Sunday, June 20, 2021

T Stands for Tuesday - This and That

     Another week is upon us which brings us to Tuesday's T where we share a drink related photo with friends over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's-link in my side bar as you are most welcome to join in.

   This has been an up and down week for us. I was so busy doing things with our Wisconsin friends that it seemed unusually quiet here-well except for the machines  pounding through rock with the sewer project-haha. 

   The team with this construction crew has been very nice and has done a good job I believe. The crew fixing up the lawn mess took two days to rock our path down to the lake from up on top and planted grass seed.  The sewer crew messed up some of it to finish up a project on Friday, so wondering if they will be back to re straighten things.

   It has been very very very hot and humid here. High 90's F all week, and this Sunday as well. Areas around us hit 100 degrees F. The weather people are saying a cold front with rain moving in on Monday (June 21)  That will  be awesome.

  I am weaving the last towel now, since I had to cut off and retie on to straighten out the tension issue, and there is allot of yarn waste when weaving-we'll see how long I can weave this last towel.  It does feel so good to be weaving again. Next up I think I will go through my yarn stash and weave up some new placemats for our dining table. This will give me more weaving practice before attempting yardage for clothing.


                      as you can see almost to the end of this warp



   I am on a few weaving groups on Facebook, and one is for the Saori style of weaving. I have shared this before as it is a weaving concept to be free of rules and just weave. Most are making garments with their handwovens.

 I wanted to share the 3rd annual Saori Virtual Fashion Show video-great inspiration from all ages of weavers


  I am also on a Facebook group Sewing for Weavers-where they are also making up lovely garments from their handwovens-so I have been inspired for sure.

   The first evening when our Wisconsin friends had arrived we had a very very strong storm-tornado force winds came up out of no where. We watched in disbelief as the large bird house that we had just cleaned and repaired blew apart


  We felt so bad for the bird families that lost their eggs and young ones.  We just bought a new metal martin house-a kit that Larry is putting together to replace this one-so many pieces and tiny screws- haha

   I got a better photo of the pirate ship this week, which travels up and back allot. The ship had it's sails open and was in the middle of the lake so I could really zoom in for a good photo


    I decided with these very hot days it was time to churn up a batch of keto vanilla ice cream, while enjoying a mule-which is vodka (gluten free Tito's for me) ginger beer (which has no alcohol but strong ginger flavors) and a splash of Petron's lime liquor

   This keto ice cream is a time consuming recipe as one needs to make up a keto condensed milk first and then add the rest of the ingredients and chill and churn. This was my best batch yet.


 I also discovered something new from Bob's Red Mill when ordering their gluten free muesli-grain free brownies and also grain free flat bread-I am thinking of trying out the flatbread mix for pizza crust. These use almond flour and cassava flour, The grain free brownies were pretty good and not as sweet as their gluten free brownie mix. This one used coconut sugar which I like to use in my baking too.



  Sadly our week ended with the unexpected loss of a very dear friend. She had gone in for heart surgery, she did have complications with her lungs (autoimmune disease) as well so when we last talked with her she had concerns with her lungs-but she had few choices. The surgery went well but she had gotten pneumonia from the anesthesia. So sad and heartbreaking, she leaves behind her husband and children and her two very young grandchildren that they were now raising do to the loss of their father just a few months ago (motor accident). 

   Sonya was one of the most kindest, caring persons I have ever know-prayers for her family.

   Sonya and one of her other sons drove me to Yellowstone in 2017, I wanted to visit Yellowstone so much back then.  She had called me up one day and said "I will be happy to drive you" and I am in need of a road trip.  That trip meant so much to me, we had allot of fun planning it too the year before. None of us were into the now popular selfies, we each had our cameras-no cell phone photos. In all the photos we never took any photos of us. Sonya had taken a photo of me when I was out on the deck of where we were staying though-spinning with my drop spindle. 

  A couple photos in remembrance






  Our life's journey can be unexpected at times, treasure the moment and memories

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  1. I'm so sorry about your friend.
    Your trip with her will be a wonderful memory. Take care, my friend.

