Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happy Sunday!

I woke up this morning raring to go - cooking, cleaning, maybe some yard work later today... and then I rolled over and slept for another 45 minutes. πŸ˜†  It'll happen.  I've got a load out of the dryer already, another ready to go in, and the next waiting for the washer, I've picked up groceries and have a pretty good idea of how my day will go.  

Banana bread, Potato & Ham Soup, Chili, Mac & Cheese.  To start. 😍  Vacuum, mop, maybe put the plow on the tractor.  It needs an oil change - I have a filter, I wonder if I have oil?

Yesterday was Daniel's first Craft Fair.  I think he was a little disappointed with how he did, but I think all he needs is a little promotion.  We'll work on that his week - he has another one next weekend.  While he was there, I had coffee out with Stacey, got most of my Saturday chores done, and then went to the thrift store (cheaper shopping than a craft fair!)  
This sweet little hand thrown mug would have probably set me back $20 at the fair - I paid A DIME!  I'll fill it with (I think) some little cinnamon muffins or mini cookies or OH!  Cashew Brittle! and give to someone as a gift.  I don't know who, maybe my boss.  

I'm closing in on the end of the second sleeve of Daniel's cardigan.  It went fast!  And then something for Tori, something for Simon... hmmm.   And then there's mom.  She needs nothing, she wants nothing, but she loves sweets and booze.  I think I'll look into figuring out how to get some chocolate and a nice bottle of Frangelico to her.

This Week

Sunday - Cook ahead lunches (soup, chili etc)
Monday -
Tuesday - Costco?
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday - Stacey's talk
Saturday - Daniel's second craft fair (Otter Valley High School)

What's for Dinner?

11 Mac & Cheese & Bacon
12 Grilled Cheese
13 Fried Rice
14 Spaghetti
15 Shepherd's Pie
16 Pizza
17 Pigs in Blanket
18 Beef Stew
19 Grilled Cheese & soup
20 Fajitas
21 Lasagna
22 Thanksgiving
23 Pizza
24 leftovers
25 *something in the crockpot*
26 Grilled Cheese
27 Nachos
28 Mac & Beef
29 Garlic Chicken
30 Pizza
December 1


Sunday, November 04, 2018

Weekend Update

Hallowe'en 2018 is in the books (and all the candy is mine!)  We live down a long dark lane, and even full-sized Hershey bars don't seem to lure kiddies all the way here.  And that's why I buy what *I* like. ;)  Hershey Special Dark can go into scones or cookies.  Maybe today, actually.  It's Beckie-at-work's birthday today - we should have cookies tomorrow. :)
And speaking of work - one of the housekeeping staff brought me a bag of peanut M&Ms (my favorite M&Ms) and there was a heart inside.  I'd love my job even without the candy, but I won't say no thank you.

It has become much less busy now, but not quite so un-busy that
Joanna and I have had time to go over my winter list.  My list of projects for the next 4 months.  Tuesday one of the mechanics and I are heading up to South Burlington to retrieve one of the vans, and to drop off a pile of donations to Goodwill.  I'm hoping we can meet tomorrow, but realistically, maybe Wednesday we'll figure out my winter.

With the top of Braiden's quilt done, I'm moving on to a commissioned version of the Concentric Squares quilt, for my friend, and the art teacher, Laura.    This <- is 300 HSTs, 200 of them trimmed to 4 1/2 inches.
There are more sewn upstairs, but I think this might be as many as I need.  The diagonal measure of a four inch square is just a little under 5 3/4" and with a shoot-for size of 72"x84", I *think I need 225 of them.  I have plans for the extras - much of this fabric was a gift from the late mother-in-law of my friend Erin.  Erin has an 8 year old boy, and I'll bet he has a bed... ;)

Today will be my last garden day.  It's sunny (but cold.)  Empty the beds, empty the composter, clean up the yard, done.

This Week

Monday - Winter Project Planning (lets try again!)
Tuesday - Work trip to Goodwill
Wednesday - 1/2 Day school
Thursday -
Friday -
Saturday - Daniel's first (of 3) Craft Fair (Mt Abe)

What's for Dinner?

