and then there were 4

Hello friends,

Boy Howdy, do I have news!

I’ve told just about everyone I have come across.  I told the lady at the fabric store, the clerk at the supermarket, the hostess at the restaurant, a man in the elevator.  I told the morning and night managers at our hotel.  I told a lady at an information center.  I explained our new happy to the lady at the needlework shop.  I told the gal at the gift shop.  Pretty much anyone standing still, I shared our HAPPY with! I’ve sent text messages, made phone calls and sent emails.

Of course, I wanted to share with you, too.

We got to meet our FOURTH grandchild! 

This Granny and Grandpa just returned from a 2, 500-mile adventure.   We were on a mission as someone was waiting for us.20180523_125646-2_resized_1

His name is Hunter and he is the calmest, content, most relaxed, healthy 10.2-pound 20180524_121059_resizedbaby I know. 20180522_120827_resized

It was thrilling to meet him.

I said, “Hi, I’m Grandma Daleen.  You have no idea just how good I am at loving and spoiling grands.”   We were off to a great start.  I think he likes me!!!!

 

 

 

The week flew by.  Our 3-year-old grandson kept us on our toes and toes in the air, too.

 

 

 

While there, we played Candyland, Shoots, and Ladders, Hungry Hungry Hippo, cards, did a puzzle, played with matchbox cars and Legos. We read books, books, and more books and played at the park.  We played Mini Golf.  Much to their parents’ dismay, we gave daily gifts. Happily gave too many gifts.  Went to the beach and of course, ate Frozen Yogurt. Lots of frozen yogurt!

 

 

 

We are very grateful for this HAPPY life.

I wanted to share our HAPPY with you.

 

how does your garden grow?

square-foot-gardening 3Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock and am very late to this party, but similar to folks buying and installing “microwave drawers” in new kitchens (oh, that’s a whole other conversation) this gardening idea is a whole new concept for me.

Boy Howdy, after reading only 31 glorious pages, I’ve strapped on my party shoes (read that as cute gardening boots) and ready to get planting.

Okay, this book has sold over 2.5 million copies.  Really?  Seriously, people, I must really have enjoyed living in the dark. Where have I been?  Why didn’t I spy it while at the library?  Why hasn’t someone shared this amazing concept with me?  Why isn’t this being talked about?  Do I need to find new friends who want to talk about growing food?

I am excited (to the point of wanting to take out some of my garden beds and start over), fascinated and can’t wait to get started even this late in the growing season.   

20180513_175724_resizedMel Bartholomew’s innovative grid-based method is explained so simply (I wish I had the common sense to think of this myself, drats), All New Square Foot Gardening.  “The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space”. 

***By the way, I took the picture of the book laying in our lush, thick, feels amazing to walk on (grounding, is real and it is something we all need to do)  backyard grass.  If you get a chance might I suggest you ask Mr. Right what his secret is?  I’ll give you a hint:  it’s white, it’s granulated, it’s sweet and you purchase it in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

Goodbye, weekends of weeding.  Goodbye buying fertilizers.   Goodbye digging.  Goodbye, remembering to turn on and off the sprinkler to water everything. 

Hello beautiful, productive garden with an amount that I can handle, throughout the growingsquare foot gardening 2 season.  

This book is for sale everywhere, heck it is in its second edition.  For $15.89 through Amazon, you can be reading in a day or two!  

I highly recommend this book.  Need a gift idea?  Need a new homeowner gift suggestion? Give it to the seasoned gardener in your life.  BETTER YET, give it to someone who is toying with the idea of gardening but is hesitant because they think it is too much work, takes too much time and the list goes on.   Best part?  No matter where you are reading in the country or world, everyone can enjoy & use this system.

squarefoot0011This solves the issues of gardening is hard, it takes too much time, I can’t garden because we have poor soil, we don’t have a large enough area, the list goes on.

However, would you like to know what hooked me? 

I loved that when asking people why they planted gardens in rows with so much room between and using fertilizer………….and the answer was always, “because that is how we’ve always done it”  “because that is how my grandfather did it”.  You KNOW that was a reason for me to like it. 

As my own public service announcement, I highly recommend this book.  Please for the sake of people living under big rocks everywhere, do them and yourself a favor…………at least read the description & review on Amazon.  If you don’t want to part with $15.00, please consider checking it out of the library. 

If you are still thinking this is silly, there is no way this will help feed people.  There is no way this could be a remarkable thing to teach………just ask anyone in the Utah School system or homeschooling programs or world Mission programs……. 

