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Jun 20, 2017

What??? Figs!!!

This morning I was minding my own business because Mr. Cowboy was off to the hay fields. I was all set to "think" about sewing something when the phone rang. It was Mr. Cowboy no less, asking if I wanted some figs. As I hesitated to answer, he broke into my thoughts of how to get out of this situation, "Good, I'll bring them right over to the house. Better still, meet me half way," then he hung up.
Deep breaths, inner peace, inner peace, more deep breaths!
Off I went to meet him half way.  Four Wal-Mart grocery bags filled to the tippie top later.............!!!
Lots of trimming stems adding sugar and I also added some marinated orange slices into the large pot.
Lots of stirring as the mixture started to boil so that it wouldn't stick to the bottom of the pot....whispering to myself.....inner peace, inner peace, inner peace.
13 pints later.....canned figs. 
 Mr. Cowboy must sense my mood because he has failed to come in for lunch.......hehehehehehehehehehe!!
Rule #1 - Never plan anything.
Rule #2 - Don't even think about planning anything.
Rule #3 - Don't answer the phone but if you do, remember rule #1!!
My recipe for figs are as follows:
No measurements here.
Figs, a large pot full, rinsed, trimmed of stems
To the figs add a bag of sugar, two pounds if you don't want it too sweet or if you're like me, the four pound bag works just fine.
Bring to a boil and then to a simmer for at least 30 to 45 minutes. You will need to stir when mixture is boiling so that it doesn't stick.
Now can the figs in mason jars and the hot bath. This type of canning is easily found on the Internet.

Jun 18, 2017

Roll Foot & a Winner

Greetings everyone!! Before I pop off to church here's wishing all those dads out there 
"Happy Father's Day" and many more. My dad passed away many years ago but his teachings have aided me many times over.
Now onto the next foot.  You are looking at the roll hem foot from my Pfaff & Janome machines. They are very similar. Of course I have never used either because I'm not a seamstress, although my mom wishes I were!! She keeps asking me to alter this and that or make some curtains for windows.......OMG mom, I'm not a s-e-a-m-s-t-r-e-s-s!!!!!  Ok, that's off my chest. Mr. Cowboy finally came out of the hay fields to draw a name from the "hat." The winner is GeneCongratulations to Gene. Just email me your favorite color and I'll get your FQ mailed off very soon.
To everyone who leaves a comment, you'll be placed in the hat for the next drawing.  Wait until you see the next strange foot I'll be featuring soon. Until then may you have love, peace and joy in your life!!

Jun 14, 2017

So Mr. Cowboy....

So yesterday Mr. Cowboy ask me to tag along with him in town. He mentioned he'd treat me to lunch so I was more than happy to ride. However, I failed to remember how said cowboy's town adventures usually play out. Ladies, see if this sounds a bit like your man.
First stop the local gas station, just on the way to town where several of his dirt kicking buddies are standing around. He takes this opportunity to shoot the breeze for 20 mins or so, then suddenly remembers I'm waiting at the gas pump area.
Second stop; there's a guy on the side of the road selling raw honey or fresh melons or whatever & your guy feels a sudden urgent to purchase that thing. He exits the vehicle, talks/laughs/points wildly/laughs some more before finally paying the guy. Then you're finally on your way to town or so you think.
Can anyone relate to this?
Next stop...
Some parts place with loads of logos.  Did you know that when a guy goes into one of these places, you may never see him again. Cowboy was in there for at least 30 minutes or so. When he finally came out I could swear he had grown a beard. When I asked him what was he doing in there, he said that the guy at the counter had to look up some parts on the computer and then go back in the stock room to get said parts. I think the guy at the counter sent a turtle to fetch the parts. What do you all think?????
By now, I've given up on ever seeing the city limits. Mr. Cowboy apologizes profusely about all the stops then say there's one more before we can eat. It's off to the John Deere place for an hour tour & demo of an "E" series tractor. Can I just say Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!
By the time we get to lunch, I could eat a horse! No really!!!!!
I think Mr. Cowboy has broken me up from traveling with him to town...I'll just stick to riding around the farm.........sigh!!!

