Saturday, October 13, 2018

Cool and Cloudy Saturday

Woke up to cloudy, grey skies this morning.  No rain, but, it looked like it might rain.  M texted about the rain washing away the spray, but, I reminded him that the rain was more important to us.  I can always buy more spray.  The rain is a gift from Mother Nature.  I was glad I got my errands done, yesterday, though, when it was sunny; I don't like to be out and about when it is rainy or threatening to rain, unless I have to.  It was a little sunny in the afternoon, but the temperature remained cool and the clouds moved in by evening.  But, no additional rain.

After my morning coffee, I played on the computer for a bit.  Then, boiled the garbanzo beans I had put to soak.  I ate a bowl of them for my brunch! 

Later, in the afternoon, I settled down to sew my Santa/Ho Ho Ho pillowcases:

Santa/Ho Ho Ho Pillowcases

I'm pleased with how they turned out.  It's almost as if I planned them, that way, and not because I didn't have enough of one fabric to make a pair!  LOL!  

Coordinated Pillowcases
One more holiday gift completed!  And another piece of fabric from the stash used up!  Well, almost used up.  I still have some smaller pieces of the fabric, to be used for something else.  I might be able to mix and match to make a table runner for someone.  It's a good thing my cousins, etc., don't read my blog!  LOL.  

Later in the evening, I sauteed the boiled garbanzo beans with onions, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and dried red chilies.  I will freeze them for next Sunday.  Then, I washed what seemed like a mountain of pots and pans and dishes!   I had used three saucepans to boil the garbanzos, because I didn't want to get the bigger one from the garage.  Then, there's the large saute pan I used to finish cooking them!  

I also called a couple of additional people to let them know about the prayer gathering and left them messages.  I also called friend R to chat with her.  She admonished me to not get too tired preparing for the prayer gathering and offered to come next Saturday to help.  I might take her up on her offer, because, just cooking the garbanzo beans and doing the dishes tired me out!  It's a good thing I will cook the meatball curry, tomorrow; the less actual cooking I have to do on the day of the prayer gathering, the better!  I can see the menu changing, depending on how tired I feel!  Right now, roast chicken (nothing to do other than remove the giblets and put in the oven) sounds a lot easier than chicken curry!  LOL!

For dinner, I had rice with beef curry, dhal, and tomato chutney.     

Today, I am grateful for:
- No phone calls waking me up!
- Being able to spend the afternoon playing with fabric!
- The pillowcases turned out fine
- Offer of help from friend R
- The ability to be flexible with the prayer gathering menu

Weekend To Do List:
- Cook the soaked garbanzo beans and freeze them - DONE
- Grocery shop
- Cook the meatball curry and freeze
- Start cleaning the house
- Sew - DONE
- Laundry

How was your Saturday?  What have you planned for tomorrow?  Have you started making your holiday gifts?  


  1. The pillowcases look great! Thst strip of red just sets off the two fabrics.
    I haven't sent on the library books yet as DDIL has renewed them and we will take them on our next visit.
    Squirrel has been seen taking mouthfuls of something white into our woodshed for nesting. We don't know where he is getting it from, suspect the next door neighbours' shed. Probably paper of some kind.

  2. Thank you, Bushlady. I'm pleased with how the pillowcases turned out. :)

    Oh, good that DIL was able to renew them and you'll be able to take them on your next visit.

    Sounds like someone is making himself a nice, cozy, well-insulated home in your woodshed for the winter! :)

  3. Beautiful pillow have been very productive lately! Andrea

    1. Thank you, Andrea. I am trying to be productive and get a few things done ahead of time!

  4. Your pillowcases have turned out very nicely, Bless. I have been slowly knitting a few washcloths and I will stitch a few little things for gifts too. I have a sewing project, a skirt, I want to finish today. Meg:)

    1. Thank you, Meg. I am glad with how they turned out. :) Hope you were able to get your skirt sewn. Looking forward to seeing it when it's done.

  5. I love the way you used fabric for those pillow cases. Very creative.
    Every time I read about your menu for the prayer gathering, I wish I lived nearby. heheee

    1. Thank you, Nil. I am happy with how they turned out. :)

      I'd have definitely invited you, if you lived nearby! I'd love to meet you. :)

  6. I love your pillowcases -- they are so cheerful. I'm excited to see how you use the 6" squares, too. Definitely take your friend up on help if you need it -- the prayer gathering sounds like quite an event for one person to manage!

    1. Thank you, Laura. I am rather pleased with how this set of cases turned out! I hope it looks planned and not like I ran short of the one fabric! LOL!

      The squares might become a table runner...I cut some red squares, too. :)

      Yes, I will accept the offer of help. There's always many last minute things that need doing - if nothing else, I'll need help with the serving of food.

  7. The pillowcases turned out really well. The strip of red fabric really does the trick. Nice work!

    1. Thank you, Chris. The red strip helped to pull it together, didn't it?

  8. OMG. The pillowcases turned out exceptionally well; and yes, it definitely looks like you planned them that way. So creative. And now you have your next project planned out for after the prayer meeting. You are going gang busters. (or stash busters)

    1. Thank you, Susan. Now I have the theme song from "Ghost Busters" playing in my head! "Who you gonna call? Stash busters!" LOL!


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