It has been crazy busy in my little part of the world this past week.
I've had a lot of miscellaneous embroidery jobs come my way, so I've been spending more time in The Loft working. It is such a fun work space, but I noticed last week that I need to spend some serious time organizing and taking stock of supplies. The space can use some TLC. I get so wrapped up in the projects and orders that the little things go by the wayside.
The weekend was a good, but busy, one. Saturday was spent cooking and cleaning and working on embroidery projects. Then in the evening we picked up Julie's three boys to come spend the night with us. Then for a relaxing evening. Travis had a football game in Illinois that day - They Won! Go Thomas Jefferson! - so he was pooped (and sore) and crashed early.
After Church Sunday morning it was time to add the finishing touches to the two crock pots of soups I had made the day before. Chili, White Chili, Corn Bread, Cheesy Fries, crackers, and Dump Cake make for a fairly simple meal. Then for an evening of visiting and fun with our kids and their families. We don’t get together nearly as often as we used to, so I treasure the times when we do.
I’ve been pretty negligent about taking pictures. I blame the darn cold I’ve been fighting with for over a week. I did manage to take a picture of these two “All I want for Christmas is my one front tooth” guys, James and Allen.
Allen’s wish will soon turn into “two front teeth”.
I swear this door was clean at the beginning of the day. It was fun to guess which child went out the door by the height of the hand prints.
All in all, it was a great day.
After sleeping in the recliner in order to be able to breathe, Monday morning brought another busy day. We were heading to Osage Bluff to visit Patti (Osage Bluff Quilter) and Bernie (Osage Bluff Blacksmith).
We met in blogland and have found we have an awful lot in common. The Blacksmith is an amazing craftsman and has been getting ready for The Old Munichburg Festival coming up this Saturday in Jefferson City. We plan on going and I’ll be sure to take pictures. He made me a Celtic Cross key ring for my church keys. Maybe I’ll quit misplacing them now. It is a very special gift and I’ll get a picture of it posted later.
Patti is working on a project of hemming 32 table runners for an upcoming wedding. A serger is the only way to go for a project of that size. And since I happen to have one that I’m not presently using, mine stayed at her house for a while. I’m sure it will have a very nice visit.
Patti and Bernie’s beautiful timber frame home is isolated from the outside world, down a lane off the main road. What a wonderful place to live. The food was some of the best I’ve had in a very long time. Bernie grilled some meat to perfection – I think it was center cut pork – I meant to ask. I just know it was very tender and tasty. Patti added her touches of a wonderful salad, which she kindly posted on her blog. You will grab that recipe if you know what is good for you. I’m going to serve it to company that is coming on Thursday. And the home grown baby sweet corn topped the meal off. But it didn’t end there. There were also delicious home made rolls. But the meal didn’t end there either. She topped it off with a scrumptious peach pie topped with vanilla ice cream and steaming hot coffee.
After supper we took a short ride to see the property my brother owns and the lake where Bernie and Patti fish and hang out. Then we retired to the back deck to sit and visit some more. Before we knew it, 8:00 had come and it was time to call it a night. The day went by way too fast. Good folks, good friends!
And now it is time to bring this way too long, too much information packed blog to a close.I hope everyone has a wonderfully blessed day. Cheers!