Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Spending Time Else Where

I have to admit... I have been spending much of my time elsewhere. I post almost daily to instagram. I love to blog and write out my thoughts in great detail. But I also like that if I only have a moment or two, I can just post a photo and move on. 

With that being said.... Here are some of the photos from the past year.

Mind you this is only to the end of August!
Life looks so Lovely through the lens of a camera!

Until Next Time,
Smile Loudly!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Not much has changed

In the 8 months since I last posted. Not much has changed.

The Oldest Graduated from University!

My loved one is still hurt and not much seems to help.

I have taken a job out of the home. 

We have not been to our property in over a year. Heard the grass in hood high in a pickup truck! Damn!!

We are all learning to use our words and with that new skills are being learned and projects finished.

Should have some pictures soon.

Finished the Temperature Blanket..... Have almost 17 squares for the popcorn blanket done,,,. Finished a car seat baby blanket for my nephew. Of course I have tons of yarn and patterns and very little time.

The garden I planted this year did miserably. I watered quite a bit but to no end. The only thing that has been doing fabulous is the jalapenos. 

We picked strawberries and blueberries. Tried to find blackberries, since my canes only netted me about 3 cups. Still hoping to get peaches, fall raspberries, tomatoes, and of course apples.

Put up strawberry jam and syrup. Froze the blueberries and still trying to figure out if I have enough blackberries for jelly.

Need to clean up the yard for fall... not sure how much time I will have as the holiday season will pick up here in the next couple weeks. Causing my job to pick up.... Not complaining at all.... the more work the more money!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Quick Update

It's well below zero with the windchill.... brrrrr! I have been wearing layers upon layers for days now. Its cold.... the house is set to 59 day and night. We are taking advantage of our hot water bottles and all the afghans that have been made! I was able to get the quilt my Gram made 40 years ago fixed up.... Some of the squares the stitching came undone. So I sew that up. I am now working on a quilt I purchased at a yard sale over the summer. Its hexagon pieces and 11 had to be replaced. Since I'm not much of a sewer... I am just sewing the new material with the seams on the outside... I know.... I know... But at least it will be done and able to be used sooner rather then later. I only have 5 more to do and then fix the big tear in the back. I got it for like $3.... and I know how much work went into making it in the first place and I hate to see all that work go to waste just cause of some material falling apart.

I have been working on my temperature blanket... I have made it into August. Its going to be really big once its done. I'm happy I went with the moss stitch. Other wise it would have been to big. I will use it on the couch or in the car as a backseat blanket. It will be able to keep 3 people warm back there. LOL! I would have been farther along but I got caught up in the messy bun hat craze. So far I have made 2 of them. Since I have long hair and usually wear it up in a pony tail.... These are perfect for me.

My girls are home.... We have been working on the lights, and cookies and general holiday stuff. I can't wait to show off all the homemade gifts. Can't yet cause I have nosey eyes around here... LOL!

So far we have made toll house with white chips and m&m cookies... Today we are suppose to be making pirogi and bath bombs.... I know what a combination... Each girl wants to learn how to do one of these things.... that's why its so varied.

Well, if I don't manage to make it back on here.... Happy Holidays, Festive Yule, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Winter Furnace Report

A few years ago there was a challenge put out by someone... I can't even remember by who now... But it was about keeping your furnace temp low all season long. Not only to help with cost but also to help with the environmental impact. I took the challenge one step further and made it a game each year to see how long I could wait until I turned the heat on... I went looking through old posts and the latest date I could find was 11-21. Not to shabby. The later it goes on the better, right.
This year is the winner so far.... 11-23-16. The outside temps this morning were 23 and the inside temp was 51. It would have stayed off until after Thanksgiving but Grim is starting to come down with something and I don't want it to turn into anything serious. But it is only on at 61. I will be changing the night time settings to even lower.... We have a programmable thermostat. I would highly recommend to anyone. I love it.... Plus, no one else ever learned how to use it.... so they never turn the heat up.... LOL!

We will continue to use hot water bottles at night under all of our wonderful warm blankets. We will continue to use our oven all winter long.... Not to heat the house, but baking and roasting, yummy foods.... I will continue to make afghans that I can sit under while they get bigger and bigger, keeping me warm as they grow! And I will continue to dress in layers. Its almost winter.... It should not feel like Tahiti in the house.... Well, if I have a wood burning stove it might... LOL!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends out in BlogLand!!!!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Long way around

I know that they say that every journey begins with one step. This journey we are on has taken more then one step and there have been many twists and turns in the road.

Sometimes the path no longer looks like the path. It can get scary out there.

Sometimes wondrous things appear as if out of nowhere.

Hope and Beauty are always around if you just take the time to look.

Even the soul can be sustained if there is faith!

With Love and Light all things are possible!