Sunday, August 30, 2015

New bright sheet for my bed

I bought some batik quilt backing fabric; it is 108 inches wide.  I hemmed the top and bottom and Voila! a sheet for my bed.

This is the fabric swatch.  It really looks like this.  I love it.


Here it is on the bed.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Be careful what you wish for

Our oven died AGAIN.  Just five days after it was repaired.  I used it one time in the interval to make peach and blueberry cobbler.  A few days later, it wouldn't heat when I wanted to make lasagne.  The only power we have is the light bulb.  After an hour, it will raise the temperature a few degrees.

John says I finally  have the Easy Bake oven I wanted when I was a kid (it was powered by a light bulb).  I wanted an Easy Bake oven soooooo bad.  But the farm didn't have public electricity.  Instead, we had a wind charger and  a generator for when the wind did not blow.  Everything electric had to be rewired to work.  My dad refused to work on an Easy Bake oven.  So I couldn't have one.

This oven problem is a difficult one because it is intermittent.  Sometimes you can get it to heat and that is what happened when the repair guy came.  It worked.  He told us to get it to fail and call in the daytime, leaving it until he arrived.  He came again yesterday and saw its failure.  Now we are waiting a week for the part.  He thinks the circuit board was damaged by the death of the convection element.

Sigh....  I just want a simple oven that WORKS.

Working on the last wall of the garage

John is working on the last and ickiest wall of the garage.  He did  three sides last year.

First he had to rebuild the rotted corner.


Now he is working on repairing and replacing siding.  The quarters are tight.



Short hike on Triple Falls trail

We went for a hike, hoping to get further than we did.  My knee started complaining and we turned around after about half a mile.  What a drag.  I take knee pain seriously because I know my knees can be slow to heal.

Still, it was nice to be out although it was very dry.  It made me wince to look and it made John afraid that just one spark could start a huge fire.


There is John, just to the right of the waterfall.  He is very small...


Friday, August 28, 2015

When I was ten

When I was ten, the family farm had a very bad year.  We didn't have any money.  We spent the winter with my grandparents, who lived in Phillips, Nebraska.  We went because my parents could find work there.  All six of us lived for several months in their mobile home.  My grandparents had the back bedroom, my brother and I shared the pass through bedroom and my parents slept on the fold up sofa.

My grandmother taught school and it was a big secret that she smoked.  She thought she would be fired if they knew she smoked.  My grandparents and my parents all were heavy smokers so the air must have been bad with all of us packed in there for the winter.

I ran across these photos which are very much like that trailer.




This is like the pass through bedroom that my brother and I shared...


I remember my grandmother had a Hudson.  She drove it to school every day even though it was only a few blocks.  She threw hot water on the windshield to remove the ice.  It seemed easier to walk the short distance.  But that was the fifties mentality.... drive everywhere.

Her car looked like this one.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015