Friday, April 30, 2010

Brady's first communion

Sunday was a very special day for Brady. It was special for us too as Grandparents, to see our grandson make his first Holy Communion.

Isn't he cute in his white shirt and tie? Such a little man.

Here is the 1st communion class. They kids worked hard for this. They attendedclasses every Wednesday night during the school year.

Tonight they will celebrate with a pizza and ice cream party.

The family after mass.

We celebrated after church with dinner in town at Colten's. Brady wanted the steak house, even if it was only 11:00 AM! It was his day and he could pick any place he wanted.

Here he is opening his gift from us. It's a Fredrick's cross made by the blacksmith.

I feel pretty safe in say he's probably the first boy ever to receive a hand made cross from his grandfather the blacksmith.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dinner tonight

Remember these? The dirty jars I bought at the auction over the weekend. They were muddy, grassy and scummy.

I first soaked them in a wash tub with strong detergent water. I then scrubbed them with a stiff brush.

I then loaded them into my 17 year old dishwasher. I used for pot scrubbed cycle and the wash heat booster cycle. I'm pretty sure in 17 years that was the first time use for those cycles. They came out looking like they were brand new.
But by the bottom of this one I can assure you they weren't new. It is dated Aug 31, 1815. It was made in Sands Springs Oklahoma by the Kerr Glass Company.

Now let's talk food. Tonight we will have this fresh picked lettuce for dinner.

Along with that, let's add some fresh green onions. The radishes we will save for breakfast. They go so good with bacon sandwiches.

Then I found this while mowing grass in the backyard. It's all mine. Unfortunately the blacksmith is highly allergic to them.

It sure made mowing the grass worth while!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jungmeyer Auction with the Mother of all CROCKS!

Saturday we left the house at 9:00 for an auction. The skies looked gloomy before we left so plenty of rain gear was taken, or so we thought. The drive took about 20 minutes.

This auction in the country was located on a ridge. The surroundings were beautiful, you could see for miles.

The first thing I scoped out was the 50 gallon Red wing crock.

This is the biggest crock I have every seen. It was in mint condition. Notice the spigot on the bottom. It measured 34 inches tall and 24 inches across. It would sell later in the day for $1350.00. From the little research I did, at the Red Wing Collector's website, it seems to have a value between $2000 to $2400. Someone got a very good deal!

Vintage miniature oil cans.

Car Snac VW sportsman thermos picnic set. A very nice rare plaid retro VW Car snac picnic set. It would hang over the back or front seat and has two thermos bottles for hot and cold drinks. The middle is a sandwich or snack compartment.

One of the many rows of things waiting to be auctioned.

A rare sight, to see a farmer who owns both red and green!

A very nice wood cook stove. the collectible fan on top was sold separatly for $10.00.

Pie crust metal rockers. We would've liked to have these, but we don't need them! We already have 12 restored metal chairs.

White Mountain Oak ice box.

Wurlitzer Simplex Multi-selector, wooden case juke box with records.

The majestic old barn, still in the dry.

The sky's get more threatening. Rains coats are being put on.

And this is what I saw as I sat in the car to warm up. It must have rained two inches in the 8 hours we were there.

The back of the jeep was full.

8 quart Simmons Hardware sausage stuffer. Our purchase price $25.00

Hobart meat tenderizer. $310 bought by the brother in law. We just transported it.

My 9 hats, 2 of which are mink. One very wet hat box included in the $5.00 price. Cat hair was free.

4 flats of canning jars. Blue jar and some wire bail tops included. I bought for $1

More of my purchases. Oval cast iron fish fryer $22.50. 10 inch deep cast iron skillet $15.00

2 burner gas stove. BT bought for $10.
Not pictured are the blacksmith tongs, the forge blower, some cute little red motor and two soaked auction goers. I also had the camera put away so as not to get wet, when they sold the 1929 Model A ford roadster. It was pale mint green and restored, it bought $6500.

