Welcome back from a long Labor Day Weekend. Our weekend was nice, though a bit busy in places. Colin & Mailing and Mailing's parents came over for a cookout on Sunday (it drizzled and we ended up having dinner inside...but it cleared enough for a fire in the pit a little later), so there was cooking and cleaning that took place. Friday night I made a big batch of cookies. Saturday morning I made some lemon sorbet. Dessert for Sunday was taken care of. Then I cleaned (scrubbing floors, etc.). Sunday I made a big pasta salad with a lot of veggies in it and some marinated eggplant. Bonnie brought a couple of side dishes. We grilled two pork loins and I did end up making a fig sauce (with onions and balsamic vinegar) to go on the pork. It was so good!
There was also a mini disaster on Friday! I was making the candied jalapenos and took my eyes off the pan and it started to boil over. Sugar, vinegar, etc. Oh yuck! When I lifted the pan off the burner it dripped onto the center of the burner and started flaming. I was able to stop the flames (thank God) but drips happended on the floor and the counter and my new sink. Everything hardened into a sticky mess. I was worried that my new stove would have a non-functioning burner, but all is ok. The mess was cleaned up (Fletch to the rescue) and no one can tell that it happened!
And here we are on Tiny Needle Tuesday. Just a small amount of stitching was accomplished inbetween kitchen stuff. First up is the Coverlet Birds mini piece:
Just some more blue in the center. Yesterday I ordered more of the blue thread as I know I don't have enough to finish this piece. I was surprised to find that this thread (Ginny Thompson Flower Thread) is still being manufactured.
And here is the Pomegranate Birds sampler:
I managed to complete the top right flower to (sort of) match the one on the left. Still a bit of work to be done on this one. I'm looking forward to getting to the birds in the lower section, but first will complete the top part. As a reminder, this is what the overall piece will (or should) look like when I finish:
Today should be a quiet day - here's hoping. Tomorrow is the day I have to be in the office ALL DAY LONG. I have not done that in over a year and a half and am NOT looking forward to it. I'll be lucky if I can keep my eyes open all day - LOL. Lisa, the Lame Duck's West coast replacement, will be visiting our corporate offices and I've lined up folks to meet with her all day and I'm on the agenda to meet with her at 4 p.m. I just hope that no one needs as much time as I've allowed and the day can end a bit earlier. I also received an email indicating that the office has reinstated it's mask policy. I feel better about that.
That's all I've got for today. I hope everyone had a good weekend.