Thursday, March 28, 2013

Not Sure

I'm not even sure what day of the week it is...or the date.  I seem to have done nothing but work and sleep these last couple of weeks, and working and sleeping just don't generate interesting blog fodder.  So, I thought I'd pop in anyway and at least let you all know that I haven't run away or stopped blogging...I simply don't have anything really interesting to tell you.

I did spend time last week sewing together a quilt top and bottom between the hours of work and sleep and work.  It was pretty simple to sew since there was only a 4 piece border around the top fabric and 4 equally sized pieces for the back.  Once I made my quilt sandwich (with an old wool blanket inside) I started to quilt and realized that I was about to make a monkey's arse of my pretty fabric!  I promptly put it aside and will rip out the seam that I had started....right before I send it up the road to get quilted by someone who knows what they're doing.  There is a lady living near me who will do an all over stipple pattern for a very reasonable price.  Sold.


Top with border.


Top with border and backing rolled over.

The all over stipple will be in a mustard coloured thread that will be lost in the confusion of paisley but pop out like crazy on the burgundy boarder.  I'm thinking this will be a very nice blanket for the living room with all it's earthy colours.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday

What I'm reading on this Friday....

Perfect Health--Revised and Updated: The Complete Mind Body Guide

I first learned about Ayurveda over a decade ago while working with spa products based on this life system.  I had always found it fascinating and of course, with a certificate in Applied Organic Nutrition, I was interested in the nutritional side.  Ayurveda is an entire lifestyle, thousands of years old, aimed at achieving and keeping balance in our ever changing bodies.  It involves nutrition, yoga, meditation, massage, and cleansing of the internal body based on your individual body and personality type or Dosha.  I read this book by Deepak Chopra many years ago and decided that while I'm feeling out of balance, this would be a great re-read.  As it stands, I think this book is a must have in the library of anyone who wishes to feel well.  This is the kind of book that you keep going back to, highlighting, putting in new sticky notes, adding scribbles for yourself... if you're tired of feeling tired or sick of feeling sick, give it a read.  Really, who wouldn't benefit from feeling even a little better:)  Happy Weekend everyone.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Time

I can't believe how quickly time moves, or at least how much more quickly it appears to move the older we get.  That said, after living in our current house for 9 years, we're still struggling to find time to finish all of the work we started on it.  Almost every room has had work done on it, but not one room is completely finished.  This drives me insane.  Friday I decided that I would finally tackle the upstairs hallway.  When we moved in, there was carpet over the hardwood all the way up the stairs and in the upstairs hallway which we removed right away as I'm allergic to dogs and the previous owners had three.  Needless to say the carpet was old, gross and a trip to the hospital waiting to happen.  The hardwood underneath was never touched, it's dark and tattered looking only because of the years of wax and dirt buildup.  This is a very good thing.  That means that when it does get refinished it will look amazing.  But the floor will be the last phase of the entire reno.  I am working on all the trims and walls.  Mr. had moved the bathroom door and created a new door at the end of the hall where the old water closet had been.  The WC is now a fantastic walk in, linen and storage closet and the new and proper bathroom was built where the fourth and smallest bedroom once was.  As you can image this created some drywall, plaster, trim and paint issues.  Mr. had already pieced in the new wall board, taped and put on the first coat of mud so I went in and sanded, filled some more, repaired cracks in the old plaster on the other side of the hallway which had been covered by wallpaper for 92 years.  But, I ran out of weekend so I still have to fill a bit more, address the ceiling, sand some more and caulk before I can finally prime and paint.  It will be so nice to have a little more of the house completed, I don't feel comfortable in a chaotic mess.


As you can see, I really am on my way....and the floor is so beautiful.


The old plaster is very smooth, I feel lucky that there are only a few cracks to fix.

On Sunday, Mr and I decided to roast a nice big domestic goose that we'd purchased from a neighbour.  I think I overcooked it because it was tough as old boots but my goodness was it ever tasty (and the crispy skin should not even be legal).  It was the first time I had either cooked one or eaten one and I enjoyed it very much.  If I had to compare it to anything I would say it tasted like a cross between chicken and turkey but much richer.  And yes, in true homesteader style, I strained and saved the grease.  Gordon Ramsay says it's excellent for frying eggs...I bet!


Not a pretty picture, I assure you it looked much more appetizing in real life.

Now the one thing that I'd really planned on having finished by now is my granny square throw.  I only have about 15 more rounds to do but I can't seem to find time to sit and do it.  It is at least bigger than the last time I checked in and fed the blog.


This is my "big week" at work, the one where I work way to many hours, so hopefully I will get this done while I'm here.

What did you do on your weekend?