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i've been tagged...

I was tagged by Linda over at Danvillegirl Sewing Diary. Seven things you may or may not know about me, so here goes.

1. I have 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls, ages ranging from 28 years to 14 years. Each one has a different personality, which is good that they were not all alike, it made things very interesting while raising them.

2. I married my high-school sweetheart. We went to different high schools, but went to the same church.

3. Last year I became a CNA. I have yet to work in the medical field as a Nurses Aide. I am not sure if I want to go and obtain a Nursing degree yet, maybe 10 years ago I would have jumped at the chance.

4. When we retire, I want to spend a few months in the winter where it is warm.

5. I love this time of year, Autumn. I sometimes wish that it stayed year round, but I do like the changing of the seasons too, but out of the four seasons, Autumn is my utmost favorite.

6. I love to sew and knit/crochet. I don't do enough of it though, my life seems always too too busy with other things. I need to make time for it.

7. Out of my 5 daughters, only one has shown any interest in sewing. Which I am so happy about.

I am going to tag a couple of blogs that I love to visit. I am not sure if they will read this. If you do consider yourself tagged.

1. Corry-Dutch Blue
2. Heleen-Dutch Colours
3. Anyone else who may read my blog The Sewing Corner, consider yourself also tagged.


bre*st cancer myth...

Myth 8

If a mammogram finds something it's too late to do anything.


When bre*st cancer is found early your chances of survival are 96%! This means that 96 out of 100 women survive for 5 or more years! There are many options for treatment when bre*st cancer is found early.

halloween spirit...



Becky baked for me yesterday, she doesn't like her picture taken too often so I refrained myself from taking her picture.

I don't totally get in the Halloween spirit in the way some people do,with all the gorey decorations.  I do like pumpkins or also known as jack-o-lanterns, bats, witches and ghosts (preferably Casper), but only when they are not too scary.  Keeping in simple is how I like it.

a fixer upper...


RM bought me this bird house a few years back when we were up in the U.P. visiting my parents when they still lived there.  I refer to this bird house as The Duplex.  We have birds that stay in this birdhouse all year round.  It really has taken a beating with the weather, and it needs to be fixed up a bit.  I am not sure if it's worth it or if we should do nothing and just hang on to it until it falls apart.  I can't figure out if one male bird has a nest in both openings with 2 different birds, or if there is indeed two sets of birds with nests.  The duplex gets tons of action in the warmer weather, birds coming and going all the time.  Very comical to watch.  The winter months you know the birds are there, but the action has slowed down a lot.  It will be a sad day when the day comes that the Duplex has to go.

end of the week...

Good Morning.  It is just after 6:00 a.m. and I have been up for about 35 minutes now.  Phil has gone to the U.P. for a wedding and again left his alarm on.  Dan got home late last night.  He drove from Iowa to pick up the car he bought. (again a big thanks to S & Y)  He wants to get up at 7:20 to be on the road by 8:00 a.m. to get back to Minnesota so he can get the Minnesota license for the car and to play hockey.  I am hoping in that order.  This week flew by, it started out bad and ended up pretty good.  I can't believe the month of October is almost over.  Pretty soon the holidays will be upon us.  I am not even thinking about all that yet.  I do things in steps sometimes.  I got through our Fall Services, now Thanksgiving is next.  This year tho I plan to start my Christmas shopping in November and NOT a few weeks before Christmas.

I have been thinking that I used to, just after I started my blog, do a "Now or Then" kind of thing on Fridays.  I think I will start that again, but not until next Friday.

Well I do have lots to do today.

*Get Dan up and off.  He had to turn back we forgot to give him the title.  Luckily he didn't get very far.

*Go to the chiropractor. Ahhhhh....that felt so good.  I should have went in a month ago.

*Work in the office.  I got everything done.

*Bring our rental car back. (we won't need it now that Phil's car is back) RM and I went to lunch after.

With that said typed.

You all have a great day.



The golf course by our house yesterday was just loaded with the Canadian Geese.  The poor golfers had to try and golf around them.  They were all over the place.

bre*st cancer myth...

Myth 7

I've already had a mammogram and it didn't show any cancer, so I don't need another one.


Once is not enough! Every woman starting at age 40 should start having a mammogram every year. Bre*st cancer usually grows slowly so you need to go every year to catch it when it's small.

funnel collar serger coat...

This coat I made last spring. The color is really a spring color, but I do plan on wearing it this fall. This is made out of Sherpa Suede (color Sage). It is very warm. When I opened the box when it came in the mail, the first thing I said was "Whoa, that is bright". I love it though, after I made the coat it didn't look so bad.
This is the next coat I plan on making this fall. I better get going on it if I want to wear it now. I plan on making this one out of Sherpa Suede (color Moss).
The first coat is made only with my serger. That was a lot of fun. This material really sheds when cut, so you have a mess when you are working with it until the seams are serged. I am a bit leery to start this next coat because of that, though I am really anxious to make the coat.

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another beautiful fall day...

Well time is running out for the Bre*st Cancer drawing, only 7 days left.  If you want to enter, hurry on over to the side bar on the right.


Here's another one of my finds from our anniversary trip.  Every time someone walks by they move the magnet pieces around to a different spot.  I guess they like it.  I put this in my sewing room, but I really wanted it in my kitchen.  I just can't find the right spot at the moment, so I put it here for the time being.

This morning I so wanted to be at the lake.  The sky from the sunrise was just beautiful from what I could see through the trees.  I can't get any good pictures, on a count of houses, trees and power lines all in the way.  It is starting to get a bit chilly in the mornings now.  Erin told me yesterday she heard it was snowing in the U.P..  I don't think I am ready for snow quite yet.  I am still loving my fall with the leaves changing and falling down off the trees.  When we first built our home, we had no trees to speak of.  We built in an area that was farm land, so of course there are no trees.  We now can rake leaves, which was always my favorite thing to do in the fall at my cousins house.  They had oodles of trees in their yard.  We don't have a whole lot but some.  Usually we'll get a day where it is really windy all day, and all the leaves will blow away before I even get a chance to rake.

Not much going on today.  We found a car for Dan.  Thanks Steve and Yvonne, he was excited.  Life sure has it's ups and downs.  It was down the other day and now it's up.  Well I best be going.

You all have a great day.

interesting info...


1. Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

2. Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.  Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

3. Expanding Frosting 

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

4. Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster. 

5. Newspaper weeds away

When you start putting in your plants; work the nutrients in your soil. Wet  newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

6. Broken Glass 

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily. 

7. No More Mosquitoes 

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. Squirrel Away!

To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

9. Flexible vacuum 

To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

10. Reducing Static Cling 

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- ta da! -- static is gone.

11. Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

12. Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

13. Reopening envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside , just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an  hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily. 

14. Conditioner

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair...

15. Goodbye Fruit Flies 

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

16. Get Rid of Ants 

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home', can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about  pets or small  children being harmed!


The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean.  (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.  WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free - that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel  waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on  your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He  said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to  keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with  hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six  months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! 



I got this in an e-mail the other day and thought that I would share.  I tried  to fix any errors so if I missed any sorry.

from PG to R rated...

I added a site to my blog on the left side.  It is really neat. I saw this on Jennifer's blog. I got really tired of rating my blog and going from PG to R rated.  I typed Bre*st 21 times.  So I went and changed BRE*ST 21 times to how I have it now.  This site definitely helps to keep your blog clean.