Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Right this second

Right this second? Okay.

Over the weekend we bought an energy efficient picture window to replace the single-pane one in our office that is original to the house. This will obviously help with energy efficiency but also help keep this room drier as the single pane allowed for condensation and water to pool on the sill. You know how one thing leads to another, right? Well, this meant we also pulled out the carpet, removed desks and filing cabinet (not in that order. obviously), and cleaned windows and scrubbed screens. My back and shoulders are paying the price for such industriousness.

The tomatoes and peppers and various flowers are doing their reaching-for-the-sun thing in the greenhouse. Our last frost date is mid-May so these little guys will have a few more weeks to grow before they are put into the ground.

Two summers ago we took a trip out west with friends and this summer we are headed to Minnesota to spend time paddling the Boundary Waters. The big portions of the trip are already planned but this past weekend our friends came over so we could plan some of the finer details. While they were here we took a hike up behind our house to a remote waterfall. The hike included lots of creek crossings and mud. My ankles aren't the strongest and I'm not the most sure footed. Slipping and nearly falling was what I did for most of the hike. But feeling the mist of the waterfall on my face and smelling the damp and mossy forest made up for that.

Lilacs are one of my mother's favorites.  And since she is my favorite, these are especially for her.

And finally, I'm headed out the door to go to Zumba. This particular instructor is very hip hop and I love it. Like LOVE it. I don't listen to hip hop but I do love dancing to it. And all that booty shakin' burns serious calories. I'll try to remember to instagram a photo of calories burned when I'm done.

Happy Tuesday!


Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring break, donuts, pinterest and such

My youngest has been on spring break this week. We haven't done anything flashy but we sure have had fun. There is something luxurious about laying in bed under heavy quilts with the cold morning air coming in through the open windows. Having staring contests and making the other warm our cold feet all while the other two members of our family are off to school or work. Today we have plans for DIY projects she wants to do. They include old jeans, lace, Mason jars and chalkboard paint.

We made donuts this morning. I've made dozens of donuts at this point and think the best recipe is the one that came with the Wilton donut pan. Today I didn't have any buttermilk so we made them with milk and they were perfectly delicious.

Finally, Pinterest. I haven't been on Pinterest in ages but I have noticed that so much of my traffic comes from there. Maybe it's time I revisit it. I'm part of an online quilting bee and my month is approaching and I'll bet I can find inspiration there. Plus, I'm looking to identify a fragrant, blooming bush so that I can buy some for my own. And ferns. Oh how I love ferns lately. I need to go create a fern board and hope to inspire a fern quilt with the images!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekend snapshot

This past weekend had us road tripping. I've been traveling too much a lot these past few weeks and, honestly, was not looking forward to doing it again. The girls had awesome citizen science projects to present in one location while Razor had his first Spartan Race in another. The girls and I headed out early Saturday morning and, as usual with my begrudging foul attitude, I should have trusted the trip would be worth it. Because it so totally was. The grounds at the Arboretum had me from the very second I opened the car door. And then there are my daughters. At ages 15 and 13 they are remarkable young women. Young women to be remarked upon indeed. Talking to scientist about their own research and data they collected for them. Standing tall, shoulders back, chin up and full of confidence. So good. So, very, very good.

And Razor? He's the one at the farthest left in the back row. Standing tall, shoulders back, chin up and full of confidence. Caked with mud and doing what he loves.

I'm a lucky gal.



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pony club quilt progress. And a sale.

I finished all 90 blocks and am now working on putting the quilt top together. Soon. Very soon. And then I will fret on how to quilt it. As of this second I'm leaning towards an all over design. That, of course, probably will may change.

This weekend I'll be in Knoxville, Tennessee teaching local Modern Quilt Guild members how to make Posy Patrol from my book Imagine Quilts. AND, since I just got more books in for the event, I thought I'd run a little sale on them. I'm offering them 25% off for a bit. You can use the link in the right hand sidebar to purchase one for $17.25 plus shipping. Thanks for your support.

Have any thoughts on how I should quilt my sampler quilt?


Thursday, March 26, 2015


I still have this doll. Her name is Susie. She has a string that you pull at the back of her neck that makes her talk. She says things like "Baby hungry" and "Kiss baby."

And besides the red sneakers and yellow knee socks, I can't help but noticing the embroidered pillow. I'm pretty sure I remember that pillow.

Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's sprung

It's sprung in our neck of the woods. And it feels really good to be outside around 4pm and feel the warm sun on my face. Green is exploding from the earth and the Peepers are singing each morning as we head out the door. Still in the dark but not as dark as just a few weeks ago. We planted lettuce, Swiss chard, radish and carrots. Still eating the kale planted in the greenhouse that we've eaten all winter. The wild grape hyacinths are blooming. As is the forsythia. We weeded the strawberry patch and this year should be a very good crop of berries. The blueberry bushes are loaded with buds and even though I don't look forward to covering the rows with sheets when a frost threatens, I know that in July I will be so glad that we did. Soccer practice. Play practice. Clogging practice.

Go, go, go.

I'd rather sit among the flowers and feel the warm sun on my face.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

The why behind it

At least a few times a month I get an email from someone who reads my blog asking why I don't share many photos of my daughters. It seems they used to be featured more in this space and they wonder why the shift.

It's a natural progression. And a conscious one on my part. My girls are young women now and though many of the stories that I used to share here are hilarious and fair game at the next bonfire or holiday meal shared with extended family and friends, they are not fair game for this space. I've never shared their real names here for the same reason. And I certainly don't want future employers to be able to Google them and read the innocence of their childhood. The digital footprint they put down of their lives should be of their own choosing.

So, for however long now, I've tried to move away from posting my perspective of motherhood with photos and stories of them as my poster children. I try to express how I am feeling as a mother. My experience. How if feels in my shoes. And though I recognize that some of the humor, identification, relate ability and face-to-a-name-ness is missing as a result of this shift, I feel it's right for my daughters. It feels authentic to my style of parenting. 

And yep. I agree that it leaves a gap in my blog both in content and frequency of posts but I'm good with that. And I hope you are too.