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Sewing Justice Sewing Academy: Beginnings

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Interesting Information: March 28, 2021

Sewing Justice Sewing Academy: Beginnings

Linda Satkowski sent me this interview article featuring Sara Trail and her formation of the Sewing Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA), and I hunted down the link so I could share it as this story about Sara Trail and the SJSA formation is so interesting.

Aurifil threads is a sponsor of Sara Trail’s Sewing Justice Sewing Academy, and they have a really nice blog. I signed up for it and am getting their interesting and informative posts.



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March 28, 2021 at 7:53 am

An Orchid Story

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Interesting Information: March 27, 2021

An Orchid Story

AND, here’s another fun story—sent to me by local friend Marsha Smith.

“Our daughter in FL always looks forward to her cattleya orchid blooming every year. She has to time it just right to pick the blooms before the iguanas eat them-Look at the picture and see the iguana coming down the tree to get it as she is cutting it. Think they must smell them. The orchid has grown all over the tree.”

And here’s the beautiful bloom, now saved from the iguana.

Thanks Marsha!

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March 27, 2021 at 9:24 am

A True Maine Story

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Turkey Tracks: March 26, 2021

A True Maine Story

Wendy from wendysquilting.wordpress.com sent me this piece of Maine history written by Heather Cox Richardson about 10 days ago now, and I so enjoyed reading it.

I think you will too, especially if you are a Mainer.

The Maine birthday is earlier in the month, but it is still March.

Wendy’s blog is so interesting too. Wendy is a Canadian and lives near the US border on the “other side” of Lake Superior. She is an artist when it comes to her longarm quilting, for sure. And like me, she is a quilter who loves to piece.



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March 26, 2021 at 8:26 am

Toaster Warning

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Turkey Tracks: September 21, 2020

Toaster Warning

I can’t eat bread. I think it is the yeast more than the gluten. But who knows? So I’ve been toasting a small corn tortilla and using that like bread or a cracker. I can spread butter or a soft goat cheese on the tortilla or melt some mozzarella cheese on it in the big oven.  (I’m so happy I’ve gotten these two cheeses back recently. And eggs. I think it is the quercetin I’m taking.)

BUT, the other night I almost set the kitchen on fire with a toaster that either malfunctioned or let a corn tortilla catch fire.  

In a split second, the flames were nearly a foot high—I kid you not.  And the toaster was located beneath a kitchen cabinet. I had to unplug the toaster and put it in the sink—flames and all—and douse it REPEATEDLY with water from the sink faucet.  So scary!

To make sure there would be no more drama, I put the toaster outside on the grass when the fire stopped.

No more toasters—and I am so lucky I was just standing in the kitchen when this fire started.  I live out in the country, and there are NO fire hydrants or water beyond whatever a pumper fire truck brings.  My house would have had a serious fire or burned down if I had not been standing right there in the kitchen.

I ordered a toaster oven,  which will come soon.  I think a toaster oven will be a safer choice. And, yes, I have a rule that I never leave the kitchen or that floor of my house when a pot is on the stove.  When I turn off flames under a pot, I move the pot off the burner to make sure the gas is off.  And now I will never again have a toaster in my house again.

And I would suggest that none of you put something in a toaster or a toaster oven and leave the room.  

I have noticed—and written about it here—that today’s toasters and way too many appliances are total junk. I have not been able to find a toaster in our markets that is like the old toasters we used to be able to get. I am old enough now at 75 to make this comparison. I have tried expensive, and I have tried cheap. None of them work well or last. So I truly think this toaster went whacky in some fundamental way. The handle where one pushes to start the heat was “funky” when I started the tortilla.

Believe me, I am saying prayers of blessings and thafter this incident.

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September 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

Outside Grill Drama

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Turkey Tracks: July 3, 2020

Outside Grill Drama

My little Weber Spirit II is 2 years old.

It is the perfect size for me as it will also handle grilled food when family or guests come. It’s not too big or complicated. It is just right.

Last year I had trouble with the propane hookup, and a kind friend came and helped me. Can I just say that I have no experience with gas and that hearing and smelling it escape terrifies me. My friend said the propane tank was bad, took it back to the local store, replaced it, and got me going again.

