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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.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Colorations



Yikes, It's October

It's October already, when did that happen.  I make goodie bags for Christmas presents and its time to start the holiday baking.  I make a lot of things and I like to get a head start and freeze some of them so I'm not quite a mad woman in December.  It's time to start the Christmas Cards too, but I haven't found any I like yet. 

I have to bake "those little powder cookies" for Joshua (son #1), gingersnaps (son #2), our friend John especially likes Chocolate Chippers, and a few other special requests.  I won't go into David's list.  Then there are the traditional pound cakes, lemon bread, and fudge.  And, I have to try a couple of new recipes.  I found one for strawberry and chocolate marshmallows.  That kind of sounds fun.  It's always a challenge to see just how many different items I get made.

The pound cakes are done.  Yummy!  Never mind that they look a bit brown in the picture.  

I have some lemon breads baked as well.


Oh, did you notice I mentioned that I freeze some of these goodies.  I hope you don't remember the picture of the freezer completely full of blueberries.   I have been eating my berries, but I am done baking for now.   There's no room to shove anything else into that freezer.  Time for my expert packer to work his magic.  


The Bone Collector

I've read a few more books lately.  I made a quick trip to Idaho a couple of weeks ago.  United Airlines conveniently stranded me in the Chicago airport for 12 hours (thanks United, flying Delta next time), so I had plenty of time to sit.   Please note, I used the word stranded.  This was not a weather delay.  I understand weather delays.   This was just a "We've cancelled your flight and here's what we've rearranged for you" kind of thing.  I don't want to fly when its not safe, but it seems like they should be able to provide the service that I had to pay for in advance, subject to change and cancellation penalties.  

While I was stressed about other things, like getting to Boise at 11:45 p.m. and would the rental car place still be open, I was not stressed at all about running out of books because I had about 17 loaded on my Kindle.  This is why I love the Kindle.  I finished

The Whole Truth (Shaw, #1)The Whole Truth by David Baldacci
 It is a secret operative, spy kind of book.  There was plenty of excitement and drama.   I would definitely recommend this book and I am really liking David Baldacci as an author.  He has several sets of characters which I like.  I get bored with the same guy doing super amazing things book after book. 



 Then, I read

The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1)The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

I have read one of his other books "Speaking in Tongues" and really liked that one too.  This one was a murder mystery in New York City with a couple of interesting twists.  I didn't know who the murderer was until the last 5 pages and it was quite a surprise.   I'm keeping him on the "Authors to Read" list.  In fact, I already have a couple more of his books at the ready.



 The last book I finished was

The Book of Air and ShadowsThe Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

This was another author I haven't read before.   It is about finding a secret Shakespeare Manuscript.  The characters were interesting and I liked the writing style.  I don't know why the one of the nice main characters fell in love with that flaky girl though.  




I've almost finished another book as well, but I'm not quite done yet.  I'm having a hard time getting into this one, hopefully it has a great ending.


Granny Blocks

I have a few more of my Granny's blocks to show you.  Mrs. Foster did all of her stitching using a chain stitch instead of an outline or stem stitch. 

Mrs. Warrington is also a fan of the chain stitch.  It's amazing how tiny she can stitch.  I may have to try it.  I really like the look.

Mrs. Scott blended blue and pink threads together for her "M" and "and".  It is a very interesting effect.  She is a chain stitcher too.  The satin stitch on her yellow flower is just about as close to perfect as you can get.

I have been thinking a lot about the quilting.  I had considered a cross hatch type design, but since the blocks are not the same size and not exactly squares, I think a curvy quilting design might be better.  A feather type design seems to fussy for these blocks.  What to do, what to do???


Blueberries Again

Hard to believe, but blueberry season has come and gone already.  But, do not despair,  I managed to snag 120 pounds and tuck them in my freezer.  They were early this year because of all the heat and I am late in posting as usual.  This is what my freezer looks like now.   There's just enough room to squeeze in some roasted tomatoes and a few bags of corn.

Oh, by the way, I did not run out of berries as I feared.  It was close, but I managed to eek by with about 10 bags left before the new ones arrived.


Goodbye Trusty Pot

Well,  I had a little excitement the other night.  I was making popcorn.  I use my saucepans to make popcorn because I know what is in my popcorn that way.  I'm not so sure about microwave popcorn and I don't want to catch the dreaded "popcorn lung".  That's not likely since I don't work in a popcorn factory and I don't really eat that much popcorn.  Also, I want real butter on my popcorn.  Here is my pot in happier times cooking beets.

But, back to the story.  You add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan,  in go the popcorn kernels to cover the bottom of the pan, and on goes the lid.  Medium heat works best.  Just as the popcorn begins to pop, it is time to give the pan a good shake to move everything around.  Burned popcorn is not nice.  Next thing I know, I am holding a handle in one hand and and the pot has landed lopsided back on the stove.


Thankfully, it didn't land on my foot.  The lid slid off and popcorn was flying all over the kitchen.  And I do mean flying.  David kept laughing and saying "I've never seen anything like this"  which was funny, but didn't stop the popcorn.  I got the stove turned off and the lid back on the pan.  Popcorn and unpopped kernels were everywhere.  

We managed to salvage the bit of popcorn that I trapped in the pan, but it was sad.  I've had that pan for 23 years.  I bought the set when we lived in Boston.  It's moved to Minnesota, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Washington D.C. and New Jersey with me.  My trusty ironing board has been with me longer and it will be a really sad day when it goes.  (I know, I'm wacky.  Who else has a trusty ironing board?) 

Anyway, just for kicks, check the handles on your pans once in a while.  Wobbly is not good, however my handle was not wobbly before it came off.  As you can see, my new pans have both screws and welds holding their handles on.