Getting close to finishing skein #13 on the p/g afgan. I think I will call the afgan complete after skein #14. It's pretty close to the length I usually make them. That means I have two green skeins and one purple skein left over. I'll have to go through my stash to see if I have other simply soft (or similar) skeins I can use for a rag-bag afgan. I do have some other darker skeins that I forgot I had when I started the p/g afgan. But I think I want those for myself and the leftovers from this afgan will go in a different afgan. Or I can donate them some place.
03-05-2019, 01:42 PM
Just so all my forum friends up north can have a good laugh, we got down to - yikes! - 26 last night. I know that’s picnic in the park weather for some of you but it’s dastardly cold for us.
Was the paper tape that turned black thermal tape? Most of what’s out there is. What I ordered is supposedly bond paper. The seller sent 6 rolls instead of 5. One would have been more than enough - lol.
For the cotton piecing I used a very lightweight muslin, but pulled out a heavier one for the slinky stuff. I think it will be ok. I’ll see how the first one or two go when I get to sewing them. If it’s not working I can regroup then.
SD - The reason I want the new table is that I don’t want the sewing machine on the folding table for all the reasons you mentioned. It is one of two I had for my huge 8’ bird cage. I’m using the machine on the big table and it’s rock solid but I really don’t like having that table tied up with it. The most important thing about the table I want is it’s adjustable height. A normal height table or desk puts the machine too high for me to comfortably use. That trumps storage. Anyway, I have always preferred tables to desks. The very few times I have tried living with a desk I always abandon it and go back to a table.
Yesterday I finished cutting all the pieces for the hexagons and put away all the fabric. They’re ready to sew. If I decide to get the table I will wait until that comes before I start, but I really think I won’t do it now. I have just spent a bundle on clothes for the first time in six or seven years, and I think adding the table would be a little over the top.
I also finished the basket and started one in more neutral colors. I am past the counting part of that one so it’s pretty mindless crocheting now. I have a headache today and not much ambition, so unless that goes away I’ll probably just keep on with the crocheting.
03-05-2019, 03:39 PM
You know what works best for you, D. I buy adjustable tables for my machines, too, but if they need it, I adjust them with saws. 😁 My last desk seems okay as is though. And my serger table is up on risers. That's one thing I like about my industrial machines' tables, they can be fine tuned like the table you mentioned by changing the bolts holding it together. Mine are both similar to this: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....AC_SL1500_.jpg
As you can see, not much storage and the center bar makes it hard to set anything underneath. Generally I just have a trash can under each machine, sitting on the bar.
03-05-2019, 03:42 PM
Forgot to say the tabletops on those machines are 2 inch thick slabs of particle board covered with Formica, like a countertop. Both are 4 feet long, which I like.
03-05-2019, 03:50 PM
From your perspective, there is often a good time to retire. From the perspective of the company you work for, there is never a good time for you to retire. There will always be something at the office they *need* you for. Does you husband get paid out for annual leave he has left when he retires? Or are you trying to use it up because it gets lost if you do not use it. For example, if I have four weeks vacation time on the books when I retire, I will get four weeks of pay for it.
The beauty of crazy quilting and any type of free form crafting is the you can pass off almost anything as being intentional. Threads that don't quite match - intentional. Strange folds and buckles in the fabric - intentional. Inconsistent sizes - intentional. I have also heard that once is a mistake, but three (or more) times is a pattern.
03-05-2019, 05:01 PM
Good points, Kathy. Husby and I discussed his job some more. His supervisor hasn't asked him to stay and Husby said he won't offer. I haven't gotten today's update yet though. I'm hoping the other guy's back injuries aren't as bad as advertised. Husby has to take vacation or lose it. Otherwise, we would take the cash.
Mom bought a smart phone on QVC, and it arrived today. Let our nightmare begin. She depends on us to handle all this kind of stuff, so Husby will get the fun of setting it up. Best Buy did ours and it took forever even with someone who really knew what she was doing. Mom does not understand even the basics and was afraid to turn the new phone on. It's going to be more frustrating than dealing with her computer problems. :sigh: Cabin fever causes so much mayhem. That, and phone envy. I'm sure we'll survive.
