Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Quilting Project

A friend of mine dragged me to JoAnn Fabrics last Thursday because she wanted help picking fabrics for a new quilt she was making. I hadn't been to JoAnn's for several years. There's a reason for it, it's like taking a junky to their dealer. Of course, I had to buy fabric. I almost resisted until I saw a cool space-theme fabric. I decided Jeff needed another lap quilt; three is not enough. LOL

I guess I had some pent up quilting energy because I've already finished the quilt top. It took two days including the cutting. This was a super easy pattern because there was so little seam matching.
I haven't decided if I'll try machine quilting it myself. I really don't want to, but it can get pretty expensive getting quilts professionally machine quilted.

Not much else has happened on the home front. Our weekly cleaning day has been working out well. I did manage to unpack most of our movies down in the basement.
Jeff is still planning to add some additional shelves in the bottom portion.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Downsizing Progress

We have now managed to get rid of five bookcases and the books that used to reside in them in the basement. Woohoo! After we manage to clean up the area and shuffle the remaining furniture a bit, I'll post some photos.

I also just finished putting a coat of semi-gloss paint on that built-in "cabinet". (This was clearly not built by an experienced woodworker, hence the quotes around cabinet.) The paint was leftover from our abandoned color in the master bathroom so I was happy to find a way to use it up.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Weekly Sewing Days

A friend of mine asked if we could start getting together for a weekly sewing day and I happily agreed. It's always good to find the motivation to spend time in my sewing room. I did finish one interesting new project last week. Jeff asked me to make a remote control holder for our TV area. Our remote controls were always going MIA and Jeff could never find his glasses. This solves that problem, assuming we put them where they now belong.
I made this out of a pair of Jeff's old dead work jeans, hence the wear and discoloration. I thought it added character. I didn't use any type of pattern, I was just winging it the whole time. I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

I've got some new potholders for Jeff in the works. The shape is a nerdy math pattern Jeff made for me back in 2012. I had forgotten what a pain it was to add the edging around this tight curve but at least this time I remembered to cut the fabric on the bias.
I chose the turtle fabric because it's Jeff's favorite
Curtains for my sewing room have been my latest forever project. I ripped apart the old Roman shades from Redwood City in Dec 2015 and because there were not enough squares to make nice looking curtains, I decided to add a second batch of purple squares.

Usually, I like piecing projects, but these just have not been able to hold my attention, perhaps because I don't really have a plan once I actually finish them. Since I'm nearly done with the squares now, I'm hoping this time I'll make it to the end of the project and be able to show photos of the finished curtains soon.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sifting Basement

We've been busy down in the basement the past two weeks sorting through our library to do a massive downsize. We originally had a set of eight bookcases and we've managed to get it down to two bookcases of books we're keeping and one bookcase of books we're actively selling. We've already donated about eight boxes of books to the library and have more boxes packed to go. And we've been having a massive liquidation sale in our SCA facebook groups to reduce the remaining books that don't have much financial value.

Excuse the pictures, it's still a disaster down in the basement family room, but I am quite pleased with our progress so far.
This was how stuffed full the bookcases were before we started. We had six total of these full-size bookcases.
Here is where we're at now.
The two far-right cases are books we're keeping for now and the third one is books that are listed for sale. We've already got a friend lined up to come pick up these empty bookcases later this month.

Sunday, January 28, 2018


I can hardly believe it's already the end of January. I don't know what happened to the month. I haven't really been posting because we mostly spent our energy cleaning and downsizing.

We had a friend from out of town come stay with us for a weekend so we spent the first two weeks of the month cleaning and dusting for that visit. Even when our rooms were tidy, they were so dusty that they were filthy. We spent at least a couple days wiping everything down with damp rags to remove the dust buildup. While cleaning the house was sort of unfun, we have really enjoyed having it clean the two weeks since.

We are trying to arrange our schedules so we maintain it a little better. Once upon a time, we had a bi-weekly maid, but we can't afford that anymore. So we are now trying to schedule a once-a-week cleaning (by us) of one of the floors, i.e. main floor, upstairs or basement. Our hope is by alternating each week through the different levels we manage to keep the house from getting so filthy again.

This past week we worked upstairs. Since we'd just cleaned for the visit, we were able to focus on another long-neglected activity. It only took us 8 years, but we finally hung some art in the guest room.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Menu Planning

Happy 2018!! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays.

We are currently revamping our menu-planning and cooking habits. We actually started a couple weeks ago, but I'm just now getting around to blogging about it.

We had fallen into some pretty bad habits food-wise; we were eating way too much junk food. So, Jeff is back cooking regularly again. I've been spending a fair amount of time doing menu planning to utilize the food from Jeff's pantry system and incorporate the canned food we have in the pantry and the produce we're getting from the food deliveries. I turned weekly deliveries of Organics to You back on starting today. This is our first Organics to You delivery of 2018.
I've created the menu spreadsheet in Google Sheets because Jeff can reference it on his computer or his smart phone and he can click on the links for the suggested recipes. I also made a second sheet for tracking the shopping list. I'm enjoying the menu research again because it distracts me from doing stupid things like online shopping.

I have really enjoyed the Allrecipes website because it allows you to look up recipes by ingredients, which is really helpful when you're looking for something to use up specific pantry items.

Next weekend, we'll be picking up 25 pounds of meat from Deck Family Farms. They have a deal where you buy two 25-pound boxes and pick them up on different dates. We usually pick up one box, use it up, then get the second box. They usually have a booth at our local farmer's market, which is part of the reason we buy from them.

Activity at Jeff's food blog should pick up again as he gets back to cooking.

Monday, December 25, 2017

White Christmas!

The weather is perfect to settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and cuddly blankets. We hope everyone has been enjoying their first week of winter.