There you all are scratching your heads, convinced that I have gone 'round the bend. Backstitching and outlining are the bane of most stitchers' existences. But I have to say I really enjoyed stitching the outlining on this opossum today. Maybe it was because I am feeling rather punk today. No, nowhere near as bad as those of you who have hacking coughs and fevers. But I have had that achy, headachy, can't-stand-up-for-long feeling for a day or two and decided last night that I was going to try to take it easy today. Maybe it was because cross stitching this particular design has been much harder than it had any right to be. I made multiple counting errors (and left them). I dislike the fabric, but wasn't going to change it since it has to match the chipmunk (same fabric in a different color). So maybe it was relief to just outline all the stitched areas without referring the chart, except for the tricky bits around the paws. This seemed to simply flow along. I was just going to do the opossum (so that you can see him correctly) and some of the leaves, but I ended up doing a lot of the branches, too. Another hour or two on this and I can move on.
The only other thing that we did today was have our missed Thanksgiving dinner. We bought a fresh turkey from Whole Foods yesterday and brined him overnight (using Alton Brown's recipe). I'm a big, big fan of stuffing (my grandmother's recipe), but Alton's recipe calls for a cavity filled with aromatics, so no stuffing this time. Since it was my husband's responsibility to cook this week, he also insisted on having some cornbread dressing. We made the cornbread last night and even managed not to eat too much of it. It was SO good right out of the oven.
Since it was only the two of us (and neither of us at our best), it was an abbreviated meal. No olives or stuffed mushrooms to start. No corn, mashed potatoes, or home made rolls with the meal, and no pumpkin pie at the end. We did manage some great turkey and gravy, the cornbread dressing, some broccoli with bernaise sauce and my favorite cranberry relish (cranberries, apples, and oranges). I might make a brandied pumpkin pie this weekend. But I know in the next day or two we will have Hot Browns (Mmmmm, turkey, bacon, cheese sauce).
Well, this is the last day of NaBloPoMo, a month of blogging. As most of us who have tried this experiment in daily blogging, I am glad to have it over. When I first started blogging in February I managed 24 posts in that first month. I was always disappointed in the months where I only managed 12 posts. But after 30 posts in a row, I think I can say that from now on I will be happy with 15 - 18 posts a month. It will certainly be better for you, dear readers, as you will have less filler and more stitchy goodness. I want to congratulate my fellow stitchers who also managed this uphill task and all the readers, constant or casual, who followed along with us.