Thursday, April 9, 2015

Just Rambling . . . Or Is It Complaining?

Forget about any outside work, being eager to start seedlings, or putting away the winter boots.  It's more like bake some Peanut Butter Cookies, grab a quilt and a book, and put another log on the fire.

Although our most recent (and unwelcome) snow has melted, now we're in the midst of a few days of "wintry mix."  So far today that has meant alternating rain and snow, heavy grayness and bone-chilling dampness.  'Tis enough to make a person crawl right back into winter hibernation.

I did sally forth this morning to do a few errands and in between stops, was very thankful for a truck with good windshield wipers and a lusty heater.  (Choosing the definition for "lusty" in this case as "full of healthy vigor" rather than "lecherous.")  I did, at one point, have a fifteen minute conversation with someone standing outside the truck while the snowflakes mounted up on the top of my head.  That little visit succeeded in chilling me right to the core, but I recovered once inside my vehicle by cranking up the heater to full blast, high heat.  Seems to me this time of year, I've used up all my winter body fat insulation (oh, if that were only true!) and am ready for sun to warm my bones.

I've been putting some time in on a small quilted wall hanging.  The hand quilting is nearly completed, then the binding and hanger for the back and it's done.  I'll post a better picture when it's hung in place.

Other handwork projects (doing as much as I can before spring really does arrive . . . it WILL, won't it?) include another pair of socks on the needles and some small knitted miniature "thingies" for next Christmas that I can't tell you about.  (Hee-hee.)

We need some comfort food for dinner tonight.  I think I'll bake a big dish of Macaroni and Cheese, served with green beans (ala Carolyn) made with bacon fat and bits of bacon.  I was planning on making some vanilla pudding for dessert, but the day has plumb gotten away from me and it's too late for that now.  Maybe it will magically appear as dessert tomorrow night.

Hubby recently asked me to order a movie from Netflix he wanted to see (an unusual occurrence for him . . . 99% of the time he'd rather read), and it has arrived so it will be Movie Night on the homestead tonight.  Good thing I didn't get that pudding made for dessert because someone in this house (and it isn't me) believes watching a movie ALWAYS includes a big bowl of popcorn. 


Sparkless said...

I don't think that's whining, but then what do I know I whine all the time. LOL! Lovely little quilted wall hanging you are making. I need to get my knitting out and work on it again.

Sandy Livesay said...

Mama Pea,

Darn.....that sun I sent took a detour obviously!!!

Baking cookies sounds like fun :-) I see you've started a new wall hanging quilt. Love the colors!!!

Today does sound like a comfort food day....YUM homemade mac and cheese with green beans and BACON>>>>>>>>>>>>>>& BACON FAT!!!! Just talking about this meal has put 5 pounds on me. There's something about comfort food that gets you out of a mood (because of the snow) and makes you smile. I see you smiling now :-)

Have a great evening, enjoy the movie, and popcorn.

Sue said...

I will not tell you about the 68 degrees and MUGGY weather we were in yesterday. Did you hear about the tornado that ripped through Hellinois? Well--I was in the area and I had forgotten how darn muggy and gawd awful it can be here in the spring. It was nice to see color (GREEN, YELLOW!!!!) but cripes, the humidity. No thanks on that!
I still cannot get over the green green grass though. And we even saw some forsythia in bloom. To color starved eyes, that was amazing. As is--your beautiful new quilt project!
I see on our forecast it's snow today back home. We are stalling on going back to that.
Stay warm , bake cookies, eat stew, and work on that gorgeous quilt.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Had to laugh at the popcorn comment. Popcorn and movies do go together, ha ha! Sounds like both of us have had bad outdoor weather lately. We had tornado warnings last night. You reminded me I have some Christmas items to get done before garden time arrives.

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Thank you! Okay, now get out that knitting and I wanna see pictures! Okay?

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - I haven't baked Peanut Butter cookies in ever so long . . . now I find out the only bad thing about them is that they taste so darn good, I can't stay away from them. And I'm not usually a cookie eater. Must be something in them I need, right?

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Good reminder for you about how awfully muggy and stifling the weather can be in good ol' Illinois . . . even in the spring time. Maybe the crisp, clean new snow you'll have at home will feel better now? Nah, I didn't think so. ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Hoping you're having better weather today. We have (almost) sunshine which is a lot better than what it has been. Even so, I'm having a hard time getting going today. I think it may be that huge batch of dishes I know I have to do before I do anything else. :o/

Susan said...

I feel your pain. And your cold. We've had raindrops falling on our heads (the icy, hard variety) and nary a sunbeam to behold. It's downright depressing. I love that little quilted hanging - and Papa Pea is so right! One MUST have popcorn with movies! Heavily buttered, of course.

DFW said...

If I could send you some of our 90 degree weather believe me I would. No spring time around here. Jumped from coolish/cold straight to summer! Love the wall hanging.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Thanks for commiserating. No precipitation since then, but not much warmth either!

Going to do a post on the latest finished quilted piece right now. And eat some popcorn. (That last statement is a lie . . . haven't even had breakfast yet!)

Mama Pea said...

DFW - Thank you for the kind words on the wall quilt!

I'm realizing that we up here near the tundra are not the only ones who have no spring! Thanks a lot, but you can keep your 90 degree weather . . . I'll suffer with frost for a while yet. ;o}

Lisa said...

Sounds like a fun night, no matter what you eat! Everything you mentioned, by the way, sounds pretty good to me! Love your little quilted wallhanging. Those must be pretty tiny-itty-bitty-little pieces?!

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - The finished squares are 1" x 1". Thanks for your kind words!