Back to the daily grind!

My week at home “vacation” was very exhausting. I’m actually kinda glad to be back in the office, just so I can rest a bit. lol. I had somethings that I wanted to concentrate on getting done (like a back log of laundry, my Regency picnic sewing, and a few other things around the house), and I pretty much did everything but what I planned on. Isn’t that the way it always goes? Best laid plans, and all that…. However, I did have lots of fun. The beginning of my “stay-cation” started off with a visit to the hospital. Dad was having an issues with his heart, and was in there for a few days, so my first Saturday morning was a visit to see him. I had planned on cleaning house that day, but Miss Cassi (who moved to LA last year) texted that she was in town for the day, and wanted to know if I wanted to go to a music and arts festival in the neighborhood I used to live in (once upon a time, long, long ago, before I met the hubby). Of course I would want to visit with her, and have lots of fun. So, we set that up for the afternoon. After visiting Dad, I decided to visit Miss PJ, as she lives next to the hospital. That was the beginning of our Pokemon Go adventures for the week. Yes, I play. Don’t judge. lol. But, I have been playing since the original video games came out for the Gameboy, over 20 years ago. We spent a bit walking the neighborhood, then we all got ready for the festival.

Cassi, Me and PJ

Cassi, Me and PJ at the arts & music fest

After the festival, I got home just after the hubby got home from work. We decided on a “date night” of sorts. Since the Teenaged Attitude was at the Best Friend’s house for the weekend, we went out for dinner, and then dessert at a local frozen yogurt place. Then went for a walk in the little park near the house, at 10:30 at night, so I could look for Pokemon. lol. He does indulge me so, especially if it gets me out for a walk. Sunday was bit more on the hilarious side. Miss PJ and Miss Elma came over for tea. While I was waiting for them to get there (and baking chocolate coffee cakes), I was picking up around the house. There may have been an episode in which I was racing for the phone (to keep Miss PJ from tagging me in voicemail), and I may have tripped over the dog, slammed into the ottoman, near fell on the cat causing her to escape wildly over the back of the couch and slam directly into the glass patio door behind it, and then I may have fell on the couch, answering my phone laughing so hard that I couldn’t hardly breath. I’m not saying that it did happen, but it just may have.đŸ˜‰ The rest of the week was about the same as my weekend. Full of adventures, including trips to several parks, a local reservoir, an interesting jaunt downtown (where I don’t go very often), my house being taken over by teenagers, and midnight runs to hunt Pokemon with said teenagers. Here are a few photos:

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One of the trails at a local park

The dam at the reservoir

The dam at the reservoir

Miss PJ and the teenagers

Miss PJ and the teenagers

A lovely view from the shelter house overlooking the river

A lovely view from the shelter house overlooking the river

An old favorite getting a new name?

An old favorite getting a new name?

On Thursday, I was actually able to make it down into the sewing room. I went in at 8:30 in the morning, only coming out for food, and to make sure the teenagers weren’t burning the house down, and didn’t come out until about 9:30 that evening. It felt really good to send the entire day in there. I did manage to get the bodice of my under dress cut out and sewn together, and I decided that I would make fabric covered buttons for it. Then decided that I needed to add a bit of flair to said buttons, and picked a suitable decorative stitch to sew designs on them before cutting the fabric.

Regency sewing progress! Yay!

Regency sewing progress! Yay!

I also found that, apparently, I was lacks in sewing practices when I made my last set of Regency stays, and didn’t pre-shrink one of the layers. Therefore, when I washed them a few weeks ago, they shrank. So, yeah. I’ll be making a new set of stays.

A new set of stays, cut out and waiting to be sewn.

A new set of stays, cut out and waiting to be sewn.

After Thursday, I didn’t get too much accomplished. lol. Saturday night, we went as a family to see the Star Trek Beyond. As a born Trekkie, I was in heaven! And, the hubby (who is a Star Wars fan) even liked it.  Sunday was a lazy day. I started my stays.

Inserting a gusset

Inserting a gusset

And that was as far as I got, before taking a nap in the recliner. I did manage to make a couple of small batches of soap.

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It’s been many year since I have made soap or candles. I forgot how much fun it is. And, I have decided to put soap making into my class rotation at the shop. I pretty sure I will be making a lot more soap, and other homemade items for around the house, from now on. I miss the simple, pure products that I used to use. Guess it’s time to get back to it.

So, the plans for the week are to try to finish up my stays, so I can keep working on the under dress and half robes. Especially since I won’t have time on Saturday to work in the sewing room, as I’ll be working in the shop. So, until next time…. Happy Sewing!

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