Sunday, April 14, 2019

YOP Week #44


Finishes:

1)  Pumpkin Spice Farm.......the 'finishing finishing' still needs to be done but the stitching is complete
2) Spring from my seasonal Sunday's.................again....'finishing finishing' needs to be completed....

 WIPs (works in progress): 

1) Sock #1 of 2..........This is where most of my time was spent again...............I'm on the foot and heading towards the toe!
2)  I made all the hexies for Pickle Dish #5 and now I'm sewing them together.....didn't quite get it done for this week......

 Acquisitions:
None this week

New Starts Planned: they're all secret! LOL!

YOP Goals from last week:

DONE 1.  finish stitching Pumpkin Spice Farm
2.  finish hexies and stitch together for Pickle Dish #5 of 11 (there are also 2 half PD's on the vertical and 6 half PD's on the horizontal plus 4 quarter PD's and then the connecting hexies)    
3.  Work on Amy's Frida Kahlo basket
4.  Start house ornament
6.  do the finishing work on "America" xs
7.  do the finishing work on "Merry Xmas" xs
8.  do the finishing work on "Primitive Santa"
9.  finish rest of sock #1
10.  make sock box and ornament box for 12 of each in a year (yeah right) lol!

YOP Goals for this coming week:
1.  finish sock #1
2. finish Pickle Dish #5
3. trim all completed xs
4. kit up house ornament
5. work on Frida Kahlo basket
6. find Summer seasonal xs
7. get ready for Stitch Maynia

 TOP 10 (or more) WIP's:

1)  Pickle Dish
2)  Stars and Stripes Saturday - America x-stitch - done but needs finishing
3)  Amy's Frido Kahlo basket (July birthday) - done but needs to be sewn together
4)  Pin's embroidery
5)  socks
6)  C2C blanket for Grayson (July birthday) 
7)  Monthly Monday - HRH January
8)  Witchy Wednesday - Button-Eyed Cat
9)  Fall Friday -
10)  Santa Sunday -Old St. Nick - done but needs 'finishing' work
11.  Turkey Thursday
12.  Seasonal Sunday -
13.  Santa Sunday - new house ornament

 Finishes so far in 2018-19: 
1.  4th of July cross stitch pillow/ornie
2.  Hitchhiker shawl
3.  Felici Hibiscus self-striping socks
4.  Felted wool loafer slippers with leather soles for me Sam
5.  washcloth (extra large) and back scrubber for Christmas or birthday for SIL
6.   Iowa Hawkeye hats for Sam and Grayson
7.  Techniques learned so far this year: a) knit cast on, b) reading a knitting chart, c) lace work, d) inserting and using a lifeline e) charting a graphghan
8.   dishcloth(s)...I need to count them
9. Cubs hat for Uriah
10. 12 days of Christmas Advent gifts
11. Cowl for Ben
12. Cowl for Tracy
13. Cowl for Natalie
14.  # 2018 Collectible ornaments for the grands
15.  Cowl for me or gift basket
16.  11 scrubbies for gift basket
17.  1 pot handle cover for gift basket
18.  Ben's Bear's hat
19.  Falling Leaves Scarf
20.  Tissue Box Cover - 5 of them!
21.  Granny Square Shawl
22.  Kathleen Tracy doll quilt
23.  Pumpkin Spice Farm xs
24.  Spring xs

News from the homestead:
We had storms but nothing severe like in Mississippi.  My newly replanted clematis got beat down a bit.....I'm going to have to tie them up better.....this was taken before the rain.....they're all down now........but on the bright side they are full of buds getting ready to bloom!
 I spent all this morning and until about 1:00 p.m. making breakfast burritos.  If a gal were smart she would cut up and prep one day, cook the filling another day and put the burritos together another day but this gal wasn't too smart.  In my defense it was the first time I made them.............but boy are they time consuming..............and truth be told I'm not sure I like them any better than the frozen ones I bought at the store.
 I scrambled a dozen eggs........and set aside......
 then you fry up sausage and onions and garlic and add in tomatoes, cilantro and spices plus my homemade taco seasoning (and to think I thought of actually making the flour tortillas myself too....thank goodness I talked myself down from that ledge!)  and after it cools you add the cheese.........

then you wrap wrap them up 'burrito style'........I cannot tell a lie.....I had to watch several You Tube videos to get the hang of it............there were 20
then you wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in a gallon freezer bag or 2 and label it with date, item and directions for cooking.........then you go try and find room in your freezer.  The reason I wanted to make these is because in the Summer when it gets HOT here ...and I mean HOT as in JUNGLE HOT AND STEAMY,  you have to get out early in the morning to get any work done so these would be a quick easy breakfast without wasting any time.
I'm not sure I'll make them again...like I said.......the ones I got from the store tasted pretty darn good!
Plus, my time is valuable....I'm retired!
I lied last week when I said the red buds were in bloom.....maybe but not full bloom!  These are the same trees from last week.......... not sure what that contraption is in front of them...It looks like some kind of a trap but I was too tired to walk over there and investigate.....

