Order Out of Chaos

Finishing up the strawberry bed is still on my list of things to do, but I looked at the herb garden the other day and realized that if I didn't get in there soon, the window to clean it up will have slammed shut. I spent a couple of hours out there today and managed to prune it back a bit:

It will look even better once I get those piles of vegetation out of there. I still need to put a new layer of landscape fabric and gravel down on the path, but at least now you can walk through there without having to use a machete. Some of the bed edgings need to be replaced, too. They are just long logs. 


Yesterday was hospital list and thus a very long day. It was also cold and drizzly. When the husband got home, I said to him that all I really wanted to do was curl up and watch a movie with him. We don't do this very often—not because we don't want to, but because it is incredibly hard to find stuff we think is worth watching. We gave up on Netflix quite a while ago. Most of the stuff we do watch now is on YouTube, and while I like South Main Auto's YouTube channel, it's not exactly date night material. Neither is QuiltCam. 

Out of desperation, I looked at the Amazon Prime videos. The movie "The Dressmaker" popped up and I said to the husband, "Hmmmm, I wanted to watch this, but I read the reviews and I know the plotline and I am not sure I want to devote two hours of my life to a movie that is going to disappoint me, even if it has a sewing machine in it." 

[I read some reviews and all the plot spoilers when the movie first came out, which the husband reminded me is the same thing I do when I read the last chapter of a book before I have read the rest of it. Guilty as charged.]

He said, "Let's watch it anyway," so we did. It was actually a really good movie, plot twist notwithstanding, and one that I will likely watch again. It kind of reminded me of the movie "The Piano" (which I will not watch again; it was horrifying enough the first time). I won't give away any spoilers if you haven't seen it except to say that what saved the whole movie from being a maudlin mess was a very dark edge of humor that kind of reminded me of Twin Peaks. The husband thought that Molly, the mother of the main character, was particularly funny. I cringed when the Singer 201 got tossed out the window, however. Was that really necessary?

(Sorry, I know that was a spoiler.)


Anna, my friend the caterer, gave me the name of the place where she orders all of the meat for the parties she caters. I called them the other day and they ordered me in a 40-pound box of 6" beef bones. I picked it up this morning. Some of the beef bones will get used in a project next week: my friend Twila's daughter is going to the Ukraine in August for 11 months with Mennonite Central Committee. She needs to raise $3000, so our church is having a fundraising dinner next Saturday night. Twila and I are preparing the meal and one of the items is borscht. We are using the recipe from Extending the Table (an awesome cookbook, by the way), and it calls for beef bones. The rest I will put in the freezer for roasting and making stock this summer. 

I might have some sewing to show off later. 

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Reader Comments (4)

I recommend Hidden Figures...great movie and you would like all of the NASA from the 50's and 60's.

June 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen

I saw it, but he hasn't. I didn't know it was on Netflix.

June 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Szabo

I got it on Amazon prime video so that I could use it in the classroom if I wanted to. Also have October Sky!

June 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen

We'll add Hidden Figures to the date night list, thanks!

June 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Szabo

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