Tuesday Things

I realized as I was going through pictures this week that I’m definitely picking up my phone more often to take a quick snapshot. The pictures I take aren’t stylized or technical, but they do capture the ways in which we’ve been spending our days. Maybe it’s time to use my actual camera and practice technique a bit?

I dug out the Washington D.C. embroidery and pushed that a little farther forward. The x’s are soothing and I really don’t have that much more left to do before I’m done, then only one more city to do and they’ll be ready to put in the guest room. (So sometime around 2025.)

I realized on Easter morning we didn’t have a little blue can of biscuits on hand so I decided to try my hand at making them for the first time. I used this recipe and they turned out rather well (there weren’t any left over which is a good sign). They were only slightly more involved than the one’s in the can. Now, if I could only learn to make sausage gravy…

I’ve been rewatching Schitt’s Creek and still working on the zauberball socks. They’re taking forever because I’m just not feeling like I want to do them. The yarn is beautiful but I’ve burnt myself out on socks. (I think my next pair will involve a pattern of some sort to mix it up. Maybe this one.) Also watched another episode of Little Fires Everywhere. I really love Kerry Washington as Mia.

Hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. Let me know: what are you -ing right now?

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  • I love that bird puzzle so much. Birds are what are saving me during this. Honest to God.

    I have never had sausage gravy in my life but feel like now is that time.

    Did you get all that snow??

    My mom got me the Little Fires Everywhere book for Easter and now I need to read to see how much the show strayed from the book.

    I am watching Dolly Parton documentaries, behind the scenes Tiger King, and a little bit of news (shocking to me too).

    • OH! I started binge-watching Big Little Things on Hulu! It’s really good but it has a lot of sex in it. I am not a huge fan of watching sex on television. It’s not “my thing”. Porn is completely LOST on me and trust me, I am not a prude. I’d rather be doing it than watching it. I think this took an ugly turn.

      So I watched Big Little Things on Saturday and it’s good. 🙂

      • Also, this made me laugh. So hard. I’m not watching anything sexy right now because my brother is living with us and watching sexy TV with him in the same room seems all kinds of awkward.

    • Oh, I’m with you on the birds. I’m actually sending this puzzle to my mom because she’s the one who got me hooked on bird watching.

      And yes, we got 8 inches of snow on Sunday, more yesterday, and we’re supposed to get more yet this week. And then next week it’s supposed to be 60°. Spring in Wisconsin.

      How are you doing with the news? I can read it (sometimes) but I haven’t watched anything and I haven’t been reading anything other than COVID counts in the counties where I (and my families) live. That Dolly Parton documentary is on my radar.

  • So, for sausage gravy you have to come to Portland and we’ll have breakfast at Pine State. If it ever opens again and if we can ever get in because even before this there was always a ridiculous line. But: best sausage gravy ever. I am a fan.

    Little Fires Everywhere and Better Things are the only TV really capturing me lately. I dole them out to myself slowly. LFE is different from the book in important ways; Mia wasn’t black in the book, and that adds a whole other dimension to the show. I read an interview with the author about that, where she said the show version is more the story she wanted to tell.

    I love your snapshot photos. I’ve been trying to do that, too–to document this time. I think I’ve given up on ever being a “real” photographer who knows how to use a real camera. I’ll leave that one to you. 🙂

    It’s nice to see these snippets of your world. You’re reminding me that I better pick some tulips for the table before they are all entirely faded. They have definitely passed their peak glory here.

    Hope you have a good week.

    • I will absolutely come to Portland to see you (and have sausage gravy) because I’m a fan too. Jesse and I used to visit a brunch place in the Twin Cities that did biscuits and gravy with collard greens and it was the best meal I’ve ever had in my entire life (and I’ve been fortunate to have some *really* good meals) but he closed a few years back and I can’t even tell you how much I miss good sausage gravy.

      Your photography is equally as “real” and I love the snippets you’ve been sharing lately! But I understand not needing to add one more skill to the list. 😉

  • I’m so glad to see this post from you, Kate. I’ve just come home from grocery shopping and am now sitting on the couch to chill for a bit after washing my groceries. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say!)

