The fabric posted earlier reminded me of the prim style of crafting. Prim is short for primitive. The fabrics tend to be subdued colors in an old fashioned country style. Like 1890s farm wife old fashioned. The patterns themselves tend to be very simplified.
Back when I was kind of active on Ravelry and also dabbling around in weaving, I would sometime run into ugly yarn challenge. People would challenge themselves to use yarn they thought was ugly. Usually it would be combined with other yarn to make it look a little better. Sometimes though people would crochet monsters with the ugly yarn.
I remember zucchini growing up. We had a big patch of it. It was surprisingly hardy, so maybe it was just a difference in climates. My mom actually asked my dad to get rid of it, because she got tired of zucchini. He tried, but it came back.
05-22-2019, 09:55 AM
I almost finished the third small basket last night. I have three more rows to do. I’ll get another done today and if I get the yarn tomorrow, that will finish the small ones. I’ll get a pic when they are finished. I can probably get a start on the medium ones as well.
I got the house presentable and the a/c guy is here. When he finishes I am home free for the day. I’ll get some breakfast and probably fall asleep again. No “ought to do” today.
I would also like to start getting some of the yarn put away again. The yarn cabinet is a jumble right now and it would feel good to begin getting it back in order after I pulled out so much deciding what to use.
A neighbor has been weed eating around my house this morning. For now we have meadows instead of lawns. Actually I like the meadow better but I am definitely overruled on that one. It’s still just too wet to mow. The mower got stuck twice the last few days so it looks like will have the meadow effect for a little bit longer.
05-22-2019, 10:55 AM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
Pretty hat, M. Pink pussy hats were all the rage (and I do mean RAGE) in 2016. I still wear mine sometimes. I made it from a sweater I got at GW and ripped up.
yes I remember ..they still pop up in the news. I have lots of mandala and caron cakes and since it is an easy pattern plan to make a bunch for stash for gifts. teens like the cat ears.
05-22-2019, 10:58 AM
Zucchini would do well here, except we have critters that eat the blossoms. I suspect squirrels. It has to be replanted every year in this climate.
I realized the hose for the indoor shower is the same as I will need for the fresh water transfer system. Since the shower I built in the Mustang was much further from the sink faucet than in the Aliner, where the showers get their water, the hose I'm reusing from the Mustang will need to be shortened a lot. I'm hoping not to have to buy any hose for the transfer pump, but that might be optimistic. I should at least get enough for the inflow side of the pump though. However, that means I finally have to finish the shower so I know how much hose I have for the transfer pump. Shouldn't take long.
05-22-2019, 10:59 AM
Originally Posted by dcompton
M - I have a little pale yellow I considered using, but decided against it, since this is a gift and I would always know it wasn’t right. I would do that for sure on other things, but not these. Anyway it’s a nice yellow, sunny without being fluorescent. I won’t mind having a skein if it to use for scarves for the kids. I’m becoming fonder of yellow and I have almost none left. Remnants of the pale yellow and bright yellow which is ... bright. Very bright.
I almost have groceries put away and I have to straighten/clean a little. I don’t even want the a/c guy, a stranger I will probably never see again to see the kitchen and utility room that are on the way to the attic. I would be judged - lol. The living room is piled high with yarn, but I don’t think hobbies count against you on housekeeping scores. At least it implies you are busy.
I like yellow too sunny yellows not the neon ones. I think piles of craft stuff means you have interests! my story for all the craft stuff lol
05-22-2019, 11:01 AM
Kathy - I just saw a report that in a study DC was judged to have the best city park system in the country. You would probably agree with that.
05-22-2019, 11:02 AM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
As part of my attempt to unearth my work table, I finished the organizer I wanted for the van so I can get that out of the way. I guess it's pretty much made of trash because I salvaged the basket and repurposed 3 litter jugs and some plastic bottles to hold stuff. The jugs will be for trash, dog leashes and misc, and snacks and beverages, tentatively anyway. The bottles are for an assortment of small items, note pads, pens, hand wipes, an assortment of stuff we usually have along. There's very little space for stuff in the van, so putting this between the front seats will be a huge help to keep stuff off the floor and from being lost under the seats or migrating underfoot all the time, and help prevent not having what we need. It's not pretty,
but it will do the job for the cost of a few cable ties. Attachment 48783
it looks great! a good idea
05-22-2019, 11:20 AM
Cute hat Martha. I like the variegated look.
