Friday, July 18, 2008

Goings On

If you don't hear from me for a while, assume I'm out doing something fun with the kids, or sewing or photographing wildflowers. There are just too many great things to do in the summer.

Lately I've:

- picked, with the help of my family, 130 pounds of blueberries. I like to freeze them, and then make smoothies, blueberry sauce for waffles, or let the kids pour rice milk on them when they are frozen. The rice milk freezes around them and makes a cold summer Popsicle substitute.

- My best Thai girlfriend visited America. Another friend paid her way. She was in Portland for three days, my daughter and I made a quick trip to Portland to visit her. She is special because she helped me have such a nice time when I lived in Thailand around 15 years ago. I named my daughter after her.

- While in Portland I bought a Singer treadle machine. It is a W9, made somewhere between 1905 and 1920. It is in a beautiful 7 drawer cabinet, that reminds me of the one my great grandma had. I am considering naming the machine after my great grandma, but I'm not sure if Mildred is a fitting name. I don't have her running yet. She needs a new belt installed.

- My son came down with the Coxsackie virus and has been a very sick boy for over a week, so I've been spending a lot of time nursing him. It seems to me he got a worse case then most. It is usually only found in children under age 4, and he is age 8.

We have tons of plans for the weeks ahead. I'll write if I can, but don't count on it.

9 bouquets of wildflowers (Comment here):

Theresa said...

I hope your little guy is okay! No fun!

My cousins are tentmakers in Thailand. How neat that your friend got to visit. :o)

La Tea Dah said...

Wishing you a safe time for all that is ahead in the next few weeks. I will be thinking of you!

How interesting that your daughter is named after a Thai friend. She must be a very special person.

And the sewing machine --- mine treadle Singer is named "Mildred" as well, as it was the only thing I know about the name of the original owner (and that she lived in California).

:) LaTeaDah

Pamela said...

Did you pick berries on the southfork? I saw those last week - and I think I must go pick some.

Only thing I like better than blueberries is more blueberries.

Hope your son grows well quickly.

~yolanda said...

Wow that's a lot of blueberries! Hope your little guy is doing better.

Aren't good friends the best? :-)

Skye said...

I love the wild blueberries so much better than the commercial ones. They are so much sweeter. The very best grow in Maine and the pancakes are out of this world.

I learned to sew on my mother's treadle machine and wish I still had it. The only down side was no moveable zipper foot. I have my grandmother's treadle made into a table in my den with a glass top.

I have not been able to add to my blog for almost a year due to personal and family illnesses. I finally was able to do an update this week.

Your pictures are exquisite.

Anonymous said...

Update - Update - Update YOUR BLOG
thanks

EaglesWing said...

love you taking me on a tour. I see some images that i need to learn the name for. I dont like to publish, nor sell my work without the correct names.. NICE, thank you!

Anonymous said...

hello Barbara!

how are you doing these days?
I've just noticed that William was sick ... I hope he isn't anymore. And pass my hello to Rob and Araya also !

bye!

Anonymous said...

this was Kay ....

I forgot to put my name hahaha

sorry

-KAY