Saturday, July 23, 2022

Sweltering Saturday

Have I mentioned that I despise hot weather?   I really do not like it.  Been in triple digits here.   More of the same is on the way. Yuck. 

 We have been out on the lake a few times. When it gets this hot I don't even want to do that.  There were over a dozen geese just getting in the water when we pulled up. 

A couple months ago I decided to send Belle out for restoration. She had stopped working properly over a year ago and I really missed sewing on her. The guy who did the restoration lives out of state, so she had to be shipped back and forth. He did an excellent job restoring her and replacing the motor, etc. She just hums along like it was 1951 all over again!  

The only issue was that on her way home to me the top spool pin was broken off. Not an issue and was easily fixed.

Here is the link documenting her restoration:

Restoration of a Vintage 1951 Singer Model 201-2… Meet Belle! – Professionally Restored Vintage Fine Quality Sewing Machines

I hope everyone is staying safe and is healthy.  We are doing okay so far.  Thank God.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Here Chicky Chickt

 Johanna has a little flock of chickens.  She has 10 hens and 1 rooster. They are a mixed bunch as far as breeds go. But the eggs are sure tasty!

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Girl's Day


Yesterday a couple of my quilty friends and I had a girl's day out.  Marla and I met up with Mary in Bloomington.  We visited a shop there called Treadle.  The shop owner is a really nice lady.  She has every available space in her shop filled with fabric and notions and has very good prices. The bundles were of fat quarters and the two pieces of yardage were my purchases.  I started making 2 pillowcases with the yardage.

We had lunch at Rosie's.  It was a nice place.  I had a turkey and bacon sandwich and homemade chips.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Today is a new beginning

 Let's all pray for peace. It is time for us to heal as a nation.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Sad Day

What a sad day in America.  Today's actions are not what America is about. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Turkey-ed Out

I am done with turkey for a while.  Ordering a pizza tonight!  

Worked on these guys today. Mary and I had a long distance sewing session.  We were on the phone while we worked on our projects.  She worked on some quilt as you go squares and I made these lottery card holders.  Easy peasy to do.  Mary found a website that had the idea on it and I just kind of ran with it.  Mine are different sizes for different size lottery tickets.  They are Christmas material with fusible stabilizer sandwiched between the layers.  They are sewn up the sides and I have double stick tape on them to seal them closed.

These are going to go into the 'saran wrap' ball for the game we play on Christmas.  I wanted them to be able to seal shut because I want to add an element to the game.  At the end, without having looked in the holders, going to see if anyone wants to do any trading.  I might put some cash in a few, just to mix it up!

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  We just stayed home.  The kids came over for dinner.  Lots of food and lots of leftovers...sigh.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Four Patches

 Working on four patches for my wolf quilt.

Thursday, November 19, 2020


 She surveys her kingdom...

Monday, November 16, 2020

Good Day Today

 Since I have been working from home, every day has been a good day.  I do need a new desk chair, however.  My back has been hurting from sitting in this old wooden kitchen chair.  I have a few options and will be making a decision this week on what chair I want for at my desk.  This has been an ongoing saga for a couple months - finding the right chair.  I have it narrowed down to 3.

So over the weekend I got up in the middle of the night to sleep in the recliner/loveseat (because my back hurt).  About 7:30 in the morning I hear Bess meowing pretty loud.  I was almost certain she was in the basement so I couldn't figure out why she was so loud.  She kept at it, and I realized the sound was coming from behind me, on the OTHER SIDE OF THE WINDOW!  Somehow that little stinker snuck out of the house when one of us was letting the dog out or in and ended up spending the night outside!  It was windy and rainy that night, so I am hoping she learned her lesson, although I doubt it.

A couple weeks ago I broke down and bought one of those wool pressing mats when they were on sale.  I am liking it quite a bit.  It's just the right size for pressing blocks.  Anything that makes pressing a little less of a drudgery is good in my book.

Ev was in the mood for ham and beans Saturday night.  I had a big container in the freezer so I just got them out for him.  I had cream of wheat.  It's become my new/old favorite.  Used to eat it all the time as a kid.  Funny, I like cream of wheat, but don't like grits.

Last night we had a pot roast with carrots and onions cooked in with it.  Johanna came by for a bit and I sent some home with her.  She was in hog heaven!  lol.  Her and Johnathon had some of it over rice.  Tonight I think I will make a few chicken legs.  Might bbq them.  Not sure yet.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Pretty violet

When I left my old office I btought home several plants.  This violet was one I started from a cutting.  My Great Grandma used to grow them.

During the summer months I had lots of house plants outside but had to bring them in. Finding somewhere safe from Bess has proved a challenge!