My heart is sad today. Our oldest and her partner left Monday afternoon to spend the rest of their vacation with his family. I guess I was too busy yesterday to think about not seeing her again for another whole year.
I spent yesterday washing sheets and towels and straightening the house. I’d forgotten how much laundry and housework 5 (+1) can create in just a few days.
We’ve also spent the last couple of days using up all the leftovers in the fridge. Just to give you an idea of the food that was served over the weekend:
Thursday night we had Zweibelkuchen.
Friday night was perogies, cabbage rolls and Holubtsi (Ukrainian cabbage rolls.) Dave and I made both kinds of cabbage rolls earlier in the week and froze them. The perogies were made on a huge perogy making day last winter.
Saturday night, Dave cooked a big pork roast on the rotisserie on the bbq. I’d made potato salad Friday night to go with it and the kids “tested” it off and on all day Saturday to make sure it wasn’t poisoned… lol.
While the girls and I checked out fabric shops, Dave taught our oldest’s partner how to make cake donuts.
And by special request, I made a Mustache Cake like the one I made Dave for Father’s Day. (Photo tutorial coming soon.)
Sunday morning, I made two large Crustless Quiches.
Not only is my heart sad today but I’m exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, I loved having everyone home (even all the cooking and cleaning that goes with it) but as an introvert not having any alone time for that long drains my energy reserves and now I need to take time to recharge.
For today, I’ve decided I’m not going to do any of the things on my sewing/crafting to-do list until after I’ve done some just for the fun of it sewing.
I’ve decide to play around putting these free July Shop Hop Blocks together.
Once I have those all pieced, I’ll go back to working on my to-do list which includes finishing the Seeds of Friendship bolster cover.
Despite everyone’s confidence that I’d have it done in time for oldest daughter’s arrival, all of the sudden my machine started skipping stitches while I was fmqing the hearts and loops. By the time I figured out what was wrong, it was time to put my sewing machine, cutting table, etc away so that I could turn my sewing room/office into a second guest bedroom for our middle daughter to sleep in.
But the good news is that I learned something important for future projects. I discovered that while my Singer 15-91 will sew and straight-line quilt with Coats and Clark thread, it doesn’t not like for free motion quilting. For some reason, as I’m fmqing, the thread gets tighter and tighter in the upper tension disc. After I switched to Gutterman thread as the upper thread, I was able to finish the hearts and loops with no more skipped stitches.
I’m off now to go recharge my reserves!