We went to see LD yesterday and took her out to lunch. Just those few hours spent with her is so refreshing. Her positive outlook and joy are like cool water. And, she is so mobile. From where she was in January until now is a world away. She didn’t need her cane and she took the stairs down…but the elevator up.
In January, I took soup and cornbread for us to have for lunch. I took what Sydney and Rob like, which is a sweet and light, cake-y cornbread. What I grew up on was buttermilk cornbread. Heavy and hearty. Anyway, LD let me know in no uncertain terms that, while she was grateful, cornbread does not have sugar as an ingredient. So, I pulled out Aunt Lucille’s recipe and I’ve been practicing. I’ve made a half dozen pans of cornbread, getting ready to share the love. And, I took her some turnip greens and a jar of chili sauce, homemade, sweet and vinegary and tomato based.
She called last night to say how much she enjoyed her supper. She’d eaten half that loaf of cornbread, first with butter and then with preserves. Way to go Aunt Lucille!
I think I’ve established that I will try anything. Somebody suggested I learn to tat. So, on one of our antique jaunts recently, I bought a shuttle and I’ve had to pick up a couple of balls of thread to find just the right thing, but I struggled and I worked and I’d end up with huge balled up knots of thread and just cut them off and throw them away. A lot of thread has gone in the trash. And, as I got better, all the websites I was viewing suggested I pick a pattern and try it.
I picked this little tree.
About the size of my hand. It didn’t look too hard.
My third start got finished.
If I pull and tug just right, it can be made to resemble a tree.
But, I learned a lot and started a bookmark. It’s coming along nicely. And, I keep asking myself why I am working on it, with so much else to do. I don’t even enjoy tatting. And, yet I keep pulling it out to work on. I think it’s the challenge thing. Once in a while, I need a new challenge and this is just the trick to keep my attention.
While we were out, I bought this flowerpot. I was really giddy from the LD experience. I would not normally have paid this much for something I was going to put in the yard.
Today, I need to find something that will trail out of it. Something white. And, I have the perfect spot in my flowerbed for something bright red.
Everybody have a great Sunday! I’m off to the sunroom to do some fingerwork and watch the sun come up while listening to an audiobook. Multi-tasking at its best.