Thursday, June 30, 2011

Alot of us are in for Heat Wave

Here in the ozarks we are definately in for a very very hot week ahead. The heat will be building more and more every day til we get into those upwards of 110 or more heat indexes.

I remember the year before I retired, Larry was already living down here then-about 6 months ahead of me, and I had planned a mini vacation around the 4th of July and one of our neighbor friends was coming down this way too, to meet his friends-so I rode along. We had these extreme weather conditions then too.

and this is the week that wild blackberries are ready for picking-always seems to be so hot for blackberry picking.

This morning I got caught up on house cleaning and scrubbing, making up cold beverages for Larry to have in the frig, and I also made jello with strawberries and the last of the blueberries, cut up the last of our melons, and I also decided to make some fermented cabbage-or kimche. Back when I was really sick and I couldn't digest hardly any foods, one of the things I had read about was fermenting cabbage in a Japanese press. You can actually pickle any fresh veggie this way. you just layer with a good salt and keep pressing so the liquid it makes covers everything. Depending on the temperature in your kitchen, this takes about 3 to 4 days. When it breaks down it is all fermented with very healthy enzymes and such, kinda like eating a good yogurt. So I got that going too, Larry loves this too. I actually like the cabbage made this way better than making fresh sauerkraut-and this way is easy to make in small batches.

this is similiar to the one I have

I think I am ready for a break, so after Larry has lunch I think we will go out and visit our friend Mr. L and then when we get back will work on getting my loom threaded. I would like to get this threaded and all tied down-so Idon't lose anything, and then get to putting up rocks in the bathroom, and also scrub down and then seal my rock shower.
Stay cool and safe all of you going thru this heat wave as well.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weaving Progress



The first photo I just took-the warp in place I like it is suppose to be, and now the threading, then sley (thread) thru the reed, and then tie off-and weave-lol
The last two photos I took over the weekend. The middle thread shows those threads getting all knotted up and hooked on to each other with a thick fuzz-the texture in the yarn. This came up 3 more times over the weekend, where I had to go thread by thread and get them apart.
the last photo shows the the yarp off the floor in piles-yeh!!
I really did everything out of order for this project, as you can see, if you are weaver, my loom is not even tied up yet to the harnesses and lamms so I can weave. That should have been done first, but I just wanted to jump right in and get a warp on-lol I had purchased a really nice tie up kit about 10 years ago, for this loom and also for my big loom-so anxious to do that too

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weaving Project-Progress


Yesterday morning, I woke up around 3:30 am and so just ended up staying up. So I tackled the warping again. I needed to spend several hours removing all the fuzz and knotted up area in the middle-this happens do to the texture in this yarn.
So off and on thru the day yesterday I beamed on more of the warp-and I no longer have a big pile of threads on the floor-Yeh!! Just a little pile. Hoping to get finished up with this part of the process over the weekend.
Since this warp has so much texture in it, I used lots of sticks during the winding process-this helps with the tension and keeps the threads from sticking to each other thru the layers. I am using thick paper now to finish up since I used up my all the sticks.
Today my friend and I went food shopping, and we also checked out the blueberry patch too. The new owners have alot of work ahead of them straightening up the patch-there won't be any more berries this year, but hopefully next year. The previous owners let the patch go, and didn't take care of it-so was a real mess-full of weeds, and hadn't been pruned and taken care of. So, bummer no blueberries again this year.
Tomorrow is angel food pick up day, so after that hope to be back on the weaving project. Want ot also get started back on putting up rocks in the bathroom project. These rocks will go up half way the walls around the vintage claw foot tub area.
Enjoy your weekend

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weaving Progress-or not?



