A Morning Cooking

I took my grand daughter Jasmine and her friend Lotte to have a hamburger after school and then drove them home.  By the time I did all this I was late for the ferry home and by that time in the afternoon all the parking has been taken.  (Even though I have a disability parking sticker there is nothing.)  This meant parking near a bus stop and catching a bus to the ferry and the buses only run every hour so I didn't want to miss it.  In the rush I left my phone in my car, that meant another trip over to the mainland the next day to get it.  

The morning was wrecked so I decided to cook.  I normally cook a large amount and freeze what I don't eat straight away.  On impulse I bought some one serve Dutch Oven pots at Aldi.  They were cheap and I am always looking for this size pot.  I have to say they are great. As I am visiting my son tonight I have our dinner plus 4 other meals for me.  (I also did a big pot of mince in a tomato sauce, mince on toast, spaghetti and sauce, Lasagne.)

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As I was in the mood to cook I picked the end of the lemon crop.  I only have the one tree that I have grown in a pot but I always get a good crop.  This is right at the end of the season and I didn't want to throw them away, so, Mary's Lemon Butter, (lemon curd).  (if you have an induction microwave, which has higher heats than the one used in this recipe you may have to play around with the timing in the microwave.)

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I will never eat all this myself so I have some for my friends.

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I am so relaxed by all this activity that I think I can go back and fight with the computers!


I have actually done a bit of stitching, because my access to the sewing machine has been limited.

All the leaves and stems are now finished.

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Next step is the flower heads.  I think I will start at the bottom.  (Just loving this kit Marion.)

And the charity quilt No 1. "Horses and Old Ladies".

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One of the members, who I did not know, of my local quilting group died.  Her family brought in all the fabrics, patterns, books etc that they did not want and from this I selected two small panels of patchwork that she had stitched.

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I have decided to put these into the charity quilts.  The top one for dementure patients, the other for teenagers who have been taken into care by the state.  (As I had a rocky home life as a teenager

(I have decided to now make my quilts for those kids that are taken into care.  Most arrive with just what they stand up in and the Charity that I am supporting give them a back-pack of things for themselves and the choice of a quilt, if they have them in stock.)

I suppose you would call this an  Improvised Quilt.  I know teenagers love horses so I bought his panel and the orphan block holds the love of stitching of an old person who has passed, who I am sure would be pleased that her work went to one of these kids.   I might include some other stitched items to go with the quilt.


End of the procrastination

I couldn't stand that old clunky computer any longer and couldn't see the screen very well on the lap top so now I am in the process of setting this one up.  Yes, it is pink just like all my other Apple appliances.  I do not expect this to go smoothly so expect some complaints.  But it is pretty!!

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A Reality Check

As my concentration has been interrupted by "the intruder", the number of things I am working on has exploded.  I was becoming quite overwhelmed by it all. So, I sat down and made a list of the things I am working on.

That has come to 20+!!!

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I have given myself a talking to.  Packed up a good number of them and hung them in the cupboard.  Here I can see them but they are not under foot.

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I have left the skirt on the outside of the cupboard because I need to do that one.

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Then I looked at the list again and have reduced my current work to just two others.

The Cornish Coast embroidery, just a small amount each day.

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And one Charity Quilt.

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I still want to be able to walk the dog, read, see friends etc.  That husband of mine has a lot to answer for!

The intruder in my sewing room

The intruder is my husband. 

He has decided that he needs to alter some of his clothes so has come in and just taken over my sewing room for his project.  He needed my overlocker. But this machine, true to form, is being difficult. (Lucky for me I saw him set it up and took a photo of the settings.)

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Because he has set up on my machine table I am unable to sew on my machine and as you can see I have work in progress set out.

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Old age is starting to muddle his thoughts as I am sure he is totally unaware of the problems he is causing.  He thinks because I put the cover on the machine I must be finished.  If only!!!

Looks like hand sewing for a while until he moves on.