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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
You know how sometimes the Universe gives you a gift...not because it's Christmas, or your birthday, or even Arbor Day. Just because. Well, on Saturday, the Universe gave me just such a gift. I received a phone call from a niece I've not heard from in years. I've known her since she was tiny and lost touch in recent years. She's grown, married, and the mother of 4 children, the newest born just the week before this Christmas. I'll admit it's partially my own fault for not trying harder to keep in touch. I'm a lazy bum about things like that. On Saturday afternoon, my cell phone rang and there she was, my Erica! I surely do miss her. We talked for something like a half hour and got caught up. And yesterday I kept going back to our conversation and smiling all day. Hopefully, I won't be so remiss in keeping in touch.
No pictures today...didn't take a single one during the holidays...my bad! Maybe that should be my New Years Resolution. No, I recall now that there is only one New Years Resolution I ever made that I kept. And that resolution is: Don't make any more New Years Resolutions. Ever! I'm keeping that one.
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Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Here is the most recent picture of Dolly. She sure is a pretty girl, isn't she? She runs and jumps out there in the field. In fact, all the cows are quite happy to be home!
Monday, December 8, 2008
And then, there is the recent issue of Gilligan the cat who started out his life here at Pieceful Harbor with the name of Ginger - it seems cats don't show their male or femaleness till several weeks after they are born.
Now we come to the reason for the history lesson - you see, when baby cows are born, it's difficult to tell whether they are boys or girls unless you grab hold of them and tip them over to see their parts, OR until they - um - well - pee. Ruby's new calf was determined to be a boy because our neighbor stated that she'd seen his wangdoodle (by the way, all newborns have what appear to be a wangdoodle but it's really the remants of the umbilical cord). John and the neighbor's husband went to band Harvey the boy calf before they brought him and his mamma and brother and aunt and cousin over to Pieceful Harbor yesterday. It seems Harvey didn't have anything to band cause Harvey is a Dolly! So Ruby gave John his much-hoped-for girl calf! Dolly will help to perpetuate the herd!
Yes, the herd is now residing at Pieceful Harbor! John and John P. spent Saturday doing the final prep for bringing them over. They installed the gates, put in the watering trough, the feed bunk, and the hay ring. They brought over the last bale of hay that they had over at John P's house and arranged for more hay to be brought over.
Sunday, they went over and loaded up the bovines and then called me so I could document the momentous move. Here they are coming out of John P's fence and turning into our drive. Closer....drive thru the fence and open up the gate on the trailer. Here they come!
And they were so happy! Huevo spent the next half hour just jumping and running and eating grass. The others were just a gleeful! Dolly stuck pretty close to her mamma...I tried several times yesterday and today to get a good picture of her but everytime she saw me with the camera, she moved over behind her mamma so I couldn't get a decent picture. Will keep trying, though.
The dogs aren't sure what to make of those cows over there. They are in their run on the far left of the picture and those cows are used to having dogs around so they don't even move when Carson and Briscoe start barking at them.
Today I had off so the first thing I did was make a batch of Martha Stewart's No-Fail Fudge. The recipe is in her Holiday magazine this month. Oh, my gosh is that good stuff. I chopped up some black walnuts and put them over the top of 1/2 of the fudge and on the other half, I put crushed peppermints. Now we are both happy.
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Friday, December 5, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper if it’s something in a box. Gift bags for the oddly shaped stuff.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial.
3. When do you put up the tree? The weekend nearest John’s birthday (Dec. 10th).
4. When do you take the tree down? New Year’s Day.
5. Do you like eggnog? Not at all.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I recall a typewriter from my paternal grandmother. My brothers got G.I. Joe tanks and I got the typewriter.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My husband. He has no significant hobbies, and, frankly, we both buy what we want when we want it.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Grandchildren and daughter-in-law!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? I collect them.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. But time-consuming cause I write a newsletter as well.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I honestly can’t recall a bad gift!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? That would be White Christmas.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I pick up things year round if I see something special for someone but I shop in earnest in October and November.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don’t recall but I’m sure I have.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Pumpkin pie for breakfast. Sugar cookies.
16. Lights on the tree? Of course! Millions of white lights!
17. Favorite Christmas song? Mary, Did You Know and Do You Hear What I Hear?
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We try to travel to see our only son and his family but this year we are staying home.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Maybe…if I sing it.
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning. Santa doesn’t come till after you fall asleep!
21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Christmas commercials! T’is the season to be jolly, fa la la la la…la la la la. (Ferrero Roche)
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? I love them all!
23. What do you want for Christmas this year? An umbrella swift and a yarn winder.
24. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel.
25. Favorite Christmas dinner? Ham, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry relish, with pie for dessert!
Feel free, any of you who are reading this, to take this and use it on your own blog.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Harvey's daddy is...well, we don't exactly know who his daddy is. Ruby the Hussy must have backed up to a fence back in mid-February....Harvey is a bit on the small side but he is nursing and dry and very active. Notice his cute white 'beard'! Ruby is a wonderful mamma so we know he will be fine.
Next up, Thanksgiving dinner in preparation. Mr. Wonderful decided to smoke a turkey this year. He started out by brining it overnight in some wonderful brining spices his sister gave him last year for Christmas. This morning he drained off the brine, slathered butter all over that bird, spiced it up with all kinds of yummy spices, and set it on the smoker out in the front yard.
After he got it on the smoker, he stuffed the inside with celery and oranges and lemons, then put more lemons and oranges in the smoker pan. He alsoput soaked wood chips in the pan - hickory, apple, and cherry. By the time I get home from work, the turkey should be done and all we'll need to do tomorrow is warm it through. YUM!