This first weaving project after many many years of not weaving has turned out to be quite a mental challenge-and patience, and perseverance-lol
I recommend anyone that did a craft at one time 20 or 30 years ago-don't rely on memories but get out your books and reread the process.
I learned in the 70s to warp my loom from back to front which at the time was a little different than what most people were taught. The reasoning my teacher gave us, it was much easier on the warp threads.
I also, for a first project chose a more difficult warp-lots of texture which has given me Lots of fits thru the process-it attaches itself to other threads and sometimes knots up, and well basicly makes the process much more difficult .
I ended up unthreading everything and starting over the right way. Has been a big mess to straighten things out and get tied on to the back beam.
Today I was finally ready to beam the warp-and the textured yarn has definitely been a challenge. With the help of a friendly helpful contact from my yahoo weaving group-she has given me several tips. One was to use gallon jugs of water to help hold the tension. All the threads need to be under tension while getting all the warp on to the back beam.
So perseverance and patience has prevailed and today I managed to get about a third of the warp on-I have 6 yards total to get on. Progress!-I think lol

The first photos is the back and so far looks good, threads in order and good tension, second photo shows the trouble area, the textures stick to each other and makes it slow going, the last photo is the back of the loom and you see the jugs of water holding down the warp threads

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

troubles with my blog here

For some time now I am having trouble commenting on blogs-even my own, it says I am not signed in-but I am-and then won't post my comments

so here is my comment for my last blog

Anonymous said...thank you both, I have decided to keep it and use the quilt and enjoy it while I have it. I started thinking of museums since I have no one to pass this on down to. I will continue searching though.


an the more I have thought of the possibility of this quilt being sold-I am not happy, so I am also going to search for a textile museum and check on their policies.

I have ordered a handmade journal to be made to go along with the quilt-it also has handmade papers too, so am excited to get it. I did find photos of my great grandparents, and wonderful photo taken back in 1955 of my grandparents, and my parents along with us three kids-I was 6 at that time. so will be including those with the journal. I also found some other archival papers too.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I need Your Input: My Great Grandma's Quilt


I will always remember where I was this day, as I also have never forgotton that day President Kennedy was shot. (I was in 7th grade and we were all crying and hugging each other in the halls-we were all so scared, we were so young that day.)
In 2001, being an operator with the phone company-I can still hear the calls I received and the calls the operators behind me were getting-none of us believed it til more calls began coming in, we were all crying this day as well, trying to remain calm and brave for our customers, as we took the phone calls that day.
09-11-2001 I know all of us that lived thru this will never forget.
I really love the new memorial-The National September Memorial and Museum
Visualization by Squared Design Lab
more here

IYour Input Requested on my Great Grandma's Quilt

Those of you that have been reading some of my more recent posts, know that I have been in the process of researching our family history and putting it together, along with photos, that I can compile together into a handmade journal. This will be given along with the quilt when we donate it to the local museum in Nappanne, In.

The contact person for this at the museum has been very helpful along the way, as I think of questions I asked them and she gets back to me right away. A few hours ago I was talking with Larry about this, and he said one thing you may want to learn about it-most museums can and do sell your donated items. It happened to him years ago, when he donated a very vintage collection to a museum in Wisconsin, and inquiring about not seeing his pieces, they informed them they sold all of them.

This had never ever occured to me. My goal was to find a safe place for the future, and so the local community could also enjoy the quilt. So, I call Mom, ask her what she thinks about this.

Her reply?? Well I have never been attached to the quilt. Growing up, the quilt was always folded up and in the closet (her mom had made it for her 16th birthday) and the following year her mom perished in the great flu epidemic, when my Mom received the quilt, she did the same thing; fold it up and it sat in the closet the entire time she owned it. When I received it, I basicly have done the same cause I was trying to preserve the history of the quilt. Mom, says if you are attached to the quilt and only concerned about it's history-then don't worry about it, and go ahead as planned. If you care for the quilt-who says you can't just use it and enjoy the quilt.

Wow, what a concept to me-use and and just enjoy Great Grandma's quilt that she had made with love for her daughter. Larry says, I'm sure your Great Grandma never made the quilt thinking it would go into a museum.

So, now I am thinking mmmm maybe I will do just that. Sooooo, what do you think?

