The calendar says four more days of summer, but the weather has taken on an autumn vibe. I was wishing I had worn mittens on my walk yesterday. It was 55 degrees, but a cold 55 with cloudy dampness to drive it home. Today, it was actually a bit cooler when I went out for my walk, but it was warm 50s with blue sky and sunshine. Definitely, I keep a brisker pace on my walks in this cooler weather.
I hadn't weighed myself for a long time, so this morning I hopped on the scale because Mike had remarked that I looked like I was losing weight. I've lost a whopping eight pounds since last spring. At least it is a downward progression, if I have to look at the bright side.
Now, in spite of the lack of pounds just melting off my body, a part of my saggy butt syndrome is that my pants are too big. I bought a new pair of jeans at Macy's in June and then it got hot so they were just hanging out in my closet. When I wore them the other day, I discovered the zipper was somehow defective. I could not get them unzipped for anything and there was nothing stuck anywhere in the zipper. Mike gave it a try without luck. Finally, in desperation, I just pulled them right down and stepped out of them. I don't have the tags so I cannot return them. GRR. I hate buying defective things.
BUT, I can replace the zipper because I bought a new sewing machine. And I can make myself some new pants. I bought the NECCHI 4825 and I played with it all this dreary, rainy afternoon. It is incredibly easy to set up and I am very happy with the basic stitches. It has some interesting features--like an automatic button hole maker and an overlock stitch for finishing seams. I'm excited to get to work with it. In the summer time I set up my sewing in the breezeway, but pretty soon I will have to move back indoors to a corner of the laundry room. I don't like that because there are no windows and it is quite cramped, but maybe a zippy new machine will get me past that.
So I know summer is ending because I made squash soup today. So good, it's almost worth having summer come to an end. I sauted grated carrot, onion and celery; added vegetable stock and a butternut squash I cooked last night. Today, I threw in a tomato and a bit of ginger and a bit of curry powder. Blend it smooth and add some coconut milk. Now I have to think of something for Mike cause he doesn't do soup.