I got two reusable popcorn bags made! I've been wanting to do that for a while, but couldn't figure out what to use for a food-safe lining. I didn't want to spend any money in case we don't use them or they didn't work. But we like them so far. They hold a lot but more importantly they are big enough I can pour popcorn from the popper into them, and they stand upright without support. I used cereal bags to line them. Don't know how long that will last, but if we like the bags I wouldn't have a problem springing for the expensive food-safe PUL. I have to make a little nylon storage bag for these bags to help keep them clean when not in use. They will fold up nicely and not take much space. I will test drive the bags when we go to Duluth, probably.Attachment 48435
For this project I used scrap fabrics, the 2 cereal bags, 2 zippers from recently dismantled gowns, and 2 zipper pulls. And 2 batches of popcorn, since the first one got eaten by someone when I was working on the second bag. Back when I was still writing my food column, he knew better than to touch my props without prior consent! 😁
02-24-2019, 08:36 AM
Hubby bought me a JA gift card for my birthday. I forgot I had mentioned it. I'll need a add-on navigation system for the new car and we had agreed that would be my present, so I wasn't expecting anything today.
Going to tackle the yellow flower quilt again. Wish me luck with the sewing machine.
02-24-2019, 10:09 AM
Good luck, DLR. It's never fun when machines are acting up.
I got my 4 ribbon reels and it's very nice stuff. 100 reels for $5.xx and free shipping. I love when I can stretch my donation dollars with deals like that.
I just spent a fruitless hour trying to rearrange my supply of ribbons into one of my 3 tier storage boxes but nope. Oh, well. I did weed out a spool of icky ribbon I hate, so that's something, I guess.
We spent another fruitless hour looking in the black hole, I mean, spare bedroom for the embroidery transfer system for my machine. I'm fairly sure we did not get rid of it, but we have both searched my office, his office, and my sewing room with no luck. The possibilities are diminishing. I could download free designs with it, if I could just find the damn thing. Assuming it would work with our newer computers. It would work with my old desktop but we won't have internet back out there till summer. I never could get it to work but there's a lot more info available now than back then, so I'm optimistic. There are tons more patterns, too, and they are more professional.
We sorted out a bunch of old shipping boxes from stuff with expired warranties, so that helped a lot to clear out the back bedroom.
I've been looking through cookbooks to see what I can purge, and picked out a 5-ingredient WW cookbook I don't use. I generally dislike those types because they use so much processed foods. But as I looked through it, I realized many of the recipes would work well in the camper. Glad that occurred to me before I got rid of it. Now that we are planning trips longer than 2 weeks, it will be a big help to find recipes that rely on canned goods and other shelf stable items, to save space in our tiny fridge. I'm excited about exploring this NTM concept.
I'm starting to look forward to Husby's retirement, in between being terrified. :yikes:
02-24-2019, 10:12 AM
Re the ribbon reels, I meant to say 100 YARD reels, not 100 reels. Ugh. I hate that I can't edit posts on my phone.
02-24-2019, 01:50 PM
My plans got scuttled again. Big surprise, huh? I was quite ready to get started on the blocks that didn’t work out. My knee(s) is so bad I can’t sit at a table with it bent for very long. Yesterday I could not do it at all, which leaves me one choice - the recliner, not that it’s great either at the moment. It may be the wildly erratic weather we’re having, which would account for both knees, hands and such. I blamed it on that. However my hands are ok today and one knee is better. The other knee is not cooperative at all. Not long ago I felt, and heard, a pop in that knee. Something must have shifted sharply and it probably did it no good. So...
Last night I got the yarn again and crocheted about half of a scarf. Today I’m going to tough it out at the table long enough to transfer a couple of patterns to the muslin and find and cut patches for them. Then for these I’ll just sew the patches by hand. Getting the sewing machine set up and working at it is out of the question for now. I’ll also do more on the scarf. This too will pass but it may be a while before I can do anything much except handwork. This will at least let me start to play with embroidery.
I know. Whine, whine. Sorry about that. There’s still plenty of fun stuff I can do so it’s not like I’m being abused.
02-24-2019, 04:42 PM
Newer thread on the spindle did the trick. I can use old thread in the bobbin OK. 11 of 18 flower blocks are quilted although some will need partial re-do (folds or tension on the back side.) But I did get a lot done today. May need more thread and thinking I will buy some yardage in a yellow print to make binding instead of buying bias quilt binding. That probably won't be for a couple of weeks.
We "sold" the old Prius and they are holding the funds for deposit on the new one. Still at least 10 days to wait. I turned in the old rental car and they gave me a newer one.