03-05-2019, 09:33 PM
I looked up disposable cutting mats on Amazon and it looks like I would have to pay about $1.50 each there. I looked on Dollar Tree's site, and I can get a 4-pack for, of course, $1. For that price, I can consider them disposable for camping. Dollar Tree is across a small parking lot in the same strip mall in Duluth as JA and Best Buy, so that will be easy. Harbor Freight is right next to that. Uh-oh. I want disposable mats because I expect to have to cut raw chicken during some of our travels. Sometimes it won't be convenient to clean up after raw chicken, so I want the option to just toss the whole mess. I hate the waste, but I would hate it a lot worse to end up with salmonella while on vacation, trying to save a 25 cent cutting mat. I'm happy I can get them so cheap.
Husby said his injured co-worker is seeing a specialist later this week and may be able to come back to work next week, depending what he finds out. It sounds like he was helping a friend move, and someone dropped a couch on him. Lack of communication, the way it sounds. He ended up with 2 cracked vertebra and couldn't stand or sit last Friday. Don't know if that's better. It's scary how fast bad things can happen. I hope he's not too badly injured.
At any rate, it doesn't sound like our plans will change. One week to go now...
03-06-2019, 09:51 AM
Hope everything goes well for your Husby's co-worker, SD. The cracked vertebra sound painful.
Finished skein #13 and started skein #14 on the p/g afgan last night. This will be the last skein on this afgan. It will be long enough once I finish. Once finished, I think I will work on the blue afgan. That's not as long as I thought it was but it's still long enough to cover my lap.
03-06-2019, 01:11 PM
I didn’t do much yesterday since the headache persisted all day. One of those weather sinus-y things. I finished the last Christmas basket and started a scarf. I want to make a taller basket for myself for yarn leftovers and the scarf I started is one of the colors I want to use. There is enough for a scarf too so I decided to make that first and then whatever is left can be used for the basket. Changing from a 10mm hook to a 5.5mm felt like crocheting with a toothpick until I got used to it again.
I also cleared the big table enough to set up the sewing machine so I will finally start sewing today. About two months after I thought I would.
03-06-2019, 02:51 PM
Husby's supervisor is coming up from St. Paul next week to say goodbye and collect Husby's computer. I'm sure that will be emotional. I ordered some retirement stuff for Husby today, just a couple tee shirts and a key chain. We aren't very gifty people, but I wanted to get him something. The last 2 years on his job have been difficult, and he will be relieved to be done. I think both buildings are having a potluck for him Tuesday. He's been there since 1992 and made a lot of friends.
Still not getting anything done. Everything right now is about waiting. Waiting for Husby's last day. Waiting for the weather to warm up. Waiting to get to Duluth. Waiting to get the camper out. Waiting to be able to get to the stuff needed to move forward on various projects. Waiting for garage sales to start so I can start looking for stuff I need.
I found a T-ware container I thought I donated, so that's good. I also figured out I have some T-ware containers that should fit in the camper fridge door. It seems like I would have tried them already, but I want to try them again. Of course, I have to wait till the snow melts. :sigh:
At least I'm figuring out little tips and ideas for our food, like disposable cutting mats. I tested the T-ware cruets a while ago and I think we will like them. I'm most happy the lids open the entire top, so they will be easy to wash. I've been looking at my microwave cookbooks for ideas, something I should have thought about years ago.
I asked Husby yesterday if this was the longest week of his life. He just laughed and said it was. I feel the same way. Time is just creeping by like a herd of snails. Torture.
Think I'll go make some experimental bean dip to make an experimental black bean burrito. If it works, that can be supper. I didn't get the new Correlle put in the camper last fall, so at least I can pretend to make a meal in the camper using the bowl I will have when we go. I'm hoping the burrito recipe will work for road lunches.
03-06-2019, 03:48 PM
SD - I feel for Husby. That last week or two at the library was years long. I just so wanted to be done with it!
I sewed the pieces for the first hexagon. Well not the first in book to do, but the first I have put together. Last night I divided them into piles to sew with black, grey, dark brown, and off white. The first I will be working on is black fabric, but the first in that pile was a purple one. It took way too long but they should go faster now. I’m determined to sew them all before I start the embellishment or the sewing machine will go away and I’ll just do the fun stuff. I’ll get some pictures tomorrow.
03-06-2019, 04:39 PM
Can't wait to see the pics, D. I remember you wanting to be done with work, too. I'm sure it's that way for lots of people. With us it seemed like forever and that was at the beginning of the year. That time went fast but now it's dragging. I want to do stuff to make the time go faster but I get distracted by the dumbest little things that all seem to suddenly be urgent. Then those things get distracted by something before the previous things are done. At least I managed to get a load of dishes washed, finally. Pathetic.
