Good morning! The house is quiet. I got out of bed early and decided to cook a batch of my mama’s doughnuts. The recipe has been in our family for a long time. I don’t remember ever going to a doughnut shop when I was small, we ate at home. Every once in a while I like to make them. There is a touch of fresh ground nutmeg, and cinnamon sugar, that give them their flavor.
A little interesting history about my mama. Her name was Margaret June. An amazing woman who was often featured in the Ripleys Believe It or Not section of newspapers, for attending the most schools. Some saying 96 schools in just about every state. She was also a runner up for a Miss. Michigan contest. Moving so often, she had to be her own friend and she wanted a big family that she never had. So, she had eight children, and she sewed, cooked, and gardened for us her whole life. Every mention of her name, usually followed with someone saying, "she is so ladylike and graceful", and she really was.
I have a skein of Anzula yarn in colorway Ursa Major and it looks purple in the photo but is actually blue. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it, but if there is time today after sewing, I hope to cast on something wonderful.
I’ve been wanting to photograph our state tree, the Dogwood, and finally had a chance yesterday afternoon. I love the delicate flowers and spacious branches. I think it’s my favorite tree, with the Magnolia a close second. I also love to photograph big, fluffy clouds. They are so beautiful. Tasha Tudor once said about the stars, “Think if you only saw them once a year, what would we think then...the wonder of it!” Isn’t that true? The same could be said for big, fluffy clouds.
My husband has painstakingly been putting together a quilting machine for me that we bought used. It was completely overwhelming for me when we took it out of the box. I said we should send it back. Ha. He thinks it’s ready to use now. He even threaded it for me! We will be experimenting with it tonight and hopefully, fingers crossed, I will be quilting on it soon and finishing a few quilts. I can’t wait to share after we get one going.
The sun is rising ever brighter above the horizon now and the day waits for us to be part of it. I’m pouring more coffee, trying to stay away from the doughnuts, and I’m going to sew by the window all afternoon. I hope you have a beautiful day! Jeannine xo