The Blind Post classified news October 9, 2021



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From and for the blind and visually impaired.
October 9, 2021



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Contents for this month’s issue:



Sponsors of the month. We have two! Thank you.

From the editor: Greeting, thanks, personal note plus some housekeeping.
by Lori Motis.

New and used.

Wanted, to trade, or to give away.

Announcements.

Services and training.

Business and employment opportunities.



This month’s articles:




Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Recipes, storing fresh produce, and a wonderful dusting product.

Living with low vision: Carving the Jack-o lantern by Donna Williams.

Driving Miss Donna: “A Trip to Pismo Beach” by Lynn Anderson.

Uplift, inspirational: “HAVE HOPE” By Ruth Coleman.

Yarn, hook and needle crafts:! by Greg Capps.



This month’s sponsors:

We have two! Thank you so much!


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The 2022 EZ2See® weekly Planner/Calendar is Now Available



The 2022 edition of the popular EZ2See® Products, large-print, large-space weekly planner/calendar is now in stock and available.

Many of you already get one each year. It is so popular because the highly accessible design was specifically chosen to address the needs of those with low vision or other types of challenges.


Why the design meets the needs of many with low vision is no surprise. It was designed by a creative, low vision senior dealing with RP and a long-time FFB supporter. Back in 2015, after people saw the calendar he made for himself, they urged him to start a business to make them available to help others. He has been doing that ever since.



Here is its list of features, many not found anywhere else:

Printed on 8 1/2” x 11” pages on heavy-weight paper
Daily “cell” size is almost equal to two, 3 by 5 cards
Black page edges – no more writing off the edge of the paper
Black high-contrast fonts that are over 10 times larger than newsprint; no tiny print
Black spiral bound so it folds in half and lays flat
Runs from December 2021 through to January 2023
Four wide bold-lined pages at the end to use any way you want
About as thick as a wooden pencil
Includes twelve monthly pages with holidays and extra spaces for you to use
Covers are laminated for durability and moisture resistance


The price is, $23.99 plus shipping.
There are three ways to order and two ways to see what the calendar looks like. Visit the EZ2See website or Amazon.com.

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From the editor:




Greeting, thanks, personal note plus some housekeeping.



Happy October everyone! I love this time of year with the cooler temperatures and experiencing the sounds of the leaves falling along with their crunch when I go for a walk with my wonderful guide dog Stan. He loves to catch leaves and bring them in the house and eat them. He thinks he is being very sneaky.

I am enjoying Baking bread and cooking new recipes. It just feels so comfortable and cozy. Time for apple cider and pumpkin treats. It’s the beginning countdown to the end of the year with festive celebrations full of warmth, a little spooky fun, gratefulness and the coming of the light of the world. May you enjoy the season and rest in His glorious peace.


I want to thank my two sponsors for this month’s news. Please let them know you saw their notice on the Blind Post. What a bountiful harvest of ads and announcements we have this month.
Grab a warm cup of tea and enjoy reading all the way to the end. Delightful stories and information. Do not forget that this is the last month to enter the craft contest. Read more in Greg’s article. I am so thankful for all my writers. They do an excellent job.


Joshua from Blind man walking is taking a break from writing for a while. His life is full to the brim with many projects. He is a busy man.


On a personal note, I am feeling so much better now since my injury. My nose seems to be completely healed. I still have some neck and back issues but hope to get some physical therapy for that soon; and I am out walking again. Hurray!


If you are interested in sponsoring the news or want to know how and costs visit the website. How to post and word counts and cost are there towards the bottom of the homepage. Now you can post one notice seventy5 words or less for free each month. I do send out a submission reminder email, with all the details, about a week or so before the next issue. The next edition of the news will be November ninth.

Please feel free to write me with your comments, suggestions questions and if you want to pass along a message to any of our writers or contributors.

My hope is for all of you to be safe and well.
God bless you all!

Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
A great place to share and sell!
foodlady@theblindpost.com


https://www.theblindpost.com



New and used:



Pathway to Freedom: A Guide Dog Owner’s Manual


A comprehensive e-book by Shelley McMullen / C 2010 / $24.99

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own and work with a guide dog? Do you have a guide dog and are having some difficulty that you would like to discuss with an experienced graduate as opposed to a trainer? Do you know someone who is blind or visually impaired and you want to get information for them about guide dogs? Or are you a person who simply would like to educate yourself about guide dogs?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, visit
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for more information. There you will also find more information about Shelley and her life coaching services.

Email:
shellmac308@gmail.com


Shelley McMullen is also the author of Austin Bound, C 2016, about a difficult period in her life (1996-2000) and how her problems were resolved. In both e-book ($3.99) and print ($9.50). Full details and a free text preview are at:

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Hello, it is that time of year to put your awesome idea that you may have to work in a really unique one-of-a-kind no other like it Christmas Gift for yourself or that very special person.


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The highly anticipated 2021 Scentsy Holiday Collection products are now available while supplies last!


New fragrances and products to help you celebrate the season such as: Mighty Pine, Joy & Wonder, Mulled Cider & Spice, 3D Scent Circle Pack, Holiday Hand Soap Bundle, Gingerbread Man Mini Warmer and so much more. Contact me, Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Director, 916-206-1151

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Available Now! Crocheted Holiday Stockings.


Available sizes: flat ornament, small fillable, and large fillable. Each one is handmade to order and require time to produce and deliver. Contact

ncbootman@gmail.com

for details and place your order now for holiday enjoyment. In your note, let me know what you think you want and when you’d like the order and I’ll quote
you a price. Greg Capps



SWEET TOOTH offers a variety of braille chocolate items
including candy bars, chocolate guide dogs & other holiday items that can be customized with braille.


Candy bar greetings include Happy Birthday, Love You, Thank You, Have a Nice Day, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
A variety of other chocolate items are available.
Contact Judy Davis at 1-585-544-1853
or

judydavis12@rochester.rr.com



Stocking Stuffers For Christmas


Available now.
It's Christmas Time Again 21 selections,
Til The Season Comes Round Again 12 selections.
Featuring Ray Starr.
The two album set is $15.00
Make Checks payable to Raymond Rokita
3816 Schlee Street
Lansing, Michigan 48910-4435


kb8kyr@gmail.com




SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD by Pasco Music


Announcing the long awaited release of the second single by Pasco Music - Seven Bridges Road. In a classic folk/country ballad Ann and Bill's performance is both beautiful and warm evoking tenderness and wistfulness. Now available for streaming or download from iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, or wherever you get music.




