|Sweater & top for mom|
|Purple top for mom|
Before I went for my short trip, a friend asked for help with his taxes due to the high cost of hiring a tax preparer. The base cost at one local preparer is $70 Canadian and at another it is $100 (charges for a very simple return and the price goes up substantially if you have more than 2 receipts). Some of you will remember that I don't really like doing taxes but I was willing to help this friend so he can learn to do it himself. Since I also needed help with my garden and he is a very good gardener, I asked him to at least pluck up the garden weeds. He said he was happy to do it and he did a great job. He is much faster at this sort of thing than most people are. His taxes are now filed and he stands to get a good refund so he is very happy. Today I thought the garden could do with some fertilizing but it was so windy here (and cold too) and this task will have to wait for a calmer day. Maybe tomorrow. My Solomon's seal is almost fully grown and yet nothing new has been planted due to inclement weather. The hosta bulbs I ordered a month ago finally arrived today. I'm happy I have something to plant in the shaded parts of the garden.
I have an unfinished simple quilt to make for my niece. It's been sitting in my dining room, cum sewing room, since November and I need to finish it soon. I want it ready for her visit to me this summer for her birthday. I finally cut out the binding today and hope to sew it up tomorrow. I will attach it in a day or two and finish up the quilt. I've also been searching the internet for some beautiful quilt fabrics and trying to decide whether to order them to add to my fabric stash. I've already got several "WIPs" and no more room for it all. But I do plan on sewing more now that I've made several skirts for mom this week and gotten the quilting underway again. Perhaps I can go ahead and order the fabric which I'm sure won't be available later and I would really hate to miss out on it. On my recent out of town trip, my nephew reminded me again that he is waiting for his lap blanket. He wants one similar to the one I made his grandmother. I've been planning to surprise him for his birthday but haven't actually gotten started yet. Time is running out as his birthday is in about a month.
Today I felt like having home made pizza for dinner. I tried a "new to me" pizza dough recipe from Wolfgang Puck, renowned celebrity chef and restauranteur. The dough was far less sticky to work with than other recipes I've made so I will likely use it again. If you'd like to try it,you can find the recipe here.
Other than these few things I haven't been so terribly busy this past few days. I've had a bit of a cold and have a fuzzy head as well as a headache every day. I hope it all goes away soon. I did do a bit of reading but not much. I can't concentrate that long. Currently I'm reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles on my Blackberry Playbook, and Holman Quicksource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls in a paperbook.
I have lots of tasks to accomplish this week. None of them are large in and of themselves but require my focus and attention. If I don't get to visit your blog this week, please do forgive me. I will be by to repay your visit as soon as I am able.
I'm linking up with Our World Tuesday today. Do drop by and see what other people around the world are doing this Tuesday.
Have a wonderful week!