Jun 12, 2017

Strange But Useful Foot

The button foot!!
I've used the Pfaff foot many times & even read the Manuel on how to....laugh out loud! That particular foot allows you to place the button the the carriage so the machine makes the decision of measurement. Cool, right? I think so. I have yet to use the Janome foot & with hay season & my feelings of not wanting to sew these days.....sigh!
I'll be giving away a FQ so just leave a comment to be included in the drawing. Even if you've already won, you're still eligible.

Jun 8, 2017

Lime Flax

Sorry about the strange title but I couldn't help wanting to get your curiosity up!!
My Cousin Clark recently gave me a bunch of limes. I don't know what he was attempting to tell me. Maybe something about my personality or dig at me for warning him repeatedly about wild hogs and the danger of trapping them without the knowledge of what could happen.
But I reluctantly took them not knowing what to do with them.
Luckily there's Google. How to preserve limes/recipes to deal with limes....sigh....there were hundreds of ideas. I chose to do a lime/sugar refrigerater thingy. This process take a half a day so good for me on that!
All done with that business a few hours later!!!!!
Mr. Cowboy is on this kick of eating healthy. So he had me purchase a bag of ground flaxseed. Can I just say............dirt!!!
It looks like dirt to me.
See what I mean!!  So I hold my nose as I spoon some onto his & my cereal. Then we eat spoons full. Thank goodness I couldn't taste the 'dirt' on my cereal, there is no discernible gritty feeling to it...............sigh!

Jun 6, 2017

Next Foot & A Winner

These two, as you can see are from my two favorite machines. I don't use the Pfaff one very often now because I'm on the Janome most of the time when sewing fever strikes me. I use the darning foot or embroidery foot to free motion quilt some of my mini quilts. I'm just learning to stitch around the raw edges with it. It's frightening because I really have to pay attention to what I doing....LOL.
Remember, if you leave a comment, you are in the hat for a FQ. The color will be your choice.
Mr. Cowboy popped in from the hay fields for a quick tuna sandwich so I had him to draw from the "hat" for another FQ winner.
Joyce Carter, you are a winner! Congratulations!!!!!! Just email me your mailing addy along with your favorite color and I'll get that in the mail very soon.

Do not get excited!!!! I repeat, do not get excited.
I am still not back in my sewing room but I did stumble upon this top that I hadn't taken a photo of.
Some of you may remember this quilt from a month or so ago. At that time I was really trying to get rid of some of my bag of scraps but, alas, that bag just seemed to grow. You know how that is, right?
This top measures 67" by 83"
The piano Key border took as long to assemble as the Fractured Diamond part but I'm happy the way it turned out.
I always feel guilty when I'm unable to respond to your comment, if you are a Non-responder but please know that I am always happy you all visit.

Jun 3, 2017

FQ Winner & a Bug Welcome Back

Mr. Cowboy thought I was being silly about not getting to sew until I mentioned what if he was kept from all his farm stuff....hehehe!
He, then was very happy to quiet me down by drawing a FQ winner.
Regina, he drew your name! Congratulations girl!!! Just email me your mailing addy, your favorite color & I'll get your FQ in the mail. 
This was so much fun so I'll be giving away more FQs with each post about machine feet. 
So here's the next foot that's another favorite.
It's my Open-toed foot that I've used in many of the mini quilts that I stitch around the raw edges. You can see why it's named Open-toe. I shift my needle all the over to the right & decrease the stitch length to achieve the close stitching.
Leave a comment to be counted for the next FQ give away!!

I want your help in welcoming back to blogging my wacky girlfriend Molly.  When you've got a moment, pop over to her blog and sit a spell!!

