Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Just a small post as I am really tired for some reason...........

 Remember my "slice" cleaning?  Well, I fell behind but decided that it was more important to clean out the cupboards first.  So, yesterday I cleaned out the cupboard  under the sink.  I filled a large plastic container with it all!  It's clean and today I will line it with shelf paper.  I also need some containers to make it easier to get to things.

I've been doing some armchair traveling in the evenings.  These are on You Tube   This one is a family going from Ontario to the Yukon where they will be staying in an off the grid cabin for 2 weeks.


The other one is a solo canoe trip to Northern Ontario..........


Last night I watched a father and son drive to Alaska and stop at a lot of interesting places.

Today, I am going to chop up some chicken and marinate it with Wishbone Italian dressing.  I used to make shish kabobs with chicken, mushrooms, potatoes and green and red peppers.  In the winter I would make it in a pan and bake it in the oven.  Easy and delicious either way.   


I'm not sure what is wrong today, but I am chilled, tired and I have a stomach ache.  I thought I would feel better but I don't and I have no appetite either.  I pray I didn't catch soemthing when I went to Mountain Home last week!

Happy Trails!!!

Monday, January 17, 2022

Monday - MLK's birthday and Betty White's too!

 I'm picking up where I left off yesterday.  It is book Monday and a few recipes I made last week.  

I finished reading These High Green Hills...the 3rd book in the Mitford series by Jan Karon....all her books automatically get a 5 out of 5 from me!

Presently, I am reading Where the Crawdads Sing and so far it is very well written.  I love the nature and scenery descriptions as she makes you feel like you are actually there...........

I got this book because I think Jan Karon gave it a good review....or it was a similar heart warming series like the Mitford books.....I don't remember exactly...I just started it last night so I'll let you know.....this is book #1 of how many I'm not sure.....Amazon stated "NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Friendship, loyalty, and love lie at the heart of this beautifully written, poignant, and sweeping novel of five women who, over the course of four decades, come to redefine what it means to be family."

I am reading a non-fiction but it is terrible........I think it was someone's PHD thesis as it assumes you've read all her books and that you are already familiar with her life...it's almost stream of consciousness.....maybe the author was smoking something?  I keep reading it but it's pretty bad in my estimation. 

So, that was my reading this past week.  Now, on to the cooking I did...........I made 2 items that were very tasty.......the first was a recipe for chicken thighs (bone in, skin on) and it was easy and tasty!

Here's the recipe if you're interested

The other item I made was delicious but it was not a quick recipe.  At the time ,I  thought I would never make it again but after eating it.....I changed my mind.....it is really good!  Here's the recipe 

BTW these are not my pictures.....they are from the websites.....I did make both these recipes though!

The snow is still here but about 1/2 of it is gone and it is sunny and above freezing so it won't be here for long.  It was really nice to enjoy for awhile and no shoveling needed! LOL!

Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2022

YOP Week #29 Year #11

 I'm not off to a very good start on my desire to blog every day in 2022.....evidently I just can't manage it.  This week was especially busy and tiring.  The pest control guy was here, then I had to pick up prescriptions, and I did a grocery order and pickup, and then I went to Mountain Home which is 1 1/2 hours away for blood work, and to take a Tahoe full of stuff to the Salvation Army.  Usually,  I try to space things out but  this past week everything seemed to happen at once.  Plus, going into the "big city" (compared to my little hamlet) was nerve racking knowing how the omicron variant is surging here in Arkansas.   So far, no signs of illness.  I have been vaccinated and boosted and I wore an N-95 mask so hopefully I'll be okay.  I have known people though that have gotten it even still and been very sick.  Plus, there seem to be long-term effects even if you survive so I do not want to get it at all.  So, I was exhausted this week but hopefully this next week I will be home and get lots done!

I did manage to organize my cross stitch WIPs and there are a lot of them!  I won't tell you how many but suffice it to say.....I hope I live that long to finish them all! LOL!  I separated them into categories of seasonal, Christmas, patriotic, Halloween, and miscellaneous.  My rotation of XS projects will be: on the 1st of the month my New Year's start, 4th my birthday start,  13th and the 31st will be Halloween , and the 24th and the 25th will be Christmas.  The other days will be filled in with other XS projects; there will be a focus (large piece) and smalls plus both the Halloween and Christmas annual ornaments for the grands.  There will also be Saturday Blackbird stitch, Sabbath Sunday stitch, a red work piece and/or an alphabet sampler and anything else I might have to squeeze in.  That's it for cross stitch and each week I will show you what I have worked on that week.  That way it won't get boring for either one of us.