Accessibility statement: Each issue of the new crochet magazine, Moorit, comes with two accessible digital versions.


The Easy to Read - Large Print version has: Simplified PDF with easy read all black text (24pt Arial), single column format and some pattern wording, charts and layout adjusted for easier viewing. The Easy to Read - Read Aloud issue has: Simplified PDF to be screen reader friendly with easy read text (24pt Arial) and some pattern wording, charts and layout adjusted for easier viewing.

Moorit Magazine is available here:

https://mooritmag.com/products/moorit-issue-no-1




Refurbished classic Perkins braille writer.

Good working and cosmetic condition.
The price of $375 will include a new Canvas dust cover and UPS shipping anywhere in the continental United States. Call John Harden for quality Perkins braille writer repair at 386-846-1325 or email

jharden115@gmail.com

for more information.



A. T. Guys is pleased to announce the BlindShell Classic 2, a new phone blending a simple design with smart features.


It includes a louder speaker, more tactile buttons, and an expanded list of smart features. If you just want to use basic phone features, that's fine as well. Get a free item locator and charging cable if you order by October 31. To order or hear an audio demo, visit

https://www.atguys.com/blindshell

or call 269-216-4798.



Talking items


Talking watch, only owned six months. The band is to small for me.
Asking 15 dollars, and I also have a smart talker, a stand alone scanner that will read text. It is ten years old but in very good shape comes with carrying case asking 450 obo
Email

ketch1969@gmail.com

for more information.




Wanted, to trade or give away:




A Blind Post subscriber wants the following

items:
Do you know of a safe potato and vegetable slicer?
I am also looking for a knife that has a guide.
Please email me with any information about any products and where to find these items.

emerald.lass1954@gmail.com

Thank you
Lenore



your feedback for an Accessibility research project is needed.


My name is Dr. Ron Milliman. I am a retired university professor. However, I remain very active conducting research and writing publishable articles. Currently I am researching the many online meal kit or meal plan services such as HelloFresh, Blue Apron, Freshly, Green Chef, among many, many more. My focus is on which ones are the most accessible to blind and low-vision people. Toward that objective, I would like to know if any of our Blind Post readers currently use, or have you ever used, any such services. If so, please write back Sharing with me your experiences including how accessible each service you used is. Note: I am not researching such services as Grubhub or Instacart. Those services were nicely covered in a book titled Dinner Delivered published by the NBP. I check my email throughout the day; thus, to respond, my email address is

rmilliman@twc.com

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Ron



This is a great place to post items you want to give away, or maybe you are looking for a particular item.


Email your 75 words or less notice to me, Lori AKA Food Lady, at
foodlady@theblindpost.com
and I will include them in the next issue at no cost.



Announcements:




Writing Works Wonders, Uplifting for Writers and Readers.


Advancing beyond barriers, Live events, Workshops, Author Interviews and more. Encouraging and Inspiring You.
https://www.WritingWorksWonders.com



10/1, Jim Azevedo from Smashwords

10/8, Annie Chiappetta - Workshop. Audible prompting for Presentations and Performmers.

10/15, Peter Altschul, Author, Blogger and Podcaster.

10/22, Murr Lafferty of Escapt Pod Podcast

10/29, Open Mic, Halloween Theme. Fun Presenting in Character.

11/5, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month




Sermons on the Phone is always being updated.


Check it out at 773-572-6206.



Eyes on success shows and podcasts:



2137 Sharing Experiences with Cochlear Implants (Sep. 8, 2021)
Blind individuals rely heavily on their ability to hear in order to compensate for their lack of sight. But what happens when a blind person loses their hearing? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey join a conversation between Jim Snowbarger and Greg Green, both of whom are blind and both of whom have cochlear implants, about their experiences with the implants.


2141 Not Just A Leap Of Faith (Oct. 6, 2021)
People who are visually impaired are no strangers to participating in sports. On the other hand, it is difficult to imagine jumping over a 10 or 12 foot high bar without seeing the bar. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Bradly Rainwater, a competitive blind pole vaulter, and his coach and grandfather Brad Rainwater about how it can be done.

To listen to other episodes from our searchable archive of over 500 episodes go to:
https://www.EyesOnSuccess.net

You can also subscribe to the podcast or listen on your smart home device by saying “play the eyes On success podcast”.




Services and training.




Audio Editing Service & Training:



Intimidated by the complexity of a multi-track editor? Want to record your
own podcast content or record yourself singing karaoke? Need custom audio
created for your internet stream or radio station?

Galanos Consulting can teach you the basics using Audacity or create the
sound for you.

Call 713-396-3495 for more information and a free consultation!

www.GalanosConsulting.com



Do you have a service pertaining to the blind community, or do you offer training such as computer training or guitar lessons?


Now 75 words or less post at no cost. Longer notices can
also be placed with costs dependent on the word count. Email me for prices and guidelines.
foodlady@theblindpost.com
Lori Motis Blind Post classified news editor.




Business and employment opportunities:




Small biz entrepreneurs, are you looking for another way to showcase your products? Join us for the next Let's Go Shopping virtual event!



My name is Laura, and I'm the founder of an online, accessible, virtual mall crawl called Let's Go Shopping. I'm connecting small businesses with the customers who need them!

Registration deadline is October 25. The event is scheduled for early November.

Interested? Start here:

https://accessibleinsights.info/blog/lets-go-shopping/

Email:

lgsvirtualevents@gmail.com
or call 702-605-1265.

Please share!



We are starting a weekly serious networking zoom chit chat session.


Only serious business folks!. If you want to Join us, email me at

jtblas@hotmail.com



Do you have a business or a job opportunity that the Blind Post readers would like to know about?


Email
foodlady@theblindpost.com
and I will let you know the cost and if it is suitable for the next issue. Now 75 words or less is free.



Please visit our two sponsors and let them know you found their notice on the Blind Post classified news:



Poptale.com is looking for BETA Testers to assist in current and
future products.


