Sep 18, 2018

Extra extras

After counting the charts sold, putting them in recipient piles, double and triple checking, even stuffing the mailing envelopes of buyers, I kept coming up with several charts left over.  This was driving me nuts.  Who would have thought that some designs were duplicates?  Never dawned on me!  I finally got it straight and I hope when you open your envelopes, the right charts are in there!!
 
Bud is enjoying what is left of warm sunny days. 
 
 
The last of our tomatoes aren't ripening properly yet aren't green enough to fry.  The final zucchini was picked.  All that's left are hot peppers and I have no intention of canning this year.  Stuff and freeze, saute with onion and sausage, chop and freeze for chili.  Chili.  Damn.  It's coming way too quick for me.
 
I tore off the rail and wainscot for two days figuring if I can't decide on a second color for all the trim, do away with it.  So I did. We planned on changing it to a different style anyway so once the walls are painted, maybe we will.  But it sure looks minimalistic and clean cut without it.  Even with 37 color samples on the walls.  So maybe we won't.

Went to the cemetery today to add fall flowers and a candle to my parents' grave.  Today is their anniversary.  As always, when removing the stationary vase liners filled with silk flowers on each side of the stone, I am concerned about hidden spiders.  I keep a large bag in the car to hold them just in case some creepy would escape into my car.  When we got home and I asked Mark to remove the flowers from the inserts, he found nothing.  Until he decided to shake the bag.  Inside was the biggest fricking spider I have seen in a long time.  Needless to say, he is no longer with us.  If that bag wasn't tied shut and he entered my car, either the vehicle or my heart would have crashed. 
 
Hope everyone is safe and getting through the result of Florence.
 
September is more than half over.  I'm like a spoiled child having a tantrum.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Sep 16, 2018

Wow

This may take a while to get back to everyone with their purchase and shipping.  Please give me a day to work it out.  I had 17 emails that were clocked at exactly 8:00 so I had to take them in the order they appeared.  I thought the box sales were confusing!!  I'll do my best to notify you which of your choices were available as the sale progressed by tomorrow evening.  Thank you very much!
 
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PS sale at 8pm and pumpkin zucchini bread

Greetings folks.  Just wanted to pass along the recipe and also remind everyone that the sale starts tonight at 8pm EST.  I posted instructions and time at the beginning of the PS page for purchase when I listed the photos/prices.  I've received many emails for many charts and it seems there are favorites that almost everyone is asking for, but I only have one of each.  As I mentioned before, to be fair, I am waiting to take the requests from the emails that come in order after 8.  Since requests have been coming even before I posted them, I really can't honor early sales or the charts would have been gone days ago before I even listed prices.  There are so many emails that I may not be able to answer them all and specify the sale start time. I did not realize how many stitchers are interested in the old PS designs.  While going through them to verify I had the correct photo for each, I took a closer look and they are really nice!  Especially for the number of designs they offered in one chart, a real bargain. .  Don't forget your address so I can reply with postage for the charts that are available per your request.  If you are international, I have no idea what postage would be so the starting at $2 rate would not apply.
 
I've used both of these, and both are very good.
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pumpkin-zucchini-bread/

https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/pumpkin-zucchini-bread/

I make my own pumpkin spice blend by following the ratio on the can of Libby's pumpkin and store it.  For either bread, I use 2 1/2 - 3 tsp of it.  I like the stronger pumpkin flavor when using the entire can and only 1/2 cup oil or butter, but I then have a heavy bottom to the bread.   My friend spread this into two 8x8 pans instead of bread pans and it came out fine so I may do that next.  I also use the 2 full cups of shredded zucchini. 
 
That's it for now.
 
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Sep 15, 2018

Well that took forever

It's been two days of fooling around with these charts to get them listed and obviously too cheap for the time involved!!  You can view the charts by clicking the Prairie Schooler page link below the blog header photo.  Not sure how that works for those of you using a phone.  Sale starts tomorrow night (Sunday).  I need a treat.  Will post the pumpkin zucchini bread tomorrow.  Nite!!

Sep 12, 2018

I'm not a featherweight


I saw Vonna's post about sewing machines, namely, the vintage Singer Featherweight.  It looked like mine.  So I opened the case and thought it was.  But it wasn't.  The darn thing is heavy!  I checked the model numbers and mine begins with AG 516.  After WWII, the numbers start back up with AG 526. 
 

