Sunday, March 19, 2017

Buttonholes, Bills, Shrubs and Jellies

I apologize for not keeping up lately!

Life has been full!  One of the things I do in my life is substitute at my little local library.  Well.. the branch manager left for a full-time position.. and I applied for the job.  It's a part-time position just a couple of miles from my house doing things I love to do - read and talk to people :-)   I haven't heard from anyone about the position per se - but for now I am covering the hours left with the manager's absence.  So.. my personal library schedule has gone from a 4 hour shift once a month or so... to 3 4-hour shifts per week at the moment.  I do love it - but it IS a schedule change and that is always tricky to maneuver!

But today is a day at home so I will try to catch you up with what's happening!

Buttonholes!  I have 3 dresses I am making for my granddaughter.  She chose the fabric last fall and I got sidetracked with other projects.  Well.. they are made :-)  I need to make buttonholes and do handwork..... and my machine went NO!  Anyway - I took it in for help and now have it back.  I will get the silly buttonholes done today and if I am lucky - I will never do another buttonhole!  [actually this is a dumb idea.. because after today I will have made 9-12 beautiful buttonholes.... but will forget all about it by the next time!]  But I still prefer quilting to dressmaking - and short of another little girl showing up in my life... I may not be making more dresses!

 Bills!  Yuk - but it has to happen....  On a day at home, I try to take a little while to assess the finances.  Not fun, but catching up from way behind isn't fun either.  Last week, I finally got the tax paperwork together for the accountant - so now it's time to pick up the more current pieces of my life!

For the Food in Jars Mastery Classes, I have 3 shrubs brewing in my fridge... Blueberry Ginger (which tasted so good, a friend asked me to put a jar together for her), a cranberry shrub cold brew, and a coffee shrub.  The coffee one sounds a little strange [just think vinegar!] but I couldn't NOT try it :-)  I will talk more about these in a specific shrub post.  I also have some blood oranges sitting here waiting to become shrub today...

  March is also Jelly month and I have done NOTHING yet for that except buy wine and pectin and collect a few dandelion blossoms.  I am hoping today to have the opportunity to make the Wine Jelly and see how I do.  The one day there were a few dandelions popped out.. I got them - about 2 cups which I stuck in the freezer!  And then I pulled my back.... and then the weather turned and has fluctuated between too cold or too wet for me to bother.  I'm pretty sure over the course of time, I will have no shortage of dandelion blossoms!

And then for today - since it is a HOME DAY... I also need to do the usual stuff... like declutter something... like clean the bathrooms... like assess food for the week and prep some meals & veggies...  like look at the week ahead to plan for the family...

and it is raining.. so walking out side will be at a minimum so I need to see if I can get a little more movement going on indoors. 

I've been feeling so rough lately... I don't think I've shared my physical stuff.... nothing to worry about per se.... some facial numbness / pain I am trying to deal with - which sounds less annoying than it is!   I'm working with the specialist from my surgery last spring.... and have been going through rounds of antibiotics and steroids..... which has added a lot of nausea & digestive issues to the process.  Anyway, on a really good day, I feel okay.... but am usually not feeling good at all... for months :-(     All tests come back  negative.. but you can add all those deductible medical test costs to my life - BOO!  I seem to be caught in the midst of feeling bad with nothing discernible going on.  Which happens to all of us one time or another and will dissipate over time.  It's okay and I'm moving along the process

BUT it makes the thought of extra exercise a lot harder!  So.. I am definitely keeping my daily walking as a NO EXCUSE thing... I'm still getting 8-9K in steps daily and I think that helps me overall.

So... there are my plans for the day.... nothing earth-shattering....  I will poke my head in again soon with more details in the days to come.  Hopefully I will hit a better stride and be more regular. 

How are you doing?  What are your plans for the day?

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