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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Candy Stripe Tulip

 Good morning,

I only have one of these left after thirty years.  I guess I could raise the bulb at the end of the season and check to see if there are any new bulbs I could separate, but I don't want to risk losing this one.

I call this my Candy Stripe Tulip, but I'm sure there is a different official name for it.

There was a period many years ago when I attempted to plant as many different varieties of tulips and daffodils as I could find.  I found quite a few, that's for sure!

Happy Spring!

Lois

 

 

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

This Week's WIP

 Good morning,

A few weeks ago I showed you the center of this crochet piece.  I was working with a pattern stitch design trying to decide if I wanted to make something with it and, if so, what.

I really liked what I saw so have continued adding rows of pink and grey to this one.  A couple of days ago I thought it might be a baby blanket and I'd add a toy to go with it, but now the blanket has grown into a large lap or even recliner blanket.  Stand by for what I decide it will be when finished.  I'm having fun with this stitch!

In the meantime, I made a lap blanket in the same stitch, but different colors.  It is in the shop here if you'd like to see how it looks finished.

What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,

Lois

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Yet Another Type of Daffodil

 Good morning,

The new blossoms in the garden today are yet another type of daffodil.  These are the same height - 12 to 15 inches - as the common King Alfred yellow daffodils, but the flowers are clusters of multiple blossoms on the top of each stem.  The blossoms are extremely fragrant.  

Each day something different is blooming.

I love it!

Happy Spring,

Lois

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Red Bud Trees in Bloom

 Good morning,

A few days ago our Tulip Magnolia bloomed outside our dining room doors.  

This week our Red Bud Trees are in bloom outside our living room doors.  

I absolutely LOVE Spring!

Enjoy!

Lois

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Tulips are Pink Violets are Lavender

 Good morning,

The parade of color continues in our garden.

 It is so much fun to go outside and see what is newly blooming in the garden each morning.  

I'm so glad I spent so much time in the garden years ago because we are still reaping the benefits of bulbs, trees, and shrubs that continue to bloom year after year.

 What is blooming now where you live?

Happy Spring!

Lois

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Fragrant Daffodils

 Good morning,

It is amazing how just a few Daffodils can fill a room with the sweet fragrance of Spring.

Happy Spring!

Lois

 


 

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Easter Bunny Came!

 Good morning,

The Easter Bunny Came!  Those were the words we heard from the kids every year as they were growing up.  It seems the Easter bunny  has remembered where we live all these years.  ;)

 Not only did the Easter Bunny find us again, Catherine made a spectacular Easter brunch for the three of us.   

We hope you all had as an enjoyable Easter as we all had.

All the very best,

Lois

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Happy Birthday, Idlebrook Bjorn Erik Evensen (Erik)

 Good morning,

Our Erik will be 12 years old tomorrow on Easter Sunday.

Of course, there will be a party.  But, ssssh, please don't tell him.

;),

Lois

 

 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Needlework and Wood Working Update - April, 2021

 Good morning,

Welcome to this month's Needlework and Wood Working Update. 

Above is a new carving from Kjell, "Faces of Love."  What a lovely Wedding or Anniversary gift.  It is to be mounted on the wall without a frame. The depth of the carving provides movement and texture as you move around the room.  $83.  More images and information here.

 "Holy Family" is another wood carving intended to be displayed directly against a wall without a frame.  The beauty and depth of the carving is exceptional.  $83.  Only one available.  More information and images here.

 Kjell made this set of nautical coasters for our own recreation room.  They're large enough to accommodate a large coffee cup, too.  The designs are walnut inlay.  These are even more beautiful in person. 

 This has been the month of the afghan blanket for me.  I am restocking very popular colors and designs that have sold out quickly recently.  This is the newest one "Stained Glass Flower Garden," is available here.  $165.  Only one available.

 This is another version of "Flower Garden" that sold out during the previous month.  $165.  Only one available.  More images and details here.  

 This bed or couch size large "Warm Browns Afghan Blanket" is a favorite color combination of circles and squares very appropriate as a gift for a man or a woman.  I like to think of these colors as Vanilla Chocolate Swirl since I'm such an ice cream lover.  $165.  Only one available.  More images and details here.

 Here is a lap blanket in the same color design as the larger couch or bed size blanket shown above it.  $65.  More images and details here.

These two face masks were a custom order and have been delivered.  We have many available in the shop here, too.

And, finally for this month are two Cloche Hats that also make excellent Chemo Caps.