It started raining about an hour after we got there. Only for one brief period did it let up and the sun came out. It gave us a false sense of security. By the time we left, the rain coats were no longer helping, the jeans had soaked up from the bottom. Needless to say everything was wet. And I do mean everything . Even the cloth zipper in my rain coat got water logged and made my top and bra soaked.

We got home, wrung out our clothes, took hot showers and made a big pot of strong black coffee. After looking over all our purchases I made a pot of potato soup.
A fun time was had by all.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A baby quilt finished

Look at the pattern I found last night by accident!
I almost screamed out loud!
It was in one of my old quilt books.
It makes the cutest wall hanging using feed sack fabric for the dresses.
Handkerchiefs can be used for the collars.
You can accent with antique buttons and even jewelry.
I wanted the pattern when I saw it at the Stover Quilt gathering last month.
But tightwad me thought it would be one of those patterns
I would purchase and never get made.
So I passed it by.
Here is a picture I took there.
The pattern was for sale for about $8.00 or $9.00.
Now I will have to find some feed sacks.
I would be willing trade for a fat quarter.

Here is my latest project I have been working on.
It's a darling baby quilt.
It's the first quilt I have made in ages that didn't include paper piecing.
That was a challenge for me.
I machine quilted it.
It will go to it's new home next week.
The baby is due in 15 days!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

People Get Ready

People get ready, there's a train a comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

People get ready for the train to Jordan
It's picking up passengers from coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board 'em
There's hope for all among those loved the most.

There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there's no hiding place against the Kingdom's throne

So people get ready, there's a train a comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

I get goose bumps everytime I play this. AWESOME!!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sarah's BFF's wedding

Sarah's BFF Holly got married today.

The girls have been best friends since their freshmen year in high school.

This photo was taken on our Colorado vacation in 2003.

Holly and Eric were married in her church in Taos, Missouri, St Francis Parish. It was beautifully redone several years ago.

As usual the little ones can steal the show. Just after this photo, the miniature bride saw some one up front she recognized and took off like a rocket. The poor little guy was left behind. Yet somehow, flower petals were still dropped on her faster than lightening run to the alter.

The newly married couple. I'm pretty sure he is Holly's new BFF now.

Their wedding cake. They were very sensible when it came to feeding each other the cake, thank goodness. There was no cramming, smearing or shoving of cake. Just a nice size piece gently fed to each other.

Baby Kiah, the daughter of one of the 7 BFF's

MRS W. Congratulations!

Here are the 7 BFF's. They have been a group for years. 3, married, 2 engaged and well 2 left. Close but no cigar.

Sarah and Holly today.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yesterday was a busy day

It was a beautiful spring day. Our 6th day in a row with temperatures over 80 degrees. 64 is our normal average for this time of year. I worked outside most of the day.

I went to Trinklein's greenhouse today. (Just 3 miles from the house.) They have over 18 greenhouses. Six are open to the public. I picked up some pepper plants to go with our tomato plants. I even found 6 Roma tomato plants. Right kind, right Nancy?

I bought dark pink wave petunias.

Two pink geraniums to go with the asparagus fern I wintered over in the basement.

Coleus, two varieties and a sweet potato vine. Hopefully this year the squirrels will leave it along.

Nicotiana, I bought 4 of them. It doesn't look like much in this picture, but they really get pretty.

These are my Blue Bells. They are every where.

Grow baby grow! I can't wait for the fresh peas, or the lettuce, or the spinach or the radishes.

Missouri Columbine.

We had company last night. Flat Creek Farm's hubby came for a visit. It was hard for me to get a word in with the two blacksmiths talking non-stop. He promises to return next week with a whole truck load of "stuff" for the hubby. I might even get another lilac bush out of the deal.
No quilting done, but surly the spring rains will hit soon and I will have to stay inside.

Today I will go to my paying job. I will leave the hubby at home to tend to planting the garden, watering the flowers and playing with the dog. Oh how I will miss the beautiful spring weather!