Winsome Wednesday (5)

Wow, it’s Wednesday again already! How did that happen?

After going to the dentist Monday to get a new crown (while I didn’t feel like royalty after I got it, it wasn’t too bad), I have been fortunate to be able to just be home. I like being home probably more than I should, but I always find plenty to keep me occupied. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

Wednesday bow ties
More wonky bow ties

Sewing: I made a few more of these fun, wonky bow tie blocks. They are kind of slow to make but awfully fun!




Finishing: I’m trying to get the binding and sleeve on “I Made a Bow Tie.” Will get photos up as soon as it’s done!

Wednesday scarf

Knitting: Dudester Scarf out of Berrocco Vintage in Azure (color 5146). The plan is for this to be done in time for Christmas. I am not crazy about knitting scarves because they are b.o.r.i.n.g. Now you know why I’m starting so early.


WednesdayReading: I finished Brooklyn (Colm Toibin) yesterday and really liked it. It’s a coming-of-age story of a young Irish woman in 1950s Brooklyn. My friend Jamie recommended it, and I really enjoyed the way the author handled suspense (it’s not a mystery, but waiting to see the way in which the protagonist is going to respond is really something).


At the end of Brooklyn, there was a teaser of another of the author’s books, Nora Webster. Since I like Brooklyn so much, I decided to give Nora a try. Will let you know what I think. Since I started it last night, I should finish it early next week.

Am also still reading the Tozer book, as well as Do More Better. Both of those will be ongoing for a while yet.


WednesdayWatching: Murder of a President on PBS, about the murder of President James Garfield.


Of course I’m still tuned in to Downton Abbey. I can’t help but wonder how all the loose ends are going to be tied up. There are too many characters for whom we still need resolution. I have some predictions but won’t share them…yet.

Listening to: On Pandora, Cool Jazz Radio. I return to this station often for a bit of nostalgia for a time when I was not yet born. Does that even make sense? What I mean is that many of the songs evoke a sense of glamour that I associate with a time before my own.

WednesdayOn Audible, Smart Change: Five Tools to a Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others, Art Markman, Ph.D.


Cooking: A big old chuck roast in the Crock-Pot with lots of onions and garlic. It’s super simple and gives us lots of leftovers (and I don’t have to fuss with it…meaning I can do other things). We buy meat locally after the county youth fair in the summer so we have a pretty good idea where it’s come from. All I can tell you is that it’s delicious.

Doing for fun: Teaching myself free motion quilting. I am not a complete newb, although you might think so if you saw my practice pieces right now. I’ve actually done several big things, to include a queen-size quilt. That was for The Boy when he was younger and I knew he wouldn’t care if my quilting was perfect or not. Honestly, it wasn’t bad. It was mostly just allover stippling, but I remember that once I got in the groove of it, I loved it. So, for now, I’m making small practice pieces every day and continuing to work at it. One of the great bonuses is, since I’m cutting roughly 1/2 yard pieces in half, I’m going to burn through a lot of the old ugly fabric that has aged into obsolescence on my shelves. Our cats (as well as some at the local shelter) will be getting several new beds, and the better-looking pieces might end up as placemats. It’s just fabric (yes, I did just say that) and I have to learn somehow. I predict there being lots of practice pieces. Slow and steady, right? We can hope.

Wednesday hello

Looking forward to: Firming up some exciting news that’s in the works. I have several irons in the fire and I am sure that not all of the ideas will see daylight, but some will. And you’ll be the first to know!

So that’s what’s happening here. What’s new in your world? Leave me a note!

Until next time,

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  • cindy parry

    Ah, Greenwood! Love that place! I’ve been to the tearoom a couple times though it’s been a while. Reminds me that I need to go back. I love the antiques there and, while I don’t need anything more, I have a hard time leaving without something (kinda like ‘not’ shopping for fabric!). You guys look like you had a great time! Nothing like a girls day out!

    • Lori East

      It is a fun town! And yes, we did have fun. Antiques shopping, for me at least, is very similar to fabric shopping…you go just to look, needing nothing, and then, bam! You see all sorts of stuff you’ve just got to have.

  • Nancy Bekofske

    I loved Nora Webster and Brooklyn. Tobin is a favorite new discovery.

    • Lori East

      I agree! I am having a little trouble keeping the characters straight in Nora Webster, probably because so many use the same names as those in Brooklyn. If I had not started it immediately, I might have kept them separate easier.

      Still, I like Tobin’s style very much and will be looking for more!