Welcome to another Monday - it still kind of feels like things are the same as they were, even though restrictions are being eased around here. We still feel like it's safer to stay in, and Bill will still be working from home, so life isn't going to change much around here. I'm still trying out new recipes (ramen in the instant pot is the bomb, guys!) and we're having a family night at least once a week with Nancy and the kids. Some things have changed for the better!
Are you finding something similar in your own life? It's been a strange couple of months, but wouldn't it be wonderful if we found ways to do things that were better for us as a result?
OK, that's enough of that. I do have a few things to share, like a finished quilt...
...a fabric pull for a new quilt...
...and a good start on that quilt! Love love love working with these beautiful Kate Spain fabrics, supplemented with some Kaffe and Figo fabrics to fill out the pull!
I made a bunch of masks - about twenty-five - but my favorite was this custom mask for my grandson, who has trouble with elastics on his ears because of his cochlear implants. He has really tiny ears, and there's just not room for the cochlears and the elastic! So this mask ties on. I think he likes it! Of course, it could be because it's green.....
I also cut up a mess of solid scraps, a start on a new quilt I've been ruminating over in my head. But I need to get a lot more scraps cut up before I can start sewing!
And then there are the non-quilt-y things I did this week, like ...
...finishing another jigsaw puzzle....
...making homemade latkes from the remains of a hash brown casserole that didn't work out so well - but the latkes were EXCELLENT!
And this was an exercise in purchasing power. There's a story behind it. My husband went to the grocery store Sunday morning for the first time in about two months, to buy steaks for Mother's Day lunch. He found the shelves and cases to be very picked over, and had a hard time finding steaks that he liked. (He did, however, bring home two very good steaks and we had a lovely lunch!) But then he got this great idea that we should buy half a cow and half a pig and put the meat in our freezer. He started researching and found several places that do it, all at an average of about $10-15 a pound. I tried to tell him I didn't ever pay that kind of money per pound for meat, but he was adamant. I finally got him to agree to let me go to the store this morning and see what I could find to fill our freezer before we made any decisions. And I did have a successful trip - I found steaks, ribs, a Boston butt roast, hamburger, bacon, breakfast sausage, summer sausage, shrimp, pork chops, and two whole chickens! About 34 pounds of meat, which ended up costing about $2.67 per pound on average. So I not only filled the freezer, but I made my point - It's much more economical to buy meat when it goes on sale! So now I have no excuse for not cooking (but did you notice I got him some things he can smoke or grill? I'm no dummy!)
This week I'll be working on that pineapple quilt, quilting some tops for the quilt ministry, cutting more scraps up and probably making some more masks to go in the pickup tub at church. Definitely enough to keep out of trouble this week!
Oh, and we're doing something a little different for family dinner night - we're having family game night! Lots of little finger foods to eat and a mess of games to play - should be super fun!
So now, the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?