Wednesday, August 10, 2022

I Like Thursday #214

 I have been missing in action lately.  I have been cleaning, packing, or doing yard work.  Welcome to my 214th I Like Thursday post.  Each week a group of bloggers share things that they have found that they like/love during the week.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for hosting weekly.

Summer is speeding by, and zucchini, fresh tomatoes and corn are always on the menu quite often.  I like Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing by Cooking Light.  I throw in shredded chicken and olives and add more veggies.  

 Recently I found my favorite Macaroni salad at work.  Many years ago when I lived in Portland, and worked as a bartender/waitress one of my favorite foods on the salad bar was the Macaroni Salad by Reese's which was locally made.  

I have spent some time at my daughter's house, looking at property nearby, and just relaxing.    I will admit I have a seriously case of lust regarding my daughter's hydrangeas.

I also like sitting by the river with the kids while they wade.  I get to bathe my tootsies, and sit and relax. 

Bobbin and I went hiking at the nearby State Park to see Ocqueoc Falls.  

I have done a lot of packing, there is much more to do.  I hope to get my house to the point where it is ready to list in 3-4 weeks.  Right now the smaller house is ready to be put up for sale and I am waiting on the real estate agent.  

I am still working a lot, and there is a ton of yard work to do all the time, not including just watering to try to keep my poor plants alive due to many days of high temps and high humidity that made the "feels like" temps miserable.  I still manage to get some reading in though.

The Gray Ghost Murders by Keith McCafferty is the 2nd in the Sean Stranahan Series set in Montana.  I like the outdoor themes, fly fishing, tracking.

Dead Man's Fancy is the 3rd book in the series.  

I finished reading the Cajun Country Mysteries with the final book Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron.  

Finally I discovered the Beatrice-Hyde Claire Mysteries and have read 3 more of the books.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

I Like Thursday #213

Welcome to my 213th I Like Thursday post.  Each week a group of bloggers, encouraged by the talented and lovely LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color, post a list of things that they have done, seen, read, heard that they like or love.  

I went to visit the kid's new home Sunday and Monday, and took a load of their belongings to them.  With 6 people in their family, they ended up with 2 big uhauls full of belongings, a truck load, a trailer load, and there is still stuff remaining.  While it may not seem like a thing to like, I am very happy for them, and while it is summer I do love their new property.

They live in a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom manufactured home which has been updated with a metal roof, a sliding door with a pergola off the kitchen, a mud room, and a set of french doors to a deck with a hot tub which is covered with a gazebo like structure.  There is a river that meanders through the property that the kids, and I went wading for a bit, the bottom all sand.  Then much to my surprise Bobbin dove right in and waded and swam right along with the rest of us.  

I like that they are off the road a bit, but not far, but it is very private.  I like their cabins.

This is the original cabin.  It needs a new floor, but overall it is in pretty good condition.  But the add on is fabulous!

There are 10 bunks, a table, couches, and refrigerators as well as years worth of hunting trophies on the wall.  

I like that they are only about 10 miles from Lake Huron and the nearby town has a real beachy vibe.  I will say that what little I saw, I loved.  I liked how quiet and peaceful it was, and of course getting away from the 90 degree plus weather was nice.  I scoped out some homes around there, some in town, and some nearby.  There are so many possibilities.

LeeAnna has asked us to share something in our kitchen that we like/love this week.  Since I love to bake, and cook, even if it is just for me, it was a very hard deciding what my favorite tool would be.  I have 2 which I use a lot.

 I spotted this drying rack in a little store and snapped it up for $1.00 years ago.  My grandmother used one like it to hang dishclothes and dish towels on over the sink. I use it to hold strainers, canning jar lids, since it is a great place for those items to dry.  

My other favorite is an old egg beater.  I have a whole drawer full, but this is the one that is in current use.

There have been some fun things at the store lately.  I love this trash can for a bathroom.

But I am sure it could be used in other places.  

I am still working at packing, but also have been trying to get rid of things.  Our local Salvation Army closed so I went to the next one and would you believe they would not take 2 leather coats which I had outgrew?  (Can you outgrow if they are now way too big?)  I was told they no longer take clothes, even baby clothes unless they are current fashion or new.  

I also rented a small heated storage unit.  I decided I would store my sewing stuff and sewing machines there while I am prepping the house to sell.  I will probably also store Christmas decorations trees, etc in there.  

