Another week gone but this time it was more interesting. We loaded up the camper and headed up to Michigan. The weather was fine for most of the trip so spending nights in the camper in Walmart parking lots worked out just fine. In Frankenmuth our room at the inn was very comfortable. The purpose of the trip was so I could finally get a 'refresher' workshop with Paula Nadelstern and it was worth the trip. When we got there we discovered I'd recorded the dates wrong and we were a day early. We also discovered one of the other teachers had to back out and Ms Nadelstern agreed to do an additional half day workshop and I signed up for that too. So Saturday afternoon-evening we took a drive up toward the bay which deliniates the mitten of Michigan in an attempt to find water to view. We finally found access to the bay just as the sun went down so Leofwyna's photos mainly consists of sunset colors in a rather dark picture with a silvery strip for the water. Sunday after the 30-60 workshop in the afternoon we both attended the evening program. The two-day workshop I'd signed up for on Monday and Tuesday was totally what I'd wanted and I'm sure I can now delve into the special stash I've accumulated for the purpose. On the way home again the weather turned on us Thursday between DesMoines and Omaha with pouring rain. In Omaha as we thought we'd stop for supper the rain turned to sleet and we decided we should wait to get ourselves home and got back on the road without our supper. Good thing we did because it got progressily worse until just past the Platte River crossing we were slowed to a creep by wet snow falling heavily. Some drivers who failed to slow down ended up in the ditch; we passed at least two accident sites with police in attendance. We got home safely and decided to leave the unloading until the slop clears off.
Saturday was another pretty day. I went out for lunch and stopped in at the north Goodwill where I got another bag o'stuff. Back at home to trim and bind Ingabiorg's quilt; it took all evening but I got that finished. I made turkey vegetable soup for supper to favor Leofwyna's delicate tummy. Sunday I was able to take it easy until time to head out for gaming at the Doerr's. It was a quiet night for Pansy in town and preparing for future adventuring. At the sewing table I got another Wilderness Cabin top finished for kronberg.
Thursday I stayed in to work on the quilt all afternoon. In the evening we had Ingabiorg in for massages and Owain came along to discuss autocrat stuff with Leofwyna and to have me put together his armband. He asked about my dental work again so I really need to start some research into that.
Monday I got the van unloaded and cleared the camper of my things. Leofwyna did supper for us. Monday and Tuesday I put in some serious time quilting on Ingabiorg's quilt. I'm determined to finish it this week. Tuesday I went to FoodNet but I was late and went in the last group. I got parsley, zucchini, honey mustard, farina, whole grain bread and eggs.
Wednesday at moot the A&S didne't happen so we farbled instead. I discussed the idea of a shared community garden with Haldora but apparently Gyda beat me to it. I wanted a place for potatoes and since we arent traveling in spring-summer this year maybe I should go ahead and do it by myself anyway. We went to Zoup! for supper but they'd changed their hours so we ended up at Pepper Jax instead. I went up the line to Noodles for take out before joining the rest at table. Thursday I went ahead and rejoined Ancestry.com for six months on the premise I'd have gift money this month for it. That way it will be over before summer business overtakes me. At the sewing table the tumblers have been sized and set aside again; now a red strippie top has been started for Kronberg.
Sunday after lunch and computer time at the library I returned to sifting compost. Leofwyna cut out this year's brassicas for me to carry to the Children's Zoo tomorrow. The big east compost pile is shrinking steadily but not nearly as quickly as I hoped. Next year's brassica bed will be ready this winter to be seeded sometime in March with brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. About five years ago when I accomplished this was the best broccoli harvest I've ever had and I want that sort of success again. At gaming in the evening we set up for a new adventure under a new dm, Arne. We haven't started it yet but characters are being developed. Our usual game under Volkmar started late but was some good play. I took the lead going up an alternate route with great success and the encounter with a pair of owlbears was well done. Back at home at the sewing table I'm sewing up mountains majesty blocks.
Saturday after lunch and a couple sessions on the library computer I finished peicing the pumpkin tower banner abd made up a batch of banana bread. It was a pretty day but Leofwyna and I agreed to take it easy a day since we knew the next few days will be even prettier for working outdoors.
Monday it rained, lightly, several times thoughout the day. After lunch and computer time at the library I worked up a character for Arne's game, Buck Bannermann. This week FoodNet was on Monday and I stopped in there on the way home. Scored three small potatoes, a hand of bananas, a can of Campbells cream of mushroom soup, a tomato, cauliflower, half a dozen eggs, a box of croissants and an angelfood cake. At the sewing table I'm still building the stack of pumpkins.
