Saturday, December 5, 2015

We have Sausage!!

Jim got a deer last weekend.  We have kept it on ice all week.  Since Thursday night, we have been planning on processing it.  Thursday, I was to get some fat back to use.  The meat market had given it all away earlier, so I bought pork butt.  We were too tired to do it and wanted fat back.  So, I went to the market Friday after I got off of work...he had just finished cleaning up for the day and threw it all away in the dumpster.  By now, he knew I was really wanting some fat back, so he said he would keep it for me the next day. I picked it up and we got started late afternoon on Saturday.  It took 3-4 hours, but so far we have put up 12 pounds of breakfast sausage.  We are still fairly new at processing our own deer, so we looked for some new recipes.  Last year we used the one that came with our meat grinder.  We found two different ones to try this year.  One has ginger and nutmeg in it.  I was not sure about that, but we cooked some and ate it.  Sure is good.  The other recipe has sage and garlic in it along with lots of pepper; crushed red, cayenne, and black.  We labeled the packages as #1 or #2 to know which we are eating. We are tired!!  Jim doesn't feel well either.  We still have several pounds of meat left in refrigerator to do tomorrow.  We are just going to grind up and add some fat back. We love venison burgers! We also took the backstrap and made stew meat for shishkabobs.  We marinate it overnight with the McCormick's Backyard Tea Brew and it is tender and full of flavor.  I am now tired and taking it easy to prepare for a busy day tomorrow.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Change is Good, Right?

I have a new computer and I am playing on it.  I'm now on Windows 10.  I know several do not like the Window's 10, but so far I can't complain.  I don't know it, but I am learning.  Also I am giving Microsoft Edge a try.  I think there are some improvements...just need to play around a bit and experience it.  I always feel that people need to give new things a try; although, I am not much for change.  I usually dig my heels in.  I still quilt, but I have to fit it in on my schedule.  I am taking a break from doing much machine quilting and spending it on working on the house.  We are remodeling and trying to update and fix the house.  So far the house has been leveled and windows ordered.  The windows are now ready and will be installed in a few da'.s.  I have ordered my new stove and talked to the plumber and cabinet builder.  The cabinet guy will come this weekend and we will go over details and get it all settled down so he can begin doing his thing.  Things are changing and fast.  Can't believe the year and flown by so fast and will be gone in less than 5 weeks. Keep stitchin.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


I don't post too often.  One reason is that my computer is way too slow and I find that it is too activating.  I have anew Kindle and I love it.   I am trying posting from it. I should be able to post easier.  I went on another cruise...same area, different time of year.  We went I November.  It was great!  It is cold here today and I am tired.  Taking it easy.  I have several quilts that I am working on right now.  Three applique quilts; log cabin baskets, a Christmas quilt, and the autumn Baltimore.  There is only one client's quilt here now...I need to stitch down the binding.  It's Sunday and I feel like a nap before church.  Maybe I'll post before another year.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


I know I haven't posted in a LONG time.  I have been busy, too tired, internet too slow, etc., but I can't help myself.  When I read some other blogs, I get soooo inspired and want to share.  So, I am going to give it another go.  I read Facebook and don't like to post there.  I like the blog better...just feels more intimate and close.  It is hard to find time to post, but I am going to work on getting on a different time schedule here at the house and a different routine.  I will just have to fit in the blog post.  It is easy right now, because Jim went out hunting and I have the house (internet) to myself so it is not as slow.

I have been spending some time cleaning out closets and cubby holes, moving furniture around and it seem that right now, my house is in a bigger mess than when I started.  This weekend I am concentrating on cleaning up the mess.  And trying to get it a bit more organized.  My main complaint is that I can't find what I know I have so that I can use it and I don't want to go out and buy another because I have one somewhere.  I am making a little bit of a headway.  I am also trying to remember the rule:  If you haven't used it in the past 24 months (gotta give myself some time there), it should leave the house.  Note:  That rule does not apply to fabric and books.  I will get around to using them at some point and I have been good about  not bringing new ones in to the house in several months.  I have had a book The House That Cleans Itself at least for a year and found it while cleaning.  I started reading it last night.  I am going to put a few practices in place.  One suggestion was that we all have one place in the house that is our home base zone.  Each person needs to recognize where that is for them.  It could be the kitchen sink, the upstairs bathroom, your clothes closet, or any place that you find hard to get in to clean, but when it is done you are at total peace and all is right.  I know that mine is my quilt studio.  Not that many people go there, but when I have company over, I feel that I have to get it clean and spotless.  I find it hard to go work there (quilt or sew) if the room is in a mess and have to spend time to clean it up before I get started.  So the one main area I am cleaning today is my studio.  I have a gentleman that is to bring over a quilt top of one of his friends for me to see what I can do with it to get it finished.  I also need to work on some quick gift ideas for the meeting program Monday night.  So I need to get my space clean to work and mess it up again.  But the idea of your home base zone is that you make yourself keep it clean so you always feel that you have accomplished something.  I will take pics today and upload so you can see what I have been up to for the past....ummm 2-3 months.

Happy Sewing,

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Getting Caught Up

I havn't posted in awhile.  Today I will get it caught up.  I am sitting outside today under my gazebo.  The temp is around 95.  Today is one of the first days I have truly enjoyed this summer.  I am a native Texas girl.  I enjoy and love the summer here.  Most people say it gets too hot.  I am not a big fan of a/c.  If I am not moving around too much and a fan is blowing I am okay with that.  I do however love to sleep with the window unit on which gets the room quite cold at night (I need a blanket).  It has been cooler than normal and raining more than usual (won't complain), so I haven't enjoyed getting in the pool as much..  Today is perfect. I took out my contacts and really swam today for the first time this summer.  I LOVE IT!  I am going to be "bad" and skip church in the morning and spend the day outside.  I am hoping that when I take vacation later this month, that the weather will be like today...not too hot, but hot enough.

