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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


I've been putting off posting in the hope the water would go down so I would have good news to report but now they say the level will stay high until Friday. We are in a major flood situation since April 27, and on Sunday we got false hope as the water went down but it was back up higher in the morning. This morning it was even higher.

A lot of my spring bulbs are under water.

but these are high and dry.

On Sunday, I worked at the church supper cutting pies and had to be brought to the road by a tractor, then by truck. I could walk over the barricaded bridge to the other side where someone picked me up to take me to the church, otherwise, it would have been a very long detour.

My Lilly garden is under water.  My husband built a carport and now my Lilly garden on top is in the shade and they are barely growing.  They are usually first to bloom.

We've managed to milk the cows twice a day since the flood started and they had a dry place to lay down in their beds but now even their sand beds are wet. There is water everywhere in the barn.

This morning when I went to feed my calves, I went by tractor but when I tried how deep the water was by the barn door before putting my feet on the ground,  it was over my boots so George drove me back home. It was 1/2 an inch at the top of my boots and my foot was not touching the ground.

Friends lend my son two pairs of hip-waders so they at least can get around without getting water in their boots.

Water is now around the front hedge.

They haven't been able to milk the cows yet and it's 10"34 am but now they think that they can milk the cows one at a time in the portable milk can they use for colostrum milk and the milk will have to be dump outside.   It will take a long time but at least, there is a solution to a major problem.  They can put more sand in the beds.

I didn't go around taking pictures at the barn but it's a huge mess right now.

View for upstairs of the backyard and filed behind the hedge.

The flood warning came 48 hours prior to flooding but we got more water than predicted and because of the effect of the full moon on the tide, the water came faster than predicted.

My backyard was greening up and the bulbs were growing, now all is under water.

A pair of Mallard ducks gingerly enjoying a visit in my backyard.

I managed to put things on high shelves in the basement before the flood so nothing would get wet downstairs. I have all my little seedlings on the floor in the sunroom but they are not getting enough light.

In hindsight, sandbagging around the openings around the barn might have been beneficial. There are lots of big doors so I'm not sure if it would have been possible. Water always finds the lowest spots.

Now they are telling us that the water will stay high till Friday. A week of high water is a long time.

On a happier note, I won a very generous giveaway from MoosecraftUSA. It came so soon after it was sent by priority post and the shipping was $46.25 US. I was so surprised at the size of the package. Sharon is a very generous friend. Thank you, Sharon. I have a Thank You card all ready to go but we have no mail delivery because of the flood so it will be sent as soon as the water goes down.  I'm so grateful for the beautiful wool. I'm already hooking the stripe one in the second row on my Julia hen chairpad.

When I took the first photo I forgot the applique gift and the notepad, so they are in the next photo. I''m looking forward to working my first wool applique but I need thread first...

Again, thank you, Sharon for the generous gift. They are all beautiful gifts. The little sheep is adorable.

I hope everyone is staying dry and safe. I'm sure trying. Thanks for your comments.
Hugs, Julia

Saturday, April 21, 2018


When my Husqvarna sewing machine jammed I tried to remedy the problem but this time I couldn't fix it. The bobbin holder won't sit tight and the needle managed to pierce the plastic bobbin holder three times.  The people where my machine was bought have since gone out of business and several businesses who used to repair sewing machine have moved also.
For straight sewing, I can still use my old Singer sewing machine but the zigzag disk is missing.

I needed to zigzag the backing for my rooster rug to prevent it from fraying so I went and bought the simplest serger overlock sewing machine I could find and lucky me, it was on sale. It's a discontinued model but exactly what I was looking for. I just wanted basic. So here it is.

It has a little tray to catch the cut edges that fall after sewing, leaving a neat serged edge. 
I've been wanting one of those for years but just couldn't justify buying one.   
The machine looked a bit intimidating at first but after reading the booklet and viewing the DVD that came with it, I was amazed at how wonderful it is.

I know that you are probably tired of looking at Mr. George the rooster by now but for those who want to know how he was finished, this is the best I can do, step by step so bear with me. 

I cut out my backing a little wider than I wanted the finished edge and started sewing and the extra backing just fell in the little tray.  So enjoyable. That's it, a neat finish that won't unravel. 

I folded the backing, leaving about a quarter inch beyond the hooked rug edge and I pinned the cotton binding tape carefully burying the end of the pins to protect my fingers.  Then I whipped around the edge with a double strand of Briggs and Little wool using a tapestry needle and it was easy to whip around without having to baste the tape.  

I make sure that I don't whip the hoops but close to the hoops.  I know it's difficult to see exactly how I whipped because I didn't take a photo of how I did it but this photo shows the backing isn't all hidden under the tape. It's out about a quarter inch.

For this round shape, I pulled three thread in the tape to pucker it to make it fit better so I didn't have to make wedges I pulled one about 3/4 inch from the edge, then another one a little further down and the last one near the bottom of the tape.  It made fitting the tape so much easier.

I had forgotten to add this photo of how the tape looked after I finished sewing the base of the binding tape. I should have steamed the binding before taking the photo.

To make a smooth whipped edge, I hold the yarn with my left index finger to make sure the double yarn isn't twisted or get tangled as I whip and it also prevents me from pulling on the yarn too hard and making a hard hedge.  I'm right handed so I always hold the right side of the rug against me and start by inserting the needle from the back, hiding the two ends of yarn under the tape or backing, making sure to have one end going one way and the other going the other way. I try to whip the end of the yarn to secure it. I like to cut very long lengths of double yarn for whipping so I won't have to thread my needle so often but that's just me. 

Now here is Mr. George the rooster on his perch.  I used a large wooden hoop to draw a circle on my pattern and I was pleased that it fitted the bistro chair perfectly.  Now I need to hook a Julia chair-pad for the other bistro chair. The poinsettia was given to me two Christmases ago by my daughter Christine. One of the plants in the pot died from neglect but when I paid attention to it, the rest of the plants recuperated and is still blooming. 

Thanks for your visit and I hope you'll leave a comment to let me know you were here. I hope your weekend looks like spring has arrived where you are. It was a beautiful spring day here today.