Friday, April 30, 2010
1. I was wondering whether I can finish Helen's quilt and photograph it for a juried show before I give it to her. It's close to being finished now, but there are still hours to go and the deadline is approaching.
2. I went to Journey Group and I left my book behind. But Violet put it aside for me so I can pick it up later. Actually, it wasn't my book, it was my plate and fork.
3. Why am I so absent-minded? (See answer 2.) And this is nothing new, so don't say it's old age. My sister calls it being dreamy and we share that trait. It makes it hard to focus and hard to find things (I'm looking for my bias tape maker right now. I used it just a few days ago.) I try to compensate by being fairly organized and that helps some but not nearly enough.
4. Gardening was in my thoughts today. I bought a cell pack of peppers to put out in my front yard beds, including my new one. I've got to unload the bags of top soil that I put in the truck for winter weight and enlarge that bed.
5. One of my father's favorite sayings was - I don't have a favorite saying for my father. He was a pretty quiet man. A big reader, and he loved pie and his granddaughters.
6. He's behind with almost everything - I know that feeling! I think I live there. It's not that I'm a big procrastinator, although there's a little of that going on, it's that there's so much I want to do.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm planning to meet friends at Jungle Jim's for a new grocery shopping experience for me, tomorrow my plans included teaching a class, and Sunday I want to work in the yard if it doesn't rain.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
He also spent a long time in the neighbor's driveway sitting in a yellow truck, just pretending (and said that,) while the other kids were running around.
I got an email from a group asking members to send in pictures of their needle cases. I won't be sending in my picture - I don't think this is what they have in mind. But I do love my little Needle Nest, which keeps my needles secure on a magnatized backing. Wonderfully functional.
Monday, April 26, 2010
I enjoyed watching the kids' reactions to seeing familiar things used in different ways. Surely there's a good book out there with easy recycling projects.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sweet Nora is just realizing she can read a little and spent her Barnes and Noble time with books while Aaron stayed glued at the train set.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This greeting of mine,
The winds and the birds shall deliver,
To the queen of the west,
In her garlands dressed,
On the banks of the beautiful river.
. . . Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Steph and Aaron at Fountain Square.
Friday, April 23, 2010
1. Where are my good intentions to be well on my way to having a pretty yard by this time of the spring? Instead I have weeds and leaves in the flower beds and a new bed only about 1/3 started. With rain all weekend, I won't get much done to correct that. I did get the grass mowed last night and (hurray) remembered to put stabilizer in the gas can that I filled up. I used to start my own plants inside with grow lights and have such a pretty yard. I wonder now how I had time for all that.
2. If wishes were horses, I'd need lots of oats. I have lots of wishes.
3. I'd like to see the wildflowers in the Smokies. Two years ago I went to the Smokies with Bridget and Helen in the spring and there were so many different wildflowers. The creeks were roaring, which they always do, but they were especially exuberant in the spring. We stayed in a little motel right on a creek and the motel had a coffee shop that had a wonderful veggie sandwich on the menu. There was a fire ring outside our back door - just like camping with soft beds and good food.
4. When I was a teen, I thought that my family would be around forever. Now I'd like to go back and pay better attention to some things and ask some questions.
5. One of my mother's favorite sayings was . . . . . my mother wasn't big on sayings, but my grandmother would say, "things can't always be the same." I think of that often. She meant that change would need to be dealt with, although I think of change as bringing newness.
6. I'd have a hard time doing without my sewing machine(s). I get up early in the morning just to be sure I'll get my sewing in. If I'm not sewing, then I'm figuring out what to make next. This morning I finished a shimmery little thread basket and the colors are so pretty.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm planning to stay home and catch-up on some projects and assignments, tomorrow my plans include a trip to the art store (where did that come from? It just popped into my head.), and Sunday I want to have everything ready for Journey Group at my house.
Happy Friday, everyone.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
All day when I stitched I thought about Aaron and hoped that he would be happy under his quilt. And that if he had a cold or sore throat that he would feel comforted by it. It's a quilt filled with good wishes.
I rarely make a quilt big enough for a bed. I refer to my kid quilts as cuddle quilts and they're smaller. Today I saw a small kid quilt referred to as a stroller quilt, and I like that term too. I've moved my sewing machine to a table in my office to have more flat space to support the quilts.
I've seen the studios of some of the members of my quilt guild and they're not as spread out as mine. I think the thing is that I am all over the place with my sewing, focus wise. I do some utility quilting, some art quilting, some (but not much) garment sewing, lots of sewing projects, some felting, and some embroidery. Since I like it all, I can't see that changing any time soon.
Friday, April 16, 2010
1. I'd like solitary camping for two weeks beside the Little River. Hikes, trips into town, reading, campfires, journaling, just sitting and watching the river. I wonder whether two weeks would be enough.
2. One of my most romantic memories is hmmm, not sure. I don't have a lot of romantic memories.
3. Last night I had tomato gorgonzola soup from Kroger's soup bar for dinner. Awesome.
4. Sorry for the clutter. I live in a creative space, but I crave clean surfaces with minimal clutter. These don't always go together well, and that's why I wanted a cape cod house where I can have creative upstairs space.