 
 
 
 
But still, it was mom's and she treasured it.  I do think they are pretty with the stenciling and the fancy silver.  I have attachments for it but I use my other machine, not quite as vintage but still an old metal model.  And I still have the black Singer toy in box and it works.

 
 
 
 
Another reason I am not personally a featherweight ....
fried green tomatoes.
Crumble Feta cheese over and drizzle Ariston balsamic.  I have reduced balsamic to a syrup and it tastes just as good, but Ariston is handy, already a syrup.



 
 

I was going through the linen and came across the Birds of a Feather pieces that I need to figure a price for.  Do not want.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As for the PS charts, I was bombarded with requests for purchase from the entire lot to individual numbers.  I haven't priced them yet and will post a sale date, and let you know then.  Not easy because some of the charts are getting a low price and some quite a bit higher.  This Sparrow linen sold for $30 + ship for a 13 x 17 piece!  When items are no longer available it makes it more difficult.   Hopefully I will work it out this weekend, I know I keep saying that, but my sister still isn't doing much for herself even though the doc was very pleased with all her results.  She has a habit of milking it for all its worth.  She has never ever talked about after she is gone, but she sure has been doing that lately.  She's getting rid of things, giving items to family members, calling friends she has neglected.  Weird.
 
Anyway, for sure this weekend I will let you know about the chart sale for PS, the samplers another time.  It will probably be here and on my Facebook page. 
 
There isn't much I can do to help those in the path of the storm, please be overly cautious and take no chances.
 
Pumpkin zucchini bread this afternoon.
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Sep 10, 2018

Budman's 2 cents

I don't think he wants me to sell the Prairie Schoolers.  For those of you asking, these are all OLD charts starting with #9 and going to #88, but not every leaflet in sequence.  In case there is one you've been looking for, here are the numbers.
 
9   10   13    14   16   17  19   20   21   23   24   25   28   29   31   32   35   36   37   38   41   42   43   44   45   47   48   51   53   56   58   59   62   73   80   88
 
Many have Betty's name written on the front in black marker.  Still not sure if I will use EBay, but it's so easy to print a shipping label from that site rather than email back and forth for info for this number of charts.  I'm sure most of these old ones have already been stitched or are in a stash and Ebay would reach a greater number of stitchers.  Who thinks I will get disgusted with the amount of time involved and take them to Goodwill?  Raise your hand ... I know you're out there!!
 
Air conditioning in 90 degree heat three days ago and the furnace is now running along with three days of solid rain.  It should stop Tuesday.  Let's see how I make out with the wheelchair in windy rain today for her doc appt.  There is never a handicapped space open.  She will be getting her flu shot and sometimes I wonder how much protection it offers.  Last early spring she was the sickest from influenza than ever in her life.  Several stitchers were too, and many had the shot.  They start the vaccine production so early that it doesn't always contain the right strains which is what happened last year.  We still get them, but with today's advances in medicine why can't they offer more current protection with second doses?  Or something. 
 
Have a good start to a great week.
 
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Sep 9, 2018

Climbing out of a slump

may be helped by organization.  When I don't feel like stitching, having to search for a chart in random piles, look for the right color of linen (and what is that count?), try to find the right pre-cut size, and then wonder why floss bags are missing from their chest, does not spur my mojo.  So while going through what to keep I decided to finally make some changes.  The clear sheet protectors were purchased long ago to protect the hundreds of freebie copies and small designs and group them in 3 ring binders.  So many of you organize your charts and I should have followed your lead years ago! I filled two paper grocery bags with duplicates and downloads to discard and now have a binder for Christmas, freebies, and a small one with tips and help, many hand written notes from readers.  Really nice to just flip through and see my options.  This thinning was done once before yet I still kept so many designs thinking I may one day like them enough to stitch.  If I haven't by now, I won't, and out they went.  I don't know if this will encourage me to pick up a needle again but making it more enjoyable to browse charts is certainly a step in the right direction.  No more loose papers in folders.  The large samplers will stay in a box, I'm only thinking of smalls right now.  To make this even easier, I may insert linen pieces between the two pages in the protector.
 
