I'm just taking a quick and hard-earned (floor mopping!) break from today's pre-Thanksgiving cleaning festivities. The boys arrive tomorrow afternoon & night, and for me, tomorrow will be dedicated to doing as much cooking prep as possible for Thursday's big dinner.
It will be just our family here this year, but we're rarely all together anymore, so that's a real treat. I bought this pretty new tablecloth, and hope I can remember to take some feast photos before the gobble-gobbling begins.
Then on Friday, when those with more shopping stamina than I are jamming the stores, and sportsfans are glued to the TV, I'm planning to spend some time at home with my new friend:
Mrs. Mary Delaney (portrait at age 82, in 1782).
This intricate silk thistle embroidery from 1741 was part of a petticoat panel, and is pictured on the book's back cover.
This is a closer view of the passionflower collage pictured on the front cover.
Mary Delaney painted and freehand-cut the petals and leaves and other details of her botanical collages, which are astounding today, but even more so given that they were created in the 1770's when Mary was in her seventies.
For now, I've only had time to quickly leaf through the book, so I'm really looking forward to savoring it page by page.
But alas, for now, it's back to the housecleaning.