Twitter, spring... and other things, too

It's been a little while since I've posted here - again. I've been busy, though, here and there. Got my taxes done, took a carload of "stuff" to the Goodwill and learned how to make chicken liverwurst, since I miss liverwurst but can't eat pork any more.

I've been writing off and on, too. If you want to keep up with what I write (and sometimes what I think!), you can follow me on Twitter.

Other than that... I'm gearing up for spring. Three kinds of peppers have been started, tomato seeds ordered (different types from what I already have seed for) and I've already been stalking the seed racks at various stores.

Considering that the weather includes snow day after tomorrow and the day after that, I'm pushing it some!

Oh, and I went on a shopping spree at Walmart and managed to spend around $58. Not too bad. :)


Knitting by Candle Light

One night not long ago, I left the curtains open as long as possible to use the last of the daylight, then I lit candles and I sat down to knit.

After the candles were in the right places, it really wasn't too hard to see. I was kind of surprised, but then, our grandmothers or great grandmothers knitted by the light of kerosene lamps, candles or even firelight and they made some beautiful things.

It was actually restful, sitting in the quiet and knitting by the low light. Firelight is more natural to our eyes than artificial lighting and I think it's more natural to our souls, too.

Going from straight, harsh artificial lighting to candles or lamps can be hard, but going from natural daylight as it fades to candles or lamps makes it easy.


Oh, I give up...

Frugal is fun. And I miss "talking" about it. For instance...

I went to the store today because I had intended to buy mini blinds to replace the ones that came apart for the kitchen window. I had seen them there before and determined to get them, but they were out of the size I needed.

So... lying in bed, trying to get to sleep, I thought "What could I use for blinds?" And then I figured a way to fix the curtains so I could just drop them from their tiebacks and lift them back when I wanted to open the windows. The "tiebacks" are two cup hooks, but I am going to replace them with some screws and hot glue some beads that I have onto the heads of them.

I can sew a backing on to the curtains easily with some material I have on hand. Problem solved and I save around $12 dollars.


Knitted curtains

I looked and looked at lace patterns until I got tired of myself! I couldn't find one that was perfect for the curtains I want to make for the office/craft room. So... I wound up creating my own, very simple lace panels. When I get enough done (hopefully before the New Year!) I'll post a picture here.

It's going to take a lot of time and I will have to put it aside for other projects now and then, but I think they'll look nice when they're finished.

These long term projects always seem like such good ideas until they're about half way done!

I remember a quilt top that I decided to sew strictly by hand. And then there was the large braided rug I was going to make for the living room... One day, who knows? :)