Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nite 'All

jCC5yPSs6a.jpg MOON WOLF image by tugcappy

"Autumn" photos-is this a cat's life of luxury or what? lol

I snapped this photo thru the living room bay window. Autumn has crawled up into the stump where I put bird food. The sun is out-and he is just enjoying life right now-lol

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My "Doings" Here

Turned out to be a gorgeous sunny afternoon, snow is glistening, no wind, and has warmed up to 29 degrees.

I bundled up with snow boots and all-as the snow here is really deep, and fed corn to the deer, and put out wild bird food too.

I took Nikita for a walk-and she had much fun romping thru the snow, and sticking her nose into all the track prints-lol

I decided to walk up our long driveway to check the mail-our drive is snow covered and a real mess, so decided I could use the extra walk for exercise anyways. The tire tracks were already changing to ice-so glad I just walked up. well the snow plows must have just gone thru-as they "took out" our mailbox.

We made a real hillbillie mailbox-we sunk the post into an old milkcan to the right height for the mailbox, and filled it to the top with cement. We are right on a curve and the plows always do this to us-so actually better in the end-nothing gets broken-just have to drag the milkcan up the hill a bit and put back in place-lol-really heavy though-My mail was in there-so the plows must have just gone by.

I am catching up on laundry, and about to make some potatoe soup-will use chicken broth as a base, cook cauliflower up seperately and then cream in the blender, pour into the soup base, and add some cooked potatoes. Will serve with some fat pork chops too I think.

I also tood a few photos, one is of my gluten free raisin bread-which I really enjoyed, and a few photos out in the snow, and edge of the ponds

Heirloom Fruit and Vegetable Seeds and Heirloom Seed Greeting Cards by Celeste

Link My friend Celeste is selling her own heirloom seeds-this link will take you there.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Some Hot Beverages to Warm up my Southern Friends

This to all of you Snowed in or Iced in this morning-a little cyber warmth to all of you-hugs

Hot_chocolate.jpg Hot chocolate image by tokiuke

tea.gif lemon hot tea image by maki00000

20081211-coffee-mug.jpg coffee mug image by sansanhime

strawberryscones.jpg Strawberry Scones image by schnauzerlover2008

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Class in Socialism


As the late Adrian Rogers said, "you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before,
but had recently failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D!
No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

Winter Storm Headed our Way

The weather says the storm is still on track. Looks like Oklahoma and Arkansas will get hit the worse with more ice and then lots of snow.

Where I live; again we are right on the line of 6 to 8 inches or 3 to 5 inches of snow and looks like for us no ice-which is a very good thing. We will drop in temps though to single digits-so everyone in its path is gearing up-water, extra food, etc.

Stay safe and warm everyone!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Today is Chocolate Cake Day

According to Care 2 January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day-ok I don't need an excuse to eat chocolate-lol

I will take mine with a little chocolate ice cream too-and coffee on the side.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Football addict?

Is there such a thing?

I have been glued to the pro football events, and yesterday at the end of the day I was soooo exhausted-both teams I really wanted to win-did not-so I told my hubby-I am not watching the Super Bowl this year, and I am not watching any more football-Right! he says. You can't help yourself!

Larry watches no football, I am the fan in the house-and I have been the biggest fan of Brett Favre for all of his 19 years in the pros. I so wanted him to win, and reach his goal of one more super bowl. His team should have won-the stats show that-but they had soooo many fumbles, Favre got hit hard way too many times, you could see the pain, and when he gets frustrated and wants to make things happen-you got it-he throws an interception at the exact wrong time. Instead of throwing the ball if he would have just kept running and then slide-they perhaps could have gotton the field goal win.-but that's not how it played out.-sigh

It was so painful for me to watch him play the 4th quarter, I hope he retires now before he gets himself injured permanently, sometimes age must tell us we must move on.

I sure would have enjoyed a Super Bowl match better between the the young Jets team and the legend making Favre and Vikings.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Spring Fever Anyone?

Well, my friends Celeste and Deb have given me the spring fever-and that means getting ready to garden

I will plant my container gardens again-need to look for a couple larger ones, and I realized several of them from last year were just too small. Although it will warm up here earlier than what I am used to, my area seems to be getting some very wet springs, and late spring hard freezes as well.

