Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sometimes I think we're really spoiled. We've been so lucky to have been able to travel to wonderful places, some of which, like Grand Cayman, have become our second homes when it comes to favorite restaurants and knowing their owners and staff. This past vacation in the islands found us admiring a new bronze fountain outside a sparkling new shopping arcade. The graceful forms of southern sting rays struck a chord in us because we're scuba divers and have had many memorable dives with these shy creatures. So we sat down on the rim of the fountain, talking about all the beautiful things we had seen in these Caribbean waters, and along came a young lady who was kind enough to take our picture for us.
That was the last day of our vacation, and it was hard to come home so soon this time because we hadn't yet had our fill of diving, what with the lousy weather the first three days. And then the airlines changed our flight times, which was of some concern to DH because he had hoped to participate in a points race Saturday night. Some other racers had brought his cart for him just in case he could make it for the race. The change in schedule put us into Raleigh at 9 instead of 8, and we scrambled to get the luggage and the car and then high tailed it up to the Virginia racetrack as fast as we could go. We didn't stop at home first; we didn't stop for refreshment; we didn't even stop for the bathroom! No indeed. We went straight there, and lo! and behold! We made it with ten minutes to spare for the final race! You never saw a more excited man!
It is unfortunate that this time he had problems with the carburetor. So he pulled off to the side of the track to adjust it. During the previous week, while we were away, the track changed its policy about getting back in the race and now, once you pulled out for any reason, you could not reenter. Imagine his dismay! So that was the end of that race. But, being the good wife, I stayed around and took pictures and cheered at the start of the race. I didn't get to sleep in my very own bed, at last, until well after midnight. Two more races to go. I'll go to the last one with him in two weeks, and then I hope to see some chores getting done around here on the weekends!
Tomorrow I'll show you my newest quilting tool.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Upon hitting the tarmac, we were greeted with a warm, very brisk wind. The sun was shining. We had been told that it was raining in Grand Cayman, and we had resigned ourselves to hanging out with the computer and catching great dinners for entertainment rather than the scuba diving that is our favorite pasttime. Each day brings with it dark clouds and some rain.
Monday, October 4, 2010
At some point in the cuttings and sewings and designings during the Melrose Inn retreat, I had some scraps to deal with. So I made little balls, about an inch across. It turned out that later on I had other scraps, so I sewed those together to create little three dimensional flowers and gave one to each class participant. I still had some scraps left over, so I made some for myself as well.
The pattern is from the split fingers design. They are so cute! I might find a place to put one or two of them in my quilt.
I guess it's time to give you a little peek at what I'm doing with my quilt. This is the right lower corner, where I have made leaves and grasses. These leaves will eventually be part of a stem system that goes to some interesting drooping flowers in the right upper corner. But that's all the peek you get this time around.
These wonderful hot air balloons were created by Phyllis. She used the spiral, the split fingers, the blaze, the chevron and the flip flop patterns to create these colorful floaters above a background that included the NYC skyline, prior to 9-11-01, and graduated shadings of skies, mimicking a sunrise coming over the city.
Lest you think that all I do is play all day, I did finally finish doing the quilting for the second QOV quilt that showed up on my doorstep some weeks ago, and I even mailed them off to their patiently waiting owner, Karen. Sometimes these quilts are done with simple pantographs, as this one was. Others are quite complex and take alot of custom quilting to do them justice. But each one is made with a spirit of gratitude for our armed forces personnel.
Take a moment to remember that freedom isn't free, and thank the men and women who have heeded the call and sometimes paid the ultimate price for our country.
And while I'm at it, remember not to take things for granted. Our country won't go on being the land of the free and the home of the brave unless we start boning up on what's going on in Washington. Start paying attention now so you can vote wisely in November -- this year, next year, and especially in 2012.