According to My Honey, my country ribs are the best ribs ever.
Hmm. I think he wants me to make them again!
My secret, of course, is Stubb's Bar-B-Q sauce.
Spring is coming!
These are only a few of Elsa's toys spread out to dry after a trip through the washing machine. She had taken 40 to 50 of them outside during the three weeks of snow and ice and they stayed there until we could get them unstuck and back in the house to be washed. It's nice to have them clean again!
Elsa and the other pups have quite a few toys. They get a new one when they have a successful run at the dog club and we buy plenty of them ourselves. The nice thing about the pups having their own toys is that they don't chew up things that aren't theirs.
No, I don't mind washing them at all. In fact, I like the idea of the toys making a trip through the washer every once in awhile. I certainly don't want them inside on the carpet after they have been outside in the snow, ice, and mud.
It's good to be retired.
This is sweet Elsa cuddled up in the blankets and pillows on the couch in front of the fireplace last night. I took the picture from the end of the couch with only the light from a table lamp. I wouldn't want to wake her with a flash, you know....
It's rough being a Labrador here.
This week I'm working on another Stained Glass Flower Garden Afghan Blanket to restock the shop. The really nice thing about these selling out is that I enjoy making more of them.
The weather is warmer here now, but the ice and snow hasn't quite melted away yet. I'm finally able to walk from my patio to the driveway and pick up many of Elsa's toys that she took outside. If you missed that post, here's a picture. There are still many more of her toys on the lawn, but it is too soggy to retrieve those yet.
I hope the weather is beautiful wherever you are!
All the best,
It felt like Christmas yesterday when a large box arrived from JoAnn's with my order of yarn. I was in need of some of my most used colors so it was time to order.
You can see Elsa is checking out the box. Her treats also arrive in large boxes and she wanted to see if this was something for her. Not to worry, Elsa. You won't run out of treats and I won't run out of yarn.
Kjell snapped this picture of Erik who had just rested his chin on Daddy's knee when we sat down to watch TV together after dinner.
Erik: What 'cha doin', Dad?
Dad: Taking your picture, you handsome old man!
Erik: Got anything to eat?
Dad: You can't fool me! I know Mom just fed you.
Erik: Did she tell you?
Dad: No, I just know these things.
What a sweetheart!
The temperature got above freezing today, but it'll take several days of these temps to get rid of the snow and ice out there.
In the meantime, it was a bread day. Oh, yes, very good!
Spring is on the way. I'm sure of it. Yes, it really is. I believe it!
These are only a few of Elsa's toys scattered around in the back yard. She takes one out each time she goes outside, then gets busy with other things and forgets to bring them back in. I don't mind all that much, but I generally pick them up and throw them down the laundry chute regularly. After being outside, I don't want them back in on the carpet without washing. Washing them isn't all that hard and they can always use cleaning anyway.
I was on my way out to pick some up last night and about killed myself on the ice on the steps. I'll just wait until the temps are high enough to melt that stuff. We are expecting the temp to go over 40 F today! Yay!
I hope you are warm and comfy wherever you are!
One of the advantages of all of this snow outside is the light it reflects all day and even at night with the security lights shining on it.
I took the image above this morning. It's on the side of the house that usually doesn't have much light until the afternoon/evening. With the snow on the ground, we enjoy light through this window most of the day and even at night with reflections from the snow.
So, there are advantages to that cold, white stuff out there!
Lois (looking forward to temps above freezing very soon!)
This was a perfect gift for My Honey, our resident wood worker, for Valentine's day.
We love using sustainable materials around here and wood is certainly sustainable.
We've lived here for nearly 42 years. We have many trees on our property and love them for their shade and beauty. As they need to be removed, we use them to keep us warm in our fireplace inside. We are growing wood here much faster than we are using it in the fireplace.
We hope you're staying warm this very cold winter!
Catherine made a triple batch of potato soup in the crock pot this week. What's so great is being able to stop by and get a cup once in awhile during the day.
Of course, the house smells wonderful.
This is such good cold weather food!
The snow and ice just won't quit. We just got several more inches on top of what we got last week. It's hard to see in this image, but the street is completely covered and still has not been plowed.
The temperature has stayed below freezing here so the old snow just won't melt.
We here in Ohio don't have it as bad as those in Texas, though. Down there they not only aren't as prepared for serious snow, their source of power, windmills, is not keeping up with the demand. The windmills don't operate well in freezing temperatures, just when they are needed the most. The current national politicians have stopped the flow of other low cost fuels, so now the only alternative is purchasing high cost fuels from other parts of the country. My source for all of this: current news, most channels.
We hope you are staying warm wherever you are.
We now have 14 inches of snow on the ground with more coming.
I hope you're staying warm and comfy wherever you are.
All the best,
We had a whole lot of snow last night. In fact, the city is calling it a Winter Storm Emergency.
This is Erik trying to turn himself into a white dog after being out only a couple of minutes to potty before bed time.
The dogs enjoyed romping in the snow.
I've been busy making flowers again for another afghan blanket. The weather is cold and the afghan blankets are selling as fast as I can make them.
This current one will have a medium green border. There's a similar one in the shop now in Tropical Flower colors here. There are many other afghans available to ship now here, too.
I truly enjoy making these!
What are you making, baking, growing today?
All the very best,
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I snapped this picture of Wendy as she snoozed her way through the afternoon on the couch in front of the fireplace. Her head is resting on a small flannel blanket with dog bones printed on it. Catherine picked up a couple of those recently; the people and the pups enjoy using them.
The story of the afghan goes back much further. I made this blanket circa 1970 for my Mom and Dad. Mom used it until her death in 1985, then Dad used it at his home and later at our home when he moved in with us in the 1990's. As the grandchildren came along I always had enough afghans in the living room for everyone, humans and dogs. Most often the dogs used them on the couches and the grand kids curled up under them on the floor. The afghans are washed often and still look fresh and new.
Just for fun, here's an image of David and Erik taken in 2011. So very sweet.
Retirement is good.
Before I met My Honey, Kjell, if someone had asked me if I wanted to have some fried fish balls, I would have certainly said, "ewwwwwww."
Well, they're pretty good! Kjell made them for lunch this week and served them on toast with mustard and some bread and butter pickles.
Welcome to our February Needlework and Wood Working Update.
I'm starting with Kjell's beautiful wood working this month and have so many pretty things to show you! This is definitely the month of the Cutting Board!
The cutting board above features an inlay wine glass. Shortly after listing it in the shop, it was sold and on the way to its new owner.
...to restock the shop. I'm told these Toilet Tissue Toppers bring smiles when used as gift bags for toilet tissue in these days when toilet tissue is a coveted commodity. $8. We have them available in a variety of colors here.
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All the very best,
This staying-home thing isn't all bad. We are enjoying our own cooking.
I made the Italian meat sauce and spaghetti this time and served it with salad and garlic bread.
Are you cooking mostly at home or ordering food from restaurants when you have to stay home?
All the best,