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Mystery Thief

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Well we still aren't sure what our mystery thief is. They hit again last night and wouldn't you know the camera didn't work...so we have reset the camera and made sure it would work...we will take still photos instead of movies..and we have the table baited..But we have mulled it over and hubby thinks it is pack rats and I think it is flying squirrels...He is probably right.

On another note..skipped church as we have so much garden work to do..(getting lots of exercise) and I picked 3 gallons of blueberries this morning, juiced a half bushel of peaches and made 12 pints of peach jam. I had forgotten I had a juicer which I bought years ago to juice carrots..it is perfect for juicing fruit to make jams..So much easier to use it than to heat water, dip the peaches, peel, de-seed and smush the pulp...All we had to do was to de-seed and run it through the juicer and man was it much easier..so from now on I will be using it for my jam and jelly making.

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MAZACK 6/25/2012 5:05AM

    I hope you catch your thief. Our pear tree is loaded this year but doubt I will get any because of the squirrels. When I go near the tree thee run away but I know they come back.

It is amazing how we can have equipment to use to make our lives easier and then we forget we have it. Glad you figured it out. Sounds like you are getting lots of fruits and vegetables.

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MISSY455 6/25/2012 12:14AM

    I can't believe how much of your garden is already to be harvested. Here in California we are just barely getting started. We had our plum tree pruned late last year, and it doesn't look like we will get any fruit this year at all. My apples are barely nubbins. What is there, the birds have already enjoyed!

Can't wait to hear if either you or the hubby are right about the thief! Keep us posted.

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PATTOMMC3 6/24/2012 9:23PM

    Will check back tomorrow!

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READYBETTY 6/24/2012 8:36PM

    The suspense is killing us. I hope you find out soon!

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NIMAWEYGH 6/24/2012 3:51PM

    Oh gosh I so wanted to know who the thief was?????????????? ha I have even told my Mom and she wanted to know.

Your so industrious and busy and thanks for the tip on juicing for jams and jellies. You know I am going to come visit you and get all your tips and tricks and beg you to show me how to can.....................I will help with the work if you will teach me.

Have a wonderful day, Barb.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/24/2012 3:48PM

    Sounds like you are keeping busy and staying out of trouble! I made fig jam last year with figs from my neighbor's bush, but we don't eat much of it...so I've got enough for this year too.

Did you plant all your bushes/trees or did you a buy a place that had all of it? It sounds like paradise!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 6/24/2012 3:25PM

    such fun I use to make jam years ago with my late mother in law we had so much fun.


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Strange happenings

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Yesterday hubby picked a bushel of plums...we had them in 3 buckets completely full to almost overflowing and left them sit on our patio table under the gazebo overnight to let them continue to ripen. We knew we had been having a wild bunny get up on the table and steal some to feed her babies....in fact we even caught the 3 babies in the back yard while mowing..I had let them go way away from the area and knew they would manage ok..well last night something got into the buckets of plums ...all 3 buckets and all 3 were down a bit. One was really down...We checked things out for what it might have been...we know squirrels will hardly come out at night due to the threat of owls, etc. and then we knew if it was a possum or raccoon then they would have just sat and eaten right there...and would have left a mess..and deer will hardly every get up under a gazebo patio area when they can steal from your tree..(there are still 2 bushels left on the tree)...we have no idea where they went...there was no mess, no tracks and nothing to show that any wild animal had been around???? So tonight we are hooking up the game cam and hopefully we will see what is stealing our plums..really it doesn't matter as we already had about 4 bushels off another tree earlier but it is just strange..So guess the green monster got them. Will let you know if we get a picture of it/them.

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MAZACK 6/25/2012 5:11AM

    Interesting!!! It is amazing how much packrats can carry off or relocate.

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USMAWIFE 6/24/2012 10:12AM

    if you can post the video of who is stealing the plums.

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NIMAWEYGH 6/24/2012 4:10AM

    I can't wait to see if that Mama Bunny likes feeding her babies plums.........ha

We heard a crash out on our patio about 3 wks ago at about 1 am and went out and the bird feeders had been pulled down off the windows??? Just as I was finishing sweeping everything up and DH had filled them back up and replaced them we heard soemthing in the back yard. Turned with the flashlight and there were eyes.

Mr. Raccoon had come in through the closed locked privacy fence gate and got up on the recycle trash can, up on the BBQ grill and then stood up, grabbed and knocked down the feeders.

We never knew they would eat bird seed. So we took the feeders down for now and I took out my compost scraps and put them outside the fence. Now all the scraps go there so he/she will not be hungry.

Gotta love the anticts they get up to.

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MISSY455 6/24/2012 1:30AM

    How close are the nearest neighbor kids? Not saying I ever did anything like that as a child...

Hope your mystery is solved with no green monsters involved!

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BLUESKY104 6/23/2012 10:46PM

    Can't wait to hear who is stealing your plums emoticon

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MOMMY2TWO07 6/23/2012 10:31PM

    I will be waiting to hear what you catch in the act of stealing those plums.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/23/2012 4:50PM

    I'm intrigued!

