Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weekend Getaway

Hubb and I left the farm this weekend.
Only for 24 hours, but it was great.
We drove to northern PA,
to our friends lake house.
We hiked and visited,
ate way too much,
slept in...
(not that we ever need to escape the farm)
and relaxed.

I wanted to share pictures from our hike.
The glen at Moosic Lake...

I played around with the settings on my camera.
I started with this waterfall on an automatic setting...

Then I set my camera down on a rock
(no tripod with me)
slowed down the shutter speed....

I would love to take a course in photography....
perhaps this winter,
while work on the farm slows down.
I have so very much to learn!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Oh how I love masquerade parties!
Don't you?
Isn't it fun to assume a new identity?
If I were going to a masquerade ball, 
I would dress as an Enchanted Owl Queen,
and wear this mask...

I felt the urge to create something this afternoon.
So, I printed out a mask template from
(one of my favorite blogs!...please visit it!)

I printed the mask onto heavy card stock,
backed it with velvet,
trimmed it with bias binding,
and added feathers....

Lots and lots of feathers.
The blue feathers came from my friend Linda,
from Kentucky.
The black and white spotted feathers came
from my beloved guinea fowl.

What do you think....
would this make a good Enchanted Owl mask?

Now to donne my royal gown and mask 
and dance by the light of the moon!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Online Friends

I have been very fortunate over the past few years to meet
some truly amazing women online.

My first experiences came from an online forum,
Mary Jane's Farm.
There I came to know many women from all over the country....
women with common interests....many of them farm girls,
many of them aspiring farm girls.

It was during this time that I entered the world of blogging.
In blogland I met even more amazing women.

Last summer I had the opportunity to visit an online friend
in Washington state.
She opened her home to me and treated me like family.
I stayed with "Katmom" Grace for a week, and together we attended
MaryJane's Farm Farmfair 2009.
Grace and I continue to stay in touch.

Last year I started emailing a friend from my blogs, 
named Linda.
Linda lives in Kentucky.
Happily, when I went to Kentucky last month, 
I had the good fortune of meeting Linda in person
and spending a morning with her.
When we parted, she left me with the most special gift...
a basket of goodies.
Ritz for the goats, Quaker Oatmeal squares for the horses,
jelly beans and books and fabric for me.
I was so very touched.

Kindred spirits....
that's what I think of my online friends.
We share stories of our lives and our families,
along with the ups and downs of life.
These are gals who would be so much fun
 to spend time with on a regular basis...
antiquing, tea parties, crafting and sewing groups 
would be part of my world
if these gals were closer.

Over the past several years I have received
wonderful tokens of friendship in my mailbox.

Each day, when I sign onto my computer
there are emails and comments from my online "friends".
Maybe you are one of them.
What I want you all to know is how much your correspondence 
and comments mean to me.  
They are always a very bright spot in my day.
Thank you for your friendship!

Yesterday I had a chance to sew an apron for myself...
something I never do.

This apron is one that I am keeping...
the first one in years....
the rest have gone to new homes all over the country.

This one is special.
This one reminds me of the blessing of friendship.

The fabric for this apron was gifted to me...
The French chicken side from Linda.

The "I'd rather be sewing" side from Grace.

Wearing this apron when I am in my kitchen
will remind me of how lucky I am to have met
such special women....
women who I would never have met if not online.

We live in a world that has become impersonal.
It is wonderful to be "touched" by so many inspiring women,
who willingly open their arms and their hearts in friendship.

To all of you....
Thank you for touching my life!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

WSF Benefit Auction

This coming Friday night is the annual fundraiser
for the World Surgical Foundation.
This is the group that sponsored our 
medical mission trip to Haiti.

They asked me to make a couple of aprons 
for a benefit auction.

This always makes me a bit nervous...
wondering if my aprons are nice enough for
a benefit such as this.

I am auctioning my Hydrangea Pinny

and also this reversible chef's apron.

I love the dark brown and aqua combination
with polka dot pleated ruffle, pockets, and ties.

It will be fun to see how much money each apron brings.

Preserving Summer's Goodness

My cold cellar is filled with jars and jars of summer's goodness.
This year's garden was the best ever.
I am guessing that the garden boxes made all the difference.
Who knows.

The garden sure has kept me busy....
and has kept me out of the sewing room.
Yesterday marked the last day of food preservation,
and today I start to sew again!

Frost is right around the corner
and so is the demise of the garden.

I picked the last of the peppers,
hot and sweet.

I cleaned them...
removing stems and seeds
(took me about 3 hours).
This is truly a labor of love,
as I was crying, sneezing, coughing and nearly peeing myself 
from the hot pepper vapors!

Next I chopped the peppers finely...
still sneezing, crying, coughing.
I have learned that wearing latex gloves
keeps one from spreading this hotness onto 
other parts of the body that are even more unpleasant!

Into the kettle with vinegar, salt and sugar.
I use half the amount of sugar that I do vinegar,
and add anywhere from a tsp. to a tbsp. of salt.

Then I bring the mixture to a boil, 
pour into sterilized canning jars,
and process in a water bath.

Hot and sweet pepper relish...
We use it on everything...
it is our favorite condiment.

Next I sliced Asian pears and apples.
(I had to cover my red eyes from cleaning peppers.)

Placed the slices in a dehydrator....

Dried fruit slices make a nutritious and delicious snack!

And now, off to my sewing room...
so many projects to do...
so little time!

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