I also got the bean dip made. I've never had bean dip. I don't know why, since we like beans. It turned out good, after I doubled most of the seasonings. I think I will add some onion flakes to future batches, too. I like this recipe because all the ingredients are shelf stable. It's also cheap to make and healthy. The main cost is a can of beans. My Corelle dish worked nicely. I used a fork to mash the beans but a mini masher would be better. I might get all extravagant and buy one at WM if I don't find one at a thrift before too long. The burritos are just the bean dip slathered on tortillas with onion, tomato, and bell pepper sprinkled over. They should work great to make ahead if I leave out the tomato, and the recipe only makes 4, so not a lot of fridge storage needed. I can roll these up in wax paper, add a side salad or coleslaw, or some fresh veggies, add some fruit for dessert, plus a tiny baby Snickers, pack everythinh in our bentos and stash in the cooler, and that will be a good healthy lunch. Hope Husby likes these because he'll probably have to eat them even if he doesn't. 😁 The burrito recipe calls for ready made bean dip, which I'm sure has too much stuff we don't need, so I was happy to find the HM recipe on Pinterest.
I'm still tinkering with the Doritos popcorn seasoning. It's good so far, but not Doritos yet. I'm enjoying the taste testing though. The spray-on fake butter is really good on popcorn, too.
Isn't it next Tuesday yet? Or spring?
03-06-2019, 10:47 PM
I got the ones done that were dark enough to use black thread. They were getting faster as I went along. The stretchy slippery ones were trickier, but not as bad as I expected. The white stitch line is the edge where it will be trimmed when finished.
Iíve also included the book I will be using. Please note that th professional ones are also not perfectly flat. Adds character.
I give up on getting these right side up. They are what they are.
03-07-2019, 12:13 AM
Originally Posted by knotme
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)
new baby snuggles are the best!
03-07-2019, 12:22 AM
not much happening on crafting front ..not even at guides. have been kinda out of it...not much of anything..housework, laundry etc. reg stuff. did a couple rows on the cowl from airplane trip but that is it. must be planets out of whack or something.. teens breaking things attitude etc.
03-07-2019, 07:34 AM
baby is being blessed this Sunday, and we are having people over for food/dinner so I am having to put away most of my crafting/sewing stuff. got to have the kitchen table to serve food. so just cleaning happening here other than baby snuggles.
03-07-2019, 11:41 AM
I think we all have day, weeks, months where we do little or no crafting. Life happens. I have been through it myself.
I do not have as much time to craft as many people here. Well my life is what it is. Too young to retire and too late to decide to be a stay at home mom. My only child is thirty-one.
Well overall my life is pretty good. I feel like being frugal has helped a lot with that. Not penny pinching but learning how to get the best for my money. My clothes are thrift store finds and Old Navy sales and stuff I made or modded. But I am genuinely happy with them. I don't feel like I have settled. Doing crafts for less. Finding cheap or free books. Having good food to eat.
Really the only thing I want is more free time. In a way I will eventually buy that by retiring earlier than many of my coworkers. So frugality is helping me get that back to.
I kind of rambled a bit there. I was going to talk about my embroidery. For now I will just post this work in progress.
03-07-2019, 12:47 PM
Very pretty, D. Now I understand what you're doing. I couldn't quite picture the hexes. Do you have any decorative stitches on your machine, or will it all be hand embroidery?
Your embroidery is coming along nicely, Kathy. You do beautiful stitching.
I have a quick Spanish rice in the little rice cooker for experimentation right now. I tried browning some SPAM in the cooker before adding everything else, but that didn't work too well. I don't think the cooker gets hot enough for frying. This is why I experiment at home, so I have a better idea what works or doesn't. I won't add SPAM again, no matter how much we love it, and probably won't try frying other stuff in the cooker, either. But I plan to keep trying different things in the cooker. I think it would be more useful in the camper than the Crockpot, and would take about the same space. I like it for making potato salad, because I can cook the eggs and potatoes in it at the same time. This rice dish is supposed to be for a wrap filling, but it would be good for a side dish, too. I just have to get the seasonings right. This recipe is a good candidate for making a mix ahead of time so I would only have to add water and a can of tomatoes at camp, no fridge space needed. I've taste tested this now and it's pretty bland. I think I may be looking for Mexican rice instead of Spanish. Oh, well, same concept, just different seasonings. I will have to make a padded case for the rice cooker.
Husby's job was posted on the system yesterday, so it's getting real now. :yikes:
03-07-2019, 01:10 PM
Kathy - thatís nice work. I like the color shading.
