Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Doll clothes

I finally remembered to download the few pics of the doll clothes that I made for my great-niece for Christmas.  Actually I forgot I wanted to take pictures until AFTER I had already wrapped the box up.  :(  Fortunately I remembered before I gave them to her.  I was even able to take the ribbon off, unwrap the box and take my pictures and rewrap the box with the same paper and ribbon!!  I could not believe I was able to do that and you couldn't even tell I had undone it.  Yay me.
 These are the 4 outfits I managed to get made in the short time I gave myself.  I was pretty pumped over them.  I think they are cute as can be.  Maybe a bit old fashioned for now, but the pattern was a reprint of one from the 50's.  It was all I could find locally. 
I might make more doll clothes and open an Etsy shop, who knows.  I do enjoy making them and also making Barbie doll clothes, I have a small tote full of them and no one to play with them anymore. 

 This dress was made from fabric I found in a tote that came home with me when my beloved Mother-In-Law passed.  Since the clothes were for her great-granddaughter I thought it very appropriate even though Finley had never met her.
 This was made from a fat quarter that I found in town when looking for a pattern.  Those elephants were just too cute and the mini polka dots were just great.

 I had bought this flannel to make a nap blanket for my Mom when she was in the nursing home.  I had made her one and never did get around to making this one up.  Makes very cute jammies, I think

This pink is a knit that I bought somewhere, sometime and decided it would make a really nice coat since it would go with both of the dresses.  I added the fancy row of stitching down the front to avoid having to do a hand hem to keep the facing where it belonged. 

The pillows I made for the kids, grand kids, and great-grand kids were all very cute and very well received, but I forgot to take pictures of them.  Maybe one day I will have everyone bring them back and take a group photo of them.

 I bought this nativity and creche many years ago when a Hobby Lobby opened up in Chillicothe.  I have tried many ways to light it and usually just end up shining a desk lamp down on it.  This year I happened to remember that I had a clamping bulb (like they put in those plastic Santa's and snowmen that you sit out on your lawn) and decided to give it a try,  I works like a dream.  May not give me as much light as the desk lamp but I like this light much better.  It sits at the end of the hall.  My 2 cats and my small dog like to lay in front of it.  They don't mess with it, they just lay there.  They want to be near to the Baby Jesus.  Smart  little fur babies.
We actually had a white Christmas this year!!  It has probably been over 20 years since we had one.  I had totally given up on wanting one.  I was so surprised to wake up and see the snow.  I know it is just a barely there coating, but it is white.
It has been so cold that we still have the Christmas snow.  Today the high was mid 20degrees F.  Very cold for us.  The rest of the week is not going to be any better and Friday is supposed to be a high of 16.  Next week may be a bit better, but not much.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas is almost here....

No pics today. 

I had the wild idea to make some doll baby clothes for my great-niece for Christmas.  Not a problem except that I didn't get this idea until last Sunday.  Nothing like putting pressure on yourself. 

I wasn't able to start sewing until Tuesday evening.  I have managed to make a dress and a pair of PJ's so far.  I have a coat pinned to the fabric but that is all,  I want to make the coat and at least one more dress for her.

While going through my fabrics and a tote of fabric I brought home when my beloved mother-in-law passed I found all these neat quilt patches that I suddenly had the brain storm to make into pillows for the 6 grand kids.  Then I found a few more and decided to make a pillow for each of her 3 boys and found a couple more and decided to make them for the 2 great-grand kids even though they had never had the pleasure and good fortune to know her.  So now I need to make 11 pillows on top of everything else.  I have to have the pillows done by Christmas Eve as that is when we all get together to celebrate.  I have plenty of time.  :)

So why am I on here instead of sewing?  Because I am at work (I work in the family business so this is OK).  Just as soon as I get payroll done and D or J come back I am going to the house to get busy.

I will take pics before I give the things all away. 

Joan is coming to Christmas for at least one more visit.  The year she passed and we cleaned out the house I found all kind of gifts that she had already bought for Christmas, and she left us in June!  Since I am now the oldest female of the family I gathered everything up and saved it until December and then I went through everything and made a gift bag for everyone.  We had some tears and lots of laughter.  She was missed but it made it sort of like she was still there.  Which she is still there in each of our hearts.  She was a lovely lady and very well loved.

