Dennis is mowing right now, so I ran out and took a quick photo of the marigolds and rhubarb. See the first pass of the mower around the rhubarb? Gosh, that rhubarb just keeps going this year with our cool weather. I've harvested about 14 one gallon bags from this plant already and it needs picked again! Yum. Lori made rhubarb/apple crisp at the lake last night and it was SO good. We had vanilla bean ice cream with it. Not weight watcher friendly, but delicious nonetheless. :-)
The marigolds haven't grown much in recent weeks either because of the cool, wet weather. That is supposed to change to more summer like over the next few days so maybe they'll be huge by the end of the week! Ha!
Friday afternoon I was sitting in the trailer knitting during a big windstorm and I heard a knock on the door. Our neighbor a few doors down was coming to visit and brought me this beautiful folk angel as a gift. Isn't she lovely? We have the best friends.
She is joining some of my other favorites on the Hoosier cabinet. The purple sheep I received as a blogger gift and my knitting bunny live there. A depression glass plate that belonged to my Grandma and a cookbook full of vintage things too.
I am so glad we found this cabinet a year or two ago. It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
Yesterday we made curtains for the trailer. The accordion blinds that came with the camper are breaking, one by one and they are SO expensive to replace. They do get a lot of use and most everyone is or has experienced the same problem with their blinds. I much prefer the cozier look of drawn curtains at night anyway. Nita brought out her portable sewing machine. I cut the fabric, Nita sewed the hems or rod pockets, whichever was needed. (I don't have a cabinet large enough for my Instant Pot, so it has to sit out in the open. I'm not fond of the look of it, but I don't want to give up the convenience of the Instant Pot either.)
Dennis is a wonderfully good presser. He pressed the panels before I cut them and again after they were sewn before we hung them up. Lori and Paul contributed the little ironing board and iron to the endeavor. It was a group effort!
This was Larry's contribution. :-) He held Sophie. I forgot to get a photo of the curtains all hung so I'll do that this week for you too. The loveseat Larry is sitting on is the one that we brought from home last month. We gave our other sofa to another couple at the lake who had an identical one that had had a lot of use. We rarely used ours because we have our lazy-boy recliners to sit in. Now, we have four recliners and our trailer has become the gathering place on evenings when it is too cold or rainy to sit outside.
Here's the recipe.
In a large crockpot layer but DON'T stir together.
4 Chicken Breasts
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery OR chicken soup. (I used celery and it was delicious.)
2 cans drained green beans
2 boxes stuffing mix
extra sage if desired, (I used about 1 tablespoon dried sage.)
1 small can chicken broth, (pour over everything)
french fried onions (Like used for green bean casserole)
Cook on high for 6 hours and then turn to low until you're ready to eat. I did about 2 extra hours.
Let me know if you try it and like it. :-)
Update: The physical therapist really worked over my back last Monday and I have been in intense pain ever since. He said at the time that he was sure my back wasn't broken anymore hence the more intense therapy. WELL SURPRISE! They did another x-ray on Tuesday and the bone is still broken with NO healing at all no wonder the things he did hurt so bad. Basically my back feels like it is on fire all of the time now. I see my Primary Care doctor tomorrow to discuss options. I would appreciate any prayers you could send up. This is definitely getting old and we're planning a 26 hour drive at the end of the month with another 26 hours back home.
This is why Nita was a sweetheart and sewed my curtains for me. There is no way I could possibly sit at the sewing machine that long. I appreciate her doing that for me so much. Just as I appreciate each one of you who asks how I'm doing and shows such love and concern for me. Thank you, thank you. :-)
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38
My friends, you have all given love and caring to me and I appreciate it very much. I hope you all have a most wonderful week.