This means you get to play the games before anyone
else does and this will help us build a better experience. Just go to
our website and sign up for our newsletter to learn more.
To become a BETA Tester and to sign up for our Newsletter send an email to
community@wanderword.net

Visit us on the web at
https://poptale.com/



The 2022 edition of the popular EZ2See® Products, large-print, large-space weekly planner/calendar is now in stock and available.



Order yours today! Maybe you know of someone that could benefit from this large print weekly planner/calendar.

The price is, $23.99 plus shipping.
There are three ways to order and two ways to see what the calendar looks like. Visit the EZ2See website or Amazon.com.


https://ez2seeproducts.com/products/ez2see-large-print-weekly-calendar/



https://amazon.com/EZ2See-2022-Weekly-Planner-Calendar/dp/B09DHKVVYQ/ref=sr_1_16?dchild=1&keywords=EZ+products+large-print+weekly+planner+calendar&qid=1633742653&sr=8-16



Do you prefer to order over the phone, have questions, interested in talking about discounted quantity orders for a future fundraiser? No problem, just call, 800-234-8291.




Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady



Recipes, best ways to store fresh produce, and Food lady found a fantastic product for easy dusting.





From Donna Kimball


This is a very simple recipe with a nice fresh taste. It is very important to use the whole tomatoes in juice for the best flavor! I also always prefer
the large shell pasta, but any favorite you have will work. This recipe will taste even better if there are leftovers for the next day.

Daddy’s Pasta -Shoota



Ingredients:
One 12- or 16-ounce package large shell pasta
One large can (around 29 ounces) whole tomatoes in juice
One to one and one half pounds ground beef
Salt and pepper to preference (my dad really liked pepper and we always went heavy on the pepper for this special recipe)
Directions:
Empty tomatoes with juice in large bowl, cut up tomatoes and set bowl aside
In fry pan, brown ground beef, then add tomatoes with juice to fry pan, along with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. boil pasta to al dente, careful
not to overcook so pasta will not break into pieces when combined with meat mixture.
If you prefer a richer tomato taste, 2 to 4 tablespoons of tomato paste may be added when cooking tomatoes and meat together.
after draining pasta, return pasta to boiling pot and then add the meat mixture, stir well and enjoy.


The next two are contributed from the recipe files of Food Lady:



Easy Tuscan Bean Soup


30-minute Tuscan bean soup!

The soup will taste so much better when you sauté the vegetables first. This gives the soup lots of flavor. Cook the carrots, onion, and celery along with the sprigs of oregano, and then stir in the beans and chicken stock.

If you want your soup to have that “simmered all day” quality, when using canned beans, mash some of the beans before they go into the pot. This gives your soup that home-made texture that a good bean soup has.

After simmering the soup briefly, add baby kale or spinach for some green color. This makes the soup extra healthy!
Parmesan toasts are an easy side dish to make while the soup is simmering giving your dinner some extra yummy crunch.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the soup:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, thickly sliced
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
3 sprigs fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
Black pepper, to taste
2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans or other small white beans, drained and rinsed
5 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
4 cups baby kale or baby spinach, stems removed if tough
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, for garnish
Olive oil, to serve
Extra grated Parmesan, to serve

For the parmesan toasts:
1/2 baguette, thinly sliced
Olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Directions:
Cook the vegetables: In a soup pot, heat the olive oil. When it is hot, add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, fresh oregano sprigs, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes until the vegetables look softened and the onions are turning translucent.
Prepare the beans: On a plate, mash 1/2 cup of the beans with a fork or potato masher. Then add all the beans to the vegetables in the pot. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

simmer the soup: Add the remaining beans to the pot and stir well. Stir in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, partially cover with the lid placed askew, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and the liquid is flavorful.

Discard the oregano sprigs; the leaves will have fallen into the soup. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

While the soup simmers, make the Parmesan toasts: Toast the bread until lightly golden on both sides. While the toast slices are hot from the toaster, sprinkle with olive oil and cheese. If you have a toaster oven, return them to the toaster for 1 minute to melt the cheese; otherwise, arrange the toasts in a skillet over medium heat, cover, and warm for about 1 minute or until the cheese has melted.

Add the greens to the soup: Add the kale or spinach to the pot and simmer for another 2 minutes, or just until the greens wilt.

Serve the soup: Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle with oregano and more olive oil, if you like, and serve with Parmesan toasts and extra grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling.


Harvest Pumpkin cookies



Ingredients
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried currants
Directions:
1 Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2 Beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3 Add the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin puree and beat for another 3 minutes.
4 In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cardamom and cinnamon and whisk together. Slowly add it to the butter mixture until just combined, being sure to scrape down the sides and bottom once or twice to ensure even mixing.
5 Fold in the pumpkin seeds and currants. Drop spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray for a minute or two to set, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.



Produce storage tips:



The three elements that most affect the storage quality of fresh produce are temperature, airflow, and ethylene gas. Lots of produce stores best in the refrigerator, but onions, garlic, potatoes, and sweet potatoes prefer cool room temperature.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes


Refrigeration changes potato and sweet potato sugars to starch, and warm temperatures make them sprout, so a cool location is best. Prolonged exposure to light makes potatoes turn green. Store these roots in a dark, humid, room-temperature environment. Provide good air circulation and keep them away from ethylene producers like onions and bananas.
If an otherwise firm, healthy potato or sweet potato sprouts, it’s fine to cut off the sprout and cook the potato. If a regular potato turns green, do not eat it, as the green color is associated with buildup of toxic compounds in the tuber. Toss any potato that is shriveled or moldy.

Onions and garlic


Common onions and garlic store best at room temperature with good air circulation. They can be stored together. Moisture will cause them to spoil quickly, so be sure to remove them from plastic bags. Because alliums are gas producers, be sure to keep them away from ethylene-sensitive produce like potatoes.

How to Store Fresh Ginger: 3 Methods for

Storing Ginger
You can store fresh ginger root in multiple ways, depending on how and when you plan to use the ginger:
Counter: If you are planning on using the entire ginger root within a few days, then you can store the ginger in a cool, dark place, such as on your kitchen counter away from the sun.
Fridge: Place the ginger in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container, and put the bag in the crisper drawer. When properly stored, fresh ginger can last more than a month in the refrigerator. Peeled ginger will only last about two to three weeks, so the best way to store ginger in the fridge is to keep it unpeeled.
Pickling: You can pickle fresh ginger. Peel the ginger using a peeler, then slice it thinly. Place the cut ginger in a glass jar filled with equal parts vinegar, sugar, and water (you can adjust this mixture to suit your taste). Store pickled ginger in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Beets, carrots, rutabagas, turnips and other root vegetables


are some of the best for long storage. Prepare them first by removing leafy tops, then seal the roots in plastic bags. Place the sealed bags in any convenient place in the fridge.

I always add a couple of paper towels to my produce in the fridge inside the bag or container. This keeps the moisture away and they last longer.

If you buy carrots, beets, or turnips with their greens still attached, remove those tops down to the root before storing, since they pull moisture out of the vegetable. The roots will stay fresh for at least a few weeks sealed in zip-top bags or airtight containers in the refrigerator. Beet and turnip greens are delicious in soups or stir fries. Store them separately as you would other leafy greens, and they should stay fresh for about a week.

Radishes, while technically part of the cabbage family, act a lot like other root vegetables. They stay fresh for a long time in the fridge—sometimes up to three weeks—when stored in an airtight container, and they keep longer without their leafy greens attached (you can eat these, too).

Cabbage family


Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower keep for a long time in the veggie crisper with little preparation. Remove leaves from broccoli and cauliflower, cut them to fit in zipper bags, seal them up, and store them in the refrigerator. Leave heads of cabbage intact and simply place the head in the crisper or quarter the head and store the quarters in zipper bags.

Winter squash


Hard-shelled squashes like butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash should be stored at room temperature. Keep them out of direct sunlight with good air circulation, and they will stay in peak condition for several months. Store winter squash well away from ethylene producers.

Leafy greens


Leaf lettuces and baby greens don’t last long in storage, but other leafy greens can stay fresh two or more weeks. Romaine, iceberg, and other head lettuces last a couple of weeks or more stored in the crisper. Kale, collard greens, escarole, endive, watercress, and others require a minimal amount of preparation prior to storage. Remove any yellow, wilted or slimy leaves from the bundle and store them in a sealable container without washing them.

I get the already washed greens in containers, so when I open them, I add a couple of paper towels folded on the top and then reclose the lid.

Tomatoes and avocados


are best stored on the countertop. Pop the top off when you have ripe avocados, so they will stop ripening. Once ripe, you can
use them to make guacamole or store them in the fridge.

Celery and carrots


You can cut up your celery and carrots and store them in the fridge in a covered container full of cold water. If your celery should go limp, cut the bottom off and place in a jar with water and place it on your counter. It will perk up in o time.

Apples and pears
Apples are susceptible to drying and getting soft, and they produce ethylene gas. Keep yours fresh and crisp by storing them in a plastic bag in a crisper drawer. But be sure to only store them with produce that is not sensitive to ethylene. If there’s no room in the drawer, they’ll keep just fine in the coldest part of your fridge.

Pears are a slightly different story. Underripe pears should stay out at room temperature in a bowl or a paper bag (I use a towel-lined tray or baking sheet). Once they soften up a bit, you can stash them in the fridge, where they’ll stay ready to eat for a couple of weeks (sometimes up to three).


Berries


Firm berries like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries may harbor mold and bacteria that can shorten their storage life. When you bring them home, sort and wash them before storing them. Discard any shriveled, moldy, or otherwise blemished fruit, then wash them in a solution of 3 parts cold water to 1 part white vinegar. Drain and rinse with cold water. Spread them on a clean towel and gently pat dry. Wash the container they came in and reuse it, or place them in another clean container lined with a folded paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Store berries in the veggie crisper or on a shelf in the fridge.

Bananas
Bananas ripen quickly and put off ethylene gas. So it is best to store them away from other produce. If I can’t eat them all before they are too ripe, I can either make banana bread or peal them and wrap each banana individually in wax paper and then place them in a freezer ziplock like storage bag and put them in the freezer for a future smoothie.

Produce that keeps best at room temperature needs air circulation. Plastic bags equal premature spoilage. Even if the bananas, potatoes, or onions you bought came in a perforated plastic bag, they’ll last longer if you take them out and let them breathe.

Citrus fruit


Store on the countertop for up to a week.
Refrigerate loose for longer storage.
You can store citrus fruits out on the countertop (so you remember to use them) or keep them fresher longer in the fridge. Oranges and grapefruits aren’t ethylene-sensitive, so you can store them with apples and pears, but be sure to keep lemons and limes separate from those ethylene producers.


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Food Lady



Living with low vision



Carving the Jack-o lantern


By Donna Williams


Now that fall is here it’s time for falling leaves, pumpkins, and the cooler weather to set in. Everyone seems to love the seasonal foods to. I don’t know how many times I’ve been shopping and seen pastries or other baked goods made or filled with pumpkin. I avoid these at all costs. Mister Pumpkin and I’ve had it in for one another from the time of my first close encounter with him.


I remember it clearly. I was dressed like a ghost as I went from door to door in my neighborhood. I was a very small child and it was the first memory I have of trick or treating. For the most part it was fun. That’s until I approached the final house. The walkway was strewn with lit up pumpkin faces that looked really scary to me. As I reached the door a big boy jumped out from behind one of those pumpkins and let out a blood curdling scream. It was enough to make me turn and run in the opposite direction. On my way I accidentally kicked one of the other ghoulish faces and as it rolled on its side I heard it say it was going to get me. No amount of persuasion by my Dad could make me go back to that house. He wanted me to go touch that pumpkin I’d knocked over and set it back in its place as well as go to the door and let those inside know I was not afraid of their haunted house. I don’t have a very good relationship with them either but that’s another story for another time. Let’s get back to Jack.