In addition to all the sewing I still have to make sugar cookies, sugared pecans, a couple of pies, clean up the house, and put everything away after sewing.  I have to sew on my dining table as my embroidery/sewing room is a wreck and I can't even get to the counters to work.  That is going to have to be taken care of after the holidays!  I miss my sewing space.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Chick-a-biddies

 This is the day we got the chicks back in June.  They have grown a lot since then.They are no longer little fluff balls but full grown egg laying chick-a-biddies. 
This is some of the eggs.  As you can see we get all sizes of them and quite a few colors also.  My hens that are supposed to lay brown eggs really don't lay a true brown color.  They range from a soft blush to a soft pinky-brown.  I love the colors and I love the way they look in that small bowl. 

This is what they look like now.  I just took these pictures this morning.  As a matter of fact I disturbed them while they were taking their morning bath.  They are silly things but they are all healthy.

I have a mix of Ameracaunas, Black Astrolorps, Favarols, and Light Brahmas.  I also have a few older Buff Orpingtons from last year.  They are quite a colorful bunch.

Black Astrolorp



2 Light Brahmas

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A "few" pics of Lily. :)

 Just a few pics I took of Lily.  She is so pretty that I just had to share with whoever happens upon this site and decides to read it..  I am not the best photographer or even a very good one, but I enjoy taking pictures occasionally.
 This is our TV watching chairs.  They are really comfy.  They recline, rock, and swivel.  I could do without the swivel as it makes my chair turn when I do not want it to.  But I'll adjust. 
 A close up of them so you can see the nice little table between them.
 Our sofa bed for the occasional guest.  Only been out twice so we have not had any guests yet.  I did try to make the bed down once just to see it and didn't get it down quite right and also did not get it latched back into place so when we got to where we were going the bed was half way down.  Dale had to fix it since I didn't really have any idea of how to do it.

 My stove, oven and fridge.  Small but workable.  I have baked cookies in the oven both times we were out.  The range has only 3 burners, but then I am not going to be fixing a holiday meal in it so it is fine.
 My itty-bitty microwave.  And I do mean itty-bitty.  But it is big enough to get my bacon cooker in it so it is big enough.  I don't use a microwave very often.  I don't like the way it cooks food.  But it does a great job on bacon.  (Have you tried the little individual brownies and cakes that you cook in the micro in a coffee mug?  The ones I have tried are very tasty and just the right size so you don't over do.)
 Another part of the "kitchen".  storage and added counter top.  I keep my toaster and coffee maker on top of this and use it to put out food when we have company.
 My island sink.  I forgot to take the covers off of the sink.  The covers make for more counter space when I am cooking.  Love it. I you look close you can see a finger hole in the counter where one of the sink covers is.  the other is almost twice that size so a nice double sink.
I even have a ceiling fan in the living area!
 Our dining table.  It can sit 4 nicely and in a pinch and if you extend it out you could put a 5th person at the end of the table.  This RV is set up as a couples traveler.  It only will sleep 4 people.
 Another view of the table showing my fireplace and TV.  I actually used the fireplace last weekend when we went camping.  It was cold outside and rainy, but toasty and warm inside.
This is what happens when you are messing with you phone trying to download pictures and not paying any attention to what you are doing.

Actually we went camping 2 weekends ago (Nov 3&4).  We got there Friday and stayed until Sunday.  We had a meeting in Bellefontaine so we and a couple of friends took our RV's instead of staying in a hotel  I loved it.  I didn't get to really spend much time "glamping" but I got to take Lily out again.
That was the2nd trip and the last trip of the year,  We have winterized her and I just need to do some further cleaning and she will be ready for her long winter's nap.  I can't wait until time to take her out again.  Not sure where we will go next spring/summer but I am hoping for a lot of camp-outs. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Our first trip out in the new camper

I know this is titled first trip but I had to show my little Coley.  He had been down in the cellar nosing around.  He loves to go down there and given half a chance he is there.
 This is "Lily" the evening we brought her home.  Not a great picture but I was standing in the middle of the highway trying to get this picture so I was in a hurry and didn't really try to frame it and get everything in. 

This was as we were leaving for our first camp out.  Not a really good pic but you get the gist of it.  The one below is better.  She really looks good behind Dale's new (to him) truck.  He didn't really want a black truck but that was pretty much all he could find and it really looks sharp pulling the 5th Wheel.  Plus, Dale loves to wash and detail out a vehicle so black is right up his alley, since they need constant cleaning. 

