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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Best Friends Forever

Good morning,

Our two Yellow Labs, Penny (left) and Wendy (right) are best friends. 
The girls often cuddle together and this picture shows the sweet hand holding that goes on, too.

Penny will be 13 years old in January;  Wendy is 3 years old.  Penny has retired form her Agility career while Wendy is just getting started.  We are sure they are "talking" to each other.  Don't you wish they could talk to us, too?
Penny is beginning to feel her age so we have included joint supplements in her diet.  We put one of the folded comforters on the floor in the sitting room where My Honey and I spend most evenings with our computers, TV, and, most importantly, with each other.  Of course, the dogs are here, too. 

So sweet.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Happy African Violets

Good morning,

This pretty African Violet has lived with us for quite a few years now.  She's in a new pot and a new window for Fall which seems to have given her encouragement to bloom beautifully once again.

We have another African Violet that is part of an arrangement in a big basket.  I'll have to take her out and give her her own pot to see what color she is.  :)

Oh, to have more window space for indoor plants to thrive in Winter months!

All the best,

Friday, November 17, 2017

Breakfast Bread for the (Humans Attending) Dog Show

Good morning,

Last weekend Catherine and Wendy participated in a three day dog show at our Queen City Dog Training Club. 

One of the wonderful advantages of our club is that we have a kitchen where food is available during the show.  Catherine asked me to bake a loaf of breakfast bread which I did.  She sent me this picture via text just after she started cutting the loaf with the message, "They are eating it as fast as I cut it."  :)   I'm so glad they liked it!

This double size braided loaf is egg and cheese, cherry and cardamon with egg and sugar glaze.  I made it the night before it was served early in the morning at the show.  Later in the day Catherine sent me another text, "Did you make another loaf of bread for tomorrow?"  I responded, "Uh, nooooooo." 

I'm so glad they liked it!  I'll probably make another for the next show at our club.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wendy Loves Yogurt

Good morning,

Our little Wendy just loves yogurt. 
We like yogurt, too, and keep individual containers available in the fridge where we work on our computers. 
Wendy sits patiently while we eat our yogurt
just looking at us with those puppy dog eyes
until we hold the cup down for her to lick out every last bit of it.
 She's so sweet.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More Fall Images from Spring Grove Cemetery

Good morning,

Today's images are a continuation of those I took during our visit to Spring Grove Cemetery recently.

The cemetery was chartered in 1844, not long before the Civil War.  Although located North of the Mason-Dixon Line that divided the Union North and the Confederate South during the War, there are soldiers from both armies buried here.
The historical grounds of the cemetery are also a beautiful garden.
As I walked among the tomb stones, I recognized names of families who built Cincinnati. The McAlpin family owned department stores where I shopped with my Mother.  The store was eventually bought by Dillards.
Beautiful Fall Color. 
 Another section of the cemetery was lined with flags similar to the entrance road (see yesterday's post.)

 We drove past the Dexter Memorial, one of the well known structures here, as we were leaving.

At the top of the hill to the right is the grave of Salmon P. Chase.  From Wikipedia:  Salmon Portland Chase (January 13, 1808 – May 7, 1873) was an American politician and jurist who served as the sixth Chief Justice of the United States. He also served as the 23rd Governor of Ohio, represented Ohio in the United States Senate, and served as the 25th United States Secretary of the Treasury.

A list of other notable burials is included in the Spring Grove Cemetery Wikipedia entry.

I hope you enjoyed the images of our recent quick trip to Spring Grove Cemetery.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fall Color in Cincinnati

Good morning,

A few days ago we visited Spring Grove Cemetery which is only about ten minutes from where we live.
Spring Grove dates from 1844 and is the final resting place of many whose names are still known today on businesses, neighborhoods, streets, and buildings.
Our visit this time was a little late in the season to photograph Fall leaves, but we were not disappointed in the scenes we found.

We stopped in the old part of the cemetery and walked to take more pictures.
 Th cemetery is designed as a park with beautiful lakes and beautiful trees.
 As the fourth largest cemetery in the US (it formerly was second in size only to Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia), the spacious design has promotes the feeling of a park.
 As I walked down to the banks of this lake, I saw there are groupings of family graves on the hillside.
 In the distance I spotted a handsome man who seems to turn up every time I'm out taking pictures.
Ah, yes, a very handsome man, indeed!

 Stay tuned.  More images from Spring Grove tomorrow.


Monday, November 13, 2017

My Honey's Beef Stew

Good morning,

My Honey made beef stew in our big iron kettle recently on a cold day.  What great comfort food!  The house smelled marvelous and the dinner was all warm and yummy in the tummy.

What is your favorite comfort food?


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Circle Elevator?

Good morning,

Every once in a while we see a sign that makes us chuckle.

Circle elevator?  Generally, they only go up and down, but perhaps this is something new?

My Honey and I always enjoyed the question a guest asked him on the cruise ship where he worked, "Does this elevator go to the back of the ship?"  Of course, the first answer that came to mind was, "No, just up and down."  He didn't say that to the guest, but we have gotten a chuckle out of it so many times.

Now we have this "circle elevator" thing, too.... 


