Sunday, January 24, 2010

Ice Fishing 101

We have owned our lake cabin since May of last year. This summer there were many fish caught - none of them were caught by me. Now the lake is frozen and we are ice fishing. Again many fish have been caught - none of them by me.

Both kids were home this past weekend

to spend some time at the cabin ice fishing.

They wanted to show me the ice fishing ropes.

I showed up at the cabin wearing this coat.
The kids just shock their heads.

Lesson number 1: You do not ice fish in a wool plaid coat and leather gloves. Who knew you needed special clothing to catch a fish? I guess you need Gortex™, Under Armour® and a goofy bomber hat - none of which I own.
And really, do you think the fish know what you are wearing?

Apparently they do.
(Remember to click on pictures to enlarge.)

Years ago everyone fished in wool coats - heck they fished in wool everything.
Wool coat, wool pants, wool plaid shirt, wool underwear and wool socks,
and they caught plenty of fish.
I'm just sayn' I don't think my problem is my clothing.

As soon as you get inside your hut, you take your coat off.
So does it really matter?
(Yes it is toasty warm in the little hut.)

And what is this? I ask.

Lesson #2:
You need weed to catch fish. Weed???
Gortex, a bomber hat and weed??? I don’t have any of these items.
The kids quickly set me straight. Fake vegetation. I guess you put some fake vegetation in the lake. Hopefully the fish will think it is a home??

I don't think the fish are buying it.

Lesson number 3: You need patience. I don’t have a lot of patience, so after a while I embarrassed my children by walking around the lake, in WOOL, to snap some pictures.

There is a whole little village out on the lake.
Can you guess which hut is ours?

Why yes, it is the one with the quilt on top of the roof.

(This is to cut down on condensation.)

I bet the fish are having a hey day with this one.

If you are interested in making this quilt for your ice hut - or any other reason, check it out at Pattern #374 It's a Guy Thing. This quilt uses the stack and slice method of piecing, so it is quick and easy.

The wheel house behind our little hut is the Ice House Mansion. It seats 6 fishermen and a dog comfortably. However, the house has rules.

I see by rule number #3 that Bimbo and Bruce rule!

I also learned that some wagering goes on at the mansion.
Who is going to catch the biggest fish?
I am betting it is not me.

This little wheel house is Anthony and Bruce’s dream.
It is just the right size - seats 4.
They bought plans to make one,
but have decided it may be cheaper
to buy a good used one.

Frosty has just come in from a ski across the lake.
I don’t know if he has lost his face or if he has his back to me???

After my little stroll around the lake, I decided to make the fisherman a pot of chili.
We prefer plain ol' chili. If you like yours all doctored up this is not the chili for you.

Plain Ol’ Chili

1 lb. hamburger browned.
1 onion chopped
2 small cans light red kidney beans
1 lg. can petite diced tomatoes
1 can tomato juice
3 Tblsp. chili powder
2 Tblsp. vinegar

Simmer until onions are softened.
Ladle into bowls and top with a small pad of butter.

Our family is not a cracker crusher family. We never crush our crackers.
We like to spread them with cheese spread and eat them with our chili not in our chili.

Cheese Spread
1 jar Kraft Old English Cheese
1 tub soft margarine
Mix together and spread on crackers.
You can also spread this on French bread,
sprinkle with garlic salt and broil until bubbly.

While the chili simmers, I will see if I can catch a fish…

Fish tally:
Bruce: 3
Anthony: 4
Abby: 3
Me: 0

I failed Ice Fishing 101. :-(

From my heart,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Project Runway

Are any of you out there in blog land fans of Project runway? I love, love the show. Season seven starts tonight. I am giddy with anticipation. I have gone on line and watched all of the designer's videos and it looks to be a great season.

I have always loved fashion. My mother taught me how to sew at a very young age. I made my first 4-H outfit when I was 8 years old. It was a turquoise gathered skirt. I have sewn ever since.

When I was in high school I spent my noon hours in the Home Ec. room looking through and drooling over the patterns in the Vogue pattern book. (Could explain why I didn't have a boyfriend.) Yep I was a dork!

We NEVER bought Vogue patterns they were way too expensive.

Simplicity and McCall's were the brand of choice.

We could buy these right in town

in the basement of the Chozen's Department Store.

Once and awhile we would travel to Fairmont

where they had Butterick patterns.

Buttericks were my favorite- well of the ones I could afford.

Then along about the late 70's all of the apparel fabric stores started shutting down. Living here in small town Iowa I had no source for material. (Back then it was called material - not sure when it became fabric??) Also some of you cannot remember this, but there was a time when you could not surf the web to find whatever it was your little heart desired, therefore, my apparel sewing went by the wayside.

This was one of the Vogue patterns that I REALLY wanted when I was flipping though the pages of the Vogue pattern book during my noon hour.

A couple of years ago I finally bought the pattern on ebay.

I made it to wear to Quilt Market.
(I chose not to wear my hat and gloves :)

I made this out of orange wool for my Sophomore homecoming.

This was one of my favorite dresses.

I made it in navy blue just like on the pattern cover.

Sadly it was stolen out of the locker room at school.

I am currently looking for this Modes Royale pattern.
Does anyone out there in blog land own this pattern?
I have some great vintage buttons that would work perfectly for this dress.

Thursday nights are going to be wonderful for the next couple of months.
Mac'n cheese, a cherry Coke, complete control of the remote and Project Runway...Heavenly.

From my heart,