02-24-2019, 06:39 PM
Oh, yea, me! I just stumbled across some recipes for making things with tomato powder. I've been thinking for a while about making tomato paste with it, but this little collection of recipes included stuff like sauce, soup, and something we've missed since having to quit it, tomato juice. I had fleetingly thought about that, too, but hadn't gone much beyond that first thought. I tried that out already using the suggested ratio of powder to water, and we agreed it wasn't quite right. It will never be like the canned stuff because of the hideous amount of salt that contains, but I tinkered with it a little, and we think I will be able to come up with something we will like. We especially miss tomato juice when we travel, so it will be nice if we can have a new and improved version.
Husby misses canned tomato soup, so I hope to make a good recipe for that from tomato powder, too. The recipe I found claims it tastes like Campbell's so we will find out. Husby needs to eat more veggies, and if he could have tomato soup again, that would help. I'm sure getting a lot out of my time on Pinterest lately.
02-25-2019, 01:03 AM
aches and pains put a damper on lots of things. think I lose a few days every month to that time of the month. not much can do it about it. of course other ones too lol well not much crafting but got some lion brand wool ease yarn. 9 or 10 including a half price mandala since it was missing a label so marked down
02-25-2019, 08:37 AM
Looks like people got things done, even if it was only in spurts.
Finished skein #10 and started skein #11 on the p/g afgan. I'll probably end up using 14 skeins, leaving me with a couple extra. That's ok, though. I can probably use them for either scarves or in a rag-bag afgan.
I'll probably go to my wool-blend afgan once I finish this one, depending on how cold March gets. I do have a blue one I started that I will probably donate some place if I need something long enough to cover my legs (or will relatively quickly).
02-25-2019, 02:39 PM
I decided to try one last time to try to install our old Word 2007 software on my new laptop. Husby and I have both been trying to get it to work for weeks, off and on, with Husby working on it for hours over the weekend. We had concluded we would have to spend $150 on new software which did not make us happy. But today for some reason it asked me to configure it, then let me go through the whole process and register the software. So far it's working fine. I hope that continues. I would be very happy not to have to buy new software right now.
I also figured out I can copy my angel gown pics I've been saving, and get about 6 of them on a page. I really didn't want to have each one on a separate page, which would be way too much. All I need is a little pic to see the ideas, since it's not a detailed pattern and there's no text.
I seem to be on a run of getting things to work out my way.
02-25-2019, 08:11 PM
Husby came home, turned Word on, and it's still working. It's starting to feel like relief. Sure glad we didn't give up. We had resigned ourselves to buying new software when we go to Duluth. I'll give it two weeks to fail me but if it doesn't, we won't be buying anything new. I wonder if it would then be acceptable to spend the $150 next door to Best Buy at JA. Probably not.
Husby is training Storm to down, stay for his evening snacks. It's hilarious! The sass Husby is getting is phenomenal. Storm is doing what he's told, more or less, but he's making darn sure Husby knows he's not happy about it. This is only the third night and Storm is already getting it that Dad isn't going to be such a pushover anymore. It's progress. He already has to behave for me at noon, so it's not like he doesn't know how, he's just stubborn. It makes me hopeful we will eventually get him trained to behave in a campground.
02-26-2019, 12:01 PM
Poor Storm. Itís hard not to be the center of the universe.
I did transfer the pattern to one backing piece, and decided it was not worth it. I want to embroider but not that much. I have pulled some fabrics but gone no farther. I could of course embroider on anything, but I really want to start with the crazy quilt style.
So for the present itís back to crochet. I finished one scarf. Then I started one of the baskets Iím making for Christmas. Using three strands and a big hook is tiring for my hands, so Iíve also started another scarf to alternate with the basket.
Last night I watched a YouTube on scrappy quilt strips paper pieced on 3Ē cash register tape rolls. Thatís a clever idea. Absolutely straight edges on long strips isnít easy, at least for me with my kindergartener quilting skills. I have lots of scraps so I went on the hunt for tape rolls. Amazon - nope. Few choices that width and I donít need cases of them. eBay next. I have been good and not been on it for a while. They offered me a $5 coupon for anything over $5. I have no idea why. The cheapest was a lot of five with ďtechnicallyĒ free shipping for 9.50. With the coupon it dropped it to 4.50 so I ordered it. Thatís still enough to cover lawn in quilt strips. If I used quilt as you go, I could probably manage a quilt on my standard machine because I would not have fabric collecting under the arm of the machine. Thatís something I definitely want to try. When I can sit up at a table again. Meanwhile, grab my crochet hook and keep whittling down the excessive yarn stash. Three strands at a time is a champion at using it up.
Too many projects. Too little time to do it all.
