Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Simple Nine-Patch

We have a new-ish family at the chapel.  They have a couple kids (elementary age, I guess, but I'm bad at guessing).  And a baby due any day!

I heard it's going to be a boy.  But either way... I mean, I'm a girl.  Blue is my favorite color!

I had a lot of fun aqua scraps left over from my Changes In Latitude quilt...

... and I always have blues on hand :D

And it was pretty easy to throw this simple nine-patch quilt together, with a bit of variety in the background to make it more interesting, and very simple quilting to keep it soft and cuddly.

And a stripey binding, because I'm really starting to love a stripey binding.

A soft blue flannel backing makes it just right :D

Monday, June 19, 2017

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, June 19, 2017

Outside my window...  typical June.  Not quite summer.  Cloudy and cool.

Hearing...  listening to Hawaiian music on Pandora ;D

Pondering...  I've been working on a new quilt for ME that I'll post in a few days.  Meanwhile, I took the byproducts of that quilt and made a pillow.

Each square from the quilt had a small turquoise square sewn on two opposite corners.
I sewed a seam, corner-to-corner, and trimmed off the excess.

Praying...  Tate has ONE MORE final exam and then launches right into his summer job.  He was successful in the interview I mentioned and has been hired at the local wastewater treatment plant.  It's not a glamorous job, but it's a good one, and will count for TWO internships toward his program at the tech college.  Yay, Tate :D

Thankful...  for Tate's summer job, for Wyatt's new job, that Gunnar is out of school for the summer, and that Kerry continues to be busy with work.  And for my large, crazy family.  We just had our June "thing"... five fathers for Father's Day, seven birthdays, and one high school graduate.  Kind of Christmas in June!  Fabulous and exhausting.  And they know me well... I got THREE gift cards to Joann fabric ;D

Trimming the corners of the big squares leaves little triangles,
sewn into "HSTs" - half-square-triangles.
But look at all the little "ears" that need to be trimmed next.

Wearing...  capri jeans, blue t-shirt.  So fancy, much wow.  But it's my nice jeans because I'm going to a shower tonight.  Oh yes.  So fancy.

Creating...  a pillow - revealed below, a fall quilt I'll show later in the week, a baby quilt to be given tonight - pics soon, and another baby quilt for a July shower.  And then I decided that for someone as messy in the kitchen as I am, one apron wasn't enough, so I sewed up two more.  And guess what my sweet neighbor, Queen Bea, gave me for my birthday?  An apron!  Didn't tell her I'd made a couple because they'll all get used.  And hers is a nice, plain blue one that the boys would not be mortified to borrow if they were BBQing or something manly like that ;D

Aren't all those little ears kind of pretty?
But I'm not sewing those into ANYTHING.
I may be crazy, but I'm not THAT crazy ;D

Reading...  just started The Story of Reality, by Gregory Koukl.  Only a third the way through and I highly recommend irt.  It's a great overview of Christianity - good for getting a handle on the big picture, and would be a great book to give to an interested non-believer.

Looking forward to...  less than a month until fiddle camp!  Gunnar and I are practicing daily.  And - to make it more fun - a friend of his will be riding over with us.  He's going to a different event, but right near ours.  So much more fun for the boys to have that ride time together :D

And... HSTs sewn into "flying geese", and geese into pairs, and pairs into...

In the kitchen...  the boybarians have to fend for themselves tonight.  Good thing I stocked up on frozen pizza.  I'm going to a baby shower, with my homemade rolls and cabbage salad.

In the learning rooms...  BAH HA HA!  Peace and quiet!  Summer vacation!

Sewn, sandwiched, quilted, and bound :D

Around the house...  at this year's June birthday bash, we all leaned more heavily on gift cards, so not a lot of gifts to put away.  I appreciate the new door mat (a vibrant sunflower), a fruity summer candle, a Swedish cookbook (Fika!), and a few other things, AND the gift cards / $ :D

Noticing that...  we just got the last debt paid off!!! (not counting the house), aaaaaand the van is in the shop.  Waiting to hear about that...

Envelope backing.

The Mother Load...  is surprisingly NOT overwhelming at the moment.  Maybe I shouldn't mention that.  Now I'm being superstitious.  Overthinking, much?

A favorite quote for today... 
All your really need to know about guidance can be summed up in this one sentence:
God is faithful, so obey Him.
Whether or not that seems likely to work is not your business.  Being faithful to God's revealed will is your business.
 - Iain Duguid

Clearly, I spared no expense on my display apparatus ;D

One of my favorite things...  everyone home for dinner.  Isn't that just right?

A few plans for the rest of the week...  HA HA HA!  We're out of school!  Actually... violin lesson tomorrow.  And it's Gunnar's actual b'day tomorrow, so he'll get to pick the dinner menu.  But they have PT (physical training) night at CAP, so he might defer to Wednesday.  They don't like to eat a lot before they go exercise... good thinking.  But the rest of the week looks gloriously free :D

A peek into my world...  there's my new pillow.  Waiting in my rocking chair, all ready for a cup of tea with Han and me.

And a peak at one of the trails Gunnar and I frequently walk.  And guess what has been seen around the neighborhood lately?  A BEAR.  No kidding.  Yes, we're still walking in the woods.  No, we're not afraid.  Yes, we're being cautious.  Mostly we're making a lot of noise.  What we DON'T want to do is surprise it.

And what does your week look like?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fifty One


Yep, that's me.  And my (great) uncle Marvin.
We shared a birthday... separated by 50 years.

So I'm now the age he was in these photos.

I have more hair than he did ;D

I don't actually remember the party.
(I was ONE, you know.)
But I've seen the photos so many times,
I kind of feel like I do.

