Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Handy Guy

I finished preserving the last of my bushel of peaches today.  A sticky mess but nice to see all those freezer bags in the freezer.  I had some  syrup left over and a bunch of carrots I got on sale Wed so, I cut up four, partially cooked them and then added to the syrup.  I boiled until the syrup was almost gone and then cooled the carrots.  Threw them into a freezer bag and we will have a nice treat to add to a meal.
 Top of the dinosaur quilt Ihave been working on.  A close up of the centre is below.
Hubby spent the day putting a couple of air vents on our roof.  He said that as soon as he had made the holes, hot air came gushing out.  The vents should help prevent ice build up this winter and perhaps even keep the place cooler in the summer.  Nice being married to a handy guy.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

1908 Sphinx

After spending an hour or so doing some research, I have found that I own a 1908 Singer Sphinx 127.  Now I have established that, I can get some parts. That research will have to wait as I am getting some quilting done.  I finished the dinosaur top and have started on a charity quilt that has been waiting on the frame for a while.
A friend brought me a 6 4 quart baskets of peaches today and I have got one processed and in the fridge.  I peeled them, made a light syrup and then scooped into freezer bags.  I haven't decided whether I am going to make jam with any.
A lady in the Burk's Falls Art and Crafts Club passed on a chili sauce recipe that uses peaches so might try that for something different.
I have a meeting in the morning and evening and grocery shopping in the afternoon so not sure if I will get much done tomorrow. A device I ordered on line arrived today and I am hoping to try it out this week.  You are supposed to be able to bind a quilt with it.  I will let you know how it works out.
Tomorrow is, of course, Sept. 11.  I don't think anyone who was alive on that dreadful day will every forget it. Like the assassination of John Kennedy, we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing.

Monday, September 9, 2019

A New Old Machine

Our trees are slowly changing colour as one of my favourite seasons is sending out a gentle reminder that it is on its way. We had about a week of coolish weather-enough to light the wood stove one evening.  Once it starts to cool down I start my jam and preserve making.  On Saturday I did a couple lots of freezer jam.  I have a friend bringing a bushel of peaches back from Welland and they will be canned.  I will probably also do some peach jam. Autumn is a busy time but I enjoy it.
I am still puttering away at my dinosaur quilt.  Just two more sides for the last border and then I can get it on the frame.  I am not sure how I will quilt it yet but as it is for a young boy, it will be sturdy rather than fancy.
Today I acquired something I have been wanting for quite a while.  A friend gave me her mother's old Singer Manufacturing Company machine.  It is going to be needing quite a bit of work before I will be able to use it

The serial number is easy to read so I will be checking on line to see what info I can get regarding manual and parts.  It is going to need a good oiling and cleaning first.  I will keep you posted on its restoration.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Back to Normal

September has to be my favourite month.  It is, for me, the time when everything returns to normal.  That might be a strange thing for a person who is retired to say but it is true for me.  When the Labour Day weekend is over our summer residents abandon their cottages, noisy boats, atvs and fireworks and return to their permanent home.  We are now able to go to the grocery store and coffee shop without a line up.  It is nice to have these folk here to add some excitement (and dollars) to the community but it is rather like having the grandchildren for a weekend-you love them but it is nice to get back to a quiet home.
With the passing of the weekend,  the fall fair is over and I can mark that off the calendar.  I didn't do as well this year.  I usually get only a couple second prizes with all others being first.  I did get a few red ribbons but not nearly as many as in previous years.  Of course, it is my fault.  I left everything to the last minute and the articles were not as well prepared as they could have been.  Even my dressed doll which did get a first, wasn't up to my usual standard.
I have now written  a note on my calendar at the beginning of August 2020to remind myself to  start deciding what I am going to submit and get those articles together.  I am making a list now of the categories in which I usually enter and am going to start on some of them now.
The passing of August and the changing leaves remind me that Christmas isn't far away.  I have almost finished one customer quilt and have the other top about half done.  My customers are giving them as gifts so I need to get them finished in good time.
Of course, September is back to school time with all the tears and excitement that brings.  Our grandson was feeling a bit nervous this year as he is going to a different school.  We Skyped with them this evening and he and his sister both had a great day.
So, here we are at the beginning of another month with another season just around the corner.  Take time to enjoy something about each day and focus on one thing for which you are thankful. You will find your day will be filled with

Friday, August 30, 2019

Do You Remember?

You will have to be a certain age to remember these.  Hope they start your long weekend with a smile.

Lost Words from our childhood:


Mergatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? Heavens to Mergatroyd!


The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?"


Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.


About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included: Don't touch that dial, carbon copy, you sound like a broken record, and hung out to dry. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!


We were in-like-Flynn and living the-life-of-Riley; and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all-the-tea-in-China!


Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.


Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.


Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey!'s your nickel! Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Blow it out your shorts. Wake up and smell the roses.


It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!)


We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.


Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth...


See ya later, alligator!


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Kept Safe

Good news.  Yesterday, I shared with you a note from reader Nancy who wrote about the quilt she was doing.  I had asked if she would share a photo and she has agreed.  Nancy, if you click on "My Facebook Page" to the right of the post that will take you it.  I am looking forward to seeing what you have done so far.
I was going to go for a walk through the bush yesterday with Heidi but decided against it as it was windy.  This is the tree that came down right along the path.
 The tree was really rotten at the base so it is no wonder it came down.
The tree was a good 80 feet and just to  the left is the trail.  It was strewn with smaller branches and twigs.  Thanking the Lord for keeping me safe.

I am still working on fair entries and am almost finised.  This morning hubby decided that today would be a good one to move the freezer from the mud room to the sun room.  Our home is quite small so not a lot of places to put things so, sunroom is where it went.  I really didn't have the time so am thankful hubby did the greatest part of the work but I had to be ready to fetch and carry and get things out of the way.  I still have some rearranging in that area but it can wait. Tomorrow is the last day for getting the sewing finished and then I can get at something else.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Quilting Autobiography

Nancy A. I would love to see and share a picture of your queen size quilt made with 2 inch diamonds and hexis.  I can't imagine doing a quilt that size in 2 inches pieces.  I have just completed the top for a couple of placemats that I will be entering in our fall fair.  It turned out to be more involved than it appeared to be from the photo although not as challenging as Nancy's quilt.  I had to do a lot of pinning, unstitching and adjusting of seams to get everything to look right.  This is not a project I would usually consider.  However, I decided to keep at it because it is good to try something new and I really do need to work on increasing my skills.  I hope to have them finished tomorrow and will share a photo.
 I was working on this scrappy over the weekend and while it was easy, I don't think I really like the colours.  I will wait until I have the blocks finished and then see how I feel about it.  It is going to be a charity quilt.  I will back it with flannel or fleece.
This block is on the quilt that I restored for a customer.  The blue print had started coming apart at the seams and I was able to repair it without replacing the fabric. I am pleased with how it has turned out.

Those pictures are a small autobiography of my quilting life and how it is changing and, hopefully, progressing.