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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Budgets, Quinoa, Pinterest And Maybe A Lawn Sale

On budgets, first the background:

   When my husband suffered a stroke in April of 2015, six months before his planned retirement, - Don't fret, he's recovered near perfect again and we're very grateful - we were very close to paying off the last credit card and putting savings in the bank. Plans change. He was forced into retirement early and a new budget came into play. Needless to say, it has been more of a learning experience than  I wanted but learn I have.
   We both qualified for Social Security so we at least had income, although short of which we were used to. However, we have managed in spite of household repairs this year that had to go on credit. Furnaces and refrigerators don't break down in the best of financial situations. 

Now, the present:
 
   With making standard bill payments, the only area of the budget that can be juggled is the food budget. One can get quite inventive. This morning I put some hot water in a jar of molasses to dissolve the contents in the bottom and used the resulting liquid along with more water to cook a batch of quinoa. Some raisins and a pat of butter was added to the quinoa. Yum! Why didn't I think of this before? Reminded me of Maypo cereal I ate as a kid. Now if I can just figure out what to do with that package of chia seeds I bought a while back.


    Mind you, there is plenty to eat in the house so we aren't going hungry. We just have to think outside the box. It's like playing a game.
    Pinterest has a boat load of recipes that boggles the mind so I've been adding lots of recipes to my boards to try out.

And lastly,the future:

   Finally there is better weather forecast for this week so we can finally have our lawn sale. Unless,of course, if the weather doesn't co-operate!
 
   Thanks for visiting. Hugs!

  




    
  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Another Restart

I've been so neglectful at tending to this blog. Perhaps it's time to post again. I realize that I really miss blogging so I'm giving it another try.

 It may be that I've lost followers because of my inattentiveness. I may have also lost contact with those followers because Blogger no longer issues their blogroll to follow. Bloglovin was clogging up my email with things I didn't want to read so I stopped accepting emails from them.

And I'm not the only one slacking off. I've noticed that most of the blogs I follow haven't posted very often either.  In fact, I decided to cease following some.

On a brighter note, I noticed on my stats on this blog that I had almost 400 hits from Pinterest viewers last month. Cool, huh? So, I'm trying again to make a go of my blog.

So you ask what have I been doing since I last posted in October? My answer... quilting, sketching and not much else. Oh, this is bad. Maybe I'd better think of some new projects.

I can't post this without some pictures to share. First a local spot that an artist friend and I went to sketch.
Fort Brewerton, Brewerton, NY

Plus last fall we had a flock of turkeys visit our yard and I got a few photos.



Hopefully, we're having a lawn sale next week (if it stops raining long enough) but I hope to post every week after that for the foreseeable future. Thanks for visiting and come back to see what I've been up to.




Friday, September 2, 2016

Back For Another Round

It seems that we've just blinked and August is over. Did I sleep through the last three months? And what did I do with my time?
   1. Planted my vegetable garden. Harvested my garlic and continuing reaping sauce tomatoes and            beans. A few summer squash, zucchinis and tasty asparagus Beets and carrots are coming along.
   2. Had a lawn sale...starting to downsize in anticipation of a future move. What did I need all that
       all that stuff for anyways? You know what they say..."Use it or loose it."
      what they say..."Use it or loose it" And I found more to sell  afterwards and planning another sale
      for next summer. More to downsize.
   3. Continuing my Bible College courses. Sent for what I thought was a Hebrew language course.
       Surprise! It turned out to be a Biblical Hebrew course. Not disappointed. I love the challenge!
   4. My art buddy and I are continuing to sketch on location when the weather isn't too hot. And
       and hasn't it been this summer?
Across the River

Gazebo at Central Square

Last week we took a day trip to visit the Golden Paints art gallery and store in New Berlin,NY. On the way back home we stopped in Sherburne, NY at the Rogers Enviromental Education Center. http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1831.html
We didn't have time to go through the whole park but we did take time to get some interesting pictures. Here are some of mine.:
That's a whole lot of lily pads!




Maybe these fish thought we were going to give them lunch.

The water was so clear we could see lots of fish in both ponds.

I'd love to go back and spend a day just exploring that place and sketching, of course.

The weather is cooler than it has been so I'm spending the afternoon outside playing with my pastels...while my unfinished quilt continues to glare at me as I walk past the doorway.

