Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Darning, Adult Bibs and Clothespin Bags....

Mending my son's favorite work pants... Big Brother's darning stitch to the rescue!

When you get to be about my age, you and most of your friends have elderly parents they help take care of. One of my friends asked me to make some adult bibs for her mother-in-law. I'm a little hesitant to call them bibs, but if I call them adult aprons, most people wouldn't understand what their purpose really is. My friend furnished some towels and I added binding around the neck.

This one is based on a child's bib pattern that I found on line. You cut a lolly pop shape in one end of the towel and then sew bias tape around the neck hole and down the back, leaving the bias tape "strings" long enough to tie a bow in the back.

The person using the bib will be covered pretty well with these. The shoulders, chest and lap will be protected.

I didn't get a picture of the other bibs that I made, but another style that I made used a hand towel. I simply cut a half circle in one end and covered the opening with bias tape, leaving the ends of the tape long enough to tie.

I've been busy making clothespin bags for Spring and Summer. I came up with a new opening using some eyelet lace quilt binding that I had in my stash. Rick Rack is also a cute finish.

I've also been doing a little quilting. For quilting updates, go to my other blog, ANGEL SCRAPS QUILTING.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Favorite No Lettuce Salad

In the past I have always put lettuce in my salads, just like most people. But, I never really liked it so much. I finally decided to just make my salads with healthy foods that I really like and skip the lettuce.

In an effort to lose a few pounds, I've been eating a salad just like this one for supper several nights a week lately.

Here's what my "no lettuce" salad might contain. Each one I make might have a different combination and also depends on what produce is on sale at my grocery store each week.

On one side of the bowl are fruits that might include:(its a pretty big bowl!):

About 1/3 of an apple cut into bite size pieces
About 1/3 of a can of "no sugar added" fruit such as pears, peaches or pineapple
About 1/3 of a sliced banana
Just a sprinkle of raisins
Just a sprinkle of grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
A couple of dollops of low fat cottage cheese

On the other side of the bowl some veggies that might include:

Some grape tomatoes sliced in half
A little sliced cucumber
Some green bell pepper cut into small pieces
Baby Dill Pickles
Just a drizzle or 2 of Light Ranch Dressing.

In the middle or on the side:

Some kind of meat. The one in the picture had a couple spoonfuls of homemade chicken salad made with light mayo. Other times it has been browned boneless chicken breast, browned bite size pieces of boneless pork chop or steak or a small hamburger without a bun.

NO LETTUCE! And I don't like carrots either!

I think this is a very delicious, low calorie, healthy meal.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Finally, Some Yard Work

We had a lovely weekend, weather wise, so I finally was able to start working in the yard. My motto this year for the yard is "LOW MAINTENANCE"!

The shade garden has been mulched with newspaper and brown mulch. We only buy a Sunday paper, but I have been collecting the newspapers from work in a box for a while now. I bet I'm the only person on my road whose plants are mulched with the Wall Street Journal!

I started this project a while back and finally finished it Saturday. Its been wonderful not to constantly be pulling weeds in there. I'll plant a few more shade plants and put a few pots of annuals, such as impatiens, in some of the bare spots.

I planted my chair planters. Here's planter chair number 1. I used this old enamelware dishpan and just sat it on the chair. These plants are small right now, but when they fill in and grow I think they will look nice.

Here's planter chair number 2. We removed the seat of this one and found a wire basket that fits perfectly down into the hole. It contains Sweet Potato Vine (for a trailing plant), Variagated Lirope (for a tall plant), Red Salvia, red Wave Petunias, and Marigolds. I'm also going to add some Vinca vine, which I'll transplant from the places it has spread. I stuck to yellow and red flowers so they would go well with the red chair. I plan to grow some taller plants around it like Zinnias.

I have Brown Eyed Susans growing in odd places that evidently came from seeds being blown around. I am digging them up and moving them to the "birdhouse garden".

A new garden flag that was a Mother's Day gift.

These are some HUGE Day Lillies.

We have Petunias everywhere that came from seeds. This one is growing in a crack in the steps. I would move it to another spot, but I'm not sure if I can get it out without killing it.

These Gerbera Daisies survived out mild winter.

On my yard work to do list:

1. Finish moving Brown Eyed Susans
2. Transplant Vinca vines to pots
3. Plant Zinnia seeds in the Bird House Garden
4. Weed and mulch the Rock Garden.
5. Mulch the Bird House Garden.
6. Weed and mulch the foundation area.
7. Weed and re-mulch the Hydrangea bed.
8. Work on edible landscaping idea.
9. Cut back wild Petunias. These are taking over the yard!
10. Plant 3 hanging baskets

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

My daughter with her sweet baby son. He's now almost 5 years old and will start kindergarten in July. I just can't believe how fast he's grown!

My son as a baby....

and as a grown man.

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom god's love entrusts me here.

Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.


This is a picture of Mama's hands and her "birthday cake and candle" three years ago.

The following is written in the margin of one of my Women's Devotional Bibles.

"Hope uncovers new possibilities and shows us what can be done. It wrestles with angels, looks impossibilities in the eye and winks. Hope springs eternal. Hope supersedes all good intentions.

Positive thinking, on the other hand, can get you only so far. When that train of thought won't get you further, jump track and keep going by the power of God's grace. After all, you know Immanuel, God who is with us.

Dare to believe that he has planned greater things right around the corner for the ones you love. Hold your loved ones before the throne and count on God's answer in their lives. Don't let your ability or inability to think your way around circumstances hold you back. Pray and rest. Then pray some more.

---Barbara Johnson"

Have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Glimpses of Home

My mother has been in the hospital for 2 weeks and is now back at the nursing home. She just isn't doing well. My heart is not really into blogging much.

But here are a few pictures of things around my home lately. Eggs... my coworker has chickens and has more eggs than she knows what to do with. Would we take her extras? Of course! I didn't even know she had chickens.

A couple of pound cakes baking that I made using the eggs. This was about 2 weeks ago.

Some perennial flowers are blooming in the yard. I haven't had time to plant my zinnias and other annuals yet. I still plan to, but we will see.

I hope you have a good Wednesday.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Its a Pirate's Life For Me.... AARGH!

Here are a few pictures from the Graduation we attended at East Carolina University, which is Pirate Country.

Some marching to Pomp and Circumstance:

A crowd in the football stadium:

Some fierce football has taken place here!

Couldn't resist some shots of interesting hats...

A sea of purple hats:

The graduate and proud father:

He loved the quilt! He remembers wearing some of the shirts while on dates with his girlfriend. :o)


Glimpses of Home - HOOKS!

Now that's an exciting title, isn't it?  HaHa  While working around the house the other day I realized that I have a lot of over t...