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THE OLD AND THE NEW

Awhile ago some one had posted some old kitchen tools on Facebook

wondering if anyone remembered what they were.  Obviously I did as the one on the

right was one of those mentioned.  It’s perfect for grinding nuts to put on

top of my toffee bars.  Would hate to lose it.

Then there is today’s tool.  I love my mixer.

When I was talking to my daughter planning Thanksgiving dinner, she mentioned

that Marta had a request.  She wanted some of my Christmas cookies.  How could I turn down a request

from one of my dear granddaughters?  I couldn’t of course.  It in the course of  making spritz, a Norwegian cookie

loved by all, I invented a new cookie I’m calling spritz crackers.  When typing the recipe into the computer I had

mistakenly typed in the wrong amount of sugar by more than 3 times as much.  I couldn’t figure out why they kept

spreading out instead of staying in the nice shape from the cookie press.  Finally figured it out and did get some “regular”

spritz also.  Everyone really like the new crackers so I’m going to have to go back and figure out what I did.

“EARTH”  WITHOUT ART IS JUST “EH”     Seen on a wall at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Canada

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OCTOBER DYE RESULTS

Would you believe?  Twenty-three pieces of fabric dyed.  I had decided that

I needed to get rid of my old mixed dyes as they were not giving me good color.

I had purchased some new dyes and wanted to see exactly what they would look like.

You know how color charts are.  Not always the most true, and with my home

dyeing, the results can vary.  I’m not into weighting my dye

powders, so  it is a pleasant surprise to see what I may get.

And still more.  I dyed a total of 23 colors.

This is a slow process for me.  First the fabric has to be readied.  This means cutting the

fabric with a wavy blade rotary cutter so that the edges don’t fray quite as

much when it is washed. The next step for me was to label each piece so that I would know

which color of dye I had used on each piece of fabric.   I usually try to do this the first day.

The second day I move on.  The fabric  needs to be soaked in a soda ash and water solution.

This is what allows the dyes to set into the fabric.  Once the fabric has soaked then it is to start

the dyeing process.  This means that I scrunch and soak the fabric, put it in a

baggie and throw it into the sunshine so cook a little while I move on to the next piece.

When I have it all soaking in dye and the sun is starting to set, I pick up the baggies and bring

them into the storage building where I do my dyeing.  We have been know to have

wild animals roaming this area so leaving anything like this outside can be

asking for trouble.  I will leave the fabric to soak, “batch” over night as by now I’m

ready to sit .  The third day is the discovery day.  I rinse the fabrics to remove some of

the excess dye before putting them into the washing machine.  After multiple washes,

watching the rinse water to see how clear it is, the fabric goes into the dryer.

The 4th day is the iron and watch recorded TV shows.  I’m always eager to see exactly how

the colors have taken and what they really look like.  My stash is now full enough for the

time being.  I don’t want to have to move out.  Maybe this is why I settled into such a long period

of  having no inspiration or desire to do anything.  Overkill with the dyeing.

FOR MY PART, I KNOW NOTHING WITH CERTAINTY, BUT THE SIGHT OF THE STARS MAKES ME DREAM.

VINCENT VAN GOGH


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MINNESOTA IN NOVEMBER–WHAT WERE WE THINKING?

Would you believe it?  This is what we found when we got back to the

high desert country here in Grand Junction.  The good think

is that this will be gone in a few days.  The weather in Minnesota

had been beautiful.  We were back there looking for lake property

where we could spend some summer months.  Our search was futile.  SOOO,

if anyone knows of lake property for sale near Fergus or Perham, let me know

and I’ll tell you our parameters.

My poor tomatoe plants.  Guess I’ll be buying tomatoes from now on.  I

was able to pick tomatoes right up to the time that we left the first week

in November.  The green stuff in the lower corner is chives

and that is probably still good.

These are going to be pickable in  a few more days with the

temps in the low to mid 60’s that they are forcasting for here.

The ski areas around here got 18-24 inches of snow.  The skiers, including

our granddaughters here, are happy.  I’m happy as long as it stays in the

mountains.  I didn’t move out here to shovel snow.

This is going to be a blog in reverse.  The next posts will talk about

what I have been doing this fall, besides trying to motivate

myself to work on my fiber art.  I need to get busy

as I have some deadlines looming.

FOR MY PART, I KNOW NOTHING WEITH CERTAINTY, BUT THE SIGHT

OF THE STARS MAKES ME DREA.  VINCENT VAN GOGH