Happy Rosh Chodesh!

     

Thursday, June 16, 2016

And Here I Am Again!

My last post was only 9 days ago. If I can manage to keep posting this often I will consider my return to blogging a triumph. I'm still trying to get more into a routine but, alas, the veggie garden calls and I have to dodge rain, heat and weeds. (Didn't I weed that area just this morning? Well, they're b-a-a-c-k  before 6PM) The tomatoes are looking happier and the beans are up. However, my pepper plants were not thriving (the wind last week left them looking like they had been weed-wacked) so today they were plucked out and replaced with much happier plants.

I've been out and about this past week looking for things to photograph. A friend and I went to a local village to sketch. The object of our sketching was the lighthouse in the following photos. This is located near the mouth of Oneida Lake in NY State.

You can see a little bit of the river on the right side of the picture.




I won't show you my sketch but I plan on doing a watercolor painting of the lighthouse soon.

I also spotted a stand of pretty flowers at the edge of the wooded area.

Have a great week and, God willing, I'll be back sooner than later.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LET'S GET THIS BLOG BACK UP AND ROLLING

It's not that I wanted to neglect blogland but distractions come and distractions go. And since life's distractions are in a lull, blogging has come closer to the forefront . At least, I'm going to give it a try again. So what have I been doing since my last post in October?

I've just finished up my Bible college class for this semester. Got 100% on my final and doing my victory dance! With that major item out of the way, my next class doesn't start until July 10th. So I have 5 weeks of playtime. Of course, there is always housework, cooking and working in the veggie garden but I think I can find time to play in blogland.

I'm still working on the quilt I shared in a couple of posts again. All winter I kept putting it off but have started quilting it again. (Yes, I am further along on this but I haven't a new picture of it.)  I figure that if I spend at least a half-hour a day on it, I'll be able to get it off the frame and on to the next quilt top in short order. I have two more tops to quilt and then I'll be putting the quilting frame up for sale. Hand quilting anything bigger than a wall hanging takes too long for me. I'll be quilting-as -you-go on the sewing machine for quilts in the future.

I've gotten my camera back out to use. Would you believe I forgot how to use some aspects of it? Duh? Had to get the manual out to get the instructions.

While I hunt out some new subjects, I leave you with a couple of pictures taken last year of the wildlife in my yard.

Twins!



Have a happy day and thank you for visiting.




Sunday, October 25, 2015

Some Different Art

I think I might be able to get back into regular blogging again, now that cool weather is settling in and the thought of that white stuff covering every inch of ground is something I'm trying to avoid. The garden bed is ready to plant garlic tomorrow. And with the last clean up of the patio clutter, I'm beginning to get that 'nesting feeling' again! That means more cooking, baking and creating.

If you've been following this blog for anytime, you would know that I love to create, be it quilting, making art, crafting, etc.

Last summer an artist friend and I played with wax painting. This is a new medium to us and we started out with inexpensive supplies such as leftover mat board, beeswax, crayons, etc. These are what I did in the summer of 2014.  Remember, this was just play. I wasn't trying to create anything recognizable, just trying to wok with something new.

Embellished with ribbons and findings.

What to do with that odd earring.

Shells and cheesecloth.

And this was this summer's endeavor:

Alcohol ink and glitter embellished.

Alcohol ink and gold leaf. I placed a ribbon hanger on this one and it hangs on a hallway wall.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quilter Activated Again

Hi Everyone! Did ya miss me? It's been a busy year.  My dear husband is still on the mend from his stroke last April and is permanently retired now. It's been an adjustment not being on a upside down work schedule for both of us, a new chapter in our lives. And next summer, oh do we have a honey-do list for him to work on around the house and yard.

And as for me, after more than a year of not quilting, the quilts have been calling my name. We disposed of our spare bedroom set and that gave me the space to set up my quilting frame again. The following pictures show my latest quilt project, a quilt top that had be languishing in a drawer for untold years. There is another, larger one awaiting it's turn on the quilting frame too. And then there are the unfinished UFOs. shall I go on? LOL



This is just a teaser post. I have more to share...flora, fauna, art projects and whatever else I can cook up. I love all of you who follow my blog. It's good to be back in blogland. Hugs!