Saturday, January 08, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching

Another week has come and gone, and I can't say I have gotten much accomplished.  I don't know what has been wrong with me, but I haven't really felt like doing anything.  What I have done is spent 1 whole day reading, and 3 whole days playing MaJong.  I got the game the other day on the AARP newsletter and couldn't stop playing it.  I kept telling myself I would stop when I won, and I kept losing!  I did finally win, but kept on playing to get a better score!

I did get this embroidered this week, the  Kathy Schmitz's Gathered Blessings.  I got the month of January done. 

Other than that this week, I watched Klara and John on Monday and they went back to school on Tuesday.  Kyleigh also left for college in Boston, her last year in nursing school.   Things were a little dramatic before she left.  She is on a swimming scholarship and they had a meet this weekend.  Apparently the pool was not kept up to snuff the 3 weeks on vacation, and they were going to have to go to other pools to practice.  This is a team that usually beats them, and she really wanted to work her hardest to beat this team for once.  I haven't heard the results yet, but she was all stressed out before she left.  

As I said, this week I didn't feel like doing much, until today.  Things I need to do are:

Finish my project for the Polar Plunge Blog Hop coming up the end of the month, make 2 house blocks by the end of this week, a lighthouse and Victorian house for my mini quilt group meeting I think this Friday.  I also promised my daughter Kristen, for her birthday on the 21st to make her a pillow cover.   At Klara's BD dinner, Kristen discovered I had made her sister Katie a pillow cover she didn't get.  Well it was for Katie's BD.  They have always been like this, I need to make 2 of everything!  Even in their 40's it never changes!  I also tried to get a digital calendar/journal set up and I think it is finally working OK, but it took may hours and watching videos.  

Today I did manage to get out in the yard and work a bit.  Some of my plants in pots expired due to the extreme frost.  I did get one plant bed cleaned out of dead plants and weeds.  I did manage to get the side walkway finally cleaned up of leaves.  I did get my baker's rack put back over by the fireplace with my plants I had moved when the fireplace dry rot was replaced. I kept waiting for the inspector to come back out and sign off on it, but my plants are doing poorly on the other side of the yard.  

All my flower beds need cleaned out, and I have bushes that need trimming.  In between the rain and the freezing weather I haven't been able to get out, but it was a very pleasant day today.    This is my brick patio that has weeds growing out of it!  This will be next on the list.  It really felt good to be out in the yard today.  Probably what I needed all along!

Also what I worked on this week was making thank you cards for my Etsy Shop on my Cricut.  I was stamping a mermaid and saying thank you, but I decided to design one that I could print up and cut on my Cricut.  I purchased some digital nautical images on Etsy and put the wording in myself.  

Every night I look for a movie to watch, and then watch cookoff's until bedtime.  This week  I have watched Fried Green Tomatoes for the umpteenth time and tonight I am watching Trauma Center with Bruce Willis.  I think John chose this movie tonight.  It is his kind of movie, shoot em up, but it is a good movie.  

I watch cooking competitions because I love to cook.  I miss cooking a lot.  This week I did make my family pasta sauce.  I also made a prime rib soup with Christmas leftovers.  Today I just really felt sick of having frozen meals for one.  My daughter Katie had been talking about potstickers, and I really wanted some.  I was going to go to the place she had gotten them, and then decided to go to the grocery store instead I got some frozen potstickers and decided I wanted to make some bok choy to go along with it.  I  got the recipe here.    I also had a craving for Chicken Marsala.  I usually get a 2-serving ready-to-eat size at Trader Joes.  I recently came across the recipe that I saved to my Pinterest account and I had everything but the mushrooms.  It was fantastic, and I have enough for 2 more meals!  

While I am writing this post tonight, I think there is police activity in front of my house.  I am seeing flashing blue lights coming in through my front door.  I don't know what is going on but they have been there for 10 minutes now.  Thank goodness they have finally left!  

This next week will be a little busier.  I have the guild Single Ladies Lunch coming up, and I think my guild Mini Meeting on Friday.  

What I will be working on this week for Slow Sunday Stitching are my Ella Maria Deacon blocks.  I have had them prepped for a couple of months now.  I just need to get working!  

I will be linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  Head on over and see what everyone is up to!  

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. That prime rib soup sounds delicious. I made sure to bookmark it. Your snowman embroidery is very pretty. My yard is covered with 6 inches of snow. We probably won't be doing anything in it until April or May. Enjoy your slow stitching. I look forward to seeing those blocks.

  2. I think you had the post holidays let down, no surprise with the stress load you had this past year. Fresh air is such a blessing, I’m glad you got out to work in the yard, that seems to have energized you. We had a rocky start to the new year, caught a regular flu bug, then our sweet dog Max died early yesterday morning. DH has struggled a bit to get over the bug, but may have finally turned the corner last night, so I’m hoping we can get out an get some air today. We will be fine, just need to get some air.
    Have a very productive week, your list is quite long, but checking things off with be quite energizing!

  3. Even when you feel you haven't done much you are still more accomplished than I am!

  4. Sorry to hear you are in a funk. Those appliqué blocks look like fun! Cute snowman embroidery too. Fresh air and a walk are good for the soul, I find, even when it is cold!

  5. It sounds like you have gotten a lot accomplished and had some good (and needed) down time as well with a book and games. I just made a veggie minestrone soup for lunch. I have been taking the free classes from withHomemade. I don't always attend but I get the recipes and then watch the recorded video. I love watching cooking shows as well. Hope you have a good week.

  6. January's stitching is adorable. I've never played Majong. It's easy to get sidetracked by games. Ask me how I know. The Deacon blocks are a nice project. Dresden plate is a favorite.

  7. I loved your story about your two daughters always wanting the thing you made the other one. Some things never do change! Your meals sound yummy. I've never made chicken marsala - will have to try it. Getting outside to work in the yard after a cold spell breaks always feels good and is good for our mental health, too, I think. Enjoy stitching on your EMD blocks today, Karrin!

  8. Good evening, Karrin. I have to say that I think you accomplished a lot this week. Sometimes it is fun to take time to do other things that bring you joy as well. Your embroidery work is beautiful. I hope that you have a very blessed week and look forward to your next post.

  9. I am with you on watching cooking shows. I am on a string of the British Baking Show and have learned many British words. I love your EMD blocks as I love handwork. It truly is funny about your 2 daughters. My mother did the same for my sister and I and she was one of 2 sisters as well. Fortunately I had a boy and a girl.

  10. I know what you mean,it can feel very flat after the activity of Christmas. Your snowman is very cute. Well done for getting out and doing a bit of gardening though!