March 14… the Value of life…..

I want to thank each of you who sent their love and sympathy on my last post, if truly meant a lot!

Papa’s death was a shock to all of us as he was a very active 80 year old . Papa’s death was treated as a crime site being a fire was involved,he was burning some trash in a bin when some tar on the outside of the bin caught fire lighting the grass around it. He was trying to move a small trailer away from the fire,when he went down on his knees,coughed than there was no more respondence. A grandson who was there called 911 right away,but till they got there the fire was pretty much out except for the front of papas shirt where he had put the lighter to light the fire in his pocket. Papa was burnt bad enough on the face that there was no viewing of his body, however the undertaker made it possible for the family to view a hand which gave closure to the lot of us.

The autopsy reported was there was no smoke in the lungs , it was stated as a medical heart disease as the clause of death. That ,my friends ,was a real relief to me to know he was gone before the fire ever hit him!

While parting of a loved one is hard,it was wonderful to be loved and have memories of a wonderful father in law.

Then there is freshness of spring to value….

And then the enjoyment of having a sweet tempered Rottweiler around again. Caroline didn’t want her picture taken.๐Ÿ˜„

The fun of sewing for others….need to finish binding them yet though.

The anticipation of watching this cocoon hatch…

Also valuing the time spent with hubby in a short get away in the blue ridge mountains.

Moments that make precious memories are what make my life full of value.


Dec.17… Tis the season for cookies

There was a request for a sour cream cookie recipe from Kerry at Love those “Hands at home”. I also got a text message from one of the church ladies needing cookies for gift baskets for those that the church go caroling for.

I have two recipes to share the first one the sour cream cookie recipe then the no bake cookies that are gluten free and a real favorite with the grandchildren. The sour cream cookie recipe is enjoyed too,but one of the grandsons is gluten intolerant so at family gatherings I like to put out food that all can enjoy together.

Sour cream cookies

1/2 cup of butter

2 cups of sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

2 eggs

4 cups of flour

1/2 tsp of salt

1 tsp. of baking soda

1 cup of sour cream

Sugar mixture…

1/4 cup of sugar with 1 heaping tsp of cinnamon

Cream butter,sugar together.Add vanilla,and eggs,beat until fluffy. Put dry ingredients together and Add alternately with sour cream. Drop by spoonfuls in sugar mixture,or drop by spoonfuls on to a greased cookie sheet then sprinkle with sugar mixture…place 2โ€ apart. Bake at 375* for 12 min.

Put wax paper between each layer of cookies so they donโ€™t stick together. These freeze well.

Then the No bake cookie recipe…

No bake cookies…gluten free

First part…

2 cups of sugar

3 Tablespoons of cocoa

1/2 cup of butter

1/2 cup of milk

Bring this to a rapid boil for a minute,then add part two quickly

Have ready…

Part two

3 cups of quick oats

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1 tsp.of vanilla

Stir rapidly until well mixed then drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper

Ps. Old fashion rolled oats donโ€™t work as well as quick oats

Time now to enjoy a cup of coffee. I’m not a Christmas movie fan but I do like coffee and those old red trucks.๐Ÿ˜„

Oct.14… Mother Nature…..

I’ve been in awe of her in many ways these last few weeks with the hurricanes then beautiful days.

She is also keeping me busy cleaning up after her! We had leaves plastered to our vehicles,house and shop like we were trying to camouflage them.

We had a few scary moments driving..

Then Mother Nature gives moments of absolute wonder…

Provides relaxation..

And then there’s critters,flowers and fungi…

Truly the poetry of earth is never done!

Have a great week !

Sept. 11… Elements of different kinds…

Or Miscellaneous.๐Ÿ™‚ That’s what this post will be.

Yesterday, my youngest daughter turned 21, that’s hard to believe!

Here she is,enjoying some chill out time. Some friends have a pool, which they gladly share with her.

Hubby and three of the boys took scuba diving lessons,and are now certified divers. They are now taking search and recovery lessons,their goal is to be of service to the fire department, but there’s lots of classes to be taken yet. But they have the first step completed. I’m proud of them.

