Sunday, August 29, 2010

What a busy week!

Last Week


Sew 30 minutes every day
Assemble Ellie's quilt top

Pull fabric for Daniel's quilt


Monday - Mattress delivery
Monday - Simon hair appointment
Monday - final band concert
Tuesday - T, S, D - dentist
Wednesday - Scott to Burlington

begin retaining wall in corner
weed - harvest - garden things.

Whew! So all that got done, plus the usual drudgery - mopping, vacuuming, laundry. Also Thursday Daniel and I squeezed in haircuts, and last night fat orange cat demanded an emergency trip to the vets (with the threat that he'd continue leaking pee on the floor if he didn't get it.) Sigh.

Let's start with sewing. Nic's quilt top is done (was that this week, or last?) and the raffle top for Ellie is also done. It's queen sized, massive, and ready for quilting. I'm becoming a little intimidated at the idea of doing it myself, but I think I can, I think I can... I can. And I will. I have no ideas yet for backing for any of the three tops I have now, I'll put that on this week's list. In my typical lately way, I made 12 extra blocks. Seems I can't even manage to successfully count to 100 anymore. I think I'll make a big pillow with them for Ellie to keep and lounge on the couch or on her bed with - quilt on one side, some fun fleece print on the other.

Other sewing... uh, there wasn't any. I not only didn't pull fabrics for Daniel's quilt, I haven't even thought of what it will be. Something simple, but, hmmm...

The garden is spewing produce at a remarkable rate. The other day I pulled off all the ripe hot peppers and pickled them with some onions. It'll be a few months before the success of that adventure is determined, but boy they sure did turn out pretty. The vinegar leached some of the colour out of the red onions, so the brine is pink. I wonder if the yellow banana peppers will turn orange?

Yesterday was Vergennes Day, the official last hurrah of summer around here. The fair is over, the pool's closed, the creemee stand closes today. School starts Wednesday. Sigh. Summer is most definitely NOT my favourite season, but it marks the passage of time as one season starts to end and the next approaches. These chapters seem to be getting shorter. Vergennes Day is a citywide play day, fun fun! Pancakes at the fire station (yes the governor showed, no I did not fling my pancake at him), music and vendors in the park. Pie from the ladies at the Methodist church. Chicken barbecue with the Lions, a rubber duck race with Rotary. Classic cars, hot air balloons, and a recruiting center climbing wall adventure area brought to you my the Army National Guard. Small town New England, 2010. Everybody's welcome. (you can't really tell in this picture, but across from the gentleman in the blue shirt is Greg Clark, our very Republican state rep. Almost directly behind Greg is Dennis Steele (see the green and blue Vermont Republic flag?) He's running for Governor on a secessionist platform. I saw the two chatting amicably earlier in the morning. In fact, everyone got along, as they usually do here. We really are a pretty laid back, tolerant community. I love it here!

Next Week

Dinner Menu - August 29 - September 11

Sunday - Grilled chicken breasts
Monday - tomato soup, grilled cheese
Tuesday - chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, corn
Wednesday - bratwurst and egg noodles
Thursday - breakfast for dinner
Friday - pizza
Saturday - burgers
Sunday - chicken parmesan
Monday - hot dogs, potato salad
Tuesday - chicken stir fry
Wednesday - lasagna
Thursday - chili
Friday - pizza
Saturday - mac and cheese


Sew 30 minutes every day
start monster purses
Pull fabric for Daniel's quilt


Monday - truck inspection appointment
Tuesday - project grad meeting
Wednesday - 1st day of school
steam clean carpets
begin retaining wall in corner
weed - harvest - garden things.

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