DC, hope you have a good day. You seem to be making good progress with the baskets. We have a meadow instead of a lawn, too. Yesterday our next door neighbor had a pond.
SD, sounds like you have quite the project going with your camper do-over. Have fun, you love to re-purpose stuff. :)
Kathy, I've never head of zucchini coming back, but I suppose it must be native to some climate where it does. There does come a point later in summer when I get tired of it, too, though I haven't grown it in years. I put in yellow squash last week, to see if it will grow. Sometimes I get lucky.
I wouldn't consider the brown blocks "primitive", but it is an old fashioned pattern. It's called 'corner 4-patch' and I chose it because it is simple and quick to sew. The fabrics are very plain, but they have good contrast which I think is the most important aspect of quilt design, even before color. If you can't see the pattern it doesn't matter if you have bright colors or fancy prints, it will just be a blur. Like this one I took a photo of yesterday. I like the pattern but you can barely tell what it is.
It is 'next door neighbor', but the pattern maker has renamed it to 'gifts from friends'. When it is made right it should form a star. Maybe the maker wanted it to look like that, I don't know, but I would not have done it that way.
The term 'primitive', at least as it is used around here to apply to quilts implies something purposely made in a crude or unskilled way, with mismatched blocks, wonky stars or hearts. Usually there is applique, and usually that is wool or flannel. Here is an example wall hanging. A lot of work goes into them, but it is not my thing. I'm not into making new stuff look old on purpose.
05-22-2019, 05:42 PM
I figured out a super simple way to support the shower head in the camper. It will be only 2 or 3 pieces of 1" PVC that will come apart to fit in the small tote that is the shower pan and which holds all the shower parts for storage. The original plan was to put it on a pole extending up from the floor, which requires putting screws into the cabinet face. But the new idea is to Velcro the pipe horizontally on top the galley shelf so it extends inside the shower curtain and Velcro the shower head to the pipe so it points downward. Simple and quick, I hope, and won't leave a mark anywhere. Worth a try anyway. If that doesn't work, I have another option, so I think one or the other should be okay.
I do love a good repurpose.
I found 3 different brands of Royal Burgundy bean seeds locally today, after having looked all over the Range for them. Duh. I bought a packet because if this cold weather continues all summer, I won't get any from my own. I will still save some of my own if I can. I also bought Yukon gold and some red seed potatoes. We can't find blue potatoes anywhere this year. We can't grow many because we don't eat many potatoes, but they taste so good fresh out of the ground.
Cold, windy, and rainy here today. Nothing is going to grow in this weather.
05-22-2019, 07:05 PM
I have not done a blessed thing today. At least not anything very productive. I was still tired from yesterday and having the a/c guy here at such an unholy hour didn’t help. As predicted after he left and I got breakfast I slept another couple of hours, then just frittered away the afternoon. I worked on another grocery order, a small one, with the new ad. Since I’ll be near the store tomorrow I might as well pick up a few more things. Strawberries and a little other produce, and some odds and ends to use up expiring coupons for things I frequently use.
I am going to start deliberate floor demolition. I thought of leaving the floor concrete, probably stained, when I built the house, but I really, really wanted a light floor. That was a really really bad mistake because it meant vinyl. I started with my rolling chairs on mats and hated them. So I took them up and though I knew the chairs were likely to do some damage to the floors it soon became obvious just how much damage was it would be. The top laminate layer bubbled, the the bubbles flaked off leaving grungy gray patches. So I went to rugs which worked better with the chairs, covered the damage, and presumably protected the floor from further damage. But now the rugs are going. It makes it harder to clean, and for the rug under the worktabke where I sew, very much harder to clean. Thread bits are evil. Thee rugs are also a trip hazard. I have fallen twice since I moved here, not recently, and both were trips on the rugs. The last thing I need at my age is a broken bone or two. So the floors are on their own. The chairs and other rolling stuff are welcome to make them as hideously leprous as they like.
