Monday, July 27, 2009
This would explain why I draw a complete blank when I go into my craft room. I pull out papers and glue, bits and bobs, canvas and paints, place them on the table and.......nothing. Zip, zero, nada, rien. It is a sad, sad state of affairs.
I have looked high and low, in baskets, drawers, cupboards and on shelves. In the closets, the kitchen, the hen house and garden. Where has it gone? Hmm, I wonder. Have I tucked it somewhere and don't remember? It's possible, I've done it before.
Wherever it is, I hope that it is getting a lot of rest because when it gets back, it is going to be very busy. In the meantime, if you happen to run across that naughty right hemisphere of mine, don't let on what you know. It may never return!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
While I was at the VA hospital waiting for Dad to have an x-ray, I noticed a little boy watching my every move. He leaned over to his grandmother and asked her if she knew how to do that. She replied that she did at one time but it had been too long since she had done so. It was the perfect lead-in for a sweet conversation ending with me giving her the pattern and her promising to give it a try. Her grandson asked her if she would teach him. He's seven and, I think, the perfect age to give a pair if knitting needles and a simple project.
I hope she does teach him. I could tell he was very intrigued by the whole process and, when you think about it, would be very helpful with hand-eye coordination, math skills, patterning, all the things a boy needs for school!
My other project this week has been to read Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. Can you believe that I have never read the book that inspired the movie?
I have to say that I think Disney did Mary Poppins a favor. In the book she is haughty, short-tempered and rather rude. Disney definitely softened her.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
These two hangers just make me happy.
I have already started collecting lichens from my back yard in hopes of having enough to make a wreath like this. I think by this winter I should have what I need.
Monday, July 6, 2009
What is there not to love? Summer squash from the garden, soft slices of onion, milk, eggs, crackers and best of all, cheese! Lots of cheese.
I made some for my dinner tonight. Just that for me, everyone else had chicken and macaroni and cheese because they don't eat squash. My husband asked me what kind of casserole I had made and winced when I told him. Harumph.
I'll share my recipe just in case you have a bounty of summer squash in your garden or have been the recipient of a mystery bag hung on your door like I was.
Summer Squash Casserole
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2 large summer (or six small) squash, sliced thin. You will need about five cups or so of sliced squash.
1/2 Vidalia onion, in thin slices
Place onions and squash in a steamer basket (or colander) over boiling water, cover and steam for 10 minutes.
In a bowl, mix together the following:
1 cup milk
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper (if desired)
salt and pepper to taste
2T melted butter
In a separate bowl, mix together:
1 sleeve Ritz crackers (or your preference), coarsely crushed
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Reserve out 1/2 cracker and cheese mixture. Into the remaining cracker/cheese mixture add the squash and onions. Mix together well. Pour squash into a buttered 9x13-in. baking dish.
Pour the milk and egg mixture over the squash and top with the reserved cracker/cheese mixture.
Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the cheese is nicely browned.
This is just so darn good that I had to take some up the hill to my mom and dad's so I wouldn't eat it all. "Share the joy.", I always say. My hips will thank me.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Susan's looked so delicious that I had to try them again. My kitchen smelled heavenly. Good thing you can't see my dirty oven. ;)
I added cracked black pepper to the dough and garlic and coarse sea salt to the tops. A side of classic yellow mustard completed my afternoon snack. All I can say is, "Heaven!" They are delicious and so super easy to make. Really, in less than two hours you can have homemade, hot-out-of-the-oven pretzel goodness. These will definitely stay in my make-at-home file.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The brilliant orange of this mushroom fades to a beautiful creamy white below the ground. It is a member of the Stinkhorn family, although there was no odor being emitted while I took its picture. Thank goodness because the description of the odors from these fungi range from fresh dog poop to that of a very ripe cadaver. Oh, joy. Oh, rapture. The Latin name of this particular mushroom is Pseudocolus Fusiformis, just in case you were wondering.
I watched as flies darted to it landing gently on its "tentacles" in their effort to help it spread its spores about my yard. Nothing like the smell of death or dog poop to draw a fly in, huh? Bleah.
But, it was a fascinating find and I am grateful my camera battery was in full charge so that I could share it with you.
So, if you ever look out your window and see a brilliant orange claw poking up out of the ground, it may well be this little beauty. Go out and admire it, just don't get your nose too close.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Driven by boredom, ideas began popping into my head on how to best make the long wall more interesting. I really did not like the way it looked. Too, I don't know, predictable I guess you could say. That said, I also had to take into account that I am on a very limited budget so I had to use things that I already had. Okay, all set. Off to the craft room to see what I could use.
In my stash I have a stack of rather well-loved, worn books. I have used them for all sorts of projects, including wallpapering the bottom half of my hallway. I just love that look so I used it again. There is nothing that matches the color of old book pages. No tea-staining or paint can come close to the natural aging of paper.
I started placing the pages at the ceiling line, butting them together. Next row, a little overlap of the top and progress had begun. I then realized that if I wanted to cover the entire wall in this manner I would need a lot of books! Random placement was what was needed. Here is the result:
I still could have covered the whole wall with pages, filling in every empty space but as I stepped back and really looked at what I had done, I realized that the pages appeared as though they were cascading down the wall. Beautiful! It made me think of something you might see at Hogwart's. Can't you picture young wizards scanning pages as they fall down the walls of the library?
This quilt was made by a brother and sister, two of my ancestors aged 8 and 5, somewhere in the 1830's or 1840's. I took it from my parent's garage on my birthday last month and hung it on my wall. Happy birthday to me! I wonder if it was a project assigned by their mother to keep them busy during a summer vacation or to while away long winter evenings. Whichever it was, it has that lovely, naive charm about it that I love. The bachelor's chest was made in Griffin, GA and holds my linens and other bits and bobs.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Someone in the house lifted up a bit of poop and a short time later Daddy Wren came along, picked up the poop in his beak and flew away with it, making a deposit close to my compost pile. Birds are very, very tidy little things. But, I am very glad I am not one. ;)