4 pork loin roast
5 Grilled Cheese
6 Fried Rice
7 Tortellini
8 Nachos
9 Pizza
10 Baked Mac & Cheese
11 roast chicken
12 Grilled Cheese
13 Fajitas
14 Spaghetti
15 Shepherd's Pie
16 Pizza
17 Pigs in Blanket
18 Beef Stew
19 Grilled Cheese & soup
20
21
22 Thanksgiving
23 Pizza
24 leftovers
25

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week ending. Please.

It's raining, and it's cold.  I've been out for coffee, I've been to the farmstand, to Michael's, to the bagel place, to Shaw's, and to Costco.  There's laundry in the washer and in the dryer and the kitchen is tidy.  I'm done.  I've got my yoga pants on and I'm going to head upstairs and sew for a little while, then knit some, read some... maybe take a nap...

At work, the free food train has left the station, so I'll have to start packing a lunch.  Going out or ordering in is NOT an option, we're a 15 minute drive from anywhere, so that eats up the entirety of lunch.  No worries.  Soup and a bagel every day suits me just fine.  Prep for that.

This week - Braiden's top is done, I'll search out some backing and batting but I doubt it'll get layered this week.  But maybe.  I'm working on another Concentric Squares quilt, commissioned by Laura, who teaches art and loves the way value does all the work instead of precise construction or perfect color choices.  7'x8' I think, and if Daniel and I did the math right, somewhere between 300 and 400 HSTs is where I'm headed.  I'm well over halfway!  Since I'll have to babysit the oven this afternoon, I'll trim what I have to see how far I am.

Yesterday I go the vast majority of the garden out, by 10:30 though, the remains of Hurricane Willa had blown in, and the ice pellets weren't giving me joy, so I knocked that off.  But the front yard is cut and swept, the corner, and grass along the lane as well.  Next weekend will be Put the Car in the Garage time.  And when I get that quilt done, it's buying me some new tires.

This Week
Monday - Winter Project Planning
Tuesday - Work trip to Goodwill
Wednesday - Halloween
Thursday -
Friday - No School

What's for Dinner?
28 Chicken Cordon Bleu
29 Bread & Soup
30 Nachos
31 FFYS (It's Halloween)
Nov 1 Shepherd's Pie
2 pizza
3 chicken stew & biscuits
4 pork loin roast
5 Grilled Cheese
6 Fried Rice
7 Tortellini
8 Chicken Strips & Fries
9 Pizza
10 *something in the crockpot
11 roast chicken

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Christmas on Thursday


Want to see just how noticeable your "egregious" error is?  Take a photo!  If it's as bad as you think, it'll jump right out.  And if it doesn't?  Meh, let it go.  And then decide if you want to fix the other one that DID jump out. πŸ˜€ (I don't)
This is Braiden's quilt-to-be.  Do I have backing?  Dunno?  Do I have batting?  Dunno that either.  But the big work is done, so whew!  Not the big work of quilting it, before Thanksgiving, so I have plenty of time to get it there.

And speaking of getting there, this picture gives me hope that I will, in fact, finish this  cardigan before Christmas!  Those needles carry the beginning of the second sleeve.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Weekend Update

Ooooh, it's cold (and getting colder?!)  It was 40ΒΊ when I got up, it's 37ΒΊ now.  I think the laundry will go in the dryer, not on the clothesline.  It's windy, but I can't imagine that's enough to dry jeans.  Sigh.  Hello higher electric bills.  But we're not running the AC, so there's that.

Yesterday Daniel and I went to the ReSource thrift store in Williston - he's keeping an eye out for a tent, and I wanted to check if a chair I passed on last week was still there (it wasn't) but they did have a sweet little deLonghi cappuchino machine.  for $8!  So I had a lovely latte with my breakfast today.  Ahhh... (this might signal the return of a bad habit. πŸ˜‰)  I had found one at Goodwill a few weeks ago, at Goodwill, and I wasn't thrilled with the results.  So I swapped it on the counter, cleaned it up, bagged it, and drove it straight down to HOPE in Middlebury when I went to get gas.  I had a partial box of donations anyway so I topped it up, and out it went.

