These lovely berries are ripening on ground cover that has moved above the ground to cover an old tree stump.
So very pretty!
This is the third guitar My Honey has made. This one is still in process, but is already so beautiful!
All the best,
It's fun to take turns cooking here. This was Daddy's turn to make something "Norski." This is pork "meat cakes," potatoes, smashed peas, and carrots. Very basic. Very Norski.
It was yummy!
Today is traditionally the beginning of Christmas Shopping Season so is called "Black Friday."
The term "Black Friday" referred to the day of the year that many small merchants went "into the black" in their accounting records after a year of struggling to make sales. Now, however, it seems Christmas gift advertising begins earlier and earlier every year especially from the large chain stores.
We will be doing much of our holiday shopping on line. In fact, that handsome Santa in today's picture is doing his shopping on his phone from the comfort of his recliner. He has already received his custom order hat from me. My Santa Viking especially likes my hand knit Intarsia Scandinavian/Nordic Knit hats.
FYI - If you like that hat: There are similar hats in the shop ready to ship. Each of the hat designs is one of a kind.
We hope you'll come see us for your Christmas shopping!
We have no Supply Chain problems here.
Original and Traditional Hand Crafted in the USA Designs
Our daughter, Catherine, brought these pretty mums home after a recent dog show at our local AKC dog club. The mums were purchased to be part of the backdrop for pictures of the pups. I've potted them in a pot that will be part of the patio garden.
So pretty! Thank you, Catherine.
Painting our home is definitely a high level job. This is scaffolding on the side of the house. The white wall is finished now, but it's time to paint the blue window trim on this side and the back of the house. Also, the columns on the front are yet to be painted.
It's getting cold here. I hope this can be finished before severe winter weather arrives.
The most simple things can be so very pretty, can't they. When I see such pretty colors together, I see ideas for needlework projects.
Picture credit goes to our daughter, Catherine, who sent this one from our friend Erica's property.
This is our sweet old guy, Erik. He'll be 13 years old in April and is doing pretty well considering his advanced age in Labrador years. He has some of the same problems of stiff muscles as we do and is certainly set in his ways.
Erik has a tummy clock that tells him exactly when I should feed him. We have recently had a problem resetting that tummy clock for the time change.
That's a picture (images taken through window screen) of our driveway and part of the property next door (left) that is being renovated. More than two months ago when the neighbor's tree people came and removed beautiful old shade trees belonging to the city at the bottom of our driveway, they moved the power line to their property across our driveway and tied it into one of our trees.
I immediately talked with the property owner (who said Duke put it there - not!) and called Duke Energy to get it out of the tree and away from our driveway where it was a hazard should it fall. After two very long phone calls trying to explain the situation to Duke, I had two visits from very sympathetic Duke personnel, the last telling me they would send an engineer to take a look at it. An engineer arrived a couple of weeks later and did the classic head smacking as he said, "Oh, no, we would never do that. We'll have to send a team to fix that." OK, great. When can we get it fixed?
My Honey (an engineer) talked with the very kind Duke personnel doing the work who told him that they would never, ever place a power line over our driveway and tie it to our (or any!) tree.
OK, it's all fixed now, but the drama of the house next door goes on.
Sometimes I think it would be lovely to have a home in the country....
They are so sweet when they are sleeping, aren't they. Seven year old Wendy looks like a young puppy here.
Wendy was watching me crochet in my chair when she fell asleep. I think the rhythm of the movements of my hands is what sent her off to dreamland.
So very sweet.
Here's Elsa in her bathrobe at the Dock Diving Invitational in Missouri recently.
Good job, Team Elsa!
Mom and Dad
Whenever Catherine starts loading her car to go to a dog show, the pups have to be involved. Here Erik is watching, although he won't be going this time. He'll be at home with Kjell and me. There are advantages to being an "only child" for a day at home.
Our pups travel in dog kennels in the car where they are safest and aren't able to distract the driver. If there is an accident, we certainly wouldn't want the pups to be loose on the highway. Should the driver stop at a toll booth, drive through restaurant, etc., it is also good to have the pups contained and safe.
