With a heatwave, two migraines, Mr E and I both catching a tummy bug after some dodgy Thai food on Sunday night, a giveaway to organise and the Stitchery Club due out on Friday, I took every opportunity I could this week to rest in the afternoons with my needle and thread, and began watching a 'new to me' Australian television series set in the 1950's that I'd borrowed from the local library.
(The Doctor Blake Mysteries in case you wondered)
Meals were considerably simplified, which got me thinking about the number of ingredients used in many recipes today, compared to my childhood in Nana's kitchen. It wasn't just life which was simpler back then, it was the cooking as well.
Hubby and I both had tummy cramps for three days after the Thai meal, and the meds I take for my migraines don't help either, so things like spelt & oat pancakes with maple syrup and fresh raspberries for breakfast were welcome for recovery.
We quit coffee and opted for banana and date smoothies made with almond milk too.
Simple food, very quick to make, and our tummies began to recover.
In 2009 (or 10?) I did an online course with Jenny McGruther and loved what I learned about soaking grains and fermenting. On Monday I found her book when I was out with Blossom so this is what I'm slowly reading through at the moment and I'm remembering how much 'easier' on the tummy food was when I followed many of these steps.
Another book I found (Blossom and I went op-shopping) was this. I couldn't get past the sub title, "a quiet place where souls are refreshed"...it had to come home with me. Apparently it's based on the 'Glenbrooke' books but I haven't delved further along that road yet. Something to explore next week perhaps?
Stitching each afternoon has been lovely.
I'm working on designs for March and they all have a garden theme.
One particular project is a set of four herbs which will become a mini-quilt. So far Rosemary is done...
...and I'll keep pottering along with the rest over the weekend.
Mr E and I have slowly been filling the house with indoor plants and our latest one, a gorgeous Peace Lily, is absolutely flourishing near the front entrance way.
Peace lilies filter toxins from the air so we intend to add more in the bedroom, my office and his study...
Two surprises arrived in the mail this week. The first was from Leanne, a truly sweet friend down in Tasmania who designs the prettiest things (visit her blog here and have a look-see). She came into possession of these very old tatted crosses and thought of me...isn't that precious? I'm going to use them in some special projects this year.
She even wrote me a letter on Cath Kidston notepaper. I was doubly blessed...
The second surprise was a large box from Japan.
Mr E carried it in after work today and I wondered what on earth it could be?
Bless my socks, the very generous Yumi at Lecien Cosmo had sent me boxes of all their new thread colours to play with. Pastels do have the ability to make my heart race with delight.
The carnations I bought for $5 on Monday are still smiling beautifully as I sit here and watch the sun dip closer to the horizon from my office window...
...and I can hear from the carport below that Mr E has the Jeep running again after 6 weeks off the road.
The end of the week holds promise of a lovely weekend.
May your weekend be blessed too.