This spring, when I went to grill a steak, something went really bad, and I could smell gas. I turned everything off immediately and when my heart stopped pounding, I started to research. The bad tank had been replaced. Was it the hook-up from the grill to the tank this time?

The name for the silver round piece behind the black attachment knob is called a “regulator.” They can go bad. I ordered a new one which came in a few days. There are videos that show you how to safely replace the piece from the gold bolts. It looked easy, if one has the right wrenches. Nevertheless I called a Lion friend who very, very sweetly came to help.

My friend swiftly replaced the regulator piece. That was no issue, but something was still wrong. We couldn’t get the black knob in the tank right and then everything froze up. The handle on the tank would not budge so we could remove the tank. In time, the system “unfroze,” and my friend rehooked the tank and tested that the grill burners would light. All seemed to be ok.

The next night, I defrosted my steak, which I froze when trouble started. I turned the handle on the tank to let the gas flow to the grill, and Oh MY God!!! Gas everywhere. I turned everything off, walked away, and, heart pounding again, pan fried my steak in the kitchen.

What to do now?

I went to bed and woke with the idea that I would call the propane tank supplier, which is also my household propane supplier. I talked with a very nice woman who said that they “don’t do grills.” But she said she’d talk to the propane tank manager and would call me back.

She did. She said he said that it was most likely the gasket in the tank and to take it off the grill and if it didn’t stop releasing gas after I disengaged it, to just carry it out into the yard and let it play out. Meanwhile, she would call the local store and tell them to replace the tank for me when I brought it in.

With heart pounding, again I tried to remove the tank, but couldn’t budge the black connector knob. I think it was freezing up, like before, which is a fail-safe safety feature. After several tries throughout the afternoon, I finally got the tank off the grill—and it didn’t leak gas. Yeah, one victory.

I took the tank to the store and got a new one. These tanks are super heavy when full, and I had to get mine up a set of steps, a hill, and more steps to get it to the grill. But, I did.

The hook-up requires the strength to lift the tank on to its hook-up latch which is UNDER the permanent tray at the side. But it all went well. The grill lit just fine. And I’ve had several meals with grilled meat in the past days.

This is a long story. But it is a success story—made possible by nice friends, a nice person at the propane company, nice people at the local store, online research and videos, and some personal determination to sort and solve this problem.

Not bad for a 75-year old widow.

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July 3, 2020 at 10:53 am

Larch Hanson: The Seaweed Man

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Turkey Tracks: June 28, 2020

Larch Hanson: The Seaweed Man

Here’s a Sunday treat for…some…of you anyway.

Larch Hanson is from Steuben, Maine, which is located above the Mt. Desert/Acadia island/peninusula—and lies just east of Gouldsboro, on the Route 1 highway. Hanson’s business—and deep knowledge base—is Maine coast seaweed. He dries and sells the edible varieties.

But as near as I can tell, he is in no way involved in the mass harvesting of coastal sea plants, such as one would find in large commercial operations, some of which we do have here in Maine—and which many worry will alter our coastline habitats in negative ways. He is deeply involved with studying these habitats and preserving them.

Below is a link to Hanson’s web site, which has a video section. Maybe take a minute and look at “The Tide Pool” video found there.



Today we may get some rain, with an even better chance tomorrow. My lawn grass is dying, which I’ve never seen before this year. I spent about an hour watering yesterday, so if it does rain, I’m taking some of the credit. I risk running my well low when I water that much. There is something about watering heavily that can create a jinx that brings in a good thunderstorm. LOL.

On a happier note, the strawberries are coming in strong. They are big and red and delicious this year.

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June 28, 2020 at 8:39 am

Turkey Tracks: It Worked!

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Turkey Tracks: May 26, 2020

It Worked!

I am very excited to report that—while it took research, days, and a LOT of patience—I was able to clean my old printer’s print head cones successfully.


I like my printer. I know how it works. It does work—there is no learning curve involved. Its an Epson WF 3640. (The ink is horribly expensive in my opinion. Was it always this expensive?)

Anyway, for the past 6 months or more it would print lines in the colors and the black print just wasn’t fresh. I don’t print every day. That’s a factor for sure, as unused ink dries out. But the problem finally just got too bad for the printer’s system maintenance programs that cleans the print head cones to fix.

