Monday, September 1, 2014

Garden Update

The basil harvest is going well.  I think we have enough frozen to last an entire year….  I am planning a tutorial on freezing it soon.

We're trying to leave potatoes in the ground and harvest them as we eat them.  Not sure how well that is going to work, but this whole garden thing is one big learning experience!

Tomatoes now have to be harvested every two days.  We are getting blanching and freezing down to a system.

Canning apparently decreases the nutritional value the most out of all the preserving methods, but then, it doesn't require refrigerator space.  The plan right now is to freeze until we have a bunch of fresh and frozen, and then do one big blast of canning.  (You can can previously frozen tomatoes.)  We'll try to keep as much frozen as we are going to have room for.  As for nutritional value, if we didn't can, we'd be buying canned tomatoes from the store anyway.

We'll keep you posted!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Thoughts

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  (Luke1:40)

One of the many aspects that make this beautiful is what comes before it.  Mary is just found out that she is pregnant with the Messiah.  She has the looming problem of what her finance Joseph is going to think, plus she is expecting a baby!  But she immediately heads out to help someone who needs her instead of dwelling on her own troubles.  It's a moving example of charity and trust in God.

Maybe I should try to see who else needs help rather than focusing on myself during my own times of tumult.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekly Round-Up

This week I.....

... yelled "Surprise" at my Grandma's 90th birthday party.

... went to the International Quilt Museum with my mom

... did some utility sewing with Mom.  Here she is fixing the hem on some thrift store shorts for her grand-daughter

... started the 2014-2015 school year.  As much as I talk about retirement, I had a lot of fun this week.  This is good, since I've probably got at least another 12 years to go...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Swimming Lesson

Myth: If you don't start swimming when you're really little, then you're out of luck.
Myth: You can only take swimming lessons during the summer.

Everyone should learn to swim.  It's a safety issue, plus not knowing makes you uneasy at events that are supposed to be fun like boating and pool parties.  (Even adults can learn, and private lessons are available.)  

And to show you how much fun it can be, I present my lovely niece Arwen at her very first swimming lesson!

Yes, she did good enough to get a sucker!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Font Foundations

When Matthew Carter, font-creator extraordinaire, starts on a new font, he begins with


and then


followed by



Carter's fonts include Tahoma, Verdana, and Georgia.  (The last is the font of most of this post.)

~ From Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield, pages 68 and 289.

Giveaway from CraftGossip

I just found out that that I won a giveaway on CraftGossip!

I'm getting two pairs of scissors (Can you ever have enough scissors?) and two books.  One book is ribbons and the other on hand-made books.  I was just longing to win this one, so I'm really jazzed!  As I told Stef from CraftGossip, "It's serendipitous because I got a big box of ribbon from someone a few years ago and I've kept it without knowing what to do with it, plus I am planning to churn out some books and journals with the piles of used computer paper that I've been accumulating at work.  Craft fair seasons is coming, after all...."

Here's the link if you want to admire my goodies:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weekly Round-Up

Since my last update....
.... family reunion in Grand Island
Playing Kuub

.... I've spent lots and lots of time getting ready for school.