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  2. I know the loss of your friend has to be a tough one for you. What wonderful memories you must have from your Yellowstone trip. I am so sorry.

    The pirate ship is wonderful. It is by far my favorite of all the ships and boats you have shown. I love seeing the sails up. Also, the last kitchen towel is coming along beautifully. I think it is a good idea to follow up with place mats which will be so nice. You will be styling for sure in new clothes made from your own hand-woven fabrics. Oh-lucky-you! :~)

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    1. Thank you Mary, Yes our Yellowstone trip was really special, to get through the day I viewed the photos her son had taken-over 600-lol good memories,
      I love seeing this pirate ship too-so fun-even better with the sails up.
      I think the placemats will be great to make-just need to decide on yarns and pattern, but first there are two sewing projects I need to get to soon

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  3. Your post is so full, as always Kathy. I enjoyed it but now must send my heartfelt condolences on losing your friend Sonya. I remember your strong desire to visit Yellowstone, and your drop spinning on the deck. It’s now very sad to learn that your trip companion has passed. May Sonya Rest In Peace.

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    1. thank you Barbara, in my heart she is in heaven with her son

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  4. I want to begin by sending my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear friend, Sonya. I also remember the drop spinning you did, and I remember you bought wool there, as well as some fabric. I remember how excited you were to go. May she rest in peace. And you have memories of her to last a lifetime, too.

    How incredibly sad about the bird house. It is amazing what tornado like winds can do.

    Your weaving is definitely taking off. I know you will love making place mats, too.

    I was impressed by the sugar free condensed milk. You used items I've not even heard of before. So glad the ice cream turned out well. I'm not sure what was in that glass with the bee on it, but I loved the metal straw you chose. Thanks for sharing your memories of Sonya, your weaving, the pirate ship with sails, your brownies, your condensed milk recipe, and your drink with us for T this week, dear Kathy.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth-yes you have a good memory I thought I had shared the photo of me spinning at the motel we were staying in. I have allot of the yarn spun up that I purchased near Yellowstone, a bit more to spin-I am hoping to make some sort of garment with that handspun.
      so sad for the birds in this birdhouse-we will put up a new metal one soon for them.
      My drink is called a mule-I do love these metal straws Happy new week Elizabeth

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  5. Sorry to hear about your friend Kathy. It is always sad to lose someone especially someone with such good memories. And wow, that really is a pirate ship, isn't it? That is quite something. I bet it had to be hand made. Your weaving is looking great, and Bob's Red Mill makes some great products. I use their products and King Arthur; good stuff for sure. Have a wonderful early T day. Hope you cool off today too, and happy week. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Thank you Erika, yes good memories to fall back on.
      Yes this is a pretty cool pirate ship-a bar restaurant owns it that gives little trips on it, it will also pick you up at your dock and take you to their restaurant and then take you back home to your dock which is pretty neat.
      I love King Arthur and Bob's red mill the best too-my go to companies always
      Yes today-Monday a cool down at last-and so far we missed the storms. Happy new week hugs

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  6. Oh, I'm sorry about the loss of a friend. Wonderful pastries.

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  7. Sorry for the loss of your special friend, Sonya.

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  8. Condolences on the loss of your friend. You make clear what a wonderful person she was, and how many people will be touched.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  9. My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your friend Sonya. Prayers to the family. I believe I remember you mentioning her taking the trip to see you. Lovely memories.
    Always amazed at your fabric and weaving especially! And your baking is very tempting as well - I know who I can go to if I need to do gluten-free;)
    Aw, too bad about the bird feeder. We have had very hot and humid weather too- and now some severe storms coming our way. Take care, and happy T day!