When I was a little older I had another encounter with him. I was in a classroom for blind children when Jack came to say hello to me again. Our teacher believed in giving us as much real world experience as possible so when I was in 2nd grade we all were given a special trick or treat depending on how you looked at things. For me it was a trick but for the boy sitting next to me it sure seemed to be a treat. Our teacher gave us each a pumpkin and told us we’d be carving a jack-o-Lantern. I remembered the experience I’d had a few years prior and decided that if I had to do this I was going to carve a very nice face. The teacher gave us each a carving knife and showed us how to use it safely to cut off the top. I did this successfully and laid it on the paper towel we’d been given. The boy sitting next to me however had other ideas. Instead of cutting off the top he chose to chop off the bottom half. The insides spewed everywhere. Some of the slime hit me in my bare arm and I began to gag uncontrollably. Things got worse once our teacher helped my friend clean up his mess. She told the rest of us we had to pull out the insides and then wipe the pumpkin out. I reached my hand in and attempted to grab as much as I could in the hope that I’d only have to do it one or two times. No such luck. I began to gag once again. My teacher told me to take a break. I went to the sink and washed my hands. Without getting too graphic let me just say I knew old jack and I weren’t going to finish that project together. At least I didn’t think so until I watched in amazement as the boy sitting next to me reached his hand in and began pulling the insides out of my pumpkin. He also put some pumpkin seeds in his mouth. I had to turn away quickly in order to keep myself from gagging again. The teacher told him to stop eating them and he said something smart about it being his Halloween treat. That was typical of this kid. He was forever making me laugh with all of his silly antics and there was no reason to believe it would be any different on that day just because we were carving jack-o-lanterns.


Now about the actual carving part. Most people who know me are aware that I have a love hate relationship with crafting. I love seeing the end result from someone who knows how to do it right but I can’t craft if my life depended on it. The jack-o-lantern face I carved that day came out lopsided. That wasn’t surprising but what was is that my best friend who had the same amount of vision as I do was able to carve a perfect and beautiful face. Furthermore she made fun of mine. She laughed so hard I thought she’d split herself open. For the first few minutes I felt so hurt. That is until I thought about my own face. I also began to think about all we’d been taught about imperfection in Sunday school. Then suddenly I began to laugh too. My Jack-o-lantern may have looked funny but I carved it to the best of my ability.


A few more thoughts about pumpkins before I end. I learned that I don’t like the taste of it either. A friend made me pancakes and didn’t tell me they contained pumpkin but when I began to eat them I knew right away and couldn’t finish what she’d served. Ironically enough I can eat store bought pumpkin pie but if someone says they made one fresh count me out. Also orange in general isn’t my favorite color. I don’t like oranges or orange juice. There again that’s a story for the future.


Ironically enough I have a pumpkin hanging on my outside door. It was either that or a tan welcome sign with brown leaves. Jack-O-Lantern has done a few things right this time. He is made out of plastic and his orange color is much brighter then the fall welcome sign. Happy Halloween! May you have many treats and no tricks during this fall season.

If you enjoyed my article or have a Halloween and/or fall story to share I’d love to hear from you. Write to:


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Driving Miss Donna



“A Trip to Pismo Beach”


(Episode 20)

by: Lynn Anderson



Back when the shelter-in-place started, we were originally told that it would be for two weeks. Remember? At least that was the story in California. I’m a person who needs to get out of the house every day, but figured that I could last the two weeks pretty easily. Well, after day three of shelter-in-place, and watching way too much TV, I was ready to go out! We were told that we could go grocery shopping as long as we took all of the proper precautions. So, I became the grocery shopping person for Donna and me. Donna, due to mobility issues and vision loss, couldn’t go to the grocery store by herself, and we weren’t allowed to shop together due to social distancing. I tried to explain to the security guard at the store that we drove up together in the same car, so we should be allowed to shop together, but it wasn’t to be. So, I would go in the store and Donna would wait out in the car. That way, we were both away from our apartments for a time, and got to be out in the world.



Since I didn’t need to go grocery shopping every day, which was a major bummer, but I still wanted to get out, I asked Donna if she would feel comfortable packing our lunches and parking by the beach? She said yes, and so started phase two of our shelter-in-place, which was mobile beach parking. Either Donna or I would pack sandwiches and I would find us a parking spot at the beach esplanade, and we’d enjoy our meal looking at the waves and the seabirds frolicking on the sand. There weren’t any people on the sand, just the surfers who were allowed to walk across the beach to reach the ocean, but no one was allowed on the sand. This lasted for a week or so, until it was determined that this wasn’t safe behavior, and all of the parking by the beach was blocked off. All of our state parks were closed too. I heard that a ticket for getting caught parking at the beach was $1,000, which convinced me that I wasn’t going to park by the beach anymore. Double bummer!



Now, I am all for being safe and doing the right thing, but staying locked in my apartment for days, weeks or months was a pill way too big for me to swallow! So, this started phase three of shelter-in-place, which was taking long drives by the beach, in particular out on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. This worked great, as both Donna and I got away from our apartments for a time, we were safely in the car and so weren’t impacting other people, and besides that, it is just a really beautiful drive. These drives weren’t hours long, as there weren’t any bathrooms open for the public during that time, but just being out for an hour was a huge blessing. Plus, gas in our area was very cheap, since no one was out driving! It was just a good value all around!



Then, things started to open up, and more people were out and about, and even hotels were coming back to life! Woo hoo! Donna and I decided it was time to take a vacation, so I made a hotel reservation in Pismo Beach for two nights, and got a fabulous rate since the hotels were trying to attract visitors to return. Pismo Beach is about a three-hour drive south of Capitola, which was close enough if we needed to return home in a hurry for any reason. I even booked a handicapped accessible room with a roll-in shower, which is essential for Donna due to her mobility issues. The rate was great, the car was filled with fairly cheap gas, and we were packed and ready to go. Well, as packed as we could be! For Donna and me, a road trip is not as simple as packing an overnight bag and heading out on the road. Donna needs a walker, we both use bed prop-ups, I use a neck pillow and a prop-up pillow for my knees, and we both have canes. Donna has a white cane, and I use a cane occasionally for stability. Lastly, of course, our suitcases! Isn’t getting older a joy, it seems like we both have a lot of parts!



