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…a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.

I have been dragging around the house in my sweats, unable or perhaps unwilling to do much of anything. I can’t even go into my studio. I don’t know when this will end. It is like a bad dream.

Today, I did get two loads of laundry done. I got myself cleaned up. I loaded a bunch of stuff in the car that I bagged up in December before the snows came. Mr C and I dropped off the cast off clothing at a thrift store near our church. Then we went to the Powell’s Warehouse in NW Portland with a bunch of quilt related books. I left with a check for almost $200.

I also did some organizing in my office. I have piles of stuff that was never put back on shelves after the painting was finished. But it is slow going.

Oregon/Washington SAQA meeting. I never reported on this, but there really is not much to say. There were 11 of us there. We decided to meet quarterly, next time in Portland. I think I am going to try to get a local group meeting more often. I went down with Bonnie Bucknam, who lives over the border in Vancouver, WA. We had a good time. She has decided to come to the SDA conference, after the SAQA conference and the debut of her quilt at Quilt National. We are going to take a class with Alice Kettle, from the UK. The class is titled, Following a Line to Tell a Story. She does very interesting free motion machineĀ  embroidery. I am thinking of staying for the post conference workshops and taking a class with Els Van Baarle.

By the way, I found a link to Mary Ann Jordan’s work which I mentioned after our trip to the Vision’s Gallery.

The California Supreme Court heard arguments today for and against overturning Proposition 8, which would bar same-sex marriages in the state. I have been supporting the fight to overturn this, for my daughter. Today I received this t-shirt.


Spring must be coming. At least daylight savings is coming. Oh goody, I have M & M coming tomorrow to spend the night so that Steph can take Jack out for his birthday. It is also my son, Mark’s, birthday. I am wishing them both happy times.

6 Responses to “Ennui”

  1. Hi Gerrie,

    I totally agree with Kristin! Got tired myself when I read of all your activities… But then of course I live in a tropical climate and it is flipflop/siesta/manana-country here.
    But still: do take care and: enjoy!
    St. Maarten, DWI

  2. Kristin L says:

    You’ve been so busy with your art and SDA stuff that of course you’re worn out and need a time of rest. Enjoy a little end of winter hibernation (as Deborah said, go easy on yourself) and we’ll see you happy and energetic in time. šŸ™‚

  3. Karoda says:

    Do you think its the change in the season that has you out of sorts? I couldn’t sleep last night which I go through when the seasons change…and then sometimes we just need a break or a new routine so that we can return to the things we love doing with fresh spirit. hangeth in

  4. Deborah says:

    Mama said there’d be days like this.

    It will pass. Take it easy on yourself.

    Your flickr collage is looking beautiful at the moment. All those tree sillouettes and that one red and white tower popping up every now and then — stunning.

  5. Jeannie says:

    Aha! You have given me the word to describe what’s been going on at my house and as Terry pointed out, this goofy weather isn’t helping. This too shall pass, but it better hurry up!!! I did go and buy a boquet of tulips. I am so tired of the desert taupe around here. I keep reminding myself that in four months I’ll be wishing for cooler temps! Thank you for the link to Mary Ann Jordan’s work – wow! I love what she creates with color and shapes. Have fun with M&M this weekend and hopefully we will get some sun before the next storm.

  6. terry grant says:

    But it’s supposed to snow again! Like you, I am in the end of winter doldrums, plus being sick as a dog. Hmm. I was going to leave a comment to cheer you up. I don’t think I’m doing a good job! Maybe when we feel better we need an art date.