Monday Musings, February 15
Good Morning, friends.
I hope you enjoyed a good weekend with your Valentines, Galentines or Palentines! It was a quiet, rainy weekend in our neck of the woods and I spent most of it knitting and binge-watching.
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I made a conscious decision to turn off the news and submerge myself in distracting and entertaining TV shows. I discovered The White Queen, The White Princess, and The Spanish Princess. If you haven’t watched them, they detail, with all sorts of steamy romance thrown in for fun, the period in England marked by the War of the Roses, the reigns of Edward IV and Henry VII and their strong wives, and then the introduction of Catherine of Aragon to the court. It was good to be reminded politics have been an ugly business FOR EVER!
Pam’s review of the Snickerdoodle Bars,
This was the first cookie I learned to bake in 7th grade Home-Economics class many years ago. This recipe is a big step up. WOW – Delicious!! Husband loves them too, and we agree they definitely work with coffee as a morning treat, reminding us of a very tasty coffee cake. The soft middle is so good! We hadn’t quite finished the first pan when I baked the second pan….half of which I passed along to our dear friends as a bonus dessert for them tonight. She’s now having some with a pot of tea. My go-to cookie normally involves chocolate in some way…..now there’s some competition!
If your rubber gloves have developed little holes in the fingers, dab a bit of flexible glue (I like E6000) on the spot. It will extend the life of your gloves for some time. Then, when they finally REALLY need to be retired, cut the wrist part of the gloves horizontally to make ‘rubber bands.’
Neck Wraps filled with buckwheat and lavender are microwaveable, easy to make, lovely to have on hand when you wake up with a stiff neck, and make welcome gifts!
An early and brisk walk, these Gluten-Free, Fiber-Filled ‘Cookies’ and these Ginger-Lemon Cubes remain part of my morning routine. I definitely feel better when I start my day ‘right’. What is your morning routine?
And, while I started making these Rosemary Walnuts for Christmas gifts, we quickly realized that they are a delicious snack year-round!
I’m tickled that I have finished knitting my newest baby blanket and very excited to share it with you. I’m working on getting it published for you, hopefully this week!
What are you reading right now? I finished the first of this detective series last week (The Cuckoo’s Calling) am in the midst of the second (The Silkworm). The books are written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and are a nice escape by a gifted author. I have a stack of books on my nightstand waiting for me, both non-fiction and fiction. I’ll let you know as I plow through them.
Wishing you a wonderful week! I’ll ‘see’ you next Monday!
A friend has requested 9-10 headworkers to give as gifts–of course, easy, but a nice break from baby gifts! She sent the yarn–which is variegated! I, too, watch “decent” movings–such as Hallmark!
Love the winter photo. Here, cold, damp, rainy–and Mr. Sun is still hiding.
Hi Sandra Lea,
How are your headwarmers coming together? I have not ever knit one, but can see that they would be very useful! We left the snow in Philadelphia and headed back to NC where it has been cold and rainy for days! Do have a peak of sun today, but not optimistic it will last long! 😥
Happy Knitting, my friend.
If it’s raining, I’d guess you’re back in NC. I, too, spent the weekend in creative mode, working on a crocheted sweater and listened to audio books for hours on end. (The Nine Lives of Christmas (fluff) and A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Sherlockian spinoff). On my nightstand, I’m rereading, God Never Blinks by Regina Brett. We are slowly recovering from the dreaded COVID virus which snagged us two weeks ago. Our symptoms were mild overall, but they are slow in leaving. Hence, the hours in “sit down mode.” Today is a better energy day so I’m doing the Monday clean sheets & laundry routine. My Sweetie is home from a quick doctor visit, and he’s taking me to lunch. Yippee!!! Hugs & blessings, Debie
Holy Cow! Have we had the rain!? Our yard is literally a swamp right now!
Ugh, sorry to hear you were struck by Covid but glad you are on the mend! I will definitely check into those books you recommend! I am always comforted by a stack of good reads on my nightstand.
Do take care of yourself…I understand that it can take a while to recover your strength!
Many hugs, Lynn
I hope you are staying warm. We have lots of rain, but we rarely get snow. Just frost.
I don’t know if you like books about the Holocaust, but for some reason I got into them a d find them interesting. My favorite author is Pam Jenoff, have read many of her books. They are based on true events, but fictional characters. And if you like “beachy” reads, Judith Keim, Elizabeth Bromke, and Robin Carr have great books. Just a thought.
Take care my friend and stay warm.
We only had snow while we were visiting our daughter in Philadelphia. Now that we are back in NC, it has done nothing but rain! We have a brief respite right now…actually the sun is shining. But, I don’t think it will last long.
I do love to read all history and will check out Pam Jenoff, as well as the other authors you recommend. I am always looking for ‘good reads!’
How is your wrist? Are you getting close to being set free?
Love to be reenergized with your Monday morning post!
Oh Barbara! Without exaggeration, messages like yours are what energizes me to keep doing what I’m doing! I do love it, but to know my efforts are appreciated is pure fuel to my tank.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write in and lift my sails!
I love your daily emails,they are wonderful and i look forward to them greatly.
They brighten the dreay winter days.
I love the patterns,tips and recipes especially.thank you for all your hard work,
Aw, thanks so much Jen! I love working on this blog so much, but I really love knowing that there are Jens on the other end who appreciate my musings. It is the fuel to my engine!
And I am always open to new ideas and suggestions if there is something you’d like for me to tackle! I have several great projects to share, just need the time to sit down and get them out to you all.
Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!