Monday, November 18, 2019

NaBloPoMo Day #18

 Time to start prepping for Thanksgiving if you celebrate here in the U.S.  Why is it I am always surprised at how it sneaks up on me?  It's always a year from the last one and it happens every year....so why can't I be ready?    
 I should have started this at the beginning of November but again.....it snuck up on me!
 Each day until Thanksgiving I will be blogging with some Thanksgiving tips, recipes, jokes etc.  Here's a cute budget friendly craft........... using supplies from nature............
 and more ideas to stretch that budget!   These all  came from my Pinterest Thanksgiving board so you can go there if you want more.........
As for what I did around the homestead today............I washed screens...........
I also washed my bedroom curtains and windows in and out and put up clean curtains........
The screens I store in the closet of each room if appropriate and then if we have a 'warmup' some days they are handy to grab and put in.  I have Pella windows and though I dislike the handle that is always in the way, I do like the fact that I can wash both sides of the window from inside.
I took another walk today and there are little spots of color here and there........

         But for the most part the pretty part of Fall is over with......and the woods are pretty bland now....

I did find some berries that I picked and brought home....I have no idea what they are do any of you know?  I'll keep them away from the cats just in case.  I hope they stay nice and red like that!
 I used to have bittersweet on the farm and I loved decorating with that every fall.  I have not seen any here and when I looked online they wanted $17 for a small bunch of it.............moss is plentiful down here and all different kinds.  I  keep meaning to make a terrarium and use some of it...I love moss............
That's all for today....I have worked a bit on my Monthly Monday cross stitch which I'll show you tomorrow.
Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

YOP Week #20




I got my hands in quite a bit of stuff this past week!  It's been gorgeous here so I am back outside trying to enjoy the fall and get those fall chores done. I was doing some burning yesterday outside so I took my knitting with while keeping an eye on the fire....it's my one sock of West Yorkshire Spinner's yarn and I am on the heel flap............
I'm up to 9 of 14 rows for the Granny Scrap Box quilt............these are all from scraps I have but I did have to order some 'shirtings' as I didn't  have enough light fabrics...........
I worked on my Monthly Monday cross stitch..........mostly the tree on the left........
I finally finished my Button Eyed cat although I skipped a border as I was truly sick of working on this project.  It was 40 count and never again!  No fun for me.  I need to put the button eyes in and do a complete finish on him/her..........if anyone wants the rest of this 40 count linen when I'm done just let me know....I would be happy to get rid of it! LOL!

For the Blaithin CAL I have finished 8 solid squares and 12 flower squares....one is missing in the picture but it is done and all ends are woven in...........

I was going to print off the directions for the next flower but now Outlook isn't working (MS did an update one night and now that I had gotten my email all straightened out I can't get to it!  I'll call my "geeks" Monday.....I did not want to mess with it this weekend........)
I did some work on this xs and I'll be glad to add another color or 2 to it but it is great for watching t.v. because I outlined and now just have to fill it in......... the yellow is some camera light issue I guess?

and last but not least...........I worked on my rag rug.....so much fun but wait until I have to cut more strips and roll into balls............that might take more time and you won't see as much progress as fast....not that I could ever be considered 'fast' at anything! LOL!

 I got a beautiful handmade card in the mail from Connie at Far Side of Fifty (on my side bar).....thank you Connie!  It was a real "picker upper" which I needed.....you are such a kind friend.
Oh, BTW......the dip I made yesterday from Katrina over at Pioneer Woman At Heart (on my sidebar) was delicious!  It's hard to stop  eating it!  Thank you, Katrina....it's a keeper for sure!

That's all for this week..........I'm still working outside today.  I finished burning and washed some containers to bring inside.  Brought paint inside and need to wash some screens and windows....we'll see how far I get.  I'd really like to sew on that little quilt....I'll probably do both!  Plus, The Chicago Bears play tonight starting at 7:30 p.m............that's almost my bedtime!  I did get to watch the Iowa/Minnesota game yesterday and Iowa won at home.  I love it when they play at home because it makes me feel like I am almost home.  I lived out in the country but I worked in Iowa City.  Go Hawks!
Please stop by and visit all the other YOP'ers and their projects
Happy Trails!!!



Saturday, November 16, 2019

NaBloPoMo Day #16

 It was/is a beautiful day today!  I told myself I was going to be outside today and I was.  I had papers to burn.............

 and some vitamin d to get along with some sock knitting.......I had some hot apple cider and it was a perfect fall day with temps in the 50's............my kind of weather!
 At 3:00....which is NOW......the Iowa Hawkeyes are playing the Minnesota Golden Gophers!  Watch out Connie! LOL!  So, I'm making a taco dip that Pioneer Woman At Heart made last week and raved about (she's on my sidebar)  I even made my own refried black beans...that's a first!  Easy peasy!
 Now I just have to mix it up and pop in the oven for game day!
I hope you're enjoying your Saturday!
Happy Trails!!!