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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our four Labrador Retrievers.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Today The Iris

Good morning,

This lovely iris is the newest bloom to greet me in our garden this year.
I'll have to move this pretty flower at the end of the season.
Until last Fall, this flower was part of the flowers that lined our front walk.  Since I'm not able to tend the garden every day as I did 41 years ago, I've removed and moved many of the flowers to other spots. 

I love Spring!

:),
Lois

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Remember This?

Good morning,

Remember this?  My kids ate this cereal (and many others depending on which cereal came with a "free inside") nearly half a century ago.

Our oldest called it "Lucky A Charms."  I call it Leprechaun Cereal.
Of course, there is a Leprechaun on the box.  :)  This box of cereal appeared in our bread room recently, surely on sale so purchased by daughter, Catherine. 

I had to eat some.  My taste buds were amazed at the amount of sugar not because there is any more than before, I'm just not used to it.

It was a fun thing to eat for old times sake, but will never become a regular part of my diet.

This is one item that never came to the end of its product cycle.  Well, at least not yet.

:),
Lois

Friday, May 22, 2020

Work In Process This Week

Good morning,

This is the current project, a teal Cables and Lace sweater.  This is the back and I've just gotten back to working on it after finishing...
...this sweater and matching accessories since my last WIP post.  As I worked on the sweater above I loved watching the color changes as I worked.  Both of these sweaters are custom orders so won't be available in the shop, but we have many other sweaters ready to ship in the shop now.

I'm also still working on my creamy white crochet flowers for the next large afghan blanket.  I need to switch between knit and crochet to keep my fingers from being too abused by the same repetitive movements.

So, that's what is keeping me busy these days.  What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,
Lois

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

All Tuckered Out

Good morning,

It has been a busy few days of parties and good food for Wendy as we celebrated her sixth birthday.

Here she is all tuckered out in our sitting room in the wee small hours this morning.  Such a sweetie.

:),
Lois

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

It's Party Time for the Sour Dough Yeastie Beasties!



Good morning,

Start the music!  It's party time for the Sour Dough Yeastie Beasties!
This is my current jar of sour dough that I just fed and am watching the yeastie beastie party in the jar.  When fed they get all excited, bubble, and dance around.  It smells wonderful.

If you're interested, my full recipe and directions for making sourdough is here:

I have more than 80 posts about bread making and recipes on this blog.  They are sorted for you here if you would like to see them.  Be sure to click "next posts" at the bottom of each page to see them all.

Here a couple of tease pictures from my many bread recipes:  ;)





























Enjoy!

Lois

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ta Da! Here they are!

Good morning,

A few days ago I showed you the Peony flower buds.  This morning I was greeted by many of them in bloom.  They are so beautiful and so fragrant!
When we moved in 41 years ago I transplanted several clumps of peony roots from the back garden to the front yard.  I'm so glad I did because the large clump in the back yard grew only for a few more years before the many pups we have had during the years landed in them one last time while catching a frisbee or ball.  In the front garden there is a much better chance of survival.  ;)
It rained a little last night - just enough to make this flower heavy enough to fall over.  So sad, but it's a race every year to enjoy the pretty flowers before the next rain.

Happy Spring!

Lois

Monday, May 18, 2020

May 17 Celebration Brunch

Good morning,

As promised yesterday, here are images of the fabulous brunch prepared by our daughter, Catherine, in celebration of Norway's Constitution Day.  The most important traditional part of the meal, of course, is waffle cakes.  
The table was appropriately set and we were ready to dig in.
Of course, Dad is the master of building the perfect plate of food.  His started with a bed of waffle cakes and all the other goodies were stacked on top.
This is Goetta, a local treat that has been made in the Greater Cincinnati area for generations.  It is a sausage filled with grain and spices.  It is absolutely delicious.
 Ooooh, fresh strawberries!
 Banana Bread!
 After I had finished my eggs and goetta, I built my dessert:  waffle cake, strawberries, and whipped cream.

Oh, my this was terrific!

Happy Constitution Day, Norway, and Thank You, Catherine, for a wonderful celebration of foods!  Dad and I so appreciate the fabulous meal you prepared for all of us.

Love you,
Mom

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 17 - Constitution Day - Kingdom of Norway

Good morning,

Today is Constitution Day in the Kingdom of Norway.  Norwegians celebrate it with parades, national costumes, and food usually, but this year, Covid-19 has put a damper on the big celebrations.

Above are the two flags on top of one of My Honey's CNC machines.  He was born in Norway and is now a US citizen by choice.  Of course, we always celebrate all things Norwegian as well as USA holidays and customs.

This morning we will have Norwegian Waffle Cakes made by Catherine to celebrate this special day.  I'll have to get some pictures to show you tomorrow.
Here is a larger shot of one of My Honey's two CNC machines in the corner of the basement wood workshop with the flags at the top.  He named this hard worker "The Patriot" as you can see.  He spends most of every day creating designs on his computer and working with his many tools and machines making the gorgeous items in the shop

Happy Constitution Day, Honey!