In addition to a box of old PS designs, this pile will be leaving, and I haven't gone through my completed charts yet, many of which I want to keep and that puzzles me.  I've already stitched it, why do I need it?  A few I may want to stitch again, but certainly not the large ones.  Yet there is an attachment.  My very first sampler charts decades ago, Safrona Ager, Lydia Bond, Hannah Breed, were thrown away and I wish I hadn't done that.  The charts are still available and I've considered buying them, but why?  To keep in a file?  I've resisted and do not plan to add charts already stitched to the stash (which is now very small).  The task of scanning and describing condition for so many will be a royal PITA.  Almost all are unused which helps.
 
I'm glad I finally organized somewhat and found a few designs that I may want to work on.  Are they new to me?  Nope.  Already stitched them but since I don't really want any other pieces for display, they will be gifts or offers.  It may feel good to pull that thread through the linen, but it may not.  I've been putting it off like a trip to the dentist, and honestly, if it wasn't for blogging and the FB stitching groups, I would pack everything away. 
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Sep 8, 2018

And the sorting begins

Do you have one or two smalls that you love more than the others?  I do.  And I like having them on cords so I can move them at whim.  I hang them from frame corners, knobs, hooks, basket handles, window candles, sconces, sash locks, just about anywhere but on a cat.
 
 Especially when it's hot.
 
Or a drastic change in a day to cool and rainy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So I started thinking about what I want to keep and what I want to sell.  Here's what I chose to keep, and my favorite smalls.
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 Chums was a gift and never leaving but it shows how tiny the sampler is.  The rest of the pieces are iffy right now.  I know you think I'm off kilter for selling and you're probably right.  I've sold larger samplers before, and had no regrets, but that doesn't mean I won't now.  Why not put them away and think about it later?  Good idea, they would not take much room to store.  But I still feel the need to clean the slate and refresh.  Now, the samplers may be a different story.  The work involved was considerable for their size but there are some that I once loved and are now just tolerable.  Not because of the design, mostly because of my fabric choice or it has been hanging for too long and I am just tired of it.  That happens a lot with me which is why I am always wanting to change something in the house.  Usually by the time a contractor comes or a color is chosen, enough time has passed that I have already moved on with a new plan!
 
Shaker Woods Antique show in Columbiana Ohio is this weekend and we are getting an all day rain, they already cancelled day two.  Such a shame.  We go all summer with hardly a drop and when vendors set up, mostly outside, this happens.  It's needed but did it have to be this weekend?
 
Hope your weekend goes well. 
We went from over 90 to under 70 and I am crabby as hell.
I'll get over it.  In June 2019.
 
Stay safe!!
 
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Sep 6, 2018

Oh those wheelchairs

One of the reasons Lucy is a crabby girl.
One of the hundreds that I am.
 
 
 
Mark insisted we go for blood work today since he is golfing Friday.  Parking and then going inside to get a wheelchair, back to car for her, back inside, is a hassle because of the design of this idiotic medical center.  Handicapped parking (or any other) is no where near the entrance made to be more grand than functional.  They were packed and as much as I am indecisive, my husband is impatient.  But we stayed.  Until we found out that the doctor failed to sign the orders.  Back to the car, to the doctors, back to the clinic.  Still packed.  I chose the wheelchair with less width since I was scraping the door frames last time.  Much better.  As we sat waiting to be called, I told Carole to put the foot rests down.  No.  She didn't want to because she always lifts her feet or dangles them from those very short chubby legs.  I said, put the damn foot rests down.  No.  I couldn't reach them from the position of my seat so I reached over with her cane to push the flippers down.  Unfortunately, it slipped off and, well, let's just say she had more color in her face than I've seen in weeks.  And I started that laugh again that should never be done in public.  It's not loud, it just creates a very unattractive face scrunch that scares small children followed by a low snort.  Then she started.  And we hear our names being called so I unlock the wheel and start pushing the chair.  If I would have unlocked both wheels, she would not have done a semi circle and hit into the magazine table.  Now the scrunch is severe, squinting my eyes almost shut, causing me to misjudge the door.  We made it home safely, but needed to change our pants.
 
 
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Sep 5, 2018

The Ebay crap shoot

Hi folks.  Guess who's feeling better?  Yep.  I think we are over the hump.  Unfortunately, mine has increased enough to not allow zipping.  Needed to put on a decent outfit for a funeral home visit and ended up searching for the biggest tunic I have to cover that hump!  It doesn't matter if I am facing forward, backward, or sideways, waist to crotch looks the same at all angles.  I am so angry with myself for gaining it all back.  Just because there was anxiety and stress did not mean I had to stuff my face at every turn and explode out of my pants.  Dammit.
 
