In the Willows...

In the Willows...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

busy hands

Busy hands keep me out of trouble.  On most days anyway.  Some days I don't feel like I have enough hands to get everything done that I would like to, but I think everyone feels that way sometimes. 

Cleo, aka Johnston (because she purrs like a Johnston outboard motor) stretched out at my feet while I work on my current cross stitch project.

Working on a series of little patterns called the Little Sheep Virtues.  There are twelve of them and I plan on making them the center of twelve log cabin blocks to make a wall hanging.  I just fell in love with these little sheep blocks.  They stitch up fairly quickly.  But I always have several projects going at once so we will see how long it takes to finish.  This is my in front of the TV project.

This is a project that I FINALLY got done for the the Noodle ninja warrior.  Pintrest strikes again.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

bags and boxes

Finally got the photos to go where I needed them to, so I could share.

I got the Suzy Bag, pattern forever ago and after I finally figured out the instructions I was on fire with these little gems.  

This cupcake bag is for my niece for her birthday.  I just love the fabric that I got on one of my trips to Buffalo.

This pink one headed off to Pennsylvania to my Aunt, who loves pink just as much as I do.

This cute cookie one I gave to my mom.  She plans on keeping her meds in it so they don't keep getting miss placed.
This box is also for my niece.  I found this top a long time ago and just thought it was so pretty that I would find a use for it someday.   Then along came the little wooden box.  Joel cut a hole in the top of the box to accommodate the lip for the top.  Simple cute, one of a kind, keepsake box.

Monday, October 27, 2014

trying to keep up

Joel toodling around doing his thing...

 This package arrived in the mail, how is it possible that he is graduating from college?  This is as bad as the first day of kindergarten.... I am not ready.

 and on the sewing end of things.  I have gotten many things done in the last week, this just being one of them.

now if I can get my phone to finish sending the rest of the photos to my email, I will let you see all the other projects...grrrrr

Saturday, October 11, 2014

In our efforts to

continue to better our economic situation and be more self sufficient we have been doing a few projects for next year. 

 Late August and September I spent a lot of time canning.  Relishes, tomato jam, and tomato sauce.  Using all the veggies that we were given and some purchased from my cousins veggie stand.  I enjoyed the canning and had a huge sense of satisfaction seeing my shelves lined with goods for the upcoming winter/spring.  I wish I had more tomatoes, I would have put up diced tomatoes.

  So, its been a long time but we will have a garden next year, Joel had already started to build the enclosure for the raised beds.  He has the posts in and the outer boards and we have put down tarps in the area to get a head start on killing the ground cover.  

Next, is expanding the chicken coop enclosure.  We have plenty of room in the coop, but the outside enclosure could be larger.  So next spring we will add a fresh batch of chicks to start our egg production again.  My three old hens just are not laying at all anymore.  

This year we have beef and pork, from my dad and brothers operation, my brother Todd grew a lot of produce this year and next year we will be bringing eggs to the table.  We have created our own family co-op.  I share my canning and already cook/bake weekly for my parents.  I think we are on the right track, getting back to the old ways...feels good.

Here is the pond, with a little Fall color starting
 This is the start of the new garden enclosure.  We have the fencing to enclose it from the wildlife and the boards to finish creating the raised beds as well as a great pile of soil from years of cleaning out the horse barn.

 Here is Joel blowing leaves off of the garage roof.  Living in the woods the leaves/pine needles just bury us.   This year we also were buried by wild cherries, they were every where, more than I have ever seen in 24 years living here.  Wish I had had a way to harvest them for the pits to make pillows.  Boy, did they make a mess of my concrete pavers around the back of the house, I hope the stains come out over time.  I really cracked down on shoes in the house due to you picking up the skins on your shoe soles, that's all I needed were cherry stains on the carpet.  OIE.

 I have not posted an updated photo since August.  So here I am down 88 pounds, too many inches to count and 5 sizes.  I am currently 4 1/2 months out from surgery and feeling pretty great.  There is still things I am unable to eat and that make me sick, but that's ok because there is plenty of good for me stuff that I can.  I am trying to pick up as much as I can find at the second hand shops, but my current size seems to be popular.  I have always refused to pay retail for clothing so I am making due with a very tiny wardrobe.  I am at my first stall, I have not lost anything in 2 wks so I keep changing up my diet and exercise routine in hopes it will break soon and I can continue on my journey.  I only have 34 more pounds to go to meet my goal.  So I think I am doing great.  1st photo 12/2013, 2nd photo 9/2014.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

more signs of fall

Our old kitty Peaches, soaking up the heat from the mulch.  After a long day of stalking pesky chipmunks.

The wood pile has grown and is ready to be moved to the porch for easy access this winter.  We play the "lets see how long we can keep the furnace from turning on" game.  Wood is our primary heat source (never thought I would say that after loosing the house to fire) but economics sometimes beats out our fears.  Usually the furnace will kick on in the wee ours of the morning around 4 AM.  But I am up around 5:30 and get the fire stoked and crackling, so it shuts off quickly.  Our propane bill last year was much more manageable.
We have been working hard at being more thrifty.  Joel has been cleaning up his scrap piles and after the cleaning out sale,which went surprisingly well for so late in the season.  People looking for lots of little stuff and I was always ready to make a deal.  After the sale, I made one trip to good will, 4 small boxes (OK, 4 small STUFFED boxes).  And one trip to Architectural Elements, with some of the antique stuff.  Its an awesome place where you can get anything if your refurbishing an old house.  And I got tax receipts so that makes me happy. Sold a few more pieces on Facebook and craigslist.  I also made a trade for an old pig roaster we have, traded it for 1/2 of a pig for the freezer butchered and wrapped.  Good deal for me and its going to someone we know so if I need a pig roasted in the future... not likely...but...