Sunday, January 31, 2016
Picking up branches is a usual job during a January thaw. This year has produced no freeze, but windy days have dropped refuse from our larger trees.
The large bucket on the tractor is very helpful on many tasks around our property. The rotary mower is still attached in the rear to the three-point hitch. Maybe we shall cut grass before we plow in this El Nino year!!
A full load is ready for transport to the burn pile at the junction of our gardens and the "back forty."
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Our "Christmas" cactus has just started blooming. The cactus decides when its Christmas blooms should appear. It certainly seems appropriate as the spirit embodied in the occasion should pertain any time of the year.
Jewel orchids: These plants display stalks of white miniature orchids reaching skywards. New branches appear for a long period of time.
This display heightens the reach of the floral display. The flower is particularly visible in contrast to the dark green leaves.
This has been a very hardy specimen, lasting for more than 15 years since we carried it home from Fairchild Gardens in Miami, FL.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Doormats #2 (50h X 73w)
This recently completed quilt has been juried into the Artist as Quiltmaker exhibit at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, OH, and will be on display from May 15 through July 31. I'm honored that it is one of the 34 quilts selected for the exhibit.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
The Modern Quilt Club in Marcellus invited me to present a trunk show at their meeting at the Patchwork Plus Quilt Shop.
Getting ready the day before involves taking the quilts off their rolls and organizing them in five big boxes in the order I want to present them.
My hostess, May Arnett, took this picture of me with my "Seaweed" quilt.
I enjoyed spending the afternoon with the Club members and guests - a very warm and friendly group!
After my presentation, I left my quilts on the front ables for people to look at more closely.
The meeting then included the members' Show and Tell. This is Ron Stefanak, who is a quilter and pattern designer. The quilt on the wall behind him is one of his that he offers a class on at the quilt shop.
May Arnett, on the right, showed this quilt that she made for her grandson. He picked out the fabrics and helped plan the block sizes.
Here are some views of the inside of the store. Doesn't this spot by the fireplace look cozy?
Friday, January 8, 2016
Suki is at rest on one of her many perches.
She likes the warmth of the MacBook under her and the Ott light above. Her bloodwork returned to normal levels, and she has returned to her normal, demanding position as ruling director. Now, if only those outside cats would go away, life would be perfect!