All the crocheting I have to show for the past week is stitched up into this small pile of new squares that will be going into my Last Dance blanket. They aren't blocked and I'm still working on the last one, so here's where I was on that task Saturday afternoon:
Boy, that's a busy background. Oh well... it's the cloth on my dining room table at the moment.
Once the ends are woven into these eight squares and they are blocked, I am half-way done. Twenty-four squares down, twenty-four squares to go. That may sound like a big job ahead of me, but really... because each square is made four times (and they are usually a breeze after making the first one), crocheting these is fairly quick work. I'm still hanging onto the hope that I'll have this finished shortly after the end of the year.
And since I asked for help last week about how to cook venison backstrap, let me report that after much research, I ended up marinating the meat for 24 hours in Allegro Marinade. There are lots of purchase options for marinade, and plenty of ideas for making your own, but I decided to use what I could find locally and this was it:
Oh my goodness - it made for the most delicious pan-seared and cooked venison steaks; and we also sauteed strips of meat for eating fajita-style with sauteed peppers and onions. It was fantastic! I'm only sad that I don't have any more venison backstrap meat to prepare like this. I have some various cuts of venison in the freezer that we've been given so I'll put the marinade to use on those. And I'm going to try this product on beef as well. I can only imagine it will be delicious. I found this at Meijer, but I think Kroger may carry it, too (for whatever interest that may hold for anyone).
And starting Friday morning, it has been back to my sort of unpredictable, kind of newly busy-crazy life. Since mid-summer I've been doing elder companion care, and it's feast or famine in terms of the work (because the husband of the couple I work for has a sporadic, on-call work schedule). I never would have believed it until I took a chance and tried it, but I kind of love doing this type of work. Though truth be told, I fear I've been spoiled by the sweetest lady in the world who's in need of this kind of care, and honestly can't imagine doing it for anyone else. But that's okay, really. I wasn't even looking for work when this opportunity presented itself, so I'm just thankful for what it brings to my life in this season. Not only does the work feel worthwhile, but I'm grateful for the friendship that has grown with this couple.
So I'm out the door in a few minutes, and if you're reading this on Sunday, I'm either at church running the sound board for morning worship, taking the sweet lady mentioned above out to a nice lunch (compliments of her husband) or tucked in at her home spending a quiet Sunday afternoon in her company. I imagine she'll nap a bit after a busy morning and a yummy lunch, so maybe I'll get a couple more Last Dance squares crocheted up. 😊
As for the week ahead... I'm hoping my first-ever computer glasses come in (and hoping they work well for me), I'm getting fitted for a mouth guard on Monday, helping with the Little Dresses project on Tuesday and am seriously looking forward to some unseasonable 60-degree days later in the week so I can clean my windows before winter sets in!
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