Bedside table, Ordinary Time edition. The curtain was drawn because Rosebud was napping. There usually is a matching teacup on the saucer, but I used it this morning for my coffee. 🙂
As you may or may not be able to see, I am working through the gusset of Haus Meister’s last slipper sock. The end is in sight! After this, I am cancelling my Facebook proclaimed first 2017 Knitting Project of a sweater jacket. The weather is absurdly warm here, and not at all conducive to wool jacket knitting. 😦 I may go on to another pair of socks. I may knit up a bunch of hats and mittens because the recent snow scare over Epiphany (it was less than 1″) proved to me that we are woefully underprepared for actual winter weather here. Too many mild winters. Also, I guess I’m just still in stash-bust-short-project mode, and friends, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Reading-wise, no huge novels this week. I haven’t even gone back through Wuthering Heights lately! I have been reading a lot of other things, though. Dino received a copy of The Green Ember for his 10th birthday last week. I read it all to myself in about three hours and then began reading the first four chapters out loud to the oldest kids. It’s a good book! Everyone is listening to me read aloud from Little House in the Big Woods during our lunch hour every day. In the van, on drives this month, we’re enjoying Paddington Helps Out on Audible. For my own enjoyment, I’ve been reading old Jan/Feb issues of Victoria and my current issues both of Victoria and The English Home. January is always a good month to go back and rehash my goals for the home, especially as we put Christmas away, albeit very piecemeal. So out again comes Sally & Sarah Clarkson’s The Life Giving Home.
Another huge book and home related goal was met this week. I indulged myself in a personal birthday present of an ebook of a year’s worth of meal plans and menus based on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I’ve been following that plan more or less since last July, although I haven’t made Haus Meister and the kids live without sugar. However, 95% of our family dinners are made with THM compliant recipes, and none of us have suffered. As Haus Meister said, “a diet that allows bacon is one I can live with!” I found as the months progressed toward the end of 2016 that while I used the THM cookbook so much that it fell to pieces and I had to order a second, I also had an inordinant amount of printed-off recipes and way too many saved on my phone. At last I completed a goal I have wanted to accomplish for years. I printed out that ebook and used it to organize my recipe binder.
The only loose paper there is the pudding bowl full of Christmas cards, as we continue a tradition of Haus Meister’s family by picking a card from the bowl and praying for the sender every evening at dinner. The “Recipe Traditions” binder does have some old family recipes in it and favorite old cards from recipe books past. But no loose papers, no random prints. Everything goes in it straight away, and while I still check recipes on my phone, if it is voted a keeper, I will take the time to write it out, or if I have to print it, it will go straight to the binder. After about eleven years of recipe paper clutter, it is nice to declare independence!