We have several dozen Cloche Hats/Chemo Caps in a variety of colors and styles from $8. here.

We sincerely appreciate your encouragement, comments, shares, likes, favorites, and purchases, too!

All the very best,

Lois

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

NOT April Fools Joke!

 Good morning,

Mother Nature is messing with us.  I took this image this morning when I opened the back kitchen door.  Yes, that's snow.  Really.  It's snow.  Yes, it's cold enough to snow.  Yes, it is still coming down and is getting deeper as I type.

I took this image on the front side of the house a couple of days ago when the temperature was in the 70's.

Yep, Mother Nature is reminding us who is in charge here!

Happy Spring!

Lois

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Pretty As A Picture Bread

 Good morning,

It was bread day again yesterday.  The loaves were so pretty when they came out of the oven that I just had to take a picture.

 This one is Sour Cream Egg Bread.  I look at what I have in the fridge to make bread and that's what I use.  I did write down many of my recipes that you'll find under the "bread recipes" link in the right hand column of this blog.

Yum!

Lois

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tulip Magnolia

 Good morning,

Our Tulip Magnolia is bursting into bloom.

These beautiful blossoms make their appearance every year just about Easter.

I love Spring!

 Enjoy!

Lois

Monday, March 29, 2021

Spring Rain

 Good morning,

Here comes the Spring rain.  It comes quickly and is gone just as quickly.

Happy Spring!

Lois

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Aromas of Spring

 Good morning,

It is such a joy to go outside each morning and be greeted by the aromas of Spring.  This is the new blossom today.

This hyacinth is another that has graced our garden for many years.  It is a joy to see it return each year.

Happy Spring!

Lois

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Norwegian Dinner ala Kjell

 Good morning,

Kjell won the Top Chef award here again this week with his Norwegian Meat (Beef) Cakes and cabbage in white sauce.

Boiled potatoes are traditional with this meal.  I added the applesauce and my home made bread.

We will have to eat more salads for awhile to make up for all of this!

;),

Lois

Friday, March 26, 2021

Wendy on Her Throne

 Good morning,

It was pretty enough to sit outside on Tuesday afternoon this week.  Our Miss Wendy always gets into a chair so she can be on eye level with the rest of us.

The funny part is that she can get herself in, but appreciates help getting down because she doesn't want the chair to tip over as she makes her exit.  

 If we are not around when she wants to get down, she "calls us."  Bark, pause, bark, pause, bark, pause (are they coming yet?), bark, pause, (where are my humans?), bark.  

Eventually we realize she is requesting human help and go out and hold the chair so she can get down by herself.

Such a funny personality this pup has!  She always makes us smile.

Lois

Thursday, March 25, 2021

More Daffodils

 Good morning,

Another type of daffodil has bloomed in our garden today.  It's wonderful to see the new blossoms every morning.  

Retirement is good!

Lois

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Feeding Our Crafty Squirrel

 Good morning,

I took these pictures while sitting in my chair in the living room.  That's our resident squirrel with a half a mini loaf of my bread in his mouth.

 When I make a new batch of bread every day or two, I throw what is left of the old batch out for the birds and, obviously, the squirrels, too.

 The fun part is that he is preparing to jump to a tree on the right, just out of sight of the window.  He made it, but the bread took a trip to the ground.  I didn't go out to look, but I'm sure he went down to the ground and took it up the other tree.

Our dogs have stopped getting excited about Mr. Squirrel except when he comes right up to the bottom of the glass door between the living room and front porch and stares at them through the window.  Then they let him know they see him big time!

;),

Lois

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

My Sweet Little Butter Cups

 Good morning,

The pretty little Butter Cups are blooming in the yard.  

I just can't get the Butter Cup song out of my head now, but it does make me smile.

;),

Lois. 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Our Neighborhood Hawk

 Good morning,

Today's images are courtesy of our daughter, Catherine.  She stopped her car down the street from our home and took these images of a hawk who had lunch in his mouth.  Sadly, the image quickly taken with her phone camera is not better quality, but we can tell you that the hawk enjoyed garter snake as his main course.

 
This is the same image before I cropped and zoomed it.

The day before I saw this bird or one of his close relatives sitting at the end of our porch when I went out of our front door to toss the previous day's bread to the birds.   We were both surprised to see each other and his first reaction was to spread his wings, then he flew away.  I was amazed at how big they are!   Unfortunately, I didn't have my phone camera in my hand at the time so missed that shot.

Wildlife in the city!

