Monday, December 30, 2013

End of the Year

I'm exhausted.  My dad told me the more you sleep the more sleep you need.  Kind of made sense to me.

I've been working with the puppies in the kennel during the day, taking photos and updating both the website and Facebook pages in the evenings.  The past two nights it's been after 2 a.m. before I put the computer down and went to sleep.  I set the clock for 7:30 this morning and slept past the alarm and two phone calls.

We let the fire die out two weeks ago when the weather turned warm.  This morning it got colder and snowed all day.  I split some wood and got the fire going again.  It's not quite at the point where I can turn the thermostat on the furnace back like I normally do.  My mom thought she was freezing to death and I caught her turning the thermostat up to 70.  I usually keep it at 65.

I washed a couple loads of clothes and then worked on C.A.R. end of the year reports and dues notices the rest of the day.  I was trying to find someone to take over the Peggy Shaw Society from me.  No one stepped up yet so I had to file the reports and send in the dues payments to both the state society and national.

Mom and dad went back home on Saturday.  It's quiet in the house without them here.

I'm trying to find a knitting project for myself using 300 yards of merino/angora wool fingering weight yarn.  It's a gorgeous pink and I'm real partial to pink.  I'm thinking a pair of socks.  Ideas???  Patterns???  Suggestions, please.

January 2: When winding the yarn up into balls, I added another yarn.  It's a pink wool yarn I bought way back in 1998 and have been adding to other yarns over the years because it is such a fine yarn.  I like the way it looks wound up together.


January 4: I'm decided on the Simple Autumn Mittens on Ravelry.  I started off using the size 2 circular needles suggested and found the mitten to be small enough to fit one of the granddaughters so I ripped it out and started over with size 3 circs today.


One mitten is finished but I took a break to make another Balaclava for Phil.



Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas to All!

We had a wonderful Christmas here at our house!

My parents arrived on Sunday afternoon.  I've enjoyed having them here.


Our sons, our daughter in law, our granddaughters and Phil's mom plus my parents were here on Christmas eve for dinner; after which, we opened gifts.  The girls had SO much fun opening their gifts!

















Christmas morning Phil went duck hunting.  My parents and I sat around the house watching tv and listening to Christmas carols.  We drove to Phil's brother and sister in law's for dinner.  Lovely time with them as always!  Kristopher Kringle and Matilda Claus stopped by to drop off gifts to those not on the naughty list this year.  Matilda said she's been checking Facebook, too, so remember that next year.

My dad on Santa's knee.

Mom and dad left to visit dad's brother and sister in law.  I'm trying to tidy up the house a bit while they're gone.  Mom put in a request for a wood fire so I need to start working on that.

Missing from our Christmas were my sister, brother and their families.  Maybe next year!

God bless!!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Six years ago

I get a bit maudlin during this week every year.  Thinking back on where I was six years ago.  So thankful for where I'm at now both mentally and physically.  Cancer does a number on your body and psyche.  Every day you're attacked with the "what-ifs."  Six years ago I was dying in the hospital.  My husband was told I wouldn't make it.  God touched my body and allowed me to leave the hospital the day after Christmas.  We celebrated that year as if it was our first Christmas.  My sister and her partner came up to visit.  My brother, his children and my parents.  Our sons and their girlfriends along with our baby granddaughter were there.  Even though my body was still weak my heart rejoiced at being home with family.  God was good to me and still is.  I thank him every day for what he has done for me.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Memories of my Childhood (Continued)

After breakfast the men would gather in the front room.  Grandpa would sit in his rocker by the warmth of the stove.  The women would all stay in the kitchen putting away leftover food and washing up dishes.  The girls that were big enough would go out to the well and bring in another bucket of water.  I liked to sit by the kitchen wood stove.  The rooms seemed so large when I was a child.

After washing up was done Granny and her girls including mommy would sit at the table and talk.  The little girls sat and listened.  Granny always had a container of Nestle or PDQ that we could put into our glass of milk to make chocolate milk.  We never had that at home so it was a real treat.  Next on the list of chores was making beds and straightening up the house.  By this time the men were all outside either chopping wood and filling the wood box on the back porch or getting ready to go squirrel or rabbit hunting.  If it wasn't too cold the children were allowed to play outdoors.

Lunch and dinner was always a mix of whatever the men had brought home from hunting.  Always a meal of fried squirrel, biscuits and gravy, green beans, brown soup beans and possibly cornbread.  Back then, same as now, I hated squirrel meat.  When it's fried up it's like trying to eat shoe leather.  Just give me the biscuits and gravy!  Granny made her biscuits with Hudson Cream self rising flour, a little buttermilk and lard.  I don't think biscuits taste right made with Crisco.

