Welcome to this week's list of likes! Not everything goes right but there's always something to like each week, so to start with this time, I Like Flamingo kitchen towels!
SEW much accomplished this week!!!
I've been very enthused about my flower series, that all started from a painting. With each small 12" square work, I'm changing one or two elements and loving the process. Plus pink is calming, they often use it in hospitals and mental treatment centers. I need peace.
I have been sewing, watching videos, and knitting more this week but have a couple small works to share tomorrow, this is a tease!
no blossoms on vege yet but we harvested some lettuce!
the flower seeds are pretty little delicate stems, so I have hope for them!
Joy and I had another zoom meeting and aside from some glitches in technology, it was fun. We've also fallen into a very comfortable daily email of what we're doing that makes me feel very connected to her.
I got to chat to Rose via google hang outs but the tech. will not work well. Mary and I talked this week by phone too, and caught up in just a few minutes.
Our neighbor's little puppy was trying to come into our yard under the fence, and we had given the last of our wire mesh fencing to a different neighbor, so from a distance we asked Keith if he could fix that side to keep the puppy over there. I didn't expect him to care enough to do it but he did. Kind of restored my faith in them as neighbors.
We can no longer let our dog run in the yard freely as our fence touches three other fences on zero lot lines, and they all have dogs now. You might not believe me but dogs can transmit the virus on their hair, and actually catch it. Not one of our neighbors social distances or even seems to believe we're in the middle of a health crisis so we have no choice but to keep Milo from going right up to other dogs.
It's taking a toll on all of us, but y'all.... America is rising to 1000 deaths a day, and now takes up one fourth of the WORLD'S infection numbers. I am grateful to DH for finding work he could do from home for a while, as his office reported cases.
we had to finish up some smoked turkey luncheon meat this week, so I made turkey reubens on the stovetop. A pan large enough to hold four slices of bread, melt butter and place bread, place some gruyere cheese slices on each piece. Layer on meat if you're like me, then drained sour kraut, then some thousand island dressing. Allow the bread to toast slowly, melting the cheese. Flip the toasted bread over the other slice holding the sourkraut. So as to really melt the cheese and not burn the bread, I take the sandwich off, microwave it for 30 sec. and it's all toasty and melted. Sliced in half on the diagonal, include some pickle slices and you've got a good lunch.
dh found collard greens at the store... he got two bunches as it cooks down so much. Many non southerners don't know what to do with these. Here's what I do:
wash well, fold leaf in half, grab the tough center stem and pull out, leaving tender green leaf
Pile these up on a cutting board, roll tightly into something that looks like a cuban cigar
cut across the roll in thin slices, this is called chiffonade
put shreds, about a cup of water, salt and pepper in a big pot and simmer til tender.
my mother put in pork to season but I'm allergic/intolerant of it.
When serving include the yummy liquid, and pour on pepper vinegar
The grocery stores here continue to be limited, and each time we go/order delivery many items are unavailable. In my whole life, I've not known this to be the case. We continue to wipe each package with vinegar (soap and water for cans or bottles) to try to limit the virus load, and most vegetables and fruit accept it. We learned this week peaches cannot stand the vinegar.
I'm listening to The Namesake on disc in the studio... the story is gentle and real, and the author won a pulitzer prize. It involves themes common to us all, where to live, how to change cultures, how to care for a family and maintain your sense of self, maintaining traditions while adopting new ones, change...
the reader has a most excellent voice and I get lost in it as I quilt.
A forgotten murder
At night I'm reading an E-book the third in Jude Devereaux's Medlar mystery series... she had me at her first novel, A Knight in Shining Armor and to my mind, has gotten better with each book since. This series has likable real characters and intriguing mysteries I don't figure out til the last page!
While reading the Writer's Almanac's daily page, I followed one writer to find this site:
I had a great time reading this painter's round up for the week, including funny cartoons
I liked seeing Koko the gorilla meet Robin Williams who she had seen on video
ever thought about building a small natural materials home?
now, for a craft ANYONE can do and it's so pretty... mandalas again! (the technique can be done on paper, fabric, clothing too)
My like this week is Old toys
|don't tease me Mama, drop it!|
There's just something about an old chewed up toy to go to at night... an old comfortable friend !
Most of the time I go to this old indestructible chicken for play time.
It's old, it's not pretty, the wings, legs, and comb are chewed off but it still can squeak, and there's still fluff in there to hunt for. Every night I take him out of the toy box (how does he get in there without wings? ) and we spend quality time chewing and tossing and keep-away-from-the-daddy.
Also I liked that we have a bite-sized bunny in the yard now. It runs from me when I take off to catch it, but comes right back as soon as I go back in the house. It's got spirit!
Now sit! Stay! and visit mama's friends who kept a list of likes this week too!
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