Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Autumn Days



  
Well, we never made it to Brown County.  We tried to locate an apple orchard on the way down and got lost on old country roads.  What a normal 20 minute ride to Bloomington, took us almost 2 hours.   I did manage to snap one picture on the way down.  Not much color left on the trees, but still it was very pretty out.  Beautiful blue sky, and just enough yellows left on the trees to make us smile.  


Twin Bridges one of the caves that was closed
We did head down to McCormick's Creek on Monday.  Still not enough Color on the trees. We hiked Trail 5, 2 miles.  The paths were covered with leaves, it did not look like anyone had been on the trail for awhile.  We did see some interesting sights along the trail.  It is sad that all the caves are closed due to White Nose Syndrome, which is killing the bats.  We used to take the girls into some of these caves when they were younger, now families can only look at the outside of the caves.  So sad.  

Read about White Nose Syndrome here:  http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org



I'm in front of Wolf Cave.  The yellow sign says the cave is closed and tells about the White Nose Syndrome.


A live tree, Brian is looking through.
I am looking through the tree from the other side. 



Saturday, October 27, 2012

and we're off

Going to get my hair cut this morning and then we are off to Brown County, IN to view what is left of the fall colors.  I heard that Thursday it was packed down there.    Hoping to get some good fall pictures to post. 

So much for writing, cooking and sewing today

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cooking in the morning.

Just made Chicken Licken for dinner tonight.  mmm   Has chicken thighs (boneless/skinless) tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt, paprika, chili powder, and ginger.   It has a nice flavor once all the spices mingle with the chicken and tomatoes. Serving on a bed of Quinoa.  

Yesterday, I did not get around to making anything for dinner.  I came home and Brian had fixed his own dinner. One can of soup, can of potatoes, and can of green beans.  I felt bad, but he was not complaining and he ate it all.  

I did manage to get some cleaning of my desk done yesterday though.  Shredded some old paperwork.  Now I can feel like I can breathe.  

I'm planning on working on my sewing area next.  A few months ago, Brian bought me a 5 tiered rack with several plastic container so I could organize my material.  We were both enthusiastic about the project.  We even rearranged the room so we could fit it in along with my cutting table, a book case, my writing desk, 2 printer carts (one holds the printer and scanner, the other holds paper and supplies), and my sewing table.  Oh, and don't forget the dog crate. This is really their room, and we are taking it over.  It is wall to wall furniture, with plenty of room in the center.  After our initial enthusiasm, the weather changed and we headed outdoors for walks and trips to our state parks.  So there it all sits, empty baskets and all.  I picked up a template last night and it was covered with dust.  Time to get to work. 

Enjoy your day and Happy Reading. 




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sew....


 I have several sewing projects that I need to start, or rather finish.  I know I should be sewing right now, however my body is not fully awake and I am moving slowly.  So I thought in the effort to continue my writing skills, I would post about what I have made.  


In 2011, there was a challenge on facebook.  The first five people to post on your challenge status, you would make something for them.  I took that challenge, I made something for all five of my challenges and completed them by year's end.  These are the projects I made.



Place mats for my sister Donna


Back of table runner


Front of table runner - disappearing 9-patch - For Barb and Kathy
Sally Brown on Sally's apron
Apron for my sister Sally



Back of Sally's and Lindsay's aprons. I recycled one of my table covers, which made this a sturdy apron.
Cats galore on Lindsay's apron
Apron for my niece Lindsay


Front and back of the place mat - with the tag I made for each project

Maybe that is what I need, another challenge.  Something to motivate me.  Like this blog. I am being motivated to add to it daily, or at least several times a week, which is also motivating me to complete at least one of the books I have in the works. 

Hope you enjoyed seeing these projects as much as I making them.  Hopefully I will be posting more projects soon.  

Enough on sewing, onto cooking.  I am about to make dinner at 7:30 am.  Wonder what I can make with frozen chicken.
Table runner and hot pads for my niece India.

Happy Reading !
Ann

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Still can't figure out how to get the pictures on the cover of my book, I may go with just a plain cover, though it is not appealing to the eye.  The picture I have picked out is so cute too.  

I'm going to have to do some research to see how to get the size and pixels the site wants.  It is taking longer to do the cover than the actual book.  