Love you,
Lois

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Salmon Patties and Spinach

Good morning,

Here's another comfort food meal from my childhood.  That's a salmon patty made the way Mom used to make them.  She would have served this with mashed potatoes, green peas, and a tossed salad.

I served it with wilted spinach with white wine, bacon, and mushrooms, cocktail sauce, applesauce, and fresh home made bread.

Yum!

Are you still cooking at home or getting carry out during these strange times?  We prefer to cook at home.  Ohio is beginning to open up now, but we'll probably stay close to home for awhile longer.

Lois




Friday, May 15, 2020

French Toast and Raspberries

Good morning,

That may look like breakfast in that image, but it's dinner. 

The lovely part about the dinner is that it is made with home made bread, real Canadian Maple Syrup, fresh raspberries, and real whipped cream. 

Yes, it was very, very good.

;),
Lois

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Star of Bethlehem Flowers

Good morning,

These Star of Bethlehem Flowers are so pretty.  They are listed as an invasive species, but I love them showing up in the Spring. 

We have had very strange Spring weather this year.  It has been quite warm for a few days, then several nights of temperatures below freezing.  Perhaps that will help reduce the number of pesky bugs this year.

Happy Spring!

Lois



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Antler for the Pups

Good morning,

Catherine brought this antler home from the office this week.  A client of hers owns property in the country where he regularly finds deer antlers that have been shed naturally.  It appears this one may have been cracked when it was run over by a tractor.

We can saw these into chew sticks of an appropriate length and round the edges for the pups.  They will have hours of chewing fun with them.

If you purchase these already cut and prepared at the pet stores, they are quite expensive. 

Nice!

Lois

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Full Moon

Good morning,

It's amazing how good the cameras on our phones are these days.  I took this image when I had the pups out a few nights ago.  It was about 10 PM.
That's Elsa, looking down the driveway toward Xavier University.  The only light is from the moon and our security cameras. 

It was warm that night, but since then, we have had another overnight freeze.  Welcome to May on the South Coast of Ohio.

Happy Spring,
Lois

Monday, May 11, 2020

Fly Over Thank You

Good morning,

We live in what is called "fly over" country here in Ohio. 

The reporting on the Medical Worker Fly Overs in other parts of the country by the US Navy Thunderbirds and US Air Force Blue Angels happened last week and were beautiful to watch on TV.

Not to be out done, the Ohio National Guard flew over Southern Ohio a few days ago as a thank you to our local medical workers.  We live very close to the historical hospital area here in Cincinnati so we were close to the flight path. 

I took the video above while standing in our driveway and was amazed I got much of anything because it all went so fast.  I wasn't able to zoom so if you can make the video larger to view, that will be helpful.  The F-16's flew beyond the tree and our flag  which was a beautiful sight.  They are hard to see in the video (I could see them very well full screen), but there is no trouble at all hearing them.

The handsome man who photo-bombed my video is My Honey, of course.

It was all very emotional to think of all the love and service our medical community has and still is providing while fighting the invisible enemy.

Thank you to all.

Lois

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Good morning,

Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers!  All mothers includes mothers to human and pet children as well as those wonderful women who have been mothers to those who are not related to them at all.

We hope you have a fantastic day and hope all the special Mothers and children are able to communicate with each other in these times of separation.

My Honey has a secret shopper (thank you, Catherine) who picked up these roses for me.   My Honey and I are still not venturing out since we are in the high risk group for Covid-19.  This, too, shall pass.  We look forward to getting out, doing some of our own shopping, taking a road trip.... 

All the very best,
Lois

Saturday, May 9, 2020

More Bread

Good morning,

I'm on a bread "kick" again.  It just smells so good baking and tastes so good eating.  ;)

This batch was made with sour cream and onion dip.  Oh, goodness, it is GOOD!

I make these up as I go after looking into the fridge to see what is available that day.  If you look in the right column of my blog, you'll see quite a few posts tagged "bread making."  Scroll through those if you are interested in some of my recipes. 

All the best,
Lois


Friday, May 8, 2020

Salmon and Caesar

Good morning,

This was lunch recently. 

It's fun that we take turns cooking around here.  Kjell had smoked salmon and Catherine had made a Caesar Salad the night before.  It all came together for a fabulous lunch the next day.

Yum!

Lois

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Work in Process This Week

Good morning,

We are still sheltering-in-place here in Ohio so there is plenty of knitting and crocheting happening all around my home.  I have a different project everywhere I am able to sit down for a few minutes during the day. 

