Sunday, March 22, 2020

interesting times . . .

Has anyone else struggled with what day it is?! LOL! I stayed home sick on Tuesday and the boss shut us down for the remainder of the week, so I worked from home. The days start to run together after a while!

It's been a busy and fairly productive week, though. I have enjoyed some super domestic time ... I made bread and have done a lot of cooking (which I don't typically do during the week). One of our favorite meals is . . .
Italian Loaf Rustica aka Double Crust Pizza! It's so very good, but very time consuming to make. We had this for several meals, actually!

I've gotten in several lovely long walks around the camp this week. Thursday was super warm and look what I found hanging out in the nursery sanctuary . . .
Two toddler turtles! We figure one's a two-year-old and the bigger one is three. They still look sleepy and have dirt on their tiny faces! It's gotten cold again, so they've gone back down under.

Todd and I also watched the sun go down from the back deck that evening.
It was just a lovely day through and through. I love sharing all my camp nature pics, but I hate making these posts so picture laden (not that you could ever tell). I share a lot on Instagram as @daneesey, too! :) There are a number of duplicates, but ah well.

I also got in some quilting/stitching time. First things first, though. My Nook was in desperate need of attention. I'd not taken the time to set things straight after retreat and it had already been in need of tending after I finished my class quilt. So I spent a couple of hours and took care of it. Happy National Quilting Day to me. ♥
It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was, once I scooped up trash, put fabric and rulers away, and swept! Then I got on to stitching.
I finished up this small quilt kit from Temecula Quilt Co. Then I hand quilted the heck out of it! In honor of the first day of (astronomical) Spring, I quilted a pink dogwood blossom in the center.
It's sort of hard to make out, but I know it's there! I also had gotten the week 10 block finished on my Peppermint Purple stitch along.
I guess block 11 and the binding for my Temecula piece will be my slow stitching for today! I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts for that.

One last thing I want to share before I head to the living room for church (!!!)...
I've seen this in several places and have posted it myself on social media, but I think it bears repeating. It's been comforting to me to re-read this and reset my focus!

Be blessed today!!

:)

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Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Your sewing nook looks perfect, what a great little haven to retreat to in these times. I was overwhelmed this week a bit and had to remind myself to step back and focus on some happy things and there are plenty in my life. I hope to get out in my backyard, as I too find nature always calms me down.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Do you h ave a recipe for your bread? I have 2 bags of bread flour, but I can't get any yeast at the moment (I've only tried 2 stores so far).

Barbara said...

I’ve been watching your productivity on Instagram. Those bread loaves look beautiful. Makes me want to make some in my own oven.

Jill said...

Your homemade food looks delish! Thanks for sharing photos of your orgazed sewing nook. I enjoy Temecula’s website. Would you believe, I missed National Quilting Day. I attended church this morn in my jammIes. Stay well!

Karrin Hurd said...

I've been sewing in my kitchen for the sun, but my sewing room still gets out of control. I was so happy I was able to get some TP and paper towels this week, and found out on Wednesdays at 8 am it lets seniors come and get first serve. So I am set for several months at least. I found yeast, and flour, and my chest freezer is full. Happy stitching!

Libby in TN said...

Ooh, I can smell that bread! But I've discovered that my weight goes up a few ounces/pounds when I have bread so I will just smell it.

Janet O. said...

Oh, Denise, your bread and Pizza make me long for the good old days of gluten in my kitchen. My husband would be thrilled if I could make that good old crusty wheat bread I used to make every week. That pizza looks delicious, too!
Cute little turtles. Took me a minute to see them in the photo.
LOVE the sunset from your deck with the happy lights. So soothing!
The Nook looks very inviting, and now I am thoroughly ashamed of the mess in my sewing room. :)
That is a sweet little Temecula quilt, and you stitch-along is looking impressive.
That is a wisdom filled graphic at the end of your post. Thanks for sharing it. (We had living room church today, too, for the second week in a row--and who knows how many more?)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Oh, look at those turtles! What a fun find! I enjoyed the pics from your sewing nook, too. Enjoy your stitching!

Kim said...

Not only do I have trouble remember what day it is, but sometimes my name escapes me. =) Love that view from your deck; how pretty it is. How wonderful that you have been whipping up a gastronomical storm. That Italian Loaf Rustica aka Double Crust Pizza looks mighty delicious. Such a lovely sewing nook and as for the quilting on your quilt, so very pretty.

Mary said...

I hear you! My days are starting to run together. If I didn't write it down in my Journal I would be so mixed up. Happy to see your pictures on IG and here on the Blog. I need to Blog again...

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Those turtles are adorable. I love a picture heavy post, so post on!! Oh, and pass along Cheryl to try Salt Rising Bread if she can't get yeast. It was one of my mother's favorites. Making the first batch is long, but once you get the starter going, it isn't too hard.

Kate said...

It's been helpful to have such nice weather this week. Getting out and walking has been a great way to help with the stress levels. Love your stitching space, hopefully you've made good progress on lots of stitchy things this week. Stay safe!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Love the pics Denise! Your sewing room looks awesome. I can't sit or stand or lay for very long due to back pain. Sorry I'm late to the post but I get to things as I can. Keep up the pics. Those little turtles are really cute. And your food looks wonderful.

Melissa Labella said...

The bread looks amazing. I thought about making some bread and pizza crust but when I shopped last week Publix was out of yeast. I guess it was a good idea....