Wednesday, May 31, 2023



Graduation . . . come and gone.  High school over and out for Nora.

It was a big graduation in a big venue on Xavier's campus.  Family party the next day.  

Sarah and Winnie and the dogs came the night before and it was a big weekend.  I love it when Steph comes to hang out and spend the night with us.

There was a little weeding and mulching, shopping Facebook Marketplace for an antique dresser for Winnie and Sarah.

One day soon there will be a furniture swap - my "new" living room chair and ottoman will come from North Carolina and the dresser will go back.  On this trip, a storage ottoman came in the car.  

It's been a very long time since I had new furniture.  After a certain age, we just . . . don't.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023



Chives, one of my earliest perienniels.  Every spring I consider snipping some for cooking.  Every year I don't.  I forgive myself - they pull their weight in those purple spring flowers.

I read a lot of novels, and most I don't remember.  I just finished Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, and that one I will remember.  This book was a surprise - I usually find her books to be hard reads but this one was mesmorizing.  

Around November I started receiving my ordered block of the month fabrics.  They have been sitting  around beside my computer, the fabrics are really lovely.  This morning I started stitching.  It was time.

Thing is, though, I'm missing one of the month's fabrics.  I contacted the fabric store and they sent me the tracking informaion that said the package was delivered.  They suggested that the packet was small and maybe someone in my house had moved it - nope.  I'd been watching for it, I know it never came.  I asked if I could just purchase that month's fabrics, but there was none left.

I'm not really upset - I figure that (a) one of my neighbors will finally bring the package, (b) there will be enough leftovers from other months to fill in, (c) my quilt will be a different size, (d) I'll find the fabrics on etsy, or (e) I'll figure out something creative to replace those two blocks. 

Thursday, May 11, 2023

More Misc


Comforter binding.  I just realized, now that it's finished, that I didn't do my usual 1/4" seam around the edge before I started the binding.  It worked just fine, but I do want to remember next time.  Just in case.

My high school graduating grand girl has just one more day of classes.  Graduation isn't for a couple more weeks, at the end of the school year, but seniors finish first.  

I just made my first container of Miracle Grow for the season.  The little seedlings on the back porch are growing well.  Cucumbers, basil, marigolds.  Mostly marigolds.

I've just started reading Demon Copperhead.  I hadn't planned to read it, but now that Barbara Kingsolver has a Pulitzer for the book, I want to give it a try.

Monday, May 1, 2023



Mending, alterations, I'm way behind.  It seems like that's the way it's going in my life right now.

Yeserday, I did hem a pair of pants.  And altered Nora's pretty brown prom suit.  For the pants, took them in at the waist, norrowed the legs, re-hemmed, anchored the buttons.  I never mind grand kid sewing.

At retreat several weeks ago I cut out squares for a comforter and figured out a layout.  I wish I'd taken a picture because now I can't remember that layout.  The fabric came in a bag from Mennonite Central Committee, pieces of donated fabric that someone put together.  Mostly greens and yellows.  It needs some purple.  That's ok, I have purple.

My older friend, the one I've been getting groceries for and taking out on Fridays, has been in the hospital.  Now in a nice rehab facility.  I've tried to visit often, but this weekend, not at all.  And I feel bad about that.  Last time I went she was sitting up in a wheelchair, looking outside at the trees and the birds, so much nicer than the hospital view of another part of the building, seen from her bed.  There was talk of bingo the next day.

The thing is, now that I'm not doing our combined grocery order, I've been putting off getting groceries.  Just dashing into the smaller store for a few things or ordering carry out.