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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Look What I Found!

Good morning,

Catherine has done some serious gardening in the front yard.  She has taken down large branches and lots of brush that needed to be cleared away.  She brought the large pieces to the back yard and put them in a pile at the side of the yard.
Elsa claimed this one as her own.  She tried to drag it into the house through the doggie door, but just couldn't make it work.  Now it's back in the driveway while she ponders another way to get it in the house. 

Fortunately, it is still outside!

;),
Lois

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trumpet Vine

Good morning,

Trumpet vines live forever.  We've cut this one back several times and the tree where it grew to great heights came down more than a year ago. 

Still, the vine lives and climbs on bushes and the ground, still producing bright orange flowers.

Sometimes, it's wise to let Mother Nature have her way.

:),
Lois

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bug!

Elsa:  Mommy!  Look!  What's this!

Me:  That's a bug, Elsa.  It's a beetle.
Elsa:  May I play with it?

Me:  Well, I doubt the beetle would like that.  And, be careful, it appears this one has pinchers.

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It's so much fun to have a puppy.  Elsa is six months old so this is her first Summer with all the wonderful experiences of the outside world. 




Monday, July 15, 2019

Crossing the Ohio River

Good morning,

I snapped these images while we were crossing the Ohio River on July 4 on our way to Riverbend to hear the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Ohio is on the left; Kentucky is on the right.  The white building on the left side of the image is the roof of our destination, Riverbend River Center.
While crossing the river I just kept snapping my camera and hoped I would get some shots between the rails and beams of the bridge.  I did pretty well this time. 

;),
Lois

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Pork Roast for Dinner

Good morning,

There are days when I go look in the kitchen to see what I'll make for dinner that evening.

This time I got out a pork roast, the end of a jar of applesauce, some maple syrup, and lemon thyme from my patio herb garden.  I put it all together, wrapped it in foil, and baked it until the internal temperature was 170 F.  I opened the foil to brown the top for the last 15 minutes.
This was fantastic!  Pictured above is only half of the roast.  We made two dinners out of this.

The first evening I served it with salad and potatoes.  The second evening I served it with garlic butter pasta with very locally grown tomatoes (also from the patio garden), and wilted spinach.

What are you making for dinner this summer?

Enjoy!
Lois

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Useless Box

Good morning,

We are having so much fun in retirement.  Kjell's latest project is a Useless Box.  Well, it does have a use. It's one heck of a fun conversation piece!

A friend of ours saw something similar (this is a concept that goes way back) in the office where My Honey used to work. Kjell designed his own version and here it is.
And, yes, it took lots of time....  ;)  Kjell's version is a beautiful work of art.
Click to see this masterpiece in motion.  What a fun gift for the person who has everything.

And, yes, we've already been asked if Kjell will make a similar one for the shop.  That's in the plan!

Enjoy,Lois

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Friday, July 12, 2019

It Must Be July

Good morning,

It must be July.  The Day Lilies are in bloom.

These came with the property when we moved in more than 40 years ago.

:),
Lois




Thursday, July 11, 2019

Summer Harvest

Good morning,

We are enjoying the herbs and tomatoes from our little patio garden.  Perhaps next year I'll set up a few more pots with more plants.

It so so much fun to reach for freshly grown goodies from our own patio.

I hope all is growing well where you are, too!

Lois




Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Puppy Love and Kisses

Good morning,

Wendy (left) appears to be giving Elsa a big smooch here and they are great friends.  They are playing with the same toy and both want to chomp on the squeaker inside.

So cute!

Lois




Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It's all Coming Together

 Good morning,

It's all coming together for a custom order large afghan blanket.
A very nice lady asked me to make an afghan blanket to compliment a new bedspread she recently purchased.  These colors should blend beautifully. 

I'm especially partial to this color combination:  I have an afghan blanket that is very similar on my own bed.

All the best,
Lois

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Monday, July 8, 2019

The E's - Elsa and Erik on the Wall

Good morning,

Elsa and Erik are "in the jungle, the mighty jungle...." 

The vines have taken over the stone wall that divides the lower and upper portions of our back yard.  That's fine (for now) and the dogs truly enjoy it.  They play hide and seek and enjoy chomping on some of the greenery.  It's for that "chomping" reason that we don't use any chemicals on our lawn.  We just try to keep up with cutting back what we don't want there.

Obviously, Erik is much better at hiding than Elsa!

;),
Lois



Sunday, July 7, 2019

Simple Easy and Yummy

Good morning,

Several years ago when the grand kids were here I put out red and blue gelatin with cans of whipped cream so the kids could make their own desserts on the Fourth of July.
The desserts were such a big hit that we've repeated it again and again.  We had it again this week to the delight of the adults, too.

So easy, so fun, so tasty.

:),
Lois

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Red, White, and Boom!

Good morning,

On the Fourth of July we attended the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's Red, White, and Boom concert at Riverbend.

I snapped the picture above of the lawn behind the pavilion as we were going to our seats inside.  We arrived about 45 minutes ahead of concert time and the facility was filling up fast.
Here the orchestra is seated and most of the audience, wearing red, white, and blue, has arrived.  We were fortunate that the two choice seats in front of us remained empty throughout the concert.  I remember them being sold when I selected our seats on line several months ago.
Here we go!  The concert was fabulous, as always.  Our conductor, John Morris Russell, had huge shoes to fill when our beloved Erich Kunzel (1935-2009) died.  JMR is now in full command and loved by Pops audiences.
We are so very fortunate to live in Cincinnati where we have wonderful world-class entertainment, universities, and medical facilities. 

