Sunday, September 7, 2014

Life is Good!

My journal entry this morning!

You Remain.
                            Hebrews 1:11

Now, I sit outside drinking my morning coffee with a view like none other. It is early morning. The birds are singing. A dog is barking in the distance. The temperatures are cool enough that I had to put on a sweatshirt to be comfortable. I hear a hummingbird buzzing around searching for its morning nectar. The cats think they are sneaking up on me, but I can hear them munching on their food. A hunting season must have opened because I can hear gun shots in the distance. I heard  them yesterday, also. A cool breeze in blowing through the tree leaves causing them to rattle. Yes, indeed, You remain.

Have a Blessed Day!

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Saying Goodbye

to summer. This is my last weekend off and it's back to work.

The summer has flown by and I stayed so busy. I can't complain because I feel really good with lots of energy. Last year at this time, I discovered I was anemic, had thyroid issues, and a UTI. I spent most of the summer on the patio reading and napping. Not complaining about that either. It was a great summer.

I canned 22 pints of salsa last week from homegrown tomatoes from my brother's garden. It turned out so good, I am trying to get my hands on some more tomatoes before they quit producing for the summer. I also put 12 quarts of peaches in the freezer from my parent's trees. I also helped my sister put up I don't know how many more.

The basil needs to be harvested again but I am waiting to see if I can get some more tomatoes. I would love to can some spaghetti sauce.

We painted the outside of our home. I worked on it off and on for the entire month of July. Our home is two levels and really, really high. I was able to paint to whole back uing ladders and  standing on the roof for part of it. Then I painted what I could on the front using a ladder. We ended up renting a lift to finish up the front and ends of the house.

As you can see from the grass on the concrete, I have also kept up with the mowing. I am amazed at how thick and grass is after push mowing and keeping it mowed frequently.

I have been working in the sewing room; but, on surprises so I cannot post pictures yet.

This top is now a flimsy.

I don't even have a picture of it. I will try to post one soon.

I think tomorrow will be a day of catching up on mowing, reading, sewing. I guess a little of this and a little of that.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A busy day planned

I tried my hand at canning some tomatoes. My mom always made tomato juice. I don't think I ever remember seeing her make whole or diced tomatoes. We really don't use tomato juice. We do use diced tomatoes when we make Gnocchi, Tomato Florentine and chili, etc.

So, I searched the internet and found I don't know how many ways to do it. Some say, "Raw pack!" Others say, "No, hot pack." So many different opinions and ways to do things. I finally got out my Ball Canning Book and used it. I did use the pressure canner instead of the boiling water pack.

They look pretty good. I have more to do today. I would really like to try my hand at spaghetti sauce. If I had a garden and could grow all of my tomatoes, I would make all kinds of things. Salsa, juice, sauce.

I also have about 1/2 bushel of peaches to do something with. I would love to jar them but they are not freestone and they were seconds so I got a really good price on them. So, I'm not sure if I could get a pretty jar of fruit. We will just have to see when I get them started today. I will probably just put them in the freezer and see if I can locate some Freestone peaches later on. I absolutely love cottage cheese and peaches and eat it for lunch quite a bit during the school year.

I think this method is interesting and I think I will try it and use the peaches to make smoothies.

I finished my last block last night. Now on to the border.

Well, going to get an early start. Peaches and tomatoes are calling.

Happy snipping, stitching, and sewing.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

We actually celebrated a day early. Larry and Kelsey are both working tonight. We invited both sides of our family over for a cook out and swimming.

Larry counted around 60 people total throughout the evening. Lots of swimming, laughter, playing, and fireworks.

Crazy kids. I guess they were having fun.

We had a blast. Hope you enjoyed yours.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!


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