I am TOTALLY exhausted. I spent most of the day putting up my Christmas trees. I must have made 20 trips down and up the stairs to the basement hauling box after box. Yesterday I swapped my dining room/living room. Yes, hauled two sofas and a large table - pushing, pulling, huffing, puffing. I have wanted to do this for a long time and on the spur of the moment decided to go for it. We never use the living room and I felt the space could be put to better use by enabling me to keep the dining table extended.
I have been busy at work decorating Christmas trees. I have done 4 so far. Pictures never do Christmas trees justice--have you ever noticed that? I am quite happy with all 4 trees -- I even made some country blue jean stockings. You can see them on the sunfower tree.
I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday--I rarely cook "the big dinner" on any holiday. Why? Because I have to work. I will only work a few hours in the morning, but it is just enough to ruin the holiday. A good percentage of Americans are looking forward to a 4-day holiday weekend. I have NEVER had a 4-day holiday weekend since I began working in a hotel 19 years ago. Don't get me wrong--I have a great job, decent pay, and nice co-workers. But I NEVER get any extra days off to enjoy the celebratory times of life. I want my kitchen scented with cinnamon from the pumpkin pie baking in the oven, I want to hear the "pop" of fresh cranberries as they thicken to a relish, smell the turkey browning to perfection...I want the whole Norman Rockwell scene. I want to go to bed on a holiday evening and NOT have to get up at 4am to go to work the next day. Actually I get up at 4 a.m. every day (even weekends), I love to get up at 4 a.m., I just don't want to have to shower, do my hair, etc. Am I whining? Yes, and I think I deserve to whine a little.
This is how I will be spending many winter hours--quilting my log cabin quilt. It takes me about one hour per block and I have 100 blocks. We keep our home at about 67 degrees, which is a bit chilly, so working with this large blanket over me is great during the cold months. It also gets me off the computer for a while each night.
I had such a wonderful Sunday--got a lot done, but not in a frenzy. I handquilted 2.5 blocks in my log cabin quilt (only 97.5 to go!). I used a smallish round hoop to quilt while sitting on the sofa (leg recliner up) & watching 5 taped episodes of Gardener's Journal and a few FoodTv Country cooking shows. In between I did 3 loads of laundry, scrubbed 2 floors, changed the sheets on the bed, washed 2 inside windows (while DH did the outside)and made chili and tacos for dinner. I purchased a new leather thimble, thinking it would be easier to get that over long fingernails. It is easier, but I don't think I like it as well as the all metal ones. There is a small round metal center, but it seems difficult to hit the needle in exactly that spot to push it through. Later in the evening I spent an hour or so surfing quilting blogs. I am not exactly sure what direction this blog will take, or if I will ever learn how to do all the things I need to do--like linking with other related blogs, etc. I guess, first I need some loyal readers--or at least a reader. If anyone does actually read this, could you please leave a comment so I know you were here. If you have any helpful tidbits for a new blogger, I would love to hear them.
I downloaded Hello to post pictures. As you can see, it worked. This blogging is very time consuming, isn't it? So many new things to learn. Today is going to be a heavy-duty cleaning/cooking day for me. Hopefully I will find some time to work on my log cabin quilt also. It is HUGE (103" x 103") and will take all winter to hand quilt.
This is my first post. As a novice blogger, I am truly in the dark and can only hope this works. I have titled my blog "Perennial Passion" intending this to be a garden blog. Since November in Michigan is not conducive to gardening, I have decided to blog about my daily passions or creative pursuits. Tablescapes (setting a dining table creatively) is something I really enjoy. I have just completed a fall tablescape complete with a sunflower & scarecrow Christmas tree. Scarecrows on a Christmas tree? I must admit I have never seen a tree with scarecrows. Sometimes I get the strangest ideas!
Well, seems I have some work to do on posting pictures. Try this link instead:
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.