Monday, May 3, 2021

Celebrating the Rain in Charlotte.

Our front yard, full of Irises.
New start:  DS rectangles snowballed.
Starting a new bag with my stunning African fabric.
Aoife and her daddy, down by the riverside.
I went to my wonderful doctor today.
I came home all refreshed and calm.
Let's see how long that lasts!!
I took a nap, read a book and started the above sewing.

I also made a dinner that no one liked, but ate anyway.
Tomorrow is my first time back at the pool in 14 months.  I get 30 minutes which I am very grateful for.
I am going to the pool with my bathing suit on because there is no dressing room open.
Better get up early because maybe no bathing suit will fit me.!!!

Tonight I am way aggravated because I am putting a label on a quilt gift and the needle will not pull the bobbin thread through, no matter what I do. Not going to ruin a nice day by fretting tonight.  Tomorrow will soon be here. Maybe, just maybe I will have help.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Practice Self Care

Stress, stress is everywhere ..We had better practice self-care.
What does that mean???
For me, it means splurging on fabric sales. Fabric has increased in cost to $11.95 a yard.
That is hard to swallow. This fabric was $4.95 a yard. It is wonderful.
Sitting outside in 75 degree weather on a sunny day!! Nothing better!!
Funky new old lady half glasses to match my very vain!!
I just guessed at the lens strength, 2.75.  I think it is too strong.
Sitting on my screened in porch with the dog and a book.
Right outside my sewing room window is Ms Carolina Wren and her eggs.
Soon, I see two Carolina Wrens. 
 According to my dear birder friend,  Mr Carolina Wren comes to help out, once the babies have hatched. 
Amazing knowledge!! I cannot see the babies but I can hear them.
So can Stitch, therefore my son encased the nest area with chicken wire.

Just for the record, this is ALS awareness month.
I married this wonderful man June 1, 1980. I was so lucky and I am so grateful.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A Splendid Day

The "Thank you" post card I made for Vickie.
She received it I am showing it now.
Vickie sent me two lovely surprise gifts a few weeks back.
She is a retired math teacher and a leader of our band.
I glued the fabric to card stock and quilted that with my free motion foot.
Then I glued that to my postcard backing and did the blanket stitch around.
I used a school glue stick.

I was really excited last night to see Lynsey interested in choosing charms for a project.
Today was a different day.  Their father took them to the skateboard park.
She came home with several skinned areas and a sore ankle.  She said that the the boo-boos were worth it. The entrance to the park would have been denied unless they had helmets and knee and arm pads.
So, of course, Grandma got those. 
I am so trying to explain to both of them how sewing is safer...Forget the charms...evidently skateboarding is more fun!!!
I would love for the children to go to summer school.
They would not love it at all.  I made a deal that they would read 30 minutes every day with no mouth nor attitude.  They agreed....We will see.  We are going to start by reading this book...each of us together.
One of the wonderful karate teachers they studied with for four years wrote the book.
I bought it tonight on Amazon. 
 Go Ms Gomez, Mam!!!!  We love you so. xo

Tired of being inconvenienced by my age related issues, online I ordered two magnetized grabbers.
They fold up for my sewing cart. ( grabbers)
Cinco de Mayo is my mother's birthday.  This year she would have been 100. We have decided to celebrate by making a Mexican dinner that night. So far..cheese enchiladas and guacamole by me.  Cheese crisps by her daddy. Salsa by Lynsey, dessert by Lynsey and hopefully someone will help Dylan make chicken and bean burritos...Maybe even Mexican rice....Wahoo.
Lynsey had better make our lists. She has been grumpy all day because she is 10 assignments behind in Social studies.  She got behind when she was at her mother's house for two weeks with Covid.  She was too tired. Now she keeps putting it off and being grumpy.  She did one tonight. She has two and a half weeks to go, but more assignments come every day. Sigh...Somehow Tik Tok is a more appealing task than making up work so she can pass her social studies.

Dylan graduates from elementary school in 3 weeks or so.  Each time this happens, the child goes out to eat just with his parents...It is a big deal. Maybe it can still happen for him outside at a place he likes.
Just heard from Emily.  Evidently Aoife got some soap in her eye and screamed for an hour.  Her daddy googled what to do.  The answer was to put a drop of breast milk in the eye.  Wow, who would have thought that.  Immediately, Aoife stopped crying.
I made my son hide my 3 pound bag of Dove chocolate. Now I cannot find it and the chocolate cravings are terrible....Grandma is trying to be a big girl.  It is so hard.

