Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Bread Machine

Things are changing daily as to what we can/can't 
do/go.

The one good thing I have found for myself is that, not only am I staying home, but I'm really thinking carefully about going out.
Do I really need to go?
Can it wait?
Can I make do with something else?
Can I order it?
Do I really need whatever "it" is?

I had to run out Thursday, while I was out I stopped at Aldi. I was out of milk. Regular shop day isn't for another week. I discovered Friday morning after breakfast that I was out of bread. I didn't need anything else and didn't want to go for just bread.

Several months ago, I was cleaning and purging the "pantry" part of the basement. I cam across the bread machine.


I purchased it many, many years ago, even before I was married. I lived on my own and used to make bread often. It was fun and something to do. I've made bread since for my family, but it's been quite a while. Life happens, we get busy and just don't take the time.

I was going to donate it because I wasn't using it. When I went to drop it off, the attendant told me they get so many that it would end up in the trash.

I was shocked!! So I kept it, put it back in the basement thinking I would use it again "someday".

Several weeks ago, we found ourselves in the current pandemic. People were buying out toilet paper, hand sanitizer and I discovered as I did my regular shopping, bread, flour and yeast.

What ? ! ? !

Ok, so by God's grace I did find yeast at Aldi, but the rest was gone. And even as of this week they still didn't have flour and bread was limited to two loaves. I did end up with a couple of bags from another grocer.

This week, I ordered more dog food because it was on sale and I had a few extra dollars. I took a chance on flour. They had both bread and all purpose flour, 25 pound bags. I ordered one of each.


Friday morning, I'm making bread.
The first time in years. I used the basic recipe in the manual that came with the machine.



I do have a couple of books that I will peruse and see if I can't find some new favorites.

I'm excited. With supplies on hand, I can make bread whenever I want and need.

Life as we know it is changing.

Stores are opening later, closing earlier.

Thinkgs we used to just run in and get aren't always available.

Jobs aren't secure.

Schools and churches are closed.

At the same time, I feel blessed.
What I have is more appreciated, not just things but the ability to do and make. From cooking and baking, to cleaning and mending, to sewing and quilting.

For the moment, we have income. I don't have to look for employment. I have the skills and resources to take on some of the changes like making my own bread.

Next up for me, Amish Friendship Bread starter. Once it's ready, it can be baked in the bread machine or oven. I did this years ago too.

This sweet song came to mind as I was writing this blog:

Count your blessings
name them one by one
Count your blessings
See what God has done

I hope in these uncertain, sometimes scary times, you can count your blessings. Our God is good. He has a plan and none of this is a surprise to him. I hope and pray that you know Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. We are going to need him in the days ahead. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a safe, healthy and productive week.



Don't worry about anything; 
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, thank him for all he has  done.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. He will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4: 6-7







April Goals

April Goals

1 - OMG/Number Draw #
As of today, the number isn't up, so I'm going to put my Fall Into A Quilt as my goal for this month. It needs quilted and bound.




2 - 12 Things - #?
No number on this one either. I'm going to finish the Bandana Quilt for H2H and Quilter's Legacy Hop

3 - Baby Quilt
two tops are prepared, finish at least one of them

4 - Doll Quilt - need to make 1

5 - Doll Gown - need to make 2

6 - Susan's BOM - March and April blocks

7 - PLQS BOM #4 
Waiting to receive

8 - Bird Song Block 2
draw off, prep applique and stitch

9 - F2F Blocks - need three
 pull fabric and make

10 - Sunday Stitch - page 4
drawn off, need to stitch

11 - Monique Sew Along 
Assemble next set of blocks


Hope you all have a good, productive week.
Stay safe and healthy.

Thanks for stopping by.


Don't worry about anything; 
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, thank him for all he has  done.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. He will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4: 6-7







March Goals - End of Month Report

March goals, progress and finishes:

1. OMG/Number Draw - Fall Into A Quilt - plan the layout


Done - sandwiched, basted, binding made
Linking with Elm Street Quilts

2 - Monique Sew Along - layout the blocks


Good start on a new project
First six rows are sewn together

3 - 12 Things - pull the first block of BirdSong


Pattern copied per instructions.


First block is off to a really good start.

4 - Doll Quilt - need to make 1

 

 


Done, plus three additional bringing the total to 15 for the year.

5 - Doll Gown - need to make 2


DONE

6 - Susan's BOM - Get March's instructions and do

Sadly, the only progress I made here was to pull out the project box. Hoping to work on it this week still.



7 - PLQS BOM - still waiting for this to arrive, but when it does, do it


DONE

8 - F2F Blocks - need three, pull fabric and make, mail

 


DONE

9 - Sunday Stitch - finish page 2


and page 3


Done and Done

Other things I worked on:

My youngest niece is having her final child, another boy. That makes 10 great nephews and 1 great niece.



I hemmed a nice sized fleece remnant . . . 



and quilted a flannel panel. I won a gift certificate a while ago and chose a couple of baby flannel panels as my prize. She is getting one of them.


For the quilting, I drew free-hand stars.



I also made pillow cases for the older boys. This one is for the 13 year old.