The drive on South US 101 was great, the weather perfect, the highway mostly empty, until I realized a major problem! There weren’t any open restrooms! Now, this isn’t an age-related problem for me, as I have been this way for my entire life. If I see a restroom, I need to use it! The drive-throughs were open at our favorite stopping places, but the restaurants were locked!!! Even if a store was open, such as Starbucks, the restrooms were blocked completely off to the public! This was bad for me, as even being out on the road for an hour means I need to make a stop. I think that Donna must have a bladder of steel, because she said that she was fine, but I wasn’t! I looked everywhere, and was even considering stopping behind a bush, when I noticed that the public rest stop off the highway had a lot of cars parked there! Oh, just maybe they are open!! I pulled off the highway and parked, ran to the restroom (well, my version of running) and got in a long line of ladies who like me, were also very desperate! At this point, I was ready to pay anyone for their place in line, but I have the feeling I wouldn’t have found any takers!
When it was finally my turn, I think I had tears of joy!! But soon, we were back on the highway and on our way to Pismo Beach!



Our fabulous hotel was on a hill overlooking the ocean, which boded well for us having an ocean view from our room, but it was not to be. The handicapped accessible room overlooked the back of the hotel and an alley with a garbage dumpster, but hey, we were actually in Pismo Beach, in a normally expensive hotel, but with a very good rate! Is it just me, or does handicap parking and a handicapped accessible room mean that the management expects that you are in great shape and can walk miles to your room? The handicap parking was the furthest parking away from the front door of the hotel! Once we checked in, our room was the furthest room away from the front desk. Donna was exhausted by the time we reached the room and ready to take a nap. Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t the handicap parking and the accessible room be as close as possible? Do they think that just because you need handicap parking and an accessible room that you secretly have superhuman strength and can leap tall buildings with a single bound? As an aside here, don’t you just love it when the last handicap parking place is taken right in front of you, and when the person hops out of the car, it is a young person who looks like a track star? Maybe it’s just me. Crazy thinking, I know!



OK, things were opening up, but in Pismo Beach, restaurants did not have indoor dining available at that time. It was to go orders only. This wouldn’t have been a problem if our room had a great view, like of the ocean, or the mountains, or anything really beautiful, but I didn’t want to eat our meals overlooking an alleyway and a dumpster, which meant that Donna had to make many walks from our room to the car and back! In fact, each time we decided we needed to eat something! Donna was becoming surly about having to walk to and from the room several times a day to get our meals. Because I can’t be away from a restroom for an extended period of time, we had to return to our room after every few hours to make restroom stops. Finally, at some point, Donna asked why I booked such a difficult room and asked if we couldn’t find a room somewhere else that would be more friendly for a disabled person? What? I kept reminding her what a great rate I found, and did I mention that the rate was very CHEAP? I don’t remember how many times I told her that I found a room with A GREAT RATE! By trip three or four in one day, Donna refused to leave the car until we were back to the room for the final time that night! Picky, picky, I thought! Oh, and did you know that it was a great room rate?



Even in Pismo Beach you couldn’t park at the beach or go into a state park, so we had to get creative on where we parked. Our favorite place was the In N Out Burger overlooking the ocean. The line of cars was long, since the indoor dining was closed, but once we got our meal, I would drive and park to where we could see the ocean, which was way off in the distance. I think we spent more time, however, looking at the line of cars trying to jockey in place to order their food than we did the ocean, but it was great! Why it gave me such joy to see very frustrated people trying to get their meal from a line that was never ending, and people tried to take cut throughs is beyond me, but it was fun. I love In N Out Burgers, but there is another burger chain in Arroyo Grande called Orcutt Burgers, which gives them a run for their money. Although, the only view from their parking lot was a busy street, not near as much interest! No cut throughs or anything really entertaining! We also drove along the coast and over to Avila Beach, which also had blocked off all beach parking, but a few miles from there is a working harbor that did have open parking! They also had an open public bathroom! Score! Donna kept saying, “finally, I don’t have to make the death march to our room until it is time to go back for the night!” We spent many hours parked there just enjoying the ocean, watching the seals and the working fishing boats. Oh, and did I tell you what a great rate I got for the room?



Finally, all good things must end and it was time to return home. I was concerned about the drive home, because three hours is a long time for me to be away from a restroom, but I planned to stop at the first rest stop off the highway, and thought that I could last the rest of the way home after that. This was a great plan! I stopped at the first rest stop, and as usual, steel bladder Donna was just fine. OK, well you can suffer, I thought smugly as I ran in to use the restroom, but she was truly doing just fine. I was doing well too as I drove to the city limit of Salinas, which is about a 50-minute drive away from home. No problem, I got this! Well, I did have it, until I hit a traffic back-up that was massive! What? This isn’t part of my plan, and isn’t supposed to happen!!! This is Salinas, not Los Angeles!!! It took 30 minutes to drive two miles, and I knew I was in deep trouble! When we finally made it to our freeway exit, it was blocked for construction! Oh no!! Oh no! This is really bad. This is really, really, really bad! I had already lost 30 minutes of my 50-minute drive home, and I was VERY READY to use a restroom. I started to do the only thing I could do, which was to PANIC! Big time! Donna kept trying to tell me it would be alright, but how could someone with a bladder of steel even hope to understand? I was finally able to cut off several very angry drivers and managed to get off the freeway, but my luck was no better finding a public restroom. Once again, Starbucks restroom was closed to the public, as was every other restroom I tried! Even giant gas stations! How could they close their restrooms??? I finally found a Mom and Pop gas station, made several illegal U-turns, once again cut off a few drivers and managed to make my way over to the gas station. Their restroom was open! Oh, happy day! I think I left the car engine running, don’t really remember much about that moment, as I high tailed it for the restroom. Even better, there wasn’t anyone ahead of me in line! This was very, very good! I finally made my way back to the car, and headed us back out on Highway 101, a smile on my face! Donna, calmly looked at me and said, “that was some creative driving back there.” “Oh, you liked my fancy driving?” I asked proudly, thinking she was giving me a complement. “No,” she said and took a deep breath. “Oh,” I said, then “wasn’t it a great trip to Pismo Beach?” hoping for distraction. Donna just looked calmly at me, then put one of her favorite CD’s on to play. Phew, saved again!




Uplift, inspirational stories.



“HAVE HOPE”



MATTHEW 8: 1-3; (KJV)
“1When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.”


