Several things

by kath_red on December 13, 2012

in Newsletter

Just a few things that are on my mind and on my to-do list. [In preparation for a year long road trip -- count down 4 weeks to go]

  • Tax … almost have this ticked off, just a few things to finish off before sending it off to my accountant.
  • New homes ~ Piano … hopefully we have someone willing to give our old and heavy piano a new home. Ditto to our Muscovy duck family, looking for a new home for them right now. Freecycle is great isn’t it?! (we also just found a new home for our son’s loft bed).
  • All the musicales and recitals and shows are finishing up this week, just two more events and then we are done for the year.
  • In the middle of a pile of boxes, a trailer load full and ready to go to the tip, bags of things to take to the second hand shop. Feeling slightly overwhelmed for sure.
  • Craft supplies, fabric, quilts — all packed up. But have left a sewing machine out for last minute repairs, projects and ideas. Need to cut down some sheets and make some fitted sheets for camping stretchers for kids.

Books to finish up the year … maybe add to your christmas wish list!?

Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet and Encyclopedia of Knitting [Leisure Arts]. I very much like both of these books. They are big! And include lots of stitch diagrams, charts, sweater patterns and tutorials. I love the baggy hat in the knitting books and the circle blanket in the crochet book.

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit by Creek Stewart [Betterway Books (May 18, 2012)]. Seriously great book for survivalists, or weekend campers. ‘Bugging out’: to abandone your home due to unexpected emergency. Not such an unlikely scenario. Did you know that pretty much all of New Zealand is prepped for disaster with a 72 hour survival kit. So This book will show you the best multi-use items to have in your bug out bag as well as tell you how to use them.

The Twelve Knits of Christmas by Fiona Goble [Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 30, 2012)]. Based on the song ’12 days of christmas’, lots of fun and cute knits in here, and you can sing along as you knit!

Drawing Comics Lab: 52 Exercises on Characters, Panels, Storytelling, Publishing & Professional Practices by Robyn Chapman [Quarry Books (November 1, 2012)] Not just another how-to-draw book. This book covers the whole gamut of constructing a comic — the storyline, creating the atmosphere and characters, developing your style and personality, how to tell stories. Plus lots of examples and exercises — great gift for the budding comic book author. I really liked this book!

In the Studio with Angela Walters: Machine-Quilting Design Concepts Add Movement, Contrast, Depth & More [C&T Publishing (December 16, 2012)]. Oh what a treat this book is. One of the most useful books on machine quilting at home I have seen in a while. It includes styles, methods and purposes of quilting as well as providing patterns and lots of examples and how-tos. Love the sketchbooks too!

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1 Suzanne December 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hobo meals are a fun camping meal. I’m sure you have heard of them but basically a double layer of foil is laid out. Top with vegetables (the more the merrier and cabbage is a good one to add because of the high water content), add the meat (or not), a small amount of butter to help cook, seasoning and then fold the top and sides in. Each member gets to create his own. Mark the outside of the foil with his name or personalize the foil fold. Place on the fire and let it cook. These were a huge hit at our last campout. We used brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers and for veggies green beans, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms and onions.

2 kath_red December 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Love this idea. I must admit we have not done many of these, but will be experimenting with them next year! thanks so much

3 Maggie December 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

Just ordered the bug out bag book, thanks for the idea. Hubby has been watching Extreme Preppers and thinks its a good idea, so I’ll give it to him for Christmas :)

4 Dawn Suzette December 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Thanks for the book ideas.

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