Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Extreme Relping

It is push time for the Peddler Faire and Saturday is fast approaching. Yesterday I finished ANOTHER hat, got two more needle felted bags nearly complete (they need handles), and made the sign for the booth. Today I'll finish those bags and, hopefully, start another one or two as well as assemble a display sign for the Heifer Project.

Non-relping stuff gets done as well. After the grandaughter's visit I made her pictures of all the farm animals and mailed them to her. And paid bills. And did laundry - noticing at the time a major leak under my washing machine.
BAH HUMBUG!!
I've decided to retire the crocheting for a while and to try to get back to my embroidery. The pitti-pat of reindeer paws is echoing in my head and the winter holidays are looming. Time to work up some enthusiasm for making gifts. Yeah, sure!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Gack.

I'm mired in the midst of one of those projects that started off just fine but somewhere went off the wrong direction. It is too far along to back up and is proving nearly impossible to keep working at without gagging. It must get finished. Today the big guns come out. My Eagles CD goes on the player for encouragement and sheer stubborness may get me through. Why. oh why, oh why-oh.....? Where did this project go so wrong-oh?

Friday, August 19, 2005

Much Grasses!

Many thanks to the ladies of the executive board for making the BBQ last night a wonderful experience. We had enough food to feed a city and since you are all fantastic cooks it was scrumptuous in the extreme. And what a clean up crew! There are about 3 utensils to wash! I am humbled and deeply happy to be the friend of such terrific women. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Wednesday Morning Revelation

A felting needle is a very effective tool for piercing a finger. It can be used repeatedly. I have done this.

Ouch.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Friday, August 12, 2005

Heifer Project Update And...

Just a reminder to all that the executive board is having a barbecue next week in place of our usual meeting, 5:30PM (ish) at my house. Call me if there are any questions.

The southern hemisphere chapter of the LLRS is gathering contributions for our Heifer Project fund. I shared our idea with Ileah in Sydney and she and her contingent wanted to join with us. Isn't it nifty to be international in scope? Maybe that Knitting Basket isn't beyond our abilities after all!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Tequila!

I envision those lemons on winter afternoons with thoughts of a warmer climate and a bottle of Tequila near at hand... plus somewhere else for the kiddies. (Hey, Jessica!?)

As for Fiona's shelves lined with canned goods, I recall my grandmother's shelves sometimes literally lined with canned goods as something not so well preserved released itself with a KABOOM!!! Isn't it nice that we have access to so much fresh produce these days? Not that I don't appreciate you hardy home-canning folks. Just that my personal enthusiasm isn't up to the task. I'll stick to watching. And cheering from the sidelines.

Now as to that denim I mentioned a while back. Seems my enthusiasm has slipped there too. Go figure.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Eeewww, salty!

That would be pretty salty lemonade, yuck. I did the lemons because the picture looked so cool in the book (and because I had two big bags of lemons), which says to use them to garnish meat or fish, or flavoring or....something. We'll figure it out. That's part of the adventure! I'm looking forward to opening a jar and finding out what they taste like when they are fully done. Then we'll figure out what to do with them.
Relping and canning can go together. After all, both are creative as well as a practical endeavors. If done correctly the end product of canning can be as beautiful as any relping project. Just think of the shelves lined with jars full of different colored fruits and veggies.
Fiona

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Lemon Quarts?

Other than lemonade in the winter - what does one small family DO with an entire quart of preserved lemons? Just asking.

I'm also amazed that a very pregnant lady who is about to return to teaching school full time (2 weeks right?) would sign up for 20 pounds of tomatoes and 10 pounds of peaches. It must be something about youthful enthusiasm.

The Langlois Executive Board goes off tonight for dinner out, and celebrating Cindy's birthday. Time to discuss the upcoming Peddler's Fair as well. I'm trying to work up the energy to take scissors to a stack of old denim jeans. This will be a slash and slice foray!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Canning, not Relping

Four quarts of whole preserved lemons and 2 and a half pints of lemon curd. Whee!!!!!

I just called out CSA (Full Belly Farm) and they will be sending me 20 pounds of tomatoes next week...and in three weeks, 10 pounds of peaches. Wheeee!!!!!!

Thanks for the pressure canner, Sandie! I've been using it for boiling water bath and discovered that the seal needed to be replaced so I've ordered one. It's nice to be able to do more than four pints at a time.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Birthday wishes

Relper's Village

Ok, this is my second attempt at blogging. Wish me luck. I have exactly 5 spare minutes, so if this doesn't work, you'll never know. I have birthday wishes. Traditionally in my family, I cannot really express them until after Cindy's birthday on August 3, as it would be rude to pre-empt another's birthday thunder. But today is when I have the 5 minutes.

I wish for more time to spend with my friends. I wish to be able to say no more often to my friends. I wish for more time to create beautiful things with wool. I wish for less stress (see all of the above). And I wish that all of those wishes would apply to all my friends.

And lastly, (don't hate me, baby!) I wish for fall and winter.

And I guess I should wish Cindy a happy birthday on August 3.