Friday, December 2, 2016

Second on the Second - 12/2/16

December second and time to join Elizabeth and the gang as we take a trip on the way-back machine.  The idea is to bring an old post to the top for a second look.  

This time I went to the first year I started blogging to find something for the season.  

Old camera, old photo but a fun memory all the same.  Do click on the photo for a better look as it says in the original post.


Vintage Christmas

This photo is the front of a post card that went through the mail. I can't make out the year but it was mailed January 5th with a 1 cent stamp. I don't know the children in the photo, the card was mailed to a family member in Chicago at the time.

The tree appears to be sitting on a table and I can make out a few of the ornaments. Look at how high those pictures in the background are hung. What is that leaning against the wall on the right?

Remember, you can click the photo to enlarge it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Late November Knit

Another pair of socks finished.  These are a Christmas present.  I didn't do a lot of knitting for Christmas this year but these were promised - in a weak moment, LOL!

I have no idea why the photo came out  rather blurry and with a blue shadow.  I had to get them wrapped to be delivered though so I didn't have time to take the picture over.

Here's a close up.  There is a little color variation in the yarn making it interesting I think.  

I want to knit a pair of boot cuffs next.  I've checked a few patterns on Ravelry.  The cuffs are a surprise for someone else and while I have a general idea of the height of the boots I'm not sure.  Guess I will just wing it.  Boot cuffs look easy enough - except for guessing the length.  Anyone own boot cuffs?  Any knitters out there that have made a pair?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 11/29/16

Good Morning.  Are you ready for a cup of coffee this morning or is tea more to your liking?  Bring your drink of choice and join us at Elizabeth's blog.  We party there every Tuesday.

my old metal coffee pot

I'm drinking coffee this morning.  I don't use this old percolator type coffee pot for coffee but I like the way it looks.  I like the color and the shape.  

Do you remember hearing the noise a percolator makes as it brews coffee?  I do, although I'm pretty sure it was an electric percolator my family used.

Various ways of making coffee have been used over the years. Pour over coffee seems to be the most popular these days.

Here is a method from 1870.

How to Make Good Coffee.  Mix an egg thoroughly 

with two heaping tablespoonfuls of coffee, put into the coffee pot 

and pour on it two cups of freshly-boiling water, boil five minutes, 

stir well with a fork, set on the back of the stove to keep hot five 

minutes, add half a cup of cold water, pour out a little coffee and 

pour it back again to clean the grounds from the spout, then let it

stand ten minutes, and be careful not to shake the pot when serving.

There is a decided necessity for protest against the fashion of

grinding coffee that is persisted in by some grocers. They grind it

so coarse that the consumer must use a double quantity to get any

flavor from it. Housekeepers should understand that it takes much

more coffee for a good cup when ground coarse than when it is in

small particles. It should never be coarser than granulated sugar,

if the best flavor is desired.


I think I'll stick with my Melitta coffee pot.  If you drink coffee, 

how do you prepare it?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Neighborhood Walk - 11/28/16

We had some rain recently but when I went walking yesterday morning the sky was a bright blue.  My eye was also drawn to blue in other places along the way.

There was a beautiful blue pot outside the gate to one house I passed.  I like the planting as well.

Here you can see a bit of the blue sky and a pretty blue tiled wall.  I often take a break, sit on a bench and look this direction.

Earlier in the week (note the grey sky) I spotted a house trimmed in blue.  Someone even parked a blue car in front of it.

Hope you are having blue skies today.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. and a time to think of what we are thankful for.  One of the things I'm thankful for is all the friends I'm come to know online.  I wish we could gather around the table in person today but just know I'm thinking of you.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

*Everyday Style* - (book)

This is a book about sewing.  It even has patterns in an envelope inside the back book cover.  If you know me then you know I don't sew.  So what am I doing with this book?

*Everyday Style*
Lotta Jansdotter

Blame it on the library.  I was looking through the section on knitting and the sewing section was right there next to it.  The book pages were so colorful that I brought it home with me.

It seems Lotta Jansdotter does lots more than create sewing patterns.  In fact, as far as I can tell, her commercial work is in the field of printmaking.  The book includes some simple jewelry making ideas and lots of examples of color/design as well as the sewing portion.

Here is her blog link.  

I really enjoyed the book for its pictures and clear explanations.  I think even I could sew something using her very basic patterns.  

I give the book a high recommendation even though I won't be using the clothing patterns.  I enjoy reading about creative people and their ideas.  Do you?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 11/22/16

Hello on Tuesday.  I am sorry I missed everyone last week.  We were at the River House and we have yet to get internet there. 

You could find me sitting on the front porch most mornings. Sometimes with my bottle of water.  I picked a tangerine from our tree but it wasn't ripe.

The tree is loaded with fruit.  DH is the official gardener but has never grown any citrus except lemons so this is all new.  We were told that it might be around Christmas before these are ripe.

I saved you the best seat on the porch.  You're welcome.  Even though it is getting cooler it is still quite pleasant to sit out there.  I have an old afghan that will go on the rocker if it gets really chilly.

Time to visit Elizabeth and the Tea Gang to see what has been going on this past week.