Like a lot of people this time of year, I have been re-organizing our home as we have put the Christmas decorations away and life has returned to "normal". I am a born organizer and love nothing more than a good clear out and organizing session. Last week it was the food storage area. I have been purchasing some freeze dried food for the past few months and wanted to get it all organized into categories. The shelf life of this stuff is 25 years if not opened and 1-2 years when it is opened. I have used the vegetables in soups and chili and they are fabulous! It sure makes for a great last minute meal from scratch.
My sewing machine has seen some use again as I am making a baby quilt for Alicia's new little nephew who was born Dec 27th. This is a very easy quilt and I put the top together yesterday afternoon. Now I just need to quilt it, which I will start on today.
I have a cross stitch project which is ongoing. I started this for Kelsi when she and Andrew got engaged! It sits beside my reading chair in my sewing room and I guiltily look at it every day. I enjoy doing cross stitch, but I find that it is so hard on my eyes these days and I can only do a little at a time. So it will be a slow going process, but I am determined to finish it this year!
I have just finished Susan Branch`s new book, "A fine romance" about her trip to England last year. It has been my bedtime reading since Christmas and I have really enjoyed it. Being the Anglophile that he is, Wendell wanted to read it after I had finished, but he couldn`t get into it like I did so gave up, which is very unusual for him. I think Susan writes in a way that is easy for women to relate to.
Monday was Rebekah's 23rd birthday and as Alex had to work that evening, we all headed over to her apartment with Lebanese food and a birthday cake. We had freezing rain that day and the parking lot in her building was a skating rink! I wear spikes on my boots in weather like that, but even so it was dodgy. As we neared the steps up to the entrance, a huge dog came bounding out of the door with its owner. Trying to keep our balance while holding a platter of food and a birthday cake and having a hungry dog staring at us was a little unnerving to say the least, but we managed to stay upright! We had a lovely evening all together and playing with Bekah's little kitten Sammy. Did you notice that Bekah & I coincidentally had the exact same sweater on? We bought them last year at LL Bean but have never worn them at the same time!
Well, I`m off now to shower and clean the bathroom so I can get back to the baby quilt! Hope it`s warm wherever you are - we are still in a deep freeze here but it promises to be warmer on the weekend at 8 degrees celsius.