How are you holding up today, my fellow Americans? I'm feeling pretty calm. I voted early, almost two weeks ago. We'll see what happens...we're all in this together and we'll be okay.
We had a stormy weekend, ideal for staying inside and doing something crafty. I should finish my sampler in plenty of time to have it framed. I'm going to miss working on it. I really get into a "zone" when I cross-stitch. I can spend hours and hours. My eyes are protesting, though. I tried stitching with my new glasses on but it doesn't really help. I'll focus more on crochet when I'm finished with the sampler; I need to look at bigger stitches for a while.
The LB's latest round of medical tests went well. His good kidney is still trucking along. His blood work was satisfactory. Stability is the name of the game.
Over the weekend, we attended a birthday party for a good friend. She turned 40 and her husband threw her a really nice party. He rented a large event room with a dance floor. There was a catered Mexican dinner and a DJ, and also a photo booth to take silly pictures with props. So much fun! We danced and drank wine and stayed out until 9 pm! Exhilarating!
We've finished the apples, finally. I made my second apple pie of the season last week. I also made Easy Caramel Apple Bars, the October recipe in my Betty Crocker calendar. My pie was delicious; I always reduce the sugar and increase the cinnamon and nutmeg, for a tarter, spicier flavor. The bars were just okay - kind of mushy, too sweet, and you could hardly taste the apple, but hey, we used up all those apples! I never thought I'd see the day.
The Bear made butternut squash soup in the pressure cooker over the weekend. I'm not a fan of the pressure cooker. Actually, I'm terrified of the pressure cooker and I stay out of the kitchen when he uses it. He assures me that there is nothing to worry about but I don't believe him. He uses a recipe from the book that came with the cooker (similar to this one on the Fagor website). We do different things with it, this time choosing to garnish our portions with a little bit of chopped bacon and a spoonful of sour cream. It's also delicious with nuts or seeds, not to mention creme fraiche; you really can't go wrong.
I've been trying to make myself use lotion on my hands and face now that the weather has cooled down. Every winter, I go through the same thing: I start out with the best moisturizing intentions, I do okay for a month or two, and by Christmas, I look like a lizard. I'm trying again this year. I had a really good coupon for Walgreens and I bought myself new supplies. I put my face lotion right next to my deodorant in the medicine cabinet. If I can remember to apply deodorant daily, I can remember my face lotion too, right? That's what I'm telling myself.
It's properly autumnal now; October's freakish heat has given way to average temperatures. The nights haven't been as cold as I'd like, but it's early yet. I'm enjoying my candles and tea in the evenings. I've been watching The Crown and marveling at several things, including Philip's bad attitude, everyone's cattiness, and all the smoking. I'm reading the new Tana French book, The Trespasser, and wondering if it will get a little more exciting soon. I'm going to buy some new washcloths this week, to replace some wedding-gifted ones which are now falling apart. I'm also going to buy my one and only Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. I am not going to buy apples.
Have you joined in with November's Winter Project Link Party yet? Click on the button in my sidebar! Thanks to all who have already linked up; I'll be around to check out your project posts soon.