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Monthly Archives: January 2014


Happy Chinese New Year

Our oldest daughter, the one who is teaching in Shanghai, sent these pretty paper cutouts to hang on our doors for Chinese New Year. The top one is for the Year of the Horse, which begins today. And the bottom one with the fish is hung to bring prosperity. Our daughter shared this explanation with us: “Fish are a sign…

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Seminole Squash and Carrot Curry Soup

One of the things I enjoy doing at our winter home here in Florida is going to the year round farmers’ market each Saturday in Pensacola on Palafox Street. I’ve been able to source grass-fed beef and pork, local raw honey and of course, lots of fresh organic vegetables. And until the hard frost we got a week and a…

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Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Quilting, Sewing

Handmade Gifts for Our Son

The gifts for our son this year were made to co-ordinate with the colors he has chosen to decorate his apartment. His main furniture pieces are black or white or charcoal grey. He has accented those with pops of green and orange here and there. He has made some additions since we helped him move a little over a year…

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Vintage Embroidery Monday –Snail Iron Day

When Dave and I were first married, I started out doing what all newlywed army wives did back then… I ironed his uniforms.  That is until the first time he complained that the creases in his work pants weren’t exactly the same.  From then on… he ironed his own uniforms.   Maybe we should have hired Mrs. Snail to do the…

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Christmas on a Budget, Sewing

Handmade Gifts for Our Middle Daughter

I only sewed one of our middle daughter’s gifts this year. The other one I crocheted. When our children were still very little, I began the tradition of making them each an ornament for Christmas. That way when they all eventually left home they would have Christmas ornaments for their own trees that had memories attached to them. Several years…

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