Despite the angles in the photo they really are hexagons - lol. The large muslin backing will let me work them in a hoop. The goal for today is to finish them all, and then spend the weekend on the house. Lots of decluttering to do. I donít know if I can get them all finished today but Iím going to give it a shot. Long sewing sessions really wear me down. I get bored with it really easily. They are going faster now that Iím getting a feel for what needs to be (pretty) exact and what doesnít.
So quick meals, resolutely pretending I donít see the kitchen, and lots of sewing. I am really ready for all this preliminary work to be done.
I almost finished the scarf last night, but about 8Ē from the end put it down and pressed all the pieces and muslin backings. I had them folded into packets to keep sets together so they needed ironing. To finish them, I will add a layer of fleece or batting, the a back that is just rolled over the edge and stitched down, the way the book shows. I donít have the iron on fleece so when itís finished Iíll probabky just add a few seed beads here and there, sewing through all the layers to tack then together.
SD - it will all be hand stitching.
03-07-2019, 03:00 PM
SD - wishing you and your husby a good retirement. its a whole different (but good) way of life.
03-07-2019, 04:00 PM
For my embroidery I am using two different threads for the flower petals. The first four (all complete) are a yellow and white variegated. The other four (one and half done) are a yellow-orange and white variegated. The colors will be alternating, yellow, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-orange, etc. The thread I am working with currently only has 5 grams per ball (normal is 10 grams). I was not sure if one ball would fill all 8 petals. I decided half and half would look better than having one or two petals different.
The issue with this big batch of cheap thread is that it is only sold a set. So if I run out of a color, I would need to get a whole new set to get more. I don't think I would do that. I am happy with this purchase, but I will probably go with other thread in the future. On the other hand, using up leftover bits of thread on free form projects might be fun too. I don't have any colors I strongly dislike, so it could work. However, if there is huge quality difference between this thread and the other stuff, I may not bother using this up.
It might be interesting to have some solid colors and do controlled shading on flowers. For example, many flowers have a darker/more intense color near the center. I could do something like that with thread.
03-07-2019, 06:04 PM
Thanks, EB. Three work days, 3 hours to go. It's going to be so weird to be able to sleep later and do as we please without much of a schedule. And mid-week camping! We've been looking forward to that for years, to avoid weekend crowds. Being able to go shopping out of town during the week will be nice too, because of all the places not open on weekends.
03-08-2019, 12:34 AM
that is lovely embroidery kathy. Michaels has cheap sets of embroidery floss. got some for ds 4 bucks for a big mixed pack.
actually sewed for the first time in years probably a decade. machine works except the reverse doesn't seem to want to work. a kenmore about 20yrs old. started on dd queen size blanket cover. one size the cloth is patterned and only need 2 pieces but the other size is 2 and 1/2
03-08-2019, 09:40 AM
I’ve had a kenmore machine and liked it. It was probably of about the same vintage.
I didn’t finish the hexagons and I take back what I said about the fancy fabrics not being as hard as I expected. I hit a group that gave me a lot of quality time with my seam ripper and some bits are still going to be quite “professionally textured.” One piece of velvet was determined to be rolling hills. Whatever. At that point I pulled out all the mixed fabric pieces and with rising exasperation worked through them. When I finished the last I was more than ready to quit. I have some left to do today but they are all cotton and bright cheerful colors. It will be a better day.
It will also be a warmer day. After the arctic chill we are going to hit 75 today. It’s not supposed to rain until tomorrow so I should be able to open up the house this afternoon. It will be very humid but at least the plants will like that.
03-08-2019, 11:06 AM
It's warming up here, too. It was +5 this morning. Warmer now.
Are you pinning your patchwork parts, D? Are you trimming them after sewing or before? I have trouble sewing slippery fabrics, too. It's annoying. I use quilt clips sometimes and it helps in some situations. I recently bought some jumbo quilt clips for projects where I will need to clip things farther from the edge of the fabric. Haven't used them yet but love the smaller ones, so I'm expecting the same with the new ones. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....L._SL1150_.jpg
With the smaller ones, I clip the pieces together and don't unclip them till the presser foot hits the side of the clip. It's REALLY annoying trying to serge satin. The serger's cutter won't cut that stuff and that causes all kinds of problems. Consequently I can only serge a 1/4" seam which, if it shifts, causes another kind of problem. Try searching Pinterest or YT for tips on sewing different types of fabrics. There are usually helpful tips if you dig enough, and IMO it's worth the time to figure out what I'm doing wrong and save myself aggravation and cussing later on.
