It was one of those rare Saturdays where I got to stay home and take care of home stuff. As usual, things have been busy, so it was really nice to be home and clean the house today. It was way overdue.
I started in the garden this morning. The raised bed really needed attention. I planted some new seeds last weekend and now I have little tiny green shoots coming up. It makes my heart happy. On the other hand I also had to harvest some of my radishes. Some of the radishes were as big as my fist. Yikes! I like radishes but I am not sure I have recipes that call for that much radish.
I have been trying to stitch each night, even if it is only one 18 in length of floss per evening. I am working on the apples block of Teresa Wentzler's Fruit Bell Pull. While the apples block is quite challenging with all of the color changes, it is not nearly as difficult as the grapes block. I am liking the project again, now, which is good. I was not having so much fun on the grapes.
Last week I was putting together an Amazon order, which was probably Liesl's dog cookies if I remember correctly. She loves both the chewy and crunchy Fruitables, and they are hard to find! Anyway, for some reason, I just decided to look up the Proper Stitch in their used books. I remember when it came out, it was quite expensive and was not within my budget. I was excited to see that it was only $10 in very good condition and free shipping, so I ordered it. I was really interested to see what would be in it.
It is a pretty neat book with internal spiral binding so the pages lie flat. It has pictorial instruction of pretty much every decorative stitch every created. I am really glad I purchased it.
I am looking forward to a very quiet evening here. Last weekend was three nights of misery where I spent pretty much the entire night holding a trembling, terrified Liesl. There were illegal fireworks going off all day and night. These were the kind that shook the whole house. My neighbors were really afraid of fires starting. The worst part was that the fireworks were relentless. On the weekend, they went until 3 am. On Monday night they went until 2-2:30 am. I was exhausted for work on Tuesday. It took Liesl until about Thursday to get back to her usual happy self.
So this weekend I am grateful that all has been relatively quiet. We still have a firecracker go off every once in a while but it is nothing like last week and easier to calm Miss Liesl down. It is peaceful and I think I will try to put a few more stitches into the apple block...