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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Blessings

Welcome back to my blog.  I know it's been a while since I posted, but I am sure you know....life gets in the way sometimes.  Even though we have been 'stuck' at home during this pandemic, there are always things to work on, and with Spring finally making it's arrival, there is plenty of outside work to tend to as well.

Easter was a bit sad, as we couldn't be with our loved ones.  We have let up a little with our family distancing since that time, partly out of necessity and partly because we have all been healthy and not venturing out except when we absolutely have to...armed with masks and sanitizer.

Shortly after Easter, we received a fun little picture postcard of our two grand-daughters....holding an Easter basket with a big ? mark in it - YES - a new grandbaby is expected in November!  (We found out yesterday if it is a boy or girl).  We are so pleased, as they have been wanting another baby for a long time. Each one is such a blessing.  All this happened while we were anxiously awaiting the birth of grandson #4....who came last Monday...right after Mother's Day.
Our son texted me and said they would 'probably' be needing my help that day, as our DIL was beginning to have contractions.  I left our home within 10 minutes for the 15 minute drive to their house.  The boys were so cute, waiting in the front yard with their bags packed.  I piled the three of them in the car, grabbed the dog to drop off at the kennel up the road. ...it all took maybe 20 minutes.  I had just left the kennel, when I got a surprise.....a photo from our son of Mommy and baby in the tub at their house!  They never had a chance to leave the house, as little babe decided to make a quick appearance.  Nicholas was born at home at 9:23 am....we rushed back to the house...the ambulance was there and all was well.  He looked so cute and sweet at 10 minutes old!

Here he is - 10 minutes old!

Nicholas at 1 week
Hubby and I have been working on redoing our 'back room' and many of our garden beds.  I'm so glad I had cleaned out my flower beds when we had an early warm spell in March, so we could concentrate on the veggie garden.  Today I need to go out and split up my asparagus plants...not looking forward to that.

I have lots more to share, but will wait until another time...a rainy day when I haven't got a million things to do outside.  Stay healthy and comment below to say HI!  Missing my blogging friends.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Baking up a storm!

Good Morning dear ones!

We are into week 5, or is it 6, of the stay at home order.  How have you been doing?
Are you keeping busy or going stir crazy?

I have to say, this whole thing is giving me lots of extra time to get projects done, and probably way too much time for baking, but we'll get to THAT in a moment.

I've been pulling out my UFO (un-finished objects) projects...mostly quilts, and of course, I can't just concentrate on getting those done, but have to start a new quilt for my 3rd grandson, Todd,  as well as a couple of small wool applique projects.  I'm also making new curtains for our bedroom.  I figured I should make a quilt for Toddy before his new brother is born - which is VERY SOON.  I'll have to be designing a quilt for him as well. We can't wait.  We got to see an ultrasound photo of his face last week....how wonderful...and so amazing.  You can be sure I will be letting you know when little Nicholas makes his appearance.

During the many years I have been visiting with you and selling my handmade goodies, I have met so many wonderful people.  Fellow crafters who are friendly, kind, giving and inspiring....wonderful customers, who return time and again to purchase from me, and we say so many kind things about my work.  Lately, one special customer shared a recipe with me, that I thought I would pass along to you.  So, without further ado, here is a wonderful Stay Home Cookie recipe sure to please everyone.

Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies

3/4 c butter
3/4 c white sugar
3/4 c brown sugar

2 eggs
2 t vanilla

1 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
pinch of salt

2 3/4 c old fashioned or quick oats
1 c dried cranberries
1 c chopped walnuts
 
2 squares white melting chocolate (optional)

Cream the first three ingredients, beating until smooth and well combined.  
Next add the eggs and vanilla, mixing just until incorporated
Add dry ingredients, mix, then add last three ingredients.  Combine and then drop by tablespoons onto parchment paper or greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or just until lightly browned.  Don't cook them too long if you like chewy cookies, which I do.
Once cooled, I melted a couple of bars of white melting chocolate and drizzled it with a spoon onto the tops of the cookies.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Reaching out....

Another week of isolation begins.  Have you been doing okay?  It is my sincere prayer that each of you, and your family, is staying healthy. 

