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Monday, January 24, 2022

130 Pounds of Love

 Good morning,

If you look carefully,

 ...you might be able to see...

 ...Catherine...

 ...under 130 pounds of love.  

It seems both Wendy and Elsa claimed Catherine's lap at the same time.

So cute!  And, Catherine survived!

;),

Lois

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Here We Go Again

 Good morning,

For three or four weeks it seemed the grocery shelves were stocked again.

But, not this week.

 Of course, I was able to buy plenty of groceries for our family, just not necessarily the items I would normally buy and definitely not at the prices I would have paid just a year ago. 

Be informed and vote.

:(,

Lois

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Work in Process - Wood Working Workshop

 Good morning,

Kjell is busy in his wood working making bread boards and knives.  He already made one for me and is now working on at least one for the shop.

 Bread is especially important here because we only eat home made bread that I make from scratch every day or so.  This beautiful board is perfect to use at the dinner table to slice and serve bread.

 The knife fits in a special spot on the board and has a protective cover for the sharp blade.

 The white strip in the image above is the protective piece that fits over the blade when not in use.

The board is finished in food grade oil.  

It's not available in the shop yet, but should be soon!  

All the best,

Lois

Friday, January 21, 2022

My View

 Good morning,

This is the view from my seat at the dining room table.  The leaves are off of the trees, but the sun is out giving the false illusion of warmth outside.  It's actually below freezing out there.

I see our Ohio flag needs to be replaced.  The Ohio flag is printed;  Old Glory is stitched so lasts much longer.  Our flags are illuminated from both ground light and the top of the flag pole so they fly 24/7/365.

Regardless of the weather, I hope your day is bright wherever you are.

Happy Winter,

Lois

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Potato Soup ala Catherine

 Good morning,

So appreciated was the crock pot of potato soup that Catherine prepared and left for us when she went to work.  On a cold winter's day, it's wonderful to be able to stop by the crock pot for a bowl or cup of soup throughout the day.

Thank you, Catherine!

Love you,

Mom

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Silent Snowfall

 

 Good morning

I took today's images in the middle of the night while snow was silently falling.  It was so very bright outside with moonlight and lights from the University across the street.  Usually, the neighborhood is quite dark at night. 

 The only sound, however, was the flapping of our flags.

Happy Winter!

Lois

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

I'm Here to Help

 Good morning,

Nothing is routine here.  I generally do things like strip and remake our bed when the pups are busy elsewhere.  Since they were all on deck three with Catherine on Sunday morning, I took the opportunity to take the bedding off of the bed and throw it down the laundry chute.  

I didn't get far before Wendy arrived to help.  She was wearing her bathrobe because she had just stepped out of the tub in Catherine's bathroom.

*sigh*  So many helpers. Now if only those pups had opposable thumbs!

;),

Lois

Monday, January 17, 2022

Sweet Bri

 Good morning,

Catherine took this image and sent it to me.

Sweet little Bri certainly has plenty of personality.  She is cuteness overload!

We will be seeing a great deal more of Bri.

:),

Lois

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Will You Play With Me?

 Good morning,

Kjell took this picture last night while sitting in his recliner trying to watch TV.  You can see Elsa does a good job of blocking the entire screen.

Sweet Elsa was bringing Daddy a toy to play.  Elsa decided Daddy had watched enough TV.  Is that sweetness or that!  

;),

Lois

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Welcome Little Miss Bri

 Good morning,

We had a guest puppy visit us this week.  That precious little Brittany is the new puppy of our friend Erica.  Rather than stay home crated all day while her Mommy works, Bri (pronounce Bree) is visiting us.  Catherine takes her to her office and Bri has the advantage of getting some socialization instead of being alone all day.

As you can see, our Bri just loves our Elsa.  Our pups are very good with puppies so it all works out very well.  

Welcome, Bri!  We look forward to more visits with you.

:),

Lois

Friday, January 14, 2022

New Orange Kalanchoe

 Good morning,

My indoor garden grew by another plant this week.

This is the first Kalancohe that I've seen with the multiple petals in the flower that make them look almost like small roses.  The plant is gorgeous!  I need more windows in this house!

I think Meijer sees me coming to do my grocery shopping each week and puts the pretty new plants right next to the front door.

;),

Lois

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

It's All a Blur

 Good morning,

Yep, the image is a blur because Erik just stepped into the kitchen from the snowy back yard and is shaking off the snow.

What a guy!

;),

Lois

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Presents from the Pups

 Good morning,

Erik, Wendy, and Elsa (with help from Daddy) ordered mugs for Catherine and me.  They were supposed to be here by Christmas, but were all caught up in the mail delays along with some of the other things we ordered.  So, we had an extended present-opening - for more than two weeks.

Above is the mug for Catherine.  "Take us for a ride!" is exactly what the pups tell Catherine every day.

 This one is mine and it is so perfect!  They truly do keep my bed warm.

