I am trying to get back into the swing of things after the sad events of this year so far, and I have been enjoying the visits of my sisters, who were taking turns visiting the old homestead every other week. I am also revisiting the exercise and diet routine, since it helps you pep up. I am also trying new recipes with mixed results. I tried making a chicken risotto, and though it turned out well, it wasn't to my taste. Slimy is just not appetizing.
Melissa, Sr., my Melissa, and I attended Stitches this year. I bought a few patterns, but came home with most of my spending money intact. I have plans for the rest of it, though. I finally tried out the embroidery machine that Eileen gave to me, and it was really fun and easy. Since it is an older machine, I need to buy a device to translate the embroidery patterns you can buy onto a card that will fit the machine, so that is what I will use the money for. The money mounted up over the months when I was taking care of my relative, and so, I am going to use it for something I would really like. So far I have bought a few embroidery cards, and found two more at the thrift store in Sebastopol. I paid only $3 each for those, and they work perfectly. Quite a savings from the $130 they want for the same at the sewing machine store.
Having a garden is a lot of work, but last night's dinner proved that it is worth it. We had freshly-baked rye bread/corned beef sandwiches with homemade cream of tomato soup using tomato sauce I froze from our own tomatoes, and a bowl of the most delicious peaches from the tree out front that I froze in syrup last summer.