Saturday, June 09, 2007
I was thinking about her last week. Wishing I knew just where she was. So I started culling the fabric stash. Again. Time to get finished with it. Really tossing out some stuff - actually putting in a bag for the donation bin at the shopping center. The rest is getting sorted. I found lots of things that I really like but I know I won't use. I'll toss them next time maybe. They remind me of good times.
There's a story about Sunbonnet Sue. It will be a long post. Fair warning. I'll finish it later. Sue stays in the save pile.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Toad Angel - Dead as a Door Nail
This is my March Journal Quilt. Nevermind it is now June. I began it March. The subject is an event in March. Therefore, it's my March Journal Quilt.
The subject is the toad I accidently dispatched with my pitchfork in March when I was turning over the dirt in a flower bed. It upset me terribly and it put a real bad spin on my gardening this spring. The following day, we took the grandkids to see the Frogs exhibit at the Natural Science Museum - something that had been planned for months - and I wore black in observance of a death of my little bug eating friend. I think I have finally exorcised my sorrow and my guilt and moved into acceptance.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I stayed up last night to catch up and I'll be sorry today. But it's an easy day. The weavers' meeting is tonight. I turn in my entries for the conference and I'll get a little knitting done while I listen to the reports on what is planned. I am so looking forward to this one.
This was the big accomplishment for the evening however. I am making afterburners as Peg likes to call them. Sweetened pickles with a jalopeno kick. You start with a gallon jar of pickles. Throw out the juice. Slice 'em and then begin layering them back in the jar alternating with a sprinkling of sugar and slices of jalopenos. There was pickle juice everywhere. So a bit of mopping was necessary in the process. I used about two pounds of sugar and about 30 ounces of pickled jalapenos. They make their own new juice while they marinate for about two weeks. The sugar is almost dissolved this morning. You have to turn the jar every day. I had leakage this morning - glad I put it in a bowl. Some people use more sugar. For me, I always skimp on the sugar.
The garden around the other tree trunk is finally planted and yet another potted garden is done. I like to combine plants in big pots instead of just one in each. So this last one has a big bromeliad with pups on the side and some varigated lariope and some of the fiber optic sedge grass. I have a feeling that I'm going to live to regret planting that grass but then again it likes to live around ponds so maybe it will be okay to encourage it in my swampy back yard. It's not too tall so at least it won't dwarf the flowering things in the back.
Yesterday, another round of the altered book round robin arrived and it's a collection of cards from recycled food boxes. A lot of very 3-D elements and interesting vintage look. Not my usual style. Should I follow their lead? I have a few weeks to work that out.
This weekend the weather is predicted to be perfectly spring-like. We'll be trying to see the entire International Festival with two kids in tow. And then possibly a sleepover and another grilling event.
Whoa, it's messy in my two rooms upstairs. Looks like I've been burglarized. But actually I was trying to organize one thing and it always winds up being messier than ever with one tiny speck of improvement that only I would notice or appreciate.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The February journal quilt could be about my potentially huge crop of sugar snap peas. My gardening prowess - green thumb - accidental gardening. Maybe even the possibility of getting my granddaughter to like eating them if we call them sugar snaps and forget about the pea part in the name. She ate lettuce last weekend and that's green and it wasn't just iceberg! Big green leaves doused in ranch dressing. But green, nonetheless.