Aaron was lots better today. His ear infection made for a tough week for him. He started getting sick Tuesday night and on Wednesday he was feeling bad (but still sweet.)Today he was lots more cheery and eating better - here he's just finished some peaches.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Ages ago, I took a class where we made a quilt with fireworks on a pieced background. We probably used Timtex for the backing. About three-fourths through, I was tired of it, decided I'd learned what I needed to learn, and the Timtex was starting to buckle. I retrieved it the other day and cut it into a smaller quilt and three postcards. This is a long way of saying that you'll be seeing a couple of similar postcards.
You probably can't read the sign in the picture below, so here's what it says: Please excuse our messy house. We are busy caring for our new chicks and we haven't tidied up.
And here's the question - I wonder if it would be worth getting a few chicks in order to put up a sign like that.
Here are a couple of other aquarium pictures.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
If you haven't read Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, look for it at your next library visit. She recommends three basic things: morning journaling, walks, and weekly artist dates. The artist date is an hour or two spent alone recharging the creativity you put into your work.
Ms. Cameron mentions that "there are as many ways to avoid this commitment as there are days of your life" and I certainly find that to be true. It's been on my mind, though, and on Monday I went to the Newport Aquarium, which is a few minutes from my house. I have an annual pass, and I can't use the "too far away" and "too expensive" excuses. Not to mention, Barnes and Noble is right beside the aquarium.
I tried to take a picture in the virtual shark exhibit, but no luck. I did get others, though.
This is an artistic jellyfish model,
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Since I just finished a big project, I looked through my unfinished quilts to see if anything struck me. I found this one, done many years ago, I'm sure. I can remember liking the fabric at the local WalMart one Easter season and fussy-cutting the chicks. I machine quilted it very badly - I doubt that I even had my current machine then. As often happened, I got as far as starting the binding, then stopped. I'm sure Easter was long over by then.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Would you believe - my challenge quilt for this month is finished. And, would you believe, I really like it. You can say "I told you so" later.
Here is is. You probably know, I've told you so many times, that the challenge topic is "what do you remember?" My quilt is a collage of many of those things.Here's what to look for - I hope I get them all.
my uncle's grape arbor
hanging clothes on the line - every time
washing and saving tin foil to use over and over
the wringer washer
shopping at the A & P
getting an electric stove to replace the kerosene stove
my grandmother using newspaper to make patterns
chicks at my grandfather's hatchery. One spring he gave me two - my mother was so mad
always using butter, no margarine, my father was a dairy farmer
grinding horseradish in the spring
my mother crocheting rugs and my grandmother braiding them
the sulpher water from the well
quilts that were knotted, not quilted (the knots are on the edges)
the background is a gird, sort of - we would stand on the register in the winter to
the colors in the background are an Amish pallette, sort of - we were raised in
a Mennonite home
I think I got them all.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
So, just some pictures instead. Helen brought Nora presents from California, both with fairies.
Nora, your hair looks great.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thanks to all of you who sent commiserating messages about the winter. I've over the crankiness now.
First thing this morning I made some fabric with angelina fibers. I just can't stay cranky when I work with that wonderfulness.
Here's the color mix I chose - see what I mean? Aren't those fibers glorious?
And how can I stay cranky when I turn to my sketchbook and remember that Nora added her touch to my sketch,
Friday, February 22, 2008
There was freezing rain again today. I am so tired of this.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
It's snowing again. And sleeting. It's 7:30, and I just talked with Steph, who is almost home after leaving work at 4:00. Luckily Mike was able to get the kids at school with a few minutes to spare.
There was a workshop in Bellevue tonight that I've been looking forward to, but it was postponed. The snowplow has been by several times, but the sleet keeps coming.
I'd thought I'd make dinner for a drive-by pick up for Steph - bad idea, I thought the snow wouldn't start 'til later. I made this mac 'n cheese with something called cellentani, a curvy macaroni. I thought Nora would love it, but she can love it another day.
I need some spring. Even though it's probably a week or so early, I planted some tomato seedlings today. I got a pack of Burpee assorted heirlooms in a mix of colors. I like the idea of being surprised. There are Brandywine Pink, Golden Sunburst, Black Krim, Evergreen (green), and Djena Lee's Golden Girl.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Aaron is a little, very little, under the weather. Since he had a low-grade fever yesterday, Steph was afraid that if he went to school today she'd get a call in a few hours asking her to come get him. With snow on the way, that would be more difficult than usual. I went to their house last night so I could be there and watch him today without driving in the snow predicted for this morning.
Nora was in her pajamas and using her "computer."
Aaron was playing football with his dad, but he was more delighted with the dogs than the football.
This was Mike's Father's Day gift from Nora. She picked it out at a store in Berea - once she saw it, there was no doubt in her mind that this was the gift she wanted for her dad.