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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Images from Agility Trial

 Good morning,

Today's images were taken by the professional photographer who recorded Elsa and Catherine at the agility trial at our local AKC dog club earlier this month.  In the first image you can see Elsa just can't wait to get started on her agility run.

 Elsa is a superb canine athlete and consistently brings home qualifying runs, ribbons, and titles.

 You can see how seriously she takes the competition.

 She's only two and a half years old so has a fantastic career ahead of her.

 As regular readers know, Elsa also excels at dock diving and has been invited to the national show in Missouri at the end of October.

There is no stopping this sweet girl!

Practice and


We are so proud of Elsa and her trainer/our daughter, Catherine.



Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Work in Process This Week

 Good morning,

Flowers are blooming again for another Flower Garden Afghan Blanket for the shop.  The last one is now living in California so it's time to make another. 

This is a very popular style in the shop and I love making it.  Win-win!

Afghan Blankets available to ship now are here.

What are you making, baking, growing today?

All the best,


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Soup's On

 Good morning,

Kjell made veggie soup with sausage yesterday.  What's so great about this yummy soup is that there is always enough for two meals.  It seems the second time it is served it is even better. 

Retirement is good!





Monday, September 27, 2021

Did Someone Order Uber Eats?

 Good morning,

This is another image that Catherine texted to me with the same question as in the title of this post.  That pretty buck is seated in a neighbor's (property diagonally adjacent to ours) back yard. 

 Later, another friend showed up.  This is another image from Catherine's texts.

Our Wendy was sitting in Catherine's window on the third floor of our home barking for a good part of the night.  The bucks didn't seem to be disturbed at all.  By morning, they are long gone, but we see evidence of their visits from time to time.  

We're not quite sure where these beautiful animals live during the day, but suspect it is a wooded area on Xavier University property.  

 They are so lucky hunting is not permitted in city limits.  Or, maybe they already know that.  ;)

Happy Fall!


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Cognac Celebration

 Good morning,

Earlier this month My Honey had a birthday.  We had planned to open a bottle of cognac and have a little nip to celebrate, then forgot.  Ha!  That tells you how much we think about drinking alcohol.

Sooooooo, we finally opened the bottle and each had a little.  I sipped that for about three hours.  I think I prefer it over ice cream or curing salmon for gravlax, but it was pretty tasty in the glass.  The last bottle of cognac we had open lasted for more than a year and we only used it to marinate salmon to fry or cure salmon for gravlax.  We'll see how long this bottle lasts.  :)

Happy Birthday again, Sweetie,


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Bread and Honey

 Good morning,

It was a bread day and I did something a little different this time.  Instead of using a little sugar, I used honey.

Oh, my this is good stuff!  Try honey sometime....



Friday, September 24, 2021

Berries and Cream

 Good morning,

Our late night snack looked so good I had to take a picture.

My Dad would have loved this.  He would have been 117 years old.

Happy Fall,


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Snake on the Steps

 Good morning,

I had to work on this picture to make the critter show up.  Our daughter, Catherine, came home from her office in the wee small hours of the morning (she's a CPA, a tax deadline is looming) and found this critter on our back steps so snapped a picture with her phone camera and texted it to me.  I've never seen one there before, but we have a good idea where it came from.

The next door neighbor has completely removed everything green from his property - grass, trees bushes - so the critters of all kinds have no where to go but to surrounding properties.  

I guess we have inherited the neighbor's critter.  It's a garter snake so not poisonous.  These snakes eat slugs, little rodents, and other things that I'm glad that they eat.  They are our friends, I just don't like to be surprised by them.

The snake has disappeared for the moment....


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

 Good morning,

I took the image above late at night with my phone camera - no flash, of course.

 The full moon was so bright it lit the neighborhood.

 So pretty!

Happy Fall,


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Work Hard, Play Hard, Sleep Well

 Good morning,

Our pups work hard, play hard, and sleep well.  

The pink bed pillow is there because we allow humans to get on the floor and the pups to get on the furniture.  



Monday, September 20, 2021

Christmas in September

 Good morning,

This is a Norwegian Christmas meal we enjoyed a few days ago in September.  We just couldn't wait.  We'll surely have it again at Christmas, too.

Kjell made the pork meatballs with traditional Norwegian spices.  He also made the sauce.  I made the cranberry sauce from scratch, the sour kraut was imported from Norway, the potatoes were grown in Idaho, and Libby made the peas.  

Ah, yes, it was delicious!

Do  you enjoy holiday meals out of season, too?



Sunday, September 19, 2021

Elsa Has Been Invited!

 Good morning,

Elsa just received an invitation to be a part of the National Showcase of North America Diving Dogs in Springfield, MO!  If daughter Catherine (Elsa's trainer) is able to make the trip, there will surely be some great images to come!