A good day today.  My hairdresser came to my driveway to cut my hair.
I finally went back to my exercises.
It was 84F today and will be 88F humidity yet.
A splendid day in the Carolinas.


Monday, April 26, 2021

Words to Live by...

Grunge by Basic Grey

 I am sitting outside in the glow of tonight's pink moon...Dylan comes out.  Grandma why are you out here alone.  Because I am busy feeling sorry for myself..Why???  Because I miss my grandmother and my mother and my husband. Silence.  Grandma, all those people already lived their own lives. Now it is time for you to live yours.  That is the way it goes, he said.  Dylan is 11.

Lynsey has her own money from working at her mother's house.  She wanted to go to Target tonight for ear buds for her computer..I am walking with her.  Every step is painful, but on I go. She is 12.  She dances in the aisles, Tik Tok in her brain.  She picks out a skate board to buy with her own money.  She picks out a helmet to buy with her own money.  She found the earbuds she needed.  Evidently there are a million types.  She carefully reads the back of each of them, to get the right ones.  Sherry told me how to do podcasts to calm my mind.  Lynsey found the right ear pods for my phone.  She bought herself a pair of shorts and I got her a shirt to go with it.  I miss my youth, but I really love hers.

Last night Dylan threw a big fit about not having access anymore to the computer that he misused.  He broke the new blinds in his room.  Tonight he filled 10 bobbins for me.  To help make up the time I had to fret over the blinds.  He owed me time...The blinds were $20.  He will work off the price of them.

At Target, I could hardly walk, every step brought pain.  My sister asked if I was still doing my PT exercises.  I said No...I was in dreamland that I no longer  had arthritis and was really 53.  It was stinkin thinkin..

I have gained so much weight this past year isolated with the Covid fear.  So, every time I wanted to eat cookies, instead, I  perused the fabric sites for deals.  Fabric prices have increased to $12 a yard.  I am a bargain hunter.  I get happy when a package comes.  Coming they are.....Yet I do not sew, just sit looking out the window contemplating life.  Lynsey said I was doing like she does with homework.  When things are not in order she gets behind.  Too much fabric does the same thing...I am flooded with goodies and cannot choose.  She is a wise one and so is Dylan.  How very lucky is this grandma.!!

The chick fabric was gifted to me for my Easter collection
Above, the only "sewing" in the entire weekend.  The cutting out of my own new mask.
Cats in scrubs in masks, from Spoonflower

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Quilting Friends Make a Happy, Happy Life

A rainy Saturday in April.  Looking out from my sewing room window.

Last night was such a gift. A two hour trunk show by my very favorite quilt artist in the world:

Rachel from Australia, Blue Mountain Daisy.  She is oh, so inspiring.

Blue Mountain Daisy...Rachel Dodd

This $10 zoom was given to us by Jen at  Jen Lee @ Red Thread Studios

There was a full house with 70 of us from all around the world.  The wonderful benefits of Zoom

Yesterday, a delightful lunch outside at Cabos.  The company was great...I am not so sure about the food. They must have needed a new chef since last year.  Restaurants in Charlotte are having a tough time getting workers back since Covid upended the world. Workers who depend on tips are not getting too many right now. 

This long forgotten piece below was probably a group challenge. Anyway, Sherry quilted it for me and gave it back with a lovely yellow bow.  A surprise!!!


Below: long coveted flowers by Anna Marie Horner.  "Hindsight" fat quarters from Etsy

It is almost May.  My mother's birthday, Cinco de Mayo  and her death day, May 9th.  

It is hard to wrap my mind around the fact that she was born in 1921 and now is it 2021.

Aoife, the prototype of the book:
Aoife and the Cucumber

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Stay at Home Order Made my Hair All Gray

Aoife is so happy.  Today she is 9 months old, cruising the furniture and having a grand old time.
Here the Flame Azalea that my mother gave remember her by....Is already losing the leaves in spite of spring...Although we do have a freeze warning tonight...Crazy.  I was freezing at 57 degrees missing Miami.
Somehow I am still getting used to my cataract operation and my glasses being gone.  Trying to figure out reading and the computer.  I had bought a pair of readers at Target for $16.  Then I found these online for $12 for FOUR pair and cases. They are great!!

I do not even remember having white Irises,,, Boy am I a mess.
Yesterday, I was a bit...OK...a lot on the crabby side.  Lynsey picked garden flowers for me.
That certainly got a smile and a thank you.

