Hello! How was your week? I've had a busy one but I made time on several mornings, while my kids were in school, to work on the GB's Maggie Rabbit doll. I sat in a comfy chair in the living room, which is nice and sunny in the mornings, especially at this time of year. It was so pleasant to hand-stitch Maggie, listening to the radio playing low. I'm reminded again and again how important crafting is to me, and how good it feels to make things - I find it peaceful, relaxing, oh so restorative. I should be able to give Maggie to the GB for Christmas, a Girl Rabbit for a Girl Bear. I hope to share my Maggie here soon.
Though it has been a busy week, I've tried to concentrate on happy things around me, as always. I'd like to share a few today, joining in with my lovely friend Gillian.
We've been eating lots of citrus fruit lately. 'Tis the season. Aside from strawberries, which will always be my favorite, I really love oranges. We've had navel oranges, clementines and two different kinds of mandarins in the past few weeks. This one is a mandarin. I had it with my lunch one day this week. I put it on a pretty plate and it felt like a special treat.
I'm back to eating oatmeal for breakfast. I like it very milky, the same way I like my cold cereal, and my tea and coffee. I usually make my oatmeal with chopped walnuts, raisins (or dried cranberries when I have them), and a little brown sugar. I love the crunchiness and chewiness of the nuts and fruit. I don't know how people eat plain oatmeal.
I've never outgrown the joy of new paints or crayons. Isn't it wonderful? They're factory-fresh, clean and unspoiled. These are the GB's paints, not mine, but I enjoy it almost as much when my children have new art supplies.
We've been enjoying a new scientific tool/toy. The Bear's parents bought him a used telescope as an early Christmas gift. They bought it at a yard sale; it was drastically less expensive than a new one. It needed a little work (don't ask me what), but it's going now. It's really cool. We're lucky to live in a place with lots of regulations about light pollution, so you can see a lot. If we were capable of staying up late, we'd see a lot more.
I've made some more progress on the baby blanket for our friends' baby-to-be. I crocheted in the family room while we had our first fire of the season. I'd forgotten how nice it is to work on a giant granny square, since finishing my big one almost two years ago. This one will be small, maybe about 36 inches square. I'm using DK acrylic yarns in boyish but soft colors. Lots of gray (I like gray for babies, boys or girls) and golds, greens and blues. I threw in an orange shade for a little zip. I enjoyed planning the colors. I remember when I had the LB, I really liked finding things that weren't just blue. One of my favorite outfits was striped in minty greens with a little red and orange; it was unexpected and fresh.
I hope you have a good weekend. I have a special day this weekend and big plans for dinner out tomorrow night, with my Bears. I'm still choosing the place but I'm thinking Italian. I'm starting to plan my Thanksgiving preparations but still need to do some more shopping. I prefer a fresh turkey so I'm putting off that purchase as late as possible. I've been gathering ingredients for pecan pie; I haven't made one in years and I've been craving it so much lately! I'm going to use the recipe on the bottle of Karo corn syrup; it's simple but it works like a charm. I've got a huge bag of pecans so I've been thinking about doing something else with them too, maybe this or this or this (that last one is particularly mouthwatering, I think). I'm looking forward to lots of puttering in the kitchen in the coming week. Thanksgiving is my favorite. Love, love, love Thanksgiving.