Friday, April 24, 2009

Identical Twins

They don't get much more identical than Erica and Megan who share the same DNA. Poor Erica has spent two nights in the hospital with viral pneumonia. She came off the oxygen this morning, so we know she is improving, and we hope she will be heading home today. Originally they said she needed to be off oxygen 24 hours before she could go home, but maybe not, since she went off it so early. Erica is the twin in the blue jumper. They are wonderfully happy little girls.

Grandbabies

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pictures? What Pictures?

I've recently had two comments suggesting I post pictures. There are a lot of pictures on this blog. There would be more if someone would tell me where my digital camera is. Right now, any pictures are limited to items I can scan. I'll work on this dilemma.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Quilting

Building a quilt is a lot of work. I started my first quilt two years ago with the help of a talented co-worker. Since then, although I had good intentions to finish the quilt, I lost the pieces I had completed. They must be in the house; I suspect they are packed away with the Christmas things, but it will be another day before I pull those bins out and take a look.

Meanwhile, I began my second quilt. This one I have a realistic hope of finishing. I am giving myself permission to be imperfect. I didn't plan ahead very well, so I find myself in the position of having to piece together more squares than I anticipated. This means I am using material/fabric that was not used in the first 2/3 of the quilt. I hope I can make it work. My goal is a random, casual, patchwork piece. So far I'm at 100% on the random, and leaning toward the same with the patchwork. I've built the quilt around plain muslin, unbleached. Tonight my friend told me it looked "vintage." I take that as a compliment. I think she means the subdued choice of colors. These latest patches or squares, will add a more colorful contrast to the earlier squares. I guess that's ok. Maybe once I finish one, I will be encouraged to try another.

Already I am looking at the piecing I am doing, and imagining placemats in the same pattern and colors. That might be fun to attempt later on.

But the whole thing is work! And with this pinched nerve in my back, standing over the cutting table or the ironing board is painful. It's also somewhat difficult to use the pressure foot on the sewing machine. There will be a picture of the finished product when that grand day arrives. I did learn something from an obnoxious woman on a quilting show last weekend. She demonstrated layering the quilt top, the batting, and the backing, and how to sew it all together; then how to turn it right side out. I can do that. I wonder how long before I get to that point? Must finish piecing the quilt top first.

Note to self: 1) buy batting. 2) choose and buy backing fabric and a border for the top.

It's always something more.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Jack asked me, "Yaya, can I ask you a personal question?" I kind of knew what was coming, because his mom had shared a similar conversation with me. "Sure Jack. Ask me a personal question. "What do you do if your pants are on fire?" Well, my pants are slightly personal, of course, so I asked him what I should do. "Stop! Drop! and Roll!" he told me. I love this little guy and his funny sense of humor.

Mom told me he wanted her to play baseball tonight. He told her to keep her elbos up and her knees bent, then threw the ball behind her and told her she was not a good batter. Apparently the ball later landed on the roof. Jack, being a gentleman, didn't want mom to go up after it; no, he was more than willing to climb the ladder and retrieve the ball himself.

On another note, the physical therapy is really beginning to make a difference with the sciatica. Tomorrow will be a truer test. I was limber after my session today, so it makes sense that I felt better. I am feeling less pain, and seem to be able to do more and to have more stamina. I hope soon I will be able to get back to my Curves workouts. I miss them.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Haiku Wednesday

With apologies to the Grammar Police, I offer the following in celebration of Binjo Ditch's "Haiku Wednesday":

Darn sciatica
Who needs it? Dang, it sure hurts bad!
PT helps so slow.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lonely

I wonder why the seagulls cry?
They come inland when there are storms,
and I hear their lonely calls.
Do they call for a mate,
a friend, a comrade in a crisis?

Sometimes I feel like the seagull's call sounds,
alone and searching.