I had a top of the line Kenmore machine, years and years ago. I drove 90 miles one way for service for that thing about once a month. I liked it but the timing was a constant problem. Back then, gas was cheap and there was no internet to help me figure out how to DIY. After about five years of that nonsense I traded the Kenmore in on my Viking 990, which has given me fairly minimal problems since 1986, considering how hard I've worked it.
The Spanish rice was a win. Husby liked it cold. I prefer it warm, but it'll work fine either way. I think I will be making that up as a mix even to use at home. I save those waxy bags from cereal and snack crackers, and I can make up mixes for camping and use the FS to seal them up for travel. That will save space and be more convenient than getting out all the seasoning ingredients at camp. I'd just have to dump the mix in the cooker, add water and a can of tomatoes, and let it cook itself. I might add some beans and cheese to it instead of the SPAM. Beans are a 0 point food and it doesn't take much cheese to make it taste good, so that would be a good protein addition. Add a side salad of some kind and it's a quick easy meal.
03-08-2019, 12:04 PM
I usually don’t pin seams, especially little short seams like these, but I was definitely pinning some of these. Most of them went together fine, but there several that were decidedly non-compliant. The pieces are cut to shape with about a half inch seam allowance. I trim them narrower after they’re sewn, if I remember. I found one spot on a cotton one where about 1/4” isn’t overlapped, and one piece just abuts the other. I have no idea how that was even possible. I saw it after I had stitched the outside perimeter and was trimming that. No big deal. Do I hear “button”? Or bead cluster, or ribbon embroidery flower? It’s going to be easy to make mistakes like that disappear, and with the embellishment, the fabric is going nowhere, so it won’t matter.
Today I’ll finish the last blocks and then start on the house. Rule - I can’t start embroidery until the house is thoroughly cleaned and I finally get around to doing taxes. The cleaning will take time because I have to do it in small spurts. I’ll keep crocheting during the necessary breaks. I finished the scarf last night and have another in progress that I started some time ago. After that I want to make the baskets for my leftover yarn bits.
03-08-2019, 04:02 PM
One of the sites, called Nature's Flavors has some interesting flavors. I just bought the fruit flavors to add to water, tea, etc.
I wanted to add that my husband has started less soda and more water with a few drops of natural fruit flavor. It is better for him and cheaper too.
But what has caught my eye is that I can get natural flavor extracts in cheese, Parmesan cheese and Alfredo. These flavors are all labeled vegan. I think I have mentioned before that I am not able to eat dairy. I am thinking of giving these a try. I have tried various vegan cheese substitutes, but none of them are very good, IMO. Well there is a decent tasting vegan cream cheese substitute, but it has lots of chemicals and stuff.
I can speak for the quality of the cheese flavored extracts since I have not eaten them yet. But I will say I am very pleased with the quality of the fruit flavors.
But I think some of these could also be really good for someone restricting foods for health reasons. A bean dip with a few drops of cheese flavored extract might be pretty good.
There are some desert type flavors that seem like they have some good potential for lower calorie deserts.
03-08-2019, 09:21 PM
I don't use pins or clips much either, but they sure come in handy at times.
Now the big wigs at Husby's work want him to stay part time. It sounds like the injured guy won't be back till at least 3/18. The higher ups were given notice Husby was leaving around 1/1, but they dragged their feet and didn't post his position till 2 days ago. Now they've figured out that with S not able to work and Husby leaving, there is no one to train a new person till S comes back and no one else in the entire state system to do the job those 2 do, which keeps the entire division running. But he's already filed all his paperwork which would be difficult if not impossible to change. The directors created this mess and now they want Husby to clean it up. He was talking about all the reasons he could give them for why he couldn't stay on. I told him to just tell them his bitch of a wife said he can't, and tell them his boss has spoken and it's no longer them. He started laughing and said he might. I said go right ahead on. 😁 His supervisor thinks they can hire someone Monday, which normally would take weeks. If so, Husby would have 2 days to train her, which normally takes 6 weeks. All this drama could have been avoided if they would have just posted his job in January.
It will be a relief when this is all over.
03-09-2019, 09:17 AM
In the federal government, you are not allowed to post a job till someone actually leaves. It does not matter how much notice you give. It is not unusual to be tossed into a job with no training at all.
I wanted to post a picture showing what I mean with different shades in flower petals. See how there are lines of darker purple near the center. I coul do something like this two different purple threads. Well I could do something like this if I were more talented in embroidery.
