It is that time of year again. The garden is pretty bare with summer stuff pulled up and perennials cut back, but pansies and ornamental cabbage will fill some of the blank spaces. I've been planting them when the weather is warm, then forgetting about them because they haven't really made much of an impression so far. They are just beginning to look a bit more colorful, but the blank areas after the lushness of summer
We have had days with highs of 72 and days with highs in the 50's. Back and forth from days feeling like oncoming winter and days feeling like spring. The garden seems confused and so am I, sitting outside and wondering what next.
I've been enjoying salads from my lettuce and kale.
Colorful salads make me happy, and the various lettuces,
purple kale, broccoli florets, walnuts, sliced eggs, and sliced petite carrots
make a colorful and crunchy salad.
Dressing-- my favorite is grape seed oil and lemon juice.
Add crunchy slices of French or Italian bread, and I'm happy.
The weeping maple still has gorgeous leaves,
but the others have all gone with the wind.
I saw a primitive ladder on Pinterest and put in a request: "Dear Husband, would you make me one?" And he did. :) I improvised a wreath from greenery in the Christmas trunk and am quite happy with it.
I sort of know what I'm doing with the little mouse, but the clothing will take a long time.
Slow embroidery for a dress--
that may not be finished this month.
I may change my mind and dress the mouse
in something less time consuming, but the
embroidery is a relaxing process for me.
Erin has requested a mouse, and I made a new pattern and have been working on it. That's three new mouse patterns so far this year.
The power of a letter and a girl who makes her wishes known. :) Go Riley! Congrats to Steph Curry for reading Riley's letter and responding.
How Restaurants Got So Loud. Mary commented on this problem recently, and I agree that loud restaurants are a blight to dining out--at least if you have any hope of conversation. In recent years, the noise factor in restaurants has increased, and there aren't many places where diners can really visit during a meal. Do you find this as frustrating as I do?
I'm dragging out Christmas decorations a little at a time. Have you started decorating yet? Did you start the day after Thanksgiving (or before), wait until Dec. 1, or keep putting it off?
How many of you need one of these?