I have done a little reading, but not much else.  I am sorry if I didn't comment on other people's blogs.  Sometimes I read them, but forget to comment, and life has been so busy.  

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

I Like Thursday #212

 Just dropping in to make a short post. Welcome to my 212th I like Thursday post.  

Today is the big moving day.  My days off I have been packing so not much going on here.

I sold the plow truck this week.  I was sad to see it go.  Jeff had built it from parts he found at junk yards.  I will say that I shed a tear as I saw the men pull out of the driveway with it on the back of a trailer.  But the good thing is that is will be used and not be disintegrating into a rust blob.  

I have been trying to get flower beds cleaned up.  A lot of work when you only have a couple of hours a day at the most.  What I do like though is that I have Anise Hyssop which spreads and while it moved from the flower bed, it self seeded in nearby containers.

Anise Hyssop has antibacterial properties, and smells almost like licorice.  I think one of the reasons why I love this plant is that while different from the old world Hyssop it is mentioned several times in the Bible.

Psalms 51:7-8

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

In fact Hyssop is mentioned multiple times throughout the Bible. 


While Bobbin and I were walking today we spied a Cutleaf Teasel, and yes I should be getting rid of them.  They are an invasive plant species that will choke out other plants.  Sigh.  But what was interesting was this one actually had a lot of water stored in the leaves after the rain yesterday. 

I have been busy packing boxes.  I have many open boxes throughout the house.  A box with electrical parts, a box with plumbing parts, a box with gift wrap, a box with indoor plant supplies, a box with art get the picture.  

I grabbed the out of control 2 1/2 inch Batik Strip boxes. 


 It only took me a couple of hours but I managed to get it tamed.  Everything sorted by basic colors, blue, red, green, they could probably be further sorted but for now it is done.

I have done a couple of strip swaps and I didn't realize I had this super cute pink pig batik in my stash.

The three boxes also hold a quilt I began a while back.  I figured that all the fabric together was the best way to go.

I have 6 blocks made so far, then it was set aside.  Pre Covid.  So I will get it set up so I know where it is.  

As I am packing, I have Kits packed, labeled and cataloged on my spreadsheet too.  On cardboard boxes I use a sharpie and put a general description on what is in the box, but plastic bins since most of them have quilts in progress I used my label maker.

As to the books I have been reading I have been through several different genres this week.

A Brazen Curiosity by Lynn Messina--  Beatrice Hyde-Clare is a spinster that lives much to their dismay with her Uncle and Aunt.  As like all spinsters, she is drug to a house party at the Skeffingtons.  I find it amusing that this docile woman during dinner, daydreams of flinging food at the imperious Lord Kesgrave.  When Beatrice stumbles upon the body of Mr. Otley in the library in the middle of the night, and discovers Lord Kesgrave standing nearby.  Beatrice threatens to scream the house down, thereby causing a scandal and forcing Lord Kesgrave to make an honest woman of her per the propriety of the day.  Lord Kesgrave agrees to allow Bea to return to her room, and not tell anyone he saw her in the library.  Bea and Kesgrave become unlikely allies in discovering who is the real murderer.  Who though that society would be so scandalous?

Murder on the Edge is the 3rd installment of the Inspector Skelgill series.  

Also I read the next in the series of the Miss Fortune Series Gators and Garters by Jana DeLeon.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

I Like Thursday #211

 It is Thursday so it is time for an I Like Thursday post!  Welcome to my 211th I Like Thursday post.  What is I Like Thursday?  It is a post sharing things that a group of bloggers have seen, done, read, heard, that we like, love.  LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color is the host weekly.  

The store seems to be carrying a lot of tin signs.  I like them, they remind me of the signs from back in the day. 

We have been hot, but we had a lot of rain today, but with the humidity starting out at 95% early this morning, I was surprised at how dry the chicken run is.


I am trying out a new vanilla that had a very high rating.  I love trying new things.

I don't know it if will every compare to the vanilla Jeff and I made one year.  I have a wee bit left, with the vanilla beans still in it.  

I like that the kids finally signed their paperwork for their home today.  Early this morning, they loaded the kids, dogs, building supplies and headed up to close, then go explore their property.  When they originally viewed the property and home, they only had 30 minutes due to the real estate agent having another appointment scheduled, and because of a tornado that went through a town just a few minutes before they arrived, they were late.  While it is going to be strange not having them right next door, I am thrilled for their new chapter on life. It will be a few weeks before they are completely moved.  