I have been beside myself trying to get AOL pictures on my I-phone to work again.
Tonight I called Verizon.  After 15 minutes she said to connect with Apple help.  I called Apple help and they said I do not have that kind of about crabby.  In disgust, I added another AOL app and voila...big girl Grandma did it tonight I get to blog!!!
Lynsey, the creative cook has "discovered" a healthy way to drink her 7 up.
A red pepper bowl!!
As for sewing today, I cut the 3 inch squares for snowballing my Morris 10 inch blocks.
A magical friend sent me 3 pounds of chocolate...Dove, since I am not really a bird person.!!
I like my Doves from the candy aisle.

A few little ditties....I found on I Need
   Grunge on sale. 

Below, a favorite of mine.

How could I not end my post with another picture of Aoife at her nine month check up.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

That Ride Called Life

from Vickie...who wants me to follow my dream.
She has sent me an XXXXL version of this 6 year old's tutu.
It is in purple, because When I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple
When I told Lynsey about it, she said that her daddy would have to get me a helmet. HA!!
I really , really want to "borrow" a grocery cart from the store, spray paint it purple, tie quilting fabric as bows and wheel it down the street in my tutu.  I just need the cart.  I so refuse a walker. And, I am too old to steal it.  Wonder who would visit me in jail??????
Vicki has tempted my creativity.  I am thinking!!!
It came today from Amazon.  I know, I will ask for the grocery cart for Mother's Day!!!
Above is my skirt...purple tulle...and projects to work on.
How do I choose.???  No wonder I have 367 unfinished quilting projects. I sat here watching a stupid movie instead and drinking wine. Just guess I will now cut out the blocks for a new project.
I love my fabric collection.

A friend said I was going to die some day.  I do not want to leave any fabric behind.  I know there is not a trailer hitch for the hearse, but I am not giving up on it.

Yesterday, the CMQG had a get together at the parking lot at St Gabes.  Fully masked, we still had a good time.  Look what Ellen was wearing...Mola sandles .  I know Molas are from Panama. Ellen bought these in Mexico!
Heather bought a new house....Look at the quilty floor she installed!!

I am reading , Eleanor in the Village 
I like this much better than the long and winded Eleanor
Her quotes:
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you will be criticized anyway".
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror  I can take the next thing that comes along."

Evan came to stay the weekend with us for the first time since Covid.  It has been delightful.  He is now well spoken and expresses an affinity for Civics and weight lifting.  At almost 16, I will take that with pleasure.

I am having a hard time uploading my pictures to AOL...Ugh.
Tomorrow is my second cataract surgery.  I will be grateful when it is over.

Today, I had the calming pleasure of reading outside, under my tree, on a beautiful day.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Spring and Sun and Hope

Happy Birthday Stitch!!!
My girl made this top for her girl...My heart.

This bonnet too.

I so want our Lynsey to love sewing like we do.
Alas, she loves cooking.  She made a fresh blueberry pie for her mother tonight.  Or, maybe it was cherry.  Lynsey sent me this picture..
What to do about the boys.  They have lost interest in their sewing machines.
I think they may have forgotten all but how to wind bobbins for Grandma and how to make scrambled eggs.

I saw this on someone's blog as a perfect solution for the Accucutter and dies...OMG
It is like $225, so of course I do not have it.  Just thinking if my man were here, he would make it...
Of course, he would have to make room for it too...Like a sewing room addition??

Spring is in the Carolinas.  Our Irises are out.
Usually they come out on my mother's birthday, May 5th.
I am glad they are early to brighten our days.

Today was outside lunch with Jackie...then I walked, pushing a grocery cart around Publix.
I kept dropping things for my co-shoppers to pick up for me.
My bagger was from Venezuela.  Both of us reminisced about Caracas, etc before Venezuela became like Cuba....
Life is hard...Everyday I ask why.  Now I am just going to try to go with the flow and enjoy the day.  My darlings come home tomorrow, Evan too.  My son has put his work aside for the weekend.
I am grateful.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Six Years is the Same as Forever


                           When I Go                     


As the storm clouds gather they darken the sky.

My friends tell me to will the sun to shine. 
I am not that powerful.

 I cannot see glory when the tidal wave engulfs me.
Submerged, even hope eludes me.

My heart touches yours. 
 Without judgment, I will always listen to your pain.
With God's help, somehow along the way, I came to this:  

A Better Man

xoxox Meg

Monday, April 12, 2021

My Meditation

Playing along with meditation..Kaffe and Andy's hand dye.

My seven pound weights came the other day.
Now I can do 30 reps with these on bicep curls.
That is supposed to help my balance. Fingers crossed.

This is what Eithne did.  I am now ready to do it too.  She gave away love in memory of her son.

This year, again...folks are choosing a word to live by.
The word that comes to mind is Grit.
I want to have  grit.