Monday, September 9, 2019

I finished something?!!

So, I started this post a week ago!  I swear, I just don't know where my days go anymore!

This was the view on the hill as I drove to work this (Last Tuesday) morning.  Oddly enough, it looked a lot like this again today!  It's one of my favorite parts of the drive because I can see in all directions and enjoy the moon setting over the farms, glorious sunrises, mist rising out of the corn field, the cows walking out the their pasture....  (The Mennonite farmers still pasture their cows)
It's a nice way to start the day.

As the title of the post says, I managed to finish something last week!  I pieced this quilt at least 10 years ago as a teaching sample for a class- probably more like 15 years!  The pattern is from French Braid Quilts, by Jane Hardy Miller

So when I heard my niece was having a baby girl, I already had a head start on a gift for her!  My sewing machine and I had a disagreement so it wasn't ready for the shower, but she will have it in time for baby Brooklyn's arrival in October!

The theme for the shower was "woodland boho"- which I had never heard of, but if you google it, there's a lot of stuff!  So I made a sweet baby bunny label for it. Obviously the pins have since been removed!

Now that cooler weather is coming, I need to finish the quilt for my bed, aka the beast.  My machine apparently does not like sewing straight line free motion.  So I went back to the walking foot, but am using the bungees and clamps to make turning it easier.  More work, but less aggravation in the long run.  I hope.

I'm working feverishly in the garden to keep up with the weeds before I have to give it up for the year.  I am more than ready to have my sewing time back, but am also determined not to find the same mess I did in the gardens this past spring.  I'm pleased with the progress I made on some of the overly enthusiastic perennials as well.  It's always a work in progress!

I read an article about activism yesterday and the fact that social media has made us all feel like we're being active, when in fact we are not.  I'm guilty of it myself.  I donate to causes, I sign petitions, but otherwise I am not terribly active.  And I admit part of it is because I'm not willing to upset my husband by my political activism, and part of it is that none of the events are near my home.  Driving an hour, parking issues, weather, and the time involved....  It doesn't mean I don't care.  It just means I, like most people, have become overwhelmed by it, and a little complacent.  So maybe I'll write a few letters to a few people again, as I was doing a couple of years ago.  Or make some phone calls.  I'll do what I can.  It's all any of us can do!  Just do something!

I am grateful for:
A surprise visit from the grandkids yesterday!
Enjoying a process without thinking of the end result.
My husband is not a picky eater.
My kittens all purring when I go in to the "nursery"

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