02-26-2019, 01:04 PM
I did crazy quilting for a little bit a while back. Now that I am getting back to embroidery, I may give it another try. I am leaning a bit more toward some of the ideas I saw in improve quilting. It is similar to crazy quilting in that random pieces are used. But the colors are less random. For example, I might have a large flower shape made up of little pieces of various different pink flowers. So the look is less random even though the individual pieces are random shapes.
I am still debating the specifics of my embroidery thread. Do I try to get the whole rainbow? One red, one orange, one yellow, etc. I do get four or five shades of my favorite color? I might eventually build up having several shades of every color. But not right now, especially when I am trying different brands and sizes to see what I like best. I am moving toward the kind of free form designs where I could use whatever colors I choose.
I also have a few simple pictures I may trace and fill in. But many of them are things that are not dependent on being a specific color.
For the wool felt blends for the back ground I would pick some white and off white. I also want one or two dark sheets. I want to try embroidering something light colored on them. A song I like has the line "The darker the night, the brighter the light." I would like to stitch that with yellow thread on a black or navy blue background. I am also planning to pick up the $5 felt scraps grab bag. I could do little pieces on the various scraps I get.
02-26-2019, 01:57 PM
Kathy, that’s how I’ll be doing the crazy quilting. I really dislike the random ones that just look like a mess to me. I’ve pulled fabrics from color groups - a set for yellow, set for dark blue, etc. I like that effect.
02-26-2019, 02:12 PM
Kathy - if you are interested in variegated at all I have two recommendations.
The first is Colourcomplements (note the British spelling) on Etsy. If I remember the seller is in Canada. She has overdyed thread, both perle, including 8 and 12, and six strand floss. The color is more confined to an intensity range on many so there is not the wide swing from dark to light and so easier to use. It’s a bit pricey but I ordered some and the thread is really beautiful. The first lot I got was so impressive I ordered a second group.
The other is Threadworx on 123stitch site. Again there are many without a large light to dark spread. I have a lot of this and was using it with black work and Quaker cross stitch. Again it’s not cheap, but is very nice thread.
02-27-2019, 12:59 PM
Right now I am kind of leaning away from the variegated. I plan to use what have, but going forward I think I will concentrate on solid colors. I think it is a bit like how I felt with yarn. When I was doing something that was all one yarn, I liked the multi colored yarn. But when I was doing several different yarns I like to have solid yarns of different colors.
I might try something with just one ball of multi-colored thread though.
It occurs to me that when I look at variegated thread and yarn, what I am really responding to is the color combinations. And I can create those those with individual threads. For example, I might use blue, green and blue green thread to mimic the effects of a blue to green variegated. Initially that seems like buying three threads when I could just buy one. But the individual threads would be more versatile. They could be used with more different combinations.
I am leaning now toward green, blue-green, blue, blue-purple and purple. But I am thinking of doing some cats and other animals, so maybe some more natural fur colors like brown, gray, black and white.
I have been browsing embroidery patterns on urban threads. Many of the hand embroidery patterns are only a dollar or two. Since they are download patterns, I will only get one shortly before I do it. It avoids the problem of buying lots of patterns then only using one or two of them. I am drawn to one that says "born to be mild" with a picture of a cat. Sometimes I feel like we are in a culture that idealizes adventure, boldness and the "born to be wild" ideal. People like me, whose personality runs the opposite direction, are often portrayed as boring. So it feels a bit life affirming to have something that portrays my lifestyle in a positive manner.
02-27-2019, 02:07 PM
Hooray! My knee is somewhat better today. Last night I was considering whether medical attention was in order but was a bit perplexed by how to get it since I didn’t think I would be able to get in the car. However now I’m convinced I can just ride it out unless it gets that severe again.
I finished the basket I was making last night so I have two of four done for Christmas. I will probably try to finish the scarf today or tomorrow, or start the next basket. Instead of putting the crocheting away I will probably keep a basket in progress. I have two more to make for Christmas and I want to make several more for me. I also want to keep making scarves along to donate for next winter.
Today I think I should be able to clear off the table and set up the sewing machine if I do it in short bits. Last night I transferred another hexagon pattern to muslin, and cut the fabric pieces for the first one. I just started pulling fabric tubs from the top down so the first three hexagons will be yellow, white, black. In the intervals I will crochet. The kitchen, as always, needs cleaning but I’m not up to that yet. I hope by tomorrow I will be able to start catching up on that, at least a little.
02-27-2019, 02:28 PM
Almost finished with skein #11 on the p/g afgan. Won't get a chance to get anything done on it tonight as I have the Herbalism class tonight. (This is the only week when it's on a different night than usual.) I should still have the skein done by the end of the week, though. I'll probably end up putting a lot of work in on it on Saturday, as I don't really have anything planned. Although, I do have a lot of Great Courses lectures on DVD to catch up on. I'm really enjoying learning a lot of different topics through these lectures and I can do my crocheting while I watch.
