I had a wee hunt back in my Ravelry archives for when I first started making squares for my Ron blanket. I was surprised to discover that it was the third swap round way back in April 2009. So this blanket has been four and a half years in the making! I finished tacking the block corners this morning, after spending a good chunk of yesterday sewing the fleece backing on and tacking some of the block corners. I gave up some time around 9 pm - my fingers were getting quite sore.
I absolutely adore it, in all its oddball glory. It's very heavy, and oh so cozy. About 30 people in total contributed to this blanket. How awesome is that?!? T has had it on his lap for the last hour or so (I'm surprised he's not sweating profusely. It's not exactly cold today...) I can't wait until next winter now, so I can wrap myself in its awesomeness. So much love for this perfectly imperfect blanket.
We had some lovely heavy rain yesterday afternoon which I thoroughly enjoyed. Sadly, only one measly lightning flash and thunder clap. Lamest storm in history. Oh well, the rain kinda made up for it. I'd been for a run earlier in the morning before it got too hot, and got all my washing done during the day so I was happy to stay in, enjoy the rain on the roof and sew. The rain got me thinking of warm breakfasts (being forever hungry, I often think several meals in advance), which in turn brought me to thoughts once again of the oatmeal trials. This week's herb with the Foodbox was basil so I ordered some to accompany the usual eggs, fruit and veg. I'd been wanting to try The Oatmeal Artist's strawberry and basil oatmeal for some time, and finally got to do so this morning:
All I can say is YUM!!! I love strawberries, especially now that the strawberries available are flavourful and juicy, unlike the early season anaemic-looking Aussie imports. I used to only have a few strawberries out of a punnet at the most and reserve the rest for X, being the good mum that I am and knowing they are his favourite. But no longer! I love strawberries too, and am not ashamed to say I will happily buy up to half a dozen punnets a week. Even better is that Deane isn't currently eating fruit in any form, and T doesn't like them. So X and I get the lot to ourselves. Mwahahahahahaha!!! I leaned a little heavy on the strawberries in this batch of porridge, using six medium to large strawberries in the porridge itself, and another couple for garnish. I was a little heavy with the balsamic vinegar also, adding at least twice what the recipe recommended. Strawberries and balsamic are perfect for each other, don't you think? And with the addition of basil... fabulous. Just fabulous.
I was very happy with this week's Foodbox - KALE! ASPARAGUS! CHERRY TOMATOES! GOURMET CARROTS! I'm only disappointed we don't eat more vegetables. The larger box (the Crowd Pleaser) got courgettes and kai lan. I want courgettes and kai lan! ::pout:: I suppose I could just go buy some... nah, then we'd end up with vegetable overload. Although I'm getting very good at making stuff with what we have on hand. Last night's dinner included some cauliflower chickpea pancakes and a cucumber salad with baked potatoes (and sirloin steak for the boys) because that was pretty much all we had, except for some frozen peas and 3/4 of an onion (hmm, peas and onions anyone...?). I find it's best not to rely on the Foodbox arriving early enough to make dinner on Tuesdays. Sometimes it's here just after 5 pm, other times it doesn't arrive until closer to 7 pm. I should've been a Girl Scout. I live by the motto 'Be Prepared' ;)
My muscles weren't prepared however, for the return to squats, crunches and yoga. It's only been a couple of days and everything's a little sore. I'm trying to get back into the habit by doing 50 squats, 50 crunches, 20 push ups, and 30 minutes of yoga a day with at least three runs a week. I remember when 250 squats and 200 crunches were a breeze. It's amazing how quickly your body loses its form. Oh well, a little hard work never hurt anyone, right?
Speaking of hard work, today is housework catch-up day. Yay (not). A spot of lunch (lentil walnut loaf and salad, yum!) and then it'll be all hands on deck. Well, mine at least. Deane and the boys are doing their part by getting out of the house. Works for me :)