I have been sewing a lot this summer. I have come to enjoy the creative part of it. I have made a lot of 6 pocket purses. But I have added inside pockets and recently started adding a zippered pocket inside. I was using two pieces of fabric and then sewing it into the purse. But the last purse I made I was able to incorporate it into the lining of the purse and was able to skip the 2nd piece of fabric I was using. It came out beautifully and patted myself on the back. It was good feeling.

Cotton Fabric Purse #5 , shoulder strap style.

Since then I have been very intrigued with this type of fabric design see below. When this type of design came out on market, I was still working and didn’t even know anything about this. But now I want to try making some texture fabric. I have been looking at a new sewing machine that has more stitches and embroidery stitches. The sewing machines are even digitzed now. I have been using a Kenmore Sewing machine from 1974, that was made to last but doesn’t have these neat stitches that I have been looking at. I have been exploring Pinterest seeking design ideas for a new project that I would like to create of my own. I love nature, the leaves in this texture piece down below. I love the wavy lines and how they created this piece. It brings excitement yet its contentment at the same time. It’s like a gentle breeze that you feel on your face. I love the colors and desgin concept. Just speaks to me, can’t seem to explain it any other way.

That’s all for now, till another day.

3 First Aid Kits

Every once in awhile, one needs to update their first aid kit. Sometimes bandages have may be weird from heat or what have you. Or perhaps the neosporin is out dated. Sometime events happen in our lives that help us to reflect on this sort of thing. One thing happened to a friend of mine. She just sat down to dinner and her first bite was a brussel sprout. The next thing we all knew, she couldn’t swallow and could not breathe. Her husband followed her into kitchen and told her not to drink water. He pounded on her back several times. Then he administered the  Heimlich maneuver. The vegetable in her throat was still lodge in there, her lips were turning blue, she laid down on the floor as if to die. Her husband went out to living room to call 911. She was unconscious and the brussel sprout came out when none of were looking. We stood in awl. Our friend didn’t even know what had happened to her. The rescue team came to the house. They checked her oxygen level and her lungs. They left soon after.

They apparently make DeChoker Device -it’s Powerful Suction To Dislodge Blockage From The Airways. Their website is

Our family decided to put together 3 first aid kits. One for house and one for each of our cars. Here are some of the things we included: butterfly bandages, cloth or fabric bandages (personal preference), tweezers, oilment, sewing kit, roll of washable tape,guaze pads or roll of guaze, scissors or knife, cold pack, pain relievers, anacid, splints (looks like popsicle sticks, antibiotic wipes, alcohol wipes, gloves, safety pins, chewable baby aspirin for heart patients, allergy medicines or if you may have allergic reaction should carry something to inject to save yourself from having bad reaction. A popsicle sticks could be used to wrap a broken a finger till you go somewhere that someone can help you with this accident.

Besides getting a car kit together. One should think about including practical skills. A first-aid kit is a tool, but any tool is only as good as the person using it.

First-aid kits are one place where personal needs and practical skills come together. There are ways to prepare for emergencies that have nothing to do with collecting supplies. This includes learning practical skills that you can use to protect yourself and others. It might help someone that needs to learn how to use a torniquiet and use it to stop bleeding or how would you handle someone having a seizure or diabetic reaction. Lots to think of and having to act fast to save someones life.

Car Emergency Gift Kit

Now a days, it is best to be prepared…

Have you ever bought a first aid kit only to find the thing you need most is not included. Its really a good idea to sit down and think of all the scenarios that could occur and include that in your car kit. You might need to think about this seasonal too.

Here are some ideas: eye glass repair kit, hand or feet warmers, extra pair of winter gloves and socks; pair of leather gloves, flashlight, matches that have been dipped in parafin or candle wax, a sewing kit – (if the threads are not colors you wear normally exchange them out to the colors you do wear); add some assorted saftey pins they come in handy for all sorts of thing; condensed raincoat, space blanket, tweezers, scissors, craftsmen 4 way screw driver (this is flat with 4 screwdrivers that face north, south, east, and west and can be hung from your key chain as they are all flat; pad of paper with pen inside of plastic bag (if you needed to leave note and the weather was wet, your note would be placed inside the plastic bag that could be hung on a car window or house door so person comes home would see it and would remain dry.; ace bandages, butterfly or knuckle bandages, ibriprofen placed in small jewelry bag; water, protein bar, can goods with flip lids, army canopener, hand wipes in individual packets, prescriptions, rolaids, allergy meds, phone numbers, small bills or change. Some prescription bottles hold quarters quite well or the Airborne blast of vitamin C containers hold quarters too; oragel for toothache or oil of cloves is wonderful pain reliever for teethaches.

I had 2 friend that were sufferring from a tooth aches and was able to help them as I carried oil of cloves in my car, they came in small glass bottles but not sure they are so readily available as they once were; nail clippers, roll of toilet paper wrapped in plastic to stay dry till you might be need it.

What will you add to your list?

Revised Bean Travelor

I left something out of the original story or rather the recipe. As one is draining beans under cold water, I started squeezing some of beans so they would open up. I noticed the taste improved because when the verde sauce was added it seem to penetrate into the bean interior much like when something is being marinated. It us so delicious.

