Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lightning Storm

We had a most beautiful lightning storm on Sunday night.

I am going to link to it on YouTube, because the file is about 75 MB. Forewarned is forearmed. Link.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Knitting--

Still chugging along on the knitting. I finished the knitted scarf for Grandbuddy, no pic. I cannot find the dark brown yarn anywhere in town, so will order a skein online. Ugh.

The Art Sock has a fatal flaw. I didn't even see it until I looked at the photo. I got off-pattern while I was concentrating on the annoying increasing for the heel and decreasing for the top of the foot, as well as concentrating on the put-these-stitches-on-a-holder-and-then-continue-to-maintain-pattern. Apparently it was too much for my pea-sized brain. And the whole project seems to be just rather annoying at this time. I am contemplating just frogging the whole thing, or, tinking back and making tube socks. I still have sock #2 to do, too. It's looking bleaker and bleaker that even one sock will ever be finished.

It's not like the flaw isn't obvious.


My Highlander is going nowhere fast or slow.

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Sewing


Redwork embroidery--the pillow, a little bit at a time.




I started a new project, too--The Red Cross pillow. I saw one online and just thought it would be perfect. Not only does it feed my burlap obsession, but it also nods to my nursing career. I made a waxed paper stencil, and the durn waxed paper wouldn't stick to the burlap, so used my handy-dandy spray adhesive. The stencil and paint part took, seriously, ten minutes.




I have been spending a lot of time at the sewing machine. Daughter-in-law wanted a stripe added to her curtains to lengthen them. Each panel is taking about two hours. Two down, two to go.
Here is a picture of the curtains and the gray fabric that DIL chose. Isn't it pretty?




Baby Son's quilt. Well. It's ready for sewing machine action. Major motivation problem.

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Gardening

I planted about 15 feet of green beans and a small hill of zucchini and yellow squash. Not much to show now except dirt, weeds and a bunch of struggling tomato and pepper plants.

I did transplant six mums into some of the big empty pots. Hope to get out and buy some more to transplant before I go back to work for another nine-day grind.

Peanut Butter Balls

Here is the promised recipe. It is a recipe that my mom has used for years; she got it from a neighbor, Marian Theobald. (Thanks, Marian!)

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Peanut Butter Balls

* 4 cups sugar
* 2 stick butter
* 1 cup condensed milk
* 2 cups peanut butter
* 2 tablespoon vanilla
* 6 cups oatmeal

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, slowly. Add the sugar, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. You may want to roll them into more compact balls with your hands--let the balls cool a bit first and butter your hands or you will have ten pound peanut butter ball covered hands.
This makes an enormous amount of balls, but you can easily halve the recipe.
They store GREAT in the freezer.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

What I am reading:

This week I finished reading "Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie. It is the first book in the Tommy and Tuppence series. I really enjoyed it, and will soon download the other books in the series.

I also read "Mile 81" by Stephen King. All I can say is--SCARY!

I'm currently reading "Snake Skin" by C.J. Lyons. I dunno, read the first 5% and still not convinced I am going to like it.

What I'm watching on the TV:

"As Time Goes By"--delightful. On our local PBS station.

HGTV love--what isn't to love? I was sad to see Meg win, on "Design Star". Sorry, Meg. Nobody really stood out to me this year. I think Carl is probably brilliant, but just not on TV.

Cowboys--fairly exciting game.

"Top Shot". I watch it for the same reason I listen to sports radio. I get such a kick out of guys and guy talk.

I definitely watched other stuff, but nothing stands out to me right now. Night-night.

Holiday Grand Plan Week Four

This week is Master Bedroom Week. It also includes the master bedroom closets. Here is the link to the directions for this week. Week Four of the Holiday Grand Plan sees us move into the master bedroom to deep-clean and cut clutter. As the season changes, we rout out the closet and organize clothing. Our holiday prep tasks center on home-made gifts, and we'll begin budgeting "to-buy" items week-by-week. Things that I will be doing this week: * Make one batch of Holiday Goodies. I'll be making some Peanut Butter Balls. I'll post the recipe later. * Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive). This week I will get the ingredients and extras for the stuffing. * Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts. Good idea.