We kids had the run of the mountain.  No one minded where we went.  We could be gone for hours and no one worried.  We always made sure to stay within ear shot of the house so we could hear someone yelling for us to come back for lunch.  Granny called it supper time.  Dinner was later in the evening.

There were only four rooms in that house.  It was built by hand in 1943 by my Grandpa, Granny's brothers Estil and Wilbur.  Even though Wilbur was confined to a wheelchair he was could still oversee the job.  Great Grandpa Levi Neely and his three sons were carpenters.  Almost all of the children came down with polio in the 1920s but it hit Wilbur the hardest.

Grandpa Pack's mother inherited the farm after her second husband, Chapman Farley, died of cancer in 1928.  The old log house on the farm was built by Andrew Farley and wife Anna Cook (Chapman's grandparents) after they married around 1820.  In 1921 Chapman asked Lithena to marry him (they were both widowed) and she agreed to take care of him and his invalid son in exchange for the 200 acre farm.  In 1942 Grandpa, Granny and their three little ones moved to the farm to live with Grandpa's mother.  The log house was hard to heat and they decided to build a new house and tear down the old one.  As a family historian I look on this as a bad idea but it happened.  I know some of the logs went to building the pig house, the corn crib, the sheds and out buildings where Grandpa kept his farming supplies and hung hams to cure.  The outhouse was not built until the 1950s but that's a whole other story.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

More knitting for baby boy

I started a new knitting project a week and a half ago.  Another pair of pants for our niece's son, Maurizio.  I came across Wool and Chocolate's Arbor Overalls on her blog and decided to make a pair using her pattern.  The knitting has been easy although I do not like short rows!  I'm not good at them yet.  The pants are coming along nicely.  I've just finished knitting the gusset and will start knitting each leg separately.  I wanted to show a photo of how it's looking so far.


I picked the girls up for the weekend.  We had a good time.  On Sunday, Ralph, Jess and Lilly came over as did Joe.  With Phil, me, Jassmine and Dixie that made eight for breakfast.  It was a really great day and I admit the food was good.  We had thick cut bacon, fried potatoes with onions, biscuits, cinnamon buns, fried eggs and scrambled eggs plus homemade raspberry jelly.

After breakfast the girls played while the guys stacked firewood.  Jass decided to put on a ballet recital of her own and Lilly was funny when she turned to me and said, "Grandma, that's over with," meaning look at me and pay attention.  haha  We put up the Christmas tree and hung the lights.  We turned on Christmas music and sang while decorating.  It was a good time.

After everyone left I was home alone for a while.  Phil was out training a client's Brittany puppy.  I picked back up the overalls and started knitting.  The crotch needs to be grafted but the pattern calls for that to be done last.  I've gotten two inches further on one leg.  This is the boring part for me.  Inches and inches of repetitive stockinette stitch knitting.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Memories of my Childhood

I woke up thinking of Thanksgivings and holidays past.  I'm thankful for memories from my childhood.  It was a good one.

Every holiday was spent back home in West Virginia at my Granny and Grandpa's.  We usually arrived very late in the night or early in the morning as you would see it.  Mom would have us change into our jammies sometime during the drive.  Back then there were no seatbelts in cars so the three of us would snuggle up together on the back seat.

It was a long drive which took about ten hours.  There were no super highways.  It was just rural winding roads.  My sister and brother always got car sick.  Dad always had the radio on.  He and mom would sing if there was a channel playing music.  That was a treat because during the spring and summer trips it was always tuned to a baseball channel.  AM radio had a lot of static and you missed a lot of what the announcer was saying.

I remember turning off Route 20 and starting up the road which would take us back to Granny's house.  The name of the road has changed from time to time but has always been referred to as River Ridge.  In reading land patents from the 1700-1800s it was called the River's Ridge because that part of the mountain overlooked the river.  Now there is so much tree growth you can't see the river below.

We'd pass Carlean Keaton's house and make the first turn.  From there it was about an eighth of a mile before we got to the kiss your arse turn.  Mom always started crying when we got there.  Thank God daddy drove at night so we kids couldn't see the turn or how far it was down over the side of the road!  This was rural living at it's best.  There were no guard rails to keep you from going over.  So we made it past the turn and kept going to the next turn.  In my mind I can see each and every one.  There were large potholes in the road.  No gravel to fill them in either.  Dad did the best he could to miss the holes.  It was five miles from the main road back to the house.

