Category Archives: Making

Busy weekend

We enjoyed the anime convention in Roanoke and decided to go to another in Johnson City Tennessee.  It was a busy week, with Nate being born and driving over to meet him on St. Patrick’s day, I was still working on the costume Friday when we left.


We put the BIG birds in the garden fence pen.


The little birds went in the transitional brooder.  IMG_7120

We got to the con early-ish, Madigan got into her Envy costume. We hung out, got some pictures and hung out at the “dance”  (it was music, and people, and lights, but no dancing).


It was a small convention, so we called it an early night.


Saturday, she was France from Hetalia!

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She met up with some other kids dressed as other countries in the Hetalia series.  They joined the costume contest, won for best group.


We hung out for the rest of the weekend. Had the best gluten free pizza EVER at Cootie Browns.  Enjoyed the closing ceremony.  Driving home, Madigan still wanted to wear her wig.


Not sure when we will make it to another convention, but for now, I need to clean up after this last costume.

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Next project for me will be making garment bags for the different costumes.

PAUL — my hopes for 2015

It has been a few week since I have had any quiet times alone, without Madigan, or a holiday, or a dinner or an event, where I could just reflect.  In that spirit, I have some ideas for 2015.

** Produce.  Produce more food on our own.  Bigger garden, more flowers, maybe try to raise a few meat birds, can more. We do 90% of our own cooking, using very little prepackaged food.  I want to try my hand at making some breads for Madigan and I.  Maybe learn how to make pasta.  Lower the number of boxes or bags of pre-made stuff.

** Appreciate. I would like to take more time to reflect, soak in, appreciate where we are, even in times of struggle.  Be more thankful for things we have accomplished, how far we have come and what we have done right.  We are fortunate in so many ways, and sometimes we forget how much we do have because we get sucked into others view of success, wealth or riches.

** Unafraid. This is all me, I am afraid of things I know nothing about.  Maybe it is because I was single so long and the buck stopped with me.  Since I do not consider myself handy, and would rather pay someone to fix something than try and do it myself.   My fear is the problem when it comes to changing out the mailbox or replacing a flapper in the toilet.  Boomer literally has to do these thing when I am out of the house because I am a super worrier NUT.  It’s not that I don’t think he can do it, it’s that I know *I* can’t.

** Learn.  Continue to learn. Read more books.  Talk with people who do stuff we want to do.  Try more things.

In addition to all that, get back to pod casting, keep a tidier home, get rid of junk we don’t need. Stay off our smart phones and away from TV.


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Not sure if this is a Halloween costume or just a Cosplay costume, either way it’s a costume for Madigan.  I am thankful that I was given this sewing machine (Thanks again Granny Lou!) and my mother taught me how to use it.

What are you doing?

Sometimes when my mom calls she asks that, yesterday I said everything and I wasn’t kidding.

Pepper and Onion Relsih

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Getting the chicken broth strained and put in the freezer.

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Making spaghetti  sauce

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And when I had 5 minutes to sit, I was knitting.  A friend is having a baby and I am knitting a blankie.  I just wanted to see what pattern I was going to do.  I think I am going to do the checker board…making each square about 16 stitches wide.  Should be cute without getting to fussy about it.


You might think I have today to relax, but its a chicken day, so again no rest for the wicked!

Homemade vanilla and chocolate syrup

Once a week I am going to try and make something homemade.  Today it was Hershey’s chocolate syrup.  I had to get the homemade vanilla extract I made in December out of the pantry.

I was going to link to the post about how easy vanit was to make, and how I did it, but remembered that it was going to be a present.  I got excited didn’t read all the directions, and realized I didn’t have enough time to make it for a gift, but here we are, 6 months later and I have vanilla extract.



Had to filter out all the little bean specks.

IMG_5691 IMG_5692For the Hershey’s syrup I just mixed sugar, cocoa, water, salt and vanilla.  It was easy to make, very good and now we have a jar of homemade chocolate sauce with no high fructose corn syrup or polysorbate 60.




fun on the farm

Going out to see Brent, Anna and the kids is like going to see family. Family you really really like with really really good food. They have little kids so they know sometimes the wee ones get bored with grown-ups talking and working, so when Madigan and Jack decided they were going to make something. Brent got a couple hammers and a bag of nails. With some help this is what the kids came up with.




I like being over there, just visiting and buying food, or working on chicken day. It’s comfortable and conversations are easy. I am glad we got to know our farmer!

Tomato plant shadow….or art?

This might turn into a project for Madigan and I. A canvas, some paint and some patience we could save a memory of our first summer growing tomatoes on the patio.

Recycling grocery bags

We have a cat who is obsessed with Kroger bags. He likes to get inside, sniff and lick and just hang out. He was a shelter cat and came with a broken tail so we aren’t really sure of what his 3 months was like before he came home with us. The bags pile up, and I found a site that shows you how to use the bags to knit. You start with folding them.

Then cut off off the bottom and cut into strips.

Loop them together and knit away. Its ether gonna be a cat mat or a door mat.