Jun 2, 2017

My Right Foot

This little foot is my #1 stitching foot. It stays on my Janome so I have to make a conscience effort to remove it when I decide to do machine embroidery.
And, no, I'm still not sewing yet.
I was sitting around the house waiting for the guys to come in from the hay fields for lunch when I decided to clean my machine. I noticed all the "feet" I have for each machine (I have 3 at thie point) & thought about the one I use & love the most.
BTW, this foot did not come with any of my machines. I purchased it via Amazon!!
What's your favorite foot or most used foot? Let's talk feet!!
I'll come back with some updates about this post and your feedback as well. 
Since I'm stuck not sewing, I think I'll do a fat quarter give away from those who respond using a random number thingy or have Mr. Cowboy draw a name or two.

May 31, 2017

In & Out of Pocket

Isn't this little moth a beauty?  Ok, that's the science teacher still lodged deep within me. I've been retired for years but every time I see something I deem interesting, the camera comes out and I start snapping.
Now, to the reason I'm posting today. It's hay season around here so I'm kind of busy with that but also, I'm in somewhat of a slump when it comes to my quilting projects. I'm just not into anything sewing or fabric right now.....sigh.  I have been doing loads of reading on my Kindle and watching nature.  I've also been doing some canning, baking and testing new recipes.
Sometimes I feel a bit guilty about not sewing something, anything. 
I think some of my problem has to do with the weather around here. It's been rainy and dreary and that's not the kind of weather I love. This is a real challenge.  I'm a summer, sunny, the hotter the better because I can always cool off easier than I can warm up, girl. I need the sun to shine for days!!!!!
So until that happens I suppose I'll be in the dumps for awhile.......sigh.  If it weren't for my wacky girlfriends, I probably would not talk to anyone.  Sorry to unload on all you blogger buddies and please understand, I'm really okay. I just want lots of sun. So if you're getting lots of sun please sent some my way. I'll love your forever.........hehehehehehehehe!!!

May 22, 2017

Shots Fired!!!

No photos....sorry about that.
My cousin Clark is a great guy and a softie at heart. A few months ago he trapped a wild hog or two (see POST here) with a bit of drama.
Now that he fully understands how vicious wild hogs can be, he's decided to take a more....well....not so close-up and personal approach.
 The other day Clark informed me that he had borrowed another cousin's rifle to do a little hog hunting.  Well not real hunting. Some wild hogs have been rooting up his backyard. They are cunning, have great hearing and smell and are very fast. Clark says he made sure the rifle was fully loaded when he placed it near his backdoor.
At 11PM, he quietly open the backdoor but nothing was amiss. At 2:45AM he had better luck. There were about 3 adults and loads of babies rooting away.
I can just picture what Clark was telling me. He eased the rifle into position, took aim and ....... click!!
Yes, click!!! A shell was not in the chamber. Upon hearing that small click, the hogs took off for the hills. By the time Clark was able to fire, he was shooting at the night. Needless to say, he was very disappointed.
I told him that those hogs would return in a few nights.
I was wrong about the time of night....they showed up this morning in my field. I quickly called Clark, who being a bit more prepared this time, tipped into a good position and fired....rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat!
Sigh........we need to work on the aim.
Better luck next time Cuz!!!!

May 12, 2017

It's Wild Around Here

Warning!!!   Warning!!!   Warning, Will Robinson!!!!  Okay, sorry I couldn't help myself with that opening from Lost In Space which was one of my favorite TV shows way back when. But seriously, if you're squeamish, look away NOW!!!
All the photos were taken with my iPhone. It's a handle thing since my camera is always misplaced.
As most of you know who follow me, I live in the country where there are plenty of wild things lurking about. In the above photo you are seeing a mole.......dead, thanks to my cousin Clark. This critter had been wrecking my yard for weeks leaving giant mole mounds. Clark is the local mole exterminator & he offered to "take him out" so to speak.
He did it!!! The mole was very crafty but Clark was patient. Look at the teeth on this thing....OMG!!!
I'm sure this isn't the end of my mole problem but it sure feels good to know that the granddaddy of all moles is no longer.  Thank You Clark!!!
Update:  Here's the latest photo of little "Show Girl," Showee for short. She stopped, posed for me, even started towards me in curiosity, then backed up. She's so funny to watch. Fairly soon afterwards she realized that her mom had moved off so off she dashed with her little tail in the air.
This beauty was fluttering about as I was gathering up some fallen branches after the big storm the other night. I was able to get quite close for the pic. This photo doesn't lend the beautiful coloring.
Finally, this is a photo of a branch/creek that fun thru the back forty. I'm thinking of doing a mini quilt from this pic.....if I have enough energy after all the hay baling.  We'll see.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and a nice Mother's Day.

