July 4, 2014

blogging elsewhere now

Hello again. I am currently blogging at this new site: http://belleisforbeautiful.wordpress.com/

July 1, 2013

I heart yellow leaves

Found on a walk today.

May 25, 2013

I heart potatoes

You've heard of artichoke hearts, right? Well here's an all-natural potato heart, as featured in tonight's dinner.

November 14, 2012

from a little house on the prairie to a house by a silver lake (or, from Kansas to Michigan)

From Our Small Town in southeast Kansas,
My Darling Husband and I have moved
to the metropolitan Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Detroit, Michigan area.
There are lots of lakes up here. Some of the lakes are actually dammed rivers, one of which we live next to. Our location is a quiet area. I'm thankful to live outside the city. After living within city limits most of my life, I came to appreciate the low volume of a small town (although Our Small Town in Kansas was becoming louder, with crime increasing, thanks in part to a certain demographic moving into that area).

I'm still flabbergasted every time the thought of having moved half-way across the country crosses my mind. Except for six months residing on the Missouri side of Kansas City (which doesn't really count because it's like living on the Kansas side, geographically speaking), I lived in Kansas from birth until now, a few decades later. I'm a third-generation Kansan, through and through. This will take some getting used to!

p.s. -- The title of this post is a reference to Laura Ingalls Wilder and her writings.

November 5, 2012


"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn."  Proverbs 29:2
I choose rejoicing!

October 26, 2012

new food in an old machine

There's a vintage vending machine in the waiting area of a tire and vehicle-repair shop here in The Small Town. I sat there this morning, resisting the urge to spend money in either this machine or at the Daylight Donuts shop across the street.

September 23, 2012

okie signs and flowers

Today I drove the short trip down to Oklahoma to visit some of My Darling Husband's family. Nearing their house I passed through this intersection. I was amused by all the "Garage Sale" and "For Sale" signs clustered together on this one corner. Who has time to read them all as you whiz by or wait for the short red light to turn green? Funny. I suppose an earnest garage saler would just pull in to the parking lot to write down the addresses.
After lunch, we sat on the back patio, enjoyed the breeze, chatted, and admired Grandma P.'s flowers. She started all her roses by root cuttings. She was gifted with a magic green thumb! The only bushes I've ever been able to start from cuttings are boxwoods. That was an encouraging feat, but I would dearly like to be able to start roses from cuttings also. I've tried various methods, but they all died. Guess I'll keep trying. That red rose in the photograph below has the most intoxicating scent. My mother-in-law and I wanted to stand there and sniff it all day.  
Grandma's hibiscus tip of the day: if your hibiscus is overrun by sugar ants, just repot it into a flower pot instead of the ground, then place the pot in the center of a pan of water. The ants will stay away. She keeps her hibiscus on the patio.
This last snapshot is for My Darling Husband, who aspires to have a piece of frog yard art. We have a deal...he gets one of those and I will get to have a gazing ball.

August 9, 2012

molehill 5: baby block

More stash fabric used! I made this for a friend who recently had a baby boy. Each side of the block is a different fabric and has a different shape appliqued on it. I got carried away with the stuffing, so it's nice and squishy.

July 8, 2012

up close and personal

Cardinals have always been one of my favorite birds to watch. In addition to admiring their beautiful red feathers, I like to watch them flit about and hear their call. They don't just fly; they gracefully flit, as if doing aerial ballet.
I was excited to see one using my dog's water bowl as a bird bath today. 

June 7, 2012

molehill 4: kitchen wedding presents

Last year I blogged about all the fabric I brought with me when My Darling Husband and I married. Here and there I make progress on making things from the stash. I've also given away a bit of the fabric and sold some in a garage sale.

Here's a photo of my latest creation: part of a wedding present for the friends whose wedding we attended last Friday. A couple of years ago I bought some flour sack towels from the local farm store. Sometimes I am very nostalgic, and when I saw these towels, it reminded me of one of my grandmothers and how she has always dried her dishes with big white flour sack towels. I had to have some for my kitchen even though I air-dry my dishes! I bought enough for me and to make a few wedding presents for other people. I made one for this wedding present. First I embroidered a vintage design on one towel, then ripped out the seams of two towels, and sewed them together with a straight stitch. I used pinking shears to finish the edges.

Along with the tea towel, we gave the bride and groom a houseplant potted in the bride's favorite color, a set of blank recipe cards, a cheese grater off their wedding registry, and I crocheted a small granny square hot pad/potholder.

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