I received a letter in the mail this week from one of the ladies I put a top together for. Miss Pauline was so excited! She had enter her quilt ,which she had finished by hand quilting it, at the local fair. The quilt took Grand Champion …that was a pleasant surprise for me as well. Miss Pauline holding the quilt.

And here a photo of the top that I put together. It is only showing half of the quilt though,the other side is a repeat of what you see.

and of course, I love it when I get notes like this from a grandson ๐Ÿ˜

We have twin deer fawns that play in the yard and pasture,the one was very curious to see who was on the other side of the tree.

I still make a little time for drawing ,I’m hoping this winter life slows down and I have more time to practice. Here’s a few…

An old church just down the road… one of the few last standing slave shack… a few cherries…. and an old house being grown over by weeds and brush.

Have a great week! Deb

July 29….. vintage top and a grateful heart

I was able to finished putting the old scrap fabrics into a top. I like the way the simple pattern gives an added feel of vintage to the fabrics.

It is raining very hard out side so picture taking was done on my small sewing room floor,so the quilting frame casts a shadow on the top. Better pictures later.๐Ÿ™‚

I have been sewing on some scrappy blocks ,not sure how I will arrange them for a quilt top for the church sewing ladies. The scrappy blocks I sewed unto some real thin fabric ,it will make for a sturdier top when knotted.

Also got a few more rings done for my double wedding ring quilt . I’m over half way done on piecing-this top together. It is full of many different vintage scraps from the late twenties to the early forties. The top when finished will have 8 rows across and nine down so it will fit our queen size bed nicely when finished.

And now for the grateful heart…….

That white van that is in the ditch is the van my son drives for work,as he does the service work for our door business. A fella ran a red light and hit the back end of the van rolling it to its side then sliding on its side down the road.

So with grateful heart I thank God for his guardian angels over my son last Tuesday, for other than a very stiff neck and sore shoulder ,he is just fine.

The dark spot was the point of impact.

Have a great week!

July 7…. enjoyable times

We have been busy with family the last few weeks. Of course ,it’s always a real pleasure to have the children come home. All our children and grand children were here for the 4th . Some were here longer than others with Russell and his new wife here for a week.

Take a peek …

Granddaughter pretending to be a dog digging for a bone. ๐Ÿ˜€

Grandson enjoying the corn picking. Grill chicken and fresh corn on the cob was on the menu with watermelon .

Then Dad and the boys had a day of fishing.

Now I got to enjoy the littlest one of us all.

There were times when everyone was chased inside because of a thunderstorm. These clouds were beautiful!

Critters were discovered… a baby turtle dove and a soft shelled turtle that measured 10″ across the back.

And a sweet flower in the flowerbed…

Discovering that frozen finger jello makes interesting designs

Now it’s time to clean up house and go back to the normal routine. Maybe a little time will be found to see what’s going on in the sewing room.

Have a great week!

May,20 and whatโ€™s Deb up to?

This post is going to be about different things going on here on the farm… so grab a cup of coffee , and welcome to our farm!

The garden has been doing great ,it is really looking good since we’ve had some much needed rain. The summer squash will be ready to start picking this week,there’s also little zucchini’s showing on the zucchini plants. Tomatoes are blooming,green beans are also!

The bitties that I got ,so I could once again have my hens to enjoy. We put up a little house closer to our house hoping that some of the wild animals will not be so ready to have a chicken meal. The house is for the hens is predator safe,now if the hawks will leave them alone during the day when they are out free ranging.

The flowerbeds are full of lily blooms right now!

As you can see I still haven’t mulched over the papered walk way yet…. the dollars ran out!๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜€

Now on to the little house across the road…

We have must of the trash out of the house and gone. There are two old TVs that LouAnn and I need help with as they are heavy! We are working on ripping up the tiled flooring and base boards as we discovered that the dog that lived there with the older lady used those as his pee posts! The tiles were in sad shape as you can see.

We are working on two of the back rooms, the windows in them will also need replaced.

There had been a little sewing being done during the heat of the day, as our days are in the upper 80’s (27c to32c)to low 90’s. Nice break time.

And of course a rainbow is always a welcome sight!

Have a good week,friends