02-27-2019, 05:22 PM
No crafting going on as I seem to be just tackling individual nuisance problems as they come up - getting prescription filled following insurance change, getting car insurance & rental car sorted out. Need to come up with info for parents' taxes. Laundry and shop for dog food. Drudge work.....
02-27-2019, 10:40 PM
Hate drudge work. Hope you can do something fun soon.
My new machine embroidery hoops and 40-cone collection of thread arrived, after two weather delays. I'm pleased with it all. The cones fit in the cassette on my machine, which will make things easier. There is such a nice selection of colors I shouldn't need to buy anything else, unless I come across something secondhand.
02-28-2019, 09:28 AM
The herbalism class was fun, as I expected. The teacher tries to make sure the students are involved and not just lectured at. I remembered to bring the wool afgans I made for her and her husband this time. I'm sure the afgans will be much appreciated with the cold weather.
Tomorrow I have to take the afternoon off to get my landline fixed. Apparently copper wires are out and fiber wires are in. The phone company said they sent notices to that effect but I don't remember seeing that notice. That and I'm pretty sure they didn't bother to tell the leasing office who would've made sure we got the message. Then again, I'm wondering how many people still have landlines these days anyway, given the abundance of cell phones.
02-28-2019, 11:07 AM
I didn’t get the table cleared or the sewing machine set up yesterday but made other progress. I had moved craft books out of the cubbies to the top of the unit because they are so tall they barely fit and are hard to get in and out. Unfortunately as you probably all know they are mostly paperbacks and skinny and don’t stand upright happily. I bought some large, really heavy duty bookends that I tried last night and even that wasn’t really enough. So last night I moved them to a longer shelf and propped them up with the small drawer units holding my metal charms and some rocks. That was finally enough weight against them to make them behave. I love my books but hate having to move the floppy things. I’m also moving the cookbooks to a more accessible spot so maybe I will use them more. Long story about a really boring and insignificant task. Sorry.
First crazy quilt glitch, sort of. I cut the yellow fabric for the pattern used in the first sample I’m following as a tutorial. When I looked at the sample, the central block has a fine thread spider web and uses a spider charm - I like spiders and have spider charms on hand (helping to hold up my books - lol). But on yellow? Nah. I had pulled but not cut the black group so I’m switching to that. She doesn’t reuse that pattern - there are nine different hexagons - until well down in her sample lineup, so yelllw is on hold for now. Its day will come.
Yesterday I started the next basket but was undecided about the color. So I did a few rows starting another with different yarn but decided the first was better and went back to that. I’m about half finished with it.
Today, no plans. I’ll just see how the day flows. I would like to finish setting up the sewing machine but that’s going to be more time on my feet and I’m trying to still take it easy as my knee slowly improves.
02-28-2019, 04:56 PM
I'm still working on travel food. I'm starting to think we should carry the little gas grill instead of the little electric oven. I'll be buying a shiny new America the Beautiful pass soon that will allow us to camp for half price and get free admission to federal parks and sites across the country and we plan to take full advantage. But a lot of federal campgrounds don't offer power. I can bake stuff in a gas grill without power, but I can't use the electric oven. We also need to go back to using our Cobb grill. We used to use it on every trip, but then we started doing so many one night stays after long driving days, so it didn't seem worth dragging out the grill and then having to clean it up.
I'm looking now for recipes that will keep for several days in a cooler, so we can eat the same thing a few days and not have to do food prep very often. Lots of possibilities. The hard part is making them fit our food guidelines. It's a challenge to find quick, easy recipes that aren't loaded with sodium.
I slogged down to the camper through thigh-high snow to see if the little T-ware spice shakers I want to use would work where I want to use them. The answer is maybe, but I don't want to go to the work to make the little rack they'd need to go there in case they wouldn't fit. So I figured out something else that won't require any work at all. I just need to find one more of the little bags I used to have spices in. I know I didn't get rid of it and I'm sure it's around somewhere. It'll turn up. Here's what I have so far. I have four more T-ware containers for the second bag. I think that, along with the glass jars in the larger bag, should be enough spice space. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7866/...1a5b12d4_z.jpg
Husby is down to single digits of workdays left. His second to last day is less than two weeks, then he just has the one day left in May. Can't believe we're this dang old!
03-01-2019, 08:45 AM
I found a couple more little dollar store baskets so now I have enough organized storage for the new embroidery thread. So happy I was able to get the new desk a year and a half ago. Sometimes an item comes along in my life that surpasses expectations and becomes a gift that keeps giving. That desk has been one. I didn't realize till I got it how much storage space I really needed to make my embroidery machine function well. It goes back to my theory that things that are inconvenient to use don't get used. It's fun to use that machine now since everything is well organized and right there at my fingertips. The weird part is I didn't even realize I needed it till after the first time I saw it. Luckily I got a second chance to buy it.