Our daughter Catherine, friend Erica, Kjell, and I had a fabulous evening at the Pops.  We hope your Independence Day was safe and fun, too!

Lois

Friday, July 5, 2019

Needlework and Wood Working Update - July, 2019

Good morning,

Welcome to this month's Needlework and Wood Working Update.  This is where we share what we've made during the last month.

Above is Kenetic Art that Kjell has produced by engraving all of the pieces and making it move. Click here to see it in motion.

Kjell's kenetic art is coming to the shop soon.
 "Vikings are at the Roots of our Family Tree" art is back in the shop. This gorgeous engraved wood art is bordered by an equally beautiful engraved frame.  Engraving requires nearly 60 hours to complete this piece.  $88.  It's available in the shop here.
 Kjell has also produced this beautiful wood stand for our wall art so that it can also be displayed on a shelf or table. $25.  It's available here.
 This beautiful, lacy, pure white blanket is perfect for baby's Christening, Bris Ceremony, or Naming Ceremony.  It's also a lovely lap blanket for all ages.  $50. Click here for images and details.
 Here's a baby gift that is perfect for a boy or a girl.  This cream color with green accent blanket is crocheted with two stands of fine yarn that make it extra warm, cuddly, and "cushy."   $50.  Come see it here.
 Quite a few cloche hats were also added to the shop this month.
In many cases, the hats sold as fast as they were added, so...
...I kept making and adding more.
Several different styles in a large variety of colors are available.


To see the large variety available to ship now, click here.  From $8.

That's it for another month.  We have many other items in process now that will be featured in next month's update.

We sincerely appreciate your purchases, likes, and shares on Facebook, too!

All the best,
Lois

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Neptune Coming Soon!

Good morning,

Here's Kjell's current project.  The artwork engraving is complete and he has started the layers of finish.  He'll also engrave/carve an elaborate frame.

King Neptune (he has other names depending on the culture) and The Vikings are coming soon to our shop. 

Each one of these just gets better and better!

Lois

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Wendy and Elsa

Good morning,

Catherine has set up the air mattress at the end of the living room so she can sleep downstairs with Penny.

We don't want Penny to climb the steps without assistance any more because of her age.

Our other girls, Wendy and Elsa like the idea of sleeping in the living room with Catherine, too.  It has become a family affair to keep Penny company.

So sweet.

Lois



Monday, July 1, 2019

One Flower at a Time

Good morning,

Flower afghans are made one flower at a time.  Right now, though, I'm working on two afghans. When not doing necessary household duties, I spend a good part of my day downstairs on the first floor to be near our geriatric dog, Penny, age 14.5 years.  As long as someone is down there near her, she is content to sleep on her bed there instead of trying to climb the steps to the second floor. When downstairs, it is also easier to get her outside when necessary.  Kjell, Catherine, and I take turns being on "Penny duty," to be sure she isn't trying to climb up/go down the stairs alone. 

The rest of my day/evening is upstairs in my creative space in my sitting room.  I have different needlework projects in process in each area.

Above you see the beginning of a custom order afghan of blues and greens. As each flower is finished it goes into the box until there will be 80.  Then I'll add more rounds of blue and green.  Lovely!
And, this is the progress on the upstairs project, the flower garden afghan blanket I showed you while I was arranging the colors a few days ago. 

Both of these afghan projects get too large to carry around so I also have a "carry out" project bag with hats that are small enough to work on in the car, waiting rooms, or on the patio. 

Yes, my hands have to be busy all the time!  It's so much less expensive and has to be more fun than therapy would be.  *chuckles*

What are you working on right now?

Lois

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Lamb Dinner ala Catherine

Good morning,

This is a special meal.  Catherine grilled lamb leg yesterday.  She made all the sides, too.  It's easy to see the cottage cheese (a favorite of mine) and under it is fresh tomato slices.  She grilled the potatoes that were tossed with garlic and rosemary (from my herb garden);  the brussel sprouts were also grilled with garlic and spices.

Not pictured is the corn on the cob that we enjoyed.  Watermelon was available for dessert, but we had so much dinner that we decided to slice it later.

Thank you, Catherine.  It was delicious!

Love you,
Mom





Saturday, June 29, 2019

Another Fungus

Good morning,

With all of the rain we continue to see very interesting fungus forming on our property.
For those people who study such things, this is a perfect summer.

;),
Lois

Friday, June 28, 2019

Passing Through Slooooowly

Good morning,

This fellow was slowly moving across my back porch.
I stopped and took a few pictures before...
...moving him off the porch so no one would step on him.

Cute little guy....

Lois

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Banana Bread

Good morning,

There were three large bananas sitting in the kitchen that were just screaming "banana bread" this morning. 

I complied. 

;),
Lois

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Garden Planning

Good morning,

I've finished all 80 squares for the next Flower Garden Afghan Blanket.
I've arranged them all and will "string" them on a piece of yarn, put them in a tote bag, then be able to remove one at a time in the correct order to crochet them together.  The border color will be a grassy green.

In a few days, I'll be able to photograph this one and list it in the shop.

I truly enjoy making these.  They are never boring as I work with all of the colors.

All the best,
Lois