Friday, September 26, 2014


We got this 5 gallon bucket of apples!

My goodness, we had fun.  

First try on the applesauce I put it all through the blender and added the recommended sugar-it seemed too smooth and too sweet, so I made it into apple butter.  

Second try I just mashed it up with my bean smoosher from Mexico and added no sugar.  Better.  

I think we may be done preserving.  45 jars of various kinds of goodies.  

Can you guess what EVERYONE is getting for Christmas?  ;)   

And today we're off to the "Little Apple" for birthday celebrations and sister visits and Sorority weekends and all kinds of fun.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bag mending

I like to have a bag when I go to town to gather up all of the things-mail and errands and small purchases and lists and all of that.  

This one is my favorite, but the handles have really been used to bits.  

It's been in the mending basket, which I resolved to empty again.  I started by stitching some ribbon along each side. The white ribbon is from Christmas Jammies from Target, I think-from the packaging.  I can never throw good ribbon away, and it was so nice to use it up!  

I pinned the first one-you know I didn't pin any more after that!

Then I topstitched some matching ribbon over the top and added a little band at the bottom to cover the edges.  Good as new!  Both of those were leftover ribbons from dresses.  

It makes me really really happy to have my bag back for zero dollars.  :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall 2014

OK!  I can like Fall now that it is officially here.  Just not before.  To everything there is a season, and all that.

So hooray for Fall!  There are lots of lovely things to do.  Let's see how Summer went.

Summer 2014

1.  The Fair!  All the projects, all the paperwork, all the events, all the animals-relax and enjoy.  Specifically:  
  • Sundress
  • T-shirt dress
  • Orange Poppyseed cookies
  • Apricot Spice Bars
  • Pig
  • Goat
  • Photography
  • Art piece
  • Crochet
  • Field Crops
2.  Finish Grazie's blankie! At the cabin-hooray!
3.  Write "Remarks" for AASL reception in Las Vegas.
4.  Go to Vegas and have a super fun time with MJL.
5.  Swim and hang out with Abby and have fun. 95 passes used this summer!  and 15 sno cone flavors knocked off the list.  :)
6.  2 year portraits of Mr. Jimmy and family pictures-cabin? Oops, no family pictures.  Hopefully we can do that this Fall.  
7.  Continue working on Study Room with Abby.  Really making progress! 
8.  Sort Mom's sewing stuff into my studio. 
9.  Finish READ 861 and get certified as a librarian! 
10.  Make box into "drawer" for Katie's clothes in new room.  
11.  Start a new school year.  Breathe and be easy.  
12.  Father's Day Paintings
13.  Finish Bible project for Jimmy's Birthday?  In progress though!  
14.    Filing in Office I did it once, but it built up again!  Silly papers.    Done again.
15.  Lobmeyer Banner?  I decided it would make more sense to make one the same time as I make Grazie's, once we know names and stuff.  :)  

Fall 2014

1.  Make big batch meatballs to freeze.
2.  Make breaded chicken cutlets to freeze.
3.  Kids art binders.
4.  Have a baby!
5.  Get out stuff for baby.
6.  Make Christmas Gift list and organize/make as much as possible.
7.  Halloween Costumes
8.  Put in the Miss Honey stuff in the weekly email book.
9.  Baby announcements!
10.  Thank you gifts to neighbors.
11.  Mending basket
12.  Cut squares for Kathryn's Quilt.  35 sets of 4 5" squares.  Different pinks.
13.  Keep working on Bible Project.  Christmas??
14.  Go to Manhattan!
15.  Sub Plans for Maternity Leave.
16.  Make Grazie Stocking.

I'd better stop there.  :)    

Friday, September 19, 2014


I found this at the farm and it made me laugh and laugh.  

Because, you know, it's what Kermit has been looking for!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pool Update

So I've been gathering information as I can (though I still haven't been in to talk to anyone official) and I want to remember some things before they fly out of my head

  • A good strong automatic cover installed under the lip of the pool to save toes.  The switch should be installed up high on the wall of the pool house.  Kids are NEVER allowed to open the cover themselves.  I get everyone ready, get myself ready, and then they wait while I open the cover.  It's always closed if I am not in the pool.  Keeps out dirt and animals and children.  
  • An outdoor shower installed at the same time is a great addition for all sorts of reasons.  
  • Someplace with no shade so that any time of the day is good for swimming.  Not hard in our treeless yard-but someday trees may grow, so think ahead.
  • "Barracuda" system is cheaper and works well out here.
  • Salt water system cheaper to maintain.
  • Light colored cover so the pool doesn't heat up too much.
  • Mr. Pool comes highly recommended from several sources. 
  • Steps are a good place to sit to play with babies, can get corner steps or steps all across one end.  Investigate other shallow options.
  • No answers about swimming laps-may be too hard to get a pool big enough to keep you from getting dizzy.  More research there.  
It's nice that talking to people with pools has been encouraging rather than discouraging.   People generally seem to love their pools and find them to be a great addition.  Hooray!  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Anna's Fair 2014

I also wanted to gather up all of the things that Anna did this year in the fair into one place, because I imagine I might want to know this stuff someday.  Like her record book, only online.

Swine-blue for showmanship, blue for pig.  Purchased "Tenzin"- barrow, Spot pig at 4H auction from Eugene Gross, $165.  Feed from Plymell Feeds,

Goat-red for showmanship, red for goat.  Purchased "Kora" -doe, Cross breed at 4H auction from   $  .  Feed from Plymell Feeds, hay from Eldon Alexander.

Visual Arts-State Fair Purple.  Mixed Media drawing of dove with letters, pastel and marker, cheap poster frame.

Crops- Gallon Jar of Wheat-red.  Need to fill up jar a bit more.  MJL thought label too big.

Fiber Arts- Crocheted cotton washcloth-Red.

Foods- Poppy Seed Cookies with Orange Glaze from Grandma Joan's Pillsbury Cookbook.  Blue.
            Apricot Spice Bars from Grammy Rita's recipe.  State Fair Purple

Clothing Construction-

T-shirt dress from Simple Simon -Easy Paperbag Shirt Dress Tutorial .  Actually much harder than the sundress.  Fabric from Mom's stash.  Blue for dress, Blue for showmanship.
Yellow Sundress from Simple Simon - Free Sundress Pattern.  Fabric from Mom's Stash.  Added Yo-Yo's from pinwheels of Mom's.  Grand Champion!  for dress, Blue for Fashion Revue.  

Photography-State Fair Purple for Bubbles.  8x10's printed at Walmart.  

Blue for Swan.

OK!  This should come in handy someday.  :)


Friday, September 12, 2014

"Saved for later"

I have a jillion things in my "saved for later" file on feedly.  It seemed like time to admit that later may equal never and just mark all as read.  Here are a few of them that I can't bear to part with.

This post from Simple Simon has a holiday listed for each day of September.  I wish that we were celebrating all or some of them, but so far no.  Here's hoping!

Susan-this one is for you.

This is nice.  Meet the woman who sews a dress for children in Africa every day. 

Back to School Tutorials (oops, missed that one)  I especially like this last pattern.  

Best Art-Inspired Pinterest Boards

I want to share this with Anna sometime.  Sketching tutorial for fashion illustration.  

10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know.

A guide to buying craft supplies-probably too late for the back to school clearance, but I thought it was helpful and I wanted to remember it.

Probably my favorite genre in my library-I adore Picture Book Biographies.  This is a good roundup.  I've read half of these, and I'll be looking up some of them to add to our collection.  If nothing else-go check out "Wilma Unlimited".  It is an amazing story.

I just clicked "Clear All".

Livin' on the edge.