Tuesday, August 24, 2010


In late spring, I found that the two mini purple potatoes, in a mini-potato selection I'd purchased at the grocery store, had started to sprout. When I was putting together the deck pots, I put them in a pot of their own. This week, one potato was showing at the surface, so I decided it was time to harvest. We got a dozen little purple potatoes, plus a summer of filler for the deck pots.

Last week I was in Minnesota - my daughter Bekah had a lovely little baby girl. While I was gone, my Oldtimer didn't want to pick up our City Fresh allotment, so no photo from last week, BUT...look at the loveliness we got this week! Isn't that mini watermelon just perfect for a "single share"? And beets again! I really do have to thank Serena for her suggestion of tossing beets with other root veggies in a little olive oil and ROASTING them. That's one of our new favorite grilled dishes. Looks like I'll be able to make my Oldtimer another batch of pepper relish.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


A couple weeks ago, I sent a packet of unusual handmade papers and fibrous fabrics to my online friend Griselda. She makes beautiful Spirit dolls, and makes them highly textured, sometimes with wings, always infused with Reiki energy.

When I came home from visiting my daughter and family, there was a package from Gris. Not only did she send me a bunch of her fabulous face cabs, she also sent this wonderful doll called White Light, Moon of Creativity Healing Spirit. I certainly didn't expect anything like this, but am delighted to have her. She already hangs in a place of honor, above the window and watching over my worktable.

Gris currently has many Spirit dolls offered in her Etsy shop. Hers is actually the first Etsy shop I saved as a favorite, over three years ago.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Two Blankets

These two simple baby blankets were started a long time ago, and I just never got the satin edge on them. Finally, decided I better finish them up quickly before I went to Minneapolis to meet the new grandbaby. I brought them out of the bag, and asked Olivia to choose which one went to her, and which to her baby sister. She, lover of all things princess, rainbow, and PINK naturally chose the one on the left. (Isn't that a great fabric? I think it looks like rows of corn, but it's a Kaffe Fassett print called "bead stripe.") Now I'm working away on other things - to be shared soon!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

City Fresh, August 10

Here's this week's single share from City Fresh. Amazing, isn't it? The cantalope is perfect, the corn and potatoes were delicious. Yes, we had them immediately for dinner last night!

I'm heading out of town in the morning to meet my new granddaughter, so I think the rest of this will go to my co-worker. I know Oldtimer isn't going to cook while I'm gone!

Friday, August 06, 2010

My Name is Betty doll

Round Robin doll "My Name is Betty" came home last night. Isn't she marvelous?
All dolls in the RR started with the same theme. We created our beginning doll, gave her a face and a journal, and used the journal to establish her story line. Mine was the "Original Betty" - the inspiration for all the 1940 Betty pin-up girls and starlets. The pattern I used was from Sherry Goshon - a challenge doll. I made the entire doll from printed fabrics.
She became quite glamorous - with a secret wish to pole dance!
Here's the journal cover:
And my favorite page in the journal:
And like the page says, I am tickled pink over this doll.

I also got to work on "Betty Croaker," "Bodacious Betty," and "Betty Embers - Romance Writer."

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Little Updates

This mixed potted plant on the deck is doing better than any of the others. Look at the length of those sweet potato vines!
I was trying to get a photo of the butterfly, working the blooms of the butterfly bush (I love that fragrance), and ended up with silhouettes, instead.
Yes, this is really what the sky looked like near sunset one night last week.
I brushed Murphy yesterday before bathing. It looks like we could make another whole dog!
No matter how often she gets swatted, Molly won't leave the cat alone - even when he retreats to the top of the hot tub.

City Fresh This Week

This week's City Fresh provided two kinds of fruit - small yellow apples, and peaches. We also got a standard eggplant, and four different kinds of peppers. I think I'm going to try making a pepper relish this afternoon. We used the "swap" box to trade in our kale and get a second head of buttercrunch lettuce - Gerry loves that lettuce on a sandwich.

We've gotten garlic almost every week and I'm loving it. Easy as it is, I may never buy the jars of pre-chopped garlic again. I'm starting to feel the same way about that as I do Cheez-Whiz.