I didn't take any pics at the campground.  I am about the world's worst at taking pics now.  I used to take pictures all the time.  I have loads of them but I guess I just got tired of looking at the world through a camera lense and just quit.  That happens sometimes.  
We went to Lake Snowden which is about 35 or 40 miles away.  We had to be in Athens on Sunday evening so this was our only choice to be able to camp and go to the meeting.   We took Betsie with us and she had a great time.  She got to take walks with Daddy so she was happy.  She is definitely Dale's dog.  She loves me, but I am forgotten in a second when Dad is around, lol.

We are going out again weekend after this coming one.  Going up around Indian Lake.  Unfortunately for us by then most of the campgrounds are out of season so we can only get electric.  No full hookup and no dump station.  We will manage. 

I hope I do better this time than the last trip.  I came down with a pretty bad sinus infection which meant lots of antibiotics and then I got sick and ended up in the hospital and then I caught a cold when I got home so I have pretty much been sick since the camping trip.  If I do that again Dale has threatened to sell the camper. He better not.  I just need to get used to camping again.  :)

I have the camper mostly packed.  It is a chore packing a camper from scratch.  Pretty much all of the stuff I used to have for camping is now gone.  I didn't think I would need it so it has been given away or sold at yard sale.  Oh, well.  I enjoyed buying the stuff for her.  Besides, when we camped before we had the kids young so we didn't have nice stuff in the camper.  Now we are older and camping alone so I told Dale we are now "glamping" lol

Still need to get inside pics of Lily to show just how pretty she is inside.  Maybe I'll do that this afternoon, and maybe I won't.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What is wrong with me??

I have been to 3 doctors since last Saturday, the 8th.

I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible pain in my upper abdomen. It felt like I had indigestion and if I could just belch I would be better.  I went downstairs and took some Tums and sat in my chair for a while but got no relief.  Around 3 I went back to bed and tried to sleep.  I did manage to doze off for a bit but then the pain got worse.  My thrashing around woke D and when he knew what was going on he wanted to take me to the emergency room.  I said no.  I will be OK.  About an hour later when I curled up in a ball on my hands and knees he asked me again and I said maybe I had better.

We got up and got dressed and D called our daughter to see if Holzer had an urgent care here in town.  Well they did but unfortunately they didn't open until 11.  So we headed to Chillicothe to the emergency room.  I wasn't too happy about that but I needed some relief.

The car trip over didn't do me any favors but I made it.  When we got there the ER was empty so I was taken right in.  (The ER is now the ED, Emergency Department)  They asked all kinds of questions and poked and prodded my belly, stuck me to take blood and start an IV.  Finally they gave me a dose of morphine and something for nausea.  The pain eventually settled down.  Then they took me to do an ultrasound on my gallbladder. 

The only thing they could find wrong in all the tests they did was my liver enzymes were elevated.  No clue as to why they were.  So they gave me two scripts and sent me on home.  Needless to say with  the dose of morphine I slept most of the day.  Still in some discomfort, not really pain, but also feeling dizzy and discombobulated.  

Sunday I was feeling fine so we went to church and out to eat after with friends.  By the time we got home I was not feeling so good so I took some meds and sat in my chair and slept.  This is getting old fast.

Monday when I got up I was feeling pretty rough so D took me to our doctor in town.  She examined me and looked at my test results from Sat.  She gave me something for pain and got me in to a GI doctor the next morning.  Another day spent in my chair sleeping.

Tuesday we had to be in Chillicothe at 8:30 for doctor visit.  They did more blood work and an MRI on me.  Found nothing.  Another day in the chair.

Wednesday I felt pretty good so I came on out to the office and did a bit.  Had some pain but nothing I couldn't handle.  I did not take any meds that day.  Yay!! 
We went down to look at a 5th Wheel camper that friends of ours are selling.  Not sure if we are going to buy this one or not.  We both like it but it lacks a few things we want.  More on that later. :)

Thursday morning and I am doing better.  I am here at the office.  Some discomfort but nothing major.  Maybe I just had a fluke happen and I am ok now.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Giving Blood

Friday evening Dale and I went to give blood.  This is something that Dale does on a VERY regular basis and I do less regular.  I used to give everytime along with D, but I used to have a tendency to pass out afterwards so they all made me quit giving.  I am older now and things change so I try to give about every other time now.  
I have given 2 gallon and 1 quart.  Not bad, but no where near what Dale has given.  He does the double red which I can never do since you have to be at least 5' 5" if you are a woman and I am only 5' 1".  Oh, well.