This one for his little brother, who will now be the middle :) He loves dinosaurs.



 

A grocery tote bag and a couple of vegetable bags for a Facebook group swap.



And finally 3-D butterflies on a spring pillow. The butterflies are made from scraps from another quilt I started earlier in the month.



Hope you all have a good, productive week.
Stay safe and healthy.

Thanks for stopping by.


Don't worry about anything; 
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, thank him for all he has  done.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. He will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4: 6-7




Sunday, March 29, 2020

Home Quarantine - Week 4

Things are starting to settle a little more in some ways. I went to the grocery store on Friday. Things were much more plentiful, although certain items like bread and canned goods were limited quantities. Other things like flour, toilet paper and hand sanitizer were still out of stock.

The media are reporting more cases and more deaths. These are still very uncertain times. My state seems to have a pretty good handle on the situation and have been very proactive in its mandates.

I am seeing more and more people walking in my neighborhood. We are still talking to each other, from a safe distance.

I turned off the furnace, again. But this time I have windows and doors open. We will be in the upper 60s today, storms and wind in the forecast and lots of rain and storms over night again.


This is the evidence from Friday night's storms. It is our spring rainy season.

It's the last few days of March, time to finish up my goals. So here they are:

1. Baby quilt for great nephew #10. He is due on April 15, and Mommy is hoping any day now would be good :)

2. Susan's BOM for March

3. Cross Stitch heart

4. Bird Song Block 1

Other goals for the week, not necessarily for March:

1. Baby quilts for donations - x3

2. Blogs - have several I need to draft

Next several days will be busy, and that's how I like it.


Hope you all have a good, productive week.
Stay safe and healthy.

Thanks for stopping by.


Don't worry about anything; 
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, thank him for all he has  done.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. He will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4: 6-7

Home Quarantine - Week 3

Things are changing daily as far as trying to keep the coronavirus from spreading.
Schools are closed . . . 
Churches are closed . . . 
Non-essential businesses are closed . . . 

It's like nothing I've ever seen in my lifetime.

I was in elementary school during the worst of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was scary. I remember seeing reports about wounded and killed soldiers and civilians.

This pandemic is global. It isn't about guns or real estate or civil rights. It's medical!! How's that for taking things for granted?

* * * * * 

Starting this week, Honey Do will be home more often than not. We are going to do our best to relax and enjoy the mini-stay-cation. We are praying that it is only the two weeks that have been ordered by the governor.

In the meantime, I cook, I clean, I sew.

Monday/Tuesday, March 23 and 24

I started by cutting strips into blocks for some baby quilts for donation.



Then I cut out and started sewing a tote/grocery shopping bag. This is for a swap I signed up for in February and is headed to Canada.

 


Yes, I know there are American flags on it. I did that on purpose as I was born in Canada and wanted to share that with my swap partner.

Wednesday, March 25

Today is a brighter day. The sun is shining and the temperatures are finally on a rise.


My favorite rose bush has new growth on it :)
It's the first one I check every spring to make sure it survived the winter. We had an extremely mild winter, but I needed to make sure. It was a mother's day gift from my mom about 10 years ago !!!

 

Crocuses and my Rip Van Winkle daffodils are blooming and enjoying the sunshine as well.

This is my sewing project for the day.


I cut the butterflies out earlier in the month from a free pattern and have finally come up with the project. It's hard to tell, but the butterflies are stitched onto a white on white heart. The background fabric has been in my stash since the 1990s. The butterflies were cut from the scraps of another simple quilt I started last week. I wanted something soft and feminine and I think this fits the bill :)
I folded the butterflies in half and stitched down the center so I could get a better 3-D effect.

And the rest of the week . . . 

 

I made and finished three more doll quilts from the scraps and miscuts (oops) of the baby quilts. This makes a total of 15 for the year . . . so far :)


And a pillow case for my 13 year old great-nephew. I found the remnant while looking for something else. It was a quick sew and finish.

Hope you all had a good, productive week.

Thanks for stopping by.


Don't worry about anything; 
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, thank him for all he has  done.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. He will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4: 6-7

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Home Quarantine - Week 2 Progress




I joked last week about a self-imposed quarantine. It as my excuse to stay home and se. That was fun and I enjoyed myself.

In our day of modern technology, it's easy to stay in touch with people without having physical contact. That is becoming our new normal, like it or not. It's one thing to want to stay home, it's another when it becomes mandatory and essential. We don't have to like it, but it is necessary.

Monday morning as I sat and did my devotions, Psalm 34, I'm thinking about relying on God for every need, rejoicing in our circumstances and not feeling isolated. I got an email saying my weekly Bible study had been cancelled for the remainder of the year - at least the in person study. Headquarters is looking into virtual meetings.

I'm watching cars go by. The grocery store and library are 10 minutes down the road, only a mile away. 

 

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming. No children are walking to school, no school buses driving by. Our world is changing ever so quickly.  

I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 
Psalm 34:4


These are scary times, but we can't live or thrive on fear, we must find our refuge and comfort in the Lord. Plan, be prepared, but don't be afraid. We make bad decisions in times of fear and uncertainty. Take a minute, reflect, make a plan and rely fully on Him and we will all get through this new normal.

