It is National Cat Day today so in celebration, I’m doing a linkity!
- GF banana bars (courtesy of Chris)
- Caramel apple granola sounds perfect for this wet October weather we are having.
- Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies
- Gingerbread pancakes. I think these would be pretty nice with the pumpkin spice Jeanne brought me from Byerlys.
- Raspberry and White Chocolate French Toast. If I knew I was going to have time this weekend, I’d definitely be up for making these.
- Mulled apple cider jelly
- Knit Miranda the Sheep for Wool Week!
- Cute sheep sock pattern. Tiny sheep! Thimbleanna has knit them so they peek out of her shoes!
- Recycle your old CD/DVD spindles
pao says that my superpower is getting myself invited to events that are often completely unrelated to what I’m doing so when I texted him from Belgium on Monday to tell him that I was at an interior design show, he texted back to say ‘it’s the school reunion all over again’.*
I ended up at Interieur 2012 after responding to an email from a Chamber of Commerce looking for creative arts delegates to go on a trade mission to Belgium. Little did I know that I would get picked to attend so when I received my confirmation, I was a little surprised, puzzled and delighted. After all, who was I to turn down a free trip to Belgium. Even it if did involve a networking lunch with Belgian companies and a trip to an interior design show.
It was an interesting afternoon. On reflection, I probably would have tried to find out more about BUDA (which I’ll post on tomorrow) as Interieur was incredibly hot due to all the bright lighting and all 26 English delegates were all sitting in the coolest spot there a whole hour before we were due to leave begging the organisers for the chance to leave the expo early; a request to which they kindly acquiesced.
* I was invited to and attended a school reunion for a school I attended overseas when I was in junior school. Unfortunately, I was invited to a class who were all about 5 years younger than me and they had attended the British part of the school whereas I had attended the AMERICAN part of the school. So that was interesting — particularly when one of the teachers went up to pao and said how nice it was to see him again and how she’d remembered teaching him. Of course, pao had never studied overseas…..
Jeanne asked about pao’s birthday cake and my answer was – I hadn’t made it at that point! Poor pao had had one of those days. The dear car had decided to have a hissy fit and wanted to go to the car spa to have her spark plugs polished etc whilst he was driving her to work in the morning so he had to ditch her at the garage. I was in Belgium on a trade conference and was due back late afternoon which he had hoped to collect me from (drop off point was in another town) so he was a bit ticked off. Poor boy! So I felt to make up for the aborted birthday plans, I’d make him a cake (a Jeanne special).
Mulling over this great quote I found:
“speak quietly to yourself & promise there will be better days. whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. offer comfort in practical and tangible ways – as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. tomorrow comes more brightly…”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
(found at 29 Black Street – check out beautiful cats, dog and photography on this blog if you don’t know it)
Taking ten minutes to relax a little
Drinking Waitrose English breakfast tea with milk
Trying to get myself organised for a busy few days
Picking pretty colour combinations
Enjoying watching Sirius sleep on my work table
Hoping I’ll get some more good commissions over the weekend.
Reading blogs for inspiration. For the first time in a very long time, I’ve not got a novel on the nightstand.
Planning projects for the next few weeks.
It has been a few weeks since I’ve done a Ten on a Tuesday post. May have had something to do with being a teensy bit busy with lovely guests. Mystery Books are my favourite genre so I am going to enjoy this week’s topic.
1. Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone alphabet series. I’ve read U for Undertow but not gotten to V for Vengeance yet. I know that they are getting a little formulaic but I do still enjoy them.
2. Henning Mankell. The Wallander series was amazing.
3. Stieg Larsson.
4. Jo Nesbo. Love the Harry Hole series. Do you sense a little theme?
5. Andrea Camilleri. Inspector Montalbano is hilarious. I also love the TV series.
6. S.J.Rozan. I love the Bill Smith and Lydia Chin series.
7. Nancy Atherton. I’m really fond of the Aunt Dimity series.
8. P.J. Tracy. I love the Monkeewrench series.
9. Barbara Bretton. I love the knitting mysteries 🙂
10. Hannah Swenson bakery mysteries.