When we finally arrived at Granny and Grandpa's someone would come out to carry us into the house.  We'd be put to bed underneath a pile of quilts hand made by Granny or passed down from another family member.  I'd lay awake listening to the voices in the front room trying to make out the words they were saying.  Eventually falling asleep in absolute peace that was our childhood.

We'd wake up to mommy calling us to wake up and coming to get us out of the big bed.  She'd take us outside to the outhouse so we could go potty.  If we had to potty in the middle of the night we would use a chamber pot which would be dumped out in the morning.  Nighttime was the coldest for an outhouse run!

Breakfast was set out on a long farm table.  There were two chairs.  One at each end, for Granny and Grandpa.  Everyone else sat on the benches.  Biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon, ham and beans plus cornbread.  If you didn't find something you liked to eat at that table you went hungry.  There was two kinds of milk; sweet milk for us kids and buttermilk for everyone else.  Mom and dad loved cornbread stuffed into their buttermilk.  Everything at the table except for the coffee was grown, harvested and prepared by the family.

After breakfast Grandpa would get out his can of Prince Albert tobacco and roll a cigarette.  I remember watching him roll the paper just so, then sprinkle out tobacco onto the paper, roll it up after licking the edges of the paper and pinch the ends.  It smelled so good.

{Time for a break to the story.  Hubs came in to say Elsa's pups have been born.  I missed it all and there's seven of them!!}



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Planning for Christmas

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely hate having to shop at the mall especially around holidays.  Panic sets in as soon as I get inside.  Most of the time I shop online.  Today I shopped for the granddaughters.  I scored an extra 15% discount and earned 6% by using the Ebates link to the store's website.  Hubs asked how much I spent and I told him I saved almost $300.  He said that doesn't tell me what you spent.  No, it didn't.  haha

Last year I made gifts.  Specifically, socks.  They took a lot of time to knit.  I'm still looking for a knitting pattern for a cowl / shawl / shoulder wrap.  I'd like one for myself.  I found one that I absolutely loved.  It was perfect only the designer wasn't keen on sharing the design.  Understood.  Will continue searching.  Dagnabit.

Hubs and his two brothers went pheasant hunting this morning.  The dogs did their jobs and worked well together.  The hunters brought home birds.  It was a good morning.

We have a field trial at the beagle club tomorrow morning.  I bought ten frozen turkeys on Friday to pass out to the owners whose dogs place at the trial.  We're supposed to get snow overnight.  NO!  I know this is winter but I hate snow.  I hate cold weather.  I don't know how we're supposed to find rabbits for the dogs to track.  They'll be hunkered down.

We almost have everything ready for Elsa to whelp her pups.  We put up insulating board in the whelping room.  Yesterday, I scrubbed the walls and door with a little soap and bleach and a whole lot of elbow grease.  The floors get scrubbed down daily.  Now to clean up the heat lamp and tray to put inside the whelping box after the pups are born.  This system has worked well for us.  When pups are cold they will move to the tray and when too warm will move off.  The radiant floor system is already turned on and the room is warm.  I'm just hoping she doesn't whelp Thanksgiving day.  I was planning to cook for me and Phil.  I know R&J will be at her mom's.  I invited J in case he won't be eating dinner with the girls.  The last couple of years we've had dinner at Bob Evans.  It was nice but kind of sad at the same time that we weren't together with family for the day.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas is Coming

I'm sitting in the lounge at dance school waiting on my granddaughter.

 The teacher has Oh Holy Night playing.  The girls are dancing to it.  It's one of my favorite songs.  I'm having a hard time not singing along!


New Kennel Website

We received feedback today that our old website for our kennel was difficult to navigate.  I agreed.  I'd been unhappy with the Lycos - Tripod website for a long, long time.  I decided to take the initiative to create a new website.  I'm debuting it here:  https://sites.google.com/site/riverridgegsp

Let me know what you think.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Knitting

I need a new knitting project.  I have lots of yarn in all colors and thicknesses from lace weight to bulky.  I just need something to DO with it.  I've looked at all sorts of knitting patterns and can't decide on anything.  Bummer because I really need a project to work on.  Something to take with me while I'm waiting during dance class.  Suggestions would be appreciated!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Headbands

I'm almost finished with a headband I started last night for my daughter in law, Jessica.  Phil and I were out cutting firewood yesterday and it was cold as heck.  It even started snowing.  I didn't have a hat with me and Phil's baseball caps do nothing for ear warmth.  I thought a headband would surely do the trick.