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Waiting Room Knitting Project

Good morning,

This was my "carry out" knitting this past week.  I took the above image of the current Waiting Room Knitting Project that was on my lap as I waited for My Honey during a routine doctor visit.  It's amazing how much knitting can be done while waiting.

This will be a size 36-38" chest, long sleeve slip over sweater and will be available in the shop when finished.  Currently, there are similar sweaters in other colors and sizes ready to ship now.

I have several knit and crochet projects in progress right now, too.  I take along what will fit on my lap when working in the car or a waiting room and the rest I work on at home.  I switch back and forth between knit and crochet to give my hands a rest from the same repetitive movements.

Do you always have to have something nearby to keep your hands and mind busy?  I sure do!  Back to the knitting!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Caterpillar Bread Centerpiece Planning

Good morning,

I'm in the planning stages of a new centerpiece made of bread.

Above are four loaves (half loaf size pans) with bread that I baked after shaping the dough in balls instead of loaves before baking.  When I'm ready to put it all together for a party centerpiece, I'll arrange these in a row and add...
...this round loaf for the head.  I'll add eyes and a smile, too, of course.  The round loaf looks larger in the picture than it actually is.  I made it in a small round corning bowl so the size is appropriate to be used as the caterpillar head.

This will be fun the next time we have the kids here for dinner.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winning Wendy!

Good morning,

Our Wendy had a wonderful weekend!  Here she is with our daughter Catherine (right) and Chris Carroll from the Miami Valley Labrador Retriever Agility Club.  Wendy and Catherine brought home three special ribbons and a new title!
Wendy earned a new title, Open Standard (top right), and also the Miami Valley Labrador Retriever Club High Scoring Labrador (left) for this annual trial event.  We are so very proud!  Wendy competed in several events during the weekend.  The yellow ribbon (bottom right) was also earned during one of those events.

Wendy is certainly walking (running) in Penny's foot (paw) steps, but she has a long way to go to match Penny's titles earned during her long Agility career.  Penny is now retired and will be thirteen years old in January.

We are so proud!


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Herb Flat Bread

Good morning,

For Don's birthday dinner I made Crusty Herb Flat Bread per Catherine's request.  Catherine made the rest of the grilled lamb and steak dinner.  We had something for everyone's tastes.
The egg bread dough included garlic (or course), thyme, and oregano.
After the first rise I pressed it into a greased square baking dish, cut slits with a sharp knife...
...then brushed it with whipped egg to produce the shiny, crust.

It was yummy!


Monday, November 6, 2017

There's Always Room for Sushi!

Good morning,

We hate to miss half-price sushi night at Tokyo Restaurant here in Cincinnati. 

Our friend Bill was the host for Catherine, Kjell, and me this week. 

What's funny is that we ate even more than this.  Another smaller plate of sushi was also served. 



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Needlework and Woodworking Update - November, 2017

Good morning,

This month's Needlework and Woodworking Update has new designs just in time for the holidays!

Kjell has been busy in his wood workshop this month.  These unique Wood and Glass Vases make a fabulous gift or addition to your own home. 
You can display them alone, with flowers, decorative feathers, or seasonal displays. Display alone or as a pair.
The vases look different at each angle.  At this writing there are three vases available in the shop.  Only $38 each. 
 This soft browns afghan blanket is new in the shop this month, too.   This is the perfect way to give warmth and comfort as a gift to use on couch, recliner, or bed.  If you are stumped for gift ideas for the men on your gift list, this is ideal for the special man to use while relaxing in his recliner.  Everyone in the family needs his or her own personal afghan blanket. 
 This lovely sweater was purchased less than 48 hours after being listed in the shop.  Thank you!  Similar sweaters are available in the shop now or you may order the size and color you need.
 Also ordered were a headband, boot cuffs...
 ...and a hat, too.  :)
 Another Nordic Knit Intarsia Hat is new in the shop this month.  The burgundy version of this hat has been sold so I made this one in turquoise, aqua, and white.  These hats are not only stylish, but are extra warm because the pattern stitch requires the yarn not being used to be carried along the back of the work making a double layer of knitting.  $38.
 I made three more Find It Keep It Baskets this month, too, to restock the shop after they were sold out last month.
 These hand crochet baskets can be set on a table or hung on a door knob to catch your keys, cell phone, glasses, or any other items you want to be able to find in a hurry.
 At only $8 each, you can have several for the bedroom, baby's room, office, or anywhere else to catch and hold those important things you don't want to lose.
More cloche hats that can also be used as chemo caps were added this month, too.
 Hats from $8.
 Also to restock are Luggage Identifiers.  The set of six for only $5 are a perfect gift or to use yourself.
 Your luggage will be easy to spot in airport or cruise ship baggage check area.
 Be sure to put one on your carry-on bag to show to the porter who will be able to grab your luggage for you quickly. 

Come see these and more items in our on-line shop, EvensensProductions.com.  We hope you'll stop in to see the special items we have for your gift giving and for yourself! 

It is fun to note in the past month our items have been purchased by people across the USA, in Canada, France, and Australia.  This year we've sold to many countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East, too.  We are delighted to know that our designs are being worn and used worldwide.

Questions?  Please ask!  Lois@EvensensProductions.com

All the very best,

Hand Crafted Original and Traditional Designs