Sunday, April 17, 2011

So much for the Blossoms!

The wind began blowing Friday morning, and then the rain began. By Saturday morning, there were only half the blossoms left on the trees, the other half lay in the streets and yards, sadly crumpled and creased.

I know just how they felt.... someone in a minivan came around a corner in a shopping center parking lot, and wasn't even looking... I was crossing the street, an arm full of packages, and darn near got creamed. I tossed my bags and dove forward, rolled and landed about 3 feet from the wheel.... had I not done so, she would surely have hit me. AND SHE DIDN'T EVEN STOP TO SEE IF I WAS OKAY! Too much of a hurry I guess, or too important. Other people came to help though, so that was nice. I felt aweful the rest of the day... too much adrenaline, too fast. Today, I am popping Motrin like it was breathmints. I did just what I was supposed to do, as soon as my hands hit the ground, I collapsed my wrists and one arm to roll onto my shoulder.... but you know, at 56, I just don't bounce the way I used to do! At least riding horses taught me how to fall without doing irreparable damage to myself. I think. I believe I will go downstairs and try a little machine embroidery tonight... I sure don't feel like anything using my own hands!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Oh the beauty of the trees!

Just three days ago the crab trees were barely blooming, and now, just look at them! They are dressed in the most magnificent garb Mother Nature has in her closet! I can be inspired by this, but I can't match the glory of God's creation. Nothing I make holds a candle to this!

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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Dichotomy of Stitching

I recently began an online course with Jude Hill at Spirit Cloth. It is on making animals on cloth, and I am very much enjoying it. This piece was started before I began the class, but I am still using the knowledge even so. Also, my new embroidery module has arrived, and I am learning to use it. The slowness and individuality of handwork opposed to the speed and perfection of the machine is interesting. I will eventually use the module to do things in Maggie Greyesque forms, but I need to learn the basics first. I also can't get the digitizing software yet.... but one step at a time. There is a place for all forms of art. I enjoy both. I love the handwork.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


So, the store I work in has the occasional mouse issue, and we have cardboard traps. One of them caught a mouse and killed it and yesterday we disposed of it in a box, under packing material, sealed the box with tape, and put in on the trash to be taken outside. Before the trash was taken out though, a manager came along to do transfers and needed a box. Yup. She found the one in the trash, opened it, took out the packing material, put it on the counter, repacked the box, replaced the packing material....sans mouse.... without noticing she was leaving the mouse behind. I know, I know. Resealed the package and left it to be transferred! Along comes another manager, can't figure out how the mouse got there, disposes of it (after questioning me) and then I saw the box to be transferred. No, surely not, she would have noticed, wouldn't she? So we all went home, wondering. This morning, I asked the transferring manager if she had noticed the cardboard tube thing with the mouse in it when she got the box out of the trash.... well, her eyes got really big when she realized what had happened, and we all laughed ourselves silly. The rest of the day, whenever I passed her, I made a little squeaking noise! Good thing she has a sense of humor!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The snow came and left in a matter of hours, spring is definately strutting her new lovely finery. The poplar blossums are out, as are the forsythia, but the ground cherry tree in my front yard has only its leafy red haze showing. The rosy red blossoms won't come out until the weather gets a little warmer. Then they will be thick and fair, and seeing the birds as they wait their turns for the feeder will be a little harder.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow!