The OMG Category

This post falls into the OMG Category.  I could not believe what I was reading when I got the noon news in my inbox today.

There are sites that allow you to send pictures of a key and they will duplicate the key and mail the duplicate to you.  You don’t have to provide any kind of proof that you are the legal owner of the key (and how would you anyway?).  But you can be careful and avoid this from happening to you.

This is downright scary!  My keys are on a ring that is easily separated.  I have my vehicle keys on one end.  The other end has the keys to buildings.  In between the 2 ends is a connector.  All I have to do is do a little maneuver and I can hand off the vehicle keys and keep the other keys in my pocket where they belong because I don’t like the idea of others having access to my keys.  I did that long before I saw this and now I’m so glad I did.

Take a look at this.  It will make you more vigilant about protecting your keys.  It may save your life one day.

Cyber Key Duplicators

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Too Darned Much STUFF

I have too darned much STUFF.  STUFF is taking over my life.  Actually STUFF has already taken over my life.

I was under the impression that when I moved my quilting to The Barn, it would relieve some of the burden this STUFF.  I was mistaken.  It just made it easier to get more STUFF.

Now that Don has plans to move me and my STUFF back to the house in a new studio, this STUFF has got to have some serious consideration.

Part of my Feedsack STUFF.....just part of it.  There's more in boxes in the house!

Part of my Feedsack STUFF…..just part of it. There’s more in boxes in the house!

The problem with the feedsacks is that I adore them.  They remind me of my childhood and my dearest Granny Dorsey.   I say I’m going to sell some of them but I never do.

I’ve got too much STUFF in the form of quilting fabrics.  Just take a look at this!

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One side of the reds

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Part of the Thimbleberries collection

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Yellows and Oranges.  Yep, that’s a Gone With The Wind Feedsack at the top of the stack.  Love it!

There are similar shelves of greens, blues, browns, purples, novelties, batiks…etc….not to mention the shelves in the kitchen of yet-to-be-washed fabrics.

All this STUFF if NOT coming back to the house so I’m going to have to do some serious downsizing.  I need to get busy and start listing this fabric on one of the yahoo sale lists.

I think I’m going to cry.

 

Rewarding Results

I have gone crazy over plant propagation.  I love taking cuttings and making new plants.  And when they flower, it’s the most amazing feeling.

About 2 years ago, Chris and I got cuttings from a climbing rose from Beth and we spent the majority of a day preparing those and sticking them into a bucket of dirt.  Actually, there were so many cuttings I think I remember having 2 buckets full of cuttings but 1 bucket didn’t make it.

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This is what the cuttings looked like after they took root.  It didn’t take them very long. to put out new leaves.  See how tiny they are?  The flowers are tiny also.  I have close to 2 dozen new plants from this bucket.

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We also worked on Althea cuttings I got from an older friend.  There were 2 varieties.  One (my fave) had a small, baby pink, carnation type bloom.  Those didn’t live but I have plans to get more cuttings.  The other one is a lavender bloom and it’s very pretty.  Here’s what the bucket looked like with the cuttings.

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Althea Cuttings

When I stick cuttings, I don’t use individual cups and I don’t use a special rooting medium like sand or vermiculite.  I use potting soil with alpaca beans mixed in.    I do dip each stalk into a rooting hormone before putting it into the soil mix.  I put all of one kind in a large pot or bucket together.  I think the cuttings like to be with each other.  I think there’s a synergy between the cuttings that improves the success rate.  I’m not a scientist but I’ve read that it’s true about Hibiscus and I believe it to be true about other plants.  That’s just my opinion.  And it works pretty well for me.

I check the pots at least twice a day so I don’t miss anything new going on!  I let them all grow in the pot together until they start climbing out of the pot.  Then I transplant them into their own little pots.

Two years later, here is a bloom.  LavenderAlthea500x375

My favorite plants to propagate are roses.  When we go to see Chris, he and I spend some time pruning rose bushes on the campus at Pinecrest.  It’s the only volunteer activity I can do as a parent since we live so far away.  Don’t worry.  I won’t get into trouble for cutting their bushes.  I got permission from administration.  We have no idea what the names of the bushes are but there are a large number of different varieties.  We put the cuttings from each bush in a separate garbage bag and when I get home, I prepare them for sticking.  I label the pot or bucket as unknown.    I’ve got several different containers going. This is the first bloom I’ve had from one of those rooted cuttings.  I would love to know what it’s name is.  I just love the bloom structure.  The bloom size is about 2″ tip to tip.

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Still in the pot with it’s siblings.

So, here’s the process I use for propagating roses:

  • Take cuttings from new wood in the spring/old wood in the fall
  • Put the cuttings into a big trash can filled with water until I can work on them
  • Cut each branch into as many pieces as I think will work.  I cut just below a leaf node and make sure there are at least 2 leaf nodes on the stalk.  I prefer leaves on top but sometimes that’s not possible
  • Trim leaves by half to preserve energy during the rooting process
  • Lightly scrape a couple of strips in the outer layer of the stem just below the leaf node.
  • Keep all the prepared cuttings in a dish of water
  • Shake off excess water from the stem and dip into rooting hormone powder.  Shake off excess powder and stick the stem into the dirt covering at least the first leaf node, preferably the bottom 2.
  • Continue until you have filled the pot/bucket with all the prepared cuttings.
  • Place it in a dappled sunlight spot for rooting.  You want it to get sunlight but not be in the hot, burning sun.
  • Keep it moist, but not a soppy mess!
  • Watch and wait until you start to see new growth.
  • If a stalk turns brown, make a frowny face and pluck that sucker out and throw it away!