However, next month I will clear off the top shelf in my kitchen garden window, and plant one flat of seeds-it is all I have room for right now. Perhaps I can see if Larry could build me a cold frame too-that would be wonderful for planting some early lettuce and such for salads.

Here are some links that dropped into my mailbox this week:

clever containers for small spaces some fun ideas here, think recycle, or reuse for different purpose-alot of these can be adapted for herbs, and veggies too--no space is too small for a little mini garden of some kind

create your own stunning hanging baskets-so much cheaper to put together your own, also try growing strawberries in a basket, or make up an herb basket, or make up a salad basket, Just do it! and have fun and reap the awards with blooms or edibles.

Here is a list of Veggie garden plans-lots of ideas here and edible gardening with more ideas

So get your seed catalogs out-and dream and plan a little for the upcoming spring

Oh wow! I was browsing for photos of catalogs and ran into this company, I am not familiar with them at all, they just produced their 225th anniversary catalog and looks gorgeous they sent out 40,000 free copies and don't have any more left but said they may reprint them but would cost 5.00

Landreth Catalogue 2010 http://www.landrethseeds.com/

Their catalog is also online, anyone familiar with them??

This catalog, which took more than a year to assemble, is the result of seven years of study by Melera of the company archives. "I was so taken by the charm and the relevance of what I found that I would store it in the back of my head. Just for me, I think."

Much of that research has now found a home in the 2010 catalog, including old photos, seed lists and even a "sports story" printed in a local paper about the outfielder who lost a ball in a field of Landreth onions and fired home one of the onions instead. The umpire never knew the difference as he called the runner out.

The catalog also includes a list of heirloom seeds available today for food grown by slaves, including varieties that were brought to this country from Africa or the Caribbean, probably by slave traders who had a financial stake in feeding their slaves.

The research for this list of 34 vegetables, grains and herbs was conducted by food historian Michael Twitty, much of it on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is accompanied by a print of a restored oil painting commissioned by Landreth in 1909 of an African-American woman, post-slavery, peeling vegetables http://www.landrethseeds.com/catalog/african_american.php

What is your favorite seed company??

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Kind of Fabric are You??

You Are Cotton
You are conscientious, thoughtful, and compassionate. You care deeply about the world.
It's likely that you like cotton because it's natural and environmentally friendly.

You examine your actions and decisions carefully. You never forget that you affect others with the things you do.
You probably live a fairly back-to-the earth, green lifestyle. It's organic cotton all the way for you!

My "Doings" (just a little political commenting as well)

This morning is definately a different day than yesterday. Big T booms at 4 in the morning brought our Nikita indoors, that gave way to a little lightening and a very hard rain for several minutes. That gave way now to just a cold rain-which looks like it has settled in for the day, along with dropping temps.

We knew that "Spring in January" would not last, and we really have no room for complaints considering what other areas of our country and the world are going thru-but I do miss those warmer temps already. So I am back to getting some fires going in the woodstoves. The house already has a chill to it.

Larry is gone for the day, so to conserve on wood, I will probably only run one woodstove-in the bedroom, and perhaps attempt my hand quilting again, or what I really need to accomplish is to defrost one of my big commercial freezers-which the big job of that is emptying it-and then putting everything back in lol, and to clean and sanitize my frig. too. But so far I am not too motivated to get into that project.

as for my political commenting:

I feel hopeful again for our country with the election of Scott Brown. Not that he ran as a Republican-but that he ran to call attention to the fact that our country is the Peoples country and Everyone on capitol hill needs to be reminded of that.

(see my last link-an excellent written article about this)

Capitol Hill needs to Listen to the People whom they represent and then do business accordingly-not these deals behind closed doors, and that they think that they know what we need, and just their arrogance-even Pelosi still doesn't get it-she is driven to pass a healthcare bill still-right now- no matter what it's content or effect will be on the American people. (I don't know if most of us have figured this out yet-but as this bill stands today-it does not matter how poor you are or how wealthy you are-whether you have insurance already or have none-you will be fined or taxed in some way on your irs forms-which is obsurd.)

