Friday, October 28, 2011

A little break....

I will be back next week! I need to unpack the boxes I shipped, fill the pantry, and all the other chores that go along with being away for 5 months. My internet will be reliable and I will not be worried about exceeding the gig limit on the useless modem! I am anxious to see my home and get my studio going. Have a great weekend blogging friends. See you soon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Around town and in the backyard.....

Except for the very last minute stuffing packing the carry-ons - I have finished! Hopefully I have every charger for every electronic device! The trip back and forth has become slightly difficult since my hip replacement. The intimate attention from security is quite invasive. I don't have a solution and they have been professional but still....I am a white haired, arthritic older person. Oh, well.

Jack's yard attracts deer because of an old apple tree in his front yard. I wanted a picture so I set up a blind of sorts. I raised the blinds and placed a chair and chose my lens and camera. I thought about camouflage clothing but didn't want to spend the money - just kidding. Jack had knocked the apples off the top of the tree earlier with his snow rake. I sat and waited and sure enough across the road they came.
He posed for the camera. I got lots of pictures (I almost said shots!!!). The light was beginning to fade. Hunting season starts next week....

Today we took a ride looking for stone walls and old barns.
This barn and home are being restored. I will look forward to seeing what they have done next year.

There was no traffic so we stopped on the bridge in Bolster's Mills. 

The sky over the lake was amazing.

It was a good day! Hope you are having a good week!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Finishing is a good thing.....

We are right down to the wire as we finish up packing and organizing to head back to Florida. I must remember not to bring so many projects next year as I shipped back a large box of yarn and fabric I never got to use.  However, I did make another mug mat to match the teabag holder that my friend Rett at The Gazebo House made for me. You can visit her blog here. Notice the pink flower!

A friend in South Portland taught me to make flowers. She had given me this felted hat a couple of years ago. It is fuchsia (pinky purple). I bet you can see where I am going with this....

The flower looks nice on the mug mat too. Notice the pinks in the mug mat (Kaffe fabrics).

Some projects completed! 

The Fiesta cup and saucer are not pink but were the best match for the fabric.

I am joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for another Pink Saturday and I bet you guessed!

I had my mammogram this past week. I hope you have had yours.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ramblings and wanderings.......

 We have left the little red cabin. She is clean and ready for winter. She hibernates for 7 months and waits for us to come back in June. While Jack finished the sweeping I took some pictures. We divide the closing chores!

The path used to be part of the narrow gauge railroad which made trips from Harrison to Bridgton. I will do more research next summer.

The colors have not been as brilliant this year with all the rain and wind but the colors are still beautiful.

The recent sunrise was spectacular. The morning was cold and here I am outside before 6am in my jammies and slippers taking pictures. 
I wish I knew what kind of bush this is. Might be chokecherry but I just can't pin it down. If anyone knows I would appreciate the name.

Have a great week!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Not Pink but.....

One of my blogging friends has opened an Etsy store. You may know Eileen from The Pink Home. Her photography is beautiful and she has been designing her own fabric for Spoonflower. Here is the link to her blog. You can read about Spoonflower here. Eileen has another blog called The Art of Living Beautifully. You can find it here. I think of Eileen and I think PINK. Her blogs are inspirational so I hope you will stop by and say hi! I may have to get some more fabric.

I saw this Christmas fabric and ordered it right away. I am not sure what I shall do with it but I shall come up with something.

I am joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for another Pink Saturday. I hope you all have a

Happy Pink Saturday!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Look what followed me home....

I have always been a collector. When I moved to Florida, I was brutal in my downsizing. Now I write this blog and I find myself collecting and gathering once again....I had 2 Singer Featherweight sewing machines. I sold one and gifted the other. I never really missed them until recently. There is a blogger who uses one....I can't remember who it is but something stuck in the back of my mind. I looked them up on eBay. Last Sunday we were supposed to go to the fair but the weather was horrid so we went antiquing. And there right as I walked in was a Singer Featherweight in all her glory. What's a girl to do????

She runs like a charm and has all her parts. She was made in 1955. I was 11.

Now if I could just get this quilt sewn together!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Relish the relish......

We did it. We have talked about it for a couple of years. We found green tomatoes and we made green tomato relish. Above is my Gram Potter's meat grinder - a Russwin made around 1901. I have found that grinding the ingredients for the relish gives a texture that I prefer. However, the relish has also been made in a food processor.

I chopped and Jack used the grinder.

One of the first posts I wrote is about this relish and you can find the recipe here. The spacing was a real issue for me back then!

We added some hot peppers for a little zing!

We salted the mixture to draw out the excess liquid and then rinsed and drained the mixture. The rest of the ingredients were added and then cooked on top of the stove until dark and thicker. The cabin smelled wonderful!

Until next year!


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