Friday, December 13, 2019

Number 7 and another box from Amazon

I finally finished pin basting baby quilt number 7 so now I can get it quilted this weekend.

I got the batting cut for baby quilt 8, 9, and the lap sized quilt.

The rows in the yellow rectangle show what I got knitted yesterday on the scarf.

And now I know you are anxious to hear what was in the latest box I got from Amazon. I did not order this, my name is on the box, and my credit card has not been charged. I received a skull mask. Crazy hun? I am at a loss for words. LOL!!

Some family members are going to get some interesting joke Christmas gifts this year! To recap, I got a pair of windshield wipers, a pair of generic Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones, and now this skull mask. I wonder how long this is going to continue? LOL!!

I am glad it is the weekend although I have spend some time at my brother's house finishing the painting in the basement. I have decided to paint the wall behind the washer and dryer too; it just looks sad. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Air fryer - the first two items

I got home from work later than usual so I didn't have time for much. I had stopped at the grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread so I could try out the air fryer. First I had to wipe out the unit per the instructions in case there was any manufacturing dust and wash the mesh racks.

I cut a slice of bread and set the air fryer for 3 minutes on 370 degrees. This was just a guess! LOL!!
I then added some cheese and set it for another 3 minutes at 370. The bread on the bottom and sides was nice and crispy like toast, but there was no color. The mouth feel was fine. Maybe if I had buttered the bread just a little it would have browned up a bit. I will have to try that, but otherwise it was a nice snack.

Then this morning I threw in some small potatoes. This is 3 pounds of organic Yukon gold potatoes. I poked each one with a knife so they didn't explode, very lightly oiled and salted them, then set the timer for 20 minutes at 375. I did go and flip them over about 3/4 the way thru.

I had sorted the potatoes by size and the littlest ones were done, but the others needed another 5 minutes. The time isn't much shorter than in a traditional oven, but I don't have to wait for preheating and run to the oven when the timer goes off. The air fryer cycles down and shuts itself off when the timer goes off. Here are what the potatoes looked like.

I could have cut them in smaller pieces, cooked them longer so they would get a bit more brown, and added more seasoning. I can see there would be a lot of options. I never cook baked potatoes. Heating up the oven to cook one potato is ridiculous, but with the air fryer why not! I think this unit works a lot like some of the convection countertop ovens I have seen, but just a bit smaller in the footprint.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Scarf progress

I went to dinner with a friend last evening so while I waited for her I knitted on that scarf. I have made some progress, but I have 12 days to get it done! Yikes!
We exchanged gifts and one of the items she gifted me was this vintage measuring cup

I started collecting measuring cups a long time ago. I know - it is a strange thing to collect! LOL!! This is my first blue one and it looks wonderful in my bookcase with my other cups.

I also bought myself a Christmas present - a Power Pro Air Fryer.
Now I won't have to heat up the oven to re-heat a piece of pizza or bake a few egg rolls. I can also dehydrate and rotisserie a chicken, pork loin or beef loin. It will air fry French fries, breaded chicken fingers, and toast bread. I haven't had time to plug it in and try it yet. I think the first thing that I am going to cook is some potatoes. I have a bag of small Yukon gold organic potatoes that need roasted. They take like 40 minutes in the oven so let's see how long they take in the air fryer!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

More pin basting

Between cooking, laundry, wrapping a present, and doing dishes last evening I started pin basting baby quilt number 7. Only two more baby tops and one lap top to go!

It rained hard yesterday most of the day so they didn't pound any pilings. I don't know if that is normal not to pound pilings because of rain or not. The noise from the pounding is not bad at all inside the trailer, but outside you need to wear hearing protection. I have earplugs on a headband like piece so they are easy to stick in when I head for my car and then take out when I am down the street.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Crazy busy weekend

Lets start with sewing. I managed to get three more baby quilts quilted this weekend between Saturday and Sunday. I have three more to quilt and one lap size top to quilt then I can start binding.

Here is my pile for binding.

Friday night I went to my nephew's graduation/birthday party. He graduated from Kent State with a degree in Advertising. The degree is a backup in case the music career don't pan out. The food was great - pasta, fabulous meatballs, and pizza. I ended up helping out a bit with the food which I didn't mind doing at all.

Sunday morning I went to my brother's house to paint his basement floor. The mold remediation was done and even though the floor was clean it looked awful. After suggesting painting it to my brother, he agreed that a coat of paint would make it look better and I had permission to go buy paint. It took about 1 1/2 hours to paint the edges then I could stand up and use a paint pole to do the rest. I still have to go back and paint the areas that I had to leave because of furniture and under the washer and dryer. When I took these pictures the paint wasn't dry so it looks uneven. I have to go back this weekend and finish. It looks so much better! Here are some before and afters.
That ugly green wall at the far end of the laundry room is going to get some fresh white paint too. That will make this room look so much brighter. The wall behind the washer and dryer also needs a coat of paint so that will happen this weekend. I have already started a list of what I need to bring.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Knitting and pounding

I needed to catch up on some shows I had taped so I knitted last evening. I need to get this scarf done for Christmas so I need to make sure I take it everywhere with me just in case I have some waiting time. I think it is going to be a cute scarf.
Pounding - what? At work. They guys are driving pilings into the ground to bedrock. These will be for building a bridge. Where they are pounding is probably 30 yards from the job trailer. They pound a section in the ground then weld on another section and pound some more. These pilings will go down 90 feet.

See all those stakes with the orange tips? Each one of those is where a piling will be pounded in!

Once all the pilings are in then they will be filled with concrete. After that a concrete footer will be formed on top of the pilings. Next will come the concrete columns that will hold up the bridge deck.

Across the street is where more work is going on. They keep having to install these odd shaped pieces of metal that are used to hold back the dirt. They vibrate these into the ground.

We were digging for storm sewers and found water. So to work in the area to try and resolve the water issue they are having to hold back the dirt so it won't collapse into the hole.
I am looking forward to the weekend! Mostly I plan to quilt baby quilts. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Making progress and strange packages

I got a good start on quilting quilt top number 4. I thought I would try out using some blue thread and see how I liked it. Quilting these giveaway baby quilt tops opens the door for some experimentation with colors I may not have tried in the past.

I have been getting packages at the house with my name and address from Amazon. It is stuff I never ordered and my credit card has not been charged. In mid-November I received a pair of windshield wipers; they are not the right size for my car.

Then Tuesday I got a pair of noise cancelling headphones.
Both times I got on Amazon's website and chatted with several people trying to figure out why these items end up with my name on them when I didn't order them. No luck figuring out why. I told them next time they could send me a diamond necklace! LOL!!! I will end up donating the wipers and give the headphones to my son.