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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 3, 2013

I know it is pretty pathetic that I can't seem to post regularly except for {phfr}.  It weren't for Leila and her intrepid band of daughters, this blog would probably be completely dead.  As it is, it is merely on long-term life support.  So for my family members and the two or three faithful friends who are still reading, here goes. :)


It had been so long since I'd sewn anything that when I found myself with a spare hour last night, I hied myself directly to the sewing room and shut the door.  I'm not a very accomplished seamstress, but I do enjoy it.  It was so good to cut into fabric and hear the whir of the sewing machine again.  Since I didn't have much time, I opted to make a couple potholders with fabric I bought a year ago.  These can be whipped out in practically no time following instructions from Kelly, who appears to be no longer blogging.  A few years ago she put out four issues of a perfectly delightful digital quarterly magazine for young girls called Seasonal Delights.  The instructions were in the first issue.  I printed all the magazines, thankfully, since I don't think they are available online anymore. These hotpads were the first things I made and launched my slow and un-illustrious career as a seamstress. But I needed some new ones and last night was the perfect time to make a couple.

Aren't they pretty?


I know, I know, more jars of stuff I've canned.  Ho hum.  This time it's homemade vegetable/beef soup.  We were out, and it  makes me happy to have jars of homemade soup on the shelf for lunches or for supper on busy days.  And the little popping sounds the lids make when they are sealing properly are very cheerful!

I'll just show one picture of my jars because, well, let's face it~ once you've seen one, you've
 seen 'em all.  I did add vinegar to the water, but I got water marks anyway . . .


A few weeks ago we got the last of the fall raspberries.  I'm always so struck by the beauty of the red berries in my blue-and-white bowl, especially in the sunshine.  So I stuck my bowl on top of a stack of books near a window to take pictures.  In the pile of otherwise erudite books is the first from the dreaded Left Behind series.  Dave is reading it because it's being made into a movie and he wants to be prepared for parishioners who have seen it or want to make a church field trip to see it.  The Lutheran view of the end times is not what is found in Left Behind, hence the need for advanced prep.  Otherwise, the picture is quite pretty, don't you think?

Too pretty not to post!

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