Saturday, November 29, 2014

Whew … Slow Sunday Stitching

Finally!  Life is back to normal.  Don’t get me wrong … I had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I had a wonderful visit with my sisters.  But I’m way beyond ready to get back to my normal routine.  Winking smile  I always enjoy company, but I'm always glad, too, when I can get back to my routine.  What can I say?  I'm definitely a creature of habit.  ha!

We had a nice snowfall Wednesday … although it would have been nicer had I been able to stay inside and watch the snow fall while stitching some hexies together.  Winking smile  But the snow didn’t really interfere with our trip to the airport to pick up my sister L. 

Preparing our Thanksgiving meal was a comedy of errors.  I don’t know how, but when DD and I were doing our pre-Thanksgiving preparations on Tuesday, I must have input the wrong size turkey on that online turkey calculator … I determined that our bird needed to cook for 6-1/2 to 7 hours … neither one of us thought anything of it as it was a larger bird than usual.  I don’t know why (other than perhaps it seemed like the turkey was browning up a little more quickly than I was expecting for 7 hours in the oven), but I reran the calculator Thanksgiving morning … and sure enough, it was only supposed to take 4-1/2 to 5 hours.  Surprised smile  Not only was the turkey going to be done hours sooner than anticipated (we had family coming as far as 3 hours away – my sister K and her crew), but we could have easily slept another hour or two!!!!  We had prepared our casseroles right after we put the turkey in the oven … but forgot to take them out of the refrigerator as soon as the turkey was done so that they’d be room temperature when they went into the oven … so the sides that should have only baked for 30 minutes had to bake for 60 minutes!  But even with all of that drama, everything turned out perfectly … and our guests all were able to have a nice long visit before we sat down to eat.

We spent Friday at my dad’s, hooking up his new TV.  We moved his “old” TV to his bedroom  and set up the new TV in his living room.  Everything is fine with his new TV, but we had some issues with the old TV.  It’s not connected to a satellite receiver but will draw in satellite programming when tuned to channel 73.  Unfortunately, when the TV is turned back on, it defaults to channel 1.  We gave my dad some easy instructions on how to tune to channel 73 using TV mode and then switch the remote to operate on satellite mode, but he reported this morning that he was unable to get it to work … I’m sure it’s a user issue, as my dad (at 91 y.o.) isn’t the most technologically adept person.  Winking smile

My sister L left Friday afternoon and my sister K and her crew (her S.O. and her grandson) left earlier this afternoon.  The house certainly seems quiet, but as I said, it sure feels good to get back to our normal routine … and first on my list is to get in some time with needle and thread. 

Speaking of time with needle and thread, that’s on today’s agenda … and tomorrow’s too (that and perhaps putting up our Christmas tree and décor … IF I’m recovered enough by then … it’s been a week since I had any time to just sit down and take it easy – ha!).  As such, I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching tomorrow. 

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!


  1. Love your blog header and all your fun activities of late too! I am glad you had lots of fun... I am also slow stitching my binding for the weekend of leisure... enjoy yours too! Kathi

  2. yes the blog header is wonderful! glad all turned out well with the turkey and meal - big meals sure can be fun (or not) yes now back to routine! and for a quilter most of the time that is just fine with us isn't it

  3. Love the new header! Sometimes you just have to open the bottle of wine and go with the flow! Sounds like all turned out well in the end. It would not be Thanksgiving without some story to tell.... I miscalculated too - ready at 12:30 instead of 2! Oops!

  4. Oh gosh, we had the opposite problem our turkey was raw.
    Everything was on the table to eat and when Ron cut the turkey not cooked.
    It is so nice you had your sisters there with your Dad.
    I bet you are ready to do some normal.
    I know I must be tired out as I keep taking these long naps. I never do that.
    It sound fun and I hope you get that T.V. working,

  5. I've got a mom who has operator error all the time with her tv. I can't tell you the number of times she tells me that her new tv is broken and it is only her pushing the wrong button.

  6. Well I am glad that the dinner turned out okay in the end ! :) Sounds like a great time was had by all :)

  7. Great new header! Glad your Thanksgiving turned out ok. We had a great feast according to a 7-yr old grandson! We have done some research since Thursday. I think we'll cook our turkey the day before next year and cut it up. Then on Thanksgiving we'll put the meat in a 9X13 pan with chicken (or turkey) broth and heat it. That will give plenty of room for all of the other dishes in the oven and we won't have to worry about when the bird is done. Of course we'll try this method sometime during the next year to check it out! ~Jeanne

  8. No better way to decompress than with some hand sewing! My dad is 85 and we make frequent visits to his house to "fix" the tv and the computer! Operator error is the root cause of most of his issues! I always cook my turkey a day ahead..less mess on the day of the big dinner and lots of room in the oven for other things to cook. Happy stitching to you!

  9. Oooh it must have been in the air T-Day--our turkey took FOREVER to finish up cooking--but in the end we all sat down and enjoyed a good laugh together. I am slow stitching on my hexies AGAIN or STILL today..savoring the quiet that family, but just not used to all the chaos...hugs, Julierose

  10. So glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. I totally understand the TV issue. I often have to go to my mom's house (she's 87) to recalibrate her bedroom TV. She has a sound bar there and so has two remotes. She invariably messes one of them up. Just thankful she is still around to need me.

  11. Oh, WOW, noticed your new headed right off. Nice looking!

    I know what you mean about routine. I can only be off mine for so long and I get plum grouchy. :o)) We didn't have any over night guests for Thanksgiving but will have more than our share for Christmas so I'm trying to "gear up" for it.

    Happy first week of Dec.!

  12. Boy...I can relate to the feeling!!! We have one more big dinner next Saturday and then no more big entertaining until Christmas. I need to shop, wrap and get ready. ;-)

  13. I was coming thru your area heading to Springfield, Il on Wednesday. Nice to see the snow but was so happy to get home yesterday afternoon. I hope to get some slow stitching in today as I get caught up with laundry. Happy Stitching!


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