We have been busy this week doing a lot of shopping. Stocking up for our winter stay at the preserve. Of course, we can drive back to Tucson anytime, but we prefer not to do that very often.
I did a shopping trip to Joann's during the Columbus Day. So many items on sale for 50% off really made it hard for me to stay on course with my shopping list. My main item was to buy a new OttLite bulb that usually goes for $34.99. Pricey, but I have had this one bulb for over 6 years. Not to mention, it has saved my eyesight. Lucky for me, Joann's had it for half price! Yea! I also stocked up on batting and a few other quilt-y items....okay and some fabric.
I also stopped by Trader Joe's and stocked up on a few staples like my favorite peanut butter, almond milk, and a variety of nuts. We have also made trips to Walmart (of course), Target, and grocery shopping. I am enjoying the warmer weather so much that I made some Quinoa Tabouli with fresh parsley for a quick snack. Delicious!
1/2 cup Quinoa
1 1/2 cup parsley
3 medium tomatoes
1/3 chopped green onions
2 tsp. dry mint
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 - 1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
On The Cutting Board
During the last couple of weeks of travel, I have been keeping myself entertained with embroidering a new project from "All Creatures Great and Small" by Natalie Bird. Aren't they adorable? They are so tiny (4.5x7in) that I can finish one block within two days. Once I have finished all of the blocks, I will add them to a quilt.
|Owl and the Pussycat|
The Devil's Puzzle: A Someday Quilts Mystery by Clare O'Donohue
I finished the last of the Someday Quilts Mystery series. I hope Clare plans to write more. I really enjoyed the quilt talking as well as the murder mystery. This time Nell has been volunteered to organize a quilt show during Archer Rest's anniversary celebration. I thought this can get quite interesting since I have never seen behind the scenes of preparing for a quilt show. Even though it was fun to read, there wasn't a lot of detail on the setup. I did like the visions of quilts hanging from the store fronts. Sounds familiar, doesn't it Sisters?
Of course, having a body dug up in her grandmother, Eleanor's backyard was a big distraction. I actually found this mystery a little slow compared to the previous books. I think part of it was that Nell wasn't fighting with the Chief of Police and she did not seem very interested in solving the case.
I did finish it and I did enjoy the story. Most of all, I loved a couple of things Claire wrote about quilters and quilting. Here are my two favorite quotes: "It is our meditation, our therapy, and our connection to the soul." "We are all joined by a love of needle and thread, by the usefulness and the beauty of a quilt, and by the friendships that form because of it."