Friday, January 30, 2015

January Sunrise's . . .


There is something special about the sunrise and sunsets of mid -winter, they are some of the best all year.  Unfortunately there are not that many due to our heavy and consistent cloud/snow-cloud cover. Also as in this case- just because there was a pretty sunrise does not mean that the sun will actually shine at all during the day. The day will be gray and white and dark.   We are in a pattern of bitter cold, snow, lake effect snow, warming to 24ish then dropping to zero or below zero and warming again to mid 20's.  Right now a day at 30 really feels oh so warm.  As long as the wood cook stove is running the house is very comfortable.   Hoping you are warm and the sun is shining wherever you are.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just now . . . .



Just now . . . .

         The Weather  -  it is very cold 21 but getting colder - temperatures will fall to 0 degrees by tomorrow night.  90% chance of snow tonight and tomorrow- but only like 2-5 inches.   We get a lot of snow here in total but often in smaller amounts but like every day at times and then we don't see the sun for days . . . .

        The sounds here at the computer  just now are:  are the hum of the washer and dryer running, the tea kettle on the wood cookstove  hissing,  Edna the yellow lab  huffing and her collar jingling.

           What we are eating just now . . . . Dinner was Turkey, roasted green beans, mashed potatoes, fresh strawberries and cranberry Jelly.  Making cookies and muffins for work tomorrow morning, and for weekend Robotics.

           Life is full just now, work, medical appointments, kids doing midterms, starting the college semester after moving home, pets with medical issues, family and friends passing on, un-relenting cold and snow, paperwork . . . . .

           I am creating just now . . . . not very much- not much time for that.  I am participating in a Intl. Multimedia postcard swap, a very little knitting, and dreaming of all that I want to sew, draw, paint . .
           Just Now, I am reading  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

What are you doing Just now?

Hoping to get back to semi-regular blog posts . . I never mean to step away, life just steps in.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fabric Garland . . . .


So here is another little project . . . . a string of 50 White lights with fabric strips tied between them .
Strips are 6 inch long bu 1 inch wide and there are 7 strips between each 2 lights.  It was an easy mindless task, I did not give great thought to what strips went where.  It is looking great in our kitchen window.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Cat antics . . .







“Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.”

—Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Roman Catholic Saint

This is after Thanksgiving and after the kids left for college- I was trying to have patience as I do not want cats sleeping on my table . . . . she must have been plum tuckered out as this is not a regular spot for Maggie.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sights of the Season . . . . .

Christmas is the season of light.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Birds in the season . . .


Note Owl in the box peeking out




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pet Mesh Bags


So- this bag style was started in our Quilt Guild meeting.  It is called a Pet Mesh Bag as the black part is made from Pet Mesh- a material made to cover a doorway or a pet carrier or pet play-yard.  You can buy it at a Home Depot where they sell replacement screen materiel.  I got the 48 x 84 inch roll about $20.00 for 6 bags.   The construction is simple and it is fun to mix and match fabrics.  The bottom has a hard piece of timtex, cardboard or foam core to give it more stability and form.  I would estimate that it takes me about 2-3 hours to make one.  That is not to bad I did not think.   IT is very basic.  These 2 both went to Baby Showers, I have one then I gave one to a friend in early Nov. and another to a co-worker for her birthday . . . so I have made 5 - they are quick and easy and look nice.