Friday, July 30, 2010
My earliest memories are of my mother sewing clothing for my little sister and I. We never went to the department store at the first of the school year, except for new shoes and underwear and socks. Our school clothes came from fabric and patterns that my mom purchased at the local yardage shop.
Then there was my mom's sister, my Aunt Wilma who was also a seamstress. She had clients that she created clothing for. She also loved crochet. As a young girl, I sat with her, when we visited her house and she would teach me the crochet stitches. I really never learned enough to crochet for myself, but I really enjoyed the attention she gave me with our little lessons.
Then there was my mom's mother, my maternal grandmother. She lived alone and cut little pieces of fabric in all kinds of shapes and made quilts! She also made little yo-yo dolls. But I was most fascinated with her quilts! I always said that when I got old, I was going to make quilts. Well, I guess I am old, because since all my children are grown, I now make quilts of my own! I am so blessed to have had this heritage!
(This little quilt I made for my grandson. Not the first of many that I will make for my family!)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
So, being a good researcher, I looked into it. I found lots of info about it! (Is it strange that when you go to the doctor that they don't tell you this nutritional information.) Anyway, what I found was:
- Asparagus used to be a delicacy in one of the 10 or 12 dishes offered in Chinese Wedding Feasts.
- It is noted as an epicurean delight and also for its medicinal qualities.
- The origin of asparagus was in the eastern Mediterranean region but now it has spread throughout the world.
- In the 18th century, King Louis XIV of France popularized the asparagus.
- Asparagus is one of nature's most perfect foods.
- Asparagus are poor in calories and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
- Asparagus also contains the phyto-chemical glutathione, which has antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties.
- According to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, one of the body's most potent cancer fighters. Glutathione is involved in detoxification. It binds to fat-soluble toxins, sucha as heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides, and transforms them into a water-soluble form that can be excreted in the urine.
- Additionally, asparagus is high in rutin, which is valuable in strengthening the blood vessels.
These history facts are from an internet article. The medical properties of asparagus are taken from the writing of Lucinda Ball of the UK written in 2005.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I would love to go rent a cabin at Crescent Lake in near Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. Although I visited this lake on a trip with my dad when I was a teen, I've always wanted to go back. It is the clearest blue lake that I had ever seen. Spectacular! My husband and I took a day trip thru the area two years ago, but we didn't get to stay. We took a little time to enjoy the pier. Here he is sitting on the pier. These pictures do not do the lake any justice, since it was an overcast day and the blue just didn't show at all. Summer time would be the best time to visit, when the sun is out.
The lake is extremely deep, and tucked between two mountain ridges like a hidden gem. The road around the lake is windy and slow because it is literally cut out of the side of the ridge at the water's edge--kind of freaky in some spots, but plenty of turnouts to stop and take a look at the water. When you get to the west end of the lake, there is a wonderful old lodge with a lovely restaurant, a comfy pier, and quaint cabins. I want to stay for a week, take a boat out on the lake, go fish, go for a hike--maybe to Marymere Falls, sit in the Adirondack chairs on the shore and read a good book! Just generally relax and have some fun! That's my kind of vacation!!!!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I bleed red, white and blue, don't you? Today is a day to celebrate, but also think about our freedom and heritage. I was going to write something, but my Etsyblogger team mate, Mysticwynd, said it better.
Thursday, July 1, 2010