I have a roof that doesn’t leak, running water, at least most of the time, working appliances, and a bathroom. That’s a good house as far as I’m concerned. It doesn’t have to be Southern Living beautiful. Happily I have never been house proud. Functional always wins the day.
Eventually I will probably take it back down to the concrete, though the logistics of that while actually living in the house would not be any fun at all. But that’s for the future. In the meanwhile perhaps I should just scoot around all over the floor and call the resulting pattern “Dappled.”
Ok. All that’s off topic. Time to get supper and start crocheting.
05-22-2019, 08:31 PM
The rain is back, there is thunder and little red boxes all over the radar. Waiting on friends in Tulsa to report in safe. We should be ok here.
Assembled 13 more brown blocks, up to 75 now. Need 108. Have to break out another remnant of beige and make more 4-patch segments tomorrow. Maybe. Or Friday, maybe. I get my first new IV Friday, and no idea how that will affect me. We are switching over to hobby modeling and painting for the long weekend.
Anyway, this is my other project, very scrappy blocks with blue centers. I stalled on this because it is boring. Here are 6 blocks placed side by side, one possible arrangement.
What I'd really like to find is a couple yards of a light multicolored print that would go with the blue.
05-22-2019, 09:23 PM
Of those, I think I prefer the diagonal. Itís a stronger pattern.
No groceries tomorrow. No haircut. No Joannís. I totally jinxed myself with that last post. I put things away in the fridge, turned around, caught my shoe on the rug and crashed to the floor, gimpy knees first. Ouch! I donít think Iíll be going to town for awhile.
I just ordered the yarn online. I also got a couple of skeins of RH Classic orange, not in stores. Itís a bright yellow orange, the color I used with the lemon and parrot. I loved the combination and I am definitely going to make myself a basket with that combo. I picked up the orange to be sure I have enough. Itís yarn I bought years ago and thereís not much of it left. Today the shipping was still 2.99. I had to get the three pack of yellow which I donít mind, and the orange was 2.60 something for the small skeins - why I stopped buying Classic. I still probably spent less than I would have in the store. Could I go in, see all that beautiful yarn and just buy two skeins of yellow and the parrot if they still had it? Not a chance. I found the parrot on Amazon for 5.19. Given that itís 4.99 at Herrschners thatís a good deal. So Iím set to finish the yellow basket and eventually make one for me.
I hope your IV med works for you CH, and doesnít have any bad side effects. You donít whine like I do, but you have had more than your share of pain. Good luck with this
05-23-2019, 10:01 AM
Good luck with the new meds, CH. I hope all goes well. I like both quilt designs.
We reset the dinette for bunk use again. I reconfigured the cushions though and figured out some changes to make the bedding work better. I think it will be a big improvement and it will certainly make it much easier to deal with the bedding for laundering.
I figured out some minor changes for the bigger bed, too. Those will make it easier to access a storage area we couldn't use at all with the extended bed. We also could not get into the compartment on the other end which contains the inverter, fuse panel, TV cable jack, 12v jack, and the heavy power cord that plugs into shore power. The cord sometimes get tangled inside its space and can't be pulled out, which isn't good of course. It would not be fun to have to dismantle the big bed to open the lid on that compartment to untangle the power cord, so this will be a good change. I had to make the bed slightly smaller than it was, so I hope it works out since both dogs will have to sleep with me now. I'm not happy about losing the dinette again, but I'm so excited to see functionality returning to our beloved camper. Can't wait to get it all done and put back together.
05-23-2019, 10:43 AM
Ouch, DC! Sorry about your knees, hope it is not too bad today. The new yarn sounds pretty. Yellow is such a cheerful color. I hope we get to see pics of the baskets.
I am planning to do some sewing today, I am not sure what. I had an idea for some easy children's quilts using fabric I recently bought. I picked up partially used 2.5" strip packs at a quilt show, they are pink and white. I can cut one of the easter prints into blocks and use the strips for sashing, and voila, a quilt. I just have to do a little math before I cut.
Will probably go out later, too, just because I can. And DH wants to see a movie tonight.
