Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cold Showers

Saturday afternoon, our water started getting a bit cool, not a good sign. I have always been comforted by having gas heat and water, if electricity goes out we suffer very little. Never did I think about a pilot light going out and not wanting to stay lit.....Oh boy! I had no idea the amount of times I use the hot water, being an excessive hand washer (always in the kitchen) and food prep then the clean up and how about a nice warm shower every morning.

The gas man just left and it looks like it has nothing to do with their part of the system, so that means it will need to be replaced and preferably by.....YESTERDAY!

Now that I have had to move many things around and found far too many dust bunnies, or maybe I should say dust bears, I have decided it is time for a good clean out..wish me luck.

Hope you are having a good week, with no 'surprises'. xo

Friday, January 27, 2012

Little Cooks

Those of you that have followed me for any length of time will know that I am passionate about food and cooking. You may have guessed that by the theme of most of my giveaways. I feel cooking and feeding people go far beyond nourishing the body....the act itself expresses a love beyond words.

With that said, it is only natural for me to have a desire to encourage our young ones to get started helping out in the kitchen as soon as possible and to do that you must have an.....apron!

So that is the project that I hinted about on Wednesday. I am starting a line of children's aprons, ones that they will really enjoy wearing and for the little girls, they must be pretty. The grand daughters will be the first to 'test drive' the aprons and choose the ones that will be put in the shop.

Ella and Eden

Sissy (Juliet)

Here is the very rough pattern, I used a sheet that I tore and held up to Ella and taped to shape it a bit. - If there are any seamstresses with weak stomachs you may wish to turn away now...I use 'no' patterns and I fly by the seat of my pants...the stories my sewing machines could tell!!

Here is the first one, mind you it is just pinned down but I think it is pretty close to how I want it, maybe a pocket...I don't know.

It is from a wonderful, sturdy linen tablecloth that I picked up a thrift shop, and we must have lace (also from the thrift) on a little girls apron.

Sissy says "What about the boys when they are in the kitchen with us?"

I thought of them too Sis, what do you think about this fabric?

"That's terrific grandma....I want to cook with my boys too!"

So that's it, I am starting a full line of the aprons for girls and boys. I will share this apron when I'm done. After I try it on Ella and make any changes in the fit, if needed, I will get my stock up enough to put in the shop.

A New Beginning!

I hope you have some nice plans for the weekend...have a good one! xo

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Project

I have something on the drawing board (my head) that I have been planning on doing for some time now, it isn't a huge impossible task, just one I haven't made myself start...I'm sure none of you know anything about that..Ha!

So, I am telling you now, that I will share on Friday what it is and show you the progress, that way I will have to do it.

I'm off to finish dinner, dim the lights and light a candle...my honey will be home soon.

See you Friday! xo


Monday, January 23, 2012

Flowers In The House

It is hard to believe that it is time for Jane's monthly house call again. For those who don't know about this, Jane hosts a once a month challenge of sorts, to share an arrangement that we have in the house.

I'm feeling a bit better today and believe I may be on the mend so I grabbed my clippers and the dogs and off we went to do some snipping around the yard. Nothing fancy as you can see, but I think it was just the ticket to lift my spirits a little too.

I'm very late with this today but am glad, as always, that Jane encourages us in this...Thanks Jane!

Have a lovely Monday everyone! xo

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ah-Choo !

I am a bit under the weather today but have done some tweaking, between sneezes, on my comment section. I am getting reports that some of my readers are still unable to leave comments on my blog, and as I go visiting others, am finding some of the same complaints.

I have changed my comments to 'full page' in hopes that it will fix the problem. Please take a moment to leave me a quick email if you still are finding a problem..Thanks!

Hope you are all having an enjoyable weekend! xo

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Remission !

Tuesday was Kami's 5Th round of chemo (above photo - 4Th chemo) but on Monday they did a PET scan, half way through the 8 rounds to see if that will be enough or if 4 more need to be added to the treatment plan.....She just called 45 minutes ago to say the phone call came with the wonderful news that she is in REMISSION ! Only three more to go (every other Tuesday) and then 3 weeks of radiation every day.

Thank You LORD !!!!! And thank you all for your prayers, comforting words and supportive emails...I am so Blessed to have you all in my life.

This is a great day!

Love to you all. xxoo

Photo - Borrowed from my sister...thanks sis!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Are You Having Problems Leaving Comments?

Some are reporting not being able to leave comments for me and also for some of the other blogs they follow. I have had some problems too..I will go to leave a comment on a few blogs and it will take me to a all white page and freeze up..But I have no problem closing that window and getting back to my Dashboard.

Are you having a problem leaving me a comment or anyone else for that matter? Please leave me an email to let me know (top of my side bar).

I looked to see if Blogger has know issues but no luck.

Thanks! xo

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mr. Bold Coyote

I thought I'd share with you just how bold the coyotes are getting around here lately. The Mr. captured these shots about 11:00 am yesterday. There were two of them earlier and a couple of weeks ago, one ran out of the front yard when I went to let Jack out!

They are not even afraid...One day not too long ago, I had one coming toward me as if it were a dog and wanted to say hi...ya, right!

Here is the snow we are having today and you can really see how close the coyote was when compared to this shot.

Here is Miss E's sweet house as the snow comes down. The forecast is up to 8" tomorrow and who knows how much on Wednesday before it warms up and high winds are expected.. then a wind storm on Saturday...It may all prove to be very interesting.

Stay snug and warm my friends. xo

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Taste Of Winter

We woke up to snow this morning, most of it has melted off now but will freeze tonight and usher in an all out winter event. I went shopping yesterday afternoon to stock up on the necessities, just in case it really gets ugly. The Pacific Northwest is very odd that way...a bit of snow can turn into an ice rink in a short amount of time and reduce a respectable 4 wheel drive rig into a useless sled..best to stay at home.

The chickens finally ventured out, not trusting that strange white stuff earlier...the bugs must have come out too.

I hope you all are having a nice weekend so far. I will post tomorrow about the weather if it gets interesting. For now, I think I'll go take some cuttings of the French Pussy willow (top photo) and pop them in a vase. xo

Thursday, January 5, 2012


This week I have been reading many resolutions for the new year and I will start off confessing that "None" of them were mine....They do not work for me, so, many years ago I brought that to a screeching halt, finished, done, no more. I trick my brain by calling it, casually, "New Beginnings", it sounds so much kinder to my scattered brain.

So, I will share my first NB. About a year ago I found this map at a garage sale in Vancouver and brought it up to the Little House, where it would live, above my computer, as a reference, while reading blogs from far away places. And so it sat, leaning in the corner, forgotten...until now...Ta- da, it's up as you can see and the space under is even organized (kind of ).

So there you have it, I have started the year off right and I'm all excited about the other things that I am going to trick my brain with, haha.

How about your New Beginnings, are they going well so far? xo