We are so proud! 


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Holiday Planning Work in Process

 Good mornng,

We're up to Christmas in the holiday planning for the shop.  It's fun to be working with traditional Christmas colors already while making a lap blanket.  It's amazing how fast this year is going by. 

Recently I made a set of large, medium, small pumpkins for Fall that are in the shop here.  $25.  If you like them, from now until September 22, you can use this blog friends and family coupon code for 25% off and pay $18.75 for the set:  0921PUMPKIN25    

What are you making, baking, growing this week?  I know my friend Sherry made whole wheat bread.  Yum! 

All the best,

Friday, September 17, 2021

New Chewie Toy!

 Good morning,

Catherine brought home new chew toys for the pups last night.  Of course, they all got so very excited.

This video show just how excited Elsa was to get her toy.  

She is so sweet!  She's just so happy!



Thursday, September 16, 2021

Happy Fall!

Good morning,

This has been my Work in Process this week.  They are the perfect Fall Decor all the way through Thanksgiving and for many years to come.  As soon as I made the first pumpkin, I had to make a set because they are so much fun to create.  Click here to see the large, medium, small pumpkin set.

I just listed them in our Etsy shop yesterday for $25 for the set.  If you like them, from now until September 22, you can use this friends and family coupon code for 25% off and pay $18.75 for the set:  0921PUMPKIN25     

Happy Fall!


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Honeysuckle Berries

 Good morning,

In the Spring the aroma of Honeysuckle in Bloom is just marvelous.  Now in September the bright red berries appear and the birds are just thrilled.

 We get large groups of birds enjoying these berries.  Our pups have gotten used to all of the birds and just watch from afar.  

Yes, Fall is upon us....


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Calorie Free Donut

 Good morning,

This huge donut is actually a dog toy.  Huge makes it so cute when the pups carry them around.

Catherine picked up three of them so the "kids" won't fight over the same one.  Of course, that is exactly what they will do no matter how many of them we have.  

 We're waiting for a special occasion to pass them out.  

More toys!



Monday, September 13, 2021

Waiting Room Crochet

 Good morning,

A few days ago we took our car in to be serviced and waited for it to be finished.  

Of course, I took along a project to work on while in the very large, clean waiting room at our Ford Dealer.

 We will be making a mini road trip to Missouri soon. We had a longer journey planned to meet with friends, but the Covid situation is keeping all of us on a short leash.  We'll attend a meeting of wood workers and, as promised take along display items.  As soon as the meeting is over we'll return home.

We'll be missing a much anticipated visit with friends near the wood working meeting that will have to wait another year.  Hopefully, the Covid situation will be more under control by then.

Stay safe everyone!


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Kjell's Toy Store

 Good morning,

We visited Kjell's Toy Store this week.  

 It's always fun to go there and watch his eyes light up when he sees all the great "toys!"



Friday, September 10, 2021

My Honey's Birthday Celebration - Part Two

 Good morning,

After our lovely dinner at the steak house (see yesterday's post) to celebrate My Honey's birthday, we had cake and present opening at home.

Catherine provided the Graeter's Ice Cream Cake (a Cincinnati Specialty and Extra Special Treat!)

 Since Kjell, the birthday boy himself, has the most muscle, he cut the ice cream cake.  This one is Chocolate Raspberry which is my absolute favorite!

I couldn't stop at just one piece.

Aside:  The mug is not from this event.  My Honey gave it to me some time ago.

Happy Birthday, again, Honey!

Thank you, Catherine, for all you did to make it so very special.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

A Very Special Birthday Dinner

 Good morning,

Last week we celebrated a very special birthday for My Honey.

Our sweet daughter, Catherine (left) took Aunt Carol, Kjell, and me to dinner at the steak house at a local casino.  The company, food, and service were all fabulous!

Three of us ordered the onion soup.  Oh, it was marvelous!  But, I could have made this my whole meal.

Two of us ordered the strip steak and salad.  Again, a real winner!

Catherine ordered the seafood pasta which she said was marvelous!

Thank you, Catherine, for a marvelous dinner and to Aunt Carol for joining us!  It was so much fun to be able to go out to eat again.  After dinner we went through this door to donate to those pretty slot machines out there.  

We didn't stay long, though, because ice cream and cake were waiting at home.

Watch this spot for the celebration when we got home....

Happy Birthday, again, Honey.



Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Elsa's New Bathrobe

Good morning, 

Elsa is modeling her new purple bathrobe.  Why, you ask, does a dog need a bathrobe?  Well, she swims quite a lot, she competes in dock diving, and on the ride home, it's nice to have dry dogs.  

