A couple of years ago, I started making spreadsheets to keep track of handmade gifts, holiday events, and pre-holiday chores that needed to be done. Yes, I'm sure that sounds extremely boring for most folks, but it has actually helped me see the progress I'm making -- which helps when you're four days out from Christmas, … Continue reading Making a List, Checking it Twice
Two weeks ago, Robert and I flew up to Maine for an end-of-summer vacation. We hadn't been up there for four years, and decided it was past time for another visit. Robert's sister lives in a small town near the coast, and kindly let us stay in her guest room for a week. I've always … Continue reading Taking a Break
...two things I don't typically wear. I mean, I wear green, but not seafoam green. I don't know many people who do, outside of Miami Vice re-runs and kitschy Florida restaurants. But that is where I find myself with today's make. This was my first item for Tribute Month, and my second installment of the Cashemerette … Continue reading Seafoam and flamingos
Wait, wait, wait... Wrong fandom. I'm not heading off to the Hunger Games. That's the theme of the August challenge from the Sewcialists blog. (Tribute, not Hunger Games) The Sewcialists are a gathering of sewists** who talk about sewing on social media. It's as simple as that. **I know that word sounds wonky and made … Continue reading I Volunteer as Tribute!
As is very clear on this blog (and probably within about 15 minutes of meeting me...less, if Alvin has bid me farewell that morning by rubbing against my pant leg), I live with cats. Two of them. Alvin is featured quite heavily here, and on Facebook, largely due to the fact that he does so … Continue reading The Love of a Good Cat
My friend David recently bought a house (yay!) in a lovely community out near Occoquan. The community puts on a July 4th fireworks display over one of the lakes and he is allowed two guests, which Robert and I readily agreed to being! We planned to make a full day of it: a cookout at … Continue reading A Balancing (Plaid) Act
The heat has been ridiculous this summer. Which seems unfair, because the weather was remarkably cool and mild for far longer than it usually is. Case in point: Temps in May were often in the 50s and 60s, and we even had a string of 60° (F) days in June when we're usually solidly in "sweaty, … Continue reading It’s too hot to think of witty titles