First, my excuses.
This guy is one reason I haven’t posted for a while.
That’s Monk, sitting on top of the box that is his ‘stair’ to get on my lap when I sit in the big chair in the evening. He doesn’t ask much, just a little lap time at night. How can I resist, especially since I LIKE sitting in the big chair at night!
For proof, here he is this morning, perfectly content to sit in ‘his’ chair.
The other reason for my absence is this!
Yes, the sheep rug is finished!!!!! Cambria Pines Rug Hooking Camp starts Sunday, and I decided to make a concerted effort to finish the rug. I really didn’t think I would finish, but I decided to make this week all about the rug hooking. No quilting, no knitting (until evening chair time!)
Its not a balanced way to live, but it was fun! I got up in the morning, read a few blogs, and started right in on the rug hooking, which was conveniently set up next to my computer. Since I was skipping my morning reading, I listened to well over 12 hours of Dallas Willard lecturing on his book “The Divine Conspiracy,” on Youtube! Who knew? What a great resource, and for free. I have paid a lot of money to buy DVD’s of presentations like this.
In between hooking, I started dying some angora and cashmere sweaters to use for rug hooking. This is something I have not seen rug hookers use regularly, and I think it might be something that other rug hookers will enjoy, so I wanted to have some to sell at camp this week (they have a student sale on Tuesday afternoon.) Here is the sample I started with the angora. It has a little softer look than the traditional wool that is used. These little circles are a traditional rug hooking pattern called “cats paws.” They are rather addicting!
So that’s it. Its actually been a relaxing and refreshing week. In addition, I have thought much about the direction of this blog. You can see that I changed the byline. I don’t think the blog will change that much. Just my intention. Which eventually might change the direction of my writing a bit.
I had a great visit with my best friend last week. When she comes down to visit her parents, we usually try to sneak in one day to spend doing the things we like! We met in Folsom, shared a great dinner (so fun to share meals with friends!) and spent the evening doing ‘show and tell’ of all our latest projects. The next morning we walked over to the Starbuck’s for our coffee, and then headed up the hill to Placerville to visit a couple of quilt shops and a yarn shop! We ended our visit with a GREAT piece of apple pie a la mode. We did NOT share the pie LOL.
My friend mentioned that I do not snore any more. That, and my perfect blood pressure of 112/71 are reasons to continue on this healthy life. I look forward to sharing more about that with you all in the days to come.
Here’s a couple new recipes I’ve come up with. This first is a raspberry coconut cake. I wanted something that was a bit decadent, but still on the healthy side. This fit the bill nicely. As you can see, it is almost too moist. I think that’s because of the frozen raspberries. I might make it again, and just use less almond milk.
And this is more of an ‘assemblage’ than a recipe, but man, it was tasty! Sauteed the snow peas in a pan sprayed with pam, and then added a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, crushed garlic, and orange marmelade, along with the pre-cooked shrimp. Yum yum! Gonna write this one as a recipe just so I won’t forget it!
Over and out. I’ll try to check in one more time before heading to Cambria on Sunday!