As for my YOP goals this past year, and even before that,  I am going with an old queuing  theory  that I learned while in college for computer science.  There are more than these 2 but these are the ones that I remember.....it was a long, long time ago! LOL!  There's FIFO and LIFO.....FIFO is first in first out and LIFO is last in first out.  I'll be using LIFO as I cannot recall nor can I find some of those really past projects.  I'm going to be organizing and cleaning my craft's room and hopefully they will all turn up at that time but for now...LIFO works for me. 

The areas of my projects (all WIPs) are as follows although I will not be working in all these areas simultaneously.

 Cross Stitch (which is on a different schedule as outlined above)

Crochet - washcloth finished this week so next is Wintertime Blanket

Sewing - project bag

Quilting -Christmas quilt

Knitting - Multnomah shawl

Punch Needle - Halloween by Teresa Kogut

Rug hooking - crocheted rag rug

Miscellaneous Crafts - Christmas card basket

These are all WIP's and I will stick with these until they are done.  I may at times throw in something mindless that I can work on while watching t.v.  but other than that I am going to be very strict with myself!

Here's this week's finish which I cannot promise will happen every week but I will show what I have worked on.  I will hopefully get Ravelry updated so that yarns and patterns will be published on my project page.  This was crocheted using Peaches and Creme cotton worsted.  It was very hard on my hands but it is a good size and I learned a new stitch; the crossed double crochet which makes good bumps in the cloth for scrubbing.  I have arthritis so it might not bother your hands.

The fabric for my Sabbath stitch arrived so I got started on it so I could show you.  I think it's going to be a beauty when it's done........it's one strand of a Caron skein of a variegated special yarn and I'm working it on 14 count Aida.  There are only 2 colors throughout.  There's a green for the leaves but the letters are all in the variegated red.

I work on my birthday start on the 4th of each month........Ida Mae Crow.  I had to change some colors because the called for colors didn't look anything like the photo and I preferred the colors in the photo

The other XS I put some time into was my Winter stitch....Stu the Snowman..........

This coming week I hope to work on some Valentine smalls and dig up my St. Patrick's Day smalls. Today, I want to get my quilt backing and batting cut, sew a project bag and drag out my Multnomah to work on this coming week.  Wish me luck!

I did get a few items in the mail and I have a bunch of zippers coming for future project bags.  I got this book from Thrift books...I use the old black and white composition books for my planner(s) and I would like to make a nice colorful cover for it.

I also got some fusible fleece for the project bags........

and last but not least Temecula Quilt Co.  Mini a Month Postcard Collection for 2022...........the patterns are on the back of the postcards...too cute!

I  have more to tell you but it can wait until tomorrow but I must leave you with some pictures of the SNOW we got~!  Yes, we got snow starting yesterday afternoon and it was so pretty coming down.  It was still snowing when it was getting dark.  They said 4-8 inches but it looked more like 2" to me.  I'll take it though!

This was during the snow storm...........

This was this morning.........

I'm sorry I was so long winded today.....I hope you didn't fall asleep! LOL!  I hope you have a great week ahead  of you!

Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2022

YOP Week #28 Year #11

 So far my word "finish" is working!  I had lots of goals this week but there were 3 top ones............final finish the 2021 collectable ornaments (yes, I'm terribly behind), cut up  the pumpkins, bake, puree, and freeze, and finish my 2020 Christmas Eve cast on socks.   I did get those 3 goals accomplished but not much else! LOL!    

Here are the socks..............

Here are the ornaments....it's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but I know it looks a little like a pig...oh well.....the red nose should give it away.............I always make one for myself, that way if I make a mistake I can keep it for myself.....as you can see.....I cut one to close and that is the smaller one...I always make mistakes...................

Here are the backs and I made a mistake there too............one of hearts got put on upside down......

I wished I would have had some of those rusty bells...I need to order some for next year

As for stash....I did get some this week...............some lovely fabric from Temecula Quilt Co.......

and some floss tags.................

I haven't picked out what I'll be working on this coming week or if I will be able to finish anything.  I'll do that today.  I have a busy week ahead as my piano book will be arriving and I will need to schedule my lessons and practice time slots plus one day I will be traveling to Mountain Home for lab work and to drop off a truckload at the Salvation Army.  

Stay tuned for coming attractions!

Happy Trails!!!

Friday, January 7, 2022

Finish Friday

 Finish is my word this year and it just so happened I had Finnish Rye Crisp with avocado for lunch so it was truly a Finish day!  I actually did not fully finish anything today but it's getting close and I'm not stopping until I do have some finishes.  I spent yesterday and today and probably part of tomorrow cooking pumpkin, pureeing it, and freezing it in bags. This is 1/3 of the big pumpkin and yesterday I baked and pureed the little sugar pie pumpkin. They are all baked now and cooling.  I was able to puree and freeze 1/3 but I have 2/3's left for tomorrow.

