Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Update

We only had 9 meals to deliver today which cut our away time down, but still I did not really do much today. My get up and do seems to have got up and gone. In fact I fell asleep in the recliner this afternoon instead of baking or working on my cross stitch! I am going to blame the new mattress we got. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

I did manage to work up the energy to finish with the scrap material in the sewing/craft room and to put a few more items in their proper places. Still can use a bit more cleaning and I will continue with that.

I also sewed more cord onto the rug project and since it has been awhile since I updated everyone on it's progress I thought I would share a photo with all of you.

As you can see it is growing. I have about 1/3 of the ball left of the variegated yarn and I managed to do another batch of cord making after the sewing. Here is hoping I get this ball finished off quickly so I can start on the last colour.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Tid Bits

This is the week that Harvey and I are delivering Meals on Wheels. It kind of divides up the day and I don't seem to get as much done, but it is one volunteer activity that we can do together.

So other then that what did I do today?

Well I have started tidying my sewing/craft room yet again after Harvey put the rocker in there room is at a premium.

I decided that the first thing I should do is start to work on the scrap material that has been piling up just waiting to be turned into something useful.

I thought I would start with the denim that I scrounged from old jeans and the scraps that were left from the pair of denim shorts I made this summer. All is now nicely cut into usable quilting squares.

I worked on my cross stitch but had to stop as the light was not good enough for all the half stitches in the dove I am working on right now. Hopefully tomorrow I will finish it and move on to another section.

I sewed some cord onto the rug and in a little while I will start to make more of the cord. I would really like to get this rug finished early.

Next I made some cupcakes.

Here they are just out of the oven. They are now iced and ready to be put away before I head to bed and before Shania decides to help herself to a treat.

So as you can all see a fairly laid back Tuesday on the old homestead.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Menu Monday

The last week in October, and things are rapidly cooling off here at the old Homestead. In fact the forecast for today is rain, turning to wet snow in the afternoon. Sure hope we don't get lots of snow as I really would like the children to have a decent Halloween.

Here are my supper menus for the upcoming week.

Chili and toast.

Leftover pork made into a casserole

Leftover Chili served on pasta or rice.

Clean out the fridge.

Baked Salmon, mashed potatoes, and peas

I plan on cooking down some poultry bones today so supper tonight will be soup and some kind of sandwich.

Roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans and gravy.

Lunches will be leftovers or a sandwich.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Happenings

Well today is almost over and I am so thankful that it is.

I did not get to do anything I really enjoy (other then attend Mass), but I am sure I will set aside some time to do things that make me happy tomorrow or I will be one grouchy person by the end of the day.

The day started off wonderfully. Mass was well attended, and I sang my heart out (it is the only place I am allowed to sing, Harvey doesn't like me singing in the car if he is with me). Such an uplifting homily by Father Brian. He spoke about what love looks like and it really made me think. I hope that I show love each and everyday to everyone I meet.

Then it was home where Harvey made us a great brunch of bacon, toast and eggs. Yummy. Even though I did have to do the dishes at least I did not have to cook.

Then came the less lovely things. I had to attend a meeting about 30 miles away. Said meeting started at 2:30 and I was hoping to be home by 4. Needless to say I was not home until almost 5:30 and had to phone Harv to put on the potatoes and carrots as well. Supper was rushed, I had to return phone calls that came in while I was gone, and do the supper clean up.

I also got another job for myself at the meeting (actually two jobs). One when we were talking about Prayer Vigils (these are done the night before a funeral, some know them better as Prayer Services) I mistakenly mentioned that I had been trained by the gentleman who does most of these a few years back.... Guess who will now be doing some of these. Yep me. How do you say no to your pastor when he asks if he can add you to the list. The second job I picked up is writing something for our bulletin in regards to a workshop for this and Sunday Liturgy of the Word trainings. Oops forgot I actually have a third job and that is to get a hold of our Diocesan Social Justice person and give him some information on the Sisters of Life based out of New York.