May 10, 2017

Another Fractured Diamond Design

I purchased this fabric the other month and saw many possibilities.

So of course, I started cutting into it with another fractured diamond in mind.

I drafted a kite shape from cardboard and cut 24 out to begin with because I didn't know how large I wanted the quilt to be.

I already like the looks of this.

Here's one block.  Each block is 8 1/2" unfinished. My plan is to use up as many scrap strips as possible without them growing into a mountain......sigh!!

And now 8 blocks. Now I just have to get busy and build a quilt. Stay turned. For some reason, things (quilting) have slowed down around here as hay season gets into a full swing. It just might take awhile before this string gets done.
Happy May everyone!!!

Apr 24, 2017

One Scene, Five Points of View

I recently went on retreat with my "wacky" girlfriends. Needless to say, we had a blast what with laughing, eating and girl bonding. There was a bit of sewing involved but mostly we were just so happy to be together. However, I did bring along a little project for everyone to try. The above photo is a close-up of an old tree trunk and in the background are trees, the lake and a bit of sky. I gave each "wacky" a photo and ask them, along with myself, to make a mini of what each saw. I brought along as many pieces of landscaping type fabrics for them to use and each received a glue stick instead of using adhesive fabric backing such as Steam-a-Seam or Heat-n-Bond. Glue sticks are easier, faster and won't gum up your sewing machine!!!
Here's the results:

Rhonda's view (me)

Molly's view

Annie's view

Kathleen's view

Kathy's view
The retreat was a great success and therapeutic to us all. We are all refreshed and ready to get back to life and family.
I hope everyone who reads this blog post has a wonderful week and enjoy the last of April!!!

Apr 14, 2017

Happy Easter

John 12:23-25 - Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
For those who celebrate Easter, I hope yours is filled with love, family, food and happiness!!!
Mr. Cowboy decided to take a spin in his old Ford Galaxy. I must say, he looked real good!!!

If you're wondering what this photo is, it's part of a pork roast. I thought I'd take a photo before everyone dug in and ate it all up. I, also, wanted to share the recipe.
  • 1 large pork roast
  • 1 pot of brewed coffee
  • salt/pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 whole onion
  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large Dutch oven or cooking pot. While oil in heating season pork roast with salt/pepper or any other seasoning you use. I sometimes add a package of dry ranch dressing mix.
  2. Place seasoned roast into pot and sear on all sides. Next add the pot of coffee into the pot and the onion. Cover and allow to simmer for 2 1/2 hours or until tender. If the roast is very large, cook for at least 3 hours.
  3. Remove from pot, allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing. I, also, save some of the liquid to dribble over the slices.
  4. Serve with rice or cabbage or sweet potatoes and a green salad. Yummy!!!!!

Apr 1, 2017

I Thought That Was Over!!!

See that expression........that's the way I felt this morning when Mr. Cowboy said, "Oh, wow, look at that wild hog in the back yard!"  As I ran to see slamming my foot into an open cabinet, he said, "April Fool!"
For some reason, I saw stars for a few moments thinking I was finished with those kinds of things. With 29 years of teaching under my belt and almost 11 years of retirement, I had forgotten about the teasing jokes but Mr. Cowboy had me right back in that classroom.
I'm planning a way to get his goat very soon. So stay tuned.

Mar 30, 2017

Ice Shavings or Not & More

I spent the morning shaving this. What is it, you may ask? 
It's onions I've had to process via a blender thingy. Thank goodness I didn't have to chop 20lbs. of onions. That would have really made me cry.
On a different note....
This little fellow made his bed in the trough filled with hay his mom was munching on. Made me smile


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