REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET-ELLIOTT-EDDIE-SHORTY AND SAM

30 01 2015

GREETINGS

Its gently snowing today and won;’t amount to much.  Its much milder but the bitter cold is coming back tonight and lasting for days.  More wood will be brought in and stacked on the porch today.

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I made lots of baskets.  I found a kindred spirit in basket making, spinning, weaving and now rug hooking in my friend Deb. We have had many adventures over the years and I especially remember one such adventure in the wilds of New Hampshire where we learned to pound ash.  It was something we both  remember with laughter and wonderful baskets.  

This market basket was on the porch full of wool in a  sad state of disrepair.

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 I brought it in and luckily I had the materials I needed to fix it.

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It only took an hour or so and now I have a usable basket again.

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In the spring I plan to make some willow baskets from my willow.  

ELLIOTT’S NEW DIGS

Thought I would show you Elliott;s new area

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

DDIE

I have renamed Morticia’s son Eddie.  The name suits him.

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 Yesterday I purchased a mirror for him.  He had to be separated from his sister and Mom, he was getting so unruly.  In many articles I have read the mirror will entertain him.  He is enjoying it and talking to it.

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 When Chris comes all will join him in the box room in separate cages .  In the summer Eddie will rejoin his family outside.

Sammy is enjoying is favorite activity, bird watching.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 





A CATS DAY WITH SNOW-MENDING

12 01 2015

GREETINGS

Its a balmy 30 degrees today, no coat need in the barn although water was frozen in the chicken area.  It was very cold last evening.

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A CAT’S DAY WITH SNOW

For many years having a house full of cats I realize a snow day means lots of wonderful things to them.  Some cats sleep the day away but Willie knows that there will be birds in the lilac bushes. Most of his day will be watching them fly from the feeder to the bushes.

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Sam on the other hand has found the newly mended sweater and will spend his day happily dozing on that.

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Shorty has found a pile of wool which I need to put away and is napping on that and Owen and Baby are seeping together in a quiet room downstairs near the food.

MENDING

The sweater was found in a box of things from Belchertown.  I had forgotten about it.  Its hand-spun from a wool and silk combination from my friend Ceacy.  Done in the early 90’s it sat in this box.   It had 4 or 5 mice holes and I was worried about how I would mend it.  Its not a great job but worked out okay.  I am wearing the sweater daily as the wool is soft and warm.

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I can remember my Grandmother teaching me how to crochet this rug as a teenager.  I think it was a large project for someone who didn’t know how to crochet but I learned.  The increases were the difficult part and I learned a lot from making this rug.  My Grandmother was an accomplished crocheter.  SHe made elaborate tablecloths and doilies. It was a passion of hers and you could see it in her work.  I have gone on to make many crocheted things and enjoy it .

This rug had a few holes from years of wear and I fixed it as best I could and it will again be on the floors of this house.

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  It was made out of Aunt Lydia’s Rug yarn which at that time was cotton. When cleaning the attic I found a stash of the yarn and an unfinished piece which I hope to finish this winter.

I find mending to be an uplifting thing to do.   You are making something usable again and the memories from the piece come flooding back.  I remember buying the wonderful wool from Ceacy.  I remember spinning and making the sweater and wearing it.  Doing the rug I remember the sweet days of my Grandmother showing me how to crochet.  Priceless moments that were shared between us.

Today we are having a gentle snow, the temps are warm and it may turn to sleet later this afternoon.  The birds are very active and its fun watching them.  I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole 

Pea fowl at Pine Hill Flying to and fro Saturday while we were knitting.

Pea fowl at Pine Hill Flying to and fro Saturday while we were knitting.

 





HOT AND HUMID -CHOPPED SUEY PICKLES-BIG SAMMY

5 09 2014

GREETINGS

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The hot and humid weather is returning for a few days, this morning I can feel the change in the air, I will get chores down early today and get food made too.

CHOPPED SUEY PICKLES

Yesterday I finished a batch of Chopped Suey Pickles.  Today I will cut up another batch and will make them tomorrow morning.  Over the weekend I plan to make Bread and Butter Pickles.  I particularly like these two kinds of pickles and made a nice addition to a meal.  I also do love making them and the pickle smell lingers in the house for a day or two.

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BIG SAMMY

Big Sammy will be coming to his new home on Monday or Tuesday  I can’t wait for him to come.  He has recovered from his illness and is in great shape. He is only one year old and I expect the house to be lively once again.

BIG SAMMY

BIG SAMMY

I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole