Friday, January 10, 2020


in which our plucky heroine remains under the weather...

Yesterday I must have overdone it a bit because today was mostly sleeping, getting up enough to make some sustaining food bits (broth, a scrambled egg, some kasha), and do a tiny bit of chores... I brought in the wheelie bins during a break in the weather, the rain and wind have been quite howling today.  Stitched the top button back on my everyday chopshop cardigan that Karen made for me which for some reason unknown to me has buttons that keep falling off... (since the buttons themselves are smooth wood, and the button loops are wool, and they are stitched on with Extra Sturdy carpet and button thread one would think the buttons would be fixed for the ages)

Part of my overdoing yesterday was a bus trip over to Trader Joes, where I picked up a wee little basil plant for the new indoor tabletop planter...  this afternoon I rummaged through my bag of seed packets, hopeful for cilantro and arugula seeds for the other two pots. There were actually a number of cilantro packets, but zip on the arugula. Am considering putting corn salad in the third pot instead for now, until a trip to the garden center can be arranged...

Radio City Music Hall, 1980, Halloween night...
I was there... we danced in the aisles...


Now that I'm done with various holiday sewing projects, and I've finished my Athena blouse, I'm turning my sewing focus to the canvas chore coat, which is intended to be part of both SWAP and 6PAC. My first two steps will be: scouring the resource shelves for something that is suitable for a muslin, and taking some relevant measurements from my current rain jacket. I'm certain that this pattern will need some fitting modification.

January SMART goals (x=extra)
1 card for Bera better light in workroombag to Goodwill
2 Awesome Sauceimprove dotted necklinepaper recycling
3 horses blousebutton replaced -
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today's gratitude - bright memories of past delights, and continued hope however foolish of future delight to hold in memory someday


  1. That is a fabulous hi-tech growing system! Perfect for winter months in the PNW. Pretty soon you will have more basil and cilantro than you know what to do with.
    Have you checked at your library for seeds? I have a lot of complaints about this vast desert metropolis I live in, but I admit to being very pleased with our library system and its many services. At most of the branches there is one large shelf dedicated to packets of vegetable seeds that can be grown locally, and they are free to anyone with a library card. It's possible your local libraries have something like this.

    1. I am looking forward to getting started growing kitchen herbs indoors. While our local library has a number of different activities and resources, a seed library is something I've never seen there. What a wonderful thing for your library to offer

  2. Years ago, one company called their "chore coat" a "barn coat" and I fell in love with it. Kwik-Sew had the perfect pattern for it.

    1. I'm hoping that once I get the pattern sorted out (ugh, my least favorite part of sewing is working the bugs out of a new to me pattern), that this pattern will prove to be as reliable... I adore the Green Pepper rain hat pattern, and have made many of them both as rain hats and as regular hats