Friday, March 16, 2018

Blizzard to Spring this week

Okay, I started this post last Monday...I think?? wasn't it Monday that our little blizzard blew through, freezing everything? 

Since the end of February this little peach tree has been through warm sunny days, cold wet days, freezing rain, high winds, sleet, and now snow.

 The flowering quince

and icy buttons on the button bush.

new growth on the rose bushes

I felt like covering everything with warm blankets...but it was just so overwhelming!

From the kitchen window. Funny how the birds hide in the trees and then magically reappear when I come back in the house.

Bound and determined to publish this post, here it is Friday evening and still not finished. 

Snow on Monday, springtime yesterday and today. Unbelievable! I've been outside most of the day. Had to make myself come inside to start supper.

Poppy called me to the window! Would you look at Smokey! This is the tree where the baby squirrels, and a Pileated woodpecker lived. He came down empty-handed, thank goodness.

and curled up on the couch. This leather couch takes a beating from the animals. It needs a rich creamy conditioner. :(

Thank you for putting up with me. 


Monday, March 12, 2018

News from the teeny tiny sewing room...

A ray of sunshine would be nice, but we might as well forget that, for today anyway. In fact, we could possibly get a little  snow. Imagine that! How sad for the tender young flower shoots and buds that have come out. Why even the Peonies are about a foot tall...and we still have at least three more nights of freezing weather before a little warm up.

I've been piddling around in the sewing room at night...working on three more dolls, and cutting out a few aprons.

A lady from up the road called and asked if I had any dolls made. A friend of her's saw the one she bought at the Christmas Bazaar and liked it. Anyhow, she came and bought three more.

Also have finished, finally, that blue calico cross-back apron. It only needed the straps sewn in the back, and it had been like this for weeks. 

So, it can now go in the little Henny shop.

I had looked at this pattern several times in Walmart thinking it was cute, but had never picked it up and looked at the back view until last week...

To my surprise, it's a cross-back apron! I bought it!

So, I've cut out one from the black and white cherry fabric. Have also cut out a cross-back apron (my pattern) from the chicken fabric.

While I'm on a roll, might as well show you this bright green one!

finished plain, without the ruffle. Got to thinking, some folks might not like a ruffle on an apron.

Shelby and Jimmy (my sister and brother-in-law) 
plan to stop selling at the farmer's market this spring. Shelby and I want to get back into craft bazaars. There are some good ones around Durham. We used to really enjoy doing those together. One reason for my spending more time in the sewing room lately!

and this big boy! Why, my sells might increase if there wasn't always a kitty cat sitting at the sewing machine. I've noticed on places like ebay, where folks note on what they are selling, "from a smoke free, pet free home". Well we have a smoke free home but certainly not a pet free home!

Wow! I started this post to talk about this cold winter-like weather and the poor pitiful tender plants and flowers, and look how it's turned out.

 And, will this cold rain ever stop? We've got red muddy water running in streams down the side road and into the pond! and cold winter weather has been back for weeks now! That's okay though. We do have a lot to be thankful for. A lot!!

Thank you...if you're still here. :)


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

We have a name!

Bun Bun (Dad)

Penny (Mom)

I sure meant to get back here yesterday, but had a dozen things to do.

After finishing the usual morning stuff; feeding animals, making the bed, putting dishes away,  cleaning out litter boxes, and sweeping, I got myself halfway decent and drove to Henderson. Poppy had prescriptions ready to pick up. Went from there on to buy groceries, then to the feed store. 

Anyhow, you know how that goes...get home with a load of groceries and feed, and it's like fighting fire with gasoline to get things unloaded and put away, and then there's supper to cook.

"Chief, Son of Bun"

There were more comments and more bunny names to add to the list...some very cute names...

Sunflower, Sunny, Chief Thumpalot, Braveheart, & Karrot

But, the name that has stuck with me and makes me smile every time I say it, is..."Chief, Son of Bun".  There were others who commented that this name made them laugh. So, thank you Bonnie! It's perfect!

Thank you all! I appreciate your friendship so much. I will be around to visit and catch up.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Which one!!

Dear friends,

A big "thank you" for all the special names you came up with for our little Indian bunny. 

The names are so cute. Makes me laugh to read them...

Chief Runs with Carrots
Tom Tom
Chief Brown Eyes
Chief Son of Bun
Yuma (means, Son of Chief)
Chief Powder Puff
Chief Funny Bunny

This post was to tell you his name, but, I love them, I'll think on it again tonight. Good grief! I never was one who could make a decision! 