When we got home I checked my Pinterest board for the headband pins I'd put up the day before.  Daughter in law commented that she'd like one, too, and picked one out on my Pinterest board.  The one she liked is called Nakiska which is a pattern by Amy Swenson.  I decided to use the Montera yarn I worked with a few weeks ago.  It's turning out lovely and I'm almost finished.

I'm using a U.S. 5 circular needle in 16 inch length.  I love the cables but my goodness I find them hard to do.  It's possible that the reason is the tiny J cable needle that I'm using.  It's the only cable needle that I have.  I took a photo and will take another once it's finished.


Headband is blocking right now.  It looks nice.



Monday, October 14, 2013

Knitting for Baby Boy

I started another knitting project yesterday.  I'm working on a pair of pants or longies as they are called in the pattern.  I'm using the Simple Knitted Longies pattern by Nissa Gadbois.

I'm using Berroco Vintage Dk in the 2105 colorway.  It's a light colored brown.  I plan to knit a sweater to go with the pants.  The sweater will be the same Berroco Vintage DK blue I used for the preemie sweater and bonnet I made last month for Maurizio.  This time I want to incorporate the brown yarn into the sweater.



I think they will be super warm and so comfy for him!  Hopefully we'll get to meet him at Christmas when his parents are up visiting.

Here's where I am today (October 20).




Friday, October 4, 2013

Oncology Visit

My visit with the oncologist yesterday went well.  My blood work was great.  My CEA level has stayed the same for the past four years; less than 0.5 which is fantastic.  I can't believe it's been four years since my last chemo treatment!  He said whatever I'm doing just keep it up.  :)

I called my mom on the way home yesterday and she left me know that her oncologist has said she can have her port removed.  It's already scheduled!

I have the girls this weekend.  Both are finally asleep now, thank you Jesus!  I invited Joe to come spend the weekend with us but he had plans.  Same with Ralph, Jess and Lilly.  So, it'll just be Grandma, Pappy and the girls this weekend.

Jass is enjoying her new ballet class this year.  New teachers and new group of dancers.  The girls are her own age group which is great for her.  Dixie is still not ready.  Lilly takes acro class and is going to be starting into ballet soon.  I already bought her a new leotard!

While trying to get the girls settled into bed tonight I got out my knitting and started on the second mitten.  Then they decided to fight over knitting needles and toys.  I had to take the needles away fearing they would poke each other with them.  Or possibly poke Grandma!

I'm having a difficult time getting to sleep which is why I decided to blog.  Had a bad experience at Tractor Supply today.  Girls in tow, I was buying Purina dog food, stock feed and chicken pellets.  Each had a book picked out.  Paid with two Purina Pro Club checks at $7 each and the balance with my credit card.  Was asked to give my telephone number and I declined to give it.  Then was told I would have to give my contact information in case anything went wrong with the Purina checks.  What?  They are Purina Pro Club checks nothing's going to go wrong.  It's not like Purina is going to bounce checks.  I stood my ground about not giving information and the clerk probably just thought I was a "b*$ch."  Was told it was store policy to get that information.  I was a cashier back in the day.  I understand getting contact info for personal checks but not these were not personal checks.  Sent an email to Tractor Supply letting them know what transpired and told them store policy needs to change.  I could have been the victim of identity theft if someone had written down my phone number and then saw my name on the credit card display screen.  In this day and age there should be some other way to handle this other than verbally giving out information.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Montera Mittens Take Two

I'm going to try the Home Mittens pattern again this time using the raspberry Classic Elite Montera yarn and sizes 3.5 and 4.0 mm needles.  I'm using circular needles.

I'd like to incorporate the glass beads I picked up yesterday but not sure what to do yet.  I think the yarn itself is too thick to pre-string the beads so it might be better to use a crochet hook to place each bead.  I don't think I should put beads on the palm or hand of the mittens.  I think they would look better on the back of the hand.  I'll give it a go and take pics along the way.


I may put beading on after the mittens are all worked up.  I almost have the first one finished.  Just need to do the thumb.


I finished the first mitten while at the oncologist's office today.


Update Oct 7, 2013:  Finished the second mitten this evening.  Beautiful and warm without being scratchy!  Will work up a design to embroider possibly using beads.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Montera Mittens

I found this Classic Elite Montera yarn in the discontinued bin at Kathy's Kreations in Ligonier.  First, I fell in love with the color.  It's baby blue (Antique Ice #3829).  My favorite color!  Second, it's so soft and has a halo about it which is probably the Llama wool.  Bummer that it only contains 127 yards to knit with!