For me; the next best thing that should happen, is this bill needs to be thrown in the trash-and to start frest-and President O should be suggesting and demanding that this occur. President O also needs to prove to the People that he is a natural born citizen as required in our Constituition-as this is still coming up again as it enters the courts. If he truly is a natural born citizen then why does he refuse to produce all the documents?? Do you realize the mess this country will be in, if it comes out that he is not elgible to sit in the oval office as our President? Everything he has signed or done will not be legal?

Now to go accomplish something today-or not-lol

Just a note, this year when ever I post a political link or have political content in my blogs-I will state this in the title so you can chose to read or not to.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Coverlet Book by Bress Just Arrived

Wow! I am excited and I have not even broke the plastic seal yet. These weigh 14 pounds and they came with a cd-rom so we can blow up the drafts and drawdrowns.

A break from my "chores" and a cup of tea in order, and discover what is in this exciting set of books.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Art Sundays-Art During Civil War

I noticed some posts up already for Art Sundays, so thought I would do mine early too.

I am researching quilts during this period and back towards the 1830's so I have this period in my mind right now.

Thomas Nast http://www.sonofthesouth.net/prod015.htm

Mort Kunstler http://www.mortkunstler.com/

Amy Lindenberger http://www.civilwarfineart.com/

Winslow Homer http://www.civilwar.si.edu/homer_intro.html

The 150th anniversary of the civil war will be April 2011, so in the coming months we will be hearing alot more about the civil war.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Feels like Spring-my Doings

I am loving our warm up, we are in the 40s and some days almost 50s, very humid though and this morning thick fog-but so much warmer now. I love it.

I hear the west coast now will get the brunt of the worse storms-from Texas-California and to Oregon with lots and lots of hard rain storms-so be safe if you live there.

With no acorns this season and few nuts, I started feeding the deer cracked corn, and I bought them a protein block as well. We enjoy watching them, and I like helping them out thru the ice and snow packed arctic weather we had earlier. I also enjoy feeding the birds, but this year the deer are eating most of the seed up before the birds, so I know they are having a hard time finding food. Hopefully with this warmer weather, they will find more to eat. There are ptaches of green popping up all over too.

I re filled the wood rack yesterday, and then collapsed last night-lol. Still pretty sore this morning, but at least my back did not "go out" and thats a good thing. Will do some stretch exercises for it today.

I am hoping to finish up washing all the rugs, give the house a good going over, and settle in this weekend to Football-fun!

I am having a difficult time with my hand quilting project. I am getting used to sewing on a frame and not in my lap-which is a big difference, but I am also having alot of troubles getting the right needle to handle this batting. Even though I took a whole garbage bag full of the batting out-it is still difficult to hand quilt. I am thinking in the future I will use this batting for pillow stuffing, and also learn to machine quilt with it on Sandys long arm. Or I need to remember to make sure I have this batting really really thin.-lol I hope to tackle this again later today.

I am readind up again on the early 1800s quilts-what fabrics they used, and what block designs and so forth.(also see my last post) I am also anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new book I ordered on coverlets-this is an in depth study as to the weaving methods and patterns of coverlets during this same time frame. It should be here either saturday or monday.

Off to check some laundry and grab another cup of coffee.

Enjoy your friday!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Remembering the Civil War in Quilts

Next year will be the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Already many states are planning events, and also the quilt world is doing the same.

I thought I would share some quilt patterns, and also a civil war block of the month that will be starting-so you can finish it in time for the anniversary.

I like the following pattern:

more information here http://www.bonniebluequilts.com/detail.aspx?ID=859

This one is a block of the month program that starts this month and the fabrics are all civil war era reproductions by Marcus Many quilt shops are sponsoring this one. More information here http://www.homesteadhearth.com/programs/CivilWarTribute.htm

and this link shows you all the fabrics http://www.zandsfabrics.com/index.php/fabrics/marcus-fabrics/civil-war-tribute.html

I personally am not one to make a kit, I don't want to make something that everyone else has. It is true with the second pattern you can change all the colors to make the quilt your own.

