Hey Mom, What’re Those?

“Those are lotz bigger than the birdies, Mom.”

“Those are even bigger than the squirrels, Mom!”

“I don’t know, Stormie, let me look. Scoot over so I can see.”

“Hmmm… those are baby deer, Stormie! They’re eating our apples that fell off the tree!”

“Where’s their mommy, Mommy? Don’t they gotta have a mommy?”

I’m sure they do, Stormie. Just watch, she’ll probably come by.”

“When, Mommy, When? Can I go out and see them?”

“No, Stormie. You’re an indoor cat. You don’t go outside.” (Major pouting on the part of the cat…)

“Hey Stormie, there she is!!! Look! She was just over in the neighbor’s garden, eating their corn and tomatoes!”
Later that same day… in the quiet of the evening… Dear Jane block number I-8 “Pete’s Paintbox” is sewn. What a great day!

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A Front Porch Kind of Evening

We had a beautiful evening last night here in
Flushing, Michigan. I started the grill, then went out and watered the flowers, most of which are in pots scattered around the yard. I threw the chicken on the grill, hubby came home, and everything was perfect. Then the rain blew in out of nowhere! The chicken survived under the lid of the grill.

Actually, it was a beautiful evening, even with the rain. It was one of those great summer rains… a little thunder, a little lightening, then a peaceful, warm rain. The kind I used to love when I was a kid. I’d sit on the screened porch on the glider with a good book (sometimes two) on my lap. I loved to read on those kinds of evenings, listening to the rain come down and the thunder rumble. I’d get up and go outside when I knew there was a strong possibility of a rainbow.

Dean and I went outside last night and saw the beautiful rainbow off to the south. It was stunning! But I missed having a porch. My next house WILL have one. Maybe a partially covered deck, too, to protect my grill.
I love the American front porch. Do you have one? Please share your photos on your blog and post a comment below so we can all see! This is one in Selma, Alabama, USA. Selma is the second oldest city in Alabama (behind Mobile), and has the largest contiguous historic district. It is known for its Civil War and Civil Rights history.
I’d show you my front porch, but there isn’t room to sit on it. Not really a porch. Sad, sad me.

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Chinese Coins, 1986

Back in the 80’s I hand dyed a lot of fabric. I haven’t done that in quite awhile, but I think this summer I’ll give it another go. This quilt, Chinese Coins, was made to show those fabrics. Everything here was hand dyed except the black.

Chinese Coins, 1986

Close-up of hand quilting

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What I Did On My Day Off

I took yesterday off from work, thus extending my long weekend. It was a sewing day, and I had a blast. I started turning this

into this

As you can see, still in progress.

I got up early this morning to do more work before I go get my haircut at 9:00. Stormie decided to watch me drink my coffee from her perch on the chair (on a string-pieced quilt from the 80’s).

Hope you have a great day!

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Flowering Plum

Outside our bedroom is a Flowering Plum tree. Usually when it is in full bloom, it only stays that way a day or two because of the spring rains and wind. So yesterday morning before work I ran outside with my camera to capture the beauty before that happens. Can you see the birds’ nest in there? It’s there!
Happy Spring, everyone!

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So beautiful in Michigan… and California…

I wish I had been able to go walking outside yesterday morning. It was so beautiful with our 11 inches of Mid-Michigan snow on the ground. Dean got out and shoveled and utilized his big, manly snowblower that I haven’t used yet. This pic of the front of our house gives you a little peek at the depth of the snow. Everything was so crisp… the kind of morning that makes you just want to stand there and breathe in the clear, clean, cold air. But work called, and I made it in. Lots of people did not. I’m surprised how many people drive 45 minutes to over an hour to get there! The Saginaw people saw about 18 inches of snow! Yowza!

For a drastic opposite of the photo above. visit Debby’s Journal Quilt blog. Ok, I change my mind. Forget the cold, crisp snow. I want to be HERE! Yes, you should click on the link and go check it out. Makes me want to be sitting on the pretty white bench looking at the birds.

If you are in Mid-Michigan like me, perhaps you have been to the The Quilter’s Garden quilt shop that USED TO BE at 302 1/2 S. Leroy Fenton. Guess what? They have moved! Their new location is at 1364 N. Leroy, Fenton. Lots more room and better parking too! Just travel from their old location 1.3 mi. north on S. Leroy to the Fenton Towne Center plaza, on the right (east) side of N. Leroy. They are in the plaza at the opposite end from the new VG’s Grocery Store. Cheap commercial plug for them. Didn’t cost me a cent!

Am I the only one who is getting tired of the 2008 Presidential Election already? I know who I want to vote for, and it isn’t a woman. Not sure I could take another 4 years of their family in the White House. That’s it… my political rant for the month. I’ll shut up now.

Time to sign off for the evening… Dean is home with a yummy pizza from our favorite pizza place. We’re going to fill up on pizza and play chess, listen to some good music…

Yes, one CAN have fun without quilting. Sometimes. Maybe.

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Change Can Be Good

While I was getting ready for work today, the news was on the bedroom TV with talk about Michigan’s Primary Election being today. This election brings a change to the voting process, and you have to declare which party you are voting for. And, because Michigan screwed up, the Democrats won’t have any delegates at the national convention. ARGH. Michigan seems to be going further and further into the toilet.

Change. Not just something in your pocket, but something you face on a regular basis. Sometimes it can be good, sometimes bad. It’s all in the way you look at it, I suppose.

The photo here shows you the change we made to color on our walls. Dean painted the dining room and kitchen wall last summer from boring beige to this cinnamon-orange color. I didn’t think I’d like it, but I LOVE it! We also have a dark green bedroom and a very dark plum color in our smaller bathroom. We totally surprised our kids, who were shocked that we joined the world of color.
I’ll post some quilty photos tonight, but for now, it’s off to vote! I’m lucky… my voting place is my own church, Flushing United Methodist Church.