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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
The sun was right to get a couple of pictures of the gold fish in our back yard pond. These characters had no problem getting through the winter with a heater in their water. They are self sustaining and have more than enough food right there in the pond.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
We don't need an alarm clock. We have an alarm dog. ;)
Miss Elsa wakes us each morning with sloppy kisses and a waggy tail.
It is so good to be home and retired. During all the years we sailed at sea, this is one of the things we missed the most.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
In one week it will be the Fourth of July, time to celebrate the Independence of the USA.
I like fireworks and since I was a little girl I have enjoyed going to the professional displays that are so exciting and beautiful. I remember one year about 20 years ago Kjell, Catherine, and I went on board the Belle of Cincinnati on the Ohio River and watched the fireworks over the Cincinnati skyline. It was fabulous. We also have fond memories of annually attending Red, White, and Boom, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Fourth of July Concert at Riverbend, the Orchestra's Summer Home on the Ohio River at Coney Island. The concert of patriotic music always ended with the 1812 Overture and a full fireworks display. Marvelous!
But, I have a different feeling about fireworks in residential neighborhoods. I once had a German Shepherd who would go through plate glass windows when she heard fireworks or thunder. We had gotten her as a rescue when she was about six months old. We had no idea what she had endured before that and what had traumatized her about loud noises. My kids were little at the time and the neighborhood bullies would throw lit firecrackers over our fence and into our yard to see the dog go crazy. Sadly, when something was thrown into the yard, my children, just toddlers, would run to see what it was, too. Fortunately, there was no catastrophe, but the danger was real. I asked the parents of the boys throwing the fireworks to stop, and the father told me I was un-American because I didn't like fireworks. *sigh* These parents and some others were the problem in that neighborhood. The kids went from fireworks to breaking and entering to vandalism and beyond year after year.
When the same kids and their friends started shooting many people's pets (including our cats) in the neighborhood, then a child in her own driveway one block away from us, I started house hunting. The parents had completely lost control and even encouraged their kids to break the law beginning with the fireworks when they were small. After we moved, some of those young people were arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to jail for the shootings. We moved to our present home 41 years ago because of this. None of this had anything to do with race.We moved from an all white, suburban neighborhood of new four bedroom homes to an ethnically diverse neighborhood of very old homes where we felt much safer.
So, now our kids are grown, well educated with honors, and independent. No arrests, no jail time, no tattoos, either. We have four Labrador Retrievers who don't have problems with loud sounds; in fact, our Erik loved gun dog training. But, I know there are dogs in the neighborhood who are terrified and have been every night for weeks. Also, humans, especially combat veterans, often have a terrible time with constant fireworks.
It's sad, isn't it, when people insist on illegally shooting off fireworks in a residential neighborhood with no consideration for those who suffer from the constant loud sounds. It's bad enough when the parents to it, but those parents who encourage their children to break the law are the biggest part of the problem.
This has been a much more serious post than usual. If you've read through it this far, thank you. Enough said, and I'll put away my soap box.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Penny, our champion Yellow Lab, is nearly fifteen and a half now. This is Penny's breakfast in an omlette pan. She has always eaten raw food, but now I change it a little because she has difficulty eating without a little help.
Now I put her food in an omelette pan, then just heat it slightly while chopping into hash. Included: 1/3 to 1/2 pound hamburger, one egg, a scoop of chopped veggie mixture that Catherine makes for all of the pups for their raw diet, one slice of my home made bread (no preservatives), a little milk, and an egg. She gets this twice a day.
She normally wouldn't need the bread, but not only does she love it, we are trying to put a little weight back on her.
After it is cool enough, I bury her supplements and pills in it, then feed it to her with a spoon. She gobbles it down so I guess she approves of my cooking.
Penny is very special.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
I've worked on a few small things since I finished the Cables and Lace Sweater this week. Above is a headband, part of the custom order, and...
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What are you making, baking, growing today?
All the best,
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
I took this image just a few minutes ago. I woke up with so many things to do today and this little lady, Miss Elsa, will be at my side as I try to get them all done.
I just updated the most important parts of the shop and am now off to deck one (our home is decks, not floors - old hangup from years at sea) to prepare special breakfast foods for and feed Elsa's Great Great Aunt Penny, throw in a batch of laundry, then get to knitting. I have one more small item to finish this morning so that I can list a custom order. My Honey also has a custom order that he said should be ready for me to list today. It is rainy outside now. I hope the weather clears so I can get some good pictures and that I can list the new items.
Have I mentioned that I need a cabin steward? My cruise friends will know exactly what I mean!
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
This is all that was left of the salmon My Honey pan fried for dinner a couple of days ago.
The pups sit waiting patiently while we eat our dinner. They know they will get something good when we are finished. I divided the center piece in half and had a yummy treat for each of the four pups.
Those pups eat very well here.
Monday, June 22, 2020
We had a lovely Father's Day weekend. Kjell was reminded all weekend of the great Dad that he is.