03-09-2019, 10:42 AM
I sort of worked one evening two or three weeks after I left the library. The position, nights and weekends, wasnít easy to fill, and they were staffing evenings with two student workers, or one and a regular librarian who took (i.e. got stuck with) the evening shift. I had gone in to use their fast internet and my former supervisor was on for the evening and looked utterly done in. I told her I would be there until closing so if she wanted to leave I could help the student shut it down. She wasted no time skedaddling - lol.
I finished all the hexagons yesterday so they are ready to roll. I got the scarf in progress a little over half finished. Iíll finish that tonight and thatís the end of scarf making for a while. Today will be at least a superficial kitchen cleaning, putting away all the sewing stuff, and clearing work table. Tomorrow is tax day and I need it cleared off to work there. I will also start choosing what I want to use on the first hexagon.
Kathy, thereís a book that might interest you. You could probably get it through the library - Needle Painting Embroidery: Fresh Ideas for Beginners by Trish Burr. It has good instructions for the kind of shading you are talking about, and some sample patterns, flowers and a bird or two, with projects keyed to both Anchor and DMC floss.
03-09-2019, 12:52 PM
The usual routine for a position like Husby's is the person leaving gives 2 months notice and the job is posted immediately. The new person is found and then the person leaving has a few weeks to train her. There could be issues with Husby's pension if he works part time for a while. He's not willing to work this long for a good pension and then mess it up as he crosses the finish line. Not worth the risk, especially since everything is already in process. Hopefully S will be able to come back to work the 18th, which would leave them without an experienced person for only 5 days. The big issue is scheduling, and Husby has set that up so his supervisor, who shadowed him last week so he could learn the basics, will be able to handle that by just repeating what Husby did for a week or so. It's workable though not ideal. Husby also feels the new person is best trained by S, since she will be working with him and Husby and S get to the same goal, but use different methods. New person would have to relearn things Husby taught her anyway. All in all, he isn't comfortable staying after nearly 2 years of literally counting the minutes till he can leave, for a variety of reasons.
I'm still in camp food mode. I AFed 6 pounds of chicken, 3 seasoned and 3 not, and cut that up and FSed it all. That's now in the freezer and ready to go. It can be used for lots of things. I'm glad I did it now, because the pkgs are bigger than expected. Our freezer is very useful but very tiny. I think I will be able to put 3 pkgs in the freezer to use in week 3 of a trip. Three can be left frozen and put in the cooler. The way I pack coolers, they wouldn't even start to thaw for about 4 days, then would thaw slowly for use in week 2. I think it will work out well. A nice thing about the FS is that things in those bags can be in meltwater and stuff inside doesn't get soggy.
It makes me feel good to be finding tasty alternatives to salty deli meat.
I've been thinking it might make more sense to have a week 1 list for groceries and haul less stuff from home, so I've been planning accordingly. But if we have to do a big WM shop the first or second day which are always long driving days, I think it would make us both really grumpy. It would be a huge pain, too, because the camper would have to be set up in a parking lot to put stuff away, since the truck is always packed to the max including the coolers. Glad I figured out the folly of that plan before I actually tried it. Plan A of taking most week 1 food from home has worked well for years and no doubt saved us money, since we're stocking from food we bought on sale. Finding sales away from home is not reliable or worth the time it would take. If it ain't broke, why have I been trying to fix it. Duh.
03-09-2019, 05:23 PM
SD what a mess.....I think sometimes they do that on purpose....not posting the job cause they think you won't leave....I gave six months notice.....they interviewed three women and all of them were so much smarter then me....they did not want the job....LOL...finally about three weeks before I left the boss came to me and told me he hired his wife.....my face must have shown how I felt cause he started explaining to me why he did this....and I just shook my head....he was a very difficult man to work for....problem was she couldn't come till the after I left....he then told me that I could take off whenever I wanted as long as my work was done....you can bet your bootie I packed up and said see you whenever.....I came in when I wanted...did my work and left....the day I left he did not show up at office.....his wife started working for him and two weeks later she called me and told me "I'm ready to walk out." Very difficult to work for indeed.....
Sounds like you are going to have a great time....enjoy those camping trips.....
03-10-2019, 01:06 AM
Originally Posted by dcompton
Iíve had a kenmore machine and liked it. It was probably of about the same vintage.
