Thursday, April 27, 2017

From the Air

Here's what the Schoolhouse looks like from the drone's perspective. These aerial shots are so incredibly beautiful--I'm inspired to gather up the messy hoses and tarps and take a couple of beauty shots while everything is so lush and green.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

He Always Smiles When He Is Buying a House

Let me bring you up to speed. Felix and Molly have finished their work in South America and have decided to settle RIGHT HERE!! Felix is back to work on his graduate degree, and Molly will be starting a master's degree in history this fall.

They just bought a house yesterday--a charming Arts and Crafts bungalow set on two acres, with three wells and an enormous ancient oak tree in the meadow.

In fact, this house will be known as The Meadows.

I look forward to showing you all around it, as soon as they get moved in. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Clara's Sunday Tea for the Other Grad Assistants

 Coffee-Walnut Sponge Cake
Deviled Eggs
Cucumber Sandwiches
Scones with Crushed Raspberries and Thick Cream
Chocolate Macaroons
Decaff PG Tips Tea
Cream Earl Grey Tea

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dutch Babies

Daisy's baby rabbits are impossibly cute.

Chunky, rounded, healthy, bright-eyed, and active.

It strains the imagination, but they are actually more appealing by the day.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roses by the Pool Fence

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Log Cabin Quilt Top: Quercus Alba

 . . . or, A Forest of White Oak Trees.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

"[While reading the Magician's book, Lucy] came to a spell 'for the refreshment of the spirit.' The pictures were fewer here but very beautiful. And what Lucy found herself reading was more like a story than a spell. . . When she had got to the third page and come to the end, she said, 'That is the loveliest story I've ever read or ever shall read in my whole life. Oh, I wish I could have gone on reading it for ten years. At least I'll read it over again.'

But here part of the magic of the Book came into play. You couldn't turn back. The right-hand pages, the ones ahead, could be turned; the left-hand pages could not . . . . and it was all fading away. 'How can I have forgotten? It was about a cup and a sword and a tree and a green hill, I know that much.'

'Shall I ever be able to read that story again; the one I couldn't remember? Will you tell it to me, Aslan? Oh do, do, do.'

'Indeed, yes, I will tell it to you for years and years. But now, come . . . .'"

C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sunday Dinner: Pork Shoulder

We continue our Young Adult Dinners, which happen once a month after church (and more often, on a less-formal basis). Here's a recent favorite menu:

Slow-roasted pork shoulder
Baked sweet potatoes, whole or in pieces
Cole slaw

The pork shoulder is awesome--it feeds everyone for less than a dollar a piece, and it's effortless to make. Buy a nice big one, and put it in *the night before*. Believe me here. You want to put it in the oven fat side up, in a covered roasting pan, with plenty of salt and pepper, and a couple of cups of water. Turn your oven on as low as it will go--mine goes to 200. Cook it for 8-10 hours.

So I put mine in at bedtime, and in the morning I check on it. At this point it can be cooled to serve later, left at room temperature for a bit (not forever though--there's the whole food safety issue), or served immediately. It will be falling apart tender, and should be shredded with a fork and knife.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mint in a Pot

One of those things I'd been planning forever and just hadn't gotten to: planting my mint up in a pot under the spigot. This should be good.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Afternoon in the Backyard

Sister came prowling around the rock work.

Then we went and admired the rosemary in bloom.

But what was *really* interesting was the two giant swallowtail butterflies visiting the honeysuckle.

It's been a great spring for tiger swallowtails--these are our first giants of the year!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Sometimes Instead of Salad

Sometimes instead of salad I set out a plate of pears and some Brie.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Japanese Craft Magazines for Sale

 I'm spring cleaning my bookshelves and have many beautiful Japanese craft magazines to sell! These are all in excellent condition with all the patterns intact--however, if they came with a packaged fabric sample, that won't be included. I'll list the available issues below each picture, and will remove titles as they are sold. To buy, please send me an email at pleasantviewschoolhouse  (at)  gmail then a dot then com. I'll send you a paypal invoice. First come, first served.

Each issue is $8. If you want to know more about an issue, please ask Mr. Google. Also, be aware that these are actually in the Japanese language, although the patterns are usable by anyone able experienced in following a pattern--very clear diagrams. 

Cotton Friend

Volume 23
Volume 30
Volume 31
Volume 32
Volume 34
Volume 37
Volume 38
Volume 39
Volume 44
Volume 45

Cotton and Paint

 Volume 27

Cotton Time

Volume 78
Volume 89
Volume 90
Volume 95
Volume 97
Volume 99
Volume 100
Volume 101
Volume 106

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Daisy's New Rabbit Chapter

Daisy dipped her toes into rabbit-world with the purchase of two pet-quality lionhead males. They very quickly became Not Enough and also Not Show Quality, so she found them good homes, and began her quest for excellent rabbits she can show at competitions. 

She decided that Dutch rabbits (above) and Mini Satins (below) are the rabbits for her.  A week ago she got a breeding pair of Dutch, and yesterday the doe gave birth to NINE babies. The best of these will go to the fair in September, and the others will get sold as pets or eaten.

We're lucky to have a very active and educated 4H rabbit community around here. So even though the Composer and I don't know much about rabbits, Daisy has all the help she needs.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Spring Saturday

Some running, some gardening, some sewing, some reading, some cleaning out the mudroom.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Felix Recommends The Pleasures of Reading

Felix recommends a little reading to those of us turning away from distraction.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Along Came Arthur

Just days after Felix's wedding, Bella announced she had a coffee date With a Guy.

Who has turned into The Guy. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

Carol was telling me how to make her new favorite sweet potatoes. "Cut them up like Jojos at the convenience store."

Okay, what? Since when has Carol bought Jojos at the convenience store? Also, what was she even talking about?

She meant wedges. Leave the skins on. Toss with olive oil, then salt (plenty) and cumin (generously). Roast at 425 on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet for about 50 minutes.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

I'm @ The Factory

It's close enough to my birthday/ the Composer is always up for a little road trip/ who needs a reason to visit Alabama Chanin again?

A jumble of salvaged chairs painted in cheery colors.

Stenciled pieces available for sale. I think these may be journal cover size.

The collection garments are so substantial--even monumental--in person.

I absolutely love the varying shades of white and cream and the different elaborate treatments in the wedding collection. Of course.

My real business today was choosing a small palette of fabrics for some new summer clothes. Two pale grey, some hyacinth, and a dab of pink.

I tried very hard to stick to my plan. And also remember to get foldover elastic. Done.

Eye candy: this "Lace" stencil which is one of my favorites ever. Here are three treatments. I love the top one because of the extra row of stitching above the edge of the design, which carries the embellishment further into the plain fabric (this is an elaborate scarf, so beautiful). Also love the coppery sequins filling the cut-out spaces at the bottom.

Then here you can see the same stencil treated differently--the dark areas are totally filled in with coppery bugle beads. Oh my word.

And finally, below, the same stencil done in a black appliqué on pale pink, with all those openings filled in with black beading. Just like glamorous lingerie from the fifties.

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