This isn't about mice or men. And no, I'm not having any problems with either one because I don't have any of either one around to cause me problems.
This is about that "best laid plan" thing -- what I was planning to do, what I wanted to do, and what I actually did.
I know, I'm preaching to the choir here because we've all been there. The good news is that it has been a very nice week even though it whizzed by at light speed. I have been out a little and had a bit of fun, which always seems to get me in a little bit of trouble, monetarily speaking.
Have you seen the new issue of Where Women Create?
The woman on the cover is Kristin Alber of Found in Mesa, Arizona. I used to shop regularly at Domestic Bliss, the first of Kristin's shops. When it first opened, it was a bit like Found but with more gifts. Then it changed into more of a gift shop and I didn't get over quite as much. Kristin moved on to open a a couple of design businesses, and Found is part of that. While Domestic Bliss is open daily, Found is only open by Appointment or once a month for an event. Starting this past Friday, they will be open Friday and Saturday through the holidays. If you are in the area, its worth the trip.
That gorgeous chest of 30 drawers in both pictures... I really wanted it but I couldn't fit it into the trunk of my car. And I didn't have a clue where I would put it. Oh... and there was the price issue. But they were having a special and I could have gotten 20% off. Of $1895.00.
On a side note, have you ever noticed that a woman who would emphatically state that she was terrible at math can figure out the discounted price of something in her head?
Lest you think it was all fun and shopping, I also got a little bit of sewing done. Okay, there was a little more shopping because I bought two quilt magazines.
What caught my attention in this issue was the article about the Infinite Variety -- Red & White -- Quilt Exhibit from this past March in New York City. Three of the quilts in the exhibit are included in the magazine as patterns.
I also had to get the latest issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks -- this one is Volume 4.
There are at least a dozen blocks I love, including Monique's -- Open Gate Quilts -- applique block. It's terrific. But the only one I've made so far is Jo Morton's block, Times Nine. Or Nine Times. It's one of those.
Yesterday afternoon, I made this. It's 1 1/3 blocks... you know how I feel about changing things.
This came on the heels of making two other little Jo quilts this past week. This is from Jo's Little Women's Club No. 10 -- Courthouse Steps.
Can you believe I made this in an afternoon? Or that I quilted it that night? And stitched on the binding before I went to bed?
Neither can I. But I did. The only thing that really slowed me down was trying to remember how to do a single-fold binding as it had been a few years -- okay, decades -- since I'd done that. And how wide was I supposed to cut those strips? After playing around with some leftover pieces on the cutting table, I decided to cut the strips at 1 1/8" wide and that worked perfectly.
After making that and getting really inspired, I decided to make another one -- but different.
And I do apologize for the funky pictures. I also took those late at night. With my phone. I know that millions of people can take world-class pictures with their iPhones but I'm different... I can't don't do what other people do.
The last thing I'll bother you with today is this -- have you ever made "Overnight Oatmeal"? I love it, mostly because it means I can have my favorite steel-cut Irish oats every morning without having to do instant or wait for an hour. I can store it in the refrigerator and heat it up on the stove or microwave, and I can add whatever extras I like on a day-to-day basis. If you've not heard of it, here's how simple it is:
At 9:00 or 10:00 pm, bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. When the water comes to a full rolling boil, add 1 cup of oatmeal -- rolled oats or steel-cut oats. Not quick-cooking oats. Bring back to a boil and stir for 1 minute. Seriously -- stir it and keep it boiling. You will have to watch it and maybe even reduce the heat a little bit as it will want to foam up and boil over. But keep stirring and boiling for 1 minute. Turn off heat. Put lid on saucepan. Remove saucepan from stove and place on hotpad or trivet -- a pretty one.
By 6:00 or 7:00 the next morning, you've got oatmeal that is ready to heat and -- this is the best part -- ready to eat. It's fully "cooked". I store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator and each morning, I spoon out what I want into a bowl and zap it in the microwave. I then add whatever strikes my fancy that day -- dried fruit, nuts, a little bit of pumpkin puree (it's terrific, by the way), bananas, fresh fruit, etc. And a very light sprinkling of Turbinado sugar -- it's the law.
The recipe/instructions are easily found online, the only change I made was to reduce the amounts of water and oatmeal. The original recipe called for 6 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal and that was a lot, more than I was using in a couple of days. The 4:1 water to oatmeal ratio I use makes enough for three to five portions.
Which reminds me... I need to put oatmeal on the shopping list.
Ugh. The grocery store. Tomorrow. Right before Thanksgiving.
I'm guessing the "fun" part of being out is over for a few days.