So I picked out a few charts (Plantation Sampler, Ann Medd) and checked Ebay for average prices.  Take a look at the discrepancy here.  One went for 67.99,  a week later another was 70.00, so a seller decided it would be a good time to list the same chart and only received a few bucks.  All three were sold this past August.  I check the completed listing box to see what sold and for what price.   Always a crap shoot on Ebay isn't it?
It's hot.  Ooooooh baby is it hot.  If there weren't so many bugs at night I would stay on the swing until midnight.
 
I was a little upset when we came home earlier today and found a pamphlet sticking out of my new expensive door, INSIDE.  It seems the famous religious group that visits homes decided to push my weather stripping away from the door and insert their material.  I was furious.  If they come back, I will show them the damage to the now crinkled vinyl.  That takes a lot of nerve!
 
Carole's blood work is Friday and doc on Monday so I have Thursday to stay home and rid the house of chocolate.  Of course, there are two ways to accomplish that.
 
Hope your week is going swell!!
 
Thanks for the visit.
 
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Sep 2, 2018

Once again,

thank you for all your help and suggestions.  She has tried a few products including Theraworks and Hyland's leg cramp pills, both of which did help.  For a brief period of time.  She is scheduled for blood work this week and the doc does not want her taking any supplements or vitamins until he sees what her mineral levels are after the massive diuretics so she can't take the mag pills.  Protein drinks, bananas, avocado, tonic water and a few other natural remedies aren't changing the intensity.  Doc is OK with electrolyte drinks to help but that's all until after the results.  I will order the topical Amish remedy on Amazon and give it a try along with the soap.  The cramps have become secondary to insomnia.  Now she can't sleep at all!  She said her entire upper body feels like restless leg syndrome and she can't settle.  This happened before and Valerian helped, Melatonin helped, but she still needs clearance before taking so hopefully that will happen next week. 
 
Tomorrow I am staying home all day.  No Meals on Wheels delivery to Carole.  I bought plenty of excellent frozen dinners that prepare in 10 or 15 minutes in one pan, and she is certainly well enough for a quick and simple task.  Bertolli's Chicken Carbonara is SO good along with other complete meals in minutes.  Maybe I'll send Mark out to find a produce stand with corn.  My favorite is Bodacious but August was busy and we missed the entire harvest.  First summer I didn't have cob corn twice a week.  Instead, I ate more chocolate and gained another 8#.  Whoa Nelly!  Time to pull back.
 
Before the season is over, this is for Miss Vickie the Pink Queen.
 
 
I plan to sell sampler charts and linen soon, any suggestions?  Should I offer them here, Ebay, or a FB stitching group?
 
  Happy Labor Day folks!!
 
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Sep 1, 2018

Bye bye summer

Eszter has a new design that is darling.  In case you didn't see it ....  from her blog ....
 
Pumpkin Heart 
 
I think we all love heart shaped designs.  I mentioned that I am tired of darker linen but what is the first thing I thought of?  A little darker linen!! 
 
 
The emailed pattern from her Etsy shop if you want to stitch this ....

 
I'm making Brier Hill pizza tonight, Carole is craving it.  She's a little better but still too weak, and the night leg cramps are killers.  Pickles appear to work somewhat and the over the counter remedies are failing.  She is cautious of Gatorade, seems to make them worse.  Needs to watch the sodium because of the fluid retention so she is smack between a rock and a hard place.  All in good time, things will work out.  But not for my MN cousin who is now in hospice care.  Never heard of frontotemporal dementia before this.
 
Hope everyone has an enjoyable long weekend.  Can't believe it's September.  Still warm, but the month means Fall and that just pops my balloon.
 
Stay safe and enjoy the holiday.
 
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Aug 28, 2018

Feelings

OMG.  I was walking through my tiny messy parlor and I got this ... twinge ..... urge ...... longing  ..... yearning .....
 
Much to my husband's dismay it was for a piece of linen and a needle.
 
Seen on Facebook -
Good one.
 
I went into Kohls today to return one of the tops I ordered for my nephew's grandkids.  They could not find it on my credit card, the tag would not scan, it didn't show on the receipt.  It was from JCPenney.  I of course blamed it on my sister.
 
