Well, not much got accomplished today. We did get some produce at Jays and picked up a few things at the Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree but, other than that, nothing got done.
I was hoping Patrick would help me in the yard a bit but he spent too much time watching TV this morning. I told him that the reason I only put on music when I have things that need doing is because if I turn on the TV I just start watching it. I don’t think it has sunk in yet. If he wants his house to be finished he really needs to get off his butt and help me! I’m just not as young as I used to be!


About me

It has occurred to me that I never properly introduced myself!
My name is Kathy and I week be 59 in March. I have 3 adult children-a soon and 2 daughters. Mary lives in Lacey with her husband, Matt, and their 4-year-old son, Isaac.
Jenny is in the Phoenix, AZ area. Hopefully she’s working and paying her bills. I wish she’d come home but she is determined to start there fire done train. I seldom hear from her so I just pray for her-a LOT!
I am living with my adult son in a house he just bought a few months ago. It’s a fixer-upper and the contractor’s part of the reno is almost finished.
We get to paint the inside of the house and also work on the badly neglected yard.
The house is on half an acre and I am going to have a small vegetable garden this year. I also need to put together my greenhouse for my seedlings when they are ready.
The back garage will eventually have a workshop for my wire jewelry crafting. Hopefully, that will hasten soon and I’ll have enough items tho sell at some craft fairs this year.
I also crochet and loom knit and am working on some items in those crafts.

Besides the Strawberries

Today I also cleaned my oven-which is perky why I tried drying the strawberries in my convection oven and dragged all the cut-down hedges to the burn pile out back of the property. We still have about 2/3s of the hedges to come down. They are severely overgrown. The previous owners never trimmed them at all, it looks like.
We thought about just cutting then back but they are SO overgrown that it will take a few years before they would green up again so we decided to replace them.

Dehydrating Strawberries in a Convection Oven

I read somewhere that it is faster to dry fruits, etc. in a convection oven rather than in a conventional one.


Six strawberries sliced thin and ready to go into the convection oven. I’m starting at 150° for 60 minutes. I’ve propped the door open a bit with a wooden skewer.

The slices are starting to dry. I’m going to turn them and then put them back in for another hour

Two hours. Definitely shrinking and the thinner pieces are almost ready.
Turned them and back in for another hour.

Three hours. They are close but not done yet. They are tasty.
I’m not sure the result is worth the time involved, tho.

I ended up putting them into the oven for another hour and then forgot to get a final photo! They are good but they take just as long as drying them in a regular oven. Another thing-I can make a LOT more for the same amount of time if I dry them in my regular oven, which is what I’ll do next time.



I’ve started the afghan. It doesn’t look like much just yet. I’ve only gotten the cast on and the first two rows done. (Casting on took FOREVER!)


I’m using Caron Simply Soft in-from the top-Taupe, Bone, and Chocolate.
I’m going to do 10 rows of the darker colors divided by 5 rows of the lighter color. I’m supposed to have enough yarn to make an approximately 50″ x 50″ afghan.

February 25, 2015

Well, let’s see how this goes.
I really need a place to put down my feelings because sometimes I let them get the better of me.
I’m tired of people-people who say they’re my friend but never return calls, never come over, never even ask how I’m doing on Facebook.
I’d really like to meet someone just to be friends with. Why does that seem to be such such hard thing to do.
Okay, that’s off my chest!
I’m going to start at an online school-it’s free, so if I don’t do well at least it didn’t cost me anything. The first course I’m taking is on how to learn. I thought that would be a good place to start because it’s been SO long since I’ve taken any courses.
I’m starting on an afghan for the living room. I FINALLY get to use the afghan loom Patrick gave me for Christmas!
I also have a length of electrical wire to strip so I can salvage the copper wire inside.
Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be back soon!