    I love that sock pattern you linked to, and have now saved it in my favourites. My daughter, who loves hiking, would be thrilled to have a pair like that, and yes, they would be much more fun to knit. I’m still working on yet another basic pair of socks for my youngest, but I spent a couple of hours last evening scrolling through sweater patterns on Ravelry. I’d love to make another sweater once all this is over and I can go to a yarn store. (Did you finish your husband’s sweater?)

    I’m so glad you shared your cross stitch. It’s gorgeous!

    I had to google “blue can biscuits” to see what you were talking about 🙂 . (Don’t hate me for this, but my oldest son loves making biscuits from scratch.) I don’t know about sausage gravy, but Oh She Glows has a recipe for an unbelievably good mushroom gravy. Which is also nearly as easy as making biscuits from scratch. (I read an opinion piece this morning that basically said “Stop with all the pressure to bake bread during quarantine!”…which I totally agree with. So I do hope you take this entire paragraph with the humour I’m intending.)

    Currently, I’m reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. It’s such an easy and enjoyable read!

    Did you hear that puzzles are the new hot commodity? Here in Canada at least we’ve gone from a run on hand sanitizer to toilet paper to flour and yeast, and now the big thing is puzzles.

    That’s so. much. snow, Kate. I hope it warms up soon. Snow is lovely in the winter, but I feel as though it would be really helpful to be seeing signs of spring right now.
    Stay well,
    xo Marian

    • Isn’t the grocery washing thing just weird? We’ve set a table up in our garage for sanitizing mail and groceries and I wonder if that’s just going to be the way the world works from now on?

      I didn’t finish Jesse’s sweater. In fact, I tore out the sleeve I had finished. I bought yarn awhile ago for a sweater for myself but Violet found the pattern and requested I knit it up for her, so I’ll probably do that and then come back to Jesse’s. Or not.

      I love that you have a biscuit baker in the house. And thank you for the mushroom gravy recommendation. I love Oh She Glows and I love mushrooms so I’m sure I’ll love it. I’d also be interested to read the opinion piece you mention.

      I had heard that about puzzles (and also witnessed it when I tried to buy a few for Easter baskets and found almost everywhere completely sold out!). The runs in Canada sound very similar to the ones we are experiencing.

      It *is* a lot of snow. We got a good storm on Sunday – 8 inches – but it had been really beautiful and warm before that. This week is supposed to be chilly but it’ll warm up again next week.

      It was so nice to hear from you, Marian. I hope you are all safe and sound.

  • I like the photo of the tulips and the biscuits. Two of my favorite things, truth be told.

    I’m doing a lot of thinking. I’m finding that living at this slow pace has made me more cerebral, more interested in contemplation than tackling tasks. It doesn’t make for much to talk about, but that seems fitting for the times! 🙃

    • Tulips and biscuits are two of my favorite things too!!

      I love that you’re finding yourself slowing down and thinking. That sounds really lovely.

  • Hi Kate! I love seeing the bird puzzle in process to completion. Today at the cottage, I enjoyed the delight of painted buntings and blue buntings that migrate through the spring in coastal bend TX area. It is very rare to see these birds! I had to google to learn what I was seeing. Lol.

    I will be watching One World: Together at Home tonight at my bay apartment.

    One day at a time. Your art play is fabulous!

    • Hello, TD!! It was such a fun puzzle to complete! I’m so jealous of your buntings!! We *rarely* have indigo buntings around here so I can imagine it was a great treat to see them!!

      Did you enjoy One World: Together at Home? Violet has an assignment on that for choir but I haven’t watched!!

      Hope you are well!!

      • Yes, I did enjoy the special TV show. Although it was truly about fundraising, less about music; it was well done, beautiful at moments and enjoyable to pass time.

        I suspect though, Violet (because of our age difference) will have a different perspective.

        I do not know why a choir teacher would require students to watch a TV show like this. It certainly wasn’t a “must see” for me. I almost turned it off about half way through, but stuck it out to the end. I would have been just as happy sitting on the balcony listening to the birds sing and waves rolls. 😊

        • I think choir is a hard class to do without meeting in person, but they still have objectives for the year to meet so I’m sure that has something to do with it?

          I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ll be interested to hear V’s thoughts about it!!