Postings and ponderings of a quilting and knitting addict!

Saturday, May 29, 2010


The “Bug Sisters”  (AKA Katie-Bug and Haley-Bug) are spending the weekend with us at the farm.  We have been super-busy!  We have….


Been on a search…


for huckleberries.  We only found a few, but it will be enough to go in our pancakes tomorrow morning.


SOME of us sat…


And some of us picked!


We also searched for blackberries.  Most of them we found looked like these red ones… not ready yet!  Thankfully, “Grumps” picked a bunch, and so we had THIS for dessert tonight.


It was 97 degrees today… how shall we cool off?  What can we make from these things?


How about some SNOW ICE CREAM!!  We saved some of the snow from the February snowstorm and this was a great time to pull it out.  The girls loved the snow ice cream!  It was a little icy, but that is ok… we have snow so rarely here, we will eat it and enjoy it anyway.


What else have we done?  We cooked our Memorial Day feast today… we started about noon and finally finished cleaning the kitchen about 8pm…. WHEW!!  I have not cooked this much in the last month!

We had:  smoked brisket and pork ribs, smoked sausage, homemade BBQ sauce, deviled eggs, fresh squash, baked beans, rolls, cobbler, and snow ice cream.  We have enough left-overs to eat all next week… I can go back to my normal “cook as little as I can get by with”.   We are all stuffed… well, ONE of us eats, and 15 minutes later says, “Granny, I’m HUNGRY!”  Of course it is the tall skinny one that does this!  I don’t know where she puts it all!

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday.  Pause and remember the brave ones that have given their lives to protect the freedoms we all enjoy in our wonderful USA.

Be blessed!  Remember the give-away details will be coming sometime next week.  See you again soon, hopefully with some quilting/sewing posted.  I know you think I don’t ever get any of that done, but I really do… you’ll see!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

YUM-YUM! & Blog Give-Away

This is what we ate yesterday.  It is truly the fruit of our DH’s labor!  Fried deer tenderloin, new potatoes in cream sauce (OK… it’s a little “clumpy” looking because these were left-overs, but it was still delish!), and our very first fresh squash of the season.  YUMMO!


More wonderful things will soon be added to our menu… 1 zucchini  should be ready today (which means we will soon have zucchini out our ears), 1 eggplant is ready to eat, P5250539

grape tomatoes will soon be turning, P5250543

peppers are growing,        


beans are beaning, corn is corning, cukes are cuking, peas are (Hmmm… not going there!) …

BUT the okra is not growing much.  DH must have planted about 75 okra plants.  That is what you see in the front rows of the picture below.  Needless to say, we will have lot to share if they get going.  Lots happening in the garden right now…


But mostly a lot of WATERING is happening.  We are in near-drought conditions here.  We have not had any decent amount of rainfall in several months and the gardens are suffering.  As a result just about every day DH waters one of the 3 garden spots we have.  Lord, PLEASE send RAIN… SOON!  P5250546

Taking a quick glance at the sitemeter box on my blog tells me I will soon be hitting my 10,000 visitor and this calls for another give-away.  I am in the process of gathering/making things for this.  Sometime next week I will post an entry page and the drawing will be held around mid-June.  More details later… don’t miss it!   Keep checking back!!

May you have a really blessed day, and I hope YOU are enjoying garden blessings, too (whether from your garden, a friend’s, or from the local store… it’s all good!).


Sunday, May 23, 2010

South Louisiana, Before the Oil

I am very glad we got the opportunity to go to South Louisiana again before the oil arrived on the beaches.  We spent 2 nights at Grand Isle… beaches there are now closed due to oil.  Here are some of the things we did…


We spent lots of time doing this, and came back with a good collection of sea shells.


I took lots of bird pictures… they were everywhere!  I am so impressed with the sheer size of the LA brown pelicans, our state bird.


We went crabbing… we used a couple of crab nets and turkey necks tied to a string to catch crabs from the Elmer’s Island marsh..


We just parked on the side of the road and started catching!  We managed to find 15 nice crabs, and then attempted to boil then on a Coleman Stove on the picnic table… too much wind.  We ended up cooking potatoes and crabs in a huge pot on the small stove inside the camper… took FOREVER!  BOY!  Were they good!  This is the first time I was actually able to get into the crabs successfully.  Sorry there is no picture… poor blogger that I am… I FORGOT to take a picture of the crabs!  Talk about missing a blogging moment!


