Yesterday I saw a new hairdresser who trimmed my hair. And before I go on, I should tell you that I absolutely hate my hair. I never minded having fine straight hair when I was a teenager during the 14th Century, and when it was in style. You know...when the Cowsills were at the top of the charts. (Please tell me you're old enough to remember the Cowsills.)
Now, I'm wishing for thicker locks that will hold some curl. And it doesn't help that I've been unhappy with my hairdresser literally for years. It's hard to make a change...and how do you find someone who knows a better way when you hold the world's record for the most difficult hair? In my world, every day is a bad hair day.
So anyway, I sat myself down in her chair, sucked in my breath, and told her what I wanted. And she actually listened to me! We were off to a good start. And she told me about three different ways of rolling up a perm (not on yesterday's menu), and what she thought would work best with my hair. And she ran her fingers through my hair, fluffing it, inspecting it, and telling me how she thought it should be cut. Given my experience with hairdressers over the course of a couple of decades, this was such a nice change. So she gave it a good trim...that I like...and she stripped the chemicals out of it. And it's softer and shinier already. She completely inspired confidence, and so next month, I'll let her give me a perm. Fingers crossed.
When I got home, I got an early start on dinner, and then I went to work on the latest Chicken Buffet block. This is my project for
These always start with sewing this large four-patch together.
This time, I'm making Chicken Caesar. (These patterns all come with recipes! Such a fun book.)
I traced out and fused all the appliques...
These have quite a bit of embroidery to add in details. I always trace the embroidery when I trace the applique, then flip it over to the fabric side and draw in the lines for stitching. When I'd cut out these pieces, it was time to stop for the day.
This morning, I finished up Block #12 for the Bee-utiful Quilt-A-Long. This one is "Bee Grateful". Those sunflower centers are made up of about a zillion French knots.
Block #13 was ready to go, and so I got started on that.
After all those French knots, I decided I wanted to start with the colorful flowers, and I stitched this much before quitting.
I'm hoping to get the Chicken Buffet block finished today, but there is much to do on the home front. The cucumbers are filling the refrigerator again, and so I'm going to get some more Calico Sweet Pickle Relish soaking in the brine. It needs to soak for 24 hours before cooking and canning. It makes a small batch, and so that won't take too long either today or tomorrow.
Also, the annuals need watering again. Our weather has warmed up significantly, and so I'm spending more time keeping things alive in the garden. Smitty likes our watering sessions because he gets to go outside. He's still a hunter at heart, and always will be. Yesterday he brought a little gift to the door. This is always very exciting for Sadie.
Mom! Smitty brought you a present! Come and see! You're gonna love it!
Oh gosh, thanks Buddy. (Gack, gag, choke.) And finally, there's always housework it seems. A couple of you asked about this housework business. I assign myself certain tasks as repeating events on my calendar. Then, I can move them around within a day or two if it falls on a day when I'm busy or something...and, frankly, even when I don't have anything to do, I'm usually too busy for housework. So, these tasks tend to get pushed out for a couple of days until I have a bunch stacked up. And today, I'm determined to get caught up.
So off I go...and I swear, I'll meet my Fitbit goal today, even if it kills me.