|A lizard named Abraham|
Guys, I am so sorry!! I didn't mean to be away for so long. Sometimes that's just how it goes, I guess. Again, I am sorry.
We've been up to quite a bit, lately. Summer things. We got the garden planted. You'd be so proud of me, I only planted 25-30 tomatoes and the corn and green beans I reduced by about a third. Rather glad I did as we are in the middle of a drought. When we hoe- 'cause weeds aren't as affected by dry weather- plumes of dust raise off the garden. So sad. There is just no way to water that much garden, effectively. I feel like I'm on one of those survival shows, rationing out water. A cup here, a cup there. Choosing which plant lives and which might die. Sure could use some rain. God's will, though. Abe was "helping" me weed around the flowers. I thought he looked rather like a lizard on that rock. It was a lovely morning and a good time to lay around in the sun.
|paper pieced zipper bag|
Did I mention my sissies came for a visit? We had such a good time, as always. It is a real joy to have them come. Just sitting around talking, eating out and talking some more. I made this little zipper bag while they were here. (And I, vaguely, remember sewing something else... I just can't remember what...) This little bag is only about 2 1/2"x4" and is for the dreaded glucose meter. But it makes me smile when I get it out, so it's all good.
|Jacob and Mary|
Jacob, son #3, became engaged, this week. Now that's big news, isn't it? Mary is a lovely young lady and we welcome her gladly into our family. One thing I have to say, is that our sons have impressed me thus far in their choice of important people in their lives. It gives me peace and helps me feel like we didn't mess up, too bad. Jacob just got a new job as a meat cutter at a local butcher shop. He gets to work with sharp knives, so I think he's gonna like it! They are planning a October wedding.
|Melanie and Daniel|
And while I'm showing off my sons' good taste in women, I love this picture of Daniel, son #2, with his sweetheart, Melanie. And she is a real sweetheart. Such a dear, gentle spirit. Daniel has plans to move to Boston in the Fall and so, coincidentally, he'll be nearer to her and her family who live in New Jersey. In the mean time, he's putting a whole lot of miles on that car of his.
In quilty world... Lookee what I got for my birthday! You know my sweet William. He heard me mention these really cool "Red Snappers" that I saw in a local quilt shop a few weeks ago. He did some investigating and scheming with Sandy and bought them for me. He took me out to lunch and before we go in, he pulls a gun case out of the back of the van. He's looking all sheepish and says, "How am I gonna sell this? But this one is just for you." And I'm thinking, "That man will use any excuse to buy a gun!" Of course, when I open it... I was greatly surprised and not a little relieved. For all those long armers out there, I have a feeling you might like these, too. They are plastic tubes that slide into a casing at the end of your leaders and then there's these split tubes that snap over them and hold the quilt in place while you quilt. No more pinning! (You get a few shorter split tubes to hold it all in place until you snap the longer ones on). Way cool. I thought Sarah over at www.alwayswantstobequilting.blogspot.com would especially like them as she absolutely hates to pin quilts on. I don't think it's such a bad job, but it is time consuming and eats into quilting time. But then, I actually like to bind quilts so there's no accounting for the things we like and dislike. Sandy got me a new ruler. She visits and sews with me from time to time and she's been appalled at the condition of my old ruler. But, hey, I've had that ruler for 12 years and maybe I was emotionally attached. Maybe. All the markings were rubbed off but I could still tell where to cut, mostly.
Speaking of things quilty... I might get out there and actually sew. Its been a couple weeks. Do you think I remember how?