It’s the little things

Late this afternoon as I was grilling on the Big Green Egg, a small black and curly pony bounded up the 15 steps to my back deck.  Not a pony really, but a standard black poodle named Willie who is my dog’s best friend in the neighborhood.  Boomer was sitting just inside the glass door to the kitchen, so he could see Willie out on the deck with me.  Willie was quivering with excitement and kept waiting for us to let Boomer out.   The door opened and out shot a blur of cream and tan fur in hot pursuit of Willie.  Boomer chased Willie across both backyards and into the woods for a good 10 minutes, before finally herding Willie back home.  Normally, they play longer but I guess the smell of dinner cooking on the grill was more interesting than chasing Willie.

Boomer returned with a big smile on his face.  He got to run and play with his buddy for a few minutes.

It’s the little things that matter the most.

Small Business Saturday

The only Black Friday shopping I did was to head to Joann’s yesterday to take advantage of 60% off blades for my rotary cutter and to pick up a couple of quilting notions.  The bonus of getting there before noon was to  save an additional 25%.  I spied some fabric that would’ve been great for my needlecase swap with the AMQG, but I didn’t have 2 hours to stand in the cutting line.  Besides, my co-pilot was out in the car and eager to get to the dog park.  So, I essentially got my rotary cutter blades at 85% off the regular retail.  Works for me.

Today is Small Business Saturday.  I will be out supporting at least two of my local small businesses – an independent bookstore in Woodstock and an established quilt shop in the same general vicinity.  (The Elna likes Mettler Silk Finish Cotton Thread, so I’m going to get a couple of spools while I’m at it.)

Not sure if my sidekick is riding along today.  I could see if he’s allowed in the bookstore.  After all, he is a READing dog.

Thanksgiving prep in full swing

The bird is thawed…all 14 pounds of him.

The chocolate cake is made.

Confirmed with guests which dish they are bringing.

Checked recipe cards to make sure have all ingredients for green bean casserole and deviled eggs.

Do-ahead prep work is completed.

Sewing studio looks presentable.

House is reasonably clean (it makes no sense to do a major clean when a five year old and two dogs are going to be running loose most of the day tomorrow. Besides, the cleaning service comes on Monday.)

Part of my prep work today included making new protective covers for the arms on the man chair in the family room.  The old ones had holes in them.  Actually, the upper cushion of the chair is also looking rather threadbare these days, but I guess you would too if you were nine years old.  The furniture was originally purchased in 1994 and recovered in 2002.  We really need new furniture, but can’t find anything we both like…so we use what we have.

I’ve been sewing on the Elna Carina that Diane gifted me when she left.  There’s a long story behind this…but a new machine (Janome 6600P) may arrive in time for Christmas.  The Janome’s a flatbed and I’ve been trying to see if the Carina will work as my backup freearm machine.  Honestly, I think it could be the primary machine.  The speed controller and foot pedal combination on the Carina work well for me when I free motion quilt.  This 30 year old Elna is like the Featherweight.  Once it gets going, it sings and sews like a dream.  My only beef is that it seems to like only Mettler Silk Finish thread – not the Superior Threads or Aurifil already in the stash.

I am sew thankful this Thanksgiving.

Happy Turkey Day!

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