Monday, October 16, 2017

SSL enabling -- Secure Sockets Layer

There has been lots of talk about SSL enabling .... making people secure in purchasing from your website. It used to be optional but no longer.  Since I have a website ( not this one) that I use for online shows , I have been watching and waiting. finally added this option to their free websites. Hurrah !

Fall is upon us...most of the time. Leaves are falling without much color changing. It was in the lower 40's this morning but the highs are going back up to the 70's this week. Still going up and down in cycles.

Robb's ginger cat (Tigger) actually came and sat next to me yesterday... a first!! Since it was a first I didn't move for quite some time... sitting in front of a window and "freezing".  BTW ... he wasn't unhappy just another of those who doesn't like his picture taken!! Especially with a flash.. the other pictures gave him the cat version of "red eye" which cannot be photo-shopped.

We included a new recipe in our Sunday night family dinner... pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese filling. Very good.  The recipe called for "boiled cider" which we had to order. It's like a very intense Granny Smith apple liquid ... thickish like syrup. The bottle is about a pint of liquid... so more muffins or search for something else??

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Quilting group tonight

My quilting group meets here ( at my house ) tonight....Actually only two quilt ,the rest do something else such as jewelry, bear making (me), crochet, and more. So we really should be called a" stitch and b***h"  group plus we eat!!
So today has been a tidy-up  and cook day. I found a recipe that I am going to try out on my group ... won top wrappers filled with cheese, bacon, peppers, sour cream and cream cheese.  My fingers are crossed.. hope they are as good as they sound.
Funny enough I was talking to one of the produce men in the grocery store... about peppers. I wanted ones that aren't as hot as jalapenos. Mentioned was I was making and he told me he had seen the recipe. So I will have to tell him how they turned out.... we chose anaheim peppers BTW.

I have been getting ahead of the holiday season bear-wise. I have two actual shows and two online shows coming up. My first actual show is the 20 - 21st of October up in Des Moines, Iowa. It takes us about 3 hours to drive there... all expressway but a nice drive. We even go past Madison County ... where the book "Bridges of Madison County" is situated. There is also a very nice little winery there and I am planning on buying some wine!!

Bob is going to be missing tonight ... off with our grandson to his Boy Scout meeting. Dominic's father will be at work and his mother here for quilting... so Bob stepped up !

The won ton wrapped appetizers were good!

Sunday, September 24, 2017


I have been luxuriating in the revival of the dishwasher.... no more dishes in the counter waiting to be washed ( now tucked neatly into the machine waiting for a full load) ... no more racks of drying dishes ...and so on!!
Hip hip Hooray for Bob's repair abilities ! He is an electrician, plumber, painter, plaster repairer etc. I have even loaned him out to friends whose husbands aren't as talented!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fixed... at long last

Our 2 1/2 year old dishwasher sprung a leak where the pump attaches underneath .... after only 30 months!!!  A new one would cost more than we wanted to spend as would a service call plus parts to fix it.....Yuck!!  Bob found the right pump  ( $190.00) and ordered it.... It sat in its box "like forever".  And we washed dishes by hand.
Today the slight nagging finally worked and he struggled all day to put the new pump in. He undid everything and pulled the "machine" out of its hole and in the course of things turned the dishwasher up side down etc.  He had watched the YouTube video on replacing the pump many times but the "videographer" left some essential steps out!!
However by the end of the afternoon Bob managed to get around the missing directions and THEN put everything back together!! We ran an empty load.... no leaks!!  Hooray!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

what happens with a new router

Well... this day didn't turn out like we expected!!  The wi-fi router bit the dust.  AT&T decided we needed a service person not  a new router.  We don't know what the telephone person thought the problem was... evidently he/she didn't think sending a new router was the answer.  Luckily the service person did!  He actually installed it...
Then Bob's work began.... having to change all the devices to the new Wi-Fi network and change the passwords..... that meant two Kindles, three computers, a chromebook, 2 smartphones, the TV and the XBox ... and then the printers.  All easier "said then done" with the new long complicated password!!  At long last it looks like we are all updated!!
Boy do we have a lot of stuff...

In between all that I have been working on winter-time accessories for my bears and friends. Things like hooded jackets, Santa hats, Christmas stockings, polymer resin candy canes and cookies and so on. Kind of fun!
I have three shows coming up .... Prim Folk Fest in DesMoines,  Bright Star's online  Holidays Stars and the Kansas City Local Exposure.  Getting ready should keep me out of trouble!!  LOL

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

does he have fleas???

Looking out the office window, which is on the second floor, I could see this little squirrel sitting on the birdhouse roof.... scratching  away ... all over.  Does he have fleas or have the oak mites gotten to him!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


I have been having fun making pumpkins.... these are embossed microfiber 7 inches in diameter. I dyed the fabric orange for the lower one!! Wasn't sure the dye would work on a non-natural ( wool cotton, silk etc) fabric but RIT has a dye that worked!!!!
I have an online bear show next month and wanted to do something a little different... so pumpkins it is...
I did make them smaller too!