Leslie I tried freezing the shreds and did not like the soggy result.  My sister does it all the time and just lets them thaw in a colander and then squeezes out some of the water.
 
It's hot here.  Muggy too.  YAY!!! 
 Hope your day is warm and fuzzy.
 
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Aug 27, 2018

Soup on a plate

Greetings folks.
Bridgewater Mercantile had a post about the Back Woods Fest (Thornville Ohio) where they will be a vendor.  Never heard of it, too long of a drive for me, but thought I would mention it if you're close and looking for such an event.  Looks like the Shaker Woods Festival but it may be larger.  The list of vendors is extensive and includes everything from crocheted and sewn items to furniture.  And they have fried green tomatoes and apple dumplings.   Oooooooh baby.
 
 
Taking Carole to the doc at 4 and have an easy on the stomach dinner ready to go.  My friend made it a lot for her husband and never really gave me accurate measurements, so you sort of wing it. 
You saute a large chopped onion, 2 stalks diced celery, and at least a cup of diced carrots.  I don't use oil, just keep adding some water to allow them to simmer and soften.  Transfer them to a 13x9 casserole
and add 1 1/4 cups of rice and 1 Tbsp of butter to the pan and gently saute until the rice is no longer translucent.  Add the rice to the veggies, sprinkle with salt and pepper, top with diced cooked chicken. 
Add 2+ cups of chicken broth and cover and bake at 325 - 350 for 20 minutes.  Remove cover and add more broth if necessary (always needs more) and continue cooking with loose cover until rice is tender and broth is absorbed, another 10 minutes.  The tricky part is just making sure the rice is tender and not dried out.  I like to sprinkle Parmesan on top once on my plate.  It's sort of like chicken soup in a casserole.
 
I have my zucchini shredded and ready for recipes.  I always let a few zukes grow very large for this and remove the seeds and soft center before shredding.
Using the shredding blade on my old Cuisinart processor makes it so easy.  The pulp is not sopping wet, and I keep it in a colander over a bowl in the fridge for many days.  A bag over the top is all that's needed and it never discolors or wilts.  I tried Allrecipes's apple walnut zucchini bread (with less cinnamon) but it wasn't what I wanted.  Next I will try with even less cinnamon, more apple, more zucchini, and white (not brown) sugar.
 
Carole is still very weak so I need to haul out the transport chair again and get it in the car.  Mark will drop us off while he runs to the store to get more bread and corn for the deer.
 
Hope your week goes well.
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Aug 26, 2018

An easy decision

Hello people.  Welcome to the last Sunday of summer.  September may have warm temps but I don't consider it summer, do you?  I'm taking your advice and looking forward to a new season with less stress instead of whining about what is gone.  No I'm not.   Not yet!  But I plan to.  I think what bothers me most is the uncertainty of next summer.  Will I still be here?  Will my health be in crisis?  Will I be missing another family member?  Am I the only menomorbid that has these thoughts as I pack away summer clothes that I never wore? 
 
After wasting way too much time searching online and elsewhere for boxes to fit 24"-31" long gourds, tall angels with wide twig wingspans, and bean garlands, I've decided to just take them somewhere.  This decision was easy and quick, not something I can usually manage.  The box cost is more than I would get and I have too many other chores right now that need my time.  Bins are filled with wood bowls and stompers of a manageable box size and at a later date I may offer them.   A few stitched pieces and linen are easy to stick in padded envelopes, hopefully very soon. 
 
Upon opening one of the linen drawers I found Ann Greanawalt.  Forgot that I even started her and especially that I'd chosen to stitch only the bottom section with the top border.  All those years of using unbleached linen became a habit, and I do love my older samplers on it, but I am not loving it any more.   Most all of my linen is dark, but I have no intention to purchase what may never be used so a little bleach may be in order.
I love these clear zip envelopes that leave no question as to content, and also found a few smalls in the Magma.  But I still have no desire and must force myself to continue, maybe once that happens it will become enjoyable.  I purchased a lot of these at Staples sale for $2 and use them for storing interfacing and fabrics too.  The small ones hold my little card sized projects and floss threads.
 
Mark is making a few more benches from the old cedar wood and I'm off to wrap Carole's legs since the stockings are causing too much pain.  Doctor visit tomorrow and we will find out if the stomach pain is from the ERCP or another issue.
 
