Thursday, July 5, 2018

This is why I gave up letter writing

I can't believe it has been 2 months since my last post!  I keep thinking of it, then there's something I need to do, and I put it off for another day.

But, on the off chance anyone is still stopping by to see what I've been up to...

I have been sewing when time and the weather allows.



I finished another one of those darned kits of the month.  (this might be the one that prompted me to sign up for the series)














I've been working on a new quilt for my bed.  There will be four of these blocks, which are 40" each!









Last year when Anna was here, we decided to both make this quilt so I could help her build skills long distance.   She is hand piecing, since she has little room to set up a sewing machine for any length of time.  She likes vintage fabrics, so her version is more interesting than mine.


I discovered a couple of balls of "Boutique Unforgettable" yarn in my stash.  A friend has been making socks with this yarn, so I decided to give it a try as a way to learn the "Fish Lips Kiss" heel method. See how the heel looks like a kid making a fish face?  (You can find the instructions for $1 at Ravelry).  I finished them on the plane ride out to Portland to visit Guy and Anna. 









The high point of that trip was the zipline tour we did!

And, of course, I have to get my "Oma time" as often as possible.

On my work days, creative time is hard to come by.  I started doing a daily doodle- à la google doodle- on a 2 x 3 chalkboard at my desk.  A few people play along to guess what the subject is.  This is the one I did for Jacques Cousteau's birthday a few weeks ago. 
(Did you know he was the co-inventor of the aqualung underwater breathing apparatus?)

Since it's gardening season, I am also outside most days I don't work for at least a couple of hours.  As usual, I got a great start on digging and replanting the weediest or most unruly spots.  But then the "housekeeping" starts- weeds and more weeds, deadheading and trimming- and then it gets too hot and dry to dig.  I have to keep trying to get the gardens I envisioned when I started. 

So, if you're here, thanks for stopping by.  I'll try to check in again before the Holidays.  :-)

I am grateful for:
My family
Air-conditioning
Being appreciated
Smooth traveling
The rare good night's sleep



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