Sunday after lunch and computer time at the library I finished the pumpkin blocks before heading out to gaming where much gold was acquired killing Bob and Bub and three Brown Shirts with them. I'm to plan a human fighter for gaming when Arne is DM. Back home at the sewing table I started building the pile 'o pumpkins banner.
Saturday after lunch and computer time at the library I attacked the lace vine on the north boundary while Leofwyna bagged up the last of the forsythia branches. Arne had come with his chain saw and whacked those down for us this afternoon. At the sewing table the orange essembleges are taking the shape of pumpkins.
NOTE: I owe Arne an apple crisp.
NOTE: I owe Arne an apple crisp.
Saturday and the cold continues to develop. I did get to the library for computer time and since it was a lovely afternoon I went out to the south Goodwill for a chance to just move around some but came out empty-handed. Back at home I did nap then spent time at the sewing table with the sniglet... 6.5 squares are happening.
Monday work continues on the tiles downstairs. After time on the computer at the library and lunch I returned to empty the van and show Leofwyna the new ensemble. We celebrated by going out for ice cream at 31 Flavors where we learned that location is probably going to close due to lack of profit there. Pooh! At the sewing table I'm pressing and trimming crazy bits.
Monday the second coat of paint has been applied to the laundry room... putting an end to procrastination on that front at last. Lunch and time on the computer at the library followed. Leftover carnitas for supper and at the sewing table still putting pairs together from the sniglet bag.
Saturday after lunch and computer time I returned home with more joint compound and finished the walls in the laundry room. At midnight the last bits were not dry enough to scour so that waits until the morning. For supper the carnitas were somewhat successful... some tweeking may be involved another time. At the sewing table the second junque quilt was set aside until I have created more junque to add to it. Grabbed up the sniglets bag and started pairing them up.
Friday after lunch and some computer time at the library I returned home to put the pork carnitas in the oven and start mudding the wallboard joints in the laundry room. The stuff they sold Leofwyna the other day was the worst... very glue-y plastic stuff, not the joint compound I was expecting. I made a run to Menards to get some joint compound, no problem with this going on the walls but the little container I bought only did half the job so another will be gotten for the rest. Today Leofwyna has been on the sick-list... this time a fairly simple stomach upset merited quiet time and naps. At the sewing table the first of two junque tops was finished and a second well underway.
Thursday after lunch and some computer time at the library I stopped in at the grocery and planned three meals for the weekend. Back at home I emptied the water barrels for the winter, harvested the green tomatoes, pulled the vines and stacked the cages. I put together pizza for supper. At the sewing table I finished the tea party top and started a junk top for Kronberg which was nearly finished, too, when I 'hit the wall' and headed up to bed. Leofwyna had tiles laid out all over the laundry room floor trying to decide on a layout and figure how many to buy as some of the stuff we'd picked up didn't work due to size, depth or grout style. She's brought home one tub of mud and I'm just waiting for her to be out of the way to start the scratch coat. I think more than one tub of that size may be required though.
Wednesday after lunch and computer time at the library I returned home to take Leofowyna's place overseeing the work in the laundry room so she could get ready and go to moot. Terry continued working until completely done with that part of the project at 7:40 so I missed going to moot and was too late to catch up with the crew for supper. I stopped in at Red Robin with my book and had one of my salads there. Back at home I continued working on the Tea Party blocks at the sewing table.
Tuesday after computer time at the library and lunch I returned home and made up a batch of baked beans from the Amish Country cookbook for supper. Definately an improvement but I'll tweek the recipe for the rest of the beans to bake and can them, probably thursday. The trip to the FoodNet bagged a small watermelon, pecan crackers, taco shells, a mozarella cheese and a pound cake. I finished up my laundry and got it upstairs. There will be no laundry done for a week or two while the floors and new heater/ac go in. At the sewing table I'm adding sashes and cornerstones to the 4-squares.
Monday morning was raining... so no yardwork. After computer time at the library with two days to catch up on I stopped for lunch before heading home. Laundry needs to be completed before we disconnect the washer and dryer to move the machines for the renovation that begins this week. I harvested what will probably be the last of the semi-ripened tomatoes. I baked up banana bread, cornbread and pulled last years beans from the freezer to make bean soup. At the sewing table I've taken up a pile of 4-squares (Tea Party from last July) to add to so it can be finished.
Sunday after lunch I spent part of the afternoon on the computer at the library. I mowed the verges, watered and picked tomatoes, then Leofwyna and I did a little condensing in the garage before I cleaned up to go to game night where I killed at least three kobalds. Back at home I continued putting together the vintage wedding ring eyes. It was late when Leofwyna and I cleared the laundry room for tomorrow's laborers.