Karrin's Crazy World

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop, My Day

 

Welcome to my day of the Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop.  Many thanks to Carol @Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this hop again.  I have really had a great time the past two years I have participated, and am excited about the new recipes that are being shared in this blog hop!  

Making cookies for Christmas has always been a part of my life.  When I was around 12-13, my mother would hand me a list of cookies she wanted me to make.  She made up boxes every year and handed them out to friends, neighbors and family.  I have been doing this ever since.  

In prior Virtual Cookie Exchanges I shared family recipes:

November 28, 2018 I shared our recipe for fudge which I have been making since I was a teen here.  

December 5, 2019 I shared recipes for more recent favorites of Crunchy Peanut Bark and Gingerbread Reindeer  here.

I get emails each week from Just a Pinch Recipes, and this week one came on The History of Christmas Cookies, with some good recipes.  There was also a recipe for Chocolate Pecan Sandies, which I might give a try that have a Hershey's Kiss in the center.  

One of our other favorite recipes is Chocolaty Melting Snowmen.   I haven't found the exact recipe that I have.  Mine has melted candy coating, and doesn't say anything about large marshmallows, but everything else is the same.  The hats are made out of Reeces Peanut Butter Cups.   These are a big hit among my son-in-laws and grandchildren.




Be sure and visit the others participating in this blog hop.  I have included the full schedule below.  There have been some excellent cookies shared the past few days, as well as family traditions and quilting projects.   Again many thanks to Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt for hosting one of my favorite blog hops of the year!  

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2

MooseStashQuilting

Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts

Beaquilter

 December 3

Quiltscapes

Websterquilt

DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing

Scrapdash



Tuesday, December 01, 2020

One Monthly Goal-December

 


It's time again to link up a goal for One Monthly Goal @ Elm Street Quilts.    I conti ue to greatly appreciate this monthly motivation and many thanks to Patty for all she does!

I didn't make my goal last month, as my husband fell, was hospitalized, in rehab for about 10 days, and came back home right before Thanksgiving.  We have had Home Health therapists in the home, 2-3 in each day, and the month just got away from me.   

My goal for December will be the same as it was for November, to get this quilt top quilted so I can gift it to my sister for Christmas.  I have put my quilt frame away for now, and I will have to quilt it on my domestic machine.  


I will be linking up to Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop Starts Today



The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop starts today, hosted by the fabulous Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt.  It looks like we are off to a great day of deliciousness!  The line-up is as follows: 

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2

MooseStashQuilting

Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts

Beaquilter

 December 3

Quiltscapes

Websterquilt

DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing

Scrapdash


There is a Pinterest page for all the amazing things you'll see during this hop...HERE!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Hope everyone here in the U.S had a Happy Thanksgiving!  

Ours was sort of messed up.  We were having it here, and so I spent the week cleaning house, cleaning carpet, shopping for groceries.  This is all amidst John's therapists in the morning, 2-3 each day, and helping him do his therapy exercises, and being his cheerleader, trying to get him motivated to want to stay awake.  He is not really inclined to think of doing his exercises on his own.  The one good thing that happened this week has been he has been sitting up 3 times a day to eat his meals.  

So Wednesday evening, after everything else had been done, I started making 5 pies, cranberry sauce, and ambrosia.  Before I went to bed I had some new avocado salsa that was being advertised lately and some chips.  That night I got no sleep, my calves felt like rubber bands all night from standing all day long, and my abdomen felt weird.

Thanksgiving morning, I got up and fed John, got his exercises done, and started working on dressing.  I had started having diarrhea, and it got worse and worse.  I don't think that salsa agreed with me the night before, or maybe it was bad, but I kept thinking "I can't do Thanksgiving here", entertain everyone, clean up afterward.  So I called one of my daughters, told them I had everything done.  John's brother Roger would cook the turkey in the BBQ, all they had to do was pick up the food, make mashed potatoes and green beans.  So that is what happened, I pretty much cooked the meal, sent it over to my daughter's house and they celebrated without us.   They were very thankful I made the gravy too.  John and I had some stuffing and gravy set aside for dinner, and Roger brought back leftovers later.  

