Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
We are back from our trip to visit friends in California and re-visit Lake Tahoe after 35 years.
We re-visited the seminary (CDSP) and took the Dean out to lunch. We enjoyed a jazz club in Berkeley, and a German restaurant the next day on the way to Tahoe. We rode the Tahoe Queen out into the lake, grilled steaks, and took life easy. We drove through the Donner Pass on our way to Sacramento. We saw the pear orchards around Courtland and had lunch with other friends. We drove into San Francisco on Memorial Day afternoon--and the traffic was NOT heavy. We walked along the Bay, then sat facing the Bay and airplanes landing for supper in a bar with the Laker/Nuggets game on the bar TV.
It took a whole day to get home from the west coast, but here we are, and the mail has been picked up from the post office.
Time to think about some more quilt construction!
Visit with Aunt Peggy, Bruce and Carol during layover in Minneapolis
Charlie Ramsden and Frances' hospitality
Conversation with Johanna & Jay
No travel difficulties
Monday, May 18, 2009
And "my mother's" iris. Not really hers, but this was the only kind she had, so they are what I always thought Iris were supposed to be: PURPLE. I asked a neighbor for a piece when I saw that she had just the right kind. Thank you, my old neighbor. I moved it with me to our new house 16 years ago.
Friday, May 15, 2009
After all that, I had some little snips and sewn together pieces, so I made letters of them. "N" and then "M", and then "E". Could I make a word with those letters? I needed a fourth letter for Tonya's challenge, but what should it be?
So these are both going to Tonya as soon as I find out her address.
[Why does Blogger sometimes refuse to go to the photo posting routine? I've been trying for three hours. I guess I'll try again tomorrow morning.]
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I took a walk around the garden this afternoon in order to calm my spirit.
The concert tonight has me very worried I will "let down the side" and make mistakes affecting all the basses and our performance.
So it is very good to see that the pink saucer magnolia doesn't care if I hit that interval correctly.
Nor do the late multi-bloom narcissus.
And I can see that the peonies are still coming up behind this group of daffodils.
The white "Snowdrift" crabapples are in full bloom and the dark rose crabapple is coming along.
And yesterday DS Peter invited us over for dinner on Sunday.....
Then the UPS truck drove in, to the dismay of Zeke. And the box contained.....
Roses from DD Martha and her family for Mother's Day.
So what's to worry about?
Mother Nature is still handling a lot of the world, and my family will love me even with mis-sung notes.
A LOT of right notes
The sturdiness of nature's processes
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The 9-patch and hourglass blocks blocks are done, or nearly done. I know I'll be under a few when I get to the end of putting them together. BUT I started the sewing together of the rows, and it's going pretty quickly.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Our SpoolSpinners Bee had a Sew-In today. Everyone worked on their own projects, but several of us worked on our monthly blocks for the "Your Way Mystery". These are the 6.5" blocks I made today, my wonky shoofly blocks. [Everyone chose their own block and fabrics, so these are going to be quite different quilts at the end.]
Eight of us worked away in the church meeting room from 10 until about 4. Naturally there was lots of chatter and commentary on each other's projects. A good time.
And here is my stack of 9-patches and hourglass blocks growing day by day. The challenge is to make ONE a day, but I am so far making four of each since my method makes two at a time, and I am working on reducing my pile of 6" and 6.5" squares. This gets twice as many used up.
After supper I got on the mowing tractor and did the lawn around the house for the first time this season. I did not go out to the meadow and do the paths because they are running in water still from all the rain recently. At this time of the year it is fun to mow and view the landscape at the same time. Our "bocce court" is just as bumpy as always.
Charlie had the mower ready to go
Friday, May 1, 2009
And here is one more shot of the quilt I finished yesterday.
This shows the uneven circles that I free quilted in the inner border. Jusat another "liberated" look while I am learning to be more consistent. Oh, well, learning takes experience. And I think I might keep this for myself for a while.
Charlie & Peter off enjoying baseball together
Lots of help pulling garlic mustard on MY property
A little sunshine today