Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday Books: Three at Once

I am currently reading three books. Why? This leads to a big reading slow-down; I never know which book to concentrate on. This happens every once in a while when there are so many books I want to read, and I can't decide where to focus.

What I'm reading:

Two are about Australia. Two of them I started quite some time ago. One is an audio book. All three are very good books. Soon I must settle on one and finish it, then a second, and then the third. Three at once is driving me crazy.

To my USA readers, Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 02, 2015


I hate to jinx myself. I've tried umpteen times to start regular work-outs, join the Y, and other such sensible plans. But I've never succeeded at keeping it up.

Now I've started again. Who knows. I've followed my plan two days in a row now, so I have a good success rate so far, at least.

A friend of mine on Facebook said she decided to walk one mile every day in the month of June. And she did it! She is kind of like me, not really wanting to take the time or interest in walking or running, but thought she might be able to do it for one month.

She took a picture of her feet every day. And I loved the idea, so I copied it. I'm going to try to walk 28 days in July - not even every day. I'm not even starting with a simple little mile. I'm starting with LESS than that. I installed a pedometer on my phone. Yesterday I walked .47 mile.

Today I walked .65 mile.

So far so good. Wish me luck.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilting in the North Woods

Nine women went to the cabin and quilted for four days. We had a great time, great food, great laughs!

the beautiful lake

the mess we made inside

some stuff I made

more stuff I made (The pie is in a cake-pan, because I didn't think the cabin had two pie tins, so we had a strawberry-rhubarb pie-cake; I was wrong, though.. there were two pie tins there!)

We ice-dyed!

C and I modeled our free "Two Men and a Truck" t-shirts (Quilting in Minnesota's North Woods with Two Men and a Truck")

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Books: TKAM

Well, I finally finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Of course, it gets all the stars possible. What a great book in so many ways -- characters, story, plot, setting, emotions, life's unfairness and the beauty of it all! It makes me sad that our racial inequities go on and on and on.

I'm looking forward to reading Harper Lee's next book which comes out in July. I understand she wrote it first, 50-some years ago. It is about Scout as a grown woman. The publisher suggested that a story about Scout as a young girl would be interesting, and that's where TKAM came from! Then Lee hung on to the first one and never published it 'til now.

Did you know that my mom was a friend of Harper's sister, Alice? Alice was an attorney who lived and continued to practice into her 90s.

Thanks for checking in! Keep on reading!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Loose Threads, Challenge One

I know it's Friday and I should have a book review for you, but I don't. I'm still reading To Kill a Mockingbird. So far 2015 has not been a great reading year for me. I have read some fabulous books, but not many of them. I have been a slow reader this year.

Instead I'll share with you some pictures of the first challenge we did in a new small group I am a part of. We call ourselves The Loose Threads. There are five of us, so far. We just got started in April, and we meet once a month. When we had our first meeting, I had purchased a piece of red floral fabric that said clearly "use me for a challenge." So I did. I cut pieces for everyone, and handed them out at our first meeting and said, "make something." Four of the five of us made something. Here's the photo of the results:

table runner by Karrie, small bag by Sally, table topper left by Sunny, wall hanging right by Carol (me)

My little people are paper-pieced. The pattern shows five of them, but I got tired of the tiny, putzy work after two. The woman on the left is wearing the challenge fabric, but I colored in the white spots with a pigma pen. And I also used the challenge fabric on the bottom right for the garden. Mine is called "A Walk Through the Garden." This was fun.

At our recent June meeting Sunny gave us some fabric by Kaffe Fassett which is for our next challenge, Challenge Two. Same rule: "make something." I have my thinking cap on. Maybe I'll let the ideas percolate while I ... finish reading TKAM?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Does anyone else see the resemblance? Do you know who these people are?

Louie Anderson, comedian, originally from Minnesota.

Prince George of England, third in line to be king.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I'm Sewing!

I finally got some motivation and time to sit down and sew. I got a lot done over the last few days. It feels fabulous!

Here's a baby quilt I made:

I also put together a couple quilt tops from blocks made by other people. These will be for Sunshine projects:

Today I'm trying to convince myself to do some housework before I sit down and sew, but it's tough. (Confession, I already did some sewing this morning, but to assuage my guilt, I also did some picking up and organizing in my sewing room... a little.)

It's a beautiful day! Maybe I'll go outside and read! (Too many fun choices - housework NOT being one of the fun choices.)