I have been collecting reproduction civil war era fabrics so I can design my own tribute for that era. I like to study the time period to see what style quilts would have been made in that time era, what type of quilting, and then make one similiar.

Here are some sites with historical information:

http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/civil_war/

http://www.womenfolk.com/quilting_history/civilwar.htm

http://www.quilting101.com/styles/civil-war-quilts.html

http://www.historyofquilts.com/cwarqu.html

Lots of photos of completed civil war quilts here

from here http://www.quiltville.com/smallquilts.shtml

This "Civil War Reproduction Bar Quilt" measures 62" x 84".

Civil War Reproduction quilt made by Eileen M. Adams, of Rehoboth, MA. The fabrics are all Civil War reproduction fabrics, reproduction shirting prints, or "homespun" fabrics. The quilt was machine-quilted.

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's Chicken Tuesdays-Soup

chicken soup Pictures, Images and Photos

It's winter out there-good time of year for chicken soup

Creamy Mushroom & Chicken Soup


Ingredients:

6 Tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
6 c. chicken broth
1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
3/4 c. chopped carrots
2 c. peeled and diced potatoes
1/2 c. chopped zucchini
1/2 c. frozen corn kernels
2 tsp. thyme
2 c. light cream
1/4 c. grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish if desired
2 c. chopped cooked chicken

Directions:
In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper and mix until smooth. Gradually add the broth, then turn the heat up to medium-high and bring the soup to a boil. Add the veggies and thyme. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

Add the cream, Parmesan, and chicken. Heat the soup for an additional 10 minutes, but do not let it boil. To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and sprinkle it with more Parmesan, if desired.
from here http://creativecents.blogspot.com/2010/01/creamy-mushroom-chicken-soup.html
and from Emeril
Chicken Rice Soup
In a large sauce pot, heat the olive oil. Season the chicken with Essence. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, bones and carcass and saute for about 5 minutes, or until the meat and bones are brown. Remove the bones and carcass. Add the onions, celery, carrots, green onions, garlic, parsley, basil, and bay leaves. Season with Essence. Saute the vegetables for 4 minutes. Add the chopped vegetables, spinach, and crushed red pepper and saute for 1 minute. Add the stock and rice, bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Reseason if necessary. Serve hot.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings
from here http://www.emerils.com/recipe/213/Chicken-and-Rice-Soup

Just a Few Photos

This first photo is Nikita after our walk-she dragged out her old rag rug, and enjoying some sunshine

me

Nikita print

prints on the back frozen pond

My finished block and above-see no ice on craft room window

Friday, January 8, 2010

Looking out my Craft Room Windows

I am attempting to make a couple blocks-but my craft room is off the living room and is exposed to the outside on all three sides-I love the windows-but these are the old single pane ones til we can afford the good ones. I am only in there about a half an hour at a time.

It is just too cold in there-lol-sunday should be warmer and they promise next week to be back in the 30s-hope so.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Little Spring to Warm us Up

83ed.jpg Day lily picture by kathyinozarks

6d07.jpg close up of beautiful yellow one picture by kathyinozarks

e895.jpg close up of blueish purple flower picture by kathyinozarks

Ok I feel a little better now-lol-these were my flowers I took photos of before the 2007 ice storm wiped them all out. When I fill a little blue, I go back and view my garden albums.

52d7.jpg close-up of trumpets picture by kathyinozarks

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Chance to win an online class-dyeing threads



go here to sign up http://www.melanietesta.com/mtype/archives/000453.html


More on class here http://www.joggles.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=20152

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Winter Storm Still Coming Thru Here Tomorrow

I don't know where this storm is coming from, but we are still in for it. I have plenty of food, lamp oil for the lamps, we have our woodstoves, water is a problem if we lose the electric, so will be filling up water buckets and such tomorrow morning. Here is the latest from the weather

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY... STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL OCCUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY WITH GUSTS NEAR 30 TO 35 MPH. VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED AT TIMES TO LESS THAN 1 MILE. WIND CHILL VALUES AT TIMES WILL BE NEAR MINUS 15 DEGREES WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS... TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT DUE TO ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL... REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO EXTREME WIND CHILLS COULD LEAD TO FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA.

