Saturday, August 28, 2010

Last Saturday of August

I wish you could join us on the porch this morning for your favorite early morning brew (that would be coffee for me!) and just enjoy this perfect moment.  There's a slight breeze, and the temperature is around 68.  The humidity is already high--87%, but the birds are singing, and it's a good time to reflect on the past week and what we have to get done in the next few days.

Bucky has been with us for almost a month (WOW...time flies!) and he's getting his stuff together to head back home in a few days.  Tromp will be lonely when he leaves....the cats ignore him mostly (must be his pup side showing!)  But, I assured him that we've got some events to attend this Fall, so he'll have plenty to keep him busy.

Bucky asked me to fix him some fried okra for supper last night....he had heard that we love our okra here in the South, and he was curious.  The guys helped me wash the stems, and I got ready to slice it into quarter inch pieces.  Bucky was freaked out with the ooey-gooey slime, but I reminded him that it would cook up nice and crisp.  When I was little, we used bacon grease to fry okra....but now days I use EVOO.  You have to change with times, right?  The slices were coated with cornmeal before they were put in the frying pan, and each piece was a crispy piece of heaven!!!!  Even Bucky agreed!!!  Fried okra is a big favorite with my family (especially my kids!)

I wish you could see the pattern of the huck lace wrap on the loom.  I'm a little over half way so far on the first one, and that's what I'm going to work on today.  The bamboo is a dream to weave with so far.  I'm looking forward to doing the wet finishing so that the pattern shows up better.  I am going to switch to my ski will hold a lot more thread, and I won't have to stop so often and reload.  It doesn't take too long to weave off a bobbin of thread, and when you've got 85" to weave, that is a lot of bobbins.

Our other project to work on this week has been the Straw Loom Kits.  I've gotten a few ready for the Center, and I'm working on the demo kits for the Fall Festival that we're attending in October.  I need to print up a couple more instruction sheets and thread the straws, and the kits will be ready to go upstairs at the Shop.

  So, enjoy this last Saturday of August.  Summer is starting to slip away, and Fall is peeking around the corner.  Labor Day Weekend is coming up, and like most people, I've got big plans!   I've promised the guys we'll take a dip in the pool this afternoon after we've been to the post office.  Let's get movin'!!!!

Happy Weaving!


Bonnie said...

Lots to do. The okra sounds yummy. I love it fried real crispy. Yes, I had a chance to look at the shaw. It is beautiful. Do not forget the relaxing swim in the afternoon. Sounds like fun.

Roxie said...

Bucky will have to teach me about okra. I'm still not sure it's food.

You have been so good to him! Thanks so much for his wonderful adventure!

Maggie said...

Trust me, okra is food! I think we might have to send a jar of the pickled stuff back with Bucky! I just spent the day with 6 bushels of okra.

Beautiful huck weave, LouAnn!

Tina J said...

That huck weave is so beautiful, I can't wait to see it off the loom. Send Bucky home with lots of love from the Tuesday Weavers.

Linda said...

You have been busy, too! The lace looks wonderful!

I agree with you, Bucky. That slime is disgusting but fried okra is sooooo good!

Anonymous said...

You might want to try the bigger leclerc shuttles. The one with the 6 inch bobbins. That's my favotite Holds a lot more thread and you don't have to reload as often! The shawl looks awesome and I think that Tromp will really be lonely when Bucky leaves! He might need a new playmate!