Photo on 3-31-16 at 9.51 AMI finally finished Oscar’s head.  The leather is so hard to sew, my machine is not heavy duty enough to use so I have to whip stitch the seams by hand.  I start the needle through and then use a clamp to pull it through and that seems to work fine.  I tried thread first and found that din’t work well so now I am using nylon yarn and that works great.  I don’t need as many stitches.  I tried stapling one ear and though it looks alright it isn’t good as the staples make it hard to mold the ear and sew it on the head.  The left ear is stapled while the right ear is sewn with yarn.  His hair is long so you can see his nose but his mouth is hard to see.  When I get him stuffed he will look a lot better and maybe then you can see his mouth.  I don’t want to stuff him untill I am ready to  attach his head to his body, which will be next week some time.  I have to take the sewing slowly as it really hurts my hands.  It is fun so I will get him done soon.  Still no hair on the back of Swagman’s head so I’ll do that this after noon.

Went to BJ’s today and found a nice deal on spare ribs Country Style.  The whole rib for $1.29 a pound for a total of $8.62.  There are two strips in the package so I’ll cook one strip this week and freeze the other.  We should get two or three meals on each strip.  We don’t eat a lot of meat as our diet only allows 4 ounces a day each.  We find with all the nice veggies that is plenty and when it is a really nice cut we really don;t need more .   Today we are having a rib eye steak, aspagrass, butternut squash, boiled cabbage stuffed mushrooms and the left over corn beef hash.  So you see we eat like a king.  Must run and get the mushrooms in the oven.  Have a great day.


About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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3 Responses to Oscar

  1. Shanti K Khalsa says:

    Mom, you are really amazing! Your creativity knows no bounds!

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Heo, Carol,
    John would think he was in heaven to have that dinner today!!

    • After Norman’s quadruple bypass surgery I had to learn to cook all over again so I could make things that were good to taste and yet be good for him. It took a long time but I think I am there finally. It is not something you can do if you have to work. I spend most all morning cooking and we have our main meal at noon. We have not had any processed foods for the last 20 years. Everything we eat has been made from scratch. Meat is kept to only 4 ounces each a day and every noon meal has at least thee different vegetables and those I try to make them three different colors in order to get all the vitamins and minerals he needs as we take no pills of any kind. We do have dried fruit instead such as blueberries for his eyes, dried cherries for my arthritis etc and that does seem to work. It has become a game to keep Norman healthy and so far we are winning.

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