Well, the third week of summer is officially in the books and it was a fun one!!!
On Monday we had a special family come for dinner. They are parents to sweet Bo and 9 month old twins, Patrick and Ellis……
At one point I asked the parents if it was EVER quiet in their house!!!
Tuesday was my birthday and we made our traditional trip to Atlanta to have dinner with all of our kids. It was the first time that we have all been together since Christmas!!! I was given some sweet gifts including a gorgeous necklace and two “anti-fatigue” mats for my studio……
I have already seen an improvement in my lower back pain!!!
Claire and I spent a fun afternoon together working on a charity quilt that will go to the local Battered Women’s Shelter….
She started this quilt about 18 months ago and then we got side tracked with other projects. It was encouraging to see that her technique has improved greatly in that time.
My new recipe for the week was inspired by a birthday present that I gave to myself….. a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker!!!! It is fun how it works…..there is a bowl that has a double wall which is filled with some sort of liquid. You freeze the bowl completely and then add the ice cream mixture to it…..
for the next 20 minutes, the bowl spins around while a paddle scrapes the frozen portion from the side of the bowl…..
I pulled out the dasher and the entire block of ice cream came with it…..
It was creamy and scrumptious….. especially with a chocolate chip cookie……
On the house repair front I was pleased to find new cushions for our deck furniture…..
AND, I replaced the telephone jack, although there is a bit of paint touch up still to come…..
This may not seem like a big deal, but it was a pain!!! In all of the videos about the subject they show the jack pulling out from the wall with 12+ inches of wire. This one only had 3 inches of wire to work with so it was a VERY tight squeeze!!! But it is now done!!!
One night this past week Michael and I watched two foxes playing in our backyard, and while we were enjoying their antics, a big deer walked across our yard!!! It is wildlife central out there!!!
Finally, I discovered a fun podcast hosted by Alan Alda. It is called “CLEAR + VIVID” and is primarily about communication. Alda has been a favorite of ours since his M*A*S*H days and I have really enjoyed listening to him. One of the first recordings that I listened to was an interview with Itzhak Perlman. I loved his comment that when he teaches he never tells the student to “DO IT THIS WAY”. Instead he tells them to try it his way and see what they think, always leaving room for the student to disagree!!
So it was a fun week, although I am a bit sad that the Summer Solstice has come and gone meaning that the days start getting shorter again!!!