The sewing machines are back in working order with a new foot control for the Bernina and the timing fixed on the Singer. But I have not been home to start any new projects.
We went to my mother's farm for a few days and do some things for her. Finding things, fixing things, etc. Honey installed yet another ceiling fan in mother's house and there is still another new fan sitting there waiting. I believe he has put in 3 or 4 by now. Also, he used a chain saw and cut up a very large pecan limb from a tree about 100 years old.
The dogs loved it there on the farm with so much room to run. And the weather was great while we were there. Still, there is no place like home and I am glad to be back.
Since returning we had a cookout with the neighbors and a vodka tasting. That was interesting and we had 8 or 9 vodkas to taste. Ok, I know. . .you are saying to yourself that vodka has no flavor. So let's call it characteristics, but some were flavored so there!
We contributed vodka from New Zealand, Poland, and Ireland. Those would be in order: 42 Below, Chopin, Belvedere and Boru. The neighbors brought, Absolut Pear, Charbay Meyer Lemon, something I don't remember, and Rue 33.
Everyone agreed that Chopin was the best. My own favorites in order top to bottom:
Belvedere and Boru tied
All these rest suck for me--I really hate flavored vodka and while Rue 33 is technically not flavored--it is. It taste like buttery vanilla and kinda sweet. I don't do sweet drinks. Give it to me straight, on the rocks sometimes, but don't add junk to good booze.
OH! We had food too, after all it was a cookout. Marinated tequilla/lime chicken, hanburgers, and hot smoked sausages, salad, mixed veggies, pimento/cheese/olive spread with crackers, homemade salsa and chips, tangerine pie, coffee, blackberry sage tea and some wine. I bought the hot dog buns for the sausages but I made homemade buns for the burgers.
AND. . . .I have a partner for my first participation in a swap!!!! Marie is from Australia and I am very excited to hunt down some goodies that she will like. She suggested I sew something for her and I wish I could make something fantastic for her. But anyone reading this blog knows that is highly unlikely. "GRIN"