His baby picture...before the full headdress.

Better get supper finished. It's about time for Poppy, but I shall return!

Thank you! 


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Here on Henny Penny Lane

 Just wondering if it's as hard for you to find time to post as it is for me. Seems there is always something more important waiting to be done! 

About three days ago I started a post using this picture, taken early morning after getting an inch of rain. The sun was peeping through a dark cloudy sky.

The high winds yesterday dried things out quickly, but left the yard strewn with sticks and limbs. We spent a good part of this morning cleaning up.

Speaking of sticks and limbs, my scrawny little vase of blooms. I pruned the peach tree and could not bear to throw away the pieces with pink buds. 

and here too.

I've been meaning to show you Bun Bun and Penny's big he has grown...

Isn't he a cutie pie? and he stood right up to have his picture taken.  A funny bunny too. He told me he wants to be an Indian chief. 

I mean, being born with a natural Indian headdress and all. He says he wants a real Indian name. I'm just stumped! Any suggestions, please? This boy needs a name.

And, here's the recipe for the peanut brittle, that turned out right!

Doc's Peanut Brittle

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. white corn syrup
1/4 c. water
2 c. raw peanuts
1 tsp. soda

Cook sugar, water, and corn syrup together in a 2 1/2 quart saucepan until it forms a thread. Add raw peanuts, stirring continuously, until mixture turns light brown. Remove from heat; add soda and stir well. Spread on buttered cookie sheet. Let cool, then break.

Well finally, a finished post, "such as it is", as mama used to say.

Hope to be back soon!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Just a little visit

Pictures are from yesterday, a perfectly beautiful, warm sunny day...
It was like springtime!

and in February!

Today has been much cooler, with wind and rain.

On our walk today, in the rain, I picked a handful of daffodils that were flopped over, either from the rain or from being trampled by four big white feet.

Don't know why big Eli has always been attracted to yellow daffodils...

even as a puppy, could not resist the pretty yellow flowers.

Do you remember back in December of 2016 the big mess I had around Christmas time,  trying to make a batch of peanut brittle?? Oh, I did a big post about it! and how I swore never to try again!! and how the recipe I used was called, "no fail" peanut brittle!! 

Well, we tried again. This time from a simple little recipe in one of those old church cookbooks. Seem like it was called "Uncle Bob's Peanut Brittle"...

Would you just look at this!! (don't look at the old stained up, beat up bread pan). The peanut brittle turned out perfect!!

Poppy says it's because he had a hand in making it this time. It's really good too! Really good!!

Need to do a little sewing and doll making tonight. I'll leave you with the sweetest Dumperoo...

Dumper had just finished half a can of his special kitty cat food, and stretched out on the bed in the sewing room. He and Bickett both enjoy listening to Bluegrass music while I sew. Seriously!

Hope to be back soon.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Visiting Andee

I've been away on a little vacation! Sorry I left with telling anyone.

Yep, early Sunday morning, I drove all by myself waaay up into Virginia to visit my daughter Andee.  

It was sure nice to get away, and even nicer having a couple of days with Andee.

These sweet little bun bun dishes are a gift from Andee. I just love them! She is always buying me something with bunnies. She is a sweet sweet daughter.

Now you would think I would have taken a good picture of the two of us together for my blog, but no, only this cute picture of Andee, Bruno, and Percy...

Somebody let the ball roll under that heavy china cabinet!

Hang on, Bruno said, I think I've got it!

All's well that ends well!

Andee and I went to all our favorite shopping places and also a couple of thrift stores...oh, it was fun!! 

and Red, from Hiawatha House, if you happen to be reading this, I couldn't help but think of you when we stopped here...

A group of bird watchers had gathered to see the Cedar Waxwings...

These birds were beautiful and this tree was filled with them, but by the time the idea hit me to take a picture, lots of the birds had scattered. Of course! Me, always a day late and a dollar short!


Image borrowed from the internet

Friends, you know that driving alone up to Virginia, meant crossing that Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel all by myself! It was scary. But even scarier, was driving home alone. There were heavy fog warnings all along the way and friends, as we emerged from the tunnel, going up on the bridge, the fog was so dense that all I could see were the tail lights of the car in front of me. 

I was sure hoping and praying, there would not be a wreck, on that four and half mile bridge, over all that water.

and once again, all's well that ends well!

Thank you for visiting!