Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Glen Echo, sweet treats, needle nonsense & fall approaches

As the weather gets cooler (37° this morning) and the season draws to a close, I was thinking about how much we like Glen Echo on a lot of levels. We are pretty solitary people in general but have to admit it is pleasant to have "occasional" neighbors to visit with and also, to have the appeal of well-maintained seasonal yards. Many highly transient RV parks don't have nearly the curb appeal that a well run park has and I for one appreciate the effort my neighbors put into the grass and flowers in their sites. 

Some people might be bothered by the trailer park nature of this park but I have seen plenty of grubby, junky parks with zero appeal. In addition there are plenty of transient sites available so we get to see other people's rigs/toys as they come for a stay. Add to that propane refills on site, a great laundry facility, a store and both a restaurant and pub and it's a winner in our books. Here are a few shots of the neighborhood on a sunny morning. Sure makes for a pleasant walk in the mornings.



A few sites have built decks/patios

These people are investing in a beautiful selection
of cold hardy perennials to upgrade their yard. 

After spending 5 summers out here and thoroughly enjoying them, we will continue the pattern next year, God willing.

Onto other subjects, namely crapification - GRRRR! πŸ˜’Color me unamused - *sigh*

Way back in the mid to late 2010's I started making trivets while aboard Dreamtime. I purchased a pack of Dritz Cotton Darner needles and used them with gusto for many moons. Sewing through the many swirls of poly-filled tubies  requires putting some "english" on the needle and thread to get it through where I want it to go (I have to use needle nose pliers to help). So, some 10 trivets into this season out here (using the same needle I'd been using all winter at home), the needle's eye started to go and eventually was unusable. I considered it a worthy life's service from 1 needle, and not to worry, I had recently purchased another pack of the Dritz needles at Joann's - good to go so you'd think. Not!! After 2 trivets the new needle not only developed a burr on the tip but also a bend.

(excerpted from another blog)

"Are you familiar with the term crapification?  It refers to the gradual, inexorable reduction in quality of manufactured goods over the last few decades.  Remember the toaster oven you owned for twenty-five years and replaced with one made by the same company (or so it seemed) that lasted six months?  That's crapification."

Getting tired of crapification. The original needles were produced in the Czech Republic, the new ones in Malaysia. I guess I'll just have to treat them as semi-disposable now. Thanks for letting me rant! πŸ˜Š

Hey, on the food front, I tried a new way to cook ribs that is really easy - dry-rubbing them, saucing them up some, wrapping in foil then using the crockpot (on low for ~3 hours) to get them pre-cooked and tenderized, (be sure to put about 1 cup water in the bottom of the crockpot) and then, finally, saucing them up some more and putting them on the Ninja Grill for a bit of a broil/grill. They come out so good!

We work with a half rack at a time. Cut the half in half
and run with it. Save those juices in the foil to flavor
your next batch of pinto beans.


I also got busy and made a batch of our favorite sweet treats, coconut macaroons with chocolate chips and pecans. The Boss doesn't think they meet the definition of the name "cookies" since there is no flour involved, lol. They sure taste good. My oven rack only has one position so it doesn't necessarily cook evenly, hence the brown bottoms on some. Still excellent with a cup of hot tea after dinner.

Here we are mid-way through - got about 4-5 dozen.

And finally, for the fabric hounds out there, I picked up a few fabrics at Joann's, one pretty batik multi, 2 mottled basics for blending and a Christmas print.

The red & blue blend well with other more highly patterned fabrics

And a few new trivets for your enjoyment, followed by one of my pretty hanging baskets. Thanks for visiting and come back again sometime. Please feel free to leave a comment!



Pretty weird and pretty bright.

Awfully pretty petunias - so hardy and carefree maintenance



18 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Looking forward to catching up this winter 😊

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    1. ❤️❤️❤️

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    2. I meant to leave my name, rather than “Anonymous”, but funny enough you dropped by to say “hi” just as I was responding! 😜
      I’m so happy y’all came back to Colorado this summer & I’ve loved our chats over the fence this year. Thank you again for also being so kind & generous with your cooking~ my southern heart explodes with joy every time I get a taste of your delicious food! Your a sweetheart, Linda, & I hope you two will hop in your car next May/June & head back up to your little mountain home here at Glen Echo.. we’ll keep the lights on and look forward to your arrival here by the river.πŸ™‹‍♀️🌊🌲🌷πŸͺ΅πŸ”₯😍

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  2. Hey, we as boaters know the difference between the 106 and 104 stainless steel as the first rusts less and is superior to the 104. It comes down to price and I presume the sewing needles might be of a lesser steel quality for the sake of pricing or it's not available in the country of production. I noticed that problem with many items nowadays.

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    1. You're right Marlene, I didn't think about availability of SS in those countries. Oh well, such is life.

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  3. Crapification seems to be everywhere! What a shame, hopefully there is someplace you can still get the sturdier needles. Barb makes ribs much the same way you described with her instapot. Delicious!

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    1. Hopefully Farmer Bob doesn't have to suffer through crapification on his gear!

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  4. Crapification, a great word to describe 'new' purchases. Your trivets are adorable and creative! My recipe for short ribs is similar but I use my Instant pot. Fall off the bone delicious! I usually keep the tasty liquid broth and will either use it for gravy for another meal or most often drink it as is. It is so good for us!

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    1. Oh wow! Drinking it straight is great. How long do you cook them in Madame IP - pressure cook? Thanks for the compliment on the trivets, I think I'm up to 12 from our summer so far, lol.

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  5. Very interesting. I could never leave my cabin in the woods to camp, but to each their own. I completely understand crapification. Or dish washer died and it cost as much to get parts and get it fixed compared to buying a new one. Argh! Love the trivits and the cookies look delicious.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! I once saw a youtube video about refrigerators (older models vs newer) and boy, was that repairman grousing about the newer ones with all the bells & whistles. His sage advise - "don't do it! believe me" Nothing but trouble.

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  6. Your fabric trivets are amazing. You do so well with the combination of colors. It is sad that things seem to just keep being made with less and less quality these days. I hope you can find the perfect needle you are looking for. As for us living in ND; we would appreciate having a 2nd warmer home during the winter months.

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    1. Yep, I bet ND gets it's full share of the frozen temps and (eek!) snow. Thanks for your kind comments on the trivets. 😊

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  7. Hi. Looks like things are going well. The weather is finally breaking here in Jacksonville. We’ve had a few days in the upper 80s rather than upper 90s. Whew! I did escape to Canada for 2 weeks for a break. I love the trivets, especially the hanging basket. Have a safe journey home

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    1. Thanks Nancy, here's hoping the 80's are here to stay. Looking forward to our lunch picnics in the coming months.

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  8. 37 in the morning! Brrrr! We are still having daytime temps in the high 90s and the mornings are in the high 60s.....fall is slowly working it's magic. I always love to look at other people's yards to see how they decorate. Your trivets are so lovely and your macaroons look delicious.....and so do the ribs. Hope you can find a better needle source. Things just don't seem to be made as well these days. Have a safe travel home.

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  9. Love the photos of others yards, no matter how tiny.....people know how to spruce things up ....their way. I hope you can find a better needle company. Your ribs and macaroons look so delicious! Stay safe in your travels.

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