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Priority: Days for Girls International

30 Jan

Eve helps me prepare Elfcroft’s eleventh shipment of

feminine hygiene pads and shields for Days for Girls International kits.

https://www.daysforgirls.org

January begins year five of our support.

We ship to chapters based in DesMoines Iowa for assembly and distribution globally.

Eight different colors and patterns for reversible trifold pads that fill each kit.

80 shields with pockets, wings and PUL lining will support 40 kits.

 

Friday Photos: New Coat

29 Dec

Blue-eyed Buddy Boy has a thick winter coat!

And a blue knitted blanket just his size.

And new accommodation in the former dairy barn.

YES! Close to the wood burning stove!

The mower barn was drafty!  And the hay barn is not the same since it was rebuilt after the fire in July.

HAPPY NEW YEAR ya’ll 

Did NOT

19 Dec

A time when the gift bag is a gift!

How perfect!

We found “Eve” on Christmas Eve 2006 in the cattle trailer on Nina Bay Farm.  Apparently someone was depositing kittens in trailers parked at the Sale Barn a couple of days earlier.  How’s that for a strategy to find homes for animals?

Eve did not have an opportunity to climb a Christmas tree in 2006.  She did climb Christmas trees the next two years.  The tree did not fall over.

Eve

She Catches Sun Beams

21 Mar

Better than catching a mouse? The boss thinks so!!

Prayer shawl for hospice care

7 Mar

 

Prayer shawl

I love the concept of knitted prayer shawls.  Knitting is a meditative endeavor that naturally pairs with prayer.  During this year’s season of Lent, I will make three prayer shawls as requested for hospice care.    The yarn I have in my stash is Lion Brand Wool-ease which is a Lamb’s Wool blend with acrylic.  This scripture came to mind:

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

This color #232 is named “Wood”…hummm…wooden cross.  The pattern repeats the number ‘three’ for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The symbolism I just wrote about is lost on Eve, office assistant.  She thinks this project is just her ‘size’.

Eve

Haiku: Work at home today

24 Jan
Office assistant "Eve" approves

Office assistant “Eve” approves

 

Wash, dry, fold laundry,

Reply, click send, scan, save, shred

Eve approves blog post.

Time to turn out the lights.

Time to turn out the lights.

Priority: Days for Girls International

10 Jan

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Yes, dear Eve (office assistant) we are ready to ship liners and pads to the Days for Girls International Chapter in Iowa…but the box is not BIG enough.

FYI Elfcroft’s 2016 contributions were included in kits assembled in Iowa then distributed to communities in Uganda, Ghana, Haiti and Swaziland.

Our first 2017 shipment has 320 tri-fold, reversible, top stitched flannel pads….

Featuring bold, bright, varied color and patterns

Featuring bold, bright, varied color and patterns

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Liners stacked 10 high. Polyurethane laminate or PUL middle. Pockets to insert pad. Wings will have snap installed at assembly location.

Plus Liners (stacked 10 high) with polyurethane laminate or PUL middle and pockets to insert folded pad. Wings will have a snap installed at assembly location.

These components are put in draw string bags with (2) pairs of panties, wash cloth, soap, and (2) ziplock gallon size freezer bags to help washing.  The design intention is for each kit to be reused over a three-year time frame.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

Just one of many reasons Days for Girls International is so important…

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/lens/2017/01/05/in-nepal-monthly-exile-for-women/?_r=0&referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

 

Tree Story

21 Dec
"Eve" was a Christmas present to us Christmas "Eve" of 2006.

“Eve” was a Christmas present to us Christmas “Eve” of 2006.  (She should NOT be on the table cloth.)

If trees could talk….

The six sparkly cane shaped ornaments were my first purchase (early 1970s).  I remember the Christmas Shop well.  It was July in North Carolina!  The shop was cool!  Full size trees were decorated to the max.  Enchanting.  Delightful.

The Christmas Shop, 621 South Highway 64, Manteo, NC 27954 – See more at: http://outerbankschristmas.com/About.htm#sthash.i4bIvfu5.dpuf

According to the history on their website, they downsized and closed the business for 90 days in 2008.  It has since reopened and sounds delightful as I remember.

For more than twenty years I had fresh-cut Christmas trees, they are not talking.  About twenty-five years ago, when “more was more”, I bought this little tree to be a “theme” tree in my master bedroom.  The vision:  white lights and blown glass ornaments.  That plan was in effect for several years.  When my stepdaughter insisted on decorating a Christmas tree each Thanksgiving weekend, she claimed this little one for her room the next 10 years.  The decorations were all of her choosing.

After a seven-year storage period, our littlest tree regularly appears with ornaments selected to remind us of our angels Anne, Grandma Sophie, Kathy and beloved cat Shelby.  Merry Christmas to all!

Tree Story

Tree Story

 

 

Friday Photo: Eve, let’s read a book

14 Oct
Let's read!

Let’s read!

Our alcove with LED pot lights is “purrrfect” for reading “old-fashioned” books.  Eve joined me in the adjacent chair for each chapter.

This week we read the old-fashioned format…paper, hard cover, jacket of Legends and Lies, The Patriots by David Fisher.  We recommend reading this compelling history of the founding of the United States, especially in an election season.  Our politics were messy then, as now.

 

 

Gardener’s dilemma

17 May
"It's my day to sleep in."

“It’s my day to sleep in.”….”Did you say fresh catnip?”….”I’ll be right down!”

 

Spring mix of perennial volunteers...catnip, lemon balm, oregano and mint...an island in the garden plot.

Spring mix of perennial volunteers…catnip, lemon balm, oregano and mint…an island in the garden plot.  All (except the oregano) take a lot of effort to keep from taking over the garden.

Horehound

Horehound

Rue

Rue

 

Love the foliage and the tameness of these perennials.

 

 

 

 

Tomato seedlings

Six Tomato seedlings

Melon seedlings with room for vines to run along retaining wall.

Melon seedlings with room for vines to run along retaining wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose very young plants this year due to the unseasonably cool weather.  May need to replant.  I also chose to add a path for access to the six tomato plants.

 

 

 

Path-Before

Path-Before

Dilemma?  25 years ago my kitchen garden was two 8’X8′ raised beds in full sun.  Over the years the transition has been to nearly full shade.  The Earth Angel and Golden Edge Hostas  as well as bird bath and feeders were the new look.  A sweeping retaining wall replaced the original box plots enclosing about 400 square feet.  The dilemma for this season is that we are back to full sun due to the loss of ash trees to disease.  The hostas may not survive a hot August.  Rather than fine tuning the stepping stone path (and have to redo), I took them up and mulched the path.  Check back in the fall on how this season worked out!

 

Path-After

Path-After