Life as it happens

I wrote a whole post about the teacher who was shot by a six-year-old student in Newport News … then deleted it.

Suffice it to say that teaching runs in our family … as does attendance at James Madison University, where our granddaughter Logan is a freshman …

I had just started a new project with some cloth leftover from a JMU quilt that was made for Logan by a friend of her mom’s … it has now taken on new meaning …

On a more positive note, I was quite proud of myself for putting together a calendar of Don’s paintings as a Christmas gift …

He now has it hanging on the wall in his studio and I have one above the ironing board in my workroom, along with three previous years of calendars from Debbie Carroll and last year’s calendar from Saskia

I used Shutterfly and was able to add family birthdays and Full Moon days to the more traditional holidays for 2023 …

I may post a picture each month, much as Nancy did with her calendar last year. But in the meantime, here are the images I used …

And I laughed as I just now realized I didn’t even use all the pictures I took of Don’s artwork. Which is actually okay … at the rate he’s going, there shouldn’t be any problem having enough material for a 2024 calendar.

Continuing

First and foremost, Happy New Year to one and all … may it be a gentle year.

And oh, I have so many stories to tell, some dating back to October! Which is to say, I have no excuse for not blogging more regularly.

For now, here are some of the ornaments I made for family and friends this Christmas, first teased in this photo which only showed the backs …

They were inspired by a free Ann Wood pattern, but made using English paper piecing rather than patchwork …

The cloth came from Parker’s 2018 Christmas dress, long since outgrown …

and I’ve already got my eye on this year’s dress for future projects …

So that’s it for now … but I do hope to be back more regularly in the days to come. Happy days!

Touching base

I know, it’s been a while … no excuses, it is what it is. And I haven’t forgotten there are still New Mexico and Missouri posts to write … eventually.

Texas went from daytime in the 80s to 40s and 50s within 24 hours … with a touch of overnight frost thrown in for good measure … so the garden is struggling a bit …

Fortunately, the mealy blue sage and dwarf pomegranate don’t seem to mind …

I’ve got my list of beige food to make for Thanksgiving … mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, stock for gravy, creamed onions, apple and coconut cream pies … to which I will add broccoli salad for some green relief … there will be other sides to add color to the table, of course. There’s a wonderful warm comfort in anticipating the traditional foods. And since I do believe food is love, Thanksgiving will always be my most favorite holiday.

And Christmas is coming, so I’m playing with a new project in between stitching strips of cloth onto My Heart’s Compass

Happy days …