Today is going to be about camp food again, but I hope to get some sewing done. I want to try at least one new camping recipe. I'm still organizing recipes and appropriated a couple more skinny photo albums to put recipe cards in.
I also want to get more work done on angel pockets. I'm not very interested in working on them, but need to get them done before Husby leaves work. When he's done, we plan to shift into home improvement mode. We're about to set a record here for consecutive days below freezing, but spring is almost here. Once we start the outside work, not much sewing will get done.
Husby was home 2 days this week, while the big muckety mucks were up from St. Paul. They brought the nicest coffee mugs for everyone, and he brought his home yesterday. It's very appropiate for our future travel plans, because it says "Oh, the places we will go" on it. I'm taking it as a good omen. 😉 I'm hoping it will fit in the camper drawer.
03-01-2019, 08:51 AM
SD, good luck to you and your Husby on the retirement. I'm sure it will be an adjustment.
Finished skein #11 and started on skein #12 on the p/g afgan. I think I just need this skein and two others more to finish this afgan. I'll send it out to my Dad to give to the aide/nurse at his facility whom I made it for. After that, I will probably just work on the plain blue WIP since that one's longer than the wool-blend one I'm making for myself. Next week is supposed to drop back down into the colder temps so I'm glad I still have this one to work on since it covers my legs.
03-01-2019, 01:36 PM
I’m almost finished with the basket I’ve been crocheting. I could have finished it last night but I got distracted doing other things.
The sewing machine still isn’t on the table, but I spent some time pulling fabrics for the hexagons from several other color groups. All I have left is turquoise/aqua/blue-green and I need to pull one more piece of darker green to replace I had in that group that was too different. Also the white group I cut isn’t really white. It offwhite to the gray and taupe. I may go back and see if I would be able to find enough that are more just white. I have very little to choose from there. I thought I had more than I do.
Today may be really low key. My gradually improving knee has been slammed by another weather change whammy. Anything I have to do sitting upright or moving around will have to be done in small increments. At least I’ll get more crocheting done.
03-01-2019, 02:16 PM
Thanks, Ren. I'm sure we will be okay. In many ways I'm looking forward to him being home full time. He's useful in many ways. 😁
D, I got distracted myself. When I got up this morning, I made the mistake of looking in a tote I hadn't looked at for quite a while. It was full of AG stuff, and so was the freezer basket on top of it. Now I know why I couldn't find my stuff last week or whenever, when I wanted to start up some gardens. I cleared out a big rolling, stacking tool box we bought years ago and never found a good use for, finding some tools I've been looking for in the process. I moved all the AG stuff into that. I'm still missing some things, but at least now when they turn up I will have a place to put them. Not sure I like this new arrangement but it's tons better than the way it was.
Still have to find a recipe for supper. I want to try something else that has travel potential. I have those recipes organized to the point it won't be hard to find something. This is going to be a long process, getting the recipes all together. In fact, it will no doubt be ongoing as we discover new recipes over the years. I have the first week's food pretty well figured out because we've done it so many times, but now have to figure out second and third week menus, and remember to plan for prep time during those weeks too. Good thing I like making detailed menus and grocery lists before leaving home as part of trip planning.
03-02-2019, 12:01 AM
I finished the third basket and have a small start on the fourth one, not really enough to tell yet if I am going to like the color mix. I think it will be ok
I chose fabrics for the rest of the single color hexagons, but did no more on that project.
I did laundry this evening and then got involved in stuff and forgot about it. I’ve just put it in the dryer. It’s a good thing I’m a night owl.
03-02-2019, 01:22 AM
haven't done much crafting wise except starting a cowl on the plane. but picked up some more yarn in the states mostly lion brand wool ease. and then the kitten decided to help too. Attachment 48441Attachment 48439
03-03-2019, 09:29 AM
Ha, kitten's expression says "what trouble can I get into next?"
I was reminded on sew4home.com that March is National Craft Month. They have a give-away contest for anyone so inclined. I wish I had time.
I sent sis the picture of the yellow flower quilt top. She said dad's mother made it based on a picture he drew as a child. Don't know if that's true or not but a cute story.
03-03-2019, 10:21 AM
Cute kitty. They do get into trouble.
