Thursday, April 14, 2016

Just Passing Through

So over a year ago, I promised Cait a new canopy for her swing.  It's one of these.
 I never saw the original one, so I had to wing it.  I put the frame together the best I could without the hardware- using crochet hooks and masking tape.  You know, like girls do.  
It fits pretty good!  I can't wait to see it on the swing.  I'll get a picture when they put it together.  (Because I know everyone who reads my blog won't be able to sleep until they see the finished project.)  

Sewing through that heavy fabric did not make my sewing machine happy.  It was due for a tune up, so I took it right in the next day.  Good thing I have an extra, so I can sew if I find some time. 

Otherwise, the only accomplishment I can share is finishing this knitted bear.  He's about 8 inches tall.  The pattern was designed by Megan Kreiner, published in "Love of Knitting" last fall.  Cute pattern, but the instructions were a bit vague.   Good thing it wasn't my first stuffy.

 I've read a few articles lately about coal companies going bankrupt.  I know there are people whose livelihoods are dependent on the coal industry- and I feel bad for those families.  (Not the rich bastards who won't actually lose a penny!)  However, closing down every coal power plant, and ending the destruction of formerly beautiful mountainous areas is wonderful news for our planet.  By comparison to strip mining and blowing off mountain tops, miles of wind turbines to generate electricity in Texas seem quite scenic!!
Hopefully, cleaner technology will move into those areas and help those families- and our climate- recover. 

I am grateful for:
Being able to surprise my kids with something wonderful!
Sitting in the sun on the front porch, reading the paper.
Time spent with my quilting friends.
Being excited, when I used to be scared.
A fine spring day in the forecast!

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