"Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes things visible in the first place."

Paul Klee, 1879-1940

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice


Jeanne has a lovely poem posted over on her blog, Spiral, celebrating the shortest day of the year and the new year to come. Here's to longer days and the festivities ahead!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

New header...it's from last year's tree...We don't have our tree yet this year but will get it today or tomorrow... edit: we got it, it's lovely and sitting out in the rain to keep it fresh until tomorrow...

I had hoped to sew yesterday but went Christmas shopping instead and did almost all of it at once since I hadn't really done much before this. I am just about done, just need one or two small things and that'll be it. I want the boxes in the mail early this next week! Mid-week latest... Priority boxes: I hope I can fit at least one person's stuff in one ...and then the other one I'll have to bite the bullet and go for the big box with the big postage in order to get it there in time...but that's ok...

Waitin' on the rain...missed the big moon last night because of the clouds, darn it... edit: It's RAINING!!!! YAY!!!! A very neato day =-)

Have a great weekend! I'll be wrappin'...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I do believe the dam has been breached…or, at least, I have been sewing for the last few days, which hasn’t happened in a very…very… long while. I guess I got the bug or had to scratch an itch or something…annnnywayyyy…I can’t really show you much cuz I’m not sure who reads this blog…but I will on Dec. 26 or thereabouts…after the unwrapping…It’s nothing too earth shattering, I’m using a magazine pattern, but at this point any sewing is better than none and product (completed product)) vs. creativity is not really an issue…baby steps…I’m actually liking the results, and I have put my own spin on it, with different colors and feeling…BTW: I (still!) HATE paper piecing…but hand appliqué, now that I can get into…and quick strip piecing…yep, I’ve been doing it all…


We are in wait-and-see mode around here. Supposedly we are in for some cooler, wetter weather in the next few days, starting on the weekend and continuing into the next week or so, and I can tell you we are ready…though it has been quite lovely this last week…We still have Fall leaves on the sweet gum trees, and they are so beautiful…I guess, technically, it’s still Fall…and really, what is Winter here in SoCA anyway??? Not braggin', just askin'...

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunday Movie


Went to the movies late this afternoon and saw Cadillac Records, which just opened this week. I know that there are glaring omissions in the movie vs. actual history of Chess Records, but the music is great, the story compelling, Adrian Brody as fascinating as ever, and Beyonce Knowles A.MAZ.ING as Etta James. Wow, that young woman can sing and, truly, she can act. I have always enjoyed Muddy Waters, too, so to hear the music and view a story of the times was entertaining.
Coupled with a good late lunch/early dinner of Mexican food this was a most enjoyable outing.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

It's a special day today...


Twenty-seven years and nine months ago today I began a career that I had dreamt of and planned and waited for my entire life up to that point. It was what I had always wanted to do with my life, what I knew I was made for. I was, myself, 27 years old. I knew if I accepted the job it was going to be a lifetime commitment, one from which there would be no retirement, though the benefits and joys would be immeasurable. So here I am, in 2008, still loving the path I chose, grateful for every moment I have spent on its many winding ways. I have been blessed time and time again, every single day. I have laughed, I have cried, I have been challenged, and I have been happy down to my very toes. Thank you, my sweet boy. Thank you, thank you, thank you--for the boy you were, for the man you have become, and for giving me my life’s dream. I love you more than words can ever say. Happy birthday, sweetheart…

Monday, December 01, 2008

Did you see it??


We've been watching the moon and the planets this week...what a lovely Fall show...

Well, I did not leave the property on Black Friday, no-sir-ee...I did venture out this afternoon, however, and it was not bad, which was my plan =-) I had to go to the P.O. and that was the most crowded place of the 4 places I went, but even that wasn't bad. I do realize that it will only get worse as the time passes so I plan to get my act together as soon as possible. I only have two packages to mail this year and will get them ready soon. Today I mailed DS's birthday box; his birthday is always my priority in early December (no Christmas prep until after it...ever...). This will be the first birthday I have not seen him or made him a cake in all his 27 years on the planet and I don't like it one bit...nope...I know I'll be thinking of him all day on his day and missing him so much...this thing of families being spread out all over the country/world sucks...truly...Happy Birthday, my "little" red-headed guy, xoxo...




I've been knitting (yet another scarf, it's what I do) and reading (all relaxing and entertaining, not a lot of thinking) and catching up on DVR recordings (Days of Our Lives, still watching after 36 years)...a peaceful, lazy 4-day weekend...most enjoyable =-) Now if I could just get some fabric and/or quilting into that mix, all would be looking up in my creative world...One day it'll happen again...
Have a great week!