Or for the love of anyone living under a rock, buy the book, slip it gently under the rock to them.  At least they will have something fascinating and interesting to read. 

In this together folks, 

Chat soon. 

and a forest grew and grew

20180502_063223-1_resizedHere we are again, another, Work In Progress, Wednesday.

The forest is growing & growing.

 

I began stitching this Karen Kluba designed piece in August 2017.20180502_082812-1_resized

 

I am stitching on 28 count fabric, using 2 threads over 2 threads.

If you forget where it started you can hop back to the post where I shared the first pictures.  https://sundayschildfullofgrace.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/and-a-forest-grew/

 

For this update, I decided to have Mr. Right snap a picture of me holding my current work in progress.   (Before I lost my courage, I jumped up from my stitching chair, left my stitching glasses on and asked him to quickly snap a photo.)

Folks, this is a major milestone!  I connected all four sides.  I smiled while it happened last night and when I was typing that, just now.  🙂
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This photo shows me holding up the piece.  That way you can get a true feeling for the overall size.

At times, this piece is mighty overwhelming and I have had to put it down for a day or two.  However, most days, I try to put in at least a small animal or mini tree. The satisfaction of watching it grow bit by bit outweigh the oppressive size.

20180502_074140-1_resizedIt grows by tiny motifs to big involved trees.  Some days I garner great satisfaction from the completion of one simple butterfly.  Other days, I love to scramble so far down the rabbit hole, I forget to worry & fret about everyday life and simply enjoy the process of creating an exquisite tree trunk to branches to fruit.

 Please consider sharing your current work in progress. I would love to see what you are creating with your hands.  We can lift each other up and inspire one another by sharing.  needle and thread

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

tattoos make me sew happy

We live in a very lush, saturated, verdant green area of the Pacific Northwest.green 2

To get everything that deep, vibrant, intense green you need rain.  BUCKETS and BUCKETS and more BUCKETS of rain.  Rain comes with dark, dreary clouds and skies.  Rain brings mud and more mud.  The continuous dampness brings aches and pains.  The mud creates muddy boots, clothes and dog paws.  Everything is wet.

At one time of the year, our welcome mats may have been cute and charming.  However, this time of year, those cheerful inviting mats are muddy, soggy, saturated and well used.

Rain causes me to focus on indoor hobbies.  Reading, baking/cooking, cross stitching, quilting, more reading, indoor bike riding, rebounding, board games, more reading, podcast listening and sewing.

Almost every day is some shade of gray.violet-grays1

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the color gray.  I mean I love gray sweaters, gray paint (SW Amazing Gray is my favorite), gray thread, gray sneakers, gray fabric for quilts and  I have a favorite polka dot gray upholstered chair.

I don’t love gray skies for the 57th day in a row.  That might be a bit of an exaggeration, however, it has become a bit dreary.  This gals’ cheerful attitude has dimmed a bit. I’ve been feeling a bit blue.

Yes, I use a happy light.  Yes, I stitch with full spectrum lighting.  20180417_165855_resized

A girl needs color, I tell ya!

Cheerful, swirly color.

Did you know tattoos come in colors?

Yes, I said tattoos. (I’m guessing, I didn’t even shock my boys when they read that.  They are probably thinking, what is she doing this time?)

I found this unique & wonderful company that sells HAPPY!.  They offer an excellent product, prompt service with oodles of choices.  20180417_172903-1_resized

Tattoos for your sewing machine!

I’m guessing you could put them on your power saw or cordless drill or air compressor as well.

I’ll let pictures show off my new HAPPY.

 

 

 

See, I told you.  Sew much happy on one beautiful machine.

Oh, by the way, the quilt in the background, it is called “Rabbit’s Paw“.  Years ago, I won those blocks in a block exchange.  I machine sewed the quilt top and hand quilted.  I even quilted a bunny on one of the squares.  There is one block that was sewn together wrong (mine).  Every time I spy that block, it still makes me chuckle.  

May you find or make some beautiful HAPPY in your world today.

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

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hello Jack

What the Stanley Cup Playoff season means to me, by Miss Daleen.

It means instead of setting a proper table, sublet background music, beautiful linens, flatware and a lovely centerpiece……………

We get to eat dinner, in front of the television and watch HOCKEY!

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Who among us doesn’t love a casual dinner, great entertainment alongside some amazing food?

Extra flavor, easy to make and something you can eat with your hands.  (Yes, even Emily Post would, on occasion eat foods with her hands, using paper napkins of course.)