05-23-2019, 03:55 PM
I’m sore today but not as much as I thought I would be. Still it’s enough that there’s no way I would go to town.
I’ll finish up the last small basket today, except for the tiny bit left on the yellow one. I’m using two of the medium ones I already had made so I will be able to carry on with the third one of those. I need to move around off and on so I don’t really stiffen up, so maybe I can get some of the yarn put away. That task went nowhere last night. I’ll get some pictures tomorrow or Satirday
05-23-2019, 04:55 PM
Sorry about your knees, D. It sounds like you're doing okay in spite of it, so that's a positive.
Husby's bunk makeover has commenced. I dug out a sheet that had 2 matching pillowcases and made 3 overgrown pillowcases to cover the 3 cushions that make up the mattress. I decided 3 separate cushions made more sense than the 1 big one he had before, since the pantry has to sit on top the mattress. The way it was before, the pantry had to be removed to wash the bedding. It was inconvenient to say the least. I may combine the 2 he actually sleeps on, but if they stay separate, it would be easy to open the space under that bed to get the stuff stored there. Here's what I have done so far. Nothing too interesting, but you can see what I'm working on. The pantry is a mess because we haven't set it up for the season yet. It normally has a basket on either end full of staple foods and zome of the stuff in it now goes elsewhere. Attachment 48793
This is the bunk fan/light I mentioned the other day, hanging above the cabinet beside Husby's bed. Should have thought of that years ago. The paper towels are conveniently located where they can be strategically unrolled to use as a lampshade to ward off glare at the other end of the camper. LOLOLOL! Am I tacky or what? Attachment 48795
I thought of a plastic dishpan and Husby thoughtfully searched in the garage and found it. His shoes were a big problem when he slept in that bed before, because he left them on the floor where they inevitably were either in the way of opening the fridge door or were a tripping hazard at the top of the steps. We both need about 4 pairs of shoes, so I had to find a solution. The dishpan is a perfect fit to sit on top the toaster oven, which is in a case. The toaster oven sits under his bed, so the shoes will be convenient but out of the way. It should work well, I hope. Gotta try and see.
Next up I will remove the adaptation I added to the blankets to fit over the ned extention. I think all the changes should be easy and probably won't take all that long.
The new memory foam, which is now almost completely poofed, has been warned it has until I get Husby's bunk done to prepare itself, and then I will be performing its surgery. Then I can start on that bedding. Most of this bedding stuff can be done during evening TV time and not take away from more urgent projects. If it wasn't cold and wet we would be working on those today.
05-23-2019, 05:59 PM
SD I think you could toss a blanket or towel over the 3 cushions to make them seem more like 1 pad, it would be easy to remove and wash as needed.
CH I like the diagonal arrangement.
I cut some squares in half diagonally for the dogs, need to sew the hems. Cut some square quilt blocks w/ leftovers.
05-23-2019, 09:07 PM
Thanks, DLR. That's an idea.
I got a good start on the blankets. I need to make them all longer, but that's okay. The sewing will go quickly. It's the ripping that takes the time. That hasn't been that bad either. I hope to finish the first bed tomorrow, but I have to make dog food first and that always takes a while. I'm in a big hurry to get the beds all done because all the bedding and cushions are piled on the counters now in the way, so I can't work on anything else.
I remembered to buy the thumb screws today ($1each!) :yikes: for the camper clothesline. I have everything I need to do the job now.
I have approximately 9,532,765 projects in mind all competing for my attention now. Luckily, things seem to be falling in place fast and easy for a change. Hope it continues.
As soon as the weather straightens out, we can hurry up and get the new roof put on the gh so the panels are out of the garage before they get damaged. It will be good to get that all done, too. And of course we still need to haul trash. The dock and bikes are not in. The table garden is not planted. The to-do list keeps growing.
05-23-2019, 09:09 PM
Meant to say the table garden is not built and the potatoes are not planted.
05-24-2019, 12:07 AM
It's spring, SD, the list of chores is endless. Summer will be here before our spring chores are anywhere near done.