I did get the pumpkin seeds toasted......

I did some sewing .......finishing up those collectable ornaments don't ya know............

I also did some knitting trying to finish last years Christmas Eve cast on socks!  Hopefully, I will have some finishes for Sunday's Year of Projects!  It's been a very productive day and that always feels good.

Now for some pizza and a movie!  

Happy Trails!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2022

We got snow!!!!

 It snowed all morning but it is pretty much gone now....

The birds were all over the feeder today..............

I wanted to thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes too....you are all so sweet..........my daughter sent me another Fox card from a painting.....I am for sure going to frame all my lovely foxes.........

My cousin, Kay, also sent me a Jacquie Lawson e-card that has music and a lovely woodland scene.....those cards are beautiful....thank you dear cousin!

Last night my t.v.  went out.  It was on but getting a strange no signal message AUCUN signal floating across the screen.  I tried rebooting everything and Roku too but nothing worked.  The menu was stuck so I couldn't move it to HDMI1 where it was supposed to be.  So, I spent all morning trying to fix it and finally decided it must be the Roku.  I looked up the different Roku's and then called Walmart.....the guy there was very sharp and said to unplug the  Roku and see if it still happened and then I could eliminate the Roku and it was probably the T.V. ....he was right so I called Specter T.V. which is from Walmart but you can only buy them online.  (BTW, I highly recommend their t.v.s).  They answered right away and I got a person who walked me through getting the menu "unstuck" by using some buttons at the bottom of the t.v that I didn't even know were there......FIXED!!!!  I don't have to buy a new Roku or a new t.v.  PTL!!!  That was the fastest and most knowledgeable customer service I have ever experienced!  Also, I called Walmart the other day because I had a $7 charge from Walmart on my bank account.  I couldn't think what it could be.  They told me what it was and I said okay fine.  She said they would reimburse me and I said, no I did buy that item I just forgot.  Today I got an email from them telling me they are reimbursing me $20!!!  What?  I tried to explain to the gal I did not want a refund.....oh well.  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth , I guess.  I'll call them tomorrow and try and give it back to them! LOL!  They are so good to me!  

I did get some treasures today............some floss holders and she sent me some Smarties and something else that I haven't the slightest idea what it is....

and fabric from Temecula Quilt Co..............1/4 yard of their reds............I still need to order their greens when they come in........they are for a "hotpad" quilt.  It's on their blog.....if you're a quilter, you should check them out.  They have beautiful materials and wonderful patterns and many are free on their blog.

 Happy Birthday to me.....BTW, I celebrate all month...maybe longer....I think you should celebrate as many days as your age.  So, I guess I'll be celebrating for 73 days.  LOL!  Whoopee!

Today was the year anniversary since our capitol was attacked by our own people! I was thinking that instead of jail sentences for the insurrectionists, they should just ship them off to a 3rd world country and then they could really experience what not being free feels like.  Just sayin'.

This was published in some paper and I think it should be published in ALL papers......click on the photo to enlarge it..................

Happy Trails!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2022


  The weather channel is predicting snow but not much.  I'll still be happy if we get some!  Every once is a while we get a good snow storm but not very often.  Thanks to all of you I was able to make the decision to keep the keyboard I have, and order a piano book from Amazon that I had my eye on.  Your advice to look on YouTube was excellent.  There are all sorts of videos there too, and I have my cousin, Kay, as a consultant!  She took piano for years.  So, I feel very good about the path I have chosen.  Now, I just have to practice, practice, practice....as soon as my book comes next week.

Meanwhile, I was able to find a big plastic container, and gather all my cross stitch WIPs together in one place.  Now, I will go through them and organize according to seasonal, holidays, smalls, and miscellaneous.  Once I know what I have I will plan which ones I will work on, and in what kind of rotation.  I will do the same for patterns I have that I haven't started.  

I finished my first book in 2022.  It was started in 2021 but finished the other day............

Amazon states "It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of God’s grace into their lives. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme –   

“Yes, Abba is very fond of you!”

But today the crowds are gone and the lights are dim, the patches on his knees have faded. If he ever was a ragamuffin, truly it is now. In this his final book, Brennan roves back his past, honoring the lives of the people closest to him, family and friends who’ve known the saint and the sinner, the boy and the man. Far from some chronological timeline, these memories are witness to the truth of life by one who has lived it – All Is Grace."

I gave this book a 3 out 5.  I think it would have better had I read some of his previous books.  He died in 2013.  He had a rough life and couldn't help himself but was able to help many others....R.I.P.

 That's all for today.

Happy Trails!!!