I think that’s all I have to share for today.

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Cereal Killers Review Winner

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Spinning Along With Tour de Fleece

I’m not exactly on schedule.  I’m not even close to being on the schedule I set for myself.  But I’m making progress.  Who knew it would take 4 days to spin just 4 ounces of wool?  I did get it done last night.

Today, I’m working on plying it with a cool yarn I bought out at Weavin’ Place Saori Style in Folsom, LA.  It’s a thin (don’t know the weight), black with speckles, slubby silk yarn on a cone.

I LOVE the way it looks with the bright colors.  They peek through the silk and the black gives it all a continuity that I really like.

Yarn I spun from Loraine's roving left front.  Black silk yarn for plying on front right.  Plied yarn on the Hansen Mini Spinner.

Yarn I spun from Loraine’s roving left front. Black silk yarn for plying on front right. Plied yarn on the Hansen Mini Spinner.

My plying isn’t exactly even but I’m learning and it works for me.  :-)

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Update on the Dear Hubby

His foot is much better.  I cleaned it every day.  We even did a little unorthodox treatment.  Sister Vivian told me to put a sliced potato on it and it would draw out all the icky stuff.  Don said no, no when I mentioned it to him but I had done some research by then.

He agreed to it the next day.  There’s scientific merit to it and there have even been medical papers written about it.  Most of the articles I read said to grate the potato and make a poultice with it.  I wasn’t comfortable with putting that on his foot with an opening where those pieces might get lodged so I just used a slice.

The first day I changed the potato every 4 hours and then a new potato for overnight.  The first slice was slimy and icky but each successive one was cleaner and so was his foot.  We were both pleasantly surprised.  We went back to the regular wound care the next afternoon.

He saw a podiatrist this morning.  The doc cleaned it all up real well and we found that there was no tunneling and that it’s just superficial.  Whew!  Don got a big lecture about diabetic foot care and even though I’m not yet this doc’s patient….so did I.  He didn’t like my little Croc sandals at all.

The best news for Don was that he got to go back to work today.  He’s got a pad in his left shoe now to change the way his foot makes pressure in the shoe.  As soon as insurance approval comes through, an orthotic will be made especially to fit that foot and he’ll be able to move it from shoe to shoe.

I’ve got an appointment next Monday with the doc to start my routine diabetic foot care with him.

But—-he wants me to get rid of all my sandals, flip flops, Crocs……and wear…….tennis shoes…..with worst of all…….SOCKS!  I hate socks!  He even wants me to wear tennis shoes (with socks) in the house.  I told him that wasn’t likely to happen…that I would wear slippers but probably wouldn’t do the shoes in the house thing.

So, I guess I have to gather up my Auburn Croc sandals and clogs and my Saints Croc clogs and all my other Crocs and the rest of my sandals and get rid of them.

I’m going to have to think about that.

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Tour de Fleece Day One

Every year during Tour de France spinners all over the world do their own type of endurance test.  They spin every day during the race.  I started out doing it last year, but I gave up when I ran out of stuff to spin.  Grant you, that it wasn’t because I’m such a speedy, proficient spinner but rather it was because I just didn’t have a lot to work with.  Or maybe I just decided I wasn’t good enough at it to keep going.  That was a year ago and my memory isn’t so great!

Yesterday was actually Day One and I got a late start.  I had printed out the race schedule and decided I would organize my fiber stash into largest amount down to smallest one and then I would assign those to the longest mileage down to the shortest mileage.  I got that done and I still don’t have enough roving or top or battings ready for all the days of the event.

What that means is that I’ll have to drag out one of the drum carders and work up some batting to fill in with.  I’ve got Bullet’s fleece (white) from last year washed and ready to work with and I’ve got some nice grey Merino batts that I can use to make a nice batt.  I might even throw in some colored locks that I bought last year at the Mississippi Fiber Festival in Vicksburg.

My manual Brother drum carder is here in the house so I can do the work right here but I really like working with the electric Southern Comfort Products jumbo triple drum carder so I would have to go to The Barn to use it.  It’s too big to drag around.

So, do you want to see what I worked on yesterday?  I used some roving I bought from Loraine and it’s working up nicely.  It’s 4 ounces of Merino wool roving.  I love the way the colors kind of melt as they merge.

I didn’t even get 1/4th of it done so I’m already behind!  Yikes!  The fiber police may come get me.  :-)

Lovely Merino Wool roving hand dyed by Loraine.

Lovely Merino Wool roving hand dyed by Loraine. Her Etsy shop.

