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How Often Should a Sewing Machine be Serviced?

A heavily used machine will trap lint and fuzz in the working parts. The oil will be used up more quickly than a machine that often sits idle. A machine that is rarely used will also trap lint and fuzz in its working parts. Lint left in a machine long term attracts moisture that can cause metal parts to rust. Oil left sitting in a machine grows sticky, gums up, and causes problems. Therefore, we recommend servicing your machine annually in order to keep it running smoothly and keep you sewing. Take our Sewing Machine Maintenance Class and learn how to service it yourself or bring it in for pampering by Becky. Sewing Machine Maintenance Class Learn how to maintain your own sewing machine in order to avoid costly routine servicing and untimely emergency repairs! This class will cover everything you need to know about your own particular machine so that, unless there’s a catastrophe, you should not need to take it to a professional for servicing. All machines

April Third Virtual Field Trip

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Allllrighty, folks! Here are some pictures I took in the field on April third, two thousand twenty. Can you identify these species? No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6 No. 7 No. 8 No. 9 No. 10 No. 11 No. 12 No. 13 No. 14 No. 15 No. 16 No. 17 No. 18 No. 19 No. 20 No. 21 No. 22 No. 23 No. 24 No. 25 (this is a black spider up and right from center) No. 26

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Pumpkin, Banana Bread for a friend

I made this for an event two winters ago. A friend of mine who eats gluten free absolutely loved it. In fact, I think it's quite charming that she has mentioned it nearly every time I have seen her since then. Also since then, I have been able to eat gluten again. Therefore, preserving this recipe here is serving two purposes: an easy way to share it with Penny and keeping it for forever on the internet so if I ever need it in the future, I'll know where to look. [And since I came back to publish this draft, my body has decided it doesn't like glutinous products again.] Dry ingredients : 5 cups Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 GF Flour--the blue label ( see note below ) 6 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder ( see note below ) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon sea salt to taste: ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon Wet ingredients : 5 bananas (brown spots are good) about the same quantity of cooked and pureed pumpkin (or canned) 3/4 cup coconut sugar 1/4+ cup pure m

A Mindful Mothers' Day

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I wrote this for last year's Mothers' Day.  And then was shy to post it.  I'm feeling emboldened this year. Seeing me with my family today, you have every reason to think, “She has plenty of reason to celebrate this Mothers’ Day. Look at those five children, beautiful in heart and countenance!” (Full disclosure: I’m biased.) Yes, I am celebrating. I am so very thankful for our five blessings. But did you know I count six? Before any of these who can be seen, there was another. Seen only by his or her Creator before passing on. Today I am rejoicing and weeping. But my tears are not only for my sorrow. I weep with others who have grief hidden and stories silenced by societal expectations, fear of judgment, or weariness of reliving the events. Often on this day, they are wounded perennially by overheard sentiments showered upon others, or perhaps made directly to them. Today I am mindful of an acquaintance who has never been able to conceive. I a

Almosta Farm Pizza Night

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WinCo pizza dough olive oil sea salt red bell pepper zucchini mushrooms roasted garlic sausage

Almosta Farm Pizza Night

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whole wheat pizza crust olive oil marinated artichoke hearts, chopped canned green beans, drained leftover steamed cabbage, chopped freshly browned ground venison added after the above was baked

Review: WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets N-Z by Elizabeth FitzGerald, M.S.

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Background: We currently have students in sections N, U, and W, and a beginner in Steps 6 & 7 of Spell to Write and Read. I am also teaching a group of second and third graders using SWR methods at a homeschool co-op this year. My Review in a Nutshell: So far this resource is a good thing for us; it is challenging both my students and myself to a greater understanding of the English language. Our students are asking for these worksheets! I believe they like the intrigue of putting their knowledge to work. I soon plan to purchase the A-M volume for reference and review. None of these books pictured are published with coil bindings, I had that done after I purchased them.  Note: I will refer to the curriculum, Spell to Write and Read, as ‘SWR,’ to its Teacher’s Manual as ‘ SWR Teacher’s Manual ,’ to the WISE Guide for Spelling as ‘ WISE Guide ,’ and to WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets N-Z as ‘ Worksheets .’ The Content: The contents of these Works