Today was a case of "best laid plans..." and all that. I went out in the morning to hit a party supply store for some fishing net for a costume, and DH texted asking if I wanted to meet for lunch.... right across the street. LOL! After lunch I continued shopping, though I did not go to JA. I was looking in Michael's for sea shells.... OMG I cannot believe how expensive those are. I wish I had kept all the ones we picked up as kids. And before I knew it it was 4pm. So I dropped stuff off at DH's office that he had asked for and went to the thrift store to kill time. No sense driving home in rush hour only to turn around and drive back for dinner at 6pm, and the movie. The thrift store was a bust. Lots of polo shirts and uniform pants, nobody here wears interesting clothing.
More rain tonight, at least it is not life threatening.
05-24-2019, 08:55 AM
I have been very busy so just kind of skimming the posts.
We do have some nice parks here. I think they may be counting things like our national monuments and memorials. And we have several sculpture gardens that are part of museums. But the museums are part of the Smithsonian which is part of the government so I think they count. There is also the national arboretum which is very nice. Unfortunately it is in a not very nice neighborhood so I have only been a couple of times. I am not snobbish about neighborhoods. It just felt a bit unsafe.
I don't think I posted my national Mall pictures yet. It is not a shopping area. It is a big grassy area one block wide and about two miles long. Sometimes there are festivals and protests there. It is where presidential inaugurations take place.
I remember taking these when someone remarked about not being able to walk on the grass. You can walk on this grass. Sometimes people eat and play on it too.
That's a fact, CH. Every year is the same. Every year we make plans, every year the plans blow up in our faces. What garage ceiling? :sigh: It seems worse this year. Normally I worked on my own and it was easier to focus, but with Husby home full time now, plans and priorities change quickly. I've concluded I don't care what gets done as long as we make progress on something.
05-24-2019, 10:40 AM
Haven't been doing much on the w-b afgan. Right now I guess I'm getting a bit stir-crazy with the weather being so nice. I'm also trying to get more exercise in, both to lose weight (which I need to do) and because I was recently told I have high blood pressure. Losing weight will help reverse the HBP but I also read that exercise in general will help as well. Then again, I've been meaning to get back in the garden more these last couple of years that it's nice to actually do that.
05-24-2019, 01:45 PM
The dastardly rugs are gone. Two that were very worn anyway are in confinement awaiting their one way trip to the dump and the good mats are exiled to the attic. The one left is in the bedroom and the worst it could do is make me fall on the bed. I can live with that.
One of the rugs was under the yarn cabinet so I had not yet put away any yarn, not wanting to make it any heavier than it already was. Today all that can finally be stowed away. I didnít do much yesterday, but did finish the little left on the last of the small baskets except the one waiting for yarn. That should only take a few minutes to complete, so I am calling those done. I have two medium to do, green and turquoise. The green was on top so I worked on that a little last night.
The other yarn, all the variegated and the leftovers, are also a mess. Cakes and balls are beginning to come unwound from rummaging around in their containers so I also need to go through those and get them tidied up. That may not get done today though.
05-24-2019, 02:20 PM
glad your fall wasn't more serious. drove my friend to the airport yesterday so ended up by michaels..so had to look lol lots of clearance yarn so got some more caron cakes on clearance and one that came out in the beginning but never really saw. plus they had grab bags...I am a sucker for a grab bag so got an easter wreath for $4 and box of things decorative stuff. always get my money back and fancy wreaths are always close to 100 new. my laptop screen broke as a fluke last night so dh found another old one for me. running out of room for yarn!
05-24-2019, 04:43 PM
Renmerc, exercise will help you in so many ways. Hope you're able to get out and enjoy the nice weather soon.
Good riddance on those rugs, DC! Enjoy your yarn.
Sounds like good deals M. I haven't been brave enough to take a chance on the Michael's grab bags. But I keep a close eye on their markdowns.
Round 1 of the chemo went well. No effects yet. I opted to skip Hobby Lobby because holiday weekend traffic was beginning to get heavy. Just wanted to get home.
Looks like another stormy night here.
05-24-2019, 04:56 PM
It's cold, windy, and rainy again. I can't seem to get motivated today. I made dog food and did some more prep on the 3 blankets. I decided I also need to trim 2" off the long cushion that goes under the pantry, but can't get excited about that. I should use my hot knife but I've never cut foam with it and can't seem to get the energy to figure it out. Doubt it's complicated.
