Monday’s Rambles ~ 10 October 2011

Saturday we went up to Susanville, Ca to the Rails to Trails Festival ~ hand car races, chili cook-off, crafts.

Then drove to where my husband grew up, Litchfield…they have an awesome wildlife refuge up there and we thought we’d look for some date nails from the old railroad tracks too.

But this is what we found of the tracks that his dad used to ride ~

They pulled the tracks up! No more hunting for date nails…no more walking the tracks…why’d the pull the tracks?! Sell them for scrap? Big sigh.

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Yesterday we were busy with yard work ~ we yanked out what was left of two bush/trees from the side of the house along the driveway.

The previous owners put down at least 6″ of rock in there! Got the wheelbarrow out and shoveled rock to the front and side of the house…would rather have bark/mulch, but the rocks are there and free.

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Planted a Hypericum inodorum Mystical Red Star where three diseased dying elm trees where cut down…once the stumps are ground down I’ll plant more in that area.

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Had to replant some iris and mums to make room for the October Glory Maple tree coming on Thursday! Soon we’ll have the prettiest tree on the street! 🙂

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Also yesterday, I made 8 half-pint jars of Pepper Jelly using the jalapeño and serrano peppers my sister gave me from her garden.

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Made up 12 soy candles for a craft fair coming up in November…still have another 8 or 12 to make, but ran out of jars (made lots of jelly this summer).

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Wednesday’s Potluck

Have a few moments to sneak in a post today…just a few odds and ends, nothing in particular.

So let’s start the potluck!

Dutchess commented about the tile I had in some pictures in the camera post…

It’s a Celtic Seal or Selkie Knot Tile that I bought off of ebay many, many years ago. The seller is Mae_Bea from Canada. They do quite beautiful work. Go check them out.

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When I was off work on Monday, I stopped by Ben Franklin’s, not too far from my house. I needed some white on white fabric for some quilts I’m making and spied this fabric ~ It’s called Happy Days and designed for Exclusively Quilters, 2007. It is way too cute. I bought a yard and will make a small quilt out of it.

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My set-up in the living room while watching the playoffs.

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Max making sure I’m sandwiching & pinning the flannel patchwork quilt together right.

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The new crochet book I bought off of Crafter’s Choice Book Club for $10 ~ >The A to Z of Crochet ~ The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter. Very cool book with lots of pictures on each stitch!

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Soy candles I made in baby food jars for an upcoming baby shower. They wanted Vanilla scent to it so I mixed French Vanilla and Cream Cheese Frosting. Very yummy smelling.

Tuesday’s Ramblings ~ Garden Veggies, Soap, Candles, Boys & Critters, Sunflowers & Pumpkins

I know…long title.

Garden Veggies ~

I don’t have a lot of corn to freeze, mainly because we’ve been eating it! 🙂 But I wanted to freeze some of it for a later date ~ either to put in stews, salsas, or just to eat as a veggie with our meal. So far I’ve only blanched 7 ears and then cut the kernels off of the cob ~ which yielded four bags. I have more corn on the stocks, but I’ll let them go a little longer. After I took the picture below I nibbled on the cobs to clean them off…oh my ~ very sweet corn!

Over the weekend I had pulled about a 1/4 of my carrot crop and chopped them in large chucks, blanched and froze.

Cold Processed Soap ~

I cut the Fall Apple Crisp, Sierra Nevada Forest, and Oatmeal Milk & Honey (with a tad of Arabian Spice) cold processed soaps…they are up in the window nooks for at least 4 weeks of curing.

Apple Crisp
Sierra Nevada Forest
Oatmeal Milk & Honey

Soy Candles ~

A coworker gave me some orange peel and glass containers to make her sister some Essential Orange soy candles to take back with her to Czechoslovakia. Below is my “high tech” candle making operation and the finished candles. I made her some Essential Lavender candles with lavender from my garden.

Boy & Critters ~

Had lunch with my mom, sister, bil, and their kiddos yesterday. The boy wanted to show me his loose tooth. Calling him Shark-Boy as the permanent teeth are already up shoving the baby tooth forward looking like a snaggletooth. Gotta love the hook the nose pic ~ 🙂

Here’s a dragonfly that was next to our table at the park yesterday ~

Pumpkins & Sunflowers ~

So…by now I assume you know I love pumpkins and sunflowers. Here are more pictures! Imagine that! 🙂 Taken this morning in my yard…was killing time waiting for the primary voting polls to open just down the street.