Friday, October 30, 2020

A little sewing, and other things

Dear friends,

Gosh, I've been trying for days now to post something. Last night I did finish a cute apron...cute because of the fabric, not my sewing...

reminds me of kitchens back in the 1950's...
I made a little half apron, or gathering apron, from the same fabric...

and did the craziest thing...Cut it out with the print up-side-down. 

My neighbor Ann was singing my praises (I can't imagine) at the beauty shop where she gets her hair cut and came home with requests for three aprons. Think I'll go ahead and send the up-side-down one too. Might be good for a laugh anyhow.

The gold fabric with cherries below is another apron for the ladies at the beauty shop. 

Oh, last week I went to Walmart in Henderson to buy fabric. Our Walmart here in Louisburg doesn't carry fabric. Anyhow, I needed solid colors for making bias tape for the aprons...

and look! Did you know Walmart sells two-yard packages of solid color cotton/polyester fabric for $5.oo each? I was tickled to death. Two yards is perfect!

and speaking of fabric! Remember the boxes of fabric Diane from Kentucky sent me? Oh my gosh! What a gift! Thank you again Diane.

A couple of days ago I walked outside to take a picture of all the leaves I need to start raking up...

but good grief! You should see the yard this morning! We were under a high wind warning all day yesterday; 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph.

The wind and rain brought down tree limbs and more leaves but also brought with it a cold front with bright blue skies and the look of fall...

we've had lots of grey days lately so this change in the weather is making me happy...

Oops! No bright blue skies in these pictures, but these were just passing clouds..."fairing up clouds", as mama used to say.

The blue skies came right back, they really did. 
Well, I thank you for stopping by, and thank you too for the nice comments on my last post. I sure want to blog more.  Hope to be back soon.



Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Poppy and Patty

Dear friends,

I've been waiting for it to get cold enough to light a fire in the fireplace...

and Sunday was that day. The warmth from  the fire was just what we needed. Like my Daddy used to say, "just enough to knock the chill out of the air".

Not sure if it was the smoke coming from the chimney or the smell of a wood fire that brought Poppy down from his tree. It's deer season, again!

Because of my "deleted" post some of you didn't meet "Patty" the hen. You know, cousin Patty paid for two of our new hens. She is always doing kind things like that so I figured the special hen in the bunch should be named after her...

and here's the little flock of red hens who stay close by Patty. 

The new hens tell me they want to fit in and get along with the old hens, but the old hens are ill and hateful. They peck really hard too.

A peek into the dirty old hen house. Remember, this little house is 30 years old and chickens are really messy...
I fixed up this end of the house just for the new hens since the old hens gather and roost at the opposite end. Hopefully both groups will work things out among themselves, soon!

Caught Miss Ducky looking at me through the weeds at the edge of the pond...

She is a sweetie pie and alone now and has the whole pond to herself. I want more ducks but Poppy says no! No more muscovy! He says once the muscovy ducks are gone, maybe mallards or wood ducks will nest around the pond and we will see baby wild ducks. 

Speaking of Poppy!

Caught him coming down the tree. Must have been the fire in the fireplace. :) Last week it was black powder, this week started regular gun season. Now until January 1st. I dread it!

Kind of strange to see him sitting in a tree just outside the front door. From this tree he can look out over the cut-over. What a shame the entire hundred acres of woods where Poppy hunted is now gone. 

Poppy does have another spot to hunt, down in the woods near the creek on our neighbor's property. That's a good thing!! 

So glad you stopped by! Hope to see you again soon.


The crackling and popping of the fire made all of us sleepy...

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Explaining, once again

My dear blogging friends,

I fully expected to log in and find all my followers and friends had gone, but here you are, and a new follower too. Thank you! I do the dumbest things. 

For those of you who looked at my last post expecting to see me in a Model T, well, here I am...

in the blue bonnet. The deleted post was about my neighbors, Ann and Kristine, and me too, being vendors at a farm show and swap meet just down the road. It was held in a wide open field; several acres. In the pictures, neither of us were wearing a mask. I worried that we looked careless and unconcerned about the virus. Could not get the thought out of my head so I marched in here and hit "delete". I'm sorry. 

The old fashioned bonnets were a big hit. Not sure how well the bonnet goes with a 1957 MG...
Neighbors, Fred and Ann

Yesterday, looking out my little sewing room window...

The strong North wind blew across the cut-over bringing in much cooler temperatures and lots of rain. A day for staying inside.

The farm show did inspire me to get back in the sewing room. I've cut out a few aprons, thanks to Ann, who has made it her mission to drum up business for me. She wore that bonnet to the hairdresser's one day this week.

been a while since I've rummaged through fabric pieces in the sewing room closet... 

 Oh, a little gift from Andee...

and for no special occassion. Those are the best kinds of gifts.

Had a hard time finding a place to hang it. As mama used to say, "there's not room to lay a pin down around here". It did fit here, where I'll see it often. 

Our new hens are healthy and happy. We just love their sweet personalities. So different from our old flock, that has a little of that "game" blood. Still love them too...but tired of their pecking and picking fights. :) I'll take pictures soon.

Saying goodbye for now and hope to be back soon. Thank you for putting up with me. I'll be around to visit and catch up.






Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Dear friends,

My goodness! Fall has started off as busy as last spring did.

I finally made my way into the teeny tiny garden, with the help of a machete, and have cleaned up everthing except the zinnias and marigolds. I'll get a picture tomorrow.

Oh, tomorrow tomorrow! Today is the tomorrow I was talking about but there has been no time for going to the garden. But...

we did take a little trip to Franklinton to pick up the new hens. My plan was to buy three but when we got there Poppy said let's get five. 

my plan also was to buy the red hens that lay good and lay the dark brown eggs. Then I fell in love with these beautiful large black hens, but these sell for twenty five dollars each. 

Guess what! The man said, "I'm going to let you have one of the black hens for the same price as the red hens". And so he did!

We have been so fortunate in meeting the nicest folks through Craigslist. The man also asked if we like pears. His trees were loaded in big delicious pears. He sent us home with an armload.

I do love the month of October.  The acorns are falling and so are the hickory nuts and I love picking them up.  I've picked a few wild scuppernong grapes and also picked up a few wild persimmons from off the ground.

and most of all, October makes me want to bring out the rich fall colors... 

But the dirt and dust of summer had to be cleaned off the old cupboard and front porch before putting out anything that might draw a little attention...

So I fixed another bucket of hot soapy water and went to work scrubbing the teeny tiny front porch. Wish the glare wasn't so bad on the sunflower poster. :(

I had gathered a big handful of goldenrods when we walked Eli and Weetie. The goldenrods are like the big healthy weeds that have taken over the hundred acres; extra large and extra beautiful and growing thick along the dirt path.

and speaking of those weeds...even though the white fuzzy seed pods have been annoying, the hundred acres of weeds is actually pretty...

and this was my favorite weed picture. Oh, Willie, you are right! This weed is Groundsel. Oh my gosh! I just read that one Groundsel plant can produce as many as one million seeds in a season! We may have to move away!

Back to my decorating, such as it is...

I found this old table cover at a thrift store recently...

The gold color doesn't show well in the picture. Anyhow, that's it for my little bit of fall decorating. :.

Oh, I was kidding about using a machete in the garden. And,  in that first picture, those little pink flowers grow around the pond. Another pretty weed.

And, would you look at the different size print in this post!!! I certainly didn't mean for it to look this way!

Thank you for visiting, if you're still here. I don't feel like this post is fit to publish, but, here goes!