In other news, I am on a sewing jag at the moment. I made three pairs of pajama pants for M, a work shirt for A, hemmed about 8 new tablecloths, and am on the 7th blouse for myself. I started using the Sure-fit Design system and drafted a sloper for myself, then started using it to design different shirts and blouses. After I finished each one, I would find out the pattern needed this or that adjustment and so the shirt got better and better as I went along. Since my sister destashed her fabrics and brought them down for me to use, I have plenty of fabric to work with.
My MIL still comes to Sunday dinner every week, so I am trying out at least one new recipe every week. So far I have tried a good recipe for crockpot scalloped potatoes, a crockpot chocolate pudding cake, new salad dressings, and whatever strikes my fancy that day. I have been shopping for a new crockpot since my old (well, not all that old) one developed cracks all around the glaze on the inside of the crock, but I was having no luck at all. I bought three new ones one after the other, and, since you can't open the box and look it over in the store, I examined them at home. All of them had scratches or insufficient glaze with bare spots on the inner surface where food would touch them. I keep having to make a return trip to whatever store I got them from to return them for a refund. I finally gave up on modern ones and found a nice one in a thrift store with a good solid, heavy crock. I tested it out to see if it would hold the proper temperature, and it works great. Back in business!
We've had two good rainstorms lately, and things around here are looking greener.