If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A good Book and a Little Creativity

Yeah!!!! It's done. 

I have the border on and as you can tell it looks good. I might have to tweak it a little bit in some of the white pieces, there seem to be a little extra fabric that gives a ripple effect but other than that it looks great.

 And as you can tell Buddy cannot wait to initiate the quilt top. 

The corners went together fairly easy, a lot easier than I thought. I did not have to redo any of the corners. Lays perfectly flat with no puckers.

I'm going to hand quilt this one and in the book it gives you the design for hand quilting. So the next thing will be after that the binding and I'm a little nervous about the binding. Going to be tricky with all those curves and points.
The book is called Fancy to Frugal.

When I sew I listen to books and Judy at patchwork times  has now started on Tuesday what is it you're reading, I want to share what I am listening to right now. I also have shared in the past at Ginny's blog Small Things what she calls yarn along which is what you are reading and what's on your needles. That is on every Wednesday  So now there is somewhere to check out new books to look into on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Distant Hours 

by Kate Morton
This is what audible has for a preview to the book;

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother's emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a 12-year-old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters, and their father, Raymond. Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother's riddle. She, too, is drawn to Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madness. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. For the truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it....

I am about 4 hours into it and I like it so far, it's like her others books, so if you liked them you'll like this one.

Monday, January 28, 2013

What's Up 1-28-13

 I had this on my Get it Done list for this month and it is the last one I need to finish.
All I need to do to finish this top is put the last border on.

Have every piece cut and ready to be sewn together.

Now I'm putting it up on the wall to see where it is I think the best choice of the color wedges might go.

I'll let you know how these corners go together.

I'm getting excited over the fact that I will have 3  quilt tops off my list  after I get this one done.
I've been thinking about what I want on next month's list, it not far to the 1st, Friday.
I hope to also if time allows and that is to sew on the binding to the boys quilts. I picked them up last week and they are trimmed and ready to sew..

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Babbles

I was sitting here thinking about what I accomplished this weekend but then thinking about all I need to do before the 'little dudes" and their mothers get here. I am now counting the days. This will be the first time '" the man of the place" will have seen the boys.

I helped feed the cows again yesterday and enjoy it just as much as I did last weekend.

We have some new babies born this past week, including Cherry had her calf, a little boy.
I did not see one eagle out there this time, I do not know how far their territory is but I know they are around.

I was out in one of the pastures and notice this Sycamore tree.

Looks like 5 trees in one.
I have a thing for this tree, when I was a child growing up in Sacramento, there in downtown are all these trees along the sides of the streets. I have such fond memories of these trees and how big they were and the smell of them in the fall time. These trees can live a very long time, 2 - 3 hundred years. This ones trunk is so cool. I'm guessing it's been around at least 50 years.

What is this!!!

 Oh the other end of this, chow time



Oh darn there is congestion in the road ahead. You think out in the country you would get away from that.

 They are following me now, I am the gravy train to them.

 Oh no, someone trying to sneak a nibble again.

I was able to work on the Dresden Plate quilt I started so long ago, at least it seem like that. It's been over a year
I was able to sew the blocks together and next is the border. I would like to get that completed tomorrow.
Will see.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Heel Pain

Have you ever had heel pain, I am going through that right now. It's called plantar fasciitis. 
Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. That is what happens to me. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time. And boy does it with me. I know part of the reason why I have a re-occurrence of it is because of standing on a hard floor bare footed. When I'm home I go around bare footed or just with socks on. 
So I decided that it's not going away that I needed to find out what I could do on my own to help it go away. What I found out is the sooner you start taking care of the pain the better, not to wait, now I know that. It is said it will take longer to heal the longer you let it go on. 
The things suggested to cure it is, 
try to rest as much as you can off your feet.
Take ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), naproxen (such as Aleve), aspirin, or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to reduce pain and inflammation. NSAIDs come in pills and in a cream that you rub over the sore area.
Get inserts for your shoes and have good shoes, not ill fitting or worn out shoes. I now have inserts in my Birkenstocks for added support and wear them all the time indoors.
And do stretching and strengthening exercises. 
Exercises for stretching the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia will increase their flexibility. Exercises to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle will help support the arch. For more information go to Web MD (or the many other sites when Googled).  I found it very helpful in understanding what it is and how to go about curing it.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's Easy Street