I researched. I found a cleaning method with a special liquid cleaner, a need tool for the cleaner to get on the head’s cones, and clear instructions. The package was under $20. OK, I thought, $20 is way cheaper than a new printer with tons of glitches until I figured them all out. And, maybe I’ll learn something new.

I did. Starting with how to get to the print head’s cones, how to unblock them, and that the fix would not likely be instant but would require repeating the steps until…suddenly, it all worked.

The resulting print is now like NEW. 

I am really pleased—with the whole process and, of course, that it was successful. The latter was the real bonus for me as I didn’t quite expect it to all be successful.

Now if I can just figure out how to get my Bose Sound/Dock XT speaker fixed. The audio suddenly became garbled, and I listen to books from my ipod Touch on it as it has a lightening plug in its dock. The sound quality on this speaker WAS excellent until…in the blink of an eye… It’s too new to go belly up. Just a few years…

I know there are hot spot speakers out there I can use if all else fails. But I do really like the simplicity of this Bose speaker with its dedicated lightening plug where my ipod touch, dedicated to listening to books, lives.

UPDATE: I found on the Bose web site—after I found my speaker’s unique serial number—that sometimes the sound on this Bose speaker gets garbled if there have been updates to the IPod Touch or one’s I phone. If you turn everything off and restart them, it can fix the problem.

It did! Yeah!

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May 26, 2020 at 8:22 am

Interesting Information: Photography Prize Help

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April 26, 2020

Photography Prize Help

My dear, dear friend Gina Caceci and former neighbor sent me a request this morning: would I help her son William, who is trying to build a photography business and who is very talented, win a prize for one of his portraits?

Of course I would. I’ve watched this young many grow up and have always known he is loaded with many talents.

Take a look at his portraits and other work on his web site? Vote if you like what you see?

Here’s Gina’s message to me:

I’m sure I told you that William has a budding professional photography business. And he’s been nominated for Photographer of the Month by Pictas Collective!  Please vote by this Thursday, April 30 for William Gallagher’s photo by clicking on this link:  https://www.pictas-collective.com/march-april-2020/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=10182

And if you want to see more of his work, (and some pics of me and Bill) please click on this link to visit his website:  https://www.williamgallagherphoto.com/

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April 26, 2020 at 8:31 am

Turkey Tracks: A Lovely Story

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April 23, 2020

Frances Hodgson Burnett

This lovely piece was created by friend and neighbor Marina Schauffler. She writes the Sea Change column for the Pine Tree Watch Organization, which, as I understand it, publishes columns on their web site and seeks to place columns into Maine media sites.

Frances Hodgson Burnett is, like me, 75 years old now. She lives on her beloved Crystal Lake Farm.



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April 23, 2020 at 9:59 am

Interesting Information: Bathrooms and Toxic Exposure

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Interesting Information:  February 12, 2019

Bathrooms and Toxic Exposure

Our skin is the largest “organ” in our bodies.

Our skin ABSORBS what gets put on it—straight into our bodies.

Much of what we are putting on our skin these days is extremely toxic.  We gleefully slather on toxic brews that we think smell good.  Only, unless one is using an essential oil, the smells are chemically composed.

We wear clothing we have doused in laundry products that are also toxic.  Be especially aware of the toxic nature of dryer cloths.  I only put then in my mailbox to deter hornets from nesting there.

We shampoo often with toxic brews—you can just rinse out your hair unless it is really greasy.  You don’t have to shampoo every day.

We soap ourselves off with soaps composed of fake chemical smells.  Also, over-soaping our bodies washes off the natural colonies that form and that protect us from invastion through our skin.  So, wash often, especially in warm weather, but don’t soap up unless you have really gotten into grease or actual dirt.  You won’t “smell.”  Water is corrosive in and of itself, and it can clean you off just fine.  In modern water systems, the water is heavily treated to keep it clean anyway, and your skin aborbs whatever is in that water.

Use a non-toxic deoderant. I love salt sticks which are readily available.  Baking soda and a bit of corn starch to make it less scratchy also  works.

Make-up, of course, is a real problem.  As are “moisturers.”  I use a good coconut oil laced with fun essential oils.

Here’s a post with more information:


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February 12, 2019 at 10:05 am