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Somehow, with everything, some hand-quilting got done.
I'm finally to one corner, so it's a little more interesting work. 

I found my sourdough starter had grown a bit, so after I made bread for sandwiches, I made this crusty loaf, still with 1/2C of rye flour. 
The starter is active enough now that I can make bread without any additional yeast.
I worked on the Steampunk Blouse for Daphne's dolls.
We had Charlie's brother over for Thanksgiving dinner. He lives alone, so we didn't want him to have to have Thanksgiving alone. We figured if we wore masks until we had to take them off to eat and sat at opposite ends of the table, it would work out OK. We are all careful when we go out, which we only do when it's necessary, but it still isn't risk-free.

I gave him his own serving utensils. I kept the plates turned over until we were ready to eat, and the eating utensils were rolled up in our napkins. I kept my mask on when I cooked, when I set the table and when I served the food. The table with three leaves is 7' long. The two chairs in the foreground were ours, and my BIL sat at the window. The other chair (the one in front of the bookcases) wasn't used.

Even the living room was set up for social distancing.

Normally, our younger son and his family come to us for Thanksgiving, but they didn't come this year. They live more than three hours' drive away in good weather. Last year it took them 12 hours to get here. They would have had to sleep here, and with the two little boys we all thought it was better not to have Thanksgiving together this year. The state guidance says no more than six people from no more than two households, so we were in compliance. 
We managed to Zoom with the rest of the family, though.

Our daughter's family and our older son had already had their dinner, but it was almost like sharing a meal together. They live in Wisconsin and Indiana, so they couldn't have come for dinner anyway.

The technology has been very helpful in getting through this difficult time. Our choir managed to sing on Sunday for the annual "Lessons and Carols" service that marks the first Sunday in Advent. Not everyone in the choir participates in these virtual performances, due to the complications of having to record yourself while you listen to a recording. There were some lovely images displayed while we were singing, but they included us for a short bit .

We're eating leftovers, but we had used up the salad by the day after Thanksgiving, so I made a batch of my corn salad, which keeps for several days in the fridge.

I didn't have any cucumber or spinach to add, but we had extra tomatoes and avocados, and I tossed in from fresh basil leaves, because our Aerogarden is still producing, so I used what I had. It's OK without the Feta cheese topping, too. Here's the regular recipe.
Easy Corn Salad

• 3 T olive oil
• 3 T lemon juice
• 1/2 t Salt
• 1/2 t dried cilantro
• 1/2 t dried basil
• 2 T salsa
• 1 T pickled garlic

• 1 16-Oz pkg. frozen corn
• 2 chopped tomatoes
• 4 green onions
• 1/2 chopped red onion
• 1 C chopped cucumber 
• 1 handful fresh spinach, chopped
• 1 chopped avocado
• 1 bell pepper (any color, optional)

Optional Topping:
• Crumbled feta cheese

Mix dressing ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and toss. Top with feta cheese. It keeps pretty well in the fridge for several days. It's great in the summer when it's hot out.
My book comes out tomorrow. I'm going to come back and correct the link to Mariah: Stories from The Doll's Storybook when it comes out in the publisher's store. Tomorrow is also "Giving Tuesday." If you are interested in giving to St. Jude through my fundraising page, the link is here. Purchases of my book will provide a small donation to St. Jude as well.


What's on my needles: Still the Steampunk Blouse for Daphne's dolls.

What's on my sewing machine: Awaiting its next assignment.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. A little more progress this week.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: Pen Pals. Pippa finds Emil writing a letter to a friend. He reads it to her, and their discussion leads to an interesting revelation.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Elsewhere by Dean Koontz. Just getting into it.

What's in my wine glass: Domaine Paretlongue, Cité de Carcassonne Syrah-Cabernet Franc. Pretty good.

What's my tip of the week: Operating two different devices with Zoom in the same building doesn't always work out well. It helps if you can turn off the microphone on one.


Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 30, 2020 at 5:44pm

I'm glad you're being careful, Janet! It's nice having you around!

Comment by Janet/MO on November 30, 2020 at 4:27pm

It was nice of you to find a way to have your BIL over for dinner last Thursday.  We are very careful to wear masks when in public too.  

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