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Busy Week

What a busy week and it’s only Monday….

I was up early and off to Lacrosse for my blood draw and shot.  It was 5:30 as I was leaving.  I was about as blurry as the picture below.

It was a nice drive.  No hiccups except I had to stop and get gas….normally I would have gotten an ice coffee but all of that is off limits with my diet.  You can bet I’ll have one on my way home on Friday if possible.

The sun was coming up when I hit the Mississippi River and crossed over into Wisconsin.

I was early for my appointment even with the stop for gas.  There was so little traffic.

First it was a blood draw and then it was a shot in the butt cheek.  Tuesday when I go, no blood draw but a shot in the other butt cheek.

On the way home I took a different route that took me along the Mississippi.  I was on a mission…I was headed to New Albin to the meat market.  None of the good things I love were things I could have on my diet…but Kelli could and she was home at my house doing childcare on a no school day!!  There was a house full.

My hope was that by treating her with AMAZING smoked salmon, ring bologna and meat sticks, she would still love me when I got home to take over the chaos.

From the Meat Market I went on to Decorah…Oh, my look at the shelf… Continue reading

The Diet….

There in an auction where you can bid happening on the blog.  You can find it HERE.  Now for today’s post.

So my dreaded diet started on LAST Friday…well Saturday actually but I always start a day early to “get in the mode”.  I know that sounds weird but it so easy to wipe a bit of peanut butter off of a knife and put it in my mouth.  I’ve had a bad habit like that for years and most of the time it’s okay but when I’m on this diet it’s a HUGE no-no.

My diet is a low-iodine diet.  I have to be on the diet to do the upcoming test to see where the cancer is hiding in me.  So I can have salt…not iodized.  No dairy, fish, no product whose label says “salt” or “seasonings” on it.  Absolutely no going out to eat or processed food.  Egg whites are okay but yolks are a no-no.

I’ve had to do the diet three times already…this is the fourth.  I hated it every time.  It’s such a mind play.  Then conflicting information doesn’t help.  My book of recommendations say rice is okay….but if I go on the internet and look up rice, some versions of the diet frown on it.  So what’s a girl to do?  I want the test to be as successful as possible so I avoid the rice.

Then they will list an item like oatmeal.  I can have oatmeal…but I can’t have milk on it.  I’m picky and not a fan.  I can have a salad but I have yet to come up with a dressing that doesn’t include mayo, mustard, eggs, salt, “spices”, dairy or other no-no items.  It’s no fun to eat a salad without dressing…that’s why I complain.

This time around I was determined to be better and not whine as much.  So I decided that I need to step up and be the good cook I am….so I tried.

Brownies…with oil instead of butter and applesauce substitute for the eggs.

The batter looked okay…but how would they taste?? Continue reading

Auction Time for YOU: Bid ’em Up!!

I’ve been thrifting along the way and picking up things that I think you all might be interested.  I thought I would buy the items cheap and then sell them to you with the profits going to charity quilting endeavors.  Postage, along with helping to provide backings or bindings adds up and this, I thought, would be a great way to offset some of those costs…and put some fun quilting related things into your hands.

Here’s the guidelines:
Bids must be entered in the comment section.  PLEASE  WRITE THE NAME OF THE ITEM, THE ITEM NUMBER AND THEN THE AMOUNT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY.  If you are the winner of the bid, the postage amount will be added on to your ending bid price.  You can pay via Paypal.  I will also accept personal check but check will have to clear before merchandise is sent.  Bidding will close at NOON Central Time on Monday.  I will send a confirmation email to the winning bidder later in the day on Monday. Then hopefully bids can be paid and I can package the items up and get them in the mail ASAP.  If you do bid please watch your email so we can take care of the correspondence efficiently.  I make a guess on postage.  If I’m off it’s not a big deal.

On to the bidding.

Item #1:  Dresden Quilt Top + $8 postage

First up is this pretty quilt top only.  It is a dresden plate.  It measures 66″ x 85″.

It is hand stitched and has the pretty pink corners.  The background fabric is much like a flour sack towel.  I am no quilt expert…all I know is that it’s pretty and the quilter did a nice job.  The photo below is more of the true colors.

Item #2 Lot of vintage sewing notions + $4 postage

The lot is all the items you see.  All are vintage.
This is the back of one of the needle cases.  Note the phone number was “20”.

Item #3 Flour sack embroidered towels + $5 postage.

This is only a set of six.  Sunday is missing.  You can see Monday and Friday have a little stain.  It looks more like a stain from storage vs use.  I don’t know for sure though.  I’m kind of silly.  I like buying ones like this.  I don’t feel guilty for using them…and don’t care so much if I can’t get a stain out.

Item #4 Pincushion Chicken + $4 postage

This is a cute pincushion that is chicken shaped.  Notice the wing lifts to store needles.

The back is so cute how it holds thread.

Item #5 Double Wedding Ring template set + $4 postage

This is a Sharlene Jorgenson set.  Several different double wedding ring layouts can be achieved with this set.  It doesn’t appear to have been used.

Item #6 Baby Quilt Panel + $5 postage Continue reading

In My Mail….

My mailbox continues to be source of fun for me!!  Here’s some of the recent goodies that have been sent my way.

My first box of goodies came from Janne in Massachusetts.  Tell me this card isn’t the funniest ever!  Let me say this…I can relate.  I feel like I’ve been standing on a few cactus’ lately.  No worries..I’m doing okay.

So many goodies all inside one box.

Check out this batch of cute fabric.  The train panel, eye spy fabric and kitty fabric can only be described as super cute!!
There were lots of ribbons and trims in this pack..some orphan blocks and a cute little pack of fat quarters.

I sorted a pile to the left that I think I’ll keep for finishing a few cross stitch projects…and on the left I pulled to pass on some fabrics for my Quilt of Valor friend.

Joanne sent something for the kiddos….Cards and stickers and calendars.  The calendars are a hot item for when they play “office”.

I was all smiles to find some red goodies.  I adore red.  (Connie is rolling her eyes)  I do…and did you see some are calicos??  I was all smiles to see this.

What a fun box.  Thank you ever so much Joanne.

The next box came from Chris in San Diego.

Oh my.  I squealed when this came.  Do you see what I see???

SCRAPS!!  and not any old scraps….I was most excited about… Continue reading