Wednesday, September 28, 2016
As I am sure I have mentioned before, I am not much of a sewer, but I like the activity, it calms me (until I screw up) and I like making things. I made a flimsy quilt top from a jelly roll that I didn't much like in the first place and decided to turn it into a throw, figuring that it would give me some practice and that I could donate it somewhere when it didn't turn out. It started out as one of those marathon jelly quilts and then, when I hated it, I cut it up into squares and sewed it again. I finished it yesterday. I don't know how to quilt, but I made the requisite 'sandwich' with a flannel faux-batting layer in between the top and a minky backing. Then I sewed, not straight but straight-ish lines, back and forth, until it was pretty much covered. I machine sewed a binding -- badly -- and I called it done. It honestly turned out better than I had any reason to expect, although it would not dare to call itself a quilt. It is a cozy throw, to be used by someone who doesn't know any better.
And I have been cooking this week for my kids, which has also been fun. When my guy is in town we pretty much get lost in just being together, and I treasure (and miss) that, but I love time with my family, too, and I haven't been doing a lot of cooking for them this year so it was long overdue. Although I don't cook as often as I should, I do go to the Littles' swim lessons most every week -- this week my grandson went off the high diving board for the first time, which amazes me, since I have never had the nerve to even jump in off the edge of the pool. Thank goodness the Littles aren't major sissies like their grandma!
Kim's Etsy shop; Kim is currently taking a bloggy break at Snug Harbor Bay, but she has been a bloggy friend for quite some time, and she is still active in her creative work on Etsy. Kim made me a bracelet with a current favorite phrase of mine, "be the pig;" a reminder to myself to be a giver in my relationships, not the "chicken" in a bacon and egg breakfast who is able to give just a little and walk away. It makes me laugh, but it is a nice reminder to myself that I need to be aware of my own part in making things work. Kim makes custom bracelets of all kinds, and I wear my "pig" bracelet, as well as one with my amateur radio call sign, ALL time time! :) It's fun to be able to have (and give) something that is both reasonably priced AND truly personal, so I really appreciate that she does custom work!
Lots of Search and Rescue training and service activities coming up this weekend, including the annual Zombie Run -- hopefully I'll get a chance to enjoy the local ghouls while I'm helping out! Nothing says October like a zombie apocalypse. Hope you are all having fun!
On the personal front, I am happy. My guy and I spend most of our time together, a bonus of being retired, enjoying each others company. I never imagined life could be so sweet, so late. And I am fighting the urge to wonder when the other shoe will drop -- happy is a place I haven't visited much, I hope I get the chance to get used to it. :)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Jenny Doan's mantra, "finished is better than perfect," and I don't intend to budge from that. They are not perfect, but they are finished.
I performed one last wedding for the summer, a lovely couple who had traveled together for the past several years after their relationship first took them through college and graduate school. They were not at all phased by the fact that their dream outdoor wedding was rained out and had to be held in a small banquet room, both were just thrilled to be taking this step, and I loved that about them.
And the same day as the tomato bonanza another friend brought me a bunch of eggs from her flock of hens, so there's going to be a lot of baking once the canning is done. And I am loving it all.