Tuesday, April 12, 2016
I didn't take the picture--I don't carry my phone while I run--but I wanted you to get to see him. He's called an anhinga. I love learning about new species.
Have a great day! Learn something new!
Friday, April 1, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
While I run, I have time to think. Sometimes I recite some poetry I've learned by heart, or say some Psalms as I go. It's the nicest time of my day.
Here is a shot of one of the little quilts I finished up since I left home.
Sorry it's not such a great picture, and of course I left a thread showing on the top. But it's such a cute little quilt, I love it anyway. This is a very traditional little block called "Sugar Bowl". The pattern was in one of Gwen Marston's older books. I love the combination of red and white, it's so classic.
Getting ready to take Dad to a doctor's appointment this morning. Another day, another doctor. He's really doing pretty well, considering his health problems. I'm glad I was able to come and help out, and just be with Mom and Dad. It's the first time in 40 years that I don't have anyone at home, so I have the flexibility to travel without worrying about anyone.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
And also I neglected to mention the problem with these ducks. Either they are deaf or blind or just plain STUPID, because they can see you coming, they can hear you coming, and they just plain refuse to get out of the way. These ducks obviously have a death-wish.
The only problem with running in the dark is...the ducks. The ducks here are BLACK and they park themselves right near the running path for the night. I'm always afraid I will step on a duck in the dark and I'll get bitten. But so far that hasn't happened. So far. I'm being really vigilant so I don't step on one. On Friday I saw a mother duck with 4 little ducklings, 3 black and one yellow. I wonder where the yellow one came from.
In my spare time, when I'm not busy playing Mah Jong or going to doctors with Mom and Dad, I've been working on my little hand-quilting projects. Three are finished already. I hope I brought enough with me to work on. There are 5 more to go.
Here's the first one:
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Just got back recently from a visit with my folks in Florida, and I'm packing to go back for an extended trip. My Dad has Parkinson's disease and Mom can use an extra pair of hands to care for him. So I'm getting ready to leave. This involves closing up my house here in Jerusalem and putting together some hand quilting projects to work on while I'm traveling, and while I'm at my parents' house. I'll have some long layovers in airports, and I like to have some hand quilting while I sit.
This is one of the little quilts I'm taking along. The pattern was from Karen Costello Soltys' book, Bits and Pieces, and it was paper pieced-an easy way to make perfect diamonds. If you like making little quilts, you might like this book. I've already made four of the quilts in it, and hope to make them all one day.
Okay. Back to packing!
Monday, January 25, 2016
About two weeks ago, our granddaughter-in-law gave birth to identical twin boys in the 26th week. She has had a difficult recovery and was just released from the hospital last night. Baby #1 is not doing so well, and Baby #2 is progressing slowly. It is going to be a long haul. The babies are in a hospital up north, in the town of Safed, so we haven't seen them at all. My friend has a natural foods restaurant in Safed, so she is sending over good, nourishing food to our grandson and his wife, as are other people in the community there. Many prayers are needed for those babies!
My scrap bins were overflowing, so I decided to do a bit of de-scrapping and cut lots of 2.5" squares out of various scrap fabrics. I pieced them together following Lori Holt's Scrappy Crossroads tutorial. Most of the Scrappy Crossroads quilts I found online and on Instagram used white as the background fabric, but I had a nice piece of blue fabric that Etty gave me not long ago. I think it was actually from Rebecca, the long-arm quilter. It worked very nicely as a background. I made 6 blocks--they're a nice big 16" finished--and today I'm piecing a backing for it. Hopefully it will make a nice baby quilt for one of the twins when they are a bit bigger.
Well, I have to get back to my tea. Hope you are keeping warm, wherever you are!