IYour Input Requested on my Great Grandma's Quilt

Those of you that have been reading some of my more recent posts, know that I have been in the process of researching our family history and putting it together, along with photos, that I can compile together into a handmade journal. This will be given along with the quilt when we donate it to the local museum in Nappanne, In.

The contact person for this at the museum has been very helpful along the way, as I think of questions I asked them and she gets back to me right away. A few hours ago I was talking with Larry about this, and he said one thing you may want to learn about it-most museums can and do sell your donated items. It happened to him years ago, when he donated a very vintage collection to a museum in Wisconsin, and inquiring about not seeing his pieces, they informed them they sold all of them.

This had never ever occured to me. My goal was to find a safe place for the future, and so the local community could also enjoy the quilt. So, I call Mom, ask her what she thinks about this.

Her reply?? Well I have never been attached to the quilt. Growing up, the quilt was always folded up and in the closet (her mom had made it for her 16th birthday) and the following year her mom perished in the great flu epidemic, when my Mom received the quilt, she did the same thing; fold it up and it sat in the closet the entire time she owned it. When I received it, I basicly have done the same cause I was trying to preserve the history of the quilt. Mom, says if you are attached to the quilt and only concerned about it's history-then don't worry about it, and go ahead as planned. If you care for the quilt-who says you can't just use it and enjoy the quilt.

Wow, what a concept to me-use and and just enjoy Great Grandma's quilt that she had made with love for her daughter. Larry says, I'm sure your Great Grandma never made the quilt thinking it would go into a museum.

So, now I am thinking mmmm maybe I will do just that. Sooooo, what do you think?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Art Sunday George Caleb Bingham

Missouri celebrated Bingham's 200th birthday in March of this year. He was one of America's greatest regional painters, George Caleb Bingham captured the life of fur trappers and steamboats along the Missouri River, and the horrible civilian cost of the Civil War.

A self-taught painter who grew up in Missouri, Bingham witnessed the state transform from an underpopulated frontier into a thriving center of commerce and agriculture.

more here




paintings from here
More about him here and here too

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's Wednesday Already

Even though I am retired now and don't go to work, I figured this week would fly by fast do to the holiday on monday. and it does seem to be doing just that.

Being so hot and humid here, I got up early to get food I needed for when I am on my trip. I put together a bag to take for me-little mini juice drinks, mini organic milk, tuna pouches, some candy, some blue corn chips to go with the tuna, and a dried fruit and almond mix too-and that bag is pretty heavy too.

I looked for easy stuff for Larry to fix-he really does not do any cooking any more-and I told him he can't eat brats every day either-lol So I set aside in the frig's freezer lots of different meat choices for him, some he can throw in the crock pot, and ice cream too for a treat.

So food wise we are all set for us and the cats and Nikita. Sunday June 5th will be our 29th wedding anniversary. Larry's favorite is ribs-so I got a slab of them to make for us on Sunday-I may just test out a smoker that was given to us-different than what I am used to using.

We liked my grandma's bean salad so much, that I made up another big bowl for the frig. It will keep fine for over a week and Larry really liked it. I thought if I have room in the frig, I would make up a jello salad and maybe some homemade fresh tapioca pudding too-give him some easy stuff to grab, maybe a dozen hard boiled eggs too.

Bummer I had to handle the cat food and dog food bags three times today-so now my back is killing me-gotta go do some stretches-before I work on my weaving project again-would like to get that threaded and tied off before I leave.

Webs yarns was having a really big anniversary sale on alot of their yarns, so I ordered a little bit of cotton for more towels in different colors, and ordered the wool I needed for my leather shawl-cocoon project. It ended last night so I went ahead and ordered it, Mom always gives me some money to spend-same amount she has given my brother for his projects thru the past year-so I will have money to pay for the yarn-I didn't want to miss out on the sale. the wool I bought was 5.00 off per skein and I ordered 4, and same with the cotton cones they were 4.00 off per cone.

well, I see its after 1:30 pm already and haven't eaten anything yet today-need to go do that-probably a protein shake. Later

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