I've been sewing in the evening!  There's not a lot I want to watch on tv, so after dinner most evenings, I head upstairs for an hour or so.  I think I'll have Braiden's quilt top done this week; I'll post pictures on Thursday.  I've been knitting as well - fronts, back, and (almost) one sleeve done - this WILL get done before Christmas!  Woo!  I'll post that later too.

This week at work will be LONG and busy - well, long days at the beginning of the week, I think, less as we get to the end.  Breakfast today at the harbor (over now, I imagine) and a final checkout of yesterday's wedding guests and the doors will close on the 2019 season.  Staff will begin leaving immediately, with the largest exodus Wednesday.  I'll miss them all.

So, let's have some easy dinners this week.


21 Crockpot Chicken
22 Grilled Cheese
23 Beef Stew
24 Spaghetti
25 Chicken strips & Fries
26 Scott's birthday
27 pizza
28 Mac & Cheese
29 Bread & Soup
30 Shepherd's Pie
31 FFYS (It's Halloween)
Nov 1 Meatloaf
2 pizza
3 chicken stew & biscuits
4 pork loin roast
5

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time to Go Go Go!

Frost last night, so it's curtains on the garden season.  Mostly - cabbage and such will go a little longer, but anything tender is toast.  And that's okay.  But I need to clean it up.  NEED.  So I'll give the yard 3 hours, I'll finish the laundry, I'll get supper together and I WILL sew.  Laura contacted me yesterday with dimensions of her bed, and a friendly "how's it coming?" with regard to her own of the  bossy quilt, and Christmas is coming.

I met Stacy for coffee this morning.  I'm making an effort to stay connected with my friends because otherwise I'll gladly go on about my days and realize it's been literally MONTHS since we've seen each other.  Not good.


On the way to Middlebury, the sun was just coming over the mountains.    This picture really doesn't do it justice - it was beautiful.  And it's STILL beautiful out.  Cool, but beautiful.  Perfect yard work weather.

I've challenged Daniel to set a goal (low = achievable) just so he accomplished *something* today.  I think I better do the same. ;)


This week
Again, nothing really.  There's nothing on my calendar anyway, so I'll assume that means there's nothing on my agenda.  Famous last words. ;)  Did you ever have a teacher that told you what happens when you Ass-U-Me?  Yeah.  Me too.

Dinner

14 Ham & Scalloped Potatoes
15 Grilled Cheese
16 Pulled Pork
17 Lasagna
18 Fajitas
19 Pizza
20 Mac & Cheese
21 Crockpot Chicken
22 Grilled Cheese
23 Beef Stew
24 Spaghetti
25 Meatloaf
26 Scott's birthday
27 pizza
28
29
30 Shepherd's Pie
31 FFYS (It's Halloween)

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Lazy Sunday

Drizzly this morning, so the laundry will wait a little while.  We still haven't had a frost, so the garden will wait too.

I need to do *some* garden yard work today, but with everything wet, it's a limited amount.  This afternoon I'll work on Braiden's quilt and after dinner, more knitting.  I'm feeling a little lazy day coming on. 😊

Scott (finally) sold his car this week - he hasn't driven it, and the things been sitting for literally years - losing value and gaining mice(!)

3 more weeks of everyone at work, then 90% of he staff leaves.  I've been tasked with coming up with a winter list of things to do.  There's plenty, I have no doubt.  I want to sharpen my Excel skills, A lot.  And do a housing inventory.  And maybe go hang out with mom for a week or so.  She's on the schedule for a new hip this winter.  Whatever.  There more weeks, then we'll see again.

Let's get this day started.  I haven't written the menu in the fridge for a few weeks, and I need to - it makes everything work better.

This week
Nothing?  Really?  End of Year staff party Wednesday.  that's it, I think.

Dinner

7 Garlic chicken & roasted Potatoes
8 Quiche
9 Chicken Sandwiches
10 Baked Mac & Cheese
11 Pancakes & Bacon
12 Pizza
13 Soup/Deli
14 Ham & Scalloped Potatoes
15 Grilled Cheese
16 Pulled Pork
17 Lasagna
18 Fajitas
19 Pizza
20 Mac & Cheese
21 Crockpot Chicken
22
23 Beef Stew
24 Spaghetti
25
26 Scott's birthday
27 pizza
28
29
30