I took the picture of the cowl above a few days ago.  I have been working through various re-writes to the classic feather and fan pattern to produce a "ripple" pattern that will work well for sweaters and other garments.  The cowl above is finished now and in the shop here.  I've also made and listed a coordinating Stylish Seaman's Hat here.  I was tempted to keep this set for myself.   
When I became comfortable with my new design, I started a sweater....
I kept the ribbed bottom for this one and it works well with the adapted pattern stitch. 
I love how this yarn changes colors and blends as I go. 
The sweater is moving along well.  I shared some pictures of it and it now has become a reserved custom order item for a regular customer.  I am designing as I go and plan to repeat the ripples on the sleeves.  This wonderful customer gives me freedom to design and create items for her.
 Also, this week I'm working on the beginning of a custom order teal Cables and Lace sweater.  This is lovely yarn, too, and flows smoothly through my fingers and over the needles.  This is also my own pattern that I have made and adapted in several different sizes quite a few times now.  There are two similar sweaters available in the shop here:  Pink, size 34-38 and Turquoise, size 44-48.
 My upstairs project is (still) making 80 flowers for another large afghan blanket.  Usually, when I am upstairs I am working on my computer so this project is moving along slowly, but surely.  These pretty cream colored flowers will be surrounded by shades of green.  Afghan Blankets are available in the shop here.

That's what is on the needles and hooks here this week as we continue to shelter-in-place and follow all CDC guidelines.  We are so very fortunate that our daughter, Catherine, is doing our grocery and other shopping for us.  We are blessed.

What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the very best,
Lois

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wendy's Catch

Good morning,

Catherine sent me this image so I'm not quite sure how large this critter is.  Wendy caught it and it appears to be doggie size lobster lunch to me.

I have no information as to the disposition of above said critter.

;),
Lois

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Another Weekend Day at the Pool

Good morning,

Catherine took "the kids" to the pool again last weekend.  The pool is at our friend Erica's home.

I just love these pictures.  The pups come home wet and exhausted after a visit to their friend's home.  They are unable to go to the dog club while Ohio is still shut down, so this is their only chance to get some important exercise.

They are all practicing social distancing.  

Happy Spring!

Lois

Monday, May 4, 2020

Needlework and Wood Working Update - May, 2020

Good morning,

Here we are again for the monthly Needlework and Wood Working Update.  It has been a very productive month as we have been sheltering in place during the Ohio Stay-Home orders due to Covid-19. 

Above is a pair of hands that are a beautiful gift for the wedding couple or the anniversary couple.  When ordered, the names and date of the wedding are requested from the buyer so they may be engraved on a wood insert that fits into the heart.  Just gorgeous!  I would treasure one of these for Kjell and me. $150.  More images and information here
This intricate piece is called "Viking Saga" and represents so many different Viking themes engraved in 2" heavy walnut wood.  $136.  More detailed information and images here.
We are all so very grateful to our truckers who are getting necessary items to us during the Covid-19 Pandemic and at all other times throughout the year.  Here's a wonderful thank you and a way to recognize those hard-working individuals.  $62.  More details and images here.
Helping and loving others is depicted on this symbolic cross.  The words of John 13:34 "Love One Another as I Have Loved You" are engraved in the base.  What a lovely gift for a caregiver or dear friend who has lived this in today's world.  $76.  Engraved on Padauk wood and finished to a shine with Danish Oil.  More images here.
Here is a very special Thank You to the female medical personnel who helped you or someone you love through the Covid-19 crisis.  It's engraved on Hard Maple and is appropriate for a doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist, aide, caregiver, or anyone who has had a part in helping us.  $54. More images and information here.
This is the male version of the Thank You to our medical personnel.  $74. on Cherry Wood.  This one is sold out at the moment.  If interested, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post.
Now to the Needlework completed this month.

Above is a feather and fan scarf that I am going to keep for myself.  The scarf I've been using for the past five or six years is showing wear, so it was time for a new one.  :)
This is a crib size Christening, Bris, Naming Ceremony blanket that will be used until baby grows into a larger bed and may be handed down to others in the family.  It is crocheted of non-allergic washable acrylic yarn and features a beautiful scalloped border.  $65.  More details and images are here.
This month I finished one more Lacy Ladders Hat and Cowl Set for the shop.  I'm restocking after being sold out of these last Winter.  What a classy way to stay warm.  $56 for the set.  More information and details here.
This is a 12 - 18 months Sweater and Hat set.  $45. It's a lovely gift for a baby shower or first birthday.   More information here.
I enjoyed working with those colors so much that I made this adult Stylish Seaman's Cap.  $24.  Available here.
And, here's a coordinating cowl scarf made of the same yarn.  $28.  More information here.
The Center for Disease Control and the State of Ohio (as well as many other States) have recommended we all wear masks when we have to go out in public.  I've made more than five dozen masks now for family, our daughter's office, and for the shop.  Following are a few representative masks.  They are available here in the shop.
Some of these are already gone, but there are many more colors available and I'm making more to keep the shop stocked as required. 

















That's it for this month!  We have quite a few more items in process now that I'll feature in next month's Needlework and Wood Working Update.

Thanks so much for your encouragement!

All the very best to stay safe, stay well, and stay strong.

Lois

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