With that being said, I need to up my game and get things packed so I can get my home ready to sell.  I am kind of thinking if I cannot get both properties sold by October, perhaps I should rent the house next door.  So much to do when working full time.  That being said I managed to get 12 boxes packed on my day off between doing laundry, cooking, cleaning.  Mostly my stash.  All I can say is I have a long way to go.  :D 

I like that my little wisteria is blooming again.  The big one isn't so I looked up what could be the problem and was told to add phosphate to the soil.  So I will try that to see if I can get it to bloom.  

 Since I was not going to garden this year, I thought it was kind of serendipity to find some tomato plants on sale the other day, so I planted them in my porch pots.  

I got this notification this week and it made me smile.  I wasn't aware that Kindle gave out reader awards.  LOL 

Speaking of books....

The new series I have been reading is the Lady Fan series by Elizabeth Bailey.

The Gilded Shroud starts with Otillia Draycott taking a position at position as Lady's Companion to Sybillia, the Dowager Marchioness of Polbrook.  Emily Fanshawe, the Marchioness of Polbrook is found murdered in her bedchamber, her husband has mysteriously disappeared, and it is left to the younger son Lord Francis Fanshawe to sort things out.  Otillia, and Lord Fan work in tandem to unravel the secrets to the murder of the former Marchioness, and in doing so begin a budding relationship, much to the delight of the Dowager.

Otillia is married to Lord Fanshawe, and they are currently traveling when their carriage breaks down in the village of Witherley where the body of the local blacksmith has just be found in the ashes of the smithy.  There are rumors that a recent newcomer is a witch and she has foretold the death of the smith.  Lady Fan has to investigate further.  

Lady Fan is dealing with a difficult pregnancy, but her interest is piqued when a new neighbor Sir Joslin Cadel has recently arrived from his plantations in Barbados, along with some very interesting retainers. When Sir Joslin is discovered collapsed on his doorstep, his ward Tasmine Roy claims that she killed him.  But anyone talking to her sees that she is not quite right.  Why did Sir Joslin return to England, and what happened to Tasmine's parents, there are a lot of secrets to unwind.

A young woman's body has been discovered, laid out in a coffin in the cemetery surrounded by candles in the sea town of Weymouth.  The Colonel stationed in Weymouth is tasked with discovering who the killer is, and so reaches out to Lord Francis Fanshawe for assistance.  With the stillbirth of their child, and Ottillia's deep depression, Lord Francis thinks this is just the puzzle to bring her back to him, as well as a change of scenery.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

I Like Thursday #210

 Welcome to my late, 210th I like Thursday post.  Each week a group of bloggers, hosted by the fabulous LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color share things that we have seen, done, heard that we like/love during the week.  

I have had a busy week, going back to work, the deadline for the kids to sign the papers on their home is imminent.  

I will say this for pre moving for me.  I am getting organized again.  I used to be very organized, but after the last few years, it became a disaster and once that happens it is so hard to get control of it again.  It is coming along slowly.  I think I have almost everything in the kitchen packed for storage that I will not need in the immediate future. I jokingly tell my kids I have met the maximum box to kitchen space ration.

All boxes are labeled and surprisingly they are not a hodgepodge but specific.  Cookie making supplies, canning supplies, bird feeders, extra utensils, you get the drift.  

I have started on my fabric stash and sewing rooms too.  If something is for a specific quilt/project it is packed in a 2 gallon Hefty bag and put into a box marked kits.  If it is just a specific fabric designer, and I don't have a plan for the fabrics, it is packed by the designer.  I don't have many precuts so those will go into a box, and then I will tackle the folded stash.  I just need to make sure my boxes don't get too heavy.  

I have been trying some new recipes, and per request an old one.  

I made a broccoli, ham, and pasta salad which was from cooking light, it was really good, sorry no pictures, but I did throw in a lot more veggies, including celery, and olives.  The by request was for edible cookie dough for the kids.  No eggs.  

 I have found that some of the spices I purchased recently are "stale" and I use a lot of spice, so I splurged to restock the ones I recently used, and ordered them from The Spice House.  I love their spices!  I use a lot of Cumin and I was very disappointed when I ran out a couple of months ago, and replaced with the grocery store Cumin.  Much different quality.  