Still baking zucchini breads and this time will try adding apples, raisins, and walnuts with cinnamon.  I've made so many of the chocolate and lemon, passed them out to the nurses and doctors so I need to bake a few for our freezer.
 
Enjoy the last week of August!
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Aug 24, 2018

Big boxes and little pies

Greetings to all.  Was your week uneventful?  The older I get, that's what I hope for.  I hope yours could be described as good, at the very least.
 
Where the heck do you find long skinny shipping boxes?  If they are long enough, they are way too large everywhere else.  I made one for the sampler on board I am selling, it wasn't easy, and I don't want to do it again.  But what if I want to mail a few of these?  I am tired of having to explain the gonad gourds to visitors who look at them cautiously as if they are dried bull parts.  Hanging them on my exterior door was causing traffic to slow.
 I think I may ask a few shops if they want to buy the gourds.  I gave the others away last time but paid a decent price for these.  Too bad I don't have any shops close by!
When I pulled out a pie plate to stuff our excess tomatoes (garlic, basil, seasoned bread crumbs, Parmesan, Italian pepper, olive oil),
 
 
 
I found these sweet little Pyrex with the ruffled rim.  They are vintage and perfect for little pies, as long as I don't have to share.  This little 6" plate is one piece for me.  The 7" with handles I may be willing to share.  I missed out on elderberry season this year, my favorite pie.
 
Going out in a little while to ride a cart around 18 holes, searching for husband's flip phone.  Yes, flip phone.  He refuses technology.  On the way home we'll stop for a DQ blizzard for Carole.  Her stomach is so very sore so maybe a frozen treat will help temporarily.
 
Have a great weekend everyone.
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Aug 23, 2018

Quick update

After another 10 hour day in a hospital as cold as a meat locker, Mark and I brought Carole home after a successful stent and stone removal.  One.  Where did the second stone go?  Two more days on Augmentin and hopefully by the weekend, she can start getting back on track.  The inflammation and sepsis may be the reason the pancreas is not responding well to meds, but they kept her under 400 for the surgery with insulin.   She is 16# lighter than a week ago so the fluid is leaving and her breathing is improved.  I still need to go over every morning to put her compression stockings on, one more trip to the lab, and one more trip to the doctor.  Lifting that transport chair in and out of the car has not made my shoulder worse at all.  So it seems that all will go well as we head into Fall.  Except for an old gal with a bad haircut and bad attitude that missed August.  She is grateful that the crisis is over, but really ticked off that summer is also.
 
Thanks for all your prayers, well wishes, and support.
 
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Aug 20, 2018

Beans

Five years ago I posted my progress on stringing beans to dry for a garland, also called leather britches.  Don't know why.  But they do feel a little like leather, and I am ready to part with them.  One curly string of yellow, one straight yellow, one wonky green.  I can stick them in a large box for postage + $5 if someone wants the primitive strings.  A few may break in the process but they should travel without issue.  But right now, I've only been home from Carole's an hour, and I got a call that the doctor needs to see her NOW because she cannot get her glucose below 400 and finally called to let him know that.  So this afternoon will also be busy, tomorrow again with tests and taking her for a hair washing and cut, Wednesday and after will be more full days.  I may not be back because this is getting to be too much for me, but will answer any emails about the large angel (found another one) and the beans at the end of the week.  Something tells me the doc will be admitting her to the hospital today, which she will resist, but I could be wrong.  Because you have been so caring and concerned, I will update with any news or changes.  Thanks.

 
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Aug 19, 2018

The many shades of white

are driving me nuts.  Even though we are putting off the actual painting, I am still contemplating colors.  I'm cautious because the photographs all look wonderful, but they are just that, photographs.  And none of the depicted colors actually look like that in your own home.  I don't want the stark pure white, the bright white, nor do I want the creamy white.  I want dirty dull soft white. After reading several sites about the pitfalls of all white, I learned that using one shade for walls and another for trim is recommended, even if both are too close to tell apart.  The difference by eye is not noticeable, but the effect is.  Moulding and trim work do not disappear into a sea of sameness, even though it is still as white as the walls.  Weird huh?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I was surprised that some Farrow & Ball color formulas can be mixed by Behr.  Most of the older colors and my choice of Shaded White were available, a more gray less beige with plenty of contrast for woodwork/trim paired with a soft white.  I haven't seen this shade anywhere, and I've been everywhere!!  One thing for sure, it is not the pinkish cast I see in almost every light beige and tan.  I am still not popping the cork for the look, and will probably use a darker shade of white/beige for the trim.  If our home was full of windows and bright light, yes, but it is not.  My attempt at this look will only be in one small room, the lightest in the house.
 