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    1. We did get a cool down today but missed the storms and the rain-we can use rain again here soon. we watched the wind destroy the bird house-really something else to see.
      thanks I have needed to be gluten free for over 20 years now-Bob's Red Mill is the best for me they were there when I needed them in the beginning of my journey with that.
      you take care as well

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  10. So sorry you lost your friend, Kathy, I can imagine how you feel. You manage to get so much done, well done, lately I've been getting next to nothing finished! Happy T Day, take care, hugs, Valerie

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    1. thank you Valerie. I have been pushing myself to get this set of towels finished so I can move to the next project-I am getting older now-so no more putting off things I want to get done.
      You make gorgeous art! hugs

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  11. Sad about the bird house.
    Cooooool ship! Ingo just awwed :-) And funny enough, when you click it your temps are in the pic, so I googled 54F.... brrr, but, yep, night-time in your place.
    Your drink sounds yum, and I love the glass again :-)

    Very, very sorry to hear about your friend. And, oh, that sure is tragic with the kids. Life can be a (you know what I mean). I feel sorry.

    At least you have fond memories.

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    1. Hi that's interesting that the temps came up-yes we had a major cool down today but no rain, yep I had to grab a blanket for the bed tonight-and I am up at 2 am since I couldn't sleep-ugh
      thank you I feel so bad for the two small grandchildren they lost their father a few months ago and now their grandma
      yes she was one of my best friends since moving to Missouri in 2003

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about Sonya. You must be devastated. I'm sure looking at the photos and reliving that wonderful trip will help with the healing.
    I do remember you drop spinning and showing us the yarns you got there. I think I 'met' you around that time.
    It must be very hard on the grand children that have had several losses in such a short time.
    And on top of all that, you lost your bird house. Nothing in comparison, but nevertheless quite a disappointment. Poor birdies. I can see mummy bird (I assume) still sitting by the ruined nest, as if she can't really believe it's all gone!
    The pirate ship looks like fun. I don't suppose you've been on it...
    I really enjoyed watching the video of the ladies (and the occasional man) showing their creations. Every one beautiful. Some scenes were filmed in what looks like a yarn shop. No wonder they have such colorful garments. Look at those colors!
    Making keto ice cream sure looks complicated. I thought that home made ice cream was keto. (Low carbs, high fat)
    Happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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    1. Good morning Lisca, thank you so much and several of you remember the photo of me spinning at the motel, the loss of the birdhouse families was really difficult to watch. I am so happy you watched the weaving video-you are the first to mention it and I was hoping it would be watched-an inspiration for me. No we have not been on the pirate ship-it would be fun to do though.
      what makes this ice cream keto is no sugar is used but instead the keto sweeteners which makes for a different recipe so it will work without the sugar.
      Happy T hugs

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  13. Wow, Kathy, so many wonderful things in this post - your fab weaving, that really fun fashion show (some talented people and great looking creations), your pretty lake views, your fun cooking adventures, and memories of your friend. So sorry for your loss - she sounds very special. Happy T Day and extra hugz.

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    1. Good morning, thank you so much-and I am so happy you checked out the weaving fashion show too-hugs

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  14. Kathy I’m so sorry to hear about the sad loss of your friend, how sad for her family.
    I love your weaving and all these items will be very special seeing as you have made them yourself.
    Sad that your birdhouse suffered damage, the birds will be happy when the new one appears, I love the views from your lake house and the pirate ship, id really love to sail on it.
    Happy T Day, jan.

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    1. Good morning Jan, thank you I have been enjoying weaving again-so many projects in mind now. I think the pirate ship would be allot of fun too-Happy T

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  15. Beautiful pictures of Yellowstone and it sounds like a lovely trip that you had with your friend. Glad that you have some wonderful memories together to dwell on.
    Your weaving is beautiful as always. Looking forward to seeing what garments you decide to make.
    That brownie mix looks delicious. It is rare to find mixes with coconut sugar. I only eat coconut sugar as I cannot tolerate other sweeteners. Thank you for sharing this.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  16. Thank you Kate. I liked this grain free brownie mix but my husband didn't care for it as much. I think you would like it as it is not really sweet at all. I bake with coconut sugar too instead of brown sugar when I am not using a keto brown sweetener. Happy Tea

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  17. My condolences on the loss of your friend.