Taking advantage of all this time at home is a time to stay connected, pray and catch up on all the things neglected or just behind on at home. For me that looks like the basement will finally get finished, I have plenty of time to cook, clean, bake and of course, sew.

I started Sunday with a batch of pasta sauce, which I doubled on Monday because it just didn't look like enough for the freezer. I let that cook in the crockpot all day and went to my sewing machine.

* * * * *
* Warning, this is a really looooong post :)

These are my goals for the month of March and what I will be working on for the last two weeks.

Fall Into A Quilt - plan the layout

Monique Sew Along - layout the blocks

12 Things - pull the first block of BirdSong

Doll Quilt - need to make 1

Doll Gown - need to make 2

Susan's BOM - Get March's instructions and do

PLQS BOM - still waiting for this to arrive, but when it does, do it

F2F Blocks - need three, pull fabric and make, mail

Sunday Stitch - finish page 2

* * * * * 

I started Monday, March 16, with Fall Into a Quilt, my One Monthly Goal/UFO. 



I started by framing blocks that weren't up to size. I have done much better at matching points, but sizing things correctly continues to be an issue. This project was started as a block of the month in 2018, so I have gotten better.

I started a new quilt. It's a simple patchwork just because I wanted something pretty for spring and I had the fabric.


By dinner time, the past sauce was bagged and in the freezer. I also made a batch of morning glory muffins. It made 2 1/2 dozen !! The half dozen were consumed almost immediately. I put one dozen in the freezer, the rest will be for lunches and breakfasts this week. 


I spent my evening planning the layout for the Fall quilt and 


finishing page 2 of Sunday Stitching Journal.

Tuesday, March 17

This day started a little less enthusiastically. Several things kept me awake, none were related to the quarantines. I finally gave up at 4 a.m.

I finished folding the load of rags I washed on Monday and put them away. Honey Do was up at 5, so I made breakfast and packed his lunch. I took a short nap after he left for work, then began working on OMG/Fall and listening to a new book. I've been keeping up on my personal goal of reading/listening to one book per week.

Blocks framed, layout decided, next up sashings and fillers to be it up to queen size.

 

I managed to get the first four rows together. I am very pleased with the progress after such a slow start.

Wednesday, March 18

After a pretty good night's sleep, I'm ready to roll.


I finished adding the fillers and borders. The goal is complete. I am planning on quilting next week, after my other monthly goals are completed.

As leaders and enders, I've sewn together strips of Easter prints that were gifted to me by Susan.


I haven't decided how big the quilts will be, but they are bound for donations as part of this year's H2H, Hands 2 Help charity drive.

Thursday, March 19

I started my day with a review of my 12 Things To Do goal. It's a wool applique called Bird Song


I love birds, always have, so that made the design appealing. I didn't really want another new project since I've been making UFOs and using what I have a priority. But I let myself get talked into it. It's a BOM so I'll add it to my goals and work on the blocks monthly. Honey Do will make copies of the patterns as suggested by the designer so I can cut the pattern pieces out and make them more manageable to work with.



I made the binding for my OMG/Fall quilt, pieced the backing and got it sandwiched. It is officially ready for quilting.

I spent my evening do more cross stitching.



Friday, March 20

My mornings typically start at 5 a.m. After Honey Do leaves for work, I find a movie and do some stitching. This was typically between the time he left and Newton got up for school. Since school is cancelled for the forseeable future I have a little more time to start my day. It's too early to start working on cross stitch but I do quietly sit and embroider.


Page 3 of Sunday Stitching Journal

Then I move on to my chores and sewing. To stay productive before it was time to leave for errands, I worked on a doll quilt.


 This is made from a 2.5" charm pack I had. I loved it when I purchased it, but honestly, didn't know what to do with it. A doll quilt is the perfect solution. I had it all put together before I left.

I had plans to do some shopping. I haven't left the house since a week ago Friday. That's almost unheard of as there is always something to go out for. Mom is in Canada with her sister and everything else has been cancelled.

I was out of milk. I wanted some fresh produce and other odds and ends just because I was going. I got everything on my list between Aldi and the local grocery main store. Paper products were out completely or very limited. I didn't need anything from that department, but did look just in case. Because of concerns for how long this will go on, I would have picked up toilet paper if I had found any. 

My other wants and concerns were flour and yeast because if you find bread, it's very limited. I still have some, but I want to be able to make it. I found the yeast at Aldi, but they had no flour. I did get the flour at the second store, but paid more than I normally do. I got a bag of bread flour and one all purpose. I can make my Amish bread starter and bread next week.

Everything put away, I finished the doll quilt.


Another goal finished.

I moved on to doll gowns and my PLQS BOM. They rolled over into Saturday.

Saturday, March 21

And the end of the second week arrived. It's been very productive :)


Doll gowns



PLQS BOM
 


And finally, three swap blocks.


Hope you all had a good week,

Thanks for stopping by.


Don't worry about anything; 
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, thank him for all he has  done.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. He will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4: 6-7