JL chose the yellow journal set so the stitcheries will be added to the others for sale.  It doesn't bother me at all to let them go.  Even losing some of the larger samplers would not be upsetting.  What's happening?  Of course there are some that I want to keep, and my favorites are still the simple, like Safrona Ager, Lydia Bond, Hannah Breed.  But seeing them grouped on the wall every day is too much.  It's strange.  Have you sold a portion of your needlework?  Did you regret it later?  I really don't feel I would.  More and more is being packed away, a fresh start later sounds like a good idea. 

Carole's fluid is not going down as quickly as we had hoped the new meds would cause, but any tiny reduction is welcome.  She was not gasping for air yesterday, still breathless, but not as severe.   Hopefully a few more days will have her more comfortable for Wednesday's surgery.

Enjoy the new week.  My leaves are already falling.
 
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Aug 18, 2018

Saturday draw

Sorry I'm late but you probably didn't even remember the draw was at noon.  At Carole's all morning, slight improvement.  I put her compression stockings on and thank goodness for the latex gloves.  HUGE difference in being able to grab and pull them without pinching.
Anyway, can someone give me a hint about using Random.  After scrambling the names with the List Randomizer, I can't get to the number generator without printing the newly scrambled list.  Is there an easier way?  Email entries brought the total to 52, and this was the number chosen.

 
It belongs to Anonymous JL.  Please email me with your gift choice and address.
Thanks for playing along!!
 
 
 
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Aug 17, 2018

Elastic waists can't always save you

Like when you hit a bump in the parking lot and your sister's transport wheelchair sends her airborne.  Or you are going down those steep curb ramps and she slides out.  Neck on the back strap, ass on the very edge of the seat, legs and feet straight out.  She looked like a large surfboard.  I was laughing so hard I could barely get her into the car, and grateful for my panty liner!  We've had so many close calls when I am driving those chairs.  At least the transport doesn't have the hand brakes like others we've used, which stop you on a dime while the patient lunges forward.  The transport's tiny wheels do not make for easy maneuvering.  The slob standing outside three feet away and watched me struggle to open two glass doors while pulling the chair over the threshold almost lost a grape.  The two women that would not even move out of the way while gossiping between the two doors, let alone offer assistance, got bumped by the chair pretty hard.  Did I say excuse me?  No, I said "I'm sorry I bumped your arm, I meant to run over your foot". 
 
Stitches were not removed because of the bloating, afraid the incision will open. Carole is 19# heavier than two weeks ago, all fluid.
 
These two cuties will no longer be living here.  The big girl angel is over a pound and a foot tall and if I find a box big enough, will figure postage if anyone wants to rehome her. 
Always loved her but it's time to move on.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Next week starts with tests and doc appt on Tuesday, surgery and an all day stay at the hospital Wednesday, back for more tests on Thursday, doc appt on Friday.   Then I will have one week left of summer and hopefully her recovery will speed up.
 
Enjoy the weekend.  Back with winner tomorrow.
 
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Aug 15, 2018

My decision but your choice

Hello folks.  I've decided what to offer but the choice will be yours.  A stitched piece or a journal with square.  I'm not bothering with measurements and backing photos.  Let's just say they are smaller than 3" x 5" with a coordinating fabric.

a little sampler, no hanger, dark linen
 
about the same size, with a hanger, dark linen

more aged, no hanger

This journal is a set (5x7 and 3x4), covered in fabric, ragged raw edges, aged.  The 3" corner square is Anna Eliza Abe, primitive, double sided with a blue queen stitch.



The second journal is single (5x7), primitive paint and sampler label, inside label, and double sided 3" square.


 
Email me here-
if you can't leave a comment, otherwise, leave your entry on this post, initials please.  No need to state your preference.  Saturday 8/18  at noon I will have Random do its thing.
 
Oh my.  Typing in 8/18 was painful.  I can't believe how summer is passing me by.  I checked my desktop to verify the date and July was still on.  Circa Home Living's blog was the next stop for a wonderful desktop calendar.  This is August's. 
 
Be back Saturday. 
 
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