Daughter Katie captured pictures of Thanksgiving day with my two daughters and their families, and sister.  






Sadly, John's brother Roger left this morning to return home to North Carolina.   So I no longer have the vast amount of help Roger provided with John's care.  Hopefully he will continue to get stronger and we can manage by ourselves again.  Therapy will still be continuing to come out daily.  

Roger wanted some pictures before he left this morning of us with John.  John doesn't usually smile but he did with our picture, not with the one with him and Roger.  My picture isn't very flattering at this angle, but at least we got some taken. 



I have gotten absolutely zilch done this week quilting wise.  

For Slow Sunday Stitching this week I hope to work on this Ella Maria Deacon block from last month.  I hope to get my sewing machine back out this week and get to working again on Christmas presents.  


I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and find out what everyone else has been up to.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, November 21, 2020

HQAL, Slow Sunday Stitching, Giveaway Prize

Since the last check-in for Hand Quilt Along I did finish my Father Christmas top, which I had previously shared.    The Father Christmases were all hand-appliqued.  I started this around 1999 with the guy up in the right hand corner, and he has hung around my sewing room lonely until around 2018 when I started working on a few blocks at a time.  I am thrilled to finally have the top completed.  It probably won't be quilted until next year.  


While this was not hand work, I also completed all 12 blocks of the QAL by the Sea by Partners in Design.   The last 4 blocks, and all 12 blocks together.  I have a plan for another larger block, but this also will have to wait till next year.



I finally got one more tea towel embroidered this week.  These are iron-on transfers from Quilters Revolution.  


I was also able to finish up a couple more blocks from the Ella Maria Deacon from last month.  I am trying to finish the last one up, as next month's have been released, which I probably won't be able to get to till after Thanksgiving.


The hand-quilting and stitching links are below.  Check out what everyone has been doing!

Hand Quilt Along Links


This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

 

I will be linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts.    Check out what everyone has been doing there too.   I will be working on my last Ella Maria Deacon block, and I also have another Stitcher's Revolution prepped to stitch.

This week has been a  hard one again.  My husband has been home, is till bed bound.  He has had BP issues this week, being too high, but it is probably because he has been in bed.  It is not usually this high when he is sitting up.  This has necessitated calls to the Dr., changes in medications.  

We have had multiple therapies coming in everyday 2-3 which take up most of the day.  I am helping him with some exercises in bed.  Home Health has been worried enough about him that they have are coming all weekend.  We collected a specimen for urine testing today, and hopefully that is clear.  He is still eating poorly off and on, though this evening he asked for more pasta which is good.  But his appetite has been up and down.  

I finally picked up all my quilting stuff out of the kitchen and dining room to get ready for Thanksgiving.  BIL Roger has been a big help with John and helping me move furniture to clean carpets.  I had hoped to get a few more things prepped for hand sewing, but I am tired, and couldn't get myself to do it.  

I was able to get an appointment on Monday to get a cortisone injection in my knee.  My knee has been hurting so bad at night I can only get 2-3 hours of sleep, and it has been killing me with the barometric pressure changes.  

One bright spot this week has been a package I received from Tasmania, Australia this week from Kim @Sarah Lizzies.  I won one of her beautiful Parisian boots.  Her pictures here do the boot justice.  I won the cream colored one.  My picture does it no justice at all, poor lighting on a gloomy day. The boot is exquisite, and came after a particularly stressful day with mix ups with a couple of the therapists coming over, and things seeming to be falling through this way and that.  I love the boot, and so much appreciate Kim and all the work she put into it.  It made my day for sure, as did her beautiful note!



Thanks for stopping by, and be sure and visit the other links above.  

Virtual Cookie Exchange And Blog Hop Coming Up







The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop is coming up, hosted by the fabulous Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt.  I always look forward to this blog hop.  It is December 1-4, and my day is the 3rd.

Currently the line-up is as follows:

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark


 December 2

MooseStashQuilting

Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts

Beaquilter


December 3

Quiltscapes

Websterquilt

DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling


 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing

Scrapdash


Thanks for stopping by, and see you soon!