October 18, 2014

Fall beauty

 Here is the fall blooming clematis.Blooming then the seeds. It is beautiful with blooms and seed pods.

 Japanese maple in the south patio planter

 Volunteer oak tree in the back garden.

Morning moon.Have a great weekend.

October 3, 2014

Busy fall

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We have been busy this fall. Lots of projects to do. We camped last weekend.It was a beautiful weekend at Beeds Lake.The weekend weather was perfect. Most likely it is our last camping trip this year.


More tomatoes and peppers were ready to do. We made salsa.Tomatoes, peppers, onions, green chillies,celery in the 3rd batch, Mrs. Wages mild seasoning. The first batch we cooked for an hour. 2nd and 3rd batch was cooked much longer.3-5 hours
 2nd and 3rd better, not as much liquid in the last 2 batches. Altogether 31 pints. It is very good.

 The beets were also ready.
We both like beets. Will last us the winter.
Mr. T. bought a new chopper at the Clay co. fair .It worked great for all the chopping and dicing we had to do.

 We finished the onions we grew. Mr.T says he is not proud of the onion crop but we got 10/2 cup bags in the freezer.Good enough for us. You can see the food chopper Mr.T bought. It was fantastic for the onions.

The tree stump finally got ground into mulch. There was a very big trailer load. We now have a good place to park the motor home.

The greenhouse is now cleaned and ready for plants and fish. The weather has turned and it is 49 degrees this morning with a lot of wind. The leaves will be on the ground after today.  Time to get the rest of the plants in and seal up the door. Time to put the covers on the screen porch. I am hoping for a few more nice days.We will  just have to take whatever it is. Have a good weekend. j

September 22, 2014


Time to bring in the house plants before the frost comes. I found some bowls at wal-mart that work really well to keep the water from leaking out of the planters.
I drilled holes in some and added wire hangers from old plastic pots. Then I found the plastic pot hangers will snap right on the lip of the bowl.

Plant fits right in the bowl. Hope you have a great week. j

September 9, 2014

Catching up with you all.

 I have kept busy the last couple of weeks.

This quilt is for my bed and I am so happy with how it turned out.I have been saving the fabrics for some time and finally found 2 more blues that were just right.The outside blue border I have had that fabric since 1990.


Triangle frenzy is the red white and blue table topper. The X's and O's are from Christmas fabric I had on hand.The 2nd is from the scraps from the first one. I love scraps.

 I saw the pumpkin and the table topper on pinterest and decided to try to make them.I am happy with how they turned out
 Tomatoes are really good this year.The best I have ever grown.The ones on the plate that are green and blemished are from the plant I bought. The others are the ones I grew from seed.

 I played with dolls too.Painted some faces.

Justine worked on making a bear the last 2 weeks we got together. She did a great job. I enjoy teaching her sewing.
She got a blue and purple ribbon at the Franklin Co. fair and a blue ribbon at the state fair for her dolls and dresses.She also got an award for best stitching.She put the dolls together from a kit and made the dresses from pre printed doll dresses.

 It is very rewarding to help her learn to sew.
Hope you all have a great week j.

August 20, 2014

Quilt tops 2014

 I have made several quilt flimsy s. Only one finished.  I had a lot of scraps and one day just wanted to sew. Not make anything in particular. Ended up with 300 4 1/2 inch blocks.

The first one is from 4 1/2 blocks I made.

The pin wheel is a favorite pattern.After it was all done I did not like the 2 red blocks together and I did take it apart and change that.

 This one I started with 5 inch blocks from my mother in laws fabric stash. Another pin wheel. All the fabrics are from my stash.

 I love making the hexes with the 60 degree ruler. I made many and decided to put them together into this quilt.

This red black and white is the latest.It now has a black 3 inch sashing.

This is one I finished. Quilted, and binding done. Hope you are having a good week.j

August 10, 2014

Good weekend

Our daughter and her son came for the weekend. We tried a new recipe using a large head of cauliflower Mr.T grew. I forgot to get a picture. It was 12 inches across. The heads did not look like the snow white ones in the store. He tied the leaves up but the rain knocked them off. Cauliflower starts to turn a bit purple and is a off white. Any way the recipe is here
The steamed cauliflower is grated very fine. We mixed and spread on a well greased baking stone. Then baked. Buttered the top then cheese. Cut and eat! Oh so good.

 Cam was into having sweet corn for lunch. Along with BLT's, with tomatoes from their garden.The first tomatoes of the year are always so good.
Papa and Cam in the shop husking/shucking the corn.

Eating is the best part.

Ziva loves for Cam to visit.

Their time here is always to short. School shopping was on the list for today in Ames. Doesn't seem possible that school starts in 2 weeks.
Hope your week is special. j