Ah, yes, just another busy day for the Evensen Labradors.
It was time to eat at home again so this is Kjell's turn to cook Pan Fried Salmon.
We enjoy eating at home just as much as eating in restaurants. In fact, it is good to eat at home because we know exactly what we are putting in each dish.
Oh, yes, this was delicious!
Each year after tax season, Catherine takes the staff of her CPA firm to dinner to celebrate the end of another busy year.
The image is of my dessert. Oh, yes, it was even better than it looks!
Thank you, Catherine, Dad and I enjoyed the dinner with you and others from your firm.
Painting this three story house is quite a challenge. We have had it painted in sections which is working out quite well. These images are of part of the back of the house.
We can see the house was once yellow in a former life, certainly not a color I would select for this Greek Revival home.
It all looks pretty bad now, but there is hope! Since these images were taken, there has been scaffolding placed on the driveway side of the house and work is going on there, too. We'll be glad when it's all over so we can repair the lawn and put everything back where it belongs.
Life goes on!
Our friend, Erica, has purchased quite a few quail.
Those lovely quail are very serious about laying eggs and there are so many that Erica has given quite a few of them to Catherine. She brought these home and hard boiled some that she says are delicious. Our pups also enjoy them.
Yes, who would have guessed we would have quail eggs in the fridge....
Kjell and I haven't tried them yet.
Our friend, Bill, brought his pup, Penny, to visit. Penny and our girls, Elsa and Wendy, had a girl party chomping on toys and bones while Erik stayed out of the way and looked on.
That basket, upper right, is full of dog toys that I have laundered and brought upstairs for the pups to enjoy. It's cute to see them going through the basket as if they are brand new toys.
We celebrated Catherine's birthday recently at the Cin City Steak House. Above was Kjell's appetizer.
And, now, with no picture because I ate it before remembering a picture, was the steak I ate. Yep, all gone. I have the best of intentions and then am totally distracted by good food in front of me.
We had another great birthday celebration!
Happy Birthday, once again, Catherine!
Here we go with the Needlework and Woodwork Update for November. This monthly Update is a collection of all of the items we have completed since last month's update.
It's time to shop for Christmas already so we've got the shop stocked with gifts ready to ship. Above is our carved and hand painted Wood Working Santa in his Workshop. He bears a striking resemblance to our own Wood Worker, Kjell. ;) $55. Only one available. More information and images here.
This Flower Garden Afghan Blanket is a favorite in the shop. I finished this one, listed it, and it sold right away. I've made another one that will be available to ship as soon as I get it photographed and listed. $165. Let me know if you'd like for me to reserve it for you.More here.
We hope you'll come browse the entire shop of more than 300 items ready to ship: EvensensProductions.com. We have no supply chain problems here!
We sincerely appreciate your comments, likes, shares, favorites, and purchases, too!
All the very best for a wonderful holiday season!
The sleepy gnome in that image above is me. Kjell took it when he woke up before me after a night without heat in our home. We had two nights like that before the part for the switch could be replaced by our HVAC company.
Yes, I'm wearing a hoodie. Under that is a variety of shirts and I have on long lounge pants and socks. In addition to the comforter that you can see, I'm covered with afghans. It was all quite comfy considering how cold it was outside and almost as cold inside. - about 28 F.
Life goes on....
I hope you're warm and cuddly wherever you are!
Here's the current Work in Process. It is a Shades of Turquoise Large Afghan Blanket.
Beyond the aqua will be turquoise that blends with the turquoise in the "flower," then a white border with scalloped edging. I love working with a variety of color combinations.
So, now it's a finished item, not a WIP. My new WIP is another Flower Garden Afghan Blanket.
What are you making, baking, growing this week?
All the best,
I snapped this picture last week. These are the shelves in my grocery where I used to be able to buy butter.
Don't ever let anyone tell you that central planning and socialism are good things.
Be informed and be sure to vote!
We now return to our regularly scheduled blogging....