We're into intense relaxation mode here at the Traveling Three Cats Ranch. Sadie is giving the "relaxation" part of our mode a serious trial. She's figured out where the sun shines in the morning. When it shines on a quilt...even better.
It was something of a red letter day yesterday. For the first time since breaking my shoulder (6-1/2 weeks ago), I managed to make some Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes. This has been our traditional Sunday morning breakfast for several years, but it all came to a crashing halt with my bike accident..."crashing" being the operative word. Mike has been filling the gap with waffles in the meantime, but it just wasn't the same. So...happy days. It's the little things in life, doncha know. I linked to the recipe back there. I make it just like it says, but I add about 3/4 cup of frozen (or fresh) blueberries to mine.
With breakfast finished, I did some slow stitching. Smitty lent his helping tail to the effort.
My project for the day was to trace out the stitchery for Meg Hawkey's stitch-along, set to begin on February 1st for International Embroidery Month. When I mentioned this yesterday, I wasn't yet sure how I was going to do it. I ended up eyeballing her photograph for placement, and tracing all the motifs onto whole cloth.
My "whole cloth" happens to be a light batik (the picture above shows it more saturated in color than it actually is). I was using a Pigma Micron pen, which is always my pen of choice. For some reason, the ink wanted to spread out wherever pen touched fabric on this batik. I won't do that again. Also, my broken thumb makes it hard for me to hold a pen, and so this isn't the best tracing I've ever done. I'm not a perfectionist by any means. Someone told me once that a perfectionist is someone who is always looking for the flaw. So, while the little bobbles might bother some, I prefer to let them remind me of whatever was going on in my life at the time. Most of the little spots can probably be covered with stitching, but any that can't will remind me that I was dealing with broken bones when I stitched it.
So...that took forever. In the afternoon, our shadow selves decided to take Mike's drone out for a little fly about.
Even the drone has a shadow self, although it tried to hide itself with the rocks you see below.
While the drone was buzzing around, I took note of the surroundings. Right away, I noticed this hummingbird, vigilantly guarding his feeder.
Apparently, we had a power outage last night because our electric heaters were off this morning, and the furnace ran a good bit last night. We'll probably need to refill our propane tanks eventually, but I don't know if that will be today. We still need to make a trip to the grocery store, but that can wait at least another day. Not sure what's on the agenda today. Photography probably, but the rest of our time is up for grabs. Also, I noticed there's a quilt shop in town. It can be visited by appointment only (24 hours notice) to keep the store COVID safe, presumably. I'd like to do a drive-by before commiting to an appointment. We'll see.