Sunday, February 9, 2014

Busy Week

Hello everyone, I trust you are having a lovely weekend.

It has been very cold where I live but I've been keeping busy just the same.

Monday night I went to a cooking session with friends.  We made brown rice, white fish with Asian sauce that featured lots of ginger, an Asian salad (red and green cabbage with Asian dressing), slivered steamed carrots and almond cookies.  Then we all sat down and ate together.  It was a nice change to have fish since I don't make a lot of fish at my place.

On Tuesday a friend invited me over to dinner, to see his new apartment and complete some paperwork we are working on.  He made a lovely dinner of quinoa with veggies and a delicious tasting beef. In the end we didn't complete the paperwork because another friend who lives out-of-town dropped in to visit.  The paperwork is taking much longer than we had initially envisioned as my friend wanted to complete it in December.  His own schedule has interfered with completion but we are getting closer to being done!

On Wednesday I did a lot of work piecing together the African Flower Crochet afghan I started last Fall.  I did so much work on this project in November that I didn't feel like working on it in December and January.  Now I've got 3 rows left and then I'm done.  It is a smaller afghan than I was thinking it would be not having worked from a written pattern.  But I've run out of the right colour combinations so I think I will live with it.  It is plenty large enough to snuggle up in. I originally wanted to give this afghan as a Christmas gift but that time has passed so will probably now use it on my bed.

The afghan is nearing completion. 

On Thursday I cancelled my acupuncture appointment.  Instead I spent the entire day looking after business for my mother.  I will be going up to see her next week and there is always a lot to do before I get there.

Friday I went to the last session of the fashion seminar.  We also had a fashion exchange and it was a lot of fun. One of the nice young ladies who gave the presentations volunteered to modify a jean skirt of mine.  In return I will make her some baked goods with chocolate or bananas. I think I will make her two different items with each of her favoured ingredients.  Saturday I walked to the library to return some books and take out others.  After that I stopped off at one of my favourite neighbourhood restaurants and had a lovely dinner of mixed meat and tofu hotpot and (fresh) lemon bubble tea.

Monday is a holiday here at home. I will be on the road to visit my mom, sort out some of her things and put some things in storage for she will be moving again and this time has a shared room.  Her space is very small but at least she can get back to where she wants to live and she is prepared to make the sacrifice. It is very cold where she lives too but is expected to warm up a bit.

When I get back I have some appointments and get togethers with friends lined up.

Since I will be away for a short while I won't be able to visit your blogs until my return. Keep well and stay warm.


Anonymous said...

What a lovey busy week! I hope you have a nice visit with your Mum. The afghan is beautiful!

Joy said...

My goodness Joyful, you have been so busy but such lovely activities with friends and delicious sounding food - AND fashion; your life holds great variety and they say variety is the spice of life!
I do hope your Mom will be happier and more settled in her new place - then you can be happier and more settled too. Does this move mean she will be closer in proximity to you?
I do hope your time away is a happy time; travel safely, blessings and love, Joy xo

Linda said...

Nice-looking afghan! Bless you for looking after your mom!

Hannapat said...

Enjoy your time away and I hope it's productive. Your afghan is looking really stunning!! Take care xxx

Joanne Noragon said...

Your afghan is lovely. It's not the easiest pattern to "square up"; nice job. It reminds me of one I worked on as a teenage babysitter. If my mother had not fussed it together, it would still be motifs.

maryaustria said...

A gorgous afghan! Love the colors!

Mereknits said...

My goodness you have been busy. I love the blanket , good luck with the finish and also best of luck sorting everything out with your Mom.

Saucy Siciliana said...

Beautiful afghan Joyful, you are so creative and talented. All the best to you. Take care.

Ceil said...

Hi Joyful! You have had a busy week! And God bless you for all your work with you Mom. You are such a good daughter, and I'm sure she appreciates what you do. It's hard to be the care-taker sometimes, isn't ti? But it's a privilege too.
Beautiful afghan! As long as you can snuggle with it, it's all good. Maybe you could curl up with that lemon bubble tea...I never heard of that before. Sounds delicious :)
See you when you get back,

Pia said...

Thank you for your kind words. My heart is broken but I know by God's grace, I will survive this too.

John's Island said...

Hi Joyful, Always a pleasure to read your blog and see what you are up to. The afgan is looking really nice. I like the way you describe the interesting meals you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comments. Take care and be well. John

Margie said...

Many thanks for the visit and kind words, your prayers are so appreciated.

Blessings to you.
The afgan is lovely.


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