5. Can we put up a clothesline now? I miss my Ecovillage clothesline.
6. One of my worst temptations is also one of my best; the hot food bar at Whole Foods is hard to resist. The tofu/veggie dishes are always delicious.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to stopping over to see Nora and Aaron's new haircuts, tomorrow my plans include taking a software class, and Sunday I want to finish Aaron's quilt.
Happy Friday, everyone.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I can't remember the pattern manufacture for the cupcake place mat - if you really want it, I'll find out. The embroidered cupcake on the napkin is by Anita Goodesign.
It was my late night to work tonight and all the way home I kept thinking that I really needed to stop and pick up something to eat, since the cupboard's pretty bare and I need to go grocery shopping. But home always calls me and even driving through seemed like just too much time. Home I went, and found the pasta and pesto that I got at Findlay Market on Sunday. That, with a bag of good frozen veggies on top, was perfect, and now I have lunch for tomorrow too.
I've been clipping coupons after a long time out. I'm finding that I really don't save much money but try out things that I usually might pass up as being too expensive, like those really nice frozen vegetables as compared to the usual plain ones. And it's fun to score with doubled manufacture's coupons teamed up with a store special, plus it's a good excuse to buy the Sunday paper.
It's started to rain and . . . it's time for bed.
Monday, April 12, 2010
I fused down the bushes, cut irregular shapes for the plants, and fused them down too.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
There were outside displays and there was fresh pasta to eat outside. Last time I was there the only outside display was a man selling horseradish, which I'm sure may have rivaled my grandmother's horseradish from years ago.
I bought some fresh pasta and fresh pesto for another day and that was my only purchase, other than my lunch. I just wanted to look and look, at the earrings, little sewn items, fresh meats and fish, flowers, baked goods.
Thanks to Patti and Welda for suggesting this. All this goodness, very close to home, means I'll be back soon.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
It was a total surprise to Helen, who thought Jack was home in North Carolina, where Helen is moving and starting a new job next week.
We had a good-bye dinner at my house, someone suggested a walk at the Levee, everyone packed into the cars. Jack and Helen's daughter Elise were waiting on a bench on the bridge.
There was a quick toast with a bottle of champaigne and a quick look at the dozen roses that Jack also brought. Along with the ring. Aaron was the littlest cheerster, and no, he doesn't have champaign in his glass.
Then we went to Bridget's and gave Helen her going-away present - a framed print of the Purple People Bridge. Helen couldn't believe that all of us knew what was going down - and kept the secret for almost a week. I'll really miss Helen but I know she's going to be happy in North Carolina.
See you at the Smokies, Helen.
Friday, April 9, 2010
1. In 1992, I was married, taking college calculus, had a Singer 6235 without a good 1/4" piecing foot, wasn't concerned about global warming or health care, didn't recycle, loved going to work at Fairchild Hall, and weighed more than I do now.
2. Nora and Aaron = laughter and smiles. There's always something going on or something one of them said.
3. Do what you do best, with what you have in front of you, where you can spread out and enjoy the process.
4. The beach is where I'd like to be. I always have the same answer to that one, followed closely by "at home."
5. The trees and flowers are telling me, "Look at me, look at me. I'm here, I'm awesome, look at me."
6. There is some drama that just keeps going on. Do people really enjoy that? Do they look forward to arguments, hurt feelings, upset? It's so far out of my zone that it's hard to imagine enjoying it.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Helen's going away party (happy for Helen, sad for me,) tomorrow my plans include a short work day, and Sunday I want to make a birthday present.
Happy Friday, everyone.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
to the Great American Ball Park. You can see the stadium through the bridge, on the left side. Lots of red. Below, people on the patio underneath. I wonder what the work absenteeism is on Opening Day. It's a day to love, one of those days when anything's possible.
I had a dead battery this morning. Lucky for me, my neighbor was home because her kids were on Spring Break. A quick jump, and I was only ten minues late for work. I must have left the headlights on. A little experimenting this evening proved that the buzzer that signals that the lights are on no longer works. I'll just have to be mindful from now on.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I was happy that Nora wore her Easter dress because she looked absolutely adorable and was pleased to have a dress that twirled.
Aaron was less fashion conscious but sweet none the less in his new outfit.
The ride home was a happy one, with a bracelet, stickers, whistles, a treasured "camera," and other assorted kid pleasers. So nice.
Friday, April 2, 2010
1. All you need is Granny Smith apples, sugar, and just a little water, and you can make homemade applesauce. Which is what I'm taking to Easter dinner.
2. The latest tale of Aaron's day fills me with laughter. Mike says that currently Aaron spends 80% of his day reporting injustices. (Nora took my truck, Cosmo ate my cookie, etc.)
3. Each generation, as it grows up, has its own set of challenges and its own joys.
4. Rudeness is something I have a hard time dealing with. I take it personally and it usually has little to do with me and more with the rude person's day. Civility is what it's all about for me.
5. A trip to the beach is what I need. A chance to listen to nature's rhythms. And a trip to Asheville to see Sarah.
6. Give happiness and you get back happiness. And the Universe will be a better place.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to fabric shopping for something with little dots, tomorrow my plans include watching the Easter egg hunt fun, and Sunday I want to go to church then have a good dinner in the evening.
Happy Friday, everyone, and Happy Easter.