Saturday, June 24, 2006

Wordplay, G is for...

Gratitude, what I feel each time I look at my family,
Grapes, which I like sometimes and other times give me indigestion!
Goldfinches, quick splotches of color and song that wing through the trees
Goddess, She who surrounds me with love and power
Good, something I strive to be, sometimes, and sometimes I just can't be!
Gavel, I always wonder why they hold such mysterious powers
gravel, that which I fell upon when I was 5 and got stitches in my chin from
ghosts, seen some, felt others
granular, I just like saying rolls off the tongue so nice and roundly
graduate, did from high school and was it really *that* long ago?!?
glom-on, what the baby does when he doesn't want to be put down
green, my mothers favorite color
gardens, something else I got from her
gaggle of geese, kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it?
glisten, the sparkle of morning light on frosty windows
gleem, something my kitchen floor does not do, currently
garbage, a chore my son's take care of now, yay!
grandiose, my sewing plans fall into this word, often
goodnight, some times it's just time for bed...

Friday, June 23, 2006

Been that kind of week....

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the minute details in our day to day lives that we feel absolutely must be completed or.....or what?? It's been that kind of week for me. Every day I've run errands, picked up some of this and some of that, been out and about from one of town to the other, and here it is Friday night and wow! I feel like I've gotten next to nothing done, except for yesterday. Yesterday I treated the family and myself to many, many and did I say, many flats of flowers. Robbie and I spent about 4 hours planting on the side of the house, the front of the house, the perennial garden at the end of the driveway, my wee garden outside the kitchen door, which we call the Kitchen garden, but isn't in the tradition sense of providing herbs or food for the body, but does provide sustanance for the spirit. We've weeded, and planted, organized, arranged, filled planter boxes on the back deck railing for our al fresco dining pleasure, and generally spread beauty around the space we call home. I made a small cobblestone walkway in the side garden, the path the dog takes to go from the front door to the backyard, as the kids do, of cutting the corner and going through the garden, sigh. But, I solved that dilemma by putting a curved path with various ground covers between some of the rocks that can tolerate some foot traffic. Lovely! Once it stops raining I'll run outside and take pictures and post them. I was too tired to push the button on the camera once all the gardening was completed! It's supposed to stop raining next Saturday, so you only have to wait 8 days for pictures. Such is life in New England this summer, and who knows, we could well get a break of sunshine that will surprise us all.

Anyway, I wonder often how important all that "stuff" we do, is? Sure, getting to the post office, and work is important, but I just know I can do better getting organized, and keeping to my vow of having two no-driving days each week.

Sometimes I need to write it down, say it out loud, post it on the fridge, and write in on the white board in the kitchen to remember, but taking time to be with the kids, which is why I'm home in the first place, is the most important thing on my "to do" list. Rob and I had a blast planting together, with lots of conversation, and laughing. It was a real growing thing for us both, no pun intended!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

It's Done!! Bar's quilt top is done!

Up close images of Barbara's dogs, my first time using my computer printer and iron-on transfer paper. It came out wonderfully, after my having been so scared to try this new technique! Full-on view of the quilt top. Note the green pinwheel quilt in the very first quilt!
The backing will need to be assembled, but I know what I want to do for it, and it's simple and hopefully quickly assembled. The sandwhich-ing come next, and then quilting. . . and it's not even July yet! It's been so cool here in New England that quilting is a comforting warm thing to do!!