The robe is a real winner!  Catherine ordered one to see if we liked it and we do.  Now she has ordered a red one for Erik and a blue one for Wendy, too.  

The robe is quite efficient as well as being quite stylish.  Ah, yes, stylish indeed!



Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Work in Process This Week - Cotton Dish Cloths

 Good morning,

I recently made a set of extra large, double thick pot holders for the shop.

Now I'm working on a variety of different stitches to make dish cloths that are also marvelous wash cloths.  There are plenty of patterns available to make these, but I enjoy making up my own patterns.  I like lots of texture and a generous size.

It's fun to have these little projects between the big projects.  I just may keep these dish/wash cloths for myself.  :)

What are you making, baking, growing this week?


Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day - United States of America

 Good morning,

It's Labor Day in the United States of America.  We celebrate our labor force and all that they do to enrich our country, regardless of what sort of work each person does.  

The important part is that they are working and adding to the society and economy of this great country.

So, to our working Americans, today is your day to take the time and find a place to sit back, relax, and accept our thanks! 

This is also the unofficial last holiday of summer to enjoy cookouts and family gatherings as we all remember those who go to work every day to make our country strong.

 All the best,


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Elsa Got Mail!

 Good morning,

Elsa continues to amaze us! 

 She earned two new titles by completing all of the requirements on the same day at the same show.

We are so proud of Elsa and her trainer/our daughter, Catherine!

Way to go Team Elsa!

Love you both,

Very Proud Mom and Dad

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Fall Blossoms

 Good morning,

At the beginning of summer I came across some seed packets in my desk.  They were forgotten and several  years old, but I had to give them a chance.  I filled a large patio pot of soil and spread the seeds on top.

 These images are of just a few of the rewards!  I would have taken more images, but the pot is on the edge of a wall to the basement stairs and I wasn't so sure of my step to take more.

I'm aware seeds can survive for thousands of years in pyramids, so gave these a chance after a much shorter time in my desk drawer.  They've brought us great beauty!

 All the best,


Friday, September 3, 2021

Needlework and Wood Working Update - September, 2021

 Good morning,

It's already time for the monthly Needlework and Wood Working Update of all of the items we've made this month.   

As I write this post, our Labor Day Sale is happening in the shop.  It is the largest sale we've ever had celebrating our designation as an Etsy Star Seller for the month of September.  The shop, Evensens Productions, is here.  Be sure to take a look in the "On Sale" section of the shop for specials while they last.

My Honey went back to his Norwegian roots for the piece in the image above titled Norse God Odin - Odin's Eye Story.  It is carved in thick, heavy Walnut Wood.  It's even more stunning in person.  $168.  More information and images are here.

 You won't find this one in the shop.  Kjell has wanted to make a wood guitar for a long time and here it is.  He designed and carved it to his own liking.  Perfect!  He never ceases to amaze me with his talent!  He can play it, too.  :)

 This lovely afghan blanket is new in the shop this month.  The design and colors came out just so nicely.  $165.  More images and information here.

 This is a larger version of a blanket I made recently and sold very quickly.  This one is extra wide at five feet by five feet.  I love the way these colors and yarns "work" together!  $135.    More here.

 This Jewel Tones Neck Scarf is extremely soft and comfy.  It will brighten up any outfit on a winter day.  $35.  Only one available.

I've added two more cloche hats this month...

to keep that section of the shop stocked.  We have quite a variety of hats here starting at $8.

I've also restocked and...

...added to the Toilet Tissue Toppers available in the shop.

These dress up the toilet roll and make a great gift bag for a roll of tissue (very valuable in the last couple of years!) to take to your host for a holiday dinner.  Trust me, this gift will bring all smiles.

We have colors for all occasions and bathroom colors.

Check out all of the colors available here.  $8.

I haven't made these for awhile. These cotton coasters are great for your desk or table as well as the drink holder for your car.  I especially like having them in the car.  The way they are made the edges will lay flat or bend up to cradle your drink in most sizes of car drink holders.  They are 100% cotton so are machine wash and dry. 

The Coasters are available in sets of six in a variety of colors.

$10 set of six.

See colors available here.

And, finally for this month...

...as people are traveling again, our Luggage Identifiers are selling out.

$5. for a set of 6.  These are perfect as a retirement or bon voyage gift as well as for yourself.  They have been extremely helpful to us when we travel.  Check out the colors available here.

Thank you, once again, for your encouragement, likes, favorites, shares, and purchases, too.  Our little shop has been such a fun project and blessing to us.  What started out as a hobby more than ten years ago has turned into our retirement business.  

And, don't forget to come over to see the shop and what's available during our Labor Day Sale!

All the very best,