I searched Ravelry looking for a pattern which uses Aran yarn under 150 yards and came up with Berglind Inga Gudmundsdottir's Home mittens.

Last night I printed off the pattern and cast on.  I made it to the increases for the thumb and then decided that I knit too tight with this yarn and the size needles suggested in the pattern because my mitten was much smaller than Berglind's.  Her pattern calls for 3mm and 4 mm needles.  So I ripped out and will be starting over using larger needles.  I'm going to use 3.75mm and 5mm needles.  Hopefully the new mittens will not end up fitting my husband.  giggle



A few hours later and I'm back to where I was prior to ripping out.  Just praying I have enough yarn to finish.



Update:  Frogged this evening; 9/30/2013.  Not enough yarn.  I went back to Kathy's Kreations today and spoke with Kathy Zimmerman about what to do.  At first I thought about doing half the mittens in light blue and the other half in dark blue but the look she gave me said that was a definite no.  haha

I bought two raspberry colored Montera skeins and one dark blue which I found in the discount bin.  Lovely yarn.  We started talking about adding beads to yarn and she pointed me to the shop next door which sold beads.  I came home with a vial of raspberry colored glass beads that I intend to add to the yarn.  I still plan to make mittens.  Tomorrow I'll wind the first skein into a ball.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Blood Work

Well, it's that time of the year again!  Twice a year I have to get blood drawn for my oncologist.  Thankfully, I don't have to get scanned anymore!  Blood draw scheduled for the morning and the oncologist visit next week.  Fingers crossed that all is still good!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Anniversary

Today was our anniversary.  Twenty four years ago we said, "I Do," to one another and have tried for better or for worse to follow through.  It wasn't quite the anniversary that we had hoped for.  I was sick over the weekend and today we had a club meeting.  It was Subway for dinner and even that didn't sit well on my tummy.

Thursday I stopped to see Lilly.  She showed me the popsicle stick puppets she made with daddy and mommy.  We had fun playing.  She even showed me how she can pedal her new bike!  I knew she was tired when she said it was time for me to go home.  LOL!



Friday I picked Jassie and Dixie up for the weekend.  Phil trained dogs in the morning while the girls played and I made a dress for Dixie.  She picked out pink, grey and white horse knit fabric for her dress.  It kind of looks like camo fabric.  This was my first time working with knit fabric.  I looked at a lot of knit fabric tutorials online.  The pattern called for a 14 inch zipper closure in back.  It did look cute on her.  I'm using Simplicity pattern 9032825 for both girls.  It goes from sizes 3-8.



Jassie picked out a daisy floral knit fabric for her dress.  I have it cut out and meant to have it sewn up for her on Sunday but I caught some sort of stomach virus and was out for the count all day yesterday and today.  Hoping I can start and finish it up tomorrow.  I have a lot of running around to do.

While we waited in the truck for pappy to come out of Walmart, the girls blew on his duck calls and dog training whistles.



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Baby Boy Sweater

My husband's niece/goddaughter had her baby three weeks early.  Don't worry.  Everything went well and they are both home now.  I've seen photos and he's a gorgeous baby just as I expected.  He weighs a little smidgen over five pounds.

I had planned to knit a sweater and hat for him but know how hard it is to find something to fit a little baby so I searched Ravelry for a preemie infant sweater pattern.  I found a simple raglan sweater pattern and started knitting last night.  It's been a fast knit.  I have the sleeves to finish and buttons to attach, then to knit up the hat.

Here's what I have so far.  I chose matching puppy dog buttons.  It's being modeled by my 20 inch Berenger baby doll.  The doll is larger than the baby so I know the sweater will fit.  The doll was a thrift store find for fifty cents a few years ago.  Does anyone know how to get stains out of a cloth baby doll?  I don't want to throw it in the washer.





Saturday, September 7, 2013

Applesauce

I put a note on the bulletin board at the post office last week asking if anyone had fruit trees which I could pick for them to call me.  I received a call on Thursday from a woman who said she had two apple trees in her yard.  One was a pear apple and the other a red apple.  On Friday afternoon I drove to her house with my ladder and fruit baskets.  I probably picked apples for half an hour then came home and got out the new apple corer - peeler I bought a couple weeks ago.  It worked like a dream!  No more having to peel apples by hand with a paring knife!  YES!  Last night I was able to get five pints of applesauce canned.  Today I ended up with six.  The applesauce is so good!  As the apples were cooking down I added two teaspoons of cinnamon and one cup of sugar.  Yum!  Soooooo good!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Torrential Rainfall

We had a tremendous amount of rain come through the area this week.  So much that a good bit of my driveway washed away. We have two streams and springs on the property that feed into a native trout stream.