Hoping you all have a peaceful, wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, November 24, 2008
You will note that the dogs had a busy Sunday also...someone needed to make sure the carpet didn't levitate off the foundation, didn't they? Our dogs are troopers! Briscoe and Carson to the rescue!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. John's family is coming so I need to vacuum the dog and cat hair...perhaps I should start today and I might have it done by Thursday!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I was floored! Judith said she was inspired to make one for her granddaughter and then retire from Barbie clothes! Mine was the prototype.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I recently participated in a drawing on Cinnamongirl93's blog (www.cinnamongirl93.blogspot.com) to celebrate her 1 year Blogaversary. She randomly drew names for prizes she was offering. Surprise! She drew my name....and this is the prize package I received in the mail! From the top and clockwise you see 101 Designer One Skein Wonders (I have wanted this book for quite some time!), Chocolate truffles, gummies, the cutest handmade card, honey sticks, and a package of teas with a tea bag 'spoonrest'. Wow! What a bounty of goodies. Thanks so much, Barb!
Have been working on Christmas presents...can't show them since some of the recipients are readers....just know that I am overacheiving, as usual and am almost to the burnout stage!
Have a great weekend. More coming soon. Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Is this not the prettiest sight ever? Well, maybe not ever...but right now, with all the beautiful colors fading fast into winter drearies, this is a wonderfully uplifting sight when walking toward my daily workplace.
Check back soon...hope to have some quilt pictures up in the next week.
Monday, October 20, 2008
We came home Friday night totally exhausted. Then Saturday I had to work at the library. On Sunday, Mom and I began making curtains for the great room. I've only had the fabric since 2004 - before we moved into the house. There is only one large window in the great room and one would think I'd get the curtains done quickly - NOT! That window looks out over the back deck and then into our woods to there's no immediate impetus to cover it up. Anyway, the curtain is almost done...now I need to pick out the rod and then have John install it...pictures to follow but, please don't hold your breath! It could take another 4 years to get the last part done!
Mom is a city girl (like me) and is fascinated with country things. Every time she comes to visit we tell her about the deer that live in our woods and come out at twilight to eat and drink and she has NEVER seen them. 4 years now and not a single deer has she spotted. She kept telling us we were fibbin' about the deer. On Saturday nite she finally saw them...4 of them were grazing in the meadow just before the woods begin in the back. And one was in the front yard. And then on Sunday, John calls her out to the front porch to see a turtle he almost ran over with his Grasshopper. Mom gingerly agreed to hold it. Our son's family always calls turtles Honu cause that's the name they are known by in Hawaii and they picked it up when they went on a visit last year.
Mom is due to fly home on Saturday...I can't believe she's been here for almost 3 weeks. The time has flown. Maybe we can get her to come back sooner than next October????
More next time. Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
And, finally, I promised a shot of Autumn from my own house....most of the colors here in southwest Missouri are pretty muddy compared to the Northeast...but here it is. Straight off my back deck, across the meadow, into our woods.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Mom arrived on Saturdayfor her annual visit. She will be here for 3 weeks. John and I love having her and miss her so much when she's not here. She lives in Prescott Valley, Arizona so it's not easy to run over to see here whenever the whim strikes, which is often.
Mom and John have a mutual love society going on. They truly adore each other. (Mom picked him out for me 36 years ago. They worked in the same building and she decided he was the one for me - Good Job, Mom!!)
The leaves are starting to turn down in our grove. I looked out the morning-room window the other day and the leaves looked as though all the color had drained out of them. With a slight breeze, the trees will lose their leaves and be left standing naked till spring.
In lieu of a real photo, here is something to tide you over till I can get a good picture.
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Thanks for stopping by...I'll try to post sooner than 3 weeks next time.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I spent part of Sunday finishing some quilts that came back from the quilter a couple of weeks ago. Here is the first one: John's Retirement Quilt. John retired in January 2003 after 30 years in the Navy. At his ceremony, in New England in November 2002, we had a table set up with signature squares for folks to sign and wish him a good retirement or relay some anecdote from his career. I'd also sent many sqaures out to former shipmates and commanding officers and they'd gratiously sent them back with sentiments. Those squares languished in the UFO pile till recently. Now I can reveal them:
This is the entire quilt. The squares in the 3 corners are ones from me, our son and John, himself (I had him try out the instructions I wrote to go with the out of town squares...included it in his quilt as a laugh!). The bottom left corner has a patch that is the Navy emblem and says U.S. Navy - Retired. The border fabric is a Navy fabric I found...it measures about 56" across and 49" down. Will be hung in the great room so all can see it! And the next two pictures show how folks wrote their sentiments to John. I loved doing this quilt.
While I was living in Rhode Island, my bible study group from California wanted to come back for the Foliage season. Six of them flew out, I rented a van and took them all around New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island for a week. We each made a block (well, 7 of them - one for each of us) and exchanged them and we each were to make our own quilt to commemorate that tour. I called it the 2001 Cracked Pots Leaf Peepers Tour. I finally go around to putting mine together and that is one of the ones I finished this past weekend. Here it is!
This is the entire quilt, measuring 39" by 39". My block is the center one, depicting the logo for our tour. Since there were only 7 of us, that made it hard to set the blocks so I put some of them on point, and added 2 pictures taken during the tour. One is of the 7 of us, wearing our tour shirts backwards so you can see the logo. The other is taken at All-You-Can-Eat Lobster night at the Officer's Club. Those girls sure do love John...he's their hero!
Some of the girls forgot to sign their blocks and I have no idea who did them...Janet, Janet and Fran...let me know which block is yours so I can note it on the quilt. Dee, Dawn, and Kay, you all signed yours - good girls!!!
Next time, I'll tell you the story of the Cracked Pots....remind me if I forget! Till next time, thanks for stopping by.