December 17 - 25
Sunday afternoon I spent at a friend's house helping her to attempt to complete the 7 Christmas gifts she is making. They are all the same thing....table runner made in green/red. A beautiful pattern using a Bargello pattern.
Here's one I completed last week in fall colors:
My sister-in-law introduced me to Bargello this summer. I love the patterns that can be created.
I plan on making my daughter and her future husband a queen size quilt for their wedding next summer. As I looked over the pattern, I thought it would be wise to begin with something smaller and get the idea of it goes together. I am very glad that I did that. This table runner was quite a project itself...not hard, just more steps then any other piece I've done.
We had another day off from school this week. This time it was because my husband and I had to go to a lawyer over a property dispute we are having with our neighbor and the town. Because of where we live, it was a 2 hour drive there, 3 hours in his office (ka-ching,$$$$, ka-ching) another 2 hours home with a stop at the grocery store. We left at 6:30 am and returned by 2:30 pm. Can you say "long day"?
I had a very productive Tuesday. After school I was able to completely clean the spare bedroom downstairs (all except the bookcase, that is still on the list), rearrange the living room so that my feet don't freeze while I sit at my desk. The desk was on an outside wall and with temps falling into the single digits, my feet froze, but no more! Organize our game shelf and vacuum game room. Clean/dust/vacuum my room and wash windows in all 3 rooms. I'm attempting to get a head start on the major clean I'll have to do before our New Year's Eve party. Why I clean before is a mystery, it will really need a good clean after, but that is what we do, isn't it?
There is a consignment shop 30 minutes from my home. I take clothes there, earn a little money and then buy some new clothes with the money earned. Last month I earned $30.00. I share this with my daughter as she consigns clothes there also. I was able to purchase 2 sweaters, 3 shirts, 2 tank tops, 3 necklaces and a snazzy pair of pants I plan to wear at our New Year's Eve party.. Not bad for my 1/2 of the earnings!
Sometimes my family can be so fussy when it comes to the meals I prepare. Do any of you have that problem? I attempted a new potato recipe which NO ONE would even try. You've heard of potatoes au gratin? I thought I'd put a different spin on it....I call it potatoes au glass:
Yea, well the steak in the broiler underneath didn't appreciate being spiced with glass....thankfully we had a fridge full of leftovers!
Enjoyed a fun party at a friend's house Friday night. We played "Name that Tune" and a question and answer game about the birth of Jesus. My team won both games. I am a bit competitive and can get quite loud while playing games. This evening was no exception. I think I surprised a few people who don't know me very well with my enthusiasm :)
Saturday night was our usual pizza night. This time my brother-in-law, 2 sisters-in-law and my mother-in-law came over. Eating pizza and visiting with family...a great way to spend a chilly night!