My hubby is here, working from home, so I am not totally alone.  I keep busy with orders, and have been sewing masks as well.  We are blessed that we have food, shelter and warmth...so many are not as lucky.  We've been skyping with the grandkids, so I don't miss them quite as much, but certainly cannot wait for the time when I can wrap them in my arms again.  Our oldest grandson talked my ear off while skyping with him last week...we chatted for over an hour...and he is only 7.  We have a special bond....his younger brother wouldn't look at the camera and was either being grumpy or just goofy, but I did manage to get him to say a few things.

If you are finding it hard to deal with this new way of life, or just want to chat, I invite you to email me at rwprimcrafts@aol.com.  Tell me how you are feeling, and I will do my best to lift your spirits. It's a very good time to rekindle old friendships and reach out to comfort each other. 

A short post today, but I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  I would love to hear from you.  

God bless. 

A little humor - Hubby is a huge Star Trek fan.



Monday, March 23, 2020

Disappointment

Well, it is Monday....snowy, windy and cold.  After working outside all day on Friday, it is, of course, not a welcome sight.  But, time flies by and before we know it, Spring will really be here.  I snapped a couple photos of the early flowers, and counted at least a half dozen frogs sunning themselves on the rocks around our garden pond.






We spent a busy but lonely weekend....no Sunday family get -togethers, as we are so accustomed to.  But, we are warm, have food enough to eat and fresh water to drink.  Although it can get a bit lonely not seeing the kids and grandchildren, I think the Mister and I are settling in.  He is working from home.  I took time yesterday to move a few things around in our parlor, so he could set up his 'desk' better than his thrown together effort last week.

It has been three months now since my commitment to blog more, and I am quite sad about the lack of visits and comments....not even a single person joined in my pin keep swap, so I will have to cancel that.  I cannot force people to return to blogging, but I did have high hopes.  It seems Facebook has taken over....too bad really.  I will continue to post from time to time, with my daily life moments, special interest items and recipes.  Hopefully someone out there will find the posts helpful.

Stay safe and healthy everyone.  Please do practice strict distancing, so that the we get back to our normal lives sooner.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A New Outlook and Come Join the Swap!

Wow, what a difference a couple of weeks can make. 
We are now in the midst of a lock-down all across America.
I've tried not to panic about the Corona virus, and we have taken precautions, but I do worry about my Dad.  He can be stubborn sometimes and I just hope he will listen to my siblings and my warnings about staying put.

The word of the day is "Social Distancing"... Restaurants are closing, stores are limiting hours, get-togethers are being postponed, and even our church Masses have been cancelled.  The world has gone crazy.
What measures have you taken to reduce your risk of exposure?  Are you looking for ways to use your time, other than sitting and watching the TV.  I'm not one for watching much TV.  I like a few home improvements shows and the occasional old movie, but other than that, I prefer to keep busy with other things.

Back in the glory days of blogging, I would host at least one Pin Keep Swap each year.  So I thought...why not try it again.  With more time on our hands at home, it could be fun to reconnect by creating for one another.  Pin Keeps are relatively quick and easy to make, with no big commitment, and who couldn't use one!

What do you say?  Are you in?


Here's the simple rules:

1.  The Pin Keep Swap theme will be IT'S SPRING! 

2.  Your Pin Keep MUST be mounted on something...a jar lid, old can, spool, use your imagination, but it must be attached to a base of some kind and must be at least 6" tall.  See the photos below (all from Pinterest) for ideas or search Spring Pin Cushions on Pinterest!

3.  Comment below and then send me your email, name and address at RWPrimCrafts@aol.com if you wish to participate.

4.  In your email, tell me what you love about Spring.  Your likes/dislikes.

5.  Mail Date for the pin keeps will be set at Monday, April 6th.  

6.  Sign ups will last only until Saturday, March 21st.  Sorry, only US swappers please.

7.  Once you receive your swap, please post a big Thank you to your partner with a photo of your pin keep.  This is a very important part of the swap, so don't delay in posting.

That's it...Hurry and send your swap info to me. I will send out your partners name on Monday, the 23rd.

Stay safe and healthy everyone.
God bless.








Monday, March 2, 2020

Time MARCHes on!

Good afternoon sweet friends.

I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy.  It's a rather warm day here...in the 50s...after a very frigid weekend.  The birds are tweeting, the geese are returning, and I saw a flock of red-winged blackbirds.  Surely SPRING is on the way.

I've been busy crafting, quilting and finishing up our first batch of maple syrup.  I made this sweet little quilt for a swap in a FB quilting group I am a member of.  I love how it turned out and hope my swap partner is pleased.