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About 1/4th of the roving was spun last night. Molly Mae is the background. She gives it a 2 paws up for great color!

I think my spinning is what you would call “thick and thin”.  It sure isn’t very consistent in size.  After I get this done, I’ll make a trip out to Weavin Place Saori Style to choose something to ply it with.  I think I might like to use a thin silk to go with it.  We are so lucky in our area to have such a great weaving/spinning studio nearby.  It takes me less than 30 minutes to get out there.  They also have an Etsy shop is you’d like to look around. Suggestions anyone as to what I should ply with?  Type of fiber?  Color?

Time to go see what I can muster up for Don for lunch.

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It’s Always Something

Warning—if you have a weak tummy you may not want to read this.

Yesterday afternoon Don came home and immediately started getting ready for a shower.  That’s not his norm.  He usually works on something until late in the afternoon.  He said his foot was hurting like hell.  I went outside to transplant the newest tomato plants into a larger bucket.

When I came inside, he was lying on the sofa with a paper towel covering the bottom of his left foot.  He’s had a thick callous on that foot for months and when he was diagnosed with diabetes, I stopped him from trimming the callous with his knife.  He’s been using a pumice stone since then.

I was suspicious about the paper towel so I asked if he had been trimming it again and he admitted that he had and that he had drawn some “clear, pinkish fluid” from it.  I washed up and took a look.  There was an open area about the size of the shaft of a nail under the skin.  I pulled the skin back that he had cut and what came out was not clear….it was pus tinged with blood.  NOT GOOD!!!!  He also had a streak running from the opening up his foot to just about the ankle.

I didn’t know whether or not I should be angry about it because if he hadn’t done what he did….we might not have known he had an infection for quite a while.

To the walk in clinic we went because this was not something I was going to allow to wait until business hours this morning and before we signed in, the doc said we should go instead to the ER.

X-rays were done of the foot to make sure a foreign body was not the cause of the problem and that wasn’t it.  The doc rinsed it out with saline and took a culture, cleaned it with betadine and probed to see if there was tunneling.  There was an opening about the size of a quarter so he packed it with gauze, applied antibiotic ointment and covered it with a large bandaid.

During the wait, Don developed fever and chills.  We left with an Rx for an antibiotic, orders to stay off the foot, and a recommendation to see a podiatrist.  I made that appointment this morning.  The doc I really wanted him to see is out of town until the 14th so we had to go with one who could get him in Monday.

He’s already bored silly and who knows how long this non-weight bearing will last.  That depends on well the wound heals and how quickly.

I’ll pull the packing out tomorrow.  He isn’t going to like that because the doc didn’t moisten it with saline so it’s probably going to be stuck.

At least I have lots of experience with wound care so I can take care of all that for him.

What next?

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Cereal Killers…the movie

Beth told me about this movie she had watched and said it was very good.  So I looked it up and found it and it did sound interesting.  The story is told from the perspective of a man in South Africa who takes a month long journey to see if he can improve his health by banning sugar and grain from his diet.  The results are nothing short of amazing.

Right now and through July 4th, you can watch the entire movie online free.   I didn’t even know you could rent movies online but the normal price to rent this one is $4.99.  It takes about an hour of your time to watch but I think it will give you a lot to think about.

Cereal Killers

Just in case you’re concerned that I’ll never talk about anything but diet ever again…..relax.  There are lots of things to talk about but this is very important to me so I will be talking about it more.  Take advantage of the free viewing period and come back and tell me what you think about it.  I’ll send one yard of batik fabric from my stash to a randomly drawn winner.  Only one post per person.  Posts will be closed Sunday, July 6th at 2pm cst.

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Busy Weekend

I haven’t fallen off the wagon but I did take time to make some Watermelon Rind Preserves for the dear hubby, Don.  He loves them.  It’s hard to find melons these days that have thick rinds but we’ve recently had 2 so he requested preserves.  He does so much for me, how could I say no?

I made one batch Friday night and it took forever.  I was determined that the next batches would go quicker.  And they did.  He helped peel the rind and I got it all cut up last night and in the fridge soaking in brine.  I did the rinsing today and made 2 more batches.  The first batch I made Friday night was a mixture of ginger and allspice seasonings.  The batches today were one with just ginger and one with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.  Guess which one smells the best?

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Watermelon Rind Preserves with Ginger and Allspice

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Watermelon Rind Preserves with Ginger only

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Watermelon Rind Preserves with Cinnamon Sticks and Whole Cloves

Of course I did have to taste test them and by golly, they passed the test!  If you want to make some of your own, I used recipes from these sites:

Watermelon Rind Preserves recipe   In this recipe, I used half ginger and half allspice for the first batch.  I also added a little red food coloring to the first batch to make them pretty.

Mother Earth News recipe

One thing to remember is to always use a prepared lemon juice like “Real Lemon” so that the pH is right.

Now to show you something pretty.  When I visited Susan and Wanda in 2012, Wanda sent me home with some rose cuttings from her yard.  They all rooted and here’s one that is just beautiful.  It’s an old garden rose called Monsieur Tillier.  This is the first bloom on the plant grown from her cutting.

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