Friday, March 30, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I thought that today was sew day with my friends and packed up my things and went on my way. Turns out that it was yesterday, when I was working. I had really looked forward to seeing my friends.
But, it's not like I can't work on my project at home. At some point, when I was looking for something else, I found a partially completed tiny quilt top. I bought it ages ago, when Victorian Quilt Shop was still open and still in their first Beechmont Road location. I used to love to shop there when I came for a visit.
This kit had Hoffman fabrics and might have been used for a class. Even though I started it years ago, the top looks pretty square and the seams pretty consistently 1/4". The directions are long gone, but it will be easy enough to figure them out.
Time to get sewing.
Monday, March 26, 2012
What I also learned: just because the basic directions suggest doing it one way, it doesn't mean you have to do it that way. Add a buttonhole or interfacing or a different kind of pocket. I need to give myself a little credit for the things that I know, consider directions as guidelines only.
I'm wondering whether my seed order will come today. If it does, then it will be officially time to turn some energy to outside projects, including some landscaping. It was the right thing to do to pull out the ugly bushes in December, but now I need to decide what to plant instead. I have new shelves to put up for the grow light system, and I'm thinking hard about a nice timer to go with it.
And those bags of top soil - I wonder how many will go in my car. No more pulling up with the old truck and asking for twenty bags.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
All that basketball and just thirteen days 'til Opening Day. For weeks now, I've been saying that I'm going to the Opening Day parade. Just realized that I'm not, because of other really good stuff, but I'm so looking forward to baseball season. I can get some really good evening sewing done, listening to the games. And then there are the fireworks, for home runs and at the end of the winning games, that I can hear from my house.
Some of my teams may be leaving the Sweet Sixteen, one by one, but it's still a good time of year.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
I usually wouldn't use shaped buttons like this, but I liked the little snowman button set at JoAnn's. The snowflake buttons were part of the set. The quilt is 12" x 12", hand dyed fabrics Stop by and see Joanne's quilt later today, she's still working.
Eighty degrees today. I went out walking after baby quilt group and have been drinking water ever since.
I was reading a new article about Ohio University's spot in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The article said this is OU's first Sweet Sixteen since 1964. And, I remember that. I was a first year student there, and the game was broadcast at the basketball arena. What a change from now, when everyone could just watch it on their computers.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
I'm going to lunch with a friend at a little restaurant close to the river and am hoping the rainy sky clears up so I can combine lunch with a walk through the business district and small river park.
Feeling sad this morning for various reasons, one of which was the incident with a few University of Mississippi's band members and their green card remark to a Hispanic player. One of my former colleagues wrote a very elegant response to what he thought the school's president should have said when he apologized.
University of Mississippi's President Saunders: "We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today's game. The words of these individuals do not represent the sentiments of our pep band, athletic department, or university. We apologize to Mr. Rodriguez and will take quick and appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved in this isolated incident."
Brian Reed: "This is a classic non-apology apology. Why can't a University President just once say, "Our insitution obviously failed these students. Our goal is to foster intellectual curiosity, rigorous thought, reason, compassion, and humility. As such, it is clear that we have failed to deliver on that promise to these students. As an insitutiton we have much soul searching to do as we examine how our students could receive a Southern Miss education and still be capable of what can only be described as unabashed racism.""
Brian is Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students at Dartmouth College. I am so honored to have served on a Student Life team with him.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The theme for next month is Strips, and I have to admit to piecing that one yesterday. I had lots of other things to do, but I was curious to see how it would work out. I'll just be a little ahead this time.
Almost two years ago, I bought Norton Anti-Virus software and also Photoshop Elements. I installed the anti-virus right away, but was a little intimidated by the Photoshop, even though it was the basic one. Finally, this morning, I installed it. It's a start, anyway.
It's stormy here this morning, but I got in a quick 25-minute walk before the raindrops started. Sometimes it's just easier to exercise in two smaller segments anyway.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
In a few weeks, the view of the Ohio River will be obscured by leaves. We admired the red-roofed building on the Ohio side, but couldn't figure out what it is. I went back today for another walk and another look from a different angle, but I still don't know what it is. We were guessing a water plant.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
One thing that was high on my list was extra lighting for the upstairs studio and office. I have flush-mount fixtures, and that's probably what I need to continue with because the ceiling isn't all that high and I don't want to deal with holes in the ceiling. I was hopeful that the electrician might know of two-bulb fixtures in the same square configuration. There is plenty of room for another bulb.
I had the equalivalant of a 100-watt compact fluorescents but they kind of got swallowed up in the large rooms. Then one day this week I spotted 150-watt CF bulbs at Target, . . .hmmm. Turns out that they works great, so much more light, there is room to spare for the large bulbs, and they are still only 42 watts. True, the bulbs cost $13 each, but that's minimal compared to the cost of the electrician and new fixtures. And it looks like there may be even higher-wattage bulbs available online.
Sometimes procrastination works out well. And now, I'm considering, maybe one of the other jobs on my list is one I can do myself.
Don't forget to spring forward tonight.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Those of you who know her think of her as very tall, very slender, very athletic. It was fun for me to be reminded that as a baby she was very plump and very dis-inclined to hit the markers of rolling over, sitting up, and crawling. Had she been my first baby, I would have worried as the days went by and she did none of those things.
I'm always rooting for the race horse who travels at the back of the pack, then chooses his time and starts his run, just because I'm reminded of my daughter. One day she just started her run and ended up walking early. She left those baby days behind and has been on the move all her life.
I told her that at the shower no one will guess that this picture is her.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I always enjoy the neighborhood parks in cities, little areas that are so different from their surroundings. My daughter works a few blocks from this pretty little lake, in a multi-floor building with a parking garage.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The woman's mother-in-law wanted burgundy and brown frames for the photos, free motion on the sashings between them, and hearts on the borders. All done. I used my embroidery software for the hearts and connected them with swoopy lines. I hope the family is happy with their quilt.
It was so fun on Saturday night to meet one of my high school classmates with her sister, who lives locally, and her sister's husband. In high school, my classmate had the best pony tail ever. We had a luscious dinner and good conversation at Newport on the Levee. There must have been some kind of event going on and we also saw lots of pretty, short sparkly dresses and really, really high sparkly shoes. I'm usually not out and about on a Saturday night, and the evening was such a treat.
Walking back to my car, I was impressed once again how the relatively mundane daytime Monmouth Street really lights up on a Saturday night. This was just 8:00 too, it only gets better.