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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Morning Sun

Good morning,

This morning the sun came up and reflected beautifully on the snow on the ground to  light the leaded glass window in our main staircase.  This window is on the back of the house.  The morning sun is on the front of the house.  Without the snow on the ground providing the reflected light, this window would be dark at this time of the day.

So pretty!

Happy Winter!

Lois





Monday, January 21, 2019

Just Out of the Shower

Good morning,

Here's Erik, just in from the snow outside.  I always dry them off when they come in from the rain or snow.  He likes being wrapped in his towel.  He's ready to settle down with his unicorn for the night.

Is that sweet or what....

Lois




Sunday, January 20, 2019

More Snow - Again

Good morning,

Here we go again.  I took this image last night when I opened the door to let the pups out for a potty trip.  None of them wanted to go out as you can see from the lack of paw prints.

The snow continues.  I hope it is under control before our Cincinnati Pops concert later today....

Stay warm and comfy, wherever you are!

Lois

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Dock Diving - Day Two

Good morning,

Today's images are of Wendy's second jump at the Dock Diving Invitational Events in Orlando, Florida, last month.
At home she literally flies down the main staircase and launches from about step number eight to the first floor.
We call her our Flying Labrador.
It appears she can also walk on water.  ;)
Splash Down!
She absolutely loves this!
 Here she comes!

 You can see the distance markers on the side of the pool.

 At home Wendy practices outside in a real lake.  It's too cold now, but in the Spring she'll be back out there again. 

That's it!  Our sweet little Wendy truly loves the water.

:),
Lois

Friday, January 18, 2019

Wendy the Dock Diver

Good morning,

Today's images are of our Wendy at the Dock Diving Invitational in Orlando, Florida, last month.  Only dogs who had achieved qualifying points during the year were invited to participate.
Today's series of images is of one of her "splashes."
I just love her concentration and her ears are a hoot!

 Splash Down!
 Almost...
 Almost...
 Almost...
 Got it!
 Wendy absolutely loves doing this.  When she sees the pool she immediately wants to jump!

She didn't win any awards this time, but it was wonderful practice for another year.

Such fun!

:),
Lois

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Back to Green and Pink

Good morning,

The Tissue Toppers are finished and listed in the shop - see yesterday's post.

I'm finally back on the lavender-pink and green afghan blanket.  These colors are just so pretty together!  It will be another few days and this will also be finished and listed in the shop.  It's a bed, couch, recliner size and prefect colors for Valentine's Day. 

What are you working on now?

All the best,
Lois

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Toilet Tissue Toppers

Good morning,

For some reason our Toilet Tissue Toppers have been very popular in the shop this week so I've spent a couple of days restocking.  I still have to add ribbons to the white and lavender toppers in the image, photograph/format the photos, and write listings for them all.

Check them out in the shop here.    Click the link and scroll down.

:),
Lois

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Snow Day Fish Soup

Good morning,

My Honey was in the kitchen yesterday and made cod and shrimp soup.  Ah, yes, perfect for a snow day!

:),
Lois

Monday, January 14, 2019

Snowmaggedon Day 2

Good morning,

Here's day two.  We are up to 8 to 9 inches now. 

The streets look pretty white to me!  Unless there are plows and salt trucks out there soon, we'll be staying home today.

Stay warm!

Lois




Sunday, January 13, 2019

No Cookout Today


Good morning,

The snow has just started.  It's a wet snow and will probably melt quickly.  I've been out to get wood for the fire and you can see the pups are patrolling the patio today, too. 

Stay warm, wherever you are!

Lois

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Past Her Bedtime

Good morning,

I took this picture last night.  Catherine and I were watching a movie in the living room and Wendy wanted to be part of the family movie night.  She just couldn't stay awake.

So cute!

Lois

Friday, January 11, 2019

Shirt from Santa

Good morning,

Santa has a sense of humor, doesn't he!  This is on a t-shirt I received for Christmas.

Well, I'll not kill people, but I do find knitting very soothing!

;),

Lois

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Waiting for Midnight

Good morning,

This is a flashback to New Years Eve.  We had finished dinner and were trying to stay awake to midnight so put on a movie to watch while the time ticked by.

As you can see, staying awake was a challenge.  That's Penny, Catherine, and Erik on the floor....
Of course, Miss Wendy is on the couch looking very comfy indeed!

