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Seriously. No One Needs Five Garlic Powders

I’ve been visiting my parents again. I was innocently looking for the salt shaker when I noticed that I had pulled out two garlic powders. The third thing in the cupboard was an onion powder. The fourth, another garlic powder. In all, Mom had 5 garlic powers, one garlic flavoring for bread and three onion powders. One onion powder and one garlic powder had not been opened. Now, I do realize that my parents live fifty miles from the middle of nowhere, down west of the boonies and south of the last gully, but FIVE garlic powders? You aren’t going to run out, Mom!
And she has actual garlic as well. Perhaps she’s expecting a hoard of vampires to appear at any moment? Everyone knows vamps can’t get in without an invite and not even she is that polite!

I was able to combine two of the powders and one might have ended up in the trash. I know the onion powder that had started to calcify and turn to petrified garlic landed in there. After another inspection of the cupboard, I am left wondering why Mom has tumeric because I don’t think she uses that. I am pretty sure she doesn’t even know what it is. The basil I understand, but I think three of those is overkill. They just don’t eat spaghetti that often!

So the chore for y’all this week–clean out your spices! Get rid of the ones you don’t use and for heaven’s sake, donate any extra garlic powder to the Vamp Hunter’s club before it turns to a desert rock.

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Posted: May 28, 2016
Filed in Tales from the Mother-In-Law File

Some Real Embroidery

Such serendipitous timing! I came across an article about the discovery of a piece of skirt from one of Queen Elizabeth’s I famous gowns. About halfway down in the article, you’ll want to watch the video that includes some fabulous close ups of the textile made from silk and silver. The embroidery has gold and silver threads. You really can’t see those in the shots, but the embroidery is still something to behold. Supposedly it was done by one person–I find that hard to believe. Even with a machine, I get one design done per day! He probably had employees or a room full of sewists. At any rate, it’s an incredible bit of history.

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Posted: May 18, 2016

We have a Bookbag!

There’s a couple of loose threads on the coffee cup and I’m still having trouble with getting the words the way I want, BUT we have a bookbag! Who wouldn’t want such a snazzy bag??? It’s one of The Green Bag Lady’s creations with my creative embroidery on front and back.

Who knows what I might come up with next???
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Posted: May 17, 2016

We have a Towel!

The part came for the embroidery machine! Okay, so it’s not perfect, but I think that is mainly my fault for resizing the design smaller than the original (Huge thanks to Janet and Carolyn over at An Embroidered Affair. They are the reason I actually HAVE a design of my logo!)

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I still have a lot of learning to do. I can tell already that shopping for designs is easier than getting them on the fabric. 🙂 And the machine wouldn’t be working at all if my fabulous husband hadn’t taken it apart and put it back together CORRECTLY (unlike whoever took it apart before we bought it). I hope nothing else breaks because, boy, do I have a lot of ideas!!!

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Posted: May 15, 2016

Interview with Pictures of Leo

As you know I do interviews now and then. But I’ve long since figured out that people come for the cats, not for me. So when MJBreviewers asked me to do an interview. I made sure that Leo showed up too, but the picture didn’t make it over on her blog–SO, here it is!

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Here’s my new sewing machine. Mostly taken apart as we try to fix it!
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Posted: May 11, 2016

Blind Hem Stitching

I never had a blind hem stitching foot before so when I saw the new embroidery machine came with it, I gave it a try. Well, the blind part worked. Once I thread the thing, it’s all blind luck from there! It took me two tries and a half hour to get the hem folded properly. Once I had that figured out (lots of reading and you tube examples) I put it in the new machine and stitched away! I think two of the “blind” stitches caught. Several others caught a different part of the sleeve and had to be taken out. Honestly, I could have sewed my usual crooked stitch in under five minutes and been just as happy. All I really got out of the exercise is an ironed shirt–and it’s a nightshirt so I’m pretty sure that won’t impress anyone.

Back to the basics. Not that I excel at those either…Oh wait. A darning foot!!!

