Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I Like Thursday #160

 Welcome to my 160th I Like Thursday post.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color, for encouraging us to find things to like/love in and around our world to share. 

One and a half years....I have went 1 1/2 years during this stupid pandemic without getting ill. I had both doses of my COVID vaccine.  Sunday night while at work my throat started to hurt.  I finished my shift, and headed home.  I curled up in the recliner and slept for a couple hours, and soon my head was congested and my chest felt like I had an elephant sitting on it. No I didn't have COVID.  I had a head and chest cold.  I have spent the past 4 days home, and am finally starting to feel a wee bit better.  I did manage to get rid of the chest congestion finally, right now it is just a congested head and a left over cough.  

In Bobbin's opinion it is all about her and she is enjoying her best life, laying on mom's lap, curled up in the recliner wrapped up in quilts. 

While being sick I have watched the world burst into bloom.  My favorite prairie fire crab apple bloomed its rich maroon blossoms.

The Lilacs have bloomed and faded.  I so wanted to try a recipe I found for lilac sugar, but it isn't to be for this year.

Today I felt well enough to do a wee bit of outside work.  I spent 2 hours just trying to knock down a 25 square foot area of thistle, and save my chives, and veronica.  

One day the chickens escaped and they instantly headed toward my flowerbeds with mulch.  


I sent a text and the kids rounded them back up for the night.  

I have been doing a little more day by day.  I managed to finish 2 charity quilts for church, and started a 3rd.  I have still been cutting strips of the 20's and 30's reproduction fabrics, and I even managed to sew block 12 of my 365 little blocks. 

I have made up for my lack of book reading this past week.  

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas the 2nd book in the Lady Sherlock series.  

Lady Ingram, the wife of Charlotte's longtime friend has enlisted the help of Sherlock Holmes in locating a man she was enamored with long before she married Lord Ingram.  Charlotte is attempting to locate her illegitimate half brother Myron Finch, and a mysterious man if courting Charlotte's sister Livia.  So many twists and turns, I will admit I can't wait to read the next book.  

A Sharp Solitude by Christine Carbo is the 4th book in the series set near Glacier National Park.  In this book we are not with Monty the National Park police, but FBI Agent Allie Paige.  Reeve Landon is the father of Allie's daughter and has been accused of murdering journalist Ann Marie Johnson after spending the day with him and his dog doing research work on scat. 

Reeve's past, Allie's past all come together.  

Isolation is the 9th book by Mary Anna Evans in the Faye Longchamps Wolf Mantooth archaeology series.  Faye has shut Joe out after the miscarriage of their daughter, wandering around their island digging holes.  Joe's father Sly has come to visit, a man that Joe doesn't have a whole lot of use for.  A man who spent years in prison. 

When the lady who owns the local cafe' and marina is murdered it is enough to get Fay out of her funk.  

Finally I read Tulipomania by Mike Dash.  It is the history of the Tulip from the steppes of central Asia

to the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople.  Mike Dash made the history interesting how this flower rose to be one of the most coveted commodity in Europe.  

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

I Like Thursday #159

Welcome to my 159th I Like Thursday post.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things that we like/love during the week.

It is fun to see all the growing things around.  

I love apple blossoms. My poor trees are struggling.  I needed to spray while they were dormant, but once the weather stayed above 40 degrees for a 24 hour period it was too windy.  

My trees had very few blossoms.  

In the field I saw these wild strawberries.  


 

I spied a butterfly, 

I thought this petunia originally looked like a dark purple. 

Maybe it is more of a maroon in the sun.  

While wandering around the property I spied these teeny tiny flowers.  This is called birdeye speedwell, it is a Veronica.

I have an app on my phone called "Picture This"  I will say that it is one of the best plant identifier apps I have used.  One thing which is neat about the app is it will show many photos of the plant, it will give you the scientific names, but it will also share an excerpt of the poem by Andrew Blakemore: 

The speedwell and daisies are blooming together
Their colours entwine in the grass where they grow,
So rich is the land and so verdant the pasture
As a carpet they make with sweet patterns that glow,
Like the blue of the sky and the bright golden sunshine
They rise from the green on this bright summer's day,
Wherever they shine I'll be happy to wander
For I'll never tire of their wondrous display. 

The other plant I saw had these lovely little yellow flowers.  

It is called mock strawberry. 

I spied a chicken basket at the feed store. 

Many years ago at a quilt shop which is no longer in business I saw a basket.  There was a pattern, but I didn't buy it, thinking perhaps in a few weeks I would return to the shop.  Life happened, I sent them an e-mail inquiring the name of the pattern, and filed their response in an e-mail folder.  I wanted to make this basket to use in my bathroom to hold dirty clothes. 

Recently I went through my e-mail folders and found the e-mail and went on a search for the pattern.  

 
Knotty Basket. 

I started acquiring the necessary supplies to make one.  

For a  girl who doesn't have a lot of time to go searching for supplies, I do shop online a lot.  I will say that finding the necessary items has been a trial.  

