Saturday, July 25, 2015

Perfect weekend in progress

Just before I left work yesterday, I said on Facebook (I know, but it was the last thing I did before I shut down the computer) that the weekend plans were "sew, read, nap and grill - not necessarily in that order". By the time dinner arrived yesterday, I had accomplished three of the four.

It's just too hot to fuss with the grill.

Today was a repeat of yesterday, with a trip to Starbucks thrown in. And sleeping a bit later than usual. And a cobbled-together-from-leftovers dinner that was extraordinarily good.

The "reading" is the newest book by Kathy Reichs, the forensic anthropologist/author upon whose books the series Bones is loosely based. Temperance Brennan is considerably different in the books, personality-wise: less socially inept, more of a risk-taker, a recovering alcoholic. Originally, I had planned to wait until today to start the book...yeah, I started Thursday night. I will easily finish it tomorrow. So nice to take uninterrupted time to read.

The "sew" portion of the weekend's entertainment is on a small (20 inch square, finished) quilt for a challenge in which I'm participating. We are given a specific block each month to use as an inspirational jumping off place. In addition, we all bought a packet of seven hand dyed fat quarters, one each in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Our quilts must use one of those fabrics (our choice which color to use when) and "read" as mostly that color.

July's block is a traditional log cabin block. I'm using the indigo, a fairly deep blue, as my primary focus. It's been interesting just taking off and sewing on this one. I'm usually much more of a planner, but once I figured out my concept, the best way to do the thing was just to do it. I will say that this particular work has me playing around with different types of thread (the new machine handles metallic threads beautifully) and many of the hundreds of decorative stitches loaded in the machine. Oh - and there may even be a bit of embroidery before I'm done. Pictures will be posted on July 31st or August 1st (pictures need to be put on the challenge website by 10 p.m. the 31st; I may not get a post up here until the 1st).

Two naps taken so far, one "official" (take out the contacts, get in bed, set the alarm for no more than an hour and a half) and one "unofficial" (sit down in the recliner, close my eyes "for a moment" and wake up anywhere from fifteen minutes to two hours later). Both were thoroughly enjoyed.

Off to bed soon. There are things that I need to do tomorrow, but I'd still like to repeat today as much as possible - sew, nap, read.

Can't think of a better way to pass the weekend.

1 comment:

melissa said...

I don't know about you, but I have to sometimes apply myself to find joy. Looks like you're succeeding this weekend. :)