Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lots of Stockings

All ten are appliqued, sewn together and turned.  All that is missing now is a tab of some sort and some jingle bells.  I was not looking forward to the turning, but it went much easier than I thought it would.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Birthday Serenade from Mozambique

I know many of you have looked in on and read the blog that my youngest granddaughter, Hannah, has kept while in Mozambique for the last 27 months serving in the Peace Corps.  She is finishing her service right now and she and Ian, her boyfriend for most of the time she has been in Africa, are at the close of service meeting.  Right after that they will take a three week tour before coming home just  before Christmas.   One of the places they will go to is the base of Mt. Everest and watch the sun come up there.  I am so very proud of her - it was a huge commitment to spend the time there, but she did it well and is going to be missed by her students, fellow teachers and villagers.    How glad we will all be to see her again.

You know, too, that my middle granddaughter, Molly and her husband had their little baby on Thanksgiving.  Here is a video that Hannah and Ian made and put on Youtube as a Happy Birthday for Annie.  Thought you might like to share this!  In the foreground you can see their Thanksgiving dinner which consisted of chicken (which Ian defeathered and dressed - Hannah said it was an anorexic chicken!), mashed potatoes and cake.   Enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Little Annie

Could not decide on which picture to use, so used both.    Annie and her parents are all doing well although I am sure certainly exhausted but happy.   It has been a blessed Thanksgiving. 

A Special Thanksgiving Blessing

Such a beautiful reason to be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day.  Molly gave birth to little Annie this morning and Annie weighed in at 7 pounds and 4 ounces.   You will be seeing more pictures of this little one on my blog,  you can be sure.  I am so thankful and  happy that she is here and all is well.  What a lovely blessing any day but especially this day.   Congratulations to Molly and Doug on this little girl who will bring them so much joy.  My love goes out to all three of them.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Tomorrow

It's almost here - everyone is awaiting the big feast tomorrow.   We are also awaiting the arrival of the little baby girl in Portland and hoping she will decide to make her appearance very soon.  Molly did a post and has a picture that you can see by going to my sidebar and checking the list of blogs there.   Hoping and praying Annie will arrive soon.

I will be with Sherry and Barclay tomorrow - I have a pecan pie in the oven right now to take with me.
It's smelling mighty good.   In the morning I will put the pumpkin pie together and bake it so it will be fresh.  Cranberry sauce is cooling so my contribution to the dinner is taken care of.  Naturally, I will give Sherry a hand with the cooking at her house, also.    
Here's the finished pie - looks pretty darned good.   The only thing wrong is I don't make my own piecrust anymore.  Used to make really good crust! 
Have been doing a lot of crocheting in the evenings lately.  Here is part of a scarf that I did with some yarn I ordered that was on sale.  I think it is really pretty.  I have one more skein to go and it will be about 60 inches long.  Plan on sewing the ends together and making an infinity or circle scarf.  Have made about six other ones, too.  They go very fast.  The stockings are ready for the final steps so I am doing okay on that.  Did some online Christmas shopping yesterday - I had gone to Sit and Sew and no one was at Sit and Sew.  Called Kathy when I got home and the quilters were making preparations for the big day of feasting.  Always lots to do for the holiday.  So I spent some time online at Macy's and got part of my shopping done.  Then out to the mall to take a vest I had ordered back to CJ's.  Not as easy shopping as it used to be, but I manage to get it done.  Had to sit for a minute or two on one of the benches to get my speed back up.  Then on to Target where pushing the cart lets me go as long as I wish.  Finally, over to Kohl's  --  so for an old broad I did okay yesterday. 
I wish all of you a happy day tomorrow with lots of good food and fun with your family and friends.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Waiting for Annie

This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago at a shower held for Molly and her little Annie in Portland.  There is the little dress that went along in the package.  Her sister-in-law, Christine,  hung the little garments on a clothesline - isn't that cute?  Molly is due this coming week and on everyone's mind.  As you can see, she is mostly baby and hasn't gained much weight anywhere else but in her tummy.   Hoping the baby comes this weekend - but the little ones come when they are ready.