I have been trying to get the yard under control too, but unfortunately my stars are not seeming to align.  I somehow messed up my battery operated weed whip, so had to take it to be repaired, the closest place was 1 hour away in Ohio.  Anyway since I could not weed whip, I thought I would mow some of the tall weeds down, that was a major fail too.  No gas in my mower, and for some reason, on this farm, I could not locate a gas can.  My middle daughter's comment that day was it was God's way of telling me to sit my butt down and relax.  

When I went to Ohio, to the small tool repair shop,  I decided since it was not terribly hot, I would go on a small hike and check out a place I had read a little about in history books.  I visited The Fallen Timbers Battlefield--  1.5 mile hike, with lots of signage and history.  

Per Wikipedia The Battle of Fallen Timbers was the final battle of the Northwest Indian War, and was fought on the 20th of August 1794.  The Natives were rising up against the white settlers who were entering the Ohio territory which had previously treaty territory.  Interestingly enough the name of the battle is because a tornado had swept through and many trees in the forest had fallen.  Lewis and Clark fought in this battle as well as future president William Henry Harrison.  

The original battlefield was thought to be about 3 miles south and is marked with a monument which has been there for many years.  Not until the late 90's was it actually determined where the true battlefield was after an archaeologist was granted permission to do a dig, and located musket balls and found  what could have been a mass grave where the only surviving objects were what they call frog legged eagle buttons which were a feature on General Mad Anthony Wayne's Legion.  

I loved the scent of clover, and saw these beautiful wild roses blooming in perfusion.  It was a lovely hike. And not many bugs!

I purchased a FitBit a little less than a year ago, and every now and then I get these funky notifications.  I thought this one was very cool.

It tells me that since I started wearing my FitBit I have walked almost 2,000 miles!  In a little less than a year! That is equivalent to walking the length of India.  When there are some days I just don't want to do anything, it helps me keep focused. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

I Like Thursday #209

 It is Thursday so it is time for m209th I Like Post.  Every week a group of bloggers share a post of things that they have discovered that they like/love.  LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color is our host and encourager.

I have had a few days off, some scheduled, and some due to a death in the family.  While it is near impossible to afford to fly/drive to the west coast, I have been staying close to home, cleaning, packing, reading, trying to get my steps in, and working on getting my head in the right space.  Bobbin and I have been walking the property line when it isn't too hot.  We have spotted a family of geese on the neighbor's pond.

Fed mulberries to the chickens. I have a lot of volunteer mulberry trees and they are loaded this year with fruit.

And after 10 years I finally had cherries on my teeny tiny tree.  

 I have been allowing Bobbin to walk with me off leash, which can be a challenge even after all the training she has had.  She has done wonderful, and has really enjoyed all the running.  Five circuits of the property is 10,000 steps, some days walking outside has been near impossible especially when it is 80 degrees at 7 am.  I usually have Bobbin tuckered out completely by 3 pm.

I have slowly been packing, starting with the kitchen.  Things I don't use often have been boxed, and labeled.  I have this crazy idea color code dots for the boxes that are going to be stored.  One color for the kitchen, one color for bathroom, one color for sewing, etc.  That way you look at the box and you know which room it goes to so if you are looking for something.

I kept out 4 cookbooks, these are the ones I use the most, and all the rest were packed.  I discovered I had 4 binders, and a huge pile of recipes I would never make, a huge pile I wanted to try, and a huge pile I have tried and liked.  I bought some A5 paper and have been printing out recipes I like on it for my little recipe binder.  

I finally got a little gumption to do some sewing, at least the Moda Blockheads 4 blocks.

BH 4 Block 12 9 inch block

BH 4 Block 12 4.5 Inch Block

BH 4 Block 12 Friendship Star

BH 4 Block 13 4.5 inch block

BH 4 Block 13 9 inch block

BH 4 Block 13 Evening Delight

BH 4 Block 14 Alternate Sharply Dressed

BH 4 Block 14 4.5 inch block Bird on a Branch

OK so block 14 is supposed to be an applique bird, I decided to do a chicken with a pile of feed.  I need to stitch it down.  

I have been doing a lot of reading.  

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen was recommended and I just happened to be able to snag it from the library.  I will admit to spending a whole day reading this book, and not doing much else.  

Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel.  Another book that I read every free moment I could find.  The book tells the story of the tea plantations from the view of Layla a native woman in India right before the ending of British rule. 
The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding by Lydia Kang a WWII espionage story taking place in New York. 
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin.  Another book set during WWII in London. 
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