I have pulled fabrics trying to decide which ones I want to use.  

I am leaning toward using fabrics 2 and 3 from the bottom.

I did get a little sewing in this week. I managed to get 5 of the little blocks done.

block 8

Block 9

Block 10


Block 11

I managed to read/listen to a couple of books this past week.

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas---what is Sherlock Holmes was really a young society woman?  Charlotte Holmes does not like the idea that she must marry and bear an unhappy, unfulfilled life.  When announced to her parents that she would rather attend school an agreement is made, but Charlotte discovers that her family had no intentions of allowing it.  The only option would be to "ruin" herself, buy getting herself into a compromising position.  Once done though, the mother of the married man that Charlotte had use is discovered dead, and Charlotte's father and sister are the suspects.  

Legally Blind Luck is the 7th installment of the Braxton Campus Mysteries by James Cudney.  I really enjoy this series, James has created characters that you find yourself invested.  In this book, Kellan and his family are mourning the loss of his uncle, Kellan is now the guardian of this uncle's teenage son, and there is an upcoming exhibition at the college of African art.  Kellan's uncle is suspected of having been in possession of a cursed talisman, which everyone is looking. 

Welcome to Piney Falls by Joann Keder.  Lanie has the perfect life, the best house which she is constantly renovating, a great job with one of the most prestigious office supply company in the world.  Lanie decides to take a creative writing class at the local college and is given an assignment to write about a town that suddenly changes it's name.  When Lanie's home burns to the ground her life is turned upside down, and she is pushed by a friend from the creative writing class to go research the assignment.  Lanie arrives in Piney Falls, Oregon.  A town with a lot of secrets.  

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

I Made Something

 I have not really finished much this year.  But today I finally made something.  I was inspired by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks recent blog hop "In the Kitchen Stitchin'."  

One of the creators made a dish drying mat.  I think that same creator had made one in a previous blog hop, and at that time I was inspired.  I just hadn't done anything with the idea, but I had amassed the supplies.  

A few months ago I created this embroidery.  

I then remember that the creator of the blog hop mentioned there were some tutorials on YouTube, so I went off to look for the video.  I watched the one by Shabby Fabrics.  

It was amazing how fast this went together.  I think it took me less than an hour!  I used the embroidery piece, 2 1/2 inch strips, and bosal made specifically for drying mats.  I did see some YouTube videos where they used inexpensive drying mats from the dollar store. 

It would fit perfectly in the area where I place freshly washed eggs to dry, along with my egg skelter.  Yep that is one weeks worth of eggs, which ended up being approximately 7 dozen eggs.  

Perfect, and I am so please with how well it turned out.  Many of the fabrics were from the garbage bag of 30's fabrics that I was given a while back.  I have been working at cutting it up recently into 2 1/2 inch strips.  

I have been putting it into a pretty big shoe box.  I had added some Bella Solids to match into the mix.  I still have a few more to cut up, but the bag is empty, and all the fabrics are ironed and waiting to be cut.  

My plan is to make a Scrappy Trips quilt from these scraps, many were partial fat quarters.  Yep I just created at least one new project for myself cutting up these scraps. 





Wednesday, April 28, 2021

I LIke Thursday #158

 Welcome to my 158th I Like Thursday post.  Join me, and some other awesome bloggers that share awesome hings we find that we like during the week.  A huge thanks to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find some good, and sharing.

 

I am so glad my flowering almond bloomed.  The last couple of years it was a wee bit sketchy.  I thought I was going to have to dig it out.  But this year it looks awesome!

I like a trip to the local garden center.  I bought some veggies to plant, and a few flowers and herbs.  Now to get them planted.  

I loved this wind art that looked like peacock feathers.  

I like I had a few hours to sew my one day off last week.  I did 3 of the little blocks from the sew along I joined.  

Block 5


 Block 6

Block 7

OK no laughing, you can smile widely but here are all the blocks for week 1.  

I only read a couple of books this week.  

Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake takes place in Ashville, North Carolina upon the completion of the Biltmore Estate.  Kerry McGregor returns home to care for her ailing father and twin siblings leaving behind her dream of college in New York.  Upon her arrival a journalist is killed mysteriously in the street.  Wealth and privilege versus poverty, and expectations which are often wrong war while Kerry attempts to solve the murder of the journalist.  

To Fudge or Not to Fudge by Nancy CoCo is the 2nd in the Candy Coated mysteries which take place on Mackinaw Island.  Allie McMurphy's pup Mal discovers a bone, with orange toe nails in the lilacs by the newspaper office.  Throw in a cooking reality show, Mal continuously finding human bones in the mulch and who are the bodies and who killed them?  

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

I Like Thursday #157

 Welcome to my 157th I Like Thursday post.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things that we likeNot Afraid of Color love to share with others.

We have had many beautiful days, but yesterday it happened.  We had snow.  About 6-8 inches of snow.  It snowed all day long, and most of the night.  I went into work at midnight, I wish I had taken some pictures of the Bradford Pear, it looked like a Dr. Seuss tree.  But I thought this was interesting looking.


