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Jul 23, 2017

This Old Jar

This old jar has been in my canning jar collection for years. In fact if belonged to my grandma. I can just picture her jelly or jam canned in this jar. 
I don't know if you noticed but all around the jar's surface are little squares but on the front of the jar there's a smooth area for labeling.
How cool is that!!! 
It's a Ball jar. On the bottom there's an ID # - 5014-T.  How exciting!!!!
I've canned using this jar many times but now I think I'll retire this old gal.
Any canner out there with interesting stories or items to share??

Jul 15, 2017

Prescription Medication

I'll bet you thought I was going to talk about the high cost of meds these days. Nope, that's for another time.
Do you see that little brown tab I'm pointing to on the prescription bottle?  That tab was nearly the death of me.  No one told me that the prescription bottle tops were going to be changed to some new fangled thingy. I was just getting use to the push down hard while turning the bottle top method. Now this!!!!! 
I tried the old way.
I tried pulling.
I tried chewing the darn thing off.
Mr. Cowboy came in from the hay fields during the chewing part and asked what I was doing. When I showed him, he had the nerve to smile, pull the tap downward and open the bottle. I was very annoyed with him and asked how he figured out how to open the bottle. He said that one of the grandkids had showed him..............well good grief.....why didn't I think of that. Give it to a kid and it would have been opened in seconds.............SIGH

On a brighter note. A couple of months ago, I taught a class to a guild on minis using Texas and an eagle as the theme.  I recently visited them and one lady showed off her finished quilt. Of course the photo doesn't do it justice.  She was very proud of her flying geese around the center block and so was I. Great job!!!!

Jul 13, 2017

3 Day Pickles

A very dear friend called me up the other day and offered me cucumbers from her garden. I had thought that after the fig canning episode, I'd not be canning anything else anytime soon. However, I couldn't turn down those cukes!
Three days and sixteen pints later I'm a happy camper. I think I've shared the recipe before but I've sped up one or two things along the way.
You will need:
4 gallons or 50 thinly sliced cucumbers
2 packages of canning lime
1 gallon apple cider vinegar
8 lbs. sugar
4 Tablespoons salt (no iodine)
4 Tablespoons pickling spices
1 bag of ice 
  • Mix lime with 2 gallons of water in a very large cooking pot. After lime is dissolved add sliced cucumbers. At this point, I place several plates on top of the cucumbers to weigh them down, then cover with the top of the pot or a clean dish towel. Let stand for 24 hours.
  • Rinse lime mixture from cucumbers until water is clear. I use to rinse them in my kitchen sink but this took forever. Now, I set up a portable table outside, using the water hose and several big colanders, the rinsing takes only a few minutes with little fuss.
  • Next, pour ice over cucumbers which cools the lime process even more. This will take about 3 hours.
  • During that time mix sugar and vinegar in a pot.  To add the pickling spices cut an eight inch square of cheese cloth, pour the spices into the middle and secure with a twisty or rubber band. Place into sugar/vinegar mix.  Stir the mixture often until sugar is dissolved.
  • After three hours are up, rinse ice from cucumbers and add the sugar/vinegar/spices to the cucumbers. Weigh them down and cover. Let stand for 12 to 15 hours.
  • Now it's time for the canning process. I do the hot bath method but you can do whatever you choose. 
  • I know this is a lot but it's worth all the effort.  BTW, you can always cut the recipe in half!! Experiment by adding different spices.
  

Jul 10, 2017

It's Too Much, I Give Up!!

So I had an hour or so to myself so I thought. I decided to do some much needed grocery shopping.
 


As I was enjoying myself shopping Mr. Cowboy called to ask where I was. Unfortunately, (1) I asked the call and (2) I told him where I was.......sigh......will I never learn.
He sent me on a mission to the hardware store to purchase some stuff for his well pump. Who knew that were so many parts, sizes, names, etc. It was overwhelming.
When I asked for help as the Costumer desk this is what was broadcasted over the loudspeaker. "Customer needs help in plumbing!" Three minutes later, "Customer needs help in plumbing!" Five minutes later.....well you see where I going with this. Not only was there no help but Mr. Cowboy was conveniently out of reach on the farm.  What to do? I'll show him!!!!! I bought several sizes, several parts and loads of PVC pipe. HA!
When he saw what I bought and I told him why I bought all that stuff, he quietly loaded up all that stuff and walked away.  I don't think he'll be asking where I am, again, any time soon........smiley face!!! 

On a brighter note.....above and below are the "boys" that we've been raising from tiny things. They are so gentle and sweet.  The other day we went working on a water trough when they ambled up, looked at us for awhile then turned to Mr. Cowboy's new truck and started to rub their bodies on the bumper.
I didn't get a photo of that but when we shooed them away, they all turned and look sad that we had run them off.
It's rainy here during the late afternoons then 98 degrees before the sun goes down.
What's everybody up to these days???? Hopefully not stuck in a hardware store.....LOL!!




Jul 6, 2017

What Have I Been Doing, You Ask?

Not sewing.............sigh!!
See that circle thingy? Whatever it is, Mr. Cowboy's hay baling has nearly come to a grinding halt because "it" needs fixing. He's told me the name of it several times but with all the fetching I've had to do for him......."go that this"......."bring me that"..........."hand me the hex"........ "not that screwdriver"............."get me the three-quarter lug"
Some of this stuff is so heavy I can barely manage to pick it up.........sigh!!!
It's hot, as in 93 and steamy. I'm soaking wet and need to go and dunk myself in a very cold tub.

For the moment, Mr. Cowboy is off to find some part or another. I'm having a big glass of iced tea.
I just noticed the name of the baler.....Krone..........I feel like an old crone at the moment......LOL!!!


Soon we'll be back to cutting, raking and baling........sigh!! I need a vacation.

Jun 28, 2017

A Winner & Oh my gosh!

I had some time on my hands and for some unknown reason I was drawn to my sewing room, decided to do some cleaning and refolding. But things got out of hand. I started pulling out drawers of fabric. I got a wild hair to organize things "again" and now the room looks like someone threw a fit in there.
I have piles of fabric everywhere.  Mr. Cowboy took one look at the room and tried to back out of the house before I caught him for the drawing.....hehehehehehehe

Carol over at Carol-Beads & Birds is the winner of the FQ. Sorry it took so long for Mr. Cowboy to draw a name from the hat.  Hay season is in full swing here.    Congratulations to Carol!!! Leave a comment and tell me your favorite color and I'm contact you via email later for more info.

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.
AAaaaaaaarrrrgh!
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!!!!!
Next....
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!!!!

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