Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rough and tumble....

That's what this month is starting out like.  Family drama, financial upheaval and some worrisome news.  That's why I haven't blogged but if I wait until everything's perfect I would never blog again! LOL!
Things are settling down but the worst news is my little namesake Sam who is 7 has to have surgery.  He started soccer this Spring and although unrelated they've found a "mass" in his leg bone.  The night of the lunar eclipse my daughter called me while they were outside watching it to remind me.  Sam had been favoring his leg a little but that night he twisted it and it was really painful so Amy knew she had to take him to the doctor.  This was not just growing pains.  They did an x-ray and then an MRI and then yesterday he had to go see an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Iowa.  It's a very rare condition but he's fortunate it is not on his growth plate but even after this surgery it may return and he may have to have it done again.  The bone they remove will be replaced with donated bone marrow cells from what I understand.  They will do a biopsy for sure but the surgeon said in most cases it is benign.  We are all praying that it is and if any of you want to send prayers or positive thoughts his way we would certainly appreciate it.  There's no date yet for the surgery but I will let you know when it is when I find out.  It's a good sign they didn't rush him into the operating room then and there, right?
Meanwhile, I've been working hard and keeping busy as I find that is the best way for me to keep any negative thoughts at bay.  There has been so much tragedy this week all over the world that I may have to stop watching the news too. 
Fall is slowly creeping in but it warmed up again a bit....not humid like Summertime though.
 It's been overcast and smoky from fields being burned off.
I still have yet to get my Christmas list finalized and I have some Halloween items to work on which I can't show here but will later after Halloween.  Meanwhile I'm still working on a few things I can show you.  My "scrapghan"............these are the ones you've seen so far
Here's a new one..........
and here's the present WIP #5 of 12
I also crocheted these little cuties from a link that Tammy
had on this posting from her blog.  Thanks to Repeat Crafter Me for the pattern and to Tammy for providing the link and inspiration!  Her's are crocheted much better than mine so you should check out her blog.  Great little coasters for your morning coffee!
Happy Trails!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

First fire of the season and so much more!

Oh Fall.......I adore you!  I have a fire in the fireplace as it is fairly cool today and I didn't want to turn the heat on.  Yesterday, I really got into the Fall spirit and did some cleaning but also some Fall "goody" making for the weekend crafting and football watching!
First up was Caramel Apple cider from this recipe

I will never be a food stylist! LOL!  That's my caramel apple cider in the crock pot. But this is her picture....so much more appetizing!  It is so yummy!  I will never have plain old apple cider again.  I put it in a pitcher after the crock pot and now I just pour a mug and heat it up in the microwave.  If you usually have regular apple cider at this time of year you HAVE to try this recipe....you'll love it!  It is also on my Fall board on Pinterest so my Fall "bucket list" is actually utilizing some of those many pins.

I always have a helper in the kitchen (she follows me everywhere which is good as this way I know what she's up to! LOL!).   Every day she helps me with the dishwasher.
Then she shakes the rugs for me...........
and then she keeps a watch outside for any birds that might try to break into the house.........
While she was busy with all her chores, I proceeded to make pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting from this recipe

I used some Halloween muffin liners and evidently didn't put enough dough in the liners as I got 24 and not 12 like the recipe stated.  I made the cream cheese frosting but I was tired so I just frosted a few for my dessert and went to bed with some pumpkin tea to go with them.  I am so not fancy but the taste is what matters to me and they are DELISH!  I might freeze some with some frosting in another container....we'll see! LOL!  Here's her picture which is so pretty but I'm all about the taste!
Another "pin" from my Fall board.
I hope you are enjoying your Fall and my prayers and thoughts go out to the families and people in that little town in Oregon who suffered such a terrible tragedy.  I am also praying for the people in the path of all that rain and flooding.  Stay safe everyone but don't forget to enjoy life too.  Bless you all!
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cool down here....loving it!

It's cooled off a bit and it's time to get outside and get work done before winter!  The mums are blooming.........

the leaves (some, mostly sassafras and weed trees) are starting to fall ..........
 and turn color...........
 the girls are enjoying staying outside longer............Nitty does NOT like her picture taken
 whereas Annie is a little ham............and we're ALL getting gray! LOL!
 I put up one Fall decoration but I need to do more........
 I washed screens to ready them for putting away for the winter.  I could leave them up but you can see out the windows so much clearer with them off.  It's a little early to put them away here but they'll at least be clean along with the windows.
  Yesterday I was looking to organize my batteries which seem to be all over the house.  I "googled" and found this one to be the best....for $6.00 at The Container Store online.  But then looking at it I thought I have a lot more batteries than that!  I have battery operated candles, lights for when we lose power, camera, flashlights and lanterns.  I would need several of those containers.  So, I looked around the house to see what I could use that I already had.  "Use it up, make it do, throw it out or buy it new"!
This is where some of them were stuffed stored, some in drawers and some laying on bookshelves.
I knew I had some Lock n' Lock containers with dividers in them that I had purchased for sewing supplies....hmmmm...........this was the biggest one..........
so I emptied it and put the batteries in............I thought it worked pretty slick as I want them all in one place. 
until I went to put the lid on............not deep enough....and if I lay them down there's not enough room for them all...........thank goodness I had one of my brilliant ideas! LOL!  The dividers were removable so I dug through my other Lock n' Locks and found a smaller but deeper one that the dividers from a smaller one fit into.  Voila! 

I still need C batteries and more AA's but I think they will all fit in there.......
and the lid fits on!!!!  I like the Lock n' Locks because they are waterproof too.
Where do you keep your batteries?  Are you "prepping" for winter yet?
Happy Trails!