The dogwoods are blooming and right in my back yard!  Since the electric company trimmed back there I see all kinds of things now!
 I hope you all survived the storms of all kinds and I hope the sun shines on you very soon!
Happy Trails!!!

 Please stop by and see all the other fantastic projects that other  YOP'ers are working on.
Happy Trails!!!


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Landscaping, bread making and homemade taco seasoning

I forgot to show you the red bud branches I picked the other day.   They are definitely in full bloom now and so are the dogwoods.


I have no picture of the bread that's still baking but you've seen it before.  It is my usual no-knead artisan bread.  I did manage to get some landscaping done today despite the wind which was wild today!  I had 2 big Styrofoam pots in the back yard that I wanted to use for the clematis that I had in front of the garage.  They were full of dirt so too heavy to lift so I emptied the dirt into buckets (it was organic soil) until I could lift them and get them out to the front of the house.  I weeded and raked the area and put the pots in front of the stairs with the idea that the clematis will climb up the railing.  I was tired after that and still had some things to do inside so tomorrow I will re-pot the clematis in them.
I also rearranged the bench on the front porch so my plants will get rained on when and if it rains. 
So far I only have the kale there but there will be more soon.  My seedling tomatoes are not doing well so I may have to buy plants this year.  I think I need a grow light and also individual little pots plus I need to read the Seed Planters Guide.  I always have that 'damping off' problem....and they were doing so well.....
I had a really great day yesterday too.  I went to the vet and Walmart.  I checked out the recycling center for electronics and they are open Saturday from 9-noon so I won't be having a garage sale this Saturday with the rest of the town but hopefully I will get a printer and 2 t.v.s off my hands (non-functioning) (the t.v. and printer are non-functioning....not my hands heaven forbid!). 
I had to go to the bank this morning and then I stopped and got more chili powder to make taco seasoning mix.  Once I had everything, I made it...easy peasy!  I'm trying to make things for my pantry from scratch each week.
Last night I watched the first episode of Barbery Hall?  It was on You Tube and from the BBC.  It was good and I hope to get to see the rest of the episodes.  Sort of on the Downton Abbey theme which I love. 
What have you been up to?  I hope you're not having bad weather.  It was cloudy here today with lots of wind which was great for working outside and staying cool. 
Happy Trails!!!


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Taxes and sock knitting.............

Yesterday was all about taxes and it took me the afternoon mostly because of gathering info I needed.  But they're done thanks to Turbo Tax! Plus, I'm getting a refund!  I haven't had a refund in years and years!  I was doing a happy dance!  The reason is because they doubled the standard deduction for single people!  Yippee!  It's not much but it might get me some of that fabric, yarn and xs patterns I've been wanting.  Turbo tax is so easy and for free or the $20 version I use. 
I cut up a beautiful melon I had gotten at the store....expanding my breakfast items.  I had this with some of my homemade sourdough toast and it was a great combo.   I still have to make my taco seasoning and breakfast burritos sometime this week.
My tomato seedlings are getting a bit leggy....I'm wondering if I could put them outside in the shade during the day....it was 87 F today!  Here we go right into summer!  Our last frost is April 30th so I definitely can't leave them out just in case but it's been in the 60's in the mornings.
Today I got out my 'box of socks' to put them away for the summer.  I won't be wearing wool for quite awhile now.......I've always wanted to make 12 pair in a year but so far that has not been the case........after several years I still don't have a dozen.
Here's what I have so far but this has taken several years!  7 pair and there's a blue pair missing and I have no idea where they are....they'll turn up eventually.  Then of course there's the pair I'm working on.......time to order more sock yarn!   The pair that looks white are really my Hudson Bay socks.
I have some cedar blocks that I sand when they stop smelling like cedar and I will throw one in the box with my socks.  What a shame it would be to open it next year and find moth holes!  I would cry for sure!  I got these years ago and you can hang them in your closet or put them in drawers....wherever you feel the need.  Just remember to sand them once in awhile so they keep doing their job!
I'm just about done with the gusset decreases on my sock...I should finish tonight and then it's all down hill from there!  I'm posting it again so my daughter can see it as she is not allowed to look at my YOP posts because of the possibility of  gifts and secret projects in the works for her and other unnamed individuals.
I hope you're having great weather and are getting all your 'chores' done.  Tomorrow is Walmart mostly because I have to go to the vet and get the girls their meds so I might as well go to Walmart as long as I am over that way.  Take care!
Happy Trails!!!