Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Wonderful Day

What a wonderful day.  I have the beauty of flowers to see, the sound of rain to hear, good food to taste, laughter of friends and the company of my wonderful husband.  And I'm thankful for all my blessings on this day. 

A late Merry Christmas to all and a wish for a New Year filled with happiness and good health.

Y'all take care.  

Friday, December 23, 2011

I Played Santa

Took a little road trip earlier this week to deliver the quilts I'd made for my siblings.  I think they were all suitably surprised and pleased.  It made me feel really good to be able to give them something so totally unexpected.  However, since I made a quilt for brother # 4 last year, he didn't get another one this year.  That's just the way it is -- I'm not that magnanimous!  
For my sister-in-law, widow of oldest brother

For Sister # 1
For brother # 3
For brother # 2
Brother # 4 (Last Year)
For Sister # 2
It was very nice for me to get to see all my brothers and sisters within a few days before Christmas.  I spent Monday night with one brother and then Tuesday night with a different brother.   

I haven't sewn a stitch since I finished the last binding!! 

Merry Christmas to all of you.  I wish you Peace. 

Y'all take care. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Riding and Swimming

Oh, my!  How the time has flown.  There's been lots of activity around our house and we've been on the road, too.   Only one day after I returned from the quilting retreat, we took off to Iowa to visit the kids for Thanksgiving.  Although we were gone over two weeks, we were very busy the whole time.  That 1072 mile trip (one way) seems to get longer each time we make it.  Thankfully, we did not have any weather issues to contend with.  

After spending the holiday weekend with the kids, I took off to Minneapolis to visit an old friend.  I sure do miss that woman.  We've been through a lot together in the past 25 years or so.  Her new love is riding.  She took me to the stables with her for her lesson on English riding and dressage.  She's looking into buying her own horse and had one at the stables "on loan" while deciding whether to buy or not.  He is a gorgeous animal but is absolutely huge.  Not fat, but very tall at 16.3 hands.  

Here's my friend standing behind the horse.  She's about 5'9" and you can't even see her head over his withers.  Can see only the very top of her helmet.
Ollie is a beautiful thoroughbred.  Tall but very narrow, so don't know if he will work out for her in the long run or not.  May not be the right fit physically.
That is not the most technically beautiful photograph but it shows the horse's lines. 

On our way home, I spied a flock of wild swans and just had to stop for some pictures. 

Bottoms up!!!
The visit was way too short but you take what you can get. 

Y'all take care.