Sunday, August 28, 2016

Little Miss Muffet

I am not a fan of spiders, but I signed up for a tuffet class.    What a fun project -- much faster and easier than I had expected and cute as the proverbial button.  It still needs legs, which have not yet been delivered, and it is intended as a Christmas gift.   My guy friend says it has no practical use at all, but that won't stop me from making another -- I just won't make one for him!  He's right, too, it would be no support for his big feet!
He and my grandson spent a day doing a soldering project, the second they've worked on.   I love seeing my 11-year-old grand develop skills I hadn't even discovered until I was in my 60s.  He is a quick learner and a good student, it makes my heart swell.  And I love watching the big and little hands working patiently together.
I performed a couple more weddings in the past week, one Bride happy and relaxed, the other less so. It is always amusing to me to see what mountains can be made of molehills.  I wish them all the very best and hope they all find contentment once the stress of their wedding day is past.    And our search team was called out this week to look for a local man who had gone missing.   We were not there long, and it was not a happy ending, but we know from experience that it helps the family a little to know that they had the support and encouragement of strangers and that they did everything they could.

In between it all, I am working on the usual hodgepodge of sewing projects, trying to use scraps in order to justify buying ever more fabric.     In honor of the impending birth of my latest great niece, the daddy's sister organized a quilt circle.  When older sister Frannie was born a couple of years ago, the aunts and uncles and grandparents all joined together to make the building blocks of a baby quilt, and now we are doing it again for the new baby.  Frannie's square, two years ago, went so quickly for me and turned out exactly the way I'd hoped. 
But this time, inspiration was slow to strike and, even after I decided to make a bunny square,  things did not go well.  Bunny Number One looked demented, a bit like a bunny serial killer.  
But thanks to a few suggestions from my granddaughter and guy friend, I ended up with a bunny I could live with even if I didn't exactly love it.   I hope the new baby will be forgiving.  :)
If you could see the mess on my kitchen table you would expect me to have a lot more to show for the effort!  It is time to get serious about Christmas sewing, and the list of projects is getting longer every day.

Summer is quickly drawing to an end.   The Littles go back to school next week and it won't be long before most of my time will be spent indoors.   Hopefully that fabric pile will shrink a bit then.  In the meantime, I am enjoying as much outdoor time as I can.   We are hoping for one last canoe trip next week, fingers crossed for good weather.   I hope your end of summer is as happy as mine has been.   There is much to be grateful for.  :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Showers of Blessings

This week was the Perseid Meteor Shower, predicted to be the best in years.    They claimed that, at its peak, there could be 200 meteors an hour, a mind boggling thought!  Although my results were not quite as spectacular,  I did see a few gorgeous, meaty meteors and several handfuls of shooting stars.   A long, long way from the media claims, but well worth missing a little sleep.

In hopes of finding a darker place to star gaze, we drove last week to the west coast of Michigan, to a small town called Ludington, and spent the wee hours of one morning laying on a blanket on the sand dunes a little north of there, watching falling stars.    We used my Golden Passport to park for free in the National Forest there and walked to the beach.  This area of Michigan has rolling hills of sand that go right up to the edge of Lake Michigan.  The area is absolutely gorgeous and, after dark, absolutely dark.  We snuggled into the sand and ooo-ed and ahhh-ed until past 3 am.  With the stars above, clearer than they are near civilization with a wide swath of milky way, and the sound of the water a few feet away, I could have stayed there all night if only there had been a potty!

On our drive there and back we stopped at four quilt shops to pick up their row-by-row patterns and a bunch of other stuff I just couldn't resist.   When I got home I discovered that the prices at one shop were lower than my local JoAnn Fabrics, so I will be driving back that way again soon!  All in all, the trip added a new stack of to-do items to my endless pile of sewing projects.

A day or so later, when skies cleared again, we went out into the countryside nearer home and saw a dozen or more shooting stars that (late) night, too.   It has been raining since then, but we are watching the sky, hoping for another chance or two to witness the celebration in the sky.  It is such a thrill to watch those trails of light!

Today I helped as one of the "communicators" at a 5k Walk for Hope, sponsored by Survivors of Suicide.   My job was an easy one, I acted as liaison between the officer in charge of the course and the communicators who relayed messages about people who needed water or assistance.   It was a hot and sunny day so I was exhausted at the end of the race, even though I was not the one running.    The message of today's race is one dear to me -- it is okay to ask for help.   Be gentle with yourself and let's take good care of one another!