Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blue Sea Socks and Busy Days

Here's another pair of completely uneventful socks... 

Yarn: Drops Fabel, Blue Sea 

The yarn and needles and not-a-pattern all did exactly what they were supposed to do and there's not much to say about these except that they're pretty and I assume they'll fit since I used the same number of stitched on the same needles that I've used for the past half dozen pairs or so. 

Within minutes of binding off these a few days ago, I cast another pair onto the same needles with a different color of Drops Fabel. It keeps my hands busy while I'm waiting for other things to happen. Or watching television. And it soothed my nerves while I was waiting for the appliance delivery guys to show up. 

If you live in a 1920s farm house, measure the doors before ordering appliances or you'll be taking off the door frame. Which I guess we would have done even though we measured, because going with a smaller fridge isn't really an option with soon-to-be-three teenage boys. I need all of the shelf space I can get. 

Today's post is late because I've been shopping for stuff to put in the new fridge, after a couple of weeks of making due with the tiny fridge in our travel trailer. I'm going to have to get used to the arrangement of the shelves in this one. Now that I'm putting food in there I'm kind of convinced that whoever designed it didn't use actual groceries in the process. How can there not be room for 2 liter bottles without moving shelves around? (I'm also thinking I vaguely remember taking a shelf out of the old fridge to make it work with real food.)

Now that Hubby is done with his vacation and I've got a functioning kitchen again, I've got all kinds of plans. Mostly for sewing. Did I mention that the door from the front room to kitchen is only thirty inches wide and that we had to take everything out of the dining room corner that I use for my sewing so they could bring it through there? The past few days have been a huge, not very fun, adventure.

But I found an estate sale that made up for it all and I'll post my haul tomorrow. Hopefully with a video and giveaway, if I can pull it all together. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {7/21/17}


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

{Junk Store Temptations} Where My Husband is Likely to Stop

My husband isn't  big fan of thrift shops. Junk stores are more his style. Especially if it's a place like this one... 


That's only half of the front. When I pulled up, they were adding a still to the collection of stuff. That was priced, but not much else is. Plates, furniture, appliances...all sitting out in the elements with a few tarps thrown over it all when it rains.

There are even a couple of sewing machines buried in that mess...


Inside, there's slightly more method to the madness. This was my first visit in years and it definitely smelled better than it did last time.  I've been down these aisles with toddlers in tow, but I don't recommend it.


One electric mixer and dozens and dozens of sets of beaters...


And lots and lots of tools...


Honestly, I don't think I'd buy anything from this store that I couldn't bleach. But I've found a couple of treasures over the years and there's a food chopper I'm going to take my husband back to look at. It's not exactly the one he's after, but it might be close enough.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

{I've Been Reading} Watch Me Disappear





Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Billie Flanagan never returned from her solo hiking trip. Search parties found her shattered phone and one hiking boot, but no one knows exactly what happened to her out on the isolated trail.  Her husband is writing a memoir of life with his wife, trying to deal with his grief and keep afloat until Billie is officially declared dead and he can collect on her life insurance policy. Their teenage daughter has started having visions of her missing mother. Those could be symptoms of a concussion. Or it could be that Billie wants to be found. This book had me literally holding my breath through the entire last chapter.



Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

When she was ten years old, Ella was abducted and held for three years. She escaped, but her captor was never found. For a decade, she's lived under a new identity and watched reports of missing girls, wondering who took her place in that basement.  Now Olivia Shaw has vanished. Ella (who now calls herself Lainey) can barely take care of herself. My heart was absolutely breaking for Lainey. The book doesn't reveal many details about her captivity. Her current life is frightening enough. She's hanging by a thread  even before she's dragged into the investigation of Olivia's disappearance. No one seems to understand that she can't help the missing girl, or herself.



Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

Maybe I should stop reading books that are described as having a "heart-stopping twist," because I'm not sure which revelation the cover copy is describing. There are twists here, some of them unexpected, but none was that dramatic. Jen Cornish is a single mom who does "an impulsive good deed" to help a neighbor...and that's where she lost me. What she saw as a helpful act, I saw as something else. Watching her fall down a rabbit hole of consequences was intriguing, but not nearly as suspenseful as the cover copy promises.

Disclosure -- I was provided with advance review copies by the publishers. All opinions are my own. This post is linked to Crazy Mom Quilts , Wrap up Friday iknead2knit, and  Frontier Dreams  

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