I see my aunt Lucille, my uncle Delmar, and my grandma Margaret -
sisters to Marvin, four of nine siblings.
And my dad's cousins - Bob and JoLeigh,
and Marcia, Margo, Marvette, and Marvin Junior.
(No.  Not kidding.)
And my cousins - Brad, Brett, and Jim - probably helping me open my presents :D

We met at a neighborhood park.
My mom must have taken us there a lot when we were kids.
I remember the HUGE (to little eyes) swings and
the REALLY TALL slide.

Today's safety-n@zis would never approve.

Not sure if that's my mom's hands holding me, or my grandma's,
but right above the wrist with a bracelet is the lot where my parents would soon build a house.
The house I grew up in.
Right next to the lake :D

So, yes, today is my birthday.

Ta-daaa :D

Kerry took me out to breakfast.
Wasn't that sweet?
He offered lunch,
but I had a pot roast to cook for dinner,
and I wanted to be hungry for it,
so breakfast it was.

I'm happy to have a low-key birthday at home
with my grasshoppers.
Because on Sunday we have The Big Party.
Christmas in June.
Five dads.
Seven birthdays.
One high school graduate.

Got all that?

Like I said,
Christmas in June.

Rockin' out in our back yard,
with my dad's work clothes drying on the line.

I feel like Jeff Foxworthy could have a field day with this photo,
taken at my grandparents' house ;D

I guess my mom (on the left) is encouraging me to ride that bear.
She wasn't raised that way, but she adapted ;D

And here's my dad.
How does he look so impossibly young?!

Well, I suppose he was pretty young.
My parents married at 20 (mom) and 21 (dad),
and had me about a year later.

So, yah, pretty young.

And me?
No, I wan't up to any mischief at all.

Why do you ask?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Brain Dump

Wait, is it Friday already?  I guess with Monday being a holiday, my whole week has been kind of discombobulated!

1.  We're on summer schedule at church.  Which means no Sunday school, and people hang around a lot longer after church.  While we were waiting for the service to start, our little buddy Nate was playing peek-a-boo with Gunnar :D

I love how he almost hides behind the pew.  That's his mom playing the piano, and his dad keeping an eye on him.  Cuteness overload :D

2.  Monday, Memorial Day, Tate and Gunnar and their Civil Air Patrol Squadron volunteered at the Festival of Flags, a local Memorial Day observance.

Nearly 2000 flags have been donated in memory of local veterans, and I believe the cemetery offers free space for veteran burial.

Besides helping with set-up and take-down and providing the Honor Guard, the CAP cadets mostly handle....

... parking.  I believe that's Gunnar, on the right, in the photo above.

It's not glamorous, or particularly fun.  (Some cemetery visitors are used to parking where they ALWAYS park when they visit on non-busy days!)  But the cadets willing give 8+ hours of their day to show honor and respect.

3.  TWO MORE WEEKS OF SCHOOL.  Not that I'm counting or anything.

The bunny has absolutely nothing to do with that.  But I was out for a walk, and he was cute.

And a little concerned.  Because he wanted to run away from me and was blocked by a fence in one direction, and could hear a dog barking in another...

4.  Wyatt got a new job, and we're so happy.  He's learning all about furnaces and ductwork.  And probably lots more, but it's only Day 3.  He probably loves the fact that he doesn't start until 9 (rather than his previous job... 7am!) and that it's only about a 3 mile commute - sweet :D

5.  Love these flowers.  I guess they're a kind of bachelor button - different than the ones I've grown. 

They seem to come back, year after year...

... and they smell like peaches!  I want some :D  Apparently they're Centaurea Montana.

6.  Tate has a job interview this afternoon.  The grocery store has been SO good to him - working around his school schedule and his needs, so he kind of hates to quit there.  But he's interviewing for a FT summer job that would also count as an internship for his college program - at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  However, Gunnar is interested in applying at the grocery store, so maybe he can rotate into Tate's spot ;D

7.  Gunnar leaves this afternoon for a weekend of sailing on the Zodiac!  The boys' high school offers this opportunity, and both his brothers have gone...  don't think Wyatt took a camera, but Tate's trip is HERE.

8.  Aaaaaand it's cottonwood season!

9.  And time to pick up Gunnar from school so he can finish his homework and PACK!

10.  I think summer came last weekend.  Temps in the 80s all the sudden.  My Viking genes were in shock, and I was quite glad to get up early for a walk in the cool of the morning!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Walk In the Woods

I walked out my back door this morning, looked up, and saw this.

Isn't that a cheery view to start the day?

Gunnar rode off to school on his bike,
and I headed out on a walk, and then...
look closely at the photo.
Look at the dark trees to the right...

From where???

Oh well.
A delivery man - stopped along the road - and I looked at the sky and had a good laugh.
It only lasted a minute or two.

More signs of spring in the woods.

Yellow twinflower.

Roberts Geranium - more lavender than pink when you see them in person.

Thimble berry blossoms everywhere.
(Yes, they're in the rose family.)

And these, I've forgotten the name of.
A tall spike with inconspicuous green flowers.

If you look closely, well...
they remind me of spiders.

Wild blackberry.

Nootka rose.

And the star flowers are blooming.
Seems right out of a fairy tale, doesn't it?
Like elves would dance here.

And, though Kerry hates them,
I love the common dandelion.

This, however, mystifies me.
I've been watching this house go up for several months.
This is obviously the front of the house -
lots of windows -
while the back has hardly any.

And while the "front" faces the narrow road and the neighbor's
overgrown ivy-and-blackberry-infested hedge,
the "back" faces this view:

Even if I wasn't an architect's wife, I think I'd still be stunned by that design decision.
Maybe they just bought the plans out of a book and
didn't give a moment's thought to the actual building site.
What a wasted opportunity!