Time For A Staycation

We’ve both had about all the housecleaning we, or our sinuses, can stand for the time being so we’re taking the weekend off from Fall Cleaning. I’m on the verge of a sinus/ear infection and taking homeopathics to keep it under control. Time to enjoy what we’ve accomplished around the house and get some rest for a change.

Brad’s been cleaning and sorting and organizing down at his shop/man cave as well and has been back and forth to the gun range most days this week. He says if he gets much more fresh air and sunshine it’s going to kill him. I suggested he stay in the house. He agreed. Then, less than an hour later he was on his way into town to get breakfast croissants from CJ’s.

We enjoyed breakfast, and a second mug of coffee. All I need to do today is launder sheets from both beds and I’m free for the afternoon to putter around in my studio or sit in the recliner with my aching feet propped up. I’ve spent more time on my feet in the past two weeks than I have in months and my ankle is letting me know about it so I’ll give it a rest when I can.

I have a couple of pounds of ground beef to use for a pot of chili that I’ll start in a bit. And I have some boneless/skinless split chicken breasts I want to put in the crock pot as well. We’ll have chili for our evening meal and chicken for lunch tomorrow. I’ll wait til early in the morning to start the chicken so it doesn’t get tough and dry. I’ve got bell peppers, red onion, and fresh garlic to put on top of the chicken and I’ll steam some rice to go with it.

Tomorrow is our baby girl’s birthday. Audrey Elizabeth Blankenship Graves will be forty-five. I don’t see how that is possible, but it is. Brad has cash on hand and will get her a card on his way to church in the morning. I could have sworn I had a card set aside but when I looked in my card stash it wasn’t there. Another good reason to clean out closets and go through boxes and containers on a regular basis so I know what I have, or don’t have as the case may be. Her carpet shampooer has been ordered and will be at Home Depot in a couple of days. She should have a nice birthday. We always give Audrey, David, and the kids cash with their birthday cards and then do something special just for them. Part of the kid’s birthday is to spend time out here with us one day during the week as is convenient to their parents.

This is one of my favorite photos of our girl the year she moved out to the family farm and married David, back in 2018. Their little one will be two years old in December. Sarah is now fourteen, Rachel is thirteen, Joshua is eleven and Jacob will be nine in a couple of weeks.

The sun hat pattern I’m working on wasn’t coming out well in the cotton yarn and the Cascade yarn is going to work much better. Also, while sorting yarn during my latest stash dive I came across a skein of wool/silk blend in a DK yarn from Jo Dee in deep greens and blues and I’m thinking about knitting a cowl out of it. I can add it to my cowl/scarf/shawl stash to wear myself or give as a gift.

It’s 12:30 pm now and I need to get a load of sheets going in the washer and decide what we’ll do for lunch in a bit. I have some fresh romaine lettuce and plenty of stuff to go with it for a salad. We won’t need much since we had a late breakfast that was very filling. After I get the washer started I’ll start my pot of chili. I wish it was cool enough to have the house open, but it’s back up to 90° and it’s windy outside. And yesterday as Brad was closing the garage for the night I caught the scent of smoke off in the distance so we should probably keep everything shut for now.

Have a wonderful Saturday, ya’ll. God bless!

Two of Grover’s calves

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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