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This and That on a Thursday

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

It has been a day of getting odds and ends of things done. I felted three more colors for backgrounds for my next  felted piece. I need to do at least six more for the composition I have in mind.

Yesterday, I picked up 2 quarts of Marionberries at the farmer’s market. They are an Oregon treat and, like the Hood strawberries, I have grown to love them and like to put several batches in the freezer. I spread them on a big baking sheet and freeze them and then I vacuum pack them in plastic baggies. In the middle of the winter, they taste like summer. I also picked a quart of raspberries in my garden which we will  enjoy some and freeze some.

We have had so much rain that the weeds had taken over my veggie garden so I spent an hour pulling weeds and tending my poor plants that are hoping for some sunshine and warm temperatures.

Tonight we had a veggie feast from my CSA pick up — roasted baby carrots and roasted beets with braised beet greens and an arugula salad with delicious heirloom tomatoes. The tomates were not from Oregon, but were left over from the focaccia sandwich. When I was preparing the beet greens, I was taken with the beauty of the greens and had to snap a photo of them.

We were hoping that the railing would be installed on the deck before the week-end, but they couldn’t get the aluminum ordered in time so we have to wait until next week. Mr C has been working on the area between the house and the garage. I will be happy to have that finished as I have to navigate a construction area every time I go to the freezer or my car.

I took a big sigh of relief yesterday when we were given until September 30th to get work entered in the next SAQA Oregon show. I need that extra month.

Talking Food

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

This is a Focaccia Sandwich that I prepared for STASH, today. The filling is pesto mayo, tomatoes, red onion, arugula and fresh mozzarella. I made the Focaccia di Patate that I made yesterday. It has yukon gold potato in it and cherry tomatoes on top.

This is Scooter after I found him checking it out and hoping for some bites.

I served it with chilled melon soup and brownie with raspberry coulis and vanilla ice cream. The raspberries were picked from my garden yesterday.

Last night I went to High Fiber Diet. We selected the theme for our 2012 show – Elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water.  I think I can work with that – lots of ideas. Our current show opens the first week of August in Oregon City:

NW Vibes, a new fiber art show by High Fiber Diet, opens with an Artist Reception on August 5th   from 5-8 pm at the Singer Hill Café, 623 7th St, Oregon City, OR.  Musical entertainment by “The Sale” will be from 6 to 8 pm.  Singer Hill Café’s Fundraiser Friday will donate 25% of food and beverage purchases at the Cafe that evening to the High Fiber Diet group. The show runs from August 3-31, 2011.

If you live in the Portland area, I hope you will come by and enjoy the evening with us.

Here are some photos I took at m beloved Rhodie Garden today on my walk with Mr Scooter.

And, I even saw a Blue Heron.

Back to Normal

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Well, sort of. It is just Mr C, Scooter and me. I almost forgot to make coffee this morning because Mark has been making it for the last two weeks! He made it home to San Francisco at 10 pm last night, and I  know Jayme was happy to have him back.

Mr C is continuing with the additional work on the deck. I have been doing some cleaning and organizing around the house and finishing the little tree sketches. I decided to use yellow silk for the smallest one. It doesn’t look that wintry now, but if was fun to change it up a bit. That one is 7 X 8 inches.

This one is 9 X 7.5 inches and the larger one which I finished earlier is 11.5 X 9 inches. I need to get them labeled and ready for hanging. I got an e-mail from a friend who wants one of these so I will only have two to take to the show.

Tomorrow, I have to do some pre-cooking for lunch for the STASH group. They were supposed to come last Thursday, but things were to chaotic so I suggested we meet this week. In the evening, I have High Fiber Diet meeting.  It will be a busy day.

Rainy July Day

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Today felt a bit like winter in the northwest as it was in the 50s and pouring rain most of the day. We lost power late in the morning. We took a walk and found a huge limb from a tree two streets away had come down and taken some power lines with it.

Mark left us this morning. Mr C is going to finish the remaining deck work, particularly between the house and the garage. It was great to have him to do this job and just get to spend some time with him. Here is the way it looks, now, ready for the rails to be installed on Thursday or Friday — just in time for some real summer weather, I hope.

Here is the view from the dining room.

As a reminder, this is what it used to look like.

This was taken when Mr C started the demo.

The photo at the top is one of the little tree sketches that I am finishing for the High Fiber Diet show which opens later this month. We can have small pieces for sale at the venue. I have to turn them in on Tuesday night so I thought I should get busy with the handstitching.


Three for Three

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

I finally heard from the third show that I entered, the La Conner Quilt Museum Quilt Festival which will take place September 29 – October 2. Autumn Aspens made the cut.

Life around here is still very crazy. The decking has been almost completed on the deck and tomorrow, they will finish laying it down in the extension between the garage and the house. I think my son is hoping to drive back to San Francisco on Sunday.

I got a few things done around the house, but am feeling so distracted by all the activity going on. The window guy came by to measure for the replacement pane. We have not heard how much it will be yet. It is a tricky install because it is two floors up from the back yard.

I subscribe to Robert Genn’s Twice Weekly Letter. Tonight’s letter was titled, “Sixteen Reasons Why I Won’t Paint Today.” I am sure it was written for me. This was his concluding comment:

Annoying as all these impedimenta are, they shouldn’t bother folks with internal drive. Internal drive is the forge of productivity. In all self-starting activities where end results are dependent on you and you alone, procrastination is the default mode. You can pretty well always find a reason not to work.

I really need to stop procrastinating. What the heck am I afraid of?