17 June 2020


Today is my 48th wedding anniversary.We had a quasi-hippy mountain wedding. I say that because my parents invited what seemed like a ton on people, but in reality it was about 50. It was held at my parents house in the mountains. My mother made my dress and had to take it in 1" a week before the wedding because I lost so much weight. Oh to be that slender again!

31 May 2020

May 2020

Someone painted a rock last month and placed it at the base of my mailbox. Wasn't that apropos for earth day?

I started some seeds: marigolds, basil, tomatoes, delicata squash and zuchinni. 

To say that I had success was an understatement.

I also bought a couple of sweet pepper plants.

30 April 2020

April 2020

I've made several batches of Delectable Mountain blocks. Finished are the gold, dark blue, and brown. I'm working on the purple ones now. 160 blocks is a lot of work!

Before Covid-19 I took on a commission of making some blue velvet curtains. I had to suspend the roll of fabric from the floor joists in the basement and then arrange two tables and some bins to be able to get the fabric to unroll easily and smoothly. I had to get the hubs to help with the cutting because I had limited amount of velvet and I couldn't waste any in squaring up the ends. The curtains were a piece of cake to make, it is the fabric cutting that is a bit difficult and fiddly.

I made another batch of masks and took them down to the fire department. They hand them out to others.

I've been slowing adding rows to the knitted log cabin blanket. I made all the blocks using left over sock yarn. Then I put 12 squares in a column by knitting them together by doing a knitted on i-cord. Now I am knitting the columns together the same way. It is very slow going and I would like to get it done before hot weather really gets here.

31 March 2020

March 2020

Wow! What a month, huh?

First thing: I finished the "Sue" quilt. This is a low light photo to show the quilting.

Then COVID-19 struck. Since the hubs is immune-compromised we have been on semi self-isolation since March 1 and full self-isolation since March 20.

I'm making face masks for the medical industry (or veterinarians, or patients or whomever needs them) since the masks are in short supply. I belong to a group that does this type of thing. And I have a lot of fabric. Ya think?

All-in-all I've made 26 masks. I've given one batch to a nursing home and this next batch will go to hospice.

Someone in my 'hood has been painting rocks. This is the one I found at the base of our mailbox. Don't you love it?

I also have been making more quilt blocks. This is a stack of Delectable Mountain blocks.

This month has been so strange and I am reminded of a Grateful Dead song: What a long strange trip it's been.

29 February 2020

February 2020

Well I finished the quilting on this one. Phew! I shot this picture in very low light so the quilting would show. I promise that the colors are very different. I am in the middle of binding it and will get a better photo of it in daylight. Outside.


31 January 2020

January 2020

I made this quilt in 1988. That is 32 years ago! I loved  the sampler center, but the recipient's bed was king size, so I had to make it larger. I thoroughly dislike that wide border. Let me explain something. This quilt was made ala Georgia Bonesteel's quilt as you go and was handquilted. That was all right for the center but to make it bigger with that super wide border and then hand quilt it was not a good idea. It should have had a series of borders, but, nope, I wanted to get it done.

I've always wanted to hang this quilt on the wall at Valentine's but it was just too large. I've tried putting it on my bed but my mattress is much deeper than the bed this quilt used to be on. So I've been cogitating on it and I think I've come up with a plan. Watch this space for further developments.

I've been super busy at work lately. I gave my retirement notice in December and now I'm placing ads on inDeed and Craigslist trying to hire someone to replace me. It's not easy! I hope to be able to get to this quilt once I have a bit more time.

Take care, my friends.

31 December 2019

December 2019

The snow from the Thanksgiving storm still lingers around. The side roads are almost impassible. I thought I was going to get hung up on a big ice hill when I left the bank today. It's a good thing this car is going to be used as a trade in for a newer vehicle, because these roads are beating it to death.

The Hubs and I totally rearranged the living room to make a spot for the Christmas tree. The funny thing is that we both like the new arrangement and will probably keep it like this even after Christmas.

My trigger thumb is not getting any better. Thank goodness I have an appointment with a hand doctor on Tuesday. Are you curious what trigger thumb is? Trigger thumb is a condition that causes your thumb to get stuck in a bent position. Trigger thumb causes stiffness when bending the thumb or hear snapping and popping when moving it. I have both. I have stopped ALL handwork. But I've been reading a lot more and doing simple chores. Nothing that involves lifting because I don't know when the thumb will give out and whatever I'm holding with crash to the floor. 

There were two problems with my car that got fixed. One was very inconvenient and involved poking a pen or other narrow item into a hole in the steering column so the ignition could be totally turned off and the key removed. The other was more serious in that there were no brake lights. A new wire here and a new brake light switch there and $$$ the car is fixed. For now. Things are starting to go wrong at an alarming rate with this vehicle so it is time to get rid of it. Car shopping. UGH.

Speaking of cars...

Look what I found in the engine compartment of my car. I popped the hood to add some windshield washer fluid and I found one in each corner tucked up by the firewall. Silly squirrels. I remember when I was a teenager my mom's car wouldn't start. We lived in the mountains and she always parked in the garage after a horse nibbled the rib of her convertible top and she had to replace it. Anyway, the car wouldn't start, so Dad popped the hood and removed the cover of the air filter. No wonder it wouldn't start! The air filter was packed to bursting with dog food. It was mice that time.

And so, several days before Christmas, the furnace starting acting strange. After a call to an HVAC company, it turns out that the thermal coupler was going bad. New coupler = happy quilter. We have the kids and grands coming and no heat was not an option.

Now it is the last day of 2019. I can't stay up late any more so the Hubs and I usually don't go out on New Year's Eve. We did, however, go to a movie today. We went to a new theater in town that is dine-in. Yes, you read that right!. There is a button on the heated recliner to summon a server. The server takes your order and swipes your card. Soon, your order comes out. The Hubs ordered popcorn and a soda. That was a good thing because I can't imagine trying to eat nachos or a brat in the dark; I can't keep food off the front of me in the light. What did we see? The latest Star Wars movie - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was good. It was loud. My recliner vibrated with the sound.

Well, Happy New Year all!