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In spite of it being Fall, it feels more like summer around here.  According to our weatherman, we are to have our first ‘fall’ cool front next week – and it can’t get here too soon for me.

 

Regardless of the weather, we enjoy sitting on the deck but since we lost our oak tree last year – can’t believe it’s been a whole year – it is often a little too warm to sit out there as the deck faces west. To try and give us a little relief, I made a couple of large shades to hang on the deck blocking that afternoon sun.

 

While one might think of these as ‘homemade’ I rather like to think of them as a major craft project. I say major because it took me a lot longer than anticipated to make them. Working with a bulky 4 foot x 6 foot piece of fabric on a kitchen table using a not-intended-for-heavy-fabric sewing machine was quite the challenge.

 

To keep the costs down I used some left over weed barrier fabric we had stored in the garage. (Note: will add some solar screen to them next summer for more ‘heat relief’.)    I didn’t want to use just the solar screen because it is so thin wasn’t sure it would hold up to the stitching or the hanging by itself.

 

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Anyway . . . the weed barrier is pretty much indestructible and the weave lets you see through it  . . . a little.    Once the edges were seamed, it was pretty easy to hammer in the grommets (for the shower curtain rings)  and hang the shades from a length of pipe held in place with curtain hardware.

 

Also used another  piece of pipe along the bottom to weight it and keep it from blowing too much. The pipe also keeps it open and doesn’t let it bunch up.   Added a couple of fabric loops on each side of the bottom so that we could roll the shades  up if we wanted to get them out of the way.  So far they are working really well – and I wasn’t out a lot of $$$$.

 

 

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Some of my other ‘Fall’ favorite ‘homemade’ things are . . .

Rodeo Nuts

Pecan Pralines

Egg Nog Ice Cream from Vanilla

and for those that like Pig Candy aka Sugared Bacon – check out the recipes for making homemade pig candy at Perfect Jerky.

 

 

Saw a slide show the other day on healthiest human foods a dog can eat. Was familiar of most them – but there were a couple of surprises.

 

 

 

This is the list. If you’d like to read the entire article for an overview of the benefits of each food, visit this link.

  • Peanut Butter (Bear likes creamy)
  • Chicken (Bear’s favorite)
  • Cheese
  • Carrots
  • Yogurt (Plain, low-fat, no flavor)
  • Pumpkin
  • Eggs
  • Green Beans
  • Salmon
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Apples (No Seeds !!!)
  • Oatmeal

 

 

 

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