I have suddenly developed a list of things I can't find. It's frustrating because since purging and organizing so much stuff, we haven't had this problem very much. Suddenly I'm back to the bad old days when I spent most of my time searching for stuff and being constantly frustrated. I don't know why we can't find this stuff. I suspect most of it is in the black hole guest bedroom. I went through some crap back there this AM and did manage to turn up four T-ware cruets (I was hoping I still had two), another little mason jar-shaped shaker, and a bag of craft stuff I bought two and a half years ago at a thrift in Belle Fourche, SD. I was wondering where the bone hairpipe was that I bought there, but I wondered that so long ago I forgot I had even bought them. :sigh: I also located a T-ware container I had been looking for for a week, in the kitchen cabinet where it belonged. I didn't dig deep enough. Glad I located that and the shaker, because they were on my list to look for at thrifts. The less stuff I need to buy, the less clutter.
I recently found out the flip top shaker lids from some plastic spice bottles I bought will fit on the little mason jar shakers. I have four lids, and now four glass shakers. Score! I will be putting at least two in the camper. It's good to have spares.
I purged some more boxes, purged some more items to donate, and consolidated some totes of stuff in the back room. Not much, but it all helps.
I still haven't found my old packing lists for food and menus from past trips, or my itineraries for past and future trips. I found the binder they're supposed to be in, but they're not there. No idea why or where else to look. Ugh. And I just went through all my flash drives and couldn't find digital copies either. Part of that info probably died with my old computer. But the handwritten hard copies should have been easy to find. That's extremely frustrating.
Can't find my little zipper pouch I always have on trips, either. Husby claims it's in the door pocket in the truck. Sure hope so.
I did figure out how to create a workable Word template for my food packing list though, and got a start on that. Husby tried to do what I needed on Excel and it was hopeless. And here all these years I thought it was just me. But he's worked with Excel every day for at least 20 years and couldn't get it to work like I wanted either.
I've been experimenting with food but decided yesterday I'm doing that wrong, too. I was looking for new recipes I could convert to microwave cooking, but I need to focus on the recipes we use at home and convert some of those instead. I learned that lesson twenty years ago about sticking with the foods we normally eat, but I guess I forgot. Things should start to come together more easily now. I will be adding some new recipes and new staple foods, but mostly I'll do what I've done since we started camping again in 2002, and just add a new recipe now and then. The main goal is to come up with a few more one pot meals that will cook in the microwave. And sandwiches not involving overly salty ingredients. We mostly live on salads and sandwiches in one form or other when we travel, so that's my current focus.
Still haven't found the little zipper bag I need for the T-ware shakers I plan to start using. Weird. I found the one and they should have been together.
Talked to Mom on Friday and she brought up Shipwreck hotdish. We haven't had that in years, but it sounded good. It also sounded like something that would cook up in the micro, so I tried it. It worked, even though it needs a little tweaking, namely some tomato sauce poured on top before cooking. I used tomatoes. The recipe calls for tomato soup but we don't eat that anymore. I wanted to add tomato sauce but we don't seem to have any. I'd have sworn we had two unopened cases of it, but nnnnnoooooo. Ugh. I hate running out of stuff. Anyway, it needs that and a little more spice of some kind, since the tomato soup we used to use had both salt and sugar in it. It'll be easy to figure that one out. It will work well for camping because the only item it calls for that needs refrigeration is browned, frozen hamburger. The rest is all shelf stable and stuff that can be found in any grocery store or WM, so will be a good addition for second and third week menus.
I found two T-ware containers that should work to transfer a big tub of yogurt to. I think plain yogurt will be a staple food for us because it's used for so many things like dips and salad dressings. It will help to have the yogurt in smaller containers that can be put in smaller spaces, and having it in two containers will prevent having one big container half full or less, sucking up space in our tiny fridge.
I guess you can see what I'm obsessed with lately. I'm so ready for a trip!
Husby is 10 days from his second to last day. Tomorrow will be single digits, with only 7 full work days plus 3 hours left. It's coming so fast now. Nothing will change, income wise, till May 1 because he will technically be on vacation till he goes back for that one day. It's still so weird to think about all the upcoming changes, but mostly I'm feeling okay about it all. We've been through worse!
03-03-2019, 02:20 PM
It finally occurred to me I could make jahb chae in camp without too much trouble, if I cooked it outside. We always have the seasonings along except for 3 Tbsp ground sesame seeds, which I could do ahead and freeze. We usually carry most everything else, except a can of bean sprouts. Or we can pick up everything most anywhere. We LOVE jahb chae, which is a Korean dish with eggs, bean thread noodles, stir fried veggies, and pork plus seasonings. I don't see any reason I can't sub chicken for the pork, to make it more WW friendly. The only bad part is the soy sauce. This keeps well and we never get tired of it. The bean threads don't need to be cooked, just soaked in water which doesn't even have to be hot, so no dealing with hot pots and boiling water like with pasta, and we wouldn't waste our water having to rinse and cool it like pasta. I wonder what other Asian dishes I could find to avoid having to cook pasta when we're gone.
