And what I did with an extra day off
So, of course I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to. I did:
* Mow the yard (always a challenge and a good workout with the reel mower, but I need to go back and trim some troublesome grass)
* Buy a zipper for lopapeysa and buttons for baby sweater #1
* Finish the body for baby sweater #2 (AKA bear sweater)
* Fix my toilet (the flush handle broke)
* Found a really good tutorial on sewing in zippers
* Wore Cleo that I knit last year (but apparently never took a picture of it finished)
* Ate supermarket sushi
* Attend picnics
The weather here has gotten so hot hot hot that I can't even think about sewing that zipper. I'll have to make time to do it though. I also decided after a few fumbled attempts and reading an online tutorial on crochet that I don't get what I'm doing and I need to sit with someone who understands the crochet stitches so I can figure out how I should be doing it.
I also made a salad, loosely based on a recipe at Cafe Sigrun.
What On Earth Do I Bring To This Picnic Salad
1 large package of mixed salad greens
1 small (or half large) eggplant
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 small zucchini
handful of sliced mushrooms
handful of grape, pear, or cherry tomatoes
handful of walnuts or pecans
Slice eggplant, peppers, and zucchini. Place on cookie sheet with the mushrooms. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, tossing lightly. Roast under broiler for about 15 minutes, or until they are starting to soften. (If you are not making this for a picnic that you are supposed to be leaving for in 15 minutes, I recommend cooling the vegetables at this point so the salad doesn't wilt.) Put salad greens in bowl. Put (cooled) roasted vegetables on top. Cut the avocado in the skin and then scrape into bowl. Cut up sundried tomatoes. Add them, the cherry tomatoes, and the nuts, and toss everything together. Get lots of compliments at picnic.
Finally, I caught up on my Netflix. I watched The Isle. This is the movie Lukas Moodysson would make if he was Korean. It was horrifying at parts but an immensely powerful and beautiful movie. Not for the faint of heart, but still a great movie.