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  1. 3 points
    Oh Kelly- hope you stay warm with that cold blast coming thru!! As for our family- we welcomed a new grandson on the 16 of November.....and our new granddaughter should be arriving any day soon! We are driving down to DC to visit my son and DIL, and my son says he is betting that exactly 1 hour after the turkey is in the oven- her water will break! LOL At any rate- this GiGi is loving all of the babies!
  2. 1 point
    I hope everyone has a good thanksgiving tomorrow This year we decided to stay home as my wife has been falling lately and it will just be the two of us. I have been doing the cooking since she got Parkinson’s so we are trying a non traditional T-Day dinner. I am making roast lamb over shrimp and cornbread stuffing with broccoli florets drizzled with hollandaise sauce on the side plus crescent rolls and cranberry sauce. NY cheesecake and pumpkin pie for desert. What are you having? Traditional or other?
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    From the album: Ivy Hollow - Rural Free Delivery Post Office

    We have to receive our mail in bulk at the tiny post office, mostly likely by rail. I printed and sewed a simple mailbag design, then stuffed the mailbag with faux letter bundles and wood parcels. Though it's hard to tell in the photo, the fabric is just thin enough that the colors and patterns of the faux mail add to the realism of what's inside.

    © brae oktober

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    From the album: Ivy Hollow - Rural Free Delivery Post Office

    We have to receive our mail in bulk at the tiny post office, mostly likely by rail. I printed and sewed a simple mailbag design, then stuffed the mailbag with faux letter bundles and wood parcels. Though it's hard to tell in the photo, the fabric is just thin enough that the colors and patterns of the faux mail add to the realism of what's inside.

    © brae oktober

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    From the album: Scratch build farm house

    Made a small bench also.
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    I prefer Hobby Lobby to Michaels, in our area at least. I didn’t realize the AC Moore was the old Ben Franklin. I used to love Ben Franklins.
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    I have 3 of these in my house. The best feature for me by far is the drop in. It basically turns the dot into an intercom. Other than that, I check the weather, listen to music occasionally and track my amazon orders.
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    From the album: Scratch build farm house

    Bed finally got to the finished stage, all I have to do now glue the headboard on, Make a mattress etc.
  9. 1 point
    I love lamb, but we're going traditional. Turkey and gravy, stuffing, sweet potato casserole with candied pecans, green peas, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
  10. 1 point
    Me too Holly! I'm thankful for the internet, otherwise I would literally be in my own mini world
  11. 1 point
    I know it's been a while, but all of a sudden I have to remember my passwords when I'm on the library computer and it takes forever to reset them. And then when I do, I forget what I reset them to. Holly, the man who sold me the trailer sold it with two full propane tanks and a new 12 volt battery. One of the propane tanks is hooked up to the stove and oven, and the other is a spare. I bought one of my own, so when it went out, I switched to the spare and I'm getting my empty one filled today. Using a Mr. Buddy heater 3 to 4 hours a day will have a tank last about 3 1//2 weeks. Although, we have some really gnarly cold weather coming up. It's supposed to get up to 37 for a high and as low as 25 for a low in the next couple of days. If it rains, we'll have snow. Funny, I'm not looking forward to snow like I used to. LOL Anyway, the fridge doesn't run by propane and the heater in the camper needs an electric ignition that would come from a generator. So I just use the Mr. Buddy heater and I'm good. I keep a cooler outside and in this weather, a bag of ice will last over a week. I don't run the heat at night, but I'm plenty warm. I have a light blanket under a sleeping bag and then a couple of blankets on top of the sleeping bag. Last night it was 40 degrees and I slept with the window open above my bed. I'm so comfortable in the mornings that sometimes I don't want to get out of bed. Sometimes I don't. But because it's so cold, my nose runs all the time. I put a small garbage pail at the foot of the bed so I could throw away kleenexes without getting up. One day I threw a kleenex into the heater while it was on. That was exciting. I can connect my hose to a spigot, but the water pressure is so high that when I turn the water on, it sprays from everywhere. Also, if I leave the hose connected, the water stays in the spigot even if it's turned off and I don't want the water freezing in the spigot. When the hose is taken off and the water is turned off, the water drops back into the pipe below ground which is below the freeze level, so the water won't freeze then. I just have to haul water every other day for drinking and washing. When I can afford it, I'm going to buy 2 5-gallon containers for drinking water. There's no septic system to dump anything in. Lisa (Lisa_F here) came up one day and brought me some groceries and a plastic toilet seat to put on a 5-gallon bucket. I don't have sawdust and no access to any, so she also brought up a HUGE compressed bag of pine shavings from a pet store. I go in the bucket and then throw in a couple of handfuls of pine shavings. There's no smell once I do that. In a couple of weeks, I'll start humanure composting. I'll start by digging a small hole in the ground, throwing in some straw, then I'll toss my buckets, and then throw some more straw over that. I just need to find a bale of straw is all. I'll also need to find 4 pallets to stand up on end to put around the compost. Meantime, the buckets can stay outside with their lids on them and like I said, there's no smell. Well, better than an outhouse. The only thing that bugs me is there isn't much to do. I'm sure that once summer comes along, I'll have plenty I can do, plus I'll have the trailer and the terracing paid off and I'll have a little extra money to buy plants and stuff. I was hoping I'd have electricity by next winter, but I have a feeling it's going to be another 18 months before I see that. Once I have electricity, I could live in that trailer forever. Of course, I still won't have a computer, unless I want to get DISH. So all I do is eat, sleep, and read, and I'm running out of books. I can read about 300 to 400 pages a day and the library here really doesn't have a big selection. I don't know what I'm going to do over Thanksgiving when the library is closed for 4 days. So I'm fine and all, just bored. Lisa has actually convinced me to get a kindle and as soon as I can afford it, I will. I use camping lights for light at night. I can use the lights in the camper and I do use the one over the stove all the time, but I don't want to run the battery down. I don't have jumper cables yet and I'd need to jump start that battery and charge it from my car battery when it finally runs down. I tried the oil lamps. Either they're cheap or they're too small. I turn the wick up an inch and I get lots of light - for about 30 seconds. Then it drops down to the light of a tea candle and I have to turn the wick up again. I can go through a wick in about 5 hours and still not have enough light to read by, so I just light the lantern to have a flickering flame now. The biggest expense (and I knew it would be) is batteries. The camp light I have for reading is nice and bright, but that only lasts for about 12 hours. So I'm changing batteries practically every 3 days. I'm thinking of getting a propane lantern. I'm not sure how I'd get one to work by the bed, though, since that's where I read all the time. Anyway, that's where things stand now. I'll check back occasionally and let you guys know how things are going. Right now I'm cold, but happy (because this library is freezing!). Today I have to go drop off the modem, fill the propane tank that ran out, and do some grocery shopping. I also need to stop at the main library to drop off books and look for more. So off I go!
  12. 1 point
    My new high wind velocity hurricane shutters for my RL house. No more heavy metal panels to put up!
  13. 1 point

    From the album: Ivy Hollow - Rural Free Delivery Post Office

    This is a vintage charm of the logo for the United States Post Office Department, which was the original name of the United States Postal Service. I was going to make a sign to resemble a porcelain plaque, but this is delightful at 5/8" diameter. I bought a 42-piece lot to get one, so these will go in my Etsy shop when I reopen.

    © brae oktober

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