It's Done

Well I did it, and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get it done today like I wanted. You see I spent the day with my sister and parents and wasn't able to start putting the blocks together until 
5:00 pm.
I'm not sure yet if I'm going to put a border on it or not.
Have thought about blue (it's my favorite color) but I will dwell on that for a while. I like the way it looks now.
My cat Pete likes it too.
I bet it wasn't more than a minute or two and he was on it. Lets put it this way, I was able to get a few pictures of the quilt without him.
Like I've said before, there is something about quilts and cats.
Now I can cross another one off the list.

Weekly Goal

I meant to get this posted yesterday but I ended up sewing most of day on Easy Street and then what time I wasn't sewing I had get to the quilt shop to drop off the quilts for the boys to be done, that way I can have them ready when they get here next week. I am getting so excited, it has been three months since I've seen the 
"little dudes".

Before and what a mess.

I finished the food pantry and it looks good.  I mounted the lights and it helps even though they're not as bright as I would like. Also installed the pull out shelf. Now I want to redo my kitchen cabinets with pull out shelves (someday). So here is the before and after pics.
Before                                          After

Love this

Now for week 3 goal, I decided instead of trying to clean something else out I really need to get out the seed catalogs I've been receiving and  go through them, decide on what seeds I want to try new this year and which ones I need to replace that I really like and use all the time.

And besides ordering new seeds, I need to plan out on my calendar when I need to start my seedlings and also where I'm going to plant them in the garden. Like most gardeners I rotate my crops each year. 

Today I'm going to sew Easy Street blocks together and then I'll post a picture later to show you what it looks like. I'm so thrilled now I have 2 of my Git-R-Done projects completed, at least the tops completed, they still need to be quilted.

I'll be back later

Monday, January 21, 2013

What was up today

 I had wanted to get my Easy Street finished today but it wasn't to be. 

I have 11 blocks to go and then of course there's putting it together.
So there is tomorrow, no obligations or appointments. You know what that means.

It possibly might get done and I can cross that one off my 
Git-R-Done list. 

Today when I went out to gather the eggs, this is where I found some.

I have some square bales of straw inside the hen house so when I need to clean out their nesting boxes it's handy. The girls decided that they thought it was handy too.

Good Intentions

I had planned that this past weekend would be like most weekends and that is "The Man of the Place" would be tending the cows and I would be home doing my chores and maybe some sewing. I had plans to try to finish up my Easy Street. But this weekend was going to be different, seeing how my father-in-law was not going to be able to help with the feeding of the cows. That meant I get to help, it's been awhile and I have to admit I have missed it.

 My job is to drive the feed truck, that is loaded with 3 bales of hay, drive out to the pasture where needed and put the hay out to the cows. 
 Here they come, its funny about cows most of the time they will walk single file to where they are going and if one of the cows stop all the ones behind that cow stop too. No one will go around, they will just stand there and wait.
 Someone is trying to sneak a nibble of hay, one of my jobs is to try to keep them off the bales.
 I get 3 bales on the truck I drive.

 We have 3 pasture we have cows in and I follow "The Man of the Place" to where he knows the hay rings are. 

 There was not a cow to be seen in this pasture until the tractor came with the hay.

My other job was to cut the netting on the bales so I can remove it when the bale is lifted and moved to where they need to be.

This is one of my cow's Snickers babies; This is Cherry (Mash). Remember I name all of Snickers babies after candy bars.

 This is one of our new calves, isn't she cute.

On our place we have Bald Eagles that come every winter. That day I saw 3 eagles and this one stayed perched long enough for me to take picture and then it flew off.
 On my father-in-law place is this old cemetery. 

It was such a nice weekend we decided to go to a State Park near by, Natural Falls. Has some hiking trails and one leads to the falls.  
 Very Pretty
 It has been so cold the past week that some of the dripping spring water has froze on this rock and still was frozen the day we were there.

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