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Snow On Snow

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

I am being the geek this afternoon, trying to figure out how to get photos from my camera-to the iPad-then into my blog. I used my new connector to get them on the iPad. But I could not upload them to the blog in the usual way. So, I used my Flickr app to post them there. Then, was able to copy and paste the URL for the photo into the blog. Whew!

We had no travel problems on Thursday, just a lot of take offs and landings. We made it to the calling hours about half way through. I missed seeing many friends who had come earlier.

It is the bleak mid-winter -cold and snow on snow.

The service for Ray was beautifully done with lots of special music, readings and lovely comments from those who loved and admired this gentle man -a man of few words, but always kind words and a constant twinkle in his eye. My sister is holding up as best as she can. I am not sure it has all sunk in yet.

It was wonderful to spend time with family members and to become reacquainted with some kids I have not seen for some time.

I am having a laid back day with my sis, Carole and family. Mia has pneumonia. I called her yesterday on her 11th birthday and she sounded so sick, I almost could cry. I look forward to getting home to help out. At least I can entertain Miles while mom and dad and Mia get well.

Tomorrow, we travel to Philadelphia to Phoenix and then to Portland.
Please excuse any typos; it is too much trouble to edit on the iPad.

Wrapping Up

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I made some peppermint bard and put it in pretty holiday cellophane bags. I also wrapped bundles of Upcycled Coasters with tags I printed. I have some goofy bags to hold the two items. Some will go to NY with me, others will get shipped by priority mail tomorrow. It will be good to have this all done so then when I get home next week, I can spend some time with M & M and finally get the tree decorated.

Today, I was eating lunch in the kitchen and I heard Scooter barking which means that someone has approached the house. Mr C was in the living room reading and so I didn’t pay much attention. Soon after, he brought me a lovely holiday wrapped package. It was from my friend Reva and the note said she thought the hat inside had my name on it and I might need it for my travels to the cold northeast. Here I am wearing the hat, what do you think? I took the photo in the bathroom mirror. I love it – so comfy. She got it from neighbors who import the hats from Nepal. Their website is: yakfoot.com

I have lots to do tomorrow so that we can leave the house at 4 am on Thursday. I will try to check in with some snow photos from upstate NY.

Holiday Rush

Monday, December 13th, 2010

First, I want to thank everyone who publicly and privately sent lovely thoughts regarding my brother-in-law’s death. I was very emotionally invested in my sister’s ordeal. I have felt a sense of peacefulness and a return of energy.

I still have not decorated the tree or put out my creches. Mia was still running a temp today. I have decided to wait until we get home from New York.

Yesterday, I finished all the stitching on the coasters. I am calling them upcycled coasters as they are created from scraps that might otherwise go in the trash. Tonight, I trimmed them and made some labels to attach. I need to get some ribbon for tying them in bundles.I think there are 60 finished coasters.

Today, I went to the nearest mall when it opened and got lots of things done. Then, this afternoon, Mr C and I went to another mall with an Apple store and an REI (sporting goods) store. We finished all of our shopping. I was happy to find a camera connector for my iPad so that I won’t have to take my laptop on most of my travels.

It felt good to get so much done and not have to worry that we are losing 4 days of the season for travel. I am looking forward to seeing family and sharing our stories about Ray.

Tomorrow, I plan to make some goodies to enclose with the coasters.


Saturday, December 11th, 2010

My brother-in-law passed away this morning surrounded by his family. I think we all breathed a collective sigh of relief as his last days were difficult for my sister and their children. I am so pleased that they were able to have him at home and surrounded by their love. We will fly to NY on Thursday to participate in the celebration of his life.

Mia wasn’t well enough to help me decorate the tree, but Mr C did get the lights on. I am enjoying the simplicity of this for now. I am hoping she can come over tomorrow afternoon.

I finished quilting the Kimono fabric coasters today and got them cut into squares and fused to red felt.

Here is a detail:

I am watching a German film with sub-titles so I better pay attention.

I Love Fabric!

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I am really trying to pull myself together and get with the holiday spirit, but truth be told, I am not feeling very festive. Mia got sick at school today and Steph and Jack were having a nice lunch together and had their cell phones off so I went and picked her up. When Steph came to collect her, I shared that I was feeling a bit depressed and didn’t care whether I decorate my tree or not. I am so concerned about my sister and her immediate family as they care for my BIL. I worry that the weather will be lousy if we need to fly to NY. I worry that the plane tickets will be out of sight. Etc.

She gave me some good advice. There are some things that are out of your control. You cannot change what will happen or how. There are also things that you can do and you need to concentrate on those things. I raised some very wise and intelligent kids.

So this afternoon, I got out of the house and went to the closest fabric store which always makes me happy. I found the perfect purple felt for the coasters that I made a couple of days ago. Love it! They have a lovely supply of  silk organza. I have been thinking that I want to use organza for the next Twelve X Twelve   colorplay theme quilt. The colors are eggplant, wine and emerald green. Look what I found. I love the women who work in the fashion fabric department and they are very curious about what I am doing with this. This is a store where the last 3 Project Runway winners shop.

I forgot to share the fabric that I purchased at the Guild meeting on Wednesday. Bonnie, of Handwerks fabric, had this grouping, titled Petroglyph. Aren’t they gorgeous?

This morning, I managed to fuse some more fabrics for another batch of coasters. This time, I used already fused vintage Japanese kimono fabrics. It is ready to quilt tomorrow when we are due for another monsoon day.

Mr C put the tree up this morning and added the lights this afternoon. The tree is smaller than we usually have, but I love its graceful shape. Mia and I were going to decorate it tomorrow, but that is on hold since she is running a fever with a sore throat and headache.

And here is my lovable Scooter who enjoys giving and getting hugs sooo much. We just took a nice walk in the waning light of the day, and he thinks he should have a cookie.