Husby has been on the phone all day taking care of pension and assorted insurance. I don't envy that job. I guess we're going to Duluth next week for more paperwork. Oh, yea. :sigh: I'm sick of shopping but it seems like a wasted trip if we don't take advantage of stores we normally don't get to. Hope JA has a good sale for a change.
The AC guy finally showed up. He thinks he might know what's wrong with our heat pump and how to fix it. Trying not to get my hopes up. I would love not to have to replace the dang thing right now.
Well, in between starting this before the AC guy came and finishing it, I cut the bed pad down and got that put back in the camper, and also cut the scrap to fit at the head of Husby's bed since the 2 pads were a little bit short. I made a slipcover for that too. The mattress and bottom sheet is all done for his bed is done now. Trimming the cushion will make it easier to open the fridge door and make some space for blankets.
I used the hot knife and decided there's a learning curve. It appears the blade cools down as it cuts, so I think if I go slower it would work better. Not sure if I will use it for the memory foam or not. An electric knife works just as well and does not give off fumes. I bought the hot knife for cutting ribbon and nylon webbing and it does great for both, so I won't be bothered if I don't cut foam with it.
I really want to get the beds done. We might actually want to go somewhere again. Besides, with the beds all torn up there's no room in there to do anything else.
Glad I got something done.
05-24-2019, 09:28 PM
CHEMO!? How did I miss that news? I hope all goes well. My mom went through chemo almost 20 years ago, 9 hour sessions every 3 weeks for what seemed like forever, but has been fine since after a recovery period. I wish the same good outcome for you.
We decided to brave the rain to hit 2 garage sales. Found a few things but nothing I was looking for. I decided I hate all the camper bedding. Everything is oriented wrong for the 'new' configuration and will have to be pieced a lot. I plan to go through the house bedding and see what I have, since I need to decrease that stuff anyway, and then BOLO for some matchy comforters. Husby is always cold so we're going back to comforters instead of bedspreads. I don't have any that match, but I will find some, or maybe spend the money on some nice wildlife print to make some. I will scope out JA next week. I'm probably too cheap for that though. I might find something at a garage sale, too. City wide sales are next weekend in the town next door, so might have some luck there.
Our new thrift store opened today. It's very nice. I bought two remnants for the quilt stash, both red, for $1, and a large chunk of black moosehide for $5, a huge bargain. It's at least 3 sf and I'm pretty sure it came from the local bootmaker, so it's good quality.
A couple weeks ago, Husby was wishing for a bigger battery box for a deep cycle RV battery we have. He got a brand new one at a sale today for $4. Not bad. I got a pkg of 23 disposable cutting mats for $1. That will probably be a lifetime supply in the camper.
05-25-2019, 07:33 AM
Sorry about the chemo, that sucks.
I managed to forget about the blanket binding for a whole week, remembered last night. Too big to drag down to dad's house today. I'm planning to hand baste it before using the sewing machine -too slippery. Not that I need a blanket right now.
05-25-2019, 10:03 AM
Cool and humid today, probably going to warm up and be a real steamer.
First session with the new drug was not too bad. I could have done without the tv blaring soap operas. Took about 3 hours to do the drip. I was super tired after, but feel ok today. I have to do it again in 2 weeks, then once a month for the rest of my life or until it becomes ineffective. Well, first we find out if it has any effects. I don't feel tired and fog-headed like I did with the other drug. It may be weeks before relief becomes apparent.
We had a tornado come by last night to say hello. Sirens went off about 8pm and lights went about 8:02. We hung out in the basement a while, but realized the real danger was south of us. Went to bed early, power came back some time in the night.
DH and I are going to do some hobbying today. Hope everyone has a good weekend and gets lots done.
05-25-2019, 10:35 AM
CH - I’m really glad all went well for you, both medically (so far) and weatherwise. I totally agree with you about tv in environments where you are a captive audience. There oughta be a law!
