I’m at home tonight, ignoring all the fireworks. July 4th is my least favorite holiday – it involves picnics and sudden loud noises, two things which I don’t really enjoy (and yes, I know… everyone loves a picnic except me, but I have major bug phobia.)
Instead I have started the packing process (half our things are already packed away in storage, so it really isn’t too many boxes) and I’m still working on babette!
I still have lots of squares to go, and I’m starting to feel the need for another break… I don’t want to burn myself out. I don’t think I ever before understood how long it takes to make a blanket, but you all have my respect now! Maybe I will try working on Joy some more (I stopped because the denim was hurting my wrists and the pattern was hurting my brain… I wish more Rowan patterns had charts!)
Last weekend we visited Marc’s family, and we managed to hit some of the thrifts there. For some reason they have better Goodwill stores there. Ours, while cheaper, are always junky and overcrowded with poorly organized stuff. I got some t-shirts for the upcoming home renovations (I always look for the strangest ones to get paint on) and I also found one of my favorite thrifted books ever.
It’s a sort of guidebook to being a wife, and while I suspect that even at the time of publication (1964) it was outdated, I still think it’s super fun! It has a whole chapter devoted to picking out furniture for your new home, and includes such admonitions as “make sure to get furniture large enough for your husband!”
The chapter on furniture arrangement helpfully shows you how to display way too many things over your sofa.
I think it’s funny that the random letters on the wall thing seems to have come back, and whose family didn’t have a giant key on the wall (mine did – and you could hang keys on it too!) I seriously covet the sofa, even in a drawing. Our sofa (see above) was reasonably priced, but it’s still too overstuffed for my taste. Ah well – I had to get one large enough for my husband, right ladies?
The book has lists of things to outfit your kitchen, and a chapter on setting a nice table (tablescapes!) It also contains a number of recipes, and the photos accompanying these are predictably bad, as they always are in these old books. But the recipe below… even the nicest modern camera couldn’t make that look good.
Why yes… those are indeed brussles sprouts in a cranberry rice ring, why do you ask?