 It is mostly melted by now, but it is chilly.  Bobbin has been taking advantage and drug her bed under the dresser to be almost on top of the heater vent.  My daughter tattled and told her, you are going to start a fire.  She had to send me a picture for proof.  Caught in the act.

The local feed store is fully stocked with so many cool garden whirligigs, art, bells, chimes.  This one caught my eye immediately.

I ordered some fabric from a shop on Etsy and I just thought their sticker that they used to close the bag was too cute. 

It has been a busy week, I worked 6 days in a row because we do a monthly inventory which throws my days off out of whack.  One of the young girls is out indefinitely so I volunteered to work on Friday, even though it is my day off.  Friday is just too busy to not have a baker/clerk during the day.  

The only sewing I have done is charity sewing for church, sewing closed envelope type quilts.  Perhaps I can do some selfish sewing in the next day.  

With my schedule I haven't done a lot of reading either.  

I read Died in the Wool by Melinda Mullet the final book in the Whiskey Business Mysteries.  Abbi is roped into helping a women's shelter and joining the board when one of the clients is found dead, and another disappears leaving her young daughter.  I was sad that this is the end of this series.  

Mortal Arty by Anna Lee Huberis the 2nd  installment of the Lady Darby Series.  Kiera and her family stop at Dalmay house to visit childhood friends, when it is discovered Kiera's original art teacher William Dalmay, who was thought to be dead, is in fact alive, and in residence.  William is suffereing from PTSD and had been placed in an asylum by his father years before.  When local girls start missing, William is the obvious choice.  Kiera is determined with the help of Sebastian Gage to prove William's innocence and get to the bottom of the disappearances.  

A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber is the 3rd installment of the Lady Darby Series.  Kiera is visiting her brother and attending a Hogmanay Ball when the First Footer is shoved aside by a young man soaked in blood.  It is discovered the the caretaker has been murdered in the ruins of the old nearby Abby and a grave has been robbed and the bones are missing.  Kiera and Gage embark on an investigation to locate the missing bones, only to discover some of the other noble families have had similar crimes of grave robbing lately.  

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

I Like Thursday #156

 Welcome to my 156th I Like Thursday post.  I am a wee bit late posting, well at least later than normal.


I had my 2nd COVID shot on Monday.  By that evening my arm was very achey but nothing else.  Tuesday was my day off and again nothing more than the achey, sore arm.  I will say it was sore enough it was difficult to do my shoulder exercises.  By 9 pm Tuesday night I had a pretty nasty headache (I no longer get headaches often---I jokingly say it is probably because I no longer have a man in my life to cause it. 😮)  I went to bed, the next morning at work, the headache continued and my tummy felt off.  After 4 hours I decided I had enough and went home.   I curled up with Bobbin and slept for several hours.

Bobbin's favorite days are when I nap, often, and she can curl up with me.  Late Wednesday evening I was feeling loads better and crawled off to bed early.  Hence the late post.  But I like that I have all the vaccinations and that I feel a wee bit safer.  After 2 weeks I will feel loads better and more sure yet. 

The babies are getting big, to the point where we are going to have to split them into 2 tanks.  

You can see that they are getting their feathers.  They grow so quickly.

Thursdays are my cheat days and last week I went to Bob Jo's frozen custard.  This used to be Jeff's and my favorite treat!  Now I share with Bobbin.  

I forgot to share the awesome surprise that arrived a couple of weeks ago.  My cousin who lives in Vermont has a syrup operation, imagine my delight when a box full of syrup arrived!  

These are quart containers and is such an awesome gift for me, because every morning for breakfast I have Irish Steel Cut Oats, what is also called groats, with a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon of syrup, and a tablespoon of brown sugar.  I do not know why, but eating this for breakfast stays with me for a good 10-12 hours unlike if I eat cold cereal with milk, or even eggs and bacon.  

I read a couple of books this past week.  

Rituals by Mary Anna Evans which is the 8th installment of the Faye Longchamps archaeological series.  Faye and her newly adopted daughter are in Rosebower, New York a town founded by Spiritualist, As usual a death, old secrets and many strange things surround Faye as she tries to unravel why was one of the premier spiritualists killed in a fire, the door to her seance room nailed shut, and whatever happened to the crystal ball?

The Moonglow Cafe by Deborah Garner is the 2nd Paige MacKenzie mystery which takes place in Montana.  Paige is sent to Timberton, Montana to research Montana Sapphires called Yogos.  Paige meets the locals and finds a hidden journal.  


Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet is the 3rd in the Whiskey Business Mysteries.  Abi Logan has owned Abbey Glenn and their whiskey has been nominated for an award and it is a 5 day competition at a 5 star resort.  The night of the opening ceremonies one of the judges is found dead, and one of the up and comers a Japanese Whiskey, and its creator are suspected in the death.  Abi wants to protect her friend, but discover who is killing the judges.  


 

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