I have a bad case of the lazies. I didn’t accomplish much yesterday but did finish the green basket. Perhaps today I’ll be a little more motivated to do something. I’d say the odds are about even. I should at least be able to finish the last medium basket. The four large ones are going to take a little longer.
Poor abandoned embroidery! But I’ve shifted into crochet mode and I’ll just go with it while it lasts. With all the baskets I only have a few scarves made. I really want to get as many of those made by fall as I can without turning it into grim duty. So while I’m still enjoying crocheting I’ll see how many I can make. After the baskets are done.
05-25-2019, 12:03 PM
CH, would noise cancelling headphones work for you? I don't know much about them, but people use them on planes and stuff.
I cut down the new memory foam with the electric knife which worked well. Now my bed is ready to start the bedding makeover. We cleared out all the spare cushions, so the mounds of foam and bedding that were stacked on the cabinets are dwindling. I might get the camper under control someday soon.
I also cut pieces to fit Husby's cushions from the egg crate foam we had on the extended bed. He said he didn't need it but since we have it, may as well use it. He can't use the leftover memory foam since it has to be in front of the pantry, but the egg crate is the right thickness. He's out there now, taking his new bed for a test-nap. Must be comfy. He's been out there an hour.
Can't decide what to do about bedding, so I'm going to piece together what we have and see what turns up at garage sales or thrifts this summer. I need to quit obsessing about somethjng we use a few days per year. It never bothered me before, and I know if I'm patient, I will find nice things for cheap.
I cut out the pattern pieces for the Aliner mug rug pattern I bought a while back. I want to put the blocks on the front of the pantry baskets and get the basket covers made this year. I say that every year though. The dumb part is it would be a fun project and probably wouldn't take long.
05-25-2019, 07:50 PM
Husby said he wasn't napping this morning, only reading. Sure he was. But after I added the egg crate foam, he gave that a try and said it's much more comfy. Glad I took the time to add even when he said he didn't need it.
Over a year ago I made falafel mix, but was lacking one ingredient. I set it aside without noting the ingredient because I planned to buy it right away in town and figured I wouldn't forget. But of course I did. I finally decided I had to guess or the mix would never get used up and we would never know if it was any good. When I looked at the recipe, I realized the missing ingredient had to be baking soda, because I buy everything else at Fleet Supply out of town. So I added baking soda. A while later, I was looking at a second copy of the recipe and it said baking powder. This mix was starting to seem cursed. I looked online and baking powder was correct, so I added that too. I made the falafel for supper and it's a keeper. It has a minor bitter aftertaste from the baking soda but it's edible. Otherwise, we like it. This will be a good addition to our vegetarian meal options and it's so quick and easy to make, that will be helpful too. We had it with yogurt but I think it would be good with horseradish sauce or mustard. Guess you can see we're not bound by tradition.
Still ripping blankets, but the solutions to the problems are becoming clearer, which helps. I was hoping to finish tomorrow, but it's supposed to be 65 and sunny so we need to work on the gh roof. Monday sounds rainy again though.
05-25-2019, 08:57 PM
My mouth is watering at the thought of falafel. I make mine with lots of pureed broccoli stems mixed in. You can serve it with hummus, or tahini sauce, which I like. I know you have made tahini.
Headphones might help with the tv, and the beeping machine that is right next to my head the whole time. I have some good earplugs from my days in manufacturing, I should dig those out.
DC, hope you got a lot of crochet done today!
We ended up going over to a friend's for an afternoon social. No hobbying going on here. Going to have leftovers for dinner.
Oh look, more storms moving in.
05-26-2019, 08:53 AM
See if they can turn off the annoying beeping machine. Mom's nurses did when she asked. I'm sorry you have to go through this.
Tell me more about how you prep broccoli stems to puree. That sounds good. I wonder if I can mix up the falafel and broccoli and freeze it, then cook from frozen in the AF. Maybe the broccoli would get runny.
I made a nice large batch of tahini and did not realize it would get moldy. I need to make it again and freeze it in ice cube trays. We liked it.
If you eat falafel in pitas, what do you put in with it?
05-26-2019, 08:55 AM
I need to find a good hummus recipe that goes well with veggies and has lots of flavor and not much salt. Could be a challenge.