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Posted: May 7, 2016

This Embroidery Stuff Is Not Easy

Okay, so we found three missing parts (in a bag, instead of on the embroidery machine) and one part installed completely wrong. Now that we fixed those things, the machine is working better. Not perfect. Better. I managed to embroider part of my bear logo, but the machine went into the weeds, dove into a ditch and rolled over before it finished the bear. We’ve since righted it, inspected it and because that wasn’t much fun, I went shopping for thread instead of tackling more embroidery!

Of course, I am supposed to be painting shelves today. I would have done it yesterday, but the paint was completely dried up when I opened the can. Guess I put that project off a tad too long. Like ten years. Whoops.

The snap peas are done in the garden, but I picked the first BLT tomato!!! What is a BLT tomato, you ask? Any tomato large enough to use to make BLTS!!!! I’ll let it ripen another day inside. Maybe. Lunch is already calling me. It’s BLT season!!!

Y’all have a good weekend and recommend me a good book to read!!!

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Posted: May 6, 2016
Filed in Quilting

Look Out World! Embroidery Machine

There’s an embroidery machine on my table. Yup, I know how it got there. It was broken. And you wouldn’t expect someone like me to decide to learn how to embroider using a known WORKING machine, would you? Ha! That would be TOO EASY. No, first I must battle the broken parts. Why not have another machine besides the serger that is hard to thread??? Why not get a machine that has an “automatic thread” function that is actually more difficult to use than threading the needle manually. The hook you must loop with thread before it will “automatically” thread the needle is actually hidden behind another piece of the machine. Even when you use a lever to drop it into visible range, the hook is so small you need a magnifying glass to locate it. I CAN SEE THE HOLE IN THE NEEDLE to thread it myself, but I need a MAGNIFYING glass to find the auto-hooker??? YEAH. I’d like to talk to the engineer who designed this thing!

Oh, but adventure (and cursing) awaits. I am determined to fix this machine. That doesn’t mean I’ll get it to sew or embroider…

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Posted: May 3, 2016

Careful: My Neighbor is Armed

Lately, we’ve been helping one of our neighbors get ready to move. She mainly needs help selling her furniture. Part of this involves dismantling it for pickup. The other day we went over to help her dismantle her bed. The woman had more weapons on her bedside table than Amelia Peabody could carry in her skirt AND umbrella! She had the obvious things like her car keys, which sported an alarm button. She also had a separate alarm device that when activated did some sort of screaming bells and whistles with flashing lights. One quarter of the table was taken up by a large bull horn. I’m not sure what she thought she would do with that–yell at the intruder? Start giving orders? Scream into it in order to be heard over the other alarms?

As we moved pillows off the bed, I found a taser under one of the pillows. Good GRIEF. I’m not sure why you need ANY of the other alarms if you own a taser. As she moved each item to the other bedroom, we were treated to a test of each one, including the high-voltage crackle of the taser. GOOD GRIEF, WOMAN. Put that thing down before you accidentally taser yourself! And don’t POINT anything at me!!!

When the neighbor spoke into the bullhorn the electronics in the device magnified her voice by enough decibels that Amelia Peabody could probably hear her in Egypt. Well, until the batteries fell out the bottom. I suppose that would be useful if they fell on the toes of the no doubt stunned and now deaf robber.

And yes. She has a whole house alarm. I hope she feels safe with all that noise potential. I also hope she doesn’t read my blog. She might come over here with that taser!!!

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Posted: May 1, 2016
Filed in Walks in Life

A Kindle Countdown Deal

savingSo About the Money is a countdown deal starting today, running through the weekend. Love the cover on this one!

Here’s the short blurb:

So About the Money romps through eastern Washington with its rivers, wineries, Native American casinos, and assorted farm animals. Add in some wicked fun chemistry between the CPA amateur sleuth & a local detective and Holly Price better solve the case before the next dead body found beside the river is hers.



I’ve asked the author for an interview or to stop by and tell us a little more about herself/book! Coming soon!

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Posted: April 28, 2016
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