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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

QoV in rows, Cookie


I managed to get in a bike ride Tuesday morning (6/2) before we left for another follow-up vet appointment for Cookie.  She is currently in remission….but you know what that means.  She must still be monitored over the next several months to make sure she doesn’t have a relapse.  

We were finally home around 2 PM after additional stops at the chiro, Food Lion and the bank.  I did intake on a customer quilt, and got a tiny bit of sewing/ironing done….my 8’’ squares QoV is finally sewn into rows:  


As I mentioned before, I am not really enamored of the pattern and doubt that I will do it again....but I did make some notes about what fabrics are needed and dimensions for cutting just in case.

Michael wanted a pretzel from the food truck, so I called Paula to see if she wanted to go along…..at this point you should start singing the theme from ‘Gilligan’s Island’….we should have been gone 10 – 15 minutes….but it was more like an hour!!!  First stop, the Lake House….no pretzel truck to be found, next stop, the bank (the teller transposed the numbers on the check I cashed, and when I finally counted the money, I had $45 too much.  We finally got that all straightened out).  Then we decided to check the Lodge for the food truck….no dice…but we talked to someone there and she asked us to let Geneva know at the Lake House…back the Lake House we went, to tell Geneva about the truck….she was shocked as she had checked that it arrived at 3 PM as scheduled….but it apparently left within an hour, as it wasn’t there when we got there.  In the meantime I got a phone call from Michael….I had left my driver’s license at the bank….so back to the bank we went!!  When I finally got home I felt like we had been round the bend and back  :~).  And my adorable puppy was snoring away in the living room:  




Fortunately the rest of the evening was uneventful.

Peaceful protesters were tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets so that Trump could have a photo-op, because of course...that is what's most important these days:

The plaza between St. John's Church and Lafayette Park was full of people nonviolently protesting police brutality late Monday afternoon when U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops, with the use of tear gas, suddenly started pushing them away for no apparent reason.  And then it became clear.  President Trump wanted to walk from the White House through the park to the Episcopal church. 
"There was no reaching out, no sense that it would require some sort of authorization before using the church as a backdrop in that way," said the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington.
When the president held up the Bible, without praying or quoting a verse appropriate for the moment, Budde was further incensed.

"It almost looked like a prop," she told NPR.
He cradled a Bible, bouncing it in his hands as if testing its weight.   “Is that your Bible?” a reporter yelled.     “It’s a Bible,” Mr. Trump responded, and hoisted up the book so reporters could see.

A former St. John's minister, Gini Gerbasi, was among those attending to the protesters in front of the church when the police moved in.

"We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear," she wrote in a Facebook post. "PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT [President Trump] COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!!"
"This evening, the President of the United States stood in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, lifted up a bible, and had pictures of himself taken," Curry said. "In so doing, he used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes. This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or to heal us."
To read the full text of several articles: 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

spring has sprung in South Carolina


Current Corona Virus Deaths in the US - 106,944


                                            Yesterday - 106,198

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I was riding my bike before 7 AM on Monday (6/1), even though it was only 60 degrees outside….it was perfect for bike riding  :~).  My honey left for golfing when I got home…his birdie streak is still alive after 5 rounds of golf….we’ll see what today brings.  I got my blog out and got through my emails while watching this little cutie on the patio:




When I headed upstairs I put sausage soup in the crockpot.  I want to take several meals over to Pam’s house (my friend whose husband had the stoke) and soup seems like the most complete thing for me to do right now.  

Pat called when she got home from her chiro appointment and I headed over there.  We spent a very pleasant afternoon talking about embroidery patterns and what she is going to start next.  I think I’m going to wait until she does it before I decide for sure whether or not I’m doing it  :~).  

I was home around dinnertime and Michael's streak is still alive!!!!  Six rounds in a row, each with at least one birdie!!  We were sitting talking for just a bit, and Cookie brought in her blankie wanting to play...she looked to cute:




We started dinner after that and made mashed potatoes, green beans, sherry gravy and chicken to have with cranberry sauce:  


It was YUMMY!!!  The rest of the night was spent snuggling on the couch.

