I had such a nice weekend! My husband and I turned running errands into a date by having lunch together, just the two of us, plus we crossed lots of things off of our to-do list. My son came home from university overnight and worked at the church Harvest Festival with us…FUN! We had family time with pizza and soft drinks (a treat at our house). And the weather was unseasonably warm, which made all of our family plans and running around that much better! Yes, I do have lots to smile about today!
Do you like to make Christmas gifts? If you’ve been joining me here for very long then you probably know that I make homemade vanilla and different craft projects. This last week I tried something new and returned to an old skill. My new project was making memory jars to use as pendants or ornaments and then making a pair of beaded earrings. I haven’t done much jewelry-making before, but was very happy with the way these turned out. As soon as I can get the photos edited and how-tos written up I will share a tutorial here on the blog.
My mother did a lot of knitting when I was little and she managed to pass along a small portion of her skill to me. I seem to pursue it in fits and starts, doing a bunch of knitting for a while and then setting it aside, sometimes mid-project, for months or even years. I picked up my needles again over the weekend and enjoyed a relaxing bit of mindless, repetitive knitting. If I manage to finish the project, I’ll let you know! Meanwhile, it’s been very pleasant to feel the yarn and my favorite bamboo needles in my hands once again.
My son came home from university on Saturday evening to spend time with the family and enjoy the church Harvest Festival. It made my heart swell with pride to look across the crowd and see both of my children working at game booths, laughing and chatting with the children who came to play. I wasn’t sure if the adults were supposed to dress up or not for the festival, so I aimed for the middle of the road by quickly making myself a pumpkin shirt. The t-shirt was about $3 at the hobby store and I had a Sharpie marker in my desk. It took minutes. If you want to make one, don’t forget to line your shirt with a piece of cardboard while you’re drawing the face so your marker doesn’t bleed through. (Yes, I remembered!)
We indulged in some special snacking over the weekend. On Saturday evening, while my son was home, we tried some of the new soft drinks we purchased during our recent visit to the bulk food store. My daughter was delighted to get a cherry drink since most “red” flavors contain artificial dye that triggers a nasty allergic reaction for her. These were dye-free, made with cane sugar, and delicious. We certainly don’t want to make these a frequent habit, but we enjoyed our special treat very much! (You can find the soft drinks here but they were much more affordable at the bulk food store.)
Then on Sunday evening my husband, daughter, and I decided we were in the mood for Chocolate Mug Cake, so I set out three mugs and measured out three portions. Thank goodness I’ve learned to put the mug on a plate before I nuke them! Jay observed that mug cakes are about the ugliest dessert…but they sure taste good!
And now my fun weekend is over, but I have lots to do and look forward to this week.
What are you smiling about today?
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