Friday, February 12, 2016

Mennonite Arts Weekend Link

If you have a minute today, check out this link for last week's Mennonite Arts Weekend.  I'm still going over it in my mind.  Again and again.  I think that my church friends are also because every day more wonderful pictures show up on facebook.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Moving Along

It's a cold day at my house, and as soon as a customer comes to pick up some pants, I'm going outside to run some errands.  New library books.  Binding for a pink project, something in a large print.  I'm trying really hard to keep projects moving, to not procrastinate.  I'm not sure I have the projects lined up in the right order, but they are getting done.

It's an early Ash Wednesday, which means an early Easter, March 27.  I have a lovely King Cake to take to Asheville soon.  It will be a little late for King Cake, but we can celebrate anyway.  I actually had a delicious slice from a different King Cake on Sunday - thanks, Carrye.

The question is . . . should I pick up something for dinner while I'm out?  I kind of think the answer is yes.  Something with veggies.  And the second question is . . . should I go over the river to the Ash Wednesday service at my church tonight.  I know it's well planned and I know I'd get a lot from it.  But, it's so cold and snowy too, so I'm thinking not, not this year.

I enjoy looking at the snowy garden and thinking about what's in there, hidden from sight, sleeping.  Last year I did a lot of planting so there's got to be some good stuff.  The days are long enough now that the string of solar lights on my back porch light up in the evening, for a very brief while.  The ones on the fence I'm not sure about, I haven't seen anything yet.  I'm telling myself that I didn't put the charger in as sunny a spot.

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's Been Awhile . . .

It's been awhile since Aaron's been at my house, but today he was there as an only child while his sister had a pitching session.  He was absolutely adorable, and I only wish I'd taken a picture of his high-top boots.

We sang about Max and Ruby, and he ate chicken nuggets and watched Sponge Bob.  About forty-five minutes after he came in the door he was out again, on the way home with his mom.  He made my day!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mennonite Arts Weekend 2016

Every other year, the first weekend in February, our church hosts Mennonite Arts Weekend.  It's always amazing, and this year was no exception.

The music was exceptional, the gallery filled with incredible art, the presentations engaging.  In two years it will happen again;  I hope all of you can come.

Years ago, my uncle Darvin, who was a potter, told me that this Cincinnati Mennonite church hosted this weekend and that I should go.  I lived in a different place then, had a busy life, and agreed that I should go, but I didn't.  He was right, of course.  He also told me that the church itself was supportive of the arts and that I should look it up.  It took a long time, but I got there.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Little Cardinals

Anita Goodesign Mini Quilts

How can it not be possible to love these little cardinals?  The Anita Goodesign collection has eight designs in several sizes.  And embroidering it is fun, really fun.  A mesh stabilizer is used, and the finished designs are soft, like my quilt blocks.

I'm looking forward to sun and warmth tomorrow, and I'm planning to walk outside at the shopping center on my way home from work.  If only the Aunt Annie's pretzel place were still open . . .

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Things To Love

Things to love:

(1)  Paper Whites in January.  Watching the foliage grow, then the anticipation of the blooms.  This year's bulbs are huge, about the size of tulip bulbs.

(2)  My neighbor's holly tree.  I have a living room window that looks out on the bricks on the side of my neighbor's house.  (Not the window pictured, it looks out the front.)  Not a stellar side view, and yet . . . the movement of that holly tree in the winter wind is always lovely.  If there are a few flakes of snow, all the better.

(3)  The dry street.  I can just get in my car and go, no shoveling.  A winter gift.

Friday, January 22, 2016

High Style

So glad that Becky and I made the trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum this morning to see High Style:  Twentieth Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

If you're local, you have through Sunday to see it, definitely worth the trip.

I would love to be able to rotate this so you can have a better look, but you get the idea.  This was actually my second trip for this exhibit, so worth it.

And as a very nice little extra, the cafe server was a former neighbor from Aberdeen, the same age as my daughters, delightful.  There were good times in her family's pool, back in the day.

And as for the snow, it looks like there will be very little for us.