I have run out of time today to keep working on it.  Check back soon for another update on my resolving the cover problem.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book 1


I'm attempting to complete Book 1 of my projects. I have only the cover left to do and am having a hard time getting it accomplished. The picture I want to add to the cover is saying it is too big and won't print properly. So I am trying a different type of cover.

I will get this done! One thing off my list, can't wait to order it and see what the final project looks like.

Because this is a Christmas present (I really NEED to finish it) I am sorry I won't be able to reveal it until January 2013..so watch for the link to view/order then.  


In the meantime, if you want to view or order my first book go to:  

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/amolsen













Monday, October 22, 2012

Lists

Back in January 2012, I made a list of things I would like to accomplish this year.  So far, I may have finished one thing on the list, which is not a very good record.  I can not find the list. I posted it on my face book page, I have written the list several time through out the year.  I guess I'm good at making lists..my girls can attest to that.

Some of the things I have on my list: 

Finish 3 books I have started.

Finish the sewing project I started for my daughter Joanna.

Make something for my niece Chrystal for her new apartment, which is no longer new by this time.

Start the project for my sister-in-law Kathy...actually, I bought material about this time in 2011 for Christmas in 2011...talk about procrastination.

Clean out the closet and donate, donate, donate.

Scan pictures into the computer...this would be a huge project, I have about 20 photo albums all about 3 inches thick...not to mention the pictures that never made it into an album. 

Make a budget and stick to it. 

Write down things about my family and how I grew up.

Write every day, to help with my writing skills. 

Then there is the list of lists, this exercise is supposed to get your brain working.  Pick a subject and make a list of 100 things, and do it all in one sitting.  This is harder than one would think, and I have made one list of 100, which did not make it to 100. My brain just fizzles out. You can check out the process here:  http://litemind.com/tackle-any-issue-with-a-list-of-100/

My goal for the rest of this year is to accomplish at least one more thing on my list before 2013 arrives.  Choosing the project to complete is a whole other story.  

Keep checking back to see which project I am going to finish first.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Angie's Quilt

Angie's Quilt
 This is the quilt I made my daughter last year.  It started out as a small project, that grew and grew.  My husband kept telling me to add  more here, add more there.  This is a queen size bed and the quilt over hangs on both sides and is long enough to be tucked under on one end.  
Not the traditional size quilt, but I hear it keeps her warm on these chilly nights 



The back of the quilt.

These are three pillows I made to match the quilt.  I found 3 bed pillows at Ikea for 99 cents that I cut down to the square pillow size and restitched.  These were nice a fluffy throw pillows.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

...here I am

I have thought about starting a blog for quite sometime and have decided now is the time!

I love to write, cook and sew ... of course there are other things I love to do as well and I'm sure some of those things will pop in from time to time.


The purpose of  this blog is to better my writing skills, share recipes and cooking tips, and sewing projects I have done.


On Writing:  I have always wanted to write for children, when my girls were small I wrote a story for them.  Years later I had the story put into print through www.lulu.com, a self-publishing website. I have sold a few books, mostly to relatives, but it is encouraging.  I have a couple books in the works...by which I mean I have been working on for years.  So I'm hoping I can motivate myself through this blog to complete them.
You can check out my book at my bookstore:  http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/amolsen

On Cooking:  I love to cook.  My current work schedule does not allow me to have a sit down dinner with my husband of 27 years very often, so in the mornings before work I am making dinner so he does not have to scrounge through the refrigerator and cupboards to find something to eat, or head to the nearest fast food place.  It makes me feel good when I know he is eating something delicious, and he is very grateful he does not have to forage.  I would love to share some of the quick meals I have been able to make for him and my family. Also some of the handy tips I have learned over the years.


On Sewing:   I have always liked to sew, but needed to be in the mood.  A few years ago, my sisters and I did a sewing project.  A round robin, quilt project we dubbed 'The Sisters Quilts'.  I have 5 sisters, we all started a quilt block, passed it down to the next sister to add to, then to the next, the youngest sister would pass hers to the oldest, who would pass it down again until it reached the original sister.  It took us over a year to make those quilt tops.  We presented the quilts at our annual family picnic, my youngest brother (I have 5 of those too) took a video of the event.  Every since this time I have had the bug to sew.  I am fascinated with quilts, the bright colors and the texture once they are quilted.  I made a large quilt for my daughter, however I like smaller projects that I can whip up in no time.  I will share some of these projects later, and some new ones as well.


I hope you enjoy my blog and will check back now and then.


Happy Reading !
Ann