05-26-2019, 08:56 AM
By turn off the beeping machine, I mean just turn off the beeper, of course.
05-26-2019, 11:37 AM
Here is the recipe I use for hummus. https://disgustinglygood.com/2010/07...nd-the-secret/ The flavor is just lemon, garlic, salt, and good oil. I have an old recipe that calls for a tsp of paprika, and I have seen some that use a tsp of cumin. Some people like a dash of hot sauce.
Anyway, the secret to moist falafel is to grind up your odds and ends of vegetables into the mix. Onion, carrot, broccoli, whatever. I take broccoli stems and peel them. You will be able to see the soft white inner core of the stalk. That is perfectly edible and among other things it makes a great soup. Put the vegs in a food processor or chopper until you have a coarse paste. Let it drain if it is wet, or squeeze in a towel. Now you can mix into the chickpea flour. I have not tried freezing the vegs, but cooked falafel freeze well and can be microwaved later.
At a cooking demo last week they made an amazing garden pesto out of, of all things, radish tops. (That may be all I get from my radishes this year). It was several big handfuls of leaves, a big handful of cilantro (any green herbs will work), garlic, lemon, oil, parmesan, and whatever nuts you have on hand. They used pecan. Not only was it amazing by itself, but they mixed it with a plain hummus and it was seriously good.
I've also made red bell pepper hummus, which was pretty good too. DH won't eat peppers, and even he liked it.
If you're not toasting your pita for extra flavor, do that, too. Most plain pita is bland, unless you are getting it bakery fresh, and needs a little golden toasty flavor boost.
We add tzatsiki (yogurt, garlic, cucumber), lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber slices, to our falafel sandwiches, just like gyros. Sometimes I don't have all that, we just add whatever we have.
05-26-2019, 03:30 PM
That sounds like some ambitious cooking.
I finished the last medium basket yesterday. One of the yarns was one of old thick stiff RH, which made it harder to work. I did about five rows on the first large one and it’s much easier going.
The small ones are 56 stitches around and 20 rows up the sides. The medium and large are both 80 stitches around. The medium has 23 rows on the sides (this was the original pattern), and for the large I use 34 rows.
05-26-2019, 06:34 PM
Thanks for all the info, CH. The hummus looks good with lots of ways to customize it.
The broccoli idea sounds good, too. Should be easy in a little electric chopper I have.
We've tried tzatziki sauce and it didn't have much flavor. I've been meaning to try different recipes, and adding garlic would improve it.
I'm really happy the falafel mix turned out so good. It's the first recipe I tried and that doesn't usually happen. It will be even better without the baking soda next time. I can change up the flavor in that mix, too.
I tried sprouting radishes over winter and those were so good. The bigger the sprouts got, the more radish flavor they had. I plan to use them again especially in winter. Radishes are very expensive here in winter and half the time they're black in the middle. Sprouts have better flavor and they're fresher and so good on sandwiches and salads. Shoulda discovered them years ago.
We got 12 of 16 new panels cut for the gh roof and 6 installed, so one side is done except the 2 roof windows on that side. It's a huge improvement, no more cracks, holes, and yellowing. The store manager upgraded the 4x8 panels when Husby bought them because the store's online inventory was off and there were not enough of them unless Husby took a damaged one. Husby asked for an additional discount on the sale price of the one damaged panel or the sale price on 1 more expensive panel instead of the damaged one. The manager offered 6 of the more expensive ones at the sale price of the cheaper ones we had planned on, and they're very nice with a 10 year warranty. We appreciated that. The gh will be happy to have new clothes and so will our plants that will get more sun through nice new clear panels. With luck, it won't take long to get the whole roof done. Most of the time today was in the cutting and that's mostly done now. I think it's good we decided to just replace the whole roof this year. The old roof was so fragile we expected disaster every winter. The roof still has to be scraped in winter, but it should hold up better now. The old panels are so brittle they're like potato chips, and I don't mean the ripple kind. Still have some corrugated fiberglass to install, too, but we don't have to be up ladders for that.
I checked and the beans and peas are sprouting, so if we get a few warm days we should be seeing some little green heads coming through.