Dear Readers, this is a favorite Scripture of mind, in this Great Book of Matthew. Why? Let’s set thee atmosphere; Jesus Had just finished speaking to the crowd at the Famous Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5,6, &7) when He encountered this hopeless, sick, diseased, sinful man. This man was not supposed to be even near a crowd, and certainly should not have asked another to help him in his hopeless condition. You see, the Leper was considered without hope, except if the Power of GOD would touch him and make him whole. The Leper, in those days had no hope for a cure or even the slightest possibility of ever regaining the family, friends and loved ones he once admired and with whom he had been closely knit. None. Will call your attention to the present condition of our Country and even our World. The disease, Covid-19 has placed many people in positions of being “Unclean, unclean.” (That is what the Leper had to shout when he found himself getting too close to people who didn’t or weren’t infected with this terrible disease.

The Leper, however, had an inordinate advantage, he knew that he was contaminated and his religion instructed him to verbally shout his condition so that no one else would be infected. We, on the other hand, do not know when we are infected, and have no obvious signs and the signs that do present themselves can easily be confused for an allergy, or a simple encounter with a nasal mucoid irritant. (i.e., Pepper, pollen, animal dandruff, etc.)

This disease, Covet-19, has stumped some of the most Medically and Scientifically intelligent minds in our known world, as did the Leper’s leprosy. (There is nothing new under the sun, and the mental uncertainty of Leprosy and Covet-19 retain the ability to cause hopelessness in its victims. The Leper, in Matthew Eighth Chapter, must have stayed far enough away from others in the crowd and Jesus, as He was preaching; but heard the hope that the Message delivered, grabbed the imparted truth, and in desperation requested the results that Jesus had already taught. The Leper said. “…Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

Jesus did not send him away; “…And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
“My hope is built on nothing less,
Then Jesus’ Blood, and Righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand. “Author Unknown – A well-known Christian Hymn.


Readers, do I have the answer for Covett-19? No. There is an answer for hopelessness. The Leper heard the Word, and ran to Jesus. We have the Word of GOD and hopelessness cannot survive when surrounded by the Words of this Book. Many are hanging their heads and giving up; but a good soldier will fire his rifle to the last round, and then he will use another weapon, a knife, a grenade, rocks, dirt, anything to keep the enemy as far away as possible.
There is a story about the Black Soldier in WWII. He wasn’t allowed to carry a gun, and the best that he could do is to cook for the other soldiers. One day, the enemy invaded the camp, and the Black Soldiers had no guns to help. They stood helpless, or so it was thought. The enemy cut a hole in the kitchen tent and was coming in like a flood, guns and all. The black Soldiers had hot food, large pans of hot food, very large skillets of hot food, and they went to work with what they had. I understand that the enemy dropped their guns and headed for wherever they came from. The Black Soldiers were supposed to be helpless; but they were not without hope.


We have the ultimate weapon, The Blood of the Crucified Lamb, the Testimony, the Hope built on the Solid Rock and our Faith in what He has already done, and what He has promised His Children. Readers, don’t allow anyone to steel your Hope!

IN CHRIST I REMAIN … Ruth.



Yarn Hook and Needle



Crafts by Greg Capps




ncbootman@gmail.com



Remember our contest. This is your last notification. Send me your favorite craft project for a chance to win a prize by November 1. We have only two entries. So, send yours. I need the directions or pattern sent to my e-mail address.



This month, I have two crochet projects for you for Christmas. Knitting will be back next time.



Christmas Wreath



Designed by Mary Thomas

Great Granny Crochet Book
by American School of Needlework, 1979


Size: Approximately 13 inches in diameter

Materials:

4 ounces green and 1 ounce red worsted weight yarn

Hook: G

Stuffing



Gauge: In dc, 7 sts = in2; 4 rows = in2


Note: Ch3 counts as dc throughout pattern.


With green, ch81 loosely; join with sl st in first ch to make a ring, being careful to not twist chs.


Round 1 (right side): Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining and in each ch around, join with sl st in beg sc--sc81.


Round 2: Ch3, do not turn; work dc3 in same sc as joining, sk 2 sc; * dc4 in next sc, sk 2 sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3--27 dc4 groups.


Round 3: Turn; sl st in sp between first and last dc4 groups of prev round, ch3, dc3 in same sp; * dc4 in next sp between dc groups; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3.


Round 4: Turn; sl st in sp between first and last groups of prev round; work (dc, ch1, dc2) in same sp; * work (dc2, ch1, dc2) in next sp between groups; rep from * around, joining with sl st in top of beg ch3.


Round 5: Turn; sl st in sp between first and last groups of prev round, ch3, dc in same sp; dc2 in next ch1 sp; * dc2 in next sp between groups, dc2 in next ch1 sp; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3--54 dc2 groups.


Round 6: Turn; sl st in sp between first and last groups of prev round, ch3, dc in same sp; * work dc2 in next sp between groups; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3.


Round 7: Turn; sl st in sp between first and last groups of prev round, ch3, dc2 in same sp; * work dc3 in next sp between groups; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3.


Round 8: Rep Round 7.


Round 9: Ch3, do not turn; dc in blo of next dc and each dc around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3--162 dc (counting ch3). Now continue working in both loops of each st.


Round 10: Ch3, do not turn; dc in each of next 2 dc, dec over next 2 dc as follows: Work dc in first st until 2 loops remain on hook; keeping the 2 loops on hook, yo and insert hook in next st; yo and draw through st (4 loops now on hook); yo and draw through 2 loops (3 loops now on hook); yo and draw through 3 loops (one loop rem on hook)--dec made. * Dc in each of next 3 dc, dec over next 2 dc as before; rep from * around, dc in each of next 2 dc, join with sl st in top of beg ch3--130 dc.


Round 11: Ch3, do not turn; dc in each of next 2 dc, dec over next 2 dc; * dc in each of next 6 dc, dec over next 2 dc; rep from * around, dc in each of last 5 dc, join with sl st in top of beg ch3--114 dc.


Round 12: Ch3, do not turn; dc in each of next 3 dc, dec; * dc in each of next 4 dc, dec; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3--95 dc.


Round 13: Ch3, do not turn; dc in next dc, dec; * dc in each of next 5 dc, dec; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3--81 dc.


Round 14: Ch3, do not turn; dc in next dc and in each dc around, join with sl st in top of beg ch3.


