It's a gorgeous spring morning so I thought I'd stop in and say
hello! The crocus photo above is not in my yard. Mine are up,
but a sad little group of about 5 are all that came back this
year! It's time to get some new bulbs in that bed!
None-the-less...that little pop of color is very cheerful and
optimistic, and I just love seeing it!
I seem to have shifted pretty
severely over to Facebook for the most part, and I'm not sure
that has been wise. For one thing, writing out full thoughts in
the form of a newsletter is vastly different than posting a
quick hello and a breakfast photo, isn't it! It gets to the
point that we get accustomed to sweet but short little bulleted
communications, and we start thinking that way. Maybe I shouldn't
hide behind the word "we" and say ..I!
There have been a lot of things
going on over on the Facebook side that are not pleasing to me,
data breaches (example: the whole Cambridge Analytica bit-which
is still growing), questionable political influencing, Infected
advertiser websites, FB recording conversations thru your
phone...you name it. Mark Zuckerberg has just spoken to
Congress, and once again says he "is sorry"...but really, he's
been saying that since 2006. Too little-too late. Sorry is as sorry
does. They have way overstepped their bounds, in my opinion.
I have deleted FB off my phone altogether, and I am considering
removing it from the computer as well.
BUT, and here's the rub...we (and I)
do definitely get accustomed to those easy-peezy check-ins with
our larger circle of 'acquaintances', don't we! I have to admit
that while on one hand, it seems more realistic to get back to
living "in my actual life", I'm struggling a little with the
idea of walking away from FB too. Addiction rears its ugly head.
I can't be alone in this? There's info here on how to either
delete (which is permanent) or deactivate (which isn't) your
I expect to be "taking a break" soon.
SO GRADUALLY, I have been spending
less and less time on the computer, while at the same time,
getting busier and busier here at home, learning to fill my
hours in other ways. GO ME!
I started working on a new God's Eye
quilt recently, that will closely duplicate the
first one I made
several years ago! Just getting back in the sewing room has been
wonderful, as it ALWAYS is! (You can click on these pix if you
want to see the mess LARGER) I had the first 6
row's-worth done, and had been happily just sewing along, giving
no thought nor rhyme nor reason to the order in which I pieced
these. It was just a grab-and-sew, when some one asked if there
was a name for these, and yes, because of the concentric
formation as the blocks come together it's called a God's Eye (I suppose named for the
Eye's like these) and all of a sudden, it
changed my whole thought process. Suddenly I started staring at the
random "eye's that were forming on the design wall...and that
morphed into...sewing the Eyes intentionally to make eyes, rather than
having them appear randomly. SO now I have made "eyes" that
represent Germany, Eyes of the Air Force, Eyes of myself and the
girls, yellow eyes...eyes that actually have "whites of the eyes
and pupils"...and NEXT I have to decide, just how particular I want to
get with the whole quilt!?...or do I just want to go back to
total randomness...? I haven't yet decided! Meanwhile, the
sewing room is a scrappy mess, and I love it!
The next fun thing that happened was
that I FINALLY got to replace my glass top stove, which , other
than it's appearance, has been a thorn in my side almost
since we got it! For some reason this silly stove just COULD NOT
hold a steady temperature! If you set a burner on medium, rather
than staying on at medium intensity, it cycled off and on at
HIGH intensity, but for shorter periods of time. SO trying to
keep something at a low and steady boil , WITHOUT scorching, was
nigh-on impossible! SO....Bye-Bye and welcome NEW plain old
stove! As a test I did a pan of scrambled eggs, and you
just don't know how wonderful it was to set it on medium and
have it STAY THERE. Brings a tear to my eye, it was so
beautiful! LOL! We don't have natural gas in this area, nor is
my house piped for propane, so we just went with a plain old
electric stove, and so far...I am loving it! 'Kind of hate to
have it get dirty!
It being April, we are now counting
down the days to "Ice Out" on the lake. I've been taking Katie
the Wonder dog for a ride around the lake every few days, and
the ice is definitely darkening now! Last year the ice went out
April 17th. Oh WHAT will it be this time? I am guessing the
15th!(I think I have never guessed it right by the way! LOL)
In really awesome news, Joe has decided to come along on the
LONG ANTICIPATED trip to Germany! So at some point, hopefully
sooner rather than later, maybe as soon as late this summer or
early fall, Joe and I and my ex, Dale and his wife Louise will
be taking a trip over! We are still working out the timing.
Cross your fingers folks! I an SO looking forward to this! I
haven't been back since 1988, and I need to fill my tank with
I've been trying my hand at making
bread again lately. Last week I made a really simple 5
ingredient Honey white bread (this
recipe)....easy easy bread to make, but wow. EXTREME HONEY.
So, for those of you who love that honey taste-you might really
like that! Then yesterday I tried another Pinterest find-"My
Favorite White Bread" This one was a more
traditional recipe, but called for the whole deal to be mixed in
the stand mixer. For me, that was very different, as I have
always done breads by hand. In the end, I worked in the whole
amount of flour that was asked for, but knew better even as I
did that. It's tasty, but DENSE. It makes Fabulous toast though!
For myself, I'd go back to working by hand, as I am sure I would
have FELT that dough getting too stiff, and avoided that! Those
of you who are comfy with the stand mixer method might really
like it as is! ( take a note...it does NOT need the whole 9C of
flour) It's being a blast making breads again, and I love
knowing what's in it, and that it is NOT loaded with
I feel like Marcia, doing things
like that...getting back in the sewing room, futzing around in
the house, working in the kitchen, saving a buck by washing out
Ziploc bags. I've missed this girl :o) Any of you who have been
sick for a long time will know what I mean when I say, you lose
yourself in there for a while. It feels so good to get your old
Any ways...all for now! This felt nice
a Great Week All!
A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart
no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous,
gratis, a grace."