Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thanks to My New Followers

I've noted a couple of new followers.   THANK YOU.  I hope you find something to enjoy along the way.  

(Lupine at campground on the way to Alaska.)

Y'all take care.  

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Notes on Not Much

I don't know where the time goes.  You'd think I had a full time job and a houseful of kids, instead of just being hubby and me!!!   Anyway, I'm glad to be back. 

The quilt for my aunt was delivered to the long arm quilter this week.  She's backed up somewhat, so it'll be a couple of weeks before I get it back.  I think it turned out very well and I hope Aunt Dean will like it. 
The background color in that picture is too dark.  Here's a closeup that shows the true colors.
(Oh, the border hadn't been sewn on at that point, hence the fuzzy edges.)

The quilt is so big that I had to fold it to get it up on the design wall. The top finished up at about 98x110.  The batik that I used for the backing is absolutely gorgeous and will allow it to be fully reversible. 
When I took the top over for quilting, I actually bought the rest of the bolt of this fabric (about 5 yards). Then I spotted the same fabric in a different color scheme (blue/lavender) and just had to have it, along with a couple of coordinating pieces!!! 

I've had several wonderful birding trips lately.  We're continuing the survey in the state forest, of course.   We travel over gravel and dirt roads most of the time and although we do see the occasional vehicle, most of the time its just us.   Most of the time, it's just Birdlady and me, but sometimes another birder or two will join us.  We have to save some of our trips for when our friend is along who has four wheel drive.  You can get stuck in either sand or red clay mud in the forest, depending on the weather!!  This is one of the prettiest stretches of road I've seen.   It was very cold that day, though.  We were all bundled up like crazy until the sun finally broke through in the afternoon.  
That same day we saw a gorgeous fox squirrel.  He is about double the size of our grey squirrels and their colors can vary from nearly white to totally black, to many colors in between.  This is a terrible picture, angle wise, but it will show the beautiful colors. 
 Now, he's facing me head on so it's hard to see the details, but his ears and nose have white tips.  And, of course, that pesky branch is in his face!  When we tried to back up to get a better angle, he ran away.

I've realized of late that my birding skills have improved tremendously over the past year.  My friend, the Birdlady, is so very knowledgeable about birds.  I'm very fortunate to have her as my mentor.  

Y'all take care. 


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Knee News

I have been rejuvenated!!  I've had pain, stiffness and soreness in my left knee for a good long while but never had any medical care for it.  Recently, after a face-first tumble across the flower bed, my right knee began exhibiting the same symptoms.  In just a couple of weeks, it had gotten so bad that I dreaded getting up from a chair or out of bed because I knew the knees were going to hurt.  Broke down and went to see my doctor and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.  Yuk!!!   However, he did prescribe the necessary meds which I have been taking and within just a few days I now feel ten years younger.   I simply cannot believe how pervasive the pain had become and how much I was trying to compensate for it, with no luck of course.  I truly had forgotten how it felt to be free of pain and soreness.    And the big question is, why did I wait so long to do something about that first knee?????    Although I am assuredly middle-aged, I guess I was trying to deny the inevitable signs of aging.   So, let me be the example of bad behavior, okay?  

I'm making great progress on my aunt's quilt.  It's in four sections now and they will be stitched together tomorrow.  Then the borders will be attached and it'll be ready to go to the long arm quilter.  

No excitement around here these days, thank goodness.  In my life, excitement sometimes does not translate to good things!! 

Y'all take care.