Thursday, July 30, 2015

Child's Play!

While waiting for this virus to go away.....I decided to sit and paint the crate that the "kids" gave me for Mother's Day. It is a wood crate that you can get at Target and Michael's and probably JoAnn's too.
I had been wanting a toy box for the toys I had accumulated for Royce (and any other future babies).
So, it was time to paint it. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and decided not to use any wax at all, since babies have a tendency to put everything in their mouths.

I did paint inside and out and only one coat.
Originally I was going to put casters on, but decided since he isn't walking that casters will come later when he is older...for now I put felt glides on the bottom.
It fits nicely under the coffee table too!
Does Royce like it??

Yup! Sheer joy!
Now, we have to teach him to put everything back!
Have a great day!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sick with a Bug

Well, I've been incredibly heathy for the last two years. Hardly a sore throat even. I used my XClear and avoided those bugs. But this one, it is unstoppable! (Yes, they tell me it is just a virus and must ride it thru)
My Sister and her daughter do those essential oils from DoTerra and even those haven't helped!
I've thrown every "tool" at it and it keeps coming.
I have sore stomach muscles from coughing.
I have thrown my neck out or maybe that was due to the tower of pillows to hold me upright so could get some sleep. Sleep, what's that?
I've been running a low grade temp for three days....up and then down, but always a temp.
I see slight glimpses that show I'm getting better...but they are so slight....almost apparitions in the night.
So, forgive me for not writing....I'll be back when I'm really better.
Nancy

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Bit of This And That

Yesterday, though I was fighting a bug of some sort with swollen glands etc., I still needed to get some things done. I had purchased the day before some huge and delightful apricots, to turn them into jam. Not wanting the expensive purchase to rot...I got up and made jam and canned it. Yeah, I did!
But before you picture me a slave to the stove, remember, I have help.
 Here is the Ball Jam/Jelly maker...still loving this machine! It pretty much just makes the jam or jelly for you. Which is good....I could sit while that was going on.
 Then, into the canner to make shelf stable jam to store away. This canner is a hybrid and does all the work with only about two cups of water!
Well, I canned four jars of jam, but I had two more that I put in the fridge. I noticed this morning that the jam was a little loose. My bad. I didn't measure the fruit....they were really large apricots, not the usual size, so always remember to measure. No harm though. Most of the time I like apricot jam for a finishing sauce or on pancakes anyway....This would be the first time it didn't set completely. And over time it could still set a bit more. In any case, I now have jam in the little extra pantry I made in the craft room closet. At this moment I need a bigger part of that closet! LOL.....

Oh, and this week, I made a table runner top. Yup, I did manage to get some things done. Before I got sick, I made a good long runner for a gift...
Isn't it cute?? It is a pattern by the Missouri Star Co. and it uses their template and a layer cake of fabric.  One layer cake will easily make two or three runners depending on how long you want them. The idea is when it is on the table, everyone is looking at a tree right side up. Its a simple pattern and really takes little time....There is even a video of her making one....that's what got me hooked...I ordered their template and a layer cake and it was here in three days...awesome....
Anyway, time to take some Advil and rest.
Have a great day.
Nancy

Sunday, July 12, 2015

We're Back!

Well, we've been gone....bet you noticed...
We left before the 4th of July for a family reunion....small though it turned out to be.
We had a great time, even though the temperatures outside were around 110 degrees!
Yeah, air conditioning was our friend!
On the 4th we were at my niece's house where they cooked up hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken and then everyone brought yummy salads and munchies......
The next day we met with our other niece and her family and went to Whiskeytown lake. One of the only lakes in California that has no trouble with drought! It is spring fed and simply wonderful!

Then, after leaving Redding, CA, we journeyed to our main vacation spot....Sunriver, Oregon!
It was our first time here and I have to say....WOW!!
We rented a house for the two of us and it was so well equipped! All we had to add was food.
What a wonderful way to vacation!
 This is the view from the Sunriver Lodge....across the golf course and out to Mt. Bachelor.
 This is the stable....they have trail rides in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter....
 This is the wonderful "cabin" we rented.....
 An early morning visitor....
 This is the Deschutes river....there is some kayaking, canoeing, rafting and of course fishing....
 Hubby went out with a guide to his first ever fly fishing experience on another river....he came home triumphant with two lovely rainbow trout that we had late...oh that was tasty!!

I pan fried it in coconut oil (my favorite now for frying fish...makes it crispy without a coconuty flavor).
We had a great time, wonderful place.....and all too short...5 days went too quickly with all the Sunriver resort has to offer!
Well, I'm back. Laundry calls....
Nancy