One of the many reasons I don't do serious (other than visiting family) travel during the summer is the chance to stay at home. Warm weather, combined with few regular commitments and no long term travel means that I have more time to work on some more "fun" yet intensive projects. Along, of course, with my goal of self care and enjoying my yard and home.
A few of the things I have been enjoying the past few days:
|I figure the girly girls will like these, although I prefer the yellow colors.|
I am loving my re-purposing of fabric and yarn supplies so far. Some fabric pieces were turned into American Girl Doll quilts and pillow cases. A large fabric piece that I decided was way to bright for a dress will become a DIY low sew Kimono top to wear with solid bottoms and tanks. Pictures of finished Kimono to come.
|This fabric was just wayyy to bright for a dress, even for me!|
I'm having serious fun playing with my Echo Dot. I am easily amused but I love easy to use new technology. So far my Echo plays music from all my play lists, reads audible books and even kindle books, gives me a flash briefing on all kinds of news and topics, orders on amazon for me, and turns off my lights with just a word. As I said, I'm easily amused. Oh, and I have Alexa set up to play timed music for sleep, make sleep sounds and do a five minute meditation!!
The mainly non-cook is also enjoying doing some cooking, using my slow cooker and those cooler days. A gourmet cook as such I am not, but my family has been demanding deviled short ribs (my mother's recipe) for longer than I can count. So that and baking patriotic and summer shaped cookies here and there along with savory breads has kept me busy and been fun (in the summer especially we are not rice, potato or pasta folks. We rely on those gourmet deli salads available, or nice bread). For my next cookie? These artist palette cookies look like a blast. And yes, I do sell my cookies and baked goods.
I read the new Don Winslow book. In less than two days. That good. Rarely do I become entirely obnoxious about what people should and should not read, watch or much of anything else. Don Winslow is the best author you have never read. If you haven't read him, read him (but not Savages). Read about him. That's all that I can say. Of course I also read the book The Widow, by Fiona Barton which was ........different. The Force came out on Tuesday and already David Mamet is going to make it into a movie. Mr Winslow has some strong opinions on the drug war. I tend to agree with him but that's another story for another day.
Because of my added down time, I've gotten chapters and directions written for the "smelly stuff and pampering" part of my DIY gift book. Since my no spend month doesn't start till the weekend, I grabbed supplies for all the projects so my testers can begin. I just need to take pictures of me as I do the process. I am so very excited!!!!! Unfortunately, this will probably not be ready to release long before Christmas, but this is a DYI gift book, not a DYI Christmas book. Or so I tell myself.
|Oils and scents and sugars, oh my!|
And finally, I am loving sitting in my jungle like pergola area (see below) daily and watching the dogs chill while I suck down my sparkling water and swing back and forth doing absolutely nothing.
|Unfortunately, my jungle place of respite needs work, but it's still my go to place for morning coffee and more.|
This is supposed to be the year of the yard and the patio. Our patio needs help and this was the year (last year was the year of of the front yard and tree removal). There was a very large dead tree behind the pergola, and there was no way to remove it without damaging one side of the pergola. The vines need to be cut down (those are grapes), the pergola needs to be stabilized and then we may want to winterize the thing. .........AND we can't decide between just a large umbrella or a metal gazebo on the actual patio. Why is this so frustrating? Getting a contractor to call me, even to turn up and get an estimate is like, well, pulling teeth. I know there is a housing boom and I realize that I am not putting on an addition, but you would think someone would want my hard won money and/or have some free time. Anyone else having this issue???!!!???
And so it goes. What have you all been up to lately that is fun (or less than fun)?