I think I will definately be staying inside-I finished up with getting the rest of the wood in up near the house this afternoon-so we are ready.

Thought I would post this quick note in case I am not online the next few days. We'll be safe-we are prepared and don't have to go out in it any more-we are retired-lol-I love that as when I was a phone operator I had to make it in to work no matter what-those days are over now.

Nite-I am off to watch the two ncis shows-I really like the new one alot now.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A little Morning Update-We Got Sunshine

I decided to just bundle up in lots of layers and see what I could accomplish this morning

I should just stop, but I don't like bundling up twice in the same day-lol

Got the two 50# bags of corn manuvered around and into a big container-fed the deer out by the tree line.

Manuvered the rest of the birdseed around too-and filled up all the feeders for them. I bought a mix of seed that had dried berries, cherries, hearts of nuts and seeds-and they definately love that-the bag smells heavenly.

I got the wood rack pretty much emptied and into the house by the two woodstoves-about 2 wheel barrel fulls, now to refill the rack-which is a task.

So I swept with a broom; a path from the woodpile to the gate-this is a really light fluffy sparkling diamond type snow-gorgeous really with the sun shining on it-so was easy to sweep a path.

It must be warming up a bit, as I just came in to give my back a break, and take off one of my layers. I am discovering wool again-I haven't had to wear it down hear since the 2007 ice storm-and I had forgotten why I love wool so much. I have a big thick virgin wool sweater on-I found it for .50 last summer at a garage sale. I also found some wool mittens and scarves my Mom had knitted me years and years ago-so they are coming in handy now too. That is my biggest problem-keeping my fingers from freezing.

I am gearing up for the minus temps and storm coming thru on wednesday thru next weekend.

I am off to get in more wood

Good Morning Monday

I got up around 6 am and it was 8 degrees, thinking that's not as bad as they said it would be, got the woodstove going and went in my craft room to find some fabric.

I need to find some black fabric in my stast to go with some real bright colors for love blocks we are making a quilt for one of the ladies in my quilt group. well, an hour later no black cotton to be had. I didn't think I had any, but was hoping perhaps to find some scraps of black that I may have aquired. It is not a color I would buy. Nope nada. so I decide to go online to buy some-bummer even when I found the kona cotton black I wanted on sale it still was almost 10.00 for 1 yard with the shipping added. bummed I decide to wait, and will ask my neighbor Sandy if she has some in her stash-can replace it later.

The roads here are too bad to go shopping this week.

I need to refill the wood up near the house today, and feed the deer, birds, get some of the 50# bags we bought the other day moved around-but its just sooo cold. I just checked and now its colder than it was when I got up 3 degrees feels like minus 6 degrees-I am not looking forward to this week-the temps are getting colder every day oh well what can ya do?-we can't fight mother nature.

I am off to make me a bowl of hot grits, and decide about bundling up to go outside.

I found this photo of old man winter http://www.panoramio.com/photo/18242595

Old Man Winter At Beaver Creek Resort

Saturday, January 2, 2010

our weather

I am not looking forward to this week's weather ahead of us. Tonight they said this is the coldest its been since 2003 for this time of year. Everyone was making fun of our big wood pile-now we are concerned it will get us thru the next 2 months at this rate.

all I can say is Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Tonight
Jan 02
Snow Shower 11� 60 %
Sun
Jan 03
Flurries 24�/6� 30 %
Mon
Jan 04
Partly Cloudy 22�/10� 20 %
Tue
Jan 05
Partly Cloudy 27�/16� 10 %
Wed
Jan 06
Snow Shower 33�/18� 50 %
Thu
Jan 07
Few Snow Showers 20�/-1� 30 %
Fri
Jan 08
AM Clouds / PM Sun 11�/2� 20 %
Sat
Jan 09
Mostly Sunny 16�/14� 10 %
Sun
Jan 10
Partly Cloudy 34�/28� 20 %
Mon
Jan 11
Mostly Sunny 37�/28� 20 %
Last Updated Jan 2 09:23 p.m. CT

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