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Day 30

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015


We left California yesterday, stayed over in Grants Pass and arrived home today. We cashed in our free night at the La Quinta Inn. Scooter is a tired boy because he went to Mt Hood and played in the snow with Lisa and Clay!

It was hard to say good-bye to Paige, but I think she was ready for calmer days, following the excitement of the holidays.


We attended her swimming lesson at the Y. She is resistant to putting her face in the water, but I am sure she will get over it. She was having 4 days of lessons in a row. My son was responsible for taking her as Jayme was doing her pediatrician residency work. She looks so cure in her goggles!


Here is a collage that she made while we were there.


I want to say a few things about my knee. I was in excruciating pain most of the time we were there. It became difficult for me to stand from a sitting position and I had pain during the night while in bed. I had to use my cane all the time.

Then, miraculously, yesterday morning, I woke up without much pain and had slept well all night. I thought the pain I had been having was from sitting in the car for two days in a row, but I have arrived home feeling pretty good. I think the hustle and bustle of the holidays did me in, plus on Sunday, we went to the mall and I had a hard time keeping up with my long legged companions.

Anyway, I am going to try to pace myself. It was very difficult to feel so helpless and I had a several melt downs.

The drive home was very nice – cold, but no difficult road conditions. We did see lots of snow in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Here is Mt. Shasta:


And, Southern Oregon looked like a winter wonderland.


We always enjoy seeing what I call the crayon trucks in Northern California.


It was a mostly enjoyable trip and visit with the very busy Mark and Jayme and their whirling dervish, Paige.


Day 27

Sunday, December 27th, 2015


After a lovely Christmas eve and Christmas morning brunch with the Portland peeps, Mr C and I left for sunny California to spend time with Paige and her family in San Mateo.

Our drive to Ashland was uneventful, but we saw the most awesome cloud formations.


There was snow in the hills around Ashland and as we headed south the next morning, we were greeted with the lovely site of snow covered trees.


The roads were clear and we made it to San Mateo by mid afternoon yesterday. We gave Paige an American Girl Bitty Baby and she is a great little mommy.



We went out for Japanese food last night and this morning hit the mall so Jayme could do some exchanges. Paige dressed as a butterfly for the trip.


At some point she ran out of energy and sat and rested while Mom and Dad looked at shoes.


We have had a good time reading to her and doing puzzles.


Mark has quite the garden in their backyard and brought these in for us to enjoy.


I guess you know you are in CA when you are picking the last of the tomatoes in December.

31 Day Blog Challenge

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015


Cheryl Sleboda has issued a challenge to other bloggers to post to their blog every day this month. I know that I have been posting a lot less. I will blame a lot of that on Instagram and FaceBook. I feel as if I am duplicating my activity by then posting to this blog. So, I am going to give this a go and see what I can come up with to entertain you for a month. If you would like to know more about it, click here.

We had a great Thanksgiving with all our children and grandchildren in town. Mark, Jayme and the whirling dirvish 3 year old Paige stayed with us. It was fun to spend so much time with her. Jayme had to take very important medical boards yesterday and today so she spent a lot of the week-end studying and taking practice tests.


Here is a rare quiet moment while she watched Sesame St.


We took her to OMSI, a science and technology center with lots of interactive stuff for kids. She got to walk on a giant guitar in the guitar exhibit.


Paige and Scooter got along very well. Scooter wanted a turn on the iPad!

We had Thanksgiving at Lisa and Clay’s home. On Friday, we moved on to Steph’s home. She made us turkey and butternut squash enchiladas. On Saturday night, we took everyone out for pizza.


During the bedlam of the holiday, I tried to get me November assignment finished up for my Master Class. I love the color palette, but with the rush of finishing, I didn’t notice that my background columns had gotten askew before I quilted them down. I call this Christo’s Fence Redux.


As a reminder, here is the photo inspiration:


Checking in With Some Fun Stuff

Monday, May 18th, 2015


Friday night was the opening night for the Wrinkle in Time Art’s Festival at Trinity. Work that was made in the series of art classes over the last few months was on display. Here is some work from the screen printing class. My magenta and black piece is in the top middle.


These were work down in the Reduction Printing class. My piece is on the bottom left.


And here are my ceramic pears from the clay class. I have a lot to learn about glazes.

Here is some work from my art quilt class. These pieces are fused down, but not much stitching has been done.


The lighting on this panel made it difficult to photograph. I am so pleased with work and the originality.


Here is my Moonstruck piece hanging in the exhibit in Kempton Hall. The spotlight made it difficult to photograph. I got lots of nice comments about it.


We had to miss many of the festivities over the week-end because we left on Saturday morning to fly to San Francisco to celebrate Jayme’s graduation from UCSF med school.

On Saturday, we were thrilled to have Paige hang out with us. We took her to the park near their new home in San Mateo.

paige at park

Yesterday, we had a big party to celebrate with Jayme’s family and friends. Since they only moved in two weeks ago, there was much to do to get the house and backyard ready. Mr C and I did all the food shopping. By the time we got home, it was time to start cooking for the 4:00 party.

Here are some shots from the party:


Their new home has a wonderful big back yard. The weather was in the 60s, but we all enjoyed being outside, anyway.


My son, slicing the tri-tip that he grilled.


Here is the beautiful guest of honor, who worked as hard as any one to put on the party.


Here is Paige with her buddy Clark. The quilt I made her is on her bed.


What a little beauty she is!


Love this photo of Paige and two of the boys from her old neighborhood.

Today is a down day of just hanging out with Jayme and her family. Tomorrow night is her graduation. That will be an exciting event.


Peacefully Piecing

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

skinnyline piecing

I am doing it. I am piecing these skinny lines. I went round and round with input from EB about what fabric to use for the background of this. I just couldn’t make myself comfortable with the commercial fabric. Just not me. EB felt the gray had-dye had too much texture which would fight with the lines. So, after STASH meeting on Thursday, I stopped at the studio and picked up some PFD cotton and ecru and a black procion dye. I carefully mixed dye and tried to get as even a coverage as I could in large plastic bags in my utility room.

The ecru was the winner. The gray which I tried with diluted black was too lavender. I have been able to complete 4 pieces of the puzzle. I sometimes have to unsew and try again, expecially where I have the crossed lines. EB has suggested that I quilt each piece separately and then put them together. I think that is a great idea. This will end up being 24 by 42 so that I can enter it in the High Fiber Diet neutral show, which has specific sizes.

Last Wednesday was our local SAQA meeting. We had a presentation by Paula Benjaminson, a SAQA member who spent many years in Africa. She showed some of her fabrics and quilts made from African fabrics. I loved this dress.


Fabric detail:


Here is lovely piece of mudcloth.


And this printed fabric.


I have been busy with meetings and other things. My knee is getting better.

Oh, the best news is that Jayme got her first choice for her pediatric residency – Stanford Children’s hospital. This means they will stay in the Bay area. Mark can keep his job, but they will move out of San Francisco and closer to Palo Alto so that Jayme will not have as much of a commute.

Paige’s 3rd birthday party is coming up. She had a party this past week-end. We had to miss it, but her other Grandma sent me some photos. Here she is chomping on a cupcake!

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