Wednesday, November 17, 2021

I Like Thursday #184

 Welcome to my 184th I Like Thursday post.  Thank you LeeAnna for encouraging us to find and share things we like/love during the week.  Sometimes it is something that just makes us smile or giggle. 

I know I have shared that I love coffee.  I drink a lot of coffee, but the flavored creamers are high in fat, and sugar.  Recently Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us shared the syrups that she was using.  I started looking and discovered Skinny Syrups, so with my fat free creamer and a pump of this I get the yummy vanilla, hazelnut, or mocha flavor without all the calories.  

I shared last week how I had to fix another roof leak.  So far after a couple of good rainstorms they both seem to be holding.  Since I had to clean the top off of the cabinets, the grandsons suggested I take everything down and pack it away for when they find a house and move.  Well that involved a lot of washing in hot sudsy water too to get all the grease and grime off.  This is just part of the glassware which was on top of the cupboards.  John Deere Canister sets, old canning jars with the bail closures, bakeware that my great grandmother had when I was growing up, a glass power line insulator from my great grandparents house, a bean pot, and a couple of crocks.  There is another pile which hasn't been washed yet.  I actually got most of it wrapped and packed even.  A little at a time I guess.


 My daughter works at Amazon and she saw this dog pajamas and wanted to get it for Bobbin.  I told her no, Bobbin did not need cow pajamas.  Well, guess what?  She showed up with cow pajamas for Bobbin, but they didn't fit, and so no cute pic.  So because Kali the black cat was bugging us, she ended up wearing the cow pajamas--again no picture because no dignified cat would sit still long enough to get a pic taken in cow pajamas, which translates to Kali went sprinting into the high grass in the field.  Imagine my surprise when I looked out of the bedroom window later to spy this.

Sorry for the blur but it was taken through the screen.  The text to my daughter was:  Who knew that cows shed their coats in the fall?!?!  A poor little cow pajama laying in my flower bed.  

Sunday we had snow, and it has been a couple of wet, miserable, cold days, but then Tuesday it was a wee bit nicer and we needed another mow, so we were outside for a while working.

I love the carpet of gold that this maple tree lays down every year, and the path of gold which is created when we mow.

I have been having problems with my washer, again so I finally broke down and called a repairman.  He came in cleaned out the drain and drain hose.  There was about 88 cents in the drain plug which is pretty big.  I guess I need some new springs for the washing drum, I figure a couple of hundred dollars for the repair is better than buying a new one, especially if we are moving in the near future.  So I am just waiting for the parts to come in so it can be finished up.  

Saturday when I got home, there was squishy mail.  A sweet gift from Dawn of Relaxing Robin.

A super cute mug rug with a fairy holding a squirrel!  some fat quarters, a kitty notepad, and hot chocolate!  Thank you so much for the awesome gift.  

I did another block for the QAL I have been doing with a friend.  This block was by Pat Sloan and called Out of This World.

The next block is an old Jinny Beyer block and it meant I had to make templates so I am dragging  my heels.  But while I am doing that I am squaring up a bunch of HST that I have lying around.  Someday I will share a pic of my HST box.  

Fun things at the store this week.

I am fascinated by the black, perhaps it is so purple it appears black lily.  But I just love the color.

Also this sweet guy.

Isn't he too cute?

A few of my books for the week.  I love the Clucks and Clues Cozy Mysteries by Hillary Avis, perhaps it is because it has an older main character, perhaps it is because it takes place in Oregon, or perhaps it is because she has chickens!

Book 4 is Born in a Barn.  Leona is celebrating Christmas with her daughter and twin grandchildren, when her ex husband shows up to share the holidays!  And he is going to stay with her?  Everything is going well until the local gas station owner is found dead after Leona's ex has an altercation with him at the pump.  The ex can't leave town since he is a person of interest, so Leona is determined to find the killer so the ex can get out of her house!

Book 5 Pecks and Suspects.  Leona has offered up her farm as a wedding venue for her long time boyfriend's niece.  But things start to go horribly wrong.  One of the bridesmaids falls off of a roof during the bridal shower, the orchard where the wedding is going to take place is flooded and someone runs into the chicken coop.  Leona and Eli are determined to have this wedding go off and have true love win out.

Book 6 Farm and Alarm.  Bigfoot has been spotted in Leona's orchard, and when Leona discovers a dead body at the pumpkin patch/haunted house, Bigfoot is implicated in that crime too by a nearby neighbor.  Also is Eli's interest in Leona waning?  He used to bring her small gifts almost daily, but after the harvest, and cider pressing she hasn't received a gift or even much interaction with Eli.  

Finally I saw this video and was amazed at this train which is part of the Guinness Book of World Records.  It is the longest melody played by a model train.  See how many songs you can recognize.

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  1. Great job fixing the leak. Lots to like if we just look isn't there

  2. I'm still laughing at the cow pj debacle :D!! Anyway, good work on the fix and have a great week!

  3. I love that little gnome...I am gnome crazy this year! Your leaves are so colorful! Oh and I'll look for those syrups. I love coffee and like to flavor it when I drink it cold! Hugs!

  4. I have never heard of these syrups let alone skinny ones but they sound delicious. Oh my those little cow pj's are just too darn cute! Too bad there isn't a little animal to keep them on. What a photo that would be. It seems like an archive on your top shelves. I have the much from the old farm came with us and is now living above my cupboards too. Someday I will have to do what you are doing. With wood fires, there will be lots of dirt up there too.
    Oh my such cute things in the store. Fun and love your sewing too, Colette. Hope your weekend is a good one.

  5. I love that there skinny syrups. I don't usually used the regular ones due to the high caloric count. Love the cow jammies for Bobbin. Dawn sends the best gifts! Nice block!

  6. LOL - what an adventure with the cow pjs. Bummer that you're hunting more leaks. What a fun gift to get in the mail. That evergreen gnome is adorable.

  7. Those skinny syrups look good for our coffee - I'll have to look for them! The left behind cow pjs gave me a chuckle, too. I love the carpet of gold when the leaves first fall. Ours are mostly gone now.

  8. Hi Colette! I'm so glad you are enjoying the syrups! I used them years ago when doing Weight Watchers. I'm enjoying the caramel one right now but I think I have chocolate in the cupboard, too. It's an easy addition with no calories. Who knew a cat could easily get out of cow pajamas?!! I'll bet Bobbin was secretly laughing at the cat, and was happy that it was too small. Who'd have thought?! Oh, you washing machine repair was offset by the 85 cents you found! NICE. That train is cool but I don't recognize the music . . . I had to take a picture during a recent walk of the pretty yellow maple leaves. The tones and variation of color is just amazing. Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. cow pajamas... well milo needs those

  10. My niece has a floral side business, and she made those gnomies last year, and is running classes this year to make them! The cow pjs are a hoot! We have a Norway maple that is so beautiful each Fall and how you described the golden path after you mow is perfect. We mow our leaves too, so good for the grass/earth. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  11. I love how you stated your feelings about Thanksgiving in such a concise manner! Totally agree with you! Love your cow pajamas story! What fun to receive "squishy mail" and with such cute, thoughtful gifts! Nice color selection in your block and such gorgeous flowers! What a fun series of farm books! Take good care!


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