Sunday had gravlax for brunch. We all had a hand in preparation of this meal: Kjell made the gravlax, I made the bread, and Catherine made the scrambled eggs and gravlax sauce. The gravlax and sauce recipes are here.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend with the important men in your life, too.
All the best,
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Happy Fathers Day to all the great men who are so very special to us.
Yesterday we went to the wood (toy) store so Kjell could pick up some new supplies for his wood workshop.
We hope you are having a great Fathers Day, too!
All the best,
Saturday, June 20, 2020
This is the view from my place at the dinner table at home. What a beautiful Spring Day with flags flying. The flags were both beautifully full in the wind until I got my camera out. Then the wind died down. It's still a pretty picture.
All the best,
Friday, June 19, 2020
From time to time I've shown you pictures of this plant when it had one or two blooms on it. I got it as a hand-me-down from Catherine who received it in a basket of plants four or more years ago. While in that basket, the violet bloomed from time to time, but acted as if it wasn't too pleased sharing space with its kalankoe, fern, and peace lily neighbors.
I re-potted this lovely into a dachshund planter (you can only see his tail!) that I received with a plant when number one son was born more than 50 years ago. It seems the violet has found it's happy place!
So pretty, I just had to share!
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
I decided to lie down on the bed yesterday afternoon to answer a text on my phone. Of course, Elsa snuggled up next to me. It only took a minute for her to be sound asleep and...
Monday, June 15, 2020
The Honeysuckle is in bloom here now.
What is blooming where you are today?
All the best,
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Penny, our 15 year old sweetheart, has a new orthopedic bed that she seems to just love. I was in the process of making it with her favorite quilts and she got on it before I was finished.
We can definitely say this bed is "Lab Tested!"
Friday, June 12, 2020
Here's another rose in bloom on a different plant than the one I showed you a few days ago. I think the very few remaining rose bushes I have from the 60 bushes planted 30 or so years ago are growing only from their root stock.
Whatever the source, they are beautiful and are so pleasant to see when I go out to visit the garden each morning.
All the best,
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
It has been quite awhile since I've made pure sour dough bread. Generally, I use the sourdough as the base, then add eggs, salt, sugar, cheese or cream, etc., to make a light yummy bread, or make a darker/heavier bread with oats or rye.
This time, though, I made bread the biblical way with just flour and water. I modernized enough to use my bread machine for the first mixing.
Then I took the whole thing out of the machine, put it on the counter and worked it over (kneaded) it for awhile longer before putting it in a bowl in the oven with only the light turned on for a little warmth while the dough rose.
Sourdough takes longer to rise (at least in my house) than bread made with commercial yeast.
After the first rise, I took it out of the oven and worked it over awhile longer. I formed it into a ball and returned it to the oven to rise once again.
But, the favorite here in this house is egg bread so I made a batch of that, too.
This made for very good eating!
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
I've finished the front of the current Teal Cables and Lace Sweater and have joined it to the back at the shoulders with a three needle bind off. The sleeves have been started. This sweater is a custom order, but there are similar sweaters in the shop and ready to ship. A pink one is here and there is a turquoise sweater available, too.
You can see them finished in the shop here.
Of course, that poor cream flower afghan blanket is still in the works. It seems something else keeps popping up to take my time. I'll get back to it eventually!
What are you making, baking, growing this week?
All the very best,
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Monday, June 8, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Catherine bought new panties for Elsa and Wendy and they are so cute! Elsa's panties are a purple design and Wendy's are a turquoise design.
I took quite a few pictures of the girls wearing their new panties, but they were moving around and wagging so much that this is the only picture I got that shows how very cute they are.
When the girls are in season, of course, they wear panties around the house.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
We have several dog kennels placed around the house. Generally, the doors are open and the pups can nap away from the maddening crowd without being disturbed. This was especially important when the grandchildren were little. When they visited they sometimes wanted to play with the pups longer than the pups wanted to play. The rule was, when the pups went into their kennels, they were to be left alone. That was their private space.
The humor in the picture above, though, is that kennel is much too small for Elsa now, but she still likes to squeeze in there for a rest once in awhile. She comes and goes as she pleases and seems quite happy to nap in her baby kennel sometimes.
Friday, June 5, 2020
Penny had her six week checkup at the vet this week. She's doing quite well for being 15 years old. She still moves around on her own, enjoys her food, and gives us a wag when we come into the room.
She is getting a bit picky about what she eats. At her age and with doc's blessing, we are giving her whatever she wants to eat. After all, she is our champion and the queen in our household. She enjoys hot dogs, scrambled eggs with cheese, ground turkey and beef, doggie treats, peanut butter sandwiches, and just about anything else that we are eating. She has decided she is too mature to have to eat her veggies any more.
Catherine is holding Penny to ensure she remains socially distant from others in the room.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Kjell made the custom order box with a Texas theme that you see above. That's the only entry from the wood workshop this month, although he has quite a few other projects in process. The engravings on the top, front, back, sides, and inside the lid are all very time consuming. An absolutely gorgeous work of art! We have a variety of wood boxes in the shop here that are available to ship now.
We have other sweaters available here.
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