    Poor birds! I trust the martin house will stand up to the weather. It'll be fun to watch.

    Happy T Tuesday!

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    1. Good morning, thank you
      I know we felt so bad watching this bird house get blown away in parts--the new martin house is metal like the other one we have so hopefully will handle the winds better. Happy T

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  18. Kathy I am so sorry about your friend. You gave her a very nice tribute. You are always so busy, but it's nice to be that way. It is overcast, rainy and only about 64° You can send me some sun and heat.

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    1. Thank you, I have picked up the pace this year working on getting more accomplished-I still have lots to spin, and lots of weaving ideas too. we are very cool too right now which is a blessing from the extreme heat-we do rain though-Hopefully some of this sunshine will blow your way

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  19. I'm so sorry about your friend. Also the storm and the blown-apart bird house, poor birds! I love your weaving, I've done a bit on a small loom, no room for a large one, but when I went to Harris, I almost convinced myself I should move there and become a weaver! Elle xx

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    1. thank you Elle, when we moved out of our woods home and downsized to a lake house-I had no room to bring my 45 inch vintage rug loom. It was a retirement gift from my husband but I was always doing other things and I think I was a bit intimidated by the massive size of it. I had to sell it but it went to a good friend that drove up from Kentucky to get it.
      Harris looms are wonderful and they have gorgeous yarns too. back in 1978 I bought a J made loom from a small company that made them in Oregon its been with me all these years-it has a 30 inch weaving width and was a large table loom that I bought their conversion kit to make into a floor loom. I have really enjoyed weaving on it off and on all these years. and I can always find a spot to set it up--there is allot you can do with a small loom too

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  20. Sorry for the loss of your friend. I hope the happy memories you shared bring you some comfort.Too bad about the birdhouse. We’re getting your storms now, but just rain, some thunder and no heavy winds. Happy T Day

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    1. Thank you CJ Today we have been watching young purple martins emerging from the lower houses but it does look like a tornado hit the top stay safe-hugs

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  21. So sorry for the loss of your dear friend! Yes, selfies are very much a recent thing but those scenes must bring back good memories! The ladies in the video are obviously very talented, some of those garments were very wearable! I hope those guys come back to fix your path! The pirate ship looks great but that storm damage looks terrible - did it keep you awake?
    Your drink sounds as though it has a kick in it!! Happy T Day, hugs, Chrisx

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    1. Hi Chris, thank you. I am happy you watched the video-there were some really nice garments in there. Yes they came back and fixed our path for us-they have been good to us. this storm hit early evening so we watched it come up on the lake and then destroy the bird house. The Mule has a little bit of a kick but I just put in a little vodka and a splash of the lime. Happy T

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  22. I am very sorry to read about the loss of your friend.

    I like the sound of keto vanilla ice cream - very yummy!

    Take care.

    All the best Jan

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    1. thank you Jan. This is a really delicious recipe I make it about once a month-its from a keto blogger all day I dream about food https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/perfect-low-carb-vanilla-ice-cream

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  23. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I am happy that you have some nice memories of your Yellowstone trip. Yes, we need to treasure each moment.
    Thanks for your post. Happy T Day.

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  24. So sorry to hear about your dearest friend, thinking of you and her family and sending you wishes for comfort and peace! So lovely to have memories of Yellowstone too, the photos are amazing 😁. It sounds like you've been busy with friends, work on your property and weaving, those brownies look so yummy too! Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

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    1. Good morning Jo, thank you so much yes when I think of Yellowstone I will remember the fun we had in Yellowstone.
      Yes you are right we have been busy-just finished the towels late yesterday so next up a couple sewing projects-happy rest of your week hugs

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  25. My condolences Kathy for the loss of your dear friend. What a shame that the wind has destroyed your birdhouse and poor chicks! Stunning and awesome photographs of your holiday with your friend in Yellowstone! It is good to have those wonderful memories of your time there. take care Amanda x

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    1. thank you, I know we were so sad about the birdhouse and the little chicks.
      Yellowstone is a magical place

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