03-03-2019, 03:18 PM
Yesterday was productive for a change. I only did a few rows on the basket but made big progress with the blocks. The book I’m using has 25 sample hexagons with lots of embellishment directions. I have 17 transferred to the foundation fabric and blocks cut for them, so they are ready to sew. Now I can put all the cotton fabric away. I’m going to do the last eight with the fancy fabrics. I had thought I would sew them a few at a time and just leave the sewing machine set up, but I think I would just like to push forward and get all the sewing done at once. I might also make some scrappy quilt strips. I need to make a couple of pillowcases too.
While I’m doing all that I can keep working on some baskets and scarves. Once I finally get around to the embroidery and embellishments I’m not going to want to be sewing and crocheting.
It’s colder here, like everywhere, so I’ve been putting out more birdseed. This house has become ground zero for an enormous flock of sparrows. I think they must have spattered “Sucker Lives Here” in bird droppings on my roof. I was watching the flock behavior this morning, a pattern I hadn’t really picked up on before. When they come they settle in a couple of bare trees, and after a few minutes, all but five or six fly down to feed. With walking so painful this week, I’ve just been tossing it out on the porch outside the door. In a few minutes, five or six return to one of the trees and those still there come down. Lookouts? The changing of the guard continues a few at a time. When new birds get the text message that the buffet is open and flock in they stop in the trees before they move down and the guard changing starts again. As they finish they leave either in medium size flock groups, or may all leave together. I assume the sidewalk is picked clean that that point. I usually have lots of cardinals but have only seen a few today. They must either have found a Lady Bountiful somewhere else are they are intimidated by the size of the sparrow flock. They usually just push in and feed among them, but also I usually don’t have the whole sparrow army mustered here at once.
03-03-2019, 04:00 PM
I think they are lookouts because here with the cats though I put seed and suet in the lilac bush where no one can get them they still look out. always a couple that don't and end up on my doorstop.
spirit deer talking about finding things..slowly going though basement stuff. usually organized but guess we all the drama w mil over the last few years nope. went though 3 bins ..one that I thought was fabric actually was fabric thrown on the winter stuff I normally keep for the growing kids. so decluttered to thrift store box..a few hats, mittens and scarves..one I made but don't like. mates to handmade mittens from years ago. and my winter boots for really cold weather..to the shoe area. we don't get really cold weather here much so that is why we had a storage bin. rainpants can go in each kids closet. fabric almost fit in the bench. mils stamps on a shelf now beside extra food.
the weird things I found together but at least moved to reg places to go though again.
03-03-2019, 05:04 PM
I've noticed birds hanging out in the trees, D, but never picked up on the pattern. It makes sense, though.
It always feels good to get stuff sorted and dealt with, Martha. And find things again.
I finally remembered I have a Food Saver. That will be a game changer for camping. I can prep stuff, freeze it, nuke it in the bag at camp if we have power, and toss the bag, no cleanup. That's going to help so much.
03-04-2019, 10:38 AM
Argh! I had made an appointment for a tech to come in and fix the phone line on Friday but apparently the term "next Friday" didn't mean the same thing to the phone company as it did to me. "Next Friday" to them meant March 8th - two weeks from when I made the appointment - not the actual "next Friday" which was March 1st. Then, when I was talking to the phone company, they tried calling the line I needed them to come out and fixed. The rep was like, well, the line keeps ringing and doesn't pick up. My response was "No kidding - that's why I need a tech to come out and fix it!"
I was able to finish skein #12 and start skein #13 over the weekend, especially since I had time Friday afternoon while I was waiting for the tech who ended up not being scheduled to show. I decided to do some work on my wool-blend afgan on Sunday. I wanted a little diversion from the p/g afgan and get some work done on the w-b one. The middle of this week is supposed to be really cold (back down into the low teens and the single digits) so I want something long enough to cover my legs then.
The wool-blend afgan is long enough to cover part of my lap, depending on how I hold my arms (and thus the WIP). It's also a light weight afgan but the wool does seem pretty warm, considering the weight of it.
03-04-2019, 12:01 PM
There are lots of people who can't seem to figure out what the word "next" means. I've gotten in the habit of saying the day and date when I make appointments. Shouldn't have to, but it saves aggravation for me.
Made a little progress on food in the form of getting some containers washed up. I also found 3 more of the Mazzetta's (however it's spelled) jars I need for the new storage system I want for the new seasoning mixes I'm making. That brings the total jars to 10, including 5 that still have pickled peppers in them. I only need 9, so that means I don't have to buy anything more. I just have to make space and hang up the rack for the jars in the pantry. And wait for the other jars to get emptied.
