It feels good to be home and in somewhat of a normal routine. Like cooking and even cleaning. I follow Flylady's routines and have done that clear back to when it was Peggy and Sue were doing it. (SHE's--sidetracked home executive--which I was!). It seems hokey a bit to admit, but I feel calmer and not so edgy when things are in order. Too bad I have to play little games with myself to do it. But hey..it works! And I'm beginning to kick some butt on getting things done again. I was beginning to wonder what was wrong with me. Seriously--I was on edge all the time (could it be the Big 'M' starting?) and felt SO out of sorts and on the verge of anxiety attacks. But being home just a week and no travel plans the rest of the month, I'm feeling like I can gain back some control. Anyone else ever feel that way?
House? back on track and looking good--not great, but good again! Cooking? I'm loving being able to cook again on a schedule......I've been totally engrossed in Pioneer Woman's blog......she is a hoot! and gorgeous with a hunky Marlboro Man.....homeschools her kids....writes some kickin' stories (you ought to read her story on how she met her man!)....and has some pretty awesome recipes. Last week I tried her Crash Hot Potatoes and they were awesome! Even my daughter who loves everything really made a point on how extra good they were.
Made up another batch or two or three of freezer corn with a friend. A bit of work--but ahhh, so worth it! And then today we made 2 batches of strawberry freezer jam and put up 16 quarts of tomatoes AND while the tomatoes were cooling, we made this cute little thread holder. This website gives the instructions--so quick and easy..although we stitched the inside seam with a tiny zigzag rather than stitch it by hand. oops--went back and looked at hers, and she folded it down farther...hmmm. makes me rethink doing the inside seam with a zigzag...cuz now it shows! I guess it pays off to read the directions thoroughly instead of skimming. ! Not gonna take out that seam--it's a thread catcher, for crying out loud. But you bet I'll be making it a little bit prettier next time around...yep, getting out that hand needle. But ain't it cute?
Tomorrow, we're doing more jam and I have a surprise...we're going to make the Apple Dumplings from Pioneer Woman's website. And then I'm taking her fabric shopping (she's a new quilter and I get to help choose fabric on someone else's dime!).
Well, I've rambled on enough--I write blogs all day in my head--I really need to get at the computer and type them in! I'm trying to catch up on all the blogs I read..and I just keep adding more to the list. I love peeking into other quilter's lives--and how the world seems so small when you sit in front of a monitor peering into their homes. Thanks to all the bloggers who share...