Friday, July 1, 2022


I looked at some things on Pinterest that had July "bucket lists"!  The only thing I will be doing for the next 3-4 months will be staying inside in the AC!  

I wish you a happy July wherever you are.  We're not off to a very good start.  My daughter called last night and she has Covid.  I didn't even recognize her voice on the  phone.  She'd been to the ER and they confirmed it.  She didn't think that was what it was.  She is really miserable.  They were going to Desmoines to celebrate Sam's birthday but not now.  I must admit when she sent me pictures of the kids in the Amanas I noticed they weren't wearing masks.  She thinks Sam's coming down with it.  Evidently people are thinking we are done with Covid...WRONG!!!  Do people not read the paper or listen to the news?
In fact, they are thinking of coming out with a new vaccine to treat these new variants.  As long as there are people who feel their rights are being violated to get a vaccine, COVID will be with us for a very long time.  I always wear a fact I will probably have one on in my casket! LOL!

Please say a prayer for my daughter and her family...thank you.

Happy Trails!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

New doctor!!!

 I went to my appointment with my new doctor yesterday.....he spent 45 minutes with me!  45 minutes!  I've never had a doctor spend that amount of time with me.  I think it was because I was a new patient and he went over my medical history with me.   He said I am probably still healing as I told him it feels a little like a pulled muscle.  He indicated that as we get older a colonoscopy is considered an invasive procedure and not recommended unless absolutely necessary.  Evidently I am of that age.  Awesome! Finally a plus for getting older!  He is just as smart and kind as I first thought and I am so happy he is my doctor!

Today I have lots of catch up work to do. I had blood work done yesterday since I told him I had had nothing to eat so I just had to go next door to the hospital.  No lines, no waiting, it was wonderful.  I go back in a month.  I did forget to ask him about diet but since I can still feel it I won't be experimenting any time soon.  By the time I got home I was tired and took a nap so I got nothing done yesterday except water the plants outside and feed the birds and critters (mine)!

Here's some food for thought.........literally...............

Happy Trails!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Amana quilt shop...............

 My daughter went to the Amana's yesterday and visited a quilt shop among other things.  She sent me a few cute!

and this one.............

The grands favorite place was the rock shop............they're big rock and fossil hounds along with their Mother and Grandmother....

I miss going up to the Amana's.   It was only about 1/2 hour from my home and they had a cross stitch shop and so much more!  Ice cream, bakery, gift shops, and family style Amish cooking.

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Happy Trails!!!  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Rice Krispie chicken and a sneek peek!

 I tried a new chicken recipe and it was delish!   Crispy Chicken Strips on All Recipes.  It uses crushed rice krispies.  It's easy and a keeper for sure!

I also started a crochet project which is really a head start on YOP's a sneek peek.....I'll show you the rest of it on Sunday.  It was just a test run but now I'm pretty sure I will make it......

I had a strange thing happen yesterday.  I had turned on my dryer and when I went back awhile later the clothes were still wet.  I thought maybe I had pushed the wrong button so I reset it.  After about 30 minutes I went back and they were still wet.  I figured something was plugging up the vent or the tubing but I wondered how I would clear out the tubing behind the dryer.  I went outside to check the vent there and lo and behold....a little critter (probably the chipmunk I've been seeing) had built a nest in the vent.  I cleaned it out and the dryer worked fine again!  Whew!  I never leave the house with the dryer going and that is exactly could have started a fire.  Glad I was able to fix it.

 I also did outside trimming yesterday and will do more today as it has been in the 80's and nice and cool in the mornings.  I'll be watching Hearing #6 today at noon.

Happy Trails!!!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Finally pinned!!!

