|Crocosmia Flower Stalk|
It was a beautiful sunny spring-like day on Monday with an afternoon high of 75F! I was so happy!
Of course, the house was cold when I woke up (I didn't put the heater on last night). I debated putting the heater on when I woke up, but, then, decided not to. Instead, I opened the doors and windows to try and warm up the house and sat outside in the sunshine to warm up! After my morning cup of tea, I walked around the garden to check on things and I took some photos for my monthly garden post. I was going to do that post, today, but, it will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm posting the picture of the crocosmia as a preview! LOL.
|Mama Cat's New Water Dish!|
I filled Mama Cat's water dish this morning with fresh water, but, apparently, drinking water from the bowl is too easy and not as much fun as jumping on to the empty litter bucket that I've set out to collect rain water and then, balancing on the tall vase to drink the water from the smaller vase; I've some moringa stems kept to root in some water in that smaller vase. Silly cat!
Today, I watered the front garden and the back garden. We are supposed to get some rain later in the week, but, the newly transplanted seedlings and some of the other plants looked like they could do with a little watering before the rains come.
Afterwards, I did a load of laundry (in cold water) and hung everything up to dry.
I spent the afternoon repairing the quilt and watching videos.
Some of the original quilt pieces are still good, but faded after many years of use and washing, like this piece which had a black background; it is from a dress with a tiered skirt that my mother had made for me:
|Original Piece of Fabric|
|Same Fabric Remnant|
The funny thing is, I still had a remnant piece of the original fabric in my fabric stash! I cut out and sewed a new patch near the old, faded piece as a contrast! I found it very amusing to see that I still had fabric that was bought in the late 1970s/early 1980s in my fabric stash! Not just this fabric, but another one, too:
|Old Faded Piece and Unfaded Remnant|
In the evening, I watched news and a couple of other TV programs, spoke with friend R, cleaned the litter box, and took the trash can to the end of the driveway for trash pick up, tomorrow. Guess who came to visit, this evening?
It was by itself, today, and I've no idea if it is a he or a she, but, I think I'll call it "Bandit"! It was helping itself to the cat food I had left out for Mama Cat!
Brunch had been two banana muffins. Dinner was inspired by what Lyssa had served as Sunday dinner, sausages and mash. As soon as I read that, I thought to myself, "I have sausages; OK, they are the store brand version of hot Italian-style sausages, not the typical British sausages, but nevertheless, they are sausages, and I have potatoes that need to be used up as they are starting to sprout". I thought I could make a salad to go with it or cook some broccoli or something. Lyssa said that sausages and mash are typically served with fried onions and thin, brown, British-style gravy, although a salad would be goodm too. Well, I didn't make the salad, after all, but, I added some vegetables to the sausages, because I have to sneak in my vegetables when I can!
|Bless' Sausages and Mash Potatoes with Vegetables!|
I browned the Italian sausages and added some sliced onions, celery cut in very thin strips, bell pepper strips, tomatoes, and, at the very end, a handful of snow pea pods from last summer's garden (all the vegetables, except for the onions, were what I had in the freezer; I sliced and froze the rest of the onion, too). The sausages (there were five sausages in the pack) and the vegetables created their own gravy as they cooked.
But, first, before I cooked the sausages, I peeled and cut my potatoes into small pieces, covered them with cold water in a pot, covered the pot, and brought it to a boil. Once the water came to a boil, I turned off the heat and left the pan sit, covered, until I finished cooking the sausages. I was experimenting and the experiment worked! The potatoes were cooked all the way through when I tested them with a fork! Woo hoo!
I enjoyed my dinner; thank you Lyssa for the inspiration! There's leftover mashed potatoes and four more sausages for future meals! This week's meal plan will feature sausages (with leftover mashed potatoes, with pasta, etc.) and some sort of soup (for the cold, rainy days in the forecast for the latter part of this week).
Today, I am grateful for:
- A lovely, sunny, warm day
- Garden flowers
- My fabric stash
- Water for the garden
- Urban wild life!
My joyful activities today included spending time in the garden and video chatting with my daughter.
Plans for tomorrow include doing a bit of tidying up and continuing to repair the quilt.
How was your Monday? What are your plans for Tuesday? Are you planning to make pancakes for Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday?
Anybody else has 40+ year old fabric in their stash?