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An Unexpected Delay

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

We did this. Walked with 100,000 others in the Woman’s March in Portland. I got soaked and chilled to the bone. Now, I am down with the flu or a sinus infection. More photos from our day. The whole Portland family.

This was my view most of the march!!

Despite getting sick, I am so happy that I did this. It was an exhilarating experience. The new administration is scary, but we have the majority and eventually, we will prevail.

I went to the studio to work on an idea I had for a poster quilt for a SAQA show, using the word hope.

Now, I don’t know if I will be able to finish it in time.

The day after the march, I had an SDA meeting at Oregon College of Art and Craft. And, I entertained the whole family for taco supper and birthday cake to celebrate Mr C’s and Lisa’s January birthdays.

I got a bit behind in my silk stitch along. I haven’t even felt like doing hand stitching. Today, I added bullion know flowers in the grass.


A New Year and A New Me

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

As I posted on the last day of 2016, my word for 2017 is action. I plan to take action on many fronts. Today was my first day to put it all in action. I got so much done and no back ache which is what has kept me from doing much for several months. Today’s activity involved some sorting and purging on the clothing front and also a trip to pick up some supplies to make Maria Shell’s Oven Mitts.

Our STASH Christmas party/lunch got postponed because of winter weather so I have not been able to show you what I made for them, yet. Soon!

We enjoyed a quick trip to California to spend some time with our effervescent granddaughter, Paige, and her Mom and Dad.

She wore the coming and going Winnie the Pooh sweater for me. The photo is blurry because she hardly stays still.

Jayme had a 28 hour shift in the NICU at Stanford Children’s Hospital so we went for a hike with Mark and Paige to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. It was in the 60s and we had a great time.

I love this collage of a photo of trees that I made using the Prisma app on my phone.

Speaking of my phone, I found out that mine was eligible for a battery replacement. I took it to the Apple store near my son’s home. When they replaced the battery, something happened to my phone camera so they gave me a brand new one. Pretty cool.

I managed to finish and mount the wool stitch along with Laura Wasilowski.

I am scared and angry about our narcissist president, but I plan to find joy in my daily life by being creative and loving to those I encounter. I will also resist and dissent against what ever is coming from Washington.

Happy New Year to all my readers. Thank you for staying with me.

December Reflections 2016 – Something I Love

Monday, December 19th, 2016

On this dark day in our country’s history, I hold my family close to my heart. I love them all so much. This is a photo from out 50th anniversary gathering.

December Reflections 2016 – Five Years Ago

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

It is Mia’s birthday. This is her birthday five years ago when she turned 12. Today, I can’t believe that she is 17.


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016


It is sometimes hard for me to get out of bed, get dressed and put on a happy face. I am still grieving the current political situation. I don’t see much ahead for so many folks in this country but doom and gloom. But, we have to carry on, don’t we.

For my long time readers, you may find this hard to believe, but that is my grandson, Miles, who turned 15 on Sunday. He has grown into such a fine and brainy young man. He is getting straight A’s in highschool. We all got together for dinner at a ramen restaurant and then that delicious mud pie, made by his Mom.

Before that, Mr C and I headed down to Oregon Wine Country for a benefit for Quilts for Empowerment to help Kenyan women who are getting their lives back together after surgery for fistula, a complication of child birth. You may remember that I took some of their embroideries and made quilts which were in a silent auction.


I finally finished my jellyfish stitching for my SAQA trunk show entry.


I also finished the one that I did in the wrong orientation.


I am feeling ready to dig in at the studio and to make some quilts to send out in the world. High Fiber Diet has a theme called, Heat Wave. The main color is to be orange. I pulled some fabrics today and I have an idea. I am almost excited about it, but have a little fear and trepidation as it has been a while since I have done a large piece for a show.


I did some major food shopping and tomorrow, I will get some pies and cranberry chutney made for dinner at Steph’s on Thursday. I am also doing the turkey. I keep thinking it is the last year for me to do the big bird, but no one wants to take it on!!

So, we keep on keeping on and wait to see what happens.