 This was!  I had to get down on the floor and pin this entire quilt and scoot is not an activity for an elder person!  Never again!  No wonder people send their quilts out to a long arm pinning!!!  You just give them the top and the rest they do and when you get it back all you have to do is bind it.  Whoa Nellie!  This was a small quilt too!   Next time it will be done on my dining room table!  I didn't use it because that is where my sewing machine and cutting mat etc. are plus lots of other "stuff".  Anyway, it's pinned and now I have to find a free motion quilting accessory for my machine and figure out how to lower the feed dogs......the pins are supposed to be a fist length apart....if I ever make a larger quilt I will have to get more pins for sure..............

When did it happen that I couldn't get up off the floor without a real struggle?  So many things lost in old age and some you don't always realize right away....until.............'s done and I learned that I will never do that again! LOL!  My hip is still hurting today!

Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2022

YOP Week #52 Year 11

 To be honest, I only actually worked on about 3 items that were on my 2021 - 2022 YOP project list...very disheartening.....every year I promise to do better.  Maybe this will be the year?

Most of my finishes weren't on my this Fox Scarf I made for my daughter's birthday.....


 This little quilt was also not on the list but it was a finish..............


 Giant Granny Square blanket #2


 Annual 2021 Collectible Halloween Ornaments




 This has not been framed yet but it is a finish.........


 a pair of mittens.......


 again..a finish but not a final finish.....maybe this should be the year of final finishes!

 My 2020 Christmas Eve cast on socks...........


 The 2022 Annual  Collectible Christmas Ornaments.........they're reindeer not!

 a washcloth....only 1 this year?

 I made one project bag when I need dozens!

 Another finish...............but not a final finish.....


 finished the back.........

 another finish but not final finished...I have a boatload of final finishes to do!


 another XS finish...........for June Prairie Schooler Folk Art ornaments


 a sampler alphabet...........

 July folk art ornament from Priaire Schooler designs


 this will be a little scissor fob whenever it is "final finished" which seems to be a dirty word around here.....I think 2022 - 2023 will all be final finishes!


 a Quaker flag.........


 a future pin cushion.........but a finish


 This is a picture of Grayson's tie just before I bound off but it is finished now and the ends are woven in...ta da!


 Well, that's it for YOP 2021-2022..........I did accomplish more than I thought but very little of it was on my original list.....but it was a fun year and I am ready to do it all over again!

Happy Trails!!!


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Bad day in Black Rock..........


 I'm not too pleased with the chimney guy putting white caulking on my brick.....really?  The crown was what he was supposed to take care looks really hokey now.  Plus, he was a talker and a bragger and then he forgot his tools and called me later to get them out of the yard for him so they wouldn't get rusty.....I about burned my hand because they had been laying in the sun.  I have no patience with people I am paying who want me to listen to what a good job they do and how much more talented they are than other workers.  Geez Louise!  I want to tell them if you want me to listen to you than I'll need a refund!  I had a painter one time and I would come home from work and he wanted to tell me all about his day and what he had done.....I finally  told him I had worked all day and I was tired and he should go home....he got mad!  I've forgotten how some men need their ego boosted all the time...well, they better look elsewhere!

But the chimney's done and he's not coming back.....oh, yes he pick up his tools.  Now you know why I live alone! LOL!     Don't get me wrong....I love my pest control guy and my lawn guy,  they are both professional and respectful of my time.

I did get the quilt layers laid out but just barely........I need to smooth it all out.  I vacuumed the rug really well before I laid it out.  Hopefully, tomorrow I'll get back to it.

 I'm not in a very good mood considering what our political supreme court did today.  They are an abomination.....overturning Roe vs. Wade and yesterday allowing people to be armed whenever and wherever.....what the heck....we're going backwards in this country!  Justice Thomas has indicated that contraception and gay marriage will be next.  He should be impeached since his wife was involved in the insurrection.  If it was you or I we would already be in jail.   It's an autocracy heading towards matters not what the people want but what the rich want.  The majority of Americans are for abortion rights, sensible gun control, a living wage, Universal Health Care and more but it doesn't matter what the people want.  The next thing you know they will be taking away the right to vote which in reality they are already doing by making it harder for some to vote.  It's an extremely sad day for our country.

Happy Trails!!! (not)