So here's all the non-news for those of you who read past that scintillating intro. I got an early start on quilting the 8th cat yesterday.
With 8 out of 12 done, I can say I'm 2/3 of the way there. After quilting cat #9 today, I'll be able to say I'm 3/4 done, which makes me feel as if I'm speeding right along.
There was a little bit of housework to do yesterday, but I had plenty of time to work on the nine-patches for the Gingerbread Square quilt.
Now they're pressed open and I'm ready to add the other side. Here's where I left it yesterday.
It has been pouring rain for approximately a full week, and it poured rain all the way to and from picking up our CSA veggies yesterday. When I got home, the weather kind of cleared up, and we're seeing the sun and the mountains for the first time in a while this morning. During yesterday's afternoon rain break, I got outside to empty the compost pail, and I filled the bird feeders while I was at it. It had been a few days. This morning I noticed the blue jays were hard at it emptying the peanut feeder. (That's the red one, second from the right.) It was full of peanuts yesterday, but they've nearly emptied it out now.
Those peanuts in the shell aren't cheap, and so I only fill that feeder about every other day. They'd eat us out of house and home otherwise.
Also this morning, I noticed our Japanese maple tree has turned its fall colors now. It was completely green last week. By next week if will be bright orange.
It's one of the autumn superstars in our yard.
Tomorrow I'm getting my monthly pedicure, and then I'll do my grocery shopping for the week. I was kind of waiting to see what would be in our CSA share yesterday before planning the menu for dinner with the kids this week. Happily, there were two nice big heads of Romanesco broccoli. You've probably seen them in the produce section of your grocery store.
They're very much like cauliflower and so I'm going to roast mine and then shred some Parmesan cheese over it. We're also having some roasted sweet potatoes, a multi-grain pilaf, Cornish game hens with a port wine-cherry glaze on them, and a pear salad with the pears poached in a port wine sauce. Oh yes, and apple crisp, which is Erik's favorite. He had a birthday this month, and so I'm catering to his likes and dislikes. The Romanesco is new, but I've made all of these things before. A lot of it can be made ahead. And all of that to say that today will probably be one of the last hard-at-it sewing days for the week. Tomorrow I'll need to get groceries and start cooking, although Friday is looking promising on the sewing front.
So that's all the non-news I have for you today. Better get at those cats while I have the time. I'm still hoping to finish them before month's end.