Lois



 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Our Friend's New Ride

 Good morning,

Our daughter and a close friend are very involved with our local AKC dog club and also show their dogs at out-of-town dog shows.  The friend picked up her new ride today.  My understanding is that this very comfy looking vehicle will be used primarily as transportation for certain champion dogs we know to go to dog shows.

My goodness, some dogs just have it made, don't they!

And, the show goes on!

Lois

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Work in Process This Week

 Good morning,

I'm having a wonderful time playing with pattern stitches this week.  

The item above is the beginning of a lap blanket.  I started playing with a variety of stitches and this one just "caught on."  I plan for it to be in the shop one of these days.

I'm also working on a "warm browns" large afghan blanket.  It was a favorite and has been sold out for quite some time so it was about time I got to work on another one.

Retirement is good! 

 What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the very best,

Lois

Friday, March 19, 2021

Excuse Me

 Good morning,

Kjell took this picture of Elsa last night when she got on the foot rest in front of him while he was watching TV.  She stared him in the eye while wagging her tail and gave him the " Excuse me.  May I have a cookie, please?" look.

It worked.

;),

Lois

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Corned Beef and Cabbage Crock Pot

 Good morning,

For not being Irish, we certainly did a good job of celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

I bought the corned beef and cabbage and Kjell prepared it in the crock pot.  Layers starting from the bottom:  potatoes, carrots, corned beef with seasonings, cabbage, beer.  Cover and cook on high for eight hours.

Oh, my, this was GOOD!

How did you celebrate yesterday?

Lois

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

As they say, we are all Irish today.  We'll be having corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes tonight for dinner.

We hope you all enjoy the day, too!

All the best,

Lois

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Always Watching Always Listening

 Good morning,

This segment of our security system is always on guard, always watching, always listening.

It's very interesting to watch the interaction among our three dogs.  When one alerts to a sight or noise, the others come as backup.  

As you see in the blog header, Wendy is still in her spot at the front window.  Erik is making sure I get a good picture of the whole thing.  When I took the picture, Elsa was behind me playing with a squeaky toy, but she was "ready reserves."

;),

Lois

Monday, March 15, 2021

Something for Our Recreation Room

 Good morning,

Kjell made these coasters this week for our bar/recreation room.  They are cherry wood with walnut inlays with a nautical theme, of course!  

He has a video of them on his new turntable on his Facebook page here if you care to take a look.

Very cool!

:),

Lois

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Singular Beauty

 Good morning,

This beautiful single Crocus blossom is alone in the middle of the area where we had a pile of logs for more than a year.  

Last summer we finally got the rest of the logs split and stacked.  I didn't expect anything to have survived in that area, but should have had more faith in Mother Nature.

So pretty!

Lois

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Work in Process This Week

 Good morning,

Yesterday I spread 80 flower squares out on the dining room table to arrange the color pattern for the next afghan blanket for the shop.  I sold the last one shortly after I listed it so have been hard at work to make another.  

It will be coming to the shop soon.  ;)

What are making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,

Lois

UPDATE:  I've finished this afghan blanket and it is in the shop here.  Come take a look!

Friday, March 12, 2021

March Weather Madness

 Good morning,

There's a saying in Cincinnati, "If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes.  It will change."

It's truly March Weather Madness here with temps from the 30's to the 70's, a string of sunny days, then a string of rainy days, tornadoes, and in years past, even snow.  Today the warning is for those tornadoes.

Of course, we can look forward to April!

I hope the weather is comfortable and you are safe, wherever you are.

Lois

Still to Come

 Good morning,

My King Alfred Daffodils will be in bloom in just a few days.  I know I can separate the bulbs, but I just love the way they cluster and create a bouquet as they naturally multiply.

More Spring Flowers to come!

Yay!

Lois

Thursday, March 11, 2021

In Full Bloom

Good morning,

The crocus buds I showed you a few days ago are now in full bloom.  

My goodness, these are pretty.  

Happy Spring!

Lois

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Construction Continues

 Good morning,

On September 30, I wrote a post about a building that was torn down and the new building being erected on the same spot.  The original building was the home of Rubel Bakery and the famous Cincinnati Rye bread. I was a friend of the owner's daughter and we visited the bakery from time to time.

We pass this place once a week for a regular appointment.  The project is huge with the base of the new building below the level of the bridge/roadway where I was while taking this picture.

I still don't know what the new building will house, but it is interesting to watch the progress from week to week.

More to come....

Lois