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GLENDAK72 6/23/2012 3:42PM

    this is so funny i can not wait to hear what happen to them, this very exciting lol...yeah i have no life lol

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CMCBRIDE37 6/23/2012 3:29PM

    Can't wait to hear who is caught in the act...but why can't they ripen inside the house or porch?

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PATTOMMC3 6/23/2012 3:27PM


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Landscape Rug

Friday, June 22, 2012

Well I finished the binding and blocking last night on the new rug. I'm pretty proud of this one..It is the largest one I've attempted. Even Hubby loves it...but hey he doesn't go into flowers and cats so this is right down his alley. I really hooked it too tight what they call packing the loops but since I don't hook in straight lines, it is hard to keep space between the loops. But it blocked out nicely and looks flat. I will stitch the hanging rings on the back today and put the fabric label on the back. I still need to stitch on the label for the cat rug. I will take it to the art guild next week to have them jury both rugs for the gallery. My friend in the collectible shop near me is wanting me to put them there but will take the ones from the gallery and move there instead. I am now thinking of a smaller rug or maybe a crow rug. We will see..

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NIMAWEYGH 6/24/2012 4:14AM

    Just beautiful.

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FLYCHRISTI 6/23/2012 7:05PM

    Wonderful. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/23/2012 8:24AM

    Beautiful! It is great you have so many interests and talents. Since I quit working in May I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do!

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MISSY455 6/23/2012 1:54AM

    I think every one of your rugs is my favorite, and then you post a picture of a new one....it is beautiful! You are very very talented! It amazes me how quickly you get them completed too.

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ROBINT63 6/22/2012 4:57PM

    Looks great. I have done several rugs but never sure about the binding.

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New Table runner

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I have been admiring the burlap table runners shown in pinterest and have wanted to make one..well I have some old old coffee and oyster bags but really didn't like the stained effect of them...though I do plan to make totes out of them eventually...anyway I dug through some of my rug hooking stash and found a yard of burlap I had bought years ago to try to use for rug backing...it is just wide enough for the length I was wanting and with an entire yard, I cut in half so now have enogh to make 2. Which I will make the other for a quick gift for my sister for her birthday. This first one is my trial. It didn't take that long to make but after I finished, I thought of how to make it quicker. I rolled the sides and did a decorative zig-zag stitch down the sides. It was a pain to pin and it doesn't iron well so has to be pinned when you roll the raw edge under..the pins just would not stay in it well. But thought I could have used my serger and the edge would have been finished in one step. Then on the short ends I attached a printed edging that was left over from a fabric craft panel..so the very ends won't have to be hemmed. I just rolled the cut edge and layed on the short end of the burlap since it was the selvage edge and then just did the same decorative stitch to seam together. I think it turned out really cute for a summer time table..Other one I may do a differnt color and not sure I have anymore fabric edging so will have to hem the next on.

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NIMAWEYGH 6/24/2012 4:15AM

    You are just one of the most creative people I know Barb. So pruddy.

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MCJULIEO 6/21/2012 10:57AM

    Nice! But is burlap washable??
Just wonderin'...

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MISSY455 6/20/2012 11:19PM

    What a great idea! You are very talented :-) You remind me of my SIL's mom, she is an artist and does the most amazing sewing projects! I am sure no matter what you decide to do on the next one, your sister will love it!

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MOMMY2TWO07 6/20/2012 6:03PM

    Pretty !

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RAPUNZEL53 6/20/2012 5:31PM

  Looks Great!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/20/2012 5:24PM

    Adorable! I wish I could be talented and make stuff!

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5% Challenge Assignment 9

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past.., give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks.

1. Temptations in the house....I may make hubby a sweet treat and then I just have to have a taste and then another...I plan to keep temptations out of the house...I will buy hubby his sweet snacks he likes that I hate.

2. Laziness ...I get lazy and quit walking or exercise. I plan to make it a priority to walk early every morning first thing...then will work out on the bowflex before breakfast

3. Boredom...When I get bored either on the computer or watching tv, I want to snack...I will keep some kind of stitching or hooking handy to keep my hands busy. I will make a list of things that need to get done on my computer and tape to the window in front of my computer desk.

4. Inticements from hubby...He is so sweet to offer me goodies when I really don't need them or want them but I feel like I must eat it just to thank him...So from now on I will thank him verbally and go stick it in the freezer to give to one of the grandkids later..

5. Too tired to exercise..Sometimes I am too tired from lack of sleep or aches and pains from the arthritis...I plan to just buck up and exercise through my pain and schedule time to go to bed early to get my reading in, Maybe even drink warm milk (skim) before bed. Camomile tea with honey...just things to help me relax to sleep better.

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MINNA72 6/21/2012 3:27AM

    Good list. I can relate to some of your reasons/excuses... emoticon

Goos plan you've got there! You can do this!

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KEEPGOINGEMILY 6/20/2012 10:12AM

    Sounds like a great plan to keep from falling into the same old ruts! Best wishes to you as we get ready for the Summer 5% challenge! I like to think of all the work that goes into burning the calories vs. the temptation to over eat, whatever the food might be!

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MISSY455 6/20/2012 2:21AM

    Great list and a totally doable plan for excuse busting! emoticon emoticon

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