Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Keepin' busy

My main goal in retirement is to get my house organized. I've been working on it a little bit at a time, and although it doesn't look like it, I've really accomplished a lot. I guess the fact that my house still looks super cluttered shows how much this reorganization is needed!

Today I worked on rearranging two shelves in one cabinet and one section of counter top. I can't tell you how happy that little bit of reorganizing has made me!

I also spent a good deal of the day going through four large boxes of beads and findings, deciding what I want to keep and what I want to give away. I only have three more boxes to go through... three on the back porch, that is!

Last night after posting, I wound some Coats & Clark's size 70 tatting-crochet thread on my newest Hand-wind Shuttle from Grizzly Mountain Arts. I may have to pass this shuttle on to daughter Joanne some day. She is the super cat lover in the family, and I know she will love the tiny little cat paw prints on this shuttle. When Joanne was down visiting in June, she did tell me that she might be open to learning to tat. That means it's time to put together some supplies for her! ;-)

I wasn't sure I'd like this thread, but I think my Spinning Wheel looks pretty good!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


There was so much I wanted to accomplish today... instead, I tatted! My doily looks a bit distorted here, so I think I'd better give it a proper blocking. My doily also looks more open than Renulek's sample, so when I tat it again I think I'll try using larger picots. This was a very easy pattern to follow.

The pattern is Renulek's Napkin mini-beauty and can be found in her Etsy shop. The finished size is 7 1/4". The thread is size 20 Lizbeth, #170, Pineapple Parfait. I love this color!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Moving on to round 3

The heat and humidity are stifling, and I know we're not the only ones feeling it. Luckily, we're expecting a cool-down tomorrow. Yup, there's supposed to be a 3° drop in temperature. I'll take it!

We had a few rows of corn ready today, so Dave and I canned 16 pints and froze 3 quarts. I prefer frozen corn to canned, so now I have Dave researching freezers. I'm not sure if we'll get one, but it's fun looking.

Napkin mini-beauty by Renulek
size 20 Lizbeth, Pineapple Parfait

It was nice to sit down and tat while the pressure cooker was doing its thing. Also, since it's so muggy, Dave and I both spent a lot of time just sitting and relaxing. Isn't that what Sunday afternoons are all about?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Too hot!

It was way too hot and humid to do anything today. Luckily, we have air conditioning and I was able to sit, relax, and tat.

I'm working on Renulek's Napkin mini-beauty in size 20 Lizbeth, Pineapple Parfait. The pattern can be found in Renulek's Etsy shop.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Niagara Falls Spinning Wheel

I tried something new today, dehydrating. I had three quarts of beans cleaned and bagged, with no room in the freezer and no desire to can. It was way too hot today for canning. I haven't dehydrated anything since the '70s, and I only attempted fruit back then. 

My three quarts of beans are now shriveled down to about a pint and are safely stored away. I'll try some soup or stew next week to see if we like rehydrated beans!

While the dehydrator was doing its thing, I had time to go through some boxes, and I had time to tat!

I've been asked about the difference in size with the different threads. The blue Spinning Wheel is size 80 Lizbeth. It's about 3 1/2". The yellow Snowflake Cappuccino is size 20 Lizbeth and is about 4 3/4". The green Spinning wheel is size 20 Lizbeth and is about 5 1/2".

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book break

When I was visiting daughter Alison last week, grandson Aidan recommended this book to me. So, I spent yesterday and today doing some reading. I enjoyed it, although I did have to do a little background research to understand the context of the story. I did find that the book was made in to a movie starring Jim Caviezel. I hope to watch it soon so that I can compare the book to the movie. I usually find that I enjoy the book more because of the detail that comes through. However, seeing the movie helps me visualize what is happening, especially if I don't completely understand the story!

Of course I did manage to fit in some time for tatting! I think I would have finished this Spinning Wheel if I hadn't spent so much time reading. :-)