My Week Off

I had a busy week off of childcare.  I told my own kids that they were free to get in touch with me, call, or drop by…but, I really wanted and needed some time to catch up around here. They were great and let me get quite a bit of stuff done.

I worked on organizing my embroidery floss.  You might remember a few months ago I found a started set of DMC embroidery floss.  I got more in the pages and figured out which ones I needed to get a complete set.

I cross-stitched later in the evening and even finished a piece.  I’ll tell you more about that in my next cross stitch update.

I met two different groups of volunteer quilters and gave them goodies from all of you.  I stopped goodies off to my friend who make the baby kits for Lutheran World Relief and gave her all of the baby gowns, diapers, and flannel sheets you all have sent her way.  She was thrilled.  She said her goal is to always make 100 baby kits so keep the goodies coming.  We aren’t there yet!!

I took a van full of things to the thrift store…and then shopped there too.

I stopped at Walmart and picked up this Pioneer Woman salad plate.  I didn’t have this design yet.  I also picked up…the mini scrapers.  Oh me word.  Why haven’t I had mini scrapers in my life before this?  I love them and boy are they handy.

I made myself some good food.  T-bone steak and garden veggies for the win!

I went to the play with Doreen…I already told you about that.  So fun!!

I walked Rosie more than normal even though it was REALLY hot.

I repotted my African Violets and sent out leaves to many.

I made floss boards.  I tell you more about them in an upcoming post about cross-stitch too.

I went to a Celebration of Life and saw cousins I haven’t seen in quite a while.  It was sad to have to go but I did enjoy some cousin time.

We celebrated this guy too.  It was Scotty’s 6th birthday!!  We had a party on Saturday.  I wish I could have stayed longer.

Sunday I had my first big tomato from the garden.  I’ve been eating cherry tomatoes but not big tomatoes.  YUM!!!  As far as I’m concerned, this time of year in the garden is “the most wonderful time of the year”.

Kayla and Jasper were here on Sunday.  Kalissa and Craig came later in the day.  I got some garden things done.  We picked beans.  We pulled the remaining lettuce.  We pick quite a few beets too.

Jasper seemed to not mind the garden.

Kayla played cards with Carver and he loves cards.

A blog reader stopped by one day and brought a big bunch of fabric and goodies for the kiddos.

Carver pulled out a Dick and Jane book from the box and read a lot of it to me.

He’s such a great reader.

I sorted canning jars and cleaned in the basement one of the mornings.

I did a lot of work trying to catch up on my email.  I didn’t accomplish the goal of getting it completely caught up but I did an admirable amount.

I got quite a bit of sewing done too.

Many people want vacations in the Caribbean.  They want vacations that include plane rides or big expenses.  Not me.  The days to catch up and hang and do the simple things I love are exactly the vacation for me.

11 thoughts on “My Week Off”

  1. Diana in Des Moines

    I watch my grands every day (2 and 5 months), so like you, I just want a nothing day off.
    I think I need to hit up your thrift shop!!
    I used to cross stitch, but quilting took over. Rethinking that a little bit. LOVE samplers!

  2. Oh how much you accomplished and the fun you had. Your steak and veggies look mighty good! The Pioneer Woman plate is so pretty. Maybe because I was reared on the farm, I, too, like staying home for vacations and just hanging maybe because we didn’t do vacations (farmers too busy in summer). I like going places, but very content to stay put. The best part of taking a vacation – getting home to my own bed.

  3. Judith Fairchild

    I like your version of vacation. Doing what needs doing in my own time and space. That Pioneer woman’s plate is pretty. I’m glad Jasper liked and was ok in the garden.

  4. Christina Coats

    Hi Jo
    Love staycation too, so satisfying to go to bed feeling it was a day for me. Have a sign , Me Time, makes me a Better Me. Maybe one for Kalissa T shirts? Oh mine arrived here in the UK. Told Kalissa I was delighted and can’t wait for more V necks. FLOSS boards? Oh please share soon as I’m gathering from all corners my cross stitching supplies to be in one place with all charts being catalogue so I don’t double order.

  5. I’ve never had a vacation so I don’t know if i’m missing anything. You got quite a bit done . I like mini scrapers also , perfect for just one person. Wish I could find something Dick and Jane books. The little ones sure have grown. Is your son enjoying his home ? Stay safe.

  6. When I was working staying at home was my favorite kind of vacation. I think that is why retirement is so wonderful. I just started cross stitching again and am excited to learn about your floss boards.

  7. My former mother-in-law died of Covid on December 22; and, of course, a proper funeral and a family gathering were impossible at the time. So, just this past weekend, I was gifted a cross-stitch sampler that she’d made, and I am over the moon to have it!!!! But, it needs cleaning (and then framing). May I ask how you clean your cross-stitch pieces? It’s been so long since I did hand stitching of any kind that I was stumped when trying to answer that question for myself. But, I’ve seen several of your pieces, and you were the first person of whom I thought when I decided I need help. Thank you for any advice you can give.

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