~ It's cold. But, hey, it's winter time in northern Minnesota. Had a high of 9 degrees today . . . with sunshine. Hooray for the sunshine. Phoo-poo to the prediction of -17 tonight.
~ I sorted through all my boxes of yarn this past week I had stashed up in the loft/attic. Oh, my. Where did it all come from? Who knew I had so much? Some was packed in cardboard boxes (luckily we don't have a mouse problem), but I thought it was a good idea to purchase some plastic totes in which the yarn is now residing . . . in a safer environment. Plus, it's all sorted and organized so I know what I have. (Yeah, too much.)
~ This morning I summoned up the courage to get back to working on my winter wall hanging. I've had the hand quilting done for about a week, but was being a Nervous Nelly about starting the free-motion (on the machine) quilting part of it. I'm not the greatest at that. I can turn out a fairly good job, but not without ending up with stiff shoulders. So I downed half a bottle of wine and went for it. Not really, but that might have helped my stiff shoulders. Or not.
~ I finally cobbled together a great recipe for Rice Pudding made with leftover rice. (I can never seem to make enough rice for just one meal. Same way with mashed potatoes.) Now if I can just remember how I did it . . .
~ Daughter stopped in with the kiddlies she cares for a few days ago. It happened to be on the morning I had made the Rice Pudding for our breakfast. The 14 month old twins dug into the leftovers with great gusto. They are both using a spoon now to carry food into their wee mouths. Well, they use the spoon in one hand while every other mouthful gets shoved in with the alternate hand.
~ Our egg production has stayed good all winter. (Knock on wood.) We're getting enough eggs for all my cooking needs and even a dozen here and there to give away. I don't know what we'd do without our good eggs. The chickens have been staying warm and cozy in their little house with attached "solarium." They have it pretty good.
~ I made this dish of Apple Crunch this morning because I had some apples that were getting soft. And to warm up the kitchen. And to permeate the house with the enticing aroma. And to have to eat. It's now 5:30 p.m. and the above is all that is left. Daughter did stop by and helped us get "rid" of it. Guess it was tolerable enough that I might have to make another one tomorrow morning. Maybe some more Rice Pudding, too.