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October 26th, 2019 at 10:07 pm

It's a windy, rainy day here in Central Illinois. A perfect tea drinking day in fact. I like these kind of days as long as there is no storms and no flooding. I think they make me appreciate the really nice days. I have a beef roast in the Crockpot with potatoes and carrots and it is an especially good day for such a meal.

Life has been busy. DH had cataract surgery on Tuesday on his right eye. It's been an adventure since he has worn glasses for over 67 years and seeing distance has been so bad, that he could barely read the alarm clock next to his head. He could read it the next day standing 4 foot away. He cannot read close up and the eye doctor doesn't want him to wear his glasses so his left eye is still weak and he struggles with that. He has surgery scheduled in less than three weeks for it and I imagine he will wind up getting reading glasses, but wow, what a miracle this surgery is.

A couple of weeks ago I made some apple sauce and some apple peel jelly. Usually when I try a new recipe, I always follow the recipe exactly. I just thought it would be fun to try something that you make from something you would not use anyway. Anyway, I gave a jar of it to a friend as well as a jar of apple juice. He criticized the jelly because it wasn't rock solid. Well, it isn't. If I make it again, I will include more pectin. But, it is still usable and I have been eating some one my toast. It really hurt my feelings that he had to find fault. DH said not to give him anything else.

We had our last meeting of the knitting group at church before we start giving away hats. Our totals are as follows for 2019:

Hats: 1731

Scarves 157

Baby hats: 137

Not a bad total for a small group! We have three schools we are "adopting" and will give the schools enough hats for all the students plus some extras, and a few of the scarves. One of our church members purchases gloves that we include so each child will get a set of gloves. We have also given some hats to the Cancer Care Center. We plan to give two teachers who go to our church enough hats for their classrooms as well as hats, gloves, and scarves for our church's preschool. Another Lutheran Church is making Christmas baskets with food, and we will be sharing hats with them to include. We have a homeless shelter for women and their children in our town and we will be giving them a bunch of hats and scarves, and then the remainder will be going to a case manager at Lutheran Child and Family Services for Christmas. What a wonderful project that started 3 years ago with about 4 people. We have around 11-12 who come to our bimonthly meetings and it has been such a blessing that we have had people donate money or yarn to help us out.

So there is a mixture of what's going on in my life. Between eye drops for my husband and getting some things done around here, I've stayed occupied.

8 Responses to “Potpourri”

  1. Wink Says:

    Glad your DH's surgery was successful! I really don't understand people who criticize a gift. I agree with your DH, I don't think I would give him anything else. I am sure that the recipients of the hats, scarves and gloves are so grateful for them.

  2. Bluebird Says:

    So glad your DH's vision has improved! Wow! I'm so impressed with all of the hats and scarves made by your group! It's wonderful that you're helping so many people!

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    It is a good day for a roast. I am making country pork ribs, cooking them in the oven.

  4. Lucky Robin Says:

    We are having roast today, too. After my mother had her first cataract surgery, they popped the lens on the side of the good eye, so she could continue to use the lens for the eye that hadn't been done yet to see better. Maybe your husband could try that?

  5. Carol Says:

    Those eye drops can take up your whole day. My husband was so funny--he ended up going back to glasses ( with next to no correction) so he didn't have to keep taking out reading glasses.
    That surgery and glasses for us near sighted folks are such a blessing! ( for far sighted too, I imagine)
    Congratulations on all that hats and scarves and gloves! Wonderful!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I agree with hubby that you should stop giving gifts to your critical friend. Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth!

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Carol, we have talked to many folks and they also went back to glasses.

    Thanks for the validation on not giving the guy anymore stuffs everyone.

    Thanks, Bluebird for the kudos for my church group!

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I love what your knitting group does!

    Bah humbug on Mr Ungrateful!!

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