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Finished 2018
What Am I Working On???


1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go



6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Monster Pants

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Chicago Ornament



First Finish for 2018

Colorations - designed by Orna Willis



This was a class I took at the American Needlepoint Seminar in Chicago several years ago.  We were each given a picture and picked 10 colors from the picture.  Then we stitched the design using those colors.  Here's my picture.



A very interesting class and I learned quite a bit.  Now it's off for framing.


Josh and Nicole's Quilt


 but a long way from done.




I ordered fresh Meyers Lemons and here they are, all 10 pounds of them.

 So, you might wonder, what does one do with 10 pounds of lemons?   Lemon curd for one.  Lots and lots of lemon curd

 and then you can make these.

 I am also trying preserved lemons.  Here are the beginnings.

I hope it turns out.  I'll report back in a few weeks when they're done.




The $64 Tomato

From the Goodreads website:  "Bill Alexander had no idea that his simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard would lead him into life-and-death battles with groundhogs, webworms, weeds, and weather; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up fresh thyme; and skirmishes with neighbors who feed the vermin (i.e., deer). Not to mention the vacations that had to be planned around the harvest, the near electrocution of the tree man, the limitations of his own middle-aged body, and the pity of his wife and kids. When Alexander runs (just for fun!) a costbenefit analysis, adding up everything from the live animal trap to the Velcro tomato wraps and then amortizing it over the life of his garden, it comes as quite a shock to learn that it cost him a staggering $64 to grow each one of his beloved Brandywine tomatoes. But as any gardener will tell you, you can't put a price on the unparalleled pleasures of providing fresh food for your family."  
 If you are a gardener, this is a great book.  I could totally relate to many of his problems, but I am not going to stop gardening.  That $64 Tomato tastes even better now. 

Reading for 2017

I got an email from Goodreads about the books I read this year. 

Apparently I read 63 books for a total of 23,023 pages.  The longest book I read was "The Machine Crusade" (one of the Dune series) at 800 pages. 

The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, #2)








I rated nine books with 5 STARS.   I think my favorite book for 2017 was "Epitaph for a Peach" by David Masumoto. 


Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm

  I love Goodreads.  I would have never kept track of this myself.