Hmmm, am I feeling the love from my fellow council members as of yet. More to the point, perhaps I should learn to keep my head down.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


The last few days I have really felt like doing very little at all. Seems as if with the change in the number of daylight hours we are receiving, my productivity has gone down in proportion. I am hoping that part of the reason is because I did not do up a to do list, thereby making it seem as if I have nothing at all to do.

I did go for a walk this morning and once home admired our new backyard gate.

Harvey made it to more or less match the one he made on the side of the house earlier this summer. I feel a bit more closed in once again and this does make the yard seem a bit more private.

As I turned, the cherry trees caught my eyes. They have finally turned colour and it is such a pretty colour. I just had to snap a photo.

A beautiful orange yellow, with a bit of gold added in.

In order for me to feel like I accomplished something today, I worked on my cross stitch. Here is an update.

Slowly but surely I am seeing big changes. Mind you right now I am working on the flower bands which mean changing my threads way more than usual. I have also noticed that these take much longer to get done with a greater chance of making an error. Don't think I will be finished this at the end of this month.

I also picked out three of the five dress patterns to sew once some of my other projects are done. I even found fabric in my stash that should work with each.

I plan on making the long sleeved version of this one out of this blue flowered challis.

The long sleeved version of this pattern will be made in this medium weight cotton blend.

The knee length version will be made out of this printed cord fabric. I would love to make the longer version, but just do not have enough fabric in my stash to make it..... Perhaps when I buy the fusible interfacing I will check and see if there is anything suitable on sale at Fabricland.

I am trying to update my wardrobe without spending much at all and using up some of my fabric stash before Harvey decides I really am a hoarder.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quite A Surprise

Actually I had two surprises today.

The first surprise was a Thank you card from Harvey's sister Sylvia, really very thoughtful of her. We were thanked for traveling all the way to Banff for her birthday. She is still amazed that we all managed to pull it off.

The second surprise was when I moved my spring/summer wardrobe out of my closet and drawers. Not quite as happy as the first, as I discovered something very strange.

Seems while my spring/summer wardrobe has an abundance of dresses to wear for all occasions, my fall/winter wardrobe is suffering from a dearth of this item. I do have lots of jumpers and skirts.... But as far as dresses go I own one that is suitable to be worn during the coldest months.

Since I do like to dress for Mass I decided that I needed to look in my stash of patterns for some suitable to our weather.

This is what I found.

Five whole patterns that have dresses with sleeves!! I think I have a dearth of patterns for these seasons as well.

In keeping with my no spending unless absolutely necessary I will be searching through my fabric stash looking for something suitable to use to make a couple of these over the next few months.

Guess when I make my next order with McCalls or Vogue I will be concentrating on a few more dress patterns....with sleeves of course.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mid Month Goal Update (Better Late Then Never)

Here is an update on how I am doing with my goals for this month (like I said better late then never).

1.     Sew the coat I have now cut out. Decided that since I only have sew in interfacing I would leave this until I had the iron in interfacing. I want to follow the directions exactly.

2.    Organize another binder or two of recipes. I finished one binder of recipes and am almost done the second.

3.    Continue the projects I have started. I figure another couple of weeks on the cross stitch (or by the end of the month) and finish at least 2 skeins of yarn on the rug project. I have been working on the cross stitch project and slowly but surely getting it done. I have also added the second ball of yarn to my rug project. Don't know if I will finish the second ball, but I am going to give it a good try.

4.    Choose fabric for two sewing projects and get the projects cut out (must finish or be close to finishing my coat). Not done yet.

5.    Have at least 18 no spend days this month (this is an ongoing challenge on a forum I belong to). Even with our holiday I will be very close to reaching this goal this month.... I figure I should be at 19 no spend days.

6.    Wrap the birthday gifts that will be given out this month. This goal is totally completed.

So overall I am not doing too badly, but I think I want to get more of my unfinished projects done before I start anything new next month..... We shall see how things go.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.