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May 22, 2017

Shots Fired!!!

No photos....sorry about that.
My cousin Clark is a great guy and a softie at heart. A few months ago he trapped a wild hog or two (see POST here) with a bit of drama.
Now that he fully understands how vicious wild hogs can be, he's decided to take a more....well....not so close-up and personal approach.
 The other day Clark informed me that he had borrowed another cousin's rifle to do a little hog hunting.  Well not real hunting. Some wild hogs have been rooting up his backyard. They are cunning, have great hearing and smell and are very fast. Clark says he made sure the rifle was fully loaded when he placed it near his backdoor.
At 11PM, he quietly open the backdoor but nothing was amiss. At 2:45AM he had better luck. There were about 3 adults and loads of babies rooting away.
I can just picture what Clark was telling me. He eased the rifle into position, took aim and ....... click!!
Yes, click!!! A shell was not in the chamber. Upon hearing that small click, the hogs took off for the hills. By the time Clark was able to fire, he was shooting at the night. Needless to say, he was very disappointed.
I told him that those hogs would return in a few nights.
I was wrong about the time of night....they showed up this morning in my field. I quickly called Clark, who being a bit more prepared this time, tipped into a good position and fired....rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat-rat-a-tat!
Sigh........we need to work on the aim.
Better luck next time Cuz!!!!

May 12, 2017

It's Wild Around Here

Warning!!!   Warning!!!   Warning, Will Robinson!!!!  Okay, sorry I couldn't help myself with that opening from Lost In Space which was one of my favorite TV shows way back when. But seriously, if you're squeamish, look away NOW!!!
All the photos were taken with my iPhone. It's a handle thing since my camera is always misplaced.
 
As most of you know who follow me, I live in the country where there are plenty of wild things lurking about. In the above photo you are seeing a mole.......dead, thanks to my cousin Clark. This critter had been wrecking my yard for weeks leaving giant mole mounds. Clark is the local mole exterminator & he offered to "take him out" so to speak.
He did it!!! The mole was very crafty but Clark was patient. Look at the teeth on this thing....OMG!!!
I'm sure this isn't the end of my mole problem but it sure feels good to know that the granddaddy of all moles is no longer.  Thank You Clark!!!
Update:  Here's the latest photo of little "Show Girl," Showee for short. She stopped, posed for me, even started towards me in curiosity, then backed up. She's so funny to watch. Fairly soon afterwards she realized that her mom had moved off so off she dashed with her little tail in the air.
This beauty was fluttering about as I was gathering up some fallen branches after the big storm the other night. I was able to get quite close for the pic. This photo doesn't lend the beautiful coloring.
Finally, this is a photo of a branch/creek that fun thru the back forty. I'm thinking of doing a mini quilt from this pic.....if I have enough energy after all the hay baling.  We'll see.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and a nice Mother's Day.




May 10, 2017

Another Fractured Diamond Design

I purchased this fabric the other month and saw many possibilities.

So of course, I started cutting into it with another fractured diamond in mind.

I drafted a kite shape from cardboard and cut 24 out to begin with because I didn't know how large I wanted the quilt to be.

I already like the looks of this.

Here's one block.  Each block is 8 1/2" unfinished. My plan is to use up as many scrap strips as possible without them growing into a mountain......sigh!!

And now 8 blocks. Now I just have to get busy and build a quilt. Stay turned. For some reason, things (quilting) have slowed down around here as hay season gets into a full swing. It just might take awhile before this string gets done.
Happy May everyone!!!




Apr 24, 2017

One Scene, Five Points of View


I recently went on retreat with my "wacky" girlfriends. Needless to say, we had a blast what with laughing, eating and girl bonding. There was a bit of sewing involved but mostly we were just so happy to be together. However, I did bring along a little project for everyone to try. The above photo is a close-up of an old tree trunk and in the background are trees, the lake and a bit of sky. I gave each "wacky" a photo and ask them, along with myself, to make a mini of what each saw. I brought along as many pieces of landscaping type fabrics for them to use and each received a glue stick instead of using adhesive fabric backing such as Steam-a-Seam or Heat-n-Bond. Glue sticks are easier, faster and won't gum up your sewing machine!!!
Here's the results:

Rhonda's view (me)

Molly's view

Annie's view

Kathleen's view

Kathy's view
The retreat was a great success and therapeutic to us all. We are all refreshed and ready to get back to life and family.
I hope everyone who reads this blog post has a wonderful week and enjoy the last of April!!!





Apr 14, 2017

Happy Easter

John 12:23-25 - Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
For those who celebrate Easter, I hope yours is filled with love, family, food and happiness!!!
 
 
Mr. Cowboy decided to take a spin in his old Ford Galaxy. I must say, he looked real good!!!

