24, 27, 28, 28, 28, 29, 26. It's going to be quite hot for the next week. It was hot today, so hot that I was happy to drive the long way home and wait at red lights because the air-con in my car is so nice and cold.
Peri defies logic and bakes in the Sun, whilst lying on the black foam, which also absorbs the heat. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it.
Gilly was so hot and the paddle pool water level was low. I filled it up again, but I know why it was low. Gilly is always busy digging a hole. Digging holes is her speciality at the moment, especially after a dip in the paddle pool. She concentrates so hard.
They look wonderfully slim when their fur is all wet and sleek.
Today I did some baking for MrsDrWho's morning tea turn tomorrow. I made red velvet cupcakes and piped on the swirly cream cheese icing. I am obsessed with passionfruit right now and so I also made some passionfruit cupcakes with a few white choc chips thrown in for good measure. MrsDrWho has taste tested them and they are both fine.
I've also started quilting last year's Craftsy Block of the Month. In random order. And not very well. If you are not interested in quilting-as-you-go please skip this long and boring (for you) part!!
I layered the backing, cotton batting and the block and then quilted away with a 3.5 length stitch. I tried to remember to leave an unquilted border around the edges. When they are all done I will trim the backing and batting to 1/2 inch. Then I will sew a 1 1/2 inch lattice, just between the two blocks, using two 1/4 inch seams. Then I'll flip it over and the backing and batting will meet in the centre. (I hope) Finally I plan to sew on some biased binding to cover the join. On the front it will be two rows of stitching down the lattice. I think I will use a patterned fabric so if my stitching is crooked it won't show up so badly.
Oh and I found Dress Length #13 at the bottom of the Christmas material tub.
I need to make a start on February's dress because I have been invited to the Posh Opening of the new Cancer Council Centre. The Governor and Federal and State Ministers will be there. I am beastly careless about that, but I was thinking of using my apple material: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Actually, I am hoping the afternoon tea will be fabulous!!! We had Leukaemia Support Group at the new Centre today. It is always lovely to catch up with everyone, My great achievement was to work out how the boiling water dispenser worked, otherwise we would have been cup of tea and coffee-less. My Hb has been a little low. I like to think that it is the hot weather depleting my resources. I shall just keep thinking that. It goes up and down. I'm expecting it to go up again next time.
Over the last few months I have been working my way through the eight seasons of Monk on DVD from The Library. I am now awaiting the final two discs. I don't want it to be over. I have thoroughly enjoyed every episode. I might have to eke the last six out at the rate of one a day and then watch the final two episodes on the seventh day. Then it has to go back to The Library.
The Gardy-Gardeners aren't coming tomorrow, so we'll all have a little lie in and then maybe I'll think about cutting out my new dress.