The Bean Traveler

This is going to be short and sweet. There was once a black bean, such a lovely bean. They use to wash and drain and then boil it to death. One day someone came up with the idea of taking a mere little black bean to which he was rinsed and drained from a can. He was placed in small pan and added half of cup of Verde Salsa. They just heated him until he was warm thru and thru. They wanted a more spicy beans so a sliced a green onion was added while he was heated up. Oh my goodness, this was best bean of all. He was lovely on tortilla with rice, he was top bean that everyone loved whether they added pico or an avocado, he was the kind of bean you always dreamed of being. The End.

Try it, you’ll like it.

Meat or Meet

Most times stuff triggers at most un oft times. I have been struggling with depression. So returned to taking antidepression meds. Not all have worked out. Some have weird side effects. One pill caused me to hallucinate which was weird. Glad they had me stop that one.

My imagination is coming back or my creative writing ability what ever you want to call it. I havent written for months yet someone decided to follow me. Not sure why but whom am i to judge.

My main purpose was to talk about eating meat. I have found for myself that sustaining from meat except during famine, cold or winter that I am being kind to my body. I have noticed when I worked I was much healthy than others around me as i didnt participate in eating meat or dairy.

I am retire and still eating more beans and rice. I found a new way to eat black beans. First drain and rinse them then while in strainer squeeze some instead of using a utensil just use your hands. Place them in small pan and add Green Verde Sauce let them simmer or heat slowly as they are marrinaded in verde sauce. They are excellent with rice and tomato and avacado rolled up in a tortilla. Did you notice they have low carb tortilla now?

My newest wrinkle is I found in magazine they made salsa from kiwi. 3 kiwi peeled and diced, 1 avocado diced, jalapena, garlic, salt. Combine.

I like putting slaw on my taco instead of lots of lettuce and then putting kiwi salsa on top. It is soooo good.

I recently made mayo using tofu, my first try was to think and looked like ricotta cheese on top of the coleslaw. Finally got it thin ennough that it looks like coleslaw.

Boy was that yummy. One could add rice & black beans or black beans & roasted sweet potatoes.

Hiker’s Gift Basket

One of the fun and inexpensive activity with your family is to go hiking. If you have hiker in your family here is list of items you might consider giving as gift.

1. Trail mix

2. Extra pair of shoe laces, this comes in handy for more than one item.

3. Duck tape

4. Extra pair of socks

5. Poptop small cans of food

6. Energy or meal bars

7. Knife with utensils built in

8. Map & compass , gps

9. Toilet paper

10. Medication

11. Sunscreen & sunglasses, hat

12. First aid, whistle, headlight

12. Drinking water & filter

A Cloud Study

Studying details of the clouds. I had taken a watercolor class recently and wanted to try my hand at it again.

I remembered the teacher suggested using gray under the clouds. I have noticed that there is lighter gray then the white cloud above that.

Taste of Pella

We have driven by Pella, Iowa for years. Decided to go on our anniversary and visit this part of the country. If you like crowds come in May during theTulip Celebration. If not. come in June the start of summer but then its not busting at its seams with tourist and being crazy crowded day.

DutchFix – was a great place to eat, order your food at the counter, then they delievered to us. I tend not to eat much meat. But they had Taco in cardboard french fry container. It was delicious. I asked them to leave the cheese off as I am allergic. But I have started enjoying foods with out cheese. Hubby had Pella Bologna. But it was more like a salami. I had some that in my taco instead of the normal hamburger. I recommend you trying this place. They had other choices that looked deliouces too. We had lady sitting cattycorner to us and she recommended Poffertjies Mix (small powdered waffle). They could be ordered at their drive up or the one downtown area. They even sold them in pkg to take home or if you were camping to eat them there too.

They kept telling us to try the Dutch Letter, I wasn’t sure at first what that were talking about? , then finally I understood that it was in shape of “S” that they ususally had a Christmas time for Santa. The light finally when on. We went to the original bakery called the Jaarsma Bakery. They are located on Franklin Street across from Tulip Park. Be sure to taste a Dutch Letter. What is that you ask? A light, flaky pastry with a sweet almond fillings. You can make your mind up what you think.

‘Liberty Street Kitchen’ has couple vegan dishes if your intetested.

Right next to the #DutchFix was a brick arch with brick walk. It was quite out in the open but they call it Klokkenspel Plaza to see small representative of a Holland canal with draw bridge over the middle. The canal is about 100 feet long. There are some stores facing the canal. Thus walking between buildings on brick lined street reminded me of when I was in Paris. We came to side street and walked down into this alley to find only a lovely courtyard hidden. it was delightful. However here in Pella we found a drawbridge over a closed canal. There were coins that have been throw in for luck I suppose?

Next to the Canal picture above in the Opera house, most of the town has Netherland/Holland Architecture in the front of their building at the top.

Next we stopped at Van Veen, where handmade chocolates are made. We picked some chocolate covered toffee and Waffle covered chocolate with carmel. I liked his sign about keeping your chocolate closer.

The next picture we did not go in there, but I thought the outside of the building was different. They served latte, smoothies, coffees, and over 40 kinds of teas.

For dinner we decided to go to local Mexican place. They gave you lot of food for your money. I had vegetarain with lots of vegetabales and homemade corn tortillas. Lots of food! Busy place, recommended too. Its called the Cantaritos Grill & Cantina. It was very crowed, young and old. We got there before the crowds came. I did not get picture of Mexican place but its on Washington Street.

There is more to see, will share tomorrow.