Roast Beef For Sunday

I ordered a pot roast with my grocery order yesterday and put it in the crock pot with new potatoes, carrots, red onion, a cup of water and a cup of red wine after seasoning it with freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground peppercorn blend. I set it on low at 10 pm and went to bed.

At 10 am this morning I removed the roast and veggies, drained and strained the broth, wiped out the crock pot, put the roast and veggies back in the crock pot and set it on warm while I cleaned up after myself in the kitchen. The broth is chilling in the fridge so I can skim the fat off and reheat it before serving. This will be at least four meals for the two of us. I’ll set aside a second meal as is and freeze it, then I’ll make stew with the rest of it and probably freeze that as well.

I finished the Hooplah socks last night before heading to bed. They are soaking at the moment and I’ll have them on the blockers shortly. Now on to Brad’s socks!

I didn’t do any spinning at all yesterday and today I’ll take a day off as well. My left knee and ankle are bothering me after all the time I spent on my feet the past few days and when I get up from the spinning wheel my knee is stiff and achy so I’ll give it a rest.

It’s 41° outside, overcast with no breeze at nearly 11 am. I don’t think we’re supposed to get any rain but who knows these days? We had a couple of showers yesterday but nothing to amount to anything. We’re still mulling our options for getting the dead pine tree down. The second guy Brad talked to doesn’t have the equipment for a tree that size, that close to the house, but he’ll deal with it once it’s on the ground.

I finally got my hair cut and boy is it nice not to look and feel shaggy! I may talk to Audrey at some point about cutting my hair for me the next time I need it done. She does a great job on her three boys and that’s pretty much the way I like mine cut, short and neat. I got to Great Clips yesterday on time but had to go out and wait in the SUV until a couple with a screeching child left. The mother reeked of cigarette smoke and on her way into the building she dropped a freshly lit cigarette on the sidewalk right in front of the door and crushed it with her shoe. Oh, well. Such is life.

I’m glad to have the fridge and pantry fully stocked. I got sticker shock at the cost of the grocery bill and I’m doing my best to stretch everything as long as possible and make it last. I bought extra soda pop and toilet paper and we stocked the shelves in the garage. I’m not drinking as much soda as I was and when I do I stick to ginger ale.

I’ll need to make a trip to town in the next couple of days for the cornmeal I like at the health food store. I couldn’t find any brand that I like at either Albertson’s or Walmart and I hate to make a special trip just for that, but I still need to go by JOANN’s for a few things and Green Market isn’t that far from the fabric store.

I’d also like to stroll through the used book store downtown. That would be a good trip for the two of us. The bookstore is just down the street from C.J.’s Coffee Cafe and the exercise would do us good. We could enjoy a stroll through the bookstore and then walk up to C.J.’s for a cup of coffee and enjoy it out on the patio if the weather is nice.

Brad’s birthday is coming up, as is Joshua’s birthday. Brad will be seventy on the 24th and Joshua will be twelve on the 9th. We’ll have to think of something fun to do with Joshua. His mom will probably bake him a cake. I might have a go at baking a cake for Brad. It’s been a long time, but I could probably manage a chocolate cake in a 9 X 11 pan with chocolate butter cream frosting.

It’s well after 11 am now and I need to go check on the socks and put them through the spin cycle on the washer then onto the sock blockers. I’m enjoying Thomas Sowell’s book very much and will spend some time reading before Brad gets home from church. He’s a very common sense fellow and I like his writing style, much more enjoyable than trying to wade my way through Mark Levin. I’ve given up on Mark. I think he’s got a screw loose lately.

Have a blessed Sunday, ya’ll.

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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