Our first batch of maple syrup for this year...more to come


Homemade Rosemary/Olive Oil bread to go with our clam chowder.

Swap quilt front
Back of swap quilt with handmade label as well.
This week I am concentrating on a little birthday shopping for our grand-daughter, and finishing up a kitty quilt she and I started last year.  I want to surprise her with the completed quilt on her birthday.

Off and running.......
Have a blessed week.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snowy Day

Is there anything more beautiful than freshly fallen snow....even if we do wish Spring would hurry.....

view from the front yard.

Snoopy enjoying the snow


The big oak out back, dusted with snow.



It's been hard to keep my creative mojo lately, but I have managed to work on a wool applique project for a swap, as well as sewing up some bunnies.  I've got these two done, with lots of furry buns on my sewing table in various stages of completion.

Stay warm my fiends and be blessed.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

It's Maple Syruping time!

Good afternoon folks. 
I'm one day late in posting this week.
I had a wee accident on Sunday, involving a large drill bit and my wedding ring finger, and today is the first day I have been able to type well.

I was excited to begin maple syruping on Sunday...I had my tubes ready, I had my containers saved...now to just drill some holes in the tops to insert the tubes.  Lesson learned..never, ever hold the top in your hand...place it on the container to drill...so you don't end up drilling a hole in your finger.  Not only did I do that, but somehow the force of the drilling must have been so great, that the drill bit actually bent my wedding ring in a couple places, before hopping onto my finger to do it's damage.  After grabbing a towel to wrap around my finger and yelling for my husband to come inside...ugh..I felt faint and sick.  The hole in my finger was not pretty...and my finger immediately swelled up.  I couldn't get my rings off, and still cannot. I was afraid I would have to cut them off, but the swelling has gone down some and I hope that by the end of the week, with the gouge healed more, I will be able to slip the rings off and get them repaired.

The sap is really flowing and we'll be boiling up that lovely golden syrup as the month goes on...hoping to stock up for the year ahead.
Have a lovely day - Leave a comment and say hi!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Rounding out the month of January

My goodness...here it is already...the final week of January.  This has definitely been our month for snow and cold.  It hasn't been extremely bad though...when you live in central NY State, we get used to the lake effect snows that come off of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.  Big flakes, that make the whole of our 'lake country' sparkle with awesome views.  It's simply stunning this morning, with every tree branch covered in glittering beauty.

Yesterday was somewhat mild after Saturday's snow, so we took an opportunity to take a hike in the woods with our grandsons.  These are the same woods I trekked in with our sons when they were growing up, and it has been several years since I had been in them.  I was a little sad...the old trails were hard to find...so many dead trees and limbs had fallen.  What used to be a well cared for trail, was all but ruined, neglected by lack of use.  Do any kids go exploring in the woods anymore?  What are they doing?  Have you ever noticed while driving down the road on a nice day, how few children you see outside playing!  How sad!  We had fun exploring with the boys, and ended our trek sledding....little Joey even found an abandoned soccer ball, which he was just thrilled to place in his sled and pull all the way home.

We finished our day with a yummy dinner of chicken, rice, beans and brownies.
It may not seem like the most exciting day, but spending time with those dear grandchildren is worth a million dollars to me.

Have a blessed day everyone....until next time....smile and enjoy the wonders all around you! Bundle up and take a walk, without your headphones...listen to nature...chat with your hubby, grandkids or a friend.  These are the things that life is really about....








Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Feeling the chill.................

The intense cold has hit our area again.  The high yesterday was 16 degrees, and today doesn't promise a whole lot of change.  With the cold, also comes sun, as it is just too cold to produce any weather change.  I welcome the sun and bask in it as it comes streaming through the window this morning.

To keep warm this weekend when the family came over, I made a big pot of homemade soup.  Our old neighbor gave me this recipe several years ago, and it's very yummy.  Brunswick Stew is fll of good things, so pop on over to our family food blog, The Crow's Crusty Loaf, where you will find the recipe.  You will also find some recipes for homemade bread to pair with this delicious soup.


I also invite you to pop on over to Danice's blog. She created the graphic below to help join in our efforts to promote blogging again!  Feel free to grab the button and post a link back to either my blog or hers.  Spread the word.

 

I'm heading to my sewing room/studio to work on orders and create some new goodies for Springtime!  Have a lovely day all.

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