Finally got a counter top made right for the kitchen island.  I am thrilled with the results.  The current plans for vacation are to refinish the other piece that I bought at the same time for the bathroom and paint downstairs.  I would also like to squeeze in a trip to Houston to see the new grand-niece and get caught up on all of them.

We have ditched Dish.  We bought a Roku.  I am very happy with it so far.  I am able to watch the shows I want to with HuluPlus.  The unit is completely paid for within 2 months (compaired to what I was paying for Dish).  Roku works with my internet to provide me with TV shows I was watching on regular TV, plus some I was not able to watch. I am able to watch past episodes of many shows and some I even grew up with.  Jim and I are constantly finding something new to watch everyday.    We can watch news clips, TV shows or movies.  We are paying $8.50 a month to HuluPlus vs. $75 month to Dish.  We are happy with Roku.

I had another birthday.  I am now a "legal" senior citizxen.  I got my first discont meal  Friday.  I don't know how much I saved, but that is about the only up on the downside of getting older.  I know there are several establishments that will give discounts to those who are 55 or older.  Now I can take advantage.  I also decided it was time to start an eye creame for wrinkles.  My sister gave me one for my birthday..  Now I am old enough for one.    As I have gotten older, I have heard from less people on my birthday.  My dad has not called me (or my sister for her birthday) for two years now.  Guess he wants to forget that day???or he is so old he forgets the day???  But this year, I did not hear from my mother-in-law or sister-in-law and still haven't.  Maybe they are too busy?  I did hear from my sister and one of Jim's sister's (Laurie who I share the quilting bug with) and many people in the community I live.  Also all my boys called.  Several people were born on same day here.  There are about 6 of us at church.  Jim and I went out for a sushi dinner and then cooked ribs for whoever showed up later that weekend (Matt, his girfriend Amie and her brother.  Ricky had to work.)  It was a very good weekend,.

Guess time to go.  Two grande margaritas and time to hit the pool.  Later...stay cool!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Weekend Work

The kitchen island is now complete!  Hurray!  I love the new space.  I am at the counter working right now on my laptop.  The countertop was delivered Tuesday.  There are a few flaws on it.  Home Depot gave us a credit on our account for that.  The company that made and delivered the top was to contact me to see about fixing some of the chips in the formica, but they have not called.  I will probably never hear from them again.  I am going to try to seal them so it won't wear down any further. 

We found the chairs at a garage sale for $30 (for2).  They are like brand new.  What a deal!  I have seen the same chair online for over $100 each.  Now I have to figure out what all to put in the drawers and have it make sense so I can remember where things are.  That will be one weekend chore.

Jim is spending the day working in the yard.  Grass has not been cut in awhile and it looks like a hay field.  Speaking of that, the hay was cut this week.  Last night, they were starting to rake and bale.  I tried taking a picture.  It looked so neat with all the lights when they were baling in the something from a movie.  But as the camera went off, he had moved to have the back end facing me, not a side view.  You can't tell what it is.  So no picture.  They will be back today to finish.

Another task for the weekend is to clean up Matthew's room so that the spare bed can be put in it for me and Jim the sleep there when we have guest later this week for 4th of July.  We need to also put the window unit in so that it will be nice and cool at nights.

I just need to get the house organized.  I feel like I am walking all over stuff.  When I had some areas cleared, someone (not naming names here) filled it right up with stuff, and now it is worse than it was to begin with.  So I we decided to clear things up and give away. Not doing anymore garage sales.

Need to get started on the day. He is asking about breakfast.  On the weekends, we cook a big breakfast on Saturday.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Truck Had Kittens

Matt borrowed the truck and they heard a noise.  They tracked it down to find about 6 kittens under the tool box in the corner of the bed of the truck.  That was on the hottest day so far, Thursday.  I bought some cat food and left that and some water out for the mom.  She is completely wild.  I knew a cat was around here about a month or so ago, but I haven't seen her or heard her in a while.  I know the kittens were in truck this morning, but when I went to leave food and water this afternoon (before the rain), she had moved them.  I don't know where.  I may never see them again.  I plan to leave food out in the same place as long as she comes to get it.  I know she needs the extra nutrition to nourish the kittens.
Looks like that kitten has quite the markings.  Looks almost like a pug dog.  Maybe I can find them and get them tame...then to find homes.
I have been working on one of the quilts from the cruise.  Got a lot put together this past week.  It is going together fairly fast.
I did a test of a four block layout to decide how I wanted to place the lights and mediums.  I decided to go with completely scrappy.They are almost all put together.

We had some rain today and it helped to cool down the temps a bit.  Which is VERY good as our A/C has decided to not work properly.  So we have had it off all day.  Need to get the A/C guy out here on Monday.  I had the plumber here last week to work on fixing the septic line.  It was sticking too far out of the ground had been run over a couple of times with the mower and I think a piece fell back in the line and was clogging it.  Hopefully, I will not get a third thing that needs to be fixed.  They always seem to go in three's.
Have a great day.  Tomorrow is Father's Day.  I may go visit my dad.  I will have to see how tomorrow shapes up.