Sunday, November 23, 2014

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Making Progress!

I am happy to announce...
     bated breath and drumroll....
that I am almost caught up! 

Okay, maybe an awful lot of boxes, bags and stacks of quilts have to be hauled downstairs and put back into inventory. And maybe it's a big mess down there, too. But thanks to only a threesome quickie and a single (sounds sexy, doesn't it?), the appraisal work should be completely done by noon tomorrow. 
     My staffers won't be in until later in the week; they're not staying long anyways, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. At least I can put some hours into Cleaning Up. (I'm surprised at how pleasurable that sounds.) Meanwhile:

Brining your turkey is supposed to make it moist and tender. I'm going to try it this year, thanks to Panera's recipe, for it and chestnut-mushroom stuffing.  I'll let you know if it works.



Ten things you can do about your debt right now -- even if you can't afford to pay much on it. (From one of my heroes, The Simple Dollar)

30,000 e-mails said to be "lost" suddenly are found. E-mails about the IRS investigating conservative groups, by a former IRS official. Who had 'no idea' when asked about this by Congress. How con-VEEN-yent.










A gawky blue desk becomes a standout.  From this:



To this! (Thanks from The Painted Drawer)

 

Starting a successful blog -- and keeping it going. An interview with Crystal Paine, the author of that ever-so-versatile Moneysaving Mom. (From ProBlogger)

A very cool idea -- making a wedding bouquet of vintage brooches! (Thanks, Melissa's Antiques, for the idea. She's looking for some, by the way, if you've got 'em.)



A beautiful malachite-look tray...for less than $10 (How-tos from Rain on A Tin Roof)

A very strange interview from Will Smith's kids. Sounds like they need to start jobs, and Get A Life. A couple of shifts at Little Caesar's, and Willow will know exactly what time is!

Salted caramel...in tea? If you enjoy this, Bigelow's new product should make you very happy. (I have to be careful of this sort of thing: I'm allergic to sea salt. Too much of it -- and it's trendy right now, sadly -- and my throat starts swelling shut.)



Buying a car...or not? From yours truly, via Midlife Finance -- you may also enjoy 20 Ways to Help Your Parents (or Other Older People).


Have a great week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Humph...easy for you to say!


Live Near Colorado Springs? Free Saturday movies in December...



Free Movies at Focus on the Family Welcome Center on Saturdays


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The Focus on the Family Welcome Center will be showing free Christmas movies in the theatre on Saturdays during the month of December:
  • November 29th: Muppet Christmas Carol (1hr 26mins) at 10:00 AM and 12:45 PM
  • December 6th: VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas (50mins) and Buck Denver Asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas? (60mins) 10:00 AM only
  • December 13th: Polar Express (1hr 40mins) 10:00 AM and 12:45 PM
  • December 20th: The Nativity Story (1hr 41mins) 10:00AM and 12:45 PM
  • December 27th: Frozen (2hrs 24mins) 10:00 AM and 12:45 PM
Free popcorn and drinks will be served.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Antique Heroes

Superheroes, posed as if they were in 16th century paintings?



Yup...and boy, are they interesting. (Except Ironman here looks like he's wearing a dress, instead of pantaloons. Ewww.)






The full deal here. Hopefully, you want to see more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How Are the Chickens?

I'm sure some of you are wondering. 

Well, they're just fine -- in fact, they don't seem to be bothered by the increasing cold at all.

Mostly Black Austrolorps...but here are the bully Rhode Island Reds, getting their share


Although the freezing ground does interfere with all those refreshing dust baths.

They do seem to be easing back on the eggs, which is sad.


Notice the clever feeder-hanger-upper. The Brick came up with that, with leftovers from our roofing pipe.
    We do have a heater in the water, so they can have refreshing sips with their refreshing dustbaths. (This do-it-yourself heater would work, if we didn't have one already.)

We also keep a lightbulb going -- they need at least 12 hours of light to be stimulated to lay regularly -- and a heating bulb.


Now if they'd only kick out some more eggs. C'mon chickies, you can do it!



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What We Did in Redwork Class Saturday...

...well, sort of.  

Actually, we did more than this -- but I was so fascinated with what one of my students, Janet Mohler, came up with. She converted the freebie skeleton and silk roses into this little guy --



He was shy, but behaved himself while we were working at redwork.




The rose was stitched right on his collarbone. What an interesting idea for a 'Day of the Dead' piece!

This was also Janet's contribution. It resembles her dog, I'm told. Love this little puppy!



 (It was done in stabstitch, rather than the more usual outline stitch -- very effective.)

Thanks, Janet, for sharing.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: It Can't Be Thanksgiving Yet...

Less than two weeks away. 

How can Thanksgiving be so close? Too much work, too little time. Guess that's life...I really need to get the sleeping bags repaired and hunting gear put away, though, before we have the pitter-patter of little (doggie) feet under the holiday table. (Daughter #1 is a dogsitter, and brings her charges along to join our Charley and Abby.)

Want to own a castle? An 18th century one is up for sale in East Germany. Price: $445,000!

Six creepy still-unexplained phone calls. Also:

Twenty-four weird discoveries. (These are pretty much unexplained, too.)

Long-lived Hollywood marriages. Gives you hope, doesn't it - except sadly, some of these (e.g., Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) have already broken up.

A shoe store, closed for fifty years. Stock intact. The family who inherited this dusty bonanza is showing it to the public. (Commentators are marveling how the old shoes actually look quite 'modern.' Considering how often trends repeat themselves -- I'm not!)

Dave Brandon, the University of Michigan's athletic director, is no more. And here's why. (They've been terrible in football lately, by the way.)

A letter from the teacher about THAT kid. You know, the one who's 'bad.'

25 hacks to get you through winter more easily. (From Apartment Therapy)

Give thanks in glitter! A Thanksgiving garland that could be adapted for many other occasions. (From Brendid)


24 days of holiday cookies...sign up quick, and you'll have one recipe a day. (Courtesy of Betty Crocker)

A stripped-down Christmas.  (From Donna Freedman)


Have a good week...get out there, and get that turkey!


All in the Family

Six inches of snow and a lot of cold later, we're still here. It's bound to stay chilly for a while. 

Got a photo from sister Lori -- our nephew Kevin got a nice-looking buck!




You go, big guy. 

We're proud of you. So is the Great White Huntress.