Shrimp boats were everywhere.

I LOVE the very creative names of some of the camps!

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HMMM… Is there Spell-Check for sign painting??

We went to Avery Island… the Egret rookery is a very impressive sight!  There were about a thousand (I’m guessing here… it is HUGE and there were birds everywhere!) birds roosting there.P5070503

And we saw ‘gators!


We toured the Tabasco factory….


And we had a couple of occasions to eat some of these…


It is so sad to see the pictures of how the oil has ruined that area now… I am very thankful we had the opportunity to go when we did.  Those memories of the beautiful coast, abundant water fowl, and wonderful fisheries will have to last until the cleanup is complete, and the area recovers from this disaster.

So here is my trip report… I hope you enjoyed this photo tour!


Thursday, May 20, 2010


I KNEW it was going to happen one day, and it did…  As a result I have had to “frog” a whole row of rather intricate quilting.  UGGGHHH!!

I often use leftover bobbins to stitch down the edges of the quilt.  I can’t stand to waste this thread, and it also help conserve the thread on the bobbins I have wound.  Sometimes I have gotten to the very end of the quilt only to discover that I am 10” short of what is needed, and have to wind a bobbin for that small amount of remaining quilting.

I used a “different” but very similar in color thread to stitch down the top edge and sides of a quilt.  The phone rang, I talked, I walked into my office and scheduled a quilt appointment, I returned to my quilt room, and quilted the end filler and first pass of the pantograph.  Hmmm… I better check and see how much thread is left on that bobbin.  HORRORS!!!  I forgot to change the bobbin to the taupe thread I was using on the top!  And this is a CUSTOMER quilt, not my own.  Have I said, “UGGGHHHHH!”?

I have spent just over 6 hours of “frogging” to fix this “little” oversight… bet I don’t make THAT mistake again (but I can come up with some other equally ridiculous mistake to take its place!)!!!!So I am now ready to re-do the quilting on that one row, sew on the binding, and it is good to go.

Kick, Kick, Kick, Kick, Kick!  I should have known better!

CHANGING SUBJECTS:     And I am sure you are asking, “Where are the pictures from your south Louisiana trip you promised LAST WEEK?”  Well you know me, they are still in the camera.  Business has picked up and I am running from one thing to another right now, but I will hopefully have time this weekend to upload those…

right after I (read that as DH with me slightly assisting because I know precious little about all this technology) install a new wireless router and wireless 4-in-one printer for my laptop.  (YAH! I’ll have flexibility and a fax machine!!)  The old printer finally semi-died after about 12 years.  I feel like we need to hold a memorial service for it because it has been in the family so long!

Have a blessed day, free from any “Oopses”.  (And spell-check does not like that word oopses, but YOU know what I am talking about, don’t you!!)  And for a smile, chuckle, and a “lift” today, check Judy Laquidara’s post, and especially the video at the bottom of the post… I promise you will smile at this little girl!


Saturday, May 8, 2010


We’re home!  We had a wonderful 4-day trip to south Louisiana.  I will give a full report and some wonderful pictures in a day or 2, but probably NOT tomorrow since we will be celebrating Mother’s Day at my Mom’s house.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you that are moms, also!!  I hope you have a really blessed day tomorrow, filled with lots of love and laughter.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fabric Scraps… What To Do With Them?



What is this?  It is about a gazillion strips of fabric, each about       1-2” x 7”.  Some were cut with the rotary cutter, some were torn, just any way to get strips.  They are tied around about 14 ft. of jute rope with a simple knot and then scootched closely together.  HMMM. my spell-check does not like the word “scootched”.  It’s probably NOT a real word, but you all KNOW what I am talking about, don’t you?


Very simple to do… it just SEEMS to take forever, especially when you need 2 of them.  Why? 


Check out the new window toppers for the 2 HUGE windows in my quilting room.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice… poor photo lighting.  The colors are really neat, and it makes me smile when I walk in there.  What a great way to use up those small strips in your scrap bag!  Of course you COULD make a string quilt, but I have made enough of those… and who wants to use 1” pieces for a string quilt?   It would take F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!


Confession:  I forgot to trim back my rose bushes in February.

Result:  They are already LOADED with beautiful blooms!   And they smell really yummy, too.

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Have a wonderful week!  I will be out of pocket for a few days but I promise a full report when I return!


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