Its been a different kind of fall around here. The leaves have been bright yellow, and there are more acorns than I’ve ever seen before. Don’t know if this will show up, but here’s the one view of the leaves–it looked like a yellow waterfall to me.
The view above:
I have had six days off in a row. That’s a rarity these days. I didn’t have any particular obligations, and I’ve been treating it like a ‘retirement preview.’ To see if I can keep my days moving along, keeping up with the dailyness of life while spending plenty of time creating.
I heard something the other day that bugged the daylights out of me. I was talking to a missionary who is a quilter. She has taught some of the people in this rural area how to quilt. One young guy in particular is extremely talented–a true artist. Of course he lives in an extremely impoverished area, and in fact is wheelchair bound simply because he did not receive treatment for an infection. Basically, he only has what people have donated for him to use (us quilters always have too much fabric and are more than willing to share.) Okay. Here’s what bugged me. The missionary mentioned that this guy quilts for eight hours a day! Dang! I have running water and electricity and…well, you know. And I have all the beautiful fabric and thread and supplies that anyone could ever want. And some days I don’t even get to take one stitch. There’s something wrong with this picture.
So for a few mornings now I’ve made a list of minimal chores–one regular cleaning and one de-cluttering project–and then a list of quilt projects I wanted to work on. Its been working pretty good! Here’s some of what I’ve been creating, both in the kitchen and at the sewing machine.
Made a batch of my fried rice–man, this stuff is good! This time I sub’d in some cooked ham from the freezer, fresh corn, and some leftover broccoli.
Here’s a little quilt that’s been almost done for a while. I just put the binding on it. I think maybe you’ve seen it before. Its just an idea I had, I call it ‘Favorite Things.’ Those things pictured on it aren’t really my favorite things, although I am very fond of them…
Monk and Sophie snoozing under the new quilt. That was NOT what it was created for, guys.
I was really please to get this next quilt top put together. It has been on my design wall for the last week or so, just working on the borders,moving fabrics around, trying to get just the right fabric for just the right place. The center started out quite a long time ago. I had a post card of another Japanese quilt that I loved, made of little bits of fabric. I started out with hundreds of little two inch squares, sewing them into 16-patches. Added a few odd squares and a couple of stars. And then it got taken down and put away because a more pressing project came along. So when I got the squares out again, and decided that I was done making little squares, I was really happy when I came up with the idea to make a large border of interesting prints. (I’m sure I saw it somewhere–there’s nothing new under the sun.) Anyway, I am very happy with the results. Putting together a quilt like this on the diagonal is a little like putting a puzzle together–I was glad when I sewed the last piece in place and it all fit together!
In the middle of sewing this together, I HAD to take a break to make some pumpkin pecan scones. You know, so I’d have something worthy to blog about tonight LOL. I made these last year, and I never posted the recipe. One of the reasons I didn’t post it was because they were TOO GOOD. I couldn’t stay away from them. And I was wondering why that was. I think maybe its because they don’t have fruit in them. Most of my ‘baked goods’ have a LOT of fruit in them. These pumpkin scones are too much like the pure goodness of bread, if that makes sense. However, I was able to just eat one small one, to make sure they were ‘okay,’ and I put the rest in the freezer (out of sight, out of mind. Which BTW, is a technique touted by the author of Mindless Eating, a book I am using for my bedtime reading, and from which I will be sharing more in the future.) So all this to say, the recipe is posted over there on the other blog.
So how’s the food and exercise going, debby? I’m glad you asked!
Today was a weird food day, but I consider it a success. Started the day out with some of Pubsgal’s spackle. Yum, this stuff is good, and fun to eat. And VERY filling. In that, it keeps me satisfied for a LONG time. Went for the long walk with Noah, and on the way home (I was already challenging myself to walk as fast and as hard as I could) I smelled something funny, kind of a burning smell. And then I remembered that I had left the woodstove going, and had turned the damper down. And that funny smell is what it smells like when the woodstove gets TOO HOT!!! I highly encourage you to see how fast you can walk when you think your house is on fire. Good motivation!
So then it was a little early for lunch, a little late for a mid-morning snack. And I wanted some of that trail crack. Okay, I told myself, you can have this for lunch, and see how long it lasts. One package of that stuff is 400 calories. 400 highly palatable calories… well, that worked pretty darn good. About three hours later I had my planned afternoon snack of a Honeycrisp apple (LOVE) with some peanut butter. The ‘trial scone’ got stuck in there a couple of hours later.
And then it was flying out the door for a quick walk with Noah. Dinner was another bowl of the fried rice, and a piece of fresh pineapple. Approximately 1500 calories. I might still have some dessert…
I’m not recommending this as ‘a way to eat.’ Just saying that it worked for one day for me. I did not get to the gym today, which I had planned to do. Definitely going tomorrow! Its late and I must say adieu.