I found out the flip top lids I throw out by the dozens fit those little barrel shaped Parmesan shakers. I've been searching for something to use those lids for for years. I won't have much use for those jars but at least I can use one for pepper flakes in the camper and not have it spill all over. Eventually I'll find other jars that can use the lids, I hope.
Still need to drag out the meat injector and use it to clean an empty Tabasco bottle so I can refill it from a bigger bottle and use it in the camper. It always surprises me how long all these little details take.
03-04-2019, 01:03 PM
I got a fair amount done yesterday but there was a birthday party out here that took up a block of time. The trade off, other than a good time at the gathering, was a bring home box with chicken, ribs, and a couple of hot dogs. I have some sweet potatoes I need to bake today, I’ll add some veggies and eat well.
I made good progress on the basket last night after the party, but I’m having doubts about it. One of the yarns I’m using isn’t blending like I expected and the aqua is very prominent. I think I will do something more neutral for the Christmas basket and just keep this one myself. I wanted one for the utility room and I can use this less than beautiful combination there.
As for the blocks, I was cutting foundation muslin, and ended up with enough of the piece left over for two more, so I just used that up. I hope I’m not biting off too much with these fancy fabrics. Sewing is, as we all know, not my strong suit and this slippery, stretchy stuff will definitely be a challenge. If it ends up not completely flat it will be okay. It becomes “texture” - lol. Actually that is an element some of my books use deliberately. At least I’m assuming it’s deliberate. I have about five or six more to cut patches for. The hexagons are all made with 5-6 patches so they don’t take long.
That’s going to be a ton of hexagons, but they are a good size to learn on and with the limited number of patches they are working well with my fabric on hand. I’m trying to stay mostly with tone on tone fabrics.
After I finish cutting the last patches I can put all the fabric away, which will go a long way toward clearing off the table.
I am considering buying another table, 24x48, of the same kind as my work table that is 36x60. Now forming the narrow side of the L in my workspace I’m using a folding table, the sort that folds in the middle so is not very sturdy. It’s only has three height adjustments. The one I want has 1” height adjustments and is beyond sturdy. They are classroom tables and built to withstand the apocalypse. If I had that I could lower it to a more comfortable height for the sewing machine and I would be more willing to leave it set up. That would leave my big table clear for anything else I might be working on. The table is definitely not cheap, and I really shouldn’t spend the money for it, but it be a huge improvement over what I have. I will probably go on and order it.
03-04-2019, 06:55 PM
I can't quite picture what you're working on, D. Would iron-on interfacing work better than muslin? That would help with stretching.
If you can, see if you can find a used desk for your sewing machine. Maybe at a thrift store. All my residential machines are on desks or sewing cabinets because I won't give up the floor space without getting some added storage in return, so everything has drawers. I need drawers for manuals and accessories for the machines that sit on them. Having those drawers helps so much to keep stuff organized and convenient. It still gripes me my 2 industrials sit on custom tables with almost no storage, but I don't have any choice about them. They are both beasts and normal furniture would never support them. I also have used folding tables of various kinds with various machines and never been happy with them, usually due to vibration. If the table you describe is as sturdy as it sounds, maybe you will have better luck.
All I've gotten done today is looking at recipes. I found a few for Doritos popcorn seasoning and Gardetto's and dill pickle Chex mix. I should be able to work those into WW.
Only 2 people do scheduling for Husby's division, him and another guy. Husby is leaving next week, and the other guy had a back injury that sounds pretty severe over the weekend. It's early yet so it doesn't sound like anyone knows what will happen with him. He is off work indefinitely. We don't know yet if this will impact Husby's retirement or not. I don't know if Husby would be allowed to come in one day a week to do the scheduling during his vacation weeks. It would gain us an extra week's pay if so, and help out his supervisor who will have to struggle through it alone otherwise. It's always something.
03-05-2019, 06:10 AM
I've been missing for a bit. But have been spending time in the most important way. Rocking the grandbaby. So snuggles and rocking and sleeping in my arms and so forth. The wedding was this last Sunday, and little miss ( grandbaby) was a hit at the wedding. The bride took the baby and placed her into the groom's arms when he wasn't expecting it and his reaction and face was priceless, the reaction captured on camera and also placed on facebook. So I have been taking time off for this and just some major relaxation.
I have tried string piecing on the used cash register receipts and they turn black when you press the seams on them. I haven't tried that on the not used, brand new rolls. I actually have a lot of those as my dh picked up a bunch at an auction so not a lot of money used there. I have used the rolls for word strips for teaching music and words to children for our church. but like I said I still have lots of those rolls to use. This week will be more grandbaby hugs and snuggles until they head for home the 11th. ( there is a slew of sewing jobs already lined up to come in next week so then it will be back to that type of work and getting my fixes in for what I want to do around those)