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    Another update, folks:
    Got a letter from my banking institution, and since I'm turning 60 years of age in December, I will qualify for their Golden Account, which will save me about $60 per year in fees, and give me extra privileges.
    Divide that by 12 months, and that's a savings of $5 per month, which will increase my variable budget to $150 per month. (I've been wondering how to find that $5 extra per month, to make it an even $150, and here's the way.)

    Eyes are bleery from crochetting my grandkids Christmas slipper-moccasins (was often frustrated by pattern problems, but finally corrected the 10 errors in the pattern, and am now almost finished both pairs)... Almost gave up on the project, but suddenly realized that all I had to do was make both sides the same, plus 1 extra stitch at the center back for the shoelace to fit over, and an extra stitch at center front for the properl division of the slipper-top stitches. Once I figured this out and made some notes, all was well, and I got both pairs almost done in 2 days.
    Also made several pairs of cardboard insoles for my winter shoes and boots (used cereal box cardboard), then cut out insole shapes from some pile fabric from a small winter coat lining, and glued it onto the cardboard for nice cushioned and warm insoles. Works fine!

    Made some grape jelly from some of my grapes...best jelly I ever tasted! I boil the grapes, then cool them, force the pulp through a strainer, then add about 2 tbsps. of dry pectin, and sugar to taste; heal to boiling, boil 1 minute, then pour into quick-sterilized jars. I usually prepare jam and jelly like this nowadays instead of doing up a whole batch of multiple jars. I find that there are usually some fruits in my crisper that are ready for jam, so I cook 'em up quickly for a jar or two on an impromptu basis.

    My legs got a lot weaker with all that sitting and crochetting for the past 2 weeks, so I must get out and about a lot before the winter snows come. Nice fall day yesterday, and it warmed up enough so the river is still unfrozen in the center current. About 50 Canada geese still hanging around on the riverbank...this must be a really tough flock...true Canadians...they just won't go south until they have to!

    Have a good week, all!

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    Incognito u are truly my hero..

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    Heading into age 68 in a few months and still going strong!

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    Baked buns, taught lessons with a stern face and got less talk/more action, cooked in bulk, finished grandkids slipper-moccasins, crochetted/knitted more samples for other upcoming projects, shovelled SNOW this week.

    Discovered that my Nanking cherry jam has started to crystalize (same as grape jelly does), so I dumped the whole jarful into a strainer, and it's straining out the syrup for my use, and leaving all the crystals behind. Good salvage here.

    Errands, etc.

    Bought a hand-knit sweater at the thrift shop for a dollar; it hadn't turned out too well, but the yarn will yield about $35 worth of Ragg yarn.....yippee!



    Still have $10 left for the month.


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    WOW, MAUI !!! Looking Good!

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    Iv'e been working on my Christmas gifts...so far, so good.
    How's everybody else doing?

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    I'm getting there....I'm getting there.




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    "At Christmas We Sing":

    Rocko Vaugeois Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos

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    Finished knitting 2 heavy woolen socks for presents; finished crochetting some silver snowflakes for craft-gifts.
    Made a December and Christmas plan.
    Found a new brown suede leather jacket at the thrift shop today, to make myself some leather gloves.

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    How will you make the gloves incognito? Will you just cut and sew them? Sounds like you are making great progress on those gifts!




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    Hi all,
    I've been away for awhile...busy getting all my Christmas gifts ready, and they are now in the mail. The knitted items turned out well, and looked substantial and gift-worthy.
    Passed my 60th birthday with a triple-layer chocolate cake (my recipe was a basic chocolate whacky cake baked in 3 pans, then frosted with a butter/cream cheese/cocoa/soy flour recipe). It turned out perfectly, and cost very little to make.
    I got very bad family news on the night of my birthday, and have been recovering.
    Thank God for His help with my problems! My spirits are beginning to lift again.

    When I get some time during Christmas holidays, I plan to work on some more necessary sewing projects (for myself, this time). I still haven't been able to find time to decorate my Christmas tree, but hopefully I can do it this weekend.
    I made my Christmas cards this year, and they turned out pretty good. I also figured out a pattern to make my own envelopes. I got the stamps on a coupon trade, so didn't have any expenses sending my Christmas cards. A family member sent me a $25 gift card along with a birthday card, and I regifted the card to somebody on my gift list.
    My only Christmas expense so far has been $38 postage to send out my gifts to family.

    (But I'm starting things earlier next year, because there never seems to be enough time to get things done, without feeling the pressures.)

    Deb, last winter I spent a lot of time at the library gleaning free patterns for various items. I got some glove patterns off of the internet, and enlarged them at home on my printer, and organized various binders for other patterns.
    As some of you know from my posts of previous years, I have been down-sizing, decluttering, and repurposing intensively for a few years now. But I didn't have enough concentration and energy for some of the sewing and craft projects I've been contemplating. However, this year, some of my strength and energy has returned, and I can handle some of these things again.

    But first a few deep breaths...to deal with life's problems, and the stress of the season.
    I don't know about the rest of you, but I find myself being very selective around Christmastime. The hustle and bustle is too much for me nowadays, so I spend most of my time at home, with the radio OFF, the tv OFF, the phone turned on to the answering machine. AND JUST LISTENING TO THE SOUNDS OF PEACE AND QUIET!!! Instead of the jangling commercials on tv and radio, and their hyper voices, and all of the conglomeration of commercialism which bombards Christmas every year.
    The day I finally finished making, wrapping and sending out my Christmas gifts, I settled into my rocking chair...exhausted...with a cuppa...and just watched the stillness of the scenery through the window.
    And let the peace of God touch my soul.

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