;),
Lois

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Standing Rib Roast

Good evening,

We do eat well here.  That's a standing rib roast that Catherine prepared.
It was perfect!  We like our beef rare and this was just right.
My parents would have enjoyed all of these meals.  I'm delighted to be using so many of my mother's things.  In this image are her tablecloth, glassware, flatware, and the serving bowl with the blue design in the center of the table.  

All the best,
Lois

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fuzzy View

Good morning,

Each time I build a fire in the fireplace I sit down for awhile to be sure it is burning the way I want it to burn and that the logs are safely stacked. 

All of a sudden my view became very fuzzy.  Yes, that's Wendy who "landed" on the couch next to me after a champion leap over the arm rest. 

Sweet!

:),
Lois

Monday, January 7, 2019

Another Appetizer and a Beautiful Heirloom Tablecloth

Good morning,

Catherine made salami and cream cheese rolls for one of our holiday dinners. 

I served it on an embroidered linen tablecloth that I inherited from my mother. I'm not sure if it was my mother or grandmother who embroidered it, but it is beautiful.  It is very small so when I use it on a dinner table I put it in the middle and over a plain table cloth.

I remember my mother teaching me the lazy daisy stitch.  There are so many of them on this pretty cloth.

Isn't it wonderful to have items that have been handed down from those wonderful women who taught us so much!

All the best, 
Lois

Sunday, January 6, 2019

My Helper and Faithful Companion

Good morning,

Here she is again.  This is Miss Wendy who climbs up in Daddy's chair to be next to me while I'm working at my computer and Daddy is in his wood workshop downstairs.

Wendy is getting all grown up now. 

And, a little inside information, she'll have a new little sister in about eight weeks.  ;)

Lois

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Blue Skies on a Clear Winter Day

Good morning,

The weather has changed from very cold to very warm this Fall and Winter.  We have had some lovely clear, warm days and some gray, cold days. 

What we haven't had is enough snow to make a difference and for that I am grateful.

I hope we continue to have a mild winter.  I also hope the weather isn't too extreme wherever you are.

All the best,
Lois

Friday, January 4, 2019

Needlework and Wood Working Update - January 2019

Good morning and Happy New Year!

This post features the items we made since last month's Needlework and Woodworking Update.

Above is a Scandinavian Design Intarsia hand knit sweater. These take longer to make than most other types of sweaters, but it is worth it!  It's gorgeous, comfortable, and very warm since the unused colors are carried on the wrong side of the work making it a double knit in the yoke. $190.  More images and information here.
This hat is knit in the same Scandinavian Intarsia technique as the sweater above it.  This one is in wool blend.  $40.  More images and information here.
 This is another wool blend intarsia hat with gray as the main color.  $40.  More images and information here.
 This Patchwork Hat was a special order.  It was made to coordinate with a Patchwork Sweater recently sold.  Click here to see an adult patchwork sweater currently available in the shop.
 Two more shell stitch cloche hats/chemo caps/night caps were also added to the shop this month.  Woodland colors are featured in the hat above...
...and this pretty hat is in shades of pink, turquoise, and lavender.  These hats and more than 60 similar hats are here.
This was a custom order wine bottle and wine glass holder.  Similar and other wine-related items are here.

Also from the wood working shop this month were Pet Kennel Tags that are personalized for each buyer so I'm not showing them all here.  Our Engraved Personalized Pet Kennel Tags are perfect for any pet's enclosure.  

 Here is an image of the tags we have in the shop.  $12. More information about our personalized tags is here.


December was a very busy month with family and friends as well as shipping items for our shop, EvensensProductions.com.  We thank everyone for a great 2018 and look forward to the challenges of an exciting 2019.

All the very best,

Lois

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Another Meal!

Good morning,

More family and friends so more food!  Here are the highlights from another meal.

This meal started with liver pate (upper right - my recipe here) and gravlax (lower right - Kjell's recipe here).
Catherine grilled the turkey outside.  Oh, this was so juicy and delicious!  She also made a full compliment of side dishes.
And, our local bakery and Santa supplied the cream-filled cake.  Yum!

Oh, yes, the diet is coming.  I try not to eat anything between meals which helps!

Lois