Round 15: Ch1, do not turn; sc in same st as joining, sc in each dc around, join with sl st in beg sc--81 sc. Finish off, leaving approx 24 inches sewing length.


Ribbon: With red, make a chain approx 56 inches long; work hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each rem ch across; finish off. Begin where rounds are joined and weave ribbon through dc4 groups of first round; tie ends into a bow. Stuff wreath lightly; thread yarn end into a tapestry needle and sew beg and last rounds together with overcast st, carefully matching sts. Weave in all yarn ends.



Tree Skirt



Designed by Mary Thomas


From: Great Granny Crochet Book by American School of Needlework, 1979


Size: About 44 inches in diameter

Materials:

oz24 green and oz6 red worsted yarn

Hook: J


Gauge: In dc, 3 sts = in1


2-Rnd Motif (make 16)

With red, ch8, join with sl st to form ring.


Rnd 1 (right side): Ch3, dc2 in ring, ch2; * dc3 in ring, ch2; rep from * 6 times more, join with sl st in top of beg ch3. Finish off red.


Rnd 2: With right side facing, join green with a sl st in any ch2 sp; ch3, work (dc2, ch3, dc3) in same sp for beg corner; work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in next ch2 sp for corner, dc3 in next ch2 sp for side; work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in next ch2 sp for corner; work dc3 in each of next two ch2 sps for side; work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in next ch2 sp for last corner; dc3 in last ch2 sp for side, join with sl st in top of beg ch3. Finish off, weave in yarn ends. You should have two dc3 groups along "inner" edge, four dc3 groups along "outer" edge, and three dc3 groups along each side edge of motif.


4-Rnd Motif (make 16)

Work same as 2-rnd motif. Do not finish off green at end of Rnd 2.


Rnd 3: Ch1, turn; sl st in sp between beg and end dc3 groups of prev rnd, ch3; dc2 in same sp, dc3 in next sp between pair of dc3 groups; * work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in next corner sp, work dc3 in each sp bebween pairs of dc3 groups along side; rep from * twice, work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in last corner sp, join with slst in top of beg ch3.


Rnd 4: Ch1, turn; sl st in sp between beg and end dc3 groups of prev rnd, ch3, dc2 in same sp; * work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in next corner sp, work dc3 in each sp between pairs of dc3 groups along side, rep from * twice, (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in last corner sp, dc3 in each of last 2 sps between pairs of dc3 groups, join with sl st in top of beg ch3. Finish off, weave in yarn ends.


You should have four dc3 groups along inner edge, six dc3 groups along outer edge, and five dc3 groups along each side edge of motif.


6-Rnd Motif (make 16)

Work same as 4-Rnd Motif but do not finish off green at end of Rnd 4.


Rnd 5: Ch1, turn; sl st in sp between beg and end dc3 groups of prev rnd, ch3; dc2 in same sp, dc3 in each of next 2 sps between pairs of dc3 groups; * work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in next corner sp, work dc3 in each sp between pairs of dc3 groups along side; rep from * twice; work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in last corner sp, dc3 in last sp between pair of dc3 groups, join with sl st in top of beg ch3.


Rnd 6: Ch1, turn; sl st in sp between beg and end dc3 groups of prev rnd, ch3; dc2 in same sp, dc3 in next sp between pair of dc3 groups; * work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in next corner sp, work dc3 in each sp between pairs of dc3 groups along side; rep from * twice, work (dc3, ch3, dc3) all in last corner sp, dc3 in each of last 3 sps between pairs of dc3 groups, join with sl st in top of beg ch3. Finish off. You should have six dc3 groups along inner edge, eight dc3 groups along outer edge, and seven dc3 groups along each side edge of motif.


Assembly

To join motifs, use the following method: (Hold squares or pieces with right sides tog. Thread yarn into tapestry needle; with overcast st, sew through back loops only of matching sts on both pieces to be joined.) Begin and end in corner ch adjacent to dc3 groups leaving center ch free (center ch is used when joining at 4 corners on strips). For each strip: first join outer edge of 2-Rnd Motif to inner edge of 4-Rnd Motif (4 dc3 groups along each edge), carefully matching sts; then join outer edge of 4-Rnd Motif to inner edge of 6-Rnd Motif (6 dc3 groups along each edge), carefully matching sts. When all 16 strips have been made, join tog in same manner, carefully matching sts along side edges of each strip. Do not join first and last strips tog; this will be referred to as "opening" in Edging instructions.


Inner Edging

Hold skirt with wrong side facing you and inner edge across top; beg with opening at your right and join green with a sl st in upper right-hand corner sp.


Row 1: Ch3, dc in same sp, dc3 in next sp between corner groups; * dc2 in each of next 2 corner sps (sp on each side of joining), dc3 in next sp between corner groups; rep from * across, ending dc2 in upper left-hand corner sp at opening.


Row 2: Ch3, turn; dc2 in first sp (sp between last dc2 and dc3 groups of prev row); * dc3 in next sp between dc3 and dc2 groups, dc in next sp between pair of dc2 groups, dc3 in next sp between dc2 and dc3 groups; rep from * across, ending dc2 in last sp between dc3 and dc2 groups, dc in top of ch3.


Row 3: Ch3, turn; dc3 in first sp between dc2 and dc3 groups, * dc in dc between dc3 groups, dc3 in next sp between pair of dc3 groups; rep from * across, ending last rep by working dc3 in last sp between dc3 and dc2 groups, dc in top of Tch.


Row 4: Ch3, turn; dc in first sp between last dc and dc3 group of prev row; * dc2 in next sp between dc3 group and dc, dc2 in next sp between dc and dc3 group; rep from * across, ending dc in sp under Tch, dc in top of Tch.


Row 5: Ch3, turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across, ending dc in top of Tch.


Row 6: Ch1, turn; sc in last dc of prev row and in each dc across, ending sc in top of Tch. Finish off, weave in all yarn ends.


Outer Edging

Hold skirt with right side facing you and outer edge across top. Beg with opening at your right and join red with a sl st in upper right-hand corner sp; ch3, dc2 in same sp; work dc3 in each sp between dc3 groups and in each corner sp (on each side of joining) across, ending dc3 in upper left-hand corner sp at opening. Finish off, weave in all yarn ends.


Happy crafting!




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