We had a delightful Thanksgiving holiday with all bedrooms occupied--even the daybed in my still unfinished sewing room and the sturdy fold-out sofa bed in the sun room.
Daughter's family in for the festive Thursday meal, then a group rather noisily enjoying games after the table was cleared .
The young people were off on various exploits on Friday leaving the house suddenly quiet.
Rain began to drizzle down before noon on Saturday, becoming a steady drumming on the roof by evening. It has rained all day, so other than a quick dash to the compost pile and a hasty trudge through the woods to empty cat litter I have occupied myself with indoor projects.
Squelching along the path into the woods I noted that the fallen leaves have lost all color, trodden down when the horses spent a week there, now pounded into sogginess by the rain.
With rainy weather predicted into Wednesday I made use of the electric dryer to tackle the mound of sheets and towels over-flowing the laundry hamper.
I made up the beds, although only one guest room is needed to welcome Jim's cousin and her husband who will spend a night here later in the week.
I enjoy making a bed, spreading the fresh sheets, smoothing and tucking, plumping pillows into their cases, adjusting the quilt or comforter to hang just so.
With the bedrooms nicely tidied I felt inspired to work on the valences for the living room curtains.
I measured and cut these months ago, then put away the fabric when so much painting
demanded to be done.
No sooner did I bring out fabric, my tools and my sewing machine than Nellie sprawled on the table.
I removed him to spread a tablecloth.
Obviously, a tablecloth is meant to be patted, rumpled, used as a winding sheet.
The addition of a cutting mat and the sewing machine did nothing to discourage Nellie.
I needed to fill several bobbins.
Thread tangled and snarled--Nellie prodding at the spool from behind the machine.
Teasel took over my chair.
Teasel eventually settled in a chair at the other side of the table.
I resigned myself to Nellie's 'help' after removing him several times only to have him pop up again.
[Possibly in our joy at his return we have been 'spoiling' him a bit.]
I did manage to finish lined valences for the four windows in the living room.
Jim helped hang them--perhaps feeling that he was in danger of being brained with a curtain rod while I teetered behind his spot on the sofa trying to do it myself.
I'm not sure yet if I like the effect of the valences!
I will take photos tomorrow if the light is better.
Jim spent the forenoon making a rail for hanging coats.
I have been carrying those hooks around since purchasing them in Wyoming!
I like the way the rail makes use of space in the corner by the back entry door.
By evening Jim had created a 3-cornered shelf to fit above the hanging rails.
He promptly filled it with his gloves and caps.
One hook has been left empty--perhaps for my coat?
I rummaged out several hooks in another style and mentioned that a rail in the 'dressing room' off the master bath would be useful.
With major renovation work accomplished, the 'tweekings' and embellishments happen at unpredictable times.
I felt contented pottering with my fabric through the gloomy day.
Hopefully creative energy is about to return.