Bring on the BBQ Pulled Pork Sammies!!!  Oh yeah, dripping with flavor, excellent texture and topped with the crunch of cole slaw.  Really people, JUMP ON THIS BANDWAGON!!!

(I’ll go ahead and let you google the Toronto Maple Leafs Bandwagon)

Here we go.

Pulled Pork.

WAIT!!!!  I know what you are thinking.  Why, Daleen, I thought you didn’t eat meat?  I thought you didn’t eat pork?

Of course not.

20180412_154918-1_resizedHello Jack!  Young green Jackfruit that is.

This recipe comes from none other than Sam Turnbull.  Once again, another recipe she knocks it out of the park(or in this case the ice arena, ha). https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/6-ingredient-pulled-jackfruit/

The recipe is easy peasy (6 ingredients).  Amazing flavor.  The perfect texture.

Here’s the deal,  More often than not, I don’t try to re-create meat dishes and make them vegetarian.  I have discovered that it will most likely not be a successful endeavor. However, lately, I have been proven wrong.

This might come as a surprise.   Even folks that don’t eat meat, like to have a stack of paper napkins nearby, say Grace and DIG IN with both hands and savor an amazing Pulled Pork Sammie.  Yes, indeed.

What is Jackfruit?  A fast-growing tropical Asian tree related to the breadfruit.  Want to boost your immune system and get some vitamins while doing so?  May I gently suggest this big, beautiful edible fruit?

I drained, cut, cooked, baked and smothered it all in a glorious BBQ sauce.

How about I let some pictures do the talking?

 

 

 

Then I whipped up a beautiful, creamy, hint of tangy sauce for the coleslaw, toasted some buns to a golden brown, got out some pickles and YES, opened a bag of potato chips.

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This was an A+ meal.

I would most certainly serve this to any of our family or friends.  I might stuff it into tacos next time, or I generously top a pizza.  This is that good.  You take a bite and start looking for more ways you can add it to your dinner line up.

This sammie is so good, the bench will clear and folks will be dropping their gloves and fighting over it.  Okay, well maybe not fighting, however, they will leave their seats and politely go get seconds.

So for you, Hockey fans out there………..in the words of an over-the-top  (and you know what I mean) excited announcer…..

She shoots, she SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

Go Leafs.

pulled pork

 

momma bear

This is my very own public service announcement.

Our last little bird flew the nest about 14 years ago.  That is when I went from being a full-time mom (a job I took very seriously) to a mom that tries hard not to stick her nose where it doesn’t belong. 🙂  I said tries.  ha

We had two birds.  Those two birds married two birds.

I consider myself the mom of four grown children.

Some of those “momma bear” instincts seem to lessen as the years slip by.  I don’t have a need to know what time they are in bed.  I don’t need to know if they are brushing their teeth or using soap when they wash their hands.  I don’t need to know that they use good manners when eating their dinners (I can secretly hope).

Then one day out of the blue, someone makes a very unkind comment about one of my FOUR children. momma bear quote

This MOMMA BEAR instantly comes alive and alert.  I AM FIERCE and ruthless.  No second chances.

I am here to tell you, the Momma Bear has been poked. 

I can put up with “friends” who exhibit bad manners or poor behavior, I can even tolerate laziness or choosing to be undereducated.

I WILL NOT allow anyone to be disrespectful to any of my children or grandchildren.  That also includes saying anything unkind about my birds.

Earlier today, I ordered a new shirt.momma bear

If you see me wearing said shirt, watch out.  I promise you won’t know what hit you.

I take my job very seriously.  I am extremely good at my job.

Don’t ever poke the Momma Bear.

Thus ends today’s service announcement.

 

 

 

tip number 462

20180328_134554-1_resized_1Yesterday I baked amazing, flavorful (believe it or not) healthy carrot cake cupcakes.  (I tweaked a bit of the recipe for our needs.)

Lindsay Nixon is the Happy Herbivore who shares the recipe and so much more.  She is a gem and you will learn oodles and oodles from her.  Go take a look, you will be so glad you did.  https://happyherbivore.com/recipe/the-famous-carrot-cake-cupcakes/

Heads up!  Tip Alert! 

This is the perfect solution when you want to share a non-smooshed cupcake with your elderly neighbor, take a treat to your grand or you want to send one to work with your Mr. Right…………..

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Ta-Da!  Use an upside down drink cup.

Just sharing the goodness.

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

ps.  Bonus tip just for reading to the end of the blog post today!

Add a little outdoor Spring goodness where you least expect it.  It will be a happy surprise. 🙂20180328_163003-1_resized