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Quilt Progress & Watercolor Doodles

The other day, I just happened to be walking by our atrium door in perfect time to see one of those big, red-headed skinks come running up onto the porch, followed closely by a fairly long black racer snake—an action-adventure chase scene right outside the window! It was a life-or-death moment for the poor skink, […]

Holding Pattern

We’ve entered that late spring/early summer period when the bulk of our daylilies are in bloom, along with some other things.  I took a few photos on one of the nicer mornings we’ve had recently: And a couple of dog photos for good measure! Luna, the biscuit queen Mr. Frodo in weird wide-angle Selvage Quilt […]

Lost My Quilt Momentum…

The weather’s been like a see-saw around here, lately—up and down.  It got warm enough that we needed the A/C for a while, then it cooled down and was dry enough that we opened the windows again (though with the privet blooming it wasn’t quite as nice)—and now it’s getting warmer and more humid again.  […]

Open-Window Season

Last time I wrote, Donald and I had colds.  Unfortunately, we did have to miss seeing anyone else for Easter, but at least now the colds are completely gone, and we’re enjoying beautiful open-window weather.  I love being able to hear birds calling, airplanes passing overhead, windchimes, and leaves rustling in the breeze as I go […]

Springtime, Sniffles, and a Change of Plans

Last week, Donald came down with a cold, and a few days later, I came stumbling after.  As colds go, it hasn’t been a particularly bad one, and it’s been a long, long time since I’ve had an actual cold (as opposed to a few sniffles or sneezes from allergies).  The timing’s not great, though, […]

Goodbyes & Hellos

My family has experienced another loss since the last time I wrote.  About a week ago, my paternal grandmother passed away at the age of 83.   Granny W. was my last living grandparent.  Coming less than six months after the passing of Grandpa L., this feels like the end of an era for me, but […]

Morning Glories Flimsy

My “Morning Glories” quilt top (a.k.a. flimsy) is finally finished!  It’ll go onto the pile of quilt tops waiting for quilting, but first, I snapped a few photos of it.   This project felt like moving in slow motion, for some reason.  Maybe it’s just the foundation paper piecing, but I’ve done that before and didn’t […]

Leaping into Another Project (Soon!)

It’s my last chance to update the blog during the month of February—and an opportunity to get a February 29th time/date stamp—so here I am! Spring has made its presence known, though we’re currently experiencing a brief cool spell.  The Japanese magnolias, azaleas, and loropetalum (pink and white) are all in full bloom.  It’s time […]

Freezing, but Not Frozen

We’re having some very cold weather here—or at least it’s cold for this area!  Last night our low was 18°F, I think, or thereabouts, and we have more cold weather still to come (though not quite that low, thank goodness).   It may not sound that extreme, but for coastal Alabama, it is!  Some places in […]

Time Marches On

Since I wrote my last blog post, my family lost another member of our oldest generation.  Near the end of October, my maternal grandfather passed away at the age of 85.  Loss is always painful—but there’s comfort in the knowledge that Grandpa is with Granny, now, after enjoying a long and full life. I’m grateful […]