This theme was Salmon. I made the bear block.
These are my blocks, my theme was My Back Yard. I made the log cabin bird house block.
This swap was so much fun. I stretched myself in design and skills. The hummingbird was the most intricate applique I had ever attempted.
The grizzly bear block was my first attempt at machine applique with invisible thread.
One day I will get my adorable blocks set into a design, adding to my collection, a Back Yard quilt to throw on my lap to keep me warm.
Enjoy the look-see, maybe it will inspire you to jump into new creative waters this week if you get some time....for me, creativity works wonders to drive away stress, as does dancing!
These feet belong to Snickerdoodle and her auntie Jennifer (my little sis). They are taking a vista moment atop a cascade peak of 10,300ish feet high.
Last summer five of us ascended the South Sister in Central Oregon. The hike was in commemoration of Fairborn Guy and I’s hike 26 years earlier. I was 19 years old…he was 26.
26 years later I put my mind to summiting that ole mountain….and summit her I did. Of the five of us (B, Jennifer, Snickerdoodle, Tim and I), I was the first to summit. It was not that I was a better hiker, only that I knew if I did not keep going full speed ahead I would never ever make it. I was soooooo excited waiting for my climbing chums to meet up with me. I was also very proud. Snickerdoodle was early in the climb convinced she would never make it. Jennifer had hiked this trail a few weeks prior and decided to turn back. B was born with resistances to heights…let’s just call it fear ok? And Mr. Fairborn Guy…or is it Mr. lets not ever exercise guy?, had not trained.
After a sufficient time atop the peak, viewing the astounding scenery, resting and documenting the event in photos, we headed back down the trail. My chums all decided to go first, to get a head start on me.
“What?...... Why are my knees not working?” I asked as I took my first few steps down the incline. The hike up took 8 hours; we figured it would be about 2.5 hours back down. Maybe had my knees working. Every single step down that return 5 mile trail I writhed in pain. I basically teetered down the mountain looking like the poster child for the March of Dimes. It took me 4 hours…4 hours of constant horrible pain. My chums thought I was faking…how could such a maverick ascend-er now look like an invalid? They had no compassion what so ever.
Here's to my two mountain summits....may they inspire me to climb metaphoric mountains always but leave the actual mountains to others!
Lunching with my daughters is a luxury very rarely experienced. Mostly due to work schedules. That's Peanut in the pink and Snickerdoodle in the blue. Wonder if their childhood nicknames will remain natural for me to say as the years pass? I am guessing they will.
Two daughters different as could be in personality, though both, always game for dining or shopping. :)
We three, very much enjoyed this sunshiny day last week with wonderful food at Monica's Waterfront Bakery in Old Town Silverdale.
Hint Hint girls...a threesome lunch date would make a great Mother's Day gift...never too early to plan!
This phrase was used by a Hollywood actress in reference to those who support life, apparently standing for the rights of those who are unable to speak, means to this actress, a lack of showing justice.
Check out what one young woman is doing, along with many volunteers, on behalf of justice in the state of Colorado.
Colorado for Equal Rights Personhood Amendment from Personhood USA on Vimeo.
Who can blame him for loving her so much? She has zero hormone fluctuation, she goes where ever he tells her to and she came with a manual!
Row Row Row your boat....
She aint heavy, shes my...
I wonder wonder who, oouu who, who wrote....
Sailing takes me away....
Speaking of difficult, it is ever so difficult for me to contain my excitement for the Braveheart public servant who last night accepted the nomination for the Vice President slot on the GOP ticket.
I see, for the first time in my lifetime, a genuine public servant in the national office spotlight. Governor Sarah Palin embodies and respects "We The People" in a way I have not, prior to now, been blessed to witness.
Fairborn Guy and I have been watching the John Adams HBO series over the past few weeks. In watching the sacrifices that our founding fathers and mothers made for this great land to be birthed, I've felt such shame for modern day officials who generally show no resistance to self-seeking power and paychecks.
Where are the humble men and women called to serve who will fly in the face of waste and government intrusion upon the citizenry? Where are the called men and women who believe in a republic since that is what the United States is? Where are the called men and women who are em passioned to reform our over stuffed government and give it back to the people it represents; rather than trying to explain to us how little we all know about taking care of ourselves, our neighbors and our businesses?
Last night I watched one such woman speak with passion and determined spirit....I am dancing with joy!
I am thinking the very least the McCain/Palin ticket will do for this country is inspire millions of people who are cynical and overwhelmed with our government's games to re-read the constitution, recalling that We The People are the republic of the United States of America..."its a good thing".
Mission accomplished...the Edit Html tab did not blow up my blog, though some in my sweet homeland may wish that it had. :)