On the last night of the Smokies camping trip, we decided to go to Clingman's Dome to watch the sunset. As often happens, though, it was foggy when we got there. We came down to Newfound Gap, where it was clear.From there we went to a roadside pull-off just a little ways down the mountain to settle in and watch the sunset.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Finally getting back to the Smokies pictures. The date on the folder says September 15, how can it be two weeks already that we've been back? Life goes on, calendar pages turn.
This group strikes me as having "multiples" in common. They were all taken the same day, the mailboxes and bridge at Tremont and the others at Cades Cove.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Steph and Mike were celebrating their fifth anniversary yesterday with a rare evening out.I was babysitting, so I had a great time getting some pictures as well as hanging out with the little ones.
Nora was excited because she had a good day at gymnastics. That's one of her sparkly dress-up dresses behind her.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Friday Fill-In time. Janet had the best idea in getting this going. Answers are in bold.1. Making Halloween costumes, mums and pumpkins in the yard, orange accents around the house are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in October. It's been months since there was something to decorate for. Now there's Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter. I always enjoy the little extras inside and outside to celebrate the holidays.
2. Sometimes I blog early in the morning, like today, and that's my favorite time. It's usually dependent on when I get my postcard finished. My goal for the year of making a postcard every day was a good one - I'm tried lots of things I otherwise wouldn't have. It's not one I'll repeat next year, though. I'll still make lots, just not one every day.
3. We are constantly reinventing ourselves, and that's why there is a saying, "never say never."
4. When I'm down, I go camping, write, eat really nourishing foods. I also read more, and that's one of the indicators that I'm sliding down. I just naturally read a lot anyway, so if you see me with a book in my hand, don't assume that I'm feeling down. I'm probably feeling just fine.
5. At home is where you'll find me most often. I love to be at home. (See # 1.)
6. A rainy day is good for feeling grateful. It's been really dry again this summer and early fall. Sometimes I think that we don't realize how precious water is. How precious many things are, actually. In Sarah's area, there is little gasoline, long lines at the pumps when there is some.
7. And as for tonight, I'm looking forward to stopping on the way home for dinner, at Panera if I'm tired (their corn chowder is a treat) or at the Levee if I'm feeling more energetic, tomorrow my plans include lunch with a friend, then babysitting for Nora and Aaron while their parents celebrate their fifth anniversary (congrats, you two,) and Sunday I want to start making the Halloween costumes.
Happy Friday, everyone.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Last Friday I promised you the Nelson Mandela quote, from his inaugural speech in 1994, and here it is.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people who't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated frim our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
True then, true today.
It's been a long time since there have been Nora and Aaron pictures. Here's Nora puzzling out, what else, a puzzle that Steph brought her from the Smokies. The edges are curved, not straight, so there was a little extra puzzling before the full picture of the bear emerged.Here's Aaron that same night. He showed up with shoes on his feet - you can see one of them on the floor behind him. The next time I used the pot he's opening, there was a green block in it.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
aka September Take It Further Challenge quilt.
The September topic is "lists." I started this morning working with my postcard, thinking about lists, trying to incorporate my thoughts, just meaning to make a pattern for my quilt.
Action lists. Short lists. Endless lists. Special event lists. Christmas lists. Wish lists. Reading lists. Dreamy secret lists. Half done lists.
And then I realized that my quilt was finished. I liked what I had. It said what I wanted to say. So, a little quilt this time. 4" x 6".
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
August's challenge topic was "balance." Balance. Hmmm. An ongoing goal, a moving target, never overrated. Without apology becaused it's September, here's my quilt. 14" x 15".
Balance between sturdy cotton and soft, delicate silk. I used hand-dyed cotton for the background and placed dyed silk hankes on top. With sparkly tulle on top of that to keep the silk in place.
Balance between imagination and programmed machine-embroidery.
Balance between strong colors.
Balance between quadrants and flowing curves.
In personal life, flowers for balance and a few sparkles thrown in.
Here's the behind-the-scenes. I had thought ribbon would be a good addition to this quilt and actually bought several rolls trying to find the ones that would look just right. On finishing the quilt last night, or so I thought, I felt uneasy but thought maybe I'd just looked at it for too long.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
It was a glorious fall day, perfect for the second day of Oktoberfest in Cincinnati. I got a cup of Warsteiner beer, my favorite, and strolled around. The Bengals game was on the Fountain Square tv, and a cheer went up when the Bengals scored in the fourth quarter. For one bright, shining moment, it looked like they might win. It wasn't to be, Giants 26, Bengals 23 in overtime.
And a good day to watch Nora playing Mermaid. Still no power at their house.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Oh, my gosh, I have a new sewing machine.Is this beautiful, or what?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Friday Fill-In time, everybody Answers are in bold.
1. There is no need to give up on civility. I love civility. A good example was this week when the power was out - people were ever so good about treating un-lit stop lights as four way stops.
2. Where in the heck did the empty USB ports on my computer go? When I got my laptop last year with four USB ports I felt as if I had riches galore. A year later I'm always switching things out.
3. Ripping out and replacing stitches is all I managed to do. Always use a walking foot when putting binding and sashing on a quilt. Always. End of message.
4. Prospects for good leadership in this country don't look good. We have all these wonderful universities - aren't any of them training leaders?
5. We were born to manifest the glory of God within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone - Nelson Mandela - full quote later - is the message.
6. Simplicity and tranquility are my goals every day. I sometimes admire people who relish a good argument and actually enjoy verbal fighting. Not me, no way.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a little catch up and relaxation. The week coming back from the Smokies is always long. Tomorrow my plans include working, then riding the bus to Cincinnati for Octoberfest, and Sunday I want to do something fun, don't know what yet.
No postcard today, I was working on this table topper, 27" x 27". Not my usual style, but I was making it for someone else.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Some pictures from the Tremont hike.There's a spider web toward the right - you might have to click on the picture to see it.
One of the reasons I'm so crazy about the Smokies is because there are so many beautiful views like this one. Every time you go around a curve, there's a new one.