Outta sight

February 5, 2021 – Spin cycle
February 6, 2021 – Black hole aka Groundhog Day

The spiral patch unfortunately relates to recent medical rounds. Nothing catastrophic, mostly annoying. For instance, having to go pick out new eyeglass frames because the ones that were sent off for updated lenses were destroyed in a shipping accident. The good news is, now that I’ve had cataract surgery I can actually drive again. So there’s that.

Covid continues to be another life-complication, of course. We’ve relied on grocery deliveries for over ten months in order to minimize the risk of contracting the virus. At first the deliveries were a bit dicey … having to order up to a week in advance and never being sure of what would actually arrive. But over time things have gotten consistently better, to the point where I now schedule my deliveries to include a hot rotisserie chicken … perfect for dinner.

Until last night, that is. The appointed hour came and went. Figuring things were a bit busier than usual due to Super Bowl shopping, I wasn’t too surprised. So I called and sure enough, our order had slipped between the cracks. Not to worry, I was assured, it was ready to go.

More waiting ensued, and then a text message popped up …

More phone calls, more reassurance that the full order was in another driver’s car and on the way.

On the way to where exactly we will never know. The bananas arrived in due course … the rest of the groceries, including dinner, did not.

Hence the linen black hole, reverse appliquéd into some intergalactic cloth dyed by Deb

And so went the first week in February …

At least there’s this to celebrate …

once the groceries get here 😉

Here comes the sun

January 28, 2021 – The Nebra Sky Disk

Some months back, I read an intriguing article, took a screen shot, and filed it away in memory to use “someday” …

Then it showed up again last week

followed in short order by Acey’s prompt to listen to George Harrison’s Here comes the sun “until you’re ready to articulate the way your own ice is slowly melting.”

Have I mentioned how much I love Acey’s prompts? Not to mention George Harrison.

Anyway, it was a short leap from prompt to sky disk … and thence to my cloth stash where I found a bronze-y cotton sateen by Tierney Barden and a richly dyed green cotton by Deb Lacativa.

The green was appliquéd to the sateen to form the sky disk, then itself became the frame for the reverse appliquéd sun. Deb’s wild threads were perfect for the details of sun barge, crescent moon, and Pleiades.

Sitting with the Texas sun warming my shoulders, I worked Jude’s split backstitch around the edges and tacked down the disk with a few French knots until it was all too quickly done …

No ice here.

Above us only sky

January 24, 2021 – Sand, sea and sky

As I went through my morning laptop routine (online Austin American Statesman, calendar, email (and spam), WordPress comments (and spam), FaceBook (and spam), New York Times Spelling Bee (always going for “Genius”), saving Kindred Spirit blogs for last (my breakfast “dessert”), I got stuck on this calendar entry …

Hmmm, what was I thinking? It actually took a little digging in the January 25, 2020 post before I came on this comment by Fiona …

So I went back to Acey’s Collage Challenge prompt to tell a story of self above, below, and within. What came to mind was how much I have always loved contemplative walks along the edge of the sea. And how I have long considered the nexus of those three elements to be the very definition of heaven. All this, ironically, as John Lennon’s lyrics to Imagine played in my head …

And so, a bit of shibori for the sky, Deb Lacativa magic for the sea, and prairie tea dyed linen for the sand.

All the while recalling that Don just happened to bring out our bowl of shell sand from the Outer Banks on Friday …