The building that you see in the photos is our dog kennel.  When we were first clearing our property we had to sell our hunting camp to pay for that driveway.






I worked to put rock back onto the driveway yesterday.  Big rocks.  Not gravel.  I wanted to put enough rock back so that we could get in and out of the driveway and so a heavy truck could possibly get down to deliver a load of rock.  This is a view from my truck as I came back home from running errands yesterday.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Summer Nightgowns

I picked up two of our three granddaughters yesterday.  We spent most of the day with the third one today.  The girls had a lot of fun playing together.  So did I.





I've been wanting to make the girls summer nightgowns.  This was my inspiration:  http://www.themotherhuddle.com/knit-and-cluny-lace-dress-tutorial/

Kinda late to be doing that now that it's almost September but I was able to make one for Dixie this afternoon and have almost finished Jassie's at 11:30 p.m.  I have to measure for straps and sew those on and hers will be done.  I will need to take my sewing machine with me when I work on Lilly's gown.

Here's Dixie in hers.  Jassie put Dixie's hair up in pigtails.  Looks cute on her!


Here's Jassie in her gown.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Apples, apples, apples

I've been scouting for apple trees to pick.  Rather have them not sprayed.  On the way to Sam's Club I noticed two trees on the side of the road and thought if I push myself hard enough I'll stop on the way home to ask if I can pick the trees.

So, on the way back as I was coming up over the rise in the road and rounding the turn I decided I was gonna stop and ask.  I pulled into the driveway of the first house and the only person I saw took off with a chain saw like he didn't want to talk to me.  I got out of the truck and walked to the house and knocked on the door.  A teenage boy (now how do you call them that when obviously they're almost all grown up) answered and told me that side of the road didn't belong to them.  DaRn!  The property must have been parceled out because the house definitely was part of the property with barn on the other side of the road at one time.

With that stop being a bust I continued driving up the road towards home.  The next tree I saw looked to be real small apples plus no one was home.  I kept going.  I got home, unloaded my groceries and headed to the post office to mail a package then I remembered I needed wide mouth Mason jar lids.  I drove over to the hardware store and picked up jar lids and as I was coming out of the store I spied a gorgeous apple tree right there along the parking lot!  I went back inside and asked about the tree.  Turns out it belongs with the house adjacent to the store so I went over and knocked on the door to ask about picking the tree.

A beautiful older woman came to the door.  She said the only person who ever picked that tree was her daughter and that was to feed deer.  I told her I planned to make apple jelly and asked if would she like some.  She gave me a smile and said, just a little bit.  haha

I drove home and picked up my ladder, baskets and two large pots.  I picked for about half an hour and filled everything up.  Right now one small batch is cooking up on the stove now and smells so good!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cherry Preserves

My mouth is watering just thinking about all the jam I've made this summer.  Yum!  Each has been so good.  

Today I made cherry preserves.  I don't have any cherry trees near me except for wild choke cherry.  I've used that in the past and it's been delish.  I haven't found any trees with branches low enough to the ground for me to pick so I bought a bag of cherries at Giant Eagle the other day and used those.  Turned out extremely yummy but still not as delicioso as the strawberry I made last month.  OMG, was that ever good!

I used the recipe in the Sure Jell box.  I ended up with two cups of cherry pieces and juice after a few whizzes in the food processor.  Don't worry.  I removed all the pits prior to processing.  giggle  I added one tablespoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of butter and four cups of sugar.  I ended up with five half-pints.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sewing for Me

A few weeks ago while we were at Walmart I bought fabric in the $1.00 bin.  Six yards total.  Two cuts of three yards each in a cotton-rayon blend.  I liked the colors in the fabric and since they were on sale I bought them along with Simplicity pattern 2892.  I decided on version D.  I don't like belt ties.

The first photo is the fabric I cut out today.  While both fabrics share the same colors the fabric in photo one is a smaller print and rather muted.  The colors in photo two are bold and the pattern larger.




I finished the first top tonight.  I love the fabric although it does fray real bad.  I'm not sure I really like the way the front of the yoke looks.  I also think bias tape using the same fabric instead of store bought would have looked much nicer.  I'll cut out the second top tomorrow.


And lastly.  Me in the top.