I didnít finish the hexagons and I take back what I said about the fancy fabrics not being as hard as I expected. I hit a group that gave me a lot of quality time with my seam ripper and some bits are still going to be quite ďprofessionally textured.Ē One piece of velvet was determined to be rolling hills. Whatever. At that point I pulled out all the mixed fabric pieces and with rising exasperation worked through them. When I finished the last I was more than ready to quit. I have some left to do today but they are all cotton and bright cheerful colors. It will be a better day.
It will also be a warmer day. After the arctic chill we are going to hit 75 today. Itís not supposed to rain until tomorrow so I should be able to open up the house this afternoon. It will be very humid but at least the plants will like that.
yes kenmore seems to be decent quality, we have had stoves etc from them. I just don't know why the reverse doesn't work, just a push button lever type on the front. but who knows last one to use it was ds who wouldn't wait for me to teach him and broke a couple of needles in the process. I wasn't home. I do have treadle machine and some other old vintage ones but not working
03-10-2019, 09:33 AM
Martha, maybe your machine needs to be lubed.
We've owned a lot of Kenmore appliances appliances over the decades and generally been happy with them. That only added to the disappointment with the sewing machine. I do think Kenmore and Craftsman aren't the brands they used to be though.
03-10-2019, 11:09 AM
I mostly accomplished yesterday’s goals. The kitchen has clean surfaces, clean dishes, and clear enough tables. The floor is another story but I’ll take care of that today. I didn’t get the work table cleared but that won’t take long. It’s mostly sewing stuff to go back on the sewing cart.
I finished the scarf so that project is retired for a while. I got a start on my yarn basket for my yarn bits. I finished the bottom and got about four rows up the side. These will be taller and I would like to have about three of them. For this one I’m using 2 strands of RH banana berry and 1 of macaw. I had planned make an afghan with that yarn but lost interest in the project and never made it.
Today I will continue working on that, finally do my taxes, and start choosing threadcand embellishments for the first hexagon, a black one. It has a spider web in the center patch. I’ll use either a light gray or something with s little shine for that. It’s plain in the model, but if I go with a shiny thread I might add a few size 15 crystal beads. It uses a piece of couched trim, but I will have to see what trims I have. I may need to do something different. It will also be my first attempt at ribbon embroidery.
03-10-2019, 09:55 PM
Sounds like you've been busy, D.
We tried 3 dessert and snack recipes today, all made in the microwave. All were successful. There's one more recipe I want to try in the micro, and after that I plan to start working on menus for a three week trip. It's so much easier to do a detailed menu with detailed grocery lists than to just buy stuff willy nilly or try to figure it out when we're gone. I already have a detailed packing list I've used for years, but it needs updating with our dietary changes. Still, that's a good start. I got a big stack of cookbooks put away and the little ones with the recipes I'll actually use organized, so slowly the chaos is being tamed.
03-11-2019, 01:42 AM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
Martha, maybe your machine needs to be lubed.
We've owned a lot of Kenmore appliances appliances over the decades and generally been happy with them. That only added to the disappointment with the sewing machine. I do think Kenmore and Craftsman aren't the brands they used to be though.
could be but have to find the oil etc. I don't think many brands are the same anymore. my machine is about 20yrs old. got it at sears outlet. miss those places but of course sears is gone too.
03-11-2019, 01:54 AM
Another day gone that did not go as planned. Not much of a surprise. I woke up with a bad cough and felt worse as the day progressed. I did a little, but spent most of the day and evening doing nothing in particular because I just wasn’t up to it. With luck tomorrow will be better. I did get att the sewing stuff put away so that’s a tiny bit of progress.
03-11-2019, 09:08 AM
Sigh. Turns out the phone lines for my building got screwed up during the residing end of last year. The workers basically just slapped the new siding over the old and either buried the lines as they went along or possibly cut them. So nothing can be done to fix my house line until that gets addressed. And the tech told me I can put my account on hold so I don't have to pay while this is happening, seeing as I'm not getting service.
The main reason I still have a house line is that I use it for voice mail. I can't remember the pin number for my flip phone voice mail and I really don't want to upgrade to a "smart" phone when all I want is voicemail and text. Although it does look like Verizon has basic flip phones. Yay!
I finally finished the p/g afgan over the weekend. I'll send that to my Dad to give to the nurse I made it for. I also have an afgan for him too. If he doesn't want it, he can pass it on to my sister/b-i-l. It's in their university colors.
Started work on the wool-blend afgan I'm making for myself. I will likely bounce between that WIP and others since I know the w-b afgan will take a while due to fingering weight I'm using.
03-11-2019, 11:58 AM
It's a pain not to have phone service. I hope they can correct it soon.