Retirement is good.  We are able to stay home with our pups instead of disappearing for weeks at a time to go to work at sea.  :)

All the best,

Lois

Monday, January 10, 2022

Doggie Birthday Party Treats

 Good morning,

Earlier this month I posted a picture of our three year old Elsa on her birthday.  Our daughter, Catherine, who is Elsa's "other mother" and trainer celebrated with a huge cake at the dog club during an agility trial.  If you missed it, that post is here.

 A few days later I made Elsa and her siblings, Erik and Wendy, a special birthday dinner and had great plans of getting pictures of them enjoying it together.

Above are steak burgers that I browned just slightly since they normally eat raw food. 

Since they shouldn't have raw pork, the bacon was not raw.

Every steak burger needs cheese!
And,  here they are!  Bacon Cheese Steak Burgers for Elsa, Wendy, and Erik to celebrate Elsa's birthday!

It was the next step of the planning of this post that didn't work out, so I'll let you use your imagination.  I had cameras ready to go to get pictures of the pups enjoying this, but the pups were WAY too fast for Kjell and me to get any usable pictures.  The pictures we did get were a blur.

So, I'll just say the doggie bacon cheese steak burger party was a success!

Happy birthday, again Elsa!

Love you,

Mommy

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Work in Process - Blue Sweater and Intarsia Hat

 Good morning,

I'm knitting and crocheting as fast as I can to fill orders and to restock the shop.  I love doing this so it's a challenge, not a chore!

Above is a sweater that will be so very warm and comfy.  It's a custom order so will not appear in the shop, but it will be in the next monthly Needlework Update where I'll show you the finished sweater.

 Obviously, this was a work in process when I took the picture, but it was so much fun it is finished and listed in the shop already.  I love these Nordic Knit Scandinavian Intarsia designs.  It's here if you want to see it finished.

Thanks to each of you for your encouragement!  You are sincerely appreciated!  Kjell and I are enjoying our "retirement gig,"  EvensensProductions.com.  Retirement is good! 

What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,

Lois

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Free Inside

 Good morning,

At the grocery this week I got a kick out of seeing this cereal box with the "Free Toy Inside."

I have fond memories of my oldest child (now a lawyer, CPA, father...) at about five years old walking up and down the cereal aisle at the grocery looking at all of the "free insides" while trying to decide which one he wanted.  It was a very serious management decision each week.

Life is good.  Memories are precious.

Lois

Friday, January 7, 2022

Needlework and Wood Working Update - January, 2022

 Good morning,

This month has been the month of afghan blankets and hats for me.  I've been working hard to restock the shop for these items that have been selling out quickly.

Above is a Black and White Afghan Blanket.  $165.  Only one available.  More information and images are here.

This Flower Garden Afghan Blanket is another favorite that sells out quickly.  It's a good thing I enjoy making all the different colored flowers so much!  $165.  Only one available.  More here.

 This one is slightly different from others I have made before.   The Circles and Squares design is appropriate for a man (Kjell really likes this one!) or a woman.  $165.  Only one available.  See more about it here.

We have many more afghan blankets in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes available in the shop, too.  Here's the link to see them.

 It is getting cold outside here in the Northern Hemisphere so warm hats are a must.  This original design Nordic Knit Scandinavian Intarsia wool blend hat is white, navy. and tan.  $40.  It is available here.   

More similar hats in a variety of colors are also available here.

 More Cloche Hats and Chemo Caps were also added to the shop this month.

These make great sleeping, thinking, reading hats, too!



All of these cloche hats/chemo caps are grouped in a shop section here.  From $8.

More Toilet Tissue Toppers are available here.  $8. each.

And, another item to restock is this heavy wool hat.  This one is a small size.  A similar larger size is in process now and will be available in the shop soon.

Kjell has quite a number of wood items in process now, but I don't have any finished items to show you this month.  Watch this space!

Thanks, again, for your encouragement, likes, favorites, comments, and purchases, too!   Your support of our shop is truly appreciated!

All the very best,

Lois

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Always Read Directions

 

 Good morning,

Always read directions before assembling your Labrador.

OK, we figured it out....

;),

Lois

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Happy Birthday Elsa!

 Good morning,

Today our sweet baby, Elsa, is three years old!  How does the time pass so quickly?

Elsa celebrated her birthday with her friends at the dog club last weekend during an agility trial.  We are celebrating at home again today!

:),

Lois

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

White Christmas Cactus

 Good morning,

Our white Christmas Cactus is a week or so late to bloom, but still so very welcome.

 Our indoor garden is doing well this year!

All the best,

Lois

Monday, January 3, 2022

Christmas Cake

 Good morning,

This cake is long gone, but not forgotten.  Catherine is the cake expert around here.  She bought it on Christmas Eve; she always buys the most yummy cakes!  This one was filled with cream and way too easy to eat.

Now that it's "next year" it's diet time!

:),

Lois

 

 

 

 


Sunday, January 2, 2022

Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

 Good morning,

This is our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree this year.  In a few more days we'll take the lights off and put them away.  Then we will plant the little tree outside where we can remember this Christmas together every time we see it.

:),

Lois

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!

 Good morning,

Miss Wendy is sleeping off the holidays in a favorite chair.  

Happy New Year!

Lois