If you're wondering what this photo is, it's part of a pork roast. I thought I'd take a photo before everyone dug in and ate it all up. I, also, wanted to share the recipe.
  • 1 large pork roast
  • 1 pot of brewed coffee
  • salt/pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 whole onion
  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large Dutch oven or cooking pot. While oil in heating season pork roast with salt/pepper or any other seasoning you use. I sometimes add a package of dry ranch dressing mix.
  2. Place seasoned roast into pot and sear on all sides. Next add the pot of coffee into the pot and the onion. Cover and allow to simmer for 2 1/2 hours or until tender. If the roast is very large, cook for at least 3 hours.
  3. Remove from pot, allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing. I, also, save some of the liquid to dribble over the slices.
  4. Serve with rice or cabbage or sweet potatoes and a green salad. Yummy!!!!!

Apr 1, 2017

I Thought That Was Over!!!

See that expression........that's the way I felt this morning when Mr. Cowboy said, "Oh, wow, look at that wild hog in the back yard!"  As I ran to see slamming my foot into an open cabinet, he said, "April Fool!"
For some reason, I saw stars for a few moments thinking I was finished with those kinds of things. With 29 years of teaching under my belt and almost 11 years of retirement, I had forgotten about the teasing jokes but Mr. Cowboy had me right back in that classroom.
I'm planning a way to get his goat very soon. So stay tuned.

Mar 30, 2017

Ice Shavings or Not & More

I spent the morning shaving this. What is it, you may ask? 
It's onions I've had to process via a blender thingy. Thank goodness I didn't have to chop 20lbs. of onions. That would have really made me cry.
On a different note....
This little fellow made his bed in the trough filled with hay his mom was munching on. Made me smile


Mar 28, 2017

Newbie's New Name

I wish I could have taken a video of this one but she only posed for a second. Mr. Cowboy has allowed me (ha ha) to name her. I chose "Show Girl" because she's always showing off her running skills with her little tail in the air.

Mar 25, 2017

Newbie & a Finish

Look at this little cutie. Mr. Cowboy has forbidden me to name her ( some of you may remember Buzzard Bait, who still lives somewhere safe & sound).
Secretly, I think I'm naming her anyway....wink!!
I finished the string quilt. This is not a good photo. I'll get a better one when I add a border.

Mar 22, 2017

The Right Fabric for The Right Job

I found this wonderful fabric on the sales bin & snapped it up. As soon as I saw it I thought, it's time for another "strip" quilt.
I carefully cut the parts I wanted to use for this project & stored the rest. I cut 36 muslin squares at 12 1/2" & went to work.
This is how far I've gotten thus far.
Close up 1
Close up 2
I hope to have the top finished by early next week!!




Mar 18, 2017

National Quilt Day Part 2

I decided to piece the backing together in groups so this was group #1.
I then sewed on some Tumbler pieces from my UFO stash. Then added the small Disappearing Nine Patch quilt to that. This was group #2.
Group #3 came from a Nickel Square project from several years ago. To which I added more Tumblers.
Group #4 is a small quilt I made awhile back from my own design called Fractured Star. 
I don't have a big enough display board to show the final piece but I'm so happy to have finished in a day. It measures 65" by 75" at this point which is big enough for a couple of quilts.
What did you do for National Quilt Day?




National Quilting Day!!


It's National Quilting Day, I hear, so I've decided to take on a new challenge. The above photo is a partial view of one of  Mr. Cowboy's pastures. He loved the sky background with trees and some of the cows in the foreground. He asked if I could make a mini quilt of it.
OMG!!! He doesn't ask me for much usually so I was happy to try to do my spin on the photo.
I found some green fabrics to play around with and got started.

Here's what I have so far minus the trees and cows.  I'll probably work on it a bit more today.
 
Then it was on to my backing quest. Some of you may remember that my "Wacky" friend Molly challenged us to make our own backing instead of purchasing it. So I dug through my UFO blocks and small quilts and found four that will work as a new backing.
I will be sewing most of today to get these four small blocks and quilts into a big enough backing. Cross your fingers.



Mar 13, 2017

Backing?! Arrrragh!

My girlfriend Molly has invited the rest of her "wacky" girlfriends to make instead of purchasing our own backing. This is a good thing & a bad thing. Good because backing is expensive; bad because it takes nearly just as long to make backing, for me, as it did the top. Laugh out loud! I just cannot willy-nilly sew pieces of fabric together that aren't to my liking/color coordinated......just can't!!! So this process is probably my fault. But I must say that if/when the back finally comes together I'll be very happy. Stay tuned for more on this slow journey!

Mar 8, 2017

Mini Wednesday

The Navy is my last Armed Services block. I will be adding some neat additions to the overall theme in the weeks to come.
This block's color scheme was too fun because I got to use several landscaping fabrics from my stash.
Interesting fact #1 If  Naval personnel area assigned to submarine duty, they are asked to do so first due to claustrophobia concerns and the technical nature of service.  

Interesting fact #2 Bravo Zulu means "Well Done!"


Interesting fact #3 Bell Bottom trousers worn by naval personnel, can be used as a life preserver by knotting the legs and swinging them over the head to fill the lets with air.

I know it's hard to see but above are the letters, in reverse, I'll be placing around the ship.

Interesting fact #4 Scuttlebutt is the Navy tern for "rumor!"

 


Here are all five blocks. I'm so happy with them all. Now onward!!!
 







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