I was complaining to my honey that I didn't think I had many pictures for the blog today, so he decided to show spring has sprung in South Carolina:












Monday, June 1, 2020

June quilts on Xena

Current Corona Virus Deaths in the US - 106,198

                                            Yesterday - 105,611

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Michael and I had a leisurely breakfast Sunday morning (5/31): 



but were finished by the time June arrived at 9:30.  She brought her One Block Wonder out of my fish fabric to quilt the inside.  She chose the bubbles pattern (which I love) and I learned how to trim an angle on a quilt!!!!!  She is going to custom quilt the border, and only wanted the inside pieced section quilted on XENA….but her inside is not a rectangle, but has a 60 angle on each corner:  

the black on the left is the border

I learned how to successfully trim the rows to stop sewing along that angle…it was totally cool!!!  





She got it all loaded and done:

pinning the backing

learning to baste

still basting


ripping back for a bobbin ending

easing in a tiny bit of fullness

We were finished quilting by around 3:30 and she headed for home.  I learned so much while she was here…I certainly could have used that knowledge when I was quilting my tree skirts….but I at least I have it now  :~).  We had a good time talking about all sorts of stuff...quilting related!!!  She also brought along some sample blocks she’s been making from the ‘colorwash’ squares given to her by an SCCL resident.  Look at these 4 squares:  

aren't they beautiful???

Janice, I know you’ll appreciate this….these blocks are approximately 16’’ square….


and they each contain 100 squares!!!!!!!!!

I read a book for a bit in the late afternoon and we had corn on the cob for dinner….yum!!!


Sunday, May 31, 2020

day #2 of retreat, driveway BINGO, coffee cake

Current Corona Virus Deaths in the US - 105,611

                                            Yesterday - 104,581

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I got a bike ride in and my blog out on Saturday (5/30) before Paula showed up for day #2 of retreat:  



She continued to work on her QoV, while I continued to work on my quilt in the same pattern, but not before showing me the masks she has gone crazy making:  

(this is just a portion of what she's made)

She figured she’d made over 70 so far….and is not sure if there are more in her future  :~).  

She brought us a wonderful lunch: 



and of course, her mousse for dessert, and we continued to sew until probably around 3 PM.  By the time she left, she had finished all 35 of her blocks:


and I had finished 9 of mine.

I read for a bit when she left, and took a little nap before having a quick dinner and heading down to Paula’s driveway for driveway BINGO:  







What a fun evening….I really don’t like to play BINGO, but Paula read the numbers at a good clip and had fun/small prizes and everything was wonderful!!  When Michael and I got home, we watched the last 2 episodes of THE ROOKIE….what a cliff hanger….I certainly hope it comes back!

And here's a smurf-a-licious breakfast treat my friend Mary Jo made recently....apple coffee cake!


Saturday, May 30, 2020

retreat this week day #1

Current Corona Virus Deaths in the US - 104,581

                                            Yesterday - 103,344

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Michael was up super early on Friday (5/29) for a 7:20 tee off time, while I headed out on a bike ride before 7 AM.  I got home and got my blog out and when I headed upstairs I saw this:




I can't believe she managed to not fall all the way off that chair while she was sleeping!!!

Paula arrived after 9 AM: 



and while she continued to work on her newest QoV: 


I started the same pattern with different fabrics:  


I thought I would NEVER figure out how to sew it together right….but Paula kept encouraging me with each strip and she was right….I think I’ve got it  :~).  We had furry company most of the time:





We went out on errands when we took a break for lunch, and finished up shortly after we got back.  I haven't like any of the chaffle recipes I've made....so I made up my own (I wanted to do it when Paula was there so that she could help taste test):



and she thought they were pretty good and wants the recipe when I get it finalized and typed up.

My customer came over in the late afternoon to pick up her quilt and she could not have been more receptive to what I had to say.  We talked about the fullness in her borders and I sent her a link to my friend’s article on how to do it properly, and what happens when you don’t.  She was VERY pleased with her quilt and pillow shams…which made me VERY happy!!!  

I read my book for awhile before a late dinner of leftover pizza.