You cannot change yesterday, you cannot predict tomorrow. Today is the only gift you have. That is why we call it the “present”.
Happy Today, my friends!
Well, we moved our youngest fledgling into his first apartment last week! Even if his school goes remote learning only, he is in good shape. I feel for those students and families who have just moved into a dorm only to need to move back out again! Argh.
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the week, I was fêted on my birthday with phone calls, impromptu visits and texts from my friends and family. We were able to enjoy a beautifully cool and dry August evening with an al fresco dinner; Mother Nature even knew it was my birthday!
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Mom gifted me with this Alligator Food Chopper for my birthday! I have only used it to chop the tomatoes for our Friday Night Nacho, but…tomatoes! It worked great and I’m excited to try it on all sorts of chopped stuff.
And it was a very kitchen-y birthday as Terry gave me this Spice Grinder. I have been using our coffee grinder to grind our spices, but I’m finding that I am not fond of cumin-scented coffee first thing in the morning, so I am tickled with this clever kitchen tool.
Oh, and I broke my toe walking into the couch leg last week too…which really wasn’t so bad as it gave me permission to sit on the sofa all week and catch up on some great British police dramas. I enjoyed Hinterland, but REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVED River. River is much more than just a ‘police drama’ and the only negative is that it was only one season.
If you would like to attract bees to your garden, boy do I have the plant for you! I stumbled upon Anise Hyssop when I was looking for perennials that the rabbit and deer would leave alone. Little did I know that his plant is the K & W Cafeteria of the bee world. I really should’ve attached a video instead of still photo so that you could enjoy the busy-ness of the bees around this plant, from sunup to sundown. Terry and I find ourselves just standing and watching them go from flower to flower at frenetic pace and find their activity soothing and calming.
For my new-to-knitting or experienced knitter friends, you will love the quick knit of the Bridget washcloth. I have been knitting for 30+ years and this is the first time I’ve knit on the diagonal or bias!
Newsflash…4 months from today is Christmas Eve! No need to panic, but it is not too early to start thinking of your handmade gifts. Of course, I love gifting washcloths with a lovely bar of soap, but here are some other Handmade Gift Ideas as well.
And I know I’ll be making more of these Spiced Pickled Cranberries, which were a huge hit with those who received them last year.
Well, my lovelies.
I am off to continue to work on the Teak table and chairs we are restoring. I had always heard that Teak was a hard wood…there is no exaggeration there!
Wishing you a day full of loveliness!