could change my mind. But probably won't.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Planning for the 2021 Garden - Too Early?
All of these arrived before the first of the year. And there were more that I've already taken to recycling. Still more, I'm sure, will arrive shortly.
Being aware of current information available on social media (real and/or fake), I've decided it might be a good idea to recheck myself and possibly order more. Can't hurt and might even help out someone else.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The Month of January - Like It or Lump It?
I luv the month of January. Many people complain it's such a loooong, dreary month to get through after the celebrations and festivities of the just past holidays.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
The Good Old Days?
Friday, January 1, 2021
Greetings from the First Day of the New Year of 2021
Has the start of a new year ever been greeted with more hope and heartfelt wishes for it to be better than the one just past? I think not. Or perhaps some of us are just girding our loins (what a mental picture) and preparing the best we can for whatever awaits in the coming months. I am so very grateful for where we live, our community, the little oasis we've managed to build around ourselves and our
remaining brain power that enables us to make wise decisions that will keep us safe, sane, healthy and happy as we go into this new year. I wish the same for all of you.
This is the front of a nifty little book my daughter gave me for Christmas. Upon unwrapping it I thought, "Well, there are probably good tips in here, basic mechanics of sewing machines I should know. Maybe." Then it slowly dawned on me.
You see, a couple of months ago, she, being our resident computer guru, had asked me for my password to some site or another I was having trouble accessing. My password to that particular site? Hmmm. Wait, I have it somewhere. Some place. Now where did I mark that down?
Ta-dah! Here's the secret, hidey place in which to do just that. Slipped in with the other "important" books and pamphlets on my desk, not only will all my passwords be in one handy-dandy spot which will be easily accessible, but a burglar looking for all my highly sensitive material (yeah, right) will never be tempted to steal Sewing Machines - Home Guide Series.