First things first — we had house guests from Switzerland this past Sunday evening. As before, Ruedi brought me several Swiss chocolate bars. This time he’d created a special photo wrap for the five large chocolate bars. I’ve tried to be very good about devouring them, only eating a couple of squares a day–but I have to tell you it’s been hard to stop at just a couple of squares. Their chocolate is far superior to anything made here in the U.S.
And as Ruedi has done in the past, he brought a new friend with him on the trip. Come to find out, this friend (Peter) is a Lionel Collector and Repairman. He had slides of his collection and his layout. Very impressive, and when I happened to see a picture that was identical to the fabric I used in a quillow I had recently made for the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum’s gift shop, I quickly called Sheryl P. (the Depot gift shop manager) to see if it would be possible to purchase one of the two remaining fabric panels as a gift for Peter. We agreed on a price and I quickly separated the two panels and got the one ready to give to Peter as a parting gift. A few minutes later, the house phone rang and it was Sheryl’s husband, Doug. He quickly invited our house guests to HIS home to check out his Lionel trains. It was a very impromptu, spur of the moment thing that just made the day for all involved.
At Sheryl and Doug’s home, she and I left the guys to their trains and we proceeded to the house for coffee. We sat outside and although it was a bit warmer than it had been the day before, it was still nice out. After a bit, we saw the guys emerging from the shop on the upper level of their back yard so I knew it was time to go. Ruedi insisted on taking photos of everyone, and then we took one of Ruedi and Peter holding a copy of The Loop newspaper. When I get the image from Ruedi, I’ll submit it to the Loop for inclusion in one of their issues. The front page had photos and a story about the yearly migration of the Turkey Vultures. Our friends had never seen vultures like this.
I’ve been sewing on a dress for the Dress A Girl Around the World program. It’s finished except for sewing on the pockets. A woman in Arizona gave me a pattern for the little pocket dolls that she used to make to include with the dresses that were made for this same program there in Roadhaven. I have the pattern some where in my stash — will have to find it and perhaps make a few dolls to go in the pockets of the dresses.
Other than sewing, this morning I went to a friend’s home and picked Concord Grapes! And tonight I made Concord Grape Jelly!
I have enough grapes pressed to make another batch of jelly, and yet a third batch of grapes that have been washed and cleaned, waiting in the refrigerator. I’m going to try my hand at making Grape Cordial with the batch in the refrigerator. I love Cordials and I’ve found a recipe that’s fairly simple. I just need the containers, which I will purchase tomorrow.
Not much else to report — be safe, be well, and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them!