I caught the plow guy this AM and asked him to drag some of the snow away from the camper. He said he would. I can't see a difference, but maybe he got some of it. It's entirely possible he just couldn't get close enough at the right angle, since the camper is in a bad spot. So we will probably have to shovel it out again this year. Oh, well, better that than damaging something. Once thawing sets in, we can do it a little at a time if we want. I think the plow did move some of the plowed-up stuff that's accumulated over winter. That will help a lot since that's the hard packed stuff that's so hard to shovel. I haven't actually walked down our slippery hill to look at the details.
I decided I will give up the Crockpot that's in the camper, but I really want the toaster oven. There are so many things we could make if we had an oven, even stuff like frozen pizza. We shouldn't eat it but some days when we're just exhausted and don't want to cook or clean up, it would be handy and cheap to just pick one up and bake it. We can fit a frozen pizza in that oven if we break it in half and put half on each rack. We did that for years when we had that oven in the house. I was going to pull the oven out too, but I think it's worth trying it for a season to see if we make use of it. We like stuff like Bisquick Impossibly Easy Pies which make quick, convenient meals and being able to make those would be great when we don't want to drag out all the stuff to make them in DOs.
I was given a very expensive Coleman camp grill/stove with a carry case and optional griddle. I haven't utilized that like I should, either. I'm hoping with retirement, we will be able to take more leisurely trips that allow more time for cooking outside. I've always liked doing that. I have folding tables galore that we could use as stove tables and/or oven tables, so we would have a good spot to set small appliances if we didn't want to use the picnic table. We also bought a hose and hardware so we can run our propane appliances off our trailer's tanks, to avoid buying those expensive little one-pound cylinders. We have no excuses not to be making use of all our toys.
I'm making finishing one or both of the AARs (Add A Rooms) for the camper a priority this year, too. The one closest to being done is this one: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7909/...2edecf22_z.jpg
I can't finish it till we can haul the trailer down and set it up on the old motorhome parking pad by the road, because the ground where we park the trailer slopes away from the camper door and I can't tell if the roof section is long enough or not. As you can see, the front of the AAR is off the ground, and until it's sitting on a level space I don't know if it's the AAR or the ground that's the problem. I'm hoping it won't take long to finish this off, although I know from experience how dang long it takes to build the skirt that goes behind the camper steps to close off the fourth wall.
The other AAR isn't even started yet, technically, but I'm hoping that won't be a ton of work either. I think this style would be the one we would use the most, especially in summer. https://i.pinimg.com/564x/28/b0/78/2...7acbef1b54.jpg
It's built on an EZ Up style canopy frame. I have a garden gazebo tent I bought that had its structure destroyed by wind right after the previous owners bought it. It's like new except for a small hole or two where broken poles went through it. I got it for $5. I will have to remake one of the roof panels so it will attach to the camper roof, which, unlike the Chalet in the picture is ten feet high at the peak. It will be interesting. I bought the fabric for this project a few years ago, along with the canopy, so should have almost if not all the stuff I will need to build it. At least I don't have to build everything from scratch with either of these, like I've done in the past. It's amazing how long it takes to build fabric walls. But then, I can never do anything halfway so my last AAR build had screen walls, plus clear walls and privacy panels, too. Not to mention all the other custom details which I sorely miss and will not be able to duplicate with this camper. At any rate, EZ Ups are called that for a reason, and I think this room would set up faster than the other one. But then again, we have two dogs now and the AAR at the top is much bigger than the EZ Up. I'll figure it out once I can set stuff up and see how things will actually work out.
Retirement is a go as planned! Husby spoke to his supervisor this AM, after we dithered about this all weekend. Supervisor is okay with him leaving. He's a good guy and neither of us wanted Husby to leave him in a lurch. He appreciated that Husby was setting things up so supe can take over temporarily till S comes back. Husby called me back a few minutes later to say someone local has been selected to replace him. Supe was just going into a teleconference to offer her the job. She's probably sitting in Husby's cube already being trained. Husby knows her and thinks she will be a good pick who will learn fast and be able to handle the basics till S returns to train her more thoroughly. You know that saying, most of the stuff we worry about never comes to pass anyway. Husby was practically giddy, knowing he's almost to the goal. Still surreal, thinking about him not going to work every day anymore. We may have to postpone our trip to Duluth Thursday due to weather, and Husby seemed disappointed about that till I reminded him we'll be able to go wherever, whenever now that he will not have to worry about what day it is. He actually giggled at the thought. :D