I did get the soup made Wednesday and it was yummy.  Called Sherry to stop by and get some more as I really went overboard and got out my big old pan that I have used for years.  I have one more soup meal left - seems to get better as the flavors blend.  In case you would be interested, I will tell you how I make it.  No recipe - but don't think you can go wrong.  I use beef stew meat, some sliced onion, celery (like to put some of the leaves in, too) and canned tomatoes.  For a big pot, I put in two regular size cans of diced tomatoes.  Shredded cabbage (I do lots) is really good in it and  I use the fresh.  This, of course, is all in water.  Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for an hour or two or three.  Then slice up some nice fresh carrots, chunk up some potatoes and add those.  I like my veggies chunky.  At times I have put in diced turnips, also.  Mom used to add barley.  Also, I add noodles - either frozen or nice sturdy ones - and frozen peas.  Simmer until done.  You will season to taste, also.  Good the first day but even better the next couple of days.  Make as much or as little as you like.  My sis and I both made soup this way - just like our Mom.  And Nan was a good cook!  If you try it, I hope you like it!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Still Cutting Out After All The Years

Little did I know back when I was a little girl cutting out paper dolls every chance I got that I would spend lots of time in my later life cutting out fused fabric for applique.  Here is a basketful of scraps from the pieces needed for the stockings.  Those pieces have been fused now and are ready for the buttonhole stitch.  Doing the names will take some time as so many of the letters have little openings in the center - some of them two openings - and they are pretty small to stitch around plus it feels awkward just going around an inner curve.  However, it really should not take too long for each stocking.

 Toes and heels are all appliqued and everything is edge stitched.   So I'm making good progress.  The envelopes hold the pieces to finish each piece.   Doing all the stitching in gold thread and it's working well.   Now back to the machine for a spell and then have to get ready for a trip to Kroger.  Sherry mentioned that I have not made veggie soup in a while - so I think I will do that Wednesday.   Sounds good to me, also, and there are good leftovers.  I have her bring over a big pan and share with her.  Used to be able to find almost everything for making soup, etc., in my cupboards and fridge - but that's not the case anymore so hence the necessary jaunt to Kroger.  Besides, I am out of ice cream again!  That won't do.

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Project for Christmas

A little hard to see, but the start of ten Christmas stockings for my family.  I found some double faced quilted fabric at Joann's the other day and it is perfect for this project.  This year names will be drawn for gifts - with the exception of the little babies - and Christmas will be spent in Portland.   I suggested a stocking for everyone so that each person can buy, make or pass on something for each person in lieu of larger gifts and the idea was received enthusiastically.  The stockings are in production now.  They will be simple and will be personalized with a name on each one. 


Here's a glimpse of what I have planned out.  I made one yesterday and it turned out okay.   I have everything traced on fusible web ready to be ironed to the fabric and cut out.  Will do this on an assembly line basis.

A while ago when I was finishing the edges of the stocking faces with a nice stitch I have on my machine, all of a sudden my machine would not move forward!  Panic! I checked all the buttons to see if I had somehow or other pushed a wrong one.  It  was as if the feed dogs were down but they were not.  Took the plate covering the bobbinworks off and there was what I thought was the reason - lint under the feed dogs!  Lots of it!  I must say I am usually so good about checking and cleaning that quite often and have never ever had a problem.  So, out comes the little brush and I cleaned away all that bad stuff, reassembled everything and figured I had it cured.  It was not.  Still would not go forward!  So I took the soleplate off again, fiddled around again - don't know exactly what I did - put it all back together.  Guess what, it worked!  Sigh of relief!   I don't think, though, that it will be too long until I will maybe have to buy a new machine.  This old friend of mine is 24 years old and has been just a stellar companion and served me well.  I will never get rid of it.  There are two things I would replace if they go bad and that is my sewing machine and my computer--I love the time I spend with them. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kind of a Lost Day

Here are two scarves that I crocheted in the last week or so.  Very,  very simple - in fact not really a pattern.  I just did a basic chain then a double crochet, sp, dc, etc., then turn and keep going until they were long enough.  The multi-blue is for Sherry and the other for me.  Still need to even up the fringe.  Sherry picked out her yarn the other night at Michael's to go with a winter jacket she has.

This one is done with two different skeins of yarn - a black with just a bit of a speck in it and a skinny little multi-colored yarn which I think is for making socks.  It worked up differently than I anticipated, but I like it anyway.   Made me think of the Christmas that I made probably two or three dozen scarves - lots of them in the eyelash yarn.  They work up quickly.  Guess they are still in fashion - I am not up on things very well.

Today was pretty much a lost day for me.  Every since I had my knee replaced 8 years ago, I have to take 4 big old capsules of amoxicillin an hour before my dental appointment.  So yesterday was my six month checkup and I took the damned stuff.   It usually bothers me some, but it really did a number